Banana beats anti-HIV drugs?

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    Mar 16, 2010 6:59 PM GMT
    There is a study coming out March 19 in the Journal of Biological Chemistry that claims banana lectins "has the ability to stop the transmission and prevention of HIV." icon_eek.gif

    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/banana-beats-antihiv-drugs-1921804.html
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    Mar 16, 2010 8:56 PM GMT
    gaggedjoy saidThere is a study coming out March 19 in the Journal of Biological Chemistry that claims banana lectins "has the ability to stop the transmission and prevention of HIV." icon_eek.gif

    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/banana-beats-antihiv-drugs-1921804.html


    Thanks for posting this article. I never knew bananas were so potent, but if I'm not mistaken, current hiv prevention creams are based on coconut oil, so nature probably has the best answers.

    Unfortunately, they're only talking about prevention, rather than a cure and we already know condoms work. So this seems more useful for third world countries, where women can't always insist that guys use protection.
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    Mar 16, 2010 8:58 PM GMT
    Weird. I just ate a banana. In fact, there may still be some small banana parrticles in my mouth. icon_razz.gif
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    Mar 16, 2010 8:59 PM GMT
    I always knew I loved bananas for a reason icon_cool.gif
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    Mar 16, 2010 9:01 PM GMT
    Space_Cowboy_89 saidI always knew I loved bananas for a reason icon_cool.gif


    Which is why you eat them with shades on?
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    Mar 16, 2010 9:02 PM GMT
    After reading this the other day about bananas I knew there was going to be a plethora of jokes about the phallic fruit. Has Jay Leno or David Letterman commented yet?
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    Mar 16, 2010 11:43 PM GMT
    Too bad I'm allergic to bananas!
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    Mar 16, 2010 11:44 PM GMT
    Wait. Do you have to put the banana on your dick?
  • calibro

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    Mar 16, 2010 11:49 PM GMT
    study brought to you by Dole and Chacita Pharmaceutical
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    Mar 17, 2010 1:51 AM GMT
    makavelli said
    Space_Cowboy_89 saidI always knew I loved bananas for a reason icon_cool.gif


    Which is why you eat them with shades on?


    icon_cool.gifI do EVERYTHING with shades onicon_wink.gif
  • DCEric

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    Mar 17, 2010 2:24 AM GMT
    Well duh. If you use a banana then the chances of transmission are 0. Of course. I could have told you that without a study.
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    Mar 17, 2010 3:06 AM GMT
    How does it work? Like if you only have sex with bananas you don't get HIV?
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    Mar 17, 2010 3:12 AM GMT
    Im not trying to be a jerk, but there is a HUGE difference between HIV and Aids... just sayin'

    jimib saidHow does it work? Like if you only have sex with bananas you don't get aids?
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    Mar 17, 2010 3:48 AM GMT
    jimib saidHow does it work? ...

    Ok, it works by the lectin found in bananas (called Banlec here) binding to the mannose sugars in the viral coat of the HIV virus. Thereby, blocking those mannose sugars, which are important in attaching to white blood cells, from attaching to the human white cells and allowing the virus to infecting them.

    "Lectins are sugar-binding proteins that are highly specific for their sugar moieties. They play a role in biological recognition phenomena involving cells and proteins. For example, some viruses use lectins to attach themselves to the cells of the host organism during infection."
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lectin

    "BanLec...binds to high mannose carbohydrate structures, including those found on viruses containing glycosylated envelope proteins such as human immunodeficiency virus type-1 (HIV-1). Therefore, we hypothesized that BanLec might inhibit HIV-1 through binding of the glycosylated HIV-1 envelope protein, gp120."

    "BanLec can recognize the high mannose structures that are recognized by the monoclonal antibody 2G12. Furthermore, BanLec is able to block HIV-1 cellular entry as indicated by temperature-sensitive viral entry studies and by the decreased levels of the strong-stop product of early reverse transcription seen in the presence of BanLec. Thus, our data indicate that BanLec inhibits HIV-1 infection by binding to the glycosylated viral envelope and blocking cellular entry."

    "The relative anti-HIV activity of BanLec compared favorably to other anti-HIV lectins, such as snowdrop lectin and Griffithsin, and to T-20 and maraviroc, two anti-HIV drugs currently in clinical use. Based on these results, BanLec is a potential component for an anti-viral microbicide that could be used to prevent the sexual transmission of HIV-1. "

    http://www.jbc.org/content/285/12/8646.abstract?sid=7b9e04dd-d1a9-4a57-ac6e-47a766bb705a

    But can you ingest the lectins by eating bananas? How many bananas do you have to eat?
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    Mar 17, 2010 3:51 AM GMT
    So do I have insert a banana first as fore play before sex. Does it count as lube. Ripe or green bananas ? Or maybe those thick red ones we puerto Ricans affectionally call "rompe culos". Lol
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    Mar 17, 2010 4:01 AM GMT
    hector2009 saidSo do I have insert a banana first as fore play before sex


    not first ...

    instead of
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    Mar 17, 2010 4:21 AM GMT
    _chuck_ said
    hector2009 saidSo do I have insert a banana first as fore play before sex


    not first ...

    instead of


    Why not both?

    "Excuse me, sir. I am conducting research concerning the orgasmic capabilities of various fruits and vegetables. Would you like to participate in this study?"

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    Mar 17, 2010 5:04 AM GMT
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