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【Inspiring Target】CXCR4 and CCR5, Promising Targets for HIV and Tumor Therapy
Release time: 2022-03-25 Source: ACROBiosystems Read: 4641

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection is a viral infection that progressively destroys certain leukocytes and causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). After HIV enters the human body, it selectively attacks human immune cells (mainly CD4+ T lymphocytes). With the massive death of immune cells, the normal function of the human immune system is depleted and eventually destroyed. Ultimately AIDS patients will be susceptible to various diseases, opportunistic infections, and malignancies. Even though HIV is a multifactorial disease, studies have shown that specific targeting of CXCR4 and CCR5 is a promising therapeutic strategy for HIV as well as other immune conditions such as tumors.

Introduction to CXCR4

CXCR4 belongs to the family of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). CXCR4 is a seven-transmembrane protein with a total length of 352 amino acids, which constitutes a circuitous surface receptor consisting of -NH2 outside and -COOH inside. The gene encoding CXCR4 is located on human chromosome 2q21 and is mainly expressed in monocytes, neutrophils, lymphocytes and activated T cells.

Structure of CXCR4

CXCR4 plays an important role in embryonic development, cell migration, angiogenesis, immune response, stem cell homing, inflammatory response, tumor growth and metastasis by binding to the specific ligand CXCL12 (SDF). CXCR4 knockout mice exhibited embryonic lethality and defects in vascular development, hematopoiesis, and Cardiac defect, further demonstrating the important physiological role of CXCR4.

Signaling pathway of CXCR4

CXCR4 acts as a co-receptor for HIV by binding CD4 protein, supporting HIV entry into the cells. As shown in the figure below, gp120 on the HIV viral membrane plays a key role in infecting CD4 T cells. When gp120 binds to the receptor CD4, it must also bind to a co-receptor such as CXCR4 to enter the cell. Therefore, CXCR4 antagonists are often used in HIV treatment.

Structural model of CXCR4 interacting with CD4 to mediate HIV-1 entry into cells

Since CXCR4 can regulate the migration of hematopoietic stem cells, it may play an important role in bone marrow hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in clinic. In addition, CXCR4 is highly expressed in a variety of cancers, and its expression has been detected in differently originated 23 types of cancers. The overexpression of CXCR4 in tumor cells contributes to tumor growth, invasion, angiogenesis, metastasis, recurrence and Resistant. CXCR4 antagonists have been shown to disrupt tumor-stromal interactions, sensitize cancer cells to cytotoxic drugs, and reduce tumor growth and metastatic burden. Therefore, targeting CXCR4 is considered a promising therapeutic strategy.

Several drugs targeting CXCR4 are currently under development and are mainly small molecular antagonists, antibody drugs, gene therapy, and CAR-T therapy. Plerixafor (Mozobil), a small molecular antagonist targeting CXCR4, is on the market. Ulocuplumab, an antibody-drug developed by Bristol-Myers Squibb, is currently in Phase II clinical trials. This drug mainly treats leukemia, multiple myeloma, and WHIM syndrome.

Introduction to CCR5

Like CXCR4, CCR5 (C-C motif chemokine receptor 5) is also a member of the chemokine receptor family and GPCRs family, mainly expressed by T cells and macrophages. When combined with chemokine ligands, it increases intracellular calcium levels by activating downstream G proteins and other signaling molecules, thereby transducing signals.

Structure of CCR5

CCR5 is an important co-receptor for HIV entering host cells, and this gene defect correlates with HIV infection tolerance. Therefore, CCR5 is an excellent target for HIV treatment. On February 15, 2022, the third case in the world who achieved long-term remission of AIDS - "New York patient" appeared. At the 29th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Denver, USA, a research team from Weill Cornell Medical College reported a case: a New York City patient with HIV and acute myeloid leukemia (AML) has become the world's first woman and third person to be cured from AIDS to date. The patient had received CCR5 Δ32/Δ32 stem cell transplantation from a donor who is naturally resistant to HIV.

Chemokine receptors(CCR5 and CXCR4) mediate HIV entry into cells

Small molecule antagonists targeting CCR5 prevent HIV from interacting with the receptor mainly by binding to hydrophobic residues of CCR5. Maraviroc developed by Pfizer and GSK is the first small-molecule anti-HIV oral drug, a CCR5 receptor antagonist, with the trade name Selzentry. The FDA approved the drug on August 6, 2007, EMA on September 18, 2007, and PMDA on December 25, 2008. In addition to CCR5 small molecule antagonists, monoclonal antibodies, gene therapy and T cell therapy for HIV treatment targeting CCR5 are under different stages of development.

Meanwhile, CCR5 is widely expressed on tumors plays an important role in the occurrence and development of tumors. CCR5 is also an exciting new therapeutic target for treating metastatic cancer.

ACROBiosystems is focused on overcoming the challenges during the preparation of GPCRs. We provide full-length GPCRs proteins via "FLAG" technology platforms to assist our customers and collaborators with antibody drugs and therapeutic strategies. Recently, full-length CCR5 and CXCR4 proteins have been developed and launched, do not hesitate to consult and order.

Product List
MoleculeCat. No.SpeciesProduct Description
CXCR4CX4-H5219HumanHuman CXCR4 / CD184 Full Length Protein-VLP (HEK293)NEW
CCR5CC5-H52P3HumanHuman CCR5 Full Length Protein-VLP (HEK293)NEW
Product Features

Full-length CCR5 and CXCR4 proteins are with native and complete conformation

Higher immunogenicity due to inherent characteristics of VLP

High biological activity verified by binding to antibodies

100-300 nm in size and high identity verified by DLS, can be used as an optimal target for dendritic cells and phage display

Suitable for immunization/ELISA/SPR/BLI/cell experiment etc.

Verification Data

Full-length CXCR4-VLP Protein(Cat. No. CX4-H5219

High bioactivity verified by ELISA

Immobilized Human CXCR4 Full Length Protein-VLP (Cat. No. CX4-H5219) at 5 μg/mL (100 μL/well) can bind Human ulocuplumab, Human IgG4 with a linear range of 1-31 ng/mL (QC tested).

High identity verified by DLS

The mean peak Radius of CXCR4-VLP is 110-170 nm with more than 95% intensity as determined by dynamic light scattering (DLS).

Full-length CCR5-VLP Protein(Cat. No. CC5-H52P3

High bioactivity verified by ELISA

Immobilized Human CCR5 Full Length Protein-VLP (Cat. No. CC5-H52P3) at 2 μg/mL (100 μL/well) can bind Anti-Human CCR5 Antibody, Mouse IgG2a with a linear range of 2-78 ng/mL (QC tested).

High identity verified by DLS

The mean peak Radius of CCR5-VLP is 130-170 nm with more than 95% intensity as determined by dynamic light scattering (DLS).

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