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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432338/crispr-cas9-mediated-inactivation-of-argonaute-2-reveals-its-differential-involvement-in-antiviral-responses
#1
Márta Ludman, József Burgyán, Károly Fátyol
RNA silencing constitutes an important antiviral mechanism in plants. Small RNA guided Argonaute proteins fulfill essential role in this process by acting as executors of viral restriction. Plants encode multiple Argonaute proteins of which several exhibit antiviral activities. A recent addition to this group is AGO2. Its involvement in antiviral responses is established predominantly by studies employing mutants of Arabidopsis thaliana. In the virological model plant, Nicotiana benthamiana, the contribution of AGO2 to antiviral immunity is much less certain due to the lack of appropriate genetic mutants...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428612/granzyme-k-deficient-mice-show-no-evidence-of-impaired-anti-viral-immunity
#2
Lars T Joeckel, Cody C Allison, Mark Pellegrini, Catherina H Bird, Phillip Ian Bird
The biological role of granzyme K, a serine protease of cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL), is controversial. It has been reported to induce perforin-mediated cell death in vitro, but is also reported to be non-cytotoxic and to operate in inflammatory processes. To elucidate the biological role of this protease we have deleted the granzyme K gene in mice (mutant allele: Gzmk(tm1.1Pib); MGI:5636646). Gzmk(-/-) mice are healthy, anatomically normal, fecund, and show normal hematopoietic development. Gzmk(-/-) mice readily recover from Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus and mouse pox Ectromelia virus infection...
April 21, 2017: Immunology and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428537/human-cytomegalovirus-induces-cellular-and-humoral-virus-specific-immune-responses-in-humanized-blt-mice
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Lindsey B Crawford, Rebecca Tempel, Daniel N Streblow, Craig Kreklywich, Patricia Smith, Louis J Picker, Jay A Nelson, Patrizia Caposio
The strict species specificity of Human Cytomegalovirus (HCMV) has impeded our understanding of antiviral adaptive immune responses in the context of a human immune system. We have previously shown that HCMV infection of human hematopoietic progenitor cells engrafted in immune deficient mice (huNSG) results in viral latency that can be reactivated following G-CSF treatment. In this study, we characterized the functional human adaptive immune responses in HCMV latently-infected huBLT (humanized Bone marrow-Liver-Thymus) mice...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426845/her2-specific-chimeric-antigen-receptor-modified-virus-specific-t-cells-for-progressive-glioblastoma-a-phase-1-dose-escalation-trial
#4
Nabil Ahmed, Vita Brawley, Meenakshi Hegde, Kevin Bielamowicz, Mamta Kalra, Daniel Landi, Catherine Robertson, Tara L Gray, Oumar Diouf, Amanda Wakefield, Alexia Ghazi, Claudia Gerken, Zhongzhen Yi, Aidin Ashoori, Meng-Fen Wu, Hao Liu, Cliona Rooney, Gianpietro Dotti, Adrian Gee, Jack Su, Yvonne Kew, David Baskin, Yi Jonathan Zhang, Pamela New, Bambi Grilley, Milica Stojakovic, John Hicks, Suzanne Z Powell, Malcolm K Brenner, Helen E Heslop, Robert Grossman, Winfried S Wels, Stephen Gottschalk
Importance: Glioblastoma is an incurable tumor, and the therapeutic options for patients are limited. Objective: To determine whether the systemic administration of HER2-specific chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-modified virus-specific T cells (VSTs) is safe and whether these cells have antiglioblastoma activity. Design, Setting, and Participants: In this open-label phase 1 dose-escalation study conducted at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston Methodist Hospital, and Texas Children's Hospital, patients with progressive HER2-positive glioblastoma were enrolled between July 25, 2011, and April 21, 2014...
April 20, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422786/antibody-mediated-immune-exclusion-of-hiv
#5
Ruth M Ruprecht, Samir K Lakhashe
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Although approximately 90% of all HIV transmissions in humans occur through mucosal contact, the induction of mucosal anti-HIV immune responses has remained understudied. Here we summarize data demonstrating the powerful protection that is achievable at mucosal frontlines through virus-specific mucosal IgA alone or combined with IgG. RECENT FINDINGS: Passive immunization with different monoclonal antibody subclasses but identical epitope specificity (the conserved V3-loop crown of HIV gp120) has revealed that the dimeric IgA1 (dIgA1) form with its open hinge can prevent simian-human immunodeficiency virus (SHIV) acquisition in rhesus macaques at a higher rate than dIgA2...
May 2017: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418292/lack-of-durable-cross-neutralizing-antibodies-against-zika-virus-from-dengue-virus-infection
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Matthew H Collins, Eileen McGowan, Ramesh Jadi, Ellen Young, Cesar A Lopez, Ralph S Baric, Helen M Lazear, Aravinda M de Silva
Cross-reactive antibodies elicited by dengue virus (DENV) infection might affect Zika virus infection and confound serologic tests. Recent data demonstrate neutralization of Zika virus by monoclonal antibodies or human serum collected early after DENV infection. Whether this finding is true in late DENV convalescence (>6 months after infection) is unknown. We studied late convalescent serum samples from persons with prior DENV or Zika virus exposure. Despite extensive cross-reactivity in IgG binding, Zika virus neutralization was not observed among primary DENV infections...
May 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415995/type-i-interferon-signaling-is-required-for-the-apobec3-rfv3-dependent-neutralizing-antibody-response-but-not-innate-retrovirus-restriction
#7
Bradley S Barrett, Michael S Harper, Sean T Jones, Kejun Guo, Karl J Heilman, Ross M Kedl, Kim J Hasenkrug, Mario L Santiago
BACKGROUND: APOBEC3/Rfv3 restricts acute Friend retrovirus (FV) infection and promotes virus-specific neutralizing antibody (NAb) responses. Classical Rfv3 studies utilized FV stocks containing lactate-dehydrogenase elevating virus (LDV), a potent type I interferon inducer. Previously, we showed that APOBEC3 is required for the anti-FV activity of exogenous IFN-alpha treatment. Thus, type I interferon receptor (IFNAR) signaling may be required for the APOBEC3/Rfv3 response. RESULTS: To test if the APOBEC3/Rfv3 response is dependent on type I IFN signaling, we infected IFNAR knockout versus IFNAR/APOBEC3 double-knockout mice with FV/LDV or LDV-free FV, and evaluated acute FV infection and subsequent NAb titers...
April 17, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413216/uncompromised-nk-cell-activation-is-essential-for-virus-specific-ctl-activity-during-acute-influenza-virus-infection
#8
Yuan Liu, Jian Zheng, Yinping Liu, Liyan Wen, Lei Huang, Zheng Xiang, Kwok-Tai Lam, Aizhen Lv, Huawei Mao, Yu-Lung Lau, Wenwei Tu
Natural killer (NK) cells are indispensable components of both the innate and adaptive immune response. However, their precise roles in the cross-talk between innate and adaptive immunity during influenza virus infection remain controversial. By comparing NK cell dynamics and activity under a sub-lethal dose and high dose of influenza virus infection, we showed that influenza virus PR8 directly infected NK cells during natural infection, which was consistent with our previous findings obtained from an in vitro investigation of human NK cells...
April 17, 2017: Cellular & Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410427/tcr-stimulation-strength-is-inversely-associated-with-establishment-of-functional-brain-resident-memory-cd8-t-cells-during-persistent-viral-infection
#9
Saumya Maru, Ge Jin, Todd D Schell, Aron E Lukacher
Establishing functional tissue-resident memory (TRM) cells at sites of infection is a newfound objective of T cell vaccine design. To directly assess the impact of antigen stimulation strength on memory CD8 T cell formation and function during a persistent viral infection, we created a library of mouse polyomavirus (MuPyV) variants with substitutions in a subdominant CD8 T cell epitope that exhibit a broad range of efficiency in stimulating TCR transgenic CD8 T cells. By altering a subdominant epitope in a nonstructural viral protein and monitoring memory differentiation of donor monoclonal CD8 T cells in immunocompetent mice, we circumvented potentially confounding changes in viral infection levels, virus-associated inflammation, size of the immunodominant virus-specific CD8 T cell response, and shifts in TCR affinity that may accompany temporal recruitment of endogenous polyclonal cells...
April 14, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404854/autologous-stem-cell-transplantation-disrupts-adaptive-immune-responses-during-rebound-shiv-viremia
#10
Daniel B Reeves, Christopher W Peterson, Hans-Peter Kiem, Joshua T Schiffer
Primary HIV-1 infection induces a virus-specific adaptive/cytolytic immune response that impacts plasma viral load setpoint and rate of progression to AIDS. Combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) suppresses plasma viremia to undetectable levels that rebound upon cART treatment interruption. Following cART withdrawal, the memory component of the virus-specific adaptive immune response may improve viral control compared to primary infection. Here, using primary infection and treatment interruption data from macaques infected with simian/human immunodeficiency virus (SHIV), we observe lower peak viral load but unchanged viral setpoint during viral rebound...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393915/allosteric-inhibition-of-aminopeptidase-n-functions-related-to-tumor-growth-and-virus-infection
#11
César Santiago, Gaurav Mudgal, Juan Reguera, Rosario Recacha, Sébastien Albrecht, Luis Enjuanes, José M Casasnovas
Cell surface aminopeptidase N (APN) is a membrane-bound ectoenzyme that hydrolyzes proteins and peptides and regulates numerous cell functions. APN participates in tumor cell expansion and motility, and is a target for cancer therapies. Small drugs that bind to the APN active site inhibit catalysis and suppress tumor growth. APN is also a major cell entry receptor for coronavirus, which binds to a region distant from the active site. Three crystal structures that we determined of human and pig APN ectodomains defined the dynamic conformation of the protein...
April 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393313/molecular-detection-of-viruses-in-kenyan-bats-and-discovery-of-novel-astroviruses-caliciviruses-and-rotaviruses
#12
Cecilia Waruhiu, Sheila Ommeh, Vincent Obanda, Bernard Agwanda, Francis Gakuya, Xing-Yi Ge, Xing-Lou Yang, Li-Jun Wu, Ali Zohaib, Ben Hu, Zheng-Li Shi
This is the first country-wide surveillance of bat-borne viruses in Kenya spanning from 2012-2015 covering sites perceived to have medium to high level bat-human interaction. The objective of this surveillance study was to apply a non-invasive approach using fresh feces to detect viruses circulating within the diverse species of Kenyan bats. We screened for both DNA and RNA viruses; specifically, astroviruses (AstVs), adenoviruses (ADVs), caliciviruses (CalVs), coronaviruses (CoVs), flaviviruses, filoviruses, paramyxoviruses (PMVs), polyomaviruses (PYVs) and rotaviruses...
April 6, 2017: Virologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392788/the-transcription-factor-hobit-identifies-human-cytotoxic-cd4-t-cells
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Anna E Oja, Felipe A Vieira Braga, Ester B M Remmerswaal, Natasja A M Kragten, Kirsten M L Hertoghs, Jianmin Zuo, Paul A Moss, René A W van Lier, Klaas P J M van Gisbergen, Pleun Hombrink
The T cell lineage is commonly divided into CD4-expressing helper T cells that polarize immune responses through cytokine secretion and CD8-expressing cytotoxic T cells that eliminate infected target cells by virtue of the release of cytotoxic molecules. Recently, a population of CD4(+) T cells that conforms to the phenotype of cytotoxic CD8(+) T cells has received increased recognition. These cytotoxic CD4(+) T cells display constitutive expression of granzyme B and perforin at the protein level and mediate HLA class II-dependent killing of target cells...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388922/viral-and-serological-kinetics-in-zika-virus-infected-patients-in-south-korea
#14
Young Eui Jeong, Go-Woon Cha, Jung Eun Cho, Eun Ju Lee, Youngmee Jee, Won-Ja Lee
Zika virus is a mosquito-borne flavivirus that causes clinical symptoms similar to those observed in dengue and chikungunya virus infections. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention initiated laboratory testing using a real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction in January 2016. More than 1,000 suspected cases of infection were tested and nine were confirmed as imported cases of Zika virus infection from January to July 2016. The travel destinations of the infected individuals were Brazil, Philippines, Viet Nam, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic...
April 7, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388487/characterization-of-virus-specific-vesicles-assembled-by-west-nile-virus-non-structural-proteins
#15
Li Yu, Kazuyo Takeda, Yamei Gao
Flavivirus genome encodes seven non-structural proteins (NSPs) and these NSPs are believed to be involved in their genomic RNA replication, of which the mechanism is unclear. We find that West Nile virus (WNV) NSPs were capable of self-assembling membranous vesicles in cells, which are composed of the host endoplasmic reticulum membrane integrated with viral NS1 and NS4A, and possibly NS2A. The vesicles can further organize into replication complex (RC)-associated vesicles which combine both the vesicle and predicted RC components...
April 4, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385786/host-virus-and-pneumococcus-specific-immune-responses-in-high-count-monoclonal-b-cell-lymphocytosis-and-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-implications-for-disease-progression
#16
Ignacio Criado, Santiago Muñoz-Criado, Arancha Rodríguez-Caballero, Wendy G Nieto, Alfonso Romero, Paulino Fernández-Navarro, Miguel Alcoceba, Teresa Contreras, Marcos González, Alberto Orfao, Julia Almeida
Patients diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia display a high incidence of infections due to an associated immunodeficiency that includes hypogammaglobulinemia. A higher risk of infections has also been recently reported for high-count monoclonal B-cell lymphocytosis, while no information is available in low-count monoclonal B-cell lymphocytosis. Here, we evaluated the status of the humoral immune system in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (n=58), as well as in low- (n=71) and high-count (n=29) monoclonal B-cell lymphocytosis vs...
April 6, 2017: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381295/cytokine-response-to-the-rsv-antigen-delivered-by-dendritic-cell-directed-vaccination-in-congenic-chicken-lines
#17
Jitka Mucksová, Jiří Plachý, Ondřej Staněk, Jiří Hejnar, Jiří Kalina, Barbora Benešová, Pavel Trefil
Systems of antigen delivery into antigen-presenting cells represent an important novel strategy in chicken vaccine development. In this study, we verified the ability of Rous sarcoma virus (RSV) antigens fused with streptavidin to be targeted by specific biotinylated monoclonal antibody (anti-CD205) into dendritic cells and induce virus-specific protective immunity. The method was tested in four congenic lines of chickens that are either resistant or susceptible to the progressive growth of RSV-induced tumors...
April 5, 2017: Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375717/optimization-of-a-plaque-neutralization-test-pnt-to-identify-the-exposure-history-of-pacific-herring-to-viral-hemorrhagic-septicemia-virus-vhsv
#18
Lucas M Hart, Ashley MacKenzie, Maureen K Purcell, Rachel L Powers, Paul K Hershberger
Methods for a plaque neutralization test (PNT) were optimized for the detection and quantification of viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus (VHSV) neutralizing activity in the plasma of Pacific Herring Clupea pallasii. The PNT was complement dependent, as neutralizing activity was attenuated by heat inactivation; further, neutralizing activity was mostly restored by the addition of exogenous complement from specific-pathogen-free Pacific Herring. Optimal methods included the overnight incubation of VHSV aliquots in serial dilutions (starting at 1:16) of whole test plasma containing endogenous complement...
June 2017: Journal of Aquatic Animal Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366226/selective-deletion-of-apolipoprotein-e-in-astrocytes-ameliorates-the-spatial-learning-and-memory-deficits-in-alzheimer-s-disease-app-ps1-mice-by-inhibiting-tgf-%C3%AE-smad2-stat3-signaling
#19
Jin-Yu Zheng, Jian Sun, Chun-Mei Ji, Lin Shen, Zhong-Jun Chen, Peng Xie, Yuan-Zhao Sun, Ru-Tong Yu
Astrocytes and apolipoprotein E (apoE) play critical roles in cognitive function, not only under physiological conditions but also in some pathological situations, particularly in the pathological progression of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The regulatory mechanisms underlying the effect of apoE, derived from astrocytes, on cognitive deficits during AD pathology development are unclear. In this study, we generated amyloid precursor protein/apoE knockout (APP/apoE(KO)) and APP/glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP)-apoE(KO) mice (the AD mice model used in this study was based on the APP-familial Alzheimer disease overexpression) to investigate the role of apoE, derived from astrocytes, in AD pathology and cognitive function...
March 11, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357981/surveillance-for-nervous-necrosis-virus-specific-antibodies-in-barramundi-lates-calcarifer-in-australian-hatcheries
#20
Diana Jaramillo, Paul Hick, Kitman Dyrting, Ian Anderson, Richard J Whittington
We conducted single point-in-time and repeated cross-sectional studies of the prevalence of antibodies against nervous necrosis virus (NNV) in populations of adult barramundi Lates calcarifer in Australia. Serum samples collected between 2002 and 2012 were analyzed with indirect ELISA (n = 468). Most of the samples were sourced from broodstock with unknown exposure history, and these were compared with reference populations with confirmed history of exposure to NNV. Non-lethally collected gonad fluid samples from economically valuable barramundi broodstock (n = 164) were tested for the presence of NNV using RT-quantitative PCR at the time of blood sampling to compare infectivity with serostatus, but no virus was detected...
March 30, 2017: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
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