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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322167/hiv-specific-adcc-new-technologies-to-study-adcc-and-importance-for-the-hiv-vaccine-field
#1
Bruce D Wines, Hugh Billings, Milla R Mclean, Stephen J Kent, P Mark Hogarth
There is now intense interest in the role of HIV-specific antibodies and the engagement of FcγR functions in the control and prevention of HIV infection. The RV144 vaccine study, natural progression cohorts, and macaque studies all point to a role for antibody dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) in the control of HIV. However, reliable assays that can be reproducibly used across different laboratories to measure ADCC and other Fc-dependent functions of antibodies are limited. We recently developed a novel ELISA-based assay to detect the binding of viral antigen-specific antibodies to the ectodomains of homo-dimeric Fcγ receptors...
March 20, 2017: Current HIV Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302043/cul5-and-apobec3g-polymorphisms-are-partially-implicated-in-hiv-1-infection-and-antiretroviral-therapy-in-a-brazilian-population
#2
Ronaldo Celerino da Silva, Antonio Victor Campos Coelho, Ronald Rodrigues Moura, Luiz Cláudio Arraes, Lucas André Cavalcanti Brandão, Rafael Lima Guimarães, Sérgio Crovella
BACKGROUND: Host restriction factors are cellular proteins able to diminish or block viral replication in a cell-specific way. Objetive and Method: We evaluated the distribution of selected SNPs in APOBEC3G (rs3736685, rs2294367) and CUL5 (rs7117111, rs7103534, rs11212495) genes, among 264 HIV-1 infected (HIV-1+) and 259 unexposed uninfected individuals from Northeast Brazil, looking for a possible association with susceptibility to HIV-1 infection, viral load, CD4+ T cell count and success of antiretroviral therapy...
March 15, 2017: Current HIV Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215175/cd4-t-cell-count-may-not-be-a-useful-strategy-to-monitor-antiretroviral-therapy-response-in-htlv-1-hiv-co-infected-patients
#3
Alain Vandormael, Filipe Rego, Siva Danaviah, Luiz Alcantara, David Boulware, Tulio de Oliveira
BACKGROUND: HTLV-1/HIV co-infection is known to elevate the CD4+ T-cell counts of treatment-naïve persons. We investigated whether HTLV-1/HIV co-infected patients continued to have elevated CD4+ T-cell counts after developing virologic failure on antiretroviral therapy (ART). METHODS: The data comes from a drug resistance study located in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. All participants (N=383) presented for repeated CD4+ T-cell count and HIV viral load level testing between January 2006 and March 2014...
February 16, 2017: Current HIV Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176645/prevention-interventions-for-people-living-with-hiv-in-military-settings
#4
Michael Grillo, Margo Sloan, Che Wankie, Kelly Woodland, Elizabeth Reader, Bruce Porter, Caroline Macera, Richard Shaffer
Military prevention programs and healthy living programs were developed in the mid-1980s to manage and support newly HIV-positive military personnel in the US military. Since then, a program developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with support from the Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program (DHAPP), called Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention (PHDP), is currently being rolled out by DHAPP in partner militaries. The program, designed to reduce HIV transmission, is a package of interventions for people living with HIV (PLHIV), including risk reduction counseling, condom provision, disclosure counseling, testing of sexual partner(s) and children, adherence counseling, diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, and provision of family planning services...
February 7, 2017: Current HIV Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176644/sexual-and-gender-based-violence-attitudes-and-experiences-among-nine-sub-saharan-african-militaries
#5
Vienna Nightingale, Bonnie Tran, Judith Harbertson, Antonio Langa, Michael Grillo, Olivier Kalombo, Anne Thomas
INTRODUCTION: While sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is recognized as an important factor driving the HIV epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa, attitudes toward and prevalence of SGBV within sub-Saharan African military populations are unknown. Data on SGBV were collected from military service members of nine sub-Saharan African militaries. Attitudes related to SGBV and characteristics of those who commit and experience SGBV are reported. METHODS: Data for 8815 service members (8165 men and 650 women) aged 18 years or older who voluntarily participated in the Seroprevalence and Behavioral Epidemiology Risk Surveys from 2009 to 2014 were included in this secondary data analysis...
February 7, 2017: Current HIV Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176643/short-term-transfer-of-knowledge-assessment-in-the-military-international-hiv-training-program-mihtp
#6
Michael Grillo, Kelly Woodland, Gregory Talavera, Richard Shaffer, Stephanie Brodine
The Military International HIV Training Program (MIHTP) was established in 2002 to address the overwhelming needs of international military personnel concerning HIV and AIDS prevention, care, and treatment. The purpose of this study was to determine short-term knowledge transfer in trainees attending the MIHTP by comparing data collected from pre-training and post-training knowledge assessments. We used identical 40-question multiple choice pre-training and post-training assessments to determine the short-term transfer of knowledge of international HIV military physicians attending the MIHTP...
February 7, 2017: Current HIV Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059045/computational-screening-of-ccr5-inhibitors-as-potential-entry-inhibitor-microbicides-using-3d-qsar-studies-docking-and-molecular-dynamics-simulation
#7
Radhika Ramachandran, Muthusankar Aathi, D Durairaj Ruban, Shanmughavel Piramanyagam
BACKGROUND: The chemokine receptor CCR5 acts as a co-receptor for HIV binding and it is considered as an important target by CCR5 antagonists. Entry inhibitor based microbicides gain much importance nowadays as these drugs act at an early stage of HIV lifecycle and thus hinder the viral replication process in humans. The present study intends to identify a CCR5 antagonist which could be developed as a microbicide using computational approaches. METHOD: The pharmacophore modeling and 3D QSAR studies was used to identify CCR5 antagonists with enhanced antagonist activity...
January 6, 2017: Current HIV Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034359/hiv-1-drug-susceptibility-to-potential-second-and-third-line-antiretroviral-regimens-among-cameroonian-patients-evidence-from-a-cross-sectional-design
#8
Aubin J Nanfack, Desire Takou, Joseph Fokam, Romina Salpini, Maria M Santoro, Giulia Cappelli, Martin Baane, Suzie M Tetang, Josef Eberle, Lutz Gürtler, Francesca Ceccherini-Silberstein, Judith N Torimiro, Vittorio Colizzi, Carlo-Federico Perno, Alexis Ndjolo
BACKGROUND: Scale-up of antiretroviral therapy (ART) and the growing number of long-term treated patients may favor multi-HIV drug resistance (HIVDR) in resource-limited settings. Understanding the burden of HIVDR with ART-exposure may provide new insights for an effective long-term management of infected patients. METHODS: Sixty-six HIV-infected individuals (18 ART-naïve, 24 failing first-line, 24 failing second-line ART) living in Yaoundé-Cameroon were evaluated by sequencing protease-reverse transcriptase (PR-RT, n=62), envelope-V3 loop (V3, n=58) and integrase (IN, n=30) regions...
December 29, 2016: Current HIV Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002994/implementation-of-the-prevention-of-mother-to-child-transmission-pmtct-program-in-the-northern-cape-south-africa
#9
Bianca Myburgh, Riette Nel, Ronette Lategan-Potgieter
BACKGROUND: South Africa's Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) program has been implemented for over ten years. This has led to a considerable reduction in mother-to-child transmissions. In 2010, the Northern Cape Province had a 1.4% transmission rate, being the lowest in the country. OBJECTIVE: To describe the implementation of the PMTCT program in the Frances Baard district, Northern Cape Province; South Africa and identify factors that may influence the effectiveness of this program...
December 21, 2016: Current HIV Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993121/trimethyl-chitosan-improves-anti-hiv-effects-of-atripla-as-a-new-nano-formulated-drug
#10
Sepideh Shohani, Asghar Abdoli, Behzad Khansarinejad, Mehdi Shafiee Ardestani, Mohammad Salimi-Asl, Maryam Ghanbari, Mehrdad Sadeghi Haj, Rezvan Zabihollahi, Mahdieh Mondanizadeh
Background; highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) has been commonly used for HIV treatment. Its main drawbacks like drug resistance and side effects raised researcher's interest to find new approaches for its treatment. Trimethyl chitosan is one of the drug carriers which was introduced recently. Materials and Methods; the conjugated atripla-trimethyl chitosan was designed and characterized by zetasizer, AFM and FTIR techniques. The drug conjugation with trimethyl chitosan and cellular uptake of nano-conjugate were determined by spectrophotometry...
December 16, 2016: Current HIV Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924729/conjugated-linoleic-acid-isomers-exert-differential-effects-on-an-adipocyte-model-of-hiv-associated-lipodystrophy
#11
Cathríona R Loonam, Sandra D O'Dell, Anne Mullen
BACKGROUND: HIV-associated lipodystrophy is associated with decreased expression of PPAR-γ in adipose tissue. Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) isomers (cis9, trans11 and trans10, cis12) are putative PPAR-γ agonists, but have not previously been investigated in the context of HIV-associated lipodystrophy. METHODS: 3T3-L1 pre-adipocytes were differentiated in the presence of ritonavir (20 μM as per previous experimental models) and 100 μM cis9,trans11, trans10,cis12 or vehicle control, DMSO...
December 7, 2016: Current HIV Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917706/the-changes-of-positive-selection-within-env-gene-of-hiv-1-b-crf07_bc-and-crf08_bc-from-china-over-time
#12
Tingting Li, Binlian Sun, Yanyan Jiang, Haiyan Zeng, Yanpeng Li, Yan Wang, Rongge Yang
It is not clear about the possible evolutionary changes of the three predominant strains of HIV-1 in China over the course of the epidemic. Envelope (env) gene of HIV-1 is a good target for this evolutionary pressure for its enriched epitopes. METHODS: We collected 159 full or part of env sequences sampled between 1997 and 2010 from database of China, we calculated the genetic distance, detected the positively selected sites by PAML suite and then compared the number using Fisher's exact test between the early period 1997 to 2003and the late period2004 to 2010...
December 5, 2016: Current HIV Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897109/effect-of-the-modification-of-p24-peptide-antigen-on-dendritic-cell-uptake-and-t-cell-activation
#13
P L Smith, K J Norgate, E Hegarty, N Grageda, E Heelas, M Sommerfelt, T Lange, Arnt-Ove Hovden, B Sørenson, A Dalgleish, M Bodman-Smith
BACKGROUND: Vacc-4x is a candidate therapeutic vaccine consisting of 4 modified peptides based on conserved regions of HIV-1 p24Gag. Vacc4x has been shown to induce long term cellular immunity in immunized infected individuals resulting a reduction in viral load on treatment interruption. OBJECTIVE: Vacc-4x peptides are modified. In this study the effect of modification on uptake of the peptides into PBMC, their subsequent presentation and antigenicity was tested...
November 29, 2016: Current HIV Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829329/comparison-of-antibody-immune-responses-to-different-hiv-1-envelope-glycoprotein-mutants
#14
Jian-Dong Liu, Li Ren, Bin Ju, Wei Song, Xiang-Yang Ge, Kun-Xue Hong, Ying Liu, Wei Xu, Yan-Ling Hao, Yi-Ming Shao
The identification of immunogens is crucial for human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) vaccine development. In our previous study, we demonstrated that HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein mutants based on the equine infectious anemia virus (EIAV)attenuated vaccine enhance immunogenicity, both for DNA immunization alone and as a combined DNA prime-vaccinia boost immunization. An RV144 clinical trial has demonstrated that an envelope protein boost may provide some degree of protection against HIV-1 infection. In order to explore the antibody immune responses to two HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein mutants based on the EIAV vaccine and wild-type envelope glycoprotein, mice and guinea pigs were immunized using a DNA prime-protein boost immunization strategy...
November 8, 2016: Current HIV Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27774892/atazanavir-plus-cobicistat-week-48-and-week-144-subgroup-analyses-of-a-phase-3-randomized-double-blind-active-controlled-trial
#15
Joel E Gallant, Graeme Moyle, Juan Berenguer, Peter Shalit, Huyen Cao, Ya-Pei Liu, Joel Myers, Lisa Rosenblatt, Lingfeng Yang, Javier Szwarcberg
OBJECTIVES: Cobicistat (COBI) enhances atazanavir (ATV) pharmacokinetic parameters similarly to ritonavir (RTV) in both healthy volunteers and HIV-infected adults. Primary efficacy and safety outcomes of this Phase 3, international, randomized, double-blind, double-dummy, active-controlled trial in HIV-1-infected treatment-naïve adults (GS-US-216-0114/NCT01108510) demonstrated that ATV+COBI was non-inferior to ATV+RTV, each in combination with emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (FTC/TDF), at Weeks 48 and 144, with high rates of virologic success for both regimens (85...
October 21, 2016: Current HIV Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27758709/samhd1-polymorphisms-were-significantly-correlated-with-hiv-siv-virus-load-in-pbmc-from-chinese-rhesus-macaques-and-cynomolgus-macaques
#16
Dan-Dan He, Shao-Long Mao, Wei Wang, Ya-Bin Jin, Hui-Ling Zhang, Fei Ling
Background-Sterile alpha motif and histidine aspartate domain containing deoxynucleoside triphosphate triphosphohydrolase 1 (SAMHD1) is one of the novel restriction factors that potently supresses HIV-1 infection in myeloid cells at an early stage in the viral replication cycle. SAMHD1 activity is blocked by the action of viral accessory protein x (Vpx), which targets and recruits SAMHD1 for proteasomal degradation, in the SIVsm/HIV-2 lineage. Objective-The impact of SAMHD1 polymorphisms on viral replication in Chinese-origin rhesus macaques (CR) and cynomolgus macaques of Vietnamese origin (CM) have not been reported until now...
October 18, 2016: Current HIV Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27719662/the-importance-of-military-conscripts-for-surveillance-of-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infection-and-risk-behavior-in-thailand
#17
Aladdin Shadyab, Kenrad E Nelson, Ram Rangsin
The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) epidemic in Thailand was first recognized in 1988 among injection drug users (IDUs) in Bangkok. Soon thereafter, HIV infections were reported among female sex workers (FSWs) and men attending sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinics. Routine serological surveillance for HIV began in 1991 among young men who were conscripted annually into the Royal Thai Army (RTA). The data from these populations provided a national population-based sample to determine sexual behaviors and HIV prevalence among sexually active young men...
October 6, 2016: Current HIV Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27492726/hiv-infection-and-myocardial-infarction
#18
Leonardo Calza
After the advent of the potent combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) the incidence of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) has declined dramatically and HIV infection became a chronic disease with a significant increase in the life expectancy of HIV-positive people. Consequently, chronic comorbidities as coronary heart disease raised an increasing concern in this population. An increased risk of myocardial infarction has been reported among HIV-infected subjects compared to the general population, but the pathogenic mechanism of this accelerated atherosclerotic process is complex and certainly multifactorial...
August 3, 2016: Current HIV Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27492727/spatiotemporal-analysis-of-aids-incidence-among-adults-in-brazil
#19
Elisângela Elisângela Aparecida da Silva Lizzia, Altacilio Aparecido Nunes, Edson Zangiacomi Martinez
AIDS is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide and, currently, the overall prevalence rate of HIV infection in Brazil is 0.5% among men and 0.3% among women. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the spatiotemporal trend of AIDS in Brazil from 2006 to 2012 and its relationship with human development index (HDI) and their components income, education and life expectancy. METHODS: This ecological study evaluate the spatiotemporal trend of standardized incidence ratio of AIDS among adults in Brazil from 2006 to 2012 and its relationship with HDI by using a Bayesian analysis, considering the Brazilian Federal Units as units of analysis...
August 2, 2016: Current HIV Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27450546/design-based-peptidomimetic-ligand-discovery-to-target-hiv-tar-rna-using-comparative-analysis-of-different-docking-methods
#20
Junjie Fu, Amy Xia, Yao Dai, Xin Qi
Discovering molecules capable of binding to HIV trans-activation responsive region (TAR) RNA thereby disrupting its interaction with Tat protein is an attractive strategy for developing novel antiviral drugs. Computational docking is considered as a useful tool for predicting binding affinity and conducting virtual screening. Although great progress in predicting protein-ligand interactions has been achieved in the past few decades, modeling RNA-ligand interactions is still largely unexplored due to the highly flexible nature of RNA...
July 19, 2016: Current HIV Research
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