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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231861/reply-to-correspondence-conserved-signatures-indicate-hiv-1-transmission-is-under-strong-selection-and-thus-is-not-a-stochastic-process-by-gonzalez-et-al-retrovirology-2017
#1
Corinna S Oberle, Carsten Magnus, Beda Joos, Peter Rusert, David Beauparlant, Roger Kouyos, Alexandra Trkola, Karin J Metzner, Huldrych F Günthard
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 24, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231858/conserved-signatures-indicate-hiv-1-transmission-is-under-strong-selection-and-thus-is-not-a-stochastic-process
#2
Mileidy Gonzalez, Anthony L DeVico, John L Spouge
Recently, Oberle et al. published a paper in Retrovirology evaluating the question of whether selection plays a role in HIV transmission. The Oberle study found no obvious genotypic or phenotypic differences between donors and recipients of epidemiologically linked pairs from the Swiss cohort. Thus, Oberle et al. characterized HIV-1 B transmission as largely "stochastic", an imprecise and potentially misleading term. Here, we re-analyzed their data and placed them in the context of transmission data for over 20 other human and animal trials...
February 24, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222757/spatiotemporal-dynamics-of-hiv-1-transmission-in-france-1999-2014-and-impact-of-targeted-prevention-strategies
#3
Antoine Chaillon, Asma Essat, Pierre Frange, Davey M Smith, Constance Delaugerre, Francis Barin, Jade Ghosn, Gilles Pialoux, Olivier Robineau, Christine Rouzioux, Cécile Goujard, Laurence Meyer, Marie-Laure Chaix
BACKGROUND: Characterizing HIV-1 transmission networks can be important in understanding the evolutionary patterns and geospatial spread of the epidemic. We reconstructed the broad molecular epidemiology of HIV from individuals with primary HIV-1 infection (PHI) enrolled in France in the ANRS PRIMO C06 cohort over 15 years. RESULTS: Sociodemographic, geographic, clinical, biological and pol sequence data from 1356 patients were collected between 1999 and 2014. Network analysis was performed to infer genetic relationships, i...
February 21, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193275/immune-regulator-abin1-suppresses-hiv-1-transcription-by-negatively-regulating-the-ubiquitination-of-tat
#4
Shiyou Chen, Xiaodan Yang, Weijia Cheng, Yuhong Ma, Yafang Shang, Liu Cao, Shuliang Chen, Yu Chen, Min Wang, Deyin Guo
BACKGROUND: A20-binding inhibitor of NF-κB activation (ABIN1), an important immune regulator, was previously shown to be involved in HIV-1 replication. However, the reported studies done with overexpressed ABIN1 provided controversial results. RESULTS: Here we identified ABIN1 as a suppressor of HIV-1 transcription since transient knockdown of ABIN1 led to increased HIV-1 replication both in transformed Jurkat T cell line and in primary human CD4+ T lymphocytes...
February 13, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178982/erratum-to-are-t-cells-the-only-hiv-1-reservoir
#5
Abraham Joseph Kandathil, Sho Sugawara, Ashwin Balagopal
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 8, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166802/induction-of-complex-immune-responses-and-strong-protection-against-retrovirus-challenge-by-adenovirus-based-immunization-depends-on-the-order-of-vaccine-delivery
#6
Meike Kaulfuß, Ina Wensing, Sonja Windmann, Camilla Patrizia Hrycak, Wibke Bayer
BACKGROUND: In the Friend retrovirus mouse model we developed potent adenovirus-based vaccines that were designed to induce either strong Friend virus GagL85-93-specific CD8(+) T cell or antibody responses, respectively. To optimize the immunization outcome we evaluated vaccination strategies using combinations of these vaccines. RESULTS: While the vaccines on their own confer strong protection from a subsequent Friend virus challenge, the simple combination of the vaccines for the establishment of an optimized immunization protocol did not result in a further improvement of vaccine effectivity...
February 6, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166800/a-purine-rich-element-in-foamy-virus-pol-regulates-env-splicing-and-gag-pol-expression
#7
Rebecca Moschall, Sarah Denk, Steffen Erkelenz, Christian Schenk, Heiner Schaal, Jochen Bodem
BACKGROUND: The foamy viral genome encodes four central purine-rich elements localized in the integrase-coding region of pol. Previously, we have shown that the first two of these RNA elements (A and B) are required for protease dimerization and activation. The D element functions as internal polypurine tract during reverse transcription. Peters et al., described the third element (C) as essential for gag expression suggesting that it might serve as an RNA export element for the unspliced genomic transcript...
February 6, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166799/toll-like-receptor-3-activation-selectively-reverses-hiv-latency-in-microglial-cells
#8
David Alvarez-Carbonell, Yoelvis Garcia-Mesa, Stephanie Milne, Biswajit Das, Curtis Dobrowolski, Roxana Rojas, Jonathan Karn
BACKGROUND: Multiple toll-like receptors (TLRs) are expressed in cells of the monocytic lineage, including microglia, which constitute the major reservoir for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in the brain. We hypothesized that TLR receptor mediated responses to inflammatory conditions by microglial cells in the central nervous system (CNS) are able to induce latent HIV proviruses, and contribute to the etiology of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders. RESULTS: Newly developed human microglial cell lines (hµglia), obtained by immortalizing human primary microglia with simian virus-40 (SV40) large T antigen and the human telomerase reverse transcriptase, were used to generate latently infected cells using a single-round HIV virus carrying a green fluorescence protein reporter (hµglia/HIV, clones HC01 and HC69)...
February 6, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122636/breast-milk-and-in-utero-transmission-of-hiv-1-select-for-envelope-variants-with-unique-molecular-signatures
#9
Kyle J Nakamura, Laura Heath, Edwin R Sobrera, Thomas A Wilkinson, Katherine Semrau, Chipepo Kankasa, Nicole H Tobin, Nicholas E Webb, Benhur Lee, Donald M Thea, Louise Kuhn, James I Mullins, Grace M Aldrovandi
BACKGROUND: Mother-to-child transmission of human immunodeficiency virus-type 1 (HIV-1) poses a serious health threat in developing countries, and adequate interventions are as yet unrealized. HIV-1 infection is frequently initiated by a single founder viral variant, but the factors that influence particular variant selection are poorly understood. RESULTS: Our analysis of 647 full-length HIV-1 subtype C and G viral envelope sequences from 22 mother-infant pairs reveals unique genotypic and phenotypic signatures that depend upon transmission route...
January 26, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122580/identification-of-small-molecule-modulators-of-hiv-1-tat-and-rev-protein-accumulation
#10
Ahalya Balachandran, Raymond Wong, Peter Stoilov, Sandy Pan, Benjamin Blencowe, Peter Cheung, P Richard Harrigan, Alan Cochrane
BACKGROUND: HIV-1 replication is critically dependent upon controlled processing of its RNA and the activities provided by its encoded regulatory factors Tat and Rev. A screen of small molecule modulators of RNA processing identified several which inhibited virus gene expression, affecting both relative abundance of specific HIV-1 RNAs and the levels of Tat and Rev proteins. RESULTS: The screen for small molecules modulators of HIV-1 gene expression at the post-transcriptional level identified three (a pyrimidin-7-amine, biphenylcarboxamide, and benzohydrazide, designated 791, 833, and 892, respectively) that not only reduce expression of HIV-1 Gag and Env and alter the accumulation of viral RNAs, but also dramatically decrease Tat and Rev levels...
January 26, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122574/natural-killer-t-cells-contribute-to-the-control-of-acute-retroviral-infection
#11
Elisabeth Littwitz-Salomon, Simone Schimmer, Ulf Dittmer
BACKGROUND: Natural killer T cells (NKT cells) play an important role in the immunity against viral infections. They produce cytokines or have direct cytolytic effects that can restrict virus replication. However, the exact function of NKT cells in retroviral immunity is not fully elucidated. Therefore, we analyzed the antiretroviral functions of NKT cells in mice infected with the Friend retrovirus (FV). RESULTS: After FV infection numbers of NKT cells remained unchanged but activation as well as improved effector functions of NKT cells were found...
January 26, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114951/hiv-signaling-through-cd4-and-ccr5-activates-rho-family-gtpases-that-are-required-for-optimal-infection-of-primary-cd4-t-cells
#12
Mark B Lucera, Zach Fleissner, Caroline O Tabler, Daniela M Schlatzer, Zach Troyer, John C Tilton
BACKGROUND: HIV-1 hijacks host cell machinery to ensure successful replication, including cytoskeletal components for intracellular trafficking, nucleoproteins for pre-integration complex import, and the ESCRT pathway for assembly and budding. It is widely appreciated that cellular post-translational modifications (PTMs) regulate protein activity within cells; however, little is known about how PTMs influence HIV replication. Previously, we reported that blocking deacetylation of tubulin using histone deacetylase inhibitors promoted the kinetics and efficiency of early post-entry viral events...
January 24, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107820/evidence-against-a-role-for-jaagsiekte-sheep-retrovirus-in-human-lung-cancer
#13
A Dusty Miller, Marcelo De Las Heras, Jingyou Yu, Fushun Zhang, Shan-Lu Liu, Andrew E Vaughan, Thomas L Vaughan, Raul Rosadio, Stefano Rocca, Giuseppe Palmieri, James J Goedert, Junya Fujimoto, Ignacio I Wistuba
BACKGROUND: Jaagsiekte sheep retrovirus (JSRV) causes a contagious lung cancer in sheep and goats that can be transmitted by aerosols produced by infected animals. Virus entry into cells is initiated by binding of the viral envelope (Env) protein to a specific cell-surface receptor, Hyal2. Unlike almost all other retroviruses, the JSRV Env protein is also a potent oncoprotein and is responsible for lung cancer in animals. Of concern, Hyal2 is a functional receptor for JSRV in humans. RESULTS: We show here that JSRV is fully capable of infecting human cells, as measured by its reverse transcription and persistence in the DNA of cultured human cells...
January 20, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086923/multiple-hiv-1-m%C3%A2-%C3%A2-hiv-1-o-dual-infections-and-new-hiv-1-mo-inter-group-recombinant-forms-detected-in-cameroon
#14
Fabienne De Oliveira, Thomas Mourez, Aurélia Vessiere, Paul-Alain Ngoupo, Elodie Alessandri-Gradt, François Simon, Dominique Rousset, Jean-Christophe Plantier
BACKGROUND: Due to the prevalence of HIV-1 group M and the endemicity of HIV-1 group O infections in Cameroon, patients may be infected with both viruses and/or with HIV-1/MO recombinant forms. Such atypical infections may be deleterious in terms of diagnosis and therapeutic management due to the high divergence of HIV-1/O. The aim of this study was to identify prospectively such atypical infections in Cameroon. RESULTS: Based on serological screening by env-V3 serotyping and a molecular strategy using group-specific (RT)-PCRs, we identified 10 Cameroonian patients harboring three different profiles of infection: (1) 4 HIV-1/M + O dual infections without evidence of recombinant; (2) 5 recombinants associated with one or both parental strains; and (3) 1 new recombinant form without parental strains...
January 13, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086908/hiv-integration-sites-in-latently-infected-cell-lines-evidence-of-ongoing-replication
#15
Jori Symons, Abha Chopra, Eva Malantinkova, Ward De Spiegelaere, Shay Leary, Don Cooper, Chike O Abana, Ajantha Rhodes, Simin D Rezaei, Linos Vandekerckhove, Simon Mallal, Sharon R Lewin, Paul U Cameron
BACKGROUND: Assessing the location and frequency of HIV integration sites in latently infected cells can potentially inform our understanding of how HIV persists during combination antiretroviral therapy. We developed a novel high throughput sequencing method to evaluate HIV integration sites in latently infected cell lines to determine whether there was virus replication or clonal expansion in these cell lines observed as multiple integration events at the same position. RESULTS: We modified a previously reported method using random DNA shearing and PCR to allow for high throughput robotic processing to identify the site and frequency of HIV integration in latently infected cell lines...
January 13, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034301/mechanistic-differences-between-hiv-1-and-siv-nucleocapsid-proteins-and-cross-species-hiv-1-genomic-rna-recognition
#16
Klara Post, Erik D Olson, M Nabuan Naufer, Robert J Gorelick, Ioulia Rouzina, Mark C Williams, Karin Musier-Forsyth, Judith G Levin
BACKGROUND: The nucleocapsid (NC) domain of HIV-1 Gag is responsible for specific recognition and packaging of genomic RNA (gRNA) into new viral particles. This occurs through specific interactions between the Gag NC domain and the Psi packaging signal in gRNA. In addition to this critical function, NC proteins are also nucleic acid (NA) chaperone proteins that facilitate NA rearrangements during reverse transcription. Although the interaction with Psi and chaperone activity of HIV-1 NC have been well characterized in vitro, little is known about simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) NC...
December 29, 2016: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998286/ultrasensitive-single-genome-sequencing-accurate-targeted-next-generation-sequencing-of-hiv-1-rna
#17
Valerie F Boltz, Jason Rausch, Wei Shao, Junko Hattori, Brian Luke, Frank Maldarelli, John W Mellors, Mary F Kearney, John M Coffin
BACKGROUND: Although next generation sequencing (NGS) offers the potential for studying virus populations in unprecedented depth, PCR error, amplification bias and recombination during library construction have limited its use to population sequencing and measurements of unlinked allele frequencies. Here we report a method, termed ultrasensitive Single-Genome Sequencing (uSGS), for NGS library construction and analysis that eliminates PCR errors and recombinants, and generates single-genome sequences of the same quality as the "gold-standard" of HIV-1 single-genome sequencing assay but with more than 100-fold greater depth...
December 20, 2016: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998285/are-t-cells-the-only-hiv-1-reservoir
#18
REVIEW
Abraham Joseph Kandathil, Sho Sugawara, Ashwin Balagopal
Current antiretroviral therapies have improved the duration and quality of life of people living with HIV-1. However, viral reservoirs impede complete eradication of the virus. Although there are many strategies to eliminate infectious virus, the most actively pursued are latency reversing agents in conjunction with immune modulation. This strategy, known as "shock and kill", has been tested primarily against the most widely recognized HIV-1 latent reservoir found in resting memory CD4+ T cells. This is in part because of the dearth of conclusive evidence about the existence of non-T cell reservoirs...
December 20, 2016: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998283/a-genotypic-method-for-determining-hiv-2-coreceptor-usage-enables-epidemiological-studies-and-clinical-decision-support
#19
Matthias Döring, Pedro Borrego, Joachim Büch, Andreia Martins, Georg Friedrich, Ricardo Jorge Camacho, Josef Eberle, Rolf Kaiser, Thomas Lengauer, Nuno Taveira, Nico Pfeifer
BACKGROUND: CCR5-coreceptor antagonists can be used for treating HIV-2 infected individuals. Before initiating treatment with coreceptor antagonists, viral coreceptor usage should be determined to ensure that the virus can use only the CCR5 coreceptor (R5) and cannot evade the drug by using the CXCR4 coreceptor (X4-capable). However, until now, no online tool for the genotypic identification of HIV-2 coreceptor usage had been available. Furthermore, there is a lack of knowledge on the determinants of HIV-2 coreceptor usage...
December 20, 2016: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998278/janus-kinase-inhibition-suppresses-pkc-induced-cytokine-release-without-affecting-hiv-1-latency-reversal-ex-vivo
#20
Adam M Spivak, Erin T Larragoite, McKenna L Coletti, Amanda B Macedo, Laura J Martins, Alberto Bosque, Vicente Planelles
BACKGROUND: Despite the durable viral suppression afforded by antiretroviral therapy, HIV-1 eradication will require strategies to target latently infected cells that persist in infected individuals. Protein kinase C (PKC) activation is a promising strategy to reactivate latent proviruses and allow for subsequent recognition and clearance of infected cells by the immune system. Ingenol derivatives are PKC agonists that induce latency reversal but also lead to T cell activation and the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines, which would be undesirable in vivo...
December 20, 2016: Retrovirology
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