Bee Venom-Loaded Nanoparticles Kill HIV- Clutch Magazine

In a recent study conducted by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and published in the the journal Antiviral Therapy,  researchers have demonstrated that a toxin called melittin found in bee venom can destroy HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, by poking holes in the “envelope” surrounding the virus.

“Melittin on the nanoparticles fuses with the viral envelope,” said research instructor Joshua L. Hood, MD, Ph.D., via the news release. “The melittin forms little pore-like attack complexes and ruptures the envelope, stripping it off the virus.” Adding, “We are attacking an inherent physical property of HIV. Theoretically, there isn’t any way for the virus to adapt to that. The virus has to have a protective coat, a double-layered membrane that covers the virus.”

Hood hopes that eventually a gel could be made and used by both men and women to stop the virus head on. “Our hope is that in places where HIV is running rampant, people could use this gel as a preventative measure to stop the initial infection.”  In theory, the particles may also be used as an injection into the bloodstream to kill the virus in an already HIV-positive person.

This study comes on the heels of news that a Mississippi baby with HIV has apparently been cured. Currently there are more than 34 million people are living with HIV/AIDS worldwide, according to The Foundation for AIDS Research. Of these, 3.3 million are under the age of 15 years old. Each day, almost 7,000 people contract HIV around the globe.

With the recent progress being made surrounding HIV, maybe there will be hope for those infected and more preventable measures in the near future.

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  • TajMarie

    This is promising. It actually reminds me of a news segment of some organism in the ocean that could be used to cure Alzheimer — but was unfortunately susceptible in being endangered. It is ironic how more medicine is be found in nature versus being genetically engineered. We do have much to learn and should work more towards preserving the environment if we want to maintain a quality of life.

    • Me

      ^This folks is why we need people with science education beyond a high school level.

    • The Comment

      *starting with myself*

      I wish I had received a good math education. I could really see studying cells and doing science research like this.

      I really see my short-commings for not having a solid math education early on. I have now put on my big girl draws and realized that I am not too old to learn math.

      I have enlisted the help of a 8-yr-old Asian kid. He doesn’t call me stupid and I don’t tell him to get braces. A win-win for both of us.

  • This is one of the most underrated schools in the US.

    • Me

      While is not considered an Ivy+ school, I thought Wash U was a pretty big name. Especially in the medical community.

  • JenGina

    I hope, for the sake of mankind, that this goes far. We all know how much money is being made off of sick people. I wouldn’t be surprised if we found a cure years ago and they are disclosing that information due to the money being made off of illness

    • The Comment


      I don’t know how old you are…but when you see 40 something’s exercising their ass off….it is because we realize that the whole plan is to make money off us sick people who don’t have any money to begin with.

      Be like……..fried chicken!!!!! Ummm Mmmm ..I can’t afford no damn heart surgery….. I’m not raising my co-payments over no damn friend yard bird.

  • Very interesting article!
    It is already know that bee venom can help and cure several medical conditions.

    For example:
    Multiple Sclerosis
    Temporal Arteritis and Polymyalgia Rheumatic.
    Lyme Disease

    Read more here: http://www.apitoxin.se/research.html