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Fariha Hasan, Mohammad O Khan, Mukarram Ali
Introduction Pakistan is extremely susceptible to an influenza outbreak, as it shares borders with the most affected countries, namely China and India. The medical and dental students come into direct contact with the affected population and should be aware of the risk factors and signs and symptoms pertaining to swine influenza virus (SIV). Hence, this survey was conducted to assess the knowledge, perceptions and self-care practices of the medical and dental students with regards to this pandemic. Methods A descriptive, cross-sectional study was conducted to evaluate the swine flu-related knowledge, attitudes and practices of the medical and dental students at various institutions in Karachi, Pakistan...
January 9, 2018: Curēus
Caroline O Buckee, Maria I E Cardenas, June Corpuz, Arpita Ghosh, Farhana Haque, Jahirul Karim, Ayesha S Mahmud, Richard J Maude, Keitly Mensah, Nkengafac Villyen Motaze, Maria Nabaggala, Charlotte Jessica Eland Metcalf, Sedera Aurélien Mioramalala, Frank Mubiru, Corey M Peak, Santanu Pramanik, Jean Marius Rakotondramanga, Eric Remera, Ipsita Sinha, Siv Sovannaroth, Andrew J Tatem, Win Zaw
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2018: BMJ Global Health
Daniel Sauter, Frank Kirchhoff
HIV-1, the main causative agent of AIDS, and related primate lentiviruses show a striking ability to efficiently replicate throughout the lifetime of an infected host. In addition to their high variability, the acquisition of several accessory genes has enabled these viruses to efficiently evade or counteract seemingly strong antiviral immune responses. The respective viral proteins, i.e. Vif, Vpr, Vpu, Vpx and Nef, show a stunning functional diversity, acting by various mechanisms and targeting a large variety of cellular factors involved in innate and adaptive immunity...
February 23, 2018: Cytokine & Growth Factor Reviews
Weijie Chen, Zenan Xia, Wei Liu, Xiaodong He, Weimin Zhang
PURPOSES: Our aim was to investigate the effects of selective celiac branch vagotomy on food intake and glycemic control after ileal transposition (IT) and the possible roles of the vagus on the improvement of diabetes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty non-obese rats with diabetes underwent either IT, IT + celiac branch vagotomy (ITV), sham IT (SI), or sham IT + celiac branch vagotomy (SIV). They were pair fed, and the food intake, body weight, fasting plasma glucose, and glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) level were monitored...
March 10, 2018: Obesity Surgery
Quang N Nguyen, David R Martinez, Jonathon E Himes, R Whitney Edwards, Qifeng Han, Amit Kumar, Riley Mangan, Nathan I Nicely, Guanhua Xie, Nathan Vandergrift, Xiaoying Shen, Justin Pollara, Sallie R Permar
BACKGROUND: The initial envelope (Env)-specific antibody response in acutely HIV-1-infected individuals and simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV)-infected rhesus monkeys (RMs) is dominated by non-neutralizing antibodies targeting Env gp41. In contrast, natural primate SIV hosts, such as African green monkeys (AGMs), develop a predominant Env gp120-specific antibody response to SIV infection. However, the fine-epitope specificity and function of SIV Env-specific plasma IgG, and their potential role on autologous virus co-evolution in SIV-infected AGMs and RMs remain unclear...
March 9, 2018: Retrovirology
Nicholas R Meyerson, Cody J Warren, Daniel A S A Vieira, Felipe Diaz-Griferro, Sara L Sawyer
HIV-1 arose as the result of spillover of simian immunodeficiency viruses (SIVs) from great apes in Africa, namely from chimpanzees and gorillas. Chimpanzees and gorillas were, themselves, infected with SIV after virus spillover from African monkeys. During spillover events, SIV is thought to require adaptation to the new host species. The host barriers that drive viral adaptation have predominantly been attributed to restriction factors, rather than cofactors (host proteins exploited to promote viral replication)...
March 2018: PLoS Pathogens
Vinay Kumar, Joshua Mansfield, Rong Fan, Andrew MacLean, Jian Li, Mahesh Mohan
Intestinal epithelial barrier dysfunction is a well-known sequela of HIV/SIV infection that persists despite antiretroviral therapy. Although inflammation is a triggering factor, the underlying molecular mechanisms remain unknown. Emerging evidence suggests that epithelial barrier function is epigenetically regulated by inflammation-induced microRNAs (miRNAs). Accordingly, we profiled and characterized miRNA/mRNA expression exclusively in colonic epithelium and identified 46 differentially expressed miRNAs (20 upregulated and 26 downregulated) in chronically SIV-infected rhesus macaques ( Macaca mulatta )...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Ann J Hessell, Mariya B Shapiro, Rebecca Powell, Delphine C Malherbe, Sean P McBurney, Shilpi Pandey, Tracy Cheever, William F Sutton, Christoph Kahl, Byung Park, Susan Zolla-Pazner, Nancy L Haigwood
A high level of V1V2-specific IgG antibodies in vaccinees' sera was the only independent variable that correlated with a reduced risk of HIV acquisition in the RV144 clinical trial. In contrast, IgG avidity, antibody neutralization, and antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity each failed as independent correlates of infection. Extended analyses of RV144 samples demonstrated antiviral activity of V1V2-specific vaccine-induced antibodies. V2-specific antibodies have also been associated with protection from SIV, and the V2i-specific subset of human monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), while poor neutralizers, mediate Fc-dependent antiviral functions in vitro The objective of this study was to determine the protective efficacy of a V2i-specific human mAb 830A against mucosal SHIV challenge...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Virology
Jing Shi, Ran Xiong, Tao Zhou, Peiyi Su, Xihe Zhang, Xusheng Qiu, Hongmei Li, Sunan Li, Changqing Yu, Bin Wang, Chan Ding, Thomas E Smithgall, Yong-Hui Zheng
The primate lentiviral accessory protein Nef downregulates CD4 and MHC-I from the cell surface via independent endosomal trafficking pathways to promote viral pathogenesis. In addition, Nef antagonizes a novel restriction factor, SERINC5 (Ser5), to increase viral infectivity. To explore the molecular mechanism of Ser5 antagonism by Nef, we determined how Nef affects Ser5 expression and intracellular trafficking in comparison with CD4 and MHC-I. We confirm that Nef excludes Ser5 from HIV-1 virions by downregulating its cell surface expression via similar functional motifs required for CD4-downregulation...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Virology
Tian-Zhang Song, Ming-Xu Zhang, Yu-Jie Xia, Yu Xiao, Wei Pang, Yong-Tang Zheng
Parasites can increase infection rates and pathogenicity in immunocompromised human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) patients. However, in vitro studies and epidemiological investigations also suggest that parasites might escape immunocompromised hosts during HIV infection. Due to the lack of direct evidence from animal experiments, the effects of parasitic infections on immunocompromised hosts remain unclear. Here, we detected 14 different parasites in six northern pig-tailed macaques (NPMs) before or at the 50th week of simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) infection by ELISA...
January 18, 2018: Zoological Research
Mohammad Arif Rahman, Katherine M McKinnon, Tatiana S Karpova, David A Ball, David J Venzon, Wenjin Fan, Guobin Kang, Qingsheng Li, Marjorie Robert-Guroff
Follicular CD8+ T (fCD8) cells reside within B cell follicles and are thought to be immune-privileged sites of HIV/SIV infection. We have observed comparable levels of fCD8 cells between chronically SIV-infected rhesus macaques with low viral loads (LVL) and high viral loads (HVL), raising the question concerning their contribution to viremia control. In this study, we sought to clarify the role of SIV-specific fCD8 cells in lymph nodes during the course of SIV infection in rhesus macaques. We observed that fCD8 cells, T follicular helper (Tfh) cells, and T follicular regulatory cells (Tfreg) were all elevated in chronic SIV infection...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Anthony A Duplanty, Robert W Siggins, Timothy Allerton, Liz Simon, Patricia E Molina
Work from our group demonstrated that chronic binge alcohol (CBA)-induces mitochondrial gene dysregulation at end-stage disease of simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) infection in antiretroviral therapy (ART) naïve rhesus macaques. Alterations in gene expression can disrupt mitochondrial homeostasis and in turn contribute to the risk of metabolic comorbidities characterized by loss of skeletal muscle (SKM) functional mass that are associated with CBA, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, and prolonged ART...
March 2018: Physiological Reports
Pia Steinrücken, Siv Kristin Prestegard, Jeroen Hendrik de Vree, Julia E Storesund, Bernadette Pree, Svein Are Mjøs, Svein Rune Erga
Microalgae could provide a sustainable alternative to fish oil as a source for the omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). However, growing microalgae on a large-scale is still more cost-intensive than fish oil production, and outdoor productivities vary greatly with reactor type, geographic location, climate conditions and microalgae species or even strains. The diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum has been intensively investigated for its potential in large-scale production, due to its robustness and comparatively high growth rates and EPA content...
March 2018: Algal Research
Hege Hølmo Johannessen, Signe Nilssen Stafne, Ragnhild Sørum Falk, Arvid Stordahl, Arne Wibe, Siv Mørkved
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: Urinary (UI) and anal incontinence (AI) are common pelvic floor disorders (PFD), and postpartum women experiencing double incontinence (DI), the combination of UI and AI, tend to have more severe symptoms and a greater impact on quality of life. Our objective was to investigate the prevalence and predictors of postpartum DI and UI alone 1 year after first delivery. METHODS: In this prospective cohort study, 976 women reported the prevalence of DI and UI alone 1 year after their first delivery in one of two hospitals in Norway using the St Marks score and the ICI-Q UI SF...
March 2, 2018: International Urogynecology Journal
Justin Pollara, Chiara Orlandi, Charles Beck, R Whitney Edwards, Yi Hu, Shuying Liu, Shixia Wang, Richard A Koup, Thomas N Denny, Shan Lu, Georgia D Tomaras, Anthony DeVico, George K Lewis, Guido Ferrari
Several different assay methodologies have been described for the evaluation of HIV or SIV-specific antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC). Commonly used assays measure ADCC by evaluating effector cell functions, or by detecting elimination of target cells. Signaling through Fc receptors, cellular activation, cytotoxic granule exocytosis, or accumulation of cytolytic and immune signaling factors have been used to evaluate ADCC at the level of the effector cells. Alternatively, assays that measure killing or loss of target cells provide a direct assessment of the specific killing activity of antibodies capable of ADCC...
March 2, 2018: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
Sumin Choi, Victor Leong, Valery A Davydov, Viatcheslav N Agafonov, Marcus W O Cheong, Dmitry A Kalashnikov, Leonid A Krivitsky
Nanodidamonds containing colour centres open up many applications in quantum information processing, metrology, and quantum sensing. However, controlling the synthesis of nanodiamonds containing silicon vacancy (SiV) centres is still not well understood. Here we study nanodiamonds produced by a high-pressure high-temperature method without catalyst metals, focusing on two samples with clear SiV signatures. Different growth temperatures and relative content of silicon in the initial compound between the samples altered their nanodiamond size distributions and abundance of SiV centres...
February 28, 2018: Scientific Reports
Diane G Carnathan, Joseph J Mackel, Shelby L Sweat, Chiamaka A Enemuo, Etse H Gebru, Pallavi Dhadvai, Sailaja Gangadhara, Sakeenah Hicks, Thomas H Vanderford, Rama R Amara, José Esparza, Wei Lu, Jean-Marie Andrieu, Guido Silvestri
A major obstacle to development of an effective AIDS vaccine is that along with intended beneficial responses, immunization regimen may activate CD4+ T cells that can facilitate acquisition of HIV by serving as target cells for the virus. Lu et al. reported that intra-gastric administration of chemically inactivated SIVmac239 (iSIV) and Lactobacillus plantarum (LP) (iSIV+LP) protected 15/16 Chinese-origin rhesus macaques (RMs) from high-dose intra-rectal SIVmac239 challenge at three months post-immunization...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Virology
Estelle Autissier, Haiying Li, Paul Goepfert, R Keith Reeves
Apoptotic membrane microparticles (MMP) derive from dying cells of multiple cell origins, are highly immunostimulatory, and are indicative of global immune activation and cell death in a variety of diseases. In this study we developed a flow cytometric bead assay to quantify annexin-V+ apoptotic (MMP) in plasma from humans and rhesus macaques. With a combination of flow cytometry and pan-fluorescent beads, MMP were enumerated in plasma specimens by adding a constant ratio of beads to initial fluid volumes and then calculating MMP/ml based on MMP-to-bead ratios...
February 27, 2018: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
James Arthos, Claudia Cicala, Fatima Nawaz, Siddappa N Byrareddy, Francois Villinger, Philip J Santangelo, Aftab A Ansari, Anthony S Fauci
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Acute HIV infection is characterized by high-level viral replication throughout the body's lymphoid system, particularly in gut-associated lymphoid tissues resulting in damage to structural components of gut tissue. This damage is irreversible and believed to contribute to the development of immune deficiencies. Antiretroviral therapy (ART) does not restore gut structure and function. Studies in macaques point to an alternative treatment strategy that may ameliorate gut damage...
February 24, 2018: Current HIV/AIDS Reports
Mengkai Cai, Junming Huang, Dexin Bu, Zhiqing Yu, Xinliang Fu, Chihai Ji, Pei Zhou, Guihong Zhang
Swine are the main host of the H1N1 swine influenza virus (SIV), however, H1N1 can also infect humans and occasionally cause serious respiratory disease. To trace the evolution of the SIV in Guangdong, China, we performed an epidemic investigation during the period of 2016-2017. Nine H1N1 influenza viruses were isolated from swine nasal swabs. Antigenic analysis revealed that these viruses belonged to two distinct antigenic groups, represented by A/Swine/Guangdong/101/2016 and A/Swine/Guangdong/52/2017. Additionally, three genotypes, known as GD52/17-like, GD493/17-like and GD101/16-like, were identified by phylogenetic analysis...
February 26, 2018: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
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