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Sialyl-Lewis(X) Glycoantigen Is Enriched on Cells with Persistent HIV Transcription during Therapy.

Colomb F, Giron LB, Kuri-Cervantes L, Adeniji OS, Ma T, Dweep H, Battivelli E, Verdin E, Palmer CS, Tateno H, Kossenkov AV, Roan NR, Betts MR, Abdel-Mohsen M
The Wistar Institute, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA; Penn Center for AIDS Research (Penn CFAR), University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA.


A comprehensive understanding of the phenotype of persistent HIV-infected cells, transcriptionally active and/or transcriptionally inactive, is imperative for developing a cure. The relevance of cell-surface glycosylation to HIV persistence has never been explored. We characterize the relationship between cell-surface glycomic signatures and persistent HIV transcription in vivo. We find that the cell surface of CD4(+) T cells actively transcribing HIV, despite suppressive therapy, harbors high levels of fucosylated carbohydrate ligands, including the cell extravasation mediator Sialyl-Lewis(X) (SLe(X)), compared with HIV-infected transcriptionally inactive cells. These high levels of SLe(X) are induced by HIV transcription in vitro and are maintained after therapy in vivo. Cells with high-SLe(X) are enriched with markers associated with HIV susceptibility, signaling pathways that drive HIV transcription, and pathways involved in leukocyte extravasation. We describe a glycomic feature of HIV-infected transcriptionally active cells that not only differentiates them from their transcriptionally inactive counterparts but also may affect their trafficking abilities.

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  • Journal: Cell Reports
  • Published: 04/08/2020
  • Volume: 32
  • Issue: 5
  • Pagination: 107991


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