Susana Álvarez

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Addition of nitric oxide (NO) donors to mitogen-activated human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1)-infected peripheral blood mononuclear cultures produced a significant increase in virus replication, and this effect was not associated with a change in cell proliferation. This effect was only observed with T-tropic X4 or X4R5 virus but not with R5 virus.(More)
There is increasing evidence that soluble factors in inflammatory central nervous system diseases not only regulate the inflammatory process but also directly influence electrophysiological membrane properties of neurons and astrocytes. In this context, the cytokine TNF-α (tumor necrosis factor-α) has complex injury promoting, as well as protective, effects(More)
Induction of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) in the brain of people infected with human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) has been proposed as a cause of cognitive impairment in AIDS dementia. Here, we have analyzed the molecular mechanism by which its induction takes place in neuroblastoma cells. The HIV-1 envelope protein gp120 was able to induce COX-2 mRNA(More)
Neurodegenerative and neuroinflammatory disorders are commonly associated with local chemokine release. In other way, emerging data indicate that the prostaglandin E2 (PGE(2)), one of the major prostaglandins produced in the brain, play a central role in several pathological diseases. In this study, we investigated the relationship between CXCL12,(More)
Multiple studies have shown that HIV-1 patients may develop virus reservoirs that impede eradication; these reservoirs include the central nervous system (CNS). Despite an undetectable viral load in patients treated with potent antiretrovirals, current therapy is unable to purge the virus from these latent reservoirs. To broaden the inhibitory range and(More)
Syntenin-1 is a cytosolic adaptor protein involved in several cellular processes requiring polarization. Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) attachment to target CD4(+) T-cells induces polarization of the viral receptor and coreceptor, CD4/CXCR4, and cellular structures toward the virus contact area, and triggers local actin polymerization and(More)
Direct and productive infection of neurons in vivo is still a matter of debate, although in vitro experiments have demonstrated that immature neuronal cells can be productively infected by various human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) strains. To address this controversy we have analyzed, using light microscopy and in situ hybridization (ISH), HIV-1 infected(More)
Human immunodeficiency virus-1 gp120 alters astroglial function, which compromises the function of the nearby of neuronal cells contributing to the cognitive impairment in human immunodeficiency virus-1 infection. Cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 has been involved in this process, although the intracellular pathways and second messengers involved are yet unknown. We(More)
BACKGROUND The course of human immunodeficiency virus type-1 (HIV-1) infection is influenced by a complex interplay between viral and host factors. HIV infection stimulates several proinflammatory genes, such as cyclooxigense-2 (COX-2), which leads to an increase in prostaglandin (PG) levels in the plasma of HIV-1-infected patients. These genes play an(More)
Members of the mammalian nucleotide binding domain, leucine-rich repeat (LRR)-containing receptor family of proteins are key modulators of innate immunity regulating inflammation. To date, microbial pathogen-associated molecules and toxins have been identified as key triggers of activation of inflammasomes. However, recently, environmental, and(More)