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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712312/near-full-length-genome-sequence-of-a-novel-hiv-1-second-generation-recombinant-form-crf01_ae-crf07_bc-detected-among-blood-donors-in-north-china
#1
Wei He, Xiaoxu Han, Minghui An, Yanqiu Hai, Le Chang, Chao Liu, Lunan Wang, Hong Shang
In this study, a novel CRF01_AE/07_BC HIV-1 recombinant form, with five breakpoints in thepol, vpr, env and nef gene regions, was identified from a voluntary blood donor in North China. Our study showed that this HIV-1 recombinant form might be a second-generation recombinant form from two predominant strains inthe Men who have sex with men (MSM) population, with the CRF07_BC fragments belonging to a CRF07_BC lineage specific to Chinese MSM and the CRF01_AE fragments belonging to the CRF01_AE lineage 5 common among MSM in northern China...
July 16, 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681118/naturally-occurring-vpr-inhibitors-from-medicinal-plants-of-myanmar
#2
REVIEW
Nwet Nwet Win, Hla Ngwe, Ikuro Abe, Hiroyuki Morita
Human immunodeficiency virus type-1 (HIV-1) is a lentiviral family member that encodes the retroviral Gag, Pol, and Env proteins, along with six additional accessory proteins, Tat, Rev, Vpu, Vif, Nef, and Vpr. The currently approved anti-HIV drugs target the Pol and Env encoded proteins. However, these drugs are only effective in reducing viral replication. Furthermore, the drugs' toxicities and the emergence of drug-resistant strains have become serious worldwide problems. Resistance eventually arises to all of the approved anti-HIV drugs, including the newly approved drugs that target HIV integrase (IN)...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664742/delivery-of-hiv-1-nef-linked-to-heat-shock-protein-27-using-a-cationic-polymer-is-more-effective-than-cationic-lipid-in-mammalian-cells
#3
A Milani, A Bolhassani, M Heshmati
BACKGROUND: Different adjuvants and delivery systems have been used to enhance the potency of DNA vaccines against viral diseases. Among them, heat shock proteins (HSPs) are stress proteins that have multiple roles such as chaperon activity and anti-apoptotic and adjuvant properties. The goal of this study was to compare the expression of HIV-1 Nef, Hsp27 and Hsp27-Nef genes transfected in HEK-293T mammalian cells by TurboFect and Lipofectamine as a cationic polymer and lipid, respectively...
2017: Bratislavské Lekárske Listy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659343/the-host-cell-restriction-factor-serinc5-restricts-hiv-1-infectivity-without-altering-the-lipid-composition-and-organization-of-viral-particles
#4
Birthe Trautz, Hannah Wiedemann, Christian L Uumlchtenborg, Virginia Pierini, Jan Kranich, B Aumlrbel Glass, Hans-Georg Kr Aumlusslich, Thomas Brocker, Massimo Pizzato, Alessia Ruggieri, Britta Br Uumlgger, Oliver T Fackler
The host-cell restriction factor SERINC5 potently suppresses the infectivity of HIV-1 particles and is counteracted by the viral pathogenesis factor Nef. However, the molecular mechanism by which SERINC5 restricts HIV-1 particle infectivity is still unclear. Since SERINC proteins have been suggested to facilitate the incorporation of serine during the biosynthesis of membrane lipids and because lipid composition of HIV particles is a major determinant of the particles infectious potential, we tested whether SERINC5-mediated restriction of HIV particle infectivity involves alterations of membrane lipid composition...
June 28, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642743/hiv-1-nef-signaling-in-intestinal-mucosa-epithelium-suggests-the-existence-of-an-active-inter-kingdom-crosstalk-mediated-by-exosomes
#5
REVIEW
Cristina Felli, Olimpia Vincentini, Marco Silano, Andrea Masotti
The human intestinal mucosal surface represents the first defense against pathogens and regulates the immune response through the combination of epithelial cell (EC) functions and immunological factors. ECs act as sensors of luminal stimuli and interact with the immune cells through signal-transduction pathways, thus representing the first barrier that HIV-1 virus encounters during infection. In particular, the HIV-1 Nef protein plays a crucial role in viral invasion and replication. Nef is expressed early during viral infection and interacts with numerous cellular proteins as a scaffold/adaptor...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615199/impaired-downregulation-of-nkg2d-ligands-by-nef-protein-from-elite-controllers-sensitizes-hiv-1-infected-cells-to-adcc
#6
Nirmin Alsahafi, Jonathan Richard, Jérémie Prévost, Mathieu Coutu, Nathalie Brassard, Matthew S Parsons, Daniel E Kaufmann, Mark Brockman, Andrés Finzi
HIV-1 Nef clones isolated from a rare subset of HIV-1-infected elite controllers (EC), with the ability to suppress viral load to undetectable levels in the absence of antiretroviral therapy, are unable to fully downregulate CD4 from the plasma membrane of CD4+ T cells. Residual CD4 left at the plasma membrane allows Env-CD4 interaction, which leads to increased exposure of Env CD4-induced epitopes and increases susceptibility of infected cells to antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC). ADCC is mediated largely by natural killer (NK) cells, which control their activation status through the cumulative signals received through activating and inhibitory receptors...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602843/combination-of-cell-penetrating-peptides-and-heterologous-dna-prime-protein-boost-strategy-enhances-immune-responses-against-hiv-1-nef-antigen-in-balb-c-mouse-model
#7
Somayeh Kadkhodayan, Behnaz Sadat Jafarzade, Seyed Mehdi Sadat, Fateme Motevalli, Elnaz Agi, Azam Bolhassani
To develop a strong HIV specific T-cell response, the HIV-1 Tat and Nef regulatory proteins have been known as attractive antigenic candidates in vaccine design. A peptide transduction domain of Tat (48-60 aa) could act to deliver other therapeutic molecules into different cells. In this line, several cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs) have been designed to transfer DNA, siRNA, polypeptides and proteins into cells through non-covalent approach such as CADY and PEP families. Some studies showed that the endogenous adjuvants including heat shock protein Gp96 could stimulate antigen-specific T cell immune responses...
June 8, 2017: Immunology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586246/characterization-of-a-new-hiv-1-crf01_ae-crf07_bc-recombinant-virus-in-guangxi-china
#8
Desheng Kong, Yan Wang, Chen Wang, Shujia Liang, Yi Feng, Yuhua Ruan, Yiming Shao, Liying Ma
Currently, more and more kinds of circulating recombinant forms (CRFs) and unique recombinant forms (URFs) were identified in China. A novel second-generation CCR5-tropic HIV-1 recombinant virus (GX2016EU09) was identified here, which was isolated from a HIV-1 infected man who had sex with men (MSM) in Guangxi, China. Phylogenetic analysis of near full-length genome (NFLG) showed that the novel HIV-1 recombinant GX2016EU09 clustered with CRF01_AE reference sequences, but set up a distinct branch. Recombinant analysis showed that the NFLG of GX2016EU09 composed of CRF01_AE (as the backbone) and CRF07_BC, with 9 recombination break points observed in the gag, pol, vif, vpr, tat, rev, vpu, env and nef regions...
June 6, 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577469/the-interaction-between-hiv-1-nef-and-adaptor-protein-2-reduces-nef-mediated-cd4-t-cell-apoptosis
#9
Rajesh Abraham Jacob, Aaron L Johnson, Emily N Pawlak, Brennan S Dirk, Logan R Van Nynatten, S M Mansour Haeryfar, Jimmy D Dikeakos
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome is characterized by a decline in CD4(+) T cells. Here, we elucidated the mechanism underlying apoptosis in Human Immunodeficiency Virus-1 (HIV-1) infection by examining host apoptotic pathways hijacked by the HIV-1 Nef protein in the CD4(+) T-cell line Sup-T1. Using a panel of Nef mutants unable to bind specific host proteins we uncovered that Nef generates pro- and anti-apoptotic signals. Apoptosis increased upon mutating the motifs involved in the interaction of Nef:AP-1 (NefM20A or NefEEEE62-65AAAA) or Nef:AP-2 (NefLL164/165AA), implying these interactions limit Nef-mediated apoptosis...
May 31, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574482/immunologic-and-virologic-mechanisms-for-partial-protection-from-intravenous-challenge-by-an-integration-defective-siv-vaccine
#10
Chu Wang, Chunlai Jiang, Nan Gao, Kaikai Zhang, Donglai Liu, Wei Wang, Zhe Cong, Chuan Qin, Vitaly V Ganusov, Guido Ferrari, Celia LaBranche, David C Montefiori, Wei Kong, Xianghui Yu, Feng Gao
The suppression of viral loads and identification of selection signatures in non-human primates after challenge are indicators for effective human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) vaccines. To mimic the protective immunity elicited by attenuated SIV vaccines, we developed an integration-defective SIV (idSIV) vaccine by inactivating integrase, mutating sequence motifs critical for integration, and inserting the cytomegalovirus (CMV) promoter for more efficient expression in the SIVmac239 genome...
June 2, 2017: Viruses
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
#11
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
#12
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
#13
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
#14
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
#15
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...
September 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
#16
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-antibody-dependent-cellular-cytotoxicity
#17
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 human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (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-positive (HIV+) sera...
June 1, 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
#18
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
#19
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
#20
REVIEW
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
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