HIV T Cell Apoptosis. December 2008.

Color illustration. 2D still rendered from a 3D scene. Depicts HIV virus eliminating t cells by inducing apoptosis. Scene is inside blood vessel.

2D illustration rendered from a 3D scene. The scene depicts the HIV virus triggering apoptosis in T cells. Apoptosis is the “self-destruct sequence” of a cell. Depleting T cells in this manner weakens the immune system. The number of T cells drives the progression of HIV to AIDS. There is also an inset showing a simplified structure of the HIV virus.