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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342388/insights-into-the-molecular-and-biological-features-of-the-dutpase-related-gene-of-bovine-immunodeficiency-virus
#1
Yulia Podolny, Eytan Herzig, Amnon Hizi
This study was stimulated by our previous research of the dUTPase-related protein from bovine immunodeficiency virus (BIV) (Voronin et al., 2014). Despite the lack of detectable enzymatic BIV dUTPase activity (both of the recombinant protein and in virions), mutating the dUTPase gene was deleterious to viral production. However, cDNA synthesis and integration were apparently unaffected. Consequently, we have studied here two important issues. First, we showed that in cDNA produced by the dUTPase-mutated virions, the incidence of mutations was not higher than that found in wild-type BIV-infected cells...
March 22, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342387/isolation-and-characterization-of-a-novel-putative-human-polyomavirus
#2
Tarik Gheit, Sankhadeep Dutta, Javier Oliver, Alexis Robitaille, Shalaka Hampras, Jean-Damien Combes, Sandrine McKay-Chopin, Florence Le Calvez-Kelm, Neil Fenske, Basil Cherpelis, Anna R Giuliano, Silvia Franceschi, James McKay, Dana E Rollison, Massimo Tommasino
The small double-stranded DNA polyomaviruses (PyVs) form a family of 73 species, whose natural hosts are primarily mammals and birds. So far, 13 PyVs have been isolated in humans, and some of them have clearly been associated with several diseases, including cancer. In this study, we describe the isolation of a novel PyV in human skin using a sensitive degenerate PCR protocol combined with next-generation sequencing. The new virus, named Lyon IARC PyV (LIPyV), has a circular genome of 5269 nucleotides. Phylogenetic analyses showed that LIPyV is related to the raccoon PyV identified in neuroglial tumours in free-ranging raccoons...
March 22, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340355/the-human-immunodeficiency-virus-1-asp-rna-promotes-viral-latency-by-recruiting-the-polycomb-repressor-complex-2-and-promoting-nucleosome-assembly
#3
Juan C Zapata, Federica Campilongo, Robert A Barclay, Catherine DeMarino, Maria D Iglesias-Ussel, Fatah Kashanchi, Fabio Romerio
Various epigenetic marks at the HIV-1 5'LTR suppress proviral expression and promote latency. Cellular antisense transcripts known as long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) recruit the polycomb repressor complex 2 (PRC2) to gene promoters, which catalyzes trimethylation of lysine 27 on histone H3 (H3K27me3), thus promoting nucleosome assembly and suppressing gene expression. We found that an HIV-1 antisense transcript expressed from the 3'LTR and encoding the antisense protein ASP promotes proviral latency. Expression of ASP RNA reduced HIV-1 replication in Jurkat cells...
March 21, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314126/purification-of-foamy-viral-particles
#4
Ralf Spannaus, Christina Miller, Dirk Lindemann, Jochen Bodem
Foamy viruses are non-pathogenic retroviruses and represent a tool for vector development. For gene therapy applications and for analyses of viral protein composition infectious particles need to be purified, which has been difficult for foamy viruses in the past. Here, we describe a novel, simple, and fast purification method for prototype foamy viruses with high purity using size exclusion and affinity chromatography. More than 99,9% of the contaminating proteins were removed. The purified viruses were used to determine the amount of the incorporated Pol protein relative to Gag...
March 14, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292718/latent-murine-leukemia-virus-infection-characterized-by-the-release-of-non-infectious-virions
#5
Stefano Boi, Erik Van Dis, Ethan J Hansen, Kyle Rosenke, Karin E Peterson, Morgan E Ferrell, Leonard H Evans
Clonal cell lines derived from cultures infected with a polytropic MuLV release vastly different levels of infectious virions ranging from undetectable to very high. Low producing clones release an overwhelming proportion of non-infectious virions containing retroviral RNA but deficient in the Env protein. Non-infectious virion production is not due to an inability of the cells to support infectious MuLV production or to an inherent replicative defectiveness of the proviruses. Reinfection of the lowest producing lines with the polytropic or an ecotropic MuLV results in enormous increases in the specific infectivity of the released virions...
March 11, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292661/genetic-evolution-of-equine-influenza-virus-strains-h3n8-isolated-in-france-from-1967-to-2015-and-the-implications-of-several-potential-pathogenic-factors
#6
Stéphanie Fougerolle, Loïc Legrand, Fanny Lecouturier, Corinne Sailleau, Romain Paillot, Aymeric Hans, Stéphane Pronost
Equine influenza virus (EIV) is a major respiratory pathogen of horses despite the availability of equine influenza vaccines. This study aimed to determine genetic evolution of EIV strains in France between 1967 to present. A whole genome comparative analysis was also conducted on recent French strains in order to identify potential factors of pathogenicity. Comparison of French EIV sequences with vaccine and worldwide epidemic strains revealed amino acid substitutions in both haemagglutinin (HA) and neuraminidase, especially within the antigenic sites and/or close to receptor binding sites (HA)...
March 11, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288321/phomopsis-longicolla-rna-virus-1-novel-virus-at-the-edge-of-myco-and-plant-viruses
#7
Lenka Hrabáková, Igor Koloniuk, Karel Petrzik
The complete nucleotide sequence of a new RNA mycovirus in the KY isolate of Phomopsis longicolla Hobbs 1985 and its protoplasts subcultures p5, p9, and ME711 was discovered. The virus, provisionally named Phomopsis longicolla RNA virus 1 (PlRV1), was localized in mitochondria and was determined to have a genome 2822 nucleotides long. A single open reading frame could be translated in silico by both standard and mitochondrial genetic codes into a product featuring conservative domains for an RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp)...
March 10, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285722/bacteriophage-sp6-encodes-a-second-tailspike-protein-that-recognizes-salmonella-enterica-serogroups-c2-and-c3
#8
Dana Gebhart, Steven R Williams, Dean Scholl
SP6 is a salmonella phage closely related to coliphage K1-5. K1-5 is notable in that it encodes two polysaccharide-degrading tailspike proteins, an endosialidase that allows it to infect E. coli K1, and a lyase that enables it to infect K5 strains. SP6 is similar to K1-5 except that it encodes a P22-like endorhamnosidase tailspike, gp46, allowing it to infect group B Salmonella. We show here that SP6 can also infect Salmonella serogroups C2 and C3 and that a mutation in a putative second tailspike, gp47, eliminates this specificity...
March 10, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282568/cxcl9-compensates-for-the-absence-of-cxcl10-during-recurrent-herpetic-stromal-keratitis
#9
Deena Tajfirouz, Devin M West, Xiao-Tang Yin, Chloe A Potter, Robyn Klein, Patrick M Stuart
Herpetic stromal keratitis (HSK) is a disease that is typically associated with reactivation of a latent HSV-1 infection. This disease is driven, in part, by chemokines that recruit leukocytes to the cornea. Surprisingly, neutralization of CXCL10 significantly reduced disease, while B6-CXCL10-/- mice exhibited worse disease compared with similarly infected wild-type controls. We hypothesized that compensatory up-regulation of CXCL9 occurs in the absence of CXCL10. Analysis of CXCL9 expression in HSV-1-infected B6 mice and B6-CXCL10-/- mice revealed significantly more CXCL9 in B6-XCL10-/- mice...
March 7, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282567/partial-dysfunction-of-stat1-profoundly-reduces-host-resistance-to-flaviviral-infection
#10
Maximilian Larena, Mario Lobigs
The genetic basis for a dramatically increased virus susceptibility phenotype of MHC-II knockout mice acquired during routine maintenance of the mouse strain was determined. Segregation of the susceptibility allele from the defective MHC-II locus combined with sequence capture and sequencing showed that a Y37L substitution in STAT1 accounted for high flavivirus susceptibility of a newly derived mouse strain, designated Tuara. Interestingly, the mutation in STAT1 gene gave only partial inactivation of the type I interferon antiviral pathway...
March 7, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279830/effects-of-partially-dismantling-the-cd4-binding-site-glycan-fence-of-hiv-1-envelope-glycoprotein-trimers-on-neutralizing-antibody-induction
#11
Ema T Crooks, Keiko Osawa, Tommy Tong, Samantha L Grimley, Yang D Dai, Robert G Whalen, Daniel W Kulp, Sergey Menis, William R Schief, James M Binley
Previously, VLPs bearing JR-FL strain HIV-1 Envelope trimers elicited potent neutralizing antibodies (nAbs) in 2/8 rabbits (PLoS Pathog 11(5): e1004932) by taking advantage of a naturally absent glycan at position 197 that borders the CD4 binding site (CD4bs). In new immunizations, we attempted to improve nAb responses by removing the N362 glycan that also lines the CD4bs. All 4 rabbits developed nAbs. One targeted the N197 glycan hole like our previous sera. Two sera depended on the N463 glycan, again suggesting CD4bs overlap...
March 6, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279829/tissue-tropism-of-saint-louis-encephalitis-virus-histopathology-triggered-by-epidemic-and-non-epidemic-strains-isolated-in-argentina
#12
María Elisa Rivarola, Guillermo Albrieu-Llinás, María Belén Pisano, Laura Beatriz Tauro, Melisa Gorosito-Serrán, Cristian Gabriel Beccaria, Luis Adrián Díaz, Ana Vázquez, Agustín Quaglia, Cristina López, Lorena Spinsanti, Adriana Gruppi, Marta Silvia Contigiani
Saint Louis encephalitis virus (SLEV) reemerged in South America, and caused encephalitis outbreaks at the beginning of the 21st century. To enhance our knowledge about SLEV virulence, we performed comparative pathogenesis studies in Swiss albino mice inoculated with two different variants, the epidemic strain CbaAr-4005 and the non-epidemic strain CorAn-9275. Only the infection of mice with SLEV strain CbaAr-4005 resulted in high viremia, invasion of peripheral tissues including the lungs, kidney, and spleen, and viral neuroinvasion...
March 6, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264780/active-and-separate-secretion-of-fiber-and-penton-base-during-the-early-phase-of-ad2-or-ad5-infection
#13
Yuhua Yan, Bo Zhang, Weihong Hou, Hongyu Lin, Johan Rebetz, Saw-See Hong, Youjun Wang, Liang Ran, Xiaolong Fan
Fiber and penton base overproduced in adenovirus (Ad) infected cells can be secreted prior to progeny release and thereby regulate progeny spread. We aimed to investigate the mechanisms of fiber and penton base secretion in Ad2- or Ad5-infected A549 cells. Our flow cytometry analyses detected abundant surface fiber molecules, but little penton base molecules at 12h post infection. Immunogold staining combined with transmission electron microscopic analyses revealed separate, non-co-localized release of fiber and penton base in the proximity of the plasma membrane...
March 3, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260622/group-b-adenovirus-enadenotucirev-infects-polarised-colorectal-cancer-cells-efficiently-from-the-basolateral-surface-expected-to-be-encountered-during-intravenous-delivery-to-treat-disseminated-cancer
#14
Suet-Lin Chia, Janet Lei, David J P Ferguson, Arthur Dyer, Kerry D Fisher, Leonard W Seymour
Enadenotucirev (EnAd) is a group B oncolytic adenovirus developed for systemic delivery and currently undergoing clinical evaluation for advanced cancer therapy. For differentiated carcinomas, systemic delivery would likely expose virus particles to the basolateral surface of cancer cells rather than the apical surface encountered during natural infection. Here, we compare the ability of EnAd and adenovirus type-5 (Ad5) to infect polarised colorectal carcinoma cells from the apical or basolateral surfaces. Whereas Ad5 infection was more efficient via the apical than basolateral surface, EnAd readily infected cells from either surface...
March 2, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260621/differential-regulation-of-hepatitis-b-virus-core-protein-expression-and-genome-replication-by-a-small-upstream-open-reading-frame-and-naturally-occurring-mutations-in-the-precore-region
#15
Li Zong, Yanli Qin, Haodi Jia, Lei Ye, Yongxiang Wang, Jiming Zhang, Jack R Wands, Shuping Tong, Jisu Li
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) transcribes two subsets of 3.5-kb RNAs: precore RNA for hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg) expression, and pregenomic RNA for core and P protein translation as well as genome replication. HBeAg expression could be prevented by mutations in the precore region, while an upstream open reading frame (uORF) has been proposed as a negative regulator of core protein translation. We employed replication competent HBV DNA constructs and transient transfection experiments in Huh7 cells to verify the uORF effect and to explore the alternative function of precore RNA...
March 2, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259048/dissecting-the-regulation-of-ebv-s-bart-mirnas-in-carcinomas
#16
Ya-Chun Yang, Amy Liem, Paul F Lambert, Bill Sugden
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) encodes multiple miRNAs known to contribute to its pathogenicity. Previous studies have found that the levels of some EBV miRNAs are 10-100 fold higher in biopsies and in tumor xenografts than in cells grown in culture. We have asked if these increased levels reflect transcriptional enhancement resulting from the tumor microenvironment, selection for increased levels of the EBV genome, or both. We measured the levels of BART miRNAs and their DNA templates in tumor xenografts induced from EBV-positive gastric carcinoma cells and EBV-negative gastric carcinoma cells expressing plasmid replicons encoding these miRNAs...
March 1, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259047/the-tripartite-leader-sequence-is-required-for-ectopic-expression-of-hadv-b-and-hadv-e-e3-cr1-genes
#17
Camden R Bair, Poornima Kotha Lakshmi Narayan, Adriana E Kajon
The unique repertoire of genes that characterizes the early region 3 (E3) of the different species of human adenovirus (HAdV) likely contributes to their distinct pathogenic traits. The function of many E3 CR1 proteins remains unknown possibly due to unidentified intrinsic properties that make them difficult to express ectopically. This study shows that the species HAdV-B- and HAdV-E-specific E3 CR1 genes can be expressed from vectors carrying the HAdV tripartite leader (TPL) sequence but not from traditional mammalian expression vectors...
March 1, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242514/targeted-mutagenesis-of-the-p22-portal-protein-reveals-the-mechanism-of-signal-transmission-during-dna-packaging
#18
Gregory J Bedwell, Peter E Prevelige
The portal vertex in dsDNA bacteriophage serves as the site for genome encapsidation and release. In several of these viruses, efficient termination of DNA packaging has been shown to be dependent on the density of packaged DNA. The portal protein has been implicated as being part of the sensor that regulates packaging termination through DNA-dependent conformational changes during packaging. The mechanism by which DNA induces these conformational changes remains unknown. In this study, we explore how point mutants in the portal core can result in changes in genome packaging density in P22...
February 24, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237765/effects-of-the-synthetic-corticosteroid-dexamethasone-on-bovine-herpesvirus-1-productive-infection
#19
Liqian Zhu, Jesse Thompson, Fangrui Ma, James Eudy, Clinton Jones
Sensory neurons are a primary site for life-long latency of bovine herpesvirus 1 (BoHV-1). The synthetic corticosteroid dexamethasone induces reactivation from latency and productive infection, in part because the BoHV-1 genome contains more than 100 glucocorticoid receptor (GR) responsive elements (GREs). Two GREs in the immediate early transcription unit 1 promoter are required for dexamethasone induction. Recent studies also demonstrated that the serum and glucocorticoid receptor protein kinase (SGK) family stimulated BoHV-1 replication...
February 23, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237764/evaluation-of-a-novel-multi-immunogen-vaccine-strategy-for-targeting-4e10-10e8-neutralizing-epitopes-on-hiv-1-gp41-membrane-proximal-external-region
#20
Saikat Banerjee, Heliang Shi, Marisa Banasik, Hojin Moon, William Lees, Yali Qin, Andrew Harley, Adrian Shepherd, Michael W Cho
The membrane proximal external region (MPER) of HIV-1 gp41 is targeted by broadly neutralizing antibodies (bnAbs) 4E10 and 10E8. In this proof-of-concept study, we evaluated a novel multi-immunogen vaccine strategy referred to as Incremental, Phased Antigenic Stimulation for Rapid Antibody Maturation (IPAS-RAM) to induce 4E10/10E8-like bnAbs. Rabbits were immunized sequentially, but in a phased manner, with three immunogens that are progressively more native (gp41-28×3, gp41-54CT, and rVV-gp160DH12). Although nAbs were not induced, epitope-mapping analyses indicated that IPAS-RAM vaccination was better able to target antibodies towards the 4E10/10E8 epitopes than homologous prime-boost immunization using gp41-28×3 alone...
February 23, 2017: Virology
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