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Blood. 1990 Jul 15;76(2):317-22.

Human immunodeficiency virus infection of human bone marrow stromal fibroblasts.

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Division of Hematology/Oncology, New England Deaconess Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02215.


The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) preferentially infects CD4 positive T cells and monocytes. Other human cell types have been reported to be infectable with HIV, including cells of mesenchymal origin. In this report, we show that both primary human bone marrow stromal fibroblasts and an immortalized human stromal fibroblast line are susceptible to HIV infection. These cells are capable of passing HIV to cells of lymphoid or myeloid lineage, and may thereby act as a reservoir of virus. This in vitro system may be a useful model for assessing the pathophysiology of hematopoietic dysfunction in AIDS patients.

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