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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802063/hepatitis-b-virus-pregenomic-rna-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-a-nosological-and-prognostic-determinant
#1
Boris Halgand, Christophe Desterke, Lise Rivière, Guillaume Fallot, Mylène Sebagh, Julien Calderaro, Paulette Bioulac-Sage, Christine Neuveut, Marie-Annick Buendia, Didier Samuel, Cyrille Féray
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a major cause of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, very little is known about the replication of HBV in HCC tissues. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We analysed viral and cellular parameters in HCC (T) and non-tumor liver (NT) samples from 99 HBsAg-positive, virologically suppressed patients treated by tumour resection or liver transplantation. We examined total HBV DNA and RNA as well as covalently closed circular DNA (cccDNA) and pregenomic RNA (pgRNA), which are considered as markers of active HBV replication...
August 12, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774415/new-treatments-to-reach-functional-cure-virological-approaches
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REVIEW
David Durantel
Current therapies of chronic hepatitis B (CHB) remain limited to pegylated-interferon-alpha (pegIFN-α) or any of the five approved nucleos(t)ide analogues (NA). If viral suppression can be achieved in the majority of patients with the high-barrier-to-resistance new-generation of NA, i.e. entecavir and tenofovir, HBsAg loss is achieved by PEG-IFN-α and/or NA in only 10% of patients, after a 5-year follow-up. Attempts to improve the response by administering two different NA or a combination of NA and PEG-IFN-α have not provided a dramatic increase in the rate of "functional cure"...
June 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774407/the-virological-aspects-of-hepatitis-b
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REVIEW
Zina S Valaydon, Stephen A Locarnini
Human hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a hepatotropic virus that is responsible for a significant burden of disease, causing liver disease and hepatocellular carcinoma. It is a small DNA virus with a replication strategy that is similar to that of a retrovirus. HBV is prone to mutagenesis and under the influence of diverse selection pressures, has evolved into a pool of quasispecies, genotypes and mutants, which confers a significant survival advantage. The genome is small, circular, and compact but has a complex replication strategy...
June 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750917/predictive-role-of-serum-hbsag-and-hbcrag-kinetics-in-patients-with-hbeag-negative-chronic-hepatitis-b-receiving-pegylated-interferon-based-therapy
#4
Natthaya Chuaypen, Nawarat Posuwan, Salyavit Chittmittraprap, Nattiya Hirankarn, Sombat Treeprasertsuk, Yasuhito Tanaka, Noboru Shinkai, Yong Poovorawan, Pisit Tangkijvanich
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the role of serum hepatitis B core-related antigen (HBcrAg) kinetics in predicting long-term outcome of pegylated interferon (PEG-IFN)-based therapy in patients with HBeAg-negative chronic hepatitis B (CHB). METHODS: 121 Thai patients with HBeAg-negative CHB recruited from a previous randomized trial of 48-week PEG-IFN alone or combined with entecavir were enrolled. HBsAg and HBcrAg levels were serially examined. Paired biopsies at baseline and post-treatment were assessed for intrahepatic cccDNA...
July 24, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749559/recombinant-cccdna-of-hepatitis-b-virus-induces-long-term-viral-persistence-with-chronic-hepatitis-in-a-mouse-model
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Gaiyun Li, Yuanfei Zhu, Dianhui Shao, Hao Chang, Xiaoming Zhang, Dongming Zhou, Yueqiu Gao, Ke Lan, Qiang Deng
Covalently closed circular (ccc) DNA of hepatitis B virus (HBV) is critical for viral persistence in vivo. We recently reported a technique involving recombinant (r) cccDNA of HBV by site-specific DNA recombination. Using hydrodynamic injection, rcccDNA induces a temporarily prolonged HBV anigenemia in immunocompetent mice, similar to acute resolving HBV infection. In this study, we simulated the pathophysiological impact of chronic hepatitis by which to reproduce (r)cccDNA persistence in mouse models. We showed that rcccDNA achieved long-lasting persistence in the presence of a compromised immune response or when transcriptional activity was repressed...
July 27, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747369/serum-hbv-dna-rna-and-hbsag-which-correlated-better-to-intrahepatic-covalently-closed-circular-dna-before-and-after-nucleos-t-ide-analogue-treatment
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Yuhua Gao, Yutang Li, Qinghua Meng, Zhanqing Zhang, Ping Zhao, Qinghua Shang, Yue Li, Mingze Su, Tong Li, Xueen Liu, Hui Zhuang
The study was to investigate whether serum HBV RNA is a strong surrogate marker for intrahepatic HBV covalently closed circular DNA (cccDNA) when compared with serum HBV DNA, hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) and hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg) in HBeAg-positive chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients. Serum HBV RNA, HBV DNA, HBsAg, HBeAg and intrahepatic cccDNA were quantitatively detected at baseline (n=82) and 96 weeks (n=62) after nucleos(t)ide analogues (NUC) treatment in HBeAg-positive CHB patients. Then the correlations between serum HBV RNA, HBV DNA, HBsAg, HBeAg and intrahepatic cccDNA were statistically analyzed...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725013/baseline-value-of-intrahepatic-hbv-dna-over-cccdna-predicts-patient-s-response-to-interferon-therapy
#7
Di Mu, Fang-Chao Yuan, Yu Chen, Xiao-Yan Jiang, Liang Yan, Ling-Yu Jiang, Jian-Ping Gong, Da-Zhi Zhang, Hong Ren, Yong Liao
Methodology for accurate quantification of intra-hepatic cccDNA has long been a technical challenge, yet it is highly desired in the clinic. Here, we developed a sensitive method for quantification of intrahepatic cccDNA in liver biopsies from patients, which allowed to predict patient's response to interferon therapy at baseline. Twenty-five patients with HBeAg+ CHB were recruited and liver biopsies were obtained at baseline and 1-year after interferon treatment, respectively. Both intrahepatic cccDNA and HBV DNA were absolutely quantified by a droplet digital PCR amplification system...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709658/ngago-gdna-system-efficiently-suppresses-hepatitis-b-virus-replication-through-accelerating-decay-of-pregenomic-rna
#8
Zhuanchang Wu, Siyu Tan, Leiqi Xu, Lifen Gao, Haizhen Zhu, Chunhong Ma, Xiaohong Liang
Covalently closed circular DNA (cccDNA) in the hepatocytes nucleus is responsible for persistent infection of Hepatitis B virus (HBV). Current antiviral therapy drugs nucleos(t)ide analogs or interferon fail to eradicate HBV cccDNA. Genome editing technique provides an effective approach for HBV treatment through targeting viral cccDNA. Natronobacterium gregoryi Argonaute (NgAgo)-guide DNA (gDNA) system with powerful genome editing prompts us to explore its application in inhibiting HBV replication. Preliminary function verification indicated that NgAgo/EGFP-gDNA obviously inhibited EGFP expression...
July 12, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709657/detection-of-the-hepatitis-b-virus-hbv-covalently-closed-circular-dna-cccdna-in-mice-transduced-with-a-recombinant-aav-hbv-vector
#9
Julie Lucifora, Anna Salvetti, Xavier Marniquet, Laurent Mailly, Barbara Testoni, Floriane Fusil, Aurore Inchauspé, Maud Michelet, Marie-Louise Michel, Massimo Levrero, Pierre Cortez, Thomas F Baumert, François-Loic Cosset, Cécile Challier, Fabien Zoulim, David Durantel
Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) persists in infected hepatocytes as an episomal covalently-closed-circular DNA mini-chromosome, called cccDNA. As the main nuclear transcription template, HBV cccDNA is a key replication intermediate in the viral life cycle. Little is known about the mechanisms involved in its formation, maintenance and fate under antiviral therapies. This is mainly due to the lack of small immune-competent animal models able to recapitulate the entire HBV replication cycle, including formation of HBV cccDNA...
July 11, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709006/compartmental-hbv-evolution-and-replication-in-liver-and-extrahepatic-sites-after-nucleos-tide-analogue-therapy-in-chronic-hepatitis-b-carriers
#10
Shan Gao, Zhong-Ping Duan, Yu Chen, Frank van der Meer, Samuel S Lee, Carla Osiowy, Guido van Marle, Carla S Coffin
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) variants are associated with nucleos/tide analogue (NA) response and liver disease but it is unknown whether NA influences extrahepatic HBV persistence. OBJECTIVES: To investigate HBV replication and genetic evolution in hepatic and extrahepatic sites of chronic hepatitis B (CHB) before and after NA therapy. STUDY DESIGN: A total of 13 paired plasma, peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC), were collected from chronic HBV carriers at baseline and after a median 53 weeks NA therapy as well as liver biopsy (N=7 baseline, N=5 follow-up)...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696237/persistent-loss-of-hbv-markers-in-serum-without-cellular-immunity-by-combination-of-peg-ifn-plus-etv-therapy-in-humanized-mice
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Takuro Uchida, Michio Imamura, C Nelson Hayes, Nobuhiko Hiraga, Hiromi Kan, Masataka Tsuge, Hiromi Abe-Chayama, Yizhou Zhang, Grace Naswa Makokha, Hiroshi Aikata, Daiki Miki, Hidenori Ochi, Yuji Ishida, Chise Tateno, Kazuaki Chayama
Nucleot(s)ide analogues and peg-interferon (PEG-IFN) treatment are the only approved therapies for chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. However, complete eradication of the virus, as indicated by persistent loss of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg), is rare among treated patients. This is due to long-term persistence of the HBV genome in infected hepatocytes in the form of covalently closed circular DNA (cccDNA). In this study, we investigated whether administration of a large dose of a nucleoside analogue in combination with PEG-IFN can achieve long term loss of HBsAg in human hepatocyte chimeric mice...
July 10, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694331/transcriptional-elongation-control-of-the-hbv-cccdna-transcription-by-super-elongation-complex-sec-and-brd4
#12
Joel Celio Francisco, Qian Dai, Zhuojuan Luo, Yan Wang, Roxanne Hui-Heng Chong, Yee Joo Tan, Wei Xie, Guan-Huei Lee, Chengqi Lin
Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection can lead to liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. HBV reactivation during or after chemotherapy is a potentially fatal complication for cancer patients with chronic HBV infection. Transcription of HBV is a critical intermediate step of HBV life cycle. However, factors controlling the HBV transcription remain largely unknown. Here, we found that different P-TEFb complexes are involved in the transcription of the HBV viral genome. Both BRD4 and the Super Elongation Complex (SEC) bind to the HBV genome...
July 10, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688280/synthesis-of-sulfamoylbenzamide-derivatives-as-hbv-capsid-assembly-effector
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Ozkan Sari, Sebastien Boucle, Bryan D Cox, Tugba Ozturk, Olivia Ollinger Russell, Leda Bassit, Franck Amblard, Raymond F Schinazi
The synthesis of novel series of sulfamoylbenzamides as HBV capsid assembly effector is reported. The structure was divided into five parts which were independently modified as part of our lead optimization. All synthesized compounds were evaluated for their anti-HBV activity and toxicity in human hepatocytes, lymphocytes and other cells. Additionally, we assessed their effect on HBV cccDNA formation in an HBeAg reporter cell-based assay. Among the 27 compounds reported, several analogs exhibited submicromolar activities and significant reduction of HBeAg secretion...
June 29, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635668/the-role-of-cccdna-in-hbv-maintenance
#14
REVIEW
Lena Allweiss, Maura Dandri
Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection continues to be a major health burden worldwide; it can cause various degrees of liver damage and is strongly associated with the development of liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. The molecular mechanisms determining HBV persistence are not fully understood, but these appear to be multifactorial and the unique replication strategy employed by HBV enables its maintenance in infected hepatocytes. Both the stability of the HBV genome, which forms a stable minichromosome, the covalently closed circular DNA (cccDNA) in the hepatocyte nucleus, and the inability of the immune system to resolve chronic HBV infection are believed to be key mechanisms of HBV chronicity...
June 21, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634352/differences-in-sequences-between-hbv-relaxed-circular-dna-and-covalently-closed-circular-dna
#15
Magda Rybicka, Anna Woziwodzka, Tomasz Romanowski, Piotr Stalke, Marcin Dręczewski, Krzysztof Piotr Bielawski
The hepatitis B virus (HBV) genome exists in two forms: circular covalently closed DNA (cccDNA) and relaxed circular DNA (RCDNA). Here, we investigated the presence of differences in the sequences of both forms in paired samples of serum and liver tissue. The serum and liver biopsy samples were collected at the same time from 67 chronically infected patients. The genotyping of the RCDNA and cccDNA was performed using mass spectrometry analysis. The HBV mutations located in the HBV pol (P) and the HBV basal core promoter/pre-core (BCP/PC) regions were included...
June 21, 2017: Emerging Microbes & Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627393/the-potential-and-challenges-of-crispr-cas-in-eradication-of-hepatitis-b-virus-covalently-closed-circular-dna
#16
REVIEW
Hung-Chih Yang, Pei-Jer Chen
Current antiviral therapy fails to cure chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, primarily because of the persistence of covalently closed circular DNA (cccDNA). Although nucleos(t)ide analogues (NAs) can inhibit the reverse transcriptase of HBV and suppress its replication to levels below the detection limit, viremia often rebounds after cessation of therapy. Nuclear cccDNA serves as the HBV replicative template and exhibits extraordinary stability, and is not affected by NAs. Therefore, curing chronic hepatitis B (CHB) requires novel therapy for purging cccDNA from patients...
June 13, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611266/retinoid-x-receptor-%C3%AE-dependent-hbv-minichromosome-remodeling-and-viral-replication
#17
Yan Zhang, Song He, Jin-Jun Guo, Hong Peng, Jia-Hao Fan, Qing-Ling Li
BACKGROUND AND AIM: The HBV covalently closed circular DNA (cccDNA) is organized into a minichromosome in the nuclei of infected hepatocytes through interactions with histone and nonhistone proteins. Retinoid X receptor α (RXRα), a liver-enriched nuclear receptor, participates in regulation of HBV replication and transcription through modulation of HBV enhancer 1 and core promoter activity. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This study investigated RXRα involvement in HBV cccDNA epigenetic modifications...
August 1, 2017: Annals of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608964/hbx-elevated-msl2-modulates-hbv-cccdna-through-inducing-degradation-of-apobec3b-to-enhance-hepatocarcinogenesis
#18
Yuen Gao, Jinyan Feng, Guang Yang, Shuqin Zhang, Yunxia Liu, Yanan Bu, Mingming Sun, Man Zhao, Fuquan Chen, Weiying Zhang, Lihong Ye, Xiaodong Zhang
Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a leading cause in the occurrence of hepatitis B, liver cirrhosis and liver cancer, in which nuclear HBV covalently closed circular DNA (cccDNA), the genomic form that templates viral transcription and sustains viral persistence, plays crucial roles. In the present study, we explored the hypothesis that HBV X protein (HBx)-elevated male-specific lethal 2 (MSL2) activated HBV replication via modulating cccDNA in hepatoma cells, leading to hepatocarcinogenesis. Immunohistochemical analysis revealed that the expression of MSL2 was positively associated with that of HBV and was increased in the liver tissues of HBV-transgenic mice and clinical HCC patients...
June 13, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592528/hdm2-promotes-neddylation-of-hepatitis-b-virus-hbx-to-enhance-its-stability-and-function
#19
Ningning Liu, Jinfang Zhang, Xiaohai Yang, Tong Jiao, Xin Zhao, Wenxia Li, Jianhua Zhu, Pu Yang, Jianping Jin, Jirun Peng, Zhiwei Li, Xin Ye
Hepatitis B virus (HBV)-encoded X protein (HBx) plays a critical role in HBV-related hepatocarcinoma development. In this study, we demonstrate that HBx is specifically modified by NEDD8. We found that E3 ligase HDM2 promotes NEDDylation of HBx to enhance HBx stability by preventing its ubiquitination-mediated degradation. Consistently, analysis of 160 hepatocellular carcinoma patient specimens indicated that the amount of HDM2 protein correlates with HBx protein level. We identified that HBx K91 and K95 as the key HBx NEDDylation sites and observed that the NEDDylation-deficient HBx has shorter half-life...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587292/detection-of-hbv-covalently-closed-circular-dna
#20
REVIEW
Xiaoling Li, Jinghua Zhao, Quan Yuan, Ningshao Xia
Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection affects approximately 240 million people worldwide and remains a serious public health concern because its complete cure is impossible with current treatments. Covalently closed circular DNA (cccDNA) in the nucleus of infected cells cannot be eliminated by present therapeutics and may result in persistence and relapse. Drug development targeting cccDNA formation and maintenance is hindered by the lack of efficient cccDNA models and reliable cccDNA detection methods...
June 6, 2017: Viruses
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