SAMMA, a mandelic acid condensation polymer, inhibits dendritic cell-mediated HIV transmission

Theresa L. Chang, Natalia Teleshova, Aprille Rapista, Maciej Paluch, Robert A. Anderson, Donald P. Waller, Lourens J.D. Zaneveld, Angela Granelli-Piperno, Mary E. Klotman

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SAMMA, a mandelic acid condensation polymer, exhibits a broad antimicrobial activity against several sexually transmitted pathogens including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Here we demonstrated that SAMMA suppressed HIV transmission by dendritic cells (DCs), one of the first target cells for primary infection. The greatest inhibitory effect was achieved when SAMMA was present during the co-culture with target cells. The inhibitory effect of SAMMA on DC-mediated HIV transmission was not due to cytotoxicity. Analysis of the level of DC-associated HIV p24 antigen revealed that SAMMA prevented HIV internalization by DCs when the virus was pre-incubated with the compound. In contrast, pre-incubation of DCs with SAMMA followed by wash-off did not affect the amount of cell-associated HIV p24 antigen. In addition, SAMMA blocked HIV glycoprotein-mediated cell-cell fusion. This study suggests that SAMMA prevents HIV infection through multiple mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4596-4602
Number of pages7
JournalFEBS Letters
Issue number24
StatePublished - Oct 2 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Structural Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology


  • Cell-cell fusion
  • Dendritic cell
  • HIV transmission
  • Microbicide
  • Non-sulfonated polyanions


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