Whole-body immunoPET reveals active SIV dynamics in viremic and antiretroviral therapy-treated macaques. Academic Article uri icon


  • The detection of viral dynamics and localization in the context of controlled HIV infection remains a challenge and is limited to blood and biopsies. We developed a method to capture total-body simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) replication using immunoPET (antibody-targeted positron emission tomography). The administration of a poly(ethylene glycol)-modified, (64)Cu-labeled SIV Gp120-specific antibody led to readily detectable signals in the gastrointestinal and respiratory tract, lymphoid tissues and reproductive organs of viremic monkeys. Viral signals were reduced in aviremic antiretroviral-treated monkeys but detectable in colon, select lymph nodes, small bowel, nasal turbinates, the genital tract and lung. In elite controllers, virus was detected primarily in foci in the small bowel, select lymphoid areas and the male reproductive tract, as confirmed by quantitative reverse-transcription PCR (qRT-PCR) and immunohistochemistry. This real-time, in vivo viral imaging method has broad applications to the study of immunodeficiency virus pathogenesis, drug and vaccine development, and the potential for clinical translation.

published proceedings

  • Nat Methods

altmetric score

  • 120.8

author list (cited authors)

  • Santangelo, P. J., Rogers, K. A., Zurla, C., Blanchard, E. L., Gumber, S., Strait, K., ... Villinger, F.

citation count

  • 130

complete list of authors

  • Santangelo, Philip J||Rogers, Kenneth A||Zurla, Chiara||Blanchard, Emmeline L||Gumber, Sanjeev||Strait, Karen||Connor-Stroud, Fawn||Schuster, David M||Amancha, Praveen K||Hong, Jung Joo||Byrareddy, Siddappa N||Hoxie, James A||Vidakovic, Brani||Ansari, Aftab A||Hunter, Eric||Villinger, Francois

publication date

  • May 2015