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Isolated HIV-1 core is active for reverse transcription

Warrilow, David, Stenzel, Deborah J., & Harrich, David (2007) Isolated HIV-1 core is active for reverse transcription. Retrovirology, 4(77).

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Abstract

Whether purified HIV-1 virion cores are capable of reverse transcription or require uncoating to be activated is currently controversial. To address this question we purified cores from a virus culture and tested for the ability to generate authentic reverse transcription products. A dense fraction (approximately 1.28 g/ml) prepared without detergent, possibly derived from disrupted virions, was found to naturally occur as a minor sub-fraction in our preparations. Core-like particles were identified in this active fraction by electron microscopy. We are the first to report the detection of authentic strong-stop, first-strand transfer and full-length minus strand products in this core fraction without requirement for an uncoating activity.

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ID Code: 14180
Item Type: Journal Article
DOI: 10.1186/1742-4690-4-77
ISSN: 1742-4690
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (060000) > MICROBIOLOGY (060500) > Virology (060506)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 (The authors); licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
Copyright Statement: © 2007 Warrilow et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Deposited On: 28 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:38

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