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PLoS One. 2013 Sep 2;8(9):e72295. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0072295. eCollection 2013.

Repressive effect of primary virus replication on superinfection correlated with gut-derived central memory CD4(+) T cells in SHIV-infected Chinese rhesus macaques.

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  • 1Institute of Laboratory Animal Science, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (CAMS) and Comparative Medicine Center, Peking Union Medical College (PUMC), Key Laboratory of Human Disease Comparative Medicine, Beijing, China.


A possible mechanism of susceptibility to superinfection with simian-human immunodeficiency virus (SHIV)-1157ipd3N4 was explored in twelve SHIVSF162P3-infected Chinese rhesus macaques. Based on the kinetics of viral replication for the second infecting virus following SHIV-1157ipd3N4 inoculation, the monkeys were divided into two groups: those relatively resistant to superinfection (SIR) and those relatively sensitive to superinfection (SIS). We found that superinfection-resistant macaques had high primary viremia, whereas superinfection-sensitive macaques had low primary viremia, suggesting that primary SHIVSF162P3 infection with a high viral-replication level would repress superinfection with a heterologous SHIV-1157ipd3N4. Although no correlation of protection against superinfection with virus-specific CD4(+) T cell or CD8(+) T cell immune responses from gut was observed prior to superinfection, superinfection susceptibility was strongly correlated with CD4(+) Tcm cells from gut both prior to the second infecting virus inoculation and on day 7 after superinfection, but not with CD4(+) Tem cells from gut or with CD4(+) Tcm cells from peripheral blood and lymph node. These results point to the important roles of gut-derived CD4(+) Tcm cells for the study of the mechanisms of protection against superinfection and the evaluation of the safety and efficacy of vaccines and therapies against acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).

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