New Drug Delivery System Could Boost Antibody Production

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Production of antibodies could mean protection against diseases that are difficult to treat. Hence, the discovery of a novel method of drug delivery that could boost antibody production in the body means humanity being a step closer to winning the fight against the disease.

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A recent study has discovered a new way of delivering drugs within the body, to effectively boost antibody production. The results suggest that this could lead to sustained HIV antibody production. Antibodies are soldiers of the immune system that protect against or fight off infections. The new method, with further developments, could also help against several other diseases.

The method uses a virus harmless to the human body, to deliver an antibody gene to the cell. The virus in question, adeno-associated virus serotype 8 (AAV8), has previously been effectively tested to deliver antibodies against SIV, the HIV-like virus affecting monkeys.

“Monoclonal antibodies hold enormous promise for preventing and treating both established and emerging infectious diseases,” said NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. “Novel delivery platforms such as viral vectors could facilitate the future development and deployment of antibody-based prophylaxis and therapy, and these findings are a promising first step in that direction.”

The results of this study were presented by the researchers at the 2020 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections.

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Prachee is a content writer for Organic Facts and is responsible for writing on the latest wellness trends. A former Journalism & Media teacher, she prides herself on being able to seamlessly dabble between health, science, and technology. She has completed her Masters in Communication Studies from the University of Pune, India as well as an online course on “Introduction to Food and Health” from Stanford University, US. Prachee fancies herself to be a poet and a cook when the rare lightning of inspiration strikes.

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