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Francesca Esposito, Ilaria Carli, Claudia Del Vecchio, Lijia Xu, Angela Corona, Nicole Grandi, Dario Piano, Elias Maccioni, Simona Distinto, Cristina Parolin, Enzo Tramontano
BACKGROUND: Despite the availability of effective antiretroviral therapies, drugs for HIV-1 treatment with new mode of action are still needed. An innovative approach is aimed to identify dual HIV-1 inhibitors, small molecules that can inhibit two viral functions at the same time. Rhubarb, originated from Rheum palmatum L. and Rheum officinale Baill., is one of the earliest and most commonly used medicinal plants in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practice. We wanted to explore TCM for the identification of new chemical scaffolds with dual action abilities against HIV-1...
November 15, 2016: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
Sutas Suttiprapa, Gabriel Rinaldi, Isheng J Tsai, Victoria H Mann, Larisa Dubrovsky, Hong-Bin Yan, Nancy Holroyd, Thomas Huckvale, Caroline Durrant, Anna V Protasio, Tatiana Pushkarsky, Sergey Iordanskiy, Matthew Berriman, Michael I Bukrinsky, Paul J Brindley
Schistosomiasis is the most important helminthic disease of humanity in terms of morbidity and mortality. Facile manipulation of schistosomes using lentiviruses would enable advances in functional genomics in these and related neglected tropical diseases pathogens including tapeworms, and including their non-dividing cells. Such approaches have hitherto been unavailable. Blood stream forms of the human blood fluke, Schistosoma mansoni, the causative agent of the hepatointestinal schistosomiasis, were infected with the human HIV-1 isolate NL4-3 pseudotyped with vesicular stomatitis virus glycoprotein...
October 2016: PLoS Pathogens
Carla Pereira, Catarina Moreirinha, Magdalena Lewicka, Paulo Almeida, Carla Clemente, Jesús L Romalde, Maria L Nunes, Adelaide Almeida
In the present study two new phages (phT4A and ECA2) were characterized and their efficacy was evaluated separately and in cocktail (phT4A/ECA2) to control Escherichia coli. The isolated phages, phT4A and ECA2, belonged to the Myoviridae and Podoviridae family, respectively and both are safe (no integrase and toxin codifying genes) to be used in bacterial control. In general, the increase of multiplicity of infection (MOI) from 1 to 100 promoted a significant increase in the efficiency of phage phT4A and phage cocktail phT4A/ECA2...
October 15, 2016: Virus Research
Xue Zhou, Min Qiao, Feng-Hua Wang, Yong-Guan Zhu
The application of manure-based commercial organic fertilizers (COFs) is becoming increasingly extensive because of the expanding market for organic food. The present study examined the effects of repeated applications of chicken or swine manure-based COFs on the fate of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) in soil by conducting a soil microcosm experiment. Application of COFs significantly increased antibiotics residues, as well as the relative abundance of ARGs and the integrase gene of class 1 integrons (intΙ1) in soil...
October 17, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Michael Clayton May, Paul Nielsen Andrews, Shadi Daher, Uday Nitin Reebye
BACKGROUND: Oral health care of patients with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) due to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a growing area of concern, taking into consideration the increased life expectancy of patients resulting from antiretroviral therapy. There is insufficient literature regarding the impact of dental implants in AIDS patients. This study investigated the long-term clinical outcome of implant placement in patients diagnosed with AIDS. METHODS: This monocentric study included AIDS patients with CD4 <200 cells/μL, age 18 years or older, and a minimum of one edentulous space requiring implant...
December 2016: Int J Implant Dent
Eva Heger, Alexandra Andrée Theis, Klaus Remmel, Hauke Walter, Alejandro Pironti, Elena Knops, Veronica Di Cristanziano, Björn Jensen, Stefan Esser, Rolf Kaiser, Nadine Lübke
Phenotypic resistance analysis is an indispensable method for determination of HIV-1 resistance and cross-resistance to novel drug compounds. Since integrase inhibitors are essential components of recent antiretroviral combination therapies, phenotypic resistance data, in conjunction with the corresponding genotypes, are needed for improving rules-based and data-driven tools for resistance prediction, such as HIV-Grade and geno2pheno[integrase]. For generation of phenotypic resistance data to recent integrase inhibitors, a recombinant phenotypic integrase susceptibility assay was established...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Virological Methods
George W Rutherford, Hacsi Horvath
BACKGROUND: Dolutegravir (DTG) is a once-daily unboosted second-generation integrase-inhibitor that along with two nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors is one of several regimens recommended by the United States, United Kingdom and European Union for first-line antiretroviral treatment of people with HIV infection. Our objective was to review the evidence for the efficacy and safety of DTG-based first-line regimens compared to efavirenz (EFV)-based regimens. METHODS: We conducted a systematic review...
2016: PloS One
Thai-Hoang Le, Charmaine Ng, Hongjie Chen, Xin Zhu Yi, Tse Hsien Koh, Timothy Mark Sebastian Barkham, Zhi Zhou, Karina Yew-Hoong Gin
Wastewater discharged from clinical isolation and general wards at two hospitals in Singapore were examined to determine the emerging trends of antibiotic resistance (AR). We quantified the concentrations of 12 antibiotic compounds by LC-MS/MS, antibiotic resistant bacteria (ARB), class 1 integrase gene (int1), and 16 antibiotic resistant genes (ARGs) that confer resistance to 10 different clinically relevant antibiotics. A subset of 119 antibiotic resistant isolates were phylogenetically classified and tested for the presence of ARGs encoding resistance to β-lactam antibiotics (blaNDM, blaKPC, blaSHV, blaCTX-M), amikacin (aac(6')-Ib), co-trimoxazole (sul1, sul2, dfrA), ciprofloxacin (qnrA, qnrB), and the int1 Among these resistant isolates, 80...
October 10, 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Abigail Pérez-Valdespino, Alfredo Lazarini-Martínez, Alejandro X Rivera-González, Normand García-Hernández, Everardo Curiel-Quesada
Integrons are non-mobile bacterial genetic elements that carry different cassettes conferring antibiotic resistance. Cassettes can excise or integrate by action of an integron-encoded integrase, enabling bacteria to face environmental challenges. In this work, the functionality and dynamics of two integrons carrying the same cassette arrangement (dfrA12-orfF-aadA2), but located on plasmid or chromosome in two different strains were studied. In order to demonstrate the functionality of the Class 1 integrase, circular cassette integration intermediaries were PCR amplified by PCR using extrachromosomal DNA extracted from bacteria grown in the presence or absence of cassette-encoded antibiotics...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Peter S Fong, Devon M Flynn, Christopher D Evans, P Todd Korthuis
Integrase strand transfer inhibitors (INSTIs) have become integral antiretroviral therapy (ART) agents for treating HIV infection. We report the case of a 44-year-old male with a history of hemophilia A who developed diabetes mellitus four months after switching from abacavir, lamivudine, and efavirenz to abacavir, lamivudine, and raltegravir. Hemoglobin A1C normalized without further need for exogenous insulin after raltegravir was switched back to efavirenz. In this case report, we will review a possible mechanism for INSTI-induced hyperglycemia and/or diabetes mellitus...
October 12, 2016: International Journal of STD & AIDS
Timothy L Haskett, Jason J Terpolilli, Amanuel Bekuma, Graham W O'Hara, John T Sullivan, Penghao Wang, Clive W Ronson, Joshua P Ramsay
Integrative and conjugative elements (ICEs) are ubiquitous mobile genetic elements present as "genomic islands" within bacterial chromosomes. Symbiosis islands are ICEs that convert nonsymbiotic mesorhizobia into symbionts of legumes. Here we report the discovery of symbiosis ICEs that exist as three separate chromosomal regions when integrated in their hosts, but through recombination assemble as a single circular ICE for conjugative transfer. Whole-genome comparisons revealed exconjugants derived from nonsymbiotic mesorhizobia received three separate chromosomal regions from the donor Mesorhizobium ciceri WSM1271...
October 12, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Samantha L P Schilit, Masato Ohtsuka, Rolen M Quadros, Channabasavaiah B Gurumurthy
Microinjection of DNA expression cassettes into fertilized zygotes has been a standard method for generating transgenic animal models. While efficient, the injected DNA integrates randomly into the genome, leading to potential disruption of endogenous genes or regulatory elements, variation in copy number, or integration into heterochromatic regions that inhibit transgene expression. A recently developed method addresses such pitfalls of traditional transgenesis by targeting the transgene to predetermined sites in the genome that can safely harbor exogenous DNA...
October 11, 2016: Current Protocols in Human Genetics
F Raffi, S Esser, G Nunnari, I Pérez-Valero, L Waters
In an era when most individuals with treated HIV infection can expect to live into old age, clinicians should proactively review their patients' current and future treatment needs and challenges. Clinical guidelines acknowledge that, in the setting of virological suppression, treatment switch may yield benefits in terms of tolerability, regimen simplification, adherence, convenience and long-term health considerations, particularly in the context of ageing. In this paper, we review evidence from six key clinical studies on switching virologically suppressed patients to regimens based on integrase strand transfer inhibitors (INSTIs), the antiretroviral class increasingly preferred as initial therapy in clinical guidelines...
October 2016: HIV Medicine
Tohasib Yusub Chaudhari, Urvashi, Sandeep K Ginotra, Pooja Yadav, Gulshan Kumar, Vibha Tandon
A novel approach for the synthesis of functionalized 1,2-dihydroisoquinolines from o-alkynylarylaldimines via the Reformatsky reaction without the aid of an external Lewis acid has been described. The chemistry involves the dual role of the Reformatsky reagent which has been generated in situ in the reaction. We propose that one molecule of the Reformatsky reagent is being utilised for the activation of alkynes, whereas the second molecule acts as a nucleophile on the iminium carbon. This synthetic pathway has high functional group tolerance, and can be utilized on a gram scale...
October 18, 2016: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
Rajesh Krishna, Lilly East, Patrick Larson, Tara Siringhaus, Lisa Herpok, Crystal Bethel-Brown, Helen Manthos, John Brejda, Michael Gartner
Raltegravir is a human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1 integrase strand transfer inhibitor currently marketed at a dose of 400 mg twice daily (BID). Raltegravir for once daily regimen (QD) at a dose of 1200 mg (2 x 600 mg) is under development and offers a new treatment option for HIV-1 infected treatment-naive subjects. Since raltegravir is eliminated mainly by metabolism via an UDP-glucuronosyltransferase (UGT) 1A1-mediated glucuronidation pathway, co-administration of UGT1A1 inducers may alter plasma levels of raltegravir...
October 5, 2016: Biopharmaceutics & Drug Disposition
Matt S Anderson, Sauzanne Khalilieh, Ka Lai Yee, Rachael Liu, Li Fan, Matthew L Rizk, Vedangi Shah, Azra Hussaini, Ivy Song, Lisa L Ross, Joan R Butterton
INTRODUCTION: Doravirine, a non-nucleoside reverse-transcriptase inhibitor in development for the treatment of patients with human immunodeficiency virus-1 infection, has potential to be used concomitantly in antiretroviral therapy with dolutegravir, an integrase strand transfer inhibitor. The pharmacokinetic interactions between these drugs were therefore assessed. METHODS: Oral formulations of doravirine and dolutegravir were dosed both individually and concomitantly once daily in healthy adults...
October 4, 2016: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
Carlos Narciso-da-Rocha, Célia M Manaia
The aim of this study was to assess the fate of invasive antibiotic resistance genes (ARG) discharged in wastewater. With this objective, antibiotic resistant bacteria (ARB) known to harbor specific ARG were inoculated in wastewater (hospital effluent, or municipal raw and treated wastewater) and in ultra-pure sterile water microcosms. Two sets of wastewater ARB isolates were used - set 1, Enterococcus faecalis, Acinetobacter johnsonii, Klebsiella pneumoniae and set 2, Enterococcus faecium, Acinetobacter johnsonii, Escherichia coli...
September 30, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Rajesh Krishna, Lilly East, Patrick Larson, Chandni Valiathan, Kathleen Deschamps, Julie Ann Luk, Crystal Bethel-Brown, Helen Manthos, John Brejda, Michael Gartner
Raltegravir is a human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1 integrase strand transfer inhibitor currently marketed at a dose of 400 mg twice-daily (BID). Raltegravir 1200 mg once-daily (QD) [investigational QD formulation of 2 x 600 mg tablets; QD RAL] was found to be generally well tolerated and non-inferior to the marketed 400 mg BID dose at 48 weeks in a Phase 3 trial. Since raltegravir is eliminated mainly by metabolism via a uridine diphosphate glucuronosyltransferase (UGT) 1A1-mediated glucuronidation pathway, coadministration of UGT1A1 inhibitors may increase plasma levels of QD RAL...
September 30, 2016: Biopharmaceutics & Drug Disposition
Meytal Galilee, Elena Britan-Rosich, Sarah L Griner, Serdar Uysal, Viola Baumgärtel, Don C Lamb, Anthony A Kossiakoff, Moshe Kotler, Robert M Stroud, Ailie Marx, Akram Alian
HIV-1 integrase (IN) catalyzes viral DNA integration into the host genome and facilitates multifunctional steps including virus particle maturation. Competency of IN to form multimeric assemblies is functionally critical, presenting an approach for anti-HIV strategies. Multimerization of IN depends on interactions between the distinct subunit domains and among the flanking protomers. Here, we elucidate an overlooked docking cleft of IN core domain that anchors the N-terminal helix-turn-helix (HTH) motif in a highly preserved and functionally critical configuration...
September 28, 2016: Structure
A M Shaw, G L Joseph, A C Jasti, L Sastry-Dent, S Witting, K Cornetta
A variety of mutations in lentiviral vector expression systems have been shown to generate a non-integrating phenotype. We studied a novel 12 base-pair U3-LTR integrase attachment site deletion (U3-LTR att site) mutant and found similar physical titers to the previously reported integrase catalytic core mutant IN/D116N. Both mutations led to a greater than two log reduction in vector integration; with IN/D116N providing lower illegitimate integration frequency, while the U3-LTR att site mutant provided a higher level of transgene expression...
September 28, 2016: Gene Therapy
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