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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331090/hili-inhibits-hiv-replication-in-activated-t-cells
#1
B Matija Peterlin, Pingyang Liu, Xiaoyun Wang, Daniele Cary, Wei Shao, Marie Leoz, Tian Hong, Tao Pan, Koh Fujinaga
Piwil proteins restrict the replication of mobile genetic elements in the germline. They are also expressed in many transformed cell lines. In this report, we discovered that the human piwil 2 (hili) can also inhibit HIV replication, especially in activated CD4+ T cells that are the preferred target cells for this virus in the infected host. Although resting cells did not express hili, it was rapidly induced following T cell activation. In these cells and transformed cell lines, depletion of hili increased levels of viral proteins and new viral particles...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330477/inhibition-of-human-endogenous-retrovirus-k-by-antiretroviral-drugs
#2
Richa Tyagi, Wenxue Li, Danelvis Parades, Mario A Bianchet, Avindra Nath
BACKGROUND: Human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs) are genomic sequences of retroviral origin which were believed to be integrated into germline chromosomes millions of years ago and account for nearly 8% of the human genome. Although mostly defective and inactive, some of the HERVs may be activated under certain physiological and pathological conditions. While no drugs are designed specifically targeting HERVs, there are a panel of antiretroviral drugs designed against the human immunodeficiency virus and approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA)...
March 22, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326328/cooccurrences-of-putative-endogenous-retrovirus-associated-diseases
#3
REVIEW
Christine Brütting, Alexander Emmer, Malte E Kornhuber, Martin S Staege
At least 8% of the human genome is composed of endogenous retrovirus (ERV) sequences. ERVs play a role in placental morphogenesis and can sometimes protect the host against exogenous viruses. On the other hand, ERV reactivation has been found to be associated with different diseases, for example, multiple sclerosis (MS), schizophrenia, type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1D), or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Little is known about the cooccurrence of these diseases. If all these diseases are caused by ERV, antiretroviral therapy should perhaps also show some effects in the other diseases...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324619/identification-of-a-herv-k-env-surface-peptide-highly-recognized-in-ra-patients-a-cross-sectional-case-control-study
#4
G Mameli, G L Erre, E Caggiu, S Mura, D Cossu, Marco Bo, M L Cadoni, A Piras, N Mundula, E Colombo, G Buscetta, G Passiu, L A Sechi
Endogenous Retroviruses (HERV) are believed to be pathogenic in several autoimmune diseases. Among them, HERV-K viruses have been recently reported to be involved in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In this study we have explored the role of humoral immune response against HERV-K as a potential pathogenetic mechanism in RA. Four different peptides from the extracellular portion of the env protein of HERV-K (env-su 19-37 , env-su 109-26 , env-su 164-186 , env-su 209-226 ) were selected by bioinformatic analysis on the basis of their putative immunogenicity...
March 21, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323615/stella-modulates-transcriptional-and-endogenous-retrovirus-programs-during-maternal-to-zygotic-transition
#5
Yun Huang, Jong Kyoung Kim, Dang Vinh Do, Caroline Lee, Christopher A Penfold, Jan J Zylicz, John C Marioni, Jamie A Hackett, M Azim Surani
The maternal-to-zygotic transition (MZT) marks the period when the embryonic genome is activated and acquires control of development. Maternally inherited factors play a key role in this critical developmental process, which occurs at the 2-cell stage in mice. We investigated the function of the maternally inherited factor STELLA (DPPA3) using single-cell/embryo approaches. We show that loss of maternal STELLA results in widespread transcriptional mis-regulation and a partial failure of MZT. Strikingly, activation of endogenous retroviruses (ERVs) is significantly impaired in Stella maternal/zygotic knockout embryos, which in turn leads to a failure to upregulate chimeric transcripts...
March 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322428/xenotransplantation-where-do-we-stand-in-2016
#6
Gisella L Puga Yung, Robert Rieben, Leo Bühler, Henk-Jan Schuurman, Jörg Seebach
Worldwide, there is a constant rise in the number of patients with end-stage organ failure in critical need for transplants, but the number of organs/cells available from deceased or living human donors is limited. Xenotransplantation using pig organs/tissues repre-sents a potential solution for this shortage; however, it has been hampered by a number of mainly immuno-logical hurdles. Remarkable progress was presented at the latest biennial (13th) international congress of the International Xenotransplantation Association, November 2015 in Melbourne, Australia, and the American Transplant Congress, May 2016 in Boston, USA...
March 21, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302141/dna-hypomethylation-and-aberrant-expression-of-the-human-endogenous-retrovirus-ervwe1-syncytin-1-in-seminomas
#7
Martina Benešová, Kateřina Trejbalová, Denisa Kovářová, Zdenka Vernerová, Tomáš Hron, Dana Kučerová, Jiří Hejnar
BACKGROUND: Syncytin-1 and 2, human fusogenic glycoproteins encoded by the env genes of the endogenous retroviral loci ERVWE1 and ERVFRDE1, respectively, contribute to the differentiation of multinucleated syncytiotrophoblast in chorionic villi. In non-trophoblastic cells, however, the expression of syncytins has to be suppressed to avoid potential pathogenic effects. Previously, we have shown that the transcriptional suppression of ERVWE1 promoter is controlled epigenetically by DNA methylation and chromatin modifications...
March 17, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301478/retrotransposon-activation-contributes-to-neurodegeneration-in-a-drosophila-tdp-43-model-of-als
#8
Lisa Krug, Nabanita Chatterjee, Rebeca Borges-Monroy, Stephen Hearn, Wen-Wei Liao, Kathleen Morrill, Lisa Prazak, Nikolay Rozhkov, Delphine Theodorou, Molly Hammell, Josh Dubnau
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) are two incurable neurodegenerative disorders that exist on a symptomological spectrum and share both genetic underpinnings and pathophysiological hallmarks. Functional abnormality of TAR DNA-binding protein 43 (TDP-43), an aggregation-prone RNA and DNA binding protein, is observed in the vast majority of both familial and sporadic ALS cases and in ~40% of FTLD cases, but the cascade of events leading to cell death are not understood...
March 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280099/discovery-of-an-endogenous-deltaretrovirus-in-the-genome-of-long-fingered-bats-chiroptera-miniopteridae
#9
Helena Farkašová, Tomáš Hron, Jan Pačes, Pavel Hulva, Petr Benda, Robert James Gifford, Daniel Elleder
Retroviruses can create endogenous forms on infiltration into the germline cells of their hosts. These forms are then vertically transmitted and can be considered as genetic fossils of ancient viruses. All retrovirus genera, with the exception of deltaretroviruses, have had their representation identified in the host genome as a virus fossil record. Here we describe an endogenous Deltaretrovirus, identified in the germline of long-fingered bats (Miniopteridae). A single, heavily deleted copy of this retrovirus has been found in the genome of miniopterid species, but not in the genomes of the phylogenetically closest bat families, Vespertilionidae and Cistugonidae...
March 9, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273935/infection-with-koala-retrovirus-subgroup-b-korv-b-but-not-korv-a-is-associated-with-chlamydial-disease-in-free-ranging-koalas-phascolarctos-cinereus
#10
Courtney A Waugh, Jonathan Hanger, Joanne Loader, Andrew King, Matthew Hobbs, Rebecca Johnson, Peter Timms
The virulence of chlamydial infection in wild koalas is highly variable between individuals. Some koalas can be infected (PCR positive) with Chlamydia for long periods but remain asymptomatic, whereas others develop clinical disease. Chlamydia in the koala has traditionally been studied without regard to coinfection with other pathogens, although koalas are usually subject to infection with koala retrovirus (KoRV). Retroviruses can be immunosuppressive, and there is evidence of an immunosuppressive effect of KoRV in vitro...
December 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266284/koala-retrovirus-genotyping-analyses-reveal-a-low-prevalence-of-korv-a-in-victorian-koalas-and-an-association-with-clinical-disease
#11
Alistair R Legione, Jade L S Patterson, Pam Whiteley, Simon M Firestone, Megan Curnick, Kate Bodley, Michael Lynch, James R Gilkerson, Fiona M Sansom, Joanne M Devlin
PURPOSE: Koala retrovirus (KoRV) is undergoing endogenization into the genome of koalas in Australia, providing an opportunity to assess the effect of retrovirus infection on the health of a population. The prevalence of KoRV in north-eastern Australia (Queensland and New South Wales) is 100 %, whereas previous preliminary investigations in south-eastern Australia (Victoria) suggested KoRV is present at a lower prevalence, although the values have varied widely. Here, we describe a large study of free-ranging koalas in Victoria to estimate the prevalence of KoRV and assess the clinical significance of KoRV infection in wild koalas...
February 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261031/human-endogenous-retroviruses-and-chosen-disease-parameters-in-morphea
#12
Michał J Kowalczyk, Aleksandra Dańczak-Pazdrowska, Beata Szramka-Pawlak, Ryszard Żaba, Agnieszka Osmola-Mańkowska, Wojciech Silny
INTRODUCTION: Morphea (localized scleroderma) is a relatively rare disease characterized by excessive skin fibrosis. Human endogenous retroviruses (HERV) are largely distributed within the human genome with hundreds of thousands of elements. The HERV have been widely studied in autoimmune disorders, yet hardly ever assessed in diseases with a good prognosis such as morphea. AIM: In this study we focus on the possible relations between the expression of chosen HERV and factors influencing the pathomechanism of the disease, such as age, sex, titres of anti-nuclear antibodies, as well as duration, activity, and severity of the disease (LoSSI index)...
February 2017: Postȩpy Dermatologii i Alergologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245871/conserved-expression-of-transposon-derived-non-coding-transcripts-in-primate-stem-cells
#13
LeeAnn Ramsay, Maria C Marchetto, Maxime Caron, Shu-Huang Chen, Stephan Busche, Tony Kwan, Tomi Pastinen, Fred H Gage, Guillaume Bourque
BACKGROUND: A significant portion of expressed non-coding RNAs in human cells is derived from transposable elements (TEs). Moreover, it has been shown that various long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs), which come from the human endogenous retrovirus subfamily H (HERVH), are not only expressed but required for pluripotency in human embryonic stem cells (hESCs). RESULTS: To identify additional TE-derived functional non-coding transcripts, we generated RNA-seq data from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) of four primate species (human, chimpanzee, gorilla, and rhesus) and searched for transcripts whose expression was conserved...
February 28, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241767/multiple-sclerosis-an-example-of-pathogenic-viral-interaction
#14
REVIEW
Walter Fierz
A hypothesis is formulated on viral interaction between HHV-6A and EBV as a pathogenic mechanism in Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Evidence of molecular and genetic mechanisms suggests a link between HHV-6A infection and EBV activation in the brain of MS patients leading to intrathecal B-cell transformation. Consequent T-cell immune response against the EBV-infected cells is postulated as a pathogenic basis for inflammatory lesion formation in the brain of susceptible individuals. A further link between HHV-6A and EBV involves their induction of expression of the human endogenous retrovirus HERV-K18-encoded superantigen...
February 28, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240206/-dna-sequences-from-mobile-genetic-elements-a-hidden-half-of-the-human-genome
#15
Julie Medina, Hervé Perron
Current data estimate that mobile genetic elements represent more than one-half of the human genome. The literature is constantly updating data following the evolution of sequencing techniques and of algorithms for genome analyses. This review aims to provide an overview of the topic showing the complexity given by the various designations and classifications found in scientific papers. A particular focus is made on retrotransposons, including Endogenous RetroViruses (ERV), to introduce a second article focusing on their activation and their involvement in physiological functions and/or pathological mechanisms associated with diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS) or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)...
February 2017: Médecine Sciences: M/S
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237390/clinical-xenotransplantation-a-closer-reality-literature-review
#16
Ana María Aristizabal, Luis Armando Caicedo, Juan Manuel Martínez, Manuel Moreno, Gabriel J Echeverri
Xenotransplantation could provide an unlimited supply of organs and solve the current shortage of organs for transplantation. To become a reality in clinical practice, the immunological and physiological barriers and the risk of xenozoonosis that they possess should be resolved. From the immunological point of view, in the last 30 years a significant progress in the production of transgenic pigs has prevented the hyperacute rejection. About xenozoonosis, attention has been focused on the risk of transmission of porcine endogenous retroviruses; however, today, it is considered that the risk is very low and the inevitable transmission should not prevent the clinical xenotransplantation...
February 22, 2017: Cirugía Española
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207850/the-association-between-human-endogenous-retroviruses-and-multiple-sclerosis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#17
Elena Morandi, Radu Tanasescu, Rachael E Tarlinton, Cris S Constantinescu, Weiya Zhang, Christopher Tench, Bruno Gran
BACKGROUND: The interaction between genetic and environmental factors is crucial to multiple sclerosis (MS) pathogenesis. Human Endogenous Retroviruses (HERVs) are endogenous viral elements of the human genome whose expression is associated with MS. OBJECTIVE: To perform a systematic review and meta-analysis and to assess qualitative and quantitative evidence on the expression of HERV families in MS patients. METHODS: Medline, Embase and the Cochrane Library were searched for published studies on the association of HERVs and MS...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191285/autoantibodies-against-oncogenic-erg-protein-in-prostate-cancer-potential-use-in-diagnosis-and-prognosis-in-a-panel-with-c-myc-amacr-and-herv-k-gag
#18
Anshu Rastogi, Amina Ali, Shyh-Han Tan, Sreedatta Banerjee, Yongmei Chen, Jennifer Cullen, Charles P Xavier, Ahmed A Mohamed, Lakshmi Ravindranath, Jigisha Srivastav, Denise Young, Isabell A Sesterhenn, Jacob Kagan, Sudhir Srivastava, David G McLeod, Inger L Rosner, Gyorgy Petrovics, Albert Dobi, Shiv Srivastava, Alagarsamy Srinivasan
Overdiagnosis and overtreatment of prostate cancer (CaP) is attributable to widespread reliance on PSA screening in the US. This has prompted us and others to search for improved biomarkers for CaP, to facilitate early detection and disease stratification. In this regard, autoantibodies (AAbs) against tumor antigens could serve as potential candidates for diagnosis and prognosis of CaP. Towards this, our goals were: i) To investigate whether AAbs against ERG oncoprotein (overexpressed in 25-50% of Caucasian American and African American CaP) are present in the sera of CaP patients; ii) To evaluate an AAb panel to enhance CaP detection...
November 2016: Genes & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187417/a-machine-learning-approach-for-microrna-precursor-prediction-in-retro-transcribing-virus-genomes
#19
Müserref Duygu Saçar Demirci, Mustafa Toprak, Jens Allmer
Identification of microRNA (miRNA) precursors has seen increased efforts in recent years. The difficulty in experimental detection of pre-miRNAs increased the usage of computational approaches. Most of these approaches rely on machine learning especially classification. In order to achieve successful classification, many parameters need to be considered such as data quality, choice of classifier settings, and feature selection. For the latter one, we developed a distributed genetic algorithm on HTCondor to perform feature selection...
December 22, 2016: Journal of Integrative Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165135/multiple-sclerosis-associated-retrovirus-epstein-barr-virus-and-vitamin-d-status-in-patients-with-relapsing-remitting-multiple-sclerosis
#20
Aliehossadat Mostafa, Somayeh Jalilvand, Zabihollah Shoja, Ahmad Nejati, Shohreh Shahmahmoodi, Mohammad Ali Sahraian, Sayed Mahdi Marashi
The relationship between infections and autoimmune diseases is complex and there are several reports highlighting the role of human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs) in these patients. The levels of multiple sclerosis-associated retrovirus (MSRV)-type DNA of Env gene was measured in peripheral blood mononuclear cells from 52 patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) and 40 healthy controls using specific quantitative PCR (qPCR) analysis. Furthermore, we analyzed the status of HERV-W/MSRV in these patients with regards to both EBV (DNA load and anti-EBNA1 IgG antibody) and vitamin D concentration...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
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