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Sequential CD134-CXCR4 interactions in feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV): soluble CD134 activates FIV Env for CXCR4-dependent entry and reveals a cryptic neutralization epitope.

Recombinant soluble CD134 (sCD134) facilitated feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) entry into CXCR4-positive, cell surface CD134-negative target cells. sCD134- activated entry was dose dependent and CXCR4 dependent. We used the sCD134 activation system to explore the neutralization by four anti-V3 monoclonal antibodies (MAbs). V3 MAbs weakly neutralized FIV infection using target cells expressing both CD134 and CXCR4 but potently inhibited sCD134-activated entry into target cells expressing CXCR4 alone. These findings provide direct evidence for a sequential interaction of FIV Env with CD134 and CXCR4 and reveal the presence of a cryptic epitope in V3 that is masked in the mature envelope oligomers.[1]


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