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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318765/in-vivo-electroporation-in-dna-vlp-prime-boost-preferentially-enhances-hiv-1-envelope-specific-igg2a-neutralizing-antibody-and-cd8-t-cell-responses
#1
Xun Huang, Qianqian Zhu, Xiaoxing Huang, Lifei Yang, Yufeng Song, Ping Zhu, Paul Zhou
Although in vivo electroporation (EP) has been utilized to improve immunogenicity in DNA vaccines alone or in prime-boost regimens with both proteins and viral-vectors, no studies on in vivo EP in DNA-VLP prime-boost regimens against HIV-1 have been reported. Previously we developed stably transfected Drosophila S2 clones to produce HIV-1 virus-like particles (VLP) and demonstrated that priming mice twice with DNA plasmids encoding HIV-1 gp120 and gag and boosting twice with HIV-1 VLP (i.e. DDVV immunization) elicited both envelope-specific antibody and envelope and gag-specific CD8 T cell responses...
March 16, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318230/label-free-discovery-array-platform-for-the-characterization-of-glycan-binding-proteins-and-glycoproteins
#2
Christopher John Gray, Antonio Sánchez-Ruiz, Ivana Šardzíková, Yassir A Ahmed, Rebecca Louise Miller, Juana E Reyes Martinez, Edward Pallister, Kun Huang, Peter Both, Mirja Hartmann, Hannah N Roberts, Robert Šardzik, Santanu Mandal, Jeremy E Turnbull, Claire E Eyers, Sabine L Flitsch
The identification of carbohydrate-protein interactions is central to our understanding of the roles of cell-surface carbohydrates (the glycocalyx), fundamental for cell-recognition events. Therefore there is a need for fast high-throughput biochemical tools to capture the complexity of these biological interactions. Here we describe a rapid method for qualitative label-free detection of carbohydrate-protein interactions on arrays of simple synthetic glycans, more com-plex natural glycosaminoglycans (GAG) and lectins/carbohydrate binding proteins using MALDI-ToF mass spectrometry...
March 20, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317140/comparison-of-the-effects-of-cefazolin-and-ceftriaxone-on-canine-chondrocyte-culture
#3
P Siengdee, W Pradit, T Euppayo, S Chomdej, K Nganvongpanit
Cephalosporins (CEFs) are antibiotics frequently used to treat bone infections and septic arthritis. The effects of CEFs on chondrocytes have not been studied until now. Cefazolin (cef1) and ceftriaxone (cef3), first-and third-generation CEFs, were selected to investigate their direct effects on normal and osteoarthritic (OA) primary canine chondrocytes, which were either nonstimulated or stimulated with the pro-inflammatory cytokine IL-1β. In our results, treatment with CEFs increased the negative effects on both conditioned normal and OA chondrocytes, especially when applied to IL-1β-stimulated cells (inflammatory stimulus)...
March 19, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314936/distribution-of-divo-in-coffea-genomes-a-poorly-described-family-of-angiosperm-ltr-retrotransposons
#4
Mathilde Dupeyron, Rogerio Fernandes de Souza, Perla Hamon, Alexandre de Kochko, Dominique Crouzillat, Emmanuel Couturon, Douglas Silva Domingues, Romain Guyot
Coffea arabica (the Arabica coffee) is an allotetraploid species originating from a recent hybridization between two diploid species: C. canephora and C. eugenioides. Transposable elements can drive structural and functional variation during the process of hybridization and allopolyploid formation in plants. To learn more about the evolution of the C. arabica genome, we characterized and studied a new Copia LTR-Retrotransposon (LTR-RT) family in diploid and allotetraploid Coffea genomes called Divo. It is a complete and relatively compact LTR-RT element (~5 kb), carrying typical Gag and Pol Copia type domains...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314126/purification-of-foamy-viral-particles
#5
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/28303602/agreement-between-an-in-house-replication-competent-and-a-reference-replication-defective-recombinant-virus-assay-for-measuring-phenotypic-resistance-to-hiv-1-protease-reverse-transcriptase-and-integrase-inhibitors
#6
Francesco Saladini, Alessia Giannini, Adele Boccuto, Ilaria Vicenti, Maurizio Zazzi
BACKGROUND: Although clinical management of drug resistance is routinely based on genotypic methods, phenotypic assays remain necessary for the characterization of novel HIV-1 inhibitors, particularly against common drug-resistant variants. We describe the development and assessment of the performance of a recombinant virus assay for measuring HIV-1 susceptibility to protease (PR), reverse transcriptase (RT), and integrase (IN) inhibitors. METHODS: The system is based on the creation of replication-competent chimeric viruses through homologous recombination between patient or laboratory virus-derived PCR fragments and the corresponding NL4-3 vector where the whole Gag-PR, RT-RNaseH or IN coding regions has been deleted through inverse PCR...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302668/sulphated-glycosaminoglycans-support-an-assortment-of-planarian-rhabdite-structures
#7
Matthew J Hayes
Planaria are soft-bodied, bilateral flatworms of the phylum Playhelminthes. They are covered in cilia and use ciliary-gliding to traverse the substratum while hunting. Their body surface is covered in a layer of viscous slime primarily derived from specialised secretory granules known as rhabdites. The slime must somehow stay associated with the surface of the animal in aqueous environments whilst also lubricating the interface of the animal and the surfaces over which the animal moves. The slime prevents damage to the animal's soft body and also contributes to adhesion to the substratum...
March 16, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302318/regional-differences-of-tibial-and-femoral-cartilage-in-the-chondrocyte-gene-expression-immunhistochemistry-and-composite-in-different-stages-of-osteoarthritis
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A Lahm, D Dabravolski, H Spank, H Merk, J Esser, R Kasch
The function of articular cartilage as an avascular tissue is mainly served by collagen type II and proteoglycan molecules. Within this matrix homeostasis between production and breakdown of the matrix is exceptionally sensitive. The current study was conducted to identify regional differences in specific alterations in cartilage composition during the osteoarthritic process of the human knee joint. Therefor the changes in the expression of the key molecules of the extracellular matrix were measured in dependence of the anatomical side (femoral vs tibial) and associated with immunohistochemistry and quantitative measurement...
February 24, 2017: Tissue & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301970/disclosing-the-parameters-leading-to-high-productivity-of-retroviral-producer-cells-lines-evaluating-random-vs-targeted-integration
#9
Vanessa Sofia Bandeira, Hélio A Tomás, Evren Alici, Manuel J C T Carrondo, Ana Sofia Coroadinha
Gammaretrovirus and lentivirus are the preferred viral vectors to genetically modify T- and NK- cells to be used in immune-cell therapies. The transduction efficiency of hematopoietic and T cells is more efficient using Gibbon ape leukemia virus (GaLV) pseudotyping. In this context gammaretroviral vector producer cells offer competitive higher titers than transient lentiviral vectors productions. The main aim of this work was to identify the key parameters governing GalV pseudotyped gammaretroviral vector productivity in stable producer cells using a retroviral vector expression cassette enabling positive (facilitating cell enrichment) and negative cell selection (allowing cell elimination)...
March 16, 2017: Human Gene Therapy Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300590/heparin-depolymerization-by-immobilized-heparinase-a-review
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Indu Bhushan, Alhumaidi Alabbas, Jyothi C Sistla, Rashmi Saraswat, Umesh R Desai, Ram B Gupta
Heparin is a member of the glycosaminoglycan (GAG) family composed of glucosamine and uronic acid units containing O-sulfo, N-acetyl and N-sulfo groups, which are alternating in the chain and linked by 1→4 manner. It is a naturally occurring anticoagulant that prevents the formation of clots and their growth within blood. Certain low molecular weight heparins (LMWHs) are considered as better therapeutic agents than natural heparin because of the reduced side effects and smaller risk of bleeding. LMWHs can be produced from heparin by chemical or enzymatic depolymerizations...
March 11, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300196/recombinant-mycobacterium-smegmatis-with-a-pmyong2-vector-expressing-human-immunodeficiency-virus-type-i-gag-can-induce-enhanced-virus-specific-immune-responses
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Byoung-Jun Kim, Jeong-Ryeol Gong, Ga-Na Kim, Bo-Ram Kim, So-Young Lee, Yoon-Hoh Kook, Bum-Joon Kim
Recently, we have developed a novel Mycobacterium-Escherichia coli shuttle vector system using pMyong2, which can provide an enhanced expression of heterologous genes in recombinant Mycobacterium smegmatis (rSmeg). To investigate the usefulness of rSmeg using pMyong2 in vaccine application, we vaccinated M. smegmatis with pMyong2 system expressing Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type I (HIV-1) Gag p24 antigen (rSmeg-pMyong2-p24) into mice and examined its cellular and humoral immune responses against HIV gag protein...
March 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299895/deep-sequencing-and-variant-analysis-of-an-italian-pathogenic-field-strain-of-equine-infectious-anaemia-virus
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K Cappelli, R F Cook, V Stefanetti, F Passamonti, G L Autorino, M T Scicluna, M Coletti, A Verini Supplizi, S Capomaccio
Equine infectious anaemia virus (EIAV) is a lentivirus with an almost worldwide distribution that causes persistent infections in equids. Technical limitations have restricted genetic analysis of EIAV field isolates predominantly to gag sequences resulting in very little published information concerning the extent of inter-strain variation in pol, env and the three ancillary open reading frames (ORFs). Here, we describe the use of long-range PCR in conjunction with next-generation sequencing (NGS) for rapid molecular characterization of all viral ORFs and known transcription factor binding motifs within the long terminal repeat of two EIAV isolates from the 2006 Italian outbreak...
March 15, 2017: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298145/genotypic-characterization-of-human-immunodeficiency-virus-type-1-derived-from-antiretroviral-drug-treated-individuals-residing-in-earthquake-affected-areas-in-nepal
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Bharat Singh Negi, Tomohiro Kotaki, Sunil Kumar Joshi, Anup Bastola, Minato Nakazawa, Masanori Kameoka
Molecular epidemiological data on human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) are limited in Nepal, and has not been available in areas affected by the April 2015 earthquake. Therefore, we conducted a genotypic study on HIV-1 genes derived from individuals on antiretroviral therapy residing in 14 districts in Nepal highly affected by the earthquake. HIV-1 genomic fragments were amplified from 40 blood samples of HIV treatment-failure individuals, and a sequencing analysis was performed on these genes. In the 40 samples, 29 protease, 32 reverse transcriptase, 25 gag and 21 env genes were sequenced...
March 16, 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292714/combined-monte-carlo-torsion-angle-molecular-dynamics-for-ensemble-modeling-of-proteins-nucleic-acids-and-carbohydrates
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Weihong Zhang, Steven C Howell, David W Wright, Andrew Heindel, Xiangyun Qiu, Jianhan Chen, Joseph E Curtis
We describe a general method to use Monte Carlo simulation followed by torsion-angle molecular dynamics simulations to create ensembles of structures to model a wide variety of soft-matter biological systems. Our particular emphasis is focused on modeling low-resolution small-angle scattering and reflectivity structural data. We provide examples of this method applied to HIV-1 Gag protein and derived fragment proteins, TraI protein, linear B-DNA, a nucleosome core particle, and a glycosylated monoclonal antibody...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292383/mucopolysaccharidoses-clinical-spectrum-and-frequency-of-different-types
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OBJECTIVE: To determine the relative frequency and clinical features of different varieties of mucopolysaccharidosis. STUDY DESIGN: Descriptive study. PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY: Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, The Children's Hospital and The Institute of Child Health, Lahore, from January 2013 to December 2015. METHODOLOGY: All patients who had any feature suggestive of mucopolysaccharidosis were screened with detailed history, clinical examination and skeletal survey...
February 2017: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291149/binky-bites-and-other-oronasal-pressure-injuries
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Louisa B Mook, James B Metz, Stephen C Boos, Kenneth W Feldman
Initial examination and exploration of childhood injuries may not lead to an obvious explanation of abuse. Although abusive oronasal injuries have been described, ones including nasal destruction are rare. We describe 4 children abused using implements that ultimately were thought to have caused significant nasal tissue destruction. In 2 of the cases, a forced pacifier placement was implicated in causing pressure injuries. In the other 2 cases, gags were part of the children's injuries. All 4 children had other findings of abuse and neglect...
March 13, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288738/trump-s-global-gag-rule-implications-for-human-rights-and-global-health
#17
Jerome A Singh, Salim S Abdool Karim
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: Lancet Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287833/identification-of-a-novel-hiv-type-1-crf01_ae-b-c-recombinant-isolate-in-sichuan-china
#18
Yan Wang, Desheng Kong, Weisi Xu, Fan Li, Shu Liang, Yi Feng, Fujie Zhang, Yiming Shao, Liying Ma
We report in this study a novel HIV-1 unique recombinant virus (XC2014EU01) isolated from an HIV-positive man who infected through heterosexual sex in Sichuan, China. The near full-length genome analyses showed that XC2014EU01 harbored one subtype B segment in pol region and two subtype C segments in gag-pol region in a CRF01_AE backbone. The unique mosaic structure was distinctly different from the other CRF01_AE/B'/C recombinant forms reported. Phylogenetic tree analyses revealed that the subtype B region originated from a Thailand subtype B' lineage, the subtype C regions were from an India C lineage, and the backbone was from CRF01_AE...
March 13, 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287262/synthetic-glycopolymers-for-highly-efficient-differentiation-of-embryonic-stem-cells-into-neurons-lipo-or-not
#19
Qi Liu, Zhonglin Lyu, You Yu, Zhen-Ao Zhao, Shijun Hu, Lin Yuan, Gaojian Chen, Hong Chen
To realize the potential application of embryonic stem cells (ESCs) for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, it is a prerequisite to develop an effective strategy for the neural differentiation of ESCs so as to obtain adequate amount of neurons. Considering the efficacy of glycosaminoglycans (GAG) and their disadvantages (e.g. structure heterogeneity, impurity), GAG-mimicking glycopolymers (designed polymers containing functional units similar to natural GAG) with or without phospholipid groups were synthesized in the present work and their ability to promote neural differentiation of mouse ESCs (mESCs) was investigated...
March 13, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286236/5-hydroxytyrosol-inhibits-hiv-1-replication-in-primary-cells-of-the-lower-and-upper-female-reproductive-tract
#20
Elisa Saba, Paola Panina-Bordignon, Isabel Pagani, Massimo Origoni, Massimo Candiani, Claudio Doglioni, Gianluca Taccagni, Silvia Ghezzi, José Alcami, Elisa Vicenzi, Guido Poli
We investigated the potential anti-HIV-1 activity of the candidate microbicide 5-hydroxytyrosol (5-HT) both in primary human cervical tissue explants (CTE), established from tissues of women undergoing histerectomy, and in endometrium-associated leukocytes (EAL). CTE were exposed to either the laboratory-adapted HIV-1BaL or to primary viral isolates in the presence or absence of 5-HT or 3TC/lamivudine as control and were then monitored for 12 days in terms of HIV-1 p24 Gag antigen production in culture supernatants...
March 7, 2017: Antiviral Research
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