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Result of a collaboration between the CNRS, the VRI, Montpellier University, Inserm, the Institut Pasteur, the Henri-Mondor AP-HP hospital in Créteil, and the Gui de Chauliac hospital (CHU de Montpellier), French researchers have identified a marker that makes it possible to differentiate “dormant” HIV-infected cells from healthy cells. This discovery will make it possible to isolate and analyze reservoir cells which, by silently hosting the virus, are responsible for its persistence even among patients receiving antiviral treatment, whose viral load is undetectable. It offers new therapeutic strategies for targeting infected cells. This research is published in the journal Nature on March 15, 2017.

http://presse.inserm.fr/en/discovery-of-an-hiv-reservoir-marker-a-new-avenue-toward-eliminating-the-virus/27634/

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature21710.html?WT.feed_name=subjects_immunology