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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29168754/a-bioinformatic-pipeline-for-monitoring-of-the-mutational-stability-of-viral-drug-targets-with-deep-sequencing-technology
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Yuri Kravatsky, Vladimir Chechetkin, Daria Fedoseeva, Maria Gorbacheva, Galina Kravatskaya, Olga Kretova, Nickolai Tchurikov
The efficient development of antiviral drugs, including efficient antiviral small interfering RNAs (siRNAs), requires continuous monitoring of the strict correspondence between a drug and the related highly variable viral DNA/RNA target(s). Deep sequencing is able to provide an assessment of both the general target conservation and the frequency of particular mutations in the different target sites. The aim of this study was to develop a reliable bioinformatic pipeline for the analysis of millions of short, deep sequencing reads corresponding to selected highly variable viral sequences that are drug target(s)...
November 23, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163538/efficacy-and-safety-of-a-multistrain-probiotic-formulation-depends-from-manufacturing
#2
Vito Trinchieri, Luca Laghi, Beatrice Vitali, Carola Parolin, Ilaria Giusti, Daniela Capobianco, Paola Mastromarino, Claudio De Simone
Background: Variability in probiotics manufacturing may affect their properties, with potential implications for their efficacy and safety. This is of particular concern with probiotic products destined for use in patients with serious medical conditions, including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. The purpose of the study was to carry out a series of experiments comparing the properties of the US-made probiotic formulation originally commercialized under the brand name VSL#3(®), with those of the Italian-made formulation now commercialized under the same name...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159660/opinion-paracoccidioidomycosis-and-hiv-immune-recovery-inflammatory-syndrome
#3
Renata Buccheri, Gil Benard
Two distinct patterns of immune recovery inflammatory syndrome (IRIS) are recognized, paradoxical and unmasking IRIS. Here we raise some concerns regarding the first case of neuroPCM-IRIS published to date, as recently proposed by Almeida and Roza (Mycopathologia 177:137-141, 2017) for a patient originally described by Silva-Vergara et al. (Mycopathologia 182:393-396, 2014), taking in account the different case definitions for IRIS and the cases of neuroparacoccidioidomycosis already described in the literature...
November 20, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155819/determinants-of-site-of-tuberculosis-disease-an-analysis-of-european-surveillance-data-from-2003-to-2014
#4
Giovanni Sotgiu, Dennis Falzon, Vahur Hollo, Csaba Ködmön, Nicolas Lefebvre, Andrei Dadu, Marieke van der Werf
BACKGROUND: We explored host-related factors associated with the site of tuberculosis (TB) disease using variables routinely collected by the 31 EU/EEA countries for national surveillance. METHODS: Logistic regression models were fitted to case-based surveillance data reported to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control for TB cases notified from 2003 to 2014. Missing data on HIV infection and on susceptibility to isoniazid and rifampicin for many patients precluded the inclusion of these variables in the analysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150032/thoracic-surgery-in-patients-with-aids
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Doraid Jarrar, Grace Y Song
The picture of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients has changed dramatically since the original description in 1981. The introduction of antiretroviral drugs in 1987 and combination antiretroviral therapy has decreased mortality by as much as 80%. We now see patients in their 60s and 70s, having lived decades with HIV and living a normal live. As outlined in the article, despite good viral control, patients with HIV may present with solid organ cancers earlier than noninfected patients and are also prone to other complications of their disease that may require the attention of a thoracic surgeon...
February 2018: Thoracic Surgery Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147636/drug-induced-lupus-erythematosus-associated-with-antiretroviral-therapy-in-a-patient-with-human-immunodeficiency-virus-a-case-report
#6
Jazila Mantis, Ravi Bhavsar, Adriana Abrudescu
Antiretroviral medications are the mainstay of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) therapy and some have been in use for over 20 years. To date, there have been no reported cases of antiretroviral therapy (ART) induced drug-induced lupus erythematosus (DILE). We present a case of a 35-year-old woman who received a combination of emtricitabine, rilpivirine, and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate for HIV treatment. Three years later, she developed an extensive rash and polyarthralgia in her extremities with laboratory findings significant for positive antinuclear antibody (ANA), anti-double stranded deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) antibody (anti-dsDNA), and anti-histone antibody titers...
September 7, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144838/human-t-cell-leukemia-virus-type-1-persistence-and-pathogenesis
#7
Charles R M Bangham
Human T cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1), also known as human T lymphotropic virus type 1, was the first exogenous human retrovirus discovered. Unlike the distantly related lentivirus HIV-1, HTLV-1 causes disease in only 5-10% of infected people, depending on their ethnic origin. But whereas HIV-1 infection and the consequent diseases can be efficiently contained in most cases by antiretroviral drug treatment, there is no satisfactory treatment for the malignant or inflammatory diseases caused by HTLV-1...
November 16, 2017: Annual Review of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143319/the-full-spectrum-of-castleman-disease-273-patients-studied-over-20%C3%A2-years
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Eric Oksenhendler, David Boutboul, David Fajgenbaum, Adrien Mirouse, Claire Fieschi, Marion Malphettes, Laetitia Vercellino, Véronique Meignin, Laurence Gérard, Lionel Galicier
The spectrum of Castleman disease (CD) has considerably extended since its first description in 1956. Recently, an international collaborative working group has reached consensus on the diagnostic criteria and classification of CD. We herein report 273 patients with lymph node histopathology consistent with CD and investigate the newly established diagnostic criteria. Twenty of these patients with Castleman-like histopathology were removed from analyses, because they were diagnosed with an exclusionary disorder (18 with haematological malignancy)...
November 16, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142313/effects-of-exosome-on-the-activation-of-cd4-t-cells-in-rhesus-macaques-a-potential-application-for-hiv-latency-reactivation
#9
Xiaowu Hong, Blake Schouest, Huanbin Xu
Exosomes are small extracellular vesicles (EVs), released by a wide variety of cell types, carry donor origin-proteins, cytokines, and nucleic acids, transport these cargos to adjacent or distant specific recipient cells, and thereby regulate gene expression and activation of target cells. In this study, we isolated and identified exosomes in rhesus macaques, and investigated their effects on cell tropism and activation, especially their potential to reactivate HIV latency. The results indicated that plasma-derived exosomes preferentially fuse to TCR-activated T cells and autologous parent cells...
November 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141350/-comparison-of-different-methods-in-dealing-with-hiv-viral-load-data-with-diversified-missing-value-mechanism-on-hiv-positive-msm
#10
Z Jiang, Z Dou, W L Song, J Xu, Z Y Wu
Objective: To compare results of different methods: in organizing HIV viral load (VL) data with missing values mechanism. Methods We used software SPSS 17.0 to simulate complete and missing data with different missing value mechanism from HIV viral loading data collected from MSM in 16 cities in China in 2013. Maximum Likelihood Methods Using the Expectation and Maximization Algorithm (EM), regressive method, mean imputation, delete method, and Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) were used to supplement missing data respectively...
November 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141336/-data-distribution-and-transformation-in-population-based-sampling-survey-of-viral-load-in-hiv-positive-men-who-have-sex-with-men-in-china
#11
Z Dou, J Chen, Z Jiang, W L Song, J Xu, Z Y Wu
Objective: To understand the distribution of population viral load (PVL) data in HIV infected men who have sex with men (MSM), fit distribution function and explore the appropriate estimating parameter of PVL. Methods: The detection limit of viral load (VL) was ≤ 50 copies/ml. Box-Cox transformation and normal distribution tests were used to describe the general distribution characteristics of the original and transformed data of PVL, then the stable distribution function was fitted with test of goodness of fit...
November 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137167/transmission-dynamics-of-hiv-1-drug-resistance-among-treatment-na%C3%A3-ve-individuals-in-greece-the-added-value-of-molecular-epidemiology-to-public-health
#12
Dimitrios Paraskevis, Evangelia Kostaki, Panagiotis Gargalianos, Georgios Xylomenos, Marios Lazanas, Maria Chini, Athanasios Skoutelis, Vasileios Papastamopoulos, Dimitra Paraskeva, Anastasia Antoniadou, Antonios Papadopoulos, Mina Psichogiou, Georgios L Daikos, Georgios Chrysos, Vasileios Paparizos, Sofia Kourkounti, Helen Sambatakou, Nikolaos V Sipsas, Malvina Lada, Periklis Panagopoulos, Efstratios Maltezos, Stylianos Drimis, Angelos Hatzakis
The presence of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) drug resistance among drug-naïve patients remains stable, although the proportion of patients with virological failure to therapy is decreasing. The dynamics of transmitted resistance among drug-naïve patients remains largely unknown. The prevalence of non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTI) resistance was 16.9% among treatment-naïve individuals in Greece. We aimed to investigate the transmission dynamics and the effective reproductive number (Re) of the locally transmitted NNRTI resistance...
November 13, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136037/safety-pharmacokinetics-and-immunological-activities-of-multiple-intravenous-or-subcutaneous-doses-of-an-anti-hiv-monoclonal-antibody-vrc01-administered-to-hiv-uninfected-adults-results-of-a-phase-1-randomized-trial
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Kenneth H Mayer, Kelly E Seaton, Yunda Huang, Nicole Grunenberg, Abby Isaacs, Mary Allen, Julie E Ledgerwood, Ian Frank, Magdalena E Sobieszczyk, Lindsey R Baden, Benigno Rodriguez, Hong Van Tieu, Georgia D Tomaras, Aaron Deal, Derrick Goodman, Robert T Bailer, Guido Ferrari, Ryan Jensen, John Hural, Barney S Graham, John R Mascola, Lawrence Corey, David C Montefiori
BACKGROUND: VRC01 is an HIV-1 CD4 binding site broadly neutralizing antibody (bnAb) that is active against a broad range of HIV-1 primary isolates in vitro and protects against simian-human immunodeficiency virus (SHIV) when delivered parenterally to nonhuman primates. It has been shown to be safe and well tolerated after short-term administration in humans; however, its clinical and functional activity after longer-term administration has not been previously assessed. METHODS AND FINDINGS: HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) 104 was designed to evaluate the safety and tolerability of multiple doses of VRC01 administered either subcutaneously or by intravenous (IV) infusion and to assess the pharmacokinetics and in vitro immunologic activity of the different dosing regimens...
November 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135583/effect-of-immediate-initiation-of-antiretroviral-treatment-on-the-risk-of-acquired-hiv-drug-resistance
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Sara Lodi, Huldrych F Günthard, David Dunn, Federico Garcia, Roger Logan, Sophie Jose, Heiner C Bucher, Alexandra U Scherrer, Marie-Paule Schneider, Matthias Egger, Tracy R Glass, Peter Reiss, Ard van Sighem, T Sonia Boender, Andrew N Phillips, Kholoud Porter, David Hawkins, Santiago Moreno, Susana Monge, Dimitrios Paraskevis, Metallidis Simeon, Georgia Vourli, Caroline Sabin, Miguel A Hernán
OBJECTIVE: We estimated and compared the risk of clinically identified acquired drug resistance under i) immediate initiation (the currently recommended ART initiation strategy), ii) initiation with CD4 < 500, and iii) initiation with CD4 < 350 cells/mm. DESIGN: Cohort study based on routinely collected data from the HIV-CAUSAL Collaboration. METHODS: For each individual, baseline was the earliest time when all eligibility criteria (ART-naïve, AIDS-free, and others) were met after 1999...
November 10, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130027/cryptococcosis-today-it-is-not-all-about-hiv-infection
#15
Jane A O'Halloran, William G Powderly, Andrej Spec
Purpose of the review: Cryptococcal disease is most often thought of in the context of HIV infection. Much of our knowledge of the disease originates from its management in the HIV-positive population over the last 30 years. While the majority of cases globally continue to occur in the setting of advanced HIV, Cryptococcus species is increasingly responsible for disease in HIV-negative populations including those considered normal hosts and these HIV-negative populations will be the focus of this review...
June 2017: Current Clinical Microbiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127275/allogeneic-stem-cell-transplantation-in-fully-mhc-matched-mauritian-cynomolgus-macaques-recapitulates-diverse-human-clinical-outcomes
#16
Benjamin J Burwitz, Helen L Wu, Shaheed Abdulhaqq, Christine Shriver-Munsch, Tonya Swanson, Alfred W Legasse, Katherine B Hammond, Stephanie L Junell, Jason S Reed, Benjamin N Bimber, Justin M Greene, Gabriela M Webb, Mina Northrup, Wolfram Laub, Paul Kievit, Rhonda MacAllister, Michael K Axthelm, Rebecca Ducore, Anne Lewis, Lois M A Colgin, Theodore Hobbs, Lauren D Martin, Betsy Ferguson, Charles R Thomas, Angela Panoskaltsis-Mortari, Gabrielle Meyers, Jeffrey J Stanton, Richard T Maziarz, Jonah B Sacha
Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is a critically important therapy for hematological malignancies, inborn errors of metabolism, and immunodeficiency disorders, yet complications such as graft-vs.-host disease (GvHD) limit survival. Development of anti-GvHD therapies that do not adversely affect susceptibility to infection or graft-vs.-tumor immunity are hampered by the lack of a physiologically relevant, preclinical model of allogeneic HSCT. Here we show a spectrum of diverse clinical HSCT outcomes including primary and secondary graft failure, lethal GvHD, and stable, disease-free full donor engraftment using reduced intensity conditioning and mobilized peripheral blood HSCT in unrelated, fully MHC-matched Mauritian-origin cynomolgus macaques...
November 10, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121950/the-hiv-1-integrase-ledgf-allosteric-inhibitor-mut-a-resistance-profile-impairment-of-virus-maturation-and-infectivity-but-without-influence-on-rna-packaging-or-virus-immunoreactivity
#17
Céline Amadori, Yme Ubeles van der Velden, Damien Bonnard, Igor Orlov, Nikki van Bel, Erwann Le Rouzic, Laia Miralles, Julie Brias, Francis Chevreuil, Daniele Spehner, Sophie Chasset, Benoit Ledoussal, Luzia Mayr, François Moreau, Felipe García, José Gatell, Alessia Zamborlini, Stéphane Emiliani, Marc Ruff, Bruno P Klaholz, Christiane Moog, Ben Berkhout, Montserrat Plana, Richard Benarous
BACKGROUND: HIV-1 Integrase (IN) interacts with the cellular co-factor LEDGF/p75 and tethers the HIV preintegration complex to the host genome enabling integration. Recently a new class of IN inhibitors was described, the IN-LEDGF allosteric inhibitors (INLAIs). Designed to interfere with the IN-LEDGF interaction during integration, the major impact of these inhibitors was surprisingly found on virus maturation, causing a reverse transcription defect in target cells. RESULTS: Here we describe the MUT-A compound as a genuine INLAI with an original chemical structure based on a new type of scaffold, a thiophene ring...
November 9, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120364/crystal-structure-of-the-full-length-feline-immunodeficiency-virus-capsid-protein-shows-an-n-terminal-%C3%AE-hairpin-in-the-absence-of-n-terminal-proline
#18
Christelle Folio, Natalia Sierra, Marie Dujardin, Guzman Alvarez, Christophe Guillon
Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is a member of the Retroviridae family. It is the causative agent of an acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in cats and wild felines. Its capsid protein (CA) drives the assembly of the viral particle, which is a critical step in the viral replication cycle. Here, the first atomic structure of full-length FIV CA to 1.67 Å resolution is determined. The crystallized protein exhibits an original tetrameric assembly, composed of dimers which are stabilized by an intermolecular disulfide bridge induced by the crystallogenesis conditions...
November 9, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116294/secondary-syphilis-presenting-as-leucoderma-syphiliticum-case-report-and-review
#19
Walter de Araujo Eyer-Silva, Carlos José Martins, Guilherme Almeida Rosa da Silva, Giresse Acakpovi, Jorge Francisco da Cunha Pinto
Leucoderma syphiliticum (LS), originally described as syphilide pigmentaire, encompasses a spectrum of dyschromic lesions that emerge during the course of secondary syphilis. Very few case reports are available in modern biomedical databases. We present the case of a 57-year-old HIV-infected male patient who presented with several round to oval, non-scaling, slightly raised and well-demarcated hypochromic lesions scattered over the trunk, abdomen, dorsum, and arms. Prior non-treponemal tests were negative for syphilis, but novel studies yielded positive results at high titers...
November 6, 2017: Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112075/consequences-of-a-changing-us-strategy-in-the-global-hiv-investment-landscape
#20
Jessica B McGillen, Alana Sharp, Brian Honermann, Gregorio Millett, Chris Collins, Timothy B Hallett
OBJECTIVE: The global fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa has long been a focus of US foreign policy, but this could change if the federal budget for 2018 proposed by the US Office of Management and Budget is adopted. We aim to inform public and Congressional debate around this issue by evaluating the historical and potential future impact of US investment in the African HIV response. DESIGN/METHODS: We use a previously published mathematical model of HIV transmission to characterize the possible impact of a series of financial scenarios for the historical and future AIDS response across Sub-Saharan Africa...
November 28, 2017: AIDS
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