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MU Researchers Make Discovery in Fight

Against HIV, Ebola

A scanned electron micrograph of HIV particles infecting a human T cell.

Aug 27, 2014 by Katie Moeller, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - A family of proteins once thought to only further the continuation of diseases such as HIV and Ebola has now been found to also inhibit the release of these viruses.

MU researchers supervised by Dr. Shan - Lu Liu discovered that while these proteins promote virus entry into cells, they can also keep the virus from spreading.

"The usual function of this cellular protein is to regulate immune function. What we've found is that it also can decrease viral production and replication," said Dr. Liu.

Dr. Liu said this insight may help in developing future antivirus therapies for HIV and Ebola.

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