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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732046/qualitative-differences-in-cellular-immunogenicity-elicited-by-hepatitis-c-virus-t-cell-vaccines-employing-prime-boost-regimens
#1
Wendy G Tan, Iryna Zubkova, Alla Kachko, Frances Wells, Heiko Adler, Gerd Sutter, Marian E Major
T-cell based vaccines have been considered as attractive candidates for prevention of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections. In this study we compared the magnitude and phenotypic characteristics of CD8+ T-cells induced by three commonly used viral vectors, Adenovirus-5 (Ad5), Vaccinia virus (VV) and Modified Vaccinia Ankara (MVA) expressing the HCV NS3/4A protein. C57/BL6 mice were primed with DNA expressing NS3/4A and boosted with each of the viral vectors in individual groups of mice. We then tracked the vaccine-induced CD8+ T-cell responses using pentamer binding and cytokine production analysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724759/cholesterol-25-hydroxylase-inhibits-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-virus-replication-through-enzyme-activity-dependent-and-independent-mechanisms
#2
Wenting Ke, Liurong Fang, Huiyuan Jing, Ran Tao, Ting Wang, Yang Li, Siwen Long, Dang Wang, Shaobo Xiao
Cholesterol 25-hydroxylase (CH25H) has recently been identified as a host restriction factor that exerts antiviral effects by catalyzing the production of 25-hydroxycholesterol (25HC). CH25H can be rapidly induced upon infection with some viruses. Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV), an arterivirus, has ranked among the most important swine pathogens since it was discovered in the late 1980s. In this study, we found that PRRSV infection significantly downregulated the expression of CH25H in cells by a so far unknown mechanism, suggesting that CH25H might exert antiviral activity against PRRSV...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722139/structure-based-release-analysis-of-the-jc-virus-agnoprotein-regions-a-role-for-the-hydrophilic-surface-of-the-major-alpha-helix-domain-in-release
#3
A Sami Saribas, Martyn K White, Mahmut Safak
Agnoprotein (Agno) is an important regulatory protein of JC virus (JCV), BK virus (BKV) and simian virus 40 (SV40) and these viruses are unable to replicate efficiently in the absence of this protein. Recent 3D-NMR structural data revealed that Agno contains two alpha-helices (a minor and a major) while the rest of the protein adopts an unstructured conformation (Coric et al., 2017, J Cell Biochem). Previously, release of the JCV Agno from the Agno-positive cells was reported. Here, we have further mapped the regions of Agno responsible for its release by a structure-based systematic mutagenesis approach...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716555/attitudes-about-vaccines-to-prevent-ebola-virus-disease-in-guinea-at-the-end-of-a-large-ebola-epidemic-results-of-a-national-household-survey
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Kathleen L Irwin, Mohamed F Jalloh, Jamaica Corker, Barry Alpha Mahmoud, Susan J Robinson, Wenshu Li, Nyuma E James, Musa Sellu, Mohammad B Jalloh, Alpha Ahmadou Diallo, LaRee Tracy, Rana Hajjeh, Amanda VanSteelandt, Rebecca Bunnell, Lise Martel, Pratima L Raghunathan, Barbara Marston
INTRODUCTION: In 2014-2016, an Ebola epidemic devastated Guinea; more than 3800 cases and 2500 deaths were reported to the World Health Organization. In August 2015, as the epidemic waned and clinical trials of an experimental, Ebola vaccine continued in Guinea and neighboring Sierra Leone, we conducted a national household survey about Ebola-related knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) and opinions about "hypothetical" Ebola vaccines. METHODS: Using cluster-randomized sampling, we selected participants aged 15+ years old in Guinea's 8 administrative regions, which had varied cumulative case counts...
July 14, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714367/parp-1-serves-as-a-novel-molecular-marker-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-a-southern-chinese-zhuang-population
#5
Jiatong Li, Dongwei Dou, Ping Li, Wenqi Luo, Wenxin Lv, Chengdong Zhang, Xiaowei Song, Yuan Yang, Yuening Zhang, Yanzhen Xu, Feifan Xiao, Yan Wei, Jian Qin, Hongtao Li, Xiaoli Yang
PARP-1 (poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase-1) plays an important role in tumorigenesis. Since its effects on different populations are varied, this study investigated the impact of PARP-1 on primary hepatocellular carcinoma in a Southern Chinese Zhuang population. We assessed the global PARP-1 messenger RNA expression in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma using The Cancer Genome Atlas dataset. Increased PARP-1 expression, related to alpha-fetoprotein level, was observed. The area under the receiver operating characteristic curve value was 0...
July 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713922/selection-of-an-optimal-promoter-for-gene-transfer-in-normal-b-cells
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Magdalena Winiarska, Dominika Nowis, Malgorzata Firczuk, Agnieszka Zagozdzon, Magdalena Gabrysiak, Radoslaw Sadowski, Joanna Barankiewicz, Michal Dwojak, Jakub Golab
Gene transfer into normal quiescent human B cells is a challenging procedure. The present study aimed to investigate whether it is possible to increase the levels of transgene expression by using various types of promoters to drive the expression of selected genes‑of‑interest. To produce lentiviral particles, the present study used the 2nd generation psPAX2 packaging vector and the vesicular stomatitis virus ‑expressing envelope vector pMD2.G. Subsequently, lentiviral vectors were generated containing various promoters, including cytomegalovirus (CMV), elongation factor‑1 alpha (EF1α) and spleen focus‑forming virus (SFFV)...
July 14, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713376/myristoylation-an-important-protein-modification-in-the-immune-response
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Daniel Ikenna Udenwobele, Ruey-Chyi Su, Sara V Good, Terry Blake Ball, Shailly Varma Shrivastav, Anuraag Shrivastav
Protein N-myristoylation is a cotranslational lipidic modification specific to the alpha-amino group of an N-terminal glycine residue of many eukaryotic and viral proteins. The ubiquitous eukaryotic enzyme, N-myristoyltransferase, catalyzes the myristoylation process. Precisely, attachment of a myristoyl group increases specific protein-protein interactions leading to subcellular localization of myristoylated proteins with its signaling partners. The birth of the field of myristoylation, a little over three decades ago, has led to the understanding of the significance of protein myristoylation in regulating cellular signaling pathways in several biological processes especially in carcinogenesis and more recently immune function...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709686/toxicologic-evaluations-of-recombinant-liver-targeting-interferon-ifn-csp-genotoxicity-and-tegenicratoity
#8
Wenting Zeng, Chunxu Wu, Jie Wang, Lingjie Cao, Xiaobao Jin, Jiayong Zhu, Xuemei Lu
Interferon alpha as the one of FDA recommended drugs for Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection has many side effects. Targeting IFNα to the liver may be a strategy to increase its efficacy locally and may increase efficacy of IFNα-based therapy of HBV infection. We have prepared a novel liver-targeting fusion interferon (IFN-CSP) combining IFN α2b with plasmodium region I peptide and have revealed it may be an excellent candidate as a liver-targeting anti-HBV agent. In this study, we investigated the genotoxic and teratogenic effects of IFN-CSP...
July 11, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705762/flexible-connectors-between-capsomer-subunits-that-regulate-capsid-assembly
#9
Mary L Hasek, Joshua B Maurer, Roger W Hendrix, Robert L Duda
Viruses build icosahedral capsids of specific size and shape by regulating the spatial arrangement of the hexameric and pentameric protein capsomers in the growing shell during assembly. In the T=7 capsids of E. coli bacteriophage HK97 and other phages, sixty capsomers are hexons, while the rest are pentons that are correctly positioned during assembly. Assembly of the HK97 capsid to the correct size and shape has been shown to depend on specific ionic contacts between capsomers. We now describe additional ionic interactions within capsomers that also regulate assembly...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704770/detection-of-oncogenic-viruses-in-water-environments-by-a-luminex-based-multiplex-platform-for-high-throughput-screening-of-infectious-agents
#10
P Di Bonito, M Iaconelli, T Gheit, M Tommasino, S Della Libera, L Bonadonna, G La Rosa
Recent studies documented the detection of viruses strongly associated with human cancer in urban sewages and other water environments worldwide. The aim of this study was to estimate the occurrence of human oncogenic viruses in environmental samples (sewage, river, marine, and pool/spa water) using highly sensitive and specific multiplex bead-based assays (Luminex technology). A total of 33 samples were analysed for 140 oncogenic viral agents, including mucosal and cutaneous human papillomaviruses (HPVs), human polyomaviruses (HPyV), human herpesviruses (HHV) and mouse mammary tumour virus (MMTV)...
July 5, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704381/sofosbuvir-based-treatment-of-chronic-hepatitis-c-genotype-3-infections-a-scandinavian-real-life-study
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Olav Dalgard, Ola Weiland, Geir Noraberg, Lars Karlsen, Lars Heggelund, Martti Färkkilâ, Ulla Balslev, Erika Belard, Anne Øvrehus, Mette Skalshøi Kjær, Henrik Krarup, Birgit Thorup Røge, Sofie Hallager, Lone G Madsen, Alex Lund Laursen, Martin Lagging, Nina Weis
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 3 infection with advanced liver disease has emerged as the most challenging to treat. We retrospectively assessed the treatment outcome of sofosbuvir (SOF) based regimes for treatment of HCV genotype 3 infections in a real life setting in Scandinavia. METHODS: Consecutive patients with chronic HCV genotype 3 infection were enrolled at 16 treatment centers in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland. Patients who had received a SOF containing regimen were included...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700355/identification-of-cd14-as-a-potential-biomarker-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-using-itraq-quantitative-proteomics
#12
Jiao Guo, Rui Jing, Jian-Hong Zhong, Xin Dong, Yun-Xi Li, Yin-Kun Liu, Tian-Ren Huang, Chun-Yan Zhang
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most common malignant tumors without effective diagnostic biomarkers. This study intended to dynamically analyze serum proteomics in different pathological stages of liver diseases, and discover potential diagnostic biomarkers for early HCC. Patients with hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, liver cirrhosis (LC), or HCC together with healthy controls (HC) were enrolled. Proteins differentially expressed between groups were screened using isobaric tagging for relative and absolute quantitation (iTRAQ), and promising HCC biomarker candidates were subjected to bioinformatics analysis, including K-means clustering, gene ontology (GO) and string network analysis...
June 28, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700328/additional-n-glycosylation-mutation-in-the-major-hydrophilic-region-of-hepatitis-b-virus-s-gene-is-a-risk-indicator-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-occurrence-in-patients-with-coexistence-of-hbsag-anti-hbs
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Yan Qiao, Shanshan Lu, Zhihui Xu, Xiaodong Li, Kai Zhang, Yan Liu, Li Zhao, Rongjuan Chen, Lanlan Si, Shumei Lin, Dongping Xu, Jin Li
The study aimed to determine the association of additional N-glycosylation mutations in the major hydrophilic region (MHR) of hepatitis B virus (HBV) S gene with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) occurrence in HBsAg/anti-HBs coexistent patients. A total of 288 HBsAg/anti-HBs coexistent patients and 490 single HBsAg-positive patients were enrolled, including 193 with HCC, 433 with chronic hepatitis B (CHB), and 152 with acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF). The HBV S genes were amplified from serum and sequenced...
June 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698279/zika-virus-persistently-infects-and-is-basolaterally-released-from-primary-human-brain-microvascular-endothelial-cells
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Megan C Mladinich, John Schwedes, Erich R Mackow
Zika virus (ZIKV) is a mosquito-borne Flavivirus that has emerged as the cause of encephalitis and fetal microencephaly in the Americas. ZIKV uniquely persists in human bodily fluids for up to 6 months, is sexually transmitted, and traverses the placenta and the blood-brain barrier (BBB) to damage neurons. Cells that support persistent ZIKV replication and mechanisms by which ZIKV establishes persistence remain enigmatic but central to ZIKV entry into protected neuronal compartments. The endothelial cell (EC) lining of capillaries normally constrains transplacental transmission and forms the BBB, which selectively restricts access of blood constituents to neurons...
July 11, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697228/lichenoid-dermatitis-from-interferon-alpha-2a-in-a-patient-with-metastatic-renal-cell-carcinoma-and-seronegative-hcv
#15
Amelia E Bush, Sharon R Hymes, Sirunya Silapunt
<p>Cutaneous reactions to interferon, including a lichenoid drug reaction, are most commonly reported in patients undergoing treatment for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. There have been case reports of interferon-induced lichen planus in seronegative HCV patients with lymphoproliferative disorders and melanoma. We report the case of a 71-year-old man undergoing treatment with interferon for metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) who developed an eruption 2 months after starting interferon. Clinical and histological findings from biopsies supported a diagnosis of interferon-induced lichen planus...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695236/volumetric-parameters-on-fdg-pet-can-predict-early-intrahepatic-recurrence-free-survival-in-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma-after-curative-surgical-resection
#16
Jeong Won Lee, Sang Hyun Hwang, Hyun Jeong Kim, Dongwoo Kim, Arthur Cho, Mijin Yun
PURPOSE: This study assessed the prognostic values of volumetric parameters on (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) in predicting early intrahepatic recurrence-free survival (RFS) after curative resection in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed on 242 patients with HCC who underwent staging FDG PET and subsequent curative surgical resection. The tumor-to-non-tumorous liver uptake ratio, metabolic tumor volume (MTV), and total lesion glycolysis (TLG) of the HCC lesions on PET were measured...
July 11, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692581/%C3%AE-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-suppresses-secretion-of-ifn%C3%AE-by-plasmacytoid-dendritic-cells-from-healthy-and-hiv-infected-individuals
#17
Joseph E Henriquez, Michael D Rizzo, Matthias A Schulz, Robert B Crawford, Peter Gulick, Norbert E Kaminski
Plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs) play a crucial role in host antiviral immune response through secretion of type I interferon. Interferon alpha (IFNα), a type I IFN, is critical for mounting the initial response to viral pathogens. A consequence of Human Immunodeficiency Virus-1 (HIV) infection is a decrease in both pDC number and function, but prolonged pDC activity has been linked with progression from HIV infection to the development of AIDS. Patients with HIV in the United States routinely use cannabinoid-based therapies to combat the side effects of HIV infection and antiretroviral therapy...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690024/the-p53-gene-with-emphasis-on-its-paralogues-in-mosquitoes
#18
REVIEW
Tien-Huang Chen, Yi-Jun Wu, Jiun-Nan Hou, Cheng-Hsun Chiu, Wei-June Chen
The p53 gene is highly important in human cancers, as it serves as a tumor-suppressor gene. Subsequently, two p53 homologues, i.e., p73 and p63, with high identity of amino acids were identified, leading to construction of the p53 family. The p53 gene is highly important in human cancer because it usually transcribes genes that function by causing apoptosis in mammalian cells. In contrast, p63 and p73 tend to be more important in modulating development than inducing cell death, even though they share similar protein structures...
June 29, 2017: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689585/rheumatologic-manifestations-of-hepatitis-c-virus-infection
#19
REVIEW
Patrice Cacoub, Cloé Comarmond, Anne Claire Desbois, David Saadoun
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is associated with a morbidity and mortality due to liver complications. HCV infection is also frequently associated with rheumatic disorders, such as arthralgia, myalgia, cryoglobulinemia vasculitis, and sicca syndrome, as well as the production of autoantibodies. The treatment of HCV infection with interferon alpha (IFN) has been contraindicated for a long time in many rheumatologic autoimmune/inflammatory disorders. New oral IFN-free combinations offer an opportunity for HCV-infected patients with extrahepatic manifestations, including rheumatologic autoimmune/inflammatory disorders, to be cured with a short treatment duration and a low risk of side effects...
August 2017: Clinics in Liver Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687477/prognostic-factors-and-predictors-of-sorafenib-benefit-in-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma-analysis-of-two-phase-3-studies
#20
Jordi Bruix, Ann-Lii Cheng, Gerold Meinhardt, Keiko Nakajima, Yoriko De Sanctis, Josep Llovet
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Sorafenib, an oral multikinase inhibitor, significantly prolonged overall survival (OS) versus placebo in patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in two phase 3 studies, SHARP (Sorafenib HCC Assessment Randomized Protocol) and Asia-Pacific (AP). To assess prognostic factors for HCC and predictive factors of sorafenib benefit, we conducted a pooled exploratory analysis from these placebo-controlled phase 3 studies. METHODS: To identify potential prognostic factors for OS, univariate and multivariate (MV) analyses were performed for baseline variables by Cox proportional hazards model...
July 4, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
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