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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29677653/three-amino-acid-substitutions-in-the-ns1-protein-change-the-virus-replication-of-h5n1-influenza-virus-in-human-cells
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Jing Li, Kun Zhang, Quanjiao Chen, Xiaoshuang Zhang, Yeping Sun, Yuhai Bi, Shuang Zhang, Jinyan Gu, Jiarong Li, Di Liu, Wenjun Liu, Jiyong Zhou
Influenza A viruses have sophisticated strategies to promote their own replication. Here, we found that three H5N1 influenza viruses display different replication patterns in human A549 and macrophage cells. The HN01 virus displayed poor replication compared to HN021 and JS01. In addition, the HN01 virus was unable to counteract the interferon response and block general gene expression. This capability was restored by three amino acid substitutions on the NS1 protein: K55E, K66E, and C133F, resulting in recovered binding to CPSF30 and decreased interferon response activity...
April 17, 2018: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29677482/allosteric-ligands-for-the-pharmacologically-important-flavivirus-target-ns5-from-zinc-database-based-on-pharmacophoric-points-free-energy-calculations-and-dynamics-correlation
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Abbas Khan, Shoaib Saleem, Muhammad Idrees, Syed Shujait Ali, Muhammad Junaid, Aman Chandra Kaushik, Dong-Qing Wei
Dengue virus belongs to a group of human pathogens, which causes different diseases, dengue hemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome in humans. It possesses RNA as a genetic material and is replicated with the aid of NS5 protein. RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp) is an important domain of NS5 in the replication of that virus. The catalytic process activity of RdRp is making it an important target for antiviral chemical therapy. To date, No FDA drug has been approved and marketed for the treatment of diseases caused by Dengue virus...
April 11, 2018: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29677455/the-effects-of-gender-and-relationship-context-cues-on-responsive-sexual-desire-in-exclusively-and-predominantly-androphilic-women-and-gynephilic-men
#3
Amanda D Timmers, Samantha J Dawson, Meredith L Chivers
Sexual desire may be "responsive," emerging from sexual arousal to sexually competent cues. Cues that elicit sexual arousal and desire differ, however, by gender and direction of sexual attractions. Further, relationship context cues are thought to be important for responsive desire, but this has not been tested directly. The current study examined gynephilic men's (n = 27) and exclusively (n = 23) and predominantly (n = 17) androphilic women's dyadic and solitary responsive sexual desire, as well as genital and self-reported arousal, to audio narratives varying by gender (male, female) of the sexual partner and relationship context (stranger, friend, long-term relationship)...
April 20, 2018: Journal of Sex Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29677385/identification-and-characterization-of-two-novel-c-type-lectins-from-the-larvae-of-housefly-musca-domestica-l
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Jing Zhou, Nai-Nai Fang, Ya Zheng, Kai-Yu Liu, Bin Mao, Li-Na Kong, Ya Chen, Hui Ai
Lectins and antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are widely distributed in various insects and play crucial roles in primary host defense against pathogenic microorganisms. Two AMPs (cecropin and attacin) have been identified and characterized in the larvae of housefly. In this study, two novel C-type lectins (CTLs) were obtained from Musca domestica, while their agglutinating and antiviral properties were evaluated. Real-time PCR analysis showed that the mRNA levels of four immune genes (MdCTL1, MdCTL2, Cecropin, and Attacin) from M...
April 20, 2018: Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29677333/ensemble-representation-for-multiple-facial-expressions-evidence-for-a-capacity-limited-perceptual-process
#5
Luyan Ji, Wenfeng Chen, Tom Loeys, Gilles Pourtois
We tested the processing capacity of establishing ensemble representation for multiple facial expressions using the simultaneous-sequential paradigm. Each set consisted of 16 faces conveying a variable amount of happy and angry expressions. Participants judged on a continuous scale the perceived average emotion from each face set (Experiment 1). In the simultaneous condition, the 16 faces were presented concurrently; in the sequential condition, two sets, each containing eight faces, were presented successively...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29677220/hiv-1-adaptation-studies-reveal-a-novel-env-mediated-homeostasis-mechanism-for-evading-lethal-hypermutation-by-apobec3g
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Terumasa Ikeda, Menelaos Symeonides, John S Albin, Ming Li, Markus Thali, Reuben S Harris
HIV-1 replication normally requires Vif-mediated neutralization of APOBEC3 antiviral enzymes. Viruses lacking Vif succumb to deamination-dependent and -independent restriction processes. Here, HIV-1 adaptation studies were leveraged to ask whether viruses with an irreparable vif deletion could develop resistance to restrictive levels of APOBEC3G. Several resistant viruses were recovered with multiple amino acid substitutions in Env, and these changes alone are sufficient to protect Vif-null viruses from APOBEC3G-dependent restriction in T cell lines...
April 20, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29677171/does-bca3-play-a-role-in-the-hiv-1-replication-cycle
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Michaela Rumlová, Ivana Křížová, Jaroslav Zelenka, Jan Weber, Tomáš Ruml
The cellular role of breast carcinoma-associated protein (BCA3), also known as A-kinase-interacting protein 1 (AKIP-1), is not fully understood. Recently, we reported that full-length, but not C-terminally truncated, BCA3 is incorporated into virions of Mason-Pfizer monkey virus, and that BCA3 enhances HIV-1 protease-induced apoptosis. In the present study, we report that BCA3 is associated with purified and subtilisin-treated HIV particles. Using a combination of immune-based methods and confocal microscopy, we show that the C-terminus of BCA3 is required for packaging into HIV-1 particles...
April 20, 2018: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29677156/divergent-roles-of-rpa-homologs-of-the-model-archaeon-halobacterium-salinarum-in-survival-of-dna-damage
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Jessica J Evans, Patrick E Gygli, Julienne McCaskill, Linda C DeVeaux
The haloarchaea are unusual in possessing genes for multiple homologs to the ubiquitous single-stranded DNA binding protein (SSB or replication protein A, RPA) found in all three domains of life. Halobacterium salinarum contains five homologs: two are eukaryotic in organization, two are prokaryotic and are encoded on the minichromosomes, and one is uniquely euryarchaeal. Radiation-resistant mutants previously isolated show upregulation of one of the eukaryotic-type RPA genes. Here, we have created deletions in the five RPA operons...
April 20, 2018: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29677153/entomofauna-associated-with-agroforestry-systems-of-timber-species-and-cacao-in-the-southern-region-of-the-maracaibo-lake-basin-m%C3%A3-rida-venezuela
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Marina Mazón, Daniel Sánchez-Angarita, Francisco A Díaz, Néstor Gutiérrez, Ramón Jaimez
Agroforestry systems are environment-friendly production systems which help to preserve biodiversity while providing people with a way of earning a living. Cacao is a historically important crop in Venezuela that traditionally has been produced in agroforestry systems. However, few studies have evaluated how different trees used in those systems affect the dynamics and abundance of insects. The present study evaluated the entomofauna assemblages associated with different combinations of four timber-yielding trees and four Criollo cacao cultivars established in a lowland tropical ecosystem in Venezuela...
April 20, 2018: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29677136/cytoplasmic-translocation-of-nucleolar-protein-nop53-promotes-viral-replication-by-suppressing-host-defense
#10
Wen Meng, Shi-Chong Han, Cui-Cui Li, Hui-Jun Dong, Jian-Yu Chang, Hwa-Chain Robert Wang, Xiao-Jia Wang
NOP53 is a tumor suppressor protein located in the nucleolus and is translocated to the cytoplasm during infection by vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) and herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), as shown in our previous study. Cytoplasmic NOP53 interacts with the retinoic acid-inducible gene I (RIG-I) to remove its K63-linked ubiquitination, leading to attenuation of type I interferon IFN-β. In the present study, we found no obvious translocation of NOP53 in infection by a mutant virus lacking ICP4 (HSV-1/d120, replication inadequate)...
April 20, 2018: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29677098/update-treatment-for-hbv-infection-and-persistent-risk-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-prospect-for-an-hbv-cure
#11
REVIEW
Joseph Yoo, Hie-Won Hann, Robert Coben, Mitchell Conn, Anthony J DiMarino
Since the discovery of the hepatitis B virus (HBV) by Blumberg et al. in 1965, its genome, sequence, epidemiology, and hepatocarcinogenesis have been elucidated. Globally, hepatitis B virus (HBV) is still responsible for the majority of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). HCC is the sixth-most common cancer in the world and the second-most common cancer death. The ultimate goal of treating HBV infection is the prevention of HCC. Fortunately, anti-HBV treatment with nucleos(t)ide analogues (NAs), which began with lamivudine in 1998, has resulted in remarkable improvements in the survival of patients with chronic hepatitis B and a reduced incidence of HCC...
April 20, 2018: Diseases (Basel)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676825/histone-chaperones-play-crucial-roles-in-maintenance-of-stem-cell-niche-during-plant-root-development
#12
Jing Ma, Yuhao Liu, Wangbin Zhou, Yan Zhu, Aiwu Dong, Wen-Hui Shen
Stem cells in both plant and animal kingdoms reside in a specialized cellular context called stem-cell niche (SCN). SCN integrity is crucial for organism development. Here we show that the H3/H4 histone chaperone CHROMATIN ASSEMBLY FACTOR-1 (CAF-1) and the H2A/H2B histone chaperone NAP1-RELATED PROTEIN1/2 (NRP1/2) play synergistic roles in Arabidopsis root SCN maintenance. Compared to either the m56-1 double mutant deprived of NRP1 and NRP2 or the fas2-4 mutant deprived of CAF-1, the combined m56-1fas2-4 triple mutant displayed a much more severe short-root phenotype...
April 20, 2018: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676725/bombyx-mori-nucleopolyhedrovirus-orf40-is-essential-for-budded-virus-production-and-occlusion-derived-virus-envelopment
#13
Yunwang Shen, Min Feng, Xiaofeng Wu
ORF40 (bm40) of the Bombyx mori nucleopolyhedrovirus (BmNPV) encodes a homologue of Autographa californica multiple nucleopolyhedrovirus (AcMNPV) AC51 and is a highly conserved gene in sequenced alphabaculoviruses. To investigate the role of bm40 in the baculovirus infection cycle, a bm40 knockout BmNPV bacmid was constructed via homologous recombination in Escherichia coli. Western blotting analysis revealed that bm40 is a late gene during virus infection. Compared with wild-type and repair viruses, the knockout virus exhibited a single-cell infection phenotype...
April 19, 2018: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676720/mutagenic-repair-of-double-stranded-dna-breaks-in-vaccinia-virus-genomes-requires-cellular-dna-ligase-iv-activity-in-the-cytosol
#14
Rutger David Luteijn, Ingo Drexler, Geoffrey L Smith, Robert Jan Lebbink, Emmanuel J H J Wiertz
Poxviruses comprise a group of large dsDNA viruses that include members relevant to human and animal health, such as variola virus, monkeypox virus, cowpox virus and vaccinia virus (VACV). Poxviruses are remarkable for their unique replication cycle, which is restricted to the cytoplasm of infected cells. The independence from the host nucleus requires poxviruses to encode most of the enzymes involved in DNA replication, transcription and processing. Here, we use the CRISPR/Cas9 genome engineering system to induce DNA damage to VACV (strain Western Reserve) genomes...
April 20, 2018: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676680/midline-central-fluid-percussion-model-of-traumatic-brain-injury-in-pediatric-and-adolescent-rats
#15
Rachel K Rowe, Jordan L Harrison, Timothy W Ellis, P David Adelson, Jonathan Lifshitz
OBJECTIVE Experimental traumatic brain injury (TBI) models hold significant validity to the human condition, with each model replicating a subset of clinical features and symptoms. TBI is the leading cause of mortality and morbidity in children and teenagers; thus, it is critical to develop preclinical models of these ages to test emerging treatments. Midline fluid percussion injury (FPI) might best represent mild and diffuse clinical brain injury because of the acute behavioral deficits, the late onset of behavioral morbidities, and the absence of gross histopathology...
April 20, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676601/poor-cognitive-inhibition-predicts-rumination-about-insomnia-in-a-clinical-sample
#16
Andrea Ballesio, Cristina Ottaviani, Caterina Lombardo
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: According to the Cognitive Model of Insomnia disorder, rumination about lack of sleep and its diurnal consequences plays a crucial role in maintaining insomnia. Consolidated evidence shows that rumination is related to poor executive functions, which are cognitive control processes impacted by insomnia. Despite this evidence, no studies so far investigated the relationship between executive functions and rumination in individuals with insomnia. The aim of this pilot study was to cover this gap by investigating whether poor executive functions are associated with rumination in a sample of individuals with a diagnosis of insomnia disorder...
April 20, 2018: Behavioral Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676494/the-association-between-anhedonia-suicide-ideation-and-suicide-attempts-a-replication-in-a-persian-student-sample
#17
Ahmad Daghigh, Vahid Daghigh, Mohsen Niazi, Michael R Nadorff
Research suggests that anhedonia, a common symptom of depression, may be uniquely associated with suicidal behavior. However, little research has examined this association across cultures. To address this limitation, this study attempted to replicate a recent anhedonia and suicide study (conducted in a western culture) in a Persian sample using the Specific Loss of Interest and Pleasure Scale, Persian version. Participants consisted of 404 students who were recruited from a Persian university. Surprisingly, our results indicated that anhedonia levels were more than double those found in similar American student sample...
April 20, 2018: Suicide & Life-threatening Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676448/together-i-can-joint-attention-boosts-3-to-4-year-olds-performance-in-a-verbal-false-belief-test
#18
Elia Psouni, Andreas Falck, Leni Boström, Martin Persson, Lisa Sidén, Maria Wallin
Effects of joint attention were addressed on 3- to 4-year-olds' performance in a verbal false-Belief Test (FBT), featuring the experimenter as co-watcher rather than narrator. In two experiments, children (N = 183) watched a filmed-FBT jointly with a test leader, disjointed from a test leader, or alone. Children attending jointly with a test leader were more likely to pass the FBT compared with normative data and to spontaneously recall information indicating false-belief understanding, suggesting that joint attention strengthens the plausibility of the FBT and renders plot-critical information more salient...
April 20, 2018: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676199/adolescents-multiple-versus-single-primary-attachment-figures-reorganization-of-attachment-hierarchy-and-adjustments-the-important-people-interview-approach
#19
Tomotaka Umemura, Lenka Lacinová, Jakub Kraus, Eliška Horská, Lenka Pivodová
Using 212 adolescents from a central-European country (mean age = 14.02, SD = 2.05, ranged from 11 to 18 years; females = 54%) and a multi-informant method to measure adolescents' behavioral and emotional adjustments, the present study explored three aspects regarding the attachment hierarchy. (1) The three types of behavioral systems of Rosenthal and Kobak's important people interview (IPI) were initially validated using an exploratory factor analysis with a US sample. Using a confirmatory factor analysis with a Czech sample, we replicated these three behavioral systems: attachment bond, support seeking, and affiliation...
April 20, 2018: Attachment & Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676151/activation-of-human-natural-killer-cells-by-graphene-oxide-templated-antibody-nanoclusters
#20
Christian Loftus, Mezida Saeed, Daniel M Davis, Iain E Dunlop
An emerging new paradigm is that immune cell activation is controlled by transient interactions between supramolecular assemblies of receptors and ligands. Current immunotherapy biologic pharmaceuticals that activate or desensitize NK cells are, however, individual molecules that do not replicate this nanoscale organization of proteins. Here, we use nanoscale graphene oxide (NGO) as a template to generate soluble nanoscale clusters of Natural Killer cell-activating antibodies. We control nanocluster size and molecular number to mimic reported values for cell surface proteins...
April 20, 2018: Nano Letters
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