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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548103/an-aavp-based-solid-phase-transducing-matrix-for-transgene-delivery-potential-for-translational-applications
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T L Smith, G R Souza, R L Sidman, W Arap, R Pasqualini
A hybrid vector of adeno-associated virus and phage (termed AAVP) has been introduced as a platform for systemic ligand-directed delivery of transgenes to tumors over the past decade. A series of studies have evaluated the AAVP platform for potential theranostic or purely therapeutic applications in several tumor models. Sufficient ligand-directed tumor targeting consistently resulted in specific molecular-genetic imaging and/or anti-tumor responses to 'suicide' transgene delivery. However, efforts to optimize transduction efficiency are still ongoing...
May 26, 2017: Cancer Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545567/cancer-immunotherapy-by-targeting-immune-checkpoints-mechanism-of-t-cell-dysfunction-in-cancer-immunity-and-new-therapeutic-targets
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REVIEW
Hwei-Fang Tsai, Ping-Ning Hsu
Immune checkpoints or coinhibitory receptors, such as cytotoxic T lymphocyte antigen (CTLA)-4 and programmed death (PD)-1, play important roles in regulating T cell responses, and they were proven to be effective targets in treating cancer. In chronic viral infections and cancer, T cells are chronically exposed to persistent antigen stimulation. This is often associated with deterioration of T cell function with constitutive activation of immune checkpoints, a state called 'exhaustion', which is commonly associated with inefficient control of tumors and persistent viral infections...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544152/a-risk-adapted-approach-to-treating-respiratory-syncytial-virus-and-human-parainfluenza-virus-in-allogeneic-stem-cell-transplantation-recipients-with-oral-ribavirin-therapy-a-pilot-study
#3
José Luis Piñana, Juan Carlos Hernández-Boluda, Marisa Calabuig, Isabel Ballester, Manuela Marín, Silvia Madrid, Anabel Teruel, María-José Terol, David Navarro, Carlos Solano
Here we report the applicability of a protocol based on clinical conditions and risk factors (RFs) for managing 35 allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) recipients who developed a total of 52 episodes of respiratory viral infections (RVIs) caused by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV; n=19), human parainfluenza virus (HPIV; n=29), or both (n=4) over a 2-year study period. Risk categories were classified as high risk (cat-1) when the immunodeficiency scoring index) was ≥ 3 and/or ≥ 3 RFs and/or ≥ 1 co-infective virus(es) were present; the remaining cases were classified as low risk (cat-0)...
May 19, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543072/obstructive-sleep-apnea-in-the-irradiated-head-and-neck-cancer-patient
#4
Phillip Huyett, Seungwon Kim, Jonas T Johnson, Ryan J Soose
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: To assess the prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in head and neck cancer (HNSCC) patients treated with radiation therapy. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective case series without comparison group. METHODS: Patients who underwent radiation therapy for oropharyngeal or laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma completed a 3-night home sleep test (HST), Epworth Sleepiness Scale, Functional Outcomes of Sleep Questionnaire, and University of Washington Quality of Life questionnaire...
May 23, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540322/targeting-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-activated-cells-with-dominant-negative-n-cadherin-to-reduce-neointima-formation
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Sarah Hulin-Curtis, Helen Williams, Kerry S Wadey, Graciela B Sala-Newby, Sarah J George
Approximately 50% of coronary artery bypass grafts using the autologous saphenous vein fail within 10 years due to intimal thickening. This study examined whether a gene therapy approach that selectively kills Wnt/β-catenin/T cell factor (TCF) activated vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) using dominant-negative N-cadherin (dn-N-cadherin) reduced intimal thickening. Cultured human VSMCs infected with an adenovirus (Ad) encoding dn-N-cadherin via the TCF promoter (Ad-TOP-dn-N-cadherin) specifically expressed dn-N-cadherin in response to activation of the Wnt/β-catenin/TCF pathway...
June 16, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539588/cooperation-of-oncolytic-herpes-virotherapy-and-pd-1-blockade-in-murine-rhabdomyosarcoma-models
#6
Chun-Yu Chen, Pin-Yi Wang, Brian Hutzen, Les Sprague, Hayley M Swain, Julia K Love, Joseph R Stanek, Louis Boon, Joe Conner, Timothy P Cripe
Oncolytic virotherapy is an effective immunotherapeutic approach for cancer treatment via a multistep process including direct tumor cell lysis, induction of cytotoxic or apoptosis-sensitizing cytokines and promotion of antitumor T cell responses. Solid tumors limit the effectiveness of immunotherapeutics in diverse ways such as secretion of immunosuppressive cytokines and expression of immune inhibitory ligands to inhibit antitumor T cell function. Blocking programmed cell death protein (PD)-1 signaling, which mediates T cell suppression via engagement of its inhibitory ligands, PD-L1 or PD-L2, is of particular interest due to recent successes in many types of cancer...
May 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538874/clinical-and-laboratory-characteristics-staging-and-outcomes-of-individuals-with-aids-associated-kaposi-s-sarcoma-at-an-university-hospital
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Catarina Tenório de Lima, Paulo Sérgio Ramos de Araújo, Heberton Medeiros de Teixeira, Josemir Belo Dos Santos, Vera Magalhães da Silveira
Background: Kaposi's sarcoma continues to be the most common human immunodeficiency virus - associated neoplasm with considerable morbidity and mortality. Objective: To describe the clinical and laboratory characteristics, initial staging, and outcomes of aids patients with Kaposi's sarcoma at an university hospital of Recife, Pernambuco. Methods: This is a descriptive study with analytic character, retrospective, of a case series between 2004 and 2014...
March 2017: Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538243/bk-virus-as-a-mediator-of-graft-dysfunction-following-kidney-transplantation
#8
Stephanie G Yi, Richard J Knight, Keri E Lunsford
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: BK virus is a significant risk factor for kidney allograft dysfunction and loss among renal transplant recipients. Currently, there is no proven effective treatment except for the reduction of immunosuppression. In this review, we discuss diagnostic challenges and current treatment options for BK in kidney transplant recipients. RECENT FINDINGS: Antiviral and antibiotic therapies have been employed for BK viraemia with variable efficacy. In addition, novel therapeutic regimens such as adoptive transfer of targeted T cells have been described as possible treatment options for recipients with BK nephropathy...
May 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537062/evaluation-of-the-immunogenicity-and-impact-on-the-latent-hiv-1-reservoir-of-a-conserved-region-vaccine-mva-hivconsv-in-antiretroviral-therapy-treated-subjects
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REVIEW
Gemma Hancock, Sara Morón-López, Jakub Kopycinski, Maria C Puertas, Eleni Giannoulatou, Annie Rose, Maria Salgado, Emma-Jo Hayton, Alison Crook, Catharine Morgan, Brian Angus, Fabian Chen, Hongbing Yang, Javier Martinez-Picado, Tomas Hanke, Lucy Dorrell
INTRODUCTION: Vaccines may be key components of a curative strategy for HIV-1. We investigated whether a novel immunogen, HIVconsv, designed to re-direct T cell responses to conserved viral epitopes, could impact the HIV-1 reservoir in chronic antiretroviral therapy (ART)-treated subjects when delivered by modified vaccinia virus Ankara (MVA). METHODS: Nineteen virologically suppressed individuals were randomized to receive vaccinations with MVA.HIVconsv (5.5 × 10(7) plaque-forming units, pfu, n = 8; 2...
May 19, 2017: Journal of the International AIDS Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536345/viroimmunotherapy-of-thoracic-cancers
#10
REVIEW
Alexander S Dash, Manish R Patel
Thoracic cancers, including non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), small cell lung cancer (SCLC), and malignant pleural mesothelioma (MM), cause the highest rate of cancer mortality worldwide. Most of these deaths are as a result of NSCLC; however, prognoses for the other two diseases remain as some of the poorest of any cancers. Recent advances in immunotherapy, specifically immune checkpoint inhibitors, have begun to help a small population of patients with advanced lung cancer. People who respond to these immune therapies generally have a durable response and many see dramatic decreases in their disease...
January 4, 2017: Biomedicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535179/reduced-frequency-of-cells-latently-infected-with-replication-competent-hiv-1-in-virally-suppressed-individuals-living-in-rakai-uganda
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Jessica L Prodger, Jun Lai, Steven J Reynolds, Jeanne C Keruly, Richard D Moore, Jingo Kasule, Taddeo Kityamuweesi, Paul Buule, David Serwadda, Martha Nason, Adam A Capoferri, Stephen F Porcella, Robert F Siliciano, Andrew D Redd, Janet D Siliciano, Thomas C Quinn
Background: HIV-1 persists in latently infected resting CD4+ T cells (rCD4), posing a major barrier to curing HIV-1 infection. Previous studies have quantified this pool of latently infected cells in Americans; however, no study has quantified this reservoir in sub-Saharan Africans, who make up the largest population of HIV-1-infected individuals globally. Methods: Peripheral blood was collected from 70 virally suppressed HIV-1-infected individuals from Rakai District, Uganda, who had initiated antiretroviral therapy (ART) during chronic infection...
May 23, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534034/clinical-and-mucosal-immune-correlates-of-hiv-1-semen-levels-in-antiretroviral-naive-men
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Brendan J W Osborne, Angie K Marsh, Sanja Huibner, Kamnoosh Shahabi, Cindy Liu, Tania Contente, Nico J D Nagelkerke, Colin Kovacs, Erika Benko, Lance Price, Kelly S MacDonald, Rupert Kaul
BACKGROUND: This study was done to characterize parameters associated with semen human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1 ribonucleic acid (RNA) viral load (VL) variability in HIV-infected, therapy-naive men. METHODS: Paired blood and semen samples were collected from 30 HIV-infected, therapy-naive men who have sex with men, and 13 participants were observed longitudinally for up to 1 year. Human immunodeficiency virus RNA, bacterial load by 16S RNA, herpesvirus (Epstein-Barr virus and cytomegalovirus [CMV]) shedding, and semen cytokines/chemokines were quantified, and semen T-cell subsets were assessed by multiparameter flow cytometry...
2017: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529952/advancements-in-developing-strategies-for-sterilizing-and-functional-hiv-cures
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REVIEW
Wei Xu, Haoyang Li, Qian Wang, Chen Hua, Hanzhen Zhang, Weihua Li, Shibo Jiang, Lu Lu
Combined antiretroviral therapy (cART) has been successful in prolonging lifespan and reducing mortality of patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). However, the eradication of latent HIV reservoirs remains a challenge for curing HIV infection (HIV cure) because of HIV latency in primary memory CD4(+) T cells. Currently, two types of HIV cures are in development: a "sterilizing cure" and a "functional cure." A sterilizing cure refers to the complete elimination of replication-competent proviruses in the body, while a functional cure refers to the long-term control of HIV replication without treatment...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529900/immunotherapy-and-radiation-therapy-for-operable-early-stage-and-locally-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#14
REVIEW
Neil K Taunk, Andreas Rimner, Melissa Culligan, Joseph S Friedberg, Julie Brahmer, Jamie Chaft
Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most common cause of cancer mortality. Although a significant proportion of patients can be cured with surgery, with or without adjuvant or neoadjuvant chemotherapy and radiation, a significant proportion of patients will fail, particularly distantly. Over fifty percent of patients present with stage IV disease. There are multiple forms of immunotherapy available including T-cell transfer, cytokine therapy, and oncolytic viruses. Checkpoint inhibitors have shown tremendous activity in NSCLC and are currently under intense study given promising data on response...
April 2017: Translational Lung Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527722/crispr-cas9-mediated-ccr5-ablation-in-human-hematopoietic-stem-progenitor-cells-confers-hiv-1-resistance-in%C3%A2-vivo
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Lei Xu, Huan Yang, Yang Gao, Zeyu Chen, Liangfu Xie, Yulin Liu, Ying Liu, Xiaobao Wang, Hanwei Li, Weifeng Lai, Yuan He, Anzhi Yao, Liying Ma, Yiming Shao, Bin Zhang, Chengyan Wang, Hu Chen, Hongkui Deng
Transplantation of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) with a naturally occurring CCR5 mutation confers a loss of detectable HIV-1 in the patient, making ablation of the CCR5 gene in HSCs an ideal therapy for an HIV-1 cure. Although CCR5 disruption has been attempted in CD4(+) T cells and hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells (HSPCs), efficient gene editing with high specificity and long-term therapeutic potential remains a major challenge for clinical translation. Here, we established a CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing system in human CD34(+) HSPCs and achieved efficient CCR5 ablation evaluated in long-term reconstituted NOD/Prkdc(scid)/IL-2Rγ(null) mice...
May 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521720/the-role-of-il-27-and-its-receptor-in-the-pathogenesis-of-hiv-aids-and-anti-viral-immune-response
#16
Yu-Huang Zheng, Shui-Ling Xiao, Bo He, Yan He, Hua-Ying Zhou, Zi Chen, Mei He, Hong-Yan Wang, Yi-He Lin, Jing Cao
BACKGROUND: Cytokines have been widely demonstrated to involve in the pathogenesis of AIDS and the mechanisms of antiretroviral therapy. Interleukin 27 (IL-27) is a new member of the IL-12 cytokine family and has been shown to interfere HIV-1 virus replication with controversial findings. This study is to investigate the dynamic changes in plasma IL-27 level and cell surface IL-27 receptor expression in HIV/AIDS patients who underwent HAART. METHODS: Whole blood was collected from 34 HIV-positive/AIDS patients 0, 6, and 12 months after initiation of HAART and 27 healthy subjects...
May 17, 2017: Current HIV Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520969/cell-mediated-immunity-to-target-the-persistent-human-immunodeficiency-virus-reservoir
#17
James L Riley, Luis J Montaner
Effective clearance of virally infected cells requires the sequential activity of innate and adaptive immunity effectors. In human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, naturally induced cell-mediated immune responses rarely eradicate infection. However, optimized immune responses could potentially be leveraged in HIV cure efforts if epitope escape and lack of sustained effector memory responses were to be addressed. Here we review leading HIV cure strategies that harness cell-mediated control against HIV in stably suppressed antiretroviral-treated subjects...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520966/clonal-expansion-of-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infected-cells-and-human-immunodeficiency-virus-persistence-during-antiretroviral-therapy
#18
James I Mullins, Lisa M Frenkel
The latent HIV-1 reservoir in blood decays very slowly, even during prolonged suppression of viral replication by antiretroviral therapy (ART). Mechanisms for reservoir persistence include replenishment through low-level viral replication, longevity and homeostatic proliferation of memory T cells, and most recently appreciated, clonal expansion of HIV-infected cells. Clonally expanded cells make up a large and increasing fraction of the residual infected cell population on ART, and insertion of HIV proviruses into certain host cellular genes has been associated with this proliferation...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514279/impact-of-alemtuzumab-on-hiv-persistence-in-an-hiv-infected-individual-on-antiretroviral-therapy-with-sezary-syndrome
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Thomas Aagaard Rasmussen, James McMahon, J Judy Chang, Jori Symons, Michael Roche, Ashanti Dantanarayana, Afam Okoye, Bonnie Hiener, Sarah Palmer, Wen Shi Lee, Stephen Kent, Carrie Van Der Weyden, H Miles Prince, Paul U Cameron, Sharon R Lewin
OBJECTIVE: To study the effects of alemtuzumab on HIV persistence in an HIV-infected individual on antiretroviral therapy (ART) with Sezary syndrome, a rare malignancy of CD4+ T-cells DESIGN:: Case report. METHODS: Blood was collected 30 and 18 months prior to presentation with Sezary syndrome, at the time of presentation and during alemtuzumab. T-cell subsets in malignant (CD7-CD26-TCR-VBeta2+) and non-malignant cells were quantified by flow cytometry. HIV-DNA in total CD4+ T-cells, in sorted malignant and non-malignant CD4+ T-cells was quantified by PCR and clonal expansion of HIV-DNA assessed by full-length next-generation sequencing...
May 16, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510446/modularly-constructed-synthetic-granzyme-b-molecule-enables-interrogation-of-intracellular-proteases-for-targeted-cytotoxicity
#20
Patrick Ho, Christopher Ede, Yvonne Y Chen
Targeted therapies promise to increase the safety and efficacy of treatments against diseases ranging from cancer to viral infections. However, the vast majority of targeted therapeutics relies on the recognition of extracellular biomarkers, which are rarely restricted to diseased cells and are thus prone to severe and sometimes-fatal off-target toxicities. In contrast, intracellular antigens present a diverse yet underutilized repertoire of disease markers. Here, we report a protein-based therapeutic platform-termed Cytoplasmic Oncoprotein VErifier and Response Trigger (COVERT)-which enables the interrogation of intracellular proteases to trigger targeted cytotoxicity...
May 22, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
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