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High-dimensional CyTOF® analysis of dengue virus-infected human DCs reveals distinct viral signatures

Hamlin, R.E., Rahman, A., Pak, T.R. et al.

Dengue virus (DENV) is the most prevalent mosquito-borne virus causing human disease. Of the 4 DENV serotypes, epidemiological data suggest that DENV-2 secondary infections are associated with more severe disease than DENV-4 infections. Mass cytometry by time-of-flight (CyTOF) was used to dissect immune changes induced by DENV-2 and DENV-4 in human DCs, the initial targets of primary infections that likely affect infection outcomes. Strikingly, DENV-4 replication peaked earlier and promoted stronger innate immune responses, with increased expression of DC activation and migration markers and increased cytokine production, compared with DENV-2. In addition, infected DCs produced higher levels of inflammatory cytokines compared with bystander DCs, which mainly produced IFN-induced cytokines. These high-dimensional analyses during DENV-2 and DENV-4 infections revealed distinct viral signatures marked by different replication strategies and antiviral innate immune induction in DCs, which may result in different viral fitness, transmission, and pathogenesis.

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Hamlin, R.E., Rahman, A., Pak, T.R. et al. "High-dimensional CyTOF® analysis of dengue virus-infected human DCs reveals distinct viral signatures" Journal of Clinical Investigation Insight (2017): e92424