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T cell-mediated immune responses play an important role in the containment of HIV-1 replication. Therefore, an effective vaccine against HIV-1 should be able to elicit high frequencies of virus-specific CD8(+) and CD4(+) T cells. The highly attenuated poxvirus-based vaccine candidate, NYVAC-SIV-gag-pol-env (NYVAC-SIV-gpe), has been shown to induce and/or(More)
Immunodominant epitopes are known to suppress a primary immune response to other antigenic determinants by a number of mechanisms. Many pathogens have used this strategy to subvert the immune response and may be a mechanism responsible for limited vaccine efficacies. HIV-1 vaccine efficacy appears to be complicated similarly by a limited, immunodominant,(More)
Prolonged antiretroviral therapy (ART) is not likely to eradicate human immunodeficiency virus type I (HIV-I) infection. Here we explore the effect of therapeutic immunization in the context of ART during primary infection using the simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV251) macaque model. Vaccination of rhesus macaques with the highly attenuated poxvirus-based(More)
The effect of chloroquine, a drug known to affect intracellular exocytic pathways, was studied in two retroviral systems: human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) and avian reticuloendotheliosis virus (REV-A). With chloroquine treatment of virus-infected cells, significant size reduction of the cell- and virus-associated surface glycoproteins, gp90 of REV-A and(More)
GAP31 (gelonium anti-HIV protein of 31 kDa) is an anti-HIV protein which we have identified and purified from a medicinal plant, Gelonium multiflorum. It is capable of inhibiting HIV-1 infection and replication. GAP31 also exhibits DNA topoisomerase inhibitor activity and RNA N-glycosidase activity. The ability of GAP31 to interrupt both DNA and RNA(More)
Loss of CD4(+) T cells in the gut is necessary but not sufficient to cause AIDS in animal models, raising the possibility that a differential loss of CD4(+) T-cell subtypes may be important. We found that CD4(+) T cells that produce interleukin (IL)-17, a recently identified lineage of effector CD4(+) T-helper cells, are infected by SIV(mac251)in vitro and(More)
Two glycosylated proteins designated gp90 and gp20 were purified from replication-competent avian reticuloendotheliosis associated virus (REV-A). The N-terminal sequences of gp90 and gp20 were determined and found to match the REV-A-env-gene sequence. The alignments of the determined amino acid sequences with the predicted sequence indicate that gp20 and(More)
Structured treatment interruption (STI) of antiretroviral drugs has been proposed as an alternative approach for managing patients infected with HIV-1. While STI is thought to spare drug-related side effects and enhance the HIV-1-specific immune response, the long-lasting clinical benefit of this approach remains uncertain, particularly in patients with(More)
The identification of several simian immunodeficiency virus mac251 (SIV(mac251)) cytotoxic T-lymphocyte epitopes recognized by CD8(+) T cells of infected rhesus macaques carrying the Mamu-A*01 molecule and the use of peptide-major histocompatibility complex tetrameric complexes enable the study of the frequency, breadth, functionality, and distribution of(More)
Most vaccine modalities for human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) tested for immunogenicity and efficacy in the SIVmac (simian immunodeficiency virus) macaque model do not include the viral regulatory proteins. Because viral regulatory proteins are expressed early during the virus life cycle and represent an additional source of antigens, their(More)