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Prothymosin-alpha inhibits HIV-1 via Toll-like receptor 4-mediated type I interferon induction.

TitleProthymosin-alpha inhibits HIV-1 via Toll-like receptor 4-mediated type I interferon induction.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsMosoian, A, Teixeira, A, Burns, CS, Sander, LE, G Gusella, L, He, C, J Blander, M, Klotman, P, Klotman, ME
JournalProc Natl Acad Sci U S A
Date Published2010 Jun 01
KeywordsAdaptor Proteins, Vesicular Transport, Amino Acid Sequence, Animals, Anti-HIV Agents, CD8-Positive T-Lymphocytes, HIV-1, Humans, Immunity, Innate, In Vitro Techniques, Interferon Type I, Ligands, Macrophages, Mice, Mice, Knockout, Molecular Sequence Data, Myeloid Differentiation Factor 88, Protein Precursors, Recombinant Proteins, RNA, Messenger, Sequence Homology, Amino Acid, Thymosin, Toll-Like Receptor 4, Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha, Virus Replication

Induction of type I interferons (IFN) is a central feature of innate immune responses to microbial pathogens and is mediated via Toll-like receptor (TLR)-dependent and -independent pathways. Prothymosin-alpha (ProTalpha), a small acidic protein produced and released by CD8(+) T cells, inhibits HIV-1, although the mechanism for its antiviral activity was not known. We demonstrate that exogenous ProTalpha acts as a ligand for TLR4 and stimulates type I IFN production to potently suppress HIV-1 after entry into cells. These activities are induced by native and recombinant ProTalpha, retained by an acidic peptide derived from ProTalpha, and lost in the absence of TLR4. Furthermore, we demonstrate that ProTalpha accounts for some of the soluble postintegration HIV-1 inhibitory activity long ascribed to CD8(+) cells. Thus, a protein produced by CD8(+) T cells of the adaptive immune system can exert potent viral suppressive activity through an innate immune response. Understanding the mechanism of IFN induction by ProTalpha may provide therapeutic leads for IFN-sensitive viruses.

Alternate JournalProc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A.
PubMed ID20479248
PubMed Central IDPMC2890444
Grant ListR21 AI076092 / AI / NIAID NIH HHS / United States
AI76092-01A1 / AI / NIAID NIH HHS / United States