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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437636/chimeric-flock-house-virus-protein-a-with-endoplasmic-reticulum-targeting-domain-enhances-viral-replication-and-virus-like-particle-trans-encapsidation-in-plants
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Yiyang Zhou, Christopher M Kearney
Flock House virus (FHV) RNA can be trans-encapsidated, entirely in planta, by tobacco mosaic virus coat protein to form virus-like particles (VLPs). Vaccination with these VLPs leads to strong antigen expression in mice and immune-activation. We hypothesize that creating an additional cellular site for replication and/or trans-encapsidation might significantly improve the final output of trans-encapsidated product. FHV protein A was engineered to target the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) via a heterologous tobacco etch virus ER-targeting domain, and was expressed in cis or in trans relative to the replicating FHV RNA1...
April 21, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435908/development-of-a-japanese-encephalitis-virus-like-particle-vaccine-in-silkworms-using-codon-optimised-prm-and-envelope-genes
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Sayaka Matsuda, Reiko Nerome, Kenichi Maegawa, Akira Kotaki, Shigeo Sugita, Kazunori Kawasaki, Kazumichi Kuroda, Ryoji Yamaguchi, Tomohiko Takasaki, Kuniaki Nerome
We have successfully prepared a Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) - Nakayama virus like particle (NVLP) vaccine using synthetic codon-optimized prM and E genes. The expression of the recombinant JEV Nakayama-BmNPV (JEV-NNPV) virus was determined in infected silkworm Bm-N cells by fluorescence and Western blot analysis. The recombinant was inoculated into silkworm pupae and the yield of Nakayama VLP (NVLP) reached a peak in the homogenates after 3 days. Additionally, in the peptide analysis of infected pupae homogenate, it appeared approximately 300-500 μg E protein/pupa were produced...
April 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433580/description-of-a-novel-multiplex-avidity-assay-for-evaluating-hpv-antibodies
#3
Allison M Brady, Elizabeth R Unger, Gitika Panicker
Limited data exists regarding antibody avidity for human papillomavirus (HPV). We describe development of a multiplex electrochemiluminescent avidity ELISA for four HPV types (HPV 6, 11, 16, 18) by adding a dissociating step to our established multiplex HPV VLP ELISA. Initial experiments exploring ammonium thiocyanate, sodium thiocyanate and guanidine hydrochloride (GuHCl) as dissociating agents identified GuHCl as most promising. Dissociation conditions with GuHCl were varied (concentration, incubation time, temperature) to select conditions with minimal impact on VLP integrity as measured with monoclonal antibodies to conformational epitopes...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Immunological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417968/rational-development-of-a-protective-p-vivax-vaccine-evaluated-with-transgenic-rodent-parasite-challenge-models
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Ahmed M Salman, Eduardo Montoya-Díaz, Heather West, Amar Lall, Erwan Atcheson, Cesar Lopez-Camacho, Jai Ramesar, Karolis Bauza, Katharine A Collins, Florian Brod, Fernando Reis, Leontios Pappas, Lilia González-Cerón, Chris J Janse, Adrian V S Hill, Shahid M Khan, Arturo Reyes-Sandoval
Development of a protective and broadly-acting vaccine against the most widely distributed human malaria parasite, Plasmodium vivax, will be a major step towards malaria elimination. However, a P. vivax vaccine has remained elusive by the scarcity of pre-clinical models to test protective efficacy and support further clinical trials. In this study, we report the development of a highly protective CSP-based P. vivax vaccine, a virus-like particle (VLP) known as Rv21, able to provide 100% sterile protection against a stringent sporozoite challenge in rodent models to malaria, where IgG2a antibodies were associated with protection in absence of detectable PvCSP-specific T cell responses...
April 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416790/a-meta-analysis-of-cerebrospinal-fluid-visinin-like-protein-1-in-alzheimers-disease-patients-relative-to-healthy-controls-and-mild-cognitive-impairment-patients
#5
Xiaohui Hu, Yan Yang, Daokai Gong
OBJECTIVE: To compare cerebrospinal fluid visinin-like protein-1 (CSF VLP-1) in alzheimer`s disease (AD) with that in healthy controls and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) patients and find out possible sources of heterogeneity. METHODS: "Visinin-like protein-1" and "alzheimer`s disease" were employed to search "PubMed", "Springer" and "Medline" databases until July 2016 and standard mean difference (Std.MD) was calculated. Besides, subgroup analysis and meta-regression were performed to explore the possible heterogeneity sources...
April 2017: Neurosciences: the Official Journal of the Pan Arab Union of Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416599/characterization-of-t-dependent-and-t-independent-b-cell-responses-to-a-virus-like-particle
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Wenhua Liao, Zhaolin Hua, Can Liu, Lin Lin, Rui Chen, Baidong Hou
Natural pathogens, such as viruses, often induce T-dependent and T-independent Ab responses. However, the activation and differentiation of Ag-specific B cells under these conditions had not been examined in detail. In this study, we used bacterial phage Qβ-derived virus-like particles (Qβ-VLPs) as an immunogen to examine the T-independent and T-dependent phases of the response in mice. Using Qβ-specific cell labeling and enrichment methods developed in this study, we were able to characterize the rare Ag-specific B cells in detail...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413500/enhancement-of-humoral-and-cell-mediated-immune-response-to-hpv16-l1-derived-peptides-subsequent-to-vaccination-with-prophylactic-bivalent-hpv-l1-virus-like-particle-vaccine-in-healthy-females
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Masato Yokomine, Satoko Matsueda, Kouichiro Kawano, Tetsuro Sasada, Akimasa Fukui, Takuto Yamashita, Nobukazu Komatsu, Shigeki Shichijo, Kazuto Tasaki, Ken Matsukuma, Kyogo Itoh, Toshiharu Kamura, Kimio Ushijima
Currently prophylactic HPV16/18 L1 virus-like particle (VLP) vaccines are employed with great success for the prevention of HPV infection. However, limited information is available regarding the immune responses against human papillomavirus (HPV) 16/18 L1 subsequent to HPV16/18 L1 VLP vaccination, primarily due to the lack of widely used assays for immune monitoring. The aim of the present study was to identify HPV16 L1-derived B and T cell epitopes for monitoring the immune responses after HPV16/18 L1 VLP vaccination in healthy females...
April 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408118/a-novel-combined-vaccine-based-on-monochimeric-vlp-co-displaying-multiple-conserved-epitopes-against-enterovirus-71-and-varicella-zoster-virus
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Yangtao Wu, Rui Zhu, Longfa Xu, Yongchao Li, Shuxuan Li, Hai Yu, Shaowei Li, Hua Zhu, Tong Cheng, Ningshao Xia
Chicken pox and hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) are two major infectious diseases that mainly affect infants and children, causing significant morbidity annually. Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) and enterovirus 71 (EV71), respectively, are the principal epidemic pathogens causing these two diseases. To investigate the possibility of developing a novel combined vaccine to prevent chicken pox and HFMD, we constructed three chimeric virus-like particles (VLPs) (termed HBc-V/1/2, HBc-2/V/1 and HBc-1/2/V) based on the hepatitis B core antigen (HBc) carrier that display epitopes derived from VZV-gE, EV71-VP1, and EV71-VP2 in a varied tandem manner...
May 9, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406951/protection-induced-by-virus-like-particles-containing-toxoplasma-gondii-microneme-protein-8-against-highly-virulent-rh-strain-of-toxoplasma-gondii-infection
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Su-Hwa Lee, Ah-Ra Kim, Dong-Hun Lee, Ilaria Rubino, Hyo-Jick Choi, Fu-Shi Quan
Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) microneme protein 8 (MIC8) represents a novel, functional distinct invasion factor. In this study, we generated virus-like particles (VLPs) targeting Toxoplasma gondii MIC8 for the first time, and investigated the protection against highly virulent RH strain of T. gondii in a mouse model. We found that VLP vaccination induced Toxoplasma gondii-specific IgG and IgG1 antibody responses in the sera. Upon challenge infection with RH strain of T. gondii tachyzoites, vaccinated mice showed a significant increase of both IgG antibodies in sera and IgA antibodies in feces compared to those before challenge, and a rapid expansion of both germinal center B cell (B220+, GL7+) and T cell (CD4+, CD8+) populations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404899/balb-c-mice-immunized-with-a-combination-of-virus-like-particles-incorporating-kaposi-sarcoma-associated-herpesvirus-kshv-envelope-glycoproteins-gpk8-1-gb-and-gh-gl-induced-comparable-serum-neutralizing-antibody-activity-to-uv-inactivated-kshv
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Anne K Barasa, Peng Ye, Meredith Phelps, Ganapathiram T Arivudainambi, Timelia Tison, Javier Gordon Ogembo
Infection with Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) is estimated to account for over 44,000 new cases of Kaposi sarcoma annually, with 84% occurring in Africa, where the virus is endemic. To date, there is no prophylactic vaccine against KSHV. KSHV gpK8.1, gB, and gH/gL glycoproteins, implicated in the virus entry into host cells, are attractive vaccine targets for eliciting potent neutralizing antibodies (nAbs) against virus infection. We incorporated gpK8.1, gB, or gH/gL on the surface of virus-like particles (VLPs) and characterized these VLPs for their composition, size, and functionality...
February 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403145/the-phosphatidylinositol-3-phosphate-5-kinase-inhibitor-apilimod-blocks-filoviral-entry-and-infection
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Elizabeth A Nelson, Julie Dyall, Thomas Hoenen, Alyson B Barnes, Huanying Zhou, Janie Y Liang, Julia Michelotti, William H Dewey, Lisa Evans DeWald, Richard S Bennett, Patrick J Morris, Rajarshi Guha, Carleen Klumpp-Thomas, Crystal McKnight, Yu-Chi Chen, Xin Xu, Amy Wang, Emma Hughes, Scott Martin, Craig Thomas, Peter B Jahrling, Lisa E Hensley, Gene G Olinger, Judith M White
Phosphatidylinositol-3-phosphate 5-kinase (PIKfyve) is a lipid kinase involved in endosome maturation that emerged from a haploid genetic screen as being required for Ebola virus (EBOV) infection. Here we analyzed the effects of apilimod, a PIKfyve inhibitor that was reported to be well tolerated in humans in phase 2 clinical trials, for its effects on entry and infection of EBOV and Marburg virus (MARV). We first found that apilimod blocks infections by EBOV and MARV in Huh 7, Vero E6 and primary human macrophage cells, with notable potency in the macrophages (IC50, 10 nM)...
April 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389838/intramedullary-nail-versus-volar-locking-plate-fixation-for-the-treatment-of-extra-articular-or-simple-intra-articular-distal-radius-fractures-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Bing Zhang, Hengrui Chang, Kunlun Yu, Jiangbo Bai, Dehu Tian, Guisheng Zhang, Xinzhong Shao, Yingze Zhang
AIMS: This study aims to compare the outcomes of intramedullary nail (IMN) and volar locking plate (VLP) fixation for treatment of extra-articular or simple intra-articular distal radius fractures. METHODS: PubMed, Embase, Medline and Cochrane Collaboration Central databases were searched for studies that compared the results of IMN and VLP fixation for the treatment of distal radius fractures up to March 2016. Stata 11.0 was used to perform the meta-analysis. RESULTS: Six randomized controlled trials (RCT) and two retrospective studies were included in this review, including 463 patients...
April 7, 2017: International Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389100/plant-made-virus-like-particle-vaccines-bearing-the-hemagglutinin-of-either-seasonal-h1-or-avian-h5-influenza-have-distinct-patterns-of-interaction-with-human-immune-cells-in-vitro
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Hilary E Hendin, Stéphane Pillet, Amanda N Lara, Cheng-Ying Wu, Nathalie Charland, Nathalie Landry, Brian J Ward
INTRODUCTION: The recent emergence of avian influenza strains has fuelled concern about pandemic preparedness since vaccines targeting these viruses are often poorly immunogenic. Weak antibody responses to vaccines have been seen across multiple platforms including plant-made VLPs. To better understand these differences, we compared the in vitro responses of human immune cells exposed to plant-made virus-like particle (VLP) vaccines targeting H1N1 (H1-VLP) and H5N1 (H5-VLP). METHODS: Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from healthy adults were stimulated ex vivo with 2-5µg/mL VLPs bearing the hemagglutinin (HA) of either H1N1 (A/California/7/2009) or H5N1 (A/Indonesia/5/05)...
April 4, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387161/biomechanical-assessment-of-the-dorsal-spanning-bridge-plate-in-distal-radius-fracture-fixation-implications-for-immediate-weight-bearing
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Jerry I Huang, Bret Peterson, Kate Bellevue, Nicolas Lee, Sean Smith, Safa Herfat
BACKGROUND: The goal of this study was to compare the biomechanical stability of a 2.4-mm dorsal spanning bridge plate with a volar locking plate (VLP) in a distal radius fracture model, during simulated crutch weight-bearing. METHODS: Five paired cadaveric forearms were tested. A 1-cm dorsal wedge osteotomy was created to simulate an unstable distal radius fracture with dorsal comminution. Fractures were fixed with a VLP or a dorsal bridge plate (DBP). Specimens were mounted to a crutch handle, and optical motion-tracking sensors were attached to the proximal and distal segments...
April 1, 2017: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385002/generation-characterization-and-application-in-serodiagnosis-of-recombinant-swine-vesicular-disease-viral-like-particles
#15
Wanhong Xu, Melissa Goolia, Tim Salo, Zhidong Zhang, Ming Yang
Swine vesicular disease virus (SVDV) is a highly contagious disease that causes vesicular disease in pigs. The importance of the disease is due to its indistinguishable clinical signs from foot-and-mouth disease that prevents international trade of swine and related products. SVD-specific antibody detection using the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) is the most versatile and commonly used method for SVD surveillance and export certification. The inactivated SVD virus is the commonly used antigen in ELISAs...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377579/vlp-based-vaccine-induces-immune-control-of-staphylococcus-aureus-virulence-regulation
#16
Seth M Daly, Jason A Joyner, Kathleen D Triplett, Bradley O Elmore, Srijana Pokhrel, Kathryn M Frietze, David S Peabody, Bryce Chackerian, Pamela R Hall
Staphylococcus aureus is the leading cause of skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs) and mounting antibiotic resistance requires innovative treatment strategies. S. aureus uses secreted cyclic autoinducing peptides (AIPs) and the accessory gene regulator (agr) operon to coordinate expression of virulence factors required for invasive infection. Of the four agr alleles (agr types I-IV and corresponding AIPs1-4), agr type I isolates are most frequently associated with invasive infection. Cyclization via a thiolactone bond is essential for AIP function; therefore, recognition of the cyclic form of AIP1 may be necessary for antibody-mediated neutralization...
April 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371407/biocatalytic-virus-capsid-as-nanovehicle-for-enzymatic-activation-of-tamoxifen-in-tumor-cells
#17
Alejandro Tapia-Moreno, Karla Juarez-Moreno, Oscar Gonzalez-Davis, Ruben D Cadena-Nava, Rafael Vazquez-Duhalt
Most of the drugs used in chemotherapy should be activated by a transformation catalyzed by cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes. In this work, bacteriophage P22 virus-like particles (VLPs) containing CYP activity, immunologically inert and functionalized in order to be recognized by human cervix carcinoma cells and human breast adenocarcinoma cells were designed. The CYP was encapsulated inside the virus capsid obtained from the bacteriophage P22. CYP and coat protein were both heterologously expressed in E. coli...
April 3, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365796/chimeric-virus-like-particles-elicit-protective-immunity-against-serotype-o-foot-and-mouth-disease-virus-in-guinea-pigs
#18
Xinsheng Liu, Yuzhen Fang, Peng Zhou, Yanzhen Lu, Qiaoling Zhang, Shuai Xiao, Zhaoliang Dong, Li Pan, Jianliang Lv, Zhongwang Zhang, Yongguang Zhang, Yonglu Wang
Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is an acute and highly contagious disease caused by foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) that can affect cloven-hoofed animal species, leading to severe economic losses worldwide. Therefore, the development of a safe and effective new vaccine to prevent and control FMD is both urgent and necessary. In this study, we developed a chimeric virus-like particle (VLP) vaccine candidate for serotype O FMDV and evaluated its protective immunity in guinea pigs. Chimeric VLPs were formed by the antigenic structural protein VP1 from serotype O and segments of the viral capsid proteins (VP2, VP3, and VP4) from serotype A...
April 1, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364126/carbon-dots-antiviral-functions-against-noroviruses
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Xiuli Dong, Marsha M Moyer, Fan Yang, Ya-Ping Sun, Liju Yang
This study reported the first assessment of carbon dots' (CDots) antiviral activity to human norovirus virus-like-particles (VLPs), GI.1 and GII.4 VLPs. CDots with different surface passivation molecules, 2,2'-(ethylenedioxy)bis(ethylamine) (EDA)-CDots and 3-ethoxypropylamine (EPA)-CDots, were synthesized and evaluated. The results indicated both EDA- and EPA- CDots were highly effective to inhibit both strains of VLPs' bindings to histo-blood group antigens (HBGA) receptors on human cells at CDots concentration of 5 µg/mL, with EDA-CDots achieving 100% inhibition and EPA CDots achieving 85-99% inhibition...
March 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357676/porcine-epidemic-diarrhea-virus-virus-like-particles-produced-in-insect-cells-induce-specific-immune-responses-in-mice
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Cuiling Wang, Feihu Yan, Xuexing Zheng, Hualei Wang, Hongli Jin, Chong Wang, Yongkun Zhao, Na Feng, Tiecheng Wang, Yuwei Gao, Songtao Yang, Xianzhu Xia
Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV), which causes 80-100% mortality in neonatal piglets, is one of the most devastating viral diseases affecting swine worldwide. To date, the lack of effective vaccines and drugs is the main problem preventing control of the global spread of PEDV. In this study, we produced PEDV virus-like particles (VLPs) composed of S, M, and E proteins with a baculovirus expression system and tested them via indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA)and Western blot analysis. Electron microscopy showed that the morphological structure of the PEDV VLPs was similar to that of the protovirus...
March 29, 2017: Virus Genes
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