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Giant Cells

Multinucleated masses produced by the fusion of many cells; often associated with viral infections. In AIDS, they are induced when the envelope glycoprotein of the HIV virus binds to the CD4 antigen of uninfected neighboring T4 cells. The resulting syncytium leads to cell death and thus may account for the cytopathic effect of the virus.

Year introduced: 1990

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Tree Number(s): A11.500

MeSH Unique ID: D015726

Entry Terms:

  • Cell, Giant
  • Cells, Giant
  • Giant Cell
  • Syncytium
  • Polykaryocytes
  • Polykaryocyte
  • Syncytia
  • Giant Cells, Multinucleated
  • Cell, Multinucleated Giant
  • Cells, Multinucleated Giant
  • Giant Cell, Multinucleated
  • Multinucleated Giant Cell
  • Multinucleated Giant Cells

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