Macrophage activation resulting from phagocytosis has the potential to modulate human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) replication. We have determined the effects of phagocytosis of particulate stimuli on transcription and release of HIV. Using THP-1 and Mono Mac 6 human monocytic cell lines transfected with HIV long terminal repeat sequence chloramphenicol acetytransferase (LTR CAT) constructs we have demonstrated that phagocytosis of enhanced HIV-1 and -2 LTR CAT expression. However phagocytosis of zymosan or inert latex beads had little or no effect on CAT expression. Enhancement of HIV LTR CAT expression was dependent upon intact NF-κB binding sites and was independent of tumour necrosis factor alpha secretion. strains of different degrees of virulence induced similar levels of enhanced CAT expression. In contrast, phagocytosis of by HIV-1-infected THP-1 cells reduced supernatant reverse transcriptase (RT) activity without suppression of p24 antigen release. Phagocytosis of zymosan granules or latex particles did not alter released RT activity. However, phagocytosis of either , zymosan granules or latex particles by HIV-1-infected human peripheral blood monocyte-derived macrophages reduced supernatant RT activity. These data indicate that phagocytosis of may enhance HIV transcription in monocytic cells although it may reduce release of intact HIV.


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