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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653569/the-mutable-vaccine-for-mutable-viruses
#1
Marilia Cascalho, Samuel J Balin, Jeffrey L Platt
Mutable viruses, such as HIV, pose difficult obstacles to prevention and/or control by vaccination. Mutable viruses rapidly diversify in populations and in individuals, impeding development of effective vaccines. We devised the 'mutable vaccine' to appropriate the properties of mutable viruses that undermine conventional strategies. The vaccine consists of a DNA construct encoding viral antigen and regulatory sequences that upon delivery to B cells target the enzymatic apparatus of 'somatic hypermutation' causing the construct to mutate one million-times baseline rates and allowing production and presentation of antigen variants...
June 2017: Immunotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652115/longitudinal-trends-of-hiv-drug-resistance-in-a-large-canadian-cohort-1996-2016
#2
Genevieve Rocheleau, Chanson J Brumme, Jeannie Shoveller, Viviane Lima, Richard Harrigan
OBJECTIVES: We aim to identify long-term trends in HIV drug resistance before and after combined antiretroviral therapy (cART) initiation. METHODS: IAS-USA (2015) mutations were identified in 23,271 HIV protease-reverse transcriptase sequences from 6543 treatment naïve British Columbia adults. Participants that started cART between 1996-2014 were followed until April 2016. Equality of proportions test compared the percentage of participants with acquired drug resistance (ADR) or transmitted drug resistance (TDR) in 1996, to those in 2014...
June 23, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650382/hiv-drug-resistance-in-infants-increases-with-changing-pmtct-regimens
#3
Lisa K Poppe, Catherine Chunda-Liyoka, Eun Hee Kwon, Clement Gondwe, John T West, Chipepo Kankasa, Clement B Ndongmo, Charles Wood
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to determine HIV drug resistance prevalence in Zambian infants upon diagnosis, and to determine how changing prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) regimens affect drug resistance. DESIGN: Dried blood spot (DBS) samples from infants in the Lusaka District of Zambia, obtained during routine diagnostic screening, were collected during four different years representing three different PMTCT treatment regimens...
June 23, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649306/decreasing-prevalence-of-transmitted-drug-resistance-among-art-naive-hiv-1-infected-patients-in-iceland-1996-2012
#4
Malik Sallam, Gülşen Özkaya Şahin, Hlynur Indriðason, Joakim Esbjörnsson, Arthur Löve, Anders Widell, Magnus Gottfreðsson, Patrik Medstrand
Introduction: Resistance to antiretroviral drugs can complicate the management of HIV-1 infection and impair control of its spread. The aim of the current study was to investigate the prevalence and transmission of HIV-1 drug resistance among 106 antiretroviral therapy (ART)-naïve patients diagnosed in Iceland (1996-2012). Methods: HIV-1 polymerase sequences were analysed using the Calibrated Population Resistance tool. Domestic spread of transmitted drug resistance (TDR) was investigated through maximum likelihood and Bayesian approaches...
2017: Infection Ecology & Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649242/an-approach-for-a-synthetic-ctl-vaccine-design-against-zika-flavivirus-using-class-i-and-class-ii-epitopes-identified-by-computer-modeling
#5
Edecio Cunha-Neto, Daniela S Rosa, Paul E Harris, Tim Olson, Alex Morrow, Serban Ciotlos, Charles V Herst, Reid Martin Rubsamen
The threat posed by severe congenital abnormalities related to Zika virus (ZKV) infection during pregnancy has turned development of a ZKV vaccine into an emergency. Recent work suggests that the cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) response to infection is an important defense mechanism in response to ZKV. Here, we develop the rationale and strategy for a new approach to developing cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) vaccines for ZKV flavivirus infection. The proposed approach is based on recent studies using a protein structure computer model for HIV epitope selection designed to select epitopes for CTL attack optimized for viruses that exhibit antigenic drift...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647987/-distribution-of-hiv-1-subtypes-among-foreign-patients-in-guangzhou-between-2008-and-2010-and-in-2015
#6
Z G Han, H Wu, C Y Liang, K Gao, H X Mai, Y S Cai, H F Xu
Objective: To understand the characteristic of subtype distribution among foreigners who were living with HIV-1, in Guangzhou. Methods: HIV-1 RNAs were extracted from 114 serum specimens in foreigners diagnosed with HIV-1 infections between 2008 and 2010, and in 2015. Partial pol gene of HIV-1 genome from these RNA samples were amplified by nested reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (nested-PCR) with nucleotide sequenced. Subsequently, phylogenetic tree was reconstructed using the pol sequences of samples and references...
June 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646219/efficient-and-unbiased-metagenomic-recovery-of-rna-virus-genomes-from-human-plasma-samples
#7
Carmen F Manso, David F Bibby, Jean L Mbisa
RNA viruses cause significant human pathology and are responsible for the majority of emerging zoonoses. Mainstream diagnostic assays are challenged by their intrinsic diversity, leading to false negatives and incomplete characterisation. New sequencing techniques are expanding our ability to agnostically interrogate nucleic acids within diverse sample types, but in the clinical setting are limited by overwhelming host material and ultra-low target frequency. Through selective host RNA depletion and compensatory protocol adjustments for ultra-low RNA inputs, we are able to detect three major blood-borne RNA viruses - HIV, HCV and HEV...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645708/identification-of-major-routes-of-hiv-transmission-throughout-mesoamerica
#8
Antoine Chaillon, Santiago Avila-Ríos, Joel O Wertheim, Ann Dennis, Claudia García-Morales, Daniela Tapia-Trejo, Carlos Mejía-Villatoro, Juan M Pascale, Guillermo Porras-Cortés, Carlos J Quant-Durán, Ivette Lorenzana, Rita I Meza, Elsa Y Palou, Marvin Manzanero, Rolando A Cedillos, Gustavo Reyes-Terán, Sanjay R Mehta
BACKGROUND: Migration and travel are major drivers of the spread of infectious diseases. Geographic proximity and a common language facilitate travel and migration in Mesoamerica, which in turn could affect the spread of HIV in the region. METHODS: 6092 HIV-1 subtype B partial pol sequences sampled from unique antiretroviral treatment-naïve individuals from Mexico (40.7%), Guatemala (24.4%), Honduras (19%), Panama (8.2%), Nicaragua (5.5%), Belize (1.4%), and El Salvador (0...
June 20, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645318/detecting-consistent-patterns-of-directional-adaptation-using-differential-selection-codon-models
#9
Sahar Parto, Nicolas Lartillot
BACKGROUND: Phylogenetic codon models are often used to characterize the selective regimes acting on protein-coding sequences. Recent methodological developments have led to models explicitly accounting for the interplay between mutation and selection, by modeling the amino acid fitness landscape along the sequence. However, thus far, most of these models have assumed that the fitness landscape is constant over time. Fluctuations of the fitness landscape may often be random or depend on complex and unknown factors...
June 23, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642469/tracing-the-epidemic-history-of-hiv-1-crf01_ae-clusters-using-near-complete-genome-sequences
#10
Xingguang Li, Haizhou Liu, Lu Liu, Yi Feng, Marcia L Kalish, Simon Y W Ho, Yiming Shao
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has a number of circulating recombinant forms that are the product of recombination between different HIV subtypes. The first circulating recombinant form of HIV-1 to be identified was CRF01_AE, which originated in Central Africa and is now most prevalent in Southeast and East Asia. In this study, we investigated the timescale, evolutionary history, and population genetics of the HIV-1 CRF01_AE strains primarily responsible for the epidemic in Asia. A further aim of our study was to define and standardize the nomenclature and provide well-characterized reference sequences for the phylogenetic transmission clusters of CRF01_AE...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640909/hiv-tat-regulates-macrophage-gene-expression-in-the-context-of-neuroaids
#11
Loreto Carvallo, Lillie Lopez, Jorge E Fajardo, Matias Jaureguiberry-Bravo, Andras Fiser, Joan W Berman
Despite the success of cART, greater than 50% of HIV infected people develop cognitive and motor deficits termed HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND). Macrophages are the major cell type infected in the CNS. Unlike for T cells, the virus does not kill macrophages and these long-lived cells may become HIV reservoirs in the brain. They produce cytokines/chemokines and viral proteins that promote inflammation and neuronal damage, playing a key role in HIV neuropathogenesis. HIV Tat is the transactivator of transcription that is essential for replication and transcriptional regulation of the virus and is the first protein to be produced after HIV infection...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639219/signature-pattern-analysis-for-the-full-length-env-gene-of-the-earliest-korean-subclade-b-of-hiv-1-outbreak-among-korean-hemophiliacs
#12
Young-Keol Cho, Jung-Eun Kim, Daeun Jeong, Brian T Foley
The epidemiological link in the hypervariable env gene between viruses infecting HIV-positive hemophiliacs (HPs) and plasma donors was not studied. We determined full-length env gene sequences in 20 HPs, 3 plasma donors whose plasma was used for domestic clotting factor (DCF) production, and 54 local controls (LCs). Env genes from viruses in frozen stored sera obtained 1-3 years after diagnosis and from samples collected several years after infection were amplified via RT-PCR and subjected to direct sequencing...
June 21, 2017: Virus Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637761/mother-to-child-hiv-transmission-bottleneck-selects-for-consensus-virus-with-lower-gag-protease-driven-replication-capacity
#13
Vanessa L Naidoo, Jaclyn K Mann, Christie Noble, Emily Adland, Jonathan M Carlson, Jake Thomas, Chanson J Brumme, Christina F Thobakgale-Tshabalala, Zabrina L Brumme, Mark A Brockman, Philip J R Goulder, Thumbi Ndung'u
HIV infection is in the large majority of cases established by a single variant and understanding the characteristics of successfully transmitted variants is relevant to prevention strategies. Few studies have investigated the viral determinants of mother-to-child transmission. To determine the impact of Gag-protease driven viral replication capacity on mother-to-child transmission, the replication capacities of 148 recombinant viruses encoding plasma derived Gag-protease from 53 non-transmitter mothers, 48 transmitter mothers and 47 infected infants were assayed in an HIV-1 inducible green fluorescent protein reporter cell line...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633446/genetic-indicators-of-drug-resistance-in-the-highly-repetitive-genome-of-trichomonas-vaginalis
#14
Martina Bradic, Sally D Warring, Grace E Tooley, Paul Scheid, William E Secor, Kirkwood M Land, Po-Jung Huang, Ting-Wen Chen, Chi-Ching Lee, Petrus Tang, Steven A Sullivan, Jane M Carlton
Trichomonas vaginalis, the most common non-viral sexually transmitted parasite, causes ∼283 million trichomoniasis infections annually and is associated with pregnancy complications and increased risk of HIV-1 acquisition. The antimicrobial drug metronidazole is used for treatment, but in a fraction of clinical cases, the parasites can become resistant to this drug. We undertook sequencing of multiple clinical isolates and lab derived lines to identify genetic markers and mechanisms of metronidazole resistance...
June 19, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633097/results-of-the-first-international-hiv-1-coreceptor-proficiency-panel-test
#15
Eva Heger, Rolf Kaiser, Elena Knops, Maria Neumann-Fraune, Eugen Schuelter, Alejandro Pironti, Thomas Lengauer, Hauke Walter, Saleta Sierra
BACKGROUND: Quality Assurance (QA) programs are essential to evaluate performance in diagnostics laboratories. OBJECTIVES: We present the results from the first QA for HIV-1 genotypic tropism testing, organized and coordinated by the Institute of Virology at the University of Cologne. STUDY DESIGN: 12 cell culture-derived viral strains of different HIV-1 clades from the NIH AIDS Reagent Program were sent to the participants to be processed with their standard diagnostic methods Fasta files containing the V3 region sequence were centrally analyzed at the Institute of Virology, Cologne...
June 10, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628667/characterization-of-hiv-1-crf90_bf1-and-putative-novel-crfs_bf1-in-central-west-north-and-northeast-brazilian-regions
#16
Mônica Nogueira da Guarda Reis, Gonzalo Bello, Monick Lindenmeyer Guimarães, Mariane Martins Araújo Stefani
The Brazilian AIDS epidemic has been characterized by an increasing rate of BF1 recombinants and so far eight circulating recombinant forms/CRFs_BF1 have been described countrywide. In this study, pol sequences (protease/PR, reverse transcriptase/RT) of 87 BF1 mosaic isolates identified among 828 patients living in six Brazilian States from three geographic regions (Central West, North, Northeast) were analyzed. Phylogenetic and bootscan analyses were performed to investigate the evolutionary relationship and mosaic structure of BF1 isolates...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628526/determinants-of-hiv-1-cd4-independent-brain-adaptation
#17
Madina Shakirzyanova, Xiang-Peng Kong, Cecilia Cheng-Mayer
BACKGROUND: HIV-1 is known to adapt to the local environment in its usage of receptors and it can become CD4 independent in the brain where the receptor is scarce. This adaptation is through amino acid variations, but the patterns of such variation are not yet well understood. Given that infection of long-lived CD4-low and CD4-negative cells in anatomic compartments such as the brain expand cell tropism in vivo and may serve as potential viral reservoirs that pose challenge for HIV eradication, understanding the evolution to CD4-independence and envelope conformation associated with infection in the absence of CD4 will not only broaden our insights into HIV pathogenesis, but may guide functional cure strategies as well...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628034/clonal-expansion-of-genome-intact-hiv-1-in-functionally-polarized-th1-cd4-t-cells
#18
Guinevere Q Lee, Nina Orlova-Fink, Kevin Einkauf, Fatema Z Chowdhury, Xiaoming Sun, Sean Harrington, Hsiao-Hsuan Kuo, Stephane Hua, Hsiao-Rong Chen, Zhengyu Ouyang, Kavidha Reddy, Krista Dong, Thumbi Ndung'u, Bruce D Walker, Eric S Rosenberg, Xu G Yu, Mathias Lichterfeld
HIV-1 causes a chronic, incurable disease due to its persistence in CD4+ T cells that contain replication-competent provirus, but exhibit little or no active viral gene expression and effectively resist combination antiretroviral therapy (cART). These latently infected T cells represent an extremely small proportion of all circulating CD4+ T cells but possess a remarkable long-term stability and typically persist throughout life, for reasons that are not fully understood. Here we performed massive single-genome, near-full-length next-generation sequencing of HIV-1 DNA derived from unfractionated peripheral blood mononuclear cells, ex vivo-isolated CD4+ T cells, and subsets of functionally polarized memory CD4+ T cells...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624190/expression-of-herpes-simplex-virus-thymidine-kinase-ganciclovir-by-rna-trans-splicing-induces-selective-killing-of-hiv-producing-cells
#19
Carin K Ingemarsdotter, Sushmita Poddar, Sarah Mercier, Volker Patzel, Andrew M L Lever
Antiviral strategies targeting hijacked cellular processes are less easily evaded by the virus than viral targets. If selective for viral functions, they can have a high therapeutic index. We used RNA trans-splicing to deliver the herpes simplex virus thymidine kinase-ganciclovir (HSV-tk/GCV) cell suicide system into HIV-producing cells. Using an extensive in silico bioinformatics and RNA structural analysis approach, ten HIV RNA trans-splicing constructs were designed targeting eight different HIV splice donor or acceptor sites and were tested in cells expressing HIV...
June 16, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623276/gag-protease-coevolution-analyses-define-novel-structural-surfaces-in-the-hiv-1-matrix-and-capsid-involved-in-resistance-to-protease-inhibitors
#20
Francisco M Codoñer, Ruth Peña, Oscar Blanch-Lombarte, Esther Jimenez-Moyano, Maria Pino, Thomas Vollbrecht, Bonaventura Clotet, Javier Martinez-Picado, Rika Draenert, Julia G Prado
Despite the major role of Gag in establishing resistance of HIV-1 to protease inhibitors (PIs), very limited data are available on the total contribution of Gag residues to resistance to PIs. To identify in detail Gag residues and structural interfaces associated with the development of HIV-1 resistance to PIs, we traced viral evolution under the pressure of PIs using Gag-protease single genome sequencing and coevolution analysis of protein sequences in 4 patients treated with PIs over a 9-year period. We identified a total of 38 Gag residues correlated with the protease, 32 of which were outside Gag cleavage sites...
June 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
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