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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624190/expression-of-herpes-simplex-virus-thymidine-kinase-ganciclovir-by-rna-trans-splicing-induces-selective-killing-of-hiv-producing-cells
#1
Carin K Ingemarsdotter, Sushmita Poddar, Sarah Mercier, Volker Patzel, Andrew M L Lever
Antiviral strategies targeting hijacked cellular processes are less easily evaded by the virus than viral targets. If selective for viral functions, they can have a high therapeutic index. We used RNA trans-splicing to deliver the herpes simplex virus thymidine kinase-ganciclovir (HSV-tk/GCV) cell suicide system into HIV-producing cells. Using an extensive in silico bioinformatics and RNA structural analysis approach, ten HIV RNA trans-splicing constructs were designed targeting eight different HIV splice donor or acceptor sites and were tested in cells expressing HIV...
June 16, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606917/quantitative-temporal-viromics-of-an-inducible-hiv-1-model-yields-insight-to-global-host-targets-and-phospho-dynamics-associated-with-vpr
#2
John D Lapek, Mary K Lewinski, Jacob M Wozniak, John Guatelli, David J Gonzalez
The mechanisms by which human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) circumvents and coopts cellular machinery to replicate and persist in cells are not fully understood. HIV accessory proteins play key roles in the HIV life cycle by altering host pathways that are often dependent on post-translational modifications (PTMs). Thus, the identification of HIV accessory protein host targets and their PTM status is critical to fully understand how HIV invades, avoids detection and replicates to spread infection. To date, a comprehensive characterization of HIV accessory protein host targets and modulation of their PTM status does not exist...
June 12, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600226/screening-for-small-molecule-inhibitors-of-hiv-1-gag-expression
#3
Ahalya Balachandran, Alan Cochrane
The control of RNA processing plays an important role in the nature and quantity of protein generated from mammalian genes. Consequently, efforts to manipulate RNA processing have the capacity to significantly impact gene function. Although multiple strategies have been developed to alter splice site selection using oligonucleotide occlusion of splice sites or splicing regulatory elements, systemic delivery of such agents remains problematic. Outlined in this chapter is a protocol to screen for small molecule inhibitors of HIV-1 Gag expression that have been subsequently determined to modulate viral RNA processing...
June 17, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550974/eliminating-hiv-1-packaging-sequences-from-lentiviral-vector-proviruses-enhances-safety-and-expedites-gene-transfer-for-gene-therapy
#4
Conrad A Vink, John R Counsell, Dany P Perocheau, Rajvinder Karda, Suzanne M K Buckley, Martijn H Brugman, Melanie Galla, Axel Schambach, Tristan R McKay, Simon N Waddington, Steven J Howe
Lentiviral vector genomic RNA requires sequences that partially overlap wild-type HIV-1 gag and env genes for packaging into vector particles. These HIV-1 packaging sequences constitute 19.6% of the wild-type HIV-1 genome and contain functional cis elements that potentially compromise clinical safety. Here, we describe the development of a novel lentiviral vector (LTR1) with a unique genomic structure designed to prevent transfer of HIV-1 packaging sequences to patient cells, thus reducing the total HIV-1 content to just 4...
May 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529033/high-throughput-characterization-of-hiv-1-reservoir-reactivation-using-a-single-cell-in-droplet-pcr-assay
#5
Robert W Yucha, Kristen S Hobbs, Emily Hanhauser, Louise E Hogan, Wildaliz Nieves, Mehmet O Ozen, Fatih Inci, Vanessa York, Erica A Gibson, Cassandra Thanh, Hadi Shafiee, Rami El Assal, Maja Kiselinova, Yvonne P Robles, Helen Bae, Kaitlyn S Leadabrand, ShuQi Wang, Steven G Deeks, Daniel R Kuritzkes, Utkan Demirci, Timothy J Henrich
Reactivation of latent viral reservoirs is on the forefront of HIV-1 eradication research. However, it is unknown if latency reversing agents (LRAs) increase the level of viral transcription from cells producing HIV RNA or harboring transcriptionally-inactive (latent) infection. We therefore developed a microfluidic single-cell-in-droplet (scd)PCR assay to directly measure the number of CD4(+) T cells that produce unspliced (us)RNA and multiply spliced (ms)RNA following ex vivo latency reversal with either an histone deacetylase inhibitor (romidepsin) or T cell receptor (TCR) stimulation...
May 4, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446664/analysis-of-competing-hiv-1-splice-donor-sites-uncovers-a-tight-cluster-of-splicing-regulatory-elements-within-exon-2-2b
#6
Anna-Lena Brillen, Lara Walotka, Frank Hillebrand, Lisa Müller, Marek Widera, Stephan Theiss, Heiner Schaal
The HIV-1 accessory protein Vif is essential for viral replication by counteracting the host restriction factor APOBEC3G (A3G), and balanced levels of both proteins are required for efficient viral replication. Non-coding exons 2/2b contain the Vif start codon between their alternatively used splice donors 2 and 2b (D2 and D2b). For the vif mRNA, intron 1 must be removed, while intron 2 must be retained. Thus, splice acceptor 1 (A1) must be activated by U1 snRNP binding to either D2 or D2b, while splicing at D2 or D2b must be prevented...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422315/regulation-of-the-alternative-splicing-and-function-of-cyclin-t1-by-the-serine-arginine-rich-protein-asf-sf2
#7
Jieqiong Zhou, Guozhen Gao, Panpan Hou, Chun-Mei Li, Deyin Guo
Positive transcription elongation factor-b (P-TEFb) is required for the release of RNA polymerase II (RNAPII) from its pause near the gene promoters and thus for efficient proceeding to the transcription elongation. It consists of two core subunits-CDK9 and one of T-typed or K-typed cyclin, of which, cyclin T1/CDK9 is the major and most studied combination. We have previously identified a novel splice variant of cyclin T1, cyclin T1b, which negatively regulates the transcription elongation of HIV-1 genes as well as several host genes...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379444/a-dead-box-protein-acts-through-rna-to-promote-hiv-1-rev-rre-assembly
#8
Rajan Lamichhane, John A Hammond, Raymond F Pauszek, Rae M Anderson, Ingemar Pedron, Edwin van der Schans, James R Williamson, David P Millar
The HIV-1 Rev protein activates nuclear export of unspliced and partially spliced viral RNA transcripts, which encode the viral genome and the genes encoding viral structural proteins, by binding to and oligomerizing on the Rev Response Element (RRE). The human DEAD-box protein 1 (DDX1) enhances the RNA export activity of Rev through an unknown mechanism. Using a single-molecule assembly assay and various DDX1 mutants, we show that DDX1 acts through the RRE RNA to specifically accelerate the nucleation step of the Rev-RRE assembly process...
May 5, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250115/viral-epitranscriptomics
#9
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Edward M Kennedy, David G Courtney, Kevin Tsai, Bryan R Cullen
Although it has been known for over 40 years that eukaryotic mRNAs bear internal base modifications, it is only in the last 5 years that the importance of these modifications has begun to come into focus. The most common mRNA modification, the addition of a methyl group to the N(6) position of adenosine (m(6)A), has been shown to affect splicing, translation, and stability, and m(6)A is also essential for embryonic development in organisms ranging from plants to mice. While all viral transcripts examined so far have been found to be extensively m(6)A modified, the role, if any, of m(6)A in regulating viral gene expression and replication was previously unknown...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193894/rules-of-rna-specificity-of-hnrnp-a1-revealed-by-global-and-quantitative-analysis-of-its-affinity-distribution
#10
Niyati Jain, Hsuan-Chun Lin, Christopher E Morgan, Michael E Harris, Blanton S Tolbert
Heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein A1 (hnRNP A1) is a multipurpose RNA-binding protein (RBP) involved in normal and pathological RNA metabolism. Transcriptome-wide mapping and in vitro evolution identify consensus hnRNP A1 binding motifs; however, such data do not reveal how surrounding RNA sequence and structural context modulate affinity. We determined the affinity of hnRNP A1 for all possible sequence variants (n = 16,384) of the HIV exon splicing silencer 3 (ESS3) 7-nt apical loop. Analysis of the affinity distribution identifies the optimal motif 5'-YAG-3' and shows how its copy number, position in the loop, and loop structure modulate affinity...
February 28, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153748/a-dead-box-helicase-mediates-an-rna-structural-transition-in-the-hiv-1-rev-response-element
#11
John A Hammond, Rajan Lamichhane, David P Millar, James R Williamson
Nuclear export of partially spliced or unspliced HIV-1 RNA transcripts requires binding of the viral protein regulator of expression of virion (Rev) to the Rev response element (RRE) and subsequent oligomerization in a cooperative manner. Cellular DEAD-box helicase DEAD-box protein 1 (DDX1) plays a role in HIV replication, interacting with and affecting Rev-containing HIV transcripts in vivo, interacting directly with the RRE and Rev in vitro, and promoting Rev oligomerization in vitro. Binding of DDX1 results in enhancement of Rev oligomerization on the RRE that is correlated with an RNA structural change within the RRE that persists even after dissociation of DDX1...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122580/identification-of-small-molecule-modulators-of-hiv-1-tat-and-rev-protein-accumulation
#12
Ahalya Balachandran, Raymond Wong, Peter Stoilov, Sandy Pan, Benjamin Blencowe, Peter Cheung, P Richard Harrigan, Alan Cochrane
BACKGROUND: HIV-1 replication is critically dependent upon controlled processing of its RNA and the activities provided by its encoded regulatory factors Tat and Rev. A screen of small molecule modulators of RNA processing identified several which inhibited virus gene expression, affecting both relative abundance of specific HIV-1 RNAs and the levels of Tat and Rev proteins. RESULTS: The screen for small molecules modulators of HIV-1 gene expression at the post-transcriptional level identified three (a pyrimidin-7-amine, biphenylcarboxamide, and benzohydrazide, designated 791, 833, and 892, respectively) that not only reduce expression of HIV-1 Gag and Env and alter the accumulation of viral RNAs, but also dramatically decrease Tat and Rev levels...
January 26, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077653/characterizing-hiv-1-splicing-by-using-next-generation-sequencing
#13
Ann Emery, Shuntai Zhou, Elizabeth Pollom, Ronald Swanstrom
Full-length human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) RNA serves as the genome or as an mRNA, or this RNA undergoes splicing using four donors and 10 acceptors to create over 50 physiologically relevant transcripts in two size classes (1.8 kb and 4 kb). We developed an assay using Primer ID-tagged deep sequencing to quantify HIV-1 splicing. Using the lab strain NL4-3, we found that A5 (env/nef) is the most commonly used acceptor (about 50%) and A3 (tat) the least used (about 3%). Two small exons are made when a splice to acceptor A1 or A2 is followed by activation of donor D2 or D3, and the high-level use of D2 and D3 dramatically reduces the amount of vif and vpr transcripts...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003477/argonaute-proteins-regulate-hiv-1-multiply-spliced-rna-and-viral-production-in-a-dicer-independent-manner
#14
Agathe Eckenfelder, Emmanuel Ségéral, Natalia Pinzón, Damien Ulveling, Céline Amadori, Marine Charpentier, Sabine Nidelet, Jean-Paul Concordet, Jean-François Zagury, Jean-Christophe Paillart, Clarisse Berlioz-Torrent, Hervé Seitz, Stéphane Emiliani, Sarah Gallois-Montbrun
Argonaute (Ago) proteins associate with microRNAs (miRNAs) to form the core of the RNA-induced silencing complex (RISC) that mediates post-transcriptional gene silencing of target mRNAs. As key players in anti-viral defense, Ago proteins are thought to have the ability to interact with human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) RNA. However, the role of this interaction in regulating HIV-1 replication has been debated. Here, we used high throughput sequencing of RNA isolated by cross-linking immunoprecipitation (HITS-CLIP) to explore the interaction between Ago2 and HIV-1 RNA in infected cells...
April 20, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940419/novel-clk1-inhibitors-based-on-n-aryloxazol-2-amine-skeleton-a-possible-way-to-dual-vegfr2-tk-clk-ligands
#15
Miroslav Murár, Juraj Dobiaš, Peter Šramel, Gabriela Addová, Gilles Hanquet, Andrej Boháč
BACKGROUND: Inhibitors of CLK protein kinases suppress cell growth and induce apoptosis by modulating pre-mRNA splicing in cancer. CLK family kinases are also involved in alternative splicing and RNA processing in Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Alzheimer's disease, HIV-1, and influenza virus. Small inhibitors are valuable tools for better understanding the molecular mechanisms of splicing and may serve as seeds for a novel class of therapeutics. ACHIEVEMENTS: Here we describe a discovery of four novel CLK1 inhibitors possessing N-aryloxazol-2-amine skeleton...
January 27, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928057/modulation-of-the-splicing-regulatory-function-of-srsf10-by-a-novel-compound-that-impairs-hiv-1-replication
#16
Lulzim Shkreta, Marco Blanchette, Johanne Toutant, Emmanuelle Wilhelm, Brendan Bell, Benjamin A Story, Ahalya Balachandran, Alan Cochrane, Peter K Cheung, P Richard Harrigan, David S Grierson, Benoit Chabot
We recently identified the 4-pyridinone-benzisothiazole carboxamide compound 1C8 as displaying strong anti-HIV-1 potency against a variety of clinical strains in vitro. Here we show that 1C8 decreases the expression of HIV-1 and alters splicing events involved in the production of HIV-1 mRNAs. Although 1C8 was designed to be a structural mimic of the fused tetracyclic indole compound IDC16 that targets SRSF1, it did not affect the splice site shifting activity of SRSF1. Instead, 1C8 altered splicing regulation mediated by SRSF10...
April 20, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920203/a-highly-active-isoform-of-lentivirus-restriction-factor-samhd1-in-mouse
#17
Nicolin Bloch, Sabine Gläsker, Poojitha Sitaram, Henning Hofmann, Caitlin N Shepard, Megan L Schultz, Baek Kim, Nathaniel R Landau
The triphosphohydrolase SAMHD1 (sterile α motif and histidine-aspartate domain-containing protein 1) restricts HIV-1 replication in nondividing myeloid cells by depleting the dNTP pool, preventing reverse transcription. SAMHD1 is also reported to have ribonuclease activity that degrades the virus genomic RNA. Human SAMHD1 is regulated by phosphorylation of its carboxyl terminus at Thr-592, which abrogates its antiviral function yet has only a small effect on its phosphohydrolase activity. In the mouse, SAMHD1 is expressed as two isoforms (ISF1 and ISF2) that differ at the carboxyl terminus due to alternative splicing of the last coding exon...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914932/detection-of-human-immunodeficiency-virus-rnas-in-living-cells-using-spinach-rna-aptamers
#18
Brandon D Burch, Carolina Garrido, David M Margolis
Many techniques currently used to measure HIV RNA production in cells suffer from limitations that include high background signal or the potential to destroy cellular context. Fluorophore-binding RNA aptamers offer the potential for visualizing RNAs directly in living cells with minimal cellular perturbation. We inserted a sequence encoding a fluorophore-binding RNA aptamer, known as Spinach, into the HIV genome such that predicted RNA secondary structures in both Spinach and HIV were preserved. Chimeric HIV-Spinach RNAs were functionally validated in vitro by testing their ability to enhance the fluorescence of a conditional fluorophore (DFHBI), which specifically binds Spinach...
January 15, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911724/control-of-hiv-1-gene-expression-by-sr-proteins
#19
REVIEW
Charlotte Mahiet, Chad M Swanson
Cellular proteins are required for all steps of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) gene expression including transcription, splicing, 3'-end formation/polyadenylation, nuclear export and translation. SR proteins are a family of cellular RNA-binding proteins that regulate and functionally integrate multiple steps of gene expression. Specific SR proteins are best characterised for regulating HIV-1 RNA splicing by binding specific locations in the viral RNA, though recently they have also been shown to control transcription, 3'-end formation, and translation...
October 15, 2016: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27721439/hiv-1-vpr-n-terminal-tagging-affects-alternative-splicing-of-the-viral-genome
#20
Ann Baeyens, Evelien Naessens, Anouk Van Nuffel, Karin E Weening, Anne-Marie Reilly, Eva Claeys, Wim Trypsteen, Linos Vandekerckhove, Sven Eyckerman, Kris Gevaert, Bruno Verhasselt
To facilitate studies on Vpr function in replicating HIV-1, we aimed to tag the protein in an infectious virus. First we showed that N-, but not C-terminal HA/FLAG tagging of Vpr protein preserves Vpr cytopathicity. Cloning the tags into proviral DNA however ablated viral production and replication. By construction of additional viral variants we could show this defect was not protein- but RNA-dependent and sequence specific, and characterized by oversplicing of the genomic RNA. Simulation of genomic RNA folding suggested that introduction of the tag sequence induced an alternative folding structure in a region enriched in splice sites and splicing regulatory sequences...
October 10, 2016: Scientific Reports
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