Cell adhesion through {alpha}V-containing integrins is required for efficient HIV-1 infection in macrophages

Ester Ballana, Eduardo Pauls, Jordi Senserrich, Bonaventura Clotet, Françoise Perron-Sierra, Gordon C. Tucker, José A. Esté

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Monocytes and macrophages are an important reservoir of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and may represent the largest reservoir of this virus in tissues. Differentiation of monocytes into macrophages leads to cell attachment and susceptibility to infection and replication of HIV. Among other cell-surface molecules, integrins are overex-pressed during monocyte-macrophage differentiation and may play a role in the replication cycle of envelope viruses including HIV. Here, we show that inhibition of αV integrin in monocyte-derived macrophages, by RNA interference or their inhibition by a selective small heterocyclic RGD-mimetic nonpeptide compound, inhibited the replication of HIV in the absence of cytotoxicity. Interference or inhibition of vV integrins triggered a signal transduction pathway, leading to down-regulation of nuclear factorκB-dependent HIV-1 transcription. Such inhibition was mediated by a MAP-kinase signaling cascade, probably involving ERK1/2, p38-mitogen-activated protein kinases, and HSP27. In conclusion, our results reveal a significant role of integrin α V-mediated adhesion in HIV-1 infection of macrophages. © 2009 by The American Society of Hematology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1278-1286
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 5 Feb 2009


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