Nov 7, 2019

The proportion of CD57+ cells among effector CD8+ T cells is lower in HIV controllers compared with antiretroviral therapy-treated patients

Soledad HenriquezANRS CO6 PRIMO, the ANRS CO21 CODEX cohorts


HIV infection has often been linked to faster immune ageing. We sought to determine whether or not treatment-naive spontaneous HIV-1 controllers (HICs) and ART-exposed patients differ with regard to the expression of cell senescence markers. Eighty-eight chronically infected HICs and ART-exposed patients (median time since infection: 15 years) with an undetectable plasma HIV RNA load (at least for the previous 2 years) were included. We used flow cytometry to measure immunosenescence markers (KLRG-1 and CD57) expression in fresh blood samples collected from patients and healthy donors. For the CD8 T-cell population as a whole, the ART-exposed but not the HIC patients exhibited a much higher proportion of KLRG-1 and CD57 CD8 T cells than healthy blood donors. For the CD8 T-cell subsets, HICs had a lower proportion of CD57 effector CD8 T cells than ART patients or healthy blood donors, whereas the proportions of KLRG-1 effector were similar. A similar trend was observed for terminal effectors. No impact of age, sex or standard parameters of infection (CD4 percentage, protective HLA allele, viral blips) was observed. The difference in the proportion of CD57 cells between HICs and ART was observed more specifically in long-term inf...Continue Reading

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Mentioned in this Paper

Biological Markers
Flow Cytometry
Cell Aging
AN 1
Human immunodeficiency virus 1 RNA
OTUD4 gene
Genes, Viral
Antiretroviral Therapy
HIV Infections

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