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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805681/influenza-virus-infection-interferon-response-viral-counter-response-and-apoptosis
#1
REVIEW
Jung Min Shim, Jinhee Kim, Tanel Tenson, Ji-Young Min, Denis E Kainov
Human influenza A viruses (IAVs) cause global pandemics and epidemics, which remain serious threats to public health because of the shortage of effective means of control. To combat the surge of viral outbreaks, new treatments are urgently needed. Developing new virus control modalities requires better understanding of virus-host interactions. Here, we describe how IAV infection triggers cellular apoptosis and how this process can be exploited towards the development of new therapeutics, which might be more effective than the currently available anti-influenza drugs...
August 12, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805630/implications-of-autophagy-on-arbovirus-infection-of-mosquitoes
#2
REVIEW
Doug E Brackney
Arthropod-borne (arbo-) viruses, like all viruses, are obligate intracellular parasites that have evolved mechanisms to subvert cellular processes and evade anti-viral defenses to replicate and persist. An increasing body of research is beginning to recognize the intimate relationship between arboviruses and the cellular autophagy pathway. As a result, new therapeutic approaches that modify the autophagic response to viral infection have shown great promise. The preponderance of work thus far, however, has originated from vertebrate systems...
August 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804866/virally-vectored-vaccine-delivery-medical-needs-mechanisms-advantages-and-challenges
#3
Daniel D Pinschewer
Vaccines represent one of the most successful chapters in the history of medicine. Over the past decades, the advent of recombinant cDNA technology has enabled the biomedical community to genetically engineer viruses for vaccine delivery purposes. As a starting point, this review evaluates the unmet medical needs, which drive scientists and industry to exploit such fundamentally new technology for human vaccination. The author discusses the molecular functioning, production and safety profile of replication-competent and -deficient viral vector systems, representing two fundamentally distinct classes of "genetic vaccines"...
August 14, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803990/high-doses-of-baicalin-induces-kidney-injury-and-fibrosis-through-regulating-tgf-%C3%AE-smad-signaling-pathway
#4
Yi Cai, Wanqing Ma, Yichuan Xiao, Bo Wu, Xiaobing Li, Fengrong Liu, Jianhua Qiu, Genshui Zhang
Baicalin is a major flavonoid compound purified from Scutellariae radix, which has been described as an herb in the Chinese Pharmacopoeia. Previous studies have suggested baicalin possessed extensive anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-viral properties. However, up to known, there have been no reports of safety and toxicity in the rats following oral administration of baicalin. In this present study, we showed the first evidence that treatment of baicalin (400, 800 and 1600mg/kg/day) induced significantly kidney injury and fibrosis...
August 10, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803918/modeling-of-trex1-dependent-autoimmune-disease-using-human-stem-cells-highlights-l1-accumulation-as-a-source-of-neuroinflammation
#5
Charles A Thomas, Leon Tejwani, Cleber A Trujillo, Priscilla D Negraes, Roberto H Herai, Pinar Mesci, Angela Macia, Yanick J Crow, Alysson R Muotri
Three-prime repair exonuclease 1 (TREX1) is an anti-viral enzyme that cleaves nucleic acids in the cytosol, preventing accumulation and a subsequent type I interferon-associated inflammatory response. Autoimmune diseases, including Aicardi-Goutières syndrome (AGS) and systemic lupus erythematosus, can arise when TREX1 function is compromised. AGS is a neuroinflammatory disorder with severe and persistent intellectual and physical problems. Here we generated a human AGS model that recapitulates disease-relevant phenotypes using pluripotent stem cells lacking TREX1...
August 2, 2017: Cell Stem Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803053/optimized-transitory-ectopic-expression-of-promastigote-surface-antigen-protein-in-nicotiana-benthamiana-a-potential-anti-leishmaniasis-vaccine-candidate
#6
Séverine Lacombe, Martine Bangratz, Jean-Paul Brizard, Elodie Petitdidier, Julie Pagniez, Drissa Sérémé, Jean-Loup Lemesre, Christophe Brugidou
In recent years, plants have been shown to be an efficient alternative expression system for high-value pharmaceuticals such as vaccines. However, constitutive expression of recombinant protein remains uncertain on their level of production and biological activity. To overcome these problems, transitory expression systems have been developed. Here, a series of experiments were performed to determine the most effective conditions to enhance vaccine antigen transient accumulation in Nicotiana benthamiana leaves using the promastigote surface antigen (PSA) from the parasitic protozoan Leishmania infantum...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802204/humanized-mouse-models-to-study-human-cell-mediated-and-humoral-responses-to-dengue-virus
#7
REVIEW
Anuja Mathew
Several candidate dengue virus vaccines are in clinical trials and show promise as an effective measure to control dengue. However, it is becoming clear that additional vaccine candidates may be needed as there is concern about the durability of the immune response to all four serotypes of vaccine components and efficacy varies dependent on the immune status of the individual. The lack of an appropriate animal model to mimic human dengue has deterred the development of vaccines and anti-viral therapies to dengue virus...
August 9, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801835/fabrication-of-acyclovir-loaded-flexible-membrane-vesicles-fmvs-evidence-of-preclinical-efficacy-of-antiviral-activity-in-murine-model-of-cutaneous-hsv-1-infection
#8
Gajanand Sharma, Kanika Thakur, Arvind Setia, Basant Amarji, Mini P Singh, Kaisar Raza, Om Prakash Katare
The present investigation focuses on the development and evaluation of acyclovir-loaded flexible membrane vesicles (ACY-FMVs) and evaluates their targeting potential to localize the drug into skin layers. The drug-loaded FMVs were prepared by thin-film hydration method and characterized for various attributes including micromeritics, entrapment efficiency, vesicle shape, size, and degree of deformability. The values of particle size and zeta potential of the developed carrier system were found to be 453.7 nm and - 11...
August 11, 2017: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800954/a-tim-3-oligonucleotide-aptamer-enhances-t-cell-functions-and-potentiates-tumor-immunity-in-mice
#9
Tal Gefen, Iris Castro, Darija Muharemagic, Yvonne Puplampu-Dove, Shradha Patel, Eli Gilboa
T cell immunoglobulin-3 (TIM-3) is a negative regulator of interferon-γ (IFN-γ) secreting CD4(+) T cells and CD8(+) T cytotoxic cells. Recent studies have highlighted the role of TIM-3 as an important mediator of CD8(+) T cell exhaustion in the setting of chronic viral infections and cancer. In murine tumor models, antibody blockade of TIM-3 with anti-TIM-3 antibodies as monotherapy has no or minimal antitumor activity, suggesting that TIM-3 signaling exerts an accessory or amplifying effect in keeping immune responses in check...
August 8, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799906/of-mice-macaques-and-men-broadly-neutralizing-antibody-immunotherapy-for-hiv-1
#10
REVIEW
Yoshiaki Nishimura, Malcolm A Martin
The neutralizing antibodies targeting the HIV-1 envelope protein have been a major focus for HIV therapy. Early studies with anti-HIV-1 neutralizing monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) administered to infected individuals showed some promise, as they resulted in transient reductions in plasma viremia in some recipients. However, resistant viral variants rapidly emerged. A major development during the past 6 to 7 years has been the isolation and characterization of highly potent and broadly neutralizing mAbs (bNAbs) from infected individuals known as "elite neutralizers...
August 9, 2017: Cell Host & Microbe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798895/prevalence-and-identification-of-serum-markers-associated-with-vertical-transmission-of-hepatitis-b-in-pregnant-women-in-yaounde-cameroon
#11
Lucien Honoré Etame Sone, Roger Ahouga Voufo, Henriette Thérèse Dimodi, Michel Kengne, Cédric Gueguim, Nnanga Ngah, Julius Oben, Judith Laure Ngondi
OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) infection in pregnant women and identify markers associated with vertical transmission of HBV. METHODS: Prospective and cross-sectional study over 10 months on 298 pregnant women attending antenatal clinics in the Cité Verte and Efoulan District hospitals in Cameroon. A dry tube blood collection was performed on all pregnant women and babies born to HBsAg-positive mothers. Serum from the women was used to test for HBsAg through immunochromatography and then confirmed by ELISA...
2017: International Journal of MCH and AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798470/identification-of-the-novel-3-utr-sequences-of-human-il-21-mrna-as-potential-targets-of-mirnas
#12
Yutaka Enomoto, Rie Takagi, Yutaka Naito, Tsuyoshi Kiniwa, Yasuhito Tanaka, Susumu Hamada-Tsutsumi, Masaaki Kawano, Sho Matsushita, Takahiro Ochiya, Atsushi Miyajima
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a leading cause of hepatocellular carcinoma worldwide. However, the strategy of HBV to escape from the host immune system remains largely unknown. In this study, we examined extracellular vesicles (EVs) secreted from human hepatocytes infected with HBV. EVs includeing exosomes are nano-size vesicles with proteins, mRNAs, and microRNAs (miRNAs), which can be transmitted to different cells. We found that 104 EV associated miRNAs were increased in hepatocytes more than 2-fold by HBV infection...
August 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798420/hiv-1-tat-induced-diarrhea-evokes-an-enteric-glia-dependent-neuroinflammatory-response-in-the-central-nervous-system
#13
Giuseppe Esposito, Elena Capoccia, Stefano Gigli, Marcella Pesce, Eugenia Bruzzese, Alessandra D'Alessandro, Carla Cirillo, Alessandro di Cerbo, Rosario Cuomo, Luisa Seguella, Luca Steardo, Giovanni Sarnelli
Despite the effectiveness of combined anti-retroviral therapy, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infected-patients frequently report diarrhea and neuropsychological deficits. It is claimed that the viral HIV-1 Trans activating factor (HIV-1 Tat) protein is responsible for both diarrhea and neurotoxic effects, but the underlying mechanisms are not known. We hypothesize that colonic application of HIV-1 Tat activates glial cells of the enteric nervous system (EGCs), leading to a neuroinflammatory response able to propagate to the central nervous system...
August 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798348/fas-ligand-mediated-cytotoxicity-of-cd4-t-cells-during-chronic-retrovirus-infection
#14
Anna Malyshkina, Elisabeth Littwitz-Salomon, Kathrin Sutter, Gennadiy Zelinskyy, Sonja Windmann, Simone Schimmer, Annette Paschen, Hendrik Streeck, Kim J Hasenkrug, Ulf Dittmer
CD4+ helper T cells and cytotoxic CD8+ T cells are key players for adaptive immune responses against acute infections with retroviruses. Similar to textbook knowledge the most important function of CD4+ T cells during an acute retrovirus infection seems to be their helper function for other immune cells. Whereas there was no direct anti-viral activity of CD4+ T cells during acute Friend Virus (FV) infection, they were absolutely required for the control of chronic infection. During chronic FV infection a population of activated FV-specific CD4+ T cells did not express cytotoxic molecules, but Fas Ligand that can induce Fas-induced apoptosis in target cells...
August 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798082/long-dsrnas-promote-an-anti-viral-response-in-pacific-oyster-hampering-ostreid-herpesvirus-1-replication
#15
Marianna Pauletto, Amélie Segarra, Caroline Montagnani, Virgile Quillien, Nicole Faury, Jacqueline Le Grand, Philippe Miner, Bruno Petton, Yannick Labreuche, Elodie Fleury, Caroline Fabioux, Luca Bargelloni, Tristan Renault, Arnaud Huvet
Double stranded RNA-mediated genetic interference (RNAi) is a widely used reverse genetic tool for determining the loss-of-function phenotype of a gene. Here, the possible induction of an immune response by long dsRNA was tested in a marine bivalve, i.e. Crassostrea gigas, as well as the specific role of the subunit 2 of the nuclear factor κB inhibitor (IκB2). This gene is a candidate of particular interest for functional investigations in the context of massive mortality oyster events as Cg-IκB2 mRNA levels exhibited significant variation depending on the amount of ostreid herpesvirus 1 (OsHV-1) DNA detected...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796161/comparison-of-liver-detargeting-strategies-for-systemic-therapy-with-oncolytic-adenovirus-serotype-5
#16
Tien V Nguyen, Mary E Barry, Mallory A Turner, Catherine M Crosby, Miguel A Trujillo, John C Morris, Michael A Barry
Oncolytic viruses would ideally be of use for systemic therapy to treat disseminated cancer. To do this safely, this may require multiple layers of cancer specificity. The pharmacology and specificity of oncolytic adenoviruses can be modified by (1) physical retargeting, (2) physical detargeting, (3) chemical shielding, or (4) by modifying the ability of viral early gene products to selectively activate in cancer versus normal cells. We explored the utility of these approaches with oncolytic adenovirus serotype 5 (Ad5) in immunocompetent Syrian hamsters bearing subcutaneous HaK tumors...
August 10, 2017: Biomedicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794924/expression-of-tomato-yellow-leaf-curl-virus-coat-protein-using-baculovirus-expression-system-and-evaluation-of-its-utility-as-a-viral-antigen
#17
Lamiaa Elgaied, Reda Salem, Wael Elmenofy
DNA encoding the coat protein (CP) of an Egyptian isolate of tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV) was inserted into the genome of Autographa californica nucleopolyhedrovirus (AcNPV) under the control of polyhedrin promoter. The generated recombinant baculovirus construct harboring the coat protein gene was characterized using PCR analysis. The recombinant coat protein expressed in infected insect cells was used as a coating antigen in an indirect Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and dot blot to test its utility for the detection of antibody generated against TYLCV virus particles...
August 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794048/hepatitis-c-virus-core-protein-modulates-endoglin-cd105-signaling-pathway-for-liver-pathogenesis
#18
Young-Chan Kwon, Reina Sasaki, Keith Meyer, Ranjit Ray
Endoglin is part of the TGF-β receptor complex and has a crucial role in fibrogenesis and angiogenesis. It is also an important protein for tumor growth, survival, and cancer cell metastasis. In our previous study, we have shown that hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection induces epithelial-mesenchymal transition state (EMT) and cancer stem-like cell (CSC) properties in human hepatocytes. Our array data suggested that endoglin (CD105) mRNA is significantly upregulated in HCV associated CSCs. In this study, we have observed increased endoglin expression on the cell surface of HCV core expressing hepatocellular carcinoma (HepG2) cell line or immortalized human hepatocytes (IHH) and activation of its downstream signaling molecules...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794045/pseudorabies-virus-dutpase-ul50-induces-lysosomal-degradation-of-type-i-interferon-receptor-1-and-antagonizes-the-alpha-interferon-response
#19
Rui Zhang, Aotian Xu, Chao Qin, Qiong Zhang, Shifan Chen, Yue Lang, Mengdong Wang, Chuang Li, Wenhai Feng, Rui Zhang, Zhengfan Jiang, Jun Tang
Alphaherpesviruses that establish persistent infection partly rely on their ability to evade host anti-viral responses, notably, the type I interferon (IFN) response. However, the mechanisms employed by alphaherpesviruses to avoid this response are not well understood. Pseudorabies virus (PRV) is an economically important pathogen and a useful model system to study alphaherpesvirus biology. To identify PRV proteins that antagonize type I IFN signaling, we performed a screen using an IFN-stimulated response element reporter in the swine cell line CRL...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794041/interferon-inducible-cd169-siglec1-attenuates-anti-hiv-1-effects-of-ifn-%C3%AE
#20
Hisashi Akiyama, Nora-Guadalupe Pina Ramirez, Gregory Gibson, Christopher Kline, Simon Watkins, Zandrea Ambrose, Suryaram Gummuluru
A hallmark of HIV-1 infection in vivo is chronic immune activation concomitant with type I interferon (IFN) production. Although type I IFN induces an antiviral state in many cell types, HIV-1 can replicate in vivo via mechanisms that have remained unclear. We have recently identified a type I IFN-inducible protein CD169 as the HIV-1 attachment factor on dendritic cells (DCs) that can mediate robust infection of CD4(+) T cells in trans. Since CD169 expression on macrophages is also induced by type I IFN, we hypothesized that type I IFN-inducible CD169 could facilitate productive HIV-1 infection in myeloid cells in cis and CD4(+) T cells in trans and thus offset antiviral effects of type I IFN...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Virology
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