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Human anogenital monocyte-derived dendritic cells and langerin+cDC2 are major HIV target cells

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Rachel Botting, Dr Peter Vegh, Dr James Fletcher, Professor Muzlifah Haniffa



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© 2021, The Author(s).Tissue mononuclear phagocytes (MNP) are specialised in pathogen detection and antigen presentation. As such they deliver HIV to its primary target cells; CD4 T cells. Most MNP HIV transmission studies have focused on epithelial MNPs. However, as mucosal trauma and inflammation are now known to be strongly associated with HIV transmission, here we examine the role of sub-epithelial MNPs which are present in a diverse array of subsets. We show that HIV can penetrate the epithelial surface to interact with sub-epithelial resident MNPs in anogenital explants and define the full array of subsets that are present in the human anogenital and colorectal tissues that HIV may encounter during sexual transmission. In doing so we identify two subsets that preferentially take up HIV, become infected and transmit the virus to CD4 T cells; CD14+CD1c+ monocyte-derived dendritic cells and langerin-expressing conventional dendritic cells 2 (cDC2).

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Author(s): Rhodes JW, Botting RA, Bertram KM, Vine EE, Rana H, Baharlou H, Vegh P, O'Neil TR, Ashhurst AS, Fletcher J, Parnell GP, Graham JD, Nasr N, Lim JJK, Barnouti L, Haertsch P, Gosselink MP, Di Re A, Reza F, Ctercteko G, Jenkins GJ, Brooks AJ, Patrick E, Byrne SN, Hunter E, Haniffa MA, Cunningham AL, Harman AN

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Nature Communications

Year: 2021

Volume: 12

Issue: 1

Print publication date: 01/12/2021

Online publication date: 12/04/2021

Acceptance date: 12/03/2021

Date deposited: 29/04/2021

ISSN (electronic): 2041-1723

Publisher: Nature Research


DOI: 10.1038/s41467-021-22375-x

PubMed id: 33846309


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