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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453838/impact-of-pre-exposure-history-and-host-genetics-on-antibody-avidity-following-norovirus-vaccination
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Lisa C Lindesmith, Michael L Mallory, Taylor A Jones, Charles Richardson, Robert R Goodwin, Frank Baehner, Paul M Mendelman, Robert F Bargatze, Ralph S Baric
Background.: Development of high avidity, broadly neutralizing antibodies (Abs) is a priority after vaccination against rapidly evolving, widely disseminated viruses like human norovirus. After vaccination with a multivalent GI.1 and GII.4c norovirus virus-like particle (VLP) vaccine candidate adjuvanted with alum and monophosphoryl lipid A (MPL), blockade Ab titers peaked early, with no increase in titer following a second vaccine dose. Methods.: Blockade Ab relative avidity was evaluated by measuring the slope of blockade Ab neutralization curves...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446672/cellular-cholesterol-facilitates-the-post-entry-replication-cycle-of-herpes-simplex-virus-1
#2
George A Wudiri, Anthony V Nicola
Cholesterol is an essential component of cell membranes and is required for HSV-1 entry (1-3). Treatment of HSV-1-infected Vero cells with methyl beta-cyclodextrin from 2 - 9 hours post-entry reduced plaque numbers. Transport of incoming viral capsids to the nuclear periphery was unaffected by cholesterol reduction suggesting that cell cholesterol is important for the HSV-1 replicative cycle at a stage(s) beyond entry after the arrival of capsids at the nucleus. The synthesis and release of infectious HSV-1 and cell-to-cell spread of infection were all impaired in cholesterol-reduced cells...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446665/dense-array-of-spikes-on-hiv-1-virion-particles
#3
Armando Stano, Daniel P Leaman, Arthur S Kim, Lei Zhang, Ludovic Autin, Jidnyasa Ingale, Syna K Gift, Jared Truong, Richard T Wyatt, Arthur J Olson, Michael B Zwick
HIV-1 is rare among viruses for having a low number of envelope glycoprotein (Env) spikes per virion, i.e. ∼7-14. This exceptional feature has been associated with avoidance of humoral immunity, i.e. B cell activation and antibody neutralization. Virus-like particles (VLPs) with increased density of Env are being pursued for vaccine development; however these typically require protein engineering that alters Env structure. Here, we used instead a strategy that targets the producer cell. We employed fluorescence activated cell sorting (FACS) to sort for cells that are recognized by trimer crossreactive broadly neutralizing antibody (bnAb) and not by non-neutralizing antibodies...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445416/structure-function-model-for-kissing-loop-interactions-that-initiate-dimerization-of-ty1-rna
#4
Eric R Gamache, Jung H Doh, Justin Ritz, Alain Laederach, Stanislav Bellaousov, David H Mathews, M Joan Curcio
The genomic RNA of the retrotransposon Ty1 is packaged as a dimer into virus-like particles. The 5' terminus of Ty1 RNA harbors cis-acting sequences required for translation initiation, packaging and initiation of reverse transcription (TIPIRT). To identify RNA motifs involved in dimerization and packaging, a structural model of the TIPIRT domain in vitro was developed from single-nucleotide resolution RNA structural data. In general agreement with previous models, the first 326 nucleotides of Ty1 RNA form a pseudoknot with a 7-bp stem (S1), a 1-nucleotide interhelical loop and an 8-bp stem (S2) that delineate two long, structured loops...
April 26, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444144/congenital-zika-virus-infection-induces-severe-spinal-cord-injury
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Fernando S Ramalho, Aparecida Y Yamamoto, Luis L da Silva, Luiz Tm Figueiredo, Lenaldo B Rocha, Luciano Neder, Sara R Teixeira, Letícia A Apolinário, Leandra Nz Ramalho, Deisy M Silva, Conrado M Coutinho, Patrícia P Melli, Marlei J Augusto, Ligia B Santoro, Geraldo Duarte, Marisa M Mussi-Pinhata
We reported two fatal cases of congenital Zika virus (ZIKV) infection. Brain anomalies including atrophy of the cerebral cortex and brainstem, and cerebellar aplasia were observed. The spinal cord showed architectural distortion, severe neuronal loss and microcalcifications. The ZIKV proteins and flavivirus-like particles were detected in cytoplasm of spinal neurons, and spinal cord samples were positive for the ZIKV RNA.
April 21, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442387/establishment-of-microrna-delivery-system-by-pp7-bacteriophage-like-particles-carrying-cell-penetrating-peptide
#6
Yanli Sun, Yanhua Sun, Ronglan Zhao
MicroRNAs have great therapeutic potential in cancer and other diseases. However, their instability and low in vivo delivery efficiency limits their application. Recombinant PP7 bacteriophage-based virus-like particles (VLPs) could protect microRNAs against rapid degradation by RNase by packaging specific exogenous pre-microRNAs using the pac site. Insertion of a cell-penetrating peptide (CPP) into the AB-loop of VLPs could significantly improve the delivery efficiency of microRNAs into mammalian cells. Unlike other microRNA delivery methods (viral or non-viral vectors), recombinant PP7 VLPs carrying a CPP and microRNA could be efficiently expressed in Escherichia coli using the one-plasmid double expression system...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441781/dengue-virus-non-structural-protein-5
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REVIEW
Abbas El Sahili, Julien Lescar
The World Health Organization estimates that the yearly number of dengue cases averages 390 million. This mosquito-borne virus disease is endemic in over 100 countries and will probably continue spreading, given the observed trend in global warming. So far, there is no antiviral drug available against dengue, but a vaccine has been recently marketed. Dengue virus also serves as a prototype for the study of other pathogenic flaviviruses that are emerging, like West Nile virus and Zika virus. Upon viral entry into the host cell and fusion of the viral lipid membrane with the endosomal membrane, the viral RNA is released and expressed as a polyprotein, that is then matured into three structural and seven non-structural (NS) proteins...
April 24, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441712/virus-based-devices-prospects-for-allopoiesis
#8
Bogdan Dragnea
The assembly line is a commonly invoked example of allopoiesis, the process whereby a system produces a different system than itself. In this sense, virus production in plants is an instance of bio-enabled bottom-up allopoiesis because the plant host can be regarded as a programmable assembly line for the virus. Reprogramming this assembly line and integrating it into a larger lineup of chemical manipulations has seen a flurry of activity recently, with more sophisticated systems emerging every year. The field of virus nanomaterials now has several subdisciplines that focus on virus shells as assemblers, scaffolds for molecular circuitry, chemical reactors, magnetic and photonic beacons, and therapeutic carriers...
April 25, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438690/maturation-of-secreted-hcv-particles-by-incorporation-of-secreted-apoe-protects-from-antibodies-by-enhancing-infectivity
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Dorothea Bankwitz, Mandy Doepke, Kathrin Hueging, Romy Weller, Janina Bruening, Patrick Behrendt, Ji-Young Lee, Florian W R Vondran, Michael P Manns, Ralf Bartenschlager, Thomas Pietschmann
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) evades humoral immunity and establishes chronic infections. Virus particles circulate in complex with lipoproteins facilitating antibody escape. Apolipoprotein E (ApoE) is essential for intracellular HCV assembly and for HCV cell entry. We aimed to explore if ApoE released from non-infected cells interacts with and modulates secreted HCV particles. METHODS: ApoE secreted from non-infected cells was incubated with HCV from primary human hepatocytes or Huh-7...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438608/serological-evidence-of-hepatitis-e-virus-infection-in-dromedary-camels-in-ethiopia
#10
Tian-Cheng Li, Sayaka Yoshizaki, Xianfeng Zhou, Hiroshi Sentsui, Kazuya Shirato, Shutoku Matsuyama, Simenew Keskes Melaku, Boldbaatar Bazartseren, Naokazu Takeda, Takaji Wakita
The genome of dromedary camel hepatitis E virus (DcHEV) has been detected in stool and serum samples from dromedary camels, but the sero-epidemiological information of DcHEV infection remains unclear. A total of 246 serum samples collected from dromedary camels (Camelus dromedarius) in Ethiopia, and 40 serum samples from Bactrian camels (Camelus ferus) in Mongolia were examined for the detection of anti-DcHEV IgG antibody by a newly developed enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) by using DcHEV-like particles (DcHEV-LPs) as the antigen...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437636/chimeric-flock-house-virus-protein-a-with-endoplasmic-reticulum-targeting-domain-enhances-viral-replication-and-virus-like-particle-trans-encapsidation-in-plants
#11
Yiyang Zhou, Christopher M Kearney
Flock House virus (FHV) RNA can be trans-encapsidated, entirely in planta, by tobacco mosaic virus coat protein to form virus-like particles (VLPs). Vaccination with these VLPs leads to strong antigen expression in mice and immune-activation. We hypothesize that creating an additional cellular site for replication and/or trans-encapsidation might significantly improve the final output of trans-encapsidated product. FHV protein A was engineered to target the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) via a heterologous tobacco etch virus ER-targeting domain, and was expressed in cis or in trans relative to the replicating FHV RNA1...
April 21, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437166/virus-like-particles-of-mrna-with-artificial-minimal-coat-proteins-particle-formation-stability-and-transfection-efficiency
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Shehrazade Jekhmane, Rob de Haas, Omar Paulino da Silva Filho, Alexander H van Asbeck, Marco Emanuele Favretto, Armando Hernandez Garcia, Roland Brock, Renko de Vries
RNA has enormous potential as a therapeutic, yet, the successful application depends on efficient delivery strategies. In this study, we demonstrate that a designed artificial viral coat protein, which self-assembles with DNA to form rod-shaped virus-like particles (VLPs), also encapsulates and protects mRNA encoding enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) and luciferase, and yields cellular expression of these proteins. The artificial viral coat protein consists of an oligolysine (K12) for binding to the oligonucleotide, a silk protein-like midblock S10 = (GAGAGAGQ)10 that self-assembles into stiff rods, and a long hydrophilic random coil block C that shields the nucleic acid cargo from its environment...
February 21, 2017: Nucleic Acid Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435908/development-of-a-japanese-encephalitis-virus-like-particle-vaccine-in-silkworms-using-codon-optimised-prm-and-envelope-genes
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Sayaka Matsuda, Reiko Nerome, Kenichi Maegawa, Akira Kotaki, Shigeo Sugita, Kazunori Kawasaki, Kazumichi Kuroda, Ryoji Yamaguchi, Tomohiko Takasaki, Kuniaki Nerome
We have successfully prepared a Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) - Nakayama virus like particle (NVLP) vaccine using synthetic codon-optimized prM and E genes. The expression of the recombinant JEV Nakayama-BmNPV (JEV-NNPV) virus was determined in infected silkworm Bm-N cells by fluorescence and Western blot analysis. The recombinant was inoculated into silkworm pupae and the yield of Nakayama VLP (NVLP) reached a peak in the homogenates after 3 days. Additionally, in the peptide analysis of infected pupae homogenate, it appeared approximately 300-500 μg E protein/pupa were produced...
April 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423989/outbreaks-of-bovine-herpesvirus-2-infections-in-calves-causing-ear-and-facial-skin-lesions
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Tatiane Terumi Negrão Watanabe, Robert B Moeller, Beate M Crossley, Patricia C Blanchard
We describe 3 outbreaks of superficial dermatitis caused by bovine herpesvirus 2 (BoHV-2) in dairy breed calves. Clinically, all of the affected calves were 12-26 d of age, had alopecia and crusts on the face and ears, and were non-pruritic and afebrile. Affected animals recovered spontaneously without any treatment within 2-4 wk after onset of clinical signs based on 1 herd with follow up. Histologic examination of all skin crust or tissue samples identified neutrophilic inflammation, mild hyperkeratosis, multinucleate syncytial cells, and intranuclear inclusion bodies in the syncytial cells...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422791/intrastructural-help-improving-the-hiv-1-envelope-antibody-response-induced-by-virus-like-particle-vaccines
#15
Vladimir Temchura, Klaus Überla
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The importance of IgG Fc-effector functions for the efficacy of HIV vaccines is increasingly recognized. Although different types of vaccines were shown to induce antibodies with different Fc-activities, there is no clear strategy how to raise antibody responses with a desired pattern of Fc-effector functions. Given the central role of T-helper cells in regulating the germinal center reaction and the differentiation of B cells in an antigen-specific manner, the review will discuss whether T-helper cells directed against non-HIV envelope (Env) antigens could be harnessed to improve the HIV-Env antibody response...
May 2017: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422790/particle-based-delivery-of-the-hiv-envelope-protein
#16
Benedikt Asbach, Ralf Wagner
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: A major focus in HIV vaccine research is the development of suitable antigens that elicit broadly neutralizing antibody responses targeting HIV's envelope protein (Env). Delivery of Env in a repetitive manner on particle-based carriers allows higher avidity interactions and is therefore expected to efficiently engage B cells, thus leading to affinity maturation that results in superior antibody responses characterized by improved breadth, potency, and durability. This review summarizes current work that is evaluating diverse types of such particulate carriers for Env delivery...
May 2017: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422178/enhancing-protective-immunity-to-malaria-with-a-highly-immunogenic-virus-like-particle-vaccine
#17
Katharine A Collins, Rebecca Snaith, Matthew G Cottingham, Sarah C Gilbert, Adrian V S Hill
The leading malaria vaccine in development is the circumsporozoite protein (CSP)-based particle vaccine, RTS,S, which targets the pre-erythrocytic stage of Plasmodium falciparum infection. It induces modest levels of protective efficacy, thought to be mediated primarily by CSP-specific antibodies. We aimed to enhance vaccine efficacy by generating a more immunogenic CSP-based particle vaccine and therefore developed a next-generation RTS,S-like vaccine, called R21. The major improvement is that in contrast to RTS,S, R21 particles are formed from a single CSP-hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) fusion protein, and this leads to a vaccine composed of a much higher proportion of CSP than in RTS,S...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419472/hepatic-expression-of-oncogenes-bmi1-and-dkk1-is-up-regulated-in-hepatitis-b-virus-surface-antigen-transgenic-mice-and-can-be-induced-by-treatment-with-hbv-particles-or-lipopolysaccharides-in-vitro
#18
Rui Zhang, Catherine I Real, Chao Liu, Hideo A Baba, Guido Gerken, Mengji Lu, Ruth Broering
Previous studies have shown that hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) develops more frequently in hepatitis B virus surface antigen (HBsAg)-transgenic mice (Alb/HBs) than in wild-type (WT) mice. However, the mechanism of this HCC model has not been well documented. Toll-like receptor 4 (Tlr4) signaling probably links innate immunity and HCC progression. The current study was designed to investigate the role of innate immunity in hepatocarcinogenesis in Alb/HBs mice. Immunohistochemical analysis of liver specimens from Alb/HBs mice (16 per group) showed that the oncogenes Bmi1 (16/16, 100%) and Dkk1 (13/16, 81...
April 17, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417968/rational-development-of-a-protective-p-vivax-vaccine-evaluated-with-transgenic-rodent-parasite-challenge-models
#19
Ahmed M Salman, Eduardo Montoya-Díaz, Heather West, Amar Lall, Erwan Atcheson, Cesar Lopez-Camacho, Jai Ramesar, Karolis Bauza, Katharine A Collins, Florian Brod, Fernando Reis, Leontios Pappas, Lilia González-Cerón, Chris J Janse, Adrian V S Hill, Shahid M Khan, Arturo Reyes-Sandoval
Development of a protective and broadly-acting vaccine against the most widely distributed human malaria parasite, Plasmodium vivax, will be a major step towards malaria elimination. However, a P. vivax vaccine has remained elusive by the scarcity of pre-clinical models to test protective efficacy and support further clinical trials. In this study, we report the development of a highly protective CSP-based P. vivax vaccine, a virus-like particle (VLP) known as Rv21, able to provide 100% sterile protection against a stringent sporozoite challenge in rodent models to malaria, where IgG2a antibodies were associated with protection in absence of detectable PvCSP-specific T cell responses...
April 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416599/characterization-of-t-dependent-and-t-independent-b-cell-responses-to-a-virus-like-particle
#20
Wenhua Liao, Zhaolin Hua, Can Liu, Lin Lin, Rui Chen, Baidong Hou
Natural pathogens, such as viruses, often induce T-dependent and T-independent Ab responses. However, the activation and differentiation of Ag-specific B cells under these conditions had not been examined in detail. In this study, we used bacterial phage Qβ-derived virus-like particles (Qβ-VLPs) as an immunogen to examine the T-independent and T-dependent phases of the response in mice. Using Qβ-specific cell labeling and enrichment methods developed in this study, we were able to characterize the rare Ag-specific B cells in detail...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
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