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Powerful Anti-AIDS Agent Found In Tears And In Urine Of Pregnant Women

he amino acid sequences of the newly identified anti-viral components associated with the beta core fragment of the beta subunit of hCG are identical to those of human lysozyme and ribonucleases. Why these compounds cling tightly to the pregnancy hormone is a fascinating question, said Dr. Lee-Huang. "Here again, it seems that Mother Nature knows best how to protect the earliest stages of human life," she said.

After the lysozyme and ribonuclease were identified, the researchers tested lysozymes found in mother's milk, white blood cells, and chicken egg white as well as ribonuclease found in the pancreas of cows. All of these proteins inhibited HIV and were incredibly potent.

Dr. Lee-Huang and Dr. Chen's colleagues in this study are Yongtao Sun of NYU School of Medicine; Philip L. Huang and Paul L. Huang, currently at Harvard Medical School; Hsiang-Fu Kung of the National Cancer Institute; and Diana L. Blithe of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.


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Contact: Marjorie Shaffer
Marjorie.Shaffer@med.nyu.edu
212-263-5488
New York University Medical Center and School of Medicine
16-Mar-1999


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