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AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 2008 Sep;24(9):1185-95. doi: 10.1089/aid.2008.0006.

No major differences in the functional profile of HIV Gag and Nef-specific CD8+ responses between long-term nonprogressors and typical progressors.

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  • 1Service of Infectious Diseases, Hospital Carlos III, Madrid, Spain.


The mechanism explaining the failure of HIV-specific CD8(+) T cell responses to successfully control HIV replication remains elusive. A total of 83 drug-naive HIV-infected individuals, 27 of whom were long-term nonprogressors (LTNP), was examined. The ability of CD8(+) T lymphocytes to produce three different cytokines (MIP-1beta, TNF-alpha, IL-2) in response to HIV Gag and Nef peptides and to polyclonal stimuli and the ability of HIV-specific CD8(+) T cells to expand in vitro were evaluated by multiparameter flow cytometry. In response to polyclonal stimulation, LTNP presented significantly higher levels of several CD8(+) T cell subsets than progressors. While most patients presented detectable Gag and Nef-specific CD8(+) responses, no significant differences in any of the CD8(+) functional T cell subsets were recognized when comparing LTNP and progressors. HIV responses were dominated by cells producing only MIP-1beta or TNF-alpha, being similar in LTNP and progressors. However, expansion of HIV-specific CD8(+) T cells was more frequent in LTNP than progressors, especially for cells producing MIP-1beta. LTNP show higher levels of CD8(+) responses against polyclonal stimuli than progressors. However, HIV-specific CD8(+) responses do not differ between them except for a more preserved ability of cells from LTNP to expand in vitro.

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