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Another cell victim of AIDS virus?

Another cell victim of AIDS virus?

The AIDS virus attacks immune system cells indirectly as well as directly according to AIDS resarchers Robert Gallo of the National Cancer Institute.

The AIDS virus is known for its marked preference for a particular immune system cell, the T4 cell, which orchestrates the immune response. But the T4 may not be the only caualty.

When the virus kills a T4 cell, the cell secretes something that kills other cells around it, his laboratory has found. The chief victims: mononuclear cells, the scavenger cells that destroy bacteria and other foreign material.

"We think it [the dying T4] liberates some proteins that lead to failure of other cells around it to thrive, and thus contributes to the pathogenesis [development] of the disease," Gallo said last week in Bethesda at a National Institutes of Health seminar.
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Date:Jan 11, 1986
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