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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088502/the-nucleotide-changes-within-hbv-core-promoter-precore-during-the-first-12weeks-of-nucleos-t-ide-treatment-might-be-associated-with-a-better-virological-response
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Yaqin Peng, Yutang Li, Jinlin Hou, Jian Sun, Mingze Su, Yao Li, Kuanhui Xiang, Ling Yan, Hui Zhuang, Tong Li
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to study the dynamic changes of hepatitis B virus (HBV) core promoter/precore (CP/preC) sequences during antiviral treatment and their associations with virological responses. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The baseline and 12-week CP/preC sequences (nts 1655-2014) were obtained from 52 chronic hepatitis B patients with positive hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg), who received a 104-week lamivudine and adefovir dipivoxil combination therapy. The mutations within the CP/preC were analyzed against genotype specific reference sequences...
January 11, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088354/uncovering-oxysterol-binding-protein-osbp-as-a-target-of-the-anti-enteroviral-compound-ttp-8307
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Lucian Albulescu, Joëlle Bigay, Bishyajit Biswas, Marion Weber-Boyvat, Cristina M Dorobantu, Leen Delang, Hilde M van der Schaar, Young-Sik Jung, Johan Neyts, Vesa M Olkkonen, Frank J M van Kuppeveld, Jeroen R P M Strating
The genus Enterovirus (e.g. poliovirus, coxsackievirus, rhinovirus) of the Picornaviridae family of positive-strand RNA viruses includes many important pathogens linked to a range of acute and chronic diseases for which no approved antiviral therapy is available. Targeting a step in the life cycle that is highly conserved provides an attractive strategy for developing broad-range inhibitors of enterovirus infection. A step that is currently explored as a target for the development of antivirals is the formation of replication organelles, which support replication of the viral genome...
January 11, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088315/paris-saponin-induced-autophagy-promotes-breast-cancer-cell-apoptosis-via-the-akt-mtor-signaling-pathway
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Zhan-Zhi Xie, Man-Mei Li, Peng-Fei Deng, Sheng Wang, Lei Wang, Xue-Ping Lu, Liu-Bing Hu, Zui Chen, Hui-Yang Jie, Yi-Fei Wang, Xiao-Xiao Liu, Zhong Liu
Paris saponins possess anticancer, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral effects. However, the anticancer effect of Paris saponins has not been well elucidated and the mechanisms underlying the potential function of Paris saponins in cancer therapy are needed to be further identify. In this study, we report that saponin compounds isolated from Paris polyphylla exhibited antitumor activity against breast cancer cell lines, MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231. Paris saponin XA-2 induced apoptosis in both cell lines, as evidenced by the activation of caspases and cleavage of Poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase...
January 11, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088273/a-real-world-impact-of-cost-effectiveness-of-pegylated-interferon-ribavarin-regimens-on-treatment-na%C3%A3-ve-chronic-hepatitis-c-patients-in-taiwan
#4
Pei-Chien Tsai, Ta-Wei Liu, Meng-Hsuan Hsieh, Ming-Lun Yeh, Po-Cheng Liang, Yi-Hung Lin, Ching-I Huang, Chung-Feng Huang, Ming-Yen Hsieh, Nai-Jen Hou, Zu-Yau Lin, Shinn-Cherng Chen, Jee-Fu Huang, Chia-Yen Dai, Wan-Long Chuang, Ming-Lung Yu
Treatments with pegylated interferon/ribavirin (PEG-IFN/RBV) has been standard-of-care in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) (CHC) infection and reimbursed in Taiwan. However, the actual cost-effectiveness remains unclear. We aimed to evaluate a real-world cost-effectiveness for CHC patients treated with PEG-IFN/RBV by using a clinical cohort with linkage to the National Health Insurance Research Database of Taiwan. The total and itemized medical-care expenses of outpatient visits of 117 treatment-naïve CHC patients with linkage to the two million sampling of the National Health Insurance Research Database were collected...
January 2017: Kaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087772/possible-roles-of-new-mutations-shared-by-asian-and-american-zika-viruses
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Shozo Yokoyama, William T Starmer
Originating in Africa, the Zika virus (ZIKV) has spread to Asia, Pacific Islands and now to the Americas and beyond. Since the first isolation in 1947, ZIKV strains have been sampled at various times in the last 69 years, but this history has not been reflected in studying the patterns of mutation accumulation in their genomes. Implementing the viral history, we show that the ZIKV ancestor appeared sometime in 1930-1945 and, at that point, its mutation rate was probably less than 0.2 x 10(-3)/nucleotide site/year and subsequently increased significantly in most of its descendants...
January 12, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087399/advances-with-using-crispr-cas-mediated-gene-editing-to-treat-infections-with-hepatitis-b-virus-and-hepatitis-c-virus
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REVIEW
Buhle Moyo, Kristie Bloom, Tristan Scott, Abdullah Ely, Patrick Arbuthnot
Chronic infections with hepatitis B and hepatitis C viruses (HBV and HCV) account for the majority of cases of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Current therapies for the infections have limitations and improved efficacy is necessary to prevent complications in carriers of the viruses. In the case of HBV persistence, the replication intermediate comprising covalently closed circular DNA (cccDNA) is particularly problematic. Licensed therapies have little effect on cccDNA and HBV replication relapses following treatment withdrawal...
January 10, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087327/ige-cross-linking-impairs-monocyte-antiviral-responses-and-inhibits-influenza-driven-th1-differentiation
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Regina K Rowe, David M Pyle, Andrew R Tomlinson, Tinghong Lv, Zheng Hu, Michelle A Gill
IgE-mediated allergic activation impairs the virus-induced Th1 lymphocyte priming capacity of human monocytes in response to influenza exposure. These findings represent one potential mechanism contributing to the link between viral infections and allergic disease.
January 10, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087313/an-m2-v27a-channel-blocker-demonstrates-potent-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-antiviral-activities-against-amantadine-sensitive-and-resistant-influenza-a-viruses
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Yanmei Hu, Rami Musharrafieh, Chunlong Ma, Jiantao Zhang, Donald F Smee, William F DeGrado, Jun Wang
Adamantanes such as amantadine (1) and rimantadine (2) are FDA-approved anti-influenza drugs that act by inhibiting the wild-type M2 proton channel from influenza A viruses, thereby inhibiting the uncoating of the virus. Although adamantanes have been successfully used for more than four decades, their efficacy was curtailed by emerging drug resistance. Among the limited number of M2 mutants that confer amantadine resistance, the M2-V27A mutant was found to be the predominant mutant under drug selection pressure, thereby representing a high profile antiviral drug target...
January 10, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087069/safety-tolerability-and-antiviral-effect-of-rg-101-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-c-a-phase-1b-double-blind-randomised-controlled-trial
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Meike H van der Ree, J Marleen de Vree, Femke Stelma, Sophie Willemse, Marc van der Valk, Svend Rietdijk, Richard Molenkamp, Janke Schinkel, Ad C van Nuenen, Ulrich Beuers, Salah Hadi, Marten Harbers, Eva van der Veer, Kai Liu, John Grundy, Amy K Patick, Adam Pavlicek, Jacqueline Blem, Michael Huang, Paul Grint, Steven Neben, Neil W Gibson, Neeltje A Kootstra, Hendrik W Reesink
BACKGROUND: miR-122 is an important host factor for hepatitis C virus (HCV) replication. The aim of this study was to assess the safety and tolerability, pharmacokinetics, and antiviral effect of a single dose of RG-101, a hepatocyte targeted N-acetylgalactosamine conjugated oligonucleotide that antagonises miR-122, in patients with chronic HCV infection with various genotypes. METHODS: In this randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicentre, phase 1B study, patients were randomly assigned to RG-101 or placebo (7:1)...
January 10, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081594/management-of-direct-antiviral-agent-failures
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REVIEW
María Buti, Rafael Esteban
The current standard of care for patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a combination of direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs). Most HCV patients treated with these drugs achieve viral elimination, but 1% to 15% fail to attain this objective. Treatment failures are usually related to relapse, and less often to on-treatment viral breakthrough. HCV drug resistant associated substitutions are detected in most patients who do not eliminate the virus. The risk of developing these variants depends on host- and virus-related factors, the properties of the drugs used, and the treatment strategies applied...
December 2016: Clinical and Molecular Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081591/new-perspectives-of-biomarkers-for-the-management-of-chronic-hepatitis-b
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REVIEW
Chih-Lin Lin, Jia-Horng Kao
With recent advances in molecular and genomic investigations, the impact of hepatitis B viral and host factors on the progression of chronic HBV infection has been explored. For viral factors, hepatitis B viral load is a strong predictor for liver disease progression. Hepatitis B viral kinetics appear to be important for successful anti-viral therapy. Serum HBsAg level serves as a complementary marker to viral load for the prediction of HBV-related adverse outcomes in patients with low viral load. In those with low viral load, high serum HBsAg level is associated with higher risks of cirrhosis and HCC...
December 2016: Clinical and Molecular Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081589/preemptive-antiviral-therapy-with-entecavir-can-reduce-acute-deterioration-of-hepatic-function-following-transarterial-chemoembolization
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Sun Hong Yoo, Jeong Won Jang, Jung Hyun Kwon, Seung Min Jung, Bohyun Jang, Jong Young Choi
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Hepatic damage during transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) is a critical complication in patients with hepatitis B virus (HBV)-related hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Apart from its role in preventing HBV reactivation, there is some evidence for the benefits of preemptive antiviral therapy in TACE. This study evaluated the effect of preemptive antiviral therapy on acute hepatic deterioration following TACE. METHODS: This retrospective observational study included a prospectively collected cohort of 108 patients with HBV-related HCC who underwent TACE between January 2007 and January 2013...
December 2016: Clinical and Molecular Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081484/new-insights-into-antiviral-immunity-gained-through-intravital-imaging
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REVIEW
Heather D Hickman
Viral infections pose an ongoing challenge for mankind. Much of our knowledge of the immune response to viral infections comes from ex vivo analyses of infected animals, which provide important yet static information about events occurring within the host. Recently, a relatively new technique known as intravital microscopy (IVM) has been applied to the study of antiviral immunity. Intravital imaging affords a unique, real-time view of both viral dynamics and the ensuing immune response (along with their interplay) in the living animal...
January 9, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081470/inhibition-viral-rnp-and-anti-inflammatory-activity-of-coumarins-against-influenza-virus
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YuTao Wang, Wen Yan, QiaoLian Chen, WanYi Huang, Zifeng Yang, Xiong Li, XinHua Wang
Influenza viruses pose a severe threat to human health and a significant increase in antiviral drug-resistant among influenza viruses worldwide has been observed. Therefore, there is an urgent need to develop the new antiviral drugs, specifically from the natural products. In this study, the anti-viral and anti-inflammatory activities of coumarins against influenza A virus in vitro were investigated. One of the derivatives eleutheroside B1 showed a wide spectrum of anti- human influenza virus effect with the IC50 value of 64-125μg/ml in vitro, but it showed no effects against avian influenza virus...
January 9, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081430/amphibian-xenopus-laevis-tadpoles-and-adult-frogs-mount-distinct-interferon-responses-to-the-frog-virus-3-ranavirus
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Emily S Wendel, Amulya Yaparla, Daphne V Koubourli, Leon Grayfer
Infections of amphibians by Frog Virus 3 (FV3) and other ranavirus genus members are significantly contributing to the amphibian declines, yet much remains unknown regarding amphibian antiviral immunity. Notably, amphibians represent an important step in the evolution of antiviral interferon (IFN) cytokines as they are amongst the first vertebrates to possess both type I and type III IFNs. Accordingly, we examined the roles of type I and III IFNs in the skin of FV3-challenged amphibian Xenopus laevis) tadpoles and adult frogs...
January 9, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081250/cutaneous-deficiency-of-filaggrin-and-stat3-exacerbates-vaccinia-disease-in-vivo
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Yong He, Ishrat Sultana, Kazuyo Takeda, Jennifer L Reed
RATIONALE: Defects in filaggrin and STAT3 are associated with atopic dermatitis (AD) and susceptibility to severe skin infection. METHODS: We evaluated skin infection with the current smallpox vaccine, ACAM-2000, in immunosuppressed mice with combined cutaneous deficiency in filaggrin and STAT3. In parallel, early events post-infection with ACAM-2000 were investigated in cultured keratinocytes in which filaggrin expression was knocked down via siRNA. RESULTS: Immunosuppressed, filaggrin-deficient mice, treated with the topical STAT3 inhibitor Stattic® prior to ACAM-2000 infection, demonstrated rapid weight loss, prolonged vaccinia burden in skin, and dermatitis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081143/engineered-aedes-aegypti-jak-stat-pathway-mediated-immunity-to-dengue-virus
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Natapong Jupatanakul, Shuzhen Sim, Yesseinia I Angleró-Rodríguez, Jayme Souza-Neto, Suchismita Das, Kristin E Poti, Shannan L Rossi, Nicholas Bergren, Nikos Vasilakis, George Dimopoulos
We have developed genetically modified Ae. aegypti mosquitoes that activate the conserved antiviral JAK/STAT pathway in the fat body tissue, by overexpressing either the receptor Dome or the Janus kinase Hop by the blood feeding-induced vitellogenin (Vg) promoter. Transgene expression inhibits infection with several dengue virus (DENV) serotypes in the midgut as well as systemically and in the salivary glands. The impact of the transgenes Dome and Hop on mosquito longevity was minimal, but it resulted in a compromised fecundity when compared to wild-type mosquitoes...
January 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080131/hypusination-of-eif5a-as-a-target-for-antiviral-therapy
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Michelle E Olsen, John H Connor
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January 12, 2017: DNA and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079836/symptomatic-cytomegalovirus-infections-in-the-first-year-of-life-when-is-antiviral-therapy-conceived-to-be-justified
#19
Katharina Schuster, Rangmar Goelz, Carsten Speckmann, Philipp Henneke
All infants treated with antiviral medication for symptomatic congenital (diagnosis <3 weeks) and probably postnatal (>3 weeks) cytomegalovirus infection were characterized with the help of a survey covering all German Pediatric hospitals between 2012 and 2013. We found that >50% of infants treated for cytomegalovirus were classified as probably postnatal cytomegalovirus infection, which was associated with preterm birth and underlying diseases of the immune system, heart or lung.
February 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079817/clinical-features-of-hepatitis-b-and-c-virus-infections-with-high-%C3%AE-fetoprotein-levels-but-not-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Cha Young Kim, Bo Ra Kim, Sang Soo Lee, Dae-Hong Jeon, Chang Min Lee, Wan Soo Kim, Hyun Chin Cho, Jin Joo Kim, Jae Min Lee, Hong Jun Kim, Chang Yoon Ha, Hyun Jin Kim, Tae Hyo Kim, Woon Tae Jung, Ok-Jae Lee
The appropriate α-fetoprotein (AFP) level to confirm hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) could be 100 ng/mL; however, the clinical significance of falsely elevated AFP in patients without HCC has not been fully studied. We investigated the clinical features and outcome of patients without HCC but with high AFP levels (100 ng/mL), especially with chronic hepatitis B (CHB) or C (CHC).The sample included 124 consecutive patients with CHB (n = 97) or CHC (n = 27), with AFP levels >100 ng/mL and without HCC at baseline...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
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