Human herpesvirus 8-encoded interleukin 6 activates HIV-1 in the U1 monocytic cell line.


OBJECTIVE Human herpesvirus 8 (HHV-8) encodes a viral interleukin 6 (vIL-6) which is structurally and functionally similar to human interleukin 6 (hIL-6). Since hIL-6 has been shown to upregulate the expression of HIV-1, the objectives of this study were to examine the ability of vIL-6 to upregulate HIV-1, and to determine the interactions of this virokine… (More)


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