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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438570/analysis-of-intrahepatic-total-hbv-dna-cccdna-and-serum-hbsag-level-in-chronic-hepatitis-b-patients-with-undetectable-serum-hbv-dna-during-oral-antiviral-therapy
#1
Jie Li, Xizhen Sun, Jianting Fang, Chuanxi Wang, Guoqing Han, Wanhua Ren
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to investigate the relationship between intrahepatic cccDNA and serum HBsAg in chronic Hepatitis B (CHB) patients with undetectable serum HBV DNA during antiviral therapy. METHODS: We investigated HBsAg serum levels and their relationship to intrahepatic total cccDNA and HBV DNA in CHB patients with undetectable serum HBV DNA during oral antiviral therapy. Intrahepatic cccDNA and HBV DNA quantitation were performed in the same needle biopsy material, while serum HBsAg, HBeAg and HBV DNA levels were measured in samples drawn on the day of the liver biopsy...
April 21, 2017: Clinics and Research in Hepatology and Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428345/proliferation-of-primary-human-hepatocytes-and-prevention-of-hepatitis-b-virus-reinfection-efficiently-deplete-nuclear-cccdna-in-vivo
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Lena Allweiss, Tassilo Volz, Katja Giersch, Janine Kah, Giuseppina Raffa, Joerg Petersen, Ansgar W Lohse, Concetta Beninati, Teresa Pollicino, Stephan Urban, Marc Lütgehetmann, Maura Dandri
OBJECTIVE: The stability of the covalently closed circular DNA (cccDNA) in nuclei of non-dividing hepatocytes represents a key determinant of HBV persistence. Contrarily, studies with animal hepadnaviruses indicated that hepatocyte turnover can reduce cccDNA loads but knowledge on the proliferative capacity of HBV-infected primary human hepatocytes (PHHs) in vivo and the fate of cccDNA in dividing PHHs is still lacking. This study aimed to determine the impact of human hepatocyte division on cccDNA stability in vivo...
April 20, 2017: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426720/a-new-model-mimicking-persistent-hbv-e-antigen-negative-infection-using-covalently-closed-circular-dna-in-immunocompetent-mice
#3
Lei Wang, Min Cao, Qing Lu Wei, Zhong Hua Zhao, Qin Xiang, Hui Juan Wang, Hua Tang Zhang, Guo Qi Lai
Despite the availability of an effective vaccine, hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection remains a major health problem. HBV e antigen (HBeAg)-negative strains have become prevalent. Previously, no animal model mimicked the clinical course of HBeAg-negative HBV infection. To establish an HBeAg-negative HBV infection model, the 3.2-kb full-length genome of HBeAg-negative HBV was cloned from a clinical sample and then circularized to form covalently closed circular (cccDNA). The resulting cccDNA was introduced into the liver of C57BL/6J mice through hydrodynamic injection...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401569/influences-on-viral-replication-and-sensitivity-to-gls4-a-hap-compound-of-naturally-occurring-t109-v124-mutations-in-hepatitis-b-virus-core-protein
#4
Jianghua Wang, Haiying Zhang, Yingjun Zhang, Dong Jiang, Jing Li, Siegfried Goldmann, Qingyun Ren, Ran Fei, Xueyan Wang, Lai Wei
Heteroaryldihydropyrimidine (HAP) compounds inhibit HBV replication by binding to a hydrophobic pocket at the interface between hepatitis B virus core protein (HBcAg) dimer, which interrupts capsid assembly by changing the kinetics and thermodynamics during this process. Structure biological studies have identified several amino acids in HBcAg crucial for compound binding. Here we investigated the polymorphisms of T109 and V124 amino acids in HBV sequences submitted to GenBank database. Naturally occurring T109 and V124 and/or possible compensatory mutations in neighbored amino acids were introduced into HBV-expressing plasmids...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387980/immune-balance-in-hepatitis-b-infection-present-and-future-therapies
#5
REVIEW
Ashish Kumar Vyas, Ankur Jindal, Syed Hissar, Gayatri Ramakrishna, Nirupama Trehanpati
Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection affects millions of people worldwide and about half a million people die every year. India represents the second largest pool of chronic HBV infections with an estimated 40 million chronically infected patients. Persistence or clearance of HBV infection mainly depends upon host immune responses. Chronically infected individuals remain in immune tolerant phase unless HBV flares and leads to development of chronic active hepatitis or acute on chronic liver failure. Strategies based on inhibition of viral replication (nucleoside analogues) or immune modulation (Interferons) as monotherapy, or in combination in sequential therapies, are currently being used globally for reducing HBV viral load and mediating HBsAg clearance...
April 7, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382278/removal-of-integrated-hepatitis-b-virus-dna-using-crispr-cas9
#6
Hao Li, Chunyu Sheng, Shan Wang, Lang Yang, Yuan Liang, Yong Huang, Hongbo Liu, Peng Li, Chaojie Yang, Xiaoxia Yang, Leili Jia, Jing Xie, Ligui Wang, Rongzhang Hao, Xinying Du, Dongping Xu, Jianjun Zhou, Mingzhen Li, Yansong Sun, Yigang Tong, Qiao Li, Shaofu Qiu, Hongbin Song
The presence of hepatitis B virus (HBV) covalently closed circular DNA (cccDNA) and the permanent integration of HBV DNA into the host genome confers the risk of viral reactivation and hepatocellular carcinoma. Nucleoside/nucleotide analogs alone have little or no capacity to eliminate replicative HBV templates consisting of cccDNA or integrated HBV DNA. Recently, CRISPR/Cas9 technology has been widely applied as a promising genome-editing tool, and HBV-specific CRISPR-Cas9 systems were shown to effectively mediate HBV cccDNA disruption...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373196/development-of-a-novel-site-specific-pegylated-interferon-beta-for-antiviral-therapy-for-chronic-hepatitis-b
#7
Masataka Tsuge, Takuro Uchida, Nobuhiko Hiraga, Hiromi Kan, Grace Naswa Makokha, Hiromi Abe-Chayama, Daiki Miki, Michio Imamura, Hidenori Ochi, C Nelson Hayes, Rieko Shimozono, Tomokatsu Iwamura, Hideki Narumi, Tomohiko Suzuki, Mie Kainoh, Tadatsugu Taniguchi, Kazuaki Chayama
Although nucleot(s)ide analogues and pegylated-interferon-α2a (PEG-IFNα2a) can suppress hepatitis B virus (HBV) replication, it is difficult to achieve complete HBV elimination from hepatocytes. A novel site-specific pegylated recombinant human IFNβ (TRK-560) was recently developed. In the present study, we evaluated the antiviral effects of TRK-560 on HBV replication in vitro and in vivoIn vitro and in vivo HBV replication models were treated with antivirals including TRK-560, and changes in HBV markers were evaluated...
April 3, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368357/identifying-and-characterizing-interplay-between-hepatitis-b-virus-x-protein-and-smc5-6
#8
REVIEW
Christine M Livingston, Dhivya Ramakrishnan, Michel Strubin, Simon P Fletcher, Rudolf K Beran
Hepatitis B X protein (HBx) plays an essential role in the hepatitis B virus (HBV) replication cycle, but the function of HBx has been elusive until recently. It was recently shown that transcription from the HBV genome (covalently-closed circular DNA, cccDNA) is inhibited by the structural maintenance of chromosome 5/6 complex (Smc5/6), and that a key function of HBx is to redirect the DNA-damage binding protein 1 (DDB1) E3 ubiquitin ligase to target this complex for degradation. By doing so, HBx alleviates transcriptional repression by Smc5/6 and stimulates HBV gene expression...
April 3, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297795/-the-potential-use-of-serum-hbv-rna-to-guide-the-functional-cure-of-chronic-hepatitis-b
#9
F M Lu, J Wang, X M Chen, J N Jiang, W H Zhang, J M Zhao, H Ren, J L Hou, N S Xia
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) covalently closed circular DNA (cccDNA) in infected hepatocytes is the main cause of off-therapy viral rebound. The half-life of cccDNA is only 33-50 days, so the conversion of newly synthesized rcDNA to cccDNA in the nucleus is essential for the maintenance of cccDNA pool in infected hepatocytes. Though not directly targeting the existing cccDNA, current nucleos(t)ide analogues (NAs) may exhaust the cccDNA reservoir by blocking the rcDNA formation. Indeed, a prolonged consolidation therapy post loss of serum HBV DNA can achieve sustained remission and thus safe drug discontinuation in a small proportion of chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients...
February 20, 2017: Zhonghua Gan Zang Bing za Zhi, Zhonghua Ganzangbing Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286056/detection-of-hbv-dna-and-antigens-in-hbsag-positive-patients-with-primary-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#10
Sha Fu, Ning Li, Peng-Cheng Zhou, Yan Huang, Rong-Rong Zhou, Xue-Gong Fan
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) markers include HBV deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and HBV antigens. The former involves HBV covalently closed circular DNA (cccDNA) as well as total HBV DNA, whereas the latter involves HBsAg, HBcAg, and HBx. METHODS: Samples of tumor and adjacent non-tumor liver tissue were collected from 28 HBV-associated HCC patients. Intrahepatic total HBV DNA and cccDNA were measured using the real-time PCR Taqman assay. HBV antigens in hepatocytes were detected using immunohistochemical staining...
March 9, 2017: Clinics and Research in Hepatology and Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282964/serum-hepatitis-b-core-related-antigen-is-a-satisfactory-surrogate-marker-of-intrahepatic-covalently-closed-circular-dna-in-chronic-hepatitis-b
#11
En-Qiang Chen, Shu Feng, Meng-Lan Wang, Ling-Bo Liang, Ling-Yun Zhou, Ling-Yao Du, Li-Bo Yan, Chuan-Min Tao, Hong Tang
Recently, hepatitis B core-related antigen (HBcrAg) has been suggested as an additional marker of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. This study aimed to investigate whether serum quantitative HBcrAg (qHBcrAg) was a satisfactory surrogate marker of intrahepatic covalently closed circular DNA (cccDNA). A total of 139 patients with liver biopsy were enrolled, consisting of 59 patients in immune tolerance (IT) phase, 52 patients in immune clearance (IC) phase, 18 patients in low-replication (LR) phase, and 10 patients in reactivation phase...
December 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275452/advancing-the-regulatory-path-on-hepatitis-b-virus-treatment-and-curative-research-a-stakeholders-consultation
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EDITORIAL
Jonathan Liu, Pedro Goicochea, Timothy Block, Carol L Brosgart, Eric F Donaldson, Oliver Lenz, Seng Gee Lim, Ed G Marins, Poonam Mishra, Marion G Peters, Veronica Miller
Hepatitis B infection remains a significant disease burden around the world, with an estimated two billion individuals infected and 350 million living with chronic hepatitis B. Current antivirals are efficacious, but require lifelong treatment for the majority of infected individuals. The field is galvanised to improve diagnostics and treatment with the goal to develop shorter, finite treatments leading to viral control after treatment discontinuation. Achievement of complete and functional cure is challenged by the complexity of the virus life cycle, the lack of adequate preclinical models, the cccDNA-mediated persistence of HBV in liver cells, the lack of validated biomarkers to predict viral control and cure, and the probable need for combination treatment involving antiviral- and immune-based strategies...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Virus Eradication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242208/interplay-between-sirt1-and-hepatitis-b-virus-x-protein-in-the-activation-of-viral-transcription
#13
Jian-Jun Deng, Ka-Yiu Edwin Kong, Wei-Wei Gao, Hei-Man Vincent Tang, Vidyanath Chaudhary, Yun Cheng, Jie Zhou, Chi-Ping Chan, Danny Ka-Ho Wong, Man-Fung Yuen, Dong-Yan Jin
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) genome is organized into a minichromosome known as covalently closed circular DNA (cccDNA), which serves as the template for all viral transcripts. SIRT1 is an NAD(+)-dependent protein deacetylase which activates HBV transcription by promoting the activity of cellular transcription factors and coactivators. How SIRT1 and viral transactivator X protein (HBx) might affect each other remains to be clarified. In this study we show synergy and mutual dependence between SIRT1 and HBx in the activation of HBV transcription...
February 24, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236308/prmt5-restricts-hepatitis-b-virus-replication-via-epigenetic-repression-of-cccdna-transcription-and-interference-with-pgrna-encapsidation
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Wen Zhang, Jieliang Chen, Min Wu, Xiaonan Zhang, Min Zhang, Lei Yue, Yaming Li, Jiangxia Liu, Baocun Li, Fang Shen, Yang Wang, Lu Bai, Ulrike Protzer, Massimo Levrero, Zhenghong Yuan
Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection remains a major health problem worldwide. The covalently closed circular DNA (cccDNA) minichromosome, which serves as the template for the transcription of viral RNAs, plays a key role in viral persistence. While accumulating evidence suggests that cccDNA transcription is regulated by epigenetic machinery, particularly the acetylation of cccDNA-bound histone 3 (H3) and H4, the potential contributions of histone methylation and related host factors remain obscured. Here, by screening a series of methyltransferases and demethylases, we identified protein arginine methyltransferase 5 (PRMT5) as an effective restrictor of HBV transcription and replication...
February 25, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213165/hbvcircle-a-novel-tool-to-investigate-hepatitis-b-virus-covalently-closed-circular-dna
#15
Zhipeng Yan, Jing Zeng, Youjun Yu, Kunlun Xiang, Hui Hu, Xue Zhou, Lili Gu, Li Wang, Jie Zhao, John A T Young, Lu Gao
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) covalently closed circular DNA (cccDNA) persists as a stable episome in infected hepatocytes and serves as a template for the transcription of all viral genes. Due to the narrow host range of HBV, the development of a robust mouse model that supports cccDNA-dependent viral replication is a key hurdle in the development of novel HBV therapeutics. This study aimed to develop a novel tool to investigate HBV cccDNA. METHODS: Through minicircle technology, HBVcircle, a recombinant cccDNA, was easily generated and extracted from a genetically engineered E...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212627/genome-wide-identification-of-direct-hbx-genomic-targets
#16
Francesca Guerrieri, Laura Belloni, Daniel D'Andrea, Natalia Pediconi, Loredana Le Pera, Barbara Testoni, Cecilia Scisciani, Oceane Floriot, Fabien Zoulim, Anna Tramontano, Massimo Levrero
BACKGROUND: The Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) HBx regulatory protein is required for HBV replication and involved in HBV-related carcinogenesis. HBx interacts with chromatin modifying enzymes and transcription factors to modulate histone post-translational modifications and to regulate viral cccDNA transcription and cellular gene expression. Aiming to identify genes and non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) directly targeted by HBx, we performed a chromatin immunoprecipitation sequencing (ChIP-Seq) to analyse HBV recruitment on host cell chromatin in cells replicating HBV...
February 17, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195359/sodium-taurocholate-cotransporting-polypeptide-is-the-limiting-host-factor-of-hepatitis-b-virus-infection-in-macaque-and-pig-hepatocytes
#17
Florian A Lempp, Ellen Wiedtke, Bingqian Qu, Pierre Roques, Isabelle Chemin, Florian W R Vondran, Roger Le Grand, Dirk Grimm, Stephan Urban
Infections with the human Hepatitis B (HBV) and Hepatitis D Virus (HDV) depend on species-specific host factors like the receptor human sodium taurocholate cotransporting polypeptide hNTCP. Complementation of mouse hepatocytes with hNTCP confers susceptibility to HDV but not HBV indicating the requirement of additional HBV-specific factors. As an essential premise towards the establishment for an HBV-susceptible animal model, we investigated the role of hNTCP as a limiting factor of hepatocytes in commonly used laboratory animals...
February 13, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182305/hepatitis-b-virus-covalently-closed-circular-dna-homeostasis-is-independent-of-the-lymphotoxin-pathway-during-chronic-hbv-infection
#18
Marie-Anne Meier, Aleksei Suslov, Sylvia Ketterer, Markus H Heim, Stefan F Wieland
Current treatment options for patients with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection are not curative as they are not effective in eliminating covalently closed circular DNA (cccDNA). cccDNA is a stable template for HBV transcription in the nucleus of hepatocytes and is thought to be one of the main factors responsible for HBV persistence. Recently, activation of the lymphotoxin beta receptor (LTβR) has been shown to trigger degradation of cccDNA through induction of cytidine deaminases of the APOBEC3 family in HBV cell culture model systems...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121714/hepatitis-delta-and-hiv-infection
#19
Vincent Soriano, Kenneth E Sherman, Pablo Barreiro
Viral liver diseases are frequent comorbidities and major contributors to death in HIV-positive individuals on antiretroviral therapy. Although cure of hepatitis C and control of hepatitis B with antivirals avert liver disease progression in most HIV-coinfected patients, the lack of satisfactory treatment for hepatitis delta virus (HDV) infection remains a major threat for developing cirrhosis and liver cancer in this population. In the European Union (EU) and North America, sexual contact has replaced injection drug use that has been the major transmission route for HDV in HIV-positive persons...
April 24, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095508/the-smc5-6-complex-restricts-hbv-when-localized-to-nd10-without-inducing-an-innate-immune-response-and-is-counteracted-by-the-hbv-x-protein-shortly-after-infection
#20
Congrong Niu, Christine M Livingston, Li Li, Rudolf K Beran, Stephane Daffis, Dhivya Ramakrishnan, Dara Burdette, Leanne Peiser, Eduardo Salas, Hilario Ramos, Mei Yu, Guofeng Cheng, Michel Strubin, William E Delaney Iv, Simon P Fletcher
The structural maintenance of chromosome 5/6 complex (Smc5/6) is a restriction factor that represses hepatitis B virus (HBV) transcription. HBV counters this restriction by expressing HBV X protein (HBx), which targets Smc5/6 for degradation. However, the mechanism by which Smc5/6 suppresses HBV transcription and how HBx is initially expressed is not known. In this study we characterized viral kinetics and the host response during HBV infection of primary human hepatocytes (PHH) to address these unresolved questions...
2017: PloS One
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