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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822268/neural-precursor-cells-derived-from-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-exhibit-reduced-susceptibility-to-infection-with-a-neurotropic-coronavirus
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Vrushali Mangale, Brett S Marro, Warren C Plaisted, Craig M Walsh, Thomas E Lane
The present study examines the susceptibility of mouse induced pluripotent stem cell-derived neural precursor cells (iPSC-NPCs) to infection with the neurotropic JHM strain of mouse hepatitis virus (JHMV). Similar to NPCs derived from striatum of day 1 postnatal GFP-transgenic mice (GFP-NPCs), iPSC-derived NPCs (iPSC-NPCs) are able to differentiate into terminal neural cell types and express MHC class I and II in response to IFN-γ treatment. However, in contrast to postnatally-derived NPCs, iPSC-NPCs express low levels of carcinoembryonic antigen-cell adhesion molecule 1a (CEACAM1a), the surface receptor for JHMV, and are less susceptible to infection and virus-induced cytopathic effects...
August 16, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820694/differential-neurovirulence-of-african-and-asian-genotype-zika-virus-isolates-in-outbred-immunocompetent-mice
#2
Nisha K Duggal, Jana M Ritter, Erin M McDonald, Hannah Romo, Farshad Guirakhoo, Brent S Davis, Gwong-Jen J Chang, Aaron C Brault
Although first isolated almost 70 years ago, Zika virus (ZIKV; Flavivirus, Flaviviridae) has only recently been associated with significant outbreaks of disease in humans. Several severe ZIKV disease manifestations have also been recently documented, including fetal malformations, such as microcephaly, and Guillain-Barré syndrome in adults. Although principally transmitted by mosquitoes, sexual transmission of ZIKV has been documented. Recent publications of several interferon receptor knockout mouse models have demonstrated ZIKV-induced disease...
August 14, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819195/human-cytomegalovirus-escapes-immune-recognition-by-nk-cells-through-the-downregulation-of-b7-h6-by-the-viral-genes-us18-and-us20
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Yoav Charpak-Amikam, Tobias Kubsch, Einat Seidel, Esther Oiknine-Djian, Noemi Cavaletto, Rachel Yamin, Dominik Schmiedel, Dana Wolf, Giorgio Gribaudo, Martin Messerle, Luka Cicin-Sain, Ofer Mandelboim
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is a major human pathogen, causing serious diseases in immunocompromised populations and congenially infected neonates. One of the main immune cells acting against the virus are Natural Killer (NK) cells. Killing by NK cells is mediated by a small family of activating receptors such as NKp30 that interact with the cellular ligand B7-H6. The outcome of B7-H6-NKp30 interaction was, so far, mainly studied with regard to NK recognition and killing of tumors. Here, we demonstrated that the expression of B7-H6 is upregulated following HCMV infection and that HCMV uses two of its genes: US18 and US20, to interfere with B7-H6 surface expression, in a mechanism involving endosomal degradation, in order to evade NK cell recognition...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818847/a-french-cohort-study-of-kidney-retransplantation-after-post-transplant-lymphoproliferative-disorders
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Sophie Caillard, Etienne Cellot, Jacques Dantal, Olivier Thaunat, François Provot, Bénédicte Janbon, Matthias Buchler, Dany Anglicheau, Pierre Merville, Philippe Lang, Luc Frimat, Charlotte Colosio, Eric Alamartine, Nassim Kamar, Anne Elisabeth Heng, Antoine Durrbach, Valérie Moal, Joseph Rivalan, Isabelle Etienne, Marie Noelle Peraldi, Anne Moreau, Bruno Moulin
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorders arising after kidney transplantation portend an increased risk of morbidity and mortality. Retransplantation of patients who had developed post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder remains questionable owing to the potential risks of recurrence when immunosuppression is reintroduced. Here, we investigated the feasibility of kidney retransplantation after the development of post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder...
August 17, 2017: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818835/src-dependent-phosphorylation-of-%C3%AE-opioid-receptor-at-tyr-336-modulates-opiate-withdrawal
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Lei Zhang, Cherkaouia Kibaly, Yu-Jun Wang, Chi Xu, Kyu Young Song, Patrick W McGarrah, Horace H Loh, Jing-Gen Liu, Ping-Yee Law
Opiate withdrawal/negative reinforcement has been implicated as one of the mechanisms for the progression from impulsive to compulsive drug use. Increase in the intracellular cAMP level and protein kinase A (PKA) activities within the neurocircuitry of addiction has been a leading hypothesis for opiate addiction. This increase requires the phosphorylation of μ-opioid receptor (MOR) at Tyr(336) by Src after prolonged opiate treatment in vitro Here, we report that the Src-mediated MOR phosphorylation at Tyr(336) is a prerequisite for opiate withdrawal in mice...
August 17, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815730/loss-of-bmi-1-dampens-migration-and-emt-of-colorectal-cancer-in-inflammatory-microenvironment-through-tlr4-md-2-myd88-mediated-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling
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Kai Ye, Qi-Wei Chen, Ya-Feng Sun, Jian-An Lin, Jian-Hua Xu
Increasing evidence from various clinical and experimental studies has demonstrated that the inflammatory microenvironment created by immune cells facilitates tumor migration. Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is involved in the progression of cancer invasion and metastasis in an inflammatory microenvironment. B-lymphoma Moloney murine leukemia virus insertion region 1 (BMI-1) acts as an oncogene in various tumors. Ectopic expression of Bmi-1 have an effect on EMT and invasiveness. The purpose of this study was to investigate the efficacy of BMI-1 on inflammation-induced tumor migration and EMT and the underlying mechanism...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815559/characteristic-elevation-of-soluble-tnf-receptor-ii-to-i-ratio-in-macrophage-activation-syndrome-with-systemic-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis
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Masaki Shimizu, Natsumi Inoue, Mao Mizuta, Yasuo Nakagishi, Akihiro Yachie
To investigate the clinical significance of soluble tumor necrosis factor receptor (sTNFR) II/I ratio as an indicator of the diagnosis of macrophage activation syndrome (MAS) complicating systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (s-JIA), we measured the serum sTNFRI and II levels in 117 patients with s-JIA, including 29 patients with MAS, 15 with Epstein-Barr virus-induced hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (EBVHLH), 15 with Kawasaki disease (KD), and 28 healthy controls (HCs). We determined their correlation with measurements of disease activity and severity...
August 16, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814840/epidemiology-and-synergistic-hepatopathology-of-malaria-and-hepatitis-c-virus-coinfection
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REVIEW
Idris Abdullahi Nasir, Sa'adatu Yakubu, Jelili Olaide Mustapha
Malaria and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections are very common causes of human suffering with overlapping global geographic distributions. With the growing incidence of HCV infections in malaria-endemic zones and malaria in areas with exceptionally high HCV prevalence, coinfections and syndemism of both pathogens are likely to occur. However, studies of malaria and HCV coinfections are very rare despite the fact that liver-stage plasmodiasis and hepatitis C develop in hepatocytes which may synergistically interact...
2017: Virology: Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814669/neonatal-and-adult-recent-thymic-emigrants-produce-il-8-and-express-complement-receptors-cr1-and-cr2
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Marcin L Pekalski, Arcadio Rubio García, Ricardo C Ferreira, Daniel B Rainbow, Deborah J Smyth, Meghavi Mashar, Jane Brady, Natalia Savinykh, Xaquin Castro Dopico, Sumiyya Mahmood, Simon Duley, Helen E Stevens, Neil M Walker, Antony J Cutler, Frank Waldron-Lynch, David B Dunger, Claire Shannon-Lowe, Alasdair J Coles, Joanne L Jones, Chris Wallace, John A Todd, Linda S Wicker
The maintenance of peripheral naive T lymphocytes in humans is dependent on their homeostatic division, not continuing emigration from the thymus, which undergoes involution with age. However, postthymic maintenance of naive T cells is still poorly understood. Previously we reported that recent thymic emigrants (RTEs) are contained in CD31+CD25- naive T cells as defined by their levels of signal joint T cell receptor rearrangement excision circles (sjTRECs). Here, by differential gene expression analysis followed by protein expression and functional studies, we define that the naive T cells having divided the least since thymic emigration express complement receptors (CR1 and CR2) known to bind complement C3b- and C3d-decorated microbial products and, following activation, produce IL-8 (CXCL8), a major chemoattractant for neutrophils in bacterial defense...
August 17, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814524/mutation-of-the-putative-immunosuppressive-domain-of-the-retroviral-envelope-glycoprotein-compromises-infectivity
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Urszula Eksmond, Bryony Jenkins, Julia Merkenschlager, Walther Mothes, Jonathan P Stoye, George Kassiotis
The envelope glycoprotein of diverse endogenous and exogenous retroviruses is considered inherently immunosuppressive. Extensive work mapped the immunosuppressive activity to a highly conserved domain, termed the immunosuppressive domain (ISD), in the transmembrane (TM) subunit of the envelope glycoprotein and identified two naturally polymorphic key residues that afford immunosuppressive activity to distinct envelope glycoproteins. Concurrent mutation of these two key residues (E14R and A20F) in the envelope glycoprotein of Friend murine leukemia virus (F-MLV) ISD has been reported to abolish its immunosuppressive activity, without affecting its fusogenicity, and to weaken the ability of the virus to replicate specifically in immunocompetent hosts...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814518/a-single-amino-acid-substitution-at-position-225-in-ha-alters-the-transmissibility-of-eurasian-avian-like-h1n1-swine-influenza-virus-in-guinea-pigs
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Zeng Wang, Huanliang Yang, Yan Chen, Shiyu Tao, Liling Liu, Huihui Kong, Shujie Ma, Fei Meng, Yasuo Suzuki, Chuanling Qiao, Hualan Chen
Efficient transmission from human to human is the prerequisite for an influenza virus to cause a pandemic; however, the molecular determinants of influenza virus transmission are still largely unknown. In this study, we explored the molecular basis for transmission of Eurasian avian-like H1N1 (EAH1N1) swine influenza viruses by comparing two viruses that are genetically similar but differ in their transmissibility in guinea pigs: the A/swine/Guangxi/18/2011 virus (GX/18) is highly transmissible by respiratory droplet in guinea pigs, whereas the A/swine/Heilongjiang/27/2012 virus (HLJ/27) does not transmit in this animal model...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813663/a-crispr-activation-screen-identifies-a-pan-avian-influenza-virus-inhibitory-host-factor
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Brook E Heaton, Edward M Kennedy, Rebekah E Dumm, Alfred T Harding, Matthew T Sacco, David Sachs, Nicholas S Heaton
Influenza A virus (IAV) is a pathogen that poses significant risks to human health. It is therefore critical to develop strategies to prevent influenza disease. Many loss-of-function screens have been performed to identify the host proteins required for viral infection. However, there has been no systematic screen to identify the host factors that, when overexpressed, are sufficient to prevent infection. In this study, we used CRISPR/dCas9 activation technology to perform a genome-wide overexpression screen to identify IAV restriction factors...
August 15, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812060/reolysin-and-histone-deacetylase-inhibition-in-the-treatment-of-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Alena C Jaime-Ramirez, Jun-Ge Yu, Enrico Caserta, Ji Young Yoo, Jianying Zhang, Tae Jin Lee, Craig Hofmeister, John H Lee, Bhavna Kumar, Quintin Pan, Pawan Kumar, Robert Baiocchi, Theodoros Teknos, Flavia Pichiorri, Balveen Kaur, Matthew Old
Oncolytic viruses (OVs) are emerging as powerful anti-cancer agents and are currently being tested for their safety and efficacy in patients. Reovirus (Reolysin), a naturally occurring non-pathogenic, double-stranded RNA virus, has natural oncolytic activity and is being tested in phase I-III clinical trials in a variety of tumor types. With its recent US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) orphan drug designation for several tumor types, Reolysin is a potential therapeutic agent for various cancers, including head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCCs), which have a 5-year survival of ∼55%...
June 16, 2017: Molecular Therapy Oncolytics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811710/single-amino-acid-mutation-of-sr-bi-decreases-infectivity-of-hepatitis-c-virus-derived-from-cell-culture-in-a-cell-culture-model
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Rong Gao, Wei Gao, Gang Xu, Jie Xu, Hao Ren
AIM: To investigate the effect of a single amino acid mutation in human class B scavenger receptor I (SR-BI) on the infectivity of cell culture-derived hepatitis C virus (HCVcc) in SR-BI knock-down Huh7-siSR-BI cells. METHODS: Site-directed mutagenesis was used to construct the SR-BI S112F mutation, and the mutation was confirmed by nucleotide sequencing. SR-BI knock-down Huh7-siSR-BI cells were transfected with SR-BI S112F, SR-BI wild type (WT) and control plasmids, and then infected with HCVpp (HCV pseudoparticles) and hepatitis C virus derived from cell culture (HCVcc)...
July 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811654/characterization-of-the-mollusc-rig-i-mavs-pathway-reveals-an-archaic-antiviral-signalling-framework-in-invertebrates
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Baoyu Huang, Linlin Zhang, Yishuai Du, Fei Xu, Li Li, Guofan Zhang
Despite the mitochondrial antiviral signalling protein (MAVS)-dependent RIG-I-like receptor (RLR) signalling pathway in the cytosol plays an indispensable role in the antiviral immunity of the host, surprising little is known in invertebrates. Here we characterized the major members of RLR pathway and investigated their signal transduction a Molluscs. We show that genes involved in RLR pathway were significantly induced during virus challenge, including CgRIG-I-1, CgMAVS, CgTRAF6 (TNF receptor-associated factor 6), and CgIRFs (interferon regulatory factors...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811473/plant-made-polio-type-3-stabilized-vlps-a-candidate-synthetic-polio-vaccine
#16
Johanna Marsian, Helen Fox, Mohammad W Bahar, Abhay Kotecha, Elizabeth E Fry, David I Stuart, Andrew J Macadam, David J Rowlands, George P Lomonossoff
Poliovirus (PV) is the causative agent of poliomyelitis, a crippling human disease known since antiquity. PV occurs in two distinct antigenic forms, D and C, of which only the D form elicits a robust neutralizing response. Developing a synthetically produced stabilized virus-like particle (sVLP)-based vaccine with D antigenicity, without the drawbacks of current vaccines, will be a major step towards the final eradication of poliovirus. Such a sVLP would retain the native antigenic conformation and the repetitive structure of the original virus particle, but lack infectious genomic material...
August 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811460/prevention-of-atrial-fibrillation-by-using-sarcoplasmic-reticulum-calcium-atpase-pump-overexpression-in-a-rabbit-model-of-rapid-atrial-pacing
#17
Hong Li Wang, Xian Hui Zhou, Zhi Qiang Li, Ping Fan, Qi Na Zhou, Yao Dong Li, Yue Mei Hou, Bao Peng Tang
BACKGROUND Recent research suggests that abnormal Ca2+ handling plays a role in the occurrence and maintenance of atrial fibrillation (AF). Therefore, Ca2+ release and ingestion depend on properties of the ryanodine receptor (RyR) and sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ATPase2a (SERCA2a). This study aimed to detect whether SERCA2a gene overexpression has a preventive effect on atrial fibrillation caused by rapid pacing right atrium. MATERIAL AND METHODS Forty-eight New Zealand white rabbits were randomly divided into a control group, AF group, AAV9/GFP group, and AAV9/SERCA2a group...
August 16, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811383/interleukin-36-cytokines-may-overcome-microbial-immune-evasion-strategies-that-inhibit-interleukin-1-family-signaling
#18
REVIEW
Liselotte E Jensen
Pathogens deploy immune evasion strategies to successfully establish infections within their hosts. Naturally, the host responds by acquiring mechanisms to counter these strategies. There is increasing evidence that the three interleukin-36 (IL-36) cytokines, IL-36α, IL-36β and IL-36γ, play important roles in host immunity. With a focus on the skin as a target for microbial and viral invasion, the current knowledge of IL-36 functions is reviewed. Furthermore, the hypothesis that the IL-36s have evolved to counteract virulence factors is presented using viruses as an example...
August 15, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811340/type-iii-interferon-mediated-signaling-is-critical-for-controlling-live-attenuated-yellow-fever-virus-infection-in-vivo
#19
Florian Douam, Yentli E Soto Albrecht, Gabriela Hrebikova, Evita Sadimin, Christian Davidson, Sergei V Kotenko, Alexander Ploss
Yellow fever virus (YFV) is an arthropod-borne flavivirus, infecting ~200,000 people worldwide annually and causing about 30,000 deaths. The live attenuated vaccine strain, YFV-17D, has significantly contributed in controlling the global burden of yellow fever worldwide. However, the viral and host contributions to YFV-17D attenuation remain elusive. Type I interferon (IFN-α/β) signaling and type II interferon (IFN-γ) signaling have been shown to be mutually supportive in controlling YFV-17D infection despite distinct mechanisms of action in viral infection...
August 15, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811324/the-transcriptional-program-functional-heterogeneity-and-clinical-targeting-of-mast-cells
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REVIEW
Gökhan Cildir, Harshita Pant, Angel F Lopez, Vinay Tergaonkar
Mast cells are unique tissue-resident immune cells that express an array of receptors that can be activated by several extracellular cues, including antigen-immunoglobulin E (IgE) complexes, bacteria, viruses, cytokines, hormones, peptides, and drugs. Mast cells constitute a small population in tissues, but their extraordinary ability to respond rapidly by releasing granule-stored and newly made mediators underpins their importance in health and disease. In this review, we document the biology of mast cells and introduce new concepts and opinions regarding their role in human diseases beyond IgE-mediated allergic responses and antiparasitic functions...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
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