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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812869/entry-inhibitors-a-perspective-for-prevention-of-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-in-organ-transplantation
#1
Che C Colpitts, Raymond T Chung, Thomas F Baumert
Entry inhibitors are emerging as an attractive class of therapeutics for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Entry inhibitors target either virion-associated factors or cellular factors necessary for infection. By blocking entry into cells, entry inhibitors prevent both the establishment of persistent reservoirs and the emergence of resistant variants during viral replication. Furthermore, entry inhibitors protect naïve cells from virus-induced alterations. Combining entry inhibitors with direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) may therefore improve treatment outcomes, particularly in the context of organ transplantation...
August 16, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812060/reolysin-and-histone-deacetylase-inhibition-in-the-treatment-of-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#2
Alena C Jaime-Ramirez, Jun-Ge Yu, Enrico Caserta, Ji Young Yoo, Jianying Zhang, Tae Jin Lee, Craig Hofmeister, John H Lee, Bhavna Kumar, Quintin Pan, Pawan Kumar, Robert Baiocchi, Theodoros Teknos, Flavia Pichiorri, Balveen Kaur, Matthew Old
Oncolytic viruses (OVs) are emerging as powerful anti-cancer agents and are currently being tested for their safety and efficacy in patients. Reovirus (Reolysin), a naturally occurring non-pathogenic, double-stranded RNA virus, has natural oncolytic activity and is being tested in phase I-III clinical trials in a variety of tumor types. With its recent US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) orphan drug designation for several tumor types, Reolysin is a potential therapeutic agent for various cancers, including head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCCs), which have a 5-year survival of ∼55%...
June 16, 2017: Molecular Therapy Oncolytics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811710/single-amino-acid-mutation-of-sr-bi-decreases-infectivity-of-hepatitis-c-virus-derived-from-cell-culture-in-a-cell-culture-model
#3
Rong Gao, Wei Gao, Gang Xu, Jie Xu, Hao Ren
AIM: To investigate the effect of a single amino acid mutation in human class B scavenger receptor I (SR-BI) on the infectivity of cell culture-derived hepatitis C virus (HCVcc) in SR-BI knock-down Huh7-siSR-BI cells. METHODS: Site-directed mutagenesis was used to construct the SR-BI S112F mutation, and the mutation was confirmed by nucleotide sequencing. SR-BI knock-down Huh7-siSR-BI cells were transfected with SR-BI S112F, SR-BI wild type (WT) and control plasmids, and then infected with HCVpp (HCV pseudoparticles) and hepatitis C virus derived from cell culture (HCVcc)...
July 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811186/identification-and-characterization-of-small-molecule-inhibitors-of-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-virus
#4
Alyssa B Evans, Pengfei Dong, Hyelee Loyd, Jianqiang Zhang, George A Kraus, Susan Carpenter
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) is the etiological agent of PRRS, an economically significant disease of swine worldwide. PRRSV is poorly controlled by the currently available vaccines, and alternative control strategies are needed to help prevent the continual circulation of the virus. Previously, we developed a synthetic route for the natural compound atractylodinol and demonstrated anti-PRRSV activity in vitro. However, the synthetic route was inefficient and the yield was poor...
August 12, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810265/viral-retinopathy-in-experimental-models-of-zika-infection
#5
Zhenyang Zhao, Matthew Yang, Sasha R Azar, Lynn Soong, Scott C Weaver, Jiaren Sun, Yan Chen, Shannan L Rossi, Jiyang Cai
Purpose: Emerging evidence has shown that both congenital and adult Zika virus (ZIKV) infection can cause eye diseases. The goals of the current study were to explore mechanisms and pathophysiology of ZIKV-induced eye defects. Methods: Wild-type or A129 interferon type I receptor-deficient mice were infected by either FSS13025 or Mex1-7 strain of ZIKV. Retinal histopathology was measured at different time points after infection. The presence of viral RNA and protein in the retina was determined by in situ hybridization and immunofluorescence staining, respectively...
August 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809154/interaction-between-herpesvirus-entry-mediator-and-hsv-2-glycoproteins-mediates-hiv-1-entry-of-hsv-2-infected-epithelial-cells
#6
Kai Hu, Siyi He, Juhua Xiao, Mei Li, Sukun Luo, Mudan Zhang, Qinxue Hu
Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) increases human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) acquisition and transmission via unclear mechanisms. Herpesvirus entry mediator (HVEM), an HSV-2 entry receptor, is highly expressed on HIV-1 target cells (CD4+ T cells) and may be incorporated into HIV-1 virions, while HSV-2 glycoproteins can be present on the infected cell surface. Since HVEM-gD interaction together with gB/gH/gL is essential for HSV-2 entry, HVEM-bearing HIV-1 (HIV-1/HVEM) may enter HSV-2-infected cells through such interactions...
August 15, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808690/the-hemagglutinin-esterase-fusion-glycoprotein-is-a-primary-determinant-of-the-exceptional-thermal-and-acid-stability-of-influenza-d-virus
#7
Jieshi Yu, Busha Hika, Runxia Liu, Zizhang Sheng, Ben M Hause, Feng Li, Dan Wang
Influenza D virus (IDV) is unique among four types of influenza viruses in that it utilizes cattle as a primary reservoir. The thermal and acid stability of IDV were examined and directly compared with those of influenza A virus (IAV), influenza B virus (IBV), and influenza C virus (ICV). The results of our experiments demonstrated that only IDV had a high residual infectivity (~2.5 log units of 50% tissue culture infective dose [TCID50]/ml) after a 60-min exposure to 53°C in solution at a neutral pH, and remarkably, IDV retained this infectivity even after exposure to 53°C for 120 min...
July 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807852/extracts-of-equisetum-giganteum-l-and-copaifera-reticulate-ducke-show-strong-antiviral-activity-against-the-sexually-transmitted-pathogen-herpes-simplex-virus-type-2
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Marianela Patzi Churqui, Liza Lind, Karolina Thörn, Alexandra Svensson, Otto Savolainen, Katty Terrazas Aranda, Kristina Eriksson
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Equisetum giganteum L and Copaifera reticulate Ducke have been traditionally used by women of the Tacana tribe in the Bolivian Amazonas for genital hygiene and for treatment of genital infection/inflammation. AIM OF THE STUDY: To assess the ability of extracts from Equisetum giganteum L and Copaifera reticulate Ducke to block genital viral infection by herpes simplex virus type 2. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Equisetum giganteum L and Copaifera reticulate Ducke were collected from the Amazon region of La Paz, Bolivia...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807053/regulation-of-inflammation-in-japanese-encephalitis
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Nils Lannes, Artur Summerfield, Luis Filgueira
BACKGROUND: Uncontrolled inflammatory response of the central nervous system is a hallmark of severe Japanese encephalitis (JE). Although inflammation is necessary to mount an efficient immune response against virus infections, exacerbated inflammatory response is often detrimental. In this context, cells of the monocytic lineage appear to be important forces driving JE pathogenesis. MAIN BODY: Brain-infiltrating monocytes, macrophages and microglia play a major role in central nervous system (CNS) inflammation during JE...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805676/inhibitors-of-deubiquitinating-enzymes-block-hiv-1-replication-and-augment-the-presentation-of-gag-derived-mhc-i-epitopes
#10
Christian Setz, Melanie Friedrich, Pia Rauch, Kirsten Fraedrich, Alina Matthaei, Maximilian Traxdorf, Ulrich Schubert
In recent years it has been well established that two major constituent parts of the ubiquitin proteasome system (UPS)-the proteasome holoenzymes and a number of ubiquitin ligases-play a crucial role, not only in virus replication but also in the regulation of the immunogenicity of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1). However, the role in HIV-1 replication of the third major component, the deubiquitinating enzymes (DUBs), has remained largely unknown. In this study, we show that the DUB-inhibitors (DIs) P22077 and PR-619, specific for the DUBs USP7 and USP47, impair Gag processing and thereby reduce the infectivity of released virions without affecting viral protease activity...
August 12, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805635/mosquito-specific-and-mosquito-borne-viruses-evolution-infection-and-host-defense
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REVIEW
Rebecca Halbach, Sandra Junglen, Ronald P van Rij
Recent virus discovery programs have identified an extensive reservoir of viruses in arthropods. It is thought that arthropod viruses, including mosquito-specific viruses, are ancestral to vertebrate-pathogenic arboviruses. Mosquito-specific viruses are restricted in vertebrate cells at multiple levels, including entry, RNA replication, assembly, and by the inability to replicate at high temperatures. Moreover, it is likely that the vertebrate immune system suppresses replication of these viruses. The evolution from single to dual-host tropism may also require changes in the course of infection in the mosquito host...
August 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802715/elucidating-virus-entry-using-a-tetracysteine-tagged-virus
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REVIEW
Bjorn-Patrick Mohl, Polly Roy
Fluorescent tags constitute an invaluable tool in facilitating a deeper understanding of the mechanistic processes governing virus-host interactions. However, when selecting a fluorescent tag for in vivo imaging of cells, a number of parameters and aspects must be considered. These include whether the tag may affect and interfere with protein conformation or localization, cell toxicity, spectral overlap, photo-stability and background. Cumulatively, these constitute challenges to be overcome. Bluetongue virus (BTV), a member of the Orbivirus genus in the Reoviridae family, is a non-enveloped virus that is comprised of two architecturally complex capsids...
August 9, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802158/lipidation-increases-antiviral-activities-of-coronavirus-fusion-inhibiting-peptides
#13
Jung-Eun Park, Tom Gallagher
Coronaviruses (CoVs) can cause life-threatening respiratory diseases. Their infectious entry requires viral spike (S) proteins, which attach to cell receptors, undergo proteolytic cleavage, and then refold in a process that catalyzes virus-cell membrane fusion. Fusion-inhibiting peptides bind to S proteins, interfere with refolding, and prevent infection. Here we conjugated fusion-inhibiting peptides to various lipids, expecting this to secure peptides onto cell membranes and thereby increase antiviral potencies...
August 9, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797170/analysis-of-clinical-hiv-1-strains-with-resistance-to-maraviroc-reveals-strain-specific-resistance-mutations-variable-degrees-of-resistance-and-minimal-cross-resistance-to-other-ccr5-antagonists
#14
Jacqueline Flynn, Paula Ellenberg, Renee Duncan, Anne Ellett, Jingling Zhou, Jasminka Sterjovski, Kieran Cashin, Katharina Borm, Lachlan Gray, Marilyn Lewis, Becky Jubb, Mike Westby, Benhur Lee, Sharon Ruth Lewin, Melissa Churchill, Michael Roche, Paul Gorry
Maraviroc (MVC) is an allosteric inhibitor of HIV-1 entry, and is the only CCR5 antagonist licensed for use as an anti-HIV-1 therapeutic. It acts by altering the conformation of the CCR5 extracellular loops, rendering CCR5 unrecognizable by the HIV-1 envelope glycoproteins (Env). This study aimed to understand the mechanisms underlying the development of MVC resistance in HIV-1-infected patients. To do this, we obtained longitudinal plasma samples from 8 subjects who experienced treatment failure with phenotypically verified, CCR5-tropic MVC resistance...
August 11, 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796799/differential-outcomes-of-zika-virus-infection-in-aedes-aegypti-orally-challenged-with-infectious-blood-meals-and-infectious-protein-meals
#15
Yan-Jang S Huang, Amy C Lyons, Wei-Wen Hsu, So Lee Park, Stephen Higgs, Dana L Vanlandingham
BACKGROUND: Infection of mosquitoes is an essential step for the transmission of mosquito-borne arboviruses in nature. Engorgement of infectious blood meals from viremic infected vertebrate hosts allows the entry of viruses and initiates infection of midgut epithelial cells. Historically, the infection process of arboviruses in mosquitoes has been studied through the engorgement of mosquitoes from viremic laboratory animals or from artificial feeders containing blood mixed with viruses harvested from cell cultures...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794042/palmitoylation-contributes-to-membrane-curvature-in-influenza-a-virus-assembly-and-hemagglutinin-mediated-membrane-fusion
#16
Petr Chlanda, Elena Mekhedov, Hang Waters, Alexander Sodt, Cindi Schwartz, Vinod Nair, Paul S Blank, Joshua Zimmerberg
The highly conserved cytoplasmic tail of influenza virus glycoprotein hemagglutinin (HA) contains three cysteines, post-translationally modified by covalently bound fatty acids. While viral HA acylation is crucial in virus replication, its physico-chemical role is unknown. We used virus-like particles (VLP) to study the effect of acylation on morphology, protein incorporation, lipid composition, and membrane fusion. De-acylation interrupted HA-M1 interactions since de-acylated mutant HA fail to incorporate an M1 layer within spheroidal VLP, and filamentous particles incorporated increased numbers of neuraminidase (NA)...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794041/interferon-inducible-cd169-siglec1-attenuates-anti-hiv-1-effects-of-ifn-%C3%AE
#17
Hisashi Akiyama, Nora-Guadalupe Pina Ramirez, Gregory Gibson, Christopher Kline, Simon Watkins, Zandrea Ambrose, Suryaram Gummuluru
A hallmark of HIV-1 infection in vivo is chronic immune activation concomitant with type I interferon (IFN) production. Although type I IFN induces an antiviral state in many cell types, HIV-1 can replicate in vivo via mechanisms that have remained unclear. We have recently identified a type I IFN-inducible protein CD169 as the HIV-1 attachment factor on dendritic cells (DCs) that can mediate robust infection of CD4(+) T cells in trans. Since CD169 expression on macrophages is also induced by type I IFN, we hypothesized that type I IFN-inducible CD169 could facilitate productive HIV-1 infection in myeloid cells in cis and CD4(+) T cells in trans and thus offset antiviral effects of type I IFN...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794028/the-reovirus-%C3%AE-1-340-343-loop-controls-entry-related-conformational-changes
#18
Anthony J Snyder, Pranav Danthi
Reovirus particles are covered with 200 μ1/σ3 heterohexamers. Following attachment to cell surface receptors, reovirus is internalized by receptor-mediated endocytosis. Within the endosome, particles undergo a series of step-wise disassembly events. First, the σ3 protector protein is degraded by cellular proteases to generate infectious subviral particles (ISVPs). Second, the μ1 protein rearranges into a protease sensitive conformation to generate ISVP*s and releases two virally encoded peptides, μ1N and Φ...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792452/complexes-of-oligoribonucleotides-with-d-mannitol-inhibit-hemagglutinin-glycan-interaction-and-suppress-influenza-a-virus-h1n1-a-fm-1-47-infectivity-in-vitro
#19
Nataliia Melnichuk, Larisa Semernikova, Zenoviy Tkachuk
The influenza virus hemagglutinin (HA) mediates both receptor (glycan) binding and membrane fusion for cell entry and has been the basis for subtyping influenza viruses. The oligoribonucleotides-d-mannitol (ORNs-d-M) complexes possess an anti-influenza activity in vitro and in vivo. In the present studies, we have found that ORNs-d-M interferes with hemagglutinin (HA)-glycan interaction and suppress viral infection in host cells. HA-glycan interactions were evaluated to indirectly quantify the amount of influenza virus titer by an agglutination assay...
August 9, 2017: Pharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791003/dengue-virus-glycosylation-what-do-we-know
#20
REVIEW
Sally S L Yap, Terry Nguyen-Khuong, Pauline M Rudd, Sylvie Alonso
In many infectious diseases caused by either viruses or bacteria, pathogen glycoproteins play important roles during the infection cycle, ranging from entry to successful intracellular replication and host immune evasion. Dengue is no exception. Dengue virus glycoproteins, envelope protein (E) and non-structural protein 1 (NS1) are two popular sub-unit vaccine candidates. E protein on the virion surface is the major target of neutralizing antibodies. NS1 which is secreted during DENV infection has been shown to induce a variety of host responses through its binding to several host factors...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
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