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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907136/immune-activation-and-bacterial-translocation-a-link-between-impaired-immune-recovery-and-frequent-visceral-leishmaniasis-relapses-in-hiv-infected-patients
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Maria Luciana Silva-Freitas, Glaucia Fernandes Cota, Talia S Machado-de-Assis, Carmem Giacoia-Gripp, Ana Rabello, Alda M Da-Cruz, Joanna R Santos-Oliveira
The maintenance of chronic immune activation due to leishmaniasis or even due to microbial translocation is associated with immunosenescence and may contribute to frequent relapses. Our aim was to investigate whether patients with HIV-associated visceral leishmaniasis (VL/HIV) who experience a single episode of VL have different immunological behaviors in comparison to those who experience frequent relapses. VL/HIV patients were allocated to non-relapsing (NR, n = 6) and relapsing (R, n = 11) groups and were followed from the active phase of VL up to 12 months post-treatment (mpt)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906005/the-role-of-nk-cells-in-hiv-1-protection-autologous-allogeneic-or-both
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REVIEW
Jef Hens, Wim Jennes, Luc Kestens
Natural killer (NK) cells specialize in killing virally infected- or tumor cells and are part of the innate immune system. The activational state of NK cells is determined by the balance of incoming activating and inhibitory signals mediated by receptor-ligand binding with the target cell. These receptor-ligand bonds mainly consist of the killer immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIR), which are expressed at the cell surface of NK cells, and their ligands: the highly variable human leukocyte antigen -class I molecules (HLA)...
March 18, 2016: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905838/engineering-hiv-specific-immunity-with-chimeric-antigen-receptors
#3
Scott G Kitchen, Jerome A Zack
HIV remains a highly important public health and clinical issue despite many recent advances in attempting to develop a cure, which has remained elusive for most people infected with HIV. HIV disease can be controlled with pharmacologic therapies; however, these treatments are expensive, may have severe side effects, and are not curative. Consequently, an improved means to control or eliminate HIV replication is needed. Cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) play a critical role in controlling viral replication and are an important part in the ability of the immune response to eradicate most viral infections...
December 2016: AIDS Patient Care and STDs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904062/promising-therapies-for-fungal-infection-based-on-the-study-to-elucidate-mechanisms-to-cope-with-stress-in-candida-species
#4
Kazuyuki Hirai, Tatsuya Inukai, Hironobu Nakayama
In recent years, the incidence of fungal infections has been increasing, particularly among patients with immune systems compromised by human immunodeficiency virus infection, organ transplantation, and/or chemotherapy for cancer. Current therapies for treating systemic fungal infection have limited effectiveness and have created problems of adverse reactions and drug resistance. These issues therefore motivate us to develop novel antifungals. Elucidation of stress response mechanisms and virulence factors in pathogenic fungi is required in developing an effective antifungal strategy...
2016: Medical Mycology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903274/breadth-and-magnitude-of-antigen-specific-antibody-responses-in-the-control-of-plasma-viremia-in-simian-immunodeficiency-virus-infected-macaques
#5
Bapi Pahar, Carys S Kenway-Lynch, Preston Marx, Sudesh K Srivastav, Celia LaBranche, David C Montefiori, Arpita Das
BACKGROUND: Increasing evidence suggests an unexpected potential for non-neutralizing antibodies to prevent HIV infection. Consequently, identification of functional linear B-cell epitopes for HIV are important for developing preventative and therapeutic strategies. We therefore explored the role of antigen-specific immune responses in controlling plasma viremia in SIV infected rhesus macaques. METHODS: Thirteen rhesus macaques were inoculated either intravaginally or intrarectally with SIVMAC251...
December 1, 2016: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903071/reduced-levels-and-bioactivity-of-endogenous-protease-cathepsin-d-in-genital-tract-secretions-of-postmenopausal-women
#6
Mariel Jais, Naji Younes, Stacey Chapman, Susan Cu-Uvin, Mimi Ghosh
PROBLEM: HIV infections are increasing in older adult populations. Although it is known that the HIV/AIDS epidemics affect women disproportionately, little is known regarding immune responses in reproductive tract of postmenopausal women, specifically regarding endogenous proteases that modulate inflammation, tissue remodeling and wound healing. METHOD OF STUDY: Levels and bioactivity of endogenous proteases Cathepsin B, D, G, and Neutrophil Elastase were measured in cervical vaginal lavage collected from 20 HIV-negative pre- and postmenopausal women...
November 30, 2016: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902325/targeting-naturally-occurring-epitope-variants-of-hepatitis-c-virus-with-high-affinity-t-cell-receptors
#7
Huajun Zhang, Jianbing Zhang, Lei Chen, Zhiming Weng, Ye Tian, Haifeng Zhao, Youjia Li, Lin Chen, Zhaoduan Liang, Hongjun Zheng, Wenzhuo Zhao, Shi Zhong, Yi Li
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) readily establishes chronic infection, which is characterized by failure of virus-specific CD8+ T cells. HCV uses epitope mutation and T-cell exhaustion to escape from the host immune response. Previously, we engineered high-affinity T-cell receptors (HATs) targeting HIV escape mutants. In this study, the affinity of a T-cell receptor specific for the human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-A2-restricted HCV immunodominant epitope NS3 1406-1415 (KLVALGINAV) was improved from a KD of 6.6 µM to 40 pM...
November 11, 2016: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899925/increased-risk-of-group-b-streptococcus-invasive-infection-in-hiv-exposed-but-uninfected-infants-a-review-of-the-evidence-and-possible-mechanisms
#8
REVIEW
Nicolas Dauby, Mustapha Chamekh, Pierrette Melin, Amy L Slogrove, Tessa Goetghebuer
Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a major cause of neonatal sepsis and mortality worldwide. Studies from both developed and developing countries have shown that HIV-exposed but uninfected (HEU) infants are at increased risk of infectious morbidity, as compared to HIV-unexposed uninfected infants (HUU). A higher susceptibility to GBS infections has been reported in HEU infants, particularly late-onset diseases and more severe manifestations of GBS diseases. We review here the possible explanations for increased susceptibility to GBS infection...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898045/dendritic-cell-based-immunotherapies-to-fight-hiv-how-far-from-a-success-story-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#9
REVIEW
Antonio Victor Campos Coelho, Ronald Rodrigues de Moura, Anselmo Jiro Kamada, Ronaldo Celerino da Silva, Rafael Lima Guimarães, Lucas André Cavalcanti Brandão, Luiz Cláudio Arraes de Alencar, Sergio Crovella
The scientific community still faces the challenge of developing strategies to cure HIV-1. One of these pursued strategies is the development of immunotherapeutic vaccines based on dendritic cells (DCs), pulsed with the virus, that aim to boost HIV-1 specific immune response. We aimed to review DCs-based therapeutic vaccines reports and critically assess evidence to gain insights for the improvement of these strategies. We performed a systematic review, followed by meta-analysis and meta-regression, of clinical trial reports...
November 26, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897109/effect-of-the-modification-of-p24-peptide-antigen-on-dendritic-cell-uptake-and-t-cell-activation
#10
P L Smith, K J Norgate, E Hegarty, N Grageda, E Heelas, M Sommerfelt, T Lange, Arnt-Ove Hovden, B Sørenson, A Dalgleish, M Bodman-Smith
BACKGROUND: Vacc-4x is a candidate therapeutic vaccine consisting of 4 modified peptides based on conserved regions of HIV-1 p24Gag. Vacc4x has been shown to induce long term cellular immunity in immunized infected individuals resulting a reduction in viral load on treatment interruption. OBJECTIVE: Vacc-4x peptides are modified. In this study the effect of modification on uptake of the peptides into PBMC, their subsequent presentation and antigenicity was tested...
November 29, 2016: Current HIV Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895171/impairment-of-ccr6-and-cxcr3-th-cell-migration-in-hiv-1-infection-is-rescued-by-modulating-actin-polymerization
#11
Valentina Cecchinato, Enos Bernasconi, Roberto F Speck, Michele Proietti, Ulrike Sauermann, Gianluca D'Agostino, Gabriela Danelon, Tanja Rezzonico Jost, Fabio Grassi, Lorenzo Raeli, Franziska Schöni-Affolter, Christiane Stahl-Hennig, Mariagrazia Uguccioni
CD4(+) T cell repopulation of the gut is rarely achieved in HIV-1-infected individuals who are receiving clinically effective antiretroviral therapy. Alterations in the integrity of the mucosal barrier have been indicated as a cause for chronic immune activation and disease progression. In this study, we present evidence that persistent immune activation causes impairment of lymphocytes to respond to chemotactic stimuli, thus preventing their trafficking from the blood stream to peripheral organs. CCR6(+) and CXCR3(+) Th cells accumulate in the blood of aviremic HIV-1-infected patients on long-term antiretroviral therapy, and their frequency in the circulation positively correlates to levels of soluble CD14 in plasma, a marker of chronic immune activation...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894306/first-phase-i-human-clinical-trial-of-a-killed-whole-hiv-1-vaccine-demonstration-of-its-safety-and-enhancement-of-anti-hiv-antibody-responses
#12
Eunsil Choi, Chad J Michalski, Seung Ho Choo, Gyoung Nyoun Kim, Elizabeth Banasikowska, Sangkyun Lee, Kunyu Wu, Hwa-Yong An, Anthony Mills, Stefan Schneider, U Fritz Bredeek, Daniel R Coulston, Shilei Ding, Andrés Finzi, Meijuan Tian, Katja Klein, Eric J Arts, Jamie F S Mann, Yong Gao, C Yong Kang
BACKGROUND: Vaccination with inactivated (killed) whole-virus particles has been used to prevent a wide range of viral diseases. However, for an HIV vaccine this approach has been largely negated due to inherent safety concerns, despite the ability of killed whole-virus vaccines to generate a strong, predominantly antibody-mediated immune response in vivo. HIV-1 Clade B NL4-3 was genetically modified by deleting the nef and vpu genes and substituting the coding sequence for the Env signal peptide with that of honeybee melittin signal peptide to produce a less virulent and more replication efficient virus...
November 28, 2016: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890958/nonhealing-genital-ulcer-in-aids-a-diagnostic-dilemma
#13
Yogesh S Marfatia, Devi Sathianadha Menon, Sheethal Jose, Brijesh Kumar Patel
HIV/AIDS-related immune alteration poses many diagnostic and therapeutic challenges. HIV-positive 44-year-old male, on second-line antiretroviral therapy (ART) presented with asymptomatic non healing, well-defined, erythematous ulcer over penis since 8 months with serosanguinous discharge. Inguinal lymph nodes were not palpable. Tzanck smear was negative. Biopsy was not done as the patient was not willing for the same. Acyclovir was given considering herpes infection to which there was no response, and hence azithromycin and metronidazole were given, without improvement...
July 2016: Indian Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890944/role-of-high-sensitivity-c-reactive-protein-measurements-in-hiv-patients
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REVIEW
Arun Vishwanath, Saif Quaiser, Ruhi Khan
As we herald into the 21(st) century, the quality of life and the repertoire of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) have considerably improved. However, considerable work is still needed to educate the population about primary and secondary prevention modalities. Moreover, regular monitoring of immune response with patients on HAART with conventional biomarkers is still a problem in low resource settings which needs to be addressed. We aim to review high-sensitivity C-reactive protein as a potential biomarker in this regard...
July 2016: Indian Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889424/hiv-vaccines-one-step-closer
#15
Michael Sze Yuan Low, David Tarlinton
Currently there is no effective vaccine against human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Four recently published studies in Cell and Immunity now show that using planned sequential boosting with antigens to guide the humoral response towards broadly neutralizing antibodies could provide a solution to achieving vaccination against HIV-1.
November 23, 2016: Trends in Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888126/understanding-the-complex-evolution-of-rapidly-mutating-viruses-with-deep-sequencing-beyond-the-analysis-of-viral-diversity
#16
REVIEW
Preston Leung, Auda A Eltahla, Andrew R Lloyd, Rowena A Bull, Fabio Luciani
With the advent of affordable deep sequencing technologies, detection of low frequency variants within genetically diverse viral populations can now be achieved with unprecedented depth and efficiency. The high-resolution data provided by next generation sequencing technologies is currently recognised as the gold standard in estimation of viral diversity. In the analysis of rapidly mutating viruses, longitudinal deep sequencing datasets from viral genomes during individual infection episodes, as well as at the epidemiological level during outbreaks, now allow for more sophisticated analyses such as statistical estimates of the impact of complex mutation patterns on the evolution of the viral populations both within and between hosts...
November 22, 2016: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886201/cryptococcal-meningitis-epidemiology-immunology-diagnosis-and-therapy
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REVIEW
Peter R Williamson, Joseph N Jarvis, Anil A Panackal, Matthew C Fisher, Síle F Molloy, Angela Loyse, Thomas S Harrison
HIV-associated cryptococcal meningitis is by far the most common cause of adult meningitis in many areas of the world that have high HIV seroprevalence. In most areas in Sub-Saharan Africa, the incidence of cryptococcal meningitis is not decreasing despite availability of antiretroviral therapy, because of issues of adherence and retention in HIV care. In addition, cryptococcal meningitis in HIV-seronegative individuals is a substantial problem: the risk of cryptococcal infection is increased in transplant recipients and other individuals with defects in cell-mediated immunity, and cryptococcosis is also reported in the apparently immunocompetent...
November 25, 2016: Nature Reviews. Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883971/2-3-7-8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin-and-the-viral-infection
#18
REVIEW
Filomena Fiorito, Rita Santamaria, Carlo Irace, Luisa De Martino, Giuseppe Iovane
Exposure to 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD), a widespread highly toxic environmental contaminant, suppresses immune response and leads to an increased susceptibility to infectious agents. In particular, several studies have provided evidence that TCDD decreases resistance to numerous viruses. Indeed, in vivo and in vitro investigations showed that the presence of TCDD is able to interfere with the replication of both human and animal viruses, such as influenza A viruses, coxsackie virus B3, immunodeficiency virus type-1 (HIV-1), cytomegalovirus (CMV), herpes simplex II, and bovine herpesvirus 1...
November 21, 2016: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881652/inhibition-of-human-cytomegalovirus-pul89-terminase-subunit-blocks-virus-replication-and-genome-cleavage
#19
Yan Wang, Lili Mao, Jayakanth Kankanala, Zhengqiang Wang, Robert J Geraghty
: Human cytomegalovirus terminase complex cleaves the concatemeric genomic DNA into unit lengths during genome packaging and particle assembly. This process is an attractive drug target because cleavage of concatemeric DNA is not required in mammalian cell DNA replication, indicating that drugs targeting the terminase complex could be safe and selective. One component of the human cytomegalovirus terminase complex, pUL89, provides the endonucleolytic activity for genome cleavage and the domain responsible is reported to have an RNase H-like fold...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880897/direct-probing-of-germinal-center-responses-reveals-immunological-features-and-bottlenecks-for-neutralizing-antibody-responses-to-hiv-env-trimer
#20
Colin Havenar-Daughton, Diane G Carnathan, Alba Torrents de la Peña, Matthias Pauthner, Bryan Briney, Samantha M Reiss, Jennifer S Wood, Kirti Kaushik, Marit J van Gils, Sandy L Rosales, Patricia van der Woude, Michela Locci, Khoa M Le, Steven W de Taeye, Devin Sok, Ata Ur Rasheed Mohammed, Jessica Huang, Sanjeev Gumber, AnaPatricia Garcia, Sudhir P Kasturi, Bali Pulendran, John P Moore, Rafi Ahmed, Grégory Seumois, Dennis R Burton, Rogier W Sanders, Guido Silvestri, Shane Crotty
Generating tier 2 HIV-neutralizing antibody (nAb) responses by immunization remains a challenging problem, and the immunological barriers to induction of such responses with Env immunogens remain unclear. Here, some rhesus monkeys developed autologous tier 2 nAbs upon HIV Env trimer immunization (SOSIP.v5.2) whereas others did not. This was not because HIV Env trimers were immunologically silent because all monkeys made similar ELISA-binding antibody responses; the key difference was nAb versus non-nAb responses...
November 22, 2016: Cell Reports
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