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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549257/human-somatic-cells-deficient-for-rad52-are-impaired-for-viral-integration-and-compromised-for-most-aspects-of-homology-directed-repair
#1
Yinan Kan, Nizar N Batada, Eric A Hendrickson
Homology-directed repair (HDR) maintains genomic integrity by eliminating lesions such as DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs), interstrand crosslinks (ICLs) and stalled replication forks and thus a deficiency in HDR is associated with genomic instability and cancer predisposition. The mechanism of HDR is best understood and most rigorously characterized in yeast. The inactivation of the fungal radiation sensitive 52 (RAD52) gene, which has both recombination mediator and single-strand annealing (SSA) activities in vitro, leads to severe HDR defects in vivo...
May 10, 2017: DNA Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548882/finding-conducting-and-nurturing-science-a-virologist-s-memoir
#2
Anna Marie Ann Skalka Skalka
My laboratory investigations have been driven by an abiding interest in understanding the consequences of genetic rearrangement in evolution and disease, and in using viruses to elucidate fundamental mechanisms in biology. Starting with bacteriophages and moving to the retroviruses, my use of the tools of genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, and biophysics has spanned more than half a century-from the time when DNA structure was just discovered to the present day of big data and epigenetics. Both riding and contributing to the successive waves of technology, my laboratory has elucidated fundamental mechanisms in DNA replication, repair, and recombination...
May 26, 2017: Annual Review of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548627/combined-single-molecule-experimental-and-computational-approaches-for-understanding-the-unfolding-pathway-of-a-viral-translation-enhancer-that-participates-in-a-conformational-switch
#3
My-Tra Le, Wojciech K Kasprzak, Bruce A Shapiro, Anne E Simon
How plus-strand [+]RNA virus genomes transition from translation templates to replication templates is a matter of much speculation. We have previously proposed that, for Turnip crinkle virus, binding of the encoded RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp) to the 3'UTR of the [+]RNA template promotes a regional wide-spread conformational switch to an alternative structure that disassembles the cap-independent translation element (CITE) in the 3'UTR. The active 3'CITE folds into a tRNA-like T-shaped structure (TSS) that binds to 80S ribosomes and 60S subunits in the P-site...
May 26, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548102/replicating-viral-vector-platform-exploits-alarmin-signals-for-potent-cd8-t-cell-mediated-tumour-immunotherapy
#4
Sandra M Kallert, Stephanie Darbre, Weldy V Bonilla, Mario Kreutzfeldt, Nicolas Page, Philipp Müller, Matthias Kreuzaler, Min Lu, Stéphanie Favre, Florian Kreppel, Max Löhning, Sanjiv A Luther, Alfred Zippelius, Doron Merkler, Daniel D Pinschewer
Viral infections lead to alarmin release and elicit potent cytotoxic effector T lymphocyte (CTL(eff)) responses. Conversely, the induction of protective tumour-specific CTL(eff) and their recruitment into the tumour remain challenging tasks. Here we show that lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV) can be engineered to serve as a replication competent, stably-attenuated immunotherapy vector (artLCMV). artLCMV delivers tumour-associated antigens to dendritic cells for efficient CTL priming. Unlike replication-deficient vectors, artLCMV targets also lymphoid tissue stroma cells expressing the alarmin interleukin-33...
May 26, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548038/marek-s-disease-virus-infection-of-phagocytes-a-de-novo-in-vitro-infection-model
#5
Pankaj Chakraborty, Lonneke Vervelde, Robert G Dalziel, Peter S Wasson, Venugopal Nair, Bernadette M Dutia, Pete Kaiser
Marek's disease virus (MDV) is an alphaherpesvirus that induces T-cell lymphomas in chickens. Natural infections in vivo are caused by the inhalation of infected poultry house dust and it is presumed that MDV infection is initiated in the macrophages from where the infection is passed to B cells and activated T cells. Virus can be detected in B and T cells and macrophages in vivo, and both B and T cells can be infected in vitro. However, attempts to infect macrophages in vitro have not been successful. The aim of this study was to develop a model for infecting phagocytes [macrophages and dendritic cells (DCs)] with MDV in vitro and to characterize the infected cells...
May 26, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548037/moonlighting-glycolytic-enzyme-glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate-dehydrogenase-gapdh-is-required-for-efficient-hepatitis-c-virus-and-dengue-virus-infections-in-human-huh-7-5-1-cells
#6
Meera Raj, Mary Langley, Steven J McArthur, François Jean
Hijacking of cellular biosynthetic pathways by human enveloped viruses is a shared molecular event essential for the viral lifecycle. In this study, the accumulating evidence of the importance of human glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH) in the host secretory pathway led us to hypothesize that this moonlighting enzyme could play a key role in the lifecycle steps of two important Flaviviridae members, hepatitis C virus (HCV) and dengue virus (DENV). We used short interfering RNA (siRNA)-mediated knockdown of human GAPDH in Huh-7...
May 26, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547581/gender-disparity-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-hcc-multiple-underlying-mechanisms
#7
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Bo Zheng, Yan-Jing Zhu, Hong-Yang Wang, Lei Chen
On the global scale, hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is the main cause of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) especially in regions of Asia where HBV infection is endemic. Epidemiological studies show that the incidence of inflammation-driven HCC in males is three times as high as in females. Recent studies suggest that sex hormones have a crucial role in the pathogenesis and development of HBV-induced HCC. We found that the estrogen/androgen signaling pathway is associated with decreased/increased transcription and replication of HBV genes and can promote the development of HBV infections by up/downregulating HBV RNA transcription and inflammatory cytokines levels, which in turn slow down the progression of HBV-induced HCC...
May 23, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546965/ribonuclease-from-bacillus-acts-as-an-antiviral-agent-against-negative-and-positive-sense-single-stranded-human-respiratory-rna-viruses
#8
Raihan Shah Mahmud, Christin Müller, Yulia Romanova, Ahmed Mostafa, Vera Ulyanova, Stephan Pleschka, Olga Ilinskaya
Bacillus pumilus ribonuclease (binase) was shown to be a promising antiviral agent in animal models and cell cultures. However, the mode of its antiviral action remains unknown. To assess the binase effect on intracellular viral RNA we have selected single stranded negative- and positive-sense RNA viruses, influenza virus, and rhinovirus, respectively, which annually cause respiratory illnesses and are characterized by high contagious nature, mutation rate, and antigen variability. We have shown that binase exerts an antiviral effect on both viruses at the same concentration, which does not alter the spectrum of A549 cellular proteins and expression of housekeeping genes...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546026/the-crustin-like-peptide-plays-opposite-role-in-shrimp-immune-response-to-vibrio-alginolyticus-and-white-spot-syndrome-virus-wssv-infection
#9
Baozhen Sun, Zhi Wang, Fei Zhu
Crustin is an antimicrobial peptide (AMP) that plays a key role in innate immunity of crustaceans. In this study, we cloned the entire 660 bp crustin-like sequence with a 507 bp open reading frame encoding a 168 amino acid from Marsupenaeus japonicus. The crustin-like gene was primarily expressed in gills and over-expressed in shrimp hemocytes after challenge with WSSV or Vibrio alginolyticus. After knockdown crustin-like gene using specific double-stranded RNA (CRU-dsRNA), IMD, Rab7, L-lectin, mitogen-activated protein kinase, p53, prophenoloxidase and Rho were down-regulated and nitric oxide synthase, myosin and tumor necrosis factor-α were up-regulated in hemocytes at 24 h post dsRNA treatment...
May 22, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545573/peroxisome-proliferators-activated-receptor-ppar-agonists-activate-hepatitis-b-virus-replication-in-vivo
#10
Lingyao Du, Yuanji Ma, Miao Liu, Libo Yan, Hong Tang
BACKGROUND: PPAR agonists are often used in HBV infected patients with metabolic disorders. However, as liver-enriched transcriptional factors, PPARs would activate HBV replication. Risks exsit in such patients. This study aimed to assess the influence of commonly used synthetic PPAR agonists on hepatitis B virus (HBV) transcription, replication and expression through HBV replicative mouse models, providing information for physicians to make necessary monitoring and therapeutic adjustment when HBV infected patients receive PPAR agonists treatment...
May 25, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545254/bacterial-virus-ontology-coordinating-across-databases
#11
Chantal Hulo, Patrick Masson, Ariane Toussaint, David Osumi-Sutherland, Edouard de Castro, Andrea H Auchincloss, Sylvain Poux, Lydie Bougueleret, Ioannis Xenarios, Philippe Le Mercier
Bacterial viruses, also called bacteriophages, display a great genetic diversity and utilize unique processes for infecting and reproducing within a host cell. All these processes were investigated and indexed in the ViralZone knowledge base. To facilitate standardizing data, a simple ontology of viral life-cycle terms was developed to provide a common vocabulary for annotating data sets. New terminology was developed to address unique viral replication cycle processes, and existing terminology was modified and adapted...
May 23, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545059/uggt1-enhances-enterovirus-71-pathogenicity-by-promoting-viral-rna-synthesis-and-viral-replication
#12
Peng-Nien Huang, Jia-Rong Jheng, Jamie J Arnold, Jen-Ren Wang, Craig E Cameron, Shin-Ru Shih
Positive-strand RNA virus infections can induce the stress-related unfolded protein response (UPR) in host cells. This study found that enterovirus A71 (EVA71) utilizes host UDP-glucose glycoprotein glucosyltransferase 1 (UGGT1), a key endoplasmic reticulum protein (ER) involved in UPR, to enhance viral replication and virulence. EVA71 forms replication complexes (RCs) on cellular membranes that contain a mix of host and viral proteins to facilitate viral replication, but the components and processes involved in the assembly and function of RCs are not fully understood...
May 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543916/hcv-rna-genomic-sequences-and-hcv-e2-glycoprotein-in-sural-nerve-biopsies-from-hcv-infected-patients-with-peripheral-neuropathy
#13
Sabino Russi, Domenico Sansonno, Salvatore Monaco, Sara Mariotto, Sergio Ferrari, Fabio Pavone, Gianfranco Lauletta, Franco Dammacco
AIMS: Peripheral neuropathy (PN), the major neurological complication of chronic HCV infection, is frequently associated with mixed cryoglobulinemia (MC) and small-vessel systemic vasculitis. While humoral and cell-mediated immune mechanisms are suspected to act together in an aberrant immune response that results in peripheral nerve damage, the role of HCV remains largely speculative. The possible demonstration of HCV in peripheral nerve tissue would obviously assume important pathogenic implications...
May 24, 2017: Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542609/potent-and-selective-inhibition-of-pathogenic-viruses-by-engineered-ubiquitin-variants
#14
Wei Zhang, Ben A Bailey-Elkin, Robert C M Knaap, Baldeep Khare, Tim J Dalebout, Garrett G Johnson, Puck B van Kasteren, Nigel J McLeish, Jun Gu, Wenguang He, Marjolein Kikkert, Brian L Mark, Sachdev S Sidhu
The recent Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), Ebola and Zika virus outbreaks exemplify the continued threat of (re-)emerging viruses to human health, and our inability to rapidly develop effective therapeutic countermeasures. Many viruses, including MERS-CoV and the Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus (CCHFV) encode deubiquitinating (DUB) enzymes that are critical for viral replication and pathogenicity. They bind and remove ubiquitin (Ub) and interferon stimulated gene 15 (ISG15) from cellular proteins to suppress host antiviral innate immune responses...
May 18, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542587/seminal-plasma-induces-inflammation-and-enhances-hiv-1-replication-in-human-cervical-tissue-explants
#15
Andrea Introini, Stéphanie Boström, Frideborg Bradley, Anna Gibbs, Axel Glaessgen, Annelie Tjernlund, Kristina Broliden
The most immediate and evident effect of mucosal exposure to semen in vivo is a local release of proinflammatory mediators accompanied by an influx of leukocytes into the female genital mucosa (FGM). The implication of such response in HIV-1 transmission has never been addressed due to limitations of currently available experimental models. Using human tissue explants from the uterine cervix, we developed a system of mucosal exposure to seminal plasma (SP) that supports HIV-1 replication. Treatment of ectocervical explants with SP resulted in the upregulation of inflammatory and growth factors, including IL-6, TNF, CCL5, CCL20, CXCL1, and CXCL8, and IL1A, CSF2, IL7, PTGS2, as evaluated by measuring protein levels in explant conditioned medium (ECM) and gene expression in tissue...
May 19, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542292/development-of-a-versatile-oncolytic-virus-platform-for-local-intra-tumoural-expression-of-therapeutic-transgenes
#16
Nalini Marino, Sam Illingworth, Prithvi Kodialbail, Ashvin Patel, Hugo Calderon, Rochelle Lear, Kerry D Fisher, Brian R Champion, Alice C N Brown
Oncolytic viruses which infect and kill tumour cells can also be genetically modified to express therapeutic genes that augment their anti-cancer activities. Modifying oncolytic viruses to produce effective cancer therapies is challenging as encoding transgenes often attenuates virus activity or prevents systemic delivery in patients due to the risk of off-target expression of transgenes in healthy tissues. To overcome these issues we aimed to generate a readily modifiable virus platform using the oncolytic adenovirus, enadenotucirev...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542240/wmel-limits-zika-and-chikungunya-virus-infection-in-a-singapore-wolbachia-introgressed-ae-aegypti-strain-wmel-sg
#17
Cheong Huat Tan, PeiSze Jeslyn Wong, Meizhi Irene Li, HuiTing Yang, Lee Ching Ng, Scott Leslie O'Neill
BACKGROUND: Zika (ZIKV) and Chikungunya (CHIKV) viruses are emerging Aedes-borne viruses that are spreading outside their known geographic range and causing wide-scale epidemics. It has been reported that these viruses can be transmitted efficiently by Ae. aegypti. Recent studies have shown that Ae. aegypti when transinfected with certain Wolbachia strains shows a reduced replication and dissemination of dengue (DENV), Chikungunya (CHIKV), and Yellow Fever (YFV) viruses. The aim of this study was to determine whether the wMel strain of Wolbachia introgressed onto a Singapore Ae...
May 19, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540971/a-sialosyl-sulfonate-as-a-potent-inhibitor-of-influenza-virus-replication
#18
Ádám Hadházi, Mauro Pascolutti, Benjamin Bailly, Jeffrey C Dyason, Anikó Borbás, Robin J Thomson, Mark von Itzstein
A new direction for influenza virus sialidase inhibitor development was identified using a sulfonate congener of 2-deoxy-2-β-H N-acetylneuraminic acid. Sialosyl sulfonates can be synthesised efficiently in four steps from N-acetylneuraminic acid via a microwave assisted decarboxylation. The presence of the sulfonate group significantly increases inhibition of influenza virus sialidase and viral infection when compared to the carboxylate congener, and also to the benchmark sialidase inhibitor 2,3-dehydro-2-deoxy-N-acetylneuraminic acid, Neu5Ac2en...
May 25, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540167/t-cell-associated-immunoregulation-and-antiviral-effect-of-oxymatrine-in-hydrodynamic-injection-hbv-mouse-model
#19
Xiuxiu Sang, Ruilin Wang, Yanzhong Han, Cong'en Zhang, Honghui Shen, Zhirui Yang, Yin Xiong, Huimin Liu, Shijing Liu, Ruisheng Li, Ruichuang Yang, Jiabo Wang, Xuejun Wang, Zhaofang Bai, Xiaohe Xiao
Although oxymatrine (OMT) has been shown to directly inhibit the replication of hepatitis B virus (HBV) in vitro, limited research has been done with this drug in vivo. In the present study, the antiviral effect of OMT was investigated in an immunocompetent mouse model of chronic HBV infection. The infection was achieved by tail vein injection of a large volume of DNA solution. OMT (2.2, 6.7 and 20 mg/kg) was administered by daily intraperitoneal injection for 6 weeks. The efficacy of OMT was evaluated by the levels of HBV DNA, hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg), hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg) and hepatitis B core antigen (HBcAg)...
May 2017: Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539620/a-core-extended-naphtalene-diimide-g-quadruplex-ligand-potently-inhibits-herpes-simplex-virus-1-replication
#20
Sara Callegaro, Rosalba Perrone, Matteo Scalabrin, Filippo Doria, Giorgio Palù, Sara N Richter
G-quadruplexes (G4s) are nucleic acids secondary structures, epigenetic regulators in cells and viruses. In herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1)-infected cells, G4s are massively present during viral replication. We here aimed at investigating the possibility to target the HSV-1 G4s by a core extended naphtalene diimide (c-exNDI) G4 ligand. Biophysical and biomolecular analysis proved that c-exNDI stabilized the HSV-1 G4s in a concentration dependent manner. In MS competition assays, c-exNDI preferentially recognized HSV-1 G4s over cellular telomeric G4s, the most represented G4s within cells; other less abundant cellular G4s were also recognized...
May 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
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