Identification of Interferon-Stimulated Genes with Antiretroviral Activity

Cell Host Microbe. 2016 Sep 14;20(3):392-405. doi: 10.1016/j.chom.2016.08.005.


Interferons (IFNs) exert their anti-viral effects by inducing the expression of hundreds of IFN-stimulated genes (ISGs). The activity of known ISGs is insufficient to account for the antiretroviral effects of IFN, suggesting that ISGs with antiretroviral activity are yet to be described. We constructed an arrayed library of ISGs from rhesus macaques and tested the ability of hundreds of individual macaque and human ISGs to inhibit early and late replication steps for 11 members of the retroviridae from various host species. These screens uncovered numerous ISGs with antiretroviral activity at both the early and late stages of virus replication. Detailed analyses of two antiretroviral ISGs indicate that indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase 1 (IDO1) can inhibit retroviral replication by metabolite depletion while tripartite motif-56 (TRIM56) accentuates ISG induction by IFNα and inhibits the expression of late HIV-1 genes. Overall, these studies reveal numerous host proteins that mediate the antiretroviral activity of IFNs.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antiviral Agents / metabolism*
  • Gene Library
  • Genetic Testing
  • Humans
  • Indoleamine-Pyrrole 2,3,-Dioxygenase / metabolism*
  • Interferons / metabolism*
  • Macaca mulatta
  • Retroviridae / immunology*
  • Retroviridae / physiology*
  • Ubiquitin-Protein Ligases / metabolism*
  • Virus Replication*


  • Antiviral Agents
  • Indoleamine-Pyrrole 2,3,-Dioxygenase
  • Interferons
  • Ubiquitin-Protein Ligases