Meaning and function of tat gene

fcourch at fcourch at
Tue Sep 19 12:55:40 EST 1995

tat is the name of a gene of HIV (and some other lentiviruses). 
Could anybody here tell me what tat means?
And what is the supposed function of tat?
(PS: do you have any reference?)

Thanks in advance.

Franck Courchamp

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