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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107367/first-molecular-characterization-of-feline-immunodeficiency-virus-in-domestic-cats-from-mainland-china
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Jilei Zhang, Liang Wang, Jing Li, Patrick Kelly, Stuart Price, Chengming Wang
The feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is a retrovirus of the Lentivirus genus that was initially isolated from a colony of domestic cats in California in 1986 and has now been recognized as a common feline pathogen worldwide. To date, there is only one recent serology-based report on FIV in mainland China which was published in 2016. We designed this study to investigate the molecular prevalence and diversity of feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) in domestic cats from mainland China. We studied the prevalence of FIV in whole blood samples of 615 domestic cats in five cities (Beijing, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Shanghai and Yangzhou) of mainland China and examined them using FRET-PCR (Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer-Polymerase Chain Reaction) and regular PCRs for the gag and env genes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101126/characterisation-of-microbial-communities-within-aggressive-prostate-cancer-tissues
#2
Melissa A Yow, Sepehr N Tabrizi, Gianluca Severi, Damien M Bolton, John Pedersen, Graham G Giles, Melissa C Southey
BACKGROUND: An infectious aetiology for prostate cancer has been conjectured for decades but the evidence gained from questionnaire-based and sero-epidemiological studies is weak and inconsistent, and a causal association with any infectious agent is not established. We describe and evaluate the application of new technology to detect bacterial and viral agents in high-grade prostate cancer tissues. The potential of targeted 16S rRNA gene sequencing and total RNA sequencing was evaluated in terms of its utility to characterise microbial communities within high-grade prostate tumours...
2017: Infectious Agents and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088235/the-sense-behind-retroviral-anti-sense-transcription
#3
Mamneet Manghera, Alycia Magnusson, Renée N Douville
Retroviruses are known to rely extensively on the expression of viral proteins from the sense proviral genomic strand. Yet, the production of regulatory retroviral proteins from antisense-encoded viral genes is gaining research attention, due to their clinical significance. This report will discuss what is known about antisense transcription in Retroviridae, and provide new information about antisense transcriptional regulation through a comparison of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Human T-cell Lymphotrophic Virus (HTLV-1) and endogenous retrovirus-K (ERVK) long terminal repeats (LTRs)...
January 14, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087386/androgens-and-androgen-receptor-signaling-contribute-to-ovarian-development-in-the-chicken-embryo
#4
Ryoma Tanaka, Hiroe Izumi, Asato Kuroiwa
Androgens and androgen receptor (AR) signaling play important roles throughout development. In the chicken, AR signaling is involved in reproduction; however, its specific role is unclear. We show that AR signaling is involved in the normal development of the female embryonic gonads. The AR mRNA level was detected in male and female embryonic gonads by quantitative RT-PCR, and its expression was higher in females than in males at all developmental stages examined. In female embryos, the AR localized to nuclei of cells in the left gonad...
January 10, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074864/a-novel-monoclonal-antibody-targeting-coxsackie-virus-and-adenovirus-receptor-inhibits-tumor-growth-in-vivo
#5
Manabu Kawada, Hiroyuki Inoue, Masunori Kajikawa, Masahito Sugiura, Shuichi Sakamoto, Sakiko Urano, Chigusa Karasawa, Ihomi Usami, Mitsuru Futakuchi, Tohru Masuda
To create a new anti-tumor antibody, we conducted signal sequence trap by retrovirus-meditated expression method and identified coxsackie virus and adenovirus receptor (CXADR) as an appropriate target. We developed monoclonal antibodies against human CXADR and found that one antibody (6G10A) significantly inhibited the growth of subcutaneous as well as orthotopic xenografts of human prostate cancer cells in vivo. Furthermore, 6G10A also inhibited other cancer xenografts expressing CXADR, such as pancreatic and colorectal cancer cells...
January 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071651/marine-origin-of-retroviruses-in-the-early-palaeozoic-era
#6
Pakorn Aiewsakun, Aris Katzourakis
Very little is known about the ancient origin of retroviruses, but owing to the discovery of their ancient endogenous viral counterparts, their early history is beginning to unfold. Here we report 36 lineages of basal amphibian and fish foamy-like endogenous retroviruses (FLERVs). Phylogenetic analyses reveal that ray-finned fish FLERVs exhibit an overall co-speciation pattern with their hosts, while amphibian FLERVs might not. We also observe several possible ancient viral cross-class transmissions, involving lobe-finned fish, shark and frog FLERVs...
January 10, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065818/growth-retardation-induced-by-avian-leukosis-virus-subgroup-j-associated-with-down-regulated-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-pathway
#7
Weiguo Feng, Defang Zhou, Wei Meng, Gen Li, Pingping Zhuang, Zhifang Pan, Guihua Wang, Ziqiang Cheng
Avian leukosis virus subgroup J (ALV-J), an oncogenic retrovirus, induces growth retardation and neoplasia in chickens, leading to enormous economic losses in poultry industry. Increasing evidences showed several signal pathways involved in ALV-J infection. However, what signaling pathway involved in growth retardation is largely unknown. To explore the possible signaling pathway, we tested the cell proliferation and associated miRNAs in ALV-J infected CEF cells by CCK-8 and Hiseq, respectively. The results showed that cell proliferation was significantly inhibited by ALV-J and three associated miRNAs were identified to target Wnt/β-catenin pathway...
January 5, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063233/establishment-of-a-new-conditionally-immortalized-human-skeletal-muscle-microvascular-endothelial-cell-line
#8
Hironori Sano, Yasuteru Sano, Eri Ishiguchi, Fumitaka Shimizu, Masatoshi Omoto, Toshihiko Maeda, Hideaki Nishihara, Yukio Takeshita, Shiori Takahashi, Mariko Oishi, Takashi Kanda
In skeletal muscle, the capillaries have tight junctions (TJs) that are structurally similar to those in the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and blood-nerve barrier (BNB). Although many findings have been clarified in the territory of BBB and BNB, few have so far examined the TJs of capillaries in the skeletal muscle. In addition, no in vitro human skeletal muscle microvasculature models have been reported thus far. We newly established a new human skeletal muscle microvascular endothelial cell (HSMMEC) line. HSMMECs were isolated from human skeletal muscle and were infected with retroviruses harboring temperature-sensitive SV40 T antigen and telomerase genes...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061444/versatile-use-of-rtta-expressing-retroviruses-in-the-study-of-neurodegeneration
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Catia M Teixeira, Jesús Ávila, María Llorens-Martín
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 30, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060252/transduction-transplantation-mouse-model-of-myeloproliferative-neoplasm
#10
Thanh Kim Nguyen, Sarah J Morse, Angela G Fleischman
Transduction-transplantation is a quick and efficient way to model human hematologic malignancies in mice. This technique results in expression of the gene of interest in hematopoietic cells and can be used to study the gene's role in normal and/or malignant hematopoiesis. This protocol provides a detailed description on how to perform transduction-transplantation using calreticulin (CALR) mutations recently identified in myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN) as an example. In this protocol whole bone marrow cells from 5-flurouracil (5-FU) treated donor mice are transduced with a retrovirus encoding mutant CALR and transplanted into lethally irradiated syngeneic hosts...
December 22, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059769/cryo-em-structures-and-atomic-model-of-the-hiv-1-strand-transfer-complex-intasome
#11
Dario Oliveira Passos, Min Li, Renbin Yang, Stephanie V Rebensburg, Rodolfo Ghirlando, Youngmin Jeon, Nikoloz Shkriabai, Mamuka Kvaratskhelia, Robert Craigie, Dmitry Lyumkis
Like all retroviruses, HIV-1 irreversibly inserts a viral DNA (vDNA) copy of its RNA genome into host target DNA (tDNA). The intasome, a higher-order nucleoprotein complex composed of viral integrase (IN) and the ends of linear vDNA, mediates integration. Productive integration into host chromatin results in the formation of the strand transfer complex (STC) containing catalytically joined vDNA and tDNA. HIV-1 intasomes have been refractory to high-resolution structural studies. We used a soluble IN fusion protein to facilitate structural studies, through which we present a high-resolution cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) structure of the core tetrameric HIV-1 STC and a higher-order form that adopts carboxyl-terminal domain rearrangements...
January 6, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058112/foamy-like-endogenous-retroviruses-are-extensive-and-abundant-in-teleosts
#12
Ryan Ruboyianes, Michael Worobey
Recent discoveries indicate that the foamy virus (FV) (Spumavirus) ancestor may have been among the first retroviruses to appear during the evolution of vertebrates, demonstrated by foamy endogenous retroviruses present within deeply divergent hosts including mammals, coelacanth, and ray-finned fish. If they indeed existed in ancient marine environments hundreds of millions of years ago, significant undiscovered diversity of foamy-like endogenous retroviruses might be present in fish genomes. By screening published genomes and by applying PCR-based assays of preserved tissues, we discovered 23 novel foamy-like elements in teleost hosts...
July 2016: Virus Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057213/a-new-molecular-mechanism-underlying-the-antitumor-effect-of-dna-methylation-inhibitors-via-an-antiviral-immune-response
#13
Y Saito, T Nakaoka, H Saito
Chromatin remodeling mediated by DNA methylation and histone modifications play critical roles in the transcriptional regulation of protein-coding genes, noncoding RNAs such as microRNAs, and endogenous retroviruses (ERVs). Many studies have shown that aberrant DNA methylation and histone modifications are associated with the initiation and progression of various malignancies. Epigenetic silencing of tumor suppressor genes in cancer is generally mediated by DNA hypermethylation of CpG island promoters and histone modifications such as histone deacetylation, methylation of histone H3 lysine 9 (H3K9), and trimethylation of H3K27...
2017: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056049/asc-induces-apoptosis-via-activation-of-caspase-9-by-enhancing-gap-junction-mediated-intercellular-communication
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Masato Kitazawa, Shigeaki Hida, Chifumi Fujii, Shun'ichiro Taniguchi, Kensuke Ito, Tomio Matsumura, Nagisa Okada, Takashi Sakaizawa, Akira Kobayashi, Michiko Takeoka, Shin-Ichi Miyagawa
ASC (apoptosis-associated speck-like protein containing a CARD) is a key adaptor molecule of inflammasomes that mediates inflammatory and apoptotic signals. Aberrant methylation-induced silencing of ASC has been observed in a variety of cancer cells, thus implicating ASC in tumor suppression, although this role remains incompletely defined especially in the context of closely neighboring cell proliferation. As ASC has been confirmed to be silenced by abnormal methylation in HT1080 fibrosarcoma cells as well, this cell line was investigated to characterize the precise role and mechanism of ASC in tumor progression...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052240/trim28-controls-a-gene-regulatory-network-based-on-endogenous-retroviruses-in-human-neural-progenitor-cells
#15
Per Ludvik Brattås, Marie E Jönsson, Liana Fasching, Jenny Nelander Wahlestedt, Mansoureh Shahsavani, Ronny Falk, Anna Falk, Patric Jern, Malin Parmar, Johan Jakobsson
Endogenous retroviruses (ERVs), which make up 8% of the human genome, have been proposed to participate in the control of gene regulatory networks. In this study, we find a region- and developmental stage-specific expression pattern of ERVs in the developing human brain, which is linked to a transcriptional network based on ERVs. We demonstrate that almost 10,000, primarily primate-specific, ERVs act as docking platforms for the co-repressor protein TRIM28 in human neural progenitor cells, which results in the establishment of local heterochromatin...
January 3, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052010/a-screen-for-fli-1-transcriptional-modulators-identifies-pkc-agonists-that-induce-erythroid-to-megakaryocytic-differentiation-and-suppress-leukemogenesis
#16
Tangjingjun Liu, Yao Yao, Gang Zhang, Ye Wang, Bin Deng, Jialei Song, Xiaogang Li, Fei Han, Xiao Xiao, Jue Yang, Lei Xia, You-Jun Li, Maksym Plachynta, Mu Zhang, Chen Yan, Shuzhen Mu, Heng Luo, Eldad Zacksenhaus, Xiaojiang Hao, Yaacov Ben-David
The ETS-related transcription factor Fli-1 affects many developmental programs including erythroid and megakaryocytic differentiation, and is frequently de-regulated in cancer. Fli-1 was initially isolated following retrovirus insertional mutagenesis screens for leukemic initiator genes, and accordingly, inhibition of this transcription factor can suppress leukemia through induction of erythroid differentiation. To search for modulators of Fli-1, we hereby performed repurposing drug screens with compounds isolated from Chinese medicinal plants...
December 30, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050688/high-prevalences-and-a-wide-genetic-diversity-of-simian-retroviruses-in-non-human-primate-bushmeat-in-rural-areas-of-the-democratic-republic-of-congo
#17
Ahuka-Mundeke Steve, Ayouba Ahidjo, Mbala-Kingebeni Placide, Foncelle Caroline, Mubonga Mukulumanya, Ndimbo-Kumugo Simon-Pierre, Lunguya-Metila Octavie, Mbenzo-Abokome Valentin, Muyembe-Tamfum Jean-Jacques, Delaporte Eric, Peeters Martine
Like the majority of emerging infectious diseases, HIV and HTLV are of zoonotic origin. Here we assess the risk of cross-species transmissions of their simian counterparts, SIV and STLV, from non-human primates (NHP) to humans in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). A total of 331 samples, derived from NHP bushmeat, were collected as dried blood spots (DBS, n = 283) or as tissue samples (n = 36) at remote forest sites mainly in northern and eastern DRC. SIV antibody prevalences in DBS were estimated with a novel high throughput immunoassay with antigens representing the actual known diversity of HIV/SIV lineages...
January 3, 2017: EcoHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050003/effectiveness-of-combined-therapy-with-pirfenidone-and-erythromycin-for-unclassifiable-interstitial-pneumonia-induced-by-htlv-1-associated-bronchioloalveolar-disorder-haba
#18
Naoko Yokohori, Akitoshi Sato, Mizue Hasegawa, Hideki Katsura, Kenzo Hiroshima, Tamiko Takemura
Human T-cell lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1) is a retrovirus involved in the pathogenesis of adult T-cell leukemia (ATL) and HTVL-1-associated bronchioloalveolar disorder (HABA). The clinical and pathological findings of HABA have been characterized as either a diffuse panbronchiolitis (DPB) pattern or idiopathic interstitial pneumonia (IIP) pattern. Treatments for HABA include corticosteroids for the IIP pattern and erythromycin for the DPB pattern. We herein report a case of HABA-associated unclassifiable interstitial pneumonia that improved with combined therapy with pirfenidone and erythromycin...
2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048954/a-preliminary-molecular-and-phylogenetic-analysis-of-the-genome-of-a-novel-endogenous-retrovirus-in-the-sea-slug-elysia-chlorotica
#19
Sidney K Pierce, Padmanabhan Mahadevan, Steven E Massey, Michael L Middlebrooks
An endogenous retrovirus that is present in the sea slug Elysia chlorotica is expressed in all individuals at the end of the annual life cycle. But the precise role of the virus, if any, in slug senescence or death is unknown. We have determined the genomic sequence of the virus and performed a phylogenetic analysis of the data. The 6060-base pair genome of the virus possesses a reverse transcriptase-domain-containing protein that shows similarity to retrotransposon sequences found in Aplysia californica and Strongylocentrotus purpuratus...
December 2016: Biological Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28044969/-the-role-of-bet-proteins-in-%C3%AE-retrovirus-integration
#20
Olivier Albagli, Hélène Pelczar
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Médecine Sciences: M/S
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