capsid

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capsid

[′kap·səd]
(invertebrate zoology)
The name applied to all members of the family Miridae.
(virology)
In a virus, the protein shell surrounding the nucleic acid and its associated protein core. Also known as protein coat.
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Once attached, HIV penetrates into the host cell where the viral core uncoats, releasing two strands of viral RNA into the host's cytoplasm.
Photo: Schematic representation of the AIDS virus genome showing regions of DNA that code for production of, among other things, viral core protein (gag), reverse transcriptase (pol) and envelope proteins (env).