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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-2133

Holznagel, E; Hofmann-Lehmann, R; Leutenegger, C M; Allenspach, K; Huettner, S; Forster, U; Niederer, E; Joller, H; Willett, B J; Hummel, U; Rossi, G L; Schüpbach, J; Lutz, H (1998). The role of in vitro-induced lymphocyte apoptosis in feline immunodeficiency virus infection: correlation with different markers of disease progression. Journal of Virology, 72(11):9025-9033.



Human immunodeficiency virus infection is characterized by a progressive decline in the number of peripheral blood CD4(+) T lymphocytes, which finally leads to AIDS. This T-cell decline correlates with the degree of in vitro-induced lymphocyte apoptosis. However, such a correlation has not yet been described in feline AIDS, caused by feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) infection. We therefore investigated the intensity of in vitro-induced apoptosis in peripheral blood lymphocytes from cats experimentally infected with a Swiss isolate of FIV for 1 year and for 6 years and from a number of long-term FIV-infected cats which were coinfected with feline leukemia virus. Purified peripheral blood lymphocytes were either cultured overnight under nonstimulating conditions or stimulated with phytohemagglutinin and interleukin-2 for 60 h. Under stimulating conditions, the isolates from the infected cats showed significantly higher relative counts of apoptotic cells than did those from noninfected controls (1-year-infected cats, P = 0.01; 6-year-infected cats, P = 0.006). The frequency of in vitro-induced apoptosis was inversely correlated with the CD4(+) cell count (P = 0. 002), bright CD8(+) cell count (P = 0.009), and CD4/CD8 ratio (P = 0. 01) and directly correlated with the percentage of bright major histocompatibility complex class II-positive peripheral blood lymphocytes (P = 0.004). However, we found no correlation between in vitro-induced apoptosis and the viral load in serum samples. Coinfection with feline leukemia virus enhanced the degree of in vitro-induced apoptosis compared with that in FIV monoinfected cats. We concluded that the degree of in vitro-induced apoptosis was closely related to FIV-mediated T-cell depletion and lymphocyte activation and could be used as an additional marker for disease progression in FIV infection.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Medical Virology
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Date:1 November 1998
Deposited On:11 Feb 2008 12:28
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:21
Publisher:American Society for Microbiology
PubMed ID:9765447

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