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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513810/epstein-barr-virus-encephalitis-in-solid-organ-transplantation
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Jillian S Y S Y, Zhi Mei Low, Iain Abbott, Lani Shochet, John Kanellis, Richard A Kitching, Tony M Korman
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is typically associated with post transplant lymphoproliferative disease (PTLD) after solid organ and stem cell transplantation. However, it is rarely associated with neurological complications. We report a case of severe encephalitis complicating primary EBV infection six months post renal transplantation, and review the literature on EBV encephalitis in solid organ transplantation in adults. A 55-year-old male presented 6 months post cadaveric renal transplant with headache, fever and confusion...
May 17, 2017: New Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505517/a-modified-adenovirus-vector-mediated-antibody-screening-method-identifies-epha2-as-a-cancer-target
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Toshihiro Tanaka, Hiromi Yamada, Masahide Kuroki, Shohta Kodama, Kazuo Tamura, Yasushi Takamatsu
BACKGROUND: We constructed a genetically modified adenovirus vector incorporating an IgG Fc-binding motif from staphylococcal protein A, Z33 (Adv-FZ33). Adv-FZ33 allows an antibody to redirect the vector to a target molecule on the cell surface. We attempted to search for target antigen candidates and antibodies that allowed highly selective gene transduction into malignant tumors. METHODS: Hybridoma libraries producing monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) were screened that increased transduction efficiency in cancer cell lines after cross-linking with Adv-FZ33...
May 12, 2017: Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489788/cytomegalovirus-retinitis-in-a-patient-with-secondary-acute-lymphosarcoma-leukemia-undergoing-allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-a-rare-case-report-a-care-compliant-article
#3
Ning Zhao, Lei Liu, Junjie Xu
RATIONALE: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis is a common opportunistic infection in immunocompromised patients, which may lead to blindness. CMV retinitis is not an uncommon infectious disease in patients with immune regulatory abnormalities, for example, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) patients. However, CMV retinitis in a patient with acute lymphosarcoma leukemia (ALL) undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation (HSCT) phase is very rare. PATIENT CONCERNS: A case of CMV retinitis in a patient receiving immunosuppressive therapy as a part of ALL allogeneic HSCT is described including the pathogenesis, clinical signs, and therapy...
May 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489722/bilateral-herpetic-keratitis-after-bilateral-intravitreal-bevacizumab-for-exudative-macular-degeneration
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Angeline M Derham, Eric Chen, Vatinee Y Bunya, Ronan E OʼMalley
PURPOSE: To report a case of bilateral herpetic epithelial keratitis after bilateral intravitreal bevacizumab injections for the treatment of exudative age-related macular degeneration. METHODS: A 66-year-old man with diabetes and an extensive history of bilateral anti-vascular endothelial growth factor treatments for exudative age-related macular degeneration received an intravitreal bevacizumab injection in the right eye and triple therapy (bevacizumab, photodynamic therapy, and triamcinolone acetonide) in the left eye...
May 9, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481774/a-common-anti-cmv-drug-ganciclovir-inhibits-hiv-1-replication-in-human-tissues-ex-vivo
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Christophe Vanpouille, Jean A Bernatchez, Andrea Lisco, Anush Arakelyan, Elisa Saba, Matthias Götte, Leonid Margolis
: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common HIV-1 copathogen. Since CMV infection is an important contributor to immune activation, the driving force of HIV disease, an anti-CMV strategy might be beneficial to HIV-infected patients. Shin et al. reported that anti-CMV therapy with valganciclovir in coinfected individuals results in a decrease of HIV viral load that is not accompanied by a decrease of immune activation. This suggests an alternative mechanism for HIV inhibition other than suppression of CMV-mediated inflammation...
May 5, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478671/autonomous-cell-migration-to-csf1-sources-via-a-synthetic-protein-based-system
#6
Anam Qudrat, Kevin Truong
Inflammatory lesions, often seen in diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis and cancer, feature an acidic (i.e., low pH) microenvironment rampant with cytokines, such as CSF1. For potential therapeutic intervention targeted at these CSF1 sources, we have assembled a system of four proteins inside a cell (i.e., HEK293) that initially had no natural CSF1-seeking ability. This system included a newly engineered CSF1 chimera receptor (named CSF1Rchi), the previously engineered Ca(2+) activated RhoA (i...
May 10, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459452/targeting-genomic-rearrangements-in-tumor-cells-through-cas9-mediated-insertion-of-a-suicide-gene
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Zhang-Hui Chen, Yan P Yu, Ze-Hua Zuo, Joel B Nelson, George K Michalopoulos, Satdatshan Monga, Silvia Liu, George Tseng, Jian-Hua Luo
Specifically targeting genomic rearrangements and mutations in tumor cells remains an elusive goal in cancer therapy. Here, we used Cas9-based genome editing to introduce the gene encoding the prodrug-converting enzyme herpes simplex virus type 1 thymidine kinase (HSV1-tk) into the genomes of cancer cells carrying unique sequences resulting from genome rearrangements. Specifically, we targeted the breakpoints of TMEM135-CCDC67 and MAN2A1-FER fusions in human prostate cancer or hepatocellular carcinoma cells in vitro and in mouse xenografts...
May 1, 2017: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446569/differentiated-levels-of-ganciclovir-resistance-conferred-by-mutations-at-codons-591-603-of-the-cytomegalovirus-ul97-kinase-gene
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Sunwen Chou, Ronald J Ercolani, Adam L Vanarsdall
Diagnostic mutations in the cytomegalovirus UL97 kinase gene are used to assess the level of associated ganciclovir resistance and therapeutic options. The best-known mutations at codons 460, 520 or 591-607 individually confer 5- to 10-fold decreased ganciclovir susceptibility, except 3-fold in the case of amino acid substitution C592G. Less common point and in-frame deletion mutations at codons 591-603 remain incompletely characterized. The ganciclovir susceptibilities of 17 mutants in this codon range were evaluated by use of the same recombinant phenotyping system and extensive assay replicates in two types of cell cultures...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446488/eculizumab-in-a-child-with-atypical-haemolytic-uraemic-syndrome-and-haemophagocytic-lymphohistiocytosis-triggered-by-cytomegalovirus-infection
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Gloria M Fraga-Rodriguez, Sonia Brió-Sanagustin, Eulalia Turón-Viñas, Bradley P Dixon, Eduardo Carreras-González
We present the case of a 21-month-old girl with two rare and life-threatening conditions, atypical haemolytic uraemic syndrome (aHUS) and haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), triggered by a cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection. Soon after admission, the girl became anuric and required continuous venovenous haemodiafiltration.Initial treatments included methylprednisolone, fibrinogen and plasma infusion (for HLH), plasmapheresis (for thrombotic microangiopathy), immunoglobulins (for inflammation), ganciclovir (for CMV infection) and the antibiotic cefotaxime...
April 26, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445302/cholestasis-caused-by-panhypopituitarism-and-acquired-cytomegalovirus-infection-in-a-2-month-old-male-infant-a-case-report
#10
U Chan, Wai-Tao Chan, Wei-Hsin Ting, Che-Sheng Ho, Hsi-Che Liu, Hung-Chang Lee
RATIONALE: Septo-optic dysplasia (SOD) is a rare congenital disorder that may cause jaundice in infants. However, it is usually prone to neglect and misdiagnosis in infants with cholestasis because endocrine disorder such as panhypopituitarism is rare in the cause of infantile cholestasis. We report a case of SOD concurrent with acquired cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection, who presented with prolonged jaundice as the first clinical sign. PATIENT CONCERNS: The patient was a 2-month-old male infant who presented with cholestasis, combined with fever and panhypopituitarism...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434069/herpes-zoster-keratitis-development-after-acute-retinal-necrosis
#11
Waseem H Ansari, Francesco Pichi, Paula E Pecen, Careen Y Lowder, Sunil K Srivistava
PURPOSE: To report a case of herpes zoster keratitis in a patient undergoing treatment for herpetic acute retinal necrosis. METHODS: Case report. RESULTS: A 71 year old male presented with acute retinal necrosis of the left eye due to herpes zoster and was treated with intravitreal foscarnet and oral valcyclovir. He developed a retinal detachment and underwent surgical repair. After four weeks, he developed an ipsilateral herpetic zoster keratitis demonstrated by Rose-Bengal staining that was responsive to topical ganciclovir gel...
April 22, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426277/topical-ganciclovir-in-cytomegalovirus-anterior-uveitis
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Joelle Antoun, François Willermain, Dorine Makhoul, Elie Motulsky, Laure Caspers, Lia Judice Relvas
PURPOSE: To study the effects of topical ganciclovir 0.15% gel on cytomegalovirus (CMV) anterior uveitis in a tertiary uveitis referral center in Brussels, Belgium. METHODS: A retrospective study of patients with a clinical diagnosis of CMV anterior uveitis/endotheliitis demonstrated by a positive polymerase chain reaction and/or Goldmann-Witmer coefficient (GWc). RESULTS: We report a series of 15 patients presenting clinical characteristics of CMV anterior uveitis...
May 2017: Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422294/antiviral-activity-of-exopolysaccharides-from-arthrospira-platensis-against-koi-herpesvirus
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M Reichert, S M Bergmann, J Hwang, R Buchholz, C Lindenberger
Although koi herpesvirus (KHV) has a history of causing severe economic losses in common carp and koi farms, there are still no treatments available on the market. Thus, the aim of this study was to test exopolysaccharides (EPS) for its antiviral activity against KHV, by monitoring inhibition and cytotoxic effects in common carp brain cells. These substances can be easily extracted from extracellular algae supernatant and were identified as groups of sulphated polysaccharides. In order to reach this aim, Arthrospira platensis, which is well known for its antiviral activity of intra- and extracellular compounds towards mammalian herpesviruses, was investigated as standard organism and compared to commercial antiviral drug, ganciclovir, which inhibits the viral DNA polymerization...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Fish Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420570/herpesviradae-infections-in-severely-burned-children
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Paul Wurzer, Megan R Cole, Robert P Clayton, Gabriel Hundeshagen, Omar Nunez Lopez, Janos Cambiaso-Daniel, Raimund Winter, Ludwik K Branski, Hal K Hawkins, Celeste C Finnerty, David N Herndon, Jong O Lee
OBJECTIVE: Burn-related immunosuppression can promote human herpesviridae infections. However, the effect of these infections on morbidity and mortality after pediatric burn injuries is unclear. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed pediatric patients with burns ≥10% of the total body surface area (TBSA) who were admitted between 2010 and 2015. On clinical suspicion of a viral infection, antiviral therapy was initiated. Viral infection was confirmed via Tzanck smear, viral culture, and/or PCR...
April 15, 2017: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415677/selective-elimination-of-long-interspersed-element-1-expressing-tumour-cells-by-targeted-expression-of-the-hsv-tk-suicide-gene
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Mariam Chendeb, Robert Schneider, Irwin Davidson, Anas Fadloun
In gene therapy, effective and selective suicide gene expression is crucial. We exploited the endogenous Long INterspersed Element-1 (L1) machinery often reactivated in human cancers to integrate the Herpes Simplex Virus Thymidine Kinase (HSV-TK) suicide gene selectively into the genome of cancer cells. We developed a plasmid-based system directing HSV-TK expression only when reverse transcribed and integrated in the host genome via the endogenous L1 ORF1/2 proteins and an Alu element. Delivery of these new constructs into cells followed by Ganciclovir (GCV) treatment selectively induced mortality of L1 ORF1/2 protein expressing cancer cells, but had no effect on primary cells that do not express L1 ORF1/2...
March 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408200/angiogenesis-targeting-microbubbles-combined-with-ultrasound-mediated-gene-therapy-in-brain-tumors
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En-Ling Chang, Chien-Yu Ting, Po-Hong Hsu, Yu-Chun Lin, En-Chi Liao, Chiung-Yin Huang, Yuan-Chih Chang, Hong-Lin Chan, Chi-Shiun Chiang, Hao-Li Liu, Kuo-Chen Wei, Ching-Hsiang Fan, Chih-Kuang Yeh
The major challenges in gene therapy for brain cancer are poor transgene expression due to the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and neurologic damage caused by conventional intracerebral injection. Non-viral gene delivery using ultrasound-targeted microbubbles (MBs) oscillation via the systematic transvascular route is attractive, but there is currently no high-yielding and targeted gene expression method. In this study, we developed a non-viral and angiogenesis-targeting gene delivery approach for efficient brain tumor gene therapy without brain damage...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407276/synthesis-characterization-and-biological-evaluation-of-some-novel-quinoxaline-derivatives-as-antiviral-agents
#17
Heba S A El-Zahabi
Ethyl (6,7-dimethyl-2-oxo-3,4-dihydroquinoxalin-3-yl)acetate and ethyl (6-methyl-2-oxo-3,4-dihydroquinoxalin-3-yl)acetate (1a,b), 3-methylquinoxalin-2(1H)-one (4) and 1,4-dihydroquinoxaline-2,3-dione (11) were the starting precursors for nine novel quinoxaline compounds, 3a, 6, 10, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, and 20, via adopting different nucleophilic reactions. The synthesized compounds were tested for their antiviral activity against HCV, HBV, HSV-1, and HCMV. Concomitantly, their safety profile was investigated as well as their selectivity against the viral strains...
April 13, 2017: Archiv der Pharmazie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406982/novel-decay-dynamics-revealed-for-virus-mediated-drug-activation-in-cytomegalovirus-infection
#18
Jessica Rose, Vincent C Emery, Deepali Kumar, Anders Asberg, Anders Hartmann, Alan G Jardine, Angelo A Bignamini, Atul Humar, Avidan U Neumann
Human cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is a substantial cause of morbidity and mortality in immunocompromised hosts and globally is one of the most important congenital infections. The nucleoside analogue ganciclovir (GCV), which requires initial phosphorylation by the viral UL97 kinase, is the mainstay for treatment. To date, CMV decay kinetics during GCV therapy have not been extensively investigated and its clinical implications not fully appreciated. We measured CMV DNA levels in the blood of 92 solid organ transplant recipients with CMV disease over the initial 21 days of ganciclovir therapy and identified four distinct decay patterns, including a new pattern exhibiting a transient viral rebound (Hump) following initial decline...
April 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401157/engineering-of-systematic-elimination-of-a-targeted-chromosome-in-human-cells
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Hiroshi Sato, Hiroki Kato, Haruyoshi Yamaza, Keiji Masuda, Huong Thi Nguyen Nguyen, Thanh Thi Mai Pham, Xu Han, Yuta Hirofuji, Kazuaki Nonaka
Embryonic trisomy leads to abortion or congenital genetic disorders in humans. The most common autosomal chromosome abnormalities are trisomy of chromosomes 13, 18, and 21. Although alteration of gene dosage is thought to contribute to disorders caused by extra copies of chromosomes, genes associated with specific disease phenotypes remain unclear. To generate a normal cell from a trisomic cell as a means of etiological analysis or candidate therapy for trisomy syndromes, we developed a system to eliminate a targeted chromosome from human cells...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400201/inhibitors-of-dual-specificity-tyrosine-phosphorylation-regulated-kinases-dyrk-exert-a-strong-anti-herpesviral-activity
#20
Corina Hutterer, Jens Milbradt, Stuart Hamilton, Mirko Zaja, Johann Leban, Christophe Henry, Daniel Vitt, Mirjam Steingruber, Eric Sonntag, Isabel Zeitträger, Hanife Bahsi, Thomas Stamminger, William Rawlinson, Stefan Strobl, Manfred Marschall
Infection with human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is a serious medical problem, particularly in immunocompromised individuals and neonates. The success of (val)ganciclovir therapy is hampered by low drug compatibility and induction of viral resistance. A novel strategy of antiviral treatment is based on the exploitation of cell-directed signaling, e. g. pathways with a known relevance for carcinogenesis and tumor drug development. Here we describe a principle for putative antiviral drugs based on targeting dual-specificity tyrosine phosphorylation-regulated kinases (DYRKs)...
April 9, 2017: Antiviral Research
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