Distinct expression of interferon-induced protein with tetratricopeptide repeats (IFIT) 1/2/3 and other antiviral genes between subsets of dendritic cells induced by dengue virus 2 infection

Jingshu Zhang, Daniel Man Yuen Sze, Yat Ming Yung, Petrus Tang, Wei June Chen, Kwok Hung Chan, Hang Mei Polly Leung

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Dendritic cells (DCs) are one of the major targets of DENV and the initiators of the innate immune response against the virus. However, current in vitro research on the DENV–DC interaction is hampered by the low availability of ex vivo DCs and donor variation. In the current study, we attempted to develop a novel in vitro DC model using immature DCs derived from the myeloid leukaemia cell line MUTZ-3 (IMDCs) to investigate the DENV–DC interaction. The IMDCs morphologically and phenotypically resembled human immature monocyte-derived dendritic cells (IMMoDCs). However, the permissiveness of IMDCs to DENV2 was lower than that of IMMoDCs. RT-PCR arrays showed that a group of type I interferon (IFN) -inducible genes, especially IFIT1, IFITM1, and IFI27, were significantly up-regulated in IMMoDCs but not in IMDCs after DENV2 infection. Further investigation revealed that IFIT genes were spontaneously expressed at both transcriptional and protein levels in the naive IMDCs but not in the naive IMMoDCs. It is possible that the poor permissiveness of IMDCs to DENV2 was a result of the high basal levels of IFIT proteins. We conclude that the IMDC model, although less permissive to DENV2, is a useful platform for studying the suppression mechanism of DENV2 and we expand the knowledge of cellular factors that modulate DENV2 infection in the human body.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-376
Number of pages14
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016


  • dendritic cells
  • dengue virus
  • MUTZ-3

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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