Endogenous IL-32 controls cytokine and HIV-1 production

Marcel Nold, Claudia Nold-Petry, Gregory Pott, Jarod Zepp, Milene Saavedra, Soo-Hyun Kim, Charles Dinarello

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IL-32, a proinflammatory cytokine that activates the p38MAPK and NF-kappaB pathways, induces other cytokines, for example, IL-1beta, IL-6, and TNF-alpha. This study investigated the role of endogenous IL-32 in HIV-1 infection by reducing IL-32 with small interfering (si)RNA in freshly infected PBMC and in the latently infected U1 macrophage cell line. When PBMC were pretreated with siRNA to IL-32 (siIL-32), IL-6, IFN-gamma, and TNF-alpha were reduced by 57, 51, and 36 , respectively, compared with scrambled siRNA. Cotransfection of NF-kappaB and AP-1 reporter constructs with siIL-32 decreased DNA binding of these transcription factors by 42 and 46 , respectively. Cytokine protein array analysis revealed that the inhibitory activity of siIL-32 primarily targeted Th1 and proinflammatory cytokines and chemokines, e.g., MIP-1alpha/beta. Unexpectedly, HIV-1 production (as measured by p24) increased 4-fold in these same PBMC when endogenous IL-32 was reduced. Because IFN-gamma was lower in siIL-32-treated PBMC, we blocked IFN-gamma bioactivity, which enhanced the augmentation of p24 by siIL-32. Furthermore, siIL-32 reduced the natural ligands of the HIV-1 coreceptors CCR5 (MIP-1alpha/beta and RANTES) and CXCR4 (SDF-1). Inhibition of endogenous IL-32 in U1 macrophages also increased HIV-1. When rhIL-32gamma was added to these cells, p24 levels fell by 72 ; however, in the same cultures IFN-alpha increased 4-fold. Blockade of IFN-alpha/beta bioactivity in IL-32gamma-stimulated U1 cells revealed that IFN-alpha conveys the anti-HIV-1 effect of rhIL-32gamma. In summary, depletion of endogenous IL-32 reduced the levels of Th1 and proinflammatory cytokines but paradoxically increased p24, proposing IL-32 as a natural inhibitor of HIV-1.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)557 - 565
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Immunology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

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