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  • Scholz, Martin  (14)
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  • 1
    Language: English
    In: Trends in Microbiology, 2003, Vol.11(4), pp.171-178
    Description: Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) retinitis frequently occurs in severely naturally and iatrogenically immunocompromised patients. It has been shown that the immune-privileged retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) is a major site of persistent HCMV. Recently, evidence has accumulated to show that HCMV immediate early (IE) gene expression in RPE cells deviates ocular antiviral inflammation via FasL. Moreover, unlike in other cell types, the HCMV major IE1/2 enhancer promoter (MIEP) resists activation by proinflammatory stimuli mediated by the transcription factor NF- Kappa B. However, tumor necrosis factor- alpha (TNF- alpha ) and interferon- gamma (IFN- gamma ) found at elevated levels in transplant recipients and AIDS patients with retinitis sensitize RPE cells and other retinal cells to FasL-mediated apoptosis, thus contributing to retina destruction and necrosis rather than inflammation. These specific features of RPE cells in conjunction with deregulated immune responses of immunocompromised patients seem to contribute to virus persistence and pathogenesis within the immune-privileged ocular retina.
    Keywords: Biology
    ISSN: 0966-842X
    E-ISSN: 1878-4380
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  • 2
    Language: English
    In: ChemInform, 17 May 2005, Vol.36(20), pp.no-no
    Description: For see ChemInform in Full Text.
    Keywords: Biochemistry ; Review ; Pharmacology ; Medicinal Chemistry ; Vaccines ; Serums
    ISSN: 0931-7597
    E-ISSN: 1522-2667
    Source: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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  • 3
    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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  • 4
    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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  • 5
    Language: English
    In: International journal of molecular medicine, February 2004, Vol.13(2), pp.327-31
    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-kappaB-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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  • 6
    Language: English
    In: Investigative ophthalmology & visual science, February 2006, Vol.47(2), pp.645-51
    Description: In addition to neuroinvasive disease, West Nile virus (WNV) infection is frequently associated with self-limiting chorioretinitis and vitritis. However, the mechanisms of ophthalmic WNV infection are rarely investigated, in part because of the lack of reliable in vitro models. The authors therefore established the first model of ocular WNV infection and investigated interaction of WNV with IFN signal-transduction mechanisms. Human retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells were infected with WNV strain NY385-99 at a multiplicity of infection of 5. Virus replication was evaluated by virus titers at different times after infection. The susceptibility of RPE cells to WNV infection was confirmed by transmission electron microscopy. IFN-beta expression was assessed by quantitative real-time PCR and by measurements of antiviral activity in cell culture supernatants. IFN signaling was evaluated by phosphorylation of transducer and activator of transcription 1 and 2 (STAT1/2) proteins, with immunoblot analysis. RPE cells appeared to be highly sensitive to WNV infection. Maximum viral titers were found 24 hours after infection, followed by a continuous decline during the course of infection. WNV infection of RPE cells was followed by increased IFN-beta expression associated with IFN signaling and subsequent inhibition of WNV replication. In this study, the first cell culture model of ophthalmic WNV infection was developed and characterized in RPE cells, and the molecular mechanisms of WNV infection were studied. The data suggest that WNV induces a general antiviral state in RPE cells. This general antiviral state correlates with WNV-induced IFN signaling in retinal cells.
    Keywords: Interferon-Beta -- Biosynthesis ; Pigment Epithelium of Eye -- Virology ; Signal Transduction -- Physiology ; West Nile Virus -- Physiology
    ISSN: 0146-0404
    E-ISSN: 15525783
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  • 7
    Language: English
    In: Neoplasia, July 2004, Vol.6(4), pp.323-331
    Description: Pathologic data indicate that human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infection might be associated with the pathogenesis of several human malignancies. However, no definitive evidence of a causal link between HCMV infection and cancer dissemination has been established to date. This study describes the modulation of the invasive behavior of NCAM-expressing tumor cell lines by HCMV. Neuroblastoma (NB) cells, persistently infected with the HCMV strain AD169 (UKF-NB-4 and MHH-NB-11 ), were added to endothelial cell monolayers and adhesion and penetration kinetics were measured. The 140- and 180-kDa isoforms of the adhesion receptor NCAM were evaluated by flow cytometry, Western blot, and reverse transcriptionpolymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). The relevance of NCAM for tumor cell binding was proven by treating NB with NCAM antisense oligonucleotides or NCAM transfection. HCMV infection profoundly increased the number of adherent and penetrated NB, compared to controls. Surface expression of NCAM was significantly lower on UKF-NB-4 and MHH-NB-11 , compared to mock-infected cells. Western-blot and RT-PCR demonstrated reduced protein and RNA levels of the 140- and 180-kDa isoform. An inverse correlation between NCAM expression and adhesion capacity of NB has been shown by antisense and transfection experiments. We conclude that HCMV infection leads to downregulation of NCAM receptors, which is associated with enhanced tumor cell invasiveness.
    Keywords: Hcmv ; Ncam ; Tumor Dissemination ; N-Myc ; P73 ; Medicine
    ISSN: 1476-5586
    ISSN: 15228002
    E-ISSN: 1476-5586
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  • 8
    Language: English
    In: Medical Microbiology and Immunology, 2004, Vol.193(4), pp.195-203
    Description: Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) retinitis causing retinal detachment and destruction of the blood-retina barrier is closely related to retinal hemorrhage/coagulation. However, the effects of procoagulants on HCMV (re)activation in retinal cells have not been investigated yet. Therefore, we studied whether thrombin modulates the expression of HCMV immediate early (IE) and late (L) genes in cultured human retinal pigment epithelial cells (RPE). Thrombin specifically stimulated the protease-activated receptor-1 (PAR-1) on RPE and, surprisingly, inhibited basal and 12,0-tetradecanoylphorbol 13-acetate-stimulated HCMV IE gene expression in infected RPE. On the other hand, HCMV strongly induced Sp1 DNA binding activity, which was prevented by thrombin/PAR1-mediated Sp1 hyperphosphorylation. Our data suggest that thrombin/PAR-1 may inhibit Sp1-dependent HCMV replication, which might be an important regulatory mechanism for HCMV persistence and replication in RPE.
    Keywords: Human cytomegalovirus ; Infectious immunity virus ; Retina ; Signal transduction ; Transcription factors
    ISSN: 0300-8584
    E-ISSN: 1432-1831
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  • 9
    Language: English
    In: Human Immunology, 1995, Vol.44(3), pp.136-144
    Description: Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infection has been associated with enhanced expression of HLA antigens on the endothelium and with cellular infiltrates within the graft following human organ transplantation. We investigated the interactions between human cytomegalovirus-infected cultured endothelial cells and cocultured syngeneic as well as allogeneic lymphocytes. Our objective was to find out whether cocultured lymphocytes elicit HCMV-mediated immune responses. In this report we focus on the modified expression of HLA antigens on the surface membrane of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs). Endothelial expression of HLA class I and II antigens was measured by means of flow cytometry. Cocultures of HCMV-infected HUVECs with unprimed autologous PBLs led to virus-specific lymphocyte response, resulting in enhanced expression of HLA class I on HUVECs. This effect was only observed when lymphocytes were added to HUVECs during the very early phase after virus inoculation and was due to the stimulation of the CD8 + T-cell subpopulation. The modification of endothelial HLA expression was not observed in transwell cocultures, indicating the importance of cellular contact between endothelial cells and lymphocytes to elicit this effect. We conclude that HCMV-infected endothelial cells may induce virus-specific responses of unprimed syngeneic lymphocytes that lead to upregulated HLA class I expression on the endothelium. This pathway might be of important relevance for graft rejection crises after transplantation.
    Keywords: Medicine ; Biology
    ISSN: 0198-8859
    E-ISSN: 1879-1166
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  • 10
    Language: English
    In: The American Journal of Pathology, 1999, Vol.155(1), pp.285-292
    Description: Thrombospondin-1 (TSP-1) is a potent inhibitor of angiogenesis. It has been shown that promoter sequences of the TSP-1 gene can be transactivated by the wild-type tumor suppressor protein p53. As human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infection inactivates wild-type p53 of various cell types, we investigated whether HCMV infection is associated with reduced TSP-1 production. We found, in conjunction with accumulated p53, that TSP-1 mRNA and protein expression was significantly reduced in HCMV-infected cultured human fibroblasts. To determine whether the observed TSP-1 suppression depends on p53 inactivation, the p53-defective astrocytoma cell line U373MG was infected with HCMV. In these cells TSP-1 expression was also significantly reduced by HCMV infection whereas expression of the p53 mutant variant remained unaltered. In both cell lines the decreased expression of TSP-1 mRNA occurred early after infection (4 hours), indicating that HCMV inhibits TSP-1 transcription during the immediate-early phase of infection before HCMV DNA replication. Inhibition of HCMV DNA synthesis by ganciclovir did not influence TSP-1 reduction whereas the antisense oligonucleotide ISIS 2922, complementary to HCMV immediate-early mRNA, completely prevented the HCMV-mediated TSP-1 suppression. These findings strongly suggest a novel role for HCMV in the modulation of angiogenesis due to p53-independent down-regulation of TSP-1 expression.
    Keywords: Medicine
    ISSN: 0002-9440
    E-ISSN: 1525-2191
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