How does a virus cause a chronic infection?A new study from McGill University provides new insight on how. The molecular mechanism explains how certain viruses, such as HIV and hepatitis C can make immune cells less functional which allows infections to spread ahead of the body's immune response.
The immune cell focused on was the CD8+ T cell. The activity of these cells are modulated by a cytokine chemical called IL-10. "It was discovered that some viruses can increase the production of IL-10, which alters the key glycoproteins on the surface of the CD8+ T cells. It is these glycoproteins that allow the killer T cells to attach to their viral targets. In disrupting this process, the virus can make the immune response less effective resulting in the pathogen gaining valuable time to establish a chronic infection."
In the case of viruses leading to chronic infection, immune cells are essentially receiving the wrong set of orders making them less responsive. Although this relationship has been previously studied, the new research offers unique insights into the way the virus is able to hijack the process in order to establish a chronic infection.
Uncovering this molecular mechanism offers researchers new possible targets for drug therapies that can control infections by increasing the efficacy of our own immune response.
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Haridy, R. (2018, February 5). New Insight into how some Viruses Disrupt the Immune System and Establish a Chronic Infection. Retrieved February 6, 2018, from https://newatlas.com/virus-reducing-immune-system-response-study/53267/?utm_source=Gizmag Subscribers&utm_campaign=e523013f27-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_65b67362bd-e523013f27-76698122