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Cataloguing the HIV type 1 human protein interaction network.

Although many interactions between HIV-1 and human proteins have been reported in the scientific literature, no publicly accessible source for efficiently reviewing this information was available. Therefore, a project was initiated in an attempt to catalogue all published interactions between HIV-1 and human proteins. HIV-related articles in PubMed were used to develop a database containing names, Entrez GeneIDs, and RefSeq protein accession numbers of interacting proteins. Furthermore, brief descriptions of the interactions, PubMed identification numbers of articles describing the interactions, and keywords for searching the interactions were incorporated. Over 100,000 articles were reviewed, resulting in the identification of 1448 human proteins that interact with HIV-1 comprising 2589 unique HIV-1-to-human protein interactions. Preliminary analysis of the extracted data indicates 32% were direct physical interactions (e.g., binding) and 68% were indirect interactions (e.g., upregulation through activation of signaling pathways). Interestingly, 37% of human proteins in the database were found to interact with more than one HIV-1 protein. For example, the signaling protein mitogen-activated protein kinase 1 has a surprising range of interactions with 10 different HIV-1 proteins. Moreover, large numbers of interactions were published for the HIV-1 regulatory protein Tat and envelope proteins: 30% and 33% of total interactions identified, respectively. The database is accessible at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/RefSeq/HIVInteractions/ and is cross-linked to other National Center for Biotechnology Information databases and programs via Entrez Gene. This database represents a unique and continuously updated scientific resource for understanding HIV-1 replication and pathogenesis to assist in accelerating the development of effective therapeutic and vaccine interventions.

Pubmed ID: 19025396


  • Ptak RG
  • Fu W
  • Sanders-Beer BE
  • Dickerson JE
  • Pinney JW
  • Robertson DL
  • Rozanov MN
  • Katz KS
  • Maglott DR
  • Pruitt KD
  • Dieffenbach CW


AIDS research and human retroviruses

Publication Data

December 23, 2008

Associated Grants

  • Agency: Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Id: BB/C515412/1
  • Agency: NIAID NIH HHS, Id: HHSN272200700042C
  • Agency: NIAID NIH HHS, Id: N01 AI 05415
  • Agency: NIAID NIH HHS, Id: N01 AI 70042
  • Agency: NIAID NIH HHS, Id: N01 AI005415
  • Agency: Intramural NIH HHS, Id: NIH0010034711

Mesh Terms

  • Databases, Protein
  • HIV Infections
  • HIV-1
  • Host-Pathogen Interactions
  • Humans
  • National Library of Medicine (U.S.)
  • United States
  • Viral Proteins