Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) and herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) can coinfect and simultaneously replicate in the same human CD4+ cell: Effect of coinfection on infectious HSV-2 and HIV-1 replication

Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27103.
AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses (Impact Factor: 2.33). 06/1990; 6(5):641-7.
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Experiments were designed to determine whether HIV-1 and herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) coinfection leads to simultaneous replication of both viruses in the same human CD4+ cell (MT-4 cell line) and the possible effects of coinfection on infectious virus production. Results from transmission electron microscopy analysis revealed replication of typical HSV-2 nucleocapsids in the nucleus and budding of HIV-1 particles through the plasma membrane and through intracytoplasmic vacuoles containing enveloped HSV-2 particles in the same coinfected cell. Coinfection of HIV-1 persistently infected H9IIIB or promonocytic U1 cells with HSV-2 did not alter total production of infectious HSV-2 or the percentage of HSV-2 infectious centers compared with control H9 and U937 cells infected with HSV-2 alone. However, in coinfected promonocytic U1 cells HSV-2 induced infectious HIV-1 production measured by syncytial plaque assay. In summary, both HIV-1 and HSV-2 can coinfect and simultaneously replicate in the same human CD4+ cell. Interactions between HIV-1 and HSV-2 appear to be unidirectional, resulting in accelerated replication of HIV-1 as reported by Albrecht et al. (J Virol 1989;63:1861-1868), but not HSV-2 as shown by us.

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    • "HSV- 2 and HIV-1 can infect the same cells, and HSV-2 proteins ICP-10, ICP-27, and ICP-4 have been shown to upregulate HIV-1 replication by their interactions with the HIV-1 LTR region. Further, HSV-2 protein 16 interacts with the HIV-1 Tat protein and increases HIV-1 transcription [9] [10] [11] [12] [13]. As a result, HSV-2 may not only enhance HIV-1 transmission, but it may also have a significant impact on HIV-1 viral control and disease progression among coinfected patients. "
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    • "Support for the biological plausibility of this mechanism comes from several lines of evidence. First, electron microscopy studies have shown that HSV-2 and HIV can simultaneously infect the same cells, including CD4 + T-lymphocytes[25]. Second, HSV proteins have been shown to up-regulate HIV replication in vitro[26], mainly through a mechanism of reactivation of the HIV long terminal repeat (LTR)272829. "

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