Biology Faculty Articles

Title

HLA and AIDS: A Cautionary Tale

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-1-2001

Publication Title

Trends in Molecular Medicine

Keywords

AIDS, Major histocompatibility complex, HIV, HLA, MHC, Immunology, Molecular medicine

ISSN

1471-4914

Volume

7

Issue/No.

9

First Page

379

Last Page

381

Abstract

The human major histocompatibility complex HLA has been implicated repeatedly as a regulator of the outcome of HIV exposure and infection. A new study of long-term survivors who naturally depress HIV-1 replication and avoid the signs of AIDS for years after infection suggests that homozygosity for a group of HLA-B locus alleles termed Bw4 confers resistance, ostensibly by regulating natural killer cell–ligand interactions. However, close inspection of the accumulated evidence raises some questions and urges validation of the potential Bw4 effects in additional studies.

Comments

©2001 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

ORCID ID

0000-0001-7353-8301

ResearcherID

N-1726-2015

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