Effects of galectins and antibodies in HIV infection; Novel Assays

Enas Sheik-Khalil

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The high variability of the HIV envelope glycoproteins (Env), and their heavy glycan coating, contributes to the limited host immune
control. Still, broadly neutralizing antibodies (bnAbs) are found in some chronically infected HIV-infected individuals, which has
spurred the research on antibody-based vaccines. An important tool in detecting and studying bnAbs, are neutralization assays. Here
we developed an image-based, high-content automated version of a plaque reduction (PR) assay, which uses green fluorescent protein
expression as a reporter of HIV infection. This permitted simultaneous detection of antibodies mediating neutralization and
inhibition of virus induced cell-cell fusion. In a multicenter study, Neutnet II, the assay compared well with other neutralization
assays and was suggested to be an alternative to the traditional peripheral blood monocyte (PBMC)-based assay and the TZMbl assay.
The glycans of Env can also take part in HIV host cell adhesion and infection, via host glycan-binding protein, such as galectins. To
explore this, we examined the interaction of gp120 (the surface Env protein) with a panel of galectins, by adapting the fluorescent
anisotropy (FA) assay to microscale. Galectin-8, a galectin with two carbohydrate recognition domains (CRDs), had high affinity for
gp120 as well as the HIV receptor CD4. The N-terminal CRD mediated the strongest interaction with gp120. The results of the FAassay
correlated well with binding of whole virions screened in another assay against the same panel of galectins, now immobilized on
beads. In the PR assay described above, here used as an infectivity assay, added intact galectin-8 enhanced infectivity of some HIV-1-
strains, while this was not seen with the N-CRD, demonstrating that both CRDs of galectin-8 are required for the effect on
infectivity. The enhancement effect mediated by galectin-8 was most pronounced with HIV-1 isolates obtained during the relative
immune competent chronic phase, as compared to viruses isolated after AIDS onset. Hence, galectin-8 binding carbohydrate motifs
on Env appear to be altered at severe immunodeficiency, adding to the knowledge on the evolution of Env glycosylation patterns
related to HIV pathogenesis. These results add to the basic knowledge of virus-host interactions, which hopefully could be used for
identification of antibodies and galectin-inhibitors effective in HIV prophylactic interventions.
Tilldelande institution
  • Avdelningen för mikrobiologi, immunologi och glykobiologi - MIG
  • Leffler, Hakon, handledare
  • Fenyö, Eva Maria, handledare
  • Jansson, Marianne, handledare
  • Özkaya Sahin, Gülsen, handledare
  • Medstrand, Patrik, handledare
Tilldelningsdatum2015 apr. 17
ISBN (tryckt)978-91-7619-115-6
StatusPublished - 2015

Bibliografisk information

Defence details

Date: 2015-04-17
Time: 09:00
Place: Belfragesalen, D15, BMC, Klinikgatan 32, Lund

External reviewer(s)

Name: Olofsson, Sigvard
Title: professor
Affiliation: Göteborgs Universitet


Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ)

  • Immunologi inom det medicinska området
  • Mikrobiologi inom det medicinska området


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