Role of Killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIR) genes in stages of HIV-1 infection among patients from Burkina Faso

Pegdwendé Abel Sorgho, Florencia Wendkuuni Djigma, Jeremy James Martinson, Albert Théophane Yonli, Bolni Marius Nagalo, Tégwindé Rebeca Compaore, Birama Diarra, Herman Karim Sombie, Abibou Simpore, Arsène Wendpagnangdé Zongo, Abdoul Karim Ouattara, Serge Théophile R. Soubeiga, Lassina Traore, Edwige T. Yelemkoure, Isabelle Touwendpoulimdé Kiendrebeogo, Lewis R. Roberts, Jacques Simpore

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Objectives A cluster of specialized KIR genes of specialized KIR genes has been shown to be associated with susceptibility or resistance to viral infections in humans. Therefore, this pilot study, this pilot investigation sought to determine the frequencies of KIR genes human immunodeficiency virus type 1( HIV-1) patients and establish their potential clinical involvement in disease progression and staging. Methods HIV-1 infected and healthy individuals were selected for this study. Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg), anti-HCV antibodies and anti-HIV-1/2 antibody/ antigen were screened using a 4th generation ELISA assay (Cobas e 411 Analyzer, Roche Diagnostics GmbH Mannheim, Germany). SSP-PCR was used to evaluate the frequencies of KIR genes. CD4+ T counts and HIV-1 viral load were measured in patients using respectively BD FACSCount and Abbott m2000rt instruments. Results We found a significant association between the frequencies of KIR2DL2 (OR=4.41; p < 0.001), KIR2DS2 (OR=4.76; p < 0.001), KIR2DS3 (OR=2.27; p=0.004), KIR2DS4 (OR=1.76; p=0.026), KIR3DS1 (OR=2.43; p=0.016) and HIV-1 infection; whilst the KIR3DL1 gene (OR= 0.39; p < 0.001) was associated with protection against HIV-1 infection. HIV-1 replication was found to be associated with the presence of KIR2DS2 (OR=6.08, p = 0.024). In contrary the pseudogene KIR2DP1 (OR=0.39; p=0.026) were linked to a protective status with the highest number of lymphocyte T CD4 counts. Conclusion Our data showed that KIR2DL2, KIR2DS2, KIR2DS3, KIR2DS4, and KIR3DS1 were significantly associated with HIV-1 infection whereas KIR3DL1 was associated with protection against HIV-1 infection. Further investigations are needed to fully comprehend the clinical significance of KIR genes in HIV disease progression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)226-236
Number of pages11
JournalBiomolecular concepts
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 19 2019


  • Burkina Faso
  • HIV-1
  • KIR gene
  • T CD4
  • Viral Load

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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