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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319448/rationale-and-design-of-a-phase-1-clinical-trial-to-evaluate-hsv-g207-alone-or-with-a-single-radiation-dose-in-children-with-progressive-or-recurrent-malignant-supratentorial-brain-tumors
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Alicia M Waters, James M Johnston, Alyssa T Reddy, John Fiveash, Avi Madan-Swain, Kara Kachurak, Asim K Bag, G Yancey Gillespie, James M Markert, Gregory K Friedman
Primary central nervous system tumors are the most common solid neoplasm of childhood and the leading cause of cancer-related death in pediatric patients. Survival rates for children with malignant supratentorial brain tumors are poor despite aggressive treatment with combinations of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, and survivors often suffer from damaging lifelong sequelae from current therapies. Novel innovative treatments are greatly needed. One promising new approach is the use of a genetically engineered, conditionally replicating herpes simplex virus (HSV) that has shown tumor-specific tropism and potential efficacy in the treatment of malignant brain tumors...
March 2017: Human Gene Therapy. Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319127/hepatocyte-nuclear-factor-1%C3%AE-downregulates-hbv-gene-expression-and-replication-by-activating-the-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathway
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Junyu Lin, Chenjian Gu, Zhongliang Shen, Yanfeng Liu, Wei Wang, Shuai Tao, Xiaoxian Cui, Jing Liu, Youhua Xie
The role of hepatocyte nuclear factor 1α (HNF1α) in the regulation of gene expression and replication of hepatitis B virus (HBV) is not fully understood. Previous reports have documented the induction of the expression of viral large surface protein (LHBs) by HNF1α through activating viral Sp1 promoter. Large amount of LHBs can block the secretion of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg). Here we found that HNF1α overexpression inhibited HBV gene expression and replication in Huh7 cells, resulting in marked decreases in HBsAg, hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg) and virion productions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318484/domestic-pig-unlikely-reservoir-for-mers-cov
#3
Emmie de Wit, Friederike Feldmann, Eva Horne, Cynthia Martellaro, Elaine Haddock, Trenton Bushmaker, Kyle Rosenke, Atsushi Okumura, Rebecca Rosenke, Greg Saturday, Dana Scott, Heinz Feldmann
We tested the suitability of the domestic pig as a model for Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection. Inoculation did not cause disease, but a low level of virus replication, shedding, and seroconversion were observed. Pigs do not recapitulate human MERS-CoV and are unlikely to constitute a reservoir in nature.
June 15, 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318408/bone-marrow-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-attenuate-immune-mediated-liver-injury-and-compromise-virus-control-during-acute-hepatitis-b-virus-infection-in-mice
#4
Mengmeng Qu, Xu Yuan, Dan Liu, Yuhong Ma, Jun Zhu, Jun Cui, Mengxue Yu, Changyong Li, Deyin Guo
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have been used as therapeutic tools not only for their ability to differentiate toward different cells, but also for their unique immunomodulatory properties. However, it is still unknown how MSCs may affect immunity during hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. This study was designed to explore the effect of bone marrow-derived MSCs (BM-MSCs) on hepatic natural killer (NK) cells in a mouse model of acute HBV infection. Mice were injected with 1 × 10(6) BM-MSCs, which stained with chloromethyl derivatives of fluorescein diacetate fluorescent probe, 24 h before hydrodynamic injection of viral DNA (pHBV1...
February 2, 2017: Stem Cells and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318141/zika-virus-induced-cellular-remodeling
#5
Evan D Rossignol, Kristen N Peters, John H Connor, Esther Bullitt
Zika virus (ZIKV) has been associated with morbidities such as Guillain-Barré, infant microcephaly, and ocular disease. The spread of this positive-sense, single-stranded RNA virus and its growing public health threat underscore gaps in our understanding of basic ZIKV virology. To advance knowledge of the virus replication cycle within mammalian cells, we use serial section three-dimensional electron tomography to demonstrate the widespread remodeling of intracellular membranes upon infection with ZIKV. We report extensive structural rearrangements of the endoplasmic reticulum and reveal stages of the ZIKV viral replication cycle...
March 20, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317911/chimeric-viruses-between-rocio-and-west-nile-the-role-for-rocio-prm-e-proteins-in-virulence-and-inhibition-of-interferon-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-signaling
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Alberto A Amarilla, Yin X Setoh, Parthiban Periasamy, Nias Y Peng, Gabor Pali, Luiz T Figueiredo, Alexander A Khromykh, Victor H Aquino
Mosquito-transmitted flavivirus Rocio (ROCV) was responsible for an outbreak of encephalitis in the Ribeira Valley, located in the south coast of Sao Paulo State, Brazil, in 1975-1976. ROCV also causes fatal encephalitis in adult mice. Seroprevalence studies in humans, horses and water buffaloes in different regions of Brazil have suggested that ROCV is still circulating in the country, indicating the risk of re-emergence of this virus. West Nile virus (WNV) is also a mosquito-transmitted encephalitic flavivirus, however, WNV strains circulating in Australia have not been associated with outbreaks of disease in humans and exhibit low virulence in adult mice...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317866/cyclooxygenase-2-facilitates-dengue-virus-replication-and-serves-as-a-potential-target-for-developing-antiviral-agents
#7
Chun-Kuang Lin, Chin-Kai Tseng, Yu-Hsuan Wu, Chih-Chuang Liaw, Chun-Yu Lin, Chung-Hao Huang, Yen-Hsu Chen, Jin-Ching Lee
Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) is one of the important mediators of inflammation in response to viral infection, and it contributes to viral replication, for example, cytomegalovirus or hepatitis C virus replication. The role of COX-2 in dengue virus (DENV) replication remains unclear. In the present study, we observed an increased level of COX-2 in patients with dengue fever compared with healthy donors. Consistent with the clinical data, an elevated level of COX-2 expression was also observed in DENV-infected ICR suckling mice...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317380/systems-biology-reveals-ns4b-cyclophilin-a-interaction-a-new-target-to-inhibit-yfv-replication
#8
Alessandra Vidotto, Ana T S Morais, Milene Rocha Ribeiro, Carolina C Pacca, Ana C B Terzian, Laura H V G Gil, Ronaldo Mohana-Borges, Philippe Gallay, Mauricio L Nogueira
Yellow fever virus (YFV) replication is highly dependent upon host cell factors. YFV NS4B is reported to be involved in viral replication and immune evasion. Here, interactions between NS4B and human proteins were determined using a GST pull-down assay and analyzed using 1- DE and LC-MS/MS. We present a total of 207 proteins confirmed using Scaffold 3 Software. Cyclophilin A (CypA), a protein which has been shown to be necessary for the positive regulation of flavivirus replication, was identified as a possible NS4B partner...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317105/the-benefits-of-coinfection-trematodes-alter-disease-outcomes-associated-with-virus-infection
#9
Vanessa P Wuerthner, Jessica Hua, Jason T Hoverman
1.Coinfections are increasingly recognized as important drivers of disease dynamics. Consequently, greater emphasis has been placed on integrating principles from community ecology with disease ecology to understand within-host interactions among parasites. Using larval amphibians and two amphibian parasites (ranaviruses and the trematode Echinoparyphium sp.), we examined the influence of coinfection on disease outcomes. 2.Our first objective was to examine how priority effects (the timing and sequence of parasite exposure) influence infection and disease outcomes in the laboratory...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316014/rescue-of-recombinant-newcastle-disease-virus-a-short-history-of-how-it-all-started
#10
REVIEW
Aidin Molouki, Ben Peeters
Reverse genetics of viruses has come a long way, and many recombinant viruses have been generated since the first successful "rescues" were reported in the late 1970s. Recombinant Newcastle disease virus (rNDV), a non-segmented negative-sense RNA virus (NSNSV), was first rescued in 1999 using a reverse genetics approach similar to that reported for other recombinant viruses of the order Mononegavirales a few years before. The route from an original NDV isolate to the generation of its recombinant counterpart requires many steps that have to be sequentially and carefully completed...
March 18, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315855/mechanisms-and-strategies-of-papillomavirus-replication
#11
Alison A McBride
Animal and human papillomaviruses (HPVs) replicate persistently in specific types of stratified epithelia of their host. After the initial infection, the viral genome replicates at low levels in the dividing cells of the epithelium, and these cells form a reservoir of infection that can last for decades. When the infected cells differentiate, viral genomes replicate to high levels to form progeny virus that is released from the surface of the epithelium. This complex life cycle requires several different modes of viral DNA replication, but papillomaviruses are masters at hijacking key cellular processes to facilitate their own reproduction...
March 18, 2017: Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315835/prophage-provide-a-safe-haven-for-adaptive-exploration-in-temperate-viruses
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Lindi M Wahl, Tyler Pattenden
Prophage sequences constitute a substantial fraction of the temperate virus gene pool. Although subject to mutational decay, prophage sequences can also be an important source of adaptive mutations for these viral populations. Here we develop a life-history model for temperate viruses, including both the virulent (lytic) and the temperate phases of the life cycle. We then examine the survival of mutations that increase fitness during the lytic phase (attachment rate, burst size), increase fitness in the temperate phase (increasing host survival), or affect transitions between the two phases (integration or induction probability)...
March 17, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315476/comparative-analysis-of-protein-evolution-in-the-genome-of-pre-epidemic-and-epidemic-zika-virus
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Arunachalam Ramaiah, Lei Dai, Deisy Contreras, Sanjeev Sinha, Ren Sun, Vaithilingaraja Arumugaswami
Zika virus (ZIKV) causes microcephaly in congenital infection, neurological disorders, and poor pregnancy outcome and no vaccine is available for use in humans or approved. Although ZIKV was first discovered in 1947, the exact mechanism of virus replication and pathogenesis remains unknown. Recent outbreaks of Zika virus in the Americas clearly suggest a human-mosquito cycle or urban cycle of transmission. Understanding the conserved and adaptive features in the evolution of ZIKV genome will provide a hint on the mechanism of ZIKV adaptation to a new cycle of transmission...
March 14, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315365/mosquito-cells-c6-36-fail-to-support-the-complete-replication-of-penaeus-merguiensis-hepandensovirus
#14
D Syahidah, J Elliman, C Constantinoiu, L Owens
Mosquito cell lines (C6/36) were reported in the literature to support the propagation of Penaeus monodon hepandensovirus (PmoHDV). We aim to evaluate the susceptibility and viral propagation of P. merguiensis hepandensovirus (PmeHDV) which is ∼22% different to PmoHDV in Aedes albopictus cell line (C6/36). Cellular changes in the infected cell culture were detected. Vacuole formation was seen in both infected and uninfected cell cultures. The average number of disrupted cellular membranes in the infected cells (presumptive dead cells) was significantly higher than that of uninfected cells at passage two (F=9...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315051/development-of-antibody-modified-chitosan-nanoparticles-for-the-targeted-delivery-of-sirna-across-the-blood-brain-barrier-as-a-strategy-for-inhibiting-hiv-replication-in-astrocytes
#15
Jijin Gu, Karam Al-Bayati, Emmanuel A Ho
RNA interference (RNAi)-mediated gene silencing offers a novel treatment and prevention strategy for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. HIV was found to infect and replicate in human brain cells and can cause neuroinfections and neurological deterioration. We designed dual-antibody-modified chitosan/small interfering RNA (siRNA) nanoparticles to deliver siRNA across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) targeting HIV-infected brain astrocytes as a strategy for inhibiting HIV replication. We hypothesized that transferrin antibody and bradykinin B2 antibody could specifically bind to the transferrin receptor (TfR) and bradykinin B2 receptor (B2R), respectively, and deliver siRNA across the BBB into astrocytes as potential targeting ligands...
March 17, 2017: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314479/new-insights-into-the-effects-and-mechanism-of-a-classic-traditional-chinese-medicinal-formula-on-influenza-prevention
#16
Huan Chen, Chong Jie, Lu-Ping Tang, He Meng, Xiao-Bo Li, Yan-Bing Li, Le-Xing Chen, Chang Yan, Hiroshi Kurihara, Yi-Fang Li, Rong-Rong He
BACKGROUND: KangBingDu (KBD) is a classic traditional Chinese medicinal formula widely used to treat influenza. However, little information is available from controlled studies regarding the anti-influenza pharmacological activities of KBD and its underlying mechanisms, at least partly due to the lack of appropriate study models. PURPOSE: We hypothesized that KBD might provide a protection against influenza infection by reducing the host's susceptibility to viruses...
April 15, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306742/hpv16-and-18-genome-amplification-show-different-e4-dependence-with-16e4-enhancing-e1-nuclear-accumulation-and-replicative-efficiency-via-its-cell-cycle-arrest-and-kinase-activation-functions
#17
Nagayasu Egawa, Qian Wang, Heather M Griffin, Isao Murakami, Deborah Jackson, Radma Mahmood, John Doorbar
To clarify E1^E4's role during high-risk HPV infection, the E4 proteins of HPV16 and 18 were compared side by side using an isogenic keratinocyte differentiation model. While no effect on cell proliferation or viral genome copy number was observed during the early phase of either virus life cycle, time-course experiments showed that viral genome amplification and L1 expression were differently affected upon differentiation, with HPV16 showing a much clearer E4 dependency. Although E4 loss never completely abolished genome amplification, its more obvious contribution in HPV16 focused our efforts on 16E4...
March 17, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304247/effects-of-chronic-diurnal-disruption-and-acute-inflammatory-challenge-on-mice-with-latent-murine-gammaherpesvirus-infection
#18
Rita A Trammell, Linda A Toth
People who engage in shift work (SW) have increased risk of developing illnesses, including infectious diseases and various inflammatory conditions. We hypothesized that exposure to repeated cycles of diurnal disruption, mimicking SW, influences viral clearance, latent viral load, or viral reactivation from latency in mice infected with murine gammaherpesvirus (MuGHV). To test this idea, we inoculated BALB/cByJ and C.129S7(B6)-Ifng tm1Ts/J (IFNgKO) mice with MuGHV and housed them under either a stable light:dark (LD) cycle or one mimicking SW...
December 1, 2016: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304114/antiviral-and-cytostatic-evaluation-of-5-1-halo-2-sulfonylvinyl-and-5-2-furyl-uracil-nucleosides
#19
Zhiwei Wen, Sazzad H Suzol, Jufang Peng, Yong Liang, Robert Snoeck, Graciela Andrei, Sandra Liekens, Stanislaw F Wnuk
Transition metal-catalyzed halosulfonylation of 5-ethynyl uracil nucleosides provided (E)-5-(1-chloro-2-tosylvinyl)uridines. Tetrabutylammonium fluoride-mediated direct CH arylation of 5-iodouracil nucleosides with furan or 2-heptylfuran gave 5-furyl-substituted nucleosides without the necessity of using the organometallic substrates. These two classes of 5-substituted uracil nucleosides as well their corresponding ester derivatives were tested against a broad range of DNA and RNA viruses and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)...
March 17, 2017: Archiv der Pharmazie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303602/agreement-between-an-in-house-replication-competent-and-a-reference-replication-defective-recombinant-virus-assay-for-measuring-phenotypic-resistance-to-hiv-1-protease-reverse-transcriptase-and-integrase-inhibitors
#20
Francesco Saladini, Alessia Giannini, Adele Boccuto, Ilaria Vicenti, Maurizio Zazzi
BACKGROUND: Although clinical management of drug resistance is routinely based on genotypic methods, phenotypic assays remain necessary for the characterization of novel HIV-1 inhibitors, particularly against common drug-resistant variants. We describe the development and assessment of the performance of a recombinant virus assay for measuring HIV-1 susceptibility to protease (PR), reverse transcriptase (RT), and integrase (IN) inhibitors. METHODS: The system is based on the creation of replication-competent chimeric viruses through homologous recombination between patient or laboratory virus-derived PCR fragments and the corresponding NL4-3 vector where the whole Gag-PR, RT-RNaseH or IN coding regions has been deleted through inverse PCR...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
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