Tissue-specific reduction in DC-SIGN expression correlates with progression of pathogenic simian immunodeficiency virus infection
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; Division of Comparative Pathology
Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences
Studies were undertaken to determine whether previously described reductions in splenic DC-SIGN expression in simian acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) are limited to pathogenic simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) infection. DC-SIGN expression was evaluated by immunohistochemistry in lymphoid tissues from AIDS-susceptible Asian macaque monkeys as compared with AIDS-resistant sooty mangabey monkeys in the presence and absence of SIV infection. The phenotype of DC-SIGN+ cells in susceptible and resistant species was identical and most consistent with macrophage identity. Significantly lower levels of DC-SIGN expression were identified in spleen, mesenteric lymph node, and bone marrow of macaques with AIDS (P<0.05). Reduced levels of splenic DC-SIGN correlated significantly with CD4T cell depletion in long-term pathogenic infection of macaques (P<0.01), whereas SIV-infected mangabeys retained high levels of DC-SIGN expression in spleen despite persistent infection. Reduced expression of DC-SIGN in spleen specifically characterizes pathogenic forms of SIV infection, correlates with disease progression, and may contribute to SIV pathogenesis.
DOI of Published Version
Dev Comp Immunol. 2008;32(12):1510-21. Epub 2008 Jul 9. Link to article on publisher's site
Developmental and comparative immunology
Yearley JH, Kanagy S, Anderson DC, Dalecki K, Pauley DR, Suwyn C, Donahoe RM, McClure HM, O'Neil SP. (2008). Tissue-specific reduction in DC-SIGN expression correlates with progression of pathogenic simian immunodeficiency virus infection. Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Student Publications. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dci.2008.06.006. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/gsbs_sp/1535