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  Scientists find protein as HIV inhibitor
   
 
BEIJING/WASHINGTON, Mar 16 (INP): Scientists from China and the US have found a protein used against the Zika virus, which could also be used in inhibiting HIV. The scientists said that cholesterol-25-hydroxylase (CH25H) was induced in response to Zika infection, and that its enzymatic product, 25-hydroxycholesterol (25HC), was a critical mediator in host protection against Zika, news site chinanews.com reported. The results were jointly published in the medical journal Immunity by the Suzhou Institute of Systems Medicine based in East China's Jiangsu Province, which is under the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, and other institutes such as the University of California at Los Angeles. Dr. Li Chunfeng, who was involved in the research, said that scientists from China and the US found the 25HC's anti-virus effects in 2013 and studied the possibility of inhibiting Zika after the disease broke out. Synthetic 25HC addition inhibited Zika infection in vitro by blocking viral entry, and treatment with 25HC reduced viremia and provided protection against Zika in mice and rhesus macaques, according to a Chinanews.com report. "Theoretically, this could work on humans as well. We will start clinical tests to try to prove 25HC's effectiveness in humans," Cheng Genhong, the general director of the Suzhou Institute of Systems Medicine, said. Researchers have also found that 25HC could inhibit viruses such as HIV and Ebola. They will continue joint research to try to control new infectious diseases, chinanes.com said. No treatment is currently available to prevent Zika virus from harming the fetus, and the biological mechanism through which microcephaly arises as a result of infection remains unclear. INP/AH
 
 
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Pakistan to work closely with Trump Administration to strengthen bilateral relations; CPEC offers Pakistan an excellent opportunity to upgrade basic infrastructure and will bring prosperity and connectivity : Dar
News Image   WASHINGTON, Apr 26 (INP) Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar Tuesday said that Pakistan is looking ahead to work closely with the Trump Administration to further enhance and strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries. He commented that Pakistani Diaspora is playing an important role in acting as a bridge between Pakistan and the US to further bilateral relations. More
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Chinese FM urges voice of peace, reason over Korean Peninsula issue
News Image   ATHENS, Apr 24 (INP): Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi here urged all sides to make voices of peace and reason on the Korean Peninsula issue, and reiterated China's consistent and definite stand on denuclearizing the Peninsula. More
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