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11 Nov 2006 13:15 PST
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Can an HIV virus live in a Tuburculosis bacterium?
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From: xray101-ga on 29 Nov 2006 16:53 PST
Hello eaglebeak-ga, In order to get your answer you need to understand how and what organisms a virus can infect. I found this useful link that gives you general information about viruses: http://people.ku.edu/~jbrown/virus.html In the above link what should interest you more likely is the paragraph titled: What things can become infected by a virus. The viruses that can infect bacteria are called bacterial viruses or bacteriophages. Definition is here : http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/bacterial+virus The bacteriophages have a special structure that allows them to adhere to the bacterial cell surface to be able to inject their genome through the cell wall.(see photo here: http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/cells/viruses/images/bacteriophage.jpg ) The HIV is not a bacteriophage thus cannot infect the Tuberculosis bacterium (Mycobacterium tuberculosis). The structure of HIV is here : http://www.wellesley.edu/Chemistry/Chem101/hiv/t-hiv.GIF PS - If you are probably asking this question to know why HIV infected people are more likely infected with tuberculosis the answer is because the HIV virus attacks the immune system and make the body susceptible to all kinds of microorganisms especially to the mycobacterium tuberculosis.
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