A fundamental challenge in HIV eradication is to understand how the virus establishes latency, maintains stable cellular reservoirs, and promotes rebound upon interruption of antiretroviral treatment (ART). Here, we discovered an unexpected role of the ubiquitous gasotransmitter hydrogen sulfide (H2S) in HIV latency and reactivation. We show that reactivation of HIV-1 is associated with down-regulation of the key H2S producing enzyme cystathionine-g-lyase (CTH) and reduction in endogenous H2S. Genetic silencing of CTH disrupts redox homeostasis, impairs mitochondrial function, and remodels the transcriptome of latent cells to trigger HIV reactivation. Chemical complementation of CTH activity using a slow-releasing H2S donor, GYY4137, suppressed HIV reactivation and diminished virus replication. Mechanistically, GYY4137 blocked HIV reactivation by inducing the Keap1-Nrf2 pathway, inhibiting NF-kB, and recruiting the epigenetic silencer, YY1, to the HIV promoter. In latently infected CD4+ T cells from ART-suppressed human subjects, GYY4137 in combination with ART prevented viral rebound and improved mitochondrial bioenergetics. Moreover, prolonged exposure to GYY4137 exhibited no adverse influence on proviral content or CD4+ T cell subsets, indicating that diminished viral rebound is due to a loss of transcription rather than a selective loss of infected cells. In summary, this work provides mechanistic insight into H2S-mediated suppression of viral rebound and suggests exploration of H2S donors to maintain HIV in a latent form.
All data generated or analysed during this study are included in the manuscript and supporting files. Source data files have been provided for Figures 2 and 5.
- Amit Singh
- Amit Singh
- Amit Singh
The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.
Human subjects: Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) were collected from five aviremic HIV‐seropositive subjects on stable suppressive ART. All subjects provided signed informed consent approved by the Indian Institute of Science, and Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute review boards (IHEC No.‐ 3‐14012020).
- Frank Kirchhoff, Ulm University Medical Center, Germany
© 2021, Pal et al.
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