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Also known as: Glycoprotein 120

A glycoprotein on the HIV envelope. gp120 binds to a CD4 receptor on a host cell, such as a CD4 T lymphocyte (CD4 cell). This starts the process by which HIV fuses its viral membrane with the host cell membrane and enters the host cell.

See Related Term(s):  Envelope, Fusion, Glycoprotein, Life Cycle