Synthetic polymers alter the structure of cervical mucus.

  title={Synthetic polymers alter the structure of cervical mucus.},
  author={Rebecca Kuntz Willits and W. Mark Saltzman},
  volume={22 5},
Mucosal sites have an innate defense system--which includes immune cells, antibodies, and mucus--to protect the body from opportunistic pathogens. Some sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), such as HIV, utilize host defense mechanisms to evade detection by infecting motile immune cells present at the site. The infected cells migrate through the mucus layer and penetrate the epithelium undetected. A new strategy for preventing STDs could involve inhibiting cell migration through the mucus. One… CONTINUE READING