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First-ever biologically authentic computer model completed of the HIV-1 virus liposome.

Key finding from the simulations is the formation of sphingomyelin and cholesterol rich microdomains. HIV-1 is known to preferentially bud from regions of the host cell membrane where these constituents are in high abundance.

XSEDE allocations on TACC Stampede2, PSC Bridges-2; workshop training supported studies.

Scientists hopeful this basic research into viral envelopes can help efforts to develop new HIV-1 therapeutics, as well as laying a foundation for study of other enveloped viruses such as the novel coronavirus.


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