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Curr Opin Hematol. 1997 Jan;4(1):24-31.

Mechanisms of lymphocyte killing by HIV.

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Department of Pediatrics, National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine, Denver, CO 80206, USA.


One of the remaining mysteries of HIV infection is what causes the destruction of the CD4+ T cells. Several reports in the past year have linked viral load to disease progression, strengthening the conclusion that the virus is responsible for CD4+ T-cell depletion. We discuss several possible mechanisms of T-cell death, including the killing of uninfected CD4+ T cells. We also discuss the possibility that the virus protects the cell it infects at least until viral replication can be completed.

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