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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777875/switching-cell-penetrating-and-cxcr4-binding-activities-of-nanoscale-organized-arginine-rich-peptides
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Marianna Teixeira de Pinho Favaro, Naroa Serna, Laura Sánchez-García, Rafael Cubarsi, Mónica Roldán, Alejandro Sánchez-Chardi, Ugutz Unzueta, Ramón Mangues, Neus Ferrer-Miralles, Adriano Rodrigues Azzoni, Esther Vázquez, Antonio Villaverde
Arginine-rich protein motifs have been described as potent cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs) but also as rather specific ligands of the cell surface chemokine receptor CXCR4, involved in the infection by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Polyarginines are commonly used to functionalize nanoscale vehicles for gene therapy and drug delivery, aimed to enhance cell penetrability of the therapeutic cargo. However, under which conditions these peptides do act as either unspecific or specific ligands is unknown...
May 16, 2018: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776888/iga-vasculitis-as-a-presentation-of-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infection
#2
Anahy M Brandy-García, Jorge Santos-Juanes, Silvia Suarez, Luis Caminal-Montero
IgA vasculitis is a small-vessel vasculitis mediated by immune complexes. In clinical terms, it is characterized by palpable purpura in the lower limbs, joint involvement in the form of arthralgia or arthritis, and gastrointestinal and renal involvement (this will mark a poorer prognosis in adults). Infectious processes, mainly in the upper respiratory tract, are frequently found to be triggers. On the other hand, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) causes immune dysfunction, which triggers hypergammaglobulinemia and can trigger autoimmune disorders...
May 15, 2018: Reumatología Clinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776392/molecular-identification-of-tick-borne-pathogens-in-asymptomatic-individuals-with-human-immunodeficiency-virus-type-1-hiv-1-infection-a-retrospective-study
#3
Renata Welc-Falęciak, Justyna D Kowalska, Małgorzata Bednarska, Magdalena Szatan, Agnieszka Pawełczyk
BACKGROUND: The studies on the occurrence and diversity of tick-borne infections in HIV-infected individuals have been few, and the subject has been relatively neglected when compared with other common infections associated with HIV. In HIV-positive patients in whom a serological diagnostics is complicated due to reduced positive predictive value, a method where the microorganism is detected directly is of great value. Therefore, we performed a molecular study to ascertain the prevalence and incidence of tick-borne infections in HIV-infected persons in Poland, an endemic area for Ixodes ricinus ticks...
May 18, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776310/preparation-and-evaluation-of-ribonuclease-resistant-viral-hiv-rna-standards-based-on-armored-rna-technology
#4
Mohammad Gholami, Mehrdad Ravanshad, Kazem Baesi, Siamak M. Samiee, Negin Hosseini Rozbahani, Minoo Mohraz
BAckground: The human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) is an infectious viral agent that gradually extinguishes the immune system, resulting in acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). The aim of this study was to construct an RNA-positive control based on armored (AR) RNA technology, using HIV-1 RNA as a model. Methods: The MS2 maturase, a coat protein gene (at positions 1765 to 1787) and HIV-1 pol gene were cloned into pET-32a plasmid. The prepared plasmid was transformed into Escherichia coli strain BL2 (DE3), and the expression of the construct was induced by 1 mM of isopropyl-L-thio-D-galactopyranoside (IPTG) at 37 °C for 16 h to obtain the fabricated AR RNA...
May 19, 2018: Iranian Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775551/pharmacogenetic-associations-with-cytochrome-p450-in-antiretroviral-therapy-what-does-the-future-hold
#5
Gabriel Stillemans, Leila Belkhir, Dennis A Hesselink, Vincent Haufroid, Laure Elens
Several antiretroviral drugs used to treat infection with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) are substrates of enzymes belonging to the cytochrome P450 (CYP) superfamily, which are polymorphically expressed. It may therefore be useful to take into account the genetic variation in these enzymes to predict the likelihood of anti-HIV treatment success, toxicity and the potential for drug-drug interactions. Areas covered: In this manuscript, the authors discuss the current state of knowledge regarding pharmacogenetic associations between CYP and all major antiretrovirals, as well as the importance of these associations...
May 18, 2018: Expert Opinion on Drug Metabolism & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773224/early-env-specific-ctls-effectively-suppress-viral-replication-in-shiv-controller-macaques
#6
Jin Fan, Hua Liang, Tao Shen, Shuo Wang, Xiaolin Ji, Cassian Yee, Fengmin Lu, Yiming Shao
Early immunological events in acute HIV infection are thought to fundamentally influence long-term disease outcomes. Though the contribution of Gag-specific CD8 T cell responses to early viral control is well established, little is known about the role of Env-specific CD8 T cell responses in controlling viral replication during acute infection. In a macaque simian-human immunodeficiency virus (SHIV) model, some macaques who were able to control SHIV replication after ART interruption showed expansion of Env-specific CD8 T cell responses during acute infection, compared to macaques who progressed to viral rebound...
May 5, 2018: Cellular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772941/recent-advances-in-the-discovery-and-development-of-tlr-ligands-as-novel-therapeutics-for-chronic-hbv-and-hiv-infections
#7
Keye Du, Jia Liu, Ruth Broering, Xiaoyong Zhang, Dongliang Yang, Ulf Dittmer, Mengji Lu
Toll-like receptor (TLR) ligands remain as promising antiviral drug candidates for the treatment of chronic viral infections. Basic research on the mechanisms of antiviral activity of TLR ligands in preclinical animal models and clinical testing of drug candidates have been carried out in recent years. Areas covered: This review provides an overview of the preclinical and clinical testing of TLR ligands in two major viral infections: hepatitis B virus (HBV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Recent results have further demonstrated the potent antiviral activity of various TLR ligands ...
May 17, 2018: Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772814/chronic-and-occult-hepatitis-b-virus-infection-in-pregnant-women-in-botswana
#8
Tshepiso Mbangiwa, Ishmael Kasvosve, Motswedi Anderson, Prisca K Thami, Wonderful T Choga, Austen Needleman, Bonolo B Phinius, Sikhulile Moyo, Melvin Leteane, Jean Leidner, Jason T Blackard, Gloria Mayondi, Betsy Kammerer, Rosemary M Musonda, Max Essex, Shahin Lockman, Simani Gaseitsiwe
The hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a global problem; however, the burden of HBV infection in pregnant women in Botswana is unknown. We sought to determine the prevalence of chronic and occult HBV infection in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected and -uninfected pregnant women in Botswana. Samples from 752 pregnant women were tested for hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg), and HBsAg-positive samples were tested for hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg) and HBV DNA load. Samples that were HBsAg negative were screened for occult HBV infection by determining the HBV DNA load...
May 17, 2018: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772771/a-novel-hepadnavirus-identified-in-an-immunocompromised-domestic-cat-in-australia
#9
Mahdis Aghazadeh, Mang Shi, Vanessa R Barrs, Alicia J McLuckie, Scott A Lindsay, Barbara Jameson, Bronte Hampson, Edward C Holmes, Julia A Beatty
High-throughput transcriptome sequencing allows for the unbiased detection of viruses in host tissues. The application of this technique to immunosuppressed animals facilitates the detection of viruses that might otherwise be excluded or contained in immunocompetent individuals. To identify potential viral pathogens infecting domestic cats we performed high-throughput transcriptome sequencing of tissues from cats infected with feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). A novel member of the Hepadnaviridae , tentatively named domestic cat hepadnavirus, was discovered in a lymphoma sample and its complete 3187 bp genome characterized...
May 17, 2018: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772712/inhibition-of-human-immunodeficiency-virus-type-1-entry-by-a-keggin-polyoxometalate
#10
Xiaoli Wang, Jiao Wang, Wenmei Zhang, Boye Li, Ying Zhu, Qin Hu, Yishu Yang, Xiaoguang Zhang, Hong Yan, Yi Zeng
Here, we report the anti-human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) potency and underlying mechanisms of a Keggin polyoxometalate (PT-1, K₆HPTi₂W10 O40 ). Our findings showed that PT-1 exhibited highly potent effects against a diverse group of HIV type 1 (HIV-1) strains and displayed low cytotoxicity and genotoxicity. The time-addition assay revealed that PT-1 acted at an early stage of infection, and these findings were supported by the observation that PT-1 had more potency against Env-pseudotyped virus than vesicular stomatitis virus glycoprotein (VSVG) pseudotyped virus...
May 16, 2018: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772704/lateral-membrane-heterogeneity-regulates-viral-induced-membrane-fusion-during-hiv-entry
#11
Rodion J Molotkovsky, Veronika V Alexandrova, Timur R Galimzyanov, Irene Jiménez-Munguía, Konstantin V Pavlov, Oleg V Batishchev, Sergey A Akimov
Sphingomyelin- and cholesterol- enriched membrane domains, commonly referred to as "rafts" play a crucial role in a large number of intra- and intercellular processes. Recent experiments suggest that not only the volumetric inhomogeneity of lipid distribution in rafts, but also the arrangement of the 1D boundary between the raft and the surrounding membrane is important for the membrane-associated processes. The reason is that the boundary preferentially recruits different peptides, such as HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) fusion peptide...
May 16, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772664/the-cholinergic-anti-inflammatory-response-and-the-role-of-macrophages-in-hiv-induced-inflammation
#12
REVIEW
Manuel Delgado-Vélez, José A Lasalde-Dominicci
Macrophages are phagocytic immune cells that protect the body from foreign invaders and actively support the immune response by releasing anti- and proinflammatory cytokines. A seminal finding revolutionized the way macrophages are seen. The expression of the neuronal alpha7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α7-nAChR) in macrophages led to the establishment of the cholinergic anti-inflammatory response (CAR) in which the activation of this receptor inactivates macrophage production of proinflammatory cytokines...
May 16, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772652/gp120-v5-is-targeted-by-the-first-wave-of-sequential-neutralizing-antibodies-in-shiv-sf162p3n-infected-rhesus-macaques
#13
Manxue Jia, Hong Lu, Xiang-Peng Kong, Cecilia Cheng-Mayer, Xueling Wu
Simian-human immunodeficiency virus (SHIV) infection provides a relevant animal model to study HIV-1 neutralization breadth. With previously identified SHIVSF162P3N infected rhesus macaques that did or did not develop neutralization breadth, we characterized the transmitted/founder viruses and initial autologous/homologous neutralizing antibodies in these animals. The plasma viral load and blood CD4 count did not distinguish macaques with and without breadth, and only one tested homologous envelope clone revealed a trend for macaques with breadth to favor an early homologous response...
May 16, 2018: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772651/properties-and-functions-of-feline-immunodeficiency-virus-gag-domains-in-virion-assembly-and-budding
#14
REVIEW
Silvia A González, José L Affranchino
Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is an important cat pathogen worldwide whose biological and pathophysiological properties resemble those of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1). Therefore, the study of FIV not only benefits its natural host but is also useful for the development of antiviral strategies directed against HIV-1 infections in humans. FIV assembly results from the multimerization of a single but complex viral polypeptide, the Gag precursor. In this review, we will first give an overview of the current knowledge of the proteins encoded by the FIV pol , env , rev , vif, and orf-A genes, and then we will describe and discuss in detail the critical roles that each of the FIV Gag domains plays in virion morphogenesis...
May 16, 2018: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772601/hollow-mesoporous-structured-molecularly-imprinted-polymer-as-adsorbent-in-pipette-tip-solid-phase-extraction-for-the-determination-of-antiretrovirals-from-plasma-of-hiv-infected-patients
#15
Nathália Soares Simões, Hanna Leijoto de Oliveira, Ricky Cássio Santos da Silva, Leila Suleimara Teixeira, Thaís Lorenna Souza Sales, Whocely Victor de Castro, Maria José Nunes de Paiva, Cristina Sanches, Keyller Bastos Borges
In this work a hollow mesoporous structured molecularly imprinted polymer was synthetized and used as adsorbent in pipette-tip solid-phase extraction for the determination of lamivudine (3TC), zidovudine (AZT) and efavirenz (EFZ) from plasma of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infected patients by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). All parameters that influence the recovery of the pipette tip based on hollow mesoporous molecularly imprinted polymer solid-phase extraction (PT-HM-MIP-SPE) method were systematically studied and discussed in detail...
May 17, 2018: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772059/the-orphan-g-protein-coupled-receptor-75-signaling-is-activated-by-the-chemokine-ccl5
#16
Simona Dedoni, Lee A Campbell, Brandon K Harvey, Valeria Avdoshina, Italo Mocchetti
The chemokine CCL5 prevents neuronal cell death mediated both by amyloid β, as well as the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) viral proteins gp120 and Tat. Because CCL5 binds to CCR5, CCR3 and/or CCR1 receptors, it is unclear which of these receptors plays a role in neuroprotection. Indeed, CCL5 also has neuroprotective activity in cells lacking these receptors. CCL5 may bind to a G protein-coupled receptor 75 (GPR75), which encodes for a 540 amino-acid orphan receptor of the Gqα family. In this study, we have used SH-SY5Y human neuroblastoma cells to characterize whether CCL5 could activate a Gq signaling through GPR75...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771871/trends-in-antiretroviral-therapy-eligibility-and-coverage-among-children-aged-15-years-with-hiv-infection-20-pepfar-supported-sub-saharan-african-countries-2012-2016
#17
Amanda Burrage, Monita Patel, Kelsey Mirkovic, Eric Dziuban, Wondimu Teferi, Laura Broyles, Emilia Rivadeneira
Rapid disease progression and associated opportunistic infections contribute to high mortality rates among children aged <15 years with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection (1). Antiretroviral therapy (ART) has decreased childhood HIV-associated morbidity and mortality rates over the past decade (2). As accumulating evidence revealed lower HIV-associated mortality with early ART initiation, the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines broadened ART eligibility for children with HIV infection (2)...
May 18, 2018: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770281/intestinal-spirochetosis-in-an-immunocompetent-patient
#18
Patricia Guzman Rojas, Jelena Catania, Jignesh Parikh, Tran C Phung, Glenn Speth
Intestinal spirochetosis (IS) is an infestation defined by the presence of spirochetes on the surface of the colonic mucosa. The implicated organisms can be Brachyspira aalborgi or Brachyspira pilosicoli . We present the case of a 66-year-old man with a past medical history of diabetes mellitus, hypertension, morbid obesity, and gastroesophageal reflux. The patient was sent to the gastroenterology clinic for a screening colonoscopy due to a prior history of colonic polyps. The patient was completely asymptomatic as he denies any abdominal pain, diarrhea, melena, or hematochezia...
March 15, 2018: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770238/charlson-comorbidity-index-as-a-predictor-of-periodontal-disease-in-elderly-participants
#19
Jae-Hong Lee, Jung-Kyu Choi, Seong-Nyum Jeong, Seong-Ho Choi
Purpose: This study investigated the validity of the Charlson comorbidity index (CCI) as a predictor of periodontal disease (PD) over a 12-year period. Methods: Nationwide representative samples of 149,785 adults aged ≥60 years with PD (International Classification of Disease, 10th revision [ICD-10], K052-K056) were derived from the National Health Insurance Service-Elderly Cohort during 2002-2013. The degree of comorbidity was measured using the CCI (grade 0-6), including 17 diseases weighted on the basis of their association with mortality, and data were analyzed using multivariate Cox proportional-hazards regression in order to investigate the associations of comorbid diseases (CDs) with PD...
April 2018: Journal of Periodontal & Implant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770136/cd3%C3%AE%C2%B5-expression-defines-functionally-distinct-subsets-of-v%C3%AE-1-t-cells-in-patients-with-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infection
#20
Pádraic J Dunne, Christina O Maher, Michael Freeley, Katie Dunne, Andreea Petrasca, Judy Orikiiriza, Margaret R Dunne, Derval Reidy, Siobhan O'Dea, Aisling Loy, Jim Woo, Aideen Long, Thomas R Rogers, Fiona Mulcahy, Derek G Doherty
Human γδ T cells expressing the Vδ1 T cell receptor (TCR) recognize self and microbial antigens and stress-inducible molecules in a major histocompatibility complex-unrestricted manner and are an important source of innate interleukin (IL)-17. Vδ1 T cells are expanded in the circulation and intestines of patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. In this study, we show that patients with HIV have elevated frequencies, but not absolute numbers, of circulating Vδ1 T cells compared to control subjects...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
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