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Lijing Zhang, Haifeng Wu, Guibo Sun, Xudong Xu, Xiaobo Sun, Li Cao
BACKGROUND: Incarvillea compacta Maxim. has been used to treat stomach disease in Tibet for many years. The objectives of this study were to explore the anti-cancer ability of trichloromethane fraction of I. compacta Maxim. roots (IC-TCL, R2) in EBV positive AGS cancer cells and its effects on cell cycle arrest, apoptosis and lytic induction. METHODS: MTT and trypan blue assays were to detect the inhibitory effects of different fraction in different cell lines. Hoechst 33342 staining, Annexin V-PE/7-AAD staining and DIOC6 staining were used to detect the apoptosis induction effects of R2...
2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Munetaka Nakamura, Jun Nishikawa, Mari Saito, Kouhei Sakai, Sho Sasaki, Shinichi Hashimoto, Takeshi Okamoto, Yutaka Suehiro, Takahiro Yamasaki, Isao Sakaida
The present study investigated the effect of a DNA demethylating agent, decitabine, against Epstein-Barr virus-associated gastric cancer (EBVaGC). Decitabine inhibited cell growth and induced G2/M arrest and apoptosis in EBVaGC cell lines. The expression of E-cadherin was up-regulated and cell motility was significantly inhibited in the cells treated with decitabine. The promoter regions of p73 and RUNX3 were demethylated, and their expression was up-regulated by decitabine. They enhanced the transcription of p21, which induced G2/M arrest and apoptosis through down-regulation of c-Myc...
July 19, 2016: Journal of Medical Virology
Paula Ordonez, Athira Nandakumar, Chihaya Koriyama, Megumi Yamomoto, Suminori Akiba
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection in tumor cells is usually restricted to the latent form, indicating that the induction of viral lytic infection may present a novel approach for the treatment of EBV‑associated tumors. By contrast, EBV lytic replication is inhibited by high‑levels of nuclear factor (NF)‑κB, which suggests that NF‑κB inhibitors may activate lytic replication from the latent form. In the current study, the addition of NF‑κB inhibitors (Bay11‑7082, Z‑LLF‑CHO and aspirin) was observed to induce the EBV lytic genes BZLF1, BRLF1 and BMRF1 in EBV‑positive gastric cancer (GC) cells...
September 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Xubing Long, Yuqing Li, Mengtian Yang, Lu Huang, Weijie Gong, Ersheng Kuang
UNLABELLED: Recent studies have shown that inflammatory responses trigger and transmit senescence to neighboring cells and activate the senescence-associated secretory phenotype (SASP). Latent Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection induces increased secretion of several inflammatory factors, whereas lytic infections evade the antiviral inflammatory response. However, the changes in and roles of the inflammatory microenvironment during the switch between EBV life cycles remain unknown. In the present study, we demonstrate that latent EBV infection in EBV-positive cells triggers the SASP in neighboring epithelial cells...
September 1, 2016: Journal of Virology
Richard J Jones, Tawin Iempridee, Xiaobin Wang, Hans C Lee, Janet E Mertz, Shannon C Kenney, Heather C Lin, Veerabhadran Baladandayuthapani, Christopher W Dawson, Jatin J Shah, Donna M Weber, Robert Z Orlowski
PURPOSE: Lenalidomide, thalidomide, and pomalidomide (LTP) are immunomodulatory agents approved for use in multiple myeloma, but in some settings, especially with alkylating agents, an increase in Hodgkin lymphoma and other secondary primary malignancies (SPM) has been noted. Some of these malignancies have been linked to Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), raising the possibility that immunomodulatory drugs disrupt latent EBV infection. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We studied the ability of LTP to reactivate latently infected EBV-positive cell lines in vitro and in vivo, and evaluated the EBV viral load in archived serum samples from patients who received a lenalidomide, thalidomide, and dexamethasone (LTD) combination...
October 1, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Nina Körber, Uta Behrends, Alexander Hapfelmeier, Ulrike Protzer, Tanja Bauer
BACKGROUND: The FluoroSpot assay, an advancement of the ELISpot assay, enables simultaneous measurement of different analytes secreted at a single-cell level. This allows parallel detection of several cytokines secreted by immune cells upon antigen recognition. Easier standardization, higher sensitivity and reduced labour intensity render FluoroSpot assays an interesting alternative to flow-cytometry based assays for analysis of clinical samples. While the use of immunoassays to study immunological primary and secondary endpoints becomes increasingly attractive, assays used require pre-trial validation...
2016: Journal of Translational Medicine
Takenobu Yamamoto, Yoji Hirai, Tomoko Miyake, Toshihisa Hamada, Osamu Yamasaki, Shin Morizane, Wataru Fujimoto, Keiji Iwatsuki
BACKGROUND: Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-associated T/natural killer (NK)-lymphoproliferative disorders (LPDs) include hydroa vacciniforme (HV) and hypersensitivity to mosquito bites (HMB). The pathomechanisms of these diseases are still unclear. OBJECTIVE: To understand the inflammatory process, we examined EBV reactivation markers, BZLF1 and BDRF1 mRNA in the tissue and blood from patients with EBV-associated T/NK-LPDs. METHODS: Sixty-four patients with EBV-associated LPDs and epithelial neoplasms, and EBV+ cell line cells were studied...
June 2016: Journal of Dermatological Science
Lijuan Hu, Zhirui Lin, Yanheng Wu, Juqin Dong, Bo Zhao, Yanbing Cheng, Peiyu Huang, Lihua Xu, Tianliang Xia, Dan Xiong, Hongbo Wang, Manzhi Li, Ling Guo, Elliott Kieff, Yixin Zeng, Qian Zhong, Musheng Zeng
The latent expression pattern of Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) genes in nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) has been extensively investigated, and the expression of several lytic genes in NPC has been reported. However, comprehensive information through EBV transcriptome analysis in NPC is limited. We performed paired-end RNA-seq to systematically and comprehensively characterize the expression of EBV genes in NPC tissue and C666-1 NPC cell line, which consistently carries EBV. In addition to the transcripts restricted to type II latency infection, the type III latency EBNA3s genes and a substantial number of lytic genes, such as BZLF1, BRLF1, and BMRF1, were detected through RNA-seq and were further verified in C666-1 cells and NPC tissue through realtime PCR...
March 2016: Frontiers of Medicine
Kelly L Gorres, Derek Daigle, Sudharshan Mohanram, Grace E McInerney, Danielle E Lyons, George Miller
UNLABELLED: Reactivation of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) from latency into the lytic phase of its life cycle allows the virus to spread among cells and between hosts. Valproic acid (VPA) inhibits initiation of the lytic cycle in EBV-infected B lymphoma cells. While VPA blocks viral lytic gene expression, it induces expression of many cellular genes, because it is a histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor. Here we show, using derivatives of VPA, that blockade of EBV reactivation is separable from HDAC inhibition...
2016: MBio
Coral K Wille, Dhananjay M Nawandar, Amanda N Henning, Shidong Ma, Kayla M Oetting, Dennis Lee, Paul Lambert, Eric C Johannsen, Shannon C Kenney
Latent Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection and cellular hypermethylation are hallmarks of undifferentiated nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). However, EBV infection of normal oral epithelial cells is confined to differentiated cells and is lytic. Here we demonstrate that the EBV genome can become 5-hydroxymethylated and that this DNA modification affects EBV lytic reactivation. We show that global 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC)-modified DNA accumulates during normal epithelial-cell differentiation, whereas EBV+ NPCs have little if any 5hmC-modified DNA...
December 29, 2015: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Nicolae Balan, Kay Osborn, Alison J Sinclair
Repression of the cellular CIITA gene is part of the immune evasion strategy of the γherpes virus Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) during its lytic replication cycle in B-cells. In part, this is mediated through downregulation of MHC class II gene expression via the targeted repression of CIITA, the cellular master regulator of MHC class II gene expression. This repression is achieved through a reduction in CIITA promoter activity, initiated by the EBV transcription and replication factor, Zta (BZLF1, EB1, ZEBRA)...
March 2016: Journal of General Virology
Hyoji Kim, Hoyun Choi, Suk Kyeong Lee
UNLABELLED: Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is a human gammaherpesvirus associated with a variety of tumor types. EBV can establish latency or undergo lytic replication in host cells. In general, EBV remains latent in tumors and expresses a limited repertoire of latent proteins to avoid host immune surveillance. When the lytic cycle is triggered by some as-yet-unknown form of stimulation, lytic gene expression and progeny virus production commence. Thus far, the exact mechanism of EBV latency maintenance and the in vivo triggering signal for lytic induction have yet to be elucidated...
February 2016: Journal of Virology
Gajanan V Sherbet
The development and evolution of targeted therapy to any disease require the identification of targets amenable to treatment of patients. Here the pathogenetic signalling systems involved in multiple sclerosis are scrutinised to locate nodes of deregulation and dysfunction in order to devise strategies of drug development for targeted intervention. Oliogoclonal bands (OCB) are isoelectric focusing profiles of immunoglobulins synthesised in the central nervous system. OCBs enable the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis with high sensitivity and specificity and are related to the course of the disease and progression...
2016: CNS & Neurological Disorders Drug Targets
XueQiao Liu, Jeffrey I Cohen
UNLABELLED: Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is a ubiquitous gammaherpesvirus associated with both B cell and epithelial cell malignancies. EBV infection of B cells triggers activation of several signaling pathways that are critical for cell survival, virus latency, and growth transformation. To identify EBV proteins important for regulating cell signaling, we used a proteomic approach to screen viral proteins for AP-1 and NF-κB promoter activity in AP-1- and NF-κB-luciferase reporter assays...
November 11, 2015: Journal of Virology
Yuqing Li, Xubing Long, Lu Huang, Mengtian Yang, Yan Yuan, Yan Wang, Henri-Jacques Delecluse, Ersheng Kuang
UNLABELLED: Elevated secretion of inflammatory factors is associated with latent Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection and the pathology of EBV-associated diseases; however, knowledge of the inflammatory response and its biological significance during the lytic EBV cycle remains elusive. Here, we demonstrate that the immediate early transcriptional activator BZLF1 suppresses the proinflammatory factor tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) by binding to the promoter of TNF-α and preventing NF-κB activation...
January 2016: Journal of Virology
Luke R Williams, Laura L Quinn, Martin Rowe, Jianmin Zuo
UNLABELLED: Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) persists for the lifetime of the infected host despite eliciting strong immune responses. This persistence requires a fine balance between the host immune system and EBV immune evasion. Accumulating evidence suggests an important role for natural killer (NK) cells in this balance. NK cells can kill EBV-infected cells undergoing lytic replication in vitro, and studies in both humans and mice with reconstituted human immune systems have shown that NK cells can limit EBV replication and prevent infectious mononucleosis...
November 4, 2015: Journal of Virology
Sameer Lapsia, Siva Koganti, Salvatore Spadaro, Ramona Rajapakse, Anupama Chawla, Sumita Bhaduri-McIntosh
Anti-TNFα therapy, known to suppress T-cell immunity, is increasingly gaining popularity for treatment of autoimmune diseases including inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). T-cell suppression increases the risk of B-cell EBV-lymphoproliferative diseases and lymphomas. Since EBV-lytic activation is essential for development of EBV-lymphomas and there have been reports of EBV-lymphomas in patients treated with anti-TNFα therapy, we investigated if patients treated with anti-TNFα antibodies demonstrate greater EBV-lytic activity in blood...
February 2016: Journal of Medical Virology
Justyna Nowakowska, Claudia Stuehler, Adrian Egli, Manuel Battegay, Georg Rauser, Glenn Robert Bantug, Christian Brander, Christoph Hess, Nina Khanna
BACKGROUND AIMS: Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-associated post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorders (PTLD) belong to the most dreaded complications of immunosuppression. The efficacy of EBV-specific T-cell transfer for PTLD has been previously shown, yet the optimal choice of EBV-derived antigens inducing polyclonal CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells that cover a wide range of human leukocyte antigen types and efficiently control PTLD remains unclear. METHODS: A pool of 125 T-cell epitopes from seven latent and nine lytic EBV-derived proteins (EBVmix) and peptide pools of EBNA1, EBNA3c, LMP2a and BZLF1 were used to determine T-cell frequencies and to isolate T cells through the use of the interferon (IFN)-γ cytokine capture system...
September 2015: Cytotherapy
S Giunco, A Celeghin, K Gianesin, R Dolcetti, S Indraccolo, A De Rossi
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-associated malignancies, as well as lymphoblastoid cell lines (LCLs), obtained in vitro by EBV infection of B cells, express latent viral proteins and maintain their ability to grow indefinitely through inappropriate activation of telomere-specific reverse transcriptase (TERT), the catalytic component of telomerase. Our previous studies demonstrated that high levels of TERT expression in LCLs prevent the activation of EBV lytic cycle, which is instead triggered by TERT silencing. As lytic infection promotes the death of EBV-positive tumor cells, understanding the mechanism(s) by which TERT affects the latent/lytic status of EBV may be important for setting new therapeutic strategies...
2015: Cell Death & Disease
Jie Yang, Wen Deng, Pok M Hau, Jia Liu, Victoria M Y Lau, Annie L M Cheung, Michael S Y Huen, Sai W Tsao
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection is closely associated with several human malignancies including nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). The EBV immediate-early protein BZLF1 is the key mediator that switches EBV infection from latent to lytic forms. The lytic form of EBV infection has been implicated in human carcinogenesis but its molecular mechanisms remain unclear. BZLF1 has been shown to be a binding partner of several DNA damage response (DDR) proteins. Its functions in host DDR remain unknown. Thus, we explore the effects of BZLF1 on cellular response to DNA damage in NPC cells...
August 2015: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
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