What role does one protein have in hiding HIV in white blood cells?
Previous research has shown the presence of active HIV virus in blood cells and it is believed that these cells provide a long-term reservoir for the virus.
Dr. Tremblay’s lab has previously shown that a particular type of protein can transport the virus and could potentially infect blood cells. However, this has not been firmly established. This study aims to understand how this protein can harbour and transmit the virus. Secondly, it seeks to understand what factors make the blood cells suitable reservoirs for the virus.