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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160817/impact-of-high-dose-multi-strain-probiotic-supplementation-on-neurocognitive-performance-and-central-nervous-system-immune-activation-of-hiv-1-infected-individuals
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Giancarlo Ceccarelli, Jason M Brenchley, Eugenio Nelson Cavallari, Giuseppe Corano Scheri, Mariangela Fratino, Claudia Pinacchio, Ivan Schietroma, Saeid Najafi Fard, Carolina Scagnolari, Ivano Mezzaroma, Vincenzo Vullo, Gabriella d'Ettorre
BACKGROUND: Gut microbiota has metabolic activity which influences mucosal homeostasis, local and systemic immune responses, and other anatomical systems (i.e., brain). The effects of dysbiosis are still poorly studied in Human Immunodeficiency Virus-1 (HIV-1) positive subjects and insufficient data are available on the impairment of the gut-brain axis, despite neurocognitive disorders being commonly diagnosed in these patients. This study evaluated the impact of a probiotic supplementation strategy on intrathecal immune activation and cognitive performance in combined antiretroviral therapy (cART) treated HIV-1 infected subjects...
November 21, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149022/pyogenic-brain-abscess-caused-by-peptostreptococcus-in-a-patient-with-hiv-1-infection
#2
Jose Armando Gonzales Zamora, Luis Alberto Espinoza
In the setting of HIV, cerebral lesions are usually secondary to lymphoma and opportunistic infections; however, in patients with CD4 counts above 200 cells/uL, other pathologies such as pyogenic brain abscess could gain importance. The microbiology of pyogenic brain abscess has Staphylococcus and Streptococcus as the leading etiologic pathogens in immunocompetent individuals. Peptostreptococcus is also recognized as a common cause of brain abscess in this patient population. In HIV-infected individuals, there have been sporadic reports of Peptostreptococcus infections but none of brain abscess...
November 17, 2017: Diseases (Basel)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147860/18f-fdg-pet-ct-in-primary-brain-lymphoma
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Domenico Albano, Giovanni Bosio, Mattia Bertoli, Raffaele Giubbini, Francesco Bertagna
The actual role of 18F-FDG PET/CT in evaluating primary brain lymphoma is still an open issue. Brain lymphoma usually show elevated 18F-FDG uptake, often higher than other brain tumors or inflammatory processes, but the metabolic behavior of this lymphoma is not still understood. Our aim was to investigate the particular metabolic behavior of this lymphoma. Forty six patients (21 female, 25 male) with histologically-confirmed brain lymphoma who underwent 18F-FDG PET/CT from vertex to the mid-thigh for initial staging were retrospectively evaluated...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143286/doxycycline-inducible-and-astrocyte-specific-hiv-1-tat-transgenic-mice-itat-as-an-hiv-neuroaids-model
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Dianne Langford, Byung Oh Kim, Wei Zou, Yan Fan, Pejman Rahimain, Ying Liu, Johnny J He
HIV-1 Tat is known to be neurotoxic and important for HIV/neuroAIDS pathogenesis. However, the overwhelming majority of the studies involved use of recombinant Tat protein. To understand the contributions of Tat protein to HIV/neuroAIDS and the underlying molecular mechanisms of HIV-1 Tat neurotoxicity in the context of a whole organism and independently of HIV-1 infection, a doxycycline-inducible astrocyte-specific HIV-1 Tat transgenic mouse (iTat) was created. Tat expression in the brains of iTat mice was determined to be in the range of 1-5 ng/ml and led to astrocytosis, loss of neuronal dendrites, and neuroinflammation...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Neurovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142315/hiv-1-counteracts-an-innate-restriction-by-amyloid-precursor-protein-resulting-in-neurodegeneration
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Qingqing Chai, Vladimir Jovasevic, Viacheslav Malikov, Yosef Sabo, Scott Morham, Derek Walsh, Mojgan H Naghavi
While beta-amyloid (Aβ), a classic hallmark of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and dementia, has long been known to be elevated in the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1)-infected brain, why and how Aβ is produced, along with its contribution to HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder (HAND) remains ill-defined. Here, we reveal that the membrane-associated amyloid precursor protein (APP) is highly expressed in macrophages and microglia, and acts as an innate restriction against HIV-1. APP binds the HIV-1 Gag polyprotein, retains it in lipid rafts and blocks HIV-1 virion production and spread...
November 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131878/association-of-brain-structure-changes-and-cognitive-function-with-combination-antiretroviral-therapy-in-hiv-positive-individuals
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Ryan Sanford, Lesley K Fellows, Beau M Ances, D Louis Collins
Importance: Despite the introduction of combination antiretroviral therapy (cART), HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders continue to be a problem for treated HIV-positive individuals. The cause of this impairment remains unclear. Objective: To determine if detectable brain changes occur during a 2-year period in HIV-positive individuals who were aviremic and treated with cART. Design, Setting, and Participants: In this longitudinal case-control study, participants underwent neuroimaging and neuropsychological assessment approximately 2 years apart...
November 13, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128906/toll-like-receptor-3-mediates-hiv-1-induced-interleukin-6-expression-in-the-human-brain-endothelium-via-tak1-and-jnk-pathways-implications-for-viral-neuropathogenesis
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Biju Bhargavan, Georgette D Kanmogne
HIV-1-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND) is associated with blood-brain-barrier (BBB) inflammation, and inflammation involves toll-like receptors (TLRs) signaling. It is not known whether primary human brain microvascular endothelial cells (HBMEC), the major BBB component, express TLRs or whether TLRs are involved in BBB dysfunction and HAND. We demonstrate that HBMEC express TLR3, 4, 5, 7, 9, and 10, and TLR3 was the most abundant. HIV-1 and TLR3 activation increased endothelial TLR3 transcription and expression...
November 11, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126299/cns-penetration-of-art-in-hiv-infected-children
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Malon Van den Hof, Charlotte Blokhuis, Sophie Cohen, Henriette J Scherpbier, Ferdinand W N M Wit, M C M Pistorius, Neeltje A Kootstra, Charlotte E Teunissen, Ron A A Mathot, Dasja Pajkrt
Background: Paediatric data on CNS penetration of antiretroviral drugs are scarce. Objectives: To evaluate CNS penetration of antiretroviral drugs in HIV-infected children and explore associations with neurocognitive function. Patients and methods: Antiretroviral drug levels were measured in paired CSF and blood samples of clinically stable HIV-infected children between 8 and 18 years old on long-term combined ART. Plasma drug concentrations were corrected for protein binding...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123467/the-role-of-sdf-1-cxcr4-cxcr7-in-neuronal-regeneration-after-cerebral-ischemia
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Xi Cheng, Huibin Wang, Xiuchun Zhang, Shanshan Zhao, Zhike Zhou, Xiaopeng Mu, Chuansheng Zhao, Weiyu Teng
Stromal cell-derived factor-1 is a chemoattractant produced by bone marrow stromal cell lines. It is recognized as a critical factor in the immune and central nervous systems (CNSs) as well as exerting a role in cancer. SDF-1 activates two G protein-coupled receptors, CXCR4 and CXCR7; these are expressed in both developing and mature CNSs and participate in multiple physiological and pathological events, e.g., inflammatory response, neurogenesis, angiogenesis, hematopoiesis, cancer metastasis, and HIV infection...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119608/synthetic-aav-crispr-vectors-for-blocking-hiv-1-expression-in-persistently-infected-astrocytes
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Christine Kunze, Kathleen Börner, Eike Kienle, Tanja Orschmann, Ejona Rusha, Martha Schneider, Milena Radivojkov-Blagojevic, Micha Drukker, Sabrina Desbordes, Dirk Grimm, Ruth Brack-Werner
Astrocytes, the most abundant cells in the mammalian brain, perform key functions and are involved in several neurodegenerative diseases. The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) can persist in astrocytes, contributing to the HIV burden and neurological dysfunctions in infected individuals. While a comprehensive approach to HIV cure must include the targeting of HIV-1 in astrocytes, dedicated tools for this purpose are still lacking. Here we report a novel Adeno-associated virus-based vector (AAV9P1) with a synthetic surface peptide for transduction of astrocytes...
November 9, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118121/hiv-1-r5-macrophage-tropic-envelope-glycoprotein-trimers-bind-cd4-with-high-affinity-while-the-cd4-binding-site-on-non-macrophage-tropic-t-tropic-r5-envelopes-is-occluded
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Briana Quitadamo, Paul J Peters, Alexander Repik, Olivia O'Connell, Zhongming Mou, Matthew Koch, Mohan Somasundaran, Robin Brody, Katherine Luzuriaga, Aaron Wallace, Shixia Wang, Shan Lu, Sean McCauley, Jeremy Luban, Maria Duenas-Decamp, Maria Paz Gonzalez-Perez, Paul Clapham
HIV-1 R5 viruses exploit CCR5 as a coreceptor to infect both T-cells and macrophages. R5 viruses that are transmitted or derived from immune tissue and peripheral blood are mainly inefficient at mediating infection of macrophages. In contrast, highly macrophage-tropic R5 viruses predominate in brain tissue and can be detected in cerebral spinal fluid, but are infrequent in immune tissue or blood even in late disease. These mac-tropic R5 variants carry envelope glycoproteins (Envs) adapted to exploit low levels of CD4 on macrophages to induce infection...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114997/in-vitro-modeling-of-hiv-proviral-activity-in-microglia
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Lee A Campbell, Christopher T Richie, Yajun Zhang, Emily J Heathward, Lamarque M Coke, Emily Y Park, Brandon K Harvey
Microglia, the resident macrophages of the brain, play a key role in the pathogenesis of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND) due to their productive infection by HIV. This results in the release of neurotoxic viral proteins and pro-inflammatory compounds which negatively affect the functionality of surrounding neurons. Because models of HIV infection within the brain are limited, we aimed to create a novel microglia cell line with an integrated HIV provirus capable of recreating several hallmarks of HIV infection...
November 8, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113016/cryptococcal-dissemination-to-the-central-nervous-system-requires-the-vacuolar-calcium-transporter-pmc1
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Eamim D Squizani, Natália K Oliveira, Júlia C V Reuwsaat, Bárbara M Marques, William Lopes, Alexandra L Gerber, Ana Tereza R de Vasconcelos, Sophie Lev, Julianne T Djordjevic, Augusto Schrank, Marilene H Vainstein, Charley C Staats, Lívia Kmetzsch
Cryptococcus neoformans is a basidiomycetous yeast and the cause of cryptococcosis in immunocompromised individuals. The most severe form of the disease is meningoencephalitis, which is one of the leading cause of death in HIV/AIDS patients. In order to access the central nervous system (CNS), C. neoformans relies on the activity of certain virulence factors such as urease, which allows transmigration through the blood-brain barrier (BBB). In the present study, we demonstrate that the calcium transporter Pmc1 enables C...
November 7, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111178/dose-dependent-neurocognitive-deficits-following-postnatal-day-10-hiv-1-viral-protein-exposure-relationship-to-hippocampal-anatomy-parameters
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Sylvia Fitting, Kristen A McLaurin, Rosemarie M Booze, Charles F Mactutus
Despite the availability of antiretroviral prophylactic treatment, pediatric human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) continues to be a significant risk factor in the post-cART era. The time of infection (i.e., during pregnancy, delivery or breastfeeding) may play a role in the development of neurocognitive deficits in pediatric HIV-1. HIV-1 viral protein exposure on postnatal day (P)1, preceding the postnatal brain growth spurt in rats, had deleterious effects on neurocognitive development and anatomical parameters of the hippocampus (Fitting et al...
October 27, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29110194/white-matter-fiber-bundle-lengths-are-shorter-in-cart-naive-hiv-an-analysis-of-quantitative-diffusion-tractography-in-south-africa
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Jodi M Heaps-Woodruff, John Joska, Ryan Cabeen, Laurie M Baker, Lauren E Salminen, Jacqueline Hoare, David H Laidlaw, Rachel Wamser-Nanney, Chun-Zi Peng, Susan Engelbrecht, Soraya Seedat, Dan J Stein, Robert H Paul
This study examines white matter microstructure using quantitative tractography diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (qtdMRI) in HIV+ individuals from South Africa who were naïve or early in the initiation of antiretroviral therapy. Fiber bundle length (FBL) metrics, generated from qtdMRI, for whole brain and six white matter tracts of interest (TOI) were assessed for 135 HIV+ and 21 HIV- individuals. The association between FBL metrics, measures of disease burden, and neuropsychological performance were also investigated...
November 6, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097412/brain-structural-changes-following-hiv-infection-meta-analysis
#16
E E O'Connor, Timothy A Zeffiro, Thomas A Zeffiro
BACKGROUND: Numerous studies have used structural neuroimaging to measure HIV effects on brain macroarchitecture. While many have reported changes in total brain volume, gray matter volume, white matter volume, CSF volume, and basal ganglia volume following HIV infection, quantitative inconsistencies observed across studies are large. PURPOSE: Our aim was to evaluate the consistency and temporal stability of serostatus effects on a range of structural neuroimaging measures...
November 2, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29090376/aging-alters-voltage-gated-calcium-channels-in-prefrontal-cortex-pyramidal-neurons-in-the-hiv-brain
#17
Christina E Khodr, Lihua Chen, Lena Al-Harthi, Xiu-Ti Hu
We assessed firing and voltage-gated Ca(2+) influx in medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) pyramidal neurons from older (12 months old) HIV-1 transgenic (Tg) rats. We found that neurons from older Tg rats showed increased firing compared to non-Tg rats, but Ca(2+) spikes were unchanged. However, stronger excitatory stimulation was needed to evoke Ca(2+) spikes, which was associated with reduced mPFC Cav1.2 L-type Ca(2+) channel (L-channel) protein. In contrast, L-channel protein was unaltered in younger (6-7 weeks old) Tg rats, which we previously found had enhanced neuronal Ca(2+) influx...
October 31, 2017: Journal of Neurovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29075998/transgenic-mice-expressing-hiv-1-envelope-protein-gp120-in-the-brain-as-an-animal-model-in-neuroaids-research
#18
Victoria E Thaney, Ana B Sanchez, Jerel A Fields, Arpi Minassian, Jared W Young, Ricky Maung, Marcus Kaul
HIV-1 infection causes injury to the central nervous system (CNS) and is often associated with neurocognitive disorders. One model for brain damage seen in AIDS patients is the transgenic (tg) mouse expressing a soluble envelope protein gp120 of HIV-1 LAV in the brain in astrocytes under the control of the promoter of glial fibrillary acidic protein. These GFAP-gp120tg mice manifest several key neuropathological features observed in AIDS brains, such as decreased synaptic and dendritic density, increased numbers of activated microglia, and pronounced astrocytosis...
October 26, 2017: Journal of Neurovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29075249/human-endogenous-retrovirus-k-and-tdp-43-expression-bridges-als-and-hiv-neuropathology
#19
Renée N Douville, Avindra Nath
Despite the repetitive association of endogenous retroviruses in human disease, the mechanisms behind their pathological contributions remain to be resolved. Here we discuss how neuronal human endogenous retrovirus-K (HERV-K) expression in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected individuals is a distinct pathological aspect of HIV-associated neurological conditions, such as HIV encephalitis and HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders. Enhanced neuronal HERV-K levels were observed in the majority of HIV-infected individuals, and to a higher degree in brain tissue marked by HIV replication...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29074839/acute-onset-vascular-dementia-with-bi-thalamic-infarct-in-an-hiv-positive-subject
#20
Léonard Kouamé Kouassi, Mariam Doumbia-Ouattara
BACKGROUND Bi-thalamic infarctions are rare and marked by clinical polymorphism. Their association with HIV has never been reported. CASE REPORT We report a 51-year-old right-handed man with no medical history, who presented an acute onset vascular dementia associated with an antero-retrograde amnesia, a word-finding difficulty, and a dysexecutive syndrome. The CT scan was normal. Brain MRI revealed a paramedian and bi-thalamic infarction, evoking an occlusion of the Percheron artery. The electrocardiogram, transthoracic and transesophageal cardiac ultrasound, and Doppler echo of cervical arteries gave normal results...
October 27, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
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