Relative contribution of HIV-specific functional lymphocyte subsets restricted by protective and non-protective HLA alleles

Yoav Peretz, Olivia Marra, Réjean Thomas, Danielle Legault, Pierre Côté, Mohamed Rachid Boulassel, Danielle Rouleau, Jean Pierre Routy, Rafick Pierre Sékaly, Christos M. Tsoukas, Cécile Tremblay, Nicole F. Bernard

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Expression of major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I alleles such as B*57 and B*27 are associated with slow HIV disease progression. HIV-specific immune responses in slow progressors (SP) are characterized by a poly-functional profile. We previously observed within infected subjects that HIV peptide-specific responses could differ from each other in their functional composition. We investigate here whether responses restricted by MHC class I alleles associated with slow disease progression have a more poly-functional profile than responses restricted by other alleles. We stimulated peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) isolated from 36 chronically HIV-infected individuals with a panel of optimal peptides restricted by the HLA alleles expressed by each subject, and assessed the contribution of single IL-2-, single IFN-γ-, and IFN-γ/IL-2-secreting lymphocytes to the total response measured using a dual color ELISPOT assay. The contribution of functional subsets to responses restricted by HLA B*57/B*27 was similar in SP and progressors. For responses restricted by other MHC class I alleles, dual IFN-γ/IL-2-secreting lymphocytes contributed significantly more to the total response in SP than progressors. Within SP subjects, peptides restricted by both B*57/B*27 and other alleles stimulated responses with similar functional profiles. In progressors, peptides restricted by B*57/B*27 stimulated responses composed of a significantly greater proportion of IFN-γ/IL-2-secreting cells than peptides restricted by other alleles. Within progressors, the contribution of IFN-γ/IL-2-secreting lymphocytes was greater to epitopes restricted by protective HLA alleles compared with responses restricted by other alleles. HLA haplotypes influence the relative functional composition of HIV-specific responses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-198
Number of pages10
JournalViral Immunology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Virology


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