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Role of interleukin-8 and transforming growth factor-beta1 in enhancement of human cytomegalovirus replication by human T cell leukemia-lymphoma virus type I in macrophages coinfected with both viruses.
Szabo J; Bacsi A; Beck Z; Kiss J; Andirko I; Toth FD; Institute of
July 30, 1999
J Interferon Cytokine Res. 1999 Feb;19(2):209-17. Unique Identifier :

Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is one of the most frequent opportunistic agents causing severe illness in chronic human T cell leukemia-lymphoma virus type I (HTLV-I) infection. Our previous studies have shown that coinfection of macrophages with HCMV and HTLV-I significantly enhances HCMV replication, resulting in release of infectious HCMV from dually infected cells. We found that double infection of macrophages with HCMV and HTLV-I induced a rapid production of substantial amounts of interleukin-8 (IL-8) and transforming growth factor-beta1 (TGF-beta1). Results of transfection studies demonstrated that the tax gene product of HTLV-I was able to induce secretion of IL-8 and TGF-beta1. In addition to its cytokine-inducing effect, the Tax protein could interact with HCMV synergistically to result in production of much higher levels of IL-8 and TGF-beta1 than expected on the basis of their separate activities. Treatment of dually infected macrophage cultures with neutralizing antibodies to IL-8 and TGF-beta1 led to a nearly 1000-fold decrease in release of infectious HCMV from coinfected cells. Similar results were obtained when anti-IL-8 and anti-TGF-beta1 treatments were combined in macrophage cultures transfected with the tax gene before HCMV infection. Our results suggest that the stimulatory effect of HTLV-I Tax protein on HCMV replication in coinfected macrophages is largely mediated by high levels of IL-8 and TGF-beta1 production.

JOURNAL ARTICLE Antibodies, Monoclonal Cell Line Cytomegalovirus Infections/METABOLISM/*PHYSIOPATHOLOGY Gene Products, tax/IMMUNOLOGY Human HTLV-I Infections/METABOLISM/*PHYSIOPATHOLOGY Interleukin-8/BIOSYNTHESIS/*PHYSIOLOGY Macrophages/*PHYSIOLOGY Support, Non-U.S. Gov't Transforming Growth Factor beta/BIOSYNTHESIS/*PHYSIOLOGY *Virus Replication

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