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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445966/interferon-alpha-antagonizes-the-anti-hepatoma-activity-of-the-oncolytic-virus-m1-by-stimulating-anti-viral-immunity
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Liu Ying, Hu Cheng, Xu Wen Xiong, Lin Yuan, Zhang Hai Peng, Zhong Wen Wen, Liang Jian Ka, Xiao Xiao, Cai Jing, Tan Ya Qian, Gao Zhi Liang, Yan Guang Mei, Zhu Wen Bo, Peng Liang
Alpha virus M1 is an oncolytic virus that targets zinc-finger antiviral protein (ZAP)-defective cancer cells, and may be useful for treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Most of HCC patients have hepatitis and need long-term antiviral medication. Thus, it is necessary to clarify whether anti-virus medicines influence oncolytic effect of M1. We examined the effect of drugs used to treat hepatitis B/C on M1-mediated oncolysis in vitro and in vivo. Interferon (IFN)-α induces expression of antiviral IFN-stimulated genes (ISGs) in HCC cells with moderate sensitivity to M1 virus...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445592/polo-like-kinase-1-is-a-proviral-host-factor-for-hepatitis-b-virus-replication
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Ahmed M Diab, Adrien Foca, Floriane Fusil, Thomas Lahlali, Pascal Jalaguier, Fouzia Amirache, Lia N'Guyen, Nathalie Isorce, François-Loïc Cosset, Fabien Zoulim, Ourania M Andrisani, David Durantel
Chronic Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) infection is a major risk factor for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and current treatments for CHB and HCC are perfectible. Herein, we identified cellular Serine/Threonine Polo-like-kinase 1 (PLK1) as a positive effector of HBV replication. The aim of this study was to demonstrate the proviral role of PLK1 in HBV biosynthesis and validate PLK1 inhibition a potential antiviral strategy. To this end, we employed physiologically relevant HBV infection models of Primary Human Hepatocytes (PHH) and differentiated HepaRG cells, in conjunction with pharmacologic PLK1 inhibitors, siRNA-mediated knockdown, and overexpression of constitutively active PLK1 (PLK1(CA) )...
April 26, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444910/characterization-of-porcine-endogenous-retrovirus-expression-in-neonatal-and-adult-pig-pancreatic-islets
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Nizar I Mourad, Claire Crossan, Victoria Cruikshank, Linda Scobie, Pierre Gianello
BACKGROUND: Pig islets represent an alternative to the current modes of treatment for patients with diabetes. However, the concerns over pathogen transmission including that of PERV limit their immediate, widespread usage in humans. It has been previously demonstrated that PERV copy number and particularly expression levels can vary considerably between individuals and within different tissues of a single animal. In general, expression levels have been found to be particularly low in the pancreas compared to other porcine tissues suggesting a reduced risk associated with the use of this tissue...
April 26, 2017: Xenotransplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444859/roles-of-samhd1-in-antiviral-defense-autoimmunity-and-cancer
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REVIEW
Miaomiao Li, Dong Zhang, Mengying Zhu, Yuxian Shen, Wei Wei, Songcheng Ying, Heinrich Korner, Jun Li
The enzyme, sterile α motif and histidine-aspartic acid domain-containing protein 1 (SAMHD1) diminishes infection of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) by hydrolyzing intracellular deoxynucleotide triphosphates (dNTPs) in myeloid cells and resting CD4+ T cells. This dNTP degradation reduces the dNTP concentration to a level insufficient for viral cDNA synthesis, thereby inhibiting retroviral replication. This antiviral enzymatic activity can be inhibited by viral protein X (Vpx). The HIV-2/SIV Vpx causes degradation of SAMHD1, thus interfering with the SAMHD1-mediated restriction of retroviral replication...
April 25, 2017: Reviews in Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444819/antenatal-maternal-hepatitis-b-care-is-a-predictor-of-timely-perinatal-administration-of-hepatitis-b-immunoglobulin
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Suong Tt Le, Lukas Sahhar, Stephanie Spring, William Sievert, Anouk T Dev
BACKGROUND: Mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of hepatitis B virus continues to occur despite universal recommendations for neonatal immune prophylaxis therapy (IPT) and infant vaccination. AIM: To characterise the risk factors for failure to provide timely IPT and completion of the infant hepatitis B vaccination schedule for children born to mothers with Chronic Hepatitis B (CHB). METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study to assess compliance with universal guidelines for neonatal IPT for children born to CHB mothers at Monash Health, Australia from 2008 to 2013...
April 26, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443125/viral-vectors-for-plant-genome-engineering
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REVIEW
Syed Shan-E-Ali Zaidi, Shahid Mansoor
Recent advances in genome engineering (GE) has made it possible to precisely alter DNA sequences in plant cells, providing specifically engineered plants with traits of interest. Gene targeting efficiency depends on the delivery-method of both sequence-specific nucleases and repair templates, to plant cells. Typically, this is achieved using Agrobacterium mediated transformation or particle bombardment, both of which transform only a subset of cells in treated tissues. The alternate in planta approaches, stably integrating nuclease-encoding cassettes and repair templates into the plant genome, are time consuming, expensive and require extra regulations...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443083/intracellular-localization-interactions-and-functions-of-capsicum-chlorosis-virus-proteins
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Shirani M K Widana Gamage, Ralf G Dietzgen
Tospoviruses are among the most devastating viruses of horticultural and field crops. Capsicum chlorosis virus (CaCV) has emerged as an important pathogen of capsicum and tomato in Australia and South-east Asia. Present knowledge about CaCV protein functions in host cells is lacking. We determined intracellular localization and interactions of CaCV proteins by live plant cell imaging to gain insight into the associations of viral proteins during infection. Proteins were transiently expressed as fusions to autofluorescent proteins in leaf epidermal cells of Nicotiana benthamiana and capsicum...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443075/grim-19-restricts-hcv-replication-by-attenuating-intracellular-lipid-accumulation
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Jung-Hee Kim, Pil S Sung, Eun B Lee, Wonhee Hur, Dong J Park, Eui-Cheol Shin, Marc P Windisch, Seung K Yoon
Gene-associated with retinoid-interferon-induced mortality 19 (GRIM-19) targets multiple signaling pathways involved in cell death and growth. However, the role of GRIM-19 in the pathogenesis of hepatitis virus infections remains unexplored. Here, we investigated the restrictive effects of GRIM-19 on the replication of hepatitis C virus (HCV). We found that GRIM-19 protein levels were reduced in HCV-infected Huh7 cells and Huh7 cells harboring HCV replicons. Moreover, ectopically expressed GRIM-19 caused a reduction in both intracellular viral RNA levels and secreted viruses in HCVcc-infected cell cultures...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442803/effects-of-fitness-training-on-physical-fitness-parameters-and-quality-of-life-in-human-immunodeficiency-virus-positive-indian-females
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Renuka Patil, Apurv Shimpi, Savita Rairikar, Ashok Shyam, Parag Sancheti
PURPOSE: Highly active antiretroviral therapy has significantly extended survival of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infected patients. These drugs suppress replication of HIV but at the same time, have many physical and mental side effects which may affect daily activities of the patients. The present study assessed if moderate intensity exercise program helped in enhancing the physical fitness and quality of life (QoL) in HIV positive females which may reduce the comorbidities associated with the disease and medications...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442797/pre-and-post-sexual-exposure-prophylaxis-of-hiv-an-update
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REVIEW
Yogesh S Marfatia, Sheethal K Jose, Reema R Baxi, Ruchi J Shah
Pitfalls in current HIV prevention strategies include late HIV testing, vulnerability among youth and females; lack of emphasis on treatment, low acceptance of circumcision, and nonavailability of protective vaccines. Continuing high-risk sexual behavior, forceful sex, coercive and nonconsensual sex, rape, and unprotected sexual activities make women the most vulnerable to acquisition of sexually transmitted infection/HIV and necessitates a more radical approach of prevention in high-risk individuals who do not have HIV...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442752/zika-virus-infection-reprograms-global-transcription-of-host-cells-to-allow-sustained-infection
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Shashi Kant Tiwari, Jason Dang, Yue Qin, Gianluigi Lichinchi, Vikas Bansal, Tariq M Rana
Zika virus (ZIKV) is an emerging virus causally linked to neurological disorders, including congenital microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome. There are currently no targeted therapies for ZIKV infection. To identify novel antiviral targets and to elucidate the mechanisms by which ZIKV exploits the host cell machinery to support sustained replication, we analyzed the transcriptomic landscape of human microglia, fibroblast, embryonic kidney and monocyte-derived macrophage cell lines before and after ZIKV infection...
April 26, 2017: Emerging Microbes & Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442624/unphosphorylated-isgf3-drives-constitutive-expression-of-interferon-stimulated-genes-to-protect-against-viral-infections
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Wenshi Wang, Yuebang Yin, Lei Xu, Junhong Su, Fen Huang, Yijin Wang, Patrick P C Boor, Kan Chen, Wenhui Wang, Wanlu Cao, Xinying Zhou, Pengyu Liu, Luc J W van der Laan, Jaap Kwekkeboom, Maikel P Peppelenbosch, Qiuwei Pan
Interferon (IFN)-stimulated genes (ISGs) are antiviral effectors that are induced by IFNs through the formation of a tripartite transcription factor ISGF3, which is composed of IRF9 and phosphorylated forms of STAT1 and STAT2. However, we found that IFN-independent ISG expression was detectable in immortalized cell lines, primary intestinal and liver organoids, and liver tissues. The constitutive expression of ISGs was mediated by the unphosphorylated ISGF3 (U-ISGF3) complex, consisting of IRF9 together with unphosphorylated STAT1 and STAT2...
April 25, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442607/n-methyl-d-aspartate-nmda-receptor-blockade-prevents-neuronal-death-induced-by-zika-virus-infection
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Vivian V Costa, Juliana L Del Sarto, Rebeca F Rocha, Flavia R Silva, Juliana G Doria, Isabella G Olmo, Rafael E Marques, Celso M Queiroz-Junior, Giselle Foureaux, Julia Maria S Araújo, Allysson Cramer, Ana Luíza C V Real, Lucas S Ribeiro, Silvia I Sardi, Anderson J Ferreira, Fabiana S Machado, Antônio C de Oliveira, Antônio L Teixeira, Helder I Nakaya, Danielle G Souza, Fabiola M Ribeiro, Mauro M Teixeira
Zika virus (ZIKV) infection is a global health emergency that causes significant neurodegeneration. Neurodegenerative processes may be exacerbated by N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor (NMDAR)-dependent neuronal excitoxicity. Here, we have exploited the hypothesis that ZIKV-induced neurodegeneration can be rescued by blocking NMDA overstimulation with memantine. Our results show that ZIKV actively replicates in primary neurons and that virus replication is directly associated with massive neuronal cell death. Interestingly, treatment with memantine or other NMDAR blockers, including dizocilpine (MK-801), agmatine sulfate, or ifenprodil, prevents neuronal death without interfering with the ability of ZIKV to replicate in these cells...
April 25, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442604/hepatitis-c-virus-indirectly-disrupts-dna-damage-induced-p53-responses-by-activating-protein-kinase-r
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Jonathan K Mitchell, Bentley R Midkiff, Benjamin Israelow, Matthew J Evans, Robert E Lanford, Christopher M Walker, Stanley M Lemon, David R McGivern
Many DNA tumor viruses promote cellular transformation by inactivating the critically important tumor suppressor protein p53. In contrast, it is not known whether p53 function is disrupted by hepatitis C virus (HCV), a unique, oncogenic RNA virus that is the leading infectious cause of liver cancer in many regions of the world. Here we show that HCV-permissive, liver-derived HepG2 cells engineered to constitutively express microRNA-122 (HepG2/miR-122 cells) have normal p53-mediated responses to DNA damage and that HCV replication in these cells potently suppresses p53 responses to etoposide, an inducer of DNA damage, or nutlin-3, an inhibitor of p53 degradation pathways...
April 25, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442428/rapamycin-modulation-of-p70-s6-kinase-signaling-inhibits-rift-valley-fever-virus-pathogenesis
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Todd M Bell, Virginia Espina, Svetlana Senina, Caitlin Woodson, Ashwini Brahms, Brian Carey, Shih-Chao Lin, Lindsay Lundberg, Chelsea Pinkham, Alan Baer, Claudius Mueller, Elizabeth A Chlipala, Faye Sharman, Cynthia de la Fuente, Lance Liotta, Kylene Kehn-Hall
Despite over 60 years of research on antiviral drugs, very few are FDA approved to treat acute viral infections. Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV), an arthropod borne virus that causes hemorrhagic fever in severe cases, currently lacks effective treatments. Existing as obligate intracellular parasites, viruses have evolved to manipulate host cell signaling pathways to meet their replication needs. Specifically, translation modulation is often necessary for viruses to establish infection in their host. Here we demonstrated phosphorylation of p70 S6 kinase, S6 ribosomal protein, and eIF4G following RVFV infection in vitro through western blot analysis and in a mouse model of infection through reverse phase protein microarrays (RPPA)...
April 22, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442387/establishment-of-microrna-delivery-system-by-pp7-bacteriophage-like-particles-carrying-cell-penetrating-peptide
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Yanli Sun, Yanhua Sun, Ronglan Zhao
MicroRNAs have great therapeutic potential in cancer and other diseases. However, their instability and low in vivo delivery efficiency limits their application. Recombinant PP7 bacteriophage-based virus-like particles (VLPs) could protect microRNAs against rapid degradation by RNase by packaging specific exogenous pre-microRNAs using the pac site. Insertion of a cell-penetrating peptide (CPP) into the AB-loop of VLPs could significantly improve the delivery efficiency of microRNAs into mammalian cells. Unlike other microRNA delivery methods (viral or non-viral vectors), recombinant PP7 VLPs carrying a CPP and microRNA could be efficiently expressed in Escherichia coli using the one-plasmid double expression system...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442262/an-integrated-chemical-biology-approach-reveals-the-mechanism-of-action-of-hiv-replication-inhibitors
#17
Nicholas Pagano, Peter Teriete, Margrith E Mattmann, Li Yang, Beth A Snyder, Zhaohui Cai, Marintha L Heil, Nicholas D P Cosford
Continuous flow (microfluidic) chemistry was employed to prepare a small focused library of dihydropyrimidinone (DHPM) derivatives. Compounds in this class have been reported to exhibit activity against the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), but their molecular target had not been identified. We tested the initial set of DHPMs in phenotypic assays providing a hit (1i) that inhibited the replication of the human immunodeficiency virus HIV in cells. Flow chemistry-driven optimization of 1i led to the identification of HIV replication inhibitors such as 1l with cellular potency comparable with the clinical drug nevirapine (NVP)...
April 8, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442256/functional-evaluation-of-synthetic-flavonoids-and-chalcones-for-potential-antiviral-and-anticancer-properties
#18
Nelly Mateeva, Suresh V K Eyunni, Kinfe K Redda, Ucheze Ononuju, Tony D Hansberry, Cecilia Aikens, Anita Nag
Flavonoids, stilbenes, and chalcones are plant secondary metabolites that often possess diverse biological activities including anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and anti-viral activities. The wide range of bioactivities poses a challenge to identify their targets. Here, we studied a set of synthetically generated flavonoids and chalcones to evaluate for their biological activity, and compared similarly substituted flavonoids and chalcones. Substituted chalcones, but not flavonoids, showed inhibition of viral translation without significantly affecting viral replication in cells infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV)...
April 13, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441781/dengue-virus-non-structural-protein-5
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REVIEW
Abbas El Sahili, Julien Lescar
The World Health Organization estimates that the yearly number of dengue cases averages 390 million. This mosquito-borne virus disease is endemic in over 100 countries and will probably continue spreading, given the observed trend in global warming. So far, there is no antiviral drug available against dengue, but a vaccine has been recently marketed. Dengue virus also serves as a prototype for the study of other pathogenic flaviviruses that are emerging, like West Nile virus and Zika virus. Upon viral entry into the host cell and fusion of the viral lipid membrane with the endosomal membrane, the viral RNA is released and expressed as a polyprotein, that is then matured into three structural and seven non-structural (NS) proteins...
April 24, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441762/replication-and-oncolytic-activity-of-an-avian-orthoreovirus-in-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells
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Robert A Kozak, Larissa Hattin, Mia J Biondi, Juan C Corredor, Scott Walsh, Max Xue-Zhong, Justin Manuel, Ian D McGilvray, Jason Morgenstern, Evan Lusty, Vera Cherepanov, Betty-Anne McBey, David Leishman, Jordan J Feld, Byram Bridle, Éva Nagy
Oncolytic viruses are cancer therapeutics with promising outcomes in pre-clinical and clinical settings. Animal viruses have the possibility to avoid pre-existing immunity in humans, while being safe and immunostimulatory. We isolated an avian orthoreovirus (ARV-PB1), and tested it against a panel of hepatocellular carcinoma cells. We found that ARV-PB1 replicated well and induced strong cytopathic effects. It was determined that one mechanism of cell death was through syncytia formation, resulting in apoptosis and induction of interferon stimulated genes (ISGs)...
April 24, 2017: Viruses
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