The Molecules of HIV

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Fusidic acid

An article from "The Molecules of HIV" (c) Dan Stowell
www.mcld.co.uk/hiv
Fusidic acid is an antibacterial agent which is often used for infections which are nothing particularly to do with HIV. Someone noticed that a patient who had AIDS, and was also being treated with fusidic acid for another infection, was improving. This clue led scientists to investigate whether fusidic acid had any particular effect on HIV-infected cells - and sure enough, in test-tube experiments it seemed to prevent the formation of syncytia. C31H48O6 http://alpha2.bmc.uu.se/gerard/hicup/FUA/

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