Membrane and soluble forms of Fas (CD95) and Fas ligand in peripheral blood mononuclear cells and in plasma from human immunodeficiency virus- infected persons

Naoki Hosaka, Naoki Oyaizu, Mark H. Kaplan, Hideo Yagita, Savita Pahwa

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The expression of membrane-bound Fas ligand (FasL) and Fas in lymphocytes and monocytes and levels of soluble forms of FasL (sFasL) and Fas (sFas) in plasma from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-positive and - negative subjects was evaluated. Surface FasL was detectable on monocytes, but poorly so on lymphocytes, even in the presence of KB8301, a metalloproteinase inhibitor. Unexpectedly, monocytes of HIV-positive subjects expressed less FasL than those of HIV-negative volunteers. sFasL levels in plasma of HIV-positive persons were elevated and correlated with levels in plasma and with HIV RNA burden. sFas levels in plasma of HIV-positive subjects were also elevated and correlated with Fas expression in apoptotic lymphocytes. Finally, culture-induced lymphocyte apoptosis of HIV-positive subjects was enhanced by anti-Fas agonistic antibody but was not inhibited by anti-FasL blocking antibodies. These results suggest that significant dysregulation of both Fas and FasL occurs in HIV infection and contributes to increased sensitivity of lymphocytes to apoptosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1030-1039
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Infectious Diseases
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Infectious Diseases

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