Induction of an invasive phenotype by human parvovirus B19 in normal human synovial fibroblasts

Nancy B. Ray, Daniel R.C. Nieva, Elisabeth A. Seftor, Zhila Khalkhali-Ellis, Stanley J. Naides*

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Objective. To investigate the possible role of human parvovirus B19 as an etiologic agent in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), with particular emphasis on its ability to induce invasiveness in human synovial fibroblasts. Methods. We established an experimental in vitro system in which normal primary human synovial fibroblasts were treated with or without parvovirus B19-containing human sera for 7 days. The fibroblasts were then tested for their ability to degrade reconstituted cartilage matrix using a well-characterized cartilage invasion assay system. Results. Incubation with parvovirus B19-containing serum induced an invasive phenotype in normal human synovial fibroblasts. B19 serum-treated synovial fibroblasts exhibited an increase in invasion of up to 248% compared with the activity of fibroblasts in media alone, in contrast to B19-negative sera-treated synovial fibroblasts, which exhibited no significant change compared with that in media alone. In addition, preincubation of viremic serum with a neutralizing antibody to B19 abrogated the observed effect. Conclusion. These results provide direct evidence regarding the ability of parvovirus B19 to induce invasive properties in normal human synovial fibroblasts. Parvovirus B19 has been proposed as an etiologic agent of RA, and our data provide the first biologic link between exposure to B19 and phenotypic changes in normal human synovial fibroblasts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1582-1586
Number of pages5
JournalArthritis and rheumatism
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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