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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140109/host-methyltransferases-and-demethylases-potential-new-epigenetic-targets-for-hiv-cure-strategies-and-beyond
#1
Daniela Boehm, Melanie Ott
A successful HIV cure strategy may require reversing HIV latency to purge hidden viral reservoirs or enhancing HIV latency to permanently silence HIV transcription. Epigenetic modifying agents show promise as antilatency therapeutics in vitro and ex vivo, but also affect other steps in the viral life cycle. In this review, we summarize what we know about cellular DNA and protein methyltransferases (PMTs) as well as demethylases involved in HIV infection. We describe the biology and function of DNA methyltransferases, and their controversial role in HIV infection...
November 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29089947/natural-killer-cells-in-human-immunodeficiency-virus-1-infection-spotlight-on-the-impact-of-human-cytomegalovirus
#2
REVIEW
Dimitra Peppa
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) has been closely associated with the human race across evolutionary time. HCMV co-infection is nearly universal in human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1)-infected individuals and remains an important cofactor in HIV-1 disease progression even in the era of effective antiretroviral treatment. HCMV infection has been shown to have a broad and potent influence on the human immune system and has been linked with the discovery and characterization of adaptive natural killer (NK) cells...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29068488/human-endogenous-retroviruses-in-the-aetiology-of-ms
#3
REVIEW
T Christensen
Several lines of investigation have provided strong indications for an association between the immune-mediated, neurologic disease multiple sclerosis (MS) and human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs). Whether the relationship is causal is yet to be established. Endogenous retroviruses are pathogenic-in other species than the human. Several aspects of the activation and involvement of specific HERV families (HERV-H/F and HERV-W/MSRV) have been documented, both for cells in the periphery and in the central nervous system...
November 2017: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046457/hiv-1-infection-of-primary-cd4-t-cells-regulates-the-expression-of-specific-herv-k-hml-2-elements
#4
George R Young, Sandra N Terry, Lara Manganaro, Alvaro Cuesta-Dominguez, Gintaras Deikus, Dabeiba Bernal-Rubio, Laura Campisi, Ana Fernandez-Sesma, Robert Sebra, Viviana Simon, Lubbertus C F Mulder
Endogenous retroviruses (ERVs) occupy extensive regions of the human genome. Although many of these retroviral elements have lost their ability to replicate, those whose insertion took place more recently, such as the HML-2 group of HERV-K elements, still retain intact open reading frames and the capacity to produce certain viral RNA and/or proteins. Transcription of these ERVs is, however, tightly regulated by dedicated epigenetic control mechanisms. Nonetheless, it has been reported that some pathologic states, such as viral infections and certain cancers, coincide with ERV expression suggesting transcriptional reawakening is possible...
October 18, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045830/in%C3%A2-vivo-suppression-of-hiv-rebound-by-didehydro-cortistatin-a-a-block-and-lock-strategy-for-hiv-1-treatment
#5
Cari F Kessing, Christopher C Nixon, Chuan Li, Perry Tsai, Hiroshi Takata, Guillaume Mousseau, Phong T Ho, Jenna B Honeycutt, Mohammad Fallahi, Lydie Trautmann, J Victor Garcia, Susana T Valente
HIV-1 Tat activates viral transcription and limited Tat transactivation correlates with latency establishment. We postulated a "block-and-lock" functional cure approach based on properties of the Tat inhibitor didehydro-Cortistatin A (dCA). HIV-1 transcriptional inhibitors could block ongoing viremia during antiretroviral therapy (ART), locking the HIV promoter in persistent latency. We investigated this hypothesis in human CD4(+) T cells isolated from aviremic individuals. Combining dCA with ART accelerates HIV-1 suppression and prevents viral rebound after treatment interruption, even during strong cellular activation...
October 17, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28829212/targeting-methionine-cycle-as-a-potential-therapeutic-strategy-for-immune-disorders
#6
Heng Li, Huimin Lu, Wei Tang, Jianping Zuo
Methionine cycle plays an essential role in regulating many cellular events, especially transmethylation reactions, incorporating the methyl donor S-adenosylmethionine (SAM). The transmethylations and substances involved in the cycle have shown complicated effects and mechanisms on immunocytes developments and activations, and exert crucial impacts on the pathological processes in immune disorders. Areas covered: Methionine cycle has been considered as an effective means of drug developments. This review discussed the role of methionine cycle in immune responses and summarized the potential therapeutic strategies based on the cycle, including SAM analogs, methyltransferase inhibitors, S-adenosylhomocysteine hydrolase (SAHH) inhibitors, adenosine receptors specific agonists or antagonists and homocysteine (Hcy)-lowering reagents, in treating human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), multiple sclerosis (MS), systemic sclerosis (SSc) and other immune disorders...
August 22, 2017: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715973/the-molecular-basis-for-human-immunodeficiency-virus-latency
#7
REVIEW
Uri Mbonye, Jonathan Karn
Although potent combination antiretroviral therapy can effectively block viral replication in the host, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) persists due to the existence of latent but replication-competent proviruses residing primarily in a very small population of resting memory CD4(+) T cells. Viral latency is established when the expression of the autoregulatory viral trans-activating factor Tat is reduced to subthreshold levels. The absence of Tat reduces HIV transcription and protein production to levels that make the host cell invisible to the immune system and refractory to antiretroviral treatment...
September 29, 2017: Annual Review of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699519/the-tat-p-tefb-protein-protein-interaction-determining-transcriptional-activation-of-hiv
#8
Kaori Asamitsu, Takashi Okamoto
Human immunodeficiency virus type (HIV) transcription is crucial for its life cycle and is primarily involved in the maintenance of viral latency. HIV transcription is regulated by both viral and cellular transcription factors. Numerous epigenetic factors, as well as transcriptional suppressor proteins, play major roles in the maintenance of transcriptional silencing of viral gene expression from the proviral DNA. Once inducible transcription factors such as nuclear factor B are activated through extracellular signaling, viral latency is terminated and transcription from the silenced proviral DNA is initiated...
July 10, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695282/host-genetic-variation-and-hiv-disease-from-mapping-to-mechanism
#9
REVIEW
Vivek Naranbhai, Mary Carrington
This review aims to provide a summary of current knowledge of host genetic effects on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease. Mapping of simple single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) has been largely successful in HIV, but more complex genetic associations involving haplotypic or epigenetic variation, for example, remain elusive. Mechanistic insights explaining SNP associations are incomplete, but continue to be forthcoming. The number of robust immunogenetic correlates of HIV is modest and their discovery mostly predates the genome-wide era...
August 2017: Immunogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28656010/chromatin-regulation-and-the-histone-code-in-hiv-latency%C3%A2
#10
REVIEW
Anne-Marie W Turner, David M Margolis
The formation of a latent reservoir of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection hidden from immune clearance remains a significant obstacle to approaches to eradicate HIV infection. Towards an understanding of the mechanisms of HIV persistence, there is a growing body of work implicating epigenetic regulation of chromatin in establishment and maintenance of this latent reservoir. Here we discuss recent advances in the field of chromatin regulation, specifically in our understanding of the histone code, and how these discoveries relate to our current knowledge of the chromatin mechanisms linked to HIV transcriptional repression and the reversal of latency...
June 2017: Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639194/rnaa-induced-by-tata-box-targeting-micrornas
#11
Yijun Zhang, Hui Zhang
Recent studies reveal that some nuclear microRNAs (miRNA) and synthesized siRNAs target gene promoters to activate gene transcription (RNAa). Interestingly, our group identified a novel HIV-1-encoded miRNA, miR-H3, which targets specifically the core promoter TATA box of HIV-1 and activates viral gene expression. Depletion of miR-H3 significantly impaired the replication of HIV-1. miR-H3 mimics could activate viruses from CD4(+) T cells isolated from patients receiving suppressive highly active antiretroviral therapy, which is very intriguing for reducing HIV-1 latent reservoir...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637181/crosstalk-between-histone-modifications-indicates-that-inhibition-of-arginine-methyltransferase-carm1-activity-reverses-hiv-latency
#12
Zheng Zhang, Bryan C Nikolai, Leah A Gates, Sung Yun Jung, Edward B Siwak, Bin He, Andrew P Rice, Bert W O'Malley, Qin Feng
In eukaryotic cells, the gene expression status is strictly controlled by epigenetic modifications on chromatin. The repressive status of chromatin largely contributes to HIV latency. Studies have shown that modification of histone H3K27 acts as a key molecular switch for activation or suppression of many cellular genes. In this study, we found that K27-acetylated histone H3 specifically recruited Super Elongation Complex (SEC), the transcriptional elongation complex essential for HIV-1 long terminal repeat (LTR)-mediated and general cellular transcription...
September 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608127/downregulation-of-histone-methyltransferase-ehmt2-in-cd4-t-cells-may-protect-htlv-1-infected-individuals-against-ham-tsp-development
#13
Camila Schoueri Colaço, Adriano Reis de Matos, Martha Silva Estrêla, Maurício Cristiano Rocha-Júnior, Kátia Kaori Otaguiri, Evandra Strazza Rodrigues, Osvaldo Massaiti Takayanagui, Dimas Tadeu Covas, Simone Kashima, Fabio Pittella Silva, Rodrigo Haddad
Approximately 5% of human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1)-infected individuals will develop one of the HTLV-1-related diseases, such as HTLV-1-associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis (HAM/TSP) or adult T-cell leukemia. However, the mechanisms responsible for the appearance of symptoms have not been fully clarified. It is believed that viral factors, host genetic and epigenetic mechanisms are implicated in this process. Studies have shown the involvement of histone methyltransferases in retrovirus infection, but no study observed their expression in HTLV-1-infected patients...
June 12, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591615/transient-thresholding-a-mechanism-enabling-noncooperative-transcriptional-circuitry-to-form-a-switch
#14
Katherine H Aull, Elizabeth J Tanner, Matthew Thomson, Leor S Weinberger
Threshold generation in fate-selection circuits is often achieved through deterministic bistability, which requires cooperativity (i.e., nonlinear activation) and associated hysteresis. However, the Tat positive-feedback loop that controls HIV's fate decision between replication and proviral latency lacks self-cooperativity and deterministic bistability. Absent cooperativity, it is unclear how HIV can temporarily remain in an off-state long enough for the kinetically slower epigenetic silencing mechanisms to act-expression fluctuations should rapidly trigger active positive feedback and replication, precluding establishment of latency...
June 6, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539453/epigenetic-metabolite-acetate-inhibits-class-i-ii-histone-deacetylases-promotes-histone-acetylation-and-increases-hiv-1-integration-in-cd4-t-cells
#15
Jean-François Bolduc, Laurent Hany, Corinne Barat, Michel Ouellet, Michel J Tremblay
In this study, we investigated the effect of acetate, the most concentrated short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) in the gut and bloodstream, on the susceptibility of primary human CD4(+) T cells to HIV-1 infection. We report that HIV-1 replication is increased in CD3/CD28-costimulated CD4(+) T cells upon acetate treatment. This enhancing effect correlates with increased expression of the early activation marker CD69 and impaired class I/II histone deacetylase (HDAC) activity. In addition, acetate enhances acetylation of histones H3 and H4 and augments HIV-1 integration into the genome of CD4(+) T cells...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515481/conserved-presence-of-g-quadruplex-forming-sequences-in-the-long-terminal-repeat-promoter-of-lentiviruses
#16
Rosalba Perrone, Enrico Lavezzo, Giorgio Palù, Sara N Richter
G-quadruplexes (G4s) are secondary structures of nucleic acids that epigenetically regulate cellular processes. In the human immunodeficiency lentivirus 1 (HIV-1), dynamic G4s are located in the unique viral LTR promoter. Folding of HIV-1 LTR G4s inhibits viral transcription; stabilization by G4 ligands intensifies this effect. Cellular proteins modulate viral transcription by inducing/unfolding LTR G4s. We here expanded our investigation on the presence of LTR G4s to all lentiviruses. G4s in the 5'-LTR U3 region were completely conserved in primate lentiviruses...
May 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497113/toward-a-cure-does-host-immunity-play-a-role
#17
Jielin Zhang, Clyde S Crumpacker
Three decades of research on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and AIDS reveal that the human body has developed through evolution a genome immune system embodying epigenetic regulation against pathogenic nucleic acid invasion. In HIV infection, this epigenetic regulation plays a cardinal role in HIV RNA production that silences HIV transcription at a molecular (RNA) level, controls viral load at a cellular (biological) level, and governs the viremic stage of AIDS at the clinical (patient) level. Even though the human genome is largely similar among humans and HIV is a single viral species, human hosts show significant differences in viral RNA levels, ranging from cell to organ to individual and expressed as elite controllers, posttreatment controllers, and patients with AIDS...
March 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471941/basic-science-and-pathogenesis-of-ageing-with-hiv-potential-mechanisms-and-biomarkers
#18
Claire Lagathu, Andrea Cossarizza, Véronique Béréziat, Milena Nasi, Jacqueline Capeau, Marcello Pinti
: The increased prevalence of age-related comorbidities and mortality is worrisome in ageing HIV-infected patients. Here, we aim to analyse the different ageing mechanisms with regard to HIV infection. Ageing results from the time-dependent accumulation of random cellular damage. Epigenetic modifications and mitochondrial DNA haplogroups modulate ageing. In antiretroviral treatment-controlled patients, epigenetic clock appears to be advanced, and some haplogroups are associated with HIV infection severity. Telomere shortening is enhanced in HIV-infected patients because of HIV and some nucleoside analogue reverse transcriptase inhibitors...
June 1, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340355/the-human-immunodeficiency-virus-1-asp-rna-promotes-viral-latency-by-recruiting-the-polycomb-repressor-complex-2-and-promoting-nucleosome-assembly
#19
Juan C Zapata, Federica Campilongo, Robert A Barclay, Catherine DeMarino, Maria D Iglesias-Ussel, Fatah Kashanchi, Fabio Romerio
Various epigenetic marks at the HIV-1 5'LTR suppress proviral expression and promote latency. Cellular antisense transcripts known as long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) recruit the polycomb repressor complex 2 (PRC2) to gene promoters, which catalyzes trimethylation of lysine 27 on histone H3 (H3K27me3), thus promoting nucleosome assembly and suppressing gene expression. We found that an HIV-1 antisense transcript expressed from the 3'LTR and encoding the antisense protein ASP promotes proviral latency. Expression of ASP RNA reduced HIV-1 replication in Jurkat cells...
June 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338097/the-cellular-protein-hnrnp-a2-b1-enhances-hiv-1-transcription-by-unfolding-ltr-promoter-g-quadruplexes
#20
Matteo Scalabrin, Ilaria Frasson, Emanuela Ruggiero, Rosalba Perrone, Elena Tosoni, Sara Lago, Martina Tassinari, Giorgio Palù, Sara N Richter
G-quadruplexes are four-stranded conformations of nucleic acids that act as cellular epigenetic regulators. A dynamic G-quadruplex forming region in the HIV-1 LTR promoter represses HIV-1 transcription when in the folded conformation. This activity is enhanced by nucleolin, which induces and stabilizes the HIV-1 LTR G-quadruplexes. In this work by a combined pull-down/mass spectrometry approach, we consistently found hnRNP A2/B1 as an additional LTR-G-quadruplex interacting protein. Surface plasmon resonance confirmed G-quadruplex specificity over linear sequences and fluorescence resonance energy transfer analysis indicated that hnRNP A2/B1 is able to efficiently unfold the LTR G-quadruplexes...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
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