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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343239/improved-full-length-killer-cell-immunoglobulin-like-receptor-transcript-discovery-in-mauritian-cynomolgus-macaques
#1
Trent M Prall, Michael E Graham, Julie A Karl, Roger W Wiseman, Adam J Ericsen, Muthuswamy Raveendran, R Alan Harris, Donna M Muzny, Richard A Gibbs, Jeffrey Rogers, David H O'Connor
Killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIRs) modulate disease progression of pathogens including HIV, malaria, and hepatitis C. Cynomolgus and rhesus macaques are widely used as nonhuman primate models to study human pathogens, and so, considerable effort has been put into characterizing their KIR genetics. However, previous studies have relied on cDNA cloning and Sanger sequencing that lack the throughput of current sequencing platforms. In this study, we present a high throughput, full-length allele discovery method utilizing Pacific Biosciences circular consensus sequencing (CCS)...
March 25, 2017: Immunogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339881/genetic-aspects-and-environmental-sources-of-microsporidia-that-infect-the-human-gastrointestinal-tract
#2
Martin F Heyworth
Enterocytozoon bieneusi and Encephalitozoon intestinalis are microsporidia that infect the human gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Each of these microsporidia has been shown to infect various non-human hosts (mammalian and avian), raising the possibility of inter-species transmission, for example, from such hosts to human subjects via waterborne dispersal of microsporidian spores. During the past two decades, genome sequencing has delineated more than 90 genotypes of Ent. bieneusi, and has led to the conclusion that not all the genotypes of this organism infect human subjects...
February 27, 2017: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338924/a-nonsynonymous-snp-catalog-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-virulence-genes-and-its-use-for-detecting-new-potentially-virulent-sublineages
#3
N E Mikheecheva, M V Zaychikova, A V Melerzanov, V N Danilenko
Mycobacterium tuberculosis is divided into several distinct lineages, and various genetic markers such as IS-elements, VNTR, and SNPs are used for lineage identification. We propose an M. tuberculosis classification approach based on functional polymorphisms in virulence genes. An M. tuberculosis virulence genes catalog has been established, including 319 genes from various protein groups, such as proteases, cell wall proteins, fatty acid and lipid metabolism proteins, sigma factors, toxin-antitoxin systems...
March 11, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331526/impaired-human-immunodeficiency-virus-type-1-replicative-fitness-in-atypical-viremic-non-progressor-individuals
#4
Jan Weber, Richard M Gibson, Lenka Sácká, Dmytro Strunin, Jan Hodek, Jitka Weberová, Marcela Pávová, David J Alouani, Robert Asaad, Benigno Rodriguez, Michael M Lederman, Miguel E Quiñones-Mateu
BACKGROUND: Progression rates from initial HIV-1 infection to advanced AIDS vary significantly among infected individuals. A distinct subgroup of HIV-1-infected individuals-termed viremic non-progressors (VNP) or controllers-do not seem to progress to AIDS, maintaining high CD4(+) T cell counts despite high levels of viremia for many years. Several studies have evaluated multiple host factors, including immune activation, trying to elucidate the atypical HIV-1 disease progression in these patients; however, limited work has been done to characterize viral factors in viremic controllers...
2017: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331090/hili-inhibits-hiv-replication-in-activated-t-cells
#5
B Matija Peterlin, Pingyang Liu, Xiaoyun Wang, Daniele Cary, Wei Shao, Marie Leoz, Tian Hong, Tao Pan, Koh Fujinaga
Piwil proteins restrict the replication of mobile genetic elements in the germline. They are also expressed in many transformed cell lines. In this report, we discovered that the human piwil 2 (hili) can also inhibit HIV replication, especially in activated CD4+ T cells that are the preferred target cells for this virus in the infected host. Although resting cells did not express hili, it was rapidly induced following T cell activation. In these cells and transformed cell lines, depletion of hili increased levels of viral proteins and new viral particles...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328962/the-blood-dna-virome-in-8-000-humans
#6
Ahmed Moustafa, Chao Xie, Ewen Kirkness, William Biggs, Emily Wong, Yaron Turpaz, Kenneth Bloom, Eric Delwart, Karen E Nelson, J Craig Venter, Amalio Telenti
The characterization of the blood virome is important for the safety of blood-derived transfusion products, and for the identification of emerging pathogens. We explored non-human sequence data from whole-genome sequencing of blood from 8,240 individuals, none of whom were ascertained for any infectious disease. Viral sequences were extracted from the pool of sequence reads that did not map to the human reference genome. Analyses sifted through close to 1 Petabyte of sequence data and performed 0.5 trillion similarity searches...
March 22, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328934/proviruses-with-identical-sequences-comprise-a-large-fraction-of-the-replication-competent-hiv-reservoir
#7
John K Bui, Michele D Sobolewski, Brandon F Keele, Jonathan Spindler, Andrew Musick, Ann Wiegand, Brian T Luke, Wei Shao, Stephen H Hughes, John M Coffin, Mary F Kearney, John W Mellors
The major obstacle to curing HIV infection is the persistence of cells with intact proviruses that can produce replication-competent virus. This HIV reservoir is believed to exist primarily in CD4+ T-cells and is stable despite years of suppressive antiretroviral therapy. A potential mechanism for HIV persistence is clonal expansion of infected cells, but how often such clones carry replication-competent proviruses has been controversial. Here, we used single-genome sequencing to probe for identical HIV sequence matches among viruses recovered in different viral outgrowth cultures and between the sequences of outgrowth viruses and proviral or intracellular HIV RNA sequences in uncultured blood mononuclear cells from eight donors on suppressive ART with diverse proviral populations...
March 22, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327789/prevalence-of-hepatitis-c-virus-and-human-immunodeficiency-virus-in-a-group-of-patients-newly-diagnosed-with-active-tuberculosis-in-porto-alegre-southern-brazil
#8
Cintia Costi, Tarciana Grandi, Maria Laura Halon, Márcia Susana Nunes Silva, Cláudia Maria Dornelles da Silva, Tatiana Schäffer Gregianini, Lia Gonçalves Possuelo, Carla Adriane Jarczewski, Christian Niel, Maria Lucia Rosa Rossetti
BACKGROUND: Porto Alegre is the Brazilian state capital with second highest incidence of tuberculosis (TB) and the highest proportion of people infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) among patients with TB. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection increases the risk of anti-TB drug-induced hepatotoxicity, which may result in discontinuation of the therapy. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was (i) to estimate prevalence of HCV and HIV in a group of patients newly diagnosed with active TB in a public reference hospital in Porto Alegre and (ii) to compare demographic, behavioural, and clinical characteristics of patients in relation to their HCV infection status...
April 2017: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323224/progressive-multifocal-leukoencephalopathy-and-rheumatoid-arthritis-treatments
#9
Gaëlle Clavel, Antoine Moulignier, Luca Semerano
Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) is a demyelinating disease of the central nervous system due to reactivation of the JC virus (JCV). PML is extremely uncommon despite the high prevalence of the virus in the general population. No specific treatment is available, and the prognosis is bleak. The diagnosis is based on brain imaging findings, detection of the JCV genome in cerebrospinal fluid samples and, in some cases, histological studies of the brain lesions. The pathophysiological mechanisms that drive the development of PML are incompletely understood...
March 16, 2017: Joint, Bone, Spine: Revue du Rhumatisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321820/apolipoprotein-e4-suppresses-neuronal-specific-gene-expression-in-maturing-neuronal-progenitor-cells-exposed-to-hiv
#10
Rebeca Geffin, Ricardo Martinez, Alicia de Las Pozas, Biju Issac, Micheline McCarthy
The apolipoprotein ε4 gene allele and the apolipoprotein E4 protein (ApoE4) are important host susceptibility factors linked to neurocognitive disorders associated with HIV infection or Alzheimer's disease. Our previous studies showed differential effects of the two most common human ApoE genotypes, APOE3/3 and APOE3/4, on gene expression by differentiating human neuroepithelial progenitor cells continuously exposed to HIV. To investigate the effects of ApoE3 versus ApoE4 isoforms specifically on maturing neurons, we adapted a human neuronal progenitor cell line, hNP1, with ApoE genotype APOE3/3...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology: the Official Journal of the Society on NeuroImmune Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320417/impaired-human-immunodeficiency-virus-type-1-replicative-fitness-in-atypical-viremic-non-progressor-individuals
#11
Jan Weber, Richard M Gibson, Lenka Sácká, Dmytro Strunin, Jan Hodek, Jitka Weberová, Marcela Pávová, David J Alouani, Robert Asaad, Benigno Rodriguez, Michael M Lederman, Miguel E Quiñones-Mateu
BACKGROUND: Progression rates from initial HIV-1 infection to advanced AIDS vary significantly among infected individuals. A distinct subgroup of HIV-1-infected individuals-termed viremic non-progressors (VNP) or controllers-do not seem to progress to AIDS, maintaining high CD4(+) T cell counts despite high levels of viremia for many years. Several studies have evaluated multiple host factors, including immune activation, trying to elucidate the atypical HIV-1 disease progression in these patients; however, limited work has been done to characterize viral factors in viremic controllers...
March 20, 2017: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317034/european-mitochondrial-dna-haplogroups-are-associated-with-cerebrospinal-fluid-biomarkers-of-inflammation-in-hiv-infection
#12
David C Samuels, Asha R Kallianpur, Ronald J Ellis, William S Bush, Scott Letendre, Donald Franklin, Igor Grant, Todd Hulgan
BACKGROUND: Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) haplogroups are ancestry-related patterns of single-nucleotide polymorphisms that are associated with differential mitochondrial function in model systems, neurodegenerative diseases in HIV-negative populations, and chronic complications of HIV infection, including neurocognitive impairment. We hypothesized that mtDNA haplogroups are associated with neuroinflammation in HIV-infected adults. METHODS: CNS HIV Antiretroviral Therapy Effects Research (CHARTER) is a US-based observational study of HIV-infected adults who underwent standardized neurocognitive assessments...
October 2016: Pathogens & Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315663/enhancing-the-catalytic-deamination-activity-of-apobec3c-is-insufficient-to-inhibit-vif-deficient-hiv-1
#13
Ananda Ayyappan Jaguva Vasudevan, Henning Hofmann, Dieter Willbold, Dieter Häussinger, Bernd W Koenig, Carsten Münk
The retroviral restriction factors of the APOBEC3 (A3) cytidine deaminase family catalyze the deamination of cytidines in single-stranded viral DNA. APOBEC3C (A3C) is a strong antiviral factor against viral infectivity factor (vif)-deficient simian immunodeficiency (SIV) Δvif, however, a weak inhibitor against human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1 for reasons unknown. The precise link between the antiretroviral effect of A3C and its catalytic activity is incompletely understood. Here we show that the S61P mutation in human A3C (A3C...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298145/genotypic-characterization-of-human-immunodeficiency-virus-type-1-derived-from-antiretroviral-drug-treated-individuals-residing-in-earthquake-affected-areas-in-nepal
#14
Bharat Singh Negi, Tomohiro Kotaki, Sunil Kumar Joshi, Anup Bastola, Minato Nakazawa, Masanori Kameoka
Molecular epidemiological data on human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) are limited in Nepal, and has not been available in areas affected by the April 2015 earthquake. Therefore, we conducted a genotypic study on HIV-1 genes derived from individuals on antiretroviral therapy residing in 14 districts in Nepal highly affected by the earthquake. HIV-1 genomic fragments were amplified from 40 blood samples of HIV treatment-failure individuals, and a sequencing analysis was performed on these genes. In the 40 samples, 29 protease, 32 reverse transcriptase, 25 gag and 21 env genes were sequenced...
March 16, 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298138/four-close-related-hiv-1-crf01_ae-crf07_bc-recombinant-forms-identified-in-east-china
#15
Fan Li, Yuxueyun Li, Yi Feng, Jing Hu, Yuhua Ruan, Hui Xing, Yiming Shao
Five near full-length genome of novel second-generation HIV-1 recombinant virus (JS150021, JS150029, JS150129, JS150132 and AH150183) were identified from five HIV-positive people in Jiangsu and Anhui province, east China. Phylogenic analyses showed that these five sequences are all composed of two well-established circulating recombinant forms CRF07_BC and CRF01_AE, grouped into four new discovered recombinant forms ,which show several very similar but not identical recombinant breakpoints. The four recombinant forms are also identified to be a sort of family or related viruses, seems to be the results of different recombination events...
March 16, 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294975/reverse-transcription-in-the-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-long-terminal-repeat-retrotransposon-ty3
#16
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Jason W Rausch, Jennifer T Miller, Stuart F J Le Grice
Converting the single-stranded retroviral RNA into integration-competent double-stranded DNA is achieved through a multi-step process mediated by the virus-coded reverse transcriptase (RT). With the exception that it is restricted to an intracellular life cycle, replication of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae long terminal repeat (LTR)-retrotransposon Ty3 genome is guided by equivalent events that, while generally similar, show many unique and subtle differences relative to the retroviral counterparts. Until only recently, our knowledge of RT structure and function was guided by a vast body of literature on the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) enzyme...
March 15, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289388/hla-b-57-allele-is-associated-with-concomitant-anti-tuberculosis-and-antiretroviral-drugs-induced-liver-toxicity-in-ethiopians
#17
Zelalem Petros, Junko Kishikawa, Eyasu Makonnen, Getnet Yimer, Abiy Habtewold, Eleni Aklillu
Drug-induced liver injury (DILI) is a known adverse effect of both anti-tuberculosis (anti-TB) and antiretroviral (ARV) drugs. Recent studies highlight the implications of genetic predispositions to DILI. We performed a case-control study to identify Human Leukocyte Antigen-B (HLA-B) variant alleles associated with anti-TB and ARV co-treatment induced liver toxicity in Ethiopian TB and HIV co-infected patients. A total of 495 newly diagnosed TB and HIV co-infected patients were enrolled and received rifampicin based anti-TB and efavirenz based ARV therapy...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288662/a-mutant-tat-protein-inhibits-infection-of-human-cells-by-strains-from-diverse-hiv-1-subtypes
#18
Lina Rustanti, Hongping Jin, Mary Lor, Min Hsuan Lin, Daniel J Rawle, David Harrich
BACKGROUND: Nullbasic is a mutant HIV-1 Tat protein that inhibits HIV-1 replication via three independent mechanisms that disrupts 1) reverse transcription of the viral RNA genome into a DNA copy, 2) HIV-1 Rev protein function required for viral mRNA transport from the nucleus to the cytoplasm and 3) HIV-1 mRNA transcription by RNA Polymerase II. The Nullbasic protein is derived from the subtype B strain HIV-1BH10 and has only been tested against other HIV-1 subtype B strains. However, subtype B strains only account for ~10% of HIV-1 infections globally and HIV-1 Tat sequences vary between subtypes especially for subtype C, which is responsible for ~50% HIV-1 infection worldwide...
March 14, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287833/identification-of-a-novel-hiv-type-1-crf01_ae-b-c-recombinant-isolate-in-sichuan-china
#19
Yan Wang, Desheng Kong, Weisi Xu, Fan Li, Shu Liang, Yi Feng, Fujie Zhang, Yiming Shao, Liying Ma
We report in this study a novel HIV-1 unique recombinant virus (XC2014EU01) isolated from an HIV-positive man who infected through heterosexual sex in Sichuan, China. The near full-length genome analyses showed that XC2014EU01 harbored one subtype B segment in pol region and two subtype C segments in gag-pol region in a CRF01_AE backbone. The unique mosaic structure was distinctly different from the other CRF01_AE/B'/C recombinant forms reported. Phylogenetic tree analyses revealed that the subtype B region originated from a Thailand subtype B' lineage, the subtype C regions were from an India C lineage, and the backbone was from CRF01_AE...
March 13, 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287538/measurement-of-in-vitro-integration-activity-of-hiv-1-preintegration-complexes
#20
Muthukumar Balasubramaniam, Benem Davids, Amma B Addai, Jui Pandhare, Chandravanu Dash
HIV-1 envelope proteins engage cognate receptors on the target cell surface, which leads to viral-cell membrane fusion followed by the release of the viral capsid (CA) core into the cytoplasm. Subsequently, the viral Reverse Transcriptase (RT), as part of a namesake nucleoprotein complex termed the Reverse Transcription Complex (RTC), converts the viral single-stranded RNA genome into a double-stranded DNA copy (vDNA). This leads to the biogenesis of another nucleoprotein complex, termed the pre-integration complex (PIC), composed of the vDNA and associated virus proteins and host factors...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
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