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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133706/a-randomized-placebo-controlled-trial-of-progesterone-with-or-without-hypothermia-in-patients-with-acute-severe-traumatic-brain-injury
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Sumit Sinha, Amol Raheja, Neha Samson, Keshav Goyal, Sanjeev Bhoi, Arul Selvi, Pushpa Sharma, Bhawani Shankar Sharma
OBJECTIVE: Among newer neuroprotectant modalities, hypothermia and progesterone have shown a beneficial role in preliminary studies enrolling patients with severe traumatic brain injury (sTBI). The primary objective of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of progesterone with or without prophylactic hypothermia in acute sTBI patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a prospective, outcome assessor, statistician blinded, randomized, and placebo-controlled phase II trial of progesterone with or without hypothermia (factorial design)...
November 2017: Neurology India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132393/interferon-%C3%AE-inducible-protein-16-ifi16-is-required-for-the-maintenance-of-epstein-barr-virus-latency
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Gina Pisano, Arunava Roy, Mairaj Ahmed Ansari, Binod Kumar, Leela Chikoti, Bala Chandran
BACKGROUND: Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) exhibits both lytic and latent (Lat. I, II, and III) phases in an infected individual. It's during the latent phase of EBV that all EBV-associated cancers, including Burkitt's lymphoma, nasopharyngeal carcinoma and lymphoproliferative disease arise. Interferon-γ-inducible protein 16 (IFI16) is a well-established innate immune sensor and viral transcriptional regulator involved in response to invading DNA viruses. During latency, IFI16 remains in the nucleus, in part bound to the EBV genome; however, neither its role in EBV lytic cycle or latency has been established...
November 13, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29105620/loud-music-exposure-and-cochlear-synaptopathy-in-young-adults-isolated-auditory-brainstem-response-effects-but-no-perceptual-consequences
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John H Grose, Emily Buss, Joseph W Hall
The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that listeners with frequent exposure to loud music exhibit deficits in suprathreshold auditory performance consistent with cochlear synaptopathy. Young adults with normal audiograms were recruited who either did ( n = 31) or did not ( n = 30) have a history of frequent attendance at loud music venues where the typical sound levels could be expected to result in temporary threshold shifts. A test battery was administered that comprised three sets of procedures: (a) electrophysiological tests including distortion product otoacoustic emissions, auditory brainstem responses, envelope following responses, and the acoustic change complex evoked by an interaural phase inversion; (b) psychoacoustic tests including temporal modulation detection, spectral modulation detection, and sensitivity to interaural phase; and (c) speech tests including filtered phoneme recognition and speech-in-noise recognition...
January 2017: Trends in Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29093095/combination-adenovirus-and-protein-vaccines-prevent-infection-or-reduce-viral-burden-after-heterologous-clade-c-shiv-mucosal-challenge
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Delphine C Malherbe, Jason Mendy, Lo Vang, Philip T Barnette, Jason Reed, Samir K Lakhashe, Joshua Owuor, Johannes S Gach, Alfred W Legasse, Michael K Axthelm, Celia C LaBranche, David Montefiori, Donald N Forthal, Byung Park, James M Wilson, James H McLinden, Jinhua Xiang, Jack T Stapleton, Jonah B Sacha, Barton F Haynes, Hua-Xin Liao, Ruth M Ruprecht, Jonathan Smith, Marc Gurwith, Nancy L Haigwood, Jeff Alexander
HIV vaccine development is focused on designing immunogens and delivery methods that elicit protective immunity. We evaluated a combination of Ad vectors expressing HIV 1086.C (Clade C) Envelope glycoprotein, SIV Gag p55, and human pegivirus GBV-C E2 glycoprotein. We compared replicating simian (SAd7) with non-replicating human (Ad4) adenovirus-vectored vaccines paired with recombinant proteins in a novel prime-boost regimen in rhesus macaques, with the goal of eliciting protective immunity against SHIV challenge...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29083319/hiv-antibody-complexes-enhance-production-of-type-i-interferon-by-plasmacytoid-dendritic-cells
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Rebecca T Veenhuis, Zachary T Freeman, Jack Korleski, Laura K Cohen, Guido Massaccesi, Alessandra Tomasi, Austin W Boesch, Margaret E Ackerman, Joseph B Margolick, Joel N Blankson, Michael A Chattergoon, Andrea L Cox
Type I IFN production is essential for innate control of acute viral infection; however, prolonged high-level IFN production is associated with chronic immune activation in HIV-infected individuals. Although plasmacytoid DCs (pDCs) are a primary source of IFN, the mechanisms that regulate IFN levels following the acute phase are unknown. We hypothesized that HIV-specific Ab responses regulate late IFN production. We evaluated the mechanism through which HIV-activated pDCs produce IFN as well as how both monoclonal HIV-specific Abs and Abs produced in natural HIV infection modulated normal pDC sensing of HIV...
October 30, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29078961/new-parameters-describing-how-knee-ligaments-carry-force-in-situ-predict-interspecimen-variations-in-laxity-during-simulated-clinical-exams
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Carl W Imhauser, Robert N Kent, James Boorman-Padgett, Ran Thein, Thomas L Wickiewicz, Andrew D Pearle
Knee laxity, defined as the net translation or rotation of the tibia relative to the femur in a given direction in response to an applied load, is highly variable from person to person. High levels of knee laxity as assessed during routine clinical exams are associated with first-time ligament injury and graft reinjury following reconstruction. During laxity exams, ligaments carry force to resist the applied load; however, relationships between intersubject variations in knee laxity and variations in how ligaments carry force as the knee moves through its passive envelope of motion, which we refer to as ligament engagement, are not well established...
October 7, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28976850/safety-and-immunogenicity-of-an-anti-zika-virus-dna-vaccine-preliminary-report
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Pablo Tebas, Christine C Roberts, Kar Muthumani, Emma L Reuschel, Sagar B Kudchodkar, Faraz I Zaidi, Scott White, Amir S Khan, Trina Racine, Hyeree Choi, Jean Boyer, Young K Park, Sylvie Trottier, Celine Remigio, Diane Krieger, Susan E Spruill, Mark Bagarazzi, Gary P Kobinger, David B Weiner, Joel N Maslow
Background Although Zika virus (ZIKV) infection is typically self-limiting, other associated complications such as congenital birth defects and the Guillain-Barré syndrome are well described. There are no approved vaccines against ZIKV infection. Methods In this phase 1, open-label clinical trial, we evaluated the safety and immunogenicity of a synthetic, consensus DNA vaccine (GLS-5700) encoding the ZIKV premembrane and envelope proteins in two groups of 20 participants each. The participants received either 1 mg or 2 mg of vaccine intradermally, with each injection followed by electroporation (the use of a pulsed electric field to introduce the DNA sequence into cells) at baseline, 4 weeks, and 12 weeks...
October 4, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28971333/attentional-modulation-of-envelope-following-responses-at-lower-93-109%C3%A2-hz-but-not-higher-217-233%C3%A2-hz-modulation-rates
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Emma Holmes, David W Purcell, Robert P Carlyon, Hedwig E Gockel, Ingrid S Johnsrude
Directing attention to sounds of different frequencies allows listeners to perceive a sound of interest, like a talker, in a mixture. Whether cortically generated frequency-specific attention affects responses as low as the auditory brainstem is currently unclear. Participants attended to either a high- or low-frequency tone stream, which was presented simultaneously and tagged with different amplitude modulation (AM) rates. In a replication design, we showed that envelope-following responses (EFRs) were modulated by attention only when the stimulus AM rate was slow enough for the auditory cortex to track-and not for stimuli with faster AM rates, which are thought to reflect 'purer' brainstem sources...
October 2, 2017: Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology: JARO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28948470/a-synthetic-peptide-derived-from-domain-iii-envelope-glycoprotein-of-dengue-virus-induces-neutralizing-antibody
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J Asnet Mary, Akanitt Jittmittraphap, Siriporn Chattanadee, Pornsawan Leaungwutiwong, R Shenbagarathai
Dengue virus (DENV) is an arthropod-borne human pathogen that represents a severe public health threat in both endemic and non-endemic regions. So far, there is no licensed vaccine or specific drugs available for dengue fever. A fifteen-amino-acid-long peptide that includes the NGR motif was chemically synthesized and conjugated with keyhole limpet hemocyanin. A standard immunization protocol was followed for the production of polyclonal antibodies by immunizing rabbits against the synthetic peptide. The immune response elicited high-titer polyclonal antibodies with the reactivity of the anti-peptide antibody against both synthetic peptide and four serotypes of DENV confirmed by DOT-ELISA...
September 25, 2017: Virus Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931684/zika-virus-encoding-non-glycosylated-envelope-protein-is-attenuated-and-defective-in-neuroinvasion
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Arun S Annamalai, Aryamav Pattnaik, Bikash R Sahoo, Ezhumalai Muthukrishnan, Sathish Kumar Natarajan, David Steffen, Hiep L X Vu, Gustavo Delhon, Fernando A Osorio, Thomas M Petro, Shi-Hua Xiang, Asit K Pattnaik
Zika virus (ZIKV), a mosquito-transmitted flavivirus, responsible for sporadic outbreaks of mild and febrile illness in Africa and Asia, re-emerged in the last decade causing serious human diseases including microcephaly, congenital malformations, and Guillain-Barré syndrome. Although genomic and phylogenetic analyses suggest that genetic evolution may have led to enhanced virulence of ZIKV, experimental evidence supporting the role of specific genetic changes in virulence is currently outstanding. One sequence motif, VNDT, containing an N-linked glycosylation site in the envelope (E) protein, is polymorphic, being absent in many of the African isolates while present in all isolates from the recent outbreaks...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921742/processing-of-temporally-patterned-sounds-in-the-auditory-cortex-of-seba-s-short-tailed-bat-carollia-perspicillata
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Lisa M Martin, Francisco García-Rosales, M Jerome Beetz, Julio C Hechavarría
This article presents a characterization of cortical responses to artificial and natural temporally-patterned sounds in the bat species Carollia perspicillata, a species that produces vocalizations at rates above 50 Hz. Multi-unit activity was recorded in three different experiments. In the first experiment, amplitude modulated (AM) pure tones were used as stimuli to drive auditory cortex (AC) units. AC units of both ketamine-anesthetized and awake bats could lock their spikes to every cycle of the stimulus modulation envelope, but only if the modulation frequency was below 22 Hz...
September 16, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917446/amplitude-modulation-rate-dependent-topographic-organization-of-the-auditory-steady-state-response-in-human-auditory-cortex
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Nathan Weisz, Chrysoula Lithari
Periodic modulations of an acoustic feature, such as amplitude over a certain frequency range, leads to phase locking of neural responses to the envelope of the modulation. Using electrophysiological methods this neural activity pattern, also called the auditory steady-state response (aSSR), is visible following frequency transformation of the evoked response as a clear spectral peak at the modulation frequency. Despite several studies employing the aSSR that show, for example, strongest responses for ∼40 Hz and an overall right-hemispheric dominance, it has not been investigated so far to what extent within auditory cortex different modulation frequencies elicit aSSRs at a homogenous source or whether the localization of the aSSR is topographically organized in a systematic manner...
September 11, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915259/a-novel-mechanism-of-antibody-mediated-enhancement-of-flavivirus-infection
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Denise Haslwanter, Dieter Blaas, Franz X Heinz, Karin Stiasny
Antibody-dependent enhancement of viral infection is a well-described phenomenon that is based on the cellular uptake of infectious virus-antibody complexes following their interaction with Fcγ receptors expressed on myeloid cells. Here we describe a novel mechanism of antibody-mediated enhancement of infection by a flavivirus (tick-borne encephalitis virus) in transformed and primary human cells, which is independent of the presence of Fcγ receptors. Using chemical cross-linking and immunoassays, we demonstrate that the monoclonal antibody (mab) A5, recognizing an epitope at the interface of the dimeric envelope protein E, causes dimer dissociation and leads to the exposure of the fusion loop (FL)...
September 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883824/natural-killer-nk-cell-education-differentially-influences-hiv-antibody-dependent-nk-cell-activation-and-antibody-dependent-cellular-cytotoxicity
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Nicole F Bernard, Zahra Kiani, Alexandra Tremblay-McLean, Sanket A Kant, Christopher E Leeks, Franck P Dupuy
Immunotherapy using broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) endowed with Fc-mediated effector functions has been shown to be critical for protecting or controlling viral replication in animal models. In human, the RV144 Thai trial was the first trial to demonstrate a significant protection against HIV infection following vaccination. Analysis of the correlates of immune protection in this trial identified an association between the presence of antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) mediated by immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies (Abs) to HIV envelope (Env) V1/V2 loop structures and protection from infection, provided IgA Abs with competing specificity were not present...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875939/within-host-envelope-remodelling-and-its-impact-in-bacterial-pathogen-recognition
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M Graciela Pucciarelli, Francisco García-Del Portillo
Following colonization of host tissues, bacterial pathogens encounter new niches in which they must gain access to nutrients and cope with stresses and defence signals generated by the host. For some pathogens, the adaptation to a new 'within-host' lifestyle involves modifications of envelope components that bear molecular patterns normally recognized by the host innate immune system. These new modified patterns limit host recognition, therefore promoting immune evasion and pathogenicity. In this review, we describe how envelope components like the peptidoglycan or lipopolysaccharide can be altered within the host to impair responses triggered by pattern recognition receptors (PRR)...
September 6, 2017: Current Issues in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874759/prior-exposure-to-zika-virus-significantly-enhances-peak-dengue-2-viremia-in-rhesus-macaques
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Jeffy George, William G Valiant, Mary J Mattapallil, Michelle Walker, Yan-Jang S Huang, Dana L Vanlandingham, John Misamore, Jack Greenhouse, Deborah E Weiss, Daniela Verthelyi, Stephen Higgs, Hanne Andersen, Mark G Lewis, Joseph J Mattapallil
Structural and functional homologies between the Zika and Dengue viruses' envelope proteins raise the possibility that cross-reactive antibodies induced following Zika virus infection might enhance subsequent Dengue infection. Using the rhesus macaque model we show that prior infection with Zika virus leads to a significant enhancement of Dengue-2 viremia that is accompanied by neutropenia, lympocytosis, hyperglycemia, and higher reticulocyte counts, along with the activation of pro-inflammatory monocyte subsets and release of inflammatory mediators...
September 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28867626/enhanced-cytopathic-effect-of-japanese-encephalitis-virus-strain-sa14-14-2-probable-association-of-mutation-in-amino-acid-of-its-envelope-protein
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Barnali Nath, Ashutosh Gupta, Siraj A Khan, Sachin Kumar
Japanese encephalitis (JE) is a mosquito-borne viral disease. It is a global public health concern since it causes an acute encephalitis syndrome (AES). A large number of JE/AES cases are reported to occur in areas with established or developing JE vaccination program. Partial vaccine coverage and emergence of new variants of Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) might be playing an important role. The envelope protein (E) of JEV is a major antigenic determinant and responsible for immunogenic responses as well as membrane fusion and virion assembly...
October 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28854955/identification-of-two-mutation-sites-in-spike-and-envelope-proteins-mediating-optimal-cellular-infection-of-porcine-epidemic-diarrhea-virus-from-different-pathways
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Min Sun, Jiale Ma, Zeyanqiu Yu, Zihao Pan, Chengping Lu, Huochun Yao
Entry of the α-coronavirus porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) requires specific proteases to activate spike (S) protein for the membrane fusion of the virion to the host cell following receptor binding. Herein, PEDV isolate 85-7 could proliferate and induce cell-cell fusion in a trypsin independent manner on Vero cells, and eight homologous mutation strains were screened by continuous proliferation in the absence of trypsin on Vero cells. According to the whole genome sequence comparative analysis, we identified four major variations located in nonstructural protein 2, S, open reading frame 3, and envelope (E) genes, respectively...
August 30, 2017: Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28840376/molecular-characterization-of-transport-lectin-vesicular-integral-membrane-protein-36%C3%A2-kda-vip36-in-the-life-cycle-of-schistosoma-mansoni
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Alice Maria de M Ornelas, Renato G de Paula, Enyara R Morais, Lizandra G Magalhães, Annielle M B da Silva, Matheus S Gomes, William de Castro-Borges, Vanderlei Rodrigues
VIP36 is a protein described as an L-type lectin in animals, responsible for the intracellular transport of glycoproteins within the secretory pathway, and also localized on the plasma membrane. Schistosoma mansoni has a complex system of vesicles and protein transport machinery to the cell surface. The excreted/secreted products of the larvae and eggs are known to be exposed to the host immune system. Hence, characterizing the role and action of SmVIP36 in the S. mansoni life cycle is important for a better understanding of the parasite-host relationship...
October 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28838169/exceptional-financial-support-for-introduction-of-inactivated-polio-vaccine-in-middle-income-countries
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Anne-Line Blankenhorn, Tania Cernuschi, Michel J Zaffran
In May 2012, the World Health Assembly declared the completion of poliovirus eradication a programmatic emergency for global public health and called for a comprehensive polio endgame strategy. The Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013-2018 was developed in response to this call and demands that all countries using Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) only introduce at least 1 dose of Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) into routine immunization schedules by the end of 2015. In November 2013, the Board of Gavi (the Vaccine Alliance) approved the provision of support for IPV introduction in the 72 Gavi-eligible countries...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
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