Both rely on a protein called integrase that inserts the virus' DNA into an infected cell's DNA, according to a press release from the American Technion Society. Studying FIV positive cats, researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have pinpointed a single amino acid change that seems to be critical in highlighting how the protein assembles itself from simpler building blocks.
Discovering this weak point could help scientists working on anti-HIV drugs for humans target that hot spot in the future, the press release says.
Meanwhile, it's important to remember that FIV cats do not have AIDS. It can take years for AIDS symptoms to develop in an FIV cat, and in most cats they never do.
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