Is RNA-laden p24 capsid protein a vector for HIV?

Andrzej W. Lipkowski, Daniel B. Carr, Victor J. Hruby, Masaaki Yoshikawa

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The consensus HIV infection pathway, although well supported by abundant experimental evidence, fails to account for infection of cells (e.g., neurons) that lack CD4 and/or coreceptors. We present the hypothesis that p24 capsid protein laden with RNA may be an alternative virulent agent. A novel mechanism of HIV infection may involve binding of the capsid with membrane receptors, followed by internalization of the capsid-receptor complex. This new pathway suggests novel strategies for antiviral pharmacotherapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)919-921
Number of pages3
JournalMedical Hypotheses
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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