HIV chromatin is a preferred target for drugs that bind in the DNA minor groove

Autoři: Clayton K. Collings aff001;  Donald W. Little, III aff003;  Samuel J. Schafer aff004;  John N. Anderson aff005
Působiště autorů: Department of Pediatric Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, United States of America aff001;  Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge, MA, United States of America aff002;  University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI, United States of America aff003;  Department of Reproductive and Developmental Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada aff004;  Department of Biological Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, United States of America aff005
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 14(12)
Kategorie: Research Article
doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0216515


The HIV genome is rich in A but not G or U and deficient in C. This nucleotide bias controls HIV phenotype by determining the highly unusual composition of all major HIV proteins. The bias is also responsible for the high frequency of narrow DNA minor groove sites in the double-stranded HIV genome as compared to cellular protein coding sequences and the bulk of the human genome. Since drugs that bind in the DNA minor groove disrupt nucleosomes on sequences that contain closely spaced oligo-A tracts which are prevalent in HIV DNA because of its bias, it was of interest to determine if these drugs exert this selective inhibitory effect on HIV chromatin. To test this possibility, nucleosomes were reconstituted onto five double-stranded DNA fragments from the HIV-1 pol gene in the presence and in the absence of several minor groove binding drugs (MGBDs). The results demonstrated that the MGBDs inhibited the assembly of nucleosomes onto all of the HIV-1 segments in a manner that was proportional to the A-bias, but had no detectable effect on the formation of nucleosomes on control cloned fragments or genomic DNA from chicken and human. Nucleosomes preassembled onto HIV DNA were also preferentially destabilized by the drugs as evidenced by enhanced nuclease accessibility in physiological ionic strength and by the preferential loss of the histone octamer in hyper-physiological salt solutions. The drugs also selectively disrupted HIV-containing nucleosomes in yeast as revealed by enhanced nuclease accessibility of the in vivo assembled HIV chromatin and reductions in superhelical densities of plasmid chromatin containing HIV sequences. A comparison of these results to the density of A-tracts in the HIV genome indicates that a large fraction of the nucleosomes that make up HIV chromatin should be preferred in vitro targets for the MGBDs. These results show that the MGBDs preferentially disrupt HIV-1 chromatin in vitro and in vivo and raise the possibility that non-toxic derivatives of certain MGBDs might serve as a novel class of anti-HIV agents.

Klíčová slova:

DNA electrophoresis – DNA sequence analysis – HIV-1 – Human genomics – Chromatin – Nucleosomes – Sequence analysis


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