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Human leucocyte antigen-Bw4 and Gag-specific T cell responses are associated with slow disease progression in HIV-1B-infected anti-retroviral therapy-naive Chinese.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23379436     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In China, the majority of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections are predominately subtype B. It is important to characterize the HIV-1 subtype B-specific and its T cell response within the Chinese population, with the aim of identifying protective correlates of immunity to control HIV-1 infections. In this study, we performed a comprehensive analysis looking into the magnitude/strength of T cell responses directed at the Gag protein of the HIV-1 subtype B, one of the most conserved HIV-1 proteins. The study group consisted of anti-retroviral native and chronic HIV-1 subtype B-infected individuals. We used enzyme-linked immunospot (ELISPOT) assay to quantify the total T cell responses to HIV-1 Gag at the single peptide level. Twenty-eight (38%) peptides were recognized in 24 (82·8%) individuals. The p24 was identified as the most frequently recognized subunit protein with the greatest T cell response in the test, which correlated positively with CD4(+) T cell count and inversely with viral load (VL). At the level of the human leucocyte antigen (HLA) supertypes, we detected the highest levels and a significant correlation with both the CD4(+) T cell count and the VL with Gag T cell responses in Bw4/Bw4. These findings demonstrate that (i) the HIV-1B Gag p24-specific immune responses play an important role in controlling viral replication and slowing clinical progression; and (ii) HLA-Bw4/Bw4 allele has stronger T cell responses, which is associated with slow clinical progression in Chinese HIV patients.
W-H Li; C-Y Li; H-B Yang; H-P Zhang; X Zhang; L-S Kong; X-N Xu; S-C Lu; H-P Yan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical and experimental immunology     Volume:  171     ISSN:  1365-2249     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin. Exp. Immunol.     Publication Date:  2013 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-02-05     Completed Date:  2013-04-02     Revised Date:  2014-03-06    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0057202     Medline TA:  Clin Exp Immunol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  298-306     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2012 British Society for Immunology.
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MeSH Terms
Amino Acid Sequence
Disease Progression*
Enzyme-Linked Immunospot Assay
HIV Infections / drug therapy,  immunology*,  physiopathology,  virology*
HIV-1 / classification,  immunology*
HLA-B Antigens / immunology*
Middle Aged
Molecular Sequence Data
T-Lymphocytes / immunology*
gag Gene Products, Human Immunodeficiency Virus / immunology*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/HLA-B Antigens; 0/HLA-Bw4 antigen; 0/gag Gene Products, Human Immunodeficiency Virus

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