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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637181/crosstalk-between-histone-modifications-indicates-that-inhibition-of-arginine-methyltransferase-carm1-activity-reverses-hiv-latency
#1
Zheng Zhang, Bryan C Nikolai, Leah A Gates, Sung Yun Jung, Edward B Siwak, Bin He, Andrew P Rice, Bert W O'Malley, Qin Feng
In eukaryotic cells, the gene expression status is strictly controlled by epigenetic modifications on chromatin. The repressive status of chromatin largely contributes to HIV latency. Studies have shown that modification of histone H3K27 acts as a key molecular switch for activation or suppression of many cellular genes. In this study, we found that K27-acetylated histone H3 specifically recruited Super Elongation Complex (SEC), the transcriptional elongation complex essential for HIV-1 long terminal repeat (LTR)-mediated and general cellular transcription...
June 20, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636433/immunogenicity-of-ags-004-dendritic-cell-therapy-in-patients-treated-during-acute-hiv-infection
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Cynthia L Gay, Mark A DeBenedette, Irina Y Tcherepanova, Alicia Gamble, Whitney E Lewis, Anna B Cope, JoAnn D Kuruc, Kara S McGee, Mary F Kearney, John M Coffin, Nancie M Archin, Charles B Hicks, Joseph J Eron, Charles A Nicolette, David M Margolis
AGS-004 consists of matured autologous dendritic cells co-electroporated with in vitro transcribed RNA encoding autologous HIV antigens. In an open-label, single arm sub-study of AGS-004-003, AGS-004 was administered monthly to suppressed participants who started antiretroviral therapy (ART) during acute HIV infection. HIV-1 specific T cell responses were measured by multicolor flow cytometry after 3-4 doses. The frequency of resting CD4(+) T-cell infection (RCI) was measured by quantitative viral outgrowth assay...
June 21, 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630490/pyroptosis-superinfection-and-the-maintenance-of-the-latent-reservoir-in-hiv-1-infection
#3
Dominik Wodarz, David N Levy
A long-lived reservoir of latently infected T cells prevents antiretroviral therapy from eliminating HIV-1 infection. Furthering our understanding of the dynamics of latency generation and maintenance is therefore vital to improve treatment outcome. Using mathematical models and experiments, we suggest that the death of latently infected cells brought about by pyroptosis, or to a lesser extent by superinfection, might be key mechanisms to account for the size and composition of the latent reservoir. Pyroptosis is a form of cell death that occurs in a resting (and thus latently infected) T cell when a productively infected cell attempts cell-to-cell transmission of virus...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628632/increasing-procaspase-8-expression-using-repurposed-drugs-to-induce-hiv-infected-cell-death-in-ex-vivo-patient-cells
#4
Rahul Sampath, Nathan W Cummins, Sekar Natesampillai, Gary D Bren, Thomas D Chung, Jason Baker, Keith Henry, Amélie Pagliuzza, Andrew D Badley
HIV persists because a reservoir of latently infected CD4 T cells do not express viral proteins and are indistinguishable from uninfected cells. One approach to HIV cure suggests that reactivating HIV will activate cytotoxic pathways; yet when tested in vivo, reactivating cells do not die sufficiently to reduce cell-associated HIV DNA levels. We recently showed that following reactivation from latency, HIV infected cells generate the HIV specific cytotoxic protein Casp8p41 which is produced by HIV protease cleaving procaspase 8...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608127/downregulation-of-histone-methyltransferase-ehmt2-in-cd4-t-cells-may-protect-htlv-1-infected-individuals-against-ham-tsp-development
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Camila Schoueri Colaço, Adriano Reis de Matos, Martha Silva Estrêla, Maurício Cristiano Rocha-Júnior, Kátia Kaori Otaguiri, Evandra Strazza Rodrigues, Osvaldo Massaiti Takayanagui, Dimas Tadeu Covas, Simone Kashima, Fabio Pittella Silva, Rodrigo Haddad
Approximately 5% of human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1)-infected individuals will develop one of the HTLV-1-related diseases, such as HTLV-1-associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis (HAM/TSP) or adult T-cell leukemia. However, the mechanisms responsible for the appearance of symptoms have not been fully clarified. It is believed that viral factors, host genetic and epigenetic mechanisms are implicated in this process. Studies have shown the involvement of histone methyltransferases in retrovirus infection, but no study observed their expression in HTLV-1-infected patients...
June 12, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605173/barriers-to-hiv-remission-research-in-low-and-middle-income-countries
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Theresa Rossouw, Joseph D Tucker, Gert U van Zyl, Kenly Sikwesi, Catherine Godfrey
INTRODUCTION: HIV eradication and remission research has largely taken place in high-income countries. In low- and middle-income countries (LMIC), there may be factors that have a substantial impact on the size of the latent HIV reservoir and the immunological response to infection. If a curative strategy is to be available to all HIV-infected individuals, these factors must be understood. METHODS: We use a scoping review to examine the literature on biological factors that may have an impact on HIV persistence in LMIC...
June 5, 2017: Journal of the International AIDS Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591615/transient-thresholding-a-mechanism-enabling-noncooperative-transcriptional-circuitry-to-form-a-switch
#7
Katherine H Aull, Elizabeth J Tanner, Matthew Thomson, Leor S Weinberger
Threshold generation in fate-selection circuits is often achieved through deterministic bistability, which requires cooperativity (i.e., nonlinear activation) and associated hysteresis. However, the Tat positive-feedback loop that controls HIV's fate decision between replication and proviral latency lacks self-cooperativity and deterministic bistability. Absent cooperativity, it is unclear how HIV can temporarily remain in an off-state long enough for the kinetically slower epigenetic silencing mechanisms to act-expression fluctuations should rapidly trigger active positive feedback and replication, precluding establishment of latency...
June 6, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566772/serum-extracellular-vesicle-depletion-processes-affect-release-and-infectivity-of-hiv-1-in-culture
#8
Zhaohao Liao, Dillon C Muth, Erez Eitan, Meghan Travers, Lisa N Learman, Elin Lehrmann, Kenneth W Witwer
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are involved in intercellular communication and affect processes including immune and antiviral responses. Blood serum, a common cell culture medium component, is replete with EVs and must be depleted prior to EV-related experiments. The extent to which depletion processes deplete non-EV particles is incompletely understood, but depleted serum is associated with reduced viability and growth in cell culture. Here, we examined whether serum depleted by two methods affected HIV-1 replication...
May 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555140/tripartite-motif-containing-protein-22-interacts-with-class-ii-transactivator-and-orchestrates-its-recruitment-in-nuclear-bodies-containing-trim19-pml-and-cyclin-t1
#9
Greta Forlani, Giovanna Tosi, Filippo Turrini, Guido Poli, Elisa Vicenzi, Roberto S Accolla
Among interferon (IFN) inducible antiviral factors both tripartite motif-containing protein 22 (TRIM22) and class II transactivator (CIITA) share the capacity of repressing human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) proviral transcription. TRIM22 is constitutively expressed in a subset of U937 cell clones poorly permissive to HIV-1 replication, whereas CIITA has been shown to inhibit virus multiplication in both T lymphocytic and myeloid cells, including poorly HIV-1 permissive U937 cells, by suppressing Tat-mediated transactivation of HIV-1 transcription...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539614/the-ccr5-antagonist-maraviroc-reverses-hiv-1-latency-in-vitro-alone-or-in-combination-with-the-pkc-agonist-bryostatin-1
#10
María Rosa López-Huertas, Laura Jiménez-Tormo, Nadia Madrid-Elena, Carolina Gutiérrez, Sara Rodríguez-Mora, Mayte Coiras, José Alcamí, Santiago Moreno
A potential strategy to cure HIV-1 infection is to use latency reversing agents (LRAs) to eliminate latent reservoirs established in resting CD4+ T (rCD4+) cells. As no drug has been shown to be completely effective, finding new drugs and combinations are of increasing importance. We studied the effect of Maraviroc (MVC), a CCR5 antagonist that activates NF-κB, on HIV-1 replication from latency. HIV-1-latency models based on CCL19 or IL7 treatment, before HIV-1 infection were used. Latently infected primary rCD4+ or central memory T cells were stimulated with MVC alone or in combination with Bryostatin-1, a PKC agonist known to reverse HIV-1 latency...
May 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539449/anti-hiv-1-adcc-antibodies-following-latency-reversal-and-treatment-interruption
#11
Wen Shi Lee, Anne B Kristensen, Thomas A Rasmussen, Martin Tolstrup, Lars Østergaard, Ole S Søgaard, Bruce D Wines, P Mark Hogarth, Arnold Reynaldi, Miles P Davenport, Sean Emery, Janaki Amin, David A Cooper, Virginia L Kan, Julie Fox, Henning Gruell, Matthew S Parsons, Stephen J Kent
There is growing interest in utilizing antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) to eliminate infected cells following reactivation from HIV-1 latency. A potential barrier is that HIV-1-specific ADCC antibodies decline in patients on long-term antiretroviral therapy (ART) and may not be sufficient to eliminate reactivated latently infected cells. It is not known whether reactivation from latency with latency-reversing agents (LRA) could provide sufficient antigenic stimulus to boost HIV-1-specific ADCC...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537062/evaluation-of-the-immunogenicity-and-impact-on-the-latent-hiv-1-reservoir-of-a-conserved-region-vaccine-mva-hivconsv-in-antiretroviral-therapy-treated-subjects
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Gemma Hancock, Sara Morón-López, Jakub Kopycinski, Maria C Puertas, Eleni Giannoulatou, Annie Rose, Maria Salgado, Emma-Jo Hayton, Alison Crook, Catharine Morgan, Brian Angus, Fabian Chen, Hongbing Yang, Javier Martinez-Picado, Tomas Hanke, Lucy Dorrell
INTRODUCTION: Vaccines may be key components of a curative strategy for HIV-1. We investigated whether a novel immunogen, HIVconsv, designed to re-direct T cell responses to conserved viral epitopes, could impact the HIV-1 reservoir in chronic antiretroviral therapy (ART)-treated subjects when delivered by modified vaccinia virus Ankara (MVA). METHODS: Nineteen virologically suppressed individuals were randomized to receive vaccinations with MVA.HIVconsv (5.5 × 10(7) plaque-forming units, pfu, n = 8; 2...
May 19, 2017: Journal of the International AIDS Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536264/exosomes-from-uninfected-cells-activate-transcription-of-latent-hiv-1
#13
Robert A Barclay, Angela Schwab, Catherine DeMarino, Yao Akpamagbo, Benjamin Lepene, Seble Kassaye, Sergey Iordanskiy, Fatah Kashanchi
HIV-1 infection causes AIDS, infecting millions worldwide. The virus can persist in a state of chronic infection due to its ability to become latent. We have previously shown a link between HIV-1 infection and exosome production. Specifically, we have reported that exosomes transport viral proteins and RNA from infected cells to neighboring uninfected cells. These viral products could then elicit an innate immune response, leading to activation of the Toll-like receptor (TLR) and NF-κB pathways. In this study, we asked whether exosomes from uninfected cells could activate latent HIV-1 in infected cells...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534887/when-is-early-antiretroviral-therapy-early-enough-for-hiv-remission
#14
Eva Poveda, Manuelo Cresp
Several strategies to reduce and control the HIV reservoir are being evaluating to achieve the great challenge of HIV remission or functional cure. Some of these are based on immune and gene therapy, or in the use of agents with latency reversing properties. Moreover, acute HIV infection and the impact of early antiretroviral treatment (ART) initiation is another key issue of current research. It has been demonstrated that ART initiation during acute HIV infection minimizes the establishment of the latent HIV reservoir...
May 23, 2017: AIDS Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529952/advancements-in-developing-strategies-for-sterilizing-and-functional-hiv-cures
#15
REVIEW
Wei Xu, Haoyang Li, Qian Wang, Chen Hua, Hanzhen Zhang, Weihua Li, Shibo Jiang, Lu Lu
Combined antiretroviral therapy (cART) has been successful in prolonging lifespan and reducing mortality of patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). However, the eradication of latent HIV reservoirs remains a challenge for curing HIV infection (HIV cure) because of HIV latency in primary memory CD4(+) T cells. Currently, two types of HIV cures are in development: a "sterilizing cure" and a "functional cure." A sterilizing cure refers to the complete elimination of replication-competent proviruses in the body, while a functional cure refers to the long-term control of HIV replication without treatment...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529033/high-throughput-characterization-of-hiv-1-reservoir-reactivation-using-a-single-cell-in-droplet-pcr-assay
#16
Robert W Yucha, Kristen S Hobbs, Emily Hanhauser, Louise E Hogan, Wildaliz Nieves, Mehmet O Ozen, Fatih Inci, Vanessa York, Erica A Gibson, Cassandra Thanh, Hadi Shafiee, Rami El Assal, Maja Kiselinova, Yvonne P Robles, Helen Bae, Kaitlyn S Leadabrand, ShuQi Wang, Steven G Deeks, Daniel R Kuritzkes, Utkan Demirci, Timothy J Henrich
Reactivation of latent viral reservoirs is on the forefront of HIV-1 eradication research. However, it is unknown if latency reversing agents (LRAs) increase the level of viral transcription from cells producing HIV RNA or harboring transcriptionally-inactive (latent) infection. We therefore developed a microfluidic single-cell-in-droplet (scd)PCR assay to directly measure the number of CD4(+) T cells that produce unspliced (us)RNA and multiply spliced (ms)RNA following ex vivo latency reversal with either an histone deacetylase inhibitor (romidepsin) or T cell receptor (TCR) stimulation...
May 4, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520970/perspectives-on-human-immunodeficiency-virus-hiv-cure-hiv-persistence-in-tissue
#17
Eli A Boritz, Daniel C Douek
The uneven anatomic distribution of cell subsets that harbor human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) during antiretroviral therapy (ART) complicates investigation of the barriers to HIV cure. Here we propose that while previous studies done largely in blood cells have led to important investigations into HIV latency, other important mechanisms of HIV persistence during ART may not be readily apparent in the bloodstream. We specifically consider as an example the question of ongoing HIV replication during ART. We discuss how growing understanding of key anatomic sanctuaries for the virus can inform future experiments aimed at further clarifying this issue...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520964/proviral-latency-persistent-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infection-and-the-development-of-latency-reversing-agents
#18
David M Margolis, Nancie M Archin
Quiescent proviral genomes that persist during human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) infection despite effective antiretroviral therapy (ART) can fuel rebound viremia after ART interruption and is a central obstacle to the cure of HIV infection. The induction of quiescent provirus is the goal of a new class of potential therapeutics, latency reversing agents (LRAs). The discovery, development, and testing of HIV LRAs is a key part of current efforts to develop latency reversal and viral clearance strategies to eradicate established HIV infection...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512685/modeling-brain-lentiviral-infections-during-antiretroviral-therapy-in-aids
#19
Weston C Roda, Michael Y Li, Michael S Akinwumi, Eugene L Asahchop, Benjamin B Gelman, Kenneth W Witwer, Christopher Power
Understanding HIV-1 replication and latency in different reservoirs is an ongoing challenge in the care of patients with HIV/AIDS. A mathematical model was created to describe and predict the viral dynamics of HIV-1 and SIV infection within the brain during effective combination antiretroviral therapy (cART). The mathematical model was formulated based on the biology of lentiviral infection of brain macrophages and used to describe the dynamics of transmission and progression of lentiviral infection in brain...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Neurovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511815/signature-of-the-sleeper-cell-a-biomarker-of-hiv-latency-revealed
#20
Satish K Pillai, Steven G Deeks
HIV establishes a reservoir in latently infected T cells, and this reservoir has long hampered curative approaches. A recent study by Descours et al. identifies CD32a as a marker of latently infected T cells, potentially opening the way to the development of strategies that directly target this critical HIV reservoir.
May 13, 2017: Trends in Immunology
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