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Jing Shi, Ran Xiong, Tao Zhou, Peiyi Su, Xihe Zhang, Xusheng Qiu, Hongmei Li, Sunan Li, Changqing Yu, Bin Wang, Chan Ding, Thomas E Smithgall, Yong-Hui Zheng
The primate lentiviral accessory protein Nef downregulates CD4 and MHC-I from the cell surface via independent endosomal trafficking pathways to promote viral pathogenesis. In addition, Nef antagonizes a novel restriction factor, SERINC5 (Ser5), to increase viral infectivity. To explore the molecular mechanism of Ser5 antagonism by Nef, we determined how Nef affects Ser5 expression and intracellular trafficking in comparison with CD4 and MHC-I. We confirm that Nef excludes Ser5 from HIV-1 virions by downregulating its cell surface expression via similar functional motifs required for CD4-downregulation...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Virology
Priyanka Chauhan, Wen S Sheng, Shuxian Hu, Sujata Prasad, James R Lokensgard
BACKGROUND: Peripheral neuropathy is currently the most common neurological complication in HIV-infected individuals, occurring in 35-50% of patients undergoing combination anti-retroviral therapy. Data have shown that distal symmetric polyneuropathy develops in mice by 6 weeks following infection with the LP-BM5 retrovirus mixture. Previous work from our laboratory has demonstrated that glial cells modulate antiviral T-cell effector responses through the programmed death (PD)-1: PD-L1 pathway, thereby limiting the deleterious consequences of unrestrained neuroinflammation...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Diane G Carnathan, Joseph J Mackel, Shelby L Sweat, Chiamaka A Enemuo, Etse H Gebru, Pallavi Dhadvai, Sailaja Gangadhara, Sakeenah Hicks, Thomas H Vanderford, Rama R Amara, José Esparza, Wei Lu, Jean-Marie Andrieu, Guido Silvestri
A major obstacle to development of an effective AIDS vaccine is that along with intended beneficial responses, immunization regimen may activate CD4+ T cells that can facilitate acquisition of HIV by serving as target cells for the virus. Lu et al. reported that intra-gastric administration of chemically inactivated SIVmac239 (iSIV) and Lactobacillus plantarum (LP) (iSIV+LP) protected 15/16 Chinese-origin rhesus macaques (RMs) from high-dose intra-rectal SIVmac239 challenge at three months post-immunization...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Virology
Dionysios C Watson, Eirini Moysi, Antonio Valentin, Cristina Bergamaschi, Santhi Devasundaram, Sotirios P Fortis, Jenifer Bear, Elena Chertova, Julian Bess, Ray Sowder, David J Venzon, Claire Deleage, Jacob D Estes, Jeffrey D Lifson, Constantinos Petrovas, Barbara K Felber, George N Pavlakis
B cell follicles in secondary lymphoid tissues represent an immune privileged sanctuary for AIDS viruses, in part because cytotoxic CD8+ T cells are mostly excluded from entering the follicles that harbor infected T follicular helper (TFH) cells. We studied the effects of native heterodimeric IL-15 (hetIL-15) treatment on uninfected rhesus macaques and on macaques that had spontaneously controlled SHIV infection to low levels of chronic viremia. hetIL-15 increased effector CD8+ T lymphocytes with high granzyme B content in blood, mucosal sites and lymph nodes, including virus-specific MHC-peptide tetramer+ CD8+ cells in LN...
February 2018: PLoS Pathogens
Joram Ronel, Andreas Dinkel, Eva Wolf, Birgitt Marten-Mittag, Birgit Mueck, Christoph Mayr, Christian Hoffmann, Martin Karwat, Knud Schewe, Axel Baumgarten, Hans Jaeger
HIV infection has evolved from a fatal to a treatable condition, leading to an increase in the rate of elderly People Living with HIV (PLWH). However, little is known about the psychosocial burden of elderly PLWH. Thus, the aim of this longitudinal multi-center cohort study was to investigate whether elderly PLWH experience more anxiety and depression and reduced health related quality of life (HRQOL) compared to elderly patients with other chronic conditions. PLWH were compared to diabetes patients (DM) and patients with minor health conditions (MHC), e...
February 11, 2018: Psychology, Health & Medicine
Massimiliano Bissa, Greta Forlani, Carlo Zanotto, Giovanna Tosi, Carlo De Giuli Morghen, Roberto S Accolla, Antonia Radaelli
A complete eradication of an HIV infection has never been achieved by vaccination and the search for new immunogens that can induce long-lasting protective responses is ongoing. Avipoxvirus recombinants are host-restricted for replication to avian species and they do not have the undesired side effects induced by vaccinia recombinants. In particular, Fowlpox (FP) recombinants can express transgenes over long periods and can induce protective immunity in mammals, mainly due to CD4-dependent CD8+ T cells. In this context, the class II transactivator (CIITA) has a pivotal role in triggering the adaptive immune response through induction of the expression of class-II major histocompatibility complex molecule (MHC-II), that can present antigens to CD4+ T helper cells...
2018: PloS One
Blake F Frey, Jiansheng Jiang, Yongjun Sui, Lisa F Boyd, Bin Yu, Gwen Tatsuno, Rolf Billeskov, Shahram Solaymani-Mohammadi, Phillip W Berman, David H Margulies, Jay A Berzofsky
Unlike cytosolic processing and presentation of viral Ags by virus-infected cells, Ags first expressed in infected nonprofessional APCs, such as CD4+ T cells in the case of HIV, are taken up by dendritic cells and cross-presented. This generally requires entry through the endocytic pathway, where endosomal proteases have first access for processing. Thus, understanding virus escape during cross-presentation requires an understanding of resistance to endosomal proteases, such as cathepsin S (CatS). We have modified HIV-1MN gp120 by mutating a key CatS cleavage site (Thr322Thr323) in the V3 loop of the immunodominant epitope IGPGRAFYTT to IGPGRAFYVV to prevent digestion...
January 26, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Jamie A Moroco, John Jeff Alvarado, Ryan P Staudt, Haibin Shic, Thomas E Wales, Thomas E Smithgall, John R Engen
The HIV-1 accessory protein Nef controls multiple aspects of the viral life cycle and host immune response, making it an attractive therapeutic target. Previous X-ray crystal structures of Nef in complex with key host cell binding partners have shed light on protein-protein interactions critical to Nef function. Crystal structures of Nef in complex with either the SH3 or tandem SH3-SH2 domains of Src-family kinases reveal distinct dimer conformations of Nef. However, the existence of these Nef dimer complexes in solution has not been established...
December 16, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
Blake Schouest, Andrea M Weiler, Sanath Kumar Janaka, T Alix Myers, Arpita Das, Sarah C Wilder, Jessica Furlott, Melody Baddoo, Erik K Flemington, Eva G Rakasz, David T Evans, Thomas C Friedrich, Nicholas J Maness
Nef-specific CD8+ T lymphocytes (CD8TL) are linked to extraordinary control of primate lentiviral replication, but the mechanisms underlying their efficacy remain largely unknown. The immunodominant, Mamu-B*017:01+ restricted Nef195-203MW9 epitope in SIVmac239 partially overlaps a sorting motif important for interactions with host AP-2 proteins and, hence, downmodulation of several host proteins including Tetherin (CD317/BST-2), CD28, CD4, SERINC3, and SERINC5. We reasoned that CD8TL-driven evolution in this epitope might compromise Nef's ability to modulate these important molecules...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Virology
Yushen Du, Tian-Hao Zhang, Lei Dai, Xiaojuan Zheng, Aleksandr M Gorin, John Oishi, Ting-Ting Wu, Janice M Yoshizawa, Xinmin Li, Otto O Yang, Otoniel Martinez-Maza, Roger Detels, Ren Sun
Certain "protective" major histocompatibility complex class I (MHC-I) alleles, such as B*57 and B*27, are associated with long-term control of HIV-1 in vivo mediated by the CD8+ cytotoxic-T-lymphocyte (CTL) response. However, the mechanism of such superior protection is not fully understood. Here we combined high-throughput fitness profiling of mutations in HIV-1 Gag, in silico prediction of MHC-peptide binding affinity, and analysis of intraperson virus evolution to systematically compare differences with respect to CTL escape mutations between epitopes targeted by protective MHC-I alleles and those targeted by nonprotective MHC-I alleles...
November 28, 2017: MBio
Matthew R Semler, Roger W Wiseman, Julie A Karl, Michael E Graham, Samantha M Gieger, David H O'Connor
Pig-tailed macaques (Macaca nemestrina, Mane) are important models for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) studies. Their infectability with minimally modified HIV makes them a uniquely valuable animal model to mimic human infection with HIV and progression to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). However, variation in the pig-tailed macaque major histocompatibility complex (MHC) and the impact of individual transcripts on the pathogenesis of HIV and other infectious diseases is understudied compared to that of rhesus and cynomolgus macaques...
November 13, 2017: Immunogenetics
Lamine Alaoui, Gustavo Palomino, Sandy Zurawski, Gerard Zurawski, Sixtine Coindre, Nathalie Dereuddre-Bosquet, Camille Lecuroux, Cecile Goujard, Bruno Vaslin, Christine Bourgeois, Pierre Roques, Roger Le Grand, Olivier Lambotte, Benoit Favier
Classical dendritic cells (cDCs) play a pivotal role in the early events that tip the immune response toward persistence or viral control. In vitro studies indicate that HIV infection induces the dysregulation of cDCs through binding of the LILRB2 inhibitory receptor to its MHC-I ligands and the strength of this interaction was proposed to drive disease progression. However, the dynamics of the LILRB2/MHC-I inhibitory axis in cDCs during early immune responses against HIV are yet unknown. Here, we show that early HIV-1 infection induces a strong and simultaneous increase of LILRB2 and MHC-I expression on the surface of blood cDCs...
November 13, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
Benjamin J Burwitz, Helen L Wu, Shaheed Abdulhaqq, Christine Shriver-Munsch, Tonya Swanson, Alfred W Legasse, Katherine B Hammond, Stephanie L Junell, Jason S Reed, Benjamin N Bimber, Justin M Greene, Gabriela M Webb, Mina Northrup, Wolfram Laub, Paul Kievit, Rhonda MacAllister, Michael K Axthelm, Rebecca Ducore, Anne Lewis, Lois M A Colgin, Theodore Hobbs, Lauren D Martin, Betsy Ferguson, Charles R Thomas, Angela Panoskaltsis-Mortari, Gabrielle Meyers, Jeffrey J Stanton, Richard T Maziarz, Jonah B Sacha
Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is a critically important therapy for hematological malignancies, inborn errors of metabolism, and immunodeficiency disorders, yet complications such as graft-vs.-host disease (GvHD) limit survival. Development of anti-GvHD therapies that do not adversely affect susceptibility to infection or graft-vs.-tumor immunity are hampered by the lack of a physiologically relevant, preclinical model of allogeneic HSCT. Here we show a spectrum of diverse clinical HSCT outcomes including primary and secondary graft failure, lethal GvHD, and stable, disease-free full donor engraftment using reduced intensity conditioning and mobilized peripheral blood HSCT in unrelated, fully MHC-matched Mauritian-origin cynomolgus macaques...
November 10, 2017: Nature Communications
Amy L Ellis-Connell, Alexis J Balgeman, Katie R Zarbock, Gabrielle Barry, Andrea Weiler, Jack O Egan, Emily K Jeng, Thomas Friedrich, Jeffrey S Miller, Ashley T Haase, Timothy W Schacker, Hing C Wong, Eva Rakasz, Shelby L O'Connor
Developing biological interventions to control HIV replication in the absence of antiretroviral therapy (ART) could contribute to the development of a functional cure. As a potential alternative to ART, the IL-15 superagonist ALT-803 has been shown to boost the number and function of HIV-specific CD8(+) T and NK cell populations, in vitro. Four SIV(+) rhesus macaques, three of whom possessed MHC alleles associated with control of SIV, and all of whom had received SIV vaccine vectors that had the potential to elicit CD8(+) T cell responses, were given ALT-803 in three treatment cycles...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Virology
Lili Cai, Jianbo Zhang, Renying Zhu, Weixing Shi, Xiaobing Xia, Mark Edwards, William Finch, Anthony Coombs, Ju Gao, Kangwen Chen, Sophie Owen, Shisong Jiang, Wenshu Lu
Priming of naive CD8(+) and CD4(+) T cells by dendritic cells (DCs) requires effective antigen presentation on both MHC class I and II molecules. We have developed a novel technology to use recombinant overlapping peptides (ROP) that stimulate both CD8(+) and CD4(+) T cell immune responses. The single chain protein of a ROP is made up of overlapping peptides linked by the target sequence (LRMK) for cathepsin S, a protease found in the endosomes of DCs. We designed synthetic genes encoding ROPs derived from ovalbumin (OVA), tuberculosis protein (CFP10-ESAT6), human papilloma virus (HPV) protein (E7) and survivin, a protein commonly over-expressed in tumour cells...
September 29, 2017: Oncotarget
Xiao-Dong Lian, Xi-He Zhang, Zheng-Xi Dai, Yong-Tang Zheng
The northern pig-tailed macaque (Macaca leonina) has been identified as an independent species from the pig-tailed macaque group. The species is a promising animal model for HIV/AIDS pathogenesis and vaccine studies due to susceptibility to HIV-1. However, the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) genetics in northern pig-tailed macaques remains poorly understood. We have previously studied the MHC class I genes in northern pig-tailed macaques and identified 39 novel alleles. Here, we describe the MHC class II alleles in all six classical loci (DPA, DPB, DQA, DQB, DRA, and DRB) from northern pig-tailed macaques using a sequence-based typing method for the first time...
December 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
Francis Mwimanzi, Mako Toyoda, Macdonald Mahiti, Jaclyn K Mann, Jeffrey N Martin, David Bangsberg, Mark A Brockman, Philip Goulder, Frank Kirchhoff, Zabrina L Brumme, Thumbi Ndung'u, Takamasa Ueno
Patient-derived HIV-1 subtype B Nef clones downregulate HLA-A more efficiently than HLA-B. However, it remains unknown whether this property is common to Nef proteins across primate lentiviruses, and how antiviral immune responses may be affected. We examined 263 Nef clones from diverse primate lentiviruses including different pandemic HIV-1 group M subtypes for their ability to downregulate MHC-A and MHC-B from the cell surface. Though lentiviral Nef proteins differed markedly in their absolute MHC-A and MHC-B downregulation abilities, all lentiviral Nef lineages downregulated MHC-A on average 11-32% more efficiently than MHC-B...
October 18, 2017: Journal of Virology
Xiao-Dong Lian, Xi-He Zhang, Zheng-Xi Dai, Yong-Tang Zheng
The northern pig-tailed macaque (Macaca leonina) has been considered as an independent species from the pig-tailed macaque group. We have previously reported that this species macaque has the potential to be a useful animal model in HIV/AIDS pathogenesis and vaccine studies due to its susceptibility to HIV-1. To develop this animal into a potential HIV/AIDS model, we have studied the classical MHC genes of this animal. In this study, the non-classical MHC genes Malo-DM and Malo-DO alleles were first characterized by sequencing and cloning in 12 unrelated northern pig-tailed macaques...
October 13, 2017: Immunogenetics
Alexandra Tremblay-McLean, Julie Bruneau, Bertrand Lebouché, Irene Lisovsky, Rujun Song, Nicole F Bernard
Natural Killer (NK) cell responses to HIV-infected CD4 T cells (iCD4) depend on the integration of signals received through inhibitory (iNKR) and activating NK receptors (aNKR). iCD4 activate NK cells to inhibit HIV replication. HIV infection-dependent changes in the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) ligands for iNKR on iCD4 are well documented. By contrast, less is known regarding the HIV infection related changes in ligands for aNKR on iCD4. We examined the aNKR ligand profiles HIV p24⁺ HIV iCD4s that maintained cell surface CD4 (iCD4⁺), did not maintain CD4 (iCD4(-)) and uninfected CD4 (unCD4) T cells for expression of unique long (UL)-16 binding proteins-1 (ULBP-1), ULBP-2/5/6, ULBP-3, major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class 1-related (MIC)-A, MIC-B, CD48, CD80, CD86, CD112, CD155, Intercellular adhesion molecule (ICAM)-1, ICAM-2, HLA-E, HLA-F, HLA-A2, HLA-C, and the ligands to NKp30, NKp44, NKp46, and killer immunoglobulin-like receptor 3DS1 (KIR3DS1) by flow cytometry on CD4 T cells from 17 HIV-1 seronegative donors activated and infected with HIV...
October 12, 2017: Viruses
Natasja G de Groot, Corrine M C Heijmans, Arnoud H de Ru, George M C Janssen, Jan W Drijfhout, Nel Otting, Christelle Vangenot, Gaby G M Doxiadis, Frits Koning, Peter A van Veelen, Ronald E Bontrop
In different macaque species, the MHC A2*05 gene is present in abundance, and its gene products are characterized by low cell-surface expression and a highly conserved peptide-binding cleft. We have characterized the peptide-binding motif of Mamu-A2*05:01, and elucidated the binding capacity for virus-derived peptides. The macaque A2*05 allotype prefers the basic amino acid arginine at the second position of the peptide, and hydrophobic and polar amino acids at the C-terminal end. These preferences are shared with HLA-B*27 and Mamu-B*008, molecules shown to be involved in elite control in human HIV type 1 and macaque SIV infections, respectively...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
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