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Rusert, P; Mann, A; Huber, M; von Wyl, V; Gunthard, H F; Trkola, A (2009). Divergent effects of cell environment on HIV entry inhibitor activity. AIDS, 23(11):1319-1327.

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OBJECTIVE: Successful HIV vaccine and entry inhibitor development depends on use of assay systems that closely reflect in-vivo activities. Recent reports suggest that the currently most widely used assay format, which relies on the genetically engineered target cell line TZM-bl, can fail to detect certain neutralization activities detected on primary peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC)-based assay systems. In the present study, we investigate the influence the target cell context bears on HIV entry inhibition. DESIGN: In a comprehensive survey, the effect of 11 neutralizing antibodies and inhibitors in blocking entry of 30 envelope pseudotyped virus strains in two types of target cells, PBMC and TZM-bl, was evaluated. METHODS: Env-pseudotyped HIV infection of PBMC and TZM-bl cells. RESULTS: We demonstrate here that depending on the type of inhibitor, relative neutralization potencies are shifted to a variable extent and direction on TZM-bl and PBMC cells. In our assay set up, differences in inhibitor activity were solely effected by the target cell environment and amounted up to 2-3 logs lower activity on TZM-bl cells in several cases. Overall, neutralizing antibodies, 2G12, 2F5 and 4E10, were less active in the TZM-bl system, whereas CD4 binding site directed inhibitor activities were detected equally well on both target cells, raising concerns that the TZM-bl assay may overrate the relevance of CD4 binding site specific responses. CONCLUSION: Our data strongly argue that preclinical assessment should not be restricted to a single type of assay, as systematic underestimation or overestimation of activities would be inevitable.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Medical Virology
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Infectious Diseases
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:26 Jan 2010 14:23
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:46
Publisher:Lippincott Wiliams & Wilkins
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:10.1097/QAD.0b013e32832d92c2
PubMed ID:19579289

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