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Cooperative Inhibition of NF-κB and Tat-Induced Superactivation of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 Long Terminal Repeat

Debajit K. Biswas, Christoph M. Ahlers, Bruce J. Dezube and Arthur B. Pardee
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Vol. 90, No. 23 (Dec. 1, 1993), pp. 11044-11048
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2363645
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Cooperative Inhibition of NF-κB and Tat-Induced Superactivation of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 Long Terminal Repeat
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Abstract

Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) long terminal repeat (LTR)-regulated gene expression is stimulated independently by the cellular trans-activator NF-κB and the viral protein Tat. Noncytotoxic concentrations of the drug pentoxifylline (PTX) inhibited interaction of NF-κB with its motif and the stimulation of HIV-1 LTR-driven gene expression in Jurkat cells. Tat protein (from a cotransfected Tat-expression vector) also induced activation of HIV-1 LTR-driven gene expression. This activation was unaffected by PTX when NF-κB sites in the HIV-1 LTR were mutated, suggesting that this drug does not directly influence Tat function, which, however, was inhibited by the Tat-inhibitor Ro 24-7429. Transient reporter gene expression regulated by HIV-1 LTR with wild-type NF-κB motifs in the presence of Tat protein was 10- to 60-fold higher than in the presence of either of the trans-activators alone, demonstrating superactivation of HIV-1 LTR by the concerted action of both the transactivators. Treatment of cells with either PTX or Ro 24-7429 inhibited this superactivation of the HIV-1 LTR. The inhibitory effect of these two drugs in combination, at concentrations that alone did not significantly influence viral promoter activity, was far more than additive. A cooperative action of PTX (NF-κB inhibitor) and Ro 24-7429 (Tat inhibitor) on HIV-1 LTR-regulated gene expression is suggested. Concentrations of the drugs that induced maximum inhibition of HIV-1 LTR through their cooperative action are far below cytotoxic levels. Thus, the combination of these two inhibitors could be very effective for anti-HIV therapy.

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