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Interferons and viral infections

J R Teijaro
Since Isaac's and Lindenmann's seminal experiments over 50 years ago demonstrating a soluble factor generated from heat killed virus-stimulated chicken embryos could inhibit live influenza virus replication, the term interferon has been synonymous with inhibition of virus replication. While the antiviral properties of type 1 interferon (IFN-I) are undeniable, recent studies have reported expanding and somewhat unexpected roles of IFN-I signaling during both acute and persistent viral infections. IFN-I signaling can promote morbidity and mortality through induction of aberrant inflammatory responses and recruitment of inflammatory innate immune cell populations during acute respiratory viral infections...
2016: Advances in Immunology
Jawed Iqbal, Mairaj Ahmed Ansari, Binod Kumar, Dipanjan Dutta, Arunava Roy, Leela Chikoti, Gina Pisano, Sujoy Dutta, Shahrooz Vahedi, Mohanan Valiya Veettil, Bala Chandran
IFI16 (gamma-interferon-inducible protein 16), a predominantly nuclear protein involved in transcriptional regulation, also functions as an innate immune response DNA sensor and induces the IL-1β and antiviral type-1 interferon-β (IFN-β) cytokines. We have shown that IFI16, in association with BRCA1, functions as a sequence independent nuclear sensor of episomal dsDNA genomes of KSHV, EBV and HSV-1. Recognition of these herpesvirus genomes resulted in IFI16 acetylation, BRCA1-IFI16-ASC-procaspase-1 inflammasome formation, cytoplasmic translocation, and IL-1β generation...
October 2016: PLoS Pathogens
Qianqian Xu, Yuqiu Chen, Wenjun Zhao, Tingting Zhang, Chenggang Liu, Tianming Qi, Zongxi Han, Yuhao Shao, Deying Ma, Shengwang Liu
Newcastle disease (ND), caused by virulent strains of Newcastle disease virus (NDV), is a highly contagious disease of birds that is responsible for heavy economic losses for the poultry industry worldwide. However, little is known about host-virus interactions in waterfowl, goose. In this study, we aim to characterize the host immune response in goose, based on the previous reports on the host response to NDV in chickens. Here, we evaluated viral replication and mRNA expression of 27 immune-related genes in 10 tissues of geese challenged with a genotype VIId NDV strain of goose origin (go/CH/LHLJ/1/06)...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Hanneke de Kort, Kirstin M Heutinck, Jurjen M Ruben, Alessa E Valverde da Silva, Katja C Wolthers, Jörg Hamann, Ineke J M Ten Berge
BACKGROUND: BK polyomavirus (BKV)-associated nephropathy is a threat to kidney allograft survival affecting up to 15% of renal transplant patients. Previous studies revealed that tubular epithelial cells (TEC) show a limited response towards BKV infection. Here we investigated the interplay between BKV and TEC in more detail. In particular, we questioned whether BKV suppresses and/or evades antiviral responses. METHODS: Human primary tubular epithelial cells (TEC) and peripheral blood mononuclear cells were infected with BKV Dunlop strain or other viruses...
October 17, 2016: Transplantation
Gabriela Barcenas-Morales, Peter Jandus, Rainer Döffinger
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Concise overview of the field of anticytokine autoantibodies with a focus on recent developments. RECENT FINDINGS: Advances in particular in the analysis of autoantibodies to IFNγ, granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) and IFN-1 are presented. The target epitope for anti-IFNγ autoantibodies has been found to have high homology to a protein from Aspergillus suggesting molecular mimicry as a mechanism of breaking self-tolerance...
October 13, 2016: Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Eric M Nordstrom, Angela Keniston, Fafa Baouchi, Alvaro Martinez-Camacho
AIMS: This study assesses the efficacy, accessibility, and safety of hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment in a safety net hospital population. METHODS: Patients at Denver Health receiving pegylated interferon for HCV infection between 2008 and 2012 were included in this retrospective study. Sociodemographic, biochemical, and virologic data were collected on each patient. The primary outcomes were the rate of sustained virologic response and early treatment discontinuation, with reason for discontinuation documented...
October 13, 2016: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Diane E Griffin
Measles is an acute systemic viral infection with immune system interactions that play essential roles in multiple stages of infection and disease. Measles virus (MeV) infection does not induce type 1 interferons, but leads to production of cytokines and chemokines associated with nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells (NFκB) signaling and activation of the NACHT, LRR and PYD domains-containing protein (NLRP3) inflammasome. This restricted response allows extensive virus replication and spread during a clinically silent latent period of 10-14 days...
October 12, 2016: Viruses
Meidi Gu, Zhiyong Liu, Rongrong Lai, Si Liu, Wenlong Lin, Chuan Ouyang, Sheng Ye, He Huang, Xiaojian Wang
TANK-binding kinase 1 (TBK1) activation is a central event in type I interferon production in anti-virus innate immunity. However, the regulatory mechanism underlying TBK1 activation remains unclear. Here we report that Raf kinase inhibitory protein (RKIP) is essential for TBK1 activation and type I interferon production triggered by viral infection. Upon viral infection, RKIP is phosphorylated at serine 109 (S109) by TBK1. Phosphorylation of RKIP enhances its interaction with TBK1 and in turn promotes TBK1 autophosphorylation...
October 17, 2016: EMBO Journal
Robert Flisiak, Mitchell Shiffman, Juan Arenas, Hugo Cheinquer, Igor Nikitin, Yuping Dong, Khurram Rana, Subasree Srinivasan
BACKGROUND: A randomized, double-blind, multinational, phase 3 study was conducted comparing the efficacy and safety of peginterferon lambda-1a (Lambda)/ribavirin (RBV)/telaprevir (TVR) vs. peginterferon alfa-2a (Alfa)/RBV/TVR in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype-1 (GT-1) infection. METHODS: Patients (treatment-naïve or relapsers on prior Alfa/RBV treatment) were randomly assigned in a 2:1 ratio to receive Lambda/RBV/TVR or Alfa/RBV/TVR. Total duration of treatment was either 24 or 48 weeks (response-guided treatment), with TVR administered for the first 12 weeks...
2016: PloS One
Akihiko Komuro, Yuya Homma, Takaharu Negoro, Glen N Barber, Curt M Horvath
LGP2 and MDA5 cooperate to detect viral RNA in the cytoplasm of Picornavirus-infected cells and activate innate immune responses. To further define regulatory components of RNA recognition by LGP2/MDA5, a yeast two-hybrid screen was used to identify LGP2-interacting proteins. The screening has identified the TAR-RNA binding protein (TRBP), which is known to be an essential factor for RNA interference (RNAi). Immuno-precipitation experiments demonstrated that TRBP interacted specifically with LGP2 but not with related RIG-I-like receptors, RIG-I or MDA5...
October 12, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Huaizhou Wang, Beiying Wu, Lei Li, Liang Hu, Jiafei Lin, Cen Jiang, Gang Cai, Qian Shen
Similar to programmed death-1 (PD-1), B and T lymphocyte attenuator (BTLA) is a co-inhibitory molecule of the CD28 family. PD-1 is involved in T cell exhaustion during chronic viral infection. However, the role of BTLA in virus-specific T cells is poorly defined. Here we investigated the expression and function of BTLA in T cells from patients with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. The phenotype of peripheral and intrahepatic HBV-specific T cells from 43 patients with chronic HBV infection was assessed by flow cytometry...
October 6, 2016: Cellular Immunology
Kendall R Beck, Nicole Kim, Mandana Khalili
BACKGROUND: Vulnerable populations are disproportionately affected by hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and experience high rates of health disparity. There are no data on real-world experience with highly efficacious direct-acting anti-HCV treatment in this population. AIMS: We aimed to evaluate the real-world experience with sofosbuvir-based regimens among a vulnerable HCV-infected population. METHODS: HCV treatment response was assessed among 204 patients who completed 12-24 weeks of sofosbuvir-based regimens (in combination with pegylated interferon and ribavirin, simeprevir, ledipasvir, or daclatasvir) at the San Francisco safety-net healthcare system liver specialty clinic between January 2014 and December 2015...
October 14, 2016: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
Patricia Pereiro, Gabriel Forn-Cuni, Antonio Figueras, Beatriz Novoa
Interferon-gamma has been typically described as a pro-inflammatory cytokine playing an important role in the resolution of both viral and bacterial diseases. Nevertheless, some anti-inflammatory functions are also attributed to this molecule. In this work we have characterized for the first time the turbot (Scophthalmus maximus) interferon-gamma gene (ifng) and its expression pattern under basal conditions, after type I IFNs administration, and viral and bacterial infection. The intramuscular injection of an expression plasmid encoding turbot Ifng (pMCV1...
October 11, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
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
Maryam Keshvari, Seyed Moayed Alavian, Bita Behnava, Ali Pouryasin, Johanna C Craig, Heidar Sharafi
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to determine whether two polymorphisms of the human interferon lambda 4 (IFNL4) gene (rs12979860 and rs8099917) can predict sustained virologic response (SVR) following antiviral therapy in patients with inherited bleeding disorder and chronic hepatitis C (CHC). METHODS: This retrospective study was conducted on 294 patients with congenital bleeding disorder and CHC who were treated with Peg-Interferon-α (PegIFN) and Ribavirin (RBV)...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
Ryan A Zander, Jenna J Guthmiller, Amy C Graham, Rosemary L Pope, Bradly E Burke, Daniel J J Carr, Noah S Butler
CD4 T cell-dependent antibody responses are essential for limiting Plasmodium parasite replication and the severity of malaria; however, the factors that regulate humoral immunity during highly inflammatory, Th1-biased systemic infections are poorly understood. Using genetic and biochemical approaches, we show that Plasmodium infection-induced type I interferons limit T follicular helper accumulation and constrain anti-malarial humoral immunity. Mechanistically we show that CD4 T cell-intrinsic type I interferon signaling induces T-bet and Blimp-1 expression, thereby promoting T regulatory 1 responses...
October 2016: PLoS Pathogens
Camelia Sultana, Gabriela Oprişan, Monica Delia Teleman, Sorin Dinu, Cristiana Oprea, Mihai Voiculescu, Simona Ruta
AIM: To determine whether hepatitis C virus (HCV) core substitutions play a role in the response to interferon-based treatment in Caucasian patients. METHODS: One hundred eight HCV chronically infected patients initiating treatment with pegylated IFN plus ribavirin for 48 wk were tested for baseline substitutions at codons 70 and 91 of the viral core protein (BigDye Terminator vers.3.1, Applied Biosystems,) and for genetic polymorphisms in host IL28B gene rs12979860 (Custom TaqMan 5' allelic discrimination assay; Applied Biosystems)...
October 7, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Sojan Abraham, Jang-Gi Choi, Nora M Ortega, Junli Zhang, Premlata Shankar, N Manjunath Swamy
Because endogenous interferon type I (IFN-I) produced by HIV-1 infection might complicate the analysis of therapeutically administered IFN-I, we tested different humanized mouse models for induction of IFN-I during HIV-1 infection. While HIV-1 induced high levels of IFN-α in BLT mice, IFN-I was undetectable following infection in the Hu-PBL mouse model, in which only T cells expand. We therefore tested the effect of treatment with Pegylated IFN-2 (pegasys), in Hu-PBL mice. Pegasys prevented CD4 T cell depletion and reduced the viral load for 10 days, but the effect waned thereafter...
October 6, 2016: Oncotarget
Lemin Li, Guanghui Qian, Yibo Zuo, Yukang Yuan, Qiao Cheng, Tingting Guo, Jin Liu, Chang Liu, Liting Zhang, Hui Zheng
Adenosine deaminase acting on RNA 1 (ADAR1) catalyzes RNA editing of cellular and viral RNAs. Besides RNA editing, ADAR1 has recently been shown to play important roles in maintaining the body balance including tissue homoeostasis, organ development and autoimmune regulations, by inhibiting both IFN production and subsequent IFN activated pathways. Accordingly, the question was raised how IFN signaling induced by viral infections overcomes the inhibitory effect of constitutively expressed ADAR1 (ADAR1-P110) to execute efficient antiviral activity...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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