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Mucus and Mucins: do they have a role in the inhibition of the human immunodeficiency virus?

Many studies have shown that body fluids have components that prevent the transmission of HIV-1 from infected to non-infected persons through various forms of contact. This review explores the anti-HIV activity of various types body fluids, including saliva and breast milk, along with their respective mucin components. The authors then interrogate the possibility of exploiting mucins to formulate a biologically based biocompatible substance that could act as a topical prophylactic to prevent transmission of the virus.


  1. Content type: Review


    Authors: Hong Yuan, Pinghua Li, Xueqing Ma, Zengjun Lu, Pu Sun, Xingwen Bai, Jing Zhang, Huifang Bao, Yimei Cao, Dong Li, Yuanfang Fu, Yingli Chen, Qifeng Bai, Jie Zhang and Zaixin Liu

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  1. Content type: Research


    Authors: Josefina Garcia, Victoria Espejo, Martha Nelson, Merly Sovero, Manuel V Villaran, Jorge Gomez, Melvin Barrantes, Felix Sanchez, Guillermo Comach, Ana E Arango, Nicolas Aguayo, Ivette L de Rivera, Wilson Chicaiza, Mirna Jimenez, Washington Aleman, Francisco Rodriguez…

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Aims and scope

Virology Journal is an open access, peer reviewed journal that considers articles on all aspects of virology, including research on the viruses of animals, plants and microbes. The journal welcomes basic research as well as pre-clinical and clinical studies of novel diagnostic tools, vaccines and anti-viral therapies.

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Journal Sections

Emerging viruses - Tom Geisbert, University of Texas Medical Branch, USA
Hepatitis viruses - Alan McLachlan, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Herpes viruses - Blossom Damania, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Influenza viruses - Hualan Chen, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China
Negative-strand RNA viruses - Bert Rima, Queen’s University Belfast, UK
Other viruses - Erna Geessien Kroon, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil
Plant viruses - Xueping Zhou, Zhejiang University, China
Positive-strand RNA viruses - Alexander A Khromykh, University of Queensland, Australia
Retroviruses - Li Wu, Ohio State University, USA
Veterinary DNA viruses - Klaus Osterrieder, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Veterinary RNA viruses - Siba Samal, University of Maryland, USA
Viruses of microbes - Joana Azeredo, University of Minho, Portugal

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