Molecular Control of HIV and SIV Latency

  • Gilles Darcis
  • Benoit Van Driessche
  • Sophie Bouchat
  • Frank Kirchhoff
  • Carine Van LintEmail author
Part of the Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology book series (CT MICROBIOLOGY, volume 417)


The HIV latent reservoirs are considered as the main hurdle to viral eradication. Numerous mechanisms lead to the establishment of HIV latency and act at the transcriptional and post-transcriptional levels. A better understanding of latency is needed in order to ultimately achieve a cure for HIV. The mechanisms underlying latency vary between patients, tissues, anatomical compartments, and cell types. From this point of view, simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) infection and the use of nonhuman primate (NHP) models that recapitulate many aspects of HIV-associated latency establishment and disease progression are essential tools since they allow extensive tissue sampling as well as a control of infection parameters (virus type, dose, route, and time).



This project has received funding from the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research (FRS-FNRS, Belgium), the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement N° 691119 EU4HIVCURE H2020-MSCA-RISE-2015), the ANRS (France Recherche Nord & Sud Sida-HIV Hépatites), the “Fondation Roi Baudouin”, the NEAT Program, the Walloon Region (the Excellence Program “Cibles” and the “Fond de maturation” program), the ARC program (ULB) and the Internationale Brachet Stiftung (IBS). BVD and SB are postdoctoral fellows (ARC program and PDR project from the FRS-FNRS, respectively). CVL is “Directeur de Recherches” of the FRS-FNRS (Belgium).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gilles Darcis
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Benoit Van Driessche
    • 1
  • Sophie Bouchat
    • 1
  • Frank Kirchhoff
    • 4
  • Carine Van Lint
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Service of Molecular Virology, Département de Biologie Moléculaire (DBM)Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)GosseliesBelgium
  2. 2.Service des Maladies InfectieusesUniversité de Liège, CHU de Liège, Domaine Universitaire du Sart-TilmanLiègeBelgium
  3. 3.Laboratory of Experimental Virology, Department of Medical MicrobiologyAcademic Medical Center of the University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Institute of Molecular Virology, Ulm University Medical CenterUlmGermany

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