Theory of an Immune System Retrovirus.
BROWN UNIV PROVIDENCE RI CENTER FOR NEURAL SCIENCE
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The retrovirus HTLVIIILAV, which infects T sub 4 helper cells of the immune system has been implicated as the agent responsible for the acquired immune deficiency syndrome AIDS. In this paper, we contrast the growth of a normal virus with what we call an Immune System Retrovirus ISRV a retrovirus that attacks T sub 4 cells of the immune system. We show that remarkable interaction with other infections as well as strong virus concentration dependence are general properties of ISRV. Some of the consequences of these ideas are compared with observations.
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