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Clonality of HTLV-2 in natural infection

We recently developed a high-throughput sequencing method for analysis and quantification of HTLV-1 integration sites in the host genome (Gillet et al, 2011, Blood). Using this method we investigated the effect of the genomic environment on integration targeting, clonal expansion and spontaneous HTLV-1 proviral expression (Gillet et al, 2011, Blood, Melamed et al, 2013, PLoS Pathogens). HTLV-2 preferentially infects CD8+ T cells, with a minority of the proviral load in CD4+ T cells. Here we describe the use of our high-throughput technique to investigate the distribution of HTLV-2 proviral integration sites in the host genome, in peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) DNA of HTLV-2 infected individuals (n=28). We also mapped and quantified proviral integration sites separately in flow-sorted CD4+CD8- and CD4-CD8+ populations. We quantified the clone frequency distribution and clonal survival over time in 10 individuals, using samples from 2 time points separated by a median of 10 years. The results show that the clone frequency distribution of HTLV-2 in PBMCs is distinct from that of HTLV-1 and resembles that of HTLV-1-infected CD8+ T cells. These results suggest that in both HTLV-1 and HTLV-2 infections, there is a greater degree of selective oligoclonal clonal expansion in infected CD8+ T cells than in CD4+ T cells. We are now investigating the selection forces that underlie this dichotomy between T cell lineages.

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Melamed, A., Witkover, A.D., Brown, R. et al. Clonality of HTLV-2 in natural infection. Retrovirology 11 (Suppl 1), P138 (2014).

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