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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420387/effects-of-host-restriction-factors-and-the-htlv-1-subtype-on-susceptibility-to-htlv-1-associated-myelopathy-tropical-spastic-paraparesis
#1
Satoshi Nozuma, Eiji Matsuura, Daisuke Kodama, Yuichi Tashiro, Toshio Matsuzaki, Ryuji Kubota, Shuji Izumo, Hiroshi Takashima
BACKGROUND: Although human T-lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1) infection is a prerequisite for the development of HTLV-1-associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis (HAM/TSP), specific provirus mutations in HAM/TSP have not yet been reported. In this study, we examined whether HAM/TSP patients had the disease-specific genomic variants of HTLV-1 by analyzing entire sequences of HTLV-1 proviruses in these patients, including familial cases. In addition, we investigated the genetic variants of host restriction factors conferring antiretroviral activity to determine which mutations may be related to resistance or susceptibility to HAM/TSP...
April 19, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415995/type-i-interferon-signaling-is-required-for-the-apobec3-rfv3-dependent-neutralizing-antibody-response-but-not-innate-retrovirus-restriction
#2
Bradley S Barrett, Michael S Harper, Sean T Jones, Kejun Guo, Karl J Heilman, Ross M Kedl, Kim J Hasenkrug, Mario L Santiago
BACKGROUND: APOBEC3/Rfv3 restricts acute Friend retrovirus (FV) infection and promotes virus-specific neutralizing antibody (NAb) responses. Classical Rfv3 studies utilized FV stocks containing lactate-dehydrogenase elevating virus (LDV), a potent type I interferon inducer. Previously, we showed that APOBEC3 is required for the anti-FV activity of exogenous IFN-alpha treatment. Thus, type I interferon receptor (IFNAR) signaling may be required for the APOBEC3/Rfv3 response. RESULTS: To test if the APOBEC3/Rfv3 response is dependent on type I IFN signaling, we infected IFNAR knockout versus IFNAR/APOBEC3 double-knockout mice with FV/LDV or LDV-free FV, and evaluated acute FV infection and subsequent NAb titers...
April 17, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376881/single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-in-the-bovine-mhc-region-of-japanese-black-cattle-are-associated-with-bovine-leukemia-virus-proviral-load
#3
Shin-Nosuke Takeshima, Shinji Sasaki, Polat Meripet, Yoshikazu Sugimoto, Yoko Aida
Bovine leukemia virus (BLV) is the causative agent of enzootic bovine leukosis, a malignant B cell lymphoma that has spread worldwide and causes serious problems for the cattle industry. The BLV proviral load, which represents the BLV genome integrated into host genome, is a useful index for estimating disease progression and transmission risk. Here, we conducted a genome-wide association study to identify single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with BLV proviral load in Japanese Black cattle. The study examined 93 cattle with a high proviral load and 266 with a low proviral load...
April 4, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347330/erratum-to-hiv-integration-sites-in-latently-infected-cell-lines-evidence-of-ongoing-replication
#4
Jori Symons, Abha Chopra, Eva Malatinkova, 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
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 27, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335782/the-hiv-1-transmission-bottleneck
#5
LETTER
Samuel Mundia Kariuki, Philippe Selhorst, Kevin K Ariën, Jeffrey R Dorfman
It is well established that most new systemic infections of HIV-1 can be traced back to one or a limited number of founder viruses. Usually, these founders are more closely related to minor HIV-1 populations in the blood of the presumed donor than to more abundant lineages. This has led to the widely accepted idea that transmission selects for viral characteristics that facilitate crossing the mucosal barrier of the recipient's genital tract, although the specific selective forces or advantages are not completely defined...
March 23, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330477/inhibition-of-human-endogenous-retrovirus-k-by-antiretroviral-drugs
#6
Richa Tyagi, Wenxue Li, Danelvis Parades, Mario A Bianchet, Avindra Nath
BACKGROUND: Human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs) are genomic sequences of retroviral origin which were believed to be integrated into germline chromosomes millions of years ago and account for nearly 8% of the human genome. Although mostly defective and inactive, some of the HERVs may be activated under certain physiological and pathological conditions. While no drugs are designed specifically targeting HERVs, there are a panel of antiretroviral drugs designed against the human immunodeficiency virus and approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA)...
March 22, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302150/identification-of-a-tripartite-interaction-between-the-n-terminus-of-hiv-1-vif-and-cbf%C3%AE-that-is-critical-for-vif-function
#7
Belete A Desimmie, Jessica L Smith, Hiroshi Matsuo, Wei-Shau Hu, Vinay K Pathak
BACKGROUND: HIV-1 Vif interacts with the cellular core-binding factor β (CBFβ) and counteracts the protective roles of certain human APOBEC3 (A3) proteins by targeting them for proteasomal degradation. Previous studies have identified some amino acids important for Vif-CBFβ interactions, and recently a co-crystal structure of a pentameric complex of HIV-1 Vif, CBFβ, Cul5, EloB, and EloC was resolved. However, a comprehensive analysis of Vif-CBFβ interactions that are important for Vif function has not been performed...
March 17, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302141/dna-hypomethylation-and-aberrant-expression-of-the-human-endogenous-retrovirus-ervwe1-syncytin-1-in-seminomas
#8
Martina Benešová, Kateřina Trejbalová, Denisa Kovářová, Zdenka Vernerová, Tomáš Hron, Dana Kučerová, Jiří Hejnar
BACKGROUND: Syncytin-1 and 2, human fusogenic glycoproteins encoded by the env genes of the endogenous retroviral loci ERVWE1 and ERVFRDE1, respectively, contribute to the differentiation of multinucleated syncytiotrophoblast in chorionic villi. In non-trophoblastic cells, however, the expression of syncytins has to be suppressed to avoid potential pathogenic effects. Previously, we have shown that the transcriptional suppression of ERVWE1 promoter is controlled epigenetically by DNA methylation and chromatin modifications...
March 17, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288652/conserved-residues-within-the-hiv-1-vpu-transmembrane-proximal-hinge-region-modulate-bst2-binding-and-antagonism
#9
Sabelo Lukhele, Éric A Cohen
BACKGROUND: BST2 inhibits HIV-1 release by tethering nascent virions to the surface of infected cells. HIV-1 Vpu overcomes this restriction by removing BST2 from viral budding sites via BST2 intracellular trapping and sequestration, surface downregulation and/or displacement mechanisms. Vpu is composed of a short luminal tail, a transmembrane domain (TMD) and a cytoplasmic hinge region that is followed by two helices. BST2 counteraction relies on the ability of Vpu to physically bind BST2 through TMD interactions and recruit the clathrin-dependent trafficking machinery via a canonical acidic di-leucine signalling motif within the helix-2 of Vpu...
March 14, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279181/a-mature-macrophage-is-a-principal-hiv-1-cellular-reservoir-in-humanized-mice-after-treatment-with-long-acting-antiretroviral-therapy
#10
Mariluz Araínga, Benson Edagwa, R Lee Mosley, Larisa Y Poluektova, Santhi Gorantla, Howard E Gendelman
BACKGROUND: Despite improved clinical outcomes seen following antiretroviral therapy (ART), resting CD4+ T cells continue to harbor latent human immunodeficiency virus type one (HIV-1). However, such cells are not likely the solitary viral reservoir and as such defining where and how others harbor virus is imperative for eradication measures. To such ends, we used HIV-1ADA-infected NOD.Cg-Prkdc (scid) Il2rg (tm1Wjl) /SzJ mice reconstituted with a human immune system to explore two long-acting ART regimens investigating their abilities to affect viral cell infection and latency...
March 9, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270144/prototype-foamy-virus-elicits-complete-autophagy-involving-the-er-stress-related-upr-pathway
#11
Peipei Yuan, Lanlan Dong, Qingqing Cheng, Shuang Wang, Zhi Li, Yan Sun, Song Han, Jun Yin, Biwen Peng, Xiaohua He, Wanhong Liu
BACKGROUND: Prototype foamy virus (PFV) is a member of the Spumaretrovirinae subfamily of retroviruses, which maintains lifelong latent infection while being nonpathogenic to their natural hosts. Autophagy is a cell-programmed mechanism that plays a pivotal role in controlling homeostasis and defense against exotic pathogens. However, whether autophagy is the mechanism for host defense in PFV infection has not been investigated. FINDINGS: Our results revealed that PFV infection induced the accumulation of autophagosomes and triggered complete autophagic flux in BHK-21 cells...
March 7, 2017: Retrovirology
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
#12
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
#13
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
#14
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
#15
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
#16
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
#17
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
#18
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
#19
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
#20
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
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