Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) capsid binds host proteins during infection, including cleavage and polyadenylation specificity factor 6 (CPSF6) and cyclophilin A (CypA). We observe that HIV-1 infection induces higher-order CPSF6 formation, and capsid-CPSF6 complexes cotraffic on microtubules. CPSF6-capsid complex trafficking is impacted by capsid alterations that reduce CPSF6 binding or by excess cytoplasmic CPSF6 expression, both of which are associated with decreased HIV-1 infection. Higher-order CPSF6 complexes bind and disrupt HIV-1 capsid assemblies in vitro Disruption of HIV-1 capsid binding to CypA leads to increased CPSF6 binding and altered capsid trafficking, resulting in reduced infectivity. Our data reveal an interplay between CPSF6 and CypA that is important for cytoplasmic capsid trafficking and HIV-1 infection. We propose that CypA prevents HIV-1 capsid from prematurely engaging cytoplasmic CPSF6 and that differences in CypA cellular localization and innate immunity may explain variations in HIV-1 capsid trafficking and uncoating in CD4+ T cells and macrophages.IMPORTANCE HIV is the causative agent of AIDS, which has no cure. The protein shell that encases the viral genome, the capsid, is critical for HIV replication in cells at multiple steps. HIV capsid has been shown to interact with multiple cell proteins during movement to the cell nucleus in a poorly understood process that may differ during infection of different cell types. In this study, we show that premature or too much binding of one human protein, cleavage and polyadenylation specificity factor 6 (CPSF6), disrupts the ability of the capsid to deliver the viral genome to the cell nucleus. Another human protein, cyclophilin A (CypA), can shield HIV capsid from premature binding to CPSF6, which can differ in CD4+ T cells and macrophages. Better understanding of how HIV infects cells will allow better drugs to prevent or inhibit infection and pathogenesis.
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.