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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156047/immunopathogenesis-of-hepatitis-b-virus
#1
Tai-Chung Tseng, Li-Rung Huang
Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a global public health issue. There are >250 million people chronically infected with HBV, and these chronic carriers are at high risk of developing end-stage liver diseases and hepatocellular carcinoma. Patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB) usually acquire the virus perinatally, while most patients infected during adulthood develop acute hepatitis B (AHB), which usually results in viral clearance. HBV infection is noncytopathic, and liver injury is mostly contributed by host immune responses...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155164/a-new-promising-candidate-to-overcome-drug-resistant-herpes-simplex-virus-infections
#2
Elisabeth Zinser, Adalbert Krawczyk, Petra Mühl-Zürbes, Ulrich Aufderhorst, Lena Stich, Mirko Zaja, Stefan Strobl, Alexander Steinkasserer, Christiane Silke Heilingloh
Infections with Herpes simplex viruses (HSV) belong to the most common human diseases worldwide, resulting in symptoms ranging from painful, but commonly self-limiting lesions of the orofacial or genital tract to severe infections of the eye or life-threatening generalized infections. Frequent HSV-reactivations at the eye may lead to the development of herpetic stromal keratitis, which is one of the major causes of infectious blindness in developed countries. The vast majority of life-threatening generalized infections occur in immunocompromised individuals, such as transplant recipients or patients suffering from advanced human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection with concurrent HSV-reactivation...
November 15, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155150/enhancement-of-cutaneous-immunity-during-ageing-by-blocking-p38-mapkinase-induced-inflammation
#3
Milica Vukmanovic-Stejic, Emma S Chambers, Mayte Suarez- Farinas, Daisy Sandhu, Judilyn Fuentes-Duculan, Neil Patel, Elaine Agius, Katie E Lacy, Carolin T Turner, Anis Larbi, Veronique Birault, Mahdad Noursadeghi, Neil A Mabbott, Malcolm H A Rustin, James Krueger, Arne N Akbar
BACKGROUND: Immunity declines with age that leads to re-activation of varicella zoster virus (VZV). In humans, age associated immune changes are usually measured in blood leukocytes however this may not reflect alterations in tissue-specific immunity. OBJECTIVES: We used a VZV antigen challenge system in the skin to investigate changes in tissue specific mechanisms involved in the decreased response to this virus during ageing. METHODS: We assessed cutaneous immunity by the extent of erythema and induration after intradermal VZV antigen injection...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155096/patients-with-atopic-dermatitis-and-history-of-eczema-herpeticum-elicit-hsv-specific-type-2-immune-responses
#4
Stephan Traidl, Petra Kienlin, Gabriele Begemann, Lichen Jing, David M Koelle, Thomas Werfel, Lennart M Roesner
An increased type 2 and in parallel decreased type 1 T cell immune response to herpes simplex virus 1 may lead to the clinical phenotype of eczema herpeticum.
November 15, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152583/inhibition-of-retrograde-transport-limits-polyomavirus-infection-in-vivo
#5
Saumya Maru, Ge Jin, Dhimant Desai, Shantu Amin, Shwetank, Matthew D Lauver, Aron E Lukacher
Polyomaviruses (PyVs) silently infect most humans, but they can cause life-threatening diseases in immunocompromised individuals. The JC polyomavirus (JCPyV) induces progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, a severe demyelinating disease in multiple sclerosis patients receiving immunomodulatory therapy, and BK polyomavirus (BKPyV)-associated nephropathy is a major cause of kidney allograft failure. No effective anti-PyV agents are available. Several compounds have been reported to possess anti-PyV activity in vitro, but none have shown efficacy in clinical trials...
November 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151956/strategies-for-bispecific-single-chain-antibody-in-cancer-immunotherapy
#6
REVIEW
Shu-Juan Zhou, Jia Wei, Shu Su, Fang-Jun Chen, Yu-Dong Qiu, Bao-Rui Liu
Genetic engineering has resulted in more than 50 recombinant bispecific antibody formats over the past two decades. Bispecific scFv antibodies represent a successful and promising immunotherapy platform that retargets cytotoxic T cells to tumor cells, with one scFv directed to tumor-associated antigens and the other to T cells. Based on this antibody construct, strategies for both specific tumor targeting and T cell activation are reviewed here. Three distinct types of tumor antigens are considered to optimize specificity and safety in bispecific scFv based treatment: cancer-testis antigens, neo-antigens and virus-associated antigens...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151351/immucillins-in-infectious-diseases
#7
Gary B Evans, Peter C Tyler, Vern L Schramm
Transition state theory proposes that stable chemical mimics of enzymatic transition states will be powerful inhibitors of their cognate enzymes. The Immucillins are chemically stable analogues that mimic the ribocation and leaving-group features of N-ribosyltransferase transition states. Infectious disease agents often rely on ribosyltransferase chemistry in pathways involving precursor synthesis for nucleic acids, salvage of nucleic acid precursors from the host or synthetic pathways with nucleoside intermediates...
November 19, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151181/screening-hcv-genotype-specific-epitope-peptides-based-on-conserved-sequence-analysis-and-b-cell-epitope-prediction-in-hcv-e2-region
#8
Rui Hua, Xiaoyu Jiang, Lingxia Qi, Shanshan Guan, Ziyu Kuai, Yongbo Qiao, Yan Xu, Xin Gong, Yuhua Shi, Wei Kong, Junqi Niu, Hao Zhang, Yaming Shan
The high mutation rate of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) genome increases the genotype diversity and renders the detection of the virus more difficult. Therefore, prediction and assessment of highly conserved and strongly antigenic epitope polypeptide sequences have become a focus of current research. The E2 region is the target binding region of neutralizing antibodies. HCV genomics, especially the high mutation rate of E2 region sequence, makes its genotyping more and more diverse, and the detection of HCV and genotype is becoming more and more strict...
November 18, 2017: Immunologic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150913/molecular-epidemiology-of-goat-pox-viruses
#9
P Roy, S Jaisree, S Balakrishnan, K Senthilkumar, R Mahaprabhu, A Mishra, B Maity, T K Ghosh, A P Karmakar
Goat pox disease outbreaks were observed in different places affecting Black Bengal Goats in West Bengal (WB) and Tellicherry, Vembur and non-descriptive breeds in Tamil Nadu (TN) causing severe lesions and mortality up to 30%. Clinical specimens from all the outbreaks were screened by polymerase chain reaction followed by restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) and confirmed the diseases as Goat Pox. Virus isolation in Vero cell line was done with randomly selected ten samples, cytopathic effects (CPE) characterized by syncytia and intracytoplasmic inclusion bodies were observed after several blind passages...
November 18, 2017: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150240/dichotomous-expression-of-tnf-superfamily-ligands-on-antigen-presenting-cells-controls-post-priming-anti-viral-cd4-t-cell-immunity
#10
Yu-Han Chang, Kuan Chung Wang, Kuan-Lun Chu, Derek L Clouthier, Anh T Tran, Miguel S Torres Perez, Angela C Zhou, Ali A Abdul-Sater, Tania H Watts
T cell antigen-presenting cell (APC) interactions early during chronic viral infection are crucial for determining viral set point and disease outcome, but how and when different APC subtypes contribute to these outcomes is unclear. The TNF receptor superfamily (TNFRSF) member GITR is important for CD4(+) T cell accumulation and control of chronic lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV). We found that type I interferon (IFN-I) induced TNFSF ligands GITRL, 4-1BBL, OX40L, and CD70 predominantly on monocyte-derived APCs and CD80 and CD86 predominantly on classical dendritic cells (cDCs)...
November 13, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150086/the-ex-vivo-toll-like-receptor-7-tolerance-induction-in-donor-lymphocytes-prevents-murine-acute-graft-versus-host-disease
#11
Nikolaos Zogas, Garyfalia Karponi, Fotios Iordanidis, Stylianos Malasidis, Vasilios Paraskevas, Anastasia Papadopoulou, Zaharias George Scouras, Achilles Anagnostopoulos, Evangelia Yannaki
BACKGROUND AIMS: Acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD) remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, mediated by alloreactive donor T cells. Toll-like receptors (TLRs), a family of conserved pattern-recognition receptors (PRRs), represent key players in donors' T-cell activation during aGVHD; however, a regulatory, tolerogenic role for certain TLRs has been recognized in a different context. We investigated whether the ex vivo-induced TLR-2,-4,-7 tolerance in donor cells could prevent alloreactivity in a mismatched transplantation model...
November 14, 2017: Cytotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149778/the-changes-of-th17-treg-and-related-cytokines-il-17-il-23-il-10-and-tgf-%C3%AE-in-respiratory-syncytial-virus-bronchiolitis-rat-model
#12
Meng Gao, Liang-Xiao Liu, Fu-Ling Wu, Xuejing Zhang, Ying-Ying Li, Tao Shi, De-Zhi Li, Ting-Ting Han
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the leading cause of bronchiolitis and hospitalization that lead to high morbidity and mortality among young infants. T helper 17 (Th17) cells and regulatory T cells (Tregs) play essential roles in the pathogenesis of autoimmune, cancer, and inflammatory diseases. However, whether changes in T-cell subsets are related to the systemic immune responses in RSV-caused bronchiolitis merit further investigation. Three-week-old Sprague Dawley (SD) rats were randomly divided into the normal control (NC) and RSV bronchiolitis (RSV-B) groups...
October 2017: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149205/kir-content-genotypes-associate-with-carriage-of-hepatitis-b-surface-antigen-e-antigen-and-hbv-viral-load-in-gambians
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Louis-Marie Yindom, Maimuna Mendy, Christopher Bodimeade, Caroline Chambion, Peter Aka, Hilton C Whittle, Sarah L Rowland-Jones, Robert Walton
BACKGROUND: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) causes over 800,000 deaths worldwide annually, mainly in low income countries, and incidence is rising rapidly in the developed world with the spread of hepatitis B (HBV) and C (HCV) viruses. Natural Killer (NK) cells protect against viral infections and tumours by killing abnormal cells recognised by Killer-cell Immunoglobulin-like Receptors (KIR). Thus genes and haplotypes encoding these receptors may be important in determining both outcome of initial hepatitis infection and subsequent chronic liver disease and tumour formation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145441/distinct-t-and-nk-cell-populations-may-serve-as-immune-correlates-of-protection-against-symptomatic-pandemic-influenza-a-h1n1-virus-infection-during-pregnancy
#14
Miloje Savic, Jennifer L Dembinski, Ida Laake, Olav Hungnes, Rebecca Cox, Fredrik Oftung, Lill Trogstad, Siri Mjaaland
Maternal influenza infection during pregnancy is associated with increased risk of morbidity and mortality. However, the link between the anti-influenza immune responses and health-related risks during infection is not well understood. We have analyzed memory T and NK cell mediated immunity (CMI) responses in pandemic influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 (pdm09) virus infected non-vaccinated pregnant women participating in the Norwegian Influenza Pregnancy Cohort (NorFlu). The cohort includes information on immunization, self-reported health and disease status, and biological samples (plasma and PBMC)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143881/rmce-based-insect-cell-platform-to-produce-membrane-proteins-captured-on-hiv-1-gag-virus-like-particles
#15
João Vidigal, Bárbara Fernandes, Mafalda M Dias, Marco Patrone, António Roldão, Manuel J T Carrondo, Paula M Alves, Ana P Teixeira
Conformationally complex membrane proteins (MPs) are therapeutic targets in many diseases, but drug discovery has been slowed down by the lack of efficient production tools. Co-expression of MPs with matrix proteins from enveloped viruses is a promising approach to obtain correctly folded proteins at the surface of virus-like particles (VLPs), preserving their native lipidic environment. Here, we implemented a site-specific recombinase-mediated cassette exchange (RMCE) strategy to establish a reusable HIV-1 Gag-expressing insect cell line for fast production of target MPs on the surface of Gag-VLPs...
November 16, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142130/effective-priming-of-hsv-specific-cd8-t-cells-in-vivo-does-not-require-infected-dendritic-cells
#16
Paul G Whitney, Christina Makhlouf, Beth MacLeod, Joel Z Ma, Elise Gressier, Marie Greyer, Katharina Hochheiser, Annabell Bachem, Ali Zaid, David Voehringer, William R Heath, Mayura V Wagle, Ian Parish, Tiffany A Russell, Stewart A Smith, David C Tscharke, Thomas Gebhardt, Sammy Bedoui
Resolution of virus infections depends on the priming of virus-specific CD8(+) T cells by dendritic cells (DC). While this process requires MHC class I-restricted antigen presentation by DC, the relative contribution to CD8(+) T cell priming by infected DC is less clear. We have addressed this question in the context of a peripheral infection with herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV). Assessing the endogenous, polyclonal HSV-specific CD8(+) T cell response, we found that effective in vivo T cell priming depended on the presence of DC subsets specialized in cross-presentation while Langerhans cells and plasmacytoid DC were dispensable...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142122/adaptive-immune-responses-following-senecavirus-a-infection-in-pigs
#17
Mayara F Maggioli, Steve Lawson, Marcelo de Lima, Lok R Joshi, Tatiane C Faccin, Fernando V Bauermann, Diego G Diel
Senecavirus A (SVA), an emerging picornavirus of swine, causes vesicular disease (VD) that is clinically indistinguishable from foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in pigs. Many aspects of SVA interactions with the host and the host immune responses to infection, however, remain unknown. In the present study, humoral and cellular immune responses to SVA were evaluated following infection in pigs. We show that SVA infection elicited an early and robust neutralizing antibody (NA) response, which coincided with and was strongly correlated with VP2- and VP3-specific IgM responses...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140111/purging-exhausted-virus-specific-cd8-t-cell-phenotypes-by-somatic-cell-reprogramming
#18
Joshua Chan, Patrick Y Kim, Emiko Kranz, Yoshiko Nagaoka, YooJin Lee, Jing Wen, Heidi J Elsaesser, Meng Qin, David G Brooks, Gene-Errol Ringpis, Irvin S Y Chen, Masakazu Kamata
Cytotoxic T cells are critical in controlling virus infections. However, continuous antigen stimulation and negative regulatory factors cause CD8 T cells to enter a dysfunctional state (T cell exhaustion), resulting in viral persistence. We hypothesized that the exhausted T cell state could be molecularly rejuvenated using a somatic cell reprogramming technology, which is technically able to convert any types of cells to induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), to regenerate functional T cells capable of purging chronic infection...
November 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139476/detection-of-hiv-1-specific-gastrointestinal-tissue-resident-cd8-t-cells-in-chronic-infection
#19
Brenna E Kiniry, Shengbin Li, Anupama Ganesh, Peter W Hunt, Ma Somsouk, Pamela J Skinner, Steven G Deeks, Barbara L Shacklett
Tissue-resident memory (TRM) CD8(+) T-cells are non-recirculating, long-lived cells housed in tissues that can confer protection against mucosal pathogens. Human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1) is a mucosal pathogen and the gastrointestinal tract is an important site of viral pathogenesis and transmission. Thus, CD8(+) TRM cells may be an important effector subset for controlling HIV-1 in mucosal tissues. This study sought to determine the abundance, phenotype, and functionality of CD8(+) TRM cells in the context of chronic HIV-1 infection...
November 15, 2017: Mucosal Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138980/cd28-neg-t-lymphocytes-of-a-melanoma-patient-harbor-tumor-immunity-and-a-high-frequency-of-germline-encoded-and-public-tcrs
#20
Hisayoshi Hashimoto, Marco Sterk, Karin Schilbach
Increased numbers of CD8(+)CD28(neg.) T cells have been detected in the peripheral blood of patients with several types of malignancies. However, the role of these cells in anticancer immunity are not yet clear and CD8(+)CD28(neg.) T cells are a controversially discussed subpopulation reported both as immunosuppressive and cytotoxic. In this study, we examined the T cell receptor (TCR) repertoire and complementarity-determining region 3 sequences of CD28(neg.) T cells in a melanoma patient with recurrent disease who achieved long-term disease-free status...
November 14, 2017: Immunologic Research
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