The role of cellular factors in promoting HIV budding

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Program in Gene Function and Expression



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Endosomal Sorting Complexes Required for Transport; HIV-1; Humans; Protein Structure, Tertiary; Virus Release; gag Gene Products, Human Immunodeficiency Virus


Genetics and Genomics | Molecular Biology


Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) becomes enveloped while budding through the plasma membrane, and the release of nascent virions requires a membrane fission event that separates the viral envelope from the cell surface. To facilitate this crucial step in its life cycle, HIV-1 exploits a complex cellular membrane remodeling and fission machinery known as the endosomal sorting complex required for transport (ESCRT) pathway. HIV-1 Gag directly interacts with early-acting components of this pathway, which ultimately triggers the assembly of the ESCRT-III membrane fission complex at viral budding sites. Surprisingly, HIV-1 requires only a subset of ESCRT-III components, indicating that the membrane fission reaction that occurs during HIV-1 budding differs in crucial aspects from topologically related cellular abscission events.

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Citation: J Mol Biol. 2011 Jul 22;410(4):525-33. Link to article on publisher's site


Co-author Eric Weiss is a student in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) at UMass Medical School.

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