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  • 1
    In: The Journal of Virology, 2004, Vol. 78(17), p.9007
    Description: The worldwide outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) was shown to be associated with a novel coronavirus (CoV) now called SARS CoV. We report here the generation of SARS CoV S protein-pseudotyped murine leukemia virus (MLV) vector particles. The wild-type S protein pseudotyped MLV vectors, although at a low efficiency. Partial deletion of the cytoplasmic tail of S dramatically increased infectivity of pseudotypes, with titers only two- to threefold lower than those of pseudotypes generated in parallel with the vesicular stomatitis virus G protein. S-pseudotyped MLV particles were used to analyze viral tropism. MLV(SARS) pseudotypes and wild-type SARS CoV displayed similar cell types and tissue and host restrictions, indicating that the expression of a functional receptor is the major restraint in permissiveness to SARS CoV infection. Efficient gene transfer could be detected in Vero and CaCo2 cells, whereas the level of gene marking of 293T, HeLa, and HepG2 cells was only slightly above background levels. A cat cell line and a dog cell line were not susceptible. Interestingly, PK-15, a porcine kidney cell line, and primary porcine kidney cells were also highly permissive for SARS S pseudotypes and wild-type SARS CoV. This finding suggests that swine may be susceptible to SARS infection and may be a source for infection of humans. Taken together, these results indicate that MLV(SARS) pseudotypes are highly valuable for functional studies of viral tropism and entry and, in addition, can be a powerful tool for the development of therapeutic entry inhibitors without posing a biohazard to human beings.
    Keywords: Sars Coronavirus ; Murine Leukemia Virus ; Vesicular Stomatitis Virus ; Sars Coronavirus ; Murine Leukemia Virus ; Vesicular Stomatitis Virus ; Expression Vectors ; Infection ; Host Range ; Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome ; Kidney ; Tropism ; Leukemia ; Guanine Nucleotide-Binding Protein ; Gene Transfer ; Deletion ; Tails ; Infectivity ; Vesicular Stomatitis ; Background Levels ; Expression Vectors ; Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome ; Kidney ; Tropism ; Guanine Nucleotide-Binding Protein ; Gene Transfer ; Deletion ; Infectivity ; Viral Genetics Including Virus Reactivation ; Cloning Vectors ; S Protein ; S Protein;
    ISSN: 0022-538X
    ISSN: 0022538X
    E-ISSN: 10985514
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  • 2
    In: International Journal of Oncology, 12/01/2004
    ISSN: 1019-6439
    E-ISSN: 1791-2423
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  • 3
    Language: English
    In: International Journal of Oncology, December 2004, Vol.25(6), pp.1795-1799
    Description: Valproic acid (VPA) as a differentiation inducing anti-neoplastic substance is currently tested in solid tumour and leukaemia patients. Previously, we were able to show that the anti-cancer activity of VPA was synergistically increased by interferon-α (IFN-α) in Be(2)-C neuroblastoma (NB) cells. Now, we studied the effects of VPA in combination with IFN-α on two other NB cell lines. UKF-NB-2 and UKF-NB-3 cell growth was synergistically inhibited by VPA and IFN-α. Cell cycle investigations revealed massive accumulation of cells in G0/G1-phase after a combined treatment with VPA and IFN-α. The VPA-induced accumulation of acetylated histones in NB cell nuclei that indicates inhibition of histone deacetylases was not further enhanced by the combination treatment with IFN-α. Most strikingly, VPA plus IFN-α synergistically inhibited growth of UKF-NB-3 xenograft tumours in nude mice and induced complete cures in two out of six animals, while single treatment merely inhibited tumour growth. The results of this study together with our previous report strongly encourage the clinical evaluation of VPA and IFN-α for NB patients.
    Keywords: Enzyme Inhibitors -- Pharmacology ; Interferon-Alpha -- Pharmacology ; Neuroblastoma -- Pathology ; Valproic Acid -- Pharmacology;
    ISSN: 1019-6439
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  • 4
    Language: English
    In: International Journal of Molecular Medicine, February 2004, Vol.13(2), pp.327-331
    Description: Recently, we reported that thrombin specifically stimulates protease-activated receptor-1 (PAR-1) signaling in RPE entailing inhibition of Sp1 dependent HCMV replication. We now studied whether thrombin modulates the expression of the proinflammatory cytokine/chemokines IL-6 and IL-8 in mock- and cytomegalovirus-infected human retinal pigment epithelial cells (RPE). Our data show that thrombin/PAR-1 stimulates IL-6 and IL-8 gene transcription and protein secretion in both mock- and HCMV-infected RPE. Thrombin/PAR-1-mediated signaling stimulated PKC and NF-κB-dependent IL-6 and IL-8 gene expression via phosphoinositide 3-kinase and further downstream via p42/44 and p38 MAPKs. Thus, thrombin/PAR-1-mediated IL-6/IL-8 gene expression is uncoupled from Sp1 inhibition and may support proinflammatory pathomechanisms probably involved in hemorrhage/HCMV retinitis progression.
    Keywords: Cytomegalovirus Infections -- Metabolism ; Interleukin-6 -- Genetics ; Interleukin-8 -- Genetics ; Pigment Epithelium of Eye -- Metabolism ; Thrombin -- Metabolism;
    ISSN: 1107-3756
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  • 5
    Language: English
    In: International Journal of Molecular Medicine, August 2004, Vol.14(2), pp.175-178
    Description: Recently, evidence has been obtained that the Na+/H+ exchange (NHE) inhibitor HOE642 may stabilize endothelial and epithelial barrier function in vivo. However, the underlying mechanisms are not known. Therefore, we studied the influence of HOE642 on the barrier function of the epithelial cell line CaCo2. The phorbolester phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA) was used to induce hyperpermeability of the epithelial layer which was indirectly determined by measuring the transepithelial electrical resistance (TER). Confocal laser scan microscopy (LSM) served to analyze the intracellular localization of adherens and tight junction molecules. In five independent experiments we found that HOE642 increased TER in non-treated CaCo2 cells (control: 350±28 Ω/cm2; HOE642: 444±53 Ω/cm2) and prevented PMA-induced barrier dysfunction (PMA: 33±12 Ω/cm2; PMA plus HOE642: 496±47 Ω/cm2). LSM showed that HOE642 prevented the PMA-induced disassociation of the zonula adherens molecule β-catenin from the cell membrane and the decreased expression of the zonula occludens molecule ZO-1. From our data we conclude that HOE642 may prevent stress-induced epithelial dysfunction by stabilization of cell membrane-associated junction molecules.
    Keywords: Anti-Arrhythmia Agents -- Pharmacology ; Epithelium -- Metabolism ; Guanidines -- Pharmacology ; Sulfones -- Pharmacology;
    ISSN: 1107-3756
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  • 6
    In: International Journal of Molecular Medicine, 08/01/2004
    ISSN: 1107-3756
    E-ISSN: 1791-244X
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  • 7
    Language: English
    In: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents, 2004, Vol.23(6), pp.563-571
    Description: Up to now, only a few isolates of Anaplasma phagocytophilum have been tested for their susceptibility against a small number of antimicrobial agents. In addition, as with other fastidious or intracellular bacteria, the test methods are laborious and neither minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) definitions, nor the test conditions and the inocula are standardised to date. A new 16S-rDNA-based real-time PCR assay has been developed and used under standardised conditions to analyse the activity of seven antimicrobial agents against two A. phagocytophilum isolates. After 72 h incubation, MICs were determined by software-assisted calculation of bacterial growth in samples and controls from semi-quantitative PCR results. In our study, the rank order of potency on a mg/l basis for the antimicrobial agents with enhanced in vitro activity against A. phagocytophilum was moxifloxacin (MIC: ≤0.03 mg/l) 〉 doxycycline (MIC: ≤0.125 mg/l) 〉 ciprofloxacin (MIC: 0.125 mg/l). Gentamicin, ampicillin, azithromycin and cethromycin showed no activity against the isolates tested in this investigation. Our new 16S-rDNA-PCR-based microdilution test system was shown to be sensitive, reproducible and reliable. The assay is capable of testing larger numbers of isolates and antimicrobial agents under standardised and very precise test conditions and may therefore offer a competent technical solution of the difficulties known to be associated with in vitro testing of other bacterial pathogens that grow intracellularly, such as chlamydia or rickettsia.
    Keywords: Anaplasma Phagocytophilum ; Standardised Antibiotic Assay ; Microdilution Assay ; Pcr ; In Vitro Susceptibility ; Biology ; Pharmacy, Therapeutics, & Pharmacology
    ISSN: 0924-8579
    E-ISSN: 1872-7913
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  • 8
    Language: English
    In: Trends in Molecular Medicine, 2004, Vol.10(1), pp.19-23
    Description: Recently, the term oncomodulation has been proposed to express the ability of human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) to modify tumor cell biology, a phenomenon that is independent from transformation. Because past studies have failed to show that HCMV can transform normal human cells, HCMV has not been regarded as an oncogenic tumor virus. However, recent investigations have revealed a high frequency of HCMV in tumor cells of malignancies such as colon cancer, malignant glioma, prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia, and carcinoma. Data from experiments with HCMV-infected tumor cell lines have highlighted the oncomodulatory potential of HCMV and provided important insights into the patho- mechanisms associated with aberrant signaling pathways and transcription factor and/or tumor suppressor function of the host cell.
    Keywords: Medicine ; Biology
    ISSN: 1471-4914
    E-ISSN: 1471-499X
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  • 9
    Language: English
    In: Medical Microbiology and Immunology, 2004, Vol.193(4), pp.205-208
    Description: The underlying mechanisms leading to persistence of human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) in the immune privileged retina are not fully understood. This in vitro study was done to evaluate the influence of HCMV-infected retinal glial cells on epithelial barrier functions. Glial cells derived from human eyes were cultured and infected with the clinical HCMV isolate Hi91. Supernatants of mock (GS mock ) and Hi91 (GS Hi91 ) -infected glial cells were collected at 72 h post inoculation and used for incubation of CaCo-2 cells grown in transwell chambers. Transepithelial electrical resistance (TER) was analyzed as a measure of epithelial integrity. Virus-free GS Hi91 but not GS mock increased TER from 250 Ω/cm 2 to more than 1,000 Ω/cm 2 within 2 h. Increased TER values were measured up to 48 h ( n =3). No changes in TER were observed when conditioned supernatants from HCMV-infected human foreskin fibroblasts were used. No evidence of GS Hi91 -induced modification of β-catenin (zonula adherens) or occludin and ZO-1 (zonula occludens) was found. Our results suggest that HCMV-infected glial cells may support epithelial barrier functions by a yet unknown mechanism. Our findings may help to explain the ocular persistence of HCMV and the maintenance of ocular immune privilege early in infection.
    Keywords: Human cytomegalovirus ; Immune privilege ; Junction molecules ; Retinitis
    ISSN: 0300-8584
    E-ISSN: 1432-1831
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  • 10
    Language: English
    In: Neoplasia, November 2004, Vol.6(6), pp.725-735
    Description: The mode of the antitumoral activity of multimutated oncolytic herpes simplex virus type 1 G207 has not been fully elucidated yet. Because the antitumoral activity of many drugs involves the inhibition of tumor blood vessel formation, we determined if G207 had an influence on angiogenesis. Monolayers of human umbilical vein endothelial cells and human dermal microvascular endothelial cells, but not human dermal fibroblasts, bronchial epithelial cells, and retinal glial cells, were highly sensitive to the replicative and cytotoxic effects of G207. Moreover, G207 infection caused the destruction of endothelial cell tubes . In the Matrigel plug assay in mice, G207 suppressed the formation of perfused vessels. Intratumoral treatment of established human rhabdomyosarcoma xenografts with G207 led to the destruction of tumor vessels and tumor regression. Ultrastructural investigations revealed the presence of viral particles in both tumor and endothelial cells of G207-treated xenografts, but not in adjacent normal tissues. These findings show that G207 may suppress tumor growth, in part, due to inhibition of angiogenesis.
    Keywords: Angiogenesis ; Hsv-1 ; G207 ; Human Rhabdomyosarcoma ; Ribonucleotide Reductase ; Medicine
    ISSN: 1476-5586
    E-ISSN: 1476-5586
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