The relation of plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs) and regulatory t-cells (Tregs) with HPV persistence in HIV-Infected and HIV-Uninfected women

Howard D. Strickler, Jeffrey Martinson, Seema Desai, Xianhong Xie, Robert D. Burk, Kathryn Anastos, L. Stewart Massad, Howard Minkoff, Xiaonan Xue, Gypsyamber D'Souza, Alexandra M. Levine, Christine Colie, D. Heather Watts, Joel M. Palefsky, Alan Landay

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Other than CD4+ count, the immunologic factors that underlie the relationship of HIV/AIDS with persistent oncogenic HPV (oncHPV) and cervical cancer are not well understood. Plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs) and regulatory T-cells (Tregs) are of particular interest. pDCs have both effector and antigen presenting activity and, in HIV-positive patients, low pDC levels are associated with opportunistic infections. Tregs downregulate immune responses, and are present at high levels in HIV-positives. The current pilot study shows for the first time that low pDC and high Treg levels may be significantly associated with oncHPV persistence in both HIV-positive and HIV-negative women. Larger studies are now warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-25
Number of pages6
JournalViral Immunology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2014


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Virology

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