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CROI 2017: How Does Vedolizumab Antibody Therapy Lead to Sustained Viral Remission?

HIV and its monkey cousin SIV can carry the alpha-4 beta-7 integrin receptor in their outer envelope, which helps the virus enter gut cells during early infection, according to research presented at the recent Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Seattle. This finding may help explain how an antibody against alpha-4 beta-7 produced sustained viral remission in monkeys.

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CROI 2017: Timothy Brown, the Berlin Patient, Celebrates a Decade Cured of HIV

Participants at a Community HIV Cure Research Workshop on February 12, in advance of the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Seattle, held a "birthday" party for Timothy Ray Brown -- formerly known as the Berlin Patient -- to celebrate 10 years since the bone marrow transplant that would lead to the only known cure for HIV.

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CROI 2017: Spanish HIV Vaccine Induces Control Off ART in Nearly 40% of Recipients

A so-called "HIV Conserv" vaccine has, for the first time, produced significant prolonged viral control in a large minority of recipients once they were taken off antiretroviral therapy (ART). So far, 1 participant has stayed off ART for 7 months without having to resume it, according to a report at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections last week in Seattle.

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CROI 2017: Bone Marrow Transplant Patient Off ART for 288 Days Without HIV Rebound

A HIV-positive bone marrow transplant recipient at the Mayo Clinic experienced prolonged viral remission lasting nearly 10 months -- longer than the so-called Boston patients -- after interrupting antiretroviral therapy (ART), according to a report at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections this month in Seattle. Although his viral load eventually rebounded, his HIV reservoirs appeared to be reduced.

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3. Renewed Focus on HIV Vaccines and Antibodies

Researchers intensified the search for novel types of therapies to prevent, treat, and potentially cure HIV, including immune-based strategies such as antibodies and vaccines.

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