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Can someone please explain this to me? - (May/20/2016 )

Hi, I am looking for help and hope someone here with the appropriate knowledge can help me. Recently I took an oral swab hiv test and when I looked up what is inside the test stick I found this information and it confused me. Can someone please explain what these are and how they are made? I would really appreciate it!


HIV 1 & 2 Peptides/Panel Members (Defibrinated), GP-36 Peptide (N/A), GP-41 Peptide (N/A)

Recombinant Protein A





HIV-1 and HIV-2 appear to package their RNA differently. HIV-1 binds to any appropriate RNA whereas HIV-2 preferentially binds to mRNA which creates the Gag protein itself. This means that HIV-1 is better able to mutate. HIV-2 is transmitted in the same ways as HIV-1: Through exposure to bodily fluids such as blood, semen, tears and vaginal fluids. Immunodeficiency develops more slowly with HIV-2.
HIV-2 is less infectious in the early stages of the virus
han with HIV-1. The infectiousness of HIV-2 increases as the virus progresses. Major differences include reduced pathogenicity of HIV-2 relative to HIV-1, enhanced immune control of HIV-2 infection and often some degree of CD4-independence. Despite considerable sequence and phenotypic differences between HIV-1 and 2 envelopes, structurally they are quite similar. Both membrane-anchored proteins eventually form the 6-helix bundles from the N-terminal and C-terminal regions of the ectodomain, which is common to many viral and cellular fusion proteins and which seems to drive fusion.
HIV-1 gp41 helical regions can form more stable 6-helix bundles than HIV-2 gp41 helical regions however HIV-2 fusion occurs at a lower threshold temperature (25°C), does not require Ca2+ in the medium, is insensitive to treatment of target cells with cytochalasin B, and is not affected by target membrane glycosphingolipid composition.


There are also instruction about protein A, but it seem not related to HIV, you can take as reference.

-Andrea Fortina-

Andrea Fortina,thx for you infomation!biggrin.png biggrin.png