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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782054/assessment-of-porcine-endogenous-retrovirus-transmission-across-an-alginate-barrier-used-for-the-encapsulation-of-porcine-islets
#1
Claire Crossan, Nizar I Mourad, Karen Smith, Pierre Gianello, Linda Scobie
BACKGROUND: Subcutaneous implantation of a macroencapsulated patch containing human allogenic islets has been successfully used to alleviate type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) in a human recipient without the need for immunosuppression. The use of encapsulated porcine islets to treat T1DM has also been reported. Although no evidence of pathogen transfer using this technology has been reported to date, we deemed it appropriate to determine if the encapsulation technology would prevent the release of virus, in particular, the porcine endogenous retrovirus (PERV)...
May 21, 2018: Xenotransplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778097/hyperprolactinemia-inducing-antipsychotics-increase-breast-cancer-risk-by-activating-jak-stat5-in-precancerous-lesions
#2
A N Johnston, W Bu, S Hein, S Garcia, L Camacho, L Xue, L Qin, C Nagi, S G Hilsenbeck, J Kapali, K Podsypanina, J Nangia, Y Li
BACKGROUND: Psychiatric medications are widely prescribed in the USA. Many antipsychotics cause serum hyperprolactinemia as an adverse side effect; prolactin-Janus kinase 2 (JAK2)-signal transducer and activator of transcription 5 (STAT5) signaling both induces cell differentiation and suppresses apoptosis. It is controversial whether these antipsychotics increase breast cancer risk. METHODS: We investigated the impact of several antipsychotics on mammary tumorigenesis initiated by retrovirus-mediated delivery of either ErbB2 or HRas or by transgenic expression of Wnt-1...
May 19, 2018: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777406/can-bovine-leukemia-virus-be-related-to-human-breast-cancer-a-review-of-the-evidence
#3
REVIEW
Lucia Martinez Cuesta, Pamela Anahi Lendez, Maria Victoria Nieto Farias, Guillermina Laura Dolcini, Maria Carolina Ceriani
The incidence of breast cancer is continuously increasing worldwide, as influenced by many factors that act synergistically. In the last decade there was an increasing interest in the possible viral etiology of human breast cancer. Since then, many viruses have been associated with this disease (murine mammary tumor virus, MMTV; Epstein-Barr virus, EBV; and human papillomavirus, HPV). Recently, BLV has been identified in human breast cancers giving rise to the hypothesis that it could be one of the causative agents of this condition...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Mammary Gland Biology and Neoplasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774579/integrative-epigenetic-analysis-reveals-therapeutic-targets-to-the-dna-methyltransferase-inhibitor-sgi-110-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#4
Minmin Liu, Lian Zhang, Hongtao Li, Toshinori Hinoue, Wanding Zhou, Hitoshi Ohtani, Anthony El-Khoueiry, John Daniels, Casey O'Connell, Tanya B Dorff, Qianjin Lu, Daniel J Weisenberger, Gangning Liang
There is an urgent need for developing more effective therapies for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) because of its aggressiveness. Guadecitabine (SGI-110) is a second-generation DNA methyltransferase inhibitor (DNMTi) currently in clinical trials for HCC and shows greater stability and performance over first generation DNMTis. In order to identify potential therapeutic targets of SGI-110 for clinical trials, HCC cell lines (SNU398, HepG2 and SNU475) were used to evaluate effects of transient SGI-110 treatment by an integrative analysis of DNA methylation, nucleosome accessibility, gene expression profiles and its clinical relevance by comparisons to TCGA HCC clinical data...
May 18, 2018: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774123/the-association-of-human-endogenous-retrovirus-h-long-terminal-repeat-associating-protein-2-hhla2-expression-with-gastric-cancer-prognosis
#5
Masataka Shimonosono, Takaaki Arigami, Shigehiro Yanagita, Daisuke Matsushita, Yasuto Uchikado, Yuko Kijima, Hiroshi Kurahara, Yoshiaki Kita, Shinichiro Mori, Ken Sasaki, Itaru Omoto, Kosei Maemura, Yoshikazu Uenosono, Sumiya Ishigami, Shoji Natsugoe
Currently, immune checkpoint blockade against members of the B7/CD28 family is being used as a new molecular-targeted therapy, in patients with unresectable advanced or recurrent gastric cancer. Although human endogenous retrovirus-H long terminal repeat-associating protein 2 (HHLA2) is a novel molecule of the B7/CD28 family, the clinical impact of its expression remains uncertain in gastric cancer. Consequently, we examined HHLA2 expression in blood specimens from patients with gastric cancer, and investigated the relationship between its expression and clinicopathological factors to assess its potential power as a prognostic blood predictor...
April 24, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772310/recombination-activity-of-human-rag2-mutations-and-correlation-with-the-clinical-phenotype
#6
Irit Tirosh, Yasuhiro Yamazaki, Francesco Frugoni, Francesca A Ververs, Eric J Allenspach, Yu Zhang, Siobhan Burns, Waleed Al-Herz, Lenora Noroski, Jolan E Walter, Andrew R Gennery, Mirjam van der Burg, Luigi D Notarangelo, Yu Nee Lee
BACKGROUND: Mutations in the Recombinase Activating Gene 1 and 2 (RAG1, RAG2) are associated with a broad range of clinical and immunological phenotypes in humans. OBJECTIVE: Using a flow cytometry-based assay, we aimed to measure the recombinase activity of naturally occurring RAG2 mutant proteins, and to correlate results with the severity of the clinical and immunological phenotype. METHODS: Abelson virus-transformed Rag2-/- pro-B cells engineered to contain an inverted GFP cassette flanked by recombination signal sequences (RSS) were transduced with retroviruses encoding either wild-type or 41 naturally occurring RAG2 variants...
May 14, 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770269/ten-years-of-progress-and-promise-of-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-historical-origins-characteristics-mechanisms-limitations-and-potential-applications
#7
Adekunle Ebenezer Omole, Adegbenro Omotuyi John Fakoya
The discovery of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) by Shinya Yamanaka in 2006 was heralded as a major breakthrough of the decade in stem cell research. The ability to reprogram human somatic cells to a pluripotent embryonic stem cell-like state through the ectopic expression of a combination of embryonic transcription factors was greeted with great excitement by scientists and bioethicists. The reprogramming technology offers the opportunity to generate patient-specific stem cells for modeling human diseases, drug development and screening, and individualized regenerative cell therapy...
2018: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764161/the-emerging-role-of-oncolytic-virus-therapy-against-cancer
#8
Luke Russell, Kah-Whye Peng
This review discusses current clinical advancements in oncolytic viral therapy, with a focus on the viral platforms approved for clinical use and highlights the benefits each platform provides. Three oncolytic viruses (OVs), an echovirus, an adenovirus, and a herpes simplex-1 virus, have passed governmental regulatory approval in Latvia, China, and the USA and EU. Numerous other recombinant viruses from diverse families are in clinical testing in cancer patients and we highlight the design features of selected examples, including adenovirus, herpes simplex virus, measles virus, retrovirus, reovirus, vaccinia virus, vesicular stomatitis virus...
April 2018: Chinese Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763906/the-therapeutic-effect-of-icam-1-overexpressing-mesenchymal-stem-cells-on-acute-graft-versus-host-disease
#9
Bo Tang, Xue Li, Yuanlin Liu, Xiuhui Chen, Ximei Li, Yanan Chu, Heng Zhu, Weijiang Liu, Fenfen Xu, Fan Zhou, Yi Zhang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) do not readily migrate to appropriate sites, and this creates a major obstacle for their use in the treatment of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). Intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) can guide the homing of various immune cells to the proper anatomical location within secondary lymphoid organs (SLOs), which are the major niches for generating immune responses or tolerance. MSCs rarely migrate to SLOs after intravenous infusion, and are constitutively low expression of ICAM-1...
May 7, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761210/biochemical-properties-of-bacterial-reverse-transcriptase-related-rvt-gene-products-multimerization-protein-priming-and-nucleotide-preference
#10
Irina A Yushenova, Irina R Arkhipova
Cellular reverse transcriptase-related (rvt) genes represent a novel class of reverse transcriptases (RTs), which are only distantly related to RTs of retrotransposons and retroviruses, but, similarly to telomerase RTs, are immobilized in the genome as single-copy genes. They have been preserved by natural selection throughout the evolutionary history of large taxonomic groups, including most fungi, a few plants and invertebrates, and even certain bacteria, being the only RTs present across different domains of life...
May 14, 2018: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760455/substrate-sequence-selectivity-of-apobec3a-implicates-intra-dna-interactions
#11
Tania V Silvas, Shurong Hou, Wazo Myint, Ellen Nalivaika, Mohan Somasundaran, Brian A Kelch, Hiroshi Matsuo, Nese Kurt Yilmaz, Celia A Schiffer
The APOBEC3 (A3) family of human cytidine deaminases is renowned for providing a first line of defense against many exogenous and endogenous retroviruses. However, the ability of these proteins to deaminate deoxycytidines in ssDNA makes A3s a double-edged sword. When overexpressed, A3s can mutate endogenous genomic DNA resulting in a variety of cancers. Although the sequence context for mutating DNA varies among A3s, the mechanism for substrate sequence specificity is not well understood. To characterize substrate specificity of A3A, a systematic approach was used to quantify the affinity for substrate as a function of sequence context, length, secondary structure, and solution pH...
May 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760143/developmental-sensitivity-in-schistosoma-mansoni-to-puromycin-to-establish-drug-selection-of-transgenic-schistosomes
#12
Hong-Bin Yan, Michael J Smout, Chuan Ju, Anne E Folley, Danielle E Skinner, Victoria H Mann, Alex Loukas, Wei Hu, Paul J Brindley, Gabriel Rinaldi
Schistosomiasis is considered the most important disease caused by helminth parasites, in terms of morbidity and mortality. Tools to facilitate gain- and loss- of-function approaches can be expected to precipitate the discovery of novel interventions, and drug selection of transgenic schistosomes would facilitate the establishment of stable lines of engineered parasites. Sensitivity of developmental stages of schistosomes to the aminonucleoside antibiotic puromycin was investigated. For the schistosomulum and sporocyst stages, viability was quantified by fluorescence microscopy following dual staining with fluorescein diacetate and propidium iodine...
May 14, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755432/murine-endogenous-retroviruses-are-detectable-in-patient-derived-xenografts-but-not-in-patient-individual-cell-lines-of-human-colorectal-cancer
#13
Stephanie Bock, Christina S Mullins, Ernst Klar, Philippe Pérot, Claudia Maletzki, Michael Linnebacher
Endogenous retroviruses are remnants of retroviral infections. In contrast to their human counterparts, murine endogenous retroviruses (mERV) still can synthesize infectious particles and retrotranspose. Xenotransplanted human cells have occasionally been described to be mERV infected. With genetic engineered mice and patient-derived xenografts (PDXs) on the rise as eminent research tools, we here systematically investigated, if different tumor models harbor mERV infections. Relevant mERV candidates were first preselected by next generation sequencing (NGS) analysis of spontaneous lymphomas triggered by colorectal cancer (CRC) PDX tissue...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755422/porcine-endogenous-retrovirus-perv-molecular-structure-and-replication-strategy-in-the-context-of-retroviral-infection-risk-of-human-cells
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REVIEW
Krzysztof Łopata, Emilia Wojdas, Roman Nowak, Paweł Łopata, Urszula Mazurek
The xenotransplantation of porcine tissues may help overcome the shortage of human organs for transplantation. However, there are some concerns about recipient safety because the risk of porcine endogenous retrovirus (PERV) transmission to human cells remains unknown. Although, to date, no PERV infections have been noted in vivo , the possibility of such infections has been confirmed in vitro . Better understanding of the structure and replication cycle of PERVs is a prerequisite for determining the risk of infection and planning PERV-detection strategies...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29749030/a-new-therapeutic-approach-for-type-1-diabetes-rationale-for-gnbac1-an-anti-herv-w-env-monoclonal-antibody
#15
REVIEW
Francois Curtin, Corinne Bernard, Sandrine Levet, Hervé Perron, Hervé Porchet, Julie Médina, Sam Malpass, David Lloyd, Richard Simpson
We describe a newly identified therapeutic target for type 1 diabetes: an envelope protein of endogenous retroviral origin called Human Endogenous Retrovirus W Envelope (HERV-W-Env). HERV-W-Env was found to be detected in the blood of around 60% of type 1 diabetes (T1D) patients and is expressed in acinar pancreatic cells of 75% of T1D patients at post-mortem examination. Preclinical experiments showed that this protein displays direct cytotoxicity on human β-islet cells. In vivo HERV-W-Env impairs the insulin and glucose metabolism in transgenic mice expressing HERV-W-Env...
May 10, 2018: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29748024/expression-of-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-and-its-receptor-trkb-is-associated-with-poor-prognosis-and-a-malignant-phenotype-in-small-cell-lung-cancer
#16
Shinichi Kimura, Taishi Harada, Kayo Ijichi, Kentaro Tanaka, Renpeng Liu, Daisuke Shibahara, Yuko Kawano, Kohei Otsubo, Yasuto Yoneshima, Eiji Iwama, Yoichi Nakanishi, Isamu Okamoto
OBJECTIVES: TrkB is a receptor for brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and is highly expressed in various cancers, with BDNF-TrkB signaling having been implicated in tumor progression and metastasis. The role of the BDNF-TrkB system in small cell lung cancer (SCLC), a neuroendocrine cancer, has remained unclear, however. We examined BDNF and TrkB expression in SCLC patients as well as the function of BDNF-TrkB signaling in SCLC cell lines. MATERIALS AND METHODS: BDNF and TrkB expression in tumor specimens of 58 SCLC patients and 20 non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients was examined by immunohistochemistry and was scored on the basis of the distribution and intensity of staining...
June 2018: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29747347/-the-establishment-of-the-immortalized-mouse-brain-microvascular-pericytes-model-and-its-preliminary-application-in-screening-of-cerebrovascular-toxicants
#17
H P Zhao, Y F Gao, D Xia, Z Q Zhao, S Wu, X H Wang, H X Liu, C Xiao, X M Xing, Y He
Objective: To establish the immortalized mouse brain microvascular pericytes model and to apply to the cerebrovascular toxicants screening study. Methods: Brain pericytes were isolated from 3 weeks of mice by tissue digestion. Immortalized pericyte cell line was constructed by infecting with LT retrovirus. Monoclone was selected to purify the immortalized pericyte cell line. The pericyte characteristics and purity were explored by immunocytochemistry. Cell proliferation was measured by using the Pomega MTS cell Proliferation Colorimetric Assay Kit...
May 6, 2018: Zhonghua Yu Fang Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Preventive Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29747134/a-polyclonal-antibody-against-extracellular-loops-1-of-chnhe1-blocks-avian-leukosis-virus-subgroup-j-infection
#18
Wei Meng, Defang Zhou, Chengui Li, Guihua Wang, Libo Huang, Ziqiang Cheng
Avian leukosis virus subgroup J (ALV-J), an oncogenic retrovirus, induces myelocytomas and other various tumors, leading to great economical losses in poultry industry. It is a great challenge to develop effective preventive methods for ALV-J control due to its antigenic variations in the variable regions of envelope. In present study, we generated a mouse polyclonal antibody targeting the first extracellular loop (ECL1) of chicken Na+ /H+ exchanger isoform 1 (chNHE1), the receptor of ALV-J, to block ALV-J infection in vitro and in vivo...
May 2, 2018: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29743957/the-case-for-not-masking-away-repetitive-dna
#19
EDITORIAL
R Keith Slotkin
In the course of analyzing whole-genome data, it is common practice to mask or filter out repetitive regions of a genome, such as transposable elements and endogenous retroviruses, in order to focus only on genes and thus simplify the results. This Commentary is a plea from one member of the Mobile DNA community to all gene-centric researchers: please do not ignore the repetitive fraction of the genome . Please stop narrowing your findings by only analyzing a minority of the genome, and instead broaden your analyses to include the rich biology of repetitive and mobile DNA...
2018: Mobile DNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29743595/transactivation-of-human-endogenous-retrovirus-k-herv-k-by-kshv-promotes-kaposi-s-sarcoma-development
#20
Lu Dai, Luis Del Valle, Wendell Miley, Denise Whitby, Augusto C Ochoa, Erik K Flemington, Zhiqiang Qin
Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) is the causative agent of several human cancers such as Kaposi's sarcoma (KS), which represents the most common AIDS-associated malignancy that lacks effective treatment options. Despite its clear role in AIDS malignancies, the fact that only a small set of KSHV-infected patients will eventually develop these tumors implies that additional co-factors are required for the development of KSHV-related cancers. In the current study, we demonstrate for the first time that KSHV de novo infection or viral latent proteins are able to transactivate human endogenous retrovirus K (HERV-K) through a variety of cellular signaling pathways and transcriptional factors...
May 10, 2018: Oncogene
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