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Karin Kosulin, Elena Lam, Albert Heim, Thomas Dobner, Estefanía Rodríguez
BACKGROUND: Human adenoviral (HAdV) infections are usually mild and self-limited, however, some infections from species A, B, C, D and E, can cause severe illnesses, which have raised public health concerns over the past few years. Current available antiviral therapies have limited efficacy and severe toxicity; therefore, finding new targets for specific anti-adenoviral drug design is urgently needed. Our previous work showed that the small molecule compound, HBX, inhibits HAdV type 5 (species C, HAdV-C5) replication and oncogenic transformation through inhibition of the cellular pro-viral factor ubiquitin-specific protease 7 (USP7)...
March 20, 2018: Antiviral Therapy
Hiroki Hamamoto, Kentaro Maemura, Kentaro Matsuo, Kohei Taniguchi, Yoshihisa Tanaka, Sugiko Futaki, Atsushi Takeshita, Akira Asai, Michihiro Hayashi, Yoshinobu Hirose, Yoichi Kondo, Kazuhisa Uchiyama
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a common malignant tumor with poor prognosis. We previously showed that expression of Delta-like 3 (DLL3), a member of the family of Delta/Serrate/Lag2 ligands for the Notch receptor, is silenced by aberrant DNA methylation and that overexpression of DLL3 in an HCC cell line induces cellular apoptosis. However, how DLL3 expression is regulated during hepatocarcinogenesis is still unclear. Here, we show that silencing of DLL3 during hepatocarcinogenesis is closely related to viral infection, especially hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection (p = 0...
March 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Sheng-Li Yang, Cui Zeng, Xiefan Fang, Qian-Jin He, Li-Ping Liu, Shi-Yun Bao, Xiaoli Pan, Zhi-Fan Xiong
Golgi Protein 73 (GP73) is a newly identified diagnostic and prognostic marker for liver cancer. GP73 is highly expressed in liver cancer tissues, however, the mechanism of its overexpression in tumors remains unknown. In the present study, the effect of hepatitis B virus (HBV) on GP73 expression was investigated in HepG2 cells, which are negative for HBV, and in HepG2.2.12 cells, which are integrated with HBV, using reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction and western blot analysis. In addition, the cells were transfected with plasmid constructs overexpressing hepatitis B virus protein X (HBx), hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)-1α, or HIF-2α in order to examine their roles in GP73 expression...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Fengchao Xu, Hongxiao Song, Qingfei Xiao, Na Li, Hong Zhang, Genhong Cheng, Guangyun Tan
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and its associated chronic infection remain serious health threats worldwide. However, there is still no impactful approach for clinical treatment of hepatitis B patients. Therefore, developing a better understanding of the interactions between HBV and its host is particularly important. HBV infection has been reported to induce type-III but not type-I or type-II interferon (IFN). In this study, we identified CBFβ, an HIV enhancer, as an HBV restriction factor that is specifically induced by type-III IFN in the early stages of HBV infection...
March 9, 2018: Cellular & Molecular Immunology
Cheng-Chung Wu, De-Wei Wu, Ying-Yu Lin, Po-Lin Lin, Huei Lee
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis B virus X (HBx) protein plays critical roles in hepatitis B virus (HBV)-associated hepatocellular tumorigenesis through different molecular mechanisms, including inactivation of p53, a key transcription factor of liver kinase B1 (LKB1). We hypothesized that p53 inactivation by HBx protein could decrease LKB1 expression, thereby promoting tumor progression and poor outcomes in patients with HBV-associated hepatocellular carcinoma. METHODS: Manipulation strategies for HBx protein and/or p53 were used to verify that loss of LKB1 could promote colony formation and invasiveness in HepG2 and Hep3B cells...
February 20, 2018: Surgery
Liangliang Ren, Chaoying Li, Youliang Wang, Yan Teng, Huichuan Sun, Baocai Xing, Xiao Yang, Ying Jiang, Fuchu He
Aberrant kinases contribute to cancer survival and proliferation. Here, we quantitatively characterized phosphoproteomic changes in an HBx-transgenic mouse model of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) using high-resolution mass spectrometry, profiled 22,539 phosphorylation sites on 5,431 proteins. Utilizing a strategy to interpret kinase-substrate relations in HCC and to uncover predominant kinases in tumors, our results, revealed elevated kinase activities of Src family kinases (SFKs), PKCs, MAPKs, and ROCK2 in HCC, representatives of which were further validated in cell models and clinical HBV-positive HCC samples...
February 22, 2018: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
Betty L Slagle, Michael J Bouchard
Chronic hepatitis B virus infection is a significant risk factor for cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. The HBx protein is required for virus replication, but the lack of robust infection models has hindered our understanding of HBx functions that could be targeted for antiviral purposes. We briefly review three properties of HBx: its binding to DDB1 and its regulation of cell survival and metabolism, to illustrate how a single viral protein can have multiple effects in a cell. We propose that different functions of HBx are needed, depending on the changing hepatocyte environment encountered during a chronic virus infection, and that these functions might serve as novel therapeutic targets for inhibiting hepatitis B virus replication and the development of associated diseases...
February 15, 2018: Current Opinion in Virology
Yitong Yang, Xuan Wang, Yueyue Zhang, Weijie Yuan
Persistent infection with hepatitis B virus (HBV) may lead to HBV-associated glomerulonephritis (HBV-GN). Presence of HBV-DNA and -RNA in renal tubular epithelial cells (RTECs) suggests direct virus-induced injury. Increase in proinflammatory cytokines is also observed under these conditions. Apoptosis by tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) plays a significant role in the pathogenesis of HBV-infections. However, the effects of HBV X protein (HBx) on TRAIL-induced apoptosis of RTECs especially under certain inflammatory conditions remain obscure...
February 9, 2018: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
R Jason Lamontagne, Jessica C Casciano, Michael J Bouchard
OBJECTIVE: As the leading risk factor for the development of liver cancer, chronic infection with hepatitis B virus (HBV) represents a significant global health concern. Although an effective HBV vaccine exists, at least 240 million people are chronically infected with HBV worldwide. Therapeutic options for the treatment of chronic HBV remain limited, and none achieve an absolute cure. To develop novel therapeutic targets, a better understanding of the complex network of virus-host interactions is needed...
February 1, 2018: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
Qiaoge Zhang, Ge Song, Lili Yao, Yankun Liu, Min Liu, Shengping Li, Hua Tang
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) plays a critical role in the tumorigenic behavior of human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have been reported to participate in HCC development via the regulation of their target genes. However, HBV-modulated miRNAs involved in tumorigenesis remain to be identified. Here, we found that a novel highly expressed miRNA, TLRC-m0008_3p (miR-3928v), may be an important factor that promotes the malignancy of HBV-related HCC. METHODS: Solexa sequencing was applied to profile miRNAs, and RT-qPCR was used to identify and quantitate miRNAs...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
Sheng-Tao Cheng, Ji-Hua Ren, Xue-Fei Cai, Hui Jiang, Juan Chen
Sirtuin 2 (SIRT2) is a class III histone deacetylase that has been implicated to promote HCC development. However, the functional role of SIRT2 in HBV is still unclear. In this study, we found that HBV could upregulate SIRT2 expression. Additionally, HBx could activate SIRT2 promoter to upregulate the mRNA and protein level of SIRT2. Furthermore, we found that SIRT2 could facilitate HBV transcription and replication. Finally, we demonstrated that upregulation of SIRT2 by HBx promoted hepatocarcinogenesis. In summary, our findings revealed a novel function of SIRT2 in HBV and HBV-mediated HCC...
January 20, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Xinying Zhao, Xudong Guo, Libo Xing, Wenqin Yue, Haisen Yin, Miaoxia He, Jianmin Wang, Jianmin Yang, Jie Chen
A considerable number of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) patients are infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV), which is correlated with their poor outcomes. However, the role of HBV infection in DLBCL treatment failure remains poorly understood. Here, our data demonstrated that HBV infection was closely associated with poorer clinical prognosis independent of its hepatic dysfunction in germinal center B-cell type (GCB type) DLBCL patients. Interestingly, we found that DLBCL cells expressing hepatitis B virus X protein (HBX) did not exhibit enhanced cell growth but did show reduced sensitivity to methotrexate (MTX) and cytarabine (Ara-C), which induced S-phase arrest...
January 19, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Li-Bo Yan, You-Jia Yu, Qing-Bo Zhang, Xiao-Qiong Tang, Lang Bai, FeiJun Huang, Hong Tang
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to screen for novel host proteins that play a role in HBx augmenting HBV replication. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Three HepG2 cell lines stably harboring different functional domain of HBx (HBx, HBx-Cm6, and HBx-Cm16) were cultured. ITRAQ technology integrated with LC-MS/MS analysis was applied to identify the proteome differences among these three cell lines. RESULTS: In brief, a total of 70 different proteins were identified among HepG2-HBx, HepG2-HBx-Cm6, and HepG2-HBx-Cm16 by double repetition...
January 19, 2018: Proteomics. Clinical Applications
Kunlun Xiang, Bin Wang
The replication of hepatitis B virus (HBV) may be modulated by a variety of cell signaling pathways, including the phosphatidylinositol 3‑kinase (PI3K)‑RAC‑α serine/threonine‑protein kinase (AKT)‑serine/threonine‑protein kinase mTOR (mTOR) pathway. The aim of the present study was to determine the regulatory effects of this pathway on the infection and replication of HBV. The results indicated that the HBV entry process may activate the AKT pathway, as demonstrated by AKT phosphorylation in HBV natural infection...
January 8, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Sha Fu, Juan Wang, Xingwang Hu, Rong-Rong Zhou, Yongming Fu, Daolin Tang, Rui Kang, Yan Huang, Lunquan Sun, Ning Li, Xue-Gong Fan
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) X (HBx) protein is a pivotal regulator of HBV-triggered autophagy. However, the role of HBx-induced epigenetic changes in autophagy remains largely unknown. The cytoplasmic high-mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) has been identified as a positive regulator of autophagy, and its cytoplasmic translocation is closely associated with its acetylation status. Here, we evaluated the function of HMGB1 in HBx-mediated autophagy and its association with histone deacetylase (HDAC). Using cell lines with enforced expression of HBx, we demonstrated that HBx upregulated the expression of HMGB1 and promoted its cytoplasmic translocation by acetylation to facilitate autophagy...
January 5, 2018: Molecular Oncology
Jessica C Casciano, Michael J Bouchard
Worldwide, approximately 240 million people are chronically infected with the hepatitis B virus (HBV); chronic HBV infection is associated with the development of life-threatening liver diseases. The HBV HBx protein alters hepatocyte physiology to promote HBV replication. We previously reported that HBx modulates calcium signaling to stimulate HBV replication in human hepatoblastoma HepG2 cells and primary rat hepatocytes. Whether HBx modulates calcium signaling in a primary human hepatocyte, the natural site of an HBV infection, has not been determined...
February 15, 2018: Virus Research
Jun-Fang Zhang, Hua-Long Xiong, Jia-Li Cao, Shao-Juan Wang, Xue-Ran Guo, Bi-Yun Lin, Ying Zhang, Jing-Hua Zhao, Ying-Bin Wang, Tian-Ying Zhang, Quan Yuan, Jun Zhang, Ning-Shao Xia
Rationale: Monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) mostly targeting extracellular or cell surface molecules have been widely used in the treatment of various diseases. However, mAbs cannot pass through the cell membrane as efficiently as small compounds, thus limiting their use against intracellular targets. Methods to shuttle antibodies into living cells may largely expand research and application in areas based on mAbs. Hepatitis B virus X protein (HBx) is an important intracellular multi-functional viral protein in the life cycle of hepatitis B virus (HBV)...
2018: Theranostics
Ahmed A Al-Qahtani, Mashael R Al-Anazi, Nyla Nazir, Rohit Ghai, Ayman A Abdo, Faisal M Sanai, Waleed K Al-Hamoudi, Khalid A Alswat, Hamad I Al-Ashgar, Mohammed Q Khan, Ali Albenmousa, Damian Dela Cruz, Marie Fe F Bohol, Mohammed N Al-Ahdal
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is one of the most widespread human pathogens causing chronic hepatitis, liver cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). This study investigated the clinical impact of single and combinational mutations in HBx gene on the pathogenesis of HCC during progressive stages of liver disease. The patients were categorized into inactive HBV carriers, active carriers, cirrhosis and HCC groups based on disease severity. Male sex, age > 50 years, and high serum alanine aminotransferase level were associated with risk of progressive liver disease...
December 1, 2017: Oncotarget
Qian Yang, Xiao-Peng Li, Yuan-Bin Zhong, Tian-Xin Xiang, Lun-Li Zhang
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) X protein (HBx) serves an important role in HBV infection and the development of HBV-related liver cancer. Interferon-α (IFN-α) is used to treat patients with HBV; however, the role of IFN-α in the development of HBV-related liver cancer remains unclear. The present study established a new HBV-related liver cancer model (Huh-7-HBx) by transfecting the hepatoma cell line Huh-7, with HBx-expressing lentivirus. Following IFN-α treatment, cell viability, migration and invasion, as well as the expression of antiviral proteins in Huh-7-HBx, were subsequently determined...
December 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Yinji Jin, Di Wu, Weiwei Yang, Mingjiao Weng, Yafei Li, Xuefei Wang, Xiao Zhang, Xiaoming Jin, Tianzhen Wang
BACKGROUND: It has been widely accepted that hepatitis B virus X protein (HBx) plays an important role in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). This study aimed to explore the function of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) induced by HBx. METHODS: The association between HBx and EMT markers was detected using immunohistochemistry in HCC tissues. The effect of HBx on HCC EMT was assessed through morphological analysis, transwell assay, metastatic in vivo study and detection of EMT markers...
December 19, 2017: Virology Journal
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