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Anika Wranke, Beatriz Calle Serrano, Benjamin Heidrich, Janina Kirschner, Birgit Bremer, Patrick Lehmann, Svenja Hardtke, Katja Deterding, Kerstin Port, Max Westphal, Michael P Manns, Markus Cornberg, Heiner Wedemeyer
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis delta is the most severe form of viral hepatitis. Pegylated interferon alfa (PEG- IFNα) is effective in only 25-30% of patients and is associated with frequent side effects. The aim of this study was to analyze the clinical long-term outcome of hepatitis delta in relation to different antiviral treatment strategies. METHODS: We studied 136 anti-HDV-positive patients who were followed for at least 6 months in a retrospective single-center cohort (mean time of follow up 5...
October 22, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Junsik Park, Minsuk Kwon, Eui-Cheol Shin
During immune responses antigen-specific T cells are regulated by several mechanisms, including through inhibitory receptors and regulatory T cells, to avoid excessive or persistent immune responses. These regulatory mechanisms, which are called 'immune checkpoints', suppress T cell responses, particularly in patients with chronic viral infections and cancer where viral antigens or tumor antigens persist for a long time and contribute to T cell exhaustion. Among these regulatory mechanisms, cytotoxic T lymphocyte associated protein-4 (CTLA-4) and programmed cell death 1 (PD-1) are the most well-known receptors and both have been targeted for drug development...
October 21, 2016: Archives of Pharmacal Research
Masayuki Tsuzuki, Yuichiro Watanabe
Small RNAs are key molecules in RNA silencing pathways that exert the sequence-specific regulation of gene expression and chromatin modifications in many eukaryotes. In plants, endogenous small RNAs, including microRNAs (miRNAs), trans-acting short interfering RNAs (tasiRNAs), and heterochromatic siRNAs (hc-siRNAs), play an important role in switching or orchestrating biological processes during the development and at the onset of stress responses. These endogenous and exogenous small RNAs are mainly 20-24 nucleotides in length...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Angelos Hatzakis, Helen Papachristou, Sangeetha J Nair, Jacqueline Fortunko, Tracy Foote, HeeCheol Kim, Tashi L Peling, Andrew J Worlock
BACKGROUND: Quantitation of HIV-RNA is critically important for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, monitoring and assessment of infectivity in HIV-1 infection. The objective of this study was to assess performance characteristics of the Aptima HIV-1 Quant Dx assay (Aptima), a new transcription mediated amplification (TMA), fully integrated and automated assay from Hologic Inc., San Diego, CA, USA. The analytical sensitivity, analytical specificity, precision and detection of HIV-1 subtypes were tested based on commercially available international standards or panels...
October 21, 2016: Virology Journal
Yanping Li, Rong Cheng Li, Qiang Ye, Changgui Li, You Ping Liu, Xiao Ma, Yanan Li, Hong Zhao, Xiaoling Chen, Deepak Assudani, Naveen Karkada, Htay Htay Han, Olivier Van Der Meeren, Narcisa Mesaros
We conducted three phase III, randomized, open-label, clinical trials assessing the safety, reactogenicity (all studies), immunogenicity (Primary vaccination study) and persistence of immune responses (Booster study) to the combined diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis, and Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine (DTPa-IPV/Hib) in Chinese infants and toddlers. In the Pilot study (NCT00964028), 50 infants (randomized 1:1) received three doses of DTPa-IPV/Hib at 2-3-4 (Group A) or 3-4-5 months of age (Group B)...
October 21, 2016: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
Guigang Li, Jingmin Guo, Rong Liu, Weikun Hu, Lingjuan Xu, Juan Wang, Subo Cai, Hong Zhang, Yingting Zhu
Background: To explore the prevalence of lacrimal duct obstruction in patients with infectious keratitis, and the necessity of lacrimal duct dredge in the treatment of human infectious keratitis. Methodology/Principle Findings: The design is prospective, non-control case series. Thirty-one eyes from twenty-eight continuous patients with infectious keratitis were included in this study. The presence/absence of lacrimal duct obstruction was determined by the lacrimal duct irrigation test. The diagnosis of infectious keratitis was made based on clinical manifestations, cornea scraping microscopic examination and bacterial/fungus culture...
2016: International Journal of Medical Sciences
Dongkyu Kim, Sook Hee Ku, Hyosuk Kim, Ji Hoon Jeong, Minhyung Lee, Ick Chan Kwon, Donghoon Choi, Sun Hwa Kim
Gene therapy is aimed at selectively knocking up or knocking down the target genes involved in the development of diseases. In many human diseases, dysregulation of disease-associated genes is occurred concurrently: some genes are abnormally turned up and some are turned down. In the field of non-viral gene therapy, plasmid DNA (pDNA) and small interfering RNA (siRNA) are suggested as representative regulation tools for activating and silencing the expression of genes of interest, representatively. Herein, we simultaneously loaded both siRNA (Src homology region 2 domain-containing tyrosine phosphatase-1 siRNA, siSHP-1) for anti-apoptosis and pDNA (hypoxia-inducible vascular endothelial growth factor expression vector, pHI-VEGF) for angiogenesis in a single polymeric nanocarrier and used to synergistically attenuate ischemia-reperfusion (IR)-induced myocardial infarction, which is mainly caused by dysregulating of cardiac apoptosis and angiogenesis...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
Jawed Iqbal, Mairaj Ahmed Ansari, Binod Kumar, Dipanjan Dutta, Arunava Roy, Leela Chikoti, Gina Pisano, Sujoy Dutta, Shahrooz Vahedi, Mohanan Valiya Veettil, Bala Chandran
IFI16 (gamma-interferon-inducible protein 16), a predominantly nuclear protein involved in transcriptional regulation, also functions as an innate immune response DNA sensor and induces the IL-1β and antiviral type-1 interferon-β (IFN-β) cytokines. We have shown that IFI16, in association with BRCA1, functions as a sequence independent nuclear sensor of episomal dsDNA genomes of KSHV, EBV and HSV-1. Recognition of these herpesvirus genomes resulted in IFI16 acetylation, BRCA1-IFI16-ASC-procaspase-1 inflammasome formation, cytoplasmic translocation, and IL-1β generation...
October 2016: PLoS Pathogens
Maria Prokofjeva, Vladimir Tsvetkov, Dmitry Basmanov, Anna Varizhuk, Maria Lagarkova, Igor Smirnov, Kirill Prusakov, Dmitry Klinov, Vladimir Prassolov, Galina Pozmogova, Sergey N Mikhailov
New natural and chemically modified DNA aptamers that inhibit HIV-1 activity at submicromolar concentrations (presumably via preventing viral entry into target cells) are reported. The new DNA aptamers were developed based on known intramolecular G-quadruplexes (G4s) that were functionally unrelated to HIV inhibition [the thrombin-binding aptamer and the fragment of the human oncogene promoter (Bcl2)]. The majority of previously described DNA inhibitors of HIV infection adopt intermolecular structures, and thus their folding variability represents an obvious disadvantage...
October 20, 2016: Nucleic Acid Therapeutics
Chantal Brosseau, Mohamed El Oirdi, Ayooluwa Adurogbangba, Xiaofang Ma, Peter Moffett
In plants, RNA silencing regulates gene expression through the action of Dicer-like (DCL) and Argonaute (AGO) proteins via micro RNAs and RNA-dependent DNA methylation (RdDM). In addition, RNA silencing functions as an anti-viral defense mechanism by targeting virus-derived double stranded RNA. Plants encode multiple AGO proteins with specialized functions, including AGO4-like proteins, which effect RdDM and AGO2, AGO5 and AGO1, which have antiviral activities. We show here that AGO4 is also required for defense against Plantago asiatica mosaic potexvirus (PlAMV), most likely independent of RdDM components such as DCL3, Pol IV and Pol V...
October 20, 2016: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
Alessandra Bandera, Elisa Colella, Giuliano Rizzardini, Andrea Gori, Mario Clerici
Antiretroviral treatment of HIV infection reduces, but does not eliminate, viral replication and down modulates immune activation. The persistence of low level HIV replication in the host, nevertheless, drives a smouldering degree of immune activation that is observed throughout the natural history of disease and is the main driving force sustaining morbidity and mortality. Areas covered: Early start of antiretroviral therapy (ART) and intensive management of behavioural risk factors are possible but, at best, marginally successful ways to manage immune activation...
October 20, 2016: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
Jeong Eun Song, Do Young Kim
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a major global health problems leading to severe liver disease such as cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). HBV is a circular, partly double-stranded DNA virus with various serological markers: hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) and anti-HBs, anti-HBc IgM and IgG, and hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg) and anti-HBe. It is transmitted by sexual, parenteral and vertical route. One significant method to diminish the burden of this disease is timely diagnosis of acute, chronic and occult cases of HBV...
September 2016: Annals of Translational Medicine
Corinna La Rosa, Jeff Longmate, Joy Martinez, Qiao Zhou, Teodora I Kaltcheva, Weimin Tsai, Jennifer Drake, Mary Carroll, Felix Wussow, Flavia Chiuppesi, Nicola Hardwick, Sanjeet Dadwal, Ibrahim Aldoss, Ryotaro Nakamura, John A Zaia, Don J Diamond
Attenuated poxvirus Modified vaccinia Ankara (MVA) is a useful viral-based vaccine for clinical investigation, because of its excellent safety profile and property of inducing potent immune responses against recombinant (r) antigens. We developed Triplex by constructing an rMVA encoding three immunodominant CMV antigens which stimulates a host anti-viral response: UL83 (pp65), UL123 (IE1-exon4), and UL122 (IE2-exon5). We completed the first clinical evaluation of the Triplex vaccine in 24 healthy adults, with or without immunity to CMV and vaccinia virus (previous DryVax smallpox vaccination)...
October 19, 2016: Blood
Frederick J Kohlhapp, Erica J Huelsmann, Andrew T Lacek, Jason M Schenkel, Jevgenijs Lusciks, Joseph R Broucek, Josef W Goldufsky, Tasha Hughes, Janet P Zayas, Hubert Dolubizno, Ryan T Sowell, Regina Kühner, Sarah Burd, John C Kubasiak, Arman Nabatiyan, Sh'Rae Marshall, Praveen K Bommareddy, Shengguo Li, Jenna H Newman, Claude E Monken, Sasha H Shafikhani, Amanda L Marzo, Jose A Guevara-Patino, Ahmed Lasfar, Paul G Thomas, Edmund C Lattime, Howard L Kaufman, Andrew Zloza
In light of increased cancer prevalence and cancer-specific deaths in patients with infections, we investigated whether infections alter anti-tumor immune responses. We report that acute influenza infection of the lung promotes distal melanoma growth in the dermis and leads to accelerated cancer-specific host death. Furthermore, we show that during influenza infection, anti-melanoma CD8(+) T cells are shunted from the tumor to the infection site, where they express high levels of the inhibitory receptor programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1)...
October 18, 2016: Cell Reports
Emmanuel Nakouné, Basile Kamgang, Nicolas Berthet, Alexandre Manirakiza, Mirdad Kazanji
BACKGROUND: Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV) causes a viral zoonosis, with discontinuous epizootics and sporadic epidemics, essentially in East Africa. Infection with this virus causes severe illness and abortion in sheep, goats, and cattle as well as other domestic animals. Humans can also be exposed through close contact with infectious tissues or by bites from infected mosquitoes, primarily of the Aedes and Culex genuses. Although the cycle of RVFV infection in savannah regions is well documented, its distribution in forest areas in central Africa has been poorly investigated...
October 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Kayvan Etebari, Sultan Asad, Guangmei Zhang, Sassan Asgari
Long intergenic non-coding RNAs (lincRNAs) are appearing as an important class of regulatory RNAs with a variety of biological functions. The aim of this study was to identify the lincRNA profile in the dengue vector Aedes aegypti and evaluate their potential role in host-pathogen interaction. The majority of previous RNA-Seq transcriptome studies in Ae. aegypti have focused on the expression pattern of annotated protein coding genes under different biological conditions. Here, we used 35 publically available RNA-Seq datasets with relatively high depth to screen the Ae...
October 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Fei Ling, Dan-Dan He, Wei Wang, Ya-Bin Jin, Hui-Ling Zhang
Background-Sterile alpha motif and histidine aspartate domain containing deoxynucleoside triphosphate triphosphohydrolase 1 (SAMHD1) is one of the novel restriction factors that potently supresses HIV-1 infection in myeloid cells at an early stage in the viral replication cycle. SAMHD1 activity is blocked by the action of viral accessory protein x (Vpx), which targets and recruits SAMHD1 for proteasomal degradation, in the SIVsm/HIV-2 lineage. Objective-The impact of SAMHD1 polymorphisms on viral replication in Chinese-origin rhesus macaques (CR) and cynomolgus macaques of Vietnamese origin (CM) have not been reported until now...
October 18, 2016: Current HIV Research
Mai Ohba, Tomoichiro Oka, Takayuki Ando, Saori Arahata, Asaka Ikegaya, Hirotaka Takagi, Naohisa Ogo, Chelsea Zhu, Kazuhiro Owada, Fumihiko Kawamori, Qiuhong Wang, Linda J Saif, Akira Asai
Caliciviruses are contagious pathogens of humans and various animals. They are the most common cause of viral gastroenteritis in humans, and can cause lethal diseases in domestic animals such as cats, rabbits and immunocompromised mice. In this study, we conducted cytopathic effect-based screening of 2080 selected compounds from our in-house library to find antiviral compounds against three culturable caliciviruses: feline calicivirus, murine norovirus (MNV) and porcine sapovirus (PoSaV). We identified active six compounds, of which two compounds, both related to theaflavins, showed broad antiviral activities against all three caliciviruses; three compounds (abamectin, a mixture of avermectin B1a and B1b; avermectin B1a; and (-)-epigallocatechin gallate hydrate) were effective against PoSaV only; and a heterocyclic carboxamide derivative (BFTC) specifically inhibited MNV infectivity in cell cultures...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Antibiotics
Zhonglan Wu, Lijia Cui, Weiming Zhao, Dongzhi Yang, Hui Chen, Ruiqing Wang, Xuemin Wang, Linqi Zhang, Tianhua He
BACKGROUND: Current prevalence and genotype distribution of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection remain unknown in Ningxia, northwest China. METHODS: From June to December 2013, 13,022 individuals were screened in Ningxia HIV/AIDS Sentinel Surveillance System, with their demographic features collected and serum samples tested for HCV antibody. Sero-positive drug users were further subjected to sequencing of NS5B and Core regions of HCV. RESULTS: The anti-HCV prevalence was 0...
October 18, 2016: Virology Journal
Gabriela Barcenas-Morales, Peter Jandus, Rainer Döffinger
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Concise overview of the field of anticytokine autoantibodies with a focus on recent developments. RECENT FINDINGS: Advances in particular in the analysis of autoantibodies to IFNγ, granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) and IFN-1 are presented. The target epitope for anti-IFNγ autoantibodies has been found to have high homology to a protein from Aspergillus suggesting molecular mimicry as a mechanism of breaking self-tolerance...
October 13, 2016: Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
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