Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
Assembly and Budding
Finally, viral RNA and associated proteins are packaged and released from the lymphocyte surface, taking with them a swatch of lymphocyte membrane containing viral surface proteins. These proteins will then bind to the receptors on other immune cells facilitating continued infection.
Budding viruses are often exactly like the original particle that initially infected the host. In the case of HIV, however, the resulting viruses exhibit a range of variations which makes treatment difficult.
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2. REVERSE TRANSCRIPTION
3. INTEGRATION, TRANSCRIPTION
5. VIRAL PROTEASE