Short communication: Methamphetamine treatment increases in vitro and in vivo HIV replication

Sima Shelly Toussi, Aviva Joseph, Jian Hua Zheng, Monica Dutta, Laura Santambrogio, Harris Goldstein

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To delineate the mechanistic basis for the epidemiological association between methamphetamine use and accelerated progression to AIDS, we evaluated the direct in vitro and in vivo effects of methamphetamine on HIV-1 replication. Methamphetamine administration significantly increased HIV-1 production by both HIV-infected monocytes and CD4 T lymphocytes in vitro. In addition, in vivo methamphetamine treatment increased HIV production and viremia in mice transgenic for a replication-competent HIV provirus and human cyclinT1. Methamphetamine activated transcription of the HIV long terminal repeat (LTR) regulatory region, was associated with nuclear translocation of NF-κB. Our results provide further insights into the mechanisms by which methamphetamine accelerates disease course in HIV-infected individuals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1117-1121
Number of pages5
JournalAIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2009


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases

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