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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087147/immune-responses-to-in-ovo-vaccine-formulations-containing-inactivated-fowl-adenovirus-8b-with-poly-di-sodium-carboxylatoethylphenoxy-phosphazene-pcep-and-avian-beta-defensin-as-adjuvants-in-chickens
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Mishal Sarfraz, Muhammed Suleman, Suresh K Tikoo, Colette Wheler, Andrew A Potter, Volker Gerdts, Arshud Dar
Inclusion body hepatitis (IBH) is one of the major viral infections causing substantial economic loss to the global poultry industry. The disease is characterized by a sudden onset of mortality (2-30%) and high morbidity (60-70%). IBH is caused by a number of serotypes of fowl adenovirus with substantially low levels of serotype cross protection. Thus far, there is no effective and safe vaccine commercially available in the North America for the control of IBH in chickens. Poly[di(sodium carboxylatoethylphenoxy)]phosphazene (PCEP) is a high molecular weight, biodegradable water soluble polymer that has been well characterized as a safe and effective adjuvant for a number of experimental veterinary vaccines...
January 10, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081485/the-elucidation-of-non-classical-mhc-class-ii-antigen-processing-through-the-study-of-viral-antigens
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REVIEW
Asha Purnima Veerappan Ganesan, Laurence C Eisenlohr
By convention, CD4(+) T cells are activated predominantly by Major Histocompatibility Complex class II-bound peptides derived from extracellular (exogenous) antigens. It has been known for decades that alternative sources of antigen, particularly those synthesized within the antigen-presenting cell, can also supply peptides but the impact on TCD4+ responses, sometimes considerable, has only recently become appreciated. This review focuses on the contributions that studies of viral antigen have made to this shift in perspective, concluding with discussions of relevance to rational vaccine design, autoimmunity and cancer immunotherapy...
January 9, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081250/cutaneous-deficiency-of-filaggrin-and-stat3-exacerbates-vaccinia-disease-in-vivo
#3
Yong He, Ishrat Sultana, Kazuyo Takeda, Jennifer L Reed
RATIONALE: Defects in filaggrin and STAT3 are associated with atopic dermatitis (AD) and susceptibility to severe skin infection. METHODS: We evaluated skin infection with the current smallpox vaccine, ACAM-2000, in immunosuppressed mice with combined cutaneous deficiency in filaggrin and STAT3. In parallel, early events post-infection with ACAM-2000 were investigated in cultured keratinocytes in which filaggrin expression was knocked down via siRNA. RESULTS: Immunosuppressed, filaggrin-deficient mice, treated with the topical STAT3 inhibitor Stattic® prior to ACAM-2000 infection, demonstrated rapid weight loss, prolonged vaccinia burden in skin, and dermatitis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078770/synthetic-plant-virology-for-nanobiotechnology-and-nanomedicine
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REVIEW
John F C Steele, Hadrien Peyret, Keith Saunders, Roger Castells-Graells, Johanna Marsian, Yulia Meshcheriakova, George P Lomonossoff
Nanotechnology is a rapidly expanding field seeking to utilize nano-scale structures for a wide range of applications. Biologically derived nanostructures, such as viruses and virus-like particles (VLPs), provide excellent platforms for functionalization due to their physical and chemical properties. Plant viruses, and VLPs derived from them, have been used extensively in biotechnology. They have been characterized in detail over several decades and have desirable properties including high yields, robustness, and ease of purification...
January 11, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077659/hiv-controllers-exhibit-enhanced-frequencies-of-mhc-class-ii-tetramer-gag-specific-cd4-t-cells-in-chronic-clade-c-hiv-1-infection
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Faatima Laher, Srinika Ranasinghe, Filippos Porichis, Nikoshia Mewalal, Karyn Pretorius, Nasreen Ismail, Søren Buus, Anette Stryhn, Mary Carrington, Bruce D Walker, Thumbi Ndung'u, Zaza M Ndhlovu
: Immune control of viral infections is heavily dependent on helper CD4(+) T cell function. However, understanding the contribution of HIV-specific CD4(+) T cell responses to immune protection against HIV-1, particularly in clade C infection remains incomplete. Recently, MHC class II tetramers have emerged as a powerful tool for interrogating antigen specific CD4(+) T cells without relying on effector functions. Here, we defined the MHC class II alleles for immunodominant Gag CD4(+) T cell epitopes in clade C virus infection, constructed MHC class II tetramers, and then used these to define the magnitude, function, and relation to viral load of HIV-specific CD4(+) T cell responses in a cohort of untreated HIV clade C infected persons...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077656/hierarchical-and-redundant-roles-of-activating-fc%C3%AE-rs-in-protection-against-influenza-disease-by-m2e-specific-igg1-and-igg2a-antibodies
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Silvie Van den Hoecke, Katrin Ehrhardt, Annasaheb Kolpe, Karim El Bakkouri, Lei Deng, Hendrik Grootaert, Steve Schoonooghe, Anouk Smet, Mostafa Bentahir, Kenny Roose, Michael Schotsaert, Bert Schepens, Nico Callewaert, Falk Nimmerjahn, Peter Staeheli, Hartmut Hengel, Xavier Saelens
: The ectodomain of matrix protein 2 is a universal influenza A vaccine candidate that provides protection through antibody-dependent effector mechanisms. Here we compared the functional engagement of Fcγ Receptor family members by two M2e-specific monoclonal antibodies: mAb 37 (IgG1) and mAb 65 (IgG2a), which recognize a similar epitope in M2e with similar affinity. Binding of mAb 65 to influenza A virus-infected cells triggered all three activating mouse Fcγ receptors in vitro, whereas mAb 37 only activated FcγRIII...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077654/neutralization-of-diverse-human-cytomegalovirus-strains-conferred-by-antibodies-targets-viral-gh-gl-pul128-131-pentameric-complex
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Sha Ha, Fengsheng Li, Matthew C Troutman, Daniel C Freed, Aimin Tang, John W Loughney, Dai Wang, I-Ming Wang, Josef Vlasak, David C Nickle, Richard R Rustandi, Melissa Hamm, Pete A DePhillips, Ningyan Zhang, Jason S McLellan, Hua Zhu, Stuart P Adler, Michael A McVoy, Zhiqiang An, Tong-Ming Fu
: Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is the leading cause of congenital viral infection and developing a prophylactic vaccine is of high priority to public health. We recently reported a replication-defective human cytomegalovirus with restored pentameric complex gH/gL/pUL128-131 for prevention of congenital HCMV infection. While the quantity of vaccine-induced antibody responses can be measured in a viral neutralization assay, assessing the quality of such responses, including the ability of vaccine-induced antibodies to cross neutralize the field strains of HCMV, remains a challenge...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077631/vaccine-efficacy-of-an-inactivated-chimeric-ha-h9-h5n2-avian-influenza-virus-and-its-suitability-for-the-marker-vaccine-strategy
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Se Mi Kim, Young-Il Kim, Su-Jin Park, Eun-Ha Kim, Hyeok-Il Kwon, Young-Jae Si, In-Won Lee, Min-Suk Song, Young Ki Choi
: In order to produce a dual effective vaccine against H9 and H5 avian influenza viruses that aligns with the DIVA (differentiating infected from vaccinated animals) strategy, we generated a chimeric H9/H5N2 recombinant vaccine which expressed the whole HA1 region of A/CK/Korea/04163/04 H9N2 and HA2 region of recent HPAI A/MD/Korea/W452/14 H5N8 viruses. The Chimeric H9/H5N2 virus showed similar in vitro and in vivo growth properties and virulence to the LPAI H9 influenza virus. An inactivated vaccine based on this chimeric virus induced serum neutralizing (SN) antibodies against both H9 and H5 viruses, but only induced cross-reactive hemmaglutination inhibition (HI) antibody against H9 viruses...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077588/first-in-human-evaluation-of-the-safety-and-immunogenicity-of-an-intranasally-administered-replication-competent-sendai-virus-vectored-hiv-type-1-gag-vaccine-induction-of-potent-t-cell-or-antibody-responses-in-prime-boost-regimens
#9
Julien Nyombayire, Omu Anzala, Brian Gazzard, Etienne Karita, Philip Bergin, Peter Hayes, Jakub Kopycinski, Gloria Omosa-Manyonyi, Akil Jackson, Jean Bizimana, Bashir Farah, Eddy Sayeed, Christopher L Parks, Makoto Inoue, Takashi Hironaka, Hiroto Hara, Tsugumine Shu, Tetsuro Matano, Len Dally, Burc Barin, Harriet Park, Jill Gilmour, Angela Lombardo, Jean-Louis Excler, Patricia Fast, Dagna S Laufer, Josephine H Cox
BACKGROUND:  We report the first-in-human safety and immunogenicity assessment of a prototype intranasally administered, replication-competent Sendai virus (SeV)-vectored, human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) vaccine. METHODS:  Sixty-five HIV-1-uninfected adults in Kenya, Rwanda, and the United Kingdom were assigned to receive 1 of 4 prime-boost regimens (administered at 0 and 4 months, respectively; ratio of vaccine to placebo recipients, 12:4): priming with a lower-dose SeV-Gag given intranasally, followed by boosting with an adenovirus 35-vectored vaccine encoding HIV-1 Gag, reverse transcriptase, integrase, and Nef (Ad35-GRIN) given intramuscularly (SLA); priming with a higher-dose SeV-Gag given intranasally, followed by boosting with Ad35-GRIN given intramuscularly (SHA); priming with Ad35-GRIN given intramuscularly, followed by boosting with a higher-dose SeV-Gag given intranasally (ASH); and priming and boosting with a higher-dose SeV-Gag given intranasally (SHSH)...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077444/protein-interactions-during-the-flavivirus-and-hepacivirus-life-cycle
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Gisa Gerold, Janina Bruening, Bettina Weigel, Thomas Pietschmann
Protein-protein interactions govern biological functions in cells, in the extracellular milieu and at the border between cells and extracellular space. Viruses are small intracellular parasites and thus rely on protein interactions to produce progeny inside host cells and to spread from cell to cell. Usage of host proteins by viruses can have severe consequences e.g. apoptosis, metabolic disequilibria or altered cell proliferation and mobility. Understanding protein interactions during virus infection can thus educate us on viral infection and pathogenesis mechanisms...
January 11, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076422/monoclonal-antibody-against-g-glycoprotein-increases-respiratory-syncytial-virus-clearance-in-vivo-and-prevents-vaccine-enhanced-diseases
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Hyo-Jeong Lee, Jeong-Yoon Lee, Min-Hee Park, Joo-Young Kim, Jun Chang
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common cause of lower respiratory tract illness in infants, young children, and the elderly. The G glycoprotein plays a role in host cell attachment and also modulates the host immune response, thereby inducing disease pathogenesis. We generated two monoclonal antibodies (mAbs; 5H6 and 3A5) against G protein core fragment (Gcf), which consisted of amino acid residues 131 to 230 from RSV A2 G protein. Epitope mapping study revealed that 5H6 specifically binds to the G/164-176 peptide that includes conserved sequences shared by both RSV A and B subtypes, and 3A5 binds to the G/190-204 peptide...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076415/structure-and-recognition-of-a-novel-hiv-1-gp120-gp41-interface-antibody-that-caused-mper-exposure-through-viral-escape
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Constantinos Kurt Wibmer, Jason Gorman, Gabriel Ozorowski, Jinal N Bhiman, Daniel J Sheward, Debra H Elliott, Julie Rouelle, Ashley Smira, M Gordon Joyce, Nonkululeko Ndabambi, Aliaksandr Druz, Mangai Asokan, Dennis R Burton, Mark Connors, Salim S Abdool Karim, John R Mascola, James E Robinson, Andrew B Ward, Carolyn Williamson, Peter D Kwong, Lynn Morris, Penny L Moore
A comprehensive understanding of the regions on HIV-1 envelope trimers targeted by broadly neutralizing antibodies may contribute to rational design of an HIV-1 vaccine. We previously identified a participant in the CAPRISA cohort, CAP248, who developed trimer-specific antibodies capable of neutralizing 60% of heterologous viruses at three years post-infection. Here, we report the isolation by B cell culture of monoclonal antibody CAP248-2B, which targets a novel membrane proximal epitope including elements of gp120 and gp41...
January 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075229/altered-mitochondrial-dynamics-as-a-consequence-of-venezuelan-equine-encephalitis-virus-infection
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Forrest Keck, Taryn Brooks-Faulconer, Tyler Lark, Pavitra Ravishankar, Charles Bailey, Carolina Salvador-Morales, Aarthi Narayanan
Mitochondria are sentinel organelles that are impacted by various forms of cellular stress, including viral infections. While signaling events associated with mitochondria, including those activated by pathogen associated molecular patterns (PAMPs), are widely studied, alterations in mitochondrial distribution and changes in mitochondrial dynamics are also beginning to be associated with cellular insult. Cells of neuronal origin have been demonstrated to display remarkable alterations in several instances, including neurodegenerative disorders...
January 11, 2017: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074089/antiviral-activity-of-animal-venom-peptides-and-related-compounds
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REVIEW
Élida Cleyse Gomes da Mata, Caroline Barbosa Farias Mourão, Marisa Rangel, Elisabeth Ferroni Schwartz
Viruses exhibit rapid mutational capacity to trick and infect host cells, sometimes assisted through virus-coded peptides that counteract host cellular immune defense. Although a large number of compounds have been identified as inhibiting various viral infections and disease progression, it is urgent to achieve the discovery of more effective agents. Furthermore, proportionally to the great variety of diseases caused by viruses, very few viral vaccines are available, and not all are efficient. Thus, new antiviral substances obtained from natural products have been prospected, including those derived from venomous animals...
2017: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073406/-prevention-of-mother-to-child-transmission-of-hepatitis-b-virus
#15
H Zhuang
Mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) is a major mode of hepatitis B virus (HBV) transmission, especially in high endemic areas. Administration of hepatitis B immunoglobulin (HBIG) and hepatitis B vaccine to infants at birth, followed by completion of the vaccine series, prevented approximately 95% of HBV transmission from HBsAg-positive mothers to their infants. However, immunoprophylaxis failure was still observed in 5~10% infants born to mothers with high levels of viremia. It was demonstrated that antiviral nucleot(s)ide analogues (NUCs) provided to pregnant women with high viral loads in late pregnancy further reduced MTCT...
December 20, 2016: Zhonghua Gan Zang Bing za Zhi, Zhonghua Ganzangbing Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072887/dengue-fever-in-travellers-and-risk-of-local-spreading-case-reports-from-southern-italy-and-literature-update
#16
Claudia Fabrizio, Luciana Lepore, Maria Chironna, Gioacchino Angarano, Annalisa Saracino
Dengue fever (DF), an arbovirosis caused by Dengue viruses (DV, serotypes 1-4), is responsible for an increasing number of travel-related acute febrile illnesses due to population growth, climate changes, spreading by viremic travellers, and improved laboratory diagnosis. The presence of efficient vectors (mosquito Aedes albopictus) has also been described in temperate regions including Italy which is considered the most heavily infected European country. Normally characterized by non-specific signs and symptoms, DF incidence is probably underestimated, especially in non-endemic countries, but the risk of severe forms is substantial...
January 5, 2017: New Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072498/scaling-up-hcv-treatment-to-achieve-who-targets-by-2030
#17
EDITORIAL
Graham Cooke
WHO recently launched a new strategy for tackling viral hepatitis with ambitious goals for reducing both deaths and new infections by 2030 [1]. Antiviral therapy is one only part of a multi-faceted strategy needed to tackle viral hepatitis, but for hepatitis C (HCV), the absence of an effective vaccine means that achieving these targets is going to require substantial scale-up of HCV treatment. Reaching the target of treating 80% of those in need by 2030 will require reaching at least 70 million people [2]...
January 10, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071145/bacteriophages-and-their-derivatives-for-the-treatment-and-control-of-food-producing-animal-infections
#18
Carla Carvalho, Ana Rita Costa, Filipe Silva, Ana Oliveira
Nowadays, the world is facing an increasing emergence of antibiotic resistant bacteria. Simultaneously, the banning of some existing antibiotics and the lack of development of new antimicrobials have created an urgent need to find new alternatives against animal infections. Bacteriophages (phages) are naturally occurring predators of bacteria, ubiquitous in the environment, with high host specificity and harmless to animals. For these reasons, phages and their derivatives are being considered valuable antimicrobial alternatives and an opportunity to reduce the current use of antibiotics in agri-food production, increasing animal productivity and providing environmental protection...
January 10, 2017: Critical Reviews in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069884/purification-of-zika-virus-rna-dependent-rna-polymerase-and-its-use-to-identify-small-molecule-zika-inhibitors
#19
Hong-Tao Xu, Said A Hassounah, Susan P Colby-Germinario, Maureen Oliveira, Clare Fogarty, Yudong Quan, Yingshan Han, Olga Golubkov, Ilinca Ibanescu, Bluma Brenner, Brent R Stranix, Mark A Wainberg
BACKGROUND: The viral RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp) enzymes of the Flaviviridae family are essential for viral replication and are logically important targets for development of antiviral therapeutic agents. Zika virus (ZIKV) is a rapidly re-emerging human pathogen for which no vaccine or antiviral agent is currently available. METHODS: To facilitate development of ZIKV RdRp inhibitors, we have established an RdRp assay using purified recombinant ZIKV NS5 polymerase...
January 8, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069499/precise-manipulation-of-biophysical-particle-parameters-enables-control-of-proinflammatory-cytokine-production-in-presence-of-tlr-3-and-4-ligands
#20
Yoshinori Kakizawa, Jung Seok Lee, Brendan Bell, Tarek M Fahmy
: The biophysical parameters governing nanoparticle (NP)-cell interactions significantly affect biological responses, particularly in the application of NP-based immunotherapeutics. Modulation of the surface biophysical character of NPs can be achieved via introduction of amino acids, which offer the ability to fine tune a range of biophysical parameters of interest. We employed this approach using monodisperse silica NPs coated with numerous poly(amino acid)s (PAAs). The NPs were incubated with dendritic cells (DCs) in conjunction with TLR ligands and production of IL-1β from DCs and IFNγ from T cells primed by these DCs were measured...
January 6, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
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