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Vesicular stomatitis virus

Ioanna Eleftheriadou, Ioannis Manolaras, Elaine E Irvine, Michael Dieringer, Antonio Trabalza, Nicholas D Mazarakis
OBJECTIVE: We have previously described the generation of coxsackievirus and adenovirus receptor (α CAR)-targeted vector, and shown that intramuscular delivery in mouse leg muscles resulted in specific retrograde transduction of lumbar-motor neurons (MNs). Here, we utilized the α CAR-targeted vector to investigate the in vivo neuroprotective effects of lentivirally expressed IGF-1 for inducing neuronal survival and ameliorating the neuropathology and behavioral phenotypes of the SOD1(G93A) mouse model of ALS...
October 2016: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
Hung-Lun Hsu, Jean K Millet, Deirdre A Costello, Gary R Whittaker, Susan Daniel
Virus pseudotyping is a useful and safe technique for studying entry of emerging strains of influenza virus. However, few studies have compared different reassortant combinations in pseudoparticle systems, or compared entry kinetics of native viruses and their pseudotyped analogs. Here, vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV)-based pseudovirions displaying distinct influenza virus envelope proteins were tested for fusion activity. We produced VSV pseudotypes containing the prototypical X-31 (H3) HA, either alone or with strain-matched or mismatched N2 NAs...
October 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
Nicola Logan, William G Dundon, Adama Diallo, Michael D Baron, M James Nyarobi, Sarah Cleaveland, Julius Keyyu, Robert Fyumagwa, Margaret J Hosie, Brian J Willett
The measurement of virus-specific neutralising antibodies represents the "gold-standard" for diagnostic serology. For animal morbilliviruses, such as peste des petits ruminants (PPRV) or rinderpest virus (RPV), live virus-based neutralisation tests require high-level biocontainment to prevent the accidental escape of the infectious agents. In this study, we describe the adaptation of a replication-defective vesicular stomatitis virus (VSVΔG) based pseudotyping system for the measurement of neutralising antibodies against animal morbilliviruses...
October 11, 2016: Vaccine
Fan Jia, Huan Miao, Xutao Zhu, Fuqiang Xu
Semliki Forest virus (SFV), a neurotropic virus, has been used to deliver heterologous genes into cells in vitro and in vivo. In this study, we constructed a reporter SFV4-FL-EGFP and found that it can deliver EGFP into neurons located at the injection site without disseminating throughout the brain. Lacking of the capsid gene of SFV4-FL-EGFP does not block its life cycle, while forming replication-competent virus-like particles (VLPs). These VLPs hold subviral genome by using the packaging sequence (PS) located within the nsP2 gene, and can transfer their genome into cells...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Neurovirology
Catherine Dold, Carles Rodriguez Urbiola, Guido Wollmann, Lisa Egerer, Alexander Muik, Lydia Bellmann, Heidelinde Fiegl, Christian Marth, Janine Kimpel, Dorothee von Laer
Previously, we described an oncolytic vesicular stomatitis virus variant pseudotyped with the nonneurotropic glycoprotein of the lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus, VSV-GP, which was highly effective in glioblastoma. Here, we tested its potency for the treatment of ovarian cancer, a leading cause of death from gynecological malignancies. Effective oncolytic activity of VSV-GP could be demonstrated in ovarian cancer cell lines and xenografts in mice; however, remission was temporary in most mice. Analysis of the innate immune response revealed that ovarian cancer cell lines were able to respond to and produce type I interferon, inducing an antiviral state upon virus infection...
2016: Molecular Therapy Oncolytics
Young Bong Choi, Noula Shembade, Kislay Parvatiyar, Siddharth Balachandran, Edward William Harhaj
The host response to RNA virus infection consists of an intrinsic innate immune response and the induction of apoptosis as mechanisms to restrict viral replication. The mitochondrial adaptor molecule MAVS plays critical roles in coordinating both virus-induced type I interferon production and apoptosis; however, the regulation of MAVS-mediated apoptosis is poorly understood. Here, we show that the adaptor protein TAX1BP1 functions as a negative regulator of virus-induced apoptosis. TAX1BP1-deficient cells are highly sensitive to apoptosis in response to infection with the RNA viruses vesicular stomatitis virus and Sendai virus and transfection with poly(I:C)...
October 10, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Vincent Sam Yong Tchang, Michael Stiess, Kerstin Siegmund, Urs Karrer, Jean Pieters
Coronin 1, a member of the evolutionary conserved WD repeat protein family of coronin proteins is expressed in all leukocytes, but a role for coronin 1 in natural killer (NK) cell homeostasis and function remains unclear. Here, we have analyzed the number and functionality of NK cells in the presence and absence of coronin 1. In coronin 1-deficient mice, absolute NK cell numbers and phenotype were comparable to wild type mice in blood, spleen and liver. Following in vitro stimulation of the activating NK cell receptors NK1...
September 20, 2016: Immunobiology
Zhangtao Jiang, Chenhe Su, Chunfu Zheng
: The interferon-induced protein with tetratricopeptide repeats 3 (IFIT3 or ISG60) is a host intrinsic antiviral factor that restricts many DNA and RNA virus replication. Herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1), a DNA virus bearing a large genome, can encode many viral proteins to counteract the host immune responses. However, whether IFIT3 plays a role upon HSV-1 infection is little known. In this study, we show for the first time that HSV-1 tegument protein UL41, a viral endoribonuclease, plays an important role on inhibiting the antiviral activity of IFIT3...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Virology
Lianwen Zhang, Michael B Steele, Nathan Jenks, Jacquelyn Grell, Marshall Behrens, Rebecca Nace, Shruthi Naik, Mark J Federspiel, Stephen J Russell, Kah-Whye Peng
Tumor selective oncolytic vesicular stomatitis viruses (VSVs) are being evaluated in clinical trials. Here we report that the MPC-11 murine plasmacytoma model is so extraordinarily susceptible to oncolytic VSVs that a low dose of virus leads to extensive intratumoral viral replication, sustained viremia, intravascular coagulation and a rapidly fatal tumor lysis syndrome (TLS). Rapid softening, shrinkage and hemorrhagic necrosis of flank tumors was noted within 1-2 days after virus administration, leading to hyperkalemia, hyperphosphatemia, hypocalcemia, hyperuricemia, increase in plasma cell free DNA, lymphopenia, consumptive coagulopathy, increase in fibrinogen degradation products, decreased liver function tests, dehydration, weight loss, and euthanasia or death after 5-8 days...
September 27, 2016: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
Xin Liu, Yun-Pan Li, Zhen-Min Zhong, Hui-Qi Tan, Hao-Peng Lin, Shao-Jun Chen, Yu-Cai Fu, Wen-Can Xu, Chi-Ju Wei
The objective of this study was to formulate a novel gene delivery system based on the erythrocyte ghost (EG) integrated with fusogenic viral glycoprotein vesicular stomatitis virus glycoprotein G (VSV-G). VSV-G proteins were harvested as condition medium of Ad293 cells carrying a VSV-G transgene and then incorporated into EG. Plasmid DNA was condensed by various transfection reagents. A luciferase expression construct (pGL3-control) and a DsRed expression cassette (pCMV-DsRed) were used to evaluate the delivery efficiency of DNA/EG/VSV-G complexes...
September 24, 2016: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Sarah Moeschler, Samira Locher, Karl-Klaus Conzelmann, Beate Krämer, Gert Zimmer
Rabies is a highly fatal zoonotic disease which is primarily caused by rabies virus (RABV) although other members of the genus Lyssavirus can cause rabies as well. As yet, 14 serologically and genetically diverse lyssaviruses have been identified, mostly in bats. To assess the quality of rabies vaccines and immunoglobulin preparations, virus neutralization tests with live RABV are performed in accordance with enhanced biosafety standards. In the present work, a novel neutralization test is presented which takes advantage of a modified vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) from which the glycoprotein G gene has been deleted and replaced by reporter genes...
2016: Viruses
Andrew J Varble, Christopher D Ried, Warren J Hammond, Kaitlin A Marquis, Matthew C Woodruff, Maureen C Ferran
A previous study found that NF-κB activation is delayed in L929 cells infected with wild-type (wt) strains of VSV, while activation occurred earlier in cells infected with mutant strain T1026R1 (R1) that encodes a mutation in the cytotoxic matrix (M) protein. The integrity of the other R1 proteins is unknown; therefore our goal was to identify the viral component responsible for preventing NF-κB activation in L929 cells. We found that the M protein inhibits viral-mediated activation of NF-κB in the context of viral infection and when expressed alone via transfection, and that the M51R mutation in M abrogates this function...
September 16, 2016: Virology
Arinjay Banerjee, Noreen Rapin, Megan Miller, Philip Griebel, Yan Zhou, Vincent Munster, Vikram Misra
It is speculated that bats are important reservoir hosts for numerous viruses, with 27 viral families reportedly detected in bats. Majority of these viruses have not been isolated and there is little information regarding their biology in bats. Establishing a well-characterized bat cell line supporting the replication of bat-borne viruses would facilitate the analysis of virus-host interactions in an in vitro model. Currently, few bat cell lines have been developed and only Tb1-Lu, derived from Tadarida brasiliensis is commercially available...
November 2016: Journal of Virological Methods
Zhongying Cao, Zhangchuan Xia, Yaqin Zhou, Xiaodan Yang, Hua Hao, Nanfang Peng, Shi Liu, Ying Zhu
RNA virus infections are detected by the RIG-I family of receptors, which signal through the adaptor molecule mitochondrial antiviral signaling (MAVS). MAVS then recruits the adaptor's tumor necrosis factor receptor-associated factor (TRAF) 3 and TRAF6, which in turn activate IRF3 and NF-κB, respectively, to induce interferons (IFNs) and inflammatory responses. Here we show that the biotin-containing enzyme methylcrotonoyl-CoA carboxylase 1 (MCCC1) enhances virus-induced, MAVS-mediated IFN and inflammatory cytokine expression through the NF-κB signaling pathway...
2016: Scientific Reports
Juan C Corredor, Nicole Redding, Karen Bloté, Stephen M Robbins, Donna L Senger, John C Bell, Paul Beaudry
N-myc oncogene amplification is associated but not present in all cases of high-risk neuroblastoma (NB). Since oncogene expression could often modulate sensitivity to oncolytic viruses, we wanted to examine if N-myc expression status would determine virotherapy efficacy to high-risk NB. We showed that induction of exogenous N-myc in a non-N-myc-amplified cell line background (TET-21N) increased susceptibility to oncolytic vesicular stomatitis virus (mutant VSVΔM51) and alleviated the type I IFN-induced antiviral state...
2016: Molecular Therapy Oncolytics
Krishnamurthy Konduru, Amy C Shurtleff, Steven B Bradfute, Siham Nakamura, Sina Bavari, Gerardo Kaplan
Ebola virus (EBOV), a member of the Filoviridae that can cause severe hemorrhagic fever in humans and nonhuman primates, poses a significant threat to the public health. Currently, there are no licensed vaccines or therapeutics to prevent and treat EBOV infection. Several vaccines based on the EBOV glycoprotein (GP) are under development, including vectored, virus-like particles, and protein-based subunit vaccines. We previously demonstrated that a subunit vaccine containing the extracellular domain of the Ebola ebolavirus (EBOV) GP fused to the Fc fragment of human IgG1 (EBOVgp-Fc) protected mice against EBOV lethal challenge...
2016: PloS One
Marco Ajelli, Stefano Merler, Laura Fumanelli, Ana Pastore Y Piontti, Natalie E Dean, Ira M Longini, M Elizabeth Halloran, Alessandro Vespignani
BACKGROUND: Among the three countries most affected by the Ebola virus disease outbreak in 2014-2015, Guinea presents an unusual spatiotemporal epidemic pattern, with several waves and a long tail in the decay of the epidemic incidence. METHODS: Here, we develop a stochastic agent-based model at the level of a single household that integrates detailed data on Guinean demography, hospitals, Ebola treatment units, contact tracing, and safe burial interventions. The microsimulation-based model is used to assess the effect of each control strategy and the probability of elimination of the epidemic according to different intervention scenarios, including ring vaccination with the recombinant vesicular stomatitis virus-vectored vaccine...
2016: BMC Medicine
Zhaolong Liu, Le Yang, Yanxiang Sun, Xiaofeng Xie, Jianping Huang
ASF1a (anti-silencing function 1a), an evolutionarily conserved protein and a histone chaperone, is required for a variety of chromatin-mediated cellular processes. However, the function of ASF1a in innate immune response remains unclear. Here, we find that ASF1a is induced in Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV)-infected macrophages in a manner that is dependent on IRF3 signal. ASF1a promotes VSV-triggered IFN-β production. Moreover, acetylation of H3K56 increases at the ifnb promoter after VSV infection, which is dependent on ASF1a...
October 2016: Molecular Immunology
Lisa Henß, Simon Beck, Tatjana Weidner, Nadine Biedenkopf, Katja Sliva, Christopher Weber, Stephan Becker, Barbara S Schnierle
BACKGROUND: Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is a mosquito-transmitted alphavirus that causes high fever, rash, and recurrent arthritis in humans. It has efficiently adapted to Aedes albopictus, which also inhabits temperate regions and currently causes large outbreaks in the Caribbean and Latin America. Ebola virus (EBOV) is a member of the filovirus family. It causes the Ebola virus disease (EDV), formerly known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever in humans and has a mortality rate of up to 70 %. The last outbreak in Western Africa was the largest in history and has caused approximately 25,000 cases and 10,000 deaths...
2016: Virology Journal
Florian I Schmidt, Leo Hanke, Benjamin Morin, Rebeccah Brewer, Vesna Brusic, Sean P J Whelan, Hidde L Ploegh
Manipulation of proteins is key in assessing their in vivo function. Although genetic ablation is straightforward, reversible and specific perturbation of protein function remains a challenge. Single domain antibody fragments, such as camelid-derived VHHs, can serve as inhibitors or activators of intracellular protein function, but functional testing of identified VHHs is laborious. To address this challenge, we have developed a lentiviral screening approach to identify VHHs that elicit a phenotype when expressed intracellularly...
2016: Nature Microbiology
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