Illustrations of the HIV life cycle

Curr Top Microbiol Immunol. 2015;389:243-52. doi: 10.1007/82_2015_437.


Illustrations of the HIV Life Cycle. The illustrations include proteins, nucleic acids and membranes; small molecules and water are omitted for clarity. Host cell molecules are shown in shades of blue and green and blood plasma proteins are shown in shades of tan and brown. HIV proteins are shown in red and magenta, HIV RNA is in yellow and HIV DNA is in yellow-green. The 3D model of the mature virion was generated using CellPACK by Graham Johnson Illustrations of the major steps of HIV life cycle are presented that integrate information from structural and biophysical studies. The illustrations depict HIV and its interaction with its cellular host at a magnification that reveals all macromolecules. This report describes the sources of scientific support for the structures and processes shown in the illustrations.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • HIV / growth & development*
  • Life Cycle Stages*
  • Virion / ultrastructure
  • Virus Internalization
  • Virus Release