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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335554/complete-and-incomplete-hepatitis-b-virus-particles-formation-function-and-application
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REVIEW
Jianming Hu, Kuancheng Liu
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a para-retrovirus or retroid virus that contains a double-stranded DNA genome and replicates this DNA via reverse transcription of a RNA pregenome. Viral reverse transcription takes place within a capsid upon packaging of the RNA and the viral reverse transcriptase. A major characteristic of HBV replication is the selection of capsids containing the double-stranded DNA, but not those containing the RNA or the single-stranded DNA replication intermediate, for envelopment during virion secretion...
March 21, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331090/hili-inhibits-hiv-replication-in-activated-t-cells
#2
B Matija Peterlin, Pingyang Liu, Xiaoyun Wang, Daniele Cary, Wei Shao, Marie Leoz, Tian Hong, Tao Pan, Koh Fujinaga
Piwil proteins restrict the replication of mobile genetic elements in the germline. They are also expressed in many transformed cell lines. In this report, we discovered that the human piwil 2 (hili) can also inhibit HIV replication, especially in activated CD4+ T cells that are the preferred target cells for this virus in the infected host. Although resting cells did not express hili, it was rapidly induced following T cell activation. In these cells and transformed cell lines, depletion of hili increased levels of viral proteins and new viral particles...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331087/feline-immunodeficiency-virus-evolutionarily-acquires-two-proteins-vif-and-protease-capable-of-antagonizing-feline-apobec3
#3
Rokusuke Yoshikawa, Junko S Takeuchi, Eri Yamada, Yusuke Nakano, Naoko Misawa, Yuichi Kimura, Fengrong Ren, Takayuki Miyazawa, Yoshio Koyanagi, Kei Sato
The interplay between viral and host proteins has been well studied to elucidate virus-host interactions and their relevance to virulence. Mammalian genes encode apolipoprotein B mRNA-editing enzyme catalytic polypeptide-like 3 (APOBEC3) proteins, which act as intrinsic restriction factors against lentiviruses. To overcome APOBEC3-mediated anti-viral actions, lentiviruses have evolutionarily acquired an accessory protein, viral infectivity factor (Vif), and Vif degrades host APOBEC3 proteins via a ubiquitin/proteasome-dependent pathway...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330477/inhibition-of-human-endogenous-retrovirus-k-by-antiretroviral-drugs
#4
Richa Tyagi, Wenxue Li, Danelvis Parades, Mario A Bianchet, Avindra Nath
BACKGROUND: Human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs) are genomic sequences of retroviral origin which were believed to be integrated into germline chromosomes millions of years ago and account for nearly 8% of the human genome. Although mostly defective and inactive, some of the HERVs may be activated under certain physiological and pathological conditions. While no drugs are designed specifically targeting HERVs, there are a panel of antiretroviral drugs designed against the human immunodeficiency virus and approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA)...
March 22, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328350/risk-factors-for-and-spatial-distribution-of-lymphoproliferative-disease-virus-lpdv-in-wild-turkeys-meleagris-gallopavo-in-new-york-state-usa
#5
Katrina Alger, Elizabeth Bunting, Krysten Schuler, Christopher M Whipps
Lymphoproliferative disease virus (LPDV) is an oncogenic avian retrovirus that was previously thought to exclusively infect domestic turkeys but was recently shown to be widespread in Wild Turkeys ( Meleagris gallopavo ) throughout most of the eastern US. In commercial flocks, the virus spreads between birds housed in close quarters, but there is little information about potential risk factors for infection in wild birds. Initial studies focused on distribution of LPDV nationally, but investigation of state-level data is necessary to assess potential predictors of infection and detect patterns in disease prevalence and distribution...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326328/cooccurrences-of-putative-endogenous-retrovirus-associated-diseases
#6
REVIEW
Christine Brütting, Alexander Emmer, Malte E Kornhuber, Martin S Staege
At least 8% of the human genome is composed of endogenous retrovirus (ERV) sequences. ERVs play a role in placental morphogenesis and can sometimes protect the host against exogenous viruses. On the other hand, ERV reactivation has been found to be associated with different diseases, for example, multiple sclerosis (MS), schizophrenia, type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1D), or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Little is known about the cooccurrence of these diseases. If all these diseases are caused by ERV, antiretroviral therapy should perhaps also show some effects in the other diseases...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324619/identification-of-a-herv-k-env-surface-peptide-highly-recognized-in-ra-patients-a-cross-sectional-case-control-study
#7
G Mameli, G L Erre, E Caggiu, S Mura, D Cossu, Marco Bo, M L Cadoni, A Piras, N Mundula, E Colombo, G Buscetta, G Passiu, L A Sechi
Endogenous Retroviruses (HERV) are believed to be pathogenic in several autoimmune diseases. Among them, HERV-K viruses have been recently reported to be involved in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In this study we have explored the role of humoral immune response against HERV-K as a potential pathogenetic mechanism in RA. Four different peptides from the extracellular portion of the env protein of HERV-K (env-su 19-37 , env-su 109-26 , env-su 164-186 , env-su 209-226 ) were selected by bioinformatic analysis on the basis of their putative immunogenicity...
March 21, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323615/stella-modulates-transcriptional-and-endogenous-retrovirus-programs-during-maternal-to-zygotic-transition
#8
Yun Huang, Jong Kyoung Kim, Dang Vinh Do, Caroline Lee, Christopher A Penfold, Jan J Zylicz, John C Marioni, Jamie A Hackett, M Azim Surani
The maternal-to-zygotic transition (MZT) marks the period when the embryonic genome is activated and acquires control of development. Maternally inherited factors play a key role in this critical developmental process, which occurs at the 2-cell stage in mice. We investigated the function of the maternally inherited factor STELLA (DPPA3) using single-cell/embryo approaches. We show that loss of maternal STELLA results in widespread transcriptional mis-regulation and a partial failure of MZT. Strikingly, activation of endogenous retroviruses (ERVs) is significantly impaired in Stella maternal/zygotic knockout embryos, which in turn leads to a failure to upregulate chimeric transcripts...
March 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322428/xenotransplantation-where-do-we-stand-in-2016
#9
Gisella L Puga Yung, Robert Rieben, Leo Bühler, Henk-Jan Schuurman, Jörg Seebach
Worldwide, there is a constant rise in the number of patients with end-stage organ failure in critical need for transplants, but the number of organs/cells available from deceased or living human donors is limited. Xenotransplantation using pig organs/tissues repre-sents a potential solution for this shortage; however, it has been hampered by a number of mainly immuno-logical hurdles. Remarkable progress was presented at the latest biennial (13th) international congress of the International Xenotransplantation Association, November 2015 in Melbourne, Australia, and the American Transplant Congress, May 2016 in Boston, USA...
March 21, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319790/within-host-rna-virus-persistence-mechanisms-and-consequences
#10
REVIEW
Richard E Randall, Diane E Griffin
In a prototypical response to an acute viral infection it would be expected that the adaptive immune response would eliminate all virally infected cells within a few weeks of infection. However many (non-retrovirus) RNA viruses can establish 'within host' persistent infections that occasionally lead to chronic or reactivated disease. Despite the importance of 'within host' persistent RNA virus infections, much has still to be learnt about the molecular mechanisms by which RNA viruses establish persistent infections, why innate and adaptive immune responses fail to rapidly clear these infections, and the epidemiological and potential disease consequences of such infections...
March 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314126/purification-of-foamy-viral-particles
#11
Ralf Spannaus, Christina Miller, Dirk Lindemann, Jochen Bodem
Foamy viruses are non-pathogenic retroviruses and represent a tool for vector development. For gene therapy applications and for analyses of viral protein composition infectious particles need to be purified, which has been difficult for foamy viruses in the past. Here, we describe a novel, simple, and fast purification method for prototype foamy viruses with high purity using size exclusion and affinity chromatography. More than 99,9% of the contaminating proteins were removed. The purified viruses were used to determine the amount of the incorporated Pol protein relative to Gag...
March 14, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302215/-altered-treg-and-il-1a-expression-in-the-immune-microenvironment-%C3%A2-of-lung-squamous-cell-cancer-after-egfr-blockade
#12
Haiyang He, Luyu Qi, Yiling Hou
BACKGROUND: Targeting the mutations and amplifications in the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene has curative effects on cancers of the lung, oral cavity, and gastrointestinal system. However, a systemic immune inflammation is an adverse effect of this therapeutic strategy. In this study, we aimed to identify the possible changes in the tumor microenvironment that contribute to the anti-cancer activity of EGFR inhibition. METHODS: Squamous-cell cancers were induced by the syngeneic transplantation of either EGFR-null or wild-type mouse primary keratinocytes that had been transduced with an oncogenic H-ras retrovirus...
March 20, 2017: Zhongguo Fei Ai za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302141/dna-hypomethylation-and-aberrant-expression-of-the-human-endogenous-retrovirus-ervwe1-syncytin-1-in-seminomas
#13
Martina Benešová, Kateřina Trejbalová, Denisa Kovářová, Zdenka Vernerová, Tomáš Hron, Dana Kučerová, Jiří Hejnar
BACKGROUND: Syncytin-1 and 2, human fusogenic glycoproteins encoded by the env genes of the endogenous retroviral loci ERVWE1 and ERVFRDE1, respectively, contribute to the differentiation of multinucleated syncytiotrophoblast in chorionic villi. In non-trophoblastic cells, however, the expression of syncytins has to be suppressed to avoid potential pathogenic effects. Previously, we have shown that the transcriptional suppression of ERVWE1 promoter is controlled epigenetically by DNA methylation and chromatin modifications...
March 17, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301478/retrotransposon-activation-contributes-to-neurodegeneration-in-a-drosophila-tdp-43-model-of-als
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Lisa Krug, Nabanita Chatterjee, Rebeca Borges-Monroy, Stephen Hearn, Wen-Wei Liao, Kathleen Morrill, Lisa Prazak, Nikolay Rozhkov, Delphine Theodorou, Molly Hammell, Josh Dubnau
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) are two incurable neurodegenerative disorders that exist on a symptomological spectrum and share both genetic underpinnings and pathophysiological hallmarks. Functional abnormality of TAR DNA-binding protein 43 (TDP-43), an aggregation-prone RNA and DNA binding protein, is observed in the vast majority of both familial and sporadic ALS cases and in ~40% of FTLD cases, but the cascade of events leading to cell death are not understood...
March 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298627/novel-mutations-of-pdgfrb-cause-primary-familial-brain-calcification-in-chinese-families
#15
Chong Wang, Xiang-Ping Yao, Hai-Ting Chen, Jing-Hui Lai, Xin-Xin Guo, Hui-Zhen Su, En-Lin Dong, Qi-Jie Zhang, Ning Wang, Wan-Jin Chen
Four causative genes, including solute carrier family 20 member 2 (SLC20A2), platelet-derived growth factor receptor b (PDGFRB), platelet-derived growth factor b (PDGFB)and xenotropic and polytropic retrovirus receptor 1 (XPR1), have been identified to cause primary familial brain calcification (PFBC). However, PDGFRB mutations seem to be quite rare and no PDGFRB mutations have been reported in Chinese PFBC patients. A total of 146 PFBC patients including 12 families and 134 sporadic patients were recruited in this study...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298599/bushmeat-hunting-and-zoonotic-transmission-of-simian-t-lymphotropic-virus-1-in-tropical-west-and-central-africa
#16
Arsène Mossoun, Sébastien Calvignac-Spencer, Augustin E Anoh, Maude S Pauly, Daniel A Driscoll, Adam O Michel, Lavry Grah Nazaire, Stefan Pfister, Pascale Sabwe, Ulla Thiesen, Barbara R Vogler, Lidewij Wiersma, Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfum, Stomy Karhemere, Chantal Akoua-Koffi, Emmanuel Couacy-Hymann, Barbara Fruth, Roman M Wittig, Fabian H Leendertz, Grit Schubert
Simian T-lymphotropic virus 1 (STLV-1) enters human populations through contact with non-human primate (NHP) bushmeat. We tested whether differences in the extent of contact to STLV-1 infected NHP bushmeat foster regional differences in prevalence of human HTLV-1. Using serological and PCR assays, we screened humans and NHP at two sub-Saharan African sites where subsistence hunting was expected to be less (Taï region, Côte d'Ivoire, CIV) or more developed (Bandundu region, Democratic Republic of the Congo, DRC)...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293728/oligodendrocyte-precursor-cells-in-the-mouse-optic-nerve-originate-in-the-preoptic-area
#17
Katsuhiko Ono, Kengo Yoshii, Hiroyuki Tominaga, Hitoshi Gotoh, Tadashi Nomura, Hirohide Takebayashi, Kazuhiro Ikenaka
The present study aims to examine the origin of oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs) in the mouse optic nerve (ON) by labeling OPCs in the fetal forebrain. The labeling of OPCs in the ON was performed by injection of a retrovirus vector carrying the lacZ gene into the lateral ventricle, or by inducible Cre/loxP of Olig2-positive cells. The retrovirus labeling revealed that ventricular zone-derived cells of the fetal forebrain relocated to the ON and differentiated into oligodendrocytes. In addition, lineage tracing of Olig2-positive cells and whole-mount staining of PDGFRα-positive cells demonstrated that OPCs appeared by E12...
March 14, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289517/retroviral-integrase-protein-and-intasome-nucleoprotein-complex-structures
#18
REVIEW
Julia Grawenhoff, Alan N Engelman
Retroviral replication proceeds through the integration of a DNA copy of the viral RNA genome into the host cellular genome, a process that is mediated by the viral integrase (IN) protein. IN catalyzes two distinct chemical reactions: 3'-processing, whereby the viral DNA is recessed by a di- or trinucleotide at its 3'-ends, and strand transfer, in which the processed viral DNA ends are inserted into host chromosomal DNA. Although IN has been studied as a recombinant protein since the 1980s, detailed structural understanding of its catalytic functions awaited high resolution structures of functional IN-DNA complexes or intasomes, initially obtained in 2010 for the spumavirus prototype foamy virus (PFV)...
February 26, 2017: World Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286338/integration-site-selection-by-retroviruses-and-transposable-elements-in-eukaryotes
#19
REVIEW
Tania Sultana, Alessia Zamborlini, Gael Cristofari, Pascale Lesage
Transposable elements and retroviruses are found in most genomes, can be pathogenic and are widely used as gene-delivery and functional genomics tools. Exploring whether these genetic elements target specific genomic sites for integration and how this preference is achieved is crucial to our understanding of genome evolution, somatic genome plasticity in cancer and ageing, host-parasite interactions and genome engineering applications. High-throughput profiling of integration sites by next-generation sequencing, combined with large-scale genomic data mining and cellular or biochemical approaches, has revealed that the insertions are usually non-random...
March 13, 2017: Nature Reviews. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280099/discovery-of-an-endogenous-deltaretrovirus-in-the-genome-of-long-fingered-bats-chiroptera-miniopteridae
#20
Helena Farkašová, Tomáš Hron, Jan Pačes, Pavel Hulva, Petr Benda, Robert James Gifford, Daniel Elleder
Retroviruses can create endogenous forms on infiltration into the germline cells of their hosts. These forms are then vertically transmitted and can be considered as genetic fossils of ancient viruses. All retrovirus genera, with the exception of deltaretroviruses, have had their representation identified in the host genome as a virus fossil record. Here we describe an endogenous Deltaretrovirus, identified in the germline of long-fingered bats (Miniopteridae). A single, heavily deleted copy of this retrovirus has been found in the genome of miniopterid species, but not in the genomes of the phylogenetically closest bat families, Vespertilionidae and Cistugonidae...
March 9, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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