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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549561/lateral-thalamic-control-of-nociceptive-response-after-whisker-pad-injection-of-varicella-zoster-virus
#1
Phillip Kramer, Crystal Stinson, Mikhail Umorin, Mohong Deng, Mahesh Rao, Larry Bellinger, Michael B Yee, Paul R Kinchington
Pain is a common complication of herpes zoster (HZ) infection which results from reactivation of a latent varicella zoster virus (VZV). A third of HZ patients' progress to a chronic pain state known as post herpetic neuralgia (PHN), and about a quarter of these patients' have orofacial pain. The mechanisms controlling the pain responses are not understood. Studies suggest central pathways involving the thalamus could control pain related to HZ, and studies in our lab suggest vesicular GABA transporter (VGAT) in the lateral thalamus influences orofacial pain...
May 23, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546913/genetic-assembly-of-double-layered-fluorescent-protein-nanoparticles-for-cancer-targeting-and-imaging
#2
Seong-Eun Kim, Sung Duk Jo, Koo Chul Kwon, You-Yeon Won, Jeewon Lee
Hepatitis B virus capsid (HBVC), a self-assembled protein nanoparticle comprised of 180 or 240 subunit proteins, is used as a cage for genetic encapsulation of fluorescent proteins (FPs). The self-quenching of FPs is controlled by varying the spacing between FPs within the capsid structure. Double-layered FP nanoparticle possessing cancer cell-targeting capabilities is also produced by additionally attaching FPs and cancer cell receptor-binding peptides (affibodies) to the outer surface of the capsid. The generically modified HBVC with double layers of mCardinal FPs and affibodies (mC-DL-HBVC) exhibit a high fluorescence intensity and a strong photostability, and is efficiently internalized by cancer cells and significantly stable against intracellular degradation...
May 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546081/targeting-nuclear-receptors-for-the-treatment-of-fatty-liver-disease
#3
REVIEW
Naoki Tanaka, Toshifumi Aoyama, Shioko Kimura, Frank J Gonzalez
Ligand-activated nuclear receptors, including peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor alpha (PPARα), pregnane X receptor, and constitutive androstane receptor, were first identified as key regulators of the responses against chemical toxicants. However, numerous studies using mouse disease models and human samples have revealed critical roles for these receptors and others, such as PPARβ/δ, PPARγ, farn esoid X receptor (FXR), and liver X receptor (LXR), in maintaining nutrient/energy homeostasis in part through modulation of the gut-liver-adipose axis...
May 22, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545573/peroxisome-proliferators-activated-receptor-ppar-agonists-activate-hepatitis-b-virus-replication-in-vivo
#4
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/28545567/cancer-immunotherapy-by-targeting-immune-checkpoints-mechanism-of-t-cell-dysfunction-in-cancer-immunity-and-new-therapeutic-targets
#5
REVIEW
Hwei-Fang Tsai, Ping-Ning Hsu
Immune checkpoints or coinhibitory receptors, such as cytotoxic T lymphocyte antigen (CTLA)-4 and programmed death (PD)-1, play important roles in regulating T cell responses, and they were proven to be effective targets in treating cancer. In chronic viral infections and cancer, T cells are chronically exposed to persistent antigen stimulation. This is often associated with deterioration of T cell function with constitutive activation of immune checkpoints, a state called 'exhaustion', which is commonly associated with inefficient control of tumors and persistent viral infections...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545358/molecular-imaging-of-tumor-angiogenesis-and-therapeutic-effects-with-dual-bioluminescence
#6
Ran Wang, Kaiyue Zhang, Hongyan Tao, Wei Du, Di Wang, Ziwei Huang, Manqian Zhou, Yang Xu, Yuebing Wang, Na Liu, Hui Wang, Zongjin Li
BACKGROUND: Angiogenesis is critical for the growth of tumor by supplying nutrients and oxygen that exacerbates the metastasis and progression of cancer. Noninvasive imaging of angiogenesis during the tumor therapeutic processes may provide novel opportunities for image-guided tumor management. OBJECTIVE: Here, we want to develop a mouse animal model for assessing cancer progression and angiogenesis in the same individuals by molecular imaging. METHODS: Breast cancer model was developed with mouse breast cancer cell line 4T1 carrying a reporter system encoding a triple fusion (TF) reporter gene consisting of renilla luciferase (Rluc), red fluorescent protein (RFP) and herpes simplex virus truncated thymidine kinase (HSV-ttk) in transgenic mice, which expressed firefly luciferase (Fluc) under the promoter of vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2 (Vegfr2-luc)...
May 23, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545254/bacterial-virus-ontology-coordinating-across-databases
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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/28543911/polymorphism-of-tlr5-rs5744174-is-associated-with-disease-progression-in-chinese-patients-with-chronic-hbv-infection
#8
Lina Cao, Tong Zhang, Junping Zhu, Aixin Li, Kai Zheng, Nan Zhang, Bin Su, Wei Xia, Hao Wu, Ning Li, Qiushui He
Toll-like receptors (TLRs) play a crucial role in innate and adaptive immunity, protecting the host from viral pathogens. Studies have implicated that TLR5 is associated with various diseases such as autoimmune and inflammation related diseases. However, little is known about the relationship between TLR5 and hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. We studied the effect of TLR5 gene polymorphisms on susceptibility to and disease progression of chronic hepatitis B (CHB) infection in Chinese. Blood samples were taken from 636 patients with CHB, HBV-related liver cirrhosis (LC) or hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and 273 controls...
May 25, 2017: APMIS: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica, et Immunologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542576/ebola-virus-glycoprotein-directly-triggers-t-lymphocyte-death-despite-of-the-lack-of-infection
#9
Mathieu Iampietro, Patrick Younan, Andrew Nishida, Mukta Dutta, Ndongala Michel Lubaki, Rodrigo I Santos, Richard A Koup, Michael G Katze, Alexander Bukreyev
Fatal outcomes of Ebola virus (EBOV) infections are typically preceded by a 'sepsis-like' syndrome and lymphopenia despite T cells being resistant to Ebola infection. The mechanisms that lead to T lymphocytes death remain largely unknown; however, the degree of lymphopenia is highly correlative with fatalities. Here we investigated whether the addition of EBOV or its envelope glycoprotein (GP) to isolated primary human CD4+ T cells induced cell death. We observed a significant decrease in cell viability in a GP-dependent manner, which is suggestive of a direct role of GP in T cell death...
May 22, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542541/varicella-zoster-virus-glycoprotein-c-increases-chemokine-mediated-leukocyte-migration
#10
Víctor González-Motos, Carina Jürgens, Birgit Ritter, Kai A Kropp, Verónica Durán, Olav Larsen, Anne Binz, Werner J D Ouwendijk, Tihana Lenac Rovis, Stipan Jonjic, Georges M G M Verjans, Beate Sodeik, Thomas Krey, Rudolf Bauerfeind, Thomas F Schulz, Benedikt B Kaufer, Ulrich Kalinke, Amanda E I Proudfoot, Mette M Rosenkilde, Abel Viejo-Borbolla
Varicella zoster virus (VZV) is a highly prevalent human pathogen that establishes latency in neurons of the peripheral nervous system. Primary infection causes varicella whereas reactivation results in zoster, which is often followed by chronic pain in adults. Following infection of epithelial cells in the respiratory tract, VZV spreads within the host by hijacking leukocytes, including T cells, in the tonsils and other regional lymph nodes, and modifying their activity. In spite of its importance in pathogenesis, the mechanism of dissemination remains poorly understood...
May 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542478/structural-basis-of-nectin-1-recognition-by-pseudorabies-virus-glycoprotein-d
#11
An Li, Guangwen Lu, Jianxun Qi, Lili Wu, Kegong Tian, Tingrong Luo, Yi Shi, Jinghua Yan, George F Gao
An early and yet indispensable step in the alphaherpesvirus infection is the engagement of host receptors by the viral envelope glycoprotein D (gD). Of the thus-far identified gD receptors, nectin-1 is likely the most effective in terms of its wide usage by multiple alphaherpesviruses for cell entry. The molecular basis of nectin-1 recognition by the gD protein is therefore an interesting scientific question in the alphaherpesvirus field. Previous studies focused on the herpes simplex virus (HSV) of the Simplexvirus genus, for which both the free gD structure and the gD/nectin-1 complex structure were reported at high resolutions...
May 19, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542326/the-murine-cytomegalovirus-m35-protein-antagonizes-type-i-ifn-induction-downstream-of-pattern-recognition-receptors-by-targeting-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-mediated-transcription
#12
Baca Chan, Vladimir Gonçalves Magalhães, Niels A W Lemmermann, Vanda Juranić Lisnić, Markus Stempel, Kendra A Bussey, Elisa Reimer, Jürgen Podlech, Stefan Lienenklaus, Matthias J Reddehase, Stipan Jonjić, Melanie M Brinkmann
The type I interferon (IFN) response is imperative for the establishment of the early antiviral immune response. Here we report the identification of the first type I IFN antagonist encoded by murine cytomegalovirus (MCMV) that shuts down signaling following pattern recognition receptor (PRR) sensing. Screening of an MCMV open reading frame (ORF) library identified M35 as a novel and strong negative modulator of IFNβ promoter induction following activation of both RNA and DNA cytoplasmic PRR. Additionally, M35 inhibits the proinflammatory cytokine response downstream of Toll-like receptors (TLR)...
May 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540352/dataset-on-galanin-receptor-3-mutants-that-improve-recombinant-receptor-expression-and-stability-in-an-agonist-and-antagonist-bound-form
#13
Thao T Ho, Jasmine T Nguyen, Juping Liu, Pawel Stanczak, Aaron A Thompson, Yingzhuo G Yan, Jasmine Chen, Charles K Allerston, Charles L Dillard, Hao Xu, Nicholas J Shoger, Jill S Cameron, Mark E Massari, Kathleen Aertgeerts
Galanin Receptor 3 (GALR3) is a G-protein-coupled receptor with a widespread distribution in the brain and plays a role in a variety of physiologic processes including cognition/memory, sensory/pain processing, hormone secretion, and feeding behavior. Therefore, GALR3 is considered an attractive CNS drug target (Freimann et al., 2015) [1]. This dataset contains GALR3 point mutants that improve recombinant protein expression and thermal stability of the receptor contained in virus-like particles (VLPs) or obtained by detergent-purification of baculovirus-infected insect cells...
June 2017: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539733/molecular-docking-of-phytoligands-to-the-viral-protein-receptor-p-monodon-rab7
#14
Jerrine Joseph, Raj Bhaskaran, Muthusamy Kaliraj, Muthiyah Muthuswamy, Arumugam Suresh
The development of shrimp aquaculture has been severely affected by viral diseases resulting in a huge economic burden to the industry. White spot disease (WSD) has caused severe mortality in farmed shrimp in many countries. Globally aquaculture industries face huge economic losses due to rapid spread of White Spot Syndrome Virus (WSSV) disease that can cause 100% mortality in a short period of 3-10 days. In the present study in order to prevent the spread of WSSV disease in shrimps, the receptor, PmRab7 has been chosen as the drug target...
2017: Bioinformation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539639/the-absence-of-interferon-%C3%AE-promotor-stimulator-1-ips-1-predisposes-to-bronchiolitis-and-asthma-like-pathology-in-response-to-pneumoviral-infection-in-mice
#15
Jennifer Simpson, Jason P Lynch, Zhixuan Loh, Vivian Zhang, Rhiannon B Werder, Kirsten Spann, Simon Phipps
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)-bronchiolitis is a major cause of infant morbidity and mortality and a risk factor for subsequent asthma. We showed previously that toll-like receptor (TLR)7 in plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs) is critical for protection against bronchiolitis and asthma in mice infected with pneumonia virus of mice (PVM), the mouse homolog of RSV. This lack of redundancy was unexpected as interferon-β promotor stimulator-1 (IPS-1) signalling, downstream of RIG-I-like receptor (RLR) and not TLR7 activation, contributes to host defence in hRSV-inoculated adult mice...
May 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539451/reducing-v3-antigenicity-and-immunogenicity-on-soluble-native-like-hiv-1-env-sosip-trimers
#16
Rajesh P Ringe, Gabriel Ozorowski, Kimmo Rantalainen, Weston B Struwe, Katie Matthews, Jonathan L Torres, Anila Yasmeen, Christopher A Cottrell, Thomas J Ketas, Celia C LaBranche, David C Montefiori, Albert Cupo, Max Crispin, Ian A Wilson, Andrew B Ward, Rogier W Sanders, P J Klasse, John P Moore
Native-like trimers of the SOSIP design are being developed as immunogens in human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) vaccine development programs. These trimers display the epitopes for multiple broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs), but can also expose binding sites for some types of non-neutralizing antibodies (non-NAbs). Among the latter are epitopes in the gp120 V3 region that are highly immunogenic when SOSIP trimers are evaluated in animal models. It is presently uncertain whether antibodies against V3 can interfere with the induction of NAbs, but there are good arguments in favor of suppressing such "off-target" immune responses...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539445/structure-of-simian-immunodeficiency-virus-envelope-spikes-bound-with-cd4-and-monoclonal-antibody-36d5
#17
Guiqing Hu, Jun Liu, Kenneth H Roux, Kenneth A Taylor
The HIV-1/SIV envelope spike (Env) mediates the viral entry into host cells. The V3 loop of the gp120 component of the Env trimer contributes to the co-receptor binding site and is a target for neutralizing antibodies. We have used cryoelectron tomography to visualize the binding of CD4 and the V3 loop monoclonal antibody 36D5 to gp120 of the SIV Env. Our results show that 36D5 binds gp120 at the base of the V3 loop and suggest the antibody exerts its neutralization effect by blocking the co-receptor binding site...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539443/heparan-sulfate-proteoglycan-is-an-important-attachment-factor-for-cell-entry-of-akabane-and-schmallenberg-viruses
#18
Shin Murakami, Akiko Takenaka-Uema, Tomoya Kobayashi, Kentaro Kato, Masayuki Shimojima, Massimo Palmarini, Taisuke Horimoto
Akabane (AKAV) and Schmallenberg (SBV) viruses are Orthobunyavirus transmitted by arthropod vectors with a broad cellular tropism in vitro as well as in vivo Both AKAV and SBV cause arthrogryposis-hydranencephaly syndrome in ruminants. The main cellular receptor and attachment factor for entry of these orthobunyaviruses are unknown. Here, we found that AKAV and SBV infections were inhibited by the addition of heparin or enzymatic removal of cell surface heparan sulfates. To confirm this finding, we prepared heparan sulfate proteoglycan (HSPG)-knockout (KO) cells by using a CRISPR/Cas9 system and measured the binding quantities of these viruses to cell surfaces...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539442/extracellular-interactions-between-hepatitis-c-virus-and-secreted-apolipoprotein-e
#19
Zhihua Li, Yadong Li, Yanwei Bi, Hui Zhang, Yufeng Yao, Qihan Li, Wei Cun, Shaozhong Dong
Interactions between hepatitis C virus (HCV) and lipoproteins in humans play an important role in the efficient establishment of chronic infection. Apolipoprotein E (ApoE) on the HCV envelope mediates virus attachment to host cells as well as immune evasion. This interaction is thought to occur in hepatocytes, as ApoE plays dual functions in HCV assembly and maturation as well as cell attachment. In the present study, we found that secreted ApoE (sApoE) can also bind to viral particles via its C-terminal domain after HCV is released from the cell...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538165/the-complexity-in-herpesvirus-entry
#20
REVIEW
Karthik Sathiyamoorthy, Jia Chen, Richard Longnecker, Theodore S Jardetzky
Enveloped viruses have evolved diverse transmembrane proteins and protein complexes to enable host cell entry by regulating and activating membrane fusion in a target cell-specific manner. In general terms, the entry process requires a receptor binding step, an activation step and a membrane fusion step, which can be encoded within a single viral protein or distributed among multiple viral proteins. HIV and influenza virus, for example, encode all of these functions in a single trimeric glycoprotein, HIV env or influenza virus hemagglutinin (HA)...
May 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
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