People infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) suffer from inflammation and depleted glutathione (antioxidant) levels. Inflammation itself can lead to decreased levels of glutathione. This study evaluated the ability of N-acetylcysteine to interfere with these mechanisms. The results showed that N-acetylcysteine was able to inhibit inflammation and replenish depleted glutathione levels. The researchers suggested that N-acetylcysteine can be used in addition to the standard treatment of AIDS. Further details can be found in the study.
M Roederer, F J Staal, S W Ela, L A Herzenberg, L A Herzenberg