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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214886/adenovirus-vector-harboring-the-hbcag-and-tripeptidyl-peptidase-ii-genes-induces-potent-cellular-immune-responses-in-vivo
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Quanhui Tan, Siyuan Ma, Jianjun Hu, Xiaohua Chen, Yongsheng Yu, Zhenghao Tang, Guoqin Zang
BACKGROUND: Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is associated with a weak but specific cellular immune response of the host to HBV. Tripeptidyl peptidaseⅡ (TPPⅡ), an intracellular macromolecule and proteolytic enzyme, plays an important complementary and compensatory role for the proteasome during viral protein degradation and major histocompatibility complex class I antigen presentation by inducing a specific cellular immune response in vivo. Based on a previous study, we aimed to explore the role of MHC class I antigen presentation in vivo and the mechanisms that may be involved...
January 27, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214858/hepatitis-b-virus-core-antigen-stimulates-il-6-expression-via-p38-erk-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathways-in-hepatocytes
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Zhi Chen, Yang-Xia Li, Hai-Jing Fu, Yan-Li Ren, Ling Zou, Shi-Zhen Shen, Ping Chen, Ting Sun, Chun-Hong Huang
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) causes both acute and chronic liver injury. Viral proteins are involved in the pathological progress. Hepatitis B core antigen (HBcAg), a component of viral nucleocapsid, is not only essential for HBV lifecycle, but also exhibits strong immunogenicity. The cytoplasmic location of HBcAg in liver biopsy is associated with liver injury and inflammation, but the exact mechanisms remain to be elaborated. METHODS: Huh7, SMMC-7721 and L-02 cells were transfected with pEGFP-N1-HBcAg to establish an intracellular HBcAg expression model...
January 17, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205569/heteroaryldihydropyrimidine-hap-and-sulfamoylbenzamide-sba-inhibit-hepatitis-b-virus-replication-by-different-molecular-mechanisms
#3
Zheng Zhou, Taishan Hu, Xue Zhou, Steffen Wildum, Fernando Garcia-Alcalde, Zhiheng Xu, Daitze Wu, Yi Mao, Xiaojun Tian, Yuan Zhou, Fang Shen, Zhisen Zhang, Guozhi Tang, Isabel Najera, Guang Yang, Hong C Shen, John A T Young, Ning Qin
Heteroaryldihydropyrimidine (HAP) and sulfamoylbenzamide (SBA) are promising non-nucleos(t)ide HBV replication inhibitors. HAPs are known to promote core protein mis-assembly, but the molecular mechanism of abnormal assembly is still elusive. Likewise, the assembly status of core protein induced by SBA remains unknown. Here we show that SBA, unlike HAP, does not promote core protein mis-assembly. Interestingly, two reference compounds HAP_R01 and SBA_R01 bind to the same pocket at the dimer-dimer interface in the crystal structures of core protein Y132A hexamer...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148795/hepatitis-b-virus-encoded-mirna-controls-viral-replication
#4
Xi Yang, Hongfeng Li, Huahui Sun, Hongxia Fan, Yaqi Hu, Min Liu, Xin Li, Hua Tang
: microRNAs (miRNAs) are a class of small single-stranded non-coding functional RNAs. Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is an enveloped DNA virus with virions and subviral forms of particles that lack a core. It was not known whether HBV encodes miRNAs. Here, we identified an HBV-encoded miRNA (called HBV-miR-3) by deep sequencing and northern blot. HBV-miR-3 is located at nts 373-393 of the HBV genome and was generated from 3.5Kb, 2,4Kb and 2.1Kb HBV in classic miRNA biogenesis (Drosha-Dicer dependent) manner...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112229/multi-omics-analyses-reveal-metabolic-alterations-regulated-by-hepatitis-b-virus-core-protein-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells
#5
Qi Xie, Fengxu Fan, Wei Wei, Yang Liu, Zhongwei Xu, Linhui Zhai, Yingzi Qi, Bingyu Ye, Yao Zhang, Sumit Basu, Zhihu Zhao, Junzhu Wu, Ping Xu
Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is partly responsible for hepatitis, fatty liver disease and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). HBV core protein (HBc), encoded by the HBV genome, may play a significant role in HBV life cycle. However, the function of HBc in the occurrence and development of liver disease is still unclear. To investigate the underlying mechanisms, HBc-transfected HCC cells were characterized by multi-omics analyses. Combining proteomics and metabolomics analyses, our results showed that HBc promoted the expression of metabolic enzymes and the secretion of metabolites in HCC cells...
January 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27978927/-zinc-finger-e-box-binding-homeobox-2-inhibits-hepatitis-b-virus-replication-and-expression
#6
X P Li, Q Hu, Q He, W X Chen
Objective: To investigate the effect of zinc finger E-box-binding homeobox 2 (ZEB2) on hepatitis B virus (HBV) replication and expression. Methods: HepG2, HepG2.2.15, and HepAD38 cells were cultured separately, and Western blot was used to measure the expression of ZEB2. HepG2.2.15 cells were cultured and transfected with ZEB2 expression plasmids or shRNA targeting ZEB2. Western blot was used to measure the expression of ZEB2 and HBV core proteins, quantitative real-time PCR was used to measure HBV 3.5 kb RNA and HBV DNA, Southern blot was used to measure HBV replicative intermediate, and ELISA was used to measure the expression of HBsAg and HBeAg, in order to clarify the effect of ZEB2 on HBV replication and expression...
November 20, 2016: Zhonghua Gan Zang Bing za Zhi, Zhonghua Ganzangbing Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27975313/immunofluorescent-staining-for-the-detection-of-the-hepatitis-b-core-antigen-in-frozen-liver-sections-of-human-liver-chimeric-mice
#7
Lena Allweiss, Marc Lütgehetmann, Maura Dandri
The hepatitis B virus (HBV) is the causative agent for chronic hepatitis B infection, which affects an estimate of 240 million people worldwide and puts them at risk of developing terminal liver disease. The life cycle of the virus and its interactions with the host immune system are still incompletely understood, and currently available treatment options rarely achieve a cure. Therefore, basic research and new drug development are needed. One parameter for measuring the intrahepatic activity of the virus is monitoring the production of the HBV core antigen (HBcAg), which not only serves as the main structural protein of its nucleocapsid but is also recruited to the covalently closed circular DNA (cccDNA), the nuclear HBV genome responsible for infection persistence...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27975307/a-homokaryon-assay-for-nucleocytoplasmic-shuttling-activity-of-hbv-core-protein
#8
Ching-Chun Yang, Hung-Cheng Li, Chiaho Shih
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) core protein (HBc) can be present in both nucleus and cytoplasm. The arginine-rich domain (ARD) at the cytoplasmic tail of HBc contains both a nuclear localization signal (NLS) and nuclear export signal (NES). We established a homokaryon assay to detect the dynamic trafficking of HBc between nucleus and cytoplasm in hepatocytes. Using immunofluorescence assay (IFA) and PEG-induced cell-cell fusion, we demonstrated that a chimeric reporter protein of SV40 large T antigen, when fused in-frame with HBc ARD, can shuttle from a donor nuclei (green) to the recipient nuclei (red) in the context of binucleated or polynucleated hybrid cells...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27958343/hbv-maintains-electrostatic-homeostasis-by-modulating-negative-charges-from-phosphoserine-and-encapsidated-nucleic-acids
#9
Pei-Yi Su, Ching-Jen Yang, Tien-Hua Chu, Chih-Hsu Chang, Chiayn Chiang, Fan-Mei Tang, Chih-Yin Lee, Chiaho Shih
Capsid assembly and stability of hepatitis B virus (HBV) core protein (HBc) particles depend on balanced electrostatic interactions between encapsidated nucleic acids and an arginine-rich domain (ARD) of HBc in the capsid interior. Arginine-deficient ARD mutants preferentially encapsidated spliced viral RNA and shorter DNA, which can be fully or partially rescued by reducing the negative charges from acidic residues or serine phosphorylation of HBc, dose-dependently. Similarly, empty capsids without RNA encapsidation can be generated by ARD hyper-phosphorylation in insect, bacteria, and human hepatocytes...
December 13, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27956427/synergistic-interactions-between-hepatitis-b-virus-ribonuclease-h-antagonists-and-other-inhibitors
#10
Elena Lomonosova, Adam Zlotnick, John E Tavis
Combination therapies are standard for management of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections, however no such therapies are established for human hepatitis B virus (HBV). Recently we identified several promising inhibitors of HBV ribonuclease H (RNaseH) activity that have significant activity against viral replication in vitro Here, we investigated in vitro antiviral efficacy of combinations of two RNaseH inhibitors with the current anti-HBV drug nucleoside analog lamivudine, with HAP12, an experimental core protein allosteric modulator, and with each other...
December 12, 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917199/molecular-and-serological-detection-of-occult-hepatitis-b-virus-among-healthy-hepatitis-b-surface-antigen-negative-blood-donors-in-malaysia
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Shuaibu A Hudu, Nabil S Harmal, Mohammed I Saeed, Ahmad S Alshrari, Yasmin A Malik, Mohd T Niazlin, Roshida Hassan, Zamberi Sekawi
BACKGROUND: Occult hepatitis B infections are becoming a major global threat, but the available data on its prevalence in various parts of the world are often divergent. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to detect occult hepatitis B virus in hepatitis B surface antigen-negative serum using anti-HBc as a marker of previous infection. PATIENT AND METHODS: A total of 1000 randomly selected hepatitis B surface antigen-negative sera from blood donors were tested for hepatitis B core antibody and hepatitis B surface antibody using an ELISA and nested polymerase chain reaction was done using primers specific to the surface gene (S-gene)...
September 2016: African Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882067/bioinformatic-identification-of-rare-codon-clusters-rccs-in-hbv-genome-and-evaluation-of-rccs-in-proteins-structure-of-hepatitis-b-virus
#12
Mojtaba Mortazavi, Mohammad Zarenezhad, Saeid Gholamzadeh, Seyed Moayed Alavian, Mohammad Ghorbani, Reza Dehghani, Abdorrasoul Malekpour, Mohammadhasan Meshkibaf, Ali Fakhrzad
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) as an infectious disease that has nine genotypes (A - I) and a 'putative' genotype J. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to identify the rare codon clusters (RCC) in the HBV genome and to evaluate these RCCs in the HBV proteins structure. METHODS: For detection of protein family accession numbers (Pfam) in HBV proteins, the UniProt database and Pfam search tool were used. Protein family accession numbers is a comprehensive and accurate collection of protein domains and families...
October 2016: Hepatitis Monthly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864147/host-factor-prpf31-is-involved-in-cccdna-production-in-hbv-replicating-cells
#13
Wataru Kinoshita, Naoki Ogura, Koichi Watashi, Takaji Wakita
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) covalently closed circular DNA (cccDNA) plays a central role in chronic HBV infection and replication, and is an important factor for HBV surface antigen loss indicating the endpoint of HBV treatment. However, there is a known problem that current anti-HBV drugs, including interferons and nucleos(t)ide analogues, reduce HBV replication but have a little or no effect on reducing cccDNA. Therefore, the development of new therapeutic agents is necessary to eradicate cccDNA. In this study, we identified pre-mRNA processing factor 31 (PRPF31) by siRNA screening as a factor associated with cccDNA...
January 22, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27779207/hbv-core-promoter-mutations-and-akt-upregulate-s-phase-kinase-associated-protein-2-to-promote-postoperative-hepatocellular-carcinoma-progression
#14
Lubiao Chen, Lin Gu, Yurong Gu, Hongbo Wang, Meihai Deng, Zania Stamataki, Ye Htun Oo, Yuehua Huang
Mutations in the hepatitis B virus (HBV) core promoter (CP) have been shown to be associated with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The CP region overlaps HBV X gene, which activates AKT to regulate hepatocyte survival. However, the cooperation between these two cascades in HCC progression remains poorly understood. Here, we assayed virological factors and AKT expression in liver tissues from 56 HCC patients with better prognoses (BHCC, ≥5-year survival) and 58 with poor prognoses (PHCC, <5-year survival) after partial liver resection...
October 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27771945/binding-and-uptake-into-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells-of-peptide-functionalized-gold-nanoparticles
#15
Satadru Jha, Federico Ramadori, Santina Quarta, Alessandra Biasiolo, Enrica Fabris, Paola Baldan, Gaetano Guarino, Mariagrazia Ruvoletto, Gianmarco Villano, Cristian Turato, Angelo Gatta, Fabrizio Mancin, Patrizia Pontisso, Paolo Scrimin
One of the most daunting challenges of nanomedicine is the finding of appropriate targeting agents to deliver suitable payloads precisely to cells affected by malignancies. Even more complex is the ability to ensure that the nanosystems enter those cells. Here, we use 2 nm (metal core) gold nanoparticles to target human hepatocellular carcinoma (HepG2) cells stably transfected with the SERPINB3 (SB3) protein. The nanoparticles were coated with a 85:15 mixture of thiols featuring, respectively, a phosphoryl choline (to ensure water solubility and biocompatibility) and a 28-mer peptide corresponding to the amino acid sequence 21-47 of the hepatitis B virus-PreS1 protein (PreS1(21-47))...
January 18, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27761438/treatment-for-hepatitis-b-in-patients-with-drug-resistance
#16
REVIEW
Frank Tacke, Daniela C Kroy
Persistent hepatitis B virus (HBV) infections affect about 240 million patients worldwide that are at risk of developing liver cirrhosis or hepatocellular carcinoma. HBV is a small, partially double stranded DNA virus with four overlapping genes and a unique life cycle, which involves the generation of an RNA template for replication via reverse transcription. Mutations occur frequently during chronic infection, and particular selection pressures select distinct mutants. Nucleoside and nucleotide analogues like lamivudine (LMV), entecavir (ETV), telbivudine (LdT), adefovir dipivoxil (ADV) and tenofovir (TDF) are used to achieve long-term suppression of viral replication...
September 2016: Annals of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27724895/hepatitis-b-virus-inhibits-apolipoprotein-a5-expression-through-its-core-gene
#17
Chengliang Zhu, Guosheng Gao, Hui Song, Fengxia Xu, Kailang Wu, Xinghui Liu
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection causes lipid metabolism disorders. Apolipoprotein A5 (ApoA5) is a new apolipoprotein family member that plays an important role in the regulation of lipid metabolism. The present study was to investigate the impact of HBV on ApoA5 expression and its regulatory mechanism. METHODS: Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and western blotting were used to measure ApoA5 mRNA and protein expression in HepG2 and HepG2...
October 10, 2016: Lipids in Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27672298/different-pre-s-deletion-patterns-and-their-association-with-hepatitis-b-virus-genotypes
#18
Bing-Fang Chen
AIM: To investigate the associations of different types of pre-S deletions with hepatitis B virus (HBV) genotypes. METHODS: The sequences of the pre-S region, basal core promoter (BCP) mutation, and precore (PC) mutation were examined through direct DNA sequencing or clonal analysis and sequencing in 273 HBV carriers, namely 55 asymptomatic carriers, 55 carriers with chronic hepatitis (CH), 55 with liver cirrhosis (LC), 53 with liver cirrhotic hepatocellular carcinoma (LC-HCC), and 55 with noncirrhotic HCC...
September 21, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27668597/-the-true-story-and-advantages-of-the-famous-hepatitis-b-virus-core-particles-outlook-2016
#19
P Pumpens, E Grens
This review article is a continuation of the paper "Hepatitis B core particles as a universal display model: a structure-function basis for development" written by Pumpens P. and Grens E., ordered by Professor Lev Kisselev and published in FEBS Letters, 1999, 442, 1-6. The past 17 years have strengthened the paper's finding that the human hepatitis B virus core protein, along with other Hepadnaviridae family member core proteins, is a mysterious, multifunctional protein. The core gene of the Hepadnaviridae genome encodes five partially collinear proteins...
July 2016: Molekuliarnaia Biologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27636324/modulators-of-hbv-capsid-assembly-as-an-approach-to-treating-hepatitis-b-virus-infection
#20
Andrew G Cole
The search for a cure for hepatitis B virus infection extends beyond interferon and the existing polymerase inhibitors, and targets different aspects of the virus life cycle to develop agents that operate by alternative mechanisms. Examples of small molecules that disrupt the encapsidation of pgRNA have been known for some time, but recent advances in the understanding of nucleocapsid formation, how compounds interact with core protein, and the development of drug-like molecules have recently progressed the study of capsid assembly modulators to proof of concept in the clinic with respect to reduction of viral load in chronic HBV patients...
September 13, 2016: Current Opinion in Pharmacology
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