An End to Herpes -- and HIV?
It will also be of great interest to show exactly which of the cdks must be
blocked in order to stop these viruses from causing disease, University of Iowa
biochemist David H. Price, PhD, tells WebMD. Price and co-workers are currently
developing drugs similar to cdk blockers to fight HIV.
- Scientists say a new class of drugs may be effective against viruses that
cause diseases like herpes and AIDS.
- Instead of trying to kill the virus, these drugs take a different approach:
They prevent an invading virus from using its human host's cdk, a substance
that drives cell division. Without cdk, the virus can't reproduce itself.
- It's possible that cdk-blocking agents could be used to fight certain types
of cancer. Scientists still have to access their safety in people as well as
learn how knocking out cdk can prevent a viral infection.