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Nat Med. 2001 Aug;7(8):920-6.

Inhibition of HIV-1 virion production by a transdominant mutant of integrase interactor 1.

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Department of Molecular Genetics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, USA.


Integase interactor 1 (INI1), also known as hSNF5, is a protein that interacts with HIV-1 integrase. We report here that a cytoplasmically localized fragment of INI1 (S6; aa183-294) containing the minimal integrase-interaction domain potently inhibits HIV-1 particle production and replication. Mutations in S6 or integrase that disrupt integrase-INI1 interaction abrogated the inhibitory effect. An integrase-deficient HIV-1 transcomplemented with integrase fused to Vpr was not affected by S6. INI1 was specifically incorporated into virions and was required for efficient HIV-1 particle production. These results indicate that INI1 is required for late events in the viral life cycle, and that ectopic expression of S6 inhibits HIV-1 replication in a transdominant manner via its specific interaction with integrase within the context of Gag-Pol, providing a novel strategy to control HIV-1 replication.

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