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Christine D Plant, Giles W Plant
Schwann cells are the primary inducers of regeneration of the peripheral nervous system. Schwann cells can be isolated from adult peripheral nerves, expanded in large numbers, and genetically transduced by viral vectors in vitro prior to their use in vivo. Here we describe how to use lentiviral vectors to transduce primary Schwann cells in vitro. We also describe how cultured Schwann cells can be used in conjunction with decellularized peripheral nerve sheaths prepared by multiple freeze thawing of peripheral nerve tissue...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Shelby Meier, Assaf A Gilad, J Anthony Brandon, Chenghao Qian, Erhe Gao, Jose F Abisambra, Moriel Vandsburger
Research into gene therapy for heart failure has gained renewed interest as a result of improved safety and availability of adeno-associated viral vectors (AAV). While magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is standard for functional assessment of gene therapy outcomes, quantitation of gene transfer/expression relies upon tissue biopsy, fluorescence or nuclear imaging. Imaging of gene expression through the use of genetically encoded chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST)-MRI reporter genes could be combined with clinical cardiac MRI methods to comprehensively probe therapeutic gene expression and subsequent outcomes...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Peggy Stolt-Bergner, Christian Benda, Tim Bergbrede, Hüseyin Besir, Patrick H N Celie, Cindy Chang, David Drechsel, Ariane Fischer, Arie Geerlof, Barbara Giabbai, Joop van den Heuvel, Georg Huber, Wolfgang Knecht, Anita Lehner, Regis Lemaitre, Kristina Nordén, Gwynn Pardee, Ines Racke, Kim Remans, Astrid Sander, Judith Scholz, Magda Stadnik, Paola Storici, Daniel Weinbruch, Isabel Zaror, Linda H L Lua, Sabine Suppmann
Baculovirus-insect cell expression system has become one of the most widely used eukaryotic expression systems for heterologous protein production in many laboratories. The availability of robust insect cell lines, serum-free media, a range of vectors and commercially-packaged kits have supported the demand for maximizing the exploitation of the baculovirus-insect cell expression system. Naturally, this resulted in varied strategies adopted by different laboratories to optimize protein production. Most laboratories have preference in using either the E...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Structural Biology
Arran Hamlet, Kévin Jean, William Perea, Sergio Yactayo, Joseph Biey, Maria Van Kerkhove, Neil Ferguson, Tini Garske
BACKGROUND: Yellow fever virus (YFV) is a vector-borne flavivirus endemic to Africa and Latin America. Ninety per cent of the global burden occurs in Africa where it is primarily transmitted by Aedes spp, with Aedes aegypti the main vector for urban yellow fever (YF). Mosquito life cycle and viral replication in the mosquito are heavily dependent on climate, particularly temperature and rainfall. We aimed to assess whether seasonal variations in climatic factors are associated with the seasonality of YF reports...
March 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Maurizio Battaglia Parodi, Alessandro Arrigo, Robert E MacLaren, Emanuela Aragona, Lisa Toto, Rodolfo Mastropasqua, Maria Pia Manitto, Francesco Bandello
PURPOSE: Choroideremia is a rare degenerative retinal disease that causes incurable blindness. It occurs as a result of the deficiency of the X-linked CHM gene, which encodes the Rab escort protein 1 (REP1). Gene therapy has been developed to treat CHM using adeno-associated viral vectors and is currently undergoing clinical trials. Expression of the CHM gene is ubiquitous throughout the retina, and it is therefore important to identify which retinal layers are affected in the disease process...
March 14, 2018: Retina
Robert W Zeller
Embryonic development depends on the orchestration of hundreds of regulatory and structural genes to initiate expression at the proper time, in the correct spatial domain(s), and in the amounts required for cells and tissues to become specified, determined, and ultimately to differentiate into a multicellular embryo. One of the key approaches to studying embryonic development is the generation of transgenic animals in which recombinant DNA molecules are transiently or stably introduced into embryos to alter gene expression, to manipulate gene function or to serve as reporters for specific cell types or subcellular compartments...
2018: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Lina Rustanti, Hongping Jin, Dongsheng Li, Mary Lor, Haran Sivakumaran, David Harrich
Nullbasic is a mutant form of HIV-1 Tat that has strong ability to protect cells from HIV-1 replication by inhibiting three different steps of viral replication: reverse transcription, Rev export of viral mRNA from the nucleus to the cytoplasm and transcription of viral mRNA by RNA polymerase II. We previously showed that Nullbasic inhibits transduction of human cells including T cells by HIV-1-based lentiviral vectors. Here we investigated whether the Nullbasic antagonists huTat2 (a Tat targeting intrabody), HIV-1 Tat or Rev proteins or cellular DDX1 protein could improve transduction by a HIV-1 lentiviral vector conveying Nullbasic-ZsGreen1 to human T cells...
March 14, 2018: Virologica Sinica
Susan E Hepp, Gina M Borgo, Simina Ticau, Taro Ohkawa, Matthew D Welch
The baculovirus Autographa californica multiple nucleopolyhedrovirus (AcMNPV), the type species of alphabaculoviruses, is an enveloped DNA virus that infects lepidopteran insects and is commonly known as a vector for protein expression and cell transduction. AcMNPV belongs to a diverse group of viral and bacterial pathogens that target the host cell actin cytoskeleton during infection. AcMNPV is unusual, however, in that it absolutely requires actin translocation into the nucleus early in infection, and actin polymerization within the nucleus late in infection coincident with viral replication...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Virology
Hengchao Chen, Yazhi Xing, Li Xia, Zhengnong Chen, Shankai Yin, Jian Wang
The synapse between inner hair cells (IHCs) and type I spiral ganglion neurons (SGNs) has been identified as a sensitive structure to noise-induced damage in the mammalian cochlea. Since this synapse provides the major information pathway from the cochlea to the auditory brain, it is important to maintain its integrity. Neurotrophin-3 (NT-3) has been known to play an important role in the development and the functional maintenance of this synapse. Application of exogenous NT-3, or overexpression of this gene in a transgenic animal model, have shown the value to protect this synapse from noise-induced damage...
March 13, 2018: Gene Therapy
Tetsuo Koshizuka, Takahiro Kobayashi, Ken Ishioka, Tatsuo Suzutani
Nedd4 is a family of ubiquitin E3 ligases that regulate numerous cellular processes. In this report, we showed that alpha- and beta-herpesviruses have membrane proteins that regulate the function of the Nedd4 family members. Although the homology search score was quite low, UL56 of herpes simplex virus type 1 and 2, ORF0 of varicella-zoster virus, UL42 of human cytomegalovirus, and U24 of human herpesvirus 6A, 6B, and 7 all possess at least one PPxY (PY) motif in their cytoplasmic domain, and are able to bind with Itch, a member of the Nedd4 family...
March 13, 2018: Scientific Reports
Abir Monastiri, Badereddine Mechri, Ana Vázquez-González, Meriadeg Ar Gouilh, Mohamed Chakroun, Chawki Loussaief, Maha Mastouri, Najet Dimassi, Lamjed Boughzala, Mahjoub Aouni, Jordi Serra-Cobo
A West Nile virus (WNV) outbreak occurred in Tunisia between mid-July and December 2012. To assess the epidemiological features of the WNV transmission cycle, human cerebrospinal fluid samples from patients with suspected cases (n = 79), Culex pipiens mosquitoes (n = 583) and serum specimens from domestic and migratory birds (n = 70) were collected for 4 years (2011-2014) in the Tunisian Sahel region. Viral testing was performed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The WNV genome was detected in 7 patients (8...
March 14, 2018: Emerging Microbes & Infections
J H Ryu, M S Kim, J H Kang, D H Kim, Y K Nam, S P Gong
This study was conducted to establish and characterize the clonal-cell lines from Siberian sturgeon Acipenser baerii head-kidney tissues and to evaluate its applicability as a research tool. From the culture of A. baerii head-kidney derived cells, 10 cell lines were established first and then eight clonal-cell lines were derived from clonal growth and colony expansion of two cell lines that showed significant high colony-forming ability. All eight clonal-cell lines were morphologically similar and grew stably under monolayer culture but their growth rates were significantly different...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Fish Biology
Lei Liu, Wataru Ito, Alexei Morozov
Region and cell-type restricted expression of light-activated ion channels is the indispensable tool to study properties of synapses in specific circuits and to monitor synaptic alterations by various stimuli including neuromodulators and behaviors, both ex vivo and in vivo . These analyses require the light-activated proteins or viral vectors for their delivery that do not interfere with the phenomenon under study. Here, we report a case of such interference in which the high-level expression of channelrhodopsin-2 introduced in the somatostatin-positive GABAergic neurons of the dorsomedial prefrontal cortex by an adeno-associated virus vector weakens the presynaptic GABAb receptor-mediated suppression of GABA release...
April 2018: Neurophotonics
Dujuan Dong, Yang Zhang, Vlastimil Smykal, Lin Ling, Alexander S Raikhel
The Aedes aegypti mosquito is the principal vector for many dangerous human viral diseases. Carbohydrate metabolism (CM) is essential for supplying the energy necessary for host seeking, blood digestion and rapid egg development of this vector insect. The steroid hormone 20-hydroxyecdysone (20E) and the ecdysone receptor (EcR) are important regulators of CM, coordinating it with female reproductive events. We report here that the NR4A nuclear receptor AHR38 plays a critical role in mediating these actions of 20E and EcR...
March 8, 2018: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Alin Laurentiu Tatu, Lawrence Chukwudi Nwabudike
We would like to begin by congratulating Kubiak K et al on their work[1], which has the potential to contribute to review the question of endosymbiosis and its significance.We would like to add some new data, notes and comments. Some data regarding viral endosymbiosis other than those discussed by the authors, showed the transmission of a Gemycircularvirus - Sclerotinia sclerotiorum hypovirulence-associated DNA1- like virus (SsHADV-1-LV)- via insect vectors - Lycoriella ingenua. This article is protected by copyright...
March 10, 2018: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
Carolin Kroll, Philipp Rathert
The advent of precise genomic targeting systems has revolutionized epigenome editing through fusion of epigenetic effector proteins with engineered DNA-binding proteins. However, the delivery of plasmid DNA to express these fusion proteins via conventional transient transfection has certain consequences which need to be considered during the experimental design. Transient transfection achieves peak gene expression between 24 and 96 h post-transfection after which the foreign gene is lost through cell division and degradation...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Peter J Hamilton, Carissa J Lim, Eric J Nestler, Elizabeth A Heller
Delivery of molecular tools for targeted epigenome editing in rodent brain can be facilitated by the use of viral vector-mediated gene transfer coupled with stereotaxic surgery techniques. Here, we describe the surgical protocol utilized by our group, which is optimized for herpes simplex virus (HSV)-mediated delivery into mouse brain. The protocol outlined herein could also be applied for delivery of adeno-associated viruses (AAV) or lentiviruses in both mice and rats. This method allows for efficient viral transgene expression and subsequent epigenome editing in rodent brain with excellent spatiotemporal control...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Sabrina Just, Hildegard Büning
Curing a genetic disease by repairing the underlying genetic defect is a fascinating concept that has been addressed so far by gene compensation therapy. For this, a functional copy of the gene in question together with elements controlling its expression is produced as a vector and introduced ex vivo into the patient's own cells that subsequently are reinfused. Alternatively, vectors are administered directly in vivo. Although this strategy resulted in impressive therapeutic benefits for patients, the ultimate goal of gene therapy, i...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Nicole Stichling, Maarit Suomalainen, Justin W Flatt, Markus Schmid, Martin Pacesa, Silvio Hemmi, Wolfgang Jungraithmayr, Mareike D Maler, Marina A Freudenberg, Andreas Plückthun, Tobias May, Mario Köster, György Fejer, Urs F Greber
Macrophages are a diverse group of phagocytic cells acting in host protection against stress, injury, and pathogens. Here, we show that the scavenger receptor SR-A6 is an entry receptor for human adenoviruses in murine alveolar macrophage-like MPI cells, and important for production of type I interferon. Scavenger receptors contribute to the clearance of endogenous proteins, lipoproteins and pathogens. Knockout of SR-A6 in MPI cells, anti-SR-A6 antibody or the soluble extracellular SR-A6 domain reduced adenovirus type-C5 (HAdV-C5) binding and transduction...
March 9, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
William H Palmer, Finny S Varghese, Ronald P van Rij
The power and ease of Drosophila genetics and the medical relevance of mosquito-transmitted viruses have made dipterans important model organisms in antiviral immunology. Studies of virus-host interactions at the molecular and population levels have illuminated determinants of resistance to virus infection. Here, we review the sources and nature of variation in antiviral immunity and virus susceptibility in model dipteran insects, specifically the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster and vector mosquitoes of the genera Aedes and Culex ...
March 9, 2018: Viruses
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