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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540766/hiv-1-full-genome-phylogenetics-of-generalized-epidemics-in-sub-saharan-africa-impact-of-missing-nucleotide-characters-in-next-generation-sequences
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Oliver Ratmann, Chris Wymant, Caroline Colijn, Siva Danaviah, M Essex, Simon D W Frost, Astrid Gall, Simani Gaiseitsiwe, Mary Grabowski, Ronald Gray, Stephane Guindon, Arndt von Haeseler, Pontiano Kaleebu, Michelle Kendall, Alexey Kozlov, Justen Manasa, Bui Quang Minh, Sikhulile Moyo, Vladimir Novitsky, Rebecca Nsubuga, Sureshnee Pillay, Thomas C Quinn, David Serwadda, Deogratius Ssemwanga, Alexandros Stamatakis, Jana Trifinopoulos, Maria Wawer, Andrew Leigh Brown, Tulio de Oliveira, Paul Kellam, Deenan Pillay, Christophe Fraser
To characterize HIV-1 transmission dynamics in regions where the burden of HIV-1 is greatest, the 'Phylogenetics and Networks for Generalised HIV Epidemics in Africa' consortium (PANGEA-HIV) is sequencing full-genome viral isolates from across sub-Saharan Africa. We report the first 3,985 PANGEA-HIV consensus sequences from four cohort sites (Rakai Community Cohort Study, n=2,833; MRC/UVRI Uganda, n=701; Mochudi Prevention Project, n=359; Africa Health Research Institute Resistance Cohort, n=92). Next-generation sequencing success rates varied: more than 80% of the viral genome from the gag to the nef genes could be determined for all sequences from South Africa, 75% of sequences from Mochudi, 60% of sequences from MRC/UVRI Uganda, and 22% of sequences from Rakai...
May 25, 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500742/amino-acids-at-positions-3-168-and-169-are-associated-with-the-ability-of-nef-proteins-from-hiv-1-crf01_ae-to-downmodulate-cd4
#2
Wen-Dong Kuang, Yan-Heng Zhou, Ping Zhong, Chiyu Zhang, Jian-Hua Wang
Several HIV-1 subtypes are co-circulating among various high-risk groups in China, and an increasing prevalence of CRF01_AE was observed among MSM (men who have sex with men) within recent years. Patients infected with CRF01_AE may experience a more rapid disease progression than patients infected with non-CRF01_AE; however, the underlying mechanisms remains elusive. HIV-1 Nef is a multifunctional protein and plays critical roles in viral pathogenesis. Nef downregulates CD4 and human leukocyte antigen (HLA) to promote viral transmission and escape from the host immune response...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479111/co-utilization-of-a-tlr5-agonist-and-nano-formulation-of-hiv-1-vaccine-candidate-leads-to-increased-vaccine-immunogenicity-and-decreased-immunogenic-dose-a-preliminary-study
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Hajar Rostami, Masoumeh Ebtekar, Mehdi Shafiee Ardestani, Mohammad Hossein Yazdi, Mehdi Mahdavi
Vaccines currently available for AIDS show poor efficiency, demonstrating the need for new strategies to increase their immunogenicity. In this study, the HIV-1P24-Nef peptide was used as a model vaccine, followed by utilization of a novel strategy to increase its immunogenicity. There is a growing interest in using TLR agonists for vaccine formulations. Such molecules bind to their receptors on immune cells, especially the cell surface of antigen presenting cells, thereby activating these cells and inflammatory responses...
May 4, 2017: Immunology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431573/a-highly-pathogenic-simian-human-immunodeficiency-virus-effectively-produces-infectious-virions-compared-with-a-less-pathogenic-virus-in-cell-culture
#4
Shoya Iwanami, Yusuke Kakizoe, Satoru Morita, Tomoyuki Miura, Shinji Nakaoka, Shingo Iwami
BACKGROUND: The host range of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is quite narrow. Therefore, analyzing HIV-1 pathogenesis in vivo has been limited owing to lack of appropriate animal model systems. To overcome this, chimeric simian and human immunodeficiency viruses (SHIVs) that encode HIV-1 Env and are infectious to macaques have been developed and used to investigate the pathogenicity of HIV-1 in vivo. So far, we have many SHIV strains that show different pathogenesis in macaque experiments...
April 21, 2017: Theoretical Biology & Medical Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370302/comparative-genetic-variability-in-hiv-1-subtype-c-nef-gene-in-early-age-groups-of-infants
#5
Uma Sharma, Poonam Gupta, Megha Singhal, Supriya Singh, Sunil Gupta, Srinivas Venkatesh, Arvind Rai, Mohammad Husain
Targeting properties of vertically transmitted viruses in early infancy is important to understand disease progression. To investigate genotypic characteristics of transmitted viruses, blood samples were obtained from infants aged 6 weeks-18 months, categorized in two age groups, acute (<6 months) and early (>6-18 months). Nef having an important role in pathogenesis was selected to explore the viral characteristics. A total of 57 PCR positive samples, amplified by nef gene were sequenced. Analysis showed that 50 sequences belonged to subtype C...
March 31, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348557/dendritic-cell-response-to-hiv-1-is-controlled-by-differentiation-programs-in-the-cells-and-strain-specific-properties-of-the-virus
#6
Aikaterini Nasi, Sylvie Amu, Mårten Göthlin, Marianne Jansson, Noemi Nagy, Francesca Chiodi, Bence Réthi
Dendritic cells (DCs) are potent antigen-presenting cells that might play contradictory roles during HIV-1 infection, contributing not only to antiviral immunity but also to viral dissemination and immune evasion. Although DCs are characterized by enormous functional diversity, it has not been analyzed how differentially programmed DCs interact with HIV-1. We have previously described the reprogramming of DC development by endogenously produced lactic acid that accumulated in a cell culture density-dependent manner and provided a long-lasting anti-inflammatory signal to the cells...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331088/bst-2-expression-modulates-small-cd4-mimetic-sensitization-of-hiv-1-infected-cells-to-adcc
#7
Jonathan Richard, Jérémie Prévost, Benjamin von Bredow, Shilei Ding, Nathalie Brassard, Halima Medjahed, Mathieu Coutu, Bruno Melillo, Frédéric Bibollet-Ruche, Beatrice H Hahn, Daniel E Kaufmann, Amos B Smith, Joseph Sodroski, Daniel Sauter, Frank Kirchhoff, Katrina Gee, Stuart J Neil, David T Evans, Andrés Finzi
Antibodies recognizing conserved CD4-induced (CD4i) epitopes on HIV-1 Env and able to mediate antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) have been shown to be present in sera from most HIV-1-infected individuals. These antibodies preferentially recognize Env in its CD4-bound conformation. CD4 downregulation by Nef and Vpu dramatically reduces exposure of CD4i HIV-1 Env epitopes and therefore reduce the susceptibility of HIV-1-infected cells to ADCC mediated by HIV+ sera. Importantly, this mechanism of immune evasion can be circumvented with small-molecule CD4-mimetics (CD4mc) which are able to transition Env into the CD4-bound conformation and sensitize HIV-1-infected cells to ADCC mediated by HIV+ sera...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275375/a-comparative-phase-i-study-of-combination-homologous-subtype-c-dna-mva-and-env-gp140-protein-adjuvant-hiv-vaccines-in-two-immunization-regimes
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Sarah Joseph, Killian Quinn, Aldona Greenwood, Alethea V Cope, Paul F McKay, Peter J Hayes, Jakub T Kopycinski, Jill Gilmour, Aleisha N Miller, Christof Geldmacher, Yuka Nadai, Mohamed I M Ahmed, David C Montefiori, Len Dally, George Bouliotis, David J M Lewis, Roger Tatoud, Ralf Wagner, Mariano Esteban, Robin J Shattock, Sheena McCormack, Jonathan Weber
There remains an urgent need for a prophylactic HIV vaccine. We compared combined MVA and adjuvanted gp140 to sequential MVA/gp140 after DNA priming. We expected Env-specific CD4+ T-cells after DNA and MVA priming, and Env-binding antibodies in 100% individuals after boosting with gp140 and that combined vaccines would not compromise safety and might augment immunogenicity. Forty volunteers were primed three times with DNA plasmids encoding (CN54) env and (ZM96) gag-pol-nef at 0, 4 and 8 weeks then boosted with MVA-C (CN54 env and gag-pol-nef) and glucopyranosyl lipid adjuvant-aqueous formulation (GLA-AF) adjuvanted CN54gp140...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275190/identification-of-serinc5-001-as-the-predominant-spliced-isoform-for-hiv-1-restriction
#9
Xianfeng Zhang, Tao Zhou, Jie Yang, Yumei Lin, Jing Shi, Xihe Zhang, Dylan A Frabutt, Xiangwei Zeng, Sunan Li, Patrick J Venta, Yong-Hui Zheng
Among the five serine incorporator (SERINC) family members, SERINC5 (Ser5) was reported to strongly inhibit HIV-1 replication, which is counteracted by Nef. Ser5 produces 5 alternatively spliced isoforms: Ser5-001 has 10 putative transmembrane domains, whereas Ser5-004, -005, -008a, and -008b do not have the last one. Here, we confirmed the strong Ser5 anti-HIV-1 activity and investigated its isoforms' expression and antiviral activities. It was found that Ser5-001 transcripts were detected at least 10-fold more than the other isoforms by real-time quantitative PCR...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261165/primate-lentiviruses-modulate-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-activity-by-multiple-mechanisms-to-fine-tune-viral-and-cellular-gene-expression
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Elena Heusinger, Frank Kirchhoff
The transcription factor nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells (NF-κB) plays a complex role during the replication of primate lentiviruses. On the one hand, NF-κB is essential for induction of efficient proviral gene expression. On the other hand, this transcription factor contributes to the innate immune response and induces expression of numerous cellular antiviral genes. Recent data suggest that primate lentiviruses cope with this challenge by boosting NF-κB activity early during the replication cycle to initiate Tat-driven viral transcription and suppressing it at later stages to minimize antiviral gene expression...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255725/studying-the-immune-synapse-in-hiv-1-infection
#11
Iratxe Del Río-Iñiguez, Jérôme Bouchet, Andrés Alcover
T cells are the main cellular targets of the human immunodeficiency virus 1 (HIV-1). HIV-1 infection induces pleiotropic effects on the infected T cell that modify the T cell capacity to respond to antigen and facilitates virus replication. HIV-1 infection subverts the formation and function of the immunological synapse altering both actin cytoskeleton remodeling and intracellular vesicle traffic. We describe here our methods to unveil how HIV-1 and in particular its protein Nef modify vesicle traffic to the immunological synapse, perturbing the synapse activation capacity...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179536/hiv-aids-vaccine-candidates-based-on-replication-competent-recombinant-poxvirus-nyvac-c-kc-expressing-trimeric-gp140-and-gag-derived-virus-like-particles-or-lacking-the-viral-molecule-b19-that-inhibits-type-i-interferon-activate-relevant-hiv-1-specific-b-and
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Juan García-Arriaza, Beatriz Perdiguero, Jonathan L Heeney, Michael S Seaman, David C Montefiori, Nicole L Yates, Georgia D Tomaras, Guido Ferrari, Kathryn E Foulds, Mario Roederer, Steven G Self, Bhavesh Borate, Raphael Gottardo, Sanjay Phogat, Jim Tartaglia, Susan W Barnett, Brian Burke, Anthony D Cristillo, Deborah E Weiss, Carter Lee, Karen V Kibler, Bertram L Jacobs, Ralf Wagner, Song Ding, Giuseppe Pantaleo, Mariano Esteban
The nonreplicating attenuated poxvirus vector NYVAC expressing clade C(CN54) HIV-1 Env(gp120) and Gag-Pol-Nef antigens (NYVAC-C) showed limited immunogenicity in phase I clinical trials. To enhance the capacity of the NYVAC vector to trigger broad humoral responses and a more balanced activation of CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells, here we compared the HIV-1-specific immunogenicity elicited in nonhuman primates immunized with two replicating NYVAC vectors that have been modified by the insertion of the K1L and C7L vaccinia virus host range genes and express the clade C(ZM96) trimeric HIV-1 gp140 protein or a Gag(ZM96)-Pol-Nef(CN54) polyprotein as Gag-derived virus-like particles (termed NYVAC-C-KC)...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179429/serinc5-protein-inhibits-hiv-1-fusion-pore-formation-by-promoting-functional-inactivation-of-envelope-glycoproteins
#13
Chetan Sood, Mariana Marin, Ajit Chande, Massimo Pizzato, Gregory B Melikyan
The host proteins, SERINC3 and SERINC5, have been recently shown to incorporate into HIV-1 particles and compromise their ability to fuse with target cells, an effect that is antagonized by the viral Nef protein. Envelope (Env) glycoproteins from different HIV-1 isolates exhibit a broad range of sensitivity to SERINC-mediated restriction, and the mechanism by which SERINCs interfere with HIV-1 fusion remains unclear. Here, we show that incorporation of SERINC5 into virions in the absence of Nef inhibits the formation of small fusion pores between viruses and cells...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139864/role-of-autophagy-in-hiv-infection-and-pathogenesis
#14
R Nardacci, F Ciccosanti, C Marsella, G Ippolito, M Piacentini, G M Fimia
The aim of autophagy is to re-establish homeostasis in response to a variety of stress conditions. By forming double-membrane vesicles, autophagy engulfs damaged or superfluous cytoplasmic material and recycles degradation products for new synthesis or energy production. Of note, the same mechanism is used to capture pathogens and has important implications in both innate and adaptive immunity. To establish a chronic infection, pathogens have therefore evolved multiple mechanisms to evade autophagy-mediated degradation...
May 2017: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105557/the-anticancer-drug-sunitinib-promotes-autophagyand-protects-from-neurotoxicity-in-an-hiv-1-tat-model-of-neurodegeneration
#15
Jerel A Fields, Jeff Metcalf, Cassia Overk, Anthony Adame, Brian Spencer, Wolfgang Wrasidlo, Jazmin Florio, Edward Rockenstein, Johnny J He, Eliezer Masliah
Despite the success of antiretroviral therapies to control systemic HIV-1 infection, the prevalence of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HANDs) has not decreased among aging patients with HIV. Autophagy pathway alterations, triggered by HIV-1 proteins including gp120, Tat, and Nef, might contribute to the neurodegenerative process in aging patients with HAND. Although no treatments are currently available to manage HAND, we have previously shown that sunitinib, an anticancer drug that blocks receptor tyrosine-kinase and cyclin kinase pathways, might be of interest...
April 2017: Journal of Neurovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099189/productive-infection-of-human-neural-progenitor-cells-by-r5-tropic-hiv-1-opiate-co-exposure-heightens-infectivity-and-functional-vulnerability
#16
Joyce M Balinang, Ruturaj R Masvekar, Kurt F Hauser, Pamela E Knapp
OBJECTIVE: HIV type-1 (HIV-1) causes a spectrum of central nervous system (CNS) complications; many are worsened by opiate co-exposure. Human neural progenitor cells (hNPCs) give rise to all CNS neurons and macroglia. We tested the hypothesis that hNPC maturation and fate are altered by HIV and opiates, contributing to HIV-1-related neuropathology. Reports of hNPC infection remain controversial. We rigorously examined this question, testing whether hNPCs propogated infection, and whether HIV affected hNPCs absent their infection...
March 27, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091639/gold-nanoparticles-stabilized-by-cationic-carbosilane-dendrons-synthesis-and-biological-properties
#17
Cornelia E Peña-González, Elzbieta Pedziwiatr-Werbicka, Dzmitry Shcharbin, Carlos Guerrero-Beltrán, Viktar Abashkin, Svetlana Loznikova, José L Jiménez, M Ángeles Muñoz-Fernández, Maria Bryszewska, Rafael Gómez, Javier Sánchez-Nieves, F Javier de la Mata
Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and polycationic macromolecules are used as gene carriers. Their behaviour is dependent on several factors, such as the size and type of the framework, charge, etc. We have combined both types of systems and prepared AuNPs covered with cationic carbosilane dendrons with the aim to evaluate their biocompatibility. Water soluble dendronized cationic AuNPs were prepared following a straightforward procedure from dendrons, a gold precursor and a reducing agent in water and were characterized by (1)H NMR, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), dynamic light scattering (DLS), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), ultraviolet spectroscopy (UV), and zeta potential (ZP)...
January 16, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079886/hiv-1-nef-is-released-in-extracellular-vesicles-derived-from-astrocytes-evidence-for-nef-mediated-neurotoxicity
#18
A Sami Saribas, Stephanie Cicalese, Taha Mohseni Ahooyi, Kamel Khalili, Shohreh Amini, Ilker Kudret Sariyer
Human immunodeficiency virus-associated neurological disorders (HANDs) affect the majority of AIDS patients and are a significant problem among HIV-1-infected individuals who live longer because of combined anti-retroviral therapies. HIV-1 utilizes a number of viral proteins and subsequent cytokine inductions to unleash its toxicity on neurons. Among HIV-1 viral proteins, Nef is a small protein expressed abundantly in astrocytes of HIV-1-infected brains and has been suggested to have a role in the pathogenesis of HAND...
January 12, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077653/characterizing-hiv-1-splicing-by-using-next-generation-sequencing
#19
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/28077643/efficient-vpu-mediated-tetherin-antagonism-by-an-hiv-1-group-o-strain
#20
Katharina Mack, Kathrin Starz, Daniel Sauter, Simon Langer, Frederic Bibollet-Ruche, Gerald H Learn, Christina M Stürzel, Marie Leoz, Jean-Christophe Plantier, Matthias Geyer, Beatrice H Hahn, Frank Kirchhoff
Simian immunodeficiency viruses (SIVs) use their Nef proteins to counteract the restriction factor tetherin. However, a deletion in human tetherin prevents antagonism by the Nef proteins of SIVcpz and SIVgor, which represent the ape precursors of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1). To promote virus release from infected cells, pandemic HIV-1 group M strains evolved Vpu as a tetherin antagonist, while the Nef protein of less widespread HIV-1 group O strains acquired the ability to target a region adjacent to this deletion...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Virology
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