IRF expression had previously been described as
IRF1 expression had previously been described as a factor that contributes to susceptibility for HIV-1 infection . Our findings evidenced a different expression modulation of this transcription factor in the two groups of DC according with the expression of the important Th1 driving cytokine IL-12 (Fig. 2), emphasizing once more that genomic profile could told us a hide tale about DC functionality.
The emerging role of IL-18 in the pathogenesis of HIV infection has been recently described, suggesting that IL-18 could be protective against HIV replication . IL-18 plays an important role in DC biology, being necessary for induction of effector T zip inhibitor  and memory CD8+ T cells . Moreover it has been reported that in DC augmented level of IL-18 inversely correlated with IL-10 , as observed also in our results (Table 3).
In our study, possibly due to the small size of studied individuals, and we are aware of this limitation, the observed differences in genes expression did not lead to statistically significant differences in commonly used markers of DC maturation, activation and in vitro ability to induced IFN-γ+ T cells.
Conclusions All together these findings pointed out that actual criteria for the selection of HIV+ individuals for immunotherapy (mainly PVL, CD4+ and CD8+ counts) are not ensuring a similar vaccine product in term of genomic activation of monocyte-derived DC. Further investigations are needed to elucidate the discrepancy between expression profiles in DC from different donors.
Acknowledgements This work was supported by the São Paulo Research foundation (FAPESP) (2013/06142-1 and 2012/18879-6), Brazilian National Council for Research (CNPq) (473216/2012-4) and MCT/CNPq/MEC/CAPES Casadinho/Procad (552195/2011-1). E.C.R. is recipient of a Fellowship from Proex-CAPES. L.T.S. is recipient of a Fellowship from FAPESP. A.P. and S.C. are recipient of a Fellowship from CNPq. We thank Dr. Alexandre De Almeida (Faculty of Medicine, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil) for HIV+ patients\' recruitment; Prof. Helder T.I. Nakaya (Department of Clinical Analyses and Toxicology, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil) for helpful discussion. We wish to thanks all patients for the collaboration.
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