Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 infection of human monocytes and macrophages does not alter their ability to generate an oxidative burst.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) infects mononuclear phagocytes, cells that may serve as a reservoir for viral persistence. Infection with HIV-1 leads to progressive compromise of the immune system, resulting in infections with opportunistic pathogens and eventual death. Experiments were designed to determine if in vitro HIV-1 infection of mononuclear phagocytes would diminish their oxidative capabilities, thus decreasing their antimicrobial effectiveness. Blood monocytes and peritoneal macrophages were obtained from uninfected donors and inoculated with a monocytotropic strain of HIV-1. Hydrogen peroxide production and reduction of nitroblue tetrazolium were measured after acute stimulation of cells with PMA or a phagocytic stimulus. Despite vigorous virus production, no difference was seen in oxidative burst between uninfected cells and infected cells or between monocyte-derived and peritoneal macrophages. In conclusion, reduced antimicrobial activity of HIV-infected mononuclear phagocytes is probably not secondary to decreased ability to generate reactive oxygen species.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Dukes, CS; Matthews, TJ; Weinberg, JB

Published Date

  • August 1993

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 168 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 459 - 462

PubMed ID

  • 8335985

Pubmed Central ID

  • 8335985

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-1899

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/infdis/168.2.459


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States