ISMCBBPR (International Society for Molecular and Cell Biology and Biotechnology Protocols and Researches)
announces that the
Molecule of the Year 2008
anti-SAG 421-433 catalytic IgA
ISMCBBPR President Prof. Isidro T. Savillo said
Of all the publications that dealt with the Achilles heel of HIV as well as with other relevant scientific publications commencing the year 2007, the research study by Sudhir Paul with co- authors namely, Stephanie Planque, Yasuhiro Nishiyama, Hiroaki Taguchi, Maria Salas and Carl Hanson was exceptionally extraordinary by their discovery of a highly catalytic antibody or an abzyme belonging to IgA sub type which showed the astounding task of not only binding to Achilles heel of HIV but it was also capable of fragmenting and subsequently destroying its function. As mentioned* this may become a competent potential candidate yet novel and innovative for a future microbicide and vaccine for HIV prevention and treatment. Though IgA was given due recognition (Planque et al, 2008) other Igs such as IgM may also hold promising roles in future research elaborations. Congratulations again!!
* see external links below
For more interesting information about its outstanding characteristics, please refer to Planque et al. "Catalytic antibodies to HIV: Physiological role and potential clinical utility" Autoimmunity Reviews 7 (2008): 473-479 at Pubmed
Popular press articles referencing this breakthrough can be found at the following
Washington Post: Antibodies May Lead to Protection Against HIV
ScienceDaily: Pathologists Believe They Have Pinpointed Achilles Heel Of HIV
PhysOrg.com: UT pathologists believe they have pinpointed Achilles heel of HIV
UT Med School @ Houston "Scoop": Antibody named Molecule of the Year
UTH Med Exes: Another Congratulatory Announcement for the Molecule of the Year 2008!
Excellent choice! Happy New Year
-Dr. Wayne W. Grody, Advisor, ISMCBBPR