The envelope glycoprotein (Env) of HIV-1 is incorporated into virions that bud from the cell surface of infected T cells. With immunofluorescence microscopy and subcellular membrane fractionation techniques, the intracellular fate of Env in the secretory pathway of HIV-1-infected T cells was evaluated. Rather than trafficking constitutively from the Golgi to the cell surface, Env is directed to intracellular CTLA-4-containing granules, whose recruitment to the cell surface is regulated. The use of the regulated pathway for intracellular Env storage before virion assembly holds implications for the staging of Env exposure at the cell surface of infected cells and of coordinating HIV virion assembly.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|State||Published - Jun 11 2002|
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