HIV-1 infection impairs CD16 and CD35 mediated opsonophagocytosis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis by human neutrophils

Nonzwakazi Bangani, Justine Nakiwala, Adrian R. Martineau, Robert J. Wilkinson, Katalin A. Wilkinson, David M. Lowe

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    Using a flow cytometric assay, we investigated neutrophil-Mycobacterium tuberculosis opsonophagocytosis and the impact of HIV-1-infected serum on this process. The mean (+/- SD) percentage of neutrophils internalizing bacilli after 30 minutes incubation was significantly reduced by pretreatment with anti-CD16 (18.2% +/- 8.1%, P <0.001) or anti-CD35 antibody (23.2% +/- 10.6%, P <0.05) versus anti-CD4 controls (29.9% +/- 8.1%). Blocking CD88 or CD11a did not affect internalization. Using heat-inactivated serum, maximal internalization was lower using HIV-1-infected serum versus HIV-1-uninfected. Using non-heat-inactivated serum, internalization decreased more rapidly with sequential dilutions of HIV-1-infected versus HIV-1uninfected serum. CD16 and CD35 are important for neutrophil internalization of M. tuberculosis, whereas HIV-1 infection adversely affects opsonophagocytosis.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
    Issue number3
    Pages (from-to)263-267
    Number of pages5
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


    • neutrophil
    • phagocytosis
    • opsonization
    • tuberculosis
    • mycobacteria
    • HIV
    • INNATE
    • CELLS
    • ASSAY

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