This has been out for some time, but I was just linked to it by my Facebook friend, Brian– a really cool model of HIV-1, inside and out, based off of “more then 100 latest scientific publications in the fields of virology, X-ray analysis and NMR spectroscopy. The depicted spatial configurations of 17 different viral and cellular proteins found in HIV particle are in strict accordance with known 3D-structures.”
This isnt just an ‘artistic rendition’– its an artistic rendition founded on the best science to date
Now, if that image doesnt mean a whole hellovalot to you, I can fix that!
First, go back and refresh your memory on the basics of ERVs and all retroviruses!
Then, go back to the Human Immunodeficiency Virus model page, and click on the orange button in the upper left ‘Labels’.
Now when you scroll through the layers, you can see what all those components are, and when coupled with my SUPER AWESOME explanations of gag, pol, and env, it might kinda sorta make sense “‘MA protein is the product of viral Gag gene.’ Gag=structure, so MA must be a structural core protein!” “‘Integrase is encoded by the viral gene Pol.’ Integrase must be an enzyme!”
If you have any more Qs about what all is going on there– leave em in the comments!