Targeting cell-free HIV and virally-infected cells with anti-HLA-DR immunoliposomes containing amphotericin B

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ObjectiveTo evaluate the ability of liposomes bearing anti-HLA-DR Fab′ fragments (immunoliposomes) and containing amphotericin B (AmB) to target and neutralize cell-free HIV-1 particles and virally-infected cells.MethodsThe effect of AmB on the attachment and fusion of HIV-1NL4−3to Jurkat E6.1 cells has been evaluated using a p24 enzymatic assay. The ability of AmB to inhibit HIV-1-based luciferase reporter viruses pseudotyped with HXB2, AML-V and VSV-G envelopes has been evaluated in Jurkat E6.1 cells. The efficacy of free and immunoliposomal AmB to inhibit cell-free HIV, that have incorporated or not HLA-DR molecules, has been evaluated in HLA-DR/negative (NEG) 1G5 T cells and HLA-DR/positive (POS) Mono Mac 1 cells.ResultsAmB inhibited HIV infectivity independently of the nature of viral envelope proteins. Pretreatment of HIV with AmB had no major effect on viral attachment and fusion process to Jurkat E6.1 cells. Immunoliposomal AmB (0.5 μg/ml) led to a 77% inhibition of replication of HLA-DR/POS HIV-1 with no cell toxicity, whereas free AmB had no significant antiviral activity at this concentration. A complete inhibition of viral replication was observed following incubation of viruses with immunoliposomal AmB (2.5 μg/ml). Anti-HLA-DR immunoliposomes containing AmB had no effect on the infectivity of HLA-DR/NEG HIV-1 particles in HLA-DR/NEG T lymphoid cells but completely inhibited replication of viruses in an HLA-DR/POS monocytic cell line.ConclusionThe incorporation of neutralizing agents in anti-HLA-DR immunoliposomes could represent a novel therapeutic strategy to specifically target cell-free HIV particles and virally-infected cells to treat HIV infection more efficiently.

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