Variations in the heme oxygenase-1 microsatellite polymorphism are associated with plasma CD14 and viral load in HIV-infected African-Americans.

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Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) is an anti-inflammatory enzyme that maintains homeostasis during cellular stress. Given previous findings that shorter length variants of a HO-1 promoter region GT(n) microsatellite polymorphism are associated with increased HO-1 expression in cell lines, we hypothesized that shorter variants would also be associated with increased levels of HO-1 expression, less inflammation and lower levels of inflammation-associated viral replication in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected subjects. Healthy donors (n = 20) with shorter GT(n) repeats had higher HO-1 mRNA transcript in peripheral blood mononuclear cells stimulated with lipopolysaccharide (r = -0.38, P = 0.05). The presence of fewer GT(n) repeats in subjects with untreated HIV disease was associated with higher HO-1 mRNA levels in peripheral blood (r = -0.41, P = 0.02); similar observations were made in CD14(+) monocytes from antiretroviral-treated subjects (r = -0.36, P = 0.04). In African-Americans, but not Caucasians, greater GT(n) repeats were correlated with higher soluble CD14 levels during highly active antiretroviral therapy (r = 0.38, P = 0.007) as well as higher mean viral load off-therapy (r = 0.24, P = 0.04). These data demonstrate that the HO-1 GT(n) microsatellite polymorphism is associated with higher levels of HO-1 expression and that this pathway may have important effects on the association between inflammation and HIV replication.

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Cited Authors

  • Seu, L; Burt, TD; Witte, JS; Martin, JN; Deeks, SG; McCune, JM

Published Date

  • April 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 13 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 258 - 267

PubMed ID

  • 22048453

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3330188

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1476-5470

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/gene.2011.76


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England