ASM Microbe: Could Treg cells be protecting babies against mother-to-child HIV transmission?

Scientists at the Emory University School of Medicine (GA, USA) have identified T regulatory (Treg) cells as potentially responsible for protecting HIV-exposed babies in the womb, interfering with the transmission of the disease. This knowledge could lead to the development of novel vaccines and immune-based therapies, which could be used to help eradicate mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

“Finding out what protects the majority of babies is important, as it can lead to ways to boost natural immune responses and make individuals resistant to HIV infection,” commented Peter Kessler, laboratory intern at the Emory University School of Medicine, who will be presenting the research at ASM Microbe (7–11 June, Atlanta, GA, USA).

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