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PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 9:58 pm    Post subject: Nanoparticles Infused With Bee Venom Can Kill HIV Reply with quote

http://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/25061.aspx

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Nanoparticles carrying a toxin found in bee venom can destroy human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) while leaving surrounding cells unharmed, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown. The finding is an important step toward developing a vaginal gel that may prevent the spread of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.



This could be a huge step in preventing the spread of the disease. The implications to stop the spread of the virus is huge. Further, the fact that it leaves cells around it unharmed means that beyond stopping the transmission, means that an HIV infected individual would be able procreate with their significant other without spreading the virus.

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Bee venom contains a potent toxin called melittin that can poke holes in the protective envelope that surrounds HIV, and other viruses. Large amounts of free melittin can cause a lot of damage. Indeed, in addition to anti-viral therapy, the paperís senior author, Samuel A. Wickline, MD, the J. Russell Hornsby Professor of Biomedical Sciences, has shown melittin-loaded nanoparticles to be effective in killing tumor cells.
The new study shows that melittin loaded onto these nanoparticles does not harm normal cells. Thatís because Hood added protective bumpers to the nanoparticle surface. When the nanoparticles come into contact with normal cells, which are much larger in size, the particles simply bounce off. HIV, on the other hand, is even smaller than the nanoparticle, so HIV fits between the bumpers and makes contact with the surface of the nanoparticle, where the bee toxin awaits.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fantastic news!

Hooray science!
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I'm fascinated at how this would work
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First thought. What are the possible long term side effects. Also what if you're allergic to bees? SoL?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 12:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Umm... science is amazing
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 12:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome, Not only for a potential cure but I love hearing nano-tech being used in new and better ways.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 1:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

McNabbMcFadden wrote:
First thought. What are the possible long term side effects. Also what if you're allergic to bees? SoL?


It's a specific toxin within the venom that is slightly modified. I don't think there'd be any adverse reactions if some one was allergic to the venom.


This is incredible. With all the progress being made in the fields of HIV I put the over/under for time until the condition is completely under control at 5 years
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You got to milk the bees? I bet the bees don't like it very much
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 9:51 am    Post subject: Re: Nanoparticles Infused With Bee Venom Can Kill HIV Reply with quote

iPwn wrote:
http://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/25061.aspx

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Nanoparticles carrying a toxin found in bee venom can destroy human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) while leaving surrounding cells unharmed, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown. The finding is an important step toward developing a vaginal gel that may prevent the spread of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.



This could be a huge step in preventing the spread of the disease. The implications to stop the spread of the virus is huge. Further, the fact that it leaves cells around it unharmed means that beyond stopping the transmission, means that an HIV infected individual would be able procreate with their significant other without spreading the virus.

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Bee venom contains a potent toxin called melittin that can poke holes in the protective envelope that surrounds HIV, and other viruses. Large amounts of free melittin can cause a lot of damage. Indeed, in addition to anti-viral therapy, the paperís senior author, Samuel A. Wickline, MD, the J. Russell Hornsby Professor of Biomedical Sciences, has shown melittin-loaded nanoparticles to be effective in killing tumor cells.
The new study shows that melittin loaded onto these nanoparticles does not harm normal cells. Thatís because Hood added protective bumpers to the nanoparticle surface. When the nanoparticles come into contact with normal cells, which are much larger in size, the particles simply bounce off. HIV, on the other hand, is even smaller than the nanoparticle, so HIV fits between the bumpers and makes contact with the surface of the nanoparticle, where the bee toxin awaits.


Sounds like it has the potential to be huge. It reminds me of this story about a promising approach to cancer treatment using nanotubes and radio waves.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/87746.php
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Too bad we're killing all the bees...
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PHillysPHinest2 wrote:
Too bad we're killing all the bees...


I guess that Einstein fella was on to something
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candyman93 wrote:
PHillysPHinest2 wrote:
Too bad we're killing all the bees...


I guess that Einstein fella was on to something


What's that sound? Is that... PETA?
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McNabbMcFadden wrote:
candyman93 wrote:
PHillysPHinest2 wrote:
Too bad we're killing all the bees...


I guess that Einstein fella was on to something


What's that sound? Is that... PETA?


When the bees go, we go.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

prolly shouldnt have killed that bee hive last week in my garage. sorry guys.
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