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Human milk galectin-3 binding protein and breast-feeding-associated HIV transmission.

Chan CS, et al. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2013.

Abstract

Analysis of milk from 247 HIV-infected Zambian mothers showed that galectin-3 binding protein concentrations were significantly higher among HIV-infected mothers who transmitted HIV through breast-feeding (6.51 ± 2.12 μg/mL) than among nontransmitters but were also correlated with higher milk and plasma HIV RNA copies/mL and lower CD4+ cell counts. The association between galectin-3 binding protein and postnatal transmission was attenuated after adjustment for milk and plasma HIV load and CD4+ cell counts. This suggests that although milk galectin-3 binding protein is a marker of advanced maternal disease, it does not independently modify transmission risk.

PMID

23899964 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

PMCID

PMC3907473

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