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Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine

Asuka Hirai-Yuki, Jason K Whitmire, Michael Joyce, D Lorne Tyrrell, Stanley M Lemon
Mechanistic analyses of hepatitis A virus (HAV)-induced pathogenesis have long been thwarted by the lack of tractable small animal models that recapitulate disease observed in humans. Several approaches have shown success, including infection of chimeric mice with human liver cells. Other recent studies show that HAV can replicate to high titer in mice lacking expression of the type I interferon (IFN) receptor (IFN-α/β receptor) or mitochondrial antiviral signaling (MAVS) protein. Mice deficient in the IFN receptor show critical features of type A hepatitis in humans when challenged with human HAV, including histological evidence of liver damage, leukocyte infiltration, and the release of liver enzymes into blood...
April 16, 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
Federico La Manna, Sofia Karkampouna, Eugenio Zoni, Marta De Menna, Janine Hensel, George N Thalmann, Marianna Kruithof-de Julio
Prostate cancer (PCa) prognosis and clinical outcome is directly dependent on metastatic occurrence. The bone microenvironment is a favorable metastatic niche. Different biological processes have been suggested to contribute to the osteotropism of PCa such as hemodynamics, bone-specific signaling interactions, and the "seed and soil" hypothesis. However, prevalence of disseminating tumor cells in the bone is not proportional to the actual occurrence of metastases, as not all patients will develop bone metastases...
April 16, 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
Rui Li, Amit Bar-Or
Increasing evidence has suggested that both antibody-dependent and antibody-independent functions of B cells are involved in multiple sclerosis (MS). The contrasting results of distinct B-cell targeting therapies in MS patients underscores the importance of elucidating these multiple B-cell functions. In this review, we discuss the generation of autoreactive B cells, migration of B cells into the central nervous system (CNS), and how different functions of B cells may contribute to MS disease activity and potentially mitigation in both the periphery and CNS compartments...
April 16, 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
Daniel Shouval
Worldwide, there are multiple formaldehyde-inactivated and at least two live attenuated hepatitis A vaccines now in clinical use. The impressive immunogenicity of inactivated vaccines is reflected in rapid seroconversion rates, enabling both preexposure and postexposure prophylaxis. Universal childhood vaccination programs targeting young children have led to significant drops in the incidence of hepatitis A both in toddlers and in susceptible nonimmune adults in regions with intermediate endemicity for hepatitis A...
April 16, 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
Juan M Arriaga, Cory Abate-Shen
Recent genomic sequencing analyses have unveiled the spectrum of genomic alterations that occur in primary and advanced prostate cancer, raising the question of whether the corresponding genes are functionally relevant for prostate tumorigenesis, and whether such functions are associated with particular disease stages. In this review, we describe genetically engineered mouse models (GEMMs) of prostate cancer, focusing on those that model genomic alterations known to occur in human prostate cancer. We consider whether the phenotypes of GEMMs based on gain or loss of function of the relevant genes provide reliable counterparts to study the predicted consequences of the corresponding genomic alterations as occur in human prostate cancer, and we discuss exceptions in which the GEMMs do not fully emulate the expected phenotypes...
April 16, 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
Bibiana Bielekova
Daclizumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody that prevents formation of high-affinity interleukin (IL)-2 receptor (IL-2R). Because activated T cells up-regulate high-affinity IL-2R and IL-2 is used to grow activated T cells in vitro, daclizumab was envisioned to selectively inhibit activated T cells. However, the mechanism of action (MOA) of daclizumab is surprisingly broad and it includes many unanticipated effects on innate immunity. Specifically, daclizumab modulates the development of innate lymphoid cells, leading to expansion of immunoregulatory CD56bright natural killer (NK) cells...
April 16, 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
Kazuo Okamoto, Hiroshi Takayanagi
Bone is a crucial element of the skeletal-locomotor system, but also functions as an immunological organ that harbors hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) and immune progenitor cells. Additionally, the skeletal and immune systems share a number of regulatory molecules, including cytokines and signaling molecules. Osteoimmunology was created as an interdisciplinary field to explore the shared molecules and interactions between the skeletal and immune systems. In particular, the importance of an inseparable link between the two systems has been highlighted by studies on the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), in which pathogenic helper T cells induce the progressive destruction of multiple joints through aberrant expression of receptor activator of nuclear factor (NF)-κB ligand (RANKL)...
April 2, 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
Monzur Murshed
Mineralized "hard" tissues of the skeleton possess unique biomechanical properties to support the body weight and movement and act as a source of essential minerals required for critical body functions. For a long time, extracellular matrix (ECM) mineralization in the vertebrate skeleton was considered as a passive process. However, the explosion of genetic studies during the past decades has established that this process is essentially controlled by multiple genetic pathways. These pathways regulate the homeostasis of ionic calcium and inorganic phosphate-two mineral components required for bone mineral formation, the synthesis of mineral scaffolding ECM, and the maintainence of the levels of the inhibitory organic and inorganic molecules controlling the process of mineral crystal formation and its growth...
April 2, 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
Pradeep Bandaru, Yasushi Kondo, John Kuriyan
The guanine-nucleotide exchange factor (GEF) Son-of-Sevenless (SOS) plays a critical role in metazoan signaling by converting Ras•GDP (guanosine diphosphate) to Ras•GTP (guanosine triphosphate) in response to tyrosine kinase activation. Structural studies have shown that SOS differs from other Ras-specific GEFs in that SOS is itself activated by Ras•GTP binding to an allosteric site, distal to the site of nucleotide exchange. The activation of SOS involves membrane recruitment and conformational changes, triggered by lipid binding, that open the allosteric binding site for Ras•GTP...
April 2, 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
Kevin L McKnight, Stanley M Lemon
Hepatitis A virus (HAV) is a positive-strand RNA virus classified in the genus Hepatovirus of the family Picornaviridae It is an ancient virus with a long evolutionary history and multiple features of its capsid structure, genome organization, and replication cycle that distinguish it from other mammalian picornaviruses. HAV proteins are produced by cap-independent translation of a single, long open reading frame under direction of an inefficient, upstream internal ribosome entry site (IRES). Genome replication occurs slowly and is noncytopathic, with transcription likely primed by a uridylated protein primer as in other picornaviruses...
April 2, 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
Anna-Lena Sander, Victor Max Corman, Alexander N Lukashev, Jan Felix Drexler
The enterically transmitted hepatitis A (HAV) and hepatitis E viruses (HEV) are the leading causes of acute viral hepatitis in humans. Despite the discovery of HAV and HEV 40-50 years ago, their evolutionary origins remain unclear. Recent discoveries of numerous nonprimate hepatoviruses and hepeviruses allow revisiting the evolutionary history of these viruses. In this review, we provide detailed phylogenomic analyses of primate and nonprimate hepatoviruses and hepeviruses. We identify conserved and divergent genomic properties and corroborate historical interspecies transmissions by phylogenetic comparisons and recombination analyses...
April 2, 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
Carolina A Rush, Harold L Atkins, Mark S Freedman
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disorder that typically affects young people during their most productive years, causing irreversible damage and accumulation of disability. Treatments over time have had modest effects at completely controlling or suppressing disease activity, but are generally aimed at controlling early dominating inflammation that, over time, accumulates damage and leads to progressive disability. Some unfortunate patients are destined to deteriorate despite even newer and more effective agents because of the inability of these drugs to fully curb the inflammatory component of the disease...
April 2, 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
Bruce L Innis, Julia A Lynch
Soon after the 1991 molecular cloning of hepatitis E virus (HEV), recombinant viral capsid antigens were expressed and tested in nonhuman primates for protection against liver disease and infection. Two genotype 1 subunit vaccine candidates entered clinical development: a 56 kDA vaccine expressed in insect cells and HEV 239 vaccine expressed in Escherichia coli Both were highly protective against hepatitis E and acceptably safe. The HEV 239 vaccine was approved in China in 2011, but it is not yet prequalified by the World Health Organization, a necessary step for introduction into those low- and middle-income countries where the disease burden is highest...
March 12, 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
Donald B Smith, Peter Simmonds
Hepatitis A virus (HAV) and hepatitis E virus (HEV) are significant human pathogens and are responsible for a substantial proportion of cases of severe acute hepatitis worldwide. Genetically, both viruses are heterogeneous and are classified into several genotypes that differ in their geographical distribution and risk group association. There is, however, little evidence that variants of HAV or HEV differ antigenically or in their propensity to cause severe disease. Genetically more divergent but primarily hepatotropic variants of both HAV and HEV have been found in several mammalian species, those of HAV being classified into eight species within the genus Hepatovirus in the virus family Picornaviridae...
March 12, 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
Rosa M Pintó, Francisco-Javier Pérez-Rodríguez, Lucia D' Andrea, Montserrat de Castellarnau, Susana Guix, Albert Bosch
Codon usage bias is universal to all genomes. Hepatitis A virus (HAV) codon usage is highly biased and deoptimized with respect to its host. Accordingly, HAV is unable to induce cellular translational shutoff and its internal ribosome entry site (IRES) is inefficient. Codon usage deoptimization may be seen as a hawk (host cell) versus dove (HAV) game strategy for accessing transfer RNA (tRNA). HAV avoids use of abundant host cell codons and thereby eludes competition for the corresponding tRNAs. Instead, codons that are abundant or rare in cellular messenger RNAs (mRNAs) are used relatively rarely in its genome, although intermediately abundant host cell codons are abundant in the viral genome...
March 12, 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
Scott P Kenney, Xiang-Jin Meng
Hepatitis E virus (HEV) possesses many of the features of other positive-stranded RNA viruses but also adds HEV-specific nuances, making its virus-host interactions unique. Slow virus replication kinetics and fastidious growth conditions, coupled with the historical lack of an efficient cell culture system to propagate the virus, have left many gaps in our understanding of its structure and replication cycle. Recent advances in culturing selected strains of HEV and resolving the 3D structure of the viral capsid are filling in knowledge gaps, but HEV remains an extremely understudied pathogen...
March 12, 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
David P Labbé, Myles Brown
Prostate cancer development involves corruption of the normal prostate transcriptional network, following deregulated expression or mutation of key transcription factors. Here, we provide an overview of the transcription factors that are important in normal prostate homeostasis (NKX3-1, p63, androgen receptor [AR]), primary prostate cancer (ETS family members, c-MYC), castration-resistant prostate cancer (AR, FOXA1), and AR-independent castration-resistant neuroendocrine prostate cancer (RB1, p53, N-MYC). We use functional (in vitro and in vivo) as well as clinical data to discuss evidence that unveils their roles in the initiation and progression of prostate cancer, with an emphasis on results of chromatin immunoprecipitation followed by high-throughput sequencing (ChIP-seq)...
March 12, 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
Harry R Dalton, Jacques Izopet
Following the introduction of robust serological and molecular tools, our understanding of the epidemiology of zoonotic hepatitis E virus (HEV) has improved considerably in recent years. Current thinking suggests that consumption of pork meat products is the key route of infection in humans, but it is certainly not the only one. Other routes of infection include environmental spread, contaminated water, and via the human blood supply. The epidemiology of HEV genotype (gt)3 and gt4 is complex, as there are several sources and routes of infection, and it is likely that these vary between and within countries and over time...
March 12, 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
Margaret M Centenera, Luke A Selth, Esmaeil Ebrahimie, Lisa M Butler, Wayne D Tilley
Recent genomic analyses of metastatic prostate cancer have provided important insight into adaptive changes in androgen receptor (AR) signaling that underpin resistance to androgen deprivation therapies. Novel strategies are required to circumvent these AR-mediated resistance mechanisms and thereby improve prostate cancer survival. In this review, we present a summary of AR structure and function and discuss mechanisms of AR-mediated therapy resistance that represent important areas of focus for the development of new therapies...
March 12, 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
Matthew J Schiewer, Karen E Knudsen
Prostatic adenocarcinoma (PCa) remains a significant health concern. Although localized PCa can be effectively treated, disseminated disease remains uniformly fatal. PCa is reliant on androgen receptor (AR); as such, first-line therapy for metastatic PCa entails suppression of AR signaling. Although initially effective, recurrent tumors reactivate AR function, leading to a lethal stage of disease termed castration-resistant PCa (CRPC). Recent findings implicate AR signaling in control of DNA repair and show that alterations in DNA damage repair pathways are strongly associated with disease progression and poor outcome...
March 12, 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
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