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Breast Milk Neutralizes HIV

Monday, 28 May 2012 12:14 PM

Scientists have found naturally occurring antibodies found in breast milk help to stop the HIV virus.
Researchers at Duke University Medical Center identified the antibodies from immune cells in the breast milk of infected mothers in Malawi that appear to block the virus that causes AIDS.
The findings, published in the journal Public Library of Science One, may explain why only 10 percent of HIV-infected nursing mothers pass the virus to their infants.
"That is remarkable, because nursing children are exposed multiple times each day during their first year of life," said lead researcher Dr. Sallie Permar. "We are asking if there is an immune response that protects 90 percent of infants, and could we harness that response to develop immune system prophylaxis [protection] during breastfeeding for mothers infected with HIV-1.
Researchers suggested the finding could help inform the scientific effort to develop a vaccine to prevent HIV.
The study was funded, in part, by the National Institutes of Health and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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