What is the role of direct cytotoxic effects of viral replication in the pathogenesis of HIV infection?

Updated: Jul 01, 2019
  • Author: Nicholas John Bennett, MBBCh, PhD, MA(Cantab), FAAP; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Direct cytotoxic effects of viral replication are likely not the primary cause of CD4 T-cell loss; a significant bystander effect [45] is likely secondary to T-cell apoptosis as part of immune hyperactivation in response to the chronic infection. Infected cells may also be affected by the immune attack.


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