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Block-And-Lock Strategies to Cure HIV Infection

Laboratory for Molecular Virology and Gene Therapy, Department of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences, Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, 3000 Flanders, Belgium
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Viruses 2020, 12(1), 84;
Received: 18 December 2019 / Revised: 7 January 2020 / Accepted: 9 January 2020 / Published: 10 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Antiretroviral Drug Development and HIV Cure Research)
Today HIV infection cannot be cured due to the presence of a reservoir of latently infected cells inducing a viral rebound upon treatment interruption. Hence, the latent reservoir is considered as the major barrier for an HIV cure. So far, efforts to completely eradicate the reservoir via a shock-and-kill approach have proven difficult and unsuccessful. Therefore, more research has been done recently on an alternative block-and-lock functional cure strategy. In contrast to the shock-and-kill strategy that aims to eradicate the entire reservoir, block-and-lock aims to permanently silence all proviruses, even after treatment interruption. HIV silencing can be achieved by targeting different factors of the transcription machinery. In this review, we first describe the underlying mechanisms of HIV transcription and silencing. Next, we give an overview of the different block-and-lock strategies under investigation. View Full-Text
Keywords: HIV; latency; cure; block-and-lock HIV; latency; cure; block-and-lock
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Vansant, G.; Bruggemans, A.; Janssens, J.; Debyser, Z. Block-And-Lock Strategies to Cure HIV Infection. Viruses 2020, 12, 84.

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