gp120

noun
\ ˌjē-(ˌ)pē-ˌwən-ˈtwen-tē How to pronounce gp120 (audio) \

Definition of gp120

: a glycoprotein protruding from the outer surface of the HIV virion that has a molecular weight of 120 and must bind to a CD4 receptor on a T cell bearing such receptors before infection of the cell can occur

Examples of gp120 in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After all, the virus cannot infect a cell without gp120 attaching itself to the CD4 signaling protein, and the immune system can and does make antibodies against individual gp120 molecules. Scientific American, "20 Years in the Making: A New Approach to a Vaccine against HIV," 12 May 2020

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First Known Use of gp120

1985, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gp120

glycoprotein

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10 Jun 2020

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“Gp120.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gp120. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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gp120

noun
\ ˌjē-(ˌ)pē-ˌwən-ˈtwen-tē How to pronounce gp120 (audio) \

Medical Definition of gp120

: a glycoprotein that protrudes from the outer surface of the HIV virion, that has a molecular weight of 120, and that must bind to a CD4 receptor on a T cell bearing such receptors before infection of the cell can occur

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