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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634010/lamp-1-chimeric-dna-vaccines-enhance-the-antibody-response-in-japanese-flounder-paralichthys-olivaceus
#1
Iang Rondón-Barragán, Reiko Nozaki, Ikuo Hirono, Hidehiro Kondo
DNA vaccination is one method to protect farmed fish from viral and bacterial diseases. Chimeric antigens encoded by DNA vaccines have been shown to increase the resistance to viral diseases. Here, we sequenced the gene encoding lysosome-associated membrane protein-1 from Japanese flounder, Paralichthys olivaceus, (JfLAMP-1) and assessed its use in a chimeric DNA vaccine fused with the major capsule protein (MCP) from red seabream iridovirus (RSIV). JfLAMP-1 cDNA has a length of 1248 bp encoding 415 aa, which contains transmembrane and cytoplasmic domains...
June 17, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633549/an-update-on-zika-vaccine-developments
#2
Anna Durbin, Annelies Wilder-Smith
The devastating consequences of congenital Zika virus (ZIKV) infection led to a global response directed toward a better understanding of the epidemiology and pathogenesis of ZIKV and to efforts at vaccine development. As a result, there are currently 45 ZIKV vaccine candidates in development. Areas covered: Both traditional (purified inactivated, live attenuated, viral-vectored, recombinant sub-unit) and novel (DNA, self-replicating RNA, mRNA) vaccine platforms are being utilized. For emergency use, vaccines that are appropriate for women of child-bearing age (including pregnant women) are being developed...
June 21, 2017: Expert Review of Vaccines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632911/polymer-functionalized-gold-nanoparticles-as-non-viral-gene-delivery-reagents
#3
M Mar Encabo-Berzosa, Maria Sancho-Albero, Victor Sebastian, Silvia Irusta, Manuel Arruebo, Jesus Santamaria, Pilar Martín Duque
BACKGROUND: In this study we investigated the ability of PEG functionalized gold nanoparticles as non-viral vectors in the transfection of different cell lines, comparing them with commercial lipoplexes. METHODS: Positively charged gold nanoparticles were synthesized using PEI as reducing and stabilizer agent and its cytotoxicity reduced by its functionalization with PEG. We bound the nanoparticles to three plasmids with different sizes (4-40 kpb). The vector internalization was evaluated by confocal and electronic microscopy...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Gene Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632846/suppression-of-hsp27-restores-retinal-function-and-protects-photoreceptors-from-apoptosis-in-a-light-induced-retinal-degeneration-animal-model
#4
Chih-Cheng Chien, Chi-Jung Huang, Lu-Tai Tien, Yu-Che Cheng, Chia-Ying Ke, Yih-Jing Lee
Purpose: We used a light-induced retinal degeneration animal model to investigate possible roles of heat shock protein 27 (HSP27) in retinal/photoreceptor protection. Methods: Sprague-Dawley rats were used for the light-induced retinal degeneration animal model. The histology of eye sections was observed for morphologic changes in the retina. Cell apoptosis was examined in each group using the terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nick-end labeling assay, and electroretinography was used to evaluate retinal function...
June 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630001/host-influence-in-the-genomic-composition-of-flaviviruses-a-multivariate-approach
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Diego Simón, Alvaro Fajardo, Martín Sóñora, Adriana Delfraro, Héctor Musto
Flaviviruses present substantial differences in their host range and transmissibility. We studied the evolution of base composition, dinucleotide biases, codon usage and amino acid frequencies in the genus Flavivirus within a phylogenetic framework by principal components analysis. There is a mutual interplay between the evolutionary history of flaviviruses and their respective vectors and/or hosts. Hosts associated to distinct phylogenetic groups may be driving flaviviruses at different pace and through various sequence landscapes, as can be seen for viruses associated with Aedes or Culex spp...
June 16, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629980/polymer-nanoassemblies-with-hydrophobic-pendant-groups-in-the-core-induce-false-positive-sirna-transfection-in-luciferase-reporter-assays
#6
Steven Rheiner, Derek Reichel, Piotr Rychahou, Tadahide Izumi, Hsin-Sheng Yang, Younsoo Bae
Poly(ethylene glycol)-conjugated polyethylenimine (PEG-PEI) is a widely studied cationic polymer used to develop non-viral vectors for siRNA therapy of genetic disorders including cancer. Cell lines stably expressing luciferase reporter protein typically evaluate the transfection efficacy of siRNA/PEG-PEI complexes, however recent findings revealed that PEG-PEI can reduce luciferase expression independent of siRNA. This study elucidates a cause of the false positive effect in luciferase assays by using polymer nanoassemblies (PNAs) made from PEG, PEI, poly-(L-lysine) (PLL), palmitate (PAL), and deoxycholate (DOC): PEG-PEI (2P), PEG-PEI-PAL (3P), PEG-PLL (2P'), PEG-PLL-PAL (3P'), and PEG-PEI-DOC (2PD)...
June 16, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629377/quantitative-phosphoproteome-on-the-silkworm-bombyx-mori-cells-infected-with-baculovirus
#7
Jauharotus Shobahah, Shengjie Xue, Dongbing Hu, Cui Zhao, Ming Wei, Yanping Quan, Wei Yu
BACKGROUND: Bombyx mori has become an important model organism for many fundamental studies. Bombyx mori nucleopolyhedrovirus (BmNPV) is a significant pathogen to Bombyx mori, yet also an efficient vector for recombinant protein production. A previous study indicated that acetylation plays many vital roles in several cellular processes of Bombyx mori while global phosphorylation pattern upon BmNPV infection remains elusive. METHOD: Employing tandem mass tag (TMT) labeling and phosphorylation affinity enrichment followed by high-resolution LC-MS/MS analysis and intensive bioinformatics analysis, the quantitative phosphoproteome in Bombyx mori cells infected by BmNPV at 24 hpi with an MOI of 10 was extensively examined...
June 19, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629080/efficient-megalin-targeted-delivery-to-renal-proximal-tubular-cells-mediated-by-modified-polymyxin-b-polyethylenimine-based-nano-gene-carriers
#8
Fatemeh Oroojalian, Ali Hossein Rezayan, Faramarz Mehrnejad, Azadeh Hashem Nia, Wayne Thomas Shier, Khalil Abnous, Mohammad Ramezani
Non-viral vectors have attracted great interest, as they are simple to prepare, easy to modify and relatively safe, compared to viral vectors. Kidney-targeted gene delivery systems depict a promising technology to improve drug efficacy in renal diseases treatments. In order to develop a novel kidney-targeted gene delivery system, we synthesized polyamine-PEI conjugates using polymyxin B as ligand and investigated their potential targeting efficiency. After grafting either PEI25 kDa or PEI10 kDa with polymyxin B through amidation reaction, the modified-polymyxin-PEI/DNA-nanoplexes were produced via electrostatic attraction between the cationic polymers and EGFP plasmid...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627649/hypoxia-serves-a-key-function-in-the-upregulated-expression-of-vascular-adhesion-protein%C3%A2-1-in%C3%A2-vitro-and-in-a-rat-model-of-hemorrhagic-shock
#9
Yuxing Zhang, Wei Yi, Jun Yao, Xiaojun Yu, Cheng Qian, Zhiqian Hu
Hemorrhagic shock following major trauma results in mortality, but the function of vascular adhesion protein‑1 (VAP‑1), implicated in intracranial hemorrhage, remains unknown. This study aimed to determine whether expression of the AOC3 gene and its encoded protein, VAP‑1, is altered by hypoxia. Rat hepatic sinusoidal endothelial cells (RHSECs) and rat intestinal microvascular endothelial cells (RIMECs) were transduced with a viral vector carrying AOC3, and AOC3 mRNA expression levels were measured by reverse transcription‑quantitative polymerase chain reaction...
June 8, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627251/direct-lc-ms-analysis-for-complete-characterization-of-recombinant-adeno-associated-virus-capsid-proteins
#10
Xiaoying Jin, Lin Liu, Shelley Nass, Catherine R O'Riordan, Eric Pastor, Kate Xiaokui Zhang
The requirement for robust analytical methods to support characterization of Adeno-Associated Virus (AAV) vectors is immediate, as the field advances more AAV gene therapeutics into the clinic and onto commercialization. AAV capsid proteins (VPs) are critical for viral infectivity and vector potency, thus, complete characterization of the constituent viral capsid proteins of AAV vector therapeutics, including their sequence and post-translational modifications (PTMs), is highly recommended to ensure AAV product quality and consistency...
June 18, 2017: Human Gene Therapy Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626777/long-term-efficacy-and-safety-of-insulin-and-glucokinase-gene-therapy-for-diabetes-8-year-follow-up-in-dogs
#11
Maria Luisa Jaén, Laia Vilà, Ivet Elias, Veronica Jimenez, Jordi Rodó, Luca Maggioni, Rafael Ruiz-de Gopegui, Miguel Garcia, Sergio Muñoz, David Callejas, Eduard Ayuso, Tura Ferré, Iris Grifoll, Anna Andaluz, Jesus Ruberte, Virginia Haurigot, Fatima Bosch
Diabetes is a complex metabolic disease that exposes patients to the deleterious effects of hyperglycemia on various organs. Achievement of normoglycemia with exogenous insulin treatment requires the use of high doses of hormone, which increases the risk of life-threatening hypoglycemic episodes. We developed a gene therapy approach to control diabetic hyperglycemia based on co-expression of the insulin and glucokinase genes in skeletal muscle. Previous studies proved the feasibility of gene delivery to large diabetic animals with adeno-associated viral (AAV) vectors...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624504/proinsulin-protects-against-age-related-cognitive-loss-through-anti-inflammatory-convergent-pathways
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Rubén Corpas, Alberto M Hernández-Pinto, David Porquet, Catalina Hernández-Sánchez, Fatima Bosch, Arantxa Ortega-Aznar, Francesc Comellas, Enrique J de la Rosa, Coral Sanfeliu
Brain inflammaging is increasingly considered as contributing to age-related cognitive loss and neurodegeneration. Despite intensive research in multiple models, no clinically effective pharmacological treatment has been found yet. Here, in the mouse model of brain senescence SAMP8, we tested the effects of proinsulin, a promising neuroprotective agent that was previously proven to be effective in mouse models of retinal neurodegeneration. Proinsulin is the precursor of the hormone insulin but also upholds developmental physiological effects, particularly as a survival factor for neural cells...
June 14, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624210/low-dose-gene-therapy-for-murine-pku-using-episomal-naked-dna-vectors-expressing-pah-from-its-endogenous-liver-promoter
#13
Hiu Man Grisch-Chan, Andrea Schlegel, Tanja Scherer, Gabriella Allegri, Raphael Heidelberger, Panagiota Tsikrika, Marco Schmeer, Martin Schleef, Cary O Harding, Johannes Häberle, Beat Thöny
Limited duration of transgene expression, insertional mutagenesis, and size limitations for transgene cassettes pose challenges and risk factors for many gene therapy vectors. Here, we report on physiological expression of liver phenylalanine hydroxylase (PAH) by delivery of naked DNA/minicircle (MC)-based vectors for correction of homozygous enu2 mice, a model of human phenylketonuria (PKU). Because MC vectors lack a defined size limit, we constructed a MC vector expressing a codon-optimized murine Pah cDNA that includes a truncated intron and is under the transcriptional control of a 3...
June 16, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623959/the-impact-of-wolbachia-infection-on-the-rate-of-vertical-transmission-of-dengue-virus-in-brazilian-aedes-aegypti
#14
Etiene Casagrande Pacidônio, Eric Pearce Caragata, Debora Magalhães Alves, João Trindade Marques, Luciano Andrade Moreira
BACKGROUND: Wolbachia pipientis is a common endosymbiotic bacterium of arthropods that strongly inhibits dengue virus (DENV) infection and transmission in the primary vector, the mosquito Aedes aegypti. For that reason, Wolbachia-infected Ae. aegypti are currently being released into the field as part of a novel strategy to reduce DENV transmission. However, there is evidence that DENV can be transmitted vertically from mother to progeny, and this may help the virus persist in nature in the absence of regular human transmission...
June 17, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623888/ub-isap-a-streamlined-unix-pipeline-for-mining-unique-viral-vector-integration-sites-from-next-generation-sequencing-data
#15
Atul Kamboj, Claus V Hallwirth, Ian E Alexander, Geoffrey B McCowage, Belinda Kramer
BACKGROUND: The analysis of viral vector genomic integration sites is an important component in assessing the safety and efficiency of patient treatment using gene therapy. Alongside this clinical application, integration site identification is a key step in the genetic mapping of viral elements in mutagenesis screens that aim to elucidate gene function. RESULTS: We have developed a UNIX-based vector integration site analysis pipeline (Ub-ISAP) that utilises a UNIX-based workflow for automated integration site identification and annotation of both single and paired-end sequencing reads...
June 17, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622288/optimization-of-design-and-production-strategies-for-novel-adeno-associated-viral-display-peptide-libraries
#16
J Körbelin, A Hunger, M Alawi, T Sieber, M Binder, M Trepel
Libraries displaying random peptides on the surface of adeno-associated virus (AAV) are powerful tools for the generation of target-specific gene therapy vectors. However, for unknown reasons the success rate of AAV library screenings is variable and the influence of the production procedure has not been thoroughly evaluated. During library screenings, the capsid variants with the most favorable tropism are enriched over several selection rounds on a target of choice and identified by subsequent sequencing of the encapsidated viral genomes encoding the library capsids with targeting peptide insertions...
June 16, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621436/development-of-a-cell-based-gene-therapy-approach-to-selectively-turn-off-bone-formation
#17
Pedro Alvarez-Urena, Banghe Zhu, Gabrielle Henslee, Corinne Sonnet, Eleanor Davis, Eva Sevick-Muraca, Alan Davis, Elizabeth Olmsted-Davis
Cell and gene therapy approaches are safer when they possess a system that enables the therapy to be rapidly halted. Human mesenchymal stem cells were transduced with an adenoviral vector containing the cDNA for bone morphogenetic protein 2 (AdBMP2) to induce bone formation. To make this method safer, a system to quickly kill these virally transduced cells was designed and evaluated. Cells were encapsulated inside poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate (PEG-Da) hydrogels that are able to shield the cells from immunological destruction...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620811/serological-molecular-and-clinical-correlates-of-dengue-from-a-tertiary-care-centre-in-chennai-india
#18
Vigna Seshan, Gopalsamy Sarangan, Khaleefathullah Sheriff, Kaveri Krishnasamy, Gunasekaran Palani, Padma Srikanth
Dengue disease is caused by dengue viruses 1-4 and has been ranked by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the fastest spreading vector-borne viral disease. Dengue is often underreported and misdiagnosed due to a wide spectrum of clinical manifestations. Diagnosis of dengue is based on clinical case definitions and laboratory methods. Newer case definitions of dengue have been formulated by clinical studies in order to improve case detection. Owing to its epidemic potential, mortality and morbidity, there is a need for a rapid and accurate diagnostic assay for dengue in order to help the clinician in the early detection of cases and to prevent disease progression...
June 16, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620577/population-structure-of-the-soft-tick-ornithodoros-maritimus-and-its-associated-infectious-agents-within-a-colony-of-its-seabird-host-larus-michahellis
#19
Marlene Dupraz, Céline Toty, Elodie Devillers, Thomas Blanchon, Eric Elguero, Marion Vittecoq, Sara Moutailler, Karen D McCoy
The epidemiology of vector-borne zoonoses depends on the movement of both hosts and vectors, which can differ greatly in intensity across spatial scales. Because of their life history traits and small size, vector dispersal may be frequent, but limited in distance. However, little information is available on vector movement patterns at local spatial scales, and particularly for ticks, transmitting the greatest diversity of recognized infectious agents. To test the degree to which ticks can disperse and disseminate pathogens at local scales, we investigated the temporal dynamics and population structure of the soft tick Ornithodoros maritimus within a colony of its seabird host, the Yellow-legged gull Larus michahellis...
August 2017: International Journal for Parasitology. Parasites and Wildlife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620067/allele-specific-silencing-of-mutant-mrna-rescues-ultrastructural-and-arrhythmic-phenotype-in-mice-carriers-of-the-r4496c-mutation-in-the-ryanodine-receptor-gene-ryr2
#20
Rossana Bongianino, Marco Denegri, Andrea Mazzanti, Francesco Lodola, Alessandra Vollero, Simona Boncompagni, Silvia Fasciano, Giulia Rizzo, Damiano Mangione, Serena Barbaro, Alessia Di Fonso, Carlo Napolitano, Alberto Auricchio, Feliciano Protasi, Silvia G Priori
Rationale: Mutations in the cardiac Ryanodine Receptor gene (RYR2) cause dominant Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia (CPVT), a leading cause of sudden death in apparently healthy individuals exposed to emotions or physical exercise. Objective: We investigated the efficacy of allele specific silencing by RNA interference to prevent CPVT phenotypical manifestations in our dominant CPVT mice model carriers of the heterozygous mutation R4496C in RYR2Methods and Results: We developed an in vitro mRNA and protein-based assays to screen multiple siRNAs for their ability to selectively silence mutant RYR2-R4496C mRNA over the corresponding wild-type (WT) allele...
June 15, 2017: Circulation Research
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