Sumatriptan increases the proliferation of peripheral blood mononuclear cells from HIV-infected individuals and healthy blood donors in vitro
HIV infection is characterized by the loss of CD4+ T cells as well as the loss of T-cell function, leading to severe immunodeficiency. The proliferative capacity of T cells measured in vitro as responses to antigens and mitogens is severely reduced during HIV infection. An increased level of the intracellular second messenger adenosine 3′,5′-cyclic monophosphate (cAMP) has been shown to cause impaired proliferative capacity of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from HIV-infected individuals in vitro. Sumatriptan, a 5HT1d receptor agonist, inhibits the activity of adenylyl cyclases, the enzymes responsible for regulation of the intracellular levels of cAMP. In a preliminary study sumatriptan increased the proliferative responses of PBMC to a polyclonal activator in vitro in 9 of 10 HIV-seropositive individuals (p=0.007), and in 7 of 9 healthy blood donors (p=0.05). This was probably due to a decrease in the intracellular level of cyclic AMP.