TRIM5α has species-specific restriction activity against replication of many retroviruses, including HIV-1. Though human also express TRIM5α protein, it is less potent in suppressing infection of HIV-1 than most orthologs of other nonhuman primates. Previous association studies suggested that polymorphisms in TRIM5α gene might protect against HIV-1 infection. However, the exact variation accounting for this protective effect was not certain.
One thousand two hundred ninety-four Chinese intravenous drug users (IDUs), including 1011 Hans and 283 Dai subjects, were investigated for sequence variations in TRIM5α and association with HIV-1 resistance. Resequencing of the putative functional domains in exon2 and exon8 was carried out in 1151 subjects, along with exon2 resequencing in a further 143 HIV-1-infected IDUs.
We identified 14 different nucleotide variants, including 4 with minor allele frequency >0.05. We observed that the frequency of 43Y homozygote in seronegative IDUs was significantly higher than that in the HIV-1-infected IDUs, suggesting a protective effect among the homozygote subjects [odds ratio (95% confidence interval) = 0.46 (0.22 to 0.94), P = 0.033, Mantel-Haenszel test].
we concluded that H43Y might account for the HIV-1 resistance due to TRIM5α gene in Chinese IDUs.
"Interestingly, we also found that the 43Y-allele was found less frequently in Japanese and Indian HIV-1-infected subjects than in ethnicity-matched controls (Nakajima et al., 2009). Furthermore, Liu et al. (2011) reported that the frequency of H43Y homozygotes was higher in seronegative intravenous drug users than in HIV-infected drug users. The reasons for the discrepancy between the epidemiological and functional effects of H43Y remain unclear, and further studies are required to clarify the impact of H43Y on susceptibility to HIV-1 transmission and/or rate of progression to AIDS. "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has a very narrow host range. HIV type 1 (HIV-1) does not infect Old World monkeys, such as the rhesus monkey (Rh). Rh TRIM5α was identified as a factor that confers resistance, intrinsic immunity, to HIV-1 infection. Unfortunately, human TRIM5α is almost powerless to restrict HIV-1. However, human TRIM5α potently restricts N-tropic murine leukemia viruses (MLV) but not B-tropic MLV, indicating that human TRIM5α represents the restriction factor previously designated as Ref1. African green monkey TRIM5α represents another restriction factor previously designated as Lv1, which restricts both HIV-1 and simian immunodeficiency virus isolated from macaque (SIVmac) infection. TRIM5 is a member of the tripartite motif family containing RING, B-box2, and coiled-coil domains. The RING domain is frequently found in E3 ubiquitin ligase, and TRIM5α is thought to degrade viral core via ubiquitin-proteasome-dependent and -independent pathways. The alpha isoform of TRIM5 has an additional C-terminal PRYSPRY domain, which is a determinant of species-specific retrovirus restriction by TRIM5α. On the other hand, the target regions of viral capsid protein (CA) are scattered on the surface of core. A single amino acid difference in the surface-exposed loop between α-helices 6 and 7 (L6/7) of HIV type 2 (HIV-2) CA affects viral sensitivity to human TRIM5α and was also shown to be associated with viral load in West African HIV-2 patients, indicating that human TRIM5α is a critical modulator of HIV-2 replication in vivo. Interestingly, L6/7 of CA corresponds to the MLV determinant of sensitivity to mouse factor Fv1, which potently restricts N-tropic MLV. In addition, human genetic polymorphisms also affect antiviral activity of human TRIM5α. Recently, human TRIM5α was shown to activate signaling pathways that lead to activation of NF-κB and AP-1 by interacting with TAK1 complex. TRIM5α is thus involved in control of viral infection in multiple ways.
Frontiers in Microbiology 03/2012; 3:97. DOI:10.3389/fmicb.2012.00097 · 3.99 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Until recently, progress in ex vivo gene therapy (GT) for human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1) treatment has been incremental. Long-term HIV-1 remission in a patient who received a heterologous stem cell transplant for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome-related lymphoma from a CCR5(-/-) donor, even after discontinuation of conventional therapy, has energized the field. We review the status of current approaches as well as future directions in the areas of therapeutic targets, combinatorial strategies, vector design, introduction of therapeutics into stem cells and enrichment/expansion of gene-modified cells. Finally, we discuss recent advances towards clinical application of HIV-1 GT.
Human Molecular Genetics 04/2011; 20(R1):R100-7. DOI:10.1093/hmg/ddr160 · 6.39 Impact Factor
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