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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738755/qsar-dft-and-molecular-modeling-studies-of-peptides-from-hiv-1-to-describe-their-recognition-properties-by-mhc-i
#1
S Andrade-Ochoa, J García-Machorro, Martiniano Bello, L M Rodríguez-Valdez, C A Flores-Sandoval, J Correa-Basurto
Human immunodeficiency virus type-1 (HIV-1) has infected more than 40 million people around the world. HIV-1 treatment still has several side effects, and the development of a vaccine, which is another potential option for decreasing human infections, has faced challenges. This work presents a computational study that includes a quantitative structure activity relationship (QSAR) using density functional theory for reported peptides to identify the principal quantum mechanics descriptors related to peptide activity...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696158/immunization-with-hiv-1-envelope-t20-encoding-dna-vaccines-elicits-cross-clade-neutralizing-antibody-responses
#2
S Stenler, K E Lundin, L Hansen, S Petkov, N Mozafari, M Isaguliants, P Blomberg, C I E Smith, D M Goldenberg, C-H Chang, K Ljungberg, J Hinkula, B Wahren
BACKGROUND: Genetic immunization is expected to induce the expression of antigens in a native form. The encoded peptide epitopes are presented on endogenous MHC molecules, mimicking antigen presentation during a viral infection. We have explored the potential of enfuvirtide (T20), a short HIV peptide with antiviral properties, to enhance immune response to HIV antigens. To generate an expression vector, the T20 sequence was cloned into a conventional plasmid, the novel minicircle construct, and a replicon plasmid...
July 11, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695289/the-role-of-mhc-class-i-gene-products-in-siv-infection-of-macaques
#3
REVIEW
Zachary A Silver, David I Watkins
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) remains among the most significant public health threats worldwide. Despite three decades of research following the discovery of HIV, a preventive vaccine remains elusive. The study of HIV elite controllers has been crucial to elaborate the genetic and immunologic determinants that underlie control of HIV replication. Coordinated studies of elite control in humans have, however, been limited by variability among infecting viral strains, host genotype, and the uncertainty of the timing and route of infection...
July 10, 2017: Immunogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695283/aids-in-chimpanzees-the-role-of-mhc-genes
#4
REVIEW
Natasja G de Groot, Corinne M C Heijmans, Ronald E Bontrop
The ancestral progenitor of common chimpanzees and bonobos experienced a selective sweep that ravaged its major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I repertoire. The causative agent was probably an ancestral retrovirus, highly related to the contemporary HIV-1 strain, which initiated the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome pandemic in the human population. As a direct result, MHC class I allotypes with the capability of targeting conserved retroviral elements were enriched in the ancestral progenitor. Even today, the impact can be traced back by studying the functional capacities of the contemporary MHC class I allotypes of common chimpanzees...
July 10, 2017: Immunogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667761/persistent-accumulation-of-gut-macrophages-with-impaired-phagocytic-function-correlates-with-siv-disease-progression-in-macaques
#5
Zachary D Swan, Anthea L Bouwer, Elizabeth R Wonderlich, Simon M Barratt-Boyes
The contribution of macrophages in the gastrointestinal tract to disease control or progression in HIV infection remains unclear. To address this question, we analyzed CD163(+) macrophages in ileum and mesenteric lymph nodes (LN) from SIV-infected rhesus macaques with dichotomous expression of controlling MHC class I alleles predicted to be SIV controllers or progressors. Infection induced accumulation of macrophages into gut mucosa in the acute phase that persisted in progressors but was resolved in controllers...
July 1, 2017: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654687/combined-single-cell-quantitation-of-host-and-siv-genes-and-proteins-ex-vivo-reveals-host-pathogen-interactions-in-individual-cells
#6
Diane L Bolton, Kathleen McGinnis, Greg Finak, Pratip Chattopadhyay, Raphael Gottardo, Mario Roederer
CD4 T cells harboring HIV-1/SIV represent a formidable hurdle to eradicating infection, and yet their detailed phenotype remains unknown. Here we integrate two single-cell technologies, flow cytometry and highly multiplexed quantitative RT-PCR, to characterize SIV-infected CD4 T cells directly ex vivo. Within individual cells, we correlate the cellular phenotype, in terms of host protein and RNA expression, with stages of the viral life cycle defined by combinatorial expression of viral RNAs. Spliced RNA+ infected cells display multiple memory and activation phenotypes, indicating virus production by diverse CD4 T cell subsets...
June 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649242/an-approach-for-a-synthetic-ctl-vaccine-design-against-zika-flavivirus-using-class-i-and-class-ii-epitopes-identified-by-computer-modeling
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Edecio Cunha-Neto, Daniela S Rosa, Paul E Harris, Tim Olson, Alex Morrow, Serban Ciotlos, Charles V Herst, Reid Martin Rubsamen
The threat posed by severe congenital abnormalities related to Zika virus (ZKV) infection during pregnancy has turned development of a ZKV vaccine into an emergency. Recent work suggests that the cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) response to infection is an important defense mechanism in response to ZKV. Here, we develop the rationale and strategy for a new approach to developing cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) vaccines for ZKV flavivirus infection. The proposed approach is based on recent studies using a protein structure computer model for HIV epitope selection designed to select epitopes for CTL attack optimized for viruses that exhibit antigenic drift...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615212/conserved-v%C3%AE-1-binding-geometry-in-a-setting-of-locus-disparate-phla-recognition-by-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-tcrs-insight-into-recognition-of-hiv-peptides-by-tcr
#8
Yi Shi, Ai Kawana-Tachikawa, Feng Gao, Jianxun Qi, Chuansheng Liu, Jia Gao, Hao Cheng, Takamasa Ueno, Aikichi Iwamoto, George F Gao
Given a limited set of TCR V genes which are used to create TCRs that are reactive to different ligands, such as MHC class I, MHC class II and MHC-like proteins (for example, MIC molecules and CD1 molecules), the Vδ1 segment can be rearranged with Dδ-Jδ-Cδ or Jα-Cα segments, to form classical γδTCR or uncommon αβTCR using a Vδ1 segment (δ/αβTCR). Here we have determined two complex structures of the δ/αβTCRs (S19-2 and TU55) bound to different locus-disparate MHCIs with HIV peptides (HLA-A*2402-Nef138-10 and HLA-B*3501-Pol448-9)...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544366/enumeration-of-wt1-specific-cd8-t-cells-for-clinical-application-using-an-mhc-streptamer-based-no-wash-single-platform-flow-cytometric-assay
#9
Sarah Matko, Madeleine Teichert, Antje Tunger, Marc Schmitz, Martin Bornhauser, Torsten Tonn, Marcus Odendahl
The advent of novel strategies to generate leukemia-associated-antigen (LAA)-specific T cells for adoptive immunotherapies creates a demand for standardized good laboratory practice (GLP)-compliant enumeration assays to provide a secure clinical environment-whether it is to identify potential donors, define therapeutic doses for transplantation, or monitor clinical success. Here, we introduce a no-wash assay based on single-platform cell enumeration and Streptamer staining to determine the Wilms' tumor antigen 1 (WT1)-specific T cell immunity in clinical samples...
May 25, 2017: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505602/unusual-antigen-presentation-offers-new-insight-into-hiv-vaccine-design
#10
REVIEW
Andrew J McMichael, Louis J Picker
Recent findings with a rhesus monkey cytomegalovirus based simian immunodeficiency virus vaccine have identified strong CD8+ T cell responses that are restricted by MHC-E. Also mycobacteria specific CD8+ T cells, that are MHC-E restricted, have been identified. MHC-E therefore can present a wide range of epitope peptides to CD8+ T cells, alongside its well defined role in presenting a conserved MHC-class I signal peptide to the NKG2A/C-CD94 receptor on natural killer cells. Here we explore the antigen processing pathways involved in these atypical T cell responses...
May 12, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405623/bcg-vaccination-induces-hiv-target-cell-activation-in-hiv-exposed-infants-in-a-randomized-trial
#11
Melanie A Gasper, Anneke C Hesseling, Isaac Mohar, Landon Myer, Tali Azenkot, Jo-Ann S Passmore, Willem Hanekom, Mark F Cotton, I Nicholas Crispe, Donald L Sodora, Heather B Jaspan
BACKGROUND. Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine is administered at birth to protect infants against tuberculosis throughout Africa, where most perinatal HIV-1 transmission occurs. We examined whether BCG vaccination alters the levels of activated HIV target T cells in HIV-exposed South African infants. METHODS. HIV-exposed infants were randomized to receive routine (at birth) or delayed (at 8 weeks) BCG vaccination. Activated and CCR5-expressing peripheral blood CD4(+) T cell, monocyte, and NK cell frequencies were evaluated by flow cytometry and immune gene expression via PCR using Biomark (Fluidigm)...
April 6, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302457/mucosal-vaccination-with-heterologous-viral-vectored-vaccine-targeting-subdominant-siv-accessory-antigens-strongly-inhibits-early-viral-replication
#12
Huanbin Xu, Anne-Marie Andersson, Emeline Ragonnaud, Ditte Boilesen, Anders Tolver, Benjamin Anderschou Holbech Jensen, James L Blanchard, Alfredo Nicosia, Antonella Folgori, Stefano Colloca, Riccardo Cortese, Allan Randrup Thomsen, Jan Pravsgaard Christensen, Ronald S Veazey, Peter Johannes Holst
Conventional HIV T cell vaccine strategies have not been successful in containing acute peak viremia, nor in providing long-term control. We immunized rhesus macaques intramuscularly and rectally using a heterologous adenovirus vectored SIV vaccine regimen encoding normally weakly immunogenic tat, vif, rev and vpr antigens fused to the MHC class II associated invariant chain. Immunizations induced broad T cell responses in all vaccinees. Following up to 10 repeated low-dose intrarectal challenges, vaccinees suppressed early viral replication (P=0...
April 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257482/rhesus-macaque-ifitm3-gene-polymorphisms-and-siv-infection
#13
Michael Winkler, Sabine Gärtner, Florian Wrensch, Michael Krawczak, Ulrike Sauermann, Stefan Pöhlmann
Interferon-induced transmembrane proteins (IFITMs) have been recognized as important antiviral effectors of the innate immune system, both in cell culture and in infected humans. In particular, polymorphisms of the human IFITM3 gene have been shown to affect disease severity and progression in influenza A virus (FLUAV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, respectively. Rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) are commonly used to model human infections and the experimental inoculation of these animals with simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) is one of the best models for HIV/AIDS in humans...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225449/ifn-%C3%AE-augments-natural-killer-mediated-antibody-dependent-cellular-cytotoxicity-of-hiv-1-infected-autologous-cd4-t-cells-regardless-of-major-histocompatibility-complex-class-1-downregulation
#14
Costin Tomescu, Pablo Tebas, Luis J Montaner
DESIGN: We have previously shown that IFN-α stimulation augments direct natural killer (NK) cell lysis of autologous CD4 primary T cells infected with certain HIV-1 isolates based upon major histocompatibility complex class 1 (MHC-1) downregulation capacity. Here, we investigated if antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) could trigger lysis of HIV-1 isolates that were resistant to direct NK lysis and if IFN-α prestimulation of NK cells could further enhance ADCC. METHODS: Using broadly neutralizing monoclonal antibodies against gp120 (VRC01 or PGV04) or plasma from HIV-1-infected patients (ART-suppressed or elite controller) to trigger ADCC, we measured NK cell chromium release cytotoxicity against HIV-1-infected autologous CD4 primary T cells and NK cell CD107a degranulation against gp120-coated CD4 T cells...
March 13, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218747/mhc-i-peptides-get-out-of-the-groove-and-enable-a-novel-mechanism-of-hiv-1-escape
#15
Phillip Pymm, Patricia T Illing, Sri H Ramarathinam, Geraldine M O'Connor, Victoria A Hughes, Corinne Hitchen, David A Price, Bosco K Ho, Daniel W McVicar, Andrew G Brooks, Anthony W Purcell, Jamie Rossjohn, Julian P Vivian
Major histocompatibility complex class I (MHC-I) molecules play a crucial role in immunity by capturing peptides for presentation to T cells and natural killer (NK) cells. The peptide termini are tethered within the MHC-I antigen-binding groove, but it is unknown whether other presentation modes occur. Here we show that 20% of the HLA-B*57:01 peptide repertoire comprises N-terminally extended sets characterized by a common motif at position 1 (P1) to P2. Structures of HLA-B*57:01 presenting N-terminally extended peptides, including the immunodominant HIV-1 Gag epitope TW10 (TSTLQEQIGW), showed that the N terminus protrudes from the peptide-binding groove...
April 2017: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121161/regulatory-t-cell-effect-on-cd8-t-cell-responses-to-human-herpesvirus-8-infection-and-development-of-kaposi-s-sarcoma
#16
Lauren M Lepone, Giovanna Rappocciolo, Paolo A Piazza, Diana M Campbell, Frank J Jenkins, Charles R Rinaldo
We assessed CD8(+) T cell reactivity to human herpesvirus 8 (HHV-8; Kaposi's sarcoma [KS]-associated herpesvirus) and the role of CD4(+)CD25(hi)FoxP3(+) regulatory T cells (Treg) in HHV-8- and HIV-coinfected participants of the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study who did or did not develop KS. There were similarly low CD8(+) T cell interferon-γ responses to MHC class I-restricted epitopes of HHV-8 lytic and latent proteins over 5.7 years before KS in participants who developed KS compared to those who did not. T cell reactivity to HHV-8 antigens was low relative to responses to a combination of cytomegalovirus, Epstein-Barr virus and influenza A virus (CEF) peptide epitopes, and dominant HIV peptide epitopes...
July 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110421/dendritic-cell-immune-responses-in-hiv-1-controllers
#17
REVIEW
Enrique Martin-Gayo, Xu G Yu
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Robust HIV-1-specific CD8 T cell responses are currently regarded as the main correlate of immune defense in rare individuals who achieve natural, drug-free control of HIV-1; however, the mechanisms that support evolution of such powerful immune responses are not well understood. Dendritic cells (DCs) are specialized innate immune cells critical for immune recognition, immune regulation, and immune induction, but their possible contribution to HIV-1 immune defense in controllers remains ill-defined...
February 2017: Current HIV/AIDS Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077659/hiv-controllers-exhibit-enhanced-frequencies-of-major-histocompatibility-complex-class-ii-tetramer-gag-specific-cd4-t-cells-in-chronic-clade-c-hiv-1-infection
#18
Faatima Laher, Srinika Ranasinghe, Filippos Porichis, Nikoshia Mewalal, Karyn Pretorius, Nasreen Ismail, Søren Buus, Anette Stryhn, Mary Carrington, Bruce D Walker, Thumbi Ndung'u, Zaza M Ndhlovu
Immune control of viral infections is heavily dependent on helper CD4(+) T cell function. However, the understanding of the contribution of HIV-specific CD4(+) T cell responses to immune protection against HIV-1, particularly in clade C infection, remains incomplete. Recently, major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II tetramers have emerged as a powerful tool for interrogating antigen-specific CD4(+) T cells without relying on effector functions. Here, we defined the MHC class II alleles for immunodominant Gag CD4(+) T cell epitopes in clade C virus infection, constructed MHC class II tetramers, and then used these to define the magnitude, function, and relation to the viral load of HIV-specific CD4(+) T cell responses in a cohort of untreated HIV clade C-infected persons...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077649/t-cell-receptor-tcr-clonotype-specific-differences-in-inhibitory-activity-of-hiv-1-cytotoxic-t-cell-clones-is-not-mediated-by-tcr-alone
#19
Nina C Flerin, Huabiao Chen, Tynisha D Glover, Pedro A Lamothe, Jian Hua Zheng, Justin W Fang, Zaza M Ndhlovu, Evan W Newell, Mark M Davis, Bruce D Walker, Harris Goldstein
Functional analysis of T-cell responses in HIV-infected individuals has indicated that virus-specific CD8(+) T cells with superior antiviral efficacy are well represented in HIV-1 controllers but are rare or absent in HIV-1 progressors. To define the role of individual T-cell receptor (TCR) clonotypes in differential antiviral CD8(+) T-cell function, we performed detailed functional and mass cytometric cluster analysis of multiple CD8(+) T-cell clones recognizing the identical HLA-B*2705-restricted HIV-1 epitope KK10 (KRWIILGLNK)...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063951/transcriptomic-analysis-of-spleen-infected-with-infectious-salmon-anemia-virus-reveals-distinct-pattern-of-viral-replication-on-resistant-and-susceptible-atlantic-salmon-salmo-salar
#20
Phillip Dettleff, Thomas Moen, Nina Santi, Victor Martinez
The infectious salmon anemia virus (ISAv) produces a systemic infection in salmonids, causing large losses in salmon production. However, little is known regarding the mechanisms exerting disease resistance. In this paper, we perform an RNA-seq analysis in Atlantic salmon challenged with ISAv (using individuals coming from families that were highly susceptible or highly resistant to ISAv infection). We evaluated the differential expression of both host and ISAv genes in a target organ for the virus, i.e. the spleen...
February 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
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