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Jamal El-Saghir, Farah Nassar, Nadim Tawil, Marwan El-Sabban
BACKGROUND: Exosomes are membrane nano-vesicles secreted by a multitude of cells that harbor biological constituents such as proteins, lipids, mRNA and microRNA. Exosomes can potentially transfer their cargo to other cells, implicating them in many patho-physiological processes. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), residents of the bone marrow and metastatic niches, potentially interact with cancer cells and/or their derived exosomes. In this study, we investigated whether exosomes derived from adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATL) cells act as intercellular messengers delivering leukemia-related genes that modulate the properties of human MSCs in favor of leukemia...
October 19, 2016: Retrovirology
Ting Yuan, Weitong Yao, Kenzo Tokunaga, Rongge Yang, Binlian Sun
BACKGROUND: Several members of the TRIM family have been implicated in antiviral defense. Our previous report showed that human TRIM11 potently inhibited HIV-1 transduction by reducing the viral reverse transcripts. These results prompted us to examine the effect of TRIM11 on HIV-1 uncoating, which is closely related to viral reverse transcription. RESULTS: Using a combination of in vitro binding and in situ proximity ligation assay, we showed that TRIM11 could interact with HIV-1 capsid...
October 13, 2016: Retrovirology
Janani Varadarajan, Mary Jane McWilliams, Bryan T Mott, Craig J Thomas, Steven J Smith, Stephen H Hughes
BACKGROUND: HIV-1 integrase is the target for three FDA-approved drugs, raltegravir, elvitegravir, and dolutegravir. All three drugs bind at the active site of integrase and block the strand transfer step of integration. We previously showed that sub-optimal doses of the anti-HIV drug raltegravir can cause aberrant HIV integrations that are accompanied by a variety of deletions, duplications, insertions and inversions of the adjacent host sequences. RESULTS: We show here that a second drug, elvitegravir, also causes similar aberrant integrations...
September 29, 2016: Retrovirology
Muntasir Alam, Takeo Kuwata, Kazuya Shimura, Masaru Yokoyama, Kristel Paola Ramirez Valdez, Kazuki Tanaka, Yasuhiro Maruta, Shinya Oishi, Nobutaka Fujii, Hironori Sato, Masao Matsuoka, Shuzo Matsushita
BACKGROUND: HIV-1 typically develops resistance to any single antiretroviral agent. Combined anti-retroviral therapy to reduce drug-resistance development is necessary to control HIV-1 infection. Here, to assess the utility of a combination of antibody and fusion inhibitor treatments, we investigated the potency of monoclonal antibodies at neutralizing HIV-1 variants that are resistant to fusion inhibitors. RESULTS: Mutations that confer resistance to four fusion inhibitors, enfuvirtide, C34, SC34, and SC34EK, were introduced into the envelope of HIV-1JR-FL, a CCR5-tropic tier 2 strain...
September 27, 2016: Retrovirology
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2016: Retrovirology
Nischal Ranganath, Teslin S Sandstrom, Saleh Fadel, Sandra C Côté, Jonathan B Angel
BACKGROUND: The latent HIV-1 reservoir represents the primary barrier to the eradication of HIV-1 infection. The design of novel reservoir-clearance strategies, however, is impeded in part by the inability to distinguish latently HIV-infected cells from uninfected cells. Significant impairment of the type I interferon (IFN-I) response is observed during productive HIV-1 infection. Although this remains poorly described in the context of latent HIV-1 infection, presence of potential defects may serve as a novel therapeutic target...
2016: Retrovirology
Nicole Grandi, Marta Cadeddu, Jonas Blomberg, Enzo Tramontano
BACKGROUND: Human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs) are ancient sequences integrated in the germ line cells and vertically transmitted through the offspring constituting about 8 % of our genome. In time, HERVs accumulated mutations that compromised their coding capacity. A prominent exception is HERV-W locus 7q21.2, producing a functional Env protein (Syncytin-1) coopted for placental syncytiotrophoblast formation. While expression of HERV-W sequences has been investigated for their correlation to disease, an exhaustive description of the group composition and characteristics is still not available and current HERV-W group information derive from studies published a few years ago that, of course, used the rough assemblies of the human genome available at that time...
2016: Retrovirology
M-H Tsai, M Muenchhoff, E Adland, A Carlqvist, J Roider, D K Cole, A K Sewell, J Carlson, T Ndung'u, P J R Goulder
BACKGROUND: In contrast to adult HIV infection, where slow disease progression is strongly linked to immune control of HIV mediated by protective HLA class I molecules such as HLA-B*81:01, the mechanisms by which a minority of HIV-infected children maintain normal-for-age CD4 counts and remain clinically healthy appear to be HLA class I-independent and are largely unknown. To better understand these mechanisms, we here studied a HIV-infected South African female, who remained a non-progressor throughout childhood...
2016: Retrovirology
Susan M Watanabe, Viviana Simon, Natasha D Durham, Brittney R Kemp, Satoshi Machihara, Kimdar Sherefa Kemal, Binshan Shi, Brian Foley, Hongru Li, Benjamin K Chen, Barbara Weiser, Harold Burger, Kathryn Anastos, Chaoping Chen, Carol A Carter
BACKGROUND: The p6 region of the HIV-1 structural precursor polyprotein, Gag, contains two motifs, P7TAP11 and L35YPLXSL41, designated as late (L) domain-1 and -2, respectively. These motifs bind the ESCRT-I factor Tsg101 and the ESCRT adaptor Alix, respectively, and are critical for efficient budding of virus particles from the plasma membrane. L domain-2 is thought to be functionally redundant to PTAP. To identify possible other functions of L domain-2, we examined this motif in dominant viruses that emerged in a group of 14 women who had detectable levels of HIV-1 in both plasma and genital tract despite a history of current or previous antiretroviral therapy...
2016: Retrovirology
Joanna Mikulak, Ferdinando Oriolo, Federica Portale, Paolo Tentorio, Xiqian Lan, Moin A Saleem, Karl Skorecki, Pravin C Singhal, Domenico Mavilio
BACKGROUND: Patients of African ancestry with untreated HIV-1 infection and carrying the G1 or G2 kidney disease risk variants (Vs) at the APOL1 gene have a tenfold higher risk of developing HIV-associated nephropathy (HIVAN) compared to those with the non-risk wild type (WT) G0 variant. However, the mechanistic contribution of the APOL1 allelic state to kidney injury in HIV-1 infection remains to be elucidated. RESULTS: Non-risk WT APOL1 is associated with lower intracellular levels of HIV-1 in conditionally immortalized human podocytes, while the over expression of G1 or G2 risk Vs significantly increases viral accumulation...
2016: Retrovirology
Farideh Sabri, Alejandro Prados, Raquel Muñoz-Fernández, Rebecka Lantto, Pablo Fernandez-Rubio, Aikaterini Nasi, Sylvie Amu, Jan Albert, Enrique Garcia Olivares, Francesca Chiodi
BACKGROUND: Follicular dendritic cells (FDCs) are important components in the organization of germinal centers in lymphoid tissue where, following antigen presentation, B cells differentiate into memory B cells. The possibility of establishing primary cell lines from FDCs isolated from lymphoid tissue paved the way for characterization of FDC biological properties. We exposed primary FDC cell lines to HIV-1 strains in vitro and studied changes in the chemo-attractive properties of FDCs and release of inflammatory cytokines...
2016: Retrovirology
Corinna S Oberle, Beda Joos, Peter Rusert, Nottania K Campbell, David Beauparlant, Herbert Kuster, Jacqueline Weber, Corinne D Schenkel, Alexandra U Scherrer, Carsten Magnus, Roger Kouyos, Philip Rieder, Barbara Niederöst, Dominique L Braun, Jovan Pavlovic, Jürg Böni, Sabine Yerly, Thomas Klimkait, Vincent Aubert, Alexandra Trkola, Karin J Metzner, Huldrych F Günthard
BACKGROUND: Mucosal HIV-1 transmission predominantly results in a single transmitted/founder (T/F) virus establishing infection in the new host despite the generally high genetic diversity of the transmitter virus population. To what extent HIV-1 transmission is a stochastic process or driven by selective forces that allow T/F viruses best to overcome bottlenecks in transmission has not been conclusively resolved. Building on prior investigations that suggest HIV-1 envelope (Env) features to contribute in the selection process during transmission, we compared phenotypic virus characteristics of nine HIV-1 subtype B transmission pairs, six men who have sex with men and three male-to-female transmission pairs...
2016: Retrovirology
Suprit Deshpande, Shilpa Patil, Rajesh Kumar, Tandile Hermanus, Kailapuri G Murugavel, Aylur K Srikrishnan, Suniti Solomon, Lynn Morris, Jayanta Bhattacharya
The glycan supersite centered on N332 in the V3 base of the HIV-1 envelope (Env) is a target for broadly neutralizing antibodies (bnAbs) such as PGT121 and PGT128. In this study, we examined the basis of resistance of HIV-1 clade C Envs obtained from broadly cross neutralizing (BCN) plasma of an Indian donor with N332 specificity. Pseudotyped viruses expressing autologous envs were found to be resistant to autologous BCN plasma as well as to PGT121 and PGT128 mAbs despite the majority of Envs containing an intact N332 residue...
2016: Retrovirology
Vanessa Sue Wacleche, Jean-Philippe Goulet, Annie Gosselin, Patricia Monteiro, Hugo Soudeyns, Rémi Fromentin, Mohammad-Ali Jenabian, Shant Vartanian, Steven G Deeks, Nicolas Chomont, Jean-Pierre Routy, Petronela Ancuta
BACKGROUND: Th17 cells are permissive to HIV-1 infection and their depletion from the gut of infected individuals leads to microbial translocation, a major cause for non-AIDS co-morbidities. Most recent evidence supports the contribution of long-lived Th17 cells to HIV persistence during antiretroviral therapy (ART). However, the identity of long-lived Th17 cells remains unknown. RESULTS: Here, we performed an in-depth transcriptional and functional characterization of four distinct Th17 subsets and investigated their contribution to HIV reservoir persistence during ART...
2016: Retrovirology
Ophélie Cosnefroy, Philip J Murray, Kate N Bishop
BACKGROUND: Correct disassembly of the HIV-1 capsid shell, called uncoating, is increasingly recognised as central for multiple steps during retroviral replication. However, the timing, localisation and mechanism of uncoating are poorly understood and progress in this area is hampered by difficulties in measuring the process. Previous work suggested that uncoating occurs soon after entry of the viral core into the cell, but recent studies report later uncoating, at or in the nucleus. Furthermore, inhibiting reverse transcription delays uncoating, linking these processes...
2016: Retrovirology
Yang Liu, Matthew J Betts, Janet Lei, Guochao Wei, Qiuying Bao, Timo Kehl, Robert B Russell, Martin Löchelt
BACKGROUND: Foamy viruses (FVs) of the Spumaretrovirinae subfamily are distinct retroviruses, with many features of their molecular biology and replication strategy clearly different from those of the Orthoretroviruses, such as human immunodeficiency, murine leukemia, and human T cell lymphotropic viruses. The FV Gag N-terminal region is responsible for capsid formation and particle budding via interaction with Env. However, the critical residues or motifs in this region and their functional interaction are currently ill-defined, especially in non-primate FVs...
2016: Retrovirology
Yoshimi Enose-Akahata, Breanna Caruso, Benjamin Haner, Emily Charlip, Govind Nair, Raya Massoud, Bridgette J Billioux, Joan Ohayon, William M Switzer, Steven Jacobson
BACKGROUND: Virus transmission from various wild and domestic animals contributes to an increased risk of emerging infectious diseases in human populations. HTLV-1 is a human retrovirus associated with acute T-cell leukemia and HTLV-1-associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis (HAM/TSP). HTLV-1 originated from ancient zoonotic transmission from nonhuman primates, although cases of zoonotic infections continue to occur. Similar to HTLV-1, the simian counterpart, STLV-1, causes chronic infection and leukemia and lymphoma in naturally infected monkeys, and combined are called primate T-lymphotropic viruses (PTLV-1)...
2016: Retrovirology
Kaley M Wilburn, Henry C Mwandumba, Kondwani C Jambo, Saikat Boliar, Sabrina Solouki, David G Russell, David W Gludish
8E5/LAV cells harbor a single HIV provirus, and are used frequently to generate standards for HIV genome quantification. Using flow cytometry-based in situ mRNA hybridization validated by qPCR, we find that different batches of 8E5 cells contain varying numbers of cells lacking viral mRNA and/or viral genomes. These findings raise concerns for studies employing 8E5 cells for quantitation, and highlight the value of mRNA FISH and flow cytometry in the detection and enumeration of HIV-positive cells.
2016: Retrovirology
Hala El Mekdad, Emmanuel Boutant, Hassan Karnib, Marina E Biedma, Kamal Kant Sharma, Iuliia Malytska, Géraldine Laumond, Marion Roy, Eléonore Réal, Jean-Christophe Paillart, Christiane Moog, Jean Luc Darlix, Yves Mély, Hugues de Rocquigny
BACKGROUND: In HIV-1 infected cells, the integrated viral DNA is transcribed by the host cell machinery to generate the full length HIV-1 RNA (FL RNA) that serves as mRNA encoding for the Gag and GagPol precursors. Virion formation is orchestrated by Gag, and the current view is that a specific interaction between newly made Gag molecules and FL RNA initiates the process. This in turn would cause FL RNA dimerization by the NC domain of Gag (GagNC). However the RNA chaperoning activity of unprocessed Gag is low as compared to the mature NC protein...
2016: Retrovirology
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2016: Retrovirology
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