Investigation of the HIV-1 matrix interactome during virus replication

Yan Li, Kristin M. Frederick, Nicole A. Haverland, Pawel Ciborowski, Michael Belshan

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Purpose: Like all viruses, human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) requires host cellular factors for productive replication. Identification of these factors may lead to the development of novel cell-based inhibitors. Experimental design: A Strep-tag was inserted into the C-terminus of the matrix (MA) region of the HIV-1 gag gene. The resultant virus was replication competent and used to infect Jurkat T-cells. MA complexes were affinity purified with Strep-Tactin agarose. Protein quantification was performed using sequential window acquisition of all theoretical fragment ion spectra (SWATH) MS, data were log2-transformed, and Student t-tests with Bonferroni correction used to determine statistical significance. Several candidate proteins were validated by immunoblot and investigated for their role in virus infection by siRNA knockdown assays. Results: A total of 17 proteins were found to be statistically different between the infected versus uninfected and untagged control samples. X-ray repair cross-complementing protein 6 (Ku70), X-ray repair cross-complementing protein 5 (Ku80), and Y-box binding protein 1 (YB-1) were confirmed to interact with MA by immunoblot. Knockdown of two candidates, EZRIN and Y-box binding protein 1, enhanced HIV infection in vitro. Conclusions and clinical relevance: The Strep-tag allowed for the capture of viral protein complexes in the context of virus replication. Several previously described factors were identified and at least two candidate proteins were found to play a role in HIV-1 infection. These data further increase our understanding of HIV host -cell interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)156-163
Number of pages8
JournalProteomics - Clinical Applications
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016


  • HIV
  • Ku70
  • Ku80
  • Matrix
  • YB-1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Biochemistry


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