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Unformatted text preview: Final steps in HIV assembly and budding from host cell Figure 9-15 part 4 of 4
Note there are some inaccuracies in this figure (maturation to a bullet-shaped capsid occurs AFTER budding). HIV needs to export unspliced, singly spliced, and multiply spliced mRNAs from the nucleus to the cytoplasm in order to make all of its proteins. Eukaryotic cells normally prevent export of incompletely spliced mRNAs. Fully spliced Rev mRNA leaves the nucleus and gets translated in cytoplasm. Rev protein then enters the nucleus and binds to a specific site on the viral RNA and to a host transport protein to force export of unspliced viral mRNA. HIV lifecycle with more accurate depiction of budding
Translation of unspliced mRNA gives viral Gag, and occasionally, Gag-Pol proteins. These assemble to form immature particles. Proteolytic cleavage of Gag (by HIV protease) produces matrix (MA), capsid (CA), and nucleocapsid (NC), which rearrange to form the mature virus.
A Gag-Pol protein D’Souza & Summers, 2005, Nature Reviews 3: 643-655 Summary of HIV lifecycle Figure 9-15
RT is primed by a host tRNA. Capsid might uncoat at a later stage. Not clear how cDNA enters nucleus with integrase. See previous slide for correction. Question from last lecture
How does RT reverse transcribe only its own RNA? • Host tRNALys3 packaged into virions along with HIV RNA. • 3’ terminal 18 nucleotides of tRNALys3 anneals with 18 nucleotides at the 5’ of the HIV RNA (the primer binding site) • tRNALys3 serves as a primer for RT. • RT priming for in vitro reverse transcriptions done with oligo-dT or random primers Genomics and HIV
• Rapid sequencing of viral genomes – Study transmission, mutation, drug resistance • Genome wide association studies/ genome sequencing of “elite controllers” (“longterm non-progressors”) – Elite controllers: ~1 in 3000
– Maintain 50 HIV/mL without anti-retroviral drugs (typically 104-106 HIV/mL before drugs) Much of the human genome is “non-coding” DNA; Resolves the “C-value paradox” -- observation that genome size does not reflect complexity • Human genome: 1.5% protein-coding genes; 98.5% non-coding DNA.
– Much of the non-coding DNA are transposable elements (transposons), sequences of DNA that can move to different positions with the genome; i.e., mobile genetic elements. • Discovered by Barbara McClintock in corn (1948). – Retrotransposons are one class of transposable element. They paste copies of themselves into genome in multiple places.
• Retrotransposon DNA is first transcribed into RNA. • RNA copied into DNA by a reverse transcriptase (often encoded by the transposon itself). This should sound familiar… Endogenous retroviruses in the human genome
• 8-10% of human genome codes for retroviruses that are inherited along with other genes.
Endogenous retroviruses are copied from a viral RNA genome and inserted as proviruses into the host genome. Intact retroviruses have LTRs (long terminal repeats) and coding sequences. Other retroelements can transpose but don’t contain functional genes. Everybody’s genome is littered with the remnants of ancient retroviral infections. The total burden of retroviral infection on the human genome is total to about one and a half average-sized chromosomes. There are more retroviruses in your DNA than there are genes.
Paul Bieniasz, 2008 What is viral DNA doing in our genome?
• Producing viral particles • Retaining transpositional activity • Making proteins essential for host genome function • Decaying into “junk” DNA Endogenous retroviruses can move between species. Are xenotransplants safe? Need complete genomic sequences in many species to determine the number and location of endogenous retroviruses, their role in genome evolution, and their contributions to human disease. Clicker question
Is it likely that HIV could become an inherited part of the human genome? 1) YES 2) NO Summary of HIV lifecycle Bruce Walker, Harvard, HHMI holiday lectures Clicker question What should you target to make an anti-viral drug?
1) An activity that is critical for viral function 2) An activity that is virally-encoded 3) An activity that is not similar to host activities 4) All of the above Potential anti-HIV drugs might
• Block attachment to host cell • Prevent fusion of viral and host membranes • Inhibit reverse transcriptase • Inhibit integrase • Inhibit HIV protease Attachment inhibition Recombinant soluble CD4 blocks gp120 binding to cell surface CD4 on T cells
CD4 The T cell co-receptor and HIV receptor. PRO 542 -- the first two domains of CD4 fused to the constant (Fc) region of an antibody. D1 D2 D3 D4
http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00055185 “The purpose of this study is to determine any adverse effects of PRO 542 after administration and to determine the anti-HIV effects of PRO 542 in the patient.” T cell plasma membrane Could also block binding to CCR5 (HIV co-receptor) Progenics Pharmaceuticals
http://www.progenics.com/prod_pro140.cfm Pro 140 Pro 140 is designed to both block HIV and permit normal chemokine binding. HIV fusion inhibition HIV binding and fusion (movie from Dennis Burton, Scripps) The gp41 ectodomain is a 6-helix bundle
N-peptide C-peptide Heptad repeats form -helices with one hydrophobic face; e.g., leucine zipper Trimer of coiled coils Structure thought to represent post-fusion state of gp41 Chan et al (1997) Cell 89:263 Excellent animation of fusion mediated by HIV gp41 http://www.molecularmovies.com/movies/gp41_092707.html Model for HIV membrane fusion and its inhibition
Fuzeon (enfuvirtide; T-20) a peptide inhibitor of fusion Target fusion peptide Transmembrane region of gp41 www.hivandhepatitis.com/hiv_and_aids/fuzeon1.html Chan et al (1997) Cell 89:263 Review of HIV lifecycle and sites of drug actions Note: gp120 undergoes a major conformational change after binding CD4. There are no current data addressing whether it also undergoes a conformational change after binding CCR5. Also, gp41 is not as elongated or accessible as depicted here, immature viruses that bud from cells don’t yet contain bullet-shaped cores, and HIV virions contain only ~14 envelope spikes. HIV reverse transcriptase -Two enzymes in one
After building a DNA strand from the RNA template using polymerase activity, the RNase activity destroys the RNA strand, then a second DNA strand is constructed from the first by the polymerase. http://www.rcsb.org/pdb/static.do?p=education_discussion/molecule_of_the_month/pdb33_2.html Crystal structure of HIV RT bound to Nevirapine, a NNRTI that binds near, but not in, the polymerase active site PDB code 1jlb The PDB contains >100 RT/inhibitor complexes. http://www.rcsb.org/pdb/static.do?p=education_discussion/molecule_of_the_month/pdb33_2.html Integrase is a target of anti-HIV drugs
• Drugs targeting HIV integrase are being tested: e.g., MK-0518 (Raltegravir), Elvitegravir, GS-9137. Some are in clinical trials. Catalytic domain of HIV integrase http://www.hivandhepatitus.com/recent/experimental_drugs/docs/intergrase.html http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/417310 http://adrik.bchs.uh.edu/publicity/integrase/choe.html Summary of HIV lifecycle (emphasis on integrase and integration) Structure-based drug design was used to make HIV protease inhibitors
Natural substrate HIV protease is a 2-fold symmetric dimer with one active site. HIV protease’s natural substrate is asymmetric. Design 2-fold symmetric drug candidate molecules. Drug-resistant mutations in HIV protease Structure-based drug design -- an engineering project
Indinavir If you know: • The 3D structure of a protein to high resolution (usually determined by X-ray crystallography) • The site you need to block (usually the active site if the protein is an enzyme) • The relative energies contributed by different types of binding interactions Then you can (in theory) design an inhibitor to that protein. Structure-based drug design needs structural biologists, computer scientists, physicists, and chemists. HIV reverse transcriptase has no proof-reading activity
• In vivo mutation rate is ~1/33,000 nucleotides/replication cycle* (1/107 for DNA polymerase; 1/109 including mismatch repair). • The exceptional diversity of the HIV-1 genome results from error-prone reverse transcription. • Most of the mutant viruses are inferior or not viable, but some are better than the parental virus at escaping from the immune system or from anti-viral drugs. Natural selection at work! •Error rates of ~1/1700 nucleotides in in vitro assays; base substitution, addition, deletion errors (Manksy & Temin, 1995, J Virol. 69: 5087-94; Roberts et al., 1988, Science 242: 1171-1173). What is the problem with mutations?
• • Genetic changes are what drive evolution -- they allow organisms to adapt to changing conditions and colonize new habitats. BUT … from the perspective of a single organism (e.g., you or me), a permanent genetic change (mutation) can have profoundly negative consequences:
– Sickle cell anemia, an inherited disease, is caused by a change in one nucleotide leading to a single amino acid change in hemoglobin. – Cancers are caused by a gradual accumulation of random mutations in DNA of somatic* cells. • From the perspective of a virus, mutations are great because they allow emergence of rare variants that have increased fitness and/or can evade the host immune system more effectively. *Somatic cells are all the cells in an organism other than germ cells (the reproductive cells). Resistance of HIV to a single protease inhibitor Combinations of drugs are needed for long term decrease of viral load • Many new variants of HIV in a single person
every day leads to drug resistance.
- Mutation rate: ~ 3 x 10-5/nucleotide base/replication cycle. - Genome size is 104 bases. - At least one mutation can occur in each nucleotide of HIV in a single day. Viral RNA levels initially fall after administering a single protease inhibitor. - HIV replication rate: 109-1010 virions/day. CD4 T cell count rises, but then falls as virus levels rise. drug therapy: HAART -- highly active anti-retroviral therapy.
After only four weeks, 100% of HIV is drugresistant; T cell counts back down. • Treatment involves combination anti-retroviral combinations of viral protease and reverse transcriptase inhibitors. Future HAART regimens may involve entry, fusion, and/or integrase inhibitors. • Current HAART formulations are Figure 11.27. Janeway et al. Immunobiology Drug holidays cause virus to come back weeks! Anti-retroviral therapy hasn’t eradicated HIV
• Anti-retroviral treatment regimens are complex, expensive, and can result in serious side effects.
• However, anti-retroviral drugs can easily and effectively block mother-to-child transmission (next slide). • Developing safe, effective and affordable vaccines that can prevent HIV infection in uninfected people is the best hope for controlling and/or ending the AIDS epidemic. • In 1984, Margaret Heckler (President Reagan’s Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services) announced that the virus responsible for causing AIDS had been identified, and that a vaccine would be ready for testing within two years. • We still don’t have a vaccine. To understand why, you need to learn about the host immune system and how other viruses trigger effective immune responses. Transmission rate of HIV from mother to child: 30-35%
• 2/3 of transmission during birth; 1/3 during breast feeding • Drug therapy: 4 weeks of AZT before birth plus nevirapine at birth blocks transmission (both are reverse transcriptase inhibitors) • US & Europe: <2% of babies born to HIV-positive mothers get the virus (nearly complete access to drugs) • World-wide: ~11% of HIV-positive pregnant women have access to drugs to block transmission • ~12% of new HIV infections every year are due to mother-child transmission Extra slides Killing viruses
• Can inactivate viruses using physical and chemical agents
– Heat (e.g., boiling water) alters structures of proteins and nucleic acids – UV radiation crosslinks thymines in nucleic acids – Formaldehyde combines with free amino groups on nucleic acids – Metals and phenol react with proteins in the viral capsid – Chlorine combines chemically with viral nucleic acid – Detergents denature viral proteins – Antiviral drugs (rare because they can interfere with essential chemical reactions in the host) Transmission of HIV
• Having unprotected sexual contact such that sexual secretions of one partner come into contact with the genital, oral, or rectal mucous membranes of the other partner. • Transfusion of contaminated blood (donated blood is now screened and blood products are heat-treated to destroy HIV). • Transfer of blood in contaminated needles. • Mother to child transmission during pregnancy, birth or breastfeeding. HIV is NOT transmitted by
• Kissing. • Shared food utensils, towels, bedding, swimming pools, toilet seats, mosquitos, bedbugs. Typical transmission of HIV through sex
• R5 HIV viruses (usually in semen) reach mucosal epithelial cells that line the male and female genital tracts. • HIV gains access to dendritic cells (DCs) at sites of mucosal injury, or to DCs that are sampling the external world by protruding between epithelial cells. • HIV gp120 binds to a DC protein, DC-SIGN, and then gets endocytosed into early endosomes (receptor-mediated endocytosis). HIV survives the acidic pH of early endosomes instead of being degraded. • DCs migrate to lymph nodes where there are a lot of CD4 T cells. • HIV translocates to the DC cell surface and is transferred to a CD4 T cell, which it infects by fusing to the plasma membrane. DCs serve as a “Trojan Horse” for HIV, because they transport it to a place where it can infect T cells. This is an excellent example of how HIV has usurped an immune function meant to protect the host (patrolling of mucosal surfaces by DCs) for its own purposes. DCs are supposed to uptake pathogens, degrade them, and present pieces of them to T cells in order to trigger an immune response. Figure 11.22; Janeway et al., Immunobiology: the immune system in health and disease, 6th edition Cell types infected by HIV are determined by which chemokine receptor is used as a coreceptor
• HIV variants found in primary infections (R5 viruses) use CCR5 and require only low levels of CD4. In addition to CD4 T cells, R5 viruses can infect dendritic cells* and macrophages* in vivo. • Infected dendritic cells initiate infection by transporting HIV from mucosal surfaces to lymphoid tissues, where viruses can infect CD4 T cells. • Other HIV variants (X4 viruses) use CXCR4 and only infect CD4 T cells in vivo. X4 viruses require high levels of CD4 on the target cell for infection. • Late in infection, the viral phenotype switches from R5 to X4 (viruses that uses CXCR4 coreceptors) in 50% of cases. This switch is associated with a rapid decline in CD4 T cells and progression to AIDS. Dendritic cells and macrophages are cells that present antigens (e.g., viruses and bacteria) to the immune system. What should you target to make an anti-viral drug?
• An activity that is critical for viral function • An activity that is virally-encoded • An activity that is not similar to host activities
but RT is a polymerase similar to host polymerases…
– Fortunately NRTIs and NtRTIs bind RT more tightly (higher affinity) than they bind DNA polymerase. – Also if they did get incorporated by DNA polymerase, NRTIs would be removed from host cell DNA during DNA repair. – HOWEVER -- mitochondrial DNA is replicated by polymerase gamma, which binds NRTIs, so mitochondrial DNA can be damaged, resulting in cell death due to low energy production. • Different NRTIs affect mitochondria of different types of cells, so have different side effects. Side effects of some reverse transcriptase inhibitors include:
• Headaches, high blood pressure, nausea, vomiting, fatigue (can disappear with time) • Less frequent, but more serious side effects include anemia (shortage of red blood cells), myopathy (muscle pain and weakness), neutropenia (low number of neutrophils) Note: RT inhibitors are usually used in combination with other types of anti-retroviral drugs (protease or fusion inhibitors). RT inhibitors prevent synthesis of double stranded viral DNA, thus prevent HIV from multiplying
• Nucleoside analog RT inhibitors (NARTIs or NRTIs)
– Competitive substrate inhibitors Lacks 3’ OH so causes chain termination Example: AZT, the first anti-HIV drug – Conversion to nucleotide by phosphorylation in body can cause toxicity Reverse transcriptase inhibitors • Nucleotide analog RT inhibitors (NtARTIs or NtRTIs)
– Competitive substrate inhibitors Lacks 3’ OH so causes chain termination – Doesn’t need to be converted by body, so less toxic • Non-nucleoside RT inhibitors (NNRTIs) – Non-competitive substrate inhibitors – Not incorporated into viral DNA – Inhibit polymerase through conformational changes in active site FDA-approved reverse transcriptase inhibitors http://www.hivandhepatitis.com/hiv_and_aids/hiv_treat.html ...
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