“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, man would have only four years to live. No more bees, no more pollination, no more men!” — Albert Einstein

As you might already know, bees are extremely important to our survival. One of the numerous reasons is the fact that they might help to cure AIDS.

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, found that melittin – a toxin found in bee venom, can successfully destroy the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) by poking holes in the protective envelope surrounding the virus, while leaving the body unharmed.

One of the lead researchers, Dr Joshua L. Hood, noted:

“Melittin on the nanoparticles fuses with the viral envelope. The melittin forms little pore-like attack complexes and ruptures the envelope; stripping it off the virus… We are attacking an inherent physical property of HIV. Theoretically, there isn’t any way for the virus to adapt to that. The virus has to have a protective coat, a double-layered membrane that covers the virus.”

In clinical trials, researchers infused bee venom toxin to nanoparticles, which are physically smaller than HIV. A”protective bumper” was previously added to the nanoparticles’ surface, allowing it to bounce off when it came into contact with normal cells, leaving them intact.

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Nanoparticles (purple) carrying melittin (green) fuse with HIV (small circles with spiked outer ring), destroying the virus’ protective envelope. Molecular bumpers (small red ovals) prevent the nanoparticles from harming the body’s normal cells, which are much larger in size. (Photo & Text: Dr. Joshua L. Hood)

Since this thrilling anti-viral therapy attacks an essential part of the virus’ structure, Dr Joshua claims that the therapy has the potential to prevent the HIV infection, stop the initial infection, as well as to cure existing infections, especially those that are drug-resistant.

“Our hope is that in places where HIV is running rampant, people could use the vaginal gel as a preventive measure to stop the initial infection… We are attacking an inherent physical property of HIV. Theoretically, there isn’t any way for the virus to adapt to that. The virus has to have a protective coat, a double-layered membrane that covers the virus.

“The basic particle that we are using in these experiments was developed many years ago as an artificial blood product. It didn’t work very well for delivering oxygen, but it circulates safely in the body and gives us a nice platform that we can adapt to fight different kinds of infections.”

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This scientific breakthrough could eventually lead to the development of drugs that are immune to HIV resistance; anti-HIV vaginal gel that may prevent the spread; as well as possible treatments for existing HIV infections.

 


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“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, man would have only four years to live. No more bees, no more pollination, no more men!” — Albert Einstein As you might already know, bees are extremely important to our survival. One of the numerous reasons is the fact...