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HIV: master of the host cell

Christopher W Arendt and Dan R Littman*

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Molecular Pathogenesis Program, Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine, New York University Medical Center, New York, NY 10016, USA

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Genome Biology 2001, 2:reviews1030-reviews1030.4  doi:10.1186/gb-2001-2-11-reviews1030

Published: 22 October 2001


The human immunodeficiency virus has evolved various mechanisms to exploit its host cells, including the interruption and augmentation of signal transduction pathways. Recently, two DNA microarray studies have illustrated a remarkably broad-based perturbation in host transcriptional responses, which is in part mediated by the HIV-encoded Nef protein. HIV therefore seems to function as a 'master regulator' of cellular gene expression.