Thesis / Dissertation

Advancing a functional cure for HIV by identifying therapeutics that promote the death of latently infected cells

Philip Arandjelovic, Marc Pellegrini (ed.)

Published : 2020

Abstract

The persistence of a replication-competent HIV reservoir necessitates life-long antiretroviral adherence and precludes the possibility of a HIV cure via conventional therapy alone. Furthermore, recent clinical studies have made it increasingly clear that the predominant strategy for reservoir elimination, enforced transcriptional reactivation, does not diminish the size of the latent reservoir or reduce the time to viral rebound following treatment interruption. A novel approach seeks to purge the HIV reservoir by activating apoptotic pathways in latently infected cells and shifting the balance away from survival and towards cell death. Several lines of evidence implicate Bcl-2 family prote..

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