Trimeric membrane-anchored gp41 inhibits HIV membrane fusion.

The HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein is composed of a receptor binding subunit, gp120 that is non-covalently linked to the membrane-anchored fusion protein, gp41. Triggered by cellular receptor binding, the trimeric envelope complex mediates the fusion of viral and cellular membranes through the rearrangement of the fusion protein subunit into a six-helical… CONTINUE READING