How does HIV replicate?

Updated: Jul 01, 2019
  • Author: Nicholas John Bennett, MBBCh, PhD, MA(Cantab), FAAP; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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HIV replicates in activated T cells (its promotor contains a nuclear factor kappa B [NF-kappa-B]–binding region, the same protein that promotes other proteins in activated T cells and macrophages), and activated T cells migrate to the lymph nodes. As such, much of the viral replication occurs outside of the peripheral blood, even though serum viral load is still a useful surrogate marker of viral replication.


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