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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818566/a-synthetic-human-cytomegalovirus-pp65-ie1-fusion-antigen-efficiently-induces-and-expands-virus-specific-t-cells
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Ellen K Link, Christine Brandmüller, Yasemin Suezer, Stefanie Ameres, Asisa Volz, Andreas Moosmann, Gerd Sutter, Michael H Lehmann
Infection with human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) can cause severe complications in newborns and immunocompromised patients, and a prophylactic or therapeutic vaccine against HCMV is not available. Here, we generated a HCMV vaccine candidate fulfilling the regulatory requirements for GMP-compliant production and clinical testing. A novel synthetic fusion gene consisting of the coding sequences of HCMV pp65 and IE1 having a deleted nuclear localization sequence and STAT2 binding domain was introduced into the genome of the attenuated vaccinia virus strain MVA...
August 14, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814733/enhancing-immune-responses-to-cancer-vaccines-using-multi-site-injections
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Robert C Mould, Amanda W K AuYeung, Jacob P van Vloten, Leonardo Susta, Anthony J Mutsaers, James J Petrik, Geoffrey A Wood, Sarah K Wootton, Khalil Karimi, Byram W Bridle
For a vaccine to be effective it must induce a sufficiently robust and specific immune response. Multi-site injection protocols can increase the titers of rabies virus-neutralizing antibodies. Hypothetically, spreading a vaccine dose across multiple lymphatic drainage regions could also potentiate T cell responses. We used a replication-deficient adenovirus serotype 5-vectored cancer vaccine targeting the melanoma-associated antigen dopachrome tautomerase. Clinically, high numbers of tumor-infiltrating CD8(+) T cells are a positive prognostic indicator...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814519/extracellular-matrix-proteins-mediate-hiv-1-gp120-interactions-with-%C3%AE-4%C3%AE-7
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David Plotnik, Wenjin Guo, Brad Cleveland, Priska von Haller, Jimmy K Eng, Miklos Guttman, Kelly K Lee, James Arthos, Shiu-Lok Hu
Gut-homing α4β7(high) CD4(+) T lymphocytes have been shown to be preferentially targeted by Human Immunodeficiency Virus-1 (HIV), and are implicated in HIV pathogenesis. Previous studies demonstrated that HIV envelope protein gp120 binds and signals through α4β7, and that this likely contributes to the infection of α4β7(high) T cells and promotes cell-to-cell virus transmission. Structures within the second variable loop (V2) of gp120, including the tripeptide motif LDV/I, are thought to mediate gp120-α4β7 binding...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814517/zinc-salts-block-hepatitis-e-virus-replication-by-inhibiting-the-activity-of-viral-rna-dependent-rna-polymerase
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Nidhi Kaushik, Chandru Subramani, Saumya Anang, Rajagopalan Muthumohan, Shalimar, Baibaswata Nayak, C T Ranjith-Kumar, Milan Surjit
Hepatitis E virus (HEV) causes an acute, self limiting hepatitis in normal individuals and leads to chronic disease in immunocompromised individuals. HEV infection in pregnant women results in a more severe outcome, with the mortality rate going upto 30%. Though the virus usually causes sporadic infection, epidemics have been reported in developing and resource starved countries. No specific anti-viral exists against HEV. A combination of interferon and ribavirin therapy has been used to control the disease with some success...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814514/ba71%C3%AE-cd2-a-new-recombinant-live-attenuated-african-swine-fever-virus-with-cross-protective-capabilities
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Paula L Monteagudo, Anna Lacasta, Elisabeth López, Laia Bosch, Javier Collado, Sonia Pina-Pedrero, Florencia Correa-Fiz, Francesc Accensi, María Jesús Navas, Enric Vidal, María J Bustos, Javier M Rodríguez, Andreas Gallei, Veljko Nikolin, María L Salas, Fernando Rodríguez
African swine fever is a highly contagious viral disease of mandatory declaration to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Lack of available vaccines make its control difficult and thus ASFV represents a major threat to the swine industry. Inactivated vaccines do not confer solid protection against African swine fever virus (ASFV). Conversely, live attenuated viruses (LAV), either naturally isolated or obtained by genetic manipulation, have demonstrated reliable protection against homologous ASFV strains, albeit little or no protection has been demonstrated against heterologous viruses...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814389/equine-arteritis-virus-elicits-a-mucosal-antibody-response-in-the-reproductive-tract-of-persistently-infected-stallions
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Mariano Carossino, Bettina Wagner, Alan T Loynachan, R Frank Cook, Igor F Canisso, Lakshman Chelvarajan, Casey L Edwards, Bora Nam, John F Timoney, Peter J Timoney, Udeni B R Balasuriya
Equine arteritis virus (EAV) has the ability to establish persistent infection in the reproductive tract of the stallion (carrier) and is continuously shed in its semen. We have recently demonstrated that EAV persists within stromal cells and a subset of lymphocytes in the stallion accessory sex glands in the presence of a significant local inflammatory response. In the present study, we demonstrated that EAV elicits a mucosal antibody response in the reproductive tract during persistent infection with homing of plasma cells into accessory sex glands...
August 16, 2017: Clinical and Vaccine Immunology: CVI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811319/galectin-8-activates-dendritic-cells-and-stimulates-antigen-specific-immune-response-elicitation
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Julieta Carabelli, Valeria Quattrocchi, Alejandra D'Antuono, Patricia Zamorano, María Virginia Tribulatti, Oscar Campetella
Galectin-8 (Gal-8) is a mammalian β-galactoside-binding lectin, endowed with proinflammatory properties. Given its capacity to enhance antigen-specific immune responses in vivo, we investigated whether Gal-8 was also able to promote APC activation to sustain T cell activation after priming. Both endogenous [dendritic cells (DCs)] and bone marrow-derived DCs (BMDCs) treated with exogenous Gal-8 exhibited a mature phenotype characterized by increased MHC class II (MHCII), CD80, and CD86 surface expression. Moreover, Gal-8-treated BMDCs (Gal-8-BMDCs) stimulated antigen-specific T cells more efficiently than immature BMDCs (iBMDCs)...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805662/clinical-and-immunological-responses-after-cd30-specific-chimeric-antigen-receptor-redirected-lymphocytes
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Carlos A Ramos, Brandon Ballard, Huimin Zhang, Olga Dakhova, Adrian P Gee, Zhuyong Mei, Mrinalini Bilgi, Meng-Fen Wu, Hao Liu, Bambi Grilley, Catherine M Bollard, Bill H Chang, Cliona M Rooney, Malcolm K Brenner, Helen E Heslop, Gianpietro Dotti, Barbara Savoldo
BACKGROUND: Targeting CD30 with monoclonal antibodies in Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) and anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) has had profound clinical success. However, adverse events, mainly mediated by the toxin component of the conjugated antibodies, cause treatment discontinuation in many patients. Targeting CD30 with T cells expressing a CD30-specific chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) may reduce the side effects and augment antitumor activity. METHODS: We conducted a phase I dose escalation study in which 9 patients with relapsed/refractory HL or ALCL were infused with autologous T cells that were gene-modified with a retroviral vector to express the CD30-specific CAR (CD30...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805308/lymphocyte-profile-and-cytokine-mrna-expression-in-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-of-patients-with-recurrent-respiratory-papillomatosis-suggest-dysregulated-cytokine-mrna-response-and-impaired-cytotoxic-capacity
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Anna Holm, Olga Nagaeva, Ivan Nagaev, Christos Loizou, Göran Laurell, Lucia Mincheva-Nilsson, Karin Nylander, Katarina Olofsson
OBJECTIVES: Recurrent respiratory papillomatosis (RRP) is a relatively rare, chronic disease caused by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) 6 and 11, and characterized by wart-like lesions in the airway affecting voice and respiratory function. The majority of HPV infections are asymptomatic and resolve spontaneously, however, some individuals are afflicted with persistent HPV infections. Failure to eliminate HPV 6 and 11 due to a defect immune responsiveness to these specific genotypes is proposed to play a major role in the development of RRP...
August 14, 2017: Immunity, Inflammation and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804866/virally-vectored-vaccine-delivery-medical-needs-mechanisms-advantages-and-challenges
#10
Daniel D Pinschewer
Vaccines represent one of the most successful chapters in the history of medicine. Over the past decades, the advent of recombinant cDNA technology has enabled the biomedical community to genetically engineer viruses for vaccine delivery purposes. As a starting point, this review evaluates the unmet medical needs, which drive scientists and industry to exploit such fundamentally new technology for human vaccination. The author discusses the molecular functioning, production and safety profile of replication-competent and -deficient viral vector systems, representing two fundamentally distinct classes of "genetic vaccines"...
August 14, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804489/normalized-synergy-predicts-that-cd8-co-receptor-contribution-to-t-cell-receptor-tcr-and-pmhc-binding-decreases-as-tcr-affinity-increases-in-human-viral-specific-t-cells
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Chad M Williams, Alexandra A Schonnesen, Shu-Qi Zhang, Ke-Yue Ma, Chenfeng He, Tori Yamamoto, S Gail Eckhardt, Christopher A Klebanoff, Ning Jiang
The discovery of naturally occurring T cell receptors (TCRs) that confer specific, high-affinity recognition of pathogen and cancer-associated antigens remains a major goal in cellular immunotherapies. The contribution of the CD8 co-receptor to the interaction between the TCR and peptide-bound major histocompatibility complex (pMHC) has previously been correlated with the activation and responsiveness of CD8(+) T cells. However, these studies have been limited to model systems of genetically engineered hybridoma TCRs or transgenic mouse TCRs against either a single epitope or an array of altered peptide ligands...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798348/fas-ligand-mediated-cytotoxicity-of-cd4-t-cells-during-chronic-retrovirus-infection
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Anna Malyshkina, Elisabeth Littwitz-Salomon, Kathrin Sutter, Gennadiy Zelinskyy, Sonja Windmann, Simone Schimmer, Annette Paschen, Hendrik Streeck, Kim J Hasenkrug, Ulf Dittmer
CD4+ helper T cells and cytotoxic CD8+ T cells are key players for adaptive immune responses against acute infections with retroviruses. Similar to textbook knowledge the most important function of CD4+ T cells during an acute retrovirus infection seems to be their helper function for other immune cells. Whereas there was no direct anti-viral activity of CD4+ T cells during acute Friend Virus (FV) infection, they were absolutely required for the control of chronic infection. During chronic FV infection a population of activated FV-specific CD4+ T cells did not express cytotoxic molecules, but Fas Ligand that can induce Fas-induced apoptosis in target cells...
August 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794025/retrovirus-based-virus-like-particle-immunogenicity-and-its-modulation-by-toll-like-receptor-activation
#13
Fabien Pitoiset, Thomas Vazquez, Beatrice Levacher, Djamel Nehar-Belaid, Nicolas Dérian, James Vigneron, David Klatzmann, Bertrand Bellier
Retrovirus-derived virus-like particles (VLPs) are particularly interesting vaccine platforms as they trigger efficient humoral and cellular immune responses and can be used to display heterologous antigens. In this study, we characterized the intrinsic immunogenicity of VLPs and investigated their possible adjuvantization by incorporation of toll-like receptor (TLR) ligands. We designed a non-coding single-stranded RNA (ncRNA) that could be encapsidated by VLPs and induce TLR7/8-signaling. We found that VLPs efficiently induce in vitro dendritic cell activation, which can be improved by ncRNA encapsidation (ncRNAVLPs)...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794018/redefining-memory-building-the-case-for-adaptive-nk-cells
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Silke Paust, Catherine A Blish, R Keith Reeves
Classically, natural killer (NK) cells have been defined by nonspecific innate killing of virus-infected and tumor cells. However, burgeoning evidence suggests that the functional repertoire of NK cells is far more diverse than has been previously appreciated, thus raising the possibility that there could be unexpected functional specialization and even adaptive capabilities among NK cell subpopulations. Some of the first evidence that NK cells respond in an antigen-specific fashion came from experiments revealing that subpopulations of murine NK cells could respond to a specific MCMV protein, and that in the absence of T and B cells, murine NK cells also mediated adaptive immune responses to a secondary challenge with specific haptens...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793350/ifnar2-dependent-gene-expression-profile-induced-by-ifn-%C3%AE-in-pteropus-alecto-bat-cells-and-impact-of-ifnar2-knockout-on-virus-infection
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Qian Zhang, Lei-Ping Zeng, Peng Zhou, Aaron T Irving, Shang Li, Zheng-Li Shi, Lin-Fa Wang
Bats are important reservoirs of many viruses, which are capable of infecting the host without inducing obvious clinical diseases. Interferon and the downstream interferon regulated genes (IRGs) are known to act as the first line of defense against viral infections. Little is known about the transcriptional profile of genes being induced by interferon in bats and their role in controlling virus infection. In this study, we constructed IFNAR2 knockout bat cell lines using CRISPR technology and further characterized gene expression profiles induced by the most abundant IFN-α (IFN-α3)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792880/analysis-of-plasma-epstein-barr-virus-dna-to-screen-for-nasopharyngeal-cancer
#16
K C Allen Chan, John K S Woo, Ann King, Benny C Y Zee, W K Jacky Lam, Stephen L Chan, Sam W I Chu, Constance Mak, Irene O L Tse, Samantha Y M Leung, Gloria Chan, Edwin P Hui, Brigette B Y Ma, Rossa W K Chiu, Sing-Fai Leung, Andrew C van Hasselt, Anthony T C Chan, Y M Dennis Lo
BACKGROUND: Circulating cell-free Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) DNA is a biomarker for nasopharyngeal carcinoma. We conducted a prospective study to investigate whether EBV DNA in plasma samples would be useful to screen for early nasopharyngeal carcinoma in asymptomatic persons. METHODS: We analyzed EBV DNA in plasma specimens to screen participants who did not have symptoms of nasopharyngeal carcinoma. Participants with initially positive results were retested approximately 4 weeks later, and those with persistently positive EBV DNA in plasma underwent nasal endoscopic examination and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)...
August 10, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792537/isolation-and-functional-characterization-of-hepatitis-b-virus-specific-t-cell-receptors-as-new-tools-for-experimental-and-clinical-use
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Karin Wisskirchen, Kai Metzger, Sophia Schreiber, Theresa Asen, Luise Weigand, Christina Dargel, Klaus Witter, Elisa Kieback, Martin F Sprinzl, Wolfgang Uckert, Matthias Schiemann, Dirk H Busch, Angela M Krackhardt, Ulrike Protzer
T-cell therapy of chronic hepatitis B is a novel approach to restore antiviral T-cell immunity and cure the infection. We aimed at identifying T-cell receptors (TCR) with high functional avidity that have the potential to be used for adoptive T-cell therapy. To this end, we cloned HLA-A*02-restricted, hepatitis B virus (HBV)-specific T cells from patients with acute or resolved HBV infection. We isolated 11 envelope- or core-specific TCRs and evaluated them in comprehensive functional analyses. T cells were genetically modified by retroviral transduction to express HBV-specific TCRs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791656/egfr-as-a-target-for-glioblastoma-treatment-an-unfulfilled-promise
#18
Manfred Westphal, Cecile L Maire, Katrin Lamszus
The receptor for epidermal growth factor (EGFR) is a prime target for cancer therapy across a broad variety of tumor types. As it is a tyrosine kinase, small molecule tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) targeting signal transduction, as well as monoclonal antibodies against the EGFR, have been investigated as anti-tumor agents. However, despite the long-known enigmatic EGFR gene amplification and protein overexpression in glioblastoma, the most aggressive intrinsic human brain tumor, the potential of EGFR as a target for this tumor type has been unfulfilled...
August 8, 2017: CNS Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783656/resident-memory-cd8-t-cells-in-the-upper-respiratory-tract-prevent-pulmonary-influenza-virus-infection
#19
Angela Pizzolla, Thi H O Nguyen, Jeffrey M Smith, Andrew G Brooks, Katherine Kedzieska, William R Heath, Patrick C Reading, Linda M Wakim
Nasal epithelial tissue of the upper respiratory tract is the first site of contact by inhaled pathogens such as influenza virus. We show that this region is key to limiting viral spread to the lower respiratory tract and associated disease pathology. Immunization of the upper respiratory tract leads to the formation of local tissue-resident memory CD8(+) T cells (Trm cells). Unlike Trm cells in the lung, these cells develop independently of local cognate antigen recognition and transforming growth factor-β signaling and persist with minimal decay, representing a long-term protective population...
June 2, 2017: Science Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783452/off-the-shelf-virus-specific-t-cells-to-treat-bk-virus-human-herpesvirus-6-cytomegalovirus-epstein-barr-virus-and-adenovirus-infections-after-allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
#20
Ifigeneia Tzannou, Anastasia Papadopoulou, Swati Naik, Kathryn Leung, Caridad A Martinez, Carlos A Ramos, George Carrum, Ghadir Sasa, Premal Lulla, Ayumi Watanabe, Manik Kuvalekar, Adrian P Gee, Meng-Fen Wu, Hao Liu, Bambi J Grilley, Robert A Krance, Stephen Gottschalk, Malcolm K Brenner, Cliona M Rooney, Helen E Heslop, Ann M Leen, Bilal Omer
Purpose Improvement of cure rates for patients treated with allogeneic hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation (HSCT) will require efforts to decrease treatment-related mortality from severe viral infections. Adoptively transferred virus-specific T cells (VSTs) generated from eligible, third-party donors could provide broad antiviral protection to recipients of HSCT as an immediately available off-the-shelf product. Patient and Methods We generated a bank of VSTs that recognized five common viral pathogens: Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), adenovirus (AdV), cytomegalovirus (CMV), BK virus (BKV), and human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6)...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
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