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Ke Ding, Xing Zhang, Jan Mrazek, Valerie A Kickhoefer, Mason Lai, Hwee L Ng, Otto O Yang, Leonard H Rome, Z Hong Zhou
Prior crystal structures of the vault have provided clues of its structural variability but are non-conclusive due to crystal packing. Here, we obtained vaults by engineering at the N terminus of rat major vault protein (MVP) an HIV-1 Gag protein segment and determined their near-atomic resolution (∼4.8 Å) structures in a solution/non-crystalline environment. The barrel-shaped vaults in solution adopt two conformations, 1 and 2, both with D39 symmetry. From the N to C termini, each MVP monomer has three regions: body, shoulder, and cap...
March 7, 2018: Structure
Eric Barklis, August O Staubus, Andrew Mack, Logan Harper, Robin Lid Barklis, Ayna Alfadhli
The matrix (MA) domain of the HIV-1 precursor Gag protein (PrGag) has been shown interact with the HIV-1 envelope (Env) protein, and to direct PrGag proteins to plasma membrane (PM) assembly sites by virtue of its affinity to phosphatidylinositol-4,5-bisphosphate (PI[4,5]P2). Unexpectedly, HIV-1 viruses with large MA deletions (ΔMA) have been shown to be conditionally infectious as long as they are matched with Env truncation mutant proteins or alternative viral glycoproteins. To characterize the interactions of wild type (WT) and ΔMA Gag proteins with PI(4,5)P2 and other acidic phospholipids, we have employed a set of lipid biosensors as probes...
March 14, 2018: Virology
Elodie Alessandri-Gradt, Fabienne De Oliveira, Marie Leoz, Véronique Lemee, David L Robertson, Felix Feyertag, Paul-Alain Ngoupo, Philippe Mauclere, François Simon, Jean-Christophe Plantier
OBJECTIVES: HIV/1 group P (HIV-1/P) is the last HIV/1 group discovered and to date, comprises only two strains. To obtain new insights into this divergent group, we screened for new infections by developing specific tools, and analysed phenotypic and genotypic properties of the prototypic strain RBF168. In addition, the follow-up of the unique patient monitored so far, has raised the knowledge of the natural history of this infection and its therapeutic management. DESIGN/METHODS: We developed an HIV-1/P specific sero-molecular strategy and screened over 29,498 specimen samples...
March 15, 2018: AIDS
Carin K Ingemarsdotter, Jingwei Zeng, Ziqi Long, Andrew M L Lever, Julia C Kenyon
BACKGROUND: NSC260594, a quinolinium derivative from the NCI diversity set II compound library, was previously identified in a target-based assay as an inhibitor of the interaction between the HIV-1 (ψ) stem-loop 3 (SL3) RNA and Gag. This compound was shown to exhibit potent antiviral activity. Here, the effects of this compound on individual stages of the viral lifecycle were examined by qRT-PCR, ELISA and Western blot, to see if its actions were specific to the viral packaging stage...
March 14, 2018: Retrovirology
Zhiqing Zhang, Lei Wang, Shimeng Bai, Jiaming Qiao, Honglin Shen, Fang Huang, Shuangquan Gao, Shaoyong Li, Shaowei Li, Ying Gu, Ningshao Xia
Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) has been a global epidemic since 1983; yet, the virology and immunology related to HIV-1 remain elusive. Furthermore, as there is still no effective chemoprophylaxis or vaccine to treat patients with HIV-1, most research focuses on strategies to prevent HIV-1 infection, such as with antiviral drugs, novel therapeutics, or improved diagnostic kits. The HIV-1 Gag precursor protein (p55)-comprising the matrix (MA/p17), capsid (CA/p24), and nucleocapsid (NC/p7) protein domains-is the main structural HIV-1 protein, and is uniquely responsible for virion assembly within the virus life cycle...
March 5, 2018: Protein Journal
Mohammad Arif Rahman, Katherine M McKinnon, Tatiana S Karpova, David A Ball, David J Venzon, Wenjin Fan, Guobin Kang, Qingsheng Li, Marjorie Robert-Guroff
Follicular CD8+ T (fCD8) cells reside within B cell follicles and are thought to be immune-privileged sites of HIV/SIV infection. We have observed comparable levels of fCD8 cells between chronically SIV-infected rhesus macaques with low viral loads (LVL) and high viral loads (HVL), raising the question concerning their contribution to viremia control. In this study, we sought to clarify the role of SIV-specific fCD8 cells in lymph nodes during the course of SIV infection in rhesus macaques. We observed that fCD8 cells, T follicular helper (Tfh) cells, and T follicular regulatory cells (Tfreg) were all elevated in chronic SIV infection...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Kazem Baesi, Marzyeh Nili, Katayoun Tayeri, Mohamad Gholami, Samaneh Moallemi, Farzaneh Sabahi, Saber Kalhori, Mehrdad Hasibi
BACKGROUND: The rate of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) infection in Iran has increased dramatically in the past few years. HIV-1 genome sequences are pivotal for large-scale studies of inter- and intra-host evolution. To understand the molecular difference between reference HIV-1 isolate and two HIV-1 infected patients in Iran, we conducted this study to analyze some genome segments of Iranian HIV-1 isolates. METHODS: Two HIV-1-infected individuals who were under antiretroviral therapy (ARV) for 8 years with stable clinical status were enrolled...
February 21, 2018: Infectious Disorders Drug Targets
Jonathan C Reed, Nick Westergreen, Brook C Barajas, Dylan T B Ressler, Daryl J Phuong, John V Swain, Vishwanath R Lingappa, Jaisri R Lingappa
During immature capsid assembly in cells, HIV-1 Gag co-opts a host RNA granule, forming a pathway of intracellular assembly intermediates containing host components, including two cellular facilitators of assembly, ABCE1 and DDX6. A similar assembly pathway has been observed for other primate lentiviruses. Here we asked whether feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), a non-primate lentivirus, also forms RNA-granule-derived capsid assembly intermediates. First, we showed that the released FIV immature capsid and a large FIV-Gag-containing intracellular complex are unstable during analysis, unlike for HIV-1...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Virology
Gonzalo Yebra, Dan Frampton, Tiziano Gallo Cassarino, Jade Raffle, Jonathan Hubb, R Bridget Ferns, Laura Waters, C Y William Tong, Zisis Kozlakidis, Andrew Hayward, Paul Kellam, Deenan Pillay, Duncan Clark, Eleni Nastouli, Andrew J Leigh Brown
BACKGROUND & METHODS: The ICONIC project has developed an automated high-throughput pipeline to generate HIV nearly full-length genomes (NFLG, i.e. from gag to nef) from next-generation sequencing (NGS) data. The pipeline was applied to 420 HIV samples collected at University College London Hospitals NHS Trust and Barts Health NHS Trust (London) and sequenced using an Illumina MiSeq at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (Cambridge). Consensus genomes were generated and subtyped using COMET, and unique recombinants were studied with jpHMM and SimPlot...
2018: PloS One
Massimiliano Bissa, Greta Forlani, Carlo Zanotto, Giovanna Tosi, Carlo De Giuli Morghen, Roberto S Accolla, Antonia Radaelli
A complete eradication of an HIV infection has never been achieved by vaccination and the search for new immunogens that can induce long-lasting protective responses is ongoing. Avipoxvirus recombinants are host-restricted for replication to avian species and they do not have the undesired side effects induced by vaccinia recombinants. In particular, Fowlpox (FP) recombinants can express transgenes over long periods and can induce protective immunity in mammals, mainly due to CD4-dependent CD8+ T cells. In this context, the class II transactivator (CIITA) has a pivotal role in triggering the adaptive immune response through induction of the expression of class-II major histocompatibility complex molecule (MHC-II), that can present antigens to CD4+ T helper cells...
2018: PloS One
Yumna Moosa, Ramla F Tanko, Veron Ramsuran, Ravesh Singh, Mashudu Madzivhandila, Nonhlanhla Yende-Zuma, Melissa-Rose Abrahams, Philippe Selhorst, Kamini Gounder, Penny L Moore, Carolyn Williamson, Salim S Abdool Karim, Nigel J Garrett, Wendy A Burgers
BACKGROUND: The majority of people living with HIV require antiretroviral therapy (ART) for controlling viral replication, however there are rare HIV controllers who spontaneously and durably control HIV in the absence of treatment. Understanding what mediates viral control in these individuals has provided us with insights into the immune mechanisms that may be important to induce for a vaccine or functional cure for HIV. To date, few African elite controllers from high incidence settings have been described...
January 25, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
Raymond W Wong, Clifford A Lingwood, Mario A Ostrowski, Tyler Cabral, Alan Cochrane
The capacity of HIV-1 to develop resistance to current drugs calls for innovative strategies to control this infection. We aimed at developing novel inhibitors of HIV-1 replication by targeting viral RNA processing-a stage dependent on conserved host processes. We previously reported that digoxin is a potent inhibitor of this stage. Herein, we identify 12 other cardiac glycoside/aglycones or cardiotonic steroids (CSs) that impede HIV growth in HIV-infected T cells from clinical patients at IC50s (1.1-1.3 nM) that are 2-26 times below concentrations used in patients with heart conditions...
January 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
Jacqui Brener, Astrid Gall, Jacob Hurst, Rebecca Batorsky, Nora Lavandier, Fabian Chen, Anne Edwards, Chrissy Bolton, Reena Dsouza, Todd Allen, Oliver G Pybus, Paul Kellam, Philippa C Matthews, Philip J R Goulder
BACKGROUND: The factors determining differential HIV disease outcome among individuals expressing protective HLA alleles such as HLA-B*27:05 and HLA-B*57:01 remain unknown. We here analyse two HIV-infected subjects expressing both HLA-B*27:05 and HLA-B*57:01. One subject maintained low-to-undetectable viral loads for more than a decade of follow up. The other progressed to AIDS in < 3 years. RESULTS: The rapid progressor was the recipient within a known transmission pair, enabling virus sequences to be tracked from transmission...
January 16, 2018: Retrovirology
ChihFeng Tien, Liangqun Huang, Susan M Watanabe, Jordan T Speidel, Carol A Carter, Chaoping Chen
HIV-1 protease autoprocessing is responsible for liberation of free mature protease (PR) from the Gag-Pol polyprotein precursor. A cell-based model system was previously developed to examine the autoprocessing mechanism of fusion precursors carrying the p6*-PR miniprecursor sandwiched between various proteins or epitopes. We here report that precursor autoprocessing is context-dependent as its activity and outcomes can be modulated by sequences upstream of p6*-PR. This was exemplified by the 26aa maltose binding protein (MBP) signal peptide (SigP) when placed at the N-terminus of a fusion precursor...
2018: PloS One
Valéry Larue, Marjorie Catala, Anissa Belfetmi, Loussiné Zargarian, Olivier Mauffret, Carine Tisné
During HIV-1 assembly, the Pr55Gag polyprotein precursor (Gag) interacts with the genomic RNA, with lipids of the plasma membrane, with host proteins (ALIX, TSG101) through the ESCRT complex, with the viral protein Vpr and are involved in intermolecular interactions with other Pr55Gag proteins. This network of interactions is responsible for the formation of the viral particle, the selection of genomic RNA and the packaging of Vpr. The C-terminal domain of Gag encompassed in NCp15 is involved in the majority of these interactions, either by its nucleocapsid or its p6 domains...
January 13, 2018: Biomolecular NMR Assignments
Elham Ataie Kachoie, Seyed Ali Akbar Behjatnia, Sara Kharazmi
It has already been demonstrated that a betasatellite associated with cotton leaf curl Multan virus (CLCuMB) can be used as a plant and animal gene delivery vector to plants. To examine the ability of CLCuMB as a tool to transfer coat protein genes of HIV-1 to plants, two recombinant CLCuMB constructs in which the CLCuMB βC1 ORF was replaced with two HIV-1 genes fractions including a 696 bp DNA fragment related to the HIV-1 p24 gene and a 1501 bp DNA fragment related to the HIV-1 gag gene were constructed...
2018: PloS One
Seong U Kim, Bhagwan S Batule, Hyoyoung Mun, Ju-Young Byun, Won-Bo Shim, Min-Gon Kim
We have developed a novel strategy for the colorimetric detection of PCR products by utilizing a target-specific primer modified at the 5'-end with an anti-DNAzyme sequence. A single-stranded DNAzyme sequence folds into a G-quadruplex structure with hemin and shows strong peroxidase activity. When the complementary strand binds to the DNAzyme sequence, it blocks the formation of the G-quadraduplex structure and loses its peroxidase activity. In the presence of the target gene, PCR amplification proceeds, and anti-DNAzyme sequence modified primers present in the reaction mixture form a double strand through primer extension...
January 4, 2018: Analyst
Allen Ka Loon Cheung, Yiru Huang, Hau Yee Kwok, Min Chen, Zhiwei Chen
Individuals who have been preinfected by human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) are more prone to AIDS disease progression after subsequent HIV-1 infection but the underlying mechanism remains elusive. HCMV is a ubiquitous DNA virus that commonly establishes lifelong latent infection in CD34+ progenitor cells, where latency-specific HCMV genes may modulate host restriction to HIV-1 infection. To test this hypothesis, we studied progenitor cells that are known to resist replicative HIV-1 infection because of the intrinsic expression of host restriction factors...
January 24, 2017: Blood Advances
M Bendenoun, A Samri, V Avettand-Fènoël, S Cardinaud, B Descours, G Carcelain, M-C Mazeron, J-F Bergmann, A Urrutia, A Moris, C Rouzioux, F Simon, P Andre, M Pocard, X Dray, T Mourez, V Vieillard, B Autran, F Barin, P Sellier
BACKGROUND: We describe a homosexual man who strongly controlled HIV-1 for ten years despite lack of protective genetic background. METHODS: HIV-1 DNA was measured in blood and other tissues. Cell susceptibility was evaluated with various strains. HIV-1-specific (CD4 and CD8 activation markers and immune check points) and NK cells responses were assessed; KIRs haplotypes and HLA alleles were determined. FINDINGS: Two HIV-1 RNA copies/mL of plasma were detected in 2009, using an ultra-sensitive assay...
December 7, 2017: EBioMedicine
Jianlin He, Wenfei Huang, Shizhong Zheng, Michael Vigorito, Sulie L Chang
Binge drinking affects the onset and progression of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-associated neurological disorders. The HIV-1 transgenic (HIV-1Tg) rat was created with a gag- and pol-deleted HIV-1 viral genome to mimic HIV-infected patients receiving combination anti-retroviral therapy (cART). Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is a marine compound that modulates inflammatory responses. Using HIV-1Tg rats subjected to binge exposure to ethanol (EtOH), this study examined whether DHA could reduce the detrimental neurological effects of EtOH and HIV proteins...
December 19, 2017: Journal of Neurovirology
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