Hide, shield and strike back: how HIV-infected cells avoid immune eradication.
Viruses that induce chronic infections can evade immune responses. HIV is a prototype of this class of pathogen. Not only does it mutate rapidly and make its surface components difficult to access by neutralizing antibodies, but it also creates cellular hideouts, establishes proviral latency, removes cell-surface receptors and destroys immune effectors to escape eradication. A better understanding of these strategies might lead to new approaches in the fight against AIDS.
Record created on 2005-09-05, modified on 2016-08-08