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J Med Primatol. 1998 Apr-Jun;27(2-3):121-8.

Dendritic cells from skin and blood of macaques both promote SIV replication with T cells from different anatomical sites.

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Laboratory of Cellular Physiology and Immunology, The Rockefeller University, New York, New York, USA.


The SIV-macaque system offers the opportunity to study the pathogenesis and immune aspects of a primate retroviral infection in which immunodeficiency also develops, much like HIV infection in humans. Since it is known that human dendritic cells (DCs) are involved in HIV replication, mature cytokine-generated DCs obtained from precursors in the blood and skin-derived DCs were isolated from healthy rhesus macaques and compared with respect to their ability to support SIV infection. Here, it is shown for both skin- and blood-derived DCs that i) virus production depends on both DCs and T cells, ii) this occurs similarly with T cells from blood, skin, spleen, or lymph nodes, and iii) DCs can transmit virus equally to syngeneic and allogeneic T cells. No differences between DCs from skin or blood were observed. Therefore, the easily accessible blood-derived DCs of macaques provide an appropriate population to study the role of DCs in immunodeficiency virus infection.

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