Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 Infection of CD4+ T Cells Down-Regulates the Expression of CD28: Effect on T Cell Activation and Cytokine Production

Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute, Seattle, Washington 98121, USA.
Clinical Immunology and Immunopathology 01/1996; 77(3):262-70. DOI: 10.1006/clin.1995.1152
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Infection with human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) results in dysregulation of normal T cell function. To study the effects of HIV-1 at the cellular level, primary T cell lines were generated by alloantigen stimulation of CD4+ T cells collected from peripheral blood of HIV-1-infected donors. Using Epstein-Barr virus-infected B lymphocytes (EBV-LCL) as a source of alloantigen, the T cell lines were expanded in vitro for 7 weeks. Uninfected T cell lines were cultured in parallel. Virus was inducible from the infected lines with stimulation, and complete infection was achieved after 4-7 weeks depending on the line. The down-modulation of CD28 expression correlated with virus replication and spread. Furthermore, CD28 mRNA was not inducible in the infected lines after stimulation with alloantigen. Loss of CD28 correlated with reduced responsiveness to costimulation with a monoclonal antibody to CD28 following similar engagement of the CD3 protein. In contrast, activation with alloantigen was not affected. HIV-1 infection and down-modulation of CD28 did not alter the relative levels of IL-2, IFN-gamma, and IL-4 mRNA. Production of the various cytokine mRNAs following alloantigen stimulation was inhibited by CTLA4Ig and thus remained under the regulation of CD80 and CD86 expressed on the EBV-LCL. Taken together, our data suggest that dysregulation of normal T cell function associated with HIV-1 infection may result in part form the loss of CD28 expression.

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    • "One would expect that interference with CD28 expression would therefore lead to decreased cytokine production, anergy and apoptosis, all of which would significantly impair T-cell regulated functions, including activation of APCs and B cells. Indeed, during HIV-1 infection, the expression of CD28 significantly decreases (Gamberg et al., 2004; Park et al., 1998; Kammerer et al., 1996; Haffar et al., 1995; Caruso et al., 1994), subsequently resulting in Tcell dysregulation such as abnormal cytokine production , anergy and apoptosis (Linsley and Ledbetter, 1993; Groux et al., 1992). The precise mechanism of CD28 down-regulation during HIV-1 infection has yet to be fully elucidated, but the discovery of viral-encoded miRNA from Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) (Pfeffer et al., 2004) offers a new venue of possibilities. "
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    • "As a result of HIV infection, expression of specific surface proteins is altered, and regulation of these proteins by HIV occurs at a transcriptional as well as posttranslational level. For example, the cellular host proteins CD4, CD28, CD3, and MHC I play a key role in the immune response to infections and have been shown to be downregulated by HIV-1[2,3,8,9]. The modulation of these surface receptors has been attributed, in large part, to the highly pleiotropic HIV-1 Nef protein. At least five HIV-derived proteins are known to contribute to host protein regulation, including Tat, Nef, Vpu, Vpr, and Env. "
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