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Study: Gum disease feared to trigger full-blown AIDS

from AFP via Edmonton Journal

An acid produced in the mouth as a result of gum disease invigorates the virus that can lead to full-blown AIDS, a Japanese researcher said, billing the finding as a world first. A group of bacteria causes periodontal disease, posing a threat to the teeth and the entire body, the researcher said. "They produce a large amount of butyric acid, which smells like socks you wore for a long time," said Kuniyasu Ochiai, professor who chairs the Microbiology Department at Tokyo-based Nihon University. The acid, which also can exist in rancid butter, hinders a kind of enzyme called HDAC that blocks HIV from proliferating, Ochiai told AFP. more

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