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  • Michaelis, M.
  • Cytomegalovirus
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  • 1
    In: Neuro-Oncology, 2015, Vol. 17(7), pp.1039-1039
    Description: The question of whether most gliomas are infected with human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) has been under dispute for more than 10 years. We recently reported our failure to detect HCMV in gliomas in Neuro-Oncology.1 Our article was accompanied by 2 related editorials,2,3 one of which boldly criticized our approach.3 Instead of fighting a petty, ivory tower dispute, we would like to lobby for a serious collaborative approach to providing conclusive evidence on the presence of HCMV in glioma (and other cancers). Since we developed the concept of oncomodulation (ie, that HCMV …
    Keywords: Medicine;
    ISSN: 1522-8517
    E-ISSN: 1523-5866
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  • 2
    Language: English
    In: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, 2011, Vol.68(6), pp.1079-1090
    Description: Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is a major pathogen in immunocompromised individuals. Here, non-toxic concentrations of the anti-cancer kinase inhibitor sorafenib were shown to inhibit replication of different HCMV strains (including a ganciclovir-resistant strain) in different cell types. In contrast to established anti-HCMV drugs, sorafenib inhibited HCMV major immediate early promoter activity and HCMV immediate early antigen (IEA) expression. Sorafenib is known to inhibit Raf. Comparison of sorafenib with the MEK inhibitor U0126 suggested that sorafenib inhibits HCMV IEA expression through inhibition of Raf but independently of signaling through the Raf downstream kinase MEK 1/2. In concordance, siRNA-mediated depletion of Raf but not of MEK-reduced IEA expression. In conclusion, sorafenib diminished HCMV replication in clinically relevant concentrations and inhibited HCMV IEA expression, a pathophysiologically relevant event that is not affected by established anti-HCMV drugs. Moreover, we demonstrated for the first time that Raf activation is involved in HCMV IEA expression.
    Keywords: Human cytomegalovirus ; Sorafenib ; Kinase inhibitor ; Raf ; Immediate early antigen ; Cancer chemotherapy ; Oncomodulation ; Antiviral therapy
    ISSN: 1420-682X
    E-ISSN: 1420-9071
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  • 3
    Language: English
    In: Medical Microbiology and Immunology, 2011, Vol.200(1), pp.1-5
    Description: The question whether human cytomegalovirus may affect cancer diseases has been discussed (very controversially) for decades. There are convinced believers and strict opponents of the idea that HCMV might be able to play a role in the course of cancer diseases. In parallel, the number of published reports on the topic is growing. Recently published and presented (Ranganathan P, Clark P, Kuo JS, Salamat S, Kalejta RF. A Survey of Human Cytomegalovirus Genomic Loci Present in Glioblastoma Multiforme Tissue Samples. 35th Annual International Herpes Workshop, Salt Lake City, 2010) data on HCMV detection in glioblastoma tissues and colocalisation of HCMV proteins with cellular proteins known to be relevant for glioblastoma progression motivated us to recapitulate the current state of evidence.
    Keywords: Cytomegalovirus ; Cancer ; Oncomodulation ; Tumour virus ; Glioblastoma ; Neuroblastoma
    ISSN: 0300-8584
    E-ISSN: 1432-1831
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  • 4
    In: Neuro-Oncology, 2014, Vol. 16(11), pp.1469-1477
    Description: BACKGROUND: Experimental findings have suggested that human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infection of tumor cells may exert oncomodulatory effects that enhance tumor malignancy. However, controversial findings have been published on the presence of HCMV in malignant tumors. Here, we present the first study that systematically investigates HCMV infection in human nervous system tumors by highly sensitive immunohistochemistry in correlation with the HCMV serostatus of the patients.METHODS: Immunohistochemical and quantitative PCR-based methods to detect different HCMV antigens and genomic HCMV DNA were optimized prior to the investigation of pathological samples. Moreover, the pathological results were matched with the HCMV serostatus of the patients.RESULTS: HCMV immediate-early, late, and pp65 antigens could be detected in single cells from HCMV strain Hi91-infected UKF-NB-4 neuroblastoma cells after 1:1024 dilution with noninfected UKF-NB-4 cells. Genomic HCMV DNA could be detected in copy numbers as low as 430 copies/mL. However, we did not detect HCMV in tumors from a cohort of 123 glioblastoma, medulloblastoma, or neuroblastoma patients. Notably, we detected nonspecifically positive staining in tumor tissues of HCMV seropositive and seronegative glioblastoma patients. The HCMV serostatus of 67 glioblastoma patients matched the general epidemiological prevalence data for Western countries (72% of female and 57% of male glioblastoma patients were HCMV seropositive). Median survival was not significantly different in HCMV seropositive versus seronegative glioblastoma patients.CONCLUSIONS: The prevalence of HCMV-infected tumor cells may be much lower than previously reported based on highly sensitive detection methods.
    Keywords: Cytomegalovirus ; Glioma ; Oncomodulation
    ISSN: 1522-8517
    E-ISSN: 1523-5866
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  • 5
    Language: English
    In: Medical Microbiology and Immunology, 2009, Vol.198(2), pp.79-81
    Description: The (possible) relationship between HCMV and cancer has been discussed for decades. Detection of viral DNA, mRNA and/or antigens in tumour tissues as well as seroepidemiologic evidence suggested a role of HCMV infection in several human malignancies. However, controversial clinical results from diVerent groups had raised skepticism about a role of HCMV in cancer.
    Keywords: Cytomegalovirus–Physiology ; Cytomegalovirus Infections–Complications ; Humans–Etiology ; Neoplasms–Virology ; Neoplasms–Virology ; Infections ; Viruses ; Cancer ; Pathology;
    ISSN: 0300-8584
    E-ISSN: 1432-1831
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  • 6
    Language: English
    In: Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 01 April 2009, Vol.101(7), pp.441-3
    Description: Strååt et al. (1) show that human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infection induces telomerase activation in human malignant glioma cells and fibroblasts. These results reveal a novel mechanism that may be relevant for the potential of HCMV to promote oncogenesis and thus provide another piece of the puzzle that has drawn the attention of oncologists and virologists for almost four decades.
    Keywords: Cytomegalovirus -- Metabolism ; Glioma -- Enzymology ; Immediate-Early Proteins -- Metabolism ; Oncogenic Viruses -- Metabolism ; Telomerase -- Metabolism
    ISSN: 00278874
    E-ISSN: 1460-2105
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  • 7
    Language: English
    In: Medical Microbiology and Immunology, 2009, Vol.198(4), pp.257-262
    Description: A coupled luminescent method (CLM) based on glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase released from injured target cells was used to evaluate the cytotoxicity of antigen-specific HLA class I-restricted CTLs. In contrast to established methods, CLM does not require the pretreatment of target cells with radioactive or toxic labeling substances. CTLs from healthy HLA-A2 positive donors were stimulated by autologous dendritic cells (DCs) pulsed with HLA-A2 restricted HCMV-pp65 nonamer peptides. HLA-A2 positive T2 cells or autologous monocytes pulsed with HCMV-pp65 nonamer peptide served as target cells. Lysis was detected only in HCMV-pp65-pulsed target cells incubated with CTLs from seropositive donors stimulated by HCMV-pp65-pulsed DCs. After 3 days, stimulation 38% of T2 cells and 17% of monocytes were lysed at an effector to target ratio of 8:1. In conclusion, CLM represents a highly sensitive, fast, material-saving and non-toxic/non-radioactive method for the measurement of antigen-specific CTL cytotoxic activity.
    Keywords: Cytotoxic T lymphocytes ; HLA-A2-restricted peptide ; Human cytomegalovirus ; Cytotoxicity ; Coupled luminescent method ; Dendritic cells
    ISSN: 0300-8584
    E-ISSN: 1432-1831
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  • 8
    In: Cardiovascular Research, 2008, Vol. 77(3), pp.544-550
    Description: AIMS: The endothelium represents a natural site of human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infection involved in viral spreading and persistence. Moreover, HCMV infection of endothelial cells has been associated with different pathological conditions of the cardiovascular system. Here, the influence of the antiepileptic drug valproic acid (VPA) was investigated on HCMV replication in human umbilical vein endothelial cells alone or in combination with the antiviral drugs ganciclovir, cidofovir or foscarnet.METHODS AND RESULTS: HCMV replication was observed by immunostaining for viral antigens and by virus yield assay. Protein expression and phosphorylation were examined by western blot. Cell viability was assessed using the 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide dye reduction assay. Therapeutic VPA concentrations (〈 or =1 mM) increased HCMV immediate early antigen, late antigen, and viral titres of different endotheliotropic and non-endotheliotropic HCMV strains in a concentration- and time-dependent manner up to 30-fold. Moreover, VPA impaired the antiviral activity of the anti-HCMV drugs ganciclovir, cidofovir, and foscarnet. VPA inhibits histone deacetylases (HDAC) and induces HDAC-independently extracellular signal-regulated kinases 1/2 (ERK 1/2) phosphorylation in endothelial cells. Both effects observed, HCMV stimulation and interference with antiviral drugs, depend on HDAC inhibition but not on ERK 1/2 phosphorylation.CONCLUSION: These findings suggest to carefully monitor the frequency of HCMV reactivation in cardiovascular patients treated with VPA (or other HDAC inhibitors) in comparison to control individuals.
    Keywords: Human Cytomegalovirus ; Antiviral Therapy ; Endothelium
    ISSN: 0008-6363
    E-ISSN: 1755-3245
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  • 9
    Language: English
    In: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 2004, Vol.323(4), pp.1236-1240
    Description: The chelating agent diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (DTPA) inhibits human cytomegalovirus replication. Since chelating agents are known to exhibit anti-cancer effects, DTPA-induced cytotoxicity was evaluated in breast cancer cells (MCF-7) and neuroblastoma cells (UKF-NB-3). DTPA inhibited cancer cell growth in threefold lower concentrations compared to human foreskin fibroblasts (HFF). Antiviral and anti-cancer activity of chelating agents is caused by intracellular complexation of metal ions. DTPA, an extracellular chelator, was covalently coupled to human serum albumin (HSA) molecules, HSA nanoparticles (HSA-NP), gelatin type B (GelB) molecules, and GelB nanoparticles (GelB-NP) to increase cellular uptake. Coupling of DTPA to drug carrier systems increased its cytotoxic and antiviral activity by 5- to 8-fold. Confocal laser scanning microscope examination revealed uptake of DTPA-HSA-NP in UKF-NB-3 cells and HFF. Therefore, coupling of DTPA to protein-based drug carrier systems increases its antiviral and anti-cancer activity probably by mediating cellular uptake.
    Keywords: Albumin ; Breast Cancer ; Cytomegalovirus ; Diethlylenetriaminepentaacetic Acid ; Gelatin ; Nanoparticles ; Neuroblastoma ; Biology ; Chemistry ; Anatomy & Physiology
    ISSN: 0006-291X
    E-ISSN: 1090-2104
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  • 10
    Language: English
    In: Biochemical Pharmacology, 2004, Vol.68(3), pp.531-538
    Description: Valproic acid (2-propylpentanoic acid, VPA), an effective inhibitor of histone deacetylases (HDAC) is used for the treatment of epilepsia. In this study, structure–activity relationships for the action of structurally modified VPA derivatives on human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) replication and HDAC inhibition were defined. Pretreatment of human foreskin fibroblasts with VPA (0.125–1 mM) caused a concentration-dependent increase of HCMV immediate early and antigen late antigen expression. Structure–activity relationships of VPA derivatives for HCMV stimulation were compared to those for teratogenic action and those for HDAC inhibition. Side chain elongation and introduction of a triple bond in 4-position of the other chain caused teratogenicity, stimulated HCMV replication, and increased HDAC inhibition, as demonstrated by enhanced levels of acetylated histones. Teratogenic VPA derivatives with a branched chain in 3-position as well as a non-teratogenic anticonvulsive active VPA derivative did not stimulate HCMV or accumulation of acetylated histones. This demonstrates a strict correlation between inhibition of HDAC and increased HCMV replication.
    Keywords: Valproic Acid ; Human Cytomegalovirus ; Histone Deacetylases ; Teratogenicity ; Structure–Activity Relationship ; Pharmacy, Therapeutics, & Pharmacology ; Chemistry
    ISSN: 0006-2952
    E-ISSN: 1873-2968
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