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Divya Sekar, Luisa Govene, María-Luisa Del Río, Evelyn Sirait-Fischer, Annika F Fink, Bernhard Brüne, José I Rodriguez-Barbosa, Andreas Weigert
Natural Killer T cells (NKT cells) are emerging as critical regulators of pro- and anti-tumor immunity, both at baseline and in therapeutic settings. While type I NKT cells can promote anti-tumor immunity, their activity in the tumor microenvironment may be limited by negative regulators such as inhibitory immune checkpoints. We observed dominant expression of B- and T-lymphocyte attenuator (BTLA) on type I NKT cells in polyoma middle T oncogene-driven (PyMT) murine autochthonous mammary tumors. Other immune checkpoint receptors, such as programmed cell death 1 (PD-1) were equally distributed among T cell populations...
March 7, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
F Ruggiero, D Carbone, R Mugavero, A Palmieri, D Lauritano, L Baggi, M Nardone, M Martinelli, F Carinci
Some studies have evidenced the role of human polyomaviruses in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. BK, JC and SV40 human polyoma viruses are widely recognized as etiological agents associated with malignancies. The aim of this study was to analyse the prevalence of BK, IC and SV40 in tonsillar microbiota in a group of Afghan volunteers. A sample of the tonsillar microbiota was taken from a single site using a sterile oral swab paper stick. A fixed volume of purified DNA from each sample was tested by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reactions to evaluate the number of human cells and the number of viral genomes in each sample...
January 2018: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
Barry I Freedman, Amy L Kistler, Peter Skewes-Cox, Don Ganem, Mitzie Spainhour, Jolyn Turner, Jasmin Divers, Carl D Langefeld, Mariana Murea, Pamela J Hicks, Ashok K Hemal, James A Snipes, Lihong Zhao, Johanna R Abend, Douglas S Lyles, Lijun Ma, Karl L Skorecki
Background: Viral infections can trigger chronic kidney disease (CKD) and the urine virome may inform risk. The Natural History of APOL1-Associated Nephropathy Study (NHAANS) reported that urine JC polyomavirus (JCPyV) associated with a lower risk of APOL1-associated nephropathy in African Americans. Herein, association was assessed between urine JCPyV with CKD in African Americans independent from the APOL1 genotype. Methods: Quantitative polymerase chain reaction was performed for urinary detection of JCPyV and BK polyoma virus (BKPyV) in 200 newly recruited nondiabetic African Americans...
February 6, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
S W Yeh, Y H Cheng, F N Nan, C M Wen
Cell cultures derived from the brain tissues of Aequidens rivulatus (Günther) have been characterized previously. In this study, a continuous cell line ARB8 was further established, and its growth characteristics, transcription and susceptibility to fish viruses-including chum salmon reovirus (CSV), marbled eel infectious pancreative necrosis virus (MEIPNV), grouper nervous necrosis virus (GNNV), giant seaperch iridovirus (GSIV), red seabream iridovirus (RSIV), koi herpesvirus (KHV), herpesvirus anguilla (HVA) and marbled eel polyoma-like virus (MEPyV)-were examined...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Fish Diseases
Daniel Boda, Anca Oana Docea, Daniela Calina, Mihaela Adriana Ilie, Constantin Caruntu, Sabina Zurac, Monica Neagu, Carolina Constantin, Daciana Elena Branisteanu, Vlad Voiculescu, Charalampos Mamoulakis, George Tzanakakis, Demetrios A Spandidos, Nikolaos Drakoulis, Aristides M Tsatsakis
Human papilloma viruses (HPV) are a small group of non‑enveloped viruses belonging to the Papillomaviridae family with strong similarities to polyoma viruses. The viral particles consist of a genome in the form of a circular double‑stranded DNA, encompassing eight open reading frames, as well as a non‑enveloped icosahedral capsid. HPV infection is considered the most common sexually transmitted disease in both sexes and is strongly implicated in the pathogenesis of different types of cancer. 'High‑risk' mucosal HPV types, predominantly types 16, 18, 31, 33 and 35, are associated with most cervical, penile, vulvar, vaginal, anal, oropharyngeal cancers and pre‑cancers...
January 29, 2018: International Journal of Oncology
Sonia Castedo Paz, Luciana Prats Branco, Marina Alves Camargo Pereira, Caroline Vieira Spessotto, Yara Dadalti Fragoso
Purpose: The John Cunningham virus (JCV) is a polyoma virus that infects humans mainly in childhood or adolescence, and presents no symptomatic manifestations. JCV can cause progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) in immunosuppressed individuals, including those undergoing treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS) and neuromyelitis optica (NMO). PML is a severe and potentially fatal disease of the brain. The prevalence of JCV antibodies has been described to be between 50% and 90% in human serum...
January 5, 2018: Epidemiology and Health
Spyros Chalkias, Joshua M Gorham, Erica Mazaika, Michael Parfenov, Xin Dang, Steve DePalma, David McKean, Christine E Seidman, Jonathan G Seidman, Igor J Koralnik
Deep nucleotide sequencing enables the unbiased, broad-spectrum detection of viruses in clinical samples without requiring an a priori hypothesis for the source of infection. However, its use in clinical research applications is limited by low cost-effectiveness given that most of the sequencing information from clinical samples is related to the human genome, which renders the analysis of viral genomes challenging. To overcome this limitation we developed ViroFind, an in-solution target-enrichment platform for virus detection and discovery in clinical samples...
2018: PloS One
Ismini Lasithiotaki, Eliza Tsitoura, Anastasios Koutsopoulos, Eleni Lagoudaki, Chara Koutoulaki, George Pitsidianakis, Demetrios A Spandidos, Nikolaos M Siafakas, George Sourvinos, Katerina M Antoniou
Merkel Cell Polyoma Virus (MCPyV) infection has been associated with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Viruses can manipulate cellular miRNAs or have a profound impact on cellular miRNA expression to control host regulatory pathways. In this study, we evaluated the expression profiles of cancer-associated and virally affected host microRNAs miR-21, miR-145, miR-146a, miR-155, miR-302c, miR-367 and miR-376c in a series of NSCLC tissue samples as well as in samples from "healthy" sites, distant from the tumour region that were either positive or negative for MCPyV DNA...
December 22, 2017: Oncotarget
Jacob Rw Scadden, Adnan Sharif, Kassi Skordilis, Richard Borrows
BK virus (BKV) is a polyomavirus that is able to cause renal dysfunction in transplanted grafts via BK virus-associated nephritis (BKVAN). This condition was mis-diagnosed in the past due to clinical and histopthological similarities with acute rejection. Due to the prevalence of the virus in the population, it is an important pathogen in this context, and so it is important to understand how this virus functions and its' relationship with the pathogenesis of BKVN. Screening for BKV often reveals viruria and/or viremia, which then manifests as BKVN, which can be asymptomatic or result in clinical features namely renal dysfunction...
December 24, 2017: World Journal of Transplantation
Nicole G Barra, Isabella Y Fan, Jenna B Gillen, Marianne Chew, Katarina Marcinko, Gregory R Steinberg, Martin J Gibala, Ali A Ashkar
High intensity interval training (HIIT) boosts natural killer (NK) cell number and activity in normal weight breast cancer patients; however, whether this occurs in obese individuals is not well established. The goal of this study was to determine whether HIIT effectively boosts NK cells as a therapeutic strategy against breast cancer in an obese mouse model and in overweight/obese women. Diet induced female C57Bl/6 obese mice were assigned to undergo HIIT for four weeks or remain sedentary. Female participants were subjected to a six weeks HIIT protocol...
December 2017: Journal of Cancer Prevention
Robin M H Rumney, Seth B Coffelt, Terence A Neale, Sandeep Dhayade, Gillian M Tozer, Gaynor Miller
CD68+ tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) are pro-tumorigenic, pro-angiogenic and are associated with decreased survival rates in patients with cancer, including breast cancer. Non-specific models of macrophage ablation reduce the number of TAMs and limit the development of mammary tumors. However, the lack of specificity and side effects associated with these models compromise their reliability. We hypothesized that specific and controlled macrophage depletion would provide precise data on the effects of reducing TAM numbers on tumor development...
2017: PloS One
Amanda S Peretti, Dayna Dominguez, Martha M Grimes, Helen J Hathaway, Eric R Prossnitz, Melanie R Rivera, Angela Wandinger-Ness, Donna F Kusewitt, Laurie G Hudson
Epidemiologic studies report improved breast cancer survival in women who receive ketorolac (Toradol) for postoperative pain relief compared with other analgesic agents. Ketorolac is a racemic drug. The S-enantiomer inhibits cyclooxygenases; R-ketorolac is a selective inhibitor of the small GTPases Ras-related C3 botulinum toxin substrate 1 (Rac1) and cell division control protein 42 (Cdc42), which are signaling molecules up-regulated during breast cancer progression and metastasis. The goal of this study was to determine whether R-ketorolac altered breast cancer development in the mouse mammary tumor virus-polyoma middle T-antigen model...
February 2018: American Journal of Pathology
Li Qin, Yixiang Xu, Xiaobin Yu, Michael J Toneff, Dabing Li, Lan Liao, Jarrod D Martinez, Yi Li, Jianming Xu
Histone modification alters chromatin architecture to regulate gene transcription. KDM3A is a histone demethylase in the JmjC domain-containing protein family. It removes di- and mono- methyl residues from di- or mono-methylated lysine 9 of histone H3 (H3K9me2/me1). Recent studies have shown that Kdm3a plays an important role in self-renewal of embryonic stem cells, spermatogenesis, metabolism, sex determination and tumor angiogenesis. However, its role in mammary gland development and breast carcinogenesis remains unclear...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
Mahwash Kamal, Amit Govil, Manish Anand, Bassam G Abu Jawdeh, Silvi Shah
BK polyomavirus mostly manifests as polyomavirus-associated nephropathy (PyVAN) in kidney transplant patients and polyoma virus-associated hemorrhagic cystitis (PyVHC) in bone marrow transplant patients. PyVHC in kidney transplant patients is only reported in four cases in the literature. Our patient had severe hemorrhagic cystitis without renal involvement. We postulate that our patient's exposure to ifosfamide and radiation 8 years prior transplantation might pre-dispose him to this disease. This article is protected by copyright...
November 16, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
Marwan M Azar, Roland Assi, Aziz K Valika, David B Banach, Isaac E Hall, Marie-Louise Landry, Maricar F Malinis
AIM: To review the incidence of graft loss and acute rejection among renal transplant recipients with early reduction of immunosuppression for BK viremia. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of consecutive de-novo kidney-only transplants from January 2009 to December 2012 to evaluate the incidence of Polyoma-virus associated nephropathy (PyVAN). Recipient plasma was screened for BKV DNA via quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) at months 1, 3, 6, 9 and 12 post-transplant and on worsening graft function...
October 24, 2017: World Journal of Transplantation
Irfana Reshi, Zarka Sarwar, Sameer Ahmed Bhat, Syed Qaaifah Gillani, Misbah Shah, Khalid Majid Fazili, Shaida Andrabi
Mammalian cells expressing murine polyoma small T antigen are known to undergo prolonged mitotic arrest followed by extensive cell death. However, the detailed mechanism of this process is not fully understood. While studying the mechanism related to small T induced mitotic arrest in mammalian cells, we observed the expression of various cytoskeletal proteins was unusually altered in polyoma small T expressing cell line. Since most of the cytoskeletal proteins are reoriented during mitosis and are involved in spindle formation, so it was pertinent to investigate the expression of these genes in PyST expressing cell line...
November 2, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Kedar R Mahajan, Jennifer S Ko, Michael T Tetzlaff, Courtney W Hudgens, Steven D Billings, Jeffrey A Cohen
Neoplasms and reactivation of latent viruses have been observed in individuals taking fingolimod. Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC), a rare neuroendocrine skin cancer, is associated with immunosuppression and can be triggered by the oncogenic Merkel cell polyoma virus (MCPyV). We report a case of a 61-year-old man with multiple sclerosis who developed MCPyV-positive MCC 4 years after starting fingolimod. This is the second report of MCC associated with MCPyV in an individual on fingolimod.
October 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
A Sami Saribas, Julia DeVoto, Akhil Golla, Hassen S Wollebo, Martyn K White, Mahmut Safak
Although the human neurotropic polyomavirus, JC virus (JCV), was isolated almost a half century ago, understanding the molecular mechanisms governing its biology remains highly elusive. JCV infects oligodendrocytes and astrocytes in the central nervous system (CNS) and causes a fatal brain disease known as progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) in immunocompromised individuals including AIDS. It has a small circular DNA genome (∼ 5 kb) and generates two primary transcripts from its early and late coding regions, producing several predicted alternatively spliced products mainly by cis-splicing...
October 16, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
Ghady Haidar, Nina Singh
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To summarize new discoveries in viral pathogenesis and novel therapeutic and prophylactic strategies in organ transplant recipients. RECENT FINDINGS: For decades, prophylaxis of cytomegalovirus (CMV) has been the standard preventive strategy, but new clinical trials are expected to determine the advantages of preemptive therapy over prophylaxis. Novel anti-CMV agents, such as maribavir and letermovir, are being studied for the treatment of resistant/refractory CMV as alternatives to foscarnet and cidofovir...
December 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
Marie E Perrone, Anthony Chang, Kammi J Henriksen
Kidney diseases affect many hospitalized patients and contribute to morbidity and mortality. Therefore, kidney disease should be prevalent, but the frequency and spectrum of medical renal pathology in autopsy specimens has not been well documented. We sought to determine the spectrum of medical renal pathology in adult autopsy specimens and the frequency of overlooked diagnoses. We reviewed the hematoxylin- and eosin-stained kidney sections from 140 adult autopsies performed at a large teaching hospital over a 2-year period...
October 6, 2017: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
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