By Mirembe Martina
After years of research, it seems the answer has finally been found in terms of eradicating the deadly disease, HIV.
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A study performed at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School showed that Ciclopirox completely eradicates infectious HIV from cell cultures and when it is withheld, the virus doesn’t come back. Ciclopirox is a proven drug by the FDA and Europe’s EMA. It blocks the essential function of the mitochondria, which results in the reactivation of the cell’s suicide pathway, all while sparing the healthy cells.
The researchers said that one aspect of HIV that makes it particularly persistent is its ability to disable a cell’s altruistic suicide pathway and Ciclopirox tricks these cells back into their old ways with a double negative, disabling the disabling of the suicide pathway.