HIV-1 p17 binds heparan sulfate proteoglycans to activated CD4(+) T cells

Institute of Microbiology, University of Brescia Medical School, Brescia, Italy.
Virus Research (Impact Factor: 2.32). 04/2008; 132(1-2):25-32. DOI: 10.1016/j.virusres.2007.10.006
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We have previously shown that HIV-1 p17 binds to activated peripheral blood mononuclear cells and enhances secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines, but we were unable to define a ligand on activated cells. In this work we evaluate the hypothesis that HIV-1 p17 may be a heparin/heparan sulfate-binding protein. HIV-1 p17 contains C- and N-terminal sequences with positively charged residues and a consensus cluster for heparin binding. We demonstrated by affinity chromatography that HIV-1 p17 binds strongly to heparin-agarose at physiological pH. Soluble heparins and heparan sulfate but not chondroitin 4-sulfate and dextran sulfate inhibit binding of HIV-1 p17 to heparin solid phase and to activated CD4(+) T cells. Furthermore the inhibition of cell sulfatation by chlorate treatment completely counteracts HIV-1 p17 binding to activated cells. These results indicate for the first time that HIV-1 p17 can be ascribed to the heparin binding protein family and suggest that this interaction might play a key role in the ability of the protein to induce an inflammatory effect on activated cells.

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    • "These protein-HS interactions contribute to trigger a variety of biological effects related to AIDS-associated pathologies. This includes p17, the matrix protein (64) which up-regulates cytokine production thus deregulating the functions of many immune cells; TAT, the transacting activator of transcription (65) which exerts angiogenic, cell proliferation, chemoinvasion activities and induces peripheral neuropathies, immune suppression, and tumorigenesis; and finally Vpr, the Viral protein R (66), which induces cell cycle arrest and apoptosis. "
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L’ajout des IL-12 et IL-18, qui sont normalement diminués lors de l’hépatite aiguë, provoque une production synergique d’IFN-g par les cellules NK, résultant d’une interaction entre l’activation de la voie p38 MAPK et la réplication virale. Par ailleurs, le récepteur viral CEACAM1a (carcinoembryonic antigen cell adhesion molecule 1a) serait essentiel à cette synergie, mais exercerait aussi une action inhibitrice dans la production de l’IFN-g. D’autre part, les niveaux de production des cytokines immunosuppressives IL-10, TGF-b et PGE2, impliquées dans la tolérance hépatique et particulièrement produites par les cellules de Kupffer et les cellules endothéliales sinusoïdales, sont en relation inverse avec le degré de pathogénicité des variants du virus MHV3. Finalement, le virus pathogène L2-MHV3 déclenche la production de cytokines inflammatoires par les macrophages, tels que l’IL-6 et le TNF-a. L’induction de ces cytokines par les macrophages serait indépendante de la présence de la molécule CEACAM1a. Cette stimulation est plutôt reliée à la fixation des particules virales sur des récepteurs TLR2, en association avec les régions riches en héparanes sulfates. Tous ces résultats mettent en évidence de nouveaux mécanismes par lesquels le virus MHV3 peut diminuer l’efficacité des mécanismes de l’immunité naturelle sous le contrôle des cellules NK et NK-T intrahépatiques, suite à une stimulation de l’inflammation résultant du bris de la tolérance hépatique. Mouse hepatitis virus type 3 (MHV3) is an excellent model to study immunological disorders related to viral infections. The fulminant acute hepatitis induced in susceptible C57BL/6 mice is characterized by the presence of necrotic and inflammatory foci in the liver associated with B and T cell immunodeficiencies leading to the death of the animals in 3 to 5 days post-infection. 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In spite of the fact that hepatic recruited NK cells are still cytotoxic, these cells undergo apoptosis due to viral replication via the formation of syncytia. Addition of IL-12 and IL-18, which are impaired during the acute hepatitis, promote a synergistic IFN-g production by NK cells depending of both the p38 MAPK pathway and the viral replication. Moreover, the specific viral receptor CEACAM1a (carcinoembryonic antigen cell adhesion molecule 1a) is essential for this response but also exerts an inhibitory action. Levels of the immunosuppressive cytokines IL-10, TGF-b and PGE2, mainly produced by Kupffer cells and sinusoidal endothelial cells, and implicated in the natural hepatic tolerance, are in inverse correlation with the pathogenicity of the MHV3 variants. 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