Reactivation of HIV transcription from latently infected cells by some Iranian herbal extracts

The proposed study will test the effect of herbal extracts commonly used in Iran by various HIV and cellular based assays available at UCSF, and provide important information to develop effective and affordable anti-HIV latency therapies to those who have limited access to expensive modern medicine. Also, I will maintain the collaboration with Dr. Peterlin after completion of the proposed study during my sabbatical stay at UCSF, which will contribute to potential new discovery of cellular pathways to regulate HIV transcription and latency.