Will HIV infect any cells other than the T-helper cell?

Mr. Hat misterhat at sbcglobal.net
Tue Jul 8 20:42:23 EST 2003


In article <noemail-AC1289.23520607072003 at cnews.newsguy.com>, Hobo
<noemail at noemail.com> wrote:

> In article <NX4ma.8140$oJ2.1232891 at news20.bellglobal.com>,
>  "Geronimo" <user at server.com> wrote:
> 
> > Good question, Zehua. It may seem to also contain a solution.
> > 
> > Actually, the answer is not. T-helper cells are not the only cells infected
> > by the HIV virus.
> 
> Will HIV "infect" killed T cells?

No. This would make no sense to the virus, which is a parasite requiring
the host nuclear machinery in order to replicate itself. In addition,
killed T cells, like any other dead cell, would be rapidly cleared from
the system via phagocytes.

M.H.



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