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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216629/matrix-attachment-region-combinations-increase-transgene-expression-in-transfected-chinese-hamster-ovary-cells
#1
Chun-Peng Zhao, Xiao Guo, Si-Jia Chen, Chang-Zheng Li, Yun Yang, Jun-He Zhang, Shao-Nan Chen, Yan-Long Jia, Tian-Yun Wang
Matrix attachment regions (MARs) are cis-acting DNA elements that can increase transgene expression levels in a CHO cell expression system. To investigate the effects of MAR combinations on transgene expression and the underlying regulatory mechanisms, we generated constructs in which the enhanced green fluorescent protein (eGFP) gene flanked by different combinations of human β-interferon and β-globin MAR (iMAR and gMAR, respectively), which was driven by the cytomegalovirus (CMV) or simian virus (SV) 40 promoter...
February 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207860/effect-of-human-cytomegalovirus-hcmv-us27-on-cxcr4-receptor-internalization-measured-by-fluorogen-activating-protein-fap-biosensors
#2
Jordan M Boeck, Juliet V Spencer
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is a widespread pathogen and a member of the Herpesviridae family. HCMV has a large genome that encodes many genes that are non-essential for virus replication but instead play roles in manipulation of the host immune environment. One of these is the US27 gene, which encodes a protein with homology to the chemokine receptor family of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). The US27 protein has no known chemokine ligands but can modulate the signaling activity of host receptor CXCR4...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199124/tempo-spatial-activation-of-sequential-quadruple-stimuli-for-high-gene-expression-of-polymeric-gene-nanocomplexes
#3
Hana Cho, Young-Woo Cho, Sun-Woong Kang, Mi-Kyoung Kwak, Kang Moo Huh, You Han Bae, Han Chang Kang
The clinical application of intracellular gene delivery via nanosized carriers is hindered by intracellular multistep barriers that limit high levels of gene expression. To solve these issues, four different intracellular or external stimuli that can efficiently activate a gene carrier, a gene, or a photosensitizer (pheophorbide A [PhA]) were assessed in this study. The designed nanosized polymeric gene complexes were composed of PhA-loaded thiol-degradable polycation (PhA@RPC) and cytomegalovirus (CMV) promoter-equipped pDNA...
February 15, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194527/impairment-of-infectious-laryngotracheitis-virus-replication-by-deletion-of-the-ul-1-gene
#4
M Nadimpalli, S W Lee, J M Devlin, J R Gilkerson, C A Hartley
Infectious laryngotracheitis virus (ILTV) encodes several unique genes, including a pair of unique nuclear proteins UL0 and UL[-1] that are expressed during replication in cell culture. Although the UL0 gene has been shown to be dispensable for replication, the role of UL[-1] has not been elucidated. In this study a deletion mutant of ILTV lacking the UL[-1] gene was constructed using homologous recombination. The coding sequences of the gene were replaced with the gene for enhanced green fluorescent protein and the cytomegalovirus major immediate early promoter element...
February 13, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193504/strong-anti-epstein-barr-virus-ebv-or-cytomegalovirus-cmv-cellular-immune-responses-predict-survival-and-a-favourable-response-to-anti-tuberculosis-therapy
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Tumaini Nagu, Said Aboud, Martin Rao, Mecky Matee, Rebecca Axelsson, Davide Valentini, Ferdinand Mugusi, Alimuddin Zumla, Markus Maeurer
BACKGROUND: Intact immune responses to cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) represent a biologically and clinically relevant correlate of 'immunological fitness' in humans. However, there is a lack of knowledge concerning anti-EBV or anti-CMV responses in patients with pulmonary tuberculosis (TB), in whom aberrant immune responses may promote progression of clinical disease. METHODS: Venous blood samples were obtained at the time of (sputum smear positive) pulmonary TB diagnosis...
February 11, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187901/enhanced-immune-response-to-a-dual-promoter-anti-caries-dna-vaccine-orally-delivered-by-attenuated-salmonella-typhimurium
#6
Hao Jiang, Yijun Hu, Mei Yang, Hao Liu, Guangshui Jiang
The strength of immune responses induced by DNA vaccine is closely associated with the expression level of cloned antigens available to the antigen presenting cells (APCs). To acquire a larger and more persistent amount of antigen, a dual-promoter, which could double the target antigen output through its expression both in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, was employed in the constructed anti-caries DNA vaccine with attenuated Salmonella as mucosal delivery vector in this study. Here, both CMV and nirB promoters were included in the plasmid that harbors the genes encoding the functional epitopes of two virulence factors of S...
January 25, 2017: Immunobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187057/improvements-in-gait-with-hearing-aids-and-cochlear-implants
#7
Corey S Shayman, Gammon M Earhart, Timothy E Hullar
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether wearing auditory assistive devices can improve gait and dynamic balance. PATIENTS: Three adult users of bilateral hearing assistive devices: one with cytomegalovirus exposure wearing cochlear implants, one with Ménière's disease wearing hearing aids, and one with presbystasis wearing hearing aids. INTERVENTION: Rehabilitative intervention involved participants performing gait and dynamic posture tasks with and without their hearing assistive devices...
February 9, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186505/n-glycosylation-of-mouse-trail-r-and-human-trail-r1-enhances-trail-induced-death
#8
Florent Dufour, Thibault Rattier, Sarah Shirley, Gaelle Picarda, Andrei Alexandru Constantinescu, Aymeric Morlé, Al Batoul Zakaria, Guillaume Marcion, Sebastien Causse, Eva Szegezdi, Dirk Michael Zajonc, Renaud Seigneuric, Gilles Guichard, Tijani Gharbi, Fabien Picaud, Guillaume Herlem, Carmen Garrido, Pascal Schneider, Chris Alan Benedict, Olivier Micheau
APO2L/TRAIL (TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand) induces death of tumor cells through two agonist receptors, TRAIL-R1 and TRAIL-R2. We demonstrate here that N-linked glycosylation (N-glyc) plays also an important regulatory role for TRAIL-R1-mediated and mouse TRAIL receptor (mTRAIL-R)-mediated apoptosis, but not for TRAIL-R2, which is devoid of N-glycans. Cells expressing N-glyc-defective mutants of TRAIL-R1 and mouse TRAIL-R were less sensitive to TRAIL than their wild-type counterparts. Defective apoptotic signaling by N-glyc-deficient TRAIL receptors was associated with lower TRAIL receptor aggregation and reduced DISC formation, but not with reduced TRAIL-binding affinity...
February 10, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182619/contribution-of-common-infections-to-cardiovascular-risk-in-hiv-positive-individuals
#9
Victoria Berquist, Jennifer F Hoy, Janine M Trevillyan
HIV-positive individuals are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease due to complex interactions between the increased incidence of traditional cardiovascular risk factors and HIV and antiretroviral-associated inflammation and dyslipidemia. Increasing evidence suggests that a number of important co-pathogens, including cytomegalovirus, hepatitis C virus, and periodontal disease, are likely to also be contributing. Mechanisms such as molecular mimicry and modification of lipids play a role; however, induction of systemic inflammation is the likely key pathogenic link by which this occurs...
February 9, 2017: AIDS Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165503/modulation-of-microglial-cell-fc%C3%AE-receptor-expression-following-viral-brain-infection
#10
Priyanka Chauhan, Shuxian Hu, Wen S Sheng, Sujata Prasad, James R Lokensgard
Fcγ receptors (FcγRs) for IgG couple innate and adaptive immunity through activation of effector cells by antigen-antibody complexes. We investigated relative levels of activating and inhibitory FcγRs on brain-resident microglia following murine cytomegalovirus (MCMV) infection. Flow cytometric analysis of microglial cells obtained from infected brain tissue demonstrated that activating FcγRs were expressed maximally at 5 d post-infection (dpi), while the inhibitory receptor (FcγRIIB) remained highly elevated during both acute and chronic phases of infection...
February 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161581/characterization-of-a-thienylcarboxamide-derivative-that-inhibits-the-transactivation-functions-of-cytomegalovirus-ie2-and-varicella-zoster-virus-ie62
#11
Ryuichi Majima, Keiko Shindoh, Toyofumi Yamaguchi, Naoki Inoue
Previously we established reporter cell lines for human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) and varicella zoster virus (VZV) and identified several antiviral compounds against these viruses using the reporter cells. In this study, we found that one of the identified anti-HCMV compounds, a thienylcarboxamide derivative (coded as 133G4), was effective against not only HCMV but also VZV. The following findings indicate that 133G4 inhibits the activation of early gene promoters by HCMV IE2 and VZV IE62: i) 133G4 decreased the expression of HCMV early and late genes but not that of HCMV IE1/IE2 in HCMV-infected cells, ii) 133G4 inhibited the activation of several HCMV early gene promoters of transiently-transfected plasmids in HCMV-infected cells, and iii) in transient transfection assays, 133G4 decreased the activation of HCMV (or VZV) early gene promoters by HCMV IE2 (or VZV IE62) in the absence of other viral protein expression...
February 2, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157182/efficient-genome-replication-of-hepatitis-b-virus-using-adenovirus-vector-a-compact-pregenomic-rna-expression-unit
#12
Mariko Suzuki, Saki Kondo, Manabu Yamasaki, Norie Matsuda, Akio Nomoto, Tetsuro Suzuki, Izumu Saito, Yumi Kanegae
The complicated replication mechanisms of hepatitis B virus (HBV) have impeded HBV studies and anti-HBV therapy development as well. Herein we report efficient genome replication of HBV applying adenovirus vectors (AdVs) showing high transduction efficiency. Even in primary hepatocytes derived from humanized mice the transduction efficiencies using AdVs were 450-fold higher compared than those using plasmids. By using an expression unit consisting of the CMV promoter, 1.03-copy HBV genome and foreign poly(A) signal, we successfully generated an improved AdV (HBV103-AdV) that efficiently provided 58 times more pregenomic RNA than previously reported AdVs...
February 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153047/arginase-i-enhances-vascular-endothelial-inflammation-and-senescence-through-enos-uncoupling
#13
Cuicui Zhu, Yi Yu, Jean-Pierre Montani, Xiu-Fen Ming, Zhihong Yang
BACKGROUND: Augmented arginase-II (Arg-II) is implicated in endothelial senescence and inflammation through a mutual positive regulatory circuit with S6K1. This study was conducted to investigate whether Arg-I, another isoform of arginase that has been also reported to play a role in vascular endothelial dysfunction, promotes endothelial senescence through similar mechanisms. RESULTS: The non-senescent human endothelial cells from umbilical veins (passage 2 to 4) were transduced with empty recombinant adenovirus vector (rAd/CMV) as control or rAd/CMV-Arg-I to overexpress Arg-I...
February 2, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132838/human-cytomegalovirus-tegument-protein-ul82-inhibits-sting-mediated-signaling-to-evade-antiviral-immunity
#14
Yu-Zhi Fu, Shan Su, Yi-Qun Gao, Pei-Pei Wang, Zhe-Fu Huang, Ming-Ming Hu, Wei-Wei Luo, Shu Li, Min-Hua Luo, Yan-Yi Wang, Hong-Bing Shu
Recognition of human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) DNA by the cytosolic sensor cGAS initiates STING-dependent innate antiviral responses. HCMV can antagonize host immune responses to promote latency infection. However, it is unknown whether and how HCMV targets the cGAS-STING axis for immune evasion. Here we identified the HCMV tegument protein UL82 as a negative regulator of STING-dependent antiviral responses. UL82 interacted with STING and impaired STING-mediated signaling via two mechanisms. UL82 inhibited the translocation of STING from the ER to perinuclear microsomes by disrupting the STING-iRhom2-TRAPβ translocation complex...
February 8, 2017: Cell Host & Microbe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126619/enhancement-of-glycoprotein-based-dna-vaccine-for-viral-hemorrhagic-septicemia-virus-vhsv-via-addition-of-the-molecular-adjuvant-ddx41
#15
Jassy Mary S Lazarte, Young Rim Kim, Jung Seok Lee, Se Pyeong Im, Si Won Kim, Jae Wook Jung, Jaesung Kim, Woo Jai Lee, Tae Sung Jung
The use of molecular adjuvants to improve the immunogenicity of DNA vaccines has been thoroughly studied in recent years. Glycoprotein (G)-based DNA vaccines had been proven to be effective in combating infection against Rhabdovirus (especially infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus, IHNV) in salmonids. DDX41 is a helicase known to induce antiviral and inflammatory responses by inducing a type I IFN innate immune response. To gain more information regarding G-based DNA vaccines in olive flounder (Paralicthys olivaceus), we tried to develop a more efficient G-based DNA vaccine by adding a molecular adjuvant, DDX41...
January 23, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106085/the-%C3%AE-globin-replicator-greatly-enhances-the-potential-of-s-mar-based-episomal-vectors-for-gene-transfer-into-human-haematopoietic-progenitor-cells
#16
Eleana F Stavrou, Vassileios M Lazaris, Aristeidis Giannakopoulos, Eirini Papapetrou, Alexandros Spyridonidis, Nikolas C Zoumbos, Antonis Gkountis, Aglaia Athanassiadou
Specific human chromosomal elements enhance the performance of episomal gene-transfer vectors. S/MAR-based episomal vector pEPI-eGFP transfects CD34(+) haematopoietic cells, but only transiently. To address this issue we reinforced (1) transgene transcription by replacing the CMV promoter driving eGFP with the EF1/HTLV or SFFV promoters to produce vectors pEPI-EF1/HTLV and pEPI-SFFV, respectively; and (2) plasmid replication by inserting the replication-Initiation Region (IR) from the β-globin locus into vector pEPI-SFFV to produce vector pEP-IR...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096485/murine-cytomegalovirus-deubiquitinase-regulates-viral-chemokine-levels-to-control-inflammation-and-pathogenesis
#17
Adam T Hilterbrand, Daniel R Boutz, Edward M Marcotte, Jason W Upton
: Maintaining control over inflammatory processes represents a paradox for viral pathogens. Although many viruses induce host inflammatory responses to facilitate infection, control is necessary to avoid overactivation. One way is through the manipulation of proinflammatory chemokine levels, both host and viral. Murine cytomegalovirus (MCMV), a model betaherpesvirus, encodes a viral C-C chemokine, MCK2, which promotes host inflammatory responses and incorporates into virions to facilitate viral dissemination...
January 17, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079113/congenital-hearing-loss
#18
REVIEW
Anna M H Korver, Richard J H Smith, Guy Van Camp, Mark R Schleiss, Maria A K Bitner-Glindzicz, Lawrence R Lustig, Shin-Ichi Usami, An N Boudewyns
Congenital hearing loss (hearing loss that is present at birth) is one of the most prevalent chronic conditions in children. In the majority of developed countries, neonatal hearing screening programmes enable early detection; early intervention will prevent delays in speech and language development and has long-lasting beneficial effects on social and emotional development and quality of life. A diagnosis of hearing loss is usually followed by a search for an underlying aetiology. Congenital hearing loss might be attributed to environmental and prenatal factors, which prevail in low-income settings; congenital infections, particularly cytomegalovirus infection, are also a common risk factor for hearing loss...
12, 2017: Nature Reviews. Disease Primers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072927/artificial-induction-of-native-aquaporin-1-expression-in-human-salivary-cells
#19
Z Wang, S Pradhan-Bhatt, M C Farach-Carson, M J Passineau
Gene therapy for dry mouth disorders has transitioned in recent years from theoretical to clinical proof of principle with the publication of a first-in-man phase I/II dose escalation clinical trial in patients with radiation-induced xerostomia. This trial used a prototype adenoviral vector to express aquaporin-1 (AQP1), presumably in the ductal cell layer and/or in surviving acinar cells, to drive transcellular flux of interstitial fluid into the labyrinth of the salivary duct. As the development of this promising gene therapy continues, safety considerations are a high priority, particularly those that remove nonhuman agents (i...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069101/immune-responses-in-mice-vaccinated-with-a-dna-vaccine-expressing-serine-protease-like-protein-from-the-new-born-larval-stage-of-trichinella-spiralis
#20
Jing Xu, Xue Bai, Li Bo Wang, Hai Ning Shi, Joke W B VAN DER Giessen, Pascal Boireau, Ming Yuan Liu, Xiao Lei Liu
Trichinella spiralis is a parasitic helminth that can infect almost all mammals, including humans. Trichinella spiralis infection elicits a typical type 2 immune responses, while suppresses type 1 immune responses, which is in favour of their parasitism. DNA vaccines have been shown to be capable of eliciting balanced CD4+ and CD8+ T cell responses as well as humoral immune responses in small-animal models, which will be advantage to induce protective immune response against helminth infection. In this study, serine protease (Ts-NBLsp) was encoded by a cDNA fragment of new-born T...
January 10, 2017: Parasitology
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