AIDS as a Neuropeptide Disorder: Does HIV Bind to a VIP Receptor?
By mimicking the molecular structure of the binding site of a neurotransmitter or other endogenous ligand, viruses are known to bind to the receptor of that neurotransmitter and, by subsequent steps, infect the receptor-bearing cells. Toxic effects may also occur to cells when shed viral proteins, although not infectious, bind to a receptor site and block the functions of the endogenous ligand (see recent review by Lentz 1988).
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