Induction of APOBEC3 family proteins, a defensive maneuver underlying interferon-induced anti-HIV-1 activity

Peng G, Lei KJ, Jin W, Greenwell-Wild T and Wahl SM
Source: J Exp Med
Publication Date: (2006)
Issue: 203(1): 41-46
Research Area:
Immunotherapy / Hematology
Cells used in publication:
Monocyte, human
Species: human
Tissue Origin: blood
Nucleofector® I/II/2b
Apolipoprotein B mRNA-editing enzyme-catalytic polypeptide-like 3G (APOBEC3G), a cytidine deaminase, is a recently recognized innate intracellular protein with lethal activity against human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Packaged into progeny virions, APOBEC3G enzymatic activity leads to HIV DNA degradation. As a counterattack, HIV virion infectivity factor (Vif) targets APOBEC3G for proteasomal proteolysis to exclude it from budding virions. Based on the ability of APOBEC3G to antagonize HIV infection, considerable interest hinges on elucidating its mechanism(s) of regulation. In this study, we provide the first evidence that an innate, endogenous host defense factor has the potential to promote APOBEC3G and rebuke the virus-mediated attempt to control its cellular host. We identify interferon (IFN)-alpha as a potent inducer of APOBEC3G to override HIV Vif neutralization of APOBEC3 proteins that pose a threat to efficient macrophage HIV replication. Our data provide a new dimension by which IFN-alpha mediates its antiviral activity and suggest a means to render the host nonpermissive for viral replication.