The Structural Biology of HIV
The NIH is sponsoring the 25th annual meeting of discussions about the exciting progress made by structural biologists in the study of HIV from March 28-30, 2011. To commemorate this event, the RCSB PDB's David Goodsell has created an image that illustrates the structural components of the HIV virus.
Goodsell's painting of the HIV virus is available for download as a poster (14 MB). The image is also part of an interactive, online Flash website (3.6 MB) that describes the structural proteins, viral enzymes, and accessory proteins that have been revealed through 25 years of research. Clicking on a protein in the virus will reveal information about the structure and a link to the entry in the PDB.
For more information about the HIV virus, see the Molecule of the Month features on HIV protease, integrase, and reverse transcriptase.