Oral mucosal immunity and HIV/SIV infection.

  title={Oral mucosal immunity and HIV/SIV infection.},
  author={Fabien X-S L{\"u} and Rachelle S Jacobson},
  journal={Journal of dental research},
  volume={86 3},
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) transmission through genital and rectal mucosa has led to intensive study of mucosal immune responses to HIV and to the development of a vaccine administered locally. However, HIV transmission through the oral mucosa is a rare event. The oral mucosa represents a physical barrier and contains immunological elements to prevent the invasion of pathogenic organisms. This particular defense differs between micro-compartments represented by the salivary glands, oral… CONTINUE READING