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Retrovirology. 2005 Feb 7;2:7.

HIV-1 Tat, apoptosis and the mitochondria: a tubulin link?

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Molecular Medicine Laboratory, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Trieste, Italy. giacca@icgeb.org

Abstract

The Tat protein of HIV-1 is a powerful activator of viral gene expression. Besides this essential function at the HIV-1 promoter, the protein also exerts a remarkable number of other biological activities, among which the induction of cellular apoptosis. Two papers now published in Retrovirology provide possible molecular mechanisms for the pro-apoptotic effect of Tat, which involve the cell's microtubular network and the mitochondrial pathway of apoptosis.

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15698476
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PMC549042
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10.1186/1742-4690-2-7
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