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March 13, 2013

Bee Venom: The Next Anti-HIV Agent? A Proof-of-Concept Study Says Yes

Nanoparticles filled with a toxin called melittin that’s found in bee venom can destroy HIV and have a benign effect on surrounding cells, Medical News Today reports. Publishing the results of their proof-of-concept study in the March 2013 issue of Antiviral Therapy, researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis added “protective bumpers” to the surface of the melittin-filled nanoparticles. These bumpers prevented normal cells, which are most often larger, from coming into contact with the melittin-coated surface. HIV, on the other hand, would fit in between these bumpers and the melittin would fuse with its viral envelope, rupture the envelope and tear it from the virus—effectively killing the virus.

This line of attack is different from the one taken by antiretrovirals (ARVs), which arrest different phases in the virus’s lifecycle instead of killing it entirely. Such a novel approach would be able to keep HIV from beginning an infection of a cell in the first place. Researchers hope melittin may be used as a vaginal microbicide or as a salvage therapy for people with HIV who have failed numerous classes of ARVs. In addition, because melittin attacks cells indiscriminately, it may prove an effective therapy for hepatitis B and C viruses (HBV/HCV) and other pathogens that count on a viral envelope for survival.

To read the study abstract, click here.

To read the Medical News Today report, click here. 

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June, Houston, 2013-03-20 15:11:32
They tryna get us to kill our self WTF!!! lol I got bee hives on propert the size of two basket let me go poke at'll probly see me on "a thousand way's to die. Name of the show be hiv ed.

James, boston, 2013-03-20 08:33:31
hahaha---i can't wait until this idea is shot down in flames. they make sure to brush off the idea that a cure has been found because they don't want to lose all that money they get for putting everybody through hell---look at the berlin patient---as soon as it was said how a bone marrow transplant can also get rid of the virus, the doctors were quick to say that it was all false. it doesn't matter because those people make me sicker than any virus ever could.

Randy, Ind, 2013-03-14 14:21:20
So can this work if I go around getting a bee hive mad and I get sting by hundred of the Bees .Like to know if this is yellow Jackes or hornets .

mal, , 2013-03-14 14:15:47
Very interesting and nice to see something new. Only issue is when will we hear about cures being put to use. These test things spark no inspiration, because they go missing as soon as they are announced. No one keeps tabs or follow through with discoveries.

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