Embargoed materials for Complementary & Integrative Medicine Conference

of relationships that is yet marked by an informality which does not reflect the importance such relationships are viewed as having in fostering fully-integrated healthcare," the authors concluded.

Abstract 520 Survey of Educators at Conventional Integrative Medicine Programs and Accredited CAM Schools on the Status of Inter-Institutional Relationships
Weeks J, Kligler B, Qiao Y, Snider P, Haramati A, O'Bryon D, Perlman A, Lawson K, Goldstein M

Poster Session: A-34
May 26, 2006 at 5:45pm

Presenting Author: Christina Nance, PhD
Texas Children's Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX

Green Tea Component May Have Potential for Treating HIV Infection

While green tea has been touted as having many potential benefits for maintaining general health, new research to be presented at The North American Research Conference on Complementary and Integrative Medicine held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, May 24th-27th, 2006, reveals that it may have particular promise for treating a serious condition, HIV infection and subsequent impaired immunity.

The green tea component epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) has been proposed to have medicinal properties against cancer, heart disease, and the effects of HIV infection. Research has shown that HIV-1 infection causes impaired immune function by binding to the CD4 molecule on immune cells, and now this study demonstrates that EGCG binds to CD4 and inhibits HIV from attaching to host cells.

The investigators assessed whether EGCG is capable of inhibiting the binding of HIV proteins called gp120 that are essential for the virus to attach to CD4 molecules and gain entry into host cells. Specifically, they analyzed the binding ability of gp120 to EGCG-treated and untreated immune cells expressing CD4. EGCG markedly inhibited the binding of HIV gp120 proteins to these immune cells in a dose-dependent manner. In addition, molecular modeling studi


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