Human immunodeficiency virus 1 Nef suppresses CD40-dependent immunoglobulin class switching in bystander B cells Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Antigens, CD40
  • B-Lymphocytes
  • Bystander Effect
  • Gene Products, nef
  • HIV-1
  • Immunoglobulin Class Switching


  • Immunoglobulin class switching from immunoglobulin M (IgM) to IgG and IgA is central to immunity against viruses and requires the activation of B cells by T cells via CD154 (CD40 ligand) and cytokines. These molecules limit their signaling activity in immune cells by turning on negative feedback proteins, including IkappaB and SOCS. We show here that negative factor (Nef) protein, an immunosuppressive human immunodeficiency virus 1 protein expressed and released by infected cells, penetrates B cells both in vivo and in vitro. Nef suppressed immunoglobulin class-switch DNA recombination by inducing IkappaBalpha and SOCS proteins, which blocked CD154 and cytokine signaling via NF-kappaB and STAT transcription factors. Thus, human immunodeficiency virus 1 may evade protective T cell-dependent IgG and IgA responses by 'hijacking' physiological feedback inhibitors in B cells via Nef.

publication date

  • March 2006



  • Academic Article



  • eng

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/ni1302

PubMed ID

  • 16429138

Additional Document Info

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  • 302

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