CD4 phosphorylation partially reverses Nef down-regulation of CD4

Yong Jiu Jin, Xiaoping Zhang, J. Gildade Boursiquot, Steven J. Burakoff

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HIV Nef down-regulates CD4 from the cell surface in the absence of CD4 phosphorylation, whereas PMA down-regulates CD4 through a phosphorylation- dependent pathway. In this study we show that the down-regulation of CD4 In human Jurkat T cells expressing Nef was nearly complete (∼95%), whereas that induced by PMA was partial (∼40%). Unexpectedly, treating T cells expressing Nef with PMA restored the surface CD4 up to 35% of the steady state level. Both mutating the phosphorylation sites in the CD4 cytoplasmic tail (Ser408 and Ser415) and the use of a protein kinase C inhibitor, bisindolylmaleimide1, abolished the restoration of surface CD4, suggesting that the restoration required CD4 phosphorylation. CD4 and Nef could be cross-linked by a chemical cross-linker, 3,3-dithiobis[sulfosuccinimidyl- propionate], in control T cell membranes, but not in PMA-treated T cell membrane, suggesting that CD4 and Nef interacted with each other in T cells, and the phosphorylation disrupted the CD4-Nef interaction. We propose that this dissociation switches CD4 internalization from the Nef-mediated, nearly complete down-regulation to a phosphorylation-dependent, partial down-regulation, resulting in a net gain of CD4 on the T cell surface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5495-5500
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Immunology
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2004
Externally publishedYes


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