HIV virus recognition by T cell, molecular model

HIV virus recognition by T cell, molecular model

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Caption: HIV virus recognition by T cell. Molecular model showing the binding of a gp120 glycoprotein (red) and gp41 fusion protein (yellow) from an HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) virus particle (top) with a CD4 protein (blue) and cytokine receptor CCR5 (pink) of a T lymphocyte white blood cell (bottom). T cells are part of the cell-mediated immune system and play a critical role in the body's immune response. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome). It specifically targets and kills T cells, causing severe damage to the immune response and leaving patients vulnerable to normally harmless diseases. The HIV particle recognises T cells using the gp120 glycoprotein and fuses with them using the gp41 fusion protein.

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