, Volume 59, Issue 6, pp 511-515
Date: 04 Apr 2007

Wild type and H43Y variant of human TRIM5α show similar anti-human immunodeficiency virus type 1 activity both in vivo and in vitro


Polymorphisms in human genes have been shown to affect the rate of disease progression to acquired immune deficiency syndrome in human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1)-infected individuals. Recently, tripartite motif 5α (TRIM5α) was identified as a factor that confers resistance to HIV-1 infection in Old World monkey cells. Subsequently, Sawyer et al. (Curr Biol 16:95–100, 2006) reported a single nucleotide polymorphism (H43Y) in the human TRIM5α gene and TRIM5α protein with 43Y was found to lose its ability to restrict HIV-1. In the present study, we reevaluated effects of this allele on in vitro anti-HIV-1 activity as well as on HIV-1 disease progression in European and Asian cohorts of HIV-1-infected individuals. Our epidemiological and molecular biological findings clearly indicate H43Y has a very minor effect on anti-HIV-1 activity of TRIM5α, suggesting that this allele is immaterial, at least in HIV-1-infected Europeans and Asians.