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  • 1
    Language: English
    In: Antiviral Research, 1995, Vol.27(4), pp.405-418
    Description: Antiviral activity of L-ascorbic acid-2-phosphate (ASC-2P), a long-acting derivative of L-ascorbic acid, against several human cytomegalovirus (CMV) strains was examined in cultures of human foreskin fibroblasts (HFF) and endothelial cells (EC). ASC-2P at concentrations ranging from 0.2 to 2 mM had no effect on the number of cells expressing 72 kDa CMV immediate early antigen (IEA) while it inhibited expression of 68 kDa late antigen (LA) in infected cultures of both cell types (30% and 55% reduction for EC and HFF, respectively). In HFF cells, virus yield was reduced up to 4-fold, when ASC-2P was added after CMV infection. Antiviral effects were significantly increased in cultures pretreated with ASC-2P. In HFF and EC pretreated for three subcultures (18 days) with 0.2 mM ASC-2P, a significant reduction of cells expressing IEA (75% and 80% reduction in EC and HFF, respectively) and LA (92% and 90% reduction for EC and HFF, respectively) was observed. Pretreatment for three subcultures with ASC-2P inhibited virus yield 50- to 100- fold in EC and 100- to 1000-fold in HFF. The continuous presence of ASC-2P was not required for its antiviral activity. A significantly higher reduction of virus replication with ganciclovir and foscarnet was obtained in ASC-2P pretreated cells than in untreated controls. The results showed that ASC-2P provides L-ascorbic acid with long-lasting antiviral activity against CMV. ASC-2P may be of benefit for the adjunctive treatment of CMV infection.
    Keywords: Human Cytomegalovirus ; L-Ascorbic Acid 2-Phosphate ; Ganciclovir ; Foscarnet ; Medicine ; Biology
    ISSN: 0166-3542
    E-ISSN: 1872-9096
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  • 2
    In: Transplantation, 1999, Vol.68(11), pp.1753-1761
    Description: BACKGROUND.: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is associated with acute and chronic allograft rejection. We have recently shown that rat CMV increases portal inflammation and bile duct destruction in a model of rat liver allograft rejection. Desferrioxamine (DFO), an iron chelator and antioxidant, has recently been demonstrated to have antiviral as well as immunomodulatory effects in vitro. We therefore investigated whether DFO inhibits (a) CMV infection and (b) graft destruction in our rat model. METHODS.: One day after liver transplantation, PVG (RT1) into BN(RT1), the rats were infected with rat CMV (RCMV, Maastricht strain; 10 plaque-forming units i.p.). The effects of 100 mg/kg body weight and 200 mg/kg body weight DFO were examined. RESULTS.: In the untreated group, the grafts were uniformly RCMV culture-positive. In the group receiving 200 mg/kg DFO, RCMV replication was effectively inhibited. Inflammatory response in the graft, and especially the number of macrophages, was significantly reduced by DFO. Portal inflammation and bile duct destruction were also significantly reduced. In the untreated group, the bile duct epithelial cells were found to be strongly positive for tumor necrosis factor-α and this expression was clearly decreased by DFO. In addition, DFO significantly inhibited vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 expression on sinusoidal endothelial cells. CONCLUSIONS.: Our in vivo transplant study strongly supports the inhibitory effects of metal chelators on CMV infection and their possible usefulness in the treatment of CMV-induced pathogenic changes.
    Keywords: Adjuvants, Immunologic–Pharmacology ; Animals–Pharmacology ; Antiviral Agents–Metabolism ; Cell Adhesion Molecules–Physiology ; Cytomegalovirus–Immunology ; Cytomegalovirus Infections–Virology ; Deferoxamine–Pharmacology ; Graft Rejection–Complications ; Liver–Drug Effects ; Liver Transplantation–Immunology ; Nephritis–Pathology ; Rats–Virology ; Rats, Inbred Bn–Etiology ; Rats, Inbred Strains–Pathology ; Transplantation, Homologous–Metabolism ; Tumor Necrosis Factor-Alpha–Drug Effects ; Virus Replication–Drug Effects ; Adjuvants, Immunologic ; Antiviral Agents ; Cell Adhesion Molecules ; Tumor Necrosis Factor-Alpha ; Deferoxamine;
    ISSN: 0041-1337
    E-ISSN: 15346080
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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: Journal of immunology (Baltimore, Md. : 1950), 15 November 2009, Vol.183(10), pp.6198-206
    Description: The systemic inflammatory response syndrome and subsequent organ failure are mainly driven by activated neutrophils with prolonged life span, which is believed to be due to apoptosis resistance. However, detailed underlying mechanisms leading to neutrophil apoptosis resistance are largely unknown, and possible therapeutic options to overcome this resistance do not exist. Here we report that activated neutrophils from severely injured patients exhibit cell death resistance due to impaired activation of the intrinsic apoptosis pathway, as evidenced by limited staurosporine-induced mitochondrial membrane depolarization and decreased caspase-9 activity. Moreover, we found that these neutrophils express high levels of antiapoptotic Mcl-1 and low levels of proapoptotic Bax protein. Mcl-1 up-regulation was dependent on elevated concentrations of GM-CSF in patient serum. Accordingly, increased Mcl-1 protein stability and GM-CSF serum concentrations were shown to correlate with staurosporine-induced apoptosis resistance. However, cross-linking of neutrophil Fas by immobilized agonistic anti-Fas IgM resulted in caspase-dependent mitochondrial membrane depolarization and apoptosis induction. In conclusion, the observed impairment of the intrinsic pathway and the resulting apoptosis resistance may be overcome by immobilized agonistic anti-Fas IgM. Targeting of neutrophil Fas by immobilized agonistic effector molecules may represent a new therapeutic tool to limit neutrophil hyperactivation and its sequelae in patients with severe immune disorders.
    Keywords: Apoptosis -- Immunology ; Caspase 9 -- Immunology ; Multiple Trauma -- Immunology ; Neutrophils -- Immunology ; Proto-Oncogene Proteins C-Bcl-2 -- Biosynthesis ; Bcl-2-Associated X Protein -- Metabolism
    E-ISSN: 1550-6606
    Source: MEDLINE/PubMed (U.S. National Library of Medicine)
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  • 5
    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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  • 6
    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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  • 7
    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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  • 8
    Language: English
    In: Transplant Immunology, 1995, Vol.3(4), pp.313-320
    Description: Desferrioxamine (DFO), commonly used in therapy as a chelator of ferric ion in disorders of iron overload, is a potent inhibitor of human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) replication in cultured fibroblast cells. Moreover, DFO has immunomodulatory activity both in vitro and in vivo. We studied DFO effects on HCMV replication in cultured human endothelial cells and on the expression of several cell surface molecules, which mediate interactions of endothelial cells with other cell types in the immune system. The concentrations of DFO required for 50% reduction in the number of endothelial cells expressing HCMV late antigen, ranged for several HCMV strains from 5.2 to 8.8 mu M. DFO concentrations ranging from 5 to 40 mu M inhibited cellular DNA synthesis in a dose-dependent manner without any significant effects on the cell viability. DFO at 10 mu M concentration suppressed expression of intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) and endothelial leucocyte adhesion molecule-1 (ELAM-1), while it had no significant effect on the expression of vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1). Expression of HLA class I and class II was not influenced by DFO treatment. The results showed that DFO is both effective in inhibition of HCMV replication and expression of ICAM-1 and ELAM-1 in endothelial cells, a combination that warrants attention to its potential use to prevent HCMV-induced allograft rejection in transplant recipients.
    Keywords: Medicine ; Biology
    ISSN: 0966-3274
    E-ISSN: 1878-5492
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  • 9
    Language: English
    In: Antiviral Research, 1999, Vol.44(1), pp.55-65
    Description: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is a major problem in the immunosuppressed patient. It is thought that besides direct CMV induced cell lysis, immunological damage is part of CMV pathogenesis. New antiviral drugs, which combine immunomodulating and antiviral qualities, could be beneficial. Recently, it has been described that desferrioxamine (DFO) and calcium trinatrium diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (DTPA) exhibit both properties. In this report the antiviral effects of both compounds against rat CMV (RCMV) are described in vitro and in vivo using a generalised and local infection model. In vitro , both compounds exhibited a significant antiviral effect, DTPA being more potent than DFO. However, in the generalised infection model no effect was seen on mortality, morbidity or presence of virus in internal organs. In rats infected subcutaneously in the hind paw, no effect was seen locally on paw thickness, presence of viral antigens and inflammatory response. In addition, these rats suffered from a generalised infection of low magnitude at 15 days post infection, although both DFO and DTPA were able to lower the level of viral replication. In conclusion, our data indicate that despite in vitro activity, in vivo usage of DFO or DTPA for acute CMV infection is not warranted.
    Keywords: Rat Cytomegalovirus ; Dfo ; Dtpa ; In Vitro ; In Vivo ; Medicine ; Biology
    ISSN: 0166-3542
    E-ISSN: 1872-9096
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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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