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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775725/anti-hepatitis-c-virus-activity-and-synergistic-effect-of-nymphaea-alba-extracts-and-bioactive-constituents-in-liver-infected-cells
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Sidra Rehman, Usman Ali Ashfaq, Bushra Ijaz, Sheikh Riazuddin
BACKGROUND: Without an effective vaccine, hepatitis C virus (HCV) remains a global threat, inflicting 170-300 million carriers worldwide at risk of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Though various direct acting antivirals have been redeemed the hepatitis C treatment, a few restraints persist including possible side effects, viral resistance emergence, excessive cost which restricts its availability to a common person. HYPOTHESIS: There is no preventive HCV vaccine available today so the discovery of potent antiviral natural flora and their bioactive constituents may help to develop preventive cures against HCV infection...
May 15, 2018: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774839/foot-and-mouth-disease-in-the-middle-east-caused-by-an-a-asia-g-vii-virus-lineage-2015-2016
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Katarzyna Bachanek-Bankowska, Antonello Di Nardo, Jemma Wadsworth, Elisabeth K M Henry, Ünal Parlak, Anna Timina, Alexey Mischenko, Ibrahim Ahmad Qasim, Darab Abdollahi, Munawar Sultana, M Anwar Hossain, Donald P King, Nick J Knowles
Phylogenetic analyses of foot-and-mouth disease type A viruses in the Middle East during 2015-2016 identified viruses belonging to the A/ASIA/G-VII lineage, which originated in the Indian subcontinent. Changes in a critical antigenic site within capsid viral protein 1 suggest possible evolutionary pressure caused by an intensive vaccination program.
June 2018: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774519/zika-virus-baculovirus-expressed-virus-like-particles-induce-neutralizing-antibodies-in-mice
#3
Shiyu Dai, Tao Zhang, Yanfang Zhang, Hualin Wang, Fei Deng
The newly emerged mosquito-borne Zika virus (ZIKV) strains pose a global challenge owing to its ability to cause microcephaly and neurological disorders. Several ZIKV vaccine candidates have been proposed, including inactivated and live attenuated virus vaccines, vector-based vaccines, DNA and RNA vaccines. These have been shown to be efficacious in preclinical studies in mice and nonhuman primates, but their use will potentially be a threat to immunocompromised individuals and pregnant women. Virus-like particles (VLPs) are empty particles composed merely of viral proteins, which can serve as a safe and valuable tool for clinical prevention and treatment strategies...
May 17, 2018: Virologica Sinica
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
#4
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/29771638/the-first-report-evaluating-the-post-exposure-rabies-prophylaxis-in-children-exposed-to-animals-in-the-lublin-province-eastern-poland-in-2010-2016-a-retrospective-study
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Joanna Krzowska-Firych, Ewelina Mazurek, Barbara Hasiec, Krzysztof Tomasiewicz
INTRODUCTION: Rabies continues to be one of the most important viral diseases and remains a significant threat to public health across the globe. The World Health Organization (WHO) has determined that most rabies cases occur in children. Dog bites on humans are a major public-health problem. Poland has not achieved rabies free status yet. Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) in humans can effectively prevent death after exposure to a potentially infected animal. THE AIM: The main objective of this study was to estimate the frequency of PEP among children exposed to animals, who had attended consultations at the Department of Infectious Diseases for Children in the Jan Boży Hospital in Lublin...
May 17, 2018: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770135/mucosal-immunity-and-protective-efficacy-of-intranasal-inactivated-influenza-vaccine-is-improved-by-chitosan-nanoparticle-delivery-in-pigs
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Santosh Dhakal, Sankar Renu, Shristi Ghimire, Yashavanth Shaan Lakshmanappa, Bradley T Hogshead, Ninoshkaly Feliciano-Ruiz, Fangjia Lu, Harm HogenEsch, Steven Krakowka, Chang Won Lee, Gourapura J Renukaradhya
Annually, swine influenza A virus (SwIAV) causes severe economic loss to swine industry. Currently used inactivated SwIAV vaccines administered by intramuscular injection provide homologous protection, but limited heterologous protection against constantly evolving field viruses, attributable to the induction of inadequate levels of mucosal IgA and cellular immune responses in the respiratory tract. A novel vaccine delivery platform using mucoadhesive chitosan nanoparticles (CNPs) administered through intranasal (IN) route has the potential to elicit strong mucosal and systemic immune responses in pigs...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770129/cutaneous-papillomaviruses-and-non-melanoma-skin-cancer-causal-agents-or-innocent-bystanders
#7
REVIEW
Daniel Hasche, Sabrina E Vinzón, Frank Rösl
There is still controversy in the scientific field about whether certain types of cutaneous human papillomaviruses (HPVs) are causally involved in the development of non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC). Deciphering the etiological role of cutaneous HPVs requires - besides tissue culture systems - appropriate preclinical models to match the obtained results with clinical data from affected patients. Clear scientific evidence about the etiology and underlying mechanisms involved in NMSC development is fundamental to provide reasonable arguments for public health institutions to classify at least certain cutaneous HPVs as group 1 carcinogens...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769533/structure-of-a-cleavage-independent-hiv-env-recapitulates-the-glycoprotein-architecture-of-the-native-cleaved-trimer
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Anita Sarkar, Shridhar Bale, Anna-Janina Behrens, Sonu Kumar, Shailendra Kumar Sharma, Natalia de Val, Jesper Pallesen, Adriana Irimia, Devan C Diwanji, Robyn L Stanfield, Andrew B Ward, Max Crispin, Richard T Wyatt, Ian A Wilson
Furin cleavage of the HIV envelope glycoprotein is an essential step for cell entry that enables formation of well-folded, native-like glycosylated trimers, releases constraints on the fusion peptide, and limits enzymatic processing of the N-glycan shield. Here, we show that a cleavage-independent, stabilized, soluble Env trimer mimic (BG505 NFL.664) exhibits a "closed-form", native-like, prefusion conformation akin to furin-cleaved Env trimers. The crystal structure of BG505 NFL.664 at 3.39 Å resolution with two potent bNAbs also identifies the full epitopes of PGV19 and PGT122 that target the receptor binding site and N332 supersite, respectively...
May 16, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769376/-lactobacillus-mucosal-vaccine-vectors-immune-responses-against-bacterial-and-viral-antigens
#9
REVIEW
Jonathan S LeCureux, Gregg A Dean
Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) have been utilized since the 1990s for therapeutic heterologous gene expression. The ability of LAB to elicit an immune response against expressed foreign antigens has led to their exploration as potential mucosal vaccine candidates. LAB vaccine vectors offer many attractive advantages: simple, noninvasive administration (usually oral or intranasal), the acceptance and stability of genetic modifications, relatively low cost, and the highest level of safety possible. Experimentation using LAB of the genus Lactobacillus has become popular in recent years due to their ability to elicit strong systemic and mucosal immune responses...
June 27, 2018: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769351/protein-phosphatase-1%C3%AE-interacts-with-venezuelan-equine-encephalitis-virus-capsid-protein-and-regulates-viral-replication-through-modulation-of-capsid-phosphorylation
#10
Brian D Carey, Tatiana Ammosova, Chelsea Pinkham, Xionghao Lin, Weidong Zhou, Lance A Liotta, Sergei Nekhai, Kylene Kehn-Hall
Protein Phosphatase 1 (PP1) is a serine/threonine phosphatase which has been implicated in the regulation of a number of viruses including HIV-1, Ebolavirus and Rift Valley fever virus. Catalytic subunits of PP1 (PP1α, PP1β, or PP1γ) interact with a host of regulatory subunits and target a wide variety of cellular substrates through a combination of short binding motifs, including an RVxF motif present in the majority of PP1 regulatory subunits. Targeting the RVxF interacting site on PP1 with the small molecule, 1E7-03 inhibits HIV-1, Ebolavirus, and Rift Valley fever virus replication...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769346/porcine-deltacoronavirus-accessory-protein-ns6-antagonizes-ifn-%C3%AE-production-by-interfering-with-the-binding-of-rig-i-mda5-to-double-stranded-rna
#11
Puxian Fang, Liurong Fang, Jie Ren, Yingying Hong, Xiaorong Liu, Yunyang Zhao, Dang Wang, Guiqing Peng, Shaobo Xiao
Porcine deltacoronavirus (PDCoV) has recently emerged as an enteric pathogen that can cause serious vomiting and diarrhea in suckling piglets. The first outbreak of PDCoV occurred in the United States in 2014 and was followed by reports of PDCoV in South Korea, China, Thailand, Lao people's Democratic Republic, and Vietnam, leading to economic losses for pig farms and posing considerable threat to the swine industry worldwide. Our previous studies have shown that PDCoV encodes three accessory proteins, NS6, NS7, and NS7a, but the functions of these proteins in viral replication, pathogenesis, and immune regulation remain unclear...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769344/efficient-delivery-of-hcmv-t-cell-antigens-by-attenuated-sendai-virus-vectors
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Richard Kiener, Markus Fleischmann, Marian Alexander Wiegand, Niels A W Lemmermann, Christiane Schwegler, Christine Kaufmann, Angelique Renzaho, Simone Thomas, Eva Felder, Hans Helmut Niller, Benedikt Asbach, Ralf Wagner
Human Cytomegalovirus (HCMV) represents a major cause of clinical complications during pregnancy as well as immunosuppression and the licensing of a protective HCMV vaccine remains an unmet global need. Herein, we designed and validated novel Sendai virus (SeV) vectors delivering T cell immunogens IE-1 and pp65. To enhance vector safety, we used a replication-deficient strain (rdSeV) that infects target cells in a non-productive manner while retaining viral gene expression. In this study, we explored the impact that transduction with rdSeV has on human dendritic cells (DCs) by comparing it to the parental, replication-competent Sendai virus strain (rcSeV) as well as the poxvirus strain Modified Vaccinia Ankara (MVA)...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769343/glycoprotein-3-of-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-virus-exhibits-an-unusual-hairpin-like-membrane-topology
#13
Minze Zhang, Ludwig Krabben, Fangkun Wang, Michael Veit
The glycoprotein GP3 of the Arterivirus porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) consists of a cleaved signal peptide, a highly glycosylated domain, a short hydrophobic region and an unglycosylated C-terminal domain. GP3 is supposed to form a complex with GP2 and GP4 in virus particles, but secretion of GP3 from cells has also been reported.We analyzed the membrane topology of GP3 from various PRRSV strains. A fraction of the protein is secreted from transfected cells; GP3 from PRRSV-1 strains to a greater extent than GP3 from PRRSV-2 strains...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769087/replacement-of-feline-foamy-virus-bet-by-feline-immunodeficiency-virus-vif-yields-replicative-virus-with-novel-vaccine-candidate-potential
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Carmen Ledesma-Feliciano, Sarah Hagen, Ryan Troyer, Xin Zheng, Esther Musselman, Dragana Slavkovic Lukic, Ann-Mareen Franke, Daniel Maeda, Jörg Zielonka, Carsten Münk, Guochao Wei, Sue VandeWoude, Martin Löchelt
BACKGROUND: Hosts are able to restrict viral replication to contain virus spread before adaptive immunity is fully initiated. Many viruses have acquired genes directly counteracting intrinsic restriction mechanisms. This phenomenon has led to a co-evolutionary signature for both the virus and host which often provides a barrier against interspecies transmission events. Through different mechanisms of action, but with similar consequences, spumaviral feline foamy virus (FFV) Bet and lentiviral feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) Vif counteract feline APOBEC3 (feA3) restriction factors that lead to hypermutation and degradation of retroviral DNA genomes...
May 16, 2018: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768174/hiv-1-vaccines-based-on-antibody-identification-b-cell-ontogeny-and-epitope-structure
#15
REVIEW
Peter D Kwong, John R Mascola
HIV-1 vaccine development has been stymied by an inability to induce broadly reactive neutralizing antibodies to the envelope (Env) trimer, the sole viral antigen on the virion surface. Antibodies isolated from HIV-1-infected donors, however, have been shown to recognize all major exposed regions of the prefusion-closed Env trimer, and an emerging understanding of the immunological and structural characteristics of these antibodies and the epitopes they recognize is enabling new approaches to vaccine design...
May 15, 2018: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760700/bacillus-calmette-gu%C3%A3-rin-induced-trained-immunity-is-not-protective-for-experimental-influenza-a-anhui-1-2013-h7n9-infection-in-mice
#16
Charlotte L C J de Bree, Renoud J Marijnissen, Junda M Kel, Sietske K Rosendahl Huber, Peter Aaby, Christine Stabell Benn, Marcel V W Wijnands, Dimitri A Diavatopoulos, Reinout van Crevel, Leo A B Joosten, Mihai G Netea, John Dulos
Avian influenza A of the subtype H7N9 has been responsible for almost 1,600 confirmed human infections and more than 600 deaths since its first outbreak in 2013. Although sustained human-to-human transmission has not been reported yet, further adaptations to humans in the viral genome could potentially lead to an influenza pandemic, which may have severe consequences due to the absence of pre-existent immunity to this strain at population level. Currently there is no influenza A (H7N9) vaccine available. Therefore, in case of a pandemic outbreak, alternative preventive approaches are needed, ideally even independent of the type of influenza virus outbreak...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760382/vaccine-elicited-receptor-binding-site-antibodies-neutralize-two-new-world-hemorrhagic-fever-arenaviruses
#17
Lars E Clark, Selma Mahmutovic, Donald D Raymond, Taleen Dilanyan, Takaaki Koma, John T Manning, Sundaresh Shankar, Silvana C Levis, Ana M Briggiler, Delia A Enria, Kai W Wucherpfennig, Slobodan Paessler, Jonathan Abraham
While five arenaviruses cause human hemorrhagic fevers in the Western Hemisphere, only Junin virus (JUNV) has a vaccine. The GP1 subunit of their envelope glycoprotein binds transferrin receptor 1 (TfR1) using a surface that substantially varies in sequence among the viruses. As such, receptor-mimicking antibodies described to date are type-specific and lack the usual breadth associated with this mode of neutralization. Here we isolate, from the blood of a recipient of the live attenuated JUNV vaccine, two antibodies that cross-neutralize Machupo virus with varying efficiency...
May 14, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758230/vaccination-with-uv-inactivated-nodavirus-partly-protects-european-sea-bass-against-infection-while-inducing-few-changes-in-immunity
#18
Yulema Valero, Mokrani Djamal, Elena Chaves-Pozo, Marta Arizcun, Mustapha Oumouna, José Meseguer, M Ángeles Esteban, Alberto Cuesta
Developing viral vaccines through the ultraviolet (UV) inactivation of virus is promising technique since it is straightforward and economically affordable, while the resulting viruses are capable of eliciting an adequate antiviral immune response. Nodavirus (NNV) is a devastating virus that mainly affects European sea bass juveniles and larvae, causing serious economic losses in Mediterranean aquaculture. In this work, a potential vaccine consisting on UV-inactivated NNV (iNNV) was generated and administered to healthy juveniles of European sea bass to elucidate whether it triggers the immune response and improves their survival upon challenge...
May 11, 2018: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755666/impact-of-lenalidomide-maintenance-on-the-immune-environment-of-multiple-myeloma-patients-with-low-tumor-burden-after-autologous-stem-cell-transplantation
#19
Karel Fostier, Jo Caers, Nathalie Meuleman, Katrijn Broos, Jurgen Corthals, Kris Thielemans, Rik Schots, Brenda De Keersmaecker
Lenalidomide is a potent anti-myeloma drug with immunomodulatory properties. It is increasingly used in a low-dose maintenance setting to prolong remission duration after standard treatment. Data on the in vivo effects of lenalidomide are scarce and sometimes different from the well-described in vitro effects. We therefore evaluated the numerical, phenotypical and functional impact of lenalidomide maintenance on several immune cell types in a cohort of seventeen homogeneously treated myeloma patients achieving a low residual myeloma burden after a bortezomib based-induction followed by autologous stem cell transplantation...
April 17, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755452/influenza-virus-a-master-tactician-in-innate-immune-evasion-and-novel-therapeutic-interventions
#20
REVIEW
Alan Chen-Yu Hsu
Influenza is a contagion that has plagued mankind for many decades, and continues to pose concerns every year, with millions of infections globally. The frequent mutations and recombination of the influenza A virus (IAV) cast a looming threat that antigenically novel strains/subtypes will rise with unpredictable pathogenicity and fear of it evolving into a pandemic strain. There have been four major influenza pandemics, since the beginning of twentieth century, with the great 1918 pandemic being the most severe, killing more than 50 million people worldwide...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
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