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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646236/rapamycin-adjuvant-and-exacerbation-of-severe-influenza-in-an-experimental-mouse-model
#1
Ching-Tai Huang, Chen-Yiu Hung, Tse-Ching Chen, Chun-Yen Lin, Yung-Chang Lin, Chia-Shiang Chang, Yueh-Chia He, Yu-Lin Huang, Avijit Dutta
Influenza virus infection often causes severe disease and acute respiratory distress syndrome. It is a common belief that overwhelming immune response contributes to the severe illness. Physicians and researchers have put forth immune modulation as salvage therapy for better recovery. However, empiric corticosteroid failed in both humans and animal models. Reported success with Rapamycin in humans prompted a comprehensive animal study and mechanistic dissection. Here we report the effect of Rapamycin alone or in combination with Oseltamivir for severe influenza in BALB/c mice...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641798/hiv-1-associated-atherosclerosis-unraveling-the-missing-link
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REVIEW
Alison Kearns, Jennifer Gordon, Tricia H Burdo, Xuebin Qin
Cardiovascular disease, including atherosclerosis and atherosclerosis-associated complications, is an increasing cause of morbidity and mortality in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) patients in the post-antiretroviral therapy era. HIV alone accelerates atherosclerosis. Antiretroviral therapy; HIV-associated comorbidities, such as dyslipidemia, drug abuse, and opportunistic infections; and lifestyle are risk factors for HIV-associated atherosclerosis. However, our current understanding of HIV-associated atherogenesis is very limited and has largely been obtained from clinical observation...
June 27, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639194/rnaa-induced-by-tata-box-targeting-micrornas
#3
Yijun Zhang, Hui Zhang
Recent studies reveal that some nuclear microRNAs (miRNA) and synthesized siRNAs target gene promoters to activate gene transcription (RNAa). Interestingly, our group identified a novel HIV-1-encoded miRNA, miR-H3, which targets specifically the core promoter TATA box of HIV-1 and activates viral gene expression. Depletion of miR-H3 significantly impaired the replication of HIV-1. miR-H3 mimics could activate viruses from CD4(+) T cells isolated from patients receiving suppressive highly active antiretroviral therapy, which is very intriguing for reducing HIV-1 latent reservoir...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638849/refractory-t-cell-anergy-and-rapidly-fatal-progressive-multifocal-leukoencephalopathy-after-prolonged-ctla4-therapy
#4
Manon Dekeyser, Marie-Ghislaine de Goër de Herve, Houria Hendel-Chavez, Céline Labeyrie, David Adams, Ghaïdaa Adebs Nasser, Jacques Gasnault, Antoine Durrbach, Yassine Taoufik
Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) is a deadly demyelinating disease due to central nervous system replication of the human polyomavirus JC virus (JCV) in immunosuppressed patients. The only effective therapeutic approach is to restore anti-JCV T-cell responses. In this study, we describe a case of rapidly fatal PML with JCV T-cell anergy in a renal transplant patient treated with CTLA4-Ig (belatacept, a CD28-B7 costimulation blocker and T-cell anergy inducer). T-cell anergy could not be reversed despite several therapeutic approaches...
2017: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638104/anti-proliferative-therapy-for-hiv-cure-a-compound-interest-approach
#5
Daniel B Reeves, Elizabeth R Duke, Sean M Hughes, Martin Prlic, Florian Hladik, Joshua T Schiffer
In the era of antiretroviral therapy (ART), HIV-1 infection is no longer tantamount to early death. Yet the benefits of treatment are available only to those who can access, afford, and tolerate taking daily pills. True cure is challenged by HIV latency, the ability of chromosomally integrated virus to persist within memory CD4(+) T cells in a non-replicative state and activate when ART is discontinued. Using a mathematical model of HIV dynamics, we demonstrate that treatment strategies offering modest but continual enhancement of reservoir clearance rates result in faster cure than abrupt, one-time reductions in reservoir size...
June 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634034/absence-of-%C3%AE-chain-in-keratinocytes-alters-chemokine-secretion-resulting-in-reduced-immune-cell-recruitment
#6
Karolin Nowak, Daniela Linzner, Adrian J Thrasher, Paul F Lambert, Wei Li Di, Siobhan O Burns
Loss of function mutations in the common gamma (γc) chain cytokine receptor subunit give rise to severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) characterised by lack of T and natural killer cells and infant death from infection. Haematopoietic stem cell transplantation or gene therapy offer cure but despite successful replacement of lymphoid immune lineages a long-term risk of severe cutaneous human papilloma virus (HPV) infections persists, possibly related to persistent γc-deficiency in other cell types. Here we demonstrate that keratinocytes, the only cell type directly infected by HPV, express functional γc and its co-receptors...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630490/pyroptosis-superinfection-and-the-maintenance-of-the-latent-reservoir-in-hiv-1-infection
#7
Dominik Wodarz, David N Levy
A long-lived reservoir of latently infected T cells prevents antiretroviral therapy from eliminating HIV-1 infection. Furthering our understanding of the dynamics of latency generation and maintenance is therefore vital to improve treatment outcome. Using mathematical models and experiments, we suggest that the death of latently infected cells brought about by pyroptosis, or to a lesser extent by superinfection, might be key mechanisms to account for the size and composition of the latent reservoir. Pyroptosis is a form of cell death that occurs in a resting (and thus latently infected) T cell when a productively infected cell attempts cell-to-cell transmission of virus...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628616/therapeutic-administration-of-a-recombinant-human-monoclonal-antibody-reduces-the-severity-of-chikungunya-virus-disease-in-rhesus-macaques
#8
Rebecca Broeckel, Julie M Fox, Nicole Haese, Craig N Kreklywich, Soila Sukulpovi-Petty, Alfred Legasse, Patricia P Smith, Michael Denton, Carsten Corvey, Shiv Krishnan, Lois M A Colgin, Rebecca M Ducore, Anne D Lewis, Michael K Axthelm, Marie Mandron, Pierre Cortez, Jonathan Rothblatt, Ercole Rao, Ingo Focken, Kara Carter, Gopal Sapparapau, James E Crowe, Michael S Diamond, Daniel N Streblow
Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is a mosquito-borne virus that causes a febrile syndrome in humans associated with acute and chronic debilitating joint and muscle pain. Currently no licensed vaccines or therapeutics are available to prevent or treat CHIKV infections. We recently isolated a panel of potently neutralizing human monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), one (4N12) of which exhibited prophylactic and post-exposure therapeutic activity against CHIKV in immunocompromised mice. Here, we describe the development of an engineered CHIKV mAb, designated SVIR001, that has similar antigen binding and neutralization profiles to its parent, 4N12...
June 19, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628041/hiv-persistence-clonal-expansion-of-cells-in-the-latent-reservoir
#9
Kyungyoon J Kwon, Robert F Siliciano
While antiretroviral therapy (ART) can reduce HIV-1 to undetectable levels, the virus generally reappears if treatment is stopped. Resurgence of the virus is due to the reactivation of T cells harboring latent integrated provirus, and recent studies indicate that proliferation of these latently infected cells helps maintain the HIV-1 reservoir. In this issue of the JCI, Lee et al. evaluated CD4+ T cell subsets to determine whether certain populations are more likely to harbor full-length, replication-competent provirus...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627655/elevated-expression-of-mir-155-is-associated-with-the-differentiation-of-cd8-t-cells-in-patients-with-hiv-1
#10
Changzhong Jin, Linfang Cheng, Xiangyun Lu, Tiansheng Xie, Haibo Wu, Nanping Wu
The differentiation and response ofCD8+ T cells is vital in host defense against human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1). MicroRNA (miR)‑155 is an important regulator of T cell differentiation. However, the profile of miR-155 in HIV‑1 infected individuals and its association with CD8+ T cell differentiation remain to be fully elucidated. The present cross‑sectional study was performed involving 63 HIV‑1‑infected patients undergoing highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), 31 HAART‑naïve patients and 35 healthy controls...
June 12, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615199/impaired-downregulation-of-nkg2d-ligands-by-nef-protein-from-elite-controllers-sensitizes-hiv-1-infected-cells-to-adcc
#11
Nirmin Alsahafi, Jonathan Richard, Jérémie Prévost, Mathieu Coutu, Nathalie Brassard, Matthew S Parsons, Daniel E Kaufmann, Mark Brockman, Andrés Finzi
HIV-1 Nef clones isolated from a rare subset of HIV-1-infected elite controllers (EC), with the ability to suppress viral load to undetectable levels in the absence of antiretroviral therapy, are unable to fully downregulate CD4 from the plasma membrane of CD4+ T cells. Residual CD4 left at the plasma membrane allows Env-CD4 interaction, which leads to increased exposure of Env CD4-induced epitopes and increases susceptibility of infected cells to antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC). ADCC is mediated largely by natural killer (NK) cells, which control their activation status through the cumulative signals received through activating and inhibitory receptors...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614389/immunological-dynamics-associated-with-rapid-virological-response-during-the-early-phase-of-type-i-interferon-therapy-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-c
#12
Jae-Won Lee, Won Kim, Eun-Kyung Kwon, Yuri Kim, Hyun Mu Shin, Dong-Hyun Kim, Chan-Ki Min, Ji-Yeob Choi, Won-Woo Lee, Myung-Sik Choi, Byeong Gwan Kim, Nam-Hyuk Cho
Type I interferons (IFNs) play an important role in antiviral immunity as well as immunopathogenesis of diverse chronic viral infections. However, the precise mechanisms regulating the multifaceted effects of type I IFNs on the immune system and pathological inflammation still remain unclear. In order to assess the immunological dynamics associated with rapid viral clearance in chronic hepatitis C patients during the acute phase of type I IFN therapy, we analyzed multiple parameters of virological and immunological responses in a cohort of 59 Korean hepatitis C patients who received pegylated IFN-α and ribavirin (IFN/RBV)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611307/review-oncolytic-virotherapy-updates-and-future-directions
#13
REVIEW
Christos Fountzilas, Sukeshi Patel, Devalingam Mahalingam
Oncolytic viruses (OVs) are viral strains that can infect and kill malignant cells while spare their normal counterparts. OVs can access cells through binding to receptors on their surface or through fusion with the plasma membrane and establish a lytic cycle in tumors, while leaving normal tissue essentially unharmed. Multiple viruses have been investigated in humans for the past century. IMLYGIC™ (T-VEC/Talimogene Laherparepvec), a genetically engineered Herpes Simplex Virus, is the first OV approved for use in the United States and the European Union for patients with locally advanced or non-resectable melanoma...
May 31, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607543/modulation-of-tryptophan-serotonin-pathway-by-probiotic-supplementation-in-human-immunodeficiency-virus-positive-patients-preliminary-results-of-a-new-study-approach
#14
Giuseppe Corano Scheri, Saeid Najafi Fard, Ivan Schietroma, Andrea Mastrangelo, Claudia Pinacchio, Noemi Giustini, Sara Serafino, Gabriella De Girolamo, Eugenio Nelson Cavallari, Maura Statzu, Luca Laghi, Annamaria Vullo, Giancarlo Ceccarelli, Vincenzo Vullo, Gabriella d'Ettorre
BACKGROUND: To date, no data are available regarding the effects of probiotics on the pathway of tryptophan/serotonin metabolism among human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) 1-infected individuals. Because a condition of dysbiosis might be responsible for the altered use of tryptophan described in this population, the aim of this study was to investigate the link between probiotic supplementation and serotonin levels in combined antiretroviral therapy-treated patients and the subsistence of an interplay with inflammation...
2017: International Journal of Tryptophan Research: IJTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594868/design-of-short-peptides-to-block-btla-hvem-interactions-for-promoting-anticancer-t-cell-responses
#15
Marta Spodzieja, Sławomir Lach, Justyna Iwaszkiewicz, Valérie Cesson, Katarzyna Kalejta, Daniel Olive, Olivier Michielin, Daniel E Speiser, Vincent Zoete, Laurent Derré, Sylwia Rodziewicz-Motowidło
Antibody based immune-checkpoint blockade therapy is a major breakthrough in oncology, leading to clinical benefit for cancer patients. Among the growing family of inhibitory receptors, the B and T lymphocyte attenuator (BTLA), which interacts with herpes virus entry mediator (HVEM), is a promising target for immunotherapy. Indeed, BTLA inhibits T-cell proliferation and cytokine production. The crystal structure of the BTLA/HVEM complex has shown that the HVEM(26-38) fragment is directly involved in protein binding...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594388/gene-therapy-for-pancreatic-cancer-specificity-issues-and-hopes
#16
REVIEW
Marie Rouanet, Marine Lebrin, Fabian Gross, Barbara Bournet, Pierre Cordelier, Louis Buscail
A recent death projection has placed pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma as the second cause of death by cancer in 2030. The prognosis for pancreatic cancer is very poor and there is a great need for new treatments that can change this poor outcome. Developments of therapeutic innovations in combination with conventional chemotherapy are needed urgently. Among innovative treatments the gene therapy offers a promising avenue. The present review gives an overview of the general strategy of gene therapy as well as the limitations and stakes of the different experimental in vivo models, expression vectors (synthetic and viral), molecular tools (interference RNA, genome editing) and therapeutic genes (tumor suppressor genes, antiangiogenic and pro-apoptotic genes, suicide genes)...
June 8, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591041/relationship-of-treg-th17-balance-with-hbeag-change-in-hbeag-positive-chronic-hepatitis-b-patients-receiving-telbivudine-antiviral-treatment-a-longitudinal-observational-study
#17
Xiaoling Yang, Jia Li, Jie Liu, Min Gao, Li Zhou, Wei Lu
Telbivudine (LdT) is an orally L-nucleoside with potent and specific antihepatitis B virus (HBV) activity. The higher rate of hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg) seroconversion of LdT treatment than other anti-HBV agents suggests a potential immunomodulatory effect. The aim of the study was to investigate the changes of regulatory T cell (Treg)/interleukin (IL)-17-producing CD4+T helper (Th17) balance during LdT treatment and to discuss the relationship of Treg/Th17 balance with HBeAg change in HBeAg-positive chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients receiving LdT antiviral treatment...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589085/immune-system-friend-or-foe-of-oncolytic-virotherapy
#18
REVIEW
Anna C Filley, Mahua Dey
Oncolytic viruses (OVs) are an emerging class of targeted anticancer therapies designed to selectively infect, replicate in, and lyse malignant cells without causing harm to normal, healthy tissues. In addition to direct oncolytic activity, OVs have shown dual promise as immunotherapeutic agents. The presence of viral infection and subsequently generated immunogenic tumor cell death trigger innate and adaptive immune responses that mediate further tumor destruction. However, antiviral immune responses can intrinsically limit OV infection, spread, and overall therapeutic efficacy...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588577/immune-reconstitution-inflammatory-syndrome-unmasking-or-worsening-aids-related-progressive-multifocal-leukoencephalopathy-a-literature-review
#19
REVIEW
Anna Fournier, Guillaume Martin-Blondel, Emmanuèle Lechapt-Zalcman, Julia Dina, Apolline Kazemi, Renaud Verdon, Emmanuel Mortier, Arnaud de La Blanchardière
Incidence of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) in HIV-infected patients has declined in the combined antiretroviral therapy (cART) era although a growing number of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)-related PML-immune reconstitution inflammatory syndromes (PML-IRIS) have been published during the same period. Therapeutic management of PML-IRIS is not consensual and mainly relies on corticosteroids. Our main aim was, in addition to provide a thoughtful analysis of published PML-IRIS cases, to assess the benefit of corticosteroids in the management of PML-IRIS, focusing on confirmed cases...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584852/immunological-predictors-of-nonresponse-to-directly-acting-antiviral-therapy-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-c-and-decompensated-cirrhosis
#20
Kate Childs, Elliot Merritt, Aisling Considine, Alberto Sanchez-Fueyo, Kosh Agarwal, Marc Martinez-Llordella, Ivana Carey
BACKGROUND: Sustained virological response rates (SVRs) to directly acting antiviral (DAA) therapy for hepatitis C virus (HCV) are lower in decompensated cirrhosis. Markers of innate immunity predict nonresponse to interferon-based HCV treatment; however, whether they are associated with the response to DAAs in patients with decompensation is not known. METHODS: Information on demographics, adherence, viral kinetics, and resistance were gathered prospectively from a cohort with decompensated cirrhosis treated with 12 weeks of DAAs...
2017: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
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