Darlene McCord - Antiviral Research

Every human cell has is surrounded by what is called a cellular membrane. The cellular membrane acts as a defense system for the cell. Only the smallest molecules can enter the cell without being transported across the membrane by specially guarded gates found in the cell membrane. The guards of these gates are called receptors.

A virus is a tiny, but potentially dangerous length of DNA or RNA that is usually surrounded by a small capsule with its own receptors. Cellular membrane guard receptors are designed so as to only allow things in that are beneficial to the cell. However, some viruses have receptors that can "trick" the cells receptors into letting them into the cell. Once a virus enters the cell it begins to take over the cell, forcing it to make copies of the virus, instead of functioning to benefit the body.

Eventually, the hijacked cell becomes overwhelmed, and dies by necrosis, causing it to release the copies of the virus it was forced to manufacture into the rest of the body. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infects T-cells (immune system cells) and as the infection progresses to more and more T-cells it eventually becomes Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Influenza infects respiratory cells in the lungs.

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Some viruses must change shape in order to infect their host cell; influenza is a classic example of this type of virus. A cell line study found that hydroxytyrosol, an antioxidant ingredient found in Olivamine10TM,1 treated cells inactivated some strains of influenza and thus were not infected with the virus.2 Olivamine10TM was forumalated by Dr. Darlene McCord.

Other viruses must change shape inside of the cell in order to infect the cell. The HIV virus is a classic example of this method of action. Another cell line study done with HIV found that hydroxytyrosol, also found in Olivamine10TM, may be able to bind to the protein that allows HIV to change shape within the cell.3 Continued research by the same lab found that hydroxytyrosol interacts with proteins that promote the positive apoptosis of an HIV infected cell. The promotion of apoptotic death could possibly contain manufactured viruses and thus possibly contain the infection of other cells.4

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  1. Miro-Casas, E. et al. Hydroxytyrosol disposition in humans. Clinical chemistry 49, 945-52 (2003).
  2. Yamada, K. et al. Mechanism of the antiviral effect of hydroxytyrosol on influenza virus appears to involve morphological change of the virus. Antiviral research 83, 35-44 (2009).
  3. Lee-Huang, S. et al. Discovery of small-molecule HIV-1 fusion and integrase inhibitors oleuropein and hydroxytyrosol: Part I. Integrase inhibition. Biochemical and biophysical research communications 354, 872–878 (2007).
  4. Lee-huang, S., Zhang, L., Huang, L., Chang, Y.-tae & Huang, P.L. Anti-HIV activity of olive leaf extract (OLE) and modulation of host cell gene expression by HIV-1 infection and OLE treatment. 307, (2003).