Viral genomes of the human endogenous retrovirus K (HERV-K) family are integrated into the human chromosome and are transmitted vertically as Mendelian genes. Although viral particles are released by some transformed cells, they have never been shown to be infectious. In general, gammaretroviruses are produced as immature viral particles by accumulation of the Gag polyproteins at the plasma membrane, which subsequently bud from the cell surface. After release from the cell, Gag is further processed by proteolytic cleavage by the viral protease (PR), which results in morphologically mature particles with condensed cores. The HERV-K Gag polyprotein processing and function has not yet been precisely determined. We generated a recombinant poxvirus, encoding the human endogenous retrovirus K consensus gag-pro-pol genes (MVA-HERV-Kcon) and obtained high levels of HERV-K Gag expression. The resulting retroviral particle assembled at the plasma membrane, as is typical for gammaretroviruses; and immature as well
Results: SAM domain and HD domain-containing protein 1 (SAMHD1), an innate immune factor that suppresses HIV replication, was identified and confirmed as highly expressed in immune complexes from 16 hereditary and idiopathic PAH versus 12 control lungs. Elevated SAMHD1 was localized to endothelial cells, perivascular dendritic cells, and macrophages, and SAMHD1 antibodies were prevalent in tertiary lymphoid tissue. An unbiased screen using metagenomic sequencing related SAMHD1 to increased expression of human endogenous retrovirus K (HERV-K) in PAH versus control lungs (n=4). HERV-K envelope and deoxyuridine triphosphate nucleotidohydrolase mRNAs were elevated in PAH versus control lungs (n=10), and proteins were localized to macrophages. HERV-K deoxyuridine triphosphate nucleotidohydrolase induced SAMHD1 and proinflammatory cytokines (eg, interleukin 6, interleukin 1β, and tumor necrosis factor α) in circulating monocytes, pulmonary arterial endothelial cells, and also activated B cells. ...
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Endogenous retroviruses are relics of ancient infections from retroviruses that managed to integrate into the genome of germline cells and remained vertically transmitted from parent to progeny. Subsequent to the endogenization process, these sequences can move and multiply in the host genome, which can have deleterious consequences and disturb genomic stability. Natural selection favored the establishment of silencing pathways that protect host genomes from the activity of endogenous retroviruses. RNA silencing mechanisms are involved, which utilize piRNAs. The response to exogenous viral infections uses siRNAs, a class of small RNAs that are generated via a distinct biogenesis pathway from piRNAs. However, interplay between both pathways has been identified, and interactions with anti-bacterial and anti-fungal immune responses are also suspected. This review focuses on Diptera (Arthropods) and intends to compile pieces of evidence showing that the RNA silencing pathway of endogenous retrovirus
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Humans are symbiotic organisms; our genome is populated with a substantial number of endogenous retroviruses (ERVs), some remarkably intact, while others are remnants of their former selves. Current research indicates that not all ERVs remain silent passengers within our genomes; re-activation of ERVs is often associated with inflammatory diseases. ERVK is the most recently endogenized and transcriptionally active ERV in humans, and as such may potentially contribute to the pathology of inflammatory disease. Here, we showcase the transcriptional regulation of ERVK. Expression of ERVs is regulated in part by epigenetic mechanisms, but also depends on transcriptional regulatory elements present within retroviral long terminal repeats (LTRs). These LTRs are responsive to both viral and cellular transcription factors; and we are just beginning to appreciate the full complexity of transcription factor interaction with the viral promoter. In this review, an exploration into the inflammatory transcription
Mammalian genomes harbor many families of repetitive sequences which are unique in their genomic distributions, evolutionary histories, mechanisms of replication, and degree of activity. It is not clear why some elements, such as LINE-1s, have maintained activity in nearly all mammals, while others, such as SINEs and ERVs, tend to be limited in their phylogenetic distribution and subject to more frequent extinction events. Even with respect to ERVs, it is not clear why some genomic invasions result in only a limited number of copies and a limited phylogenetic distribution, whereas others, such as intracisternal A-particle (IAP) elements, are more widely distributed and prolific in some genomes. The large phylogenetic distances between well-characterized mammalian genomes make it more difficult to address these questions.. In the present study we have identified members of a group of endogenous retroviruses we call mysTR. This group includes an endogenous retrovirus fragment that was recently ...
The RNA export adaptor protein Rec, encoded for from the individual endogenous retrovirus HERV-K/HML-2 elements, binds towards the Rec responsive element (RcRE) situated in the 3 untranslated region of HERV-K/HML-2 transcripts. had been destined and exported by Rec still, indicating that the organic folded structure from the RcRE is very important to Rec binding. This suggests a binding model where up to three Rec tetramers bind towards the complicated folded structure from the RcRE as well as the binding appears to be tightened by identification from the purine-rich motifs. Launch GSK690693 supplier Approximately 8% from the individual genome includes retrovirus-like sequences (19). These individual endogenous retroviruses (HERVs) had been presumably acquired through the progression by occasional attacks of specific germ cells with exogenous infections, accompanied by fixation of such endogenized retroviral components in the particular population (for testimonials, see personal references 5 and ...
Human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs) represent approximately 8% of our genome. HERVs influence cellular gene expression and contribute to normal physiological processes such as cellular differentiation and morphogenesis. HERVs have also been associated with certain pathological conditions, including cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. As HTLV-1 causes adult T-cell leukemia and HTLV-1-associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis (HAM/TSP) and has been shown to modulate host gene expression mainly through the expression of the powerful Tax transactivator, herein we were interested in looking at the potential modulation capacity of HTLV-1 Tax on HERV expression. In order to evaluate the promoter activity of different HERV LTRs, pHERV-LTR-luc constructs were co-transfected in Jurkat T-cells with a Tax expression vector. Tax expression potently increased the LTR activity of HERV-W8 and HERV-H (MC16). In parallel, Jurkat cells were also stimulated with different T-cell-activating agents and HERV
When retroviruses have integrated their own genome into the germ line, their genome is passed on to a following generation. These endogenous retroviruses (ERVs), contrasted with exogenous ones, now make up 5-8% of the human genome.[3] Most insertions have no known function and are often referred to as "junk DNA". However, many endogenous retroviruses play important roles in host biology, such as control of gene transcription, cell fusion during placental development in the course of the germination of an embryo, and resistance to exogenous retroviral infection. Endogenous retroviruses have also received special attention in the research of immunology-related pathologies, such as autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis, although endogenous retroviruses have not yet been proven to play any causal role in this class of disease. The role of endogenous retroviruses in human gene evolution is explored in a 2005 peer-reviewed article.[4]. While transcription was classically thought to only occur ...
Objectives: There is growing evidence to suggest that human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs) have contributed to human evolution, being expressed in development, normal physiology and disease. A key difficulty in the scientific evaluation of this potential viral contribution is the accurate demonstration of virally expressed protein in specific human cells and tissues. In this study, we have adopted the endogenous retrovirus, ERV3, as our test model in developing a reliable high-capacity methodology for the expression of such endogenous retrovirus-coded protein. Design: Two affinity-purified polyclonal antibodies to ERV3 Env-encoded protein were generated to detect the corresponding protein expression pattern in specific human cells, tissues and organs. Participants: Sampling included normal tissues from 144 individuals ranging from childhood to old age. This included more than forty different tissues and organs and some 216 different cancer tissues representing the twenty commonest forms of ...
Recently, human endogenous retrovirus type K (HERV-K [IDDMK(1,2)22]) was isolated from an IDDM patients beta-cell supernatant and shown to be implicated in expression as a superantigen. Furthermore, HERV-K RNA was found in plasma samples from newly diagnosed patients but not in those from healthy control subjects. We had earlier identified the presence of a HERV-K long terminal repeat element of the HLA DQ gene (DQ-LTR) to be positively associated with IDDM, which led us to investigate whether DQ-LTR is related to transcription of the putative retroviral superantigen. Additionally, we sought immunological evidence to determine whether those retroviral antigens could evoke an antibody response. Patients with IDDM (n = 14), Hashimotos thyroiditits (n = 5), and Graves disease (n = 12), as well as healthy control subjects (n = 12), were investigated, as were four nuclear families of Graves disease patients and two of IDDM patients. RNA was isolated from plasma and peripheral blood lymphocytes ...
Over 40% of mammalian genomes comprise the products of reverse transcription. Among such retrotransposed sequences are those characterized by the presence of long terminal repeats (LTRs), including the endogenous retroviruses (ERVs), which are inherited genetic elements closely resembling the proviruses formed following exogenous retrovirus infection. Sequences derived from ERVs make up at least 8 to 10% of the human and mouse genomes and range from ancient sequences that predate mammalian divergence to elements that are currently still active. In this chapter we describe the discovery, classification and origins of ERVs in mammals and consider cellular mechanisms that have evolved to control their expression. We also discuss the negative effects of ERVs as agents of genetic disease and cancer and review examples of ERV protein domestication to serve host functions, as in placental development. Finally, we address growing evidence that the gene regulatory potential of ERV LTRs has been exploited
When retroviruses have integrated their own genome into the germ line, their genome is passed on to a following generation. These endogenous retroviruses (ERVs), contrasted with exogenous ones, now make up 5-8% of the human genome.[7] Most insertions have no known function and are often referred to as "junk DNA". However, many endogenous retroviruses play important roles in host biology, such as control of gene transcription, cell fusion during placental development in the course of the germination of an embryo, and resistance to exogenous retroviral infection. Endogenous retroviruses have also received special attention in the research of immunology-related pathologies, such as autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis, although endogenous retroviruses have not yet been proven to play any causal role in this class of disease.[8] While transcription was classically thought to occur only from DNA to RNA, reverse transcriptase transcribes RNA into DNA. The term "retro" in retrovirus refers to ...
GNbAC1 is the result of more than 25 years of research into human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs), including 15 years at Institut Mérieux and INSERM, a French national medical research institute. Found in the human genome, certain HERVs have been linked to various autoimmune and neurodegenerative diseases. Researchers have demonstrated that the retroviral envelope protein encoded by a HERV-W family human endogenous retrovirus (pHERV-W), which has been identified in brain lesions of patients with MS, particularly in active lesions, stimulated inflammatory processes through an interaction with the TLR4 receptor of innate immunity and inhibited neuron remyelination. pHERV-W env has also been identified in the pancreas of Type 1 diabetes (T1D) patients. By neutralizing pHERV-W env, GNbAC1 could at the same time block these pathological inflammatory processes and restore remyelination in MS patients and maintain insulin production in T1D patients. As pHERV-W env has no known physiological function, ...
The current edition of the New Yorker magazine has a fascinating story about endogenous retroviruses in the genomes of humans and other species. Although researchers have known about such non-functional retroviral fossils in the human genome for some time, the large amount of recent genomic data u...
KAP1 controls endogenous retroviruses in embryonic stem cells Rowe HM, Jakobsson J, Mesnard D, Rougemont J, Reynard S, Aktas T, Maillard PV, Layard-Liesching H, Verp S, Marquis J, Spitz F, Constam DB, Trono D Nature 463, 237-240 (14 January 2010) | doi: 10.1038/nature08674 More than forty per cent of the mammalian genome is derived from…
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Retroelements, such as Human Endogenous Retroviruses (HERVs), have been implicated in many complex diseases, including neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders. Previously, we demonstrated a distinctive expression profile of specific HERV families in peripheral blood mononuclear cells from Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) patients, suggesting their involvement in ASD. Here we used two distinct ASD mouse models: inbred BTBR T+tf/J mice and CD-1 outbred mice prenatally exposed to valproic acid. Whole embryos, blood and brain samples from the offspring were collected at different ages and the expression of several ERV families (ETnI, ETnII-α, ETnII-β, ETnII-γ, MusD and IAP), proinflammatory cytokines (IL-1β, IL-6 and TNF-α) and Toll-like receptors (TLR3 and TLR4) was assessed ...
Cellular and nuclear DNA uptake in human foreskin fibroblast (HFF1) cells and in NCCIT cells suggests that embryonic and neonatal cell are more susceptible to DNA uptake than cells from a more mature source. These results indicate the need for further study of DNA incorporation from exogenous sources to compare the susceptibility of infants and toddlers versus teens and adults. Increased DNA uptake after LPS activation suggests that systemic inflammation or immune responses could increase susceptibility for exogenous DNA uptake. Human diploid cell produced vaccines are contaminated by exogenous DNA fragments and a retrovirus, and vaccines elicit systemic inflammation and immune activation. Our future research goals are to localize the sites of DNA integration, to demonstrate phenotype changes caused by foreign DNA integration in factor dependent cell lines, and to determine the biological and/or pathological activities of Human Endogenous Retrovirus K (HERVK) fragments in vaccines ...
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Around half of our genetic content is composed of retrotransposons that are thought to be ancient viruses that have stably integrated into our genomes. These ancient viruses, as mobile genetic elements, have been drivers of evolution, creating new genes and plasticity of genomes, and many of them are species-specific.. Endogenous retroviruses are one type of retrotransposon family that resemble present day retroviruses like HIV, and as such, they are thought to have arisen from germ-line integrations of retroviruses. While these viruses that were once mobile are now mostly inactive through mutation, they have co-evolved with our genes to adopt normal functions in gene regulation. For example, exciting data including ours has shown that endogenous retroviruses retain regulatory sequences that can act as enhancers, repressors or alternative promoters for cellular genes in a temporal or tissue-specific way. Very little is known about which transcription factors and complexes are recruited to ...
BACKGROUND: Human endogenous retroviruses (HERV) constitute approximately 8% of the human genome and have long been considered junk. The sheer number and repetitive nature of these elements make studies of their expression methodologically challenging. Hence, little is known of transcription of genomic regions harboring such elements. RESULTS: Applying a recently developed technique for obtaining high resolution melting temperature data, we examined the frequency distributions of HERV-W gag element into 13 Tm categories in human tissues. Transcripts containing HERV-W gag sequences were expressed in non-random patterns with extensive variations in the expression between both tissues, including different brain regions, and individuals. Furthermore, the patterns of such transcripts varied more between individuals in brain regions than other tissues. CONCLUSION: Thus, regulated expression of non-coding regions of the human genome appears to include the HERV-W family of repetitive elements. Although it
Human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs) are spread throughout the genome and their long terminal repeats (LTRs) constitute a wide collection of putative regulatory sequences. Phylogenetic similarities and the profusion of integration sites, two inherent characteristics of transposable elements, make it difficult to study individual locus expression in a large-scale approach, and historically apart from some placental and testis-regulated elements, it was generally accepted that HERVs are silent due to epigenetic control. Herein, we have introduced a generic method aiming to optimally characterize individual loci associated with 25-mer probes by minimizing cross-hybridization risks. We therefore set up a microarray dedicated to a collection of 5,573 HERVs that can reasonably be assigned to a unique genomic position. We obtained a first view of the HERV transcriptome by using a composite panel of 40 normal and 39 tumor samples. The experiment showed that almost one third of the HERV repertoire is indeed
An exogenous retrovirus (XRV) that integrates into a germ cell may be inherited as a Mendelian gene; it becomes an endogenous retrovirus (ERV). The human genome consists of up to 8% HERVs.. The gammaretroviral (ERV class I) HERV-H, with 926 members, is the largest ERV group. Despite millions of years since integration, it has polymorphic envelope open reading frames in at least three loci. Selections for functional envelopes are indicated on chromosomes 1 and 2. However, envelopes were present only in a fraction of the total HERV-H. Mutated polymerases, indicating old ERVs, contradicted relatively intact long terminal repeats. To explain this, we formulated a "Midwife" element theory where proteins are complemented in trans.. A phylogenetic analysis did not support separate HERV-H and -F groups. The new taxonomy included HERV-H like (RGH2-like and RTVLH2-like subgroups) and Adjacent HERV-H like. A bioinformatic reconstruction of a putative ancestral HERV-H exposed novel traits. Two nucleocapsid ...
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Human Endogenous Retrovirus with Foamy-Like Properties and Uses Thereof - The invention relates to the discovery of a human endogenous retrovirus (HERV) family, Type I HERV-K (HML-2) which appear to be active in vitro and in vivo, infectious, and which have the have the salient features and properties of foamy retroviruses. Based on its natural replication in humans, and that it protects the host from viral and tumor transformation, this non-pathogenic endogenous virus could be developed as a replication competent gene therapy vector. It also is expected to have much higher efficacy than other vectors as it crosses the bloodbrain barrier and infects almost all cell types in the host (proliferating or not). It may naturally lyse tumor cells or infected cells, and thus could even be used without genetic modification. Of course, this vector could be used in traditional ways with it ability to replicate genetically removed. In addition to its value as a vector, as it is reactivated with infection, ...
Many different human endogenous retrovirus (HERV) families are expressed in normal placental tissue at high levels, suggesting that HERVs are functionally important in reproduction. This gene is part of an HERV provirus on human chromosome 19 that has inactivating mutations in the gag and pol genes. The genes envelope protein is expressed in the human placenta but is truncated at its C-terminus. [provided by RefSeq, Oct 2015 ...
Here, we provide multiple lines of evidence showing that the primate-specific HERV-H retroviral elements can delineate TAD boundaries in hPSCs. Previous studies suggested that HERV-H elements integrated into the human genome during primate evolution to regulate human-specific pluripotency by creating novel chimeric transcripts (ESRG, linc-ROR and LINC00458) and providing potential binding sites to recruit pluripotency factors (NANOG, SOX2 and POU5F1). However, our findings indicate that HERV-H sequences may affect gene regulatory programs by also creating new hPSC-specific TAD boundaries that shape the chromatin architecture…. [O]ur findings suggest the intriguing possibility that other endogenous retrovirus families of repeats and/or other families of repetitive elements may have similar abilities to create TADs and insulation. ...
TY - JOUR. T1 - En busca de secuencias retrovirales relacionadas con el cancer de mama humano. AU - Pogo, Beatriz G T. AU - Holland, James F.. AU - Wang, Yue. AU - Melana, Stella M.. AU - Pelisson, Isabelle. AU - Liu, Bingren. AU - Go, Vera S. AU - Bleiweiss, Ira. PY - 1997. Y1 - 1997. N2 - The participation of viruses in mammary carcinogenesis has been largely studied in animals. A model similar to the mouse mammary tumor virus (MMTV) was previously proposed. Several lines of research supported the participation of MMTV in human breast cancer, but these evidences were contradicted when further research was performed. One major issue was the presence of human endogenous retroviral sequences that confounded results reporting MMTV-like sequences in human breast cancer. To overcome this problem we selected a 660 bp sequence of the MMTV env gene with low homology to endogenous sequences and search for a sequence to it using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The sequence was found in 38% of the ...
Endogenous retroviruses (ERVs) are endogenous viral elements in the genome that closely resemble and can be derived from retroviruses. They are abundant in the genomes of jawed vertebrates, and they comprise up to 5-8% of the human genome (lower estimates of ~1%). ERVs are a subclass of a type of gene called a transposon, which can be packaged and moved within the genome to serve a vital role in gene expression and in regulation. They are distinguished as retrotransposons, which are Class I elements. Researchers have suggested that retroviruses evolved from a type of transposable gene called a retrotransposon, which includes ERVs; these genes can mutate and instead of moving to another location in the genome they can become exogenous or pathogenic. This means that not all ERVs may have originated as an insertion by a retrovirus but that some may have been the source for the genetic information in the retroviruses they resemble. When integration of viral DNA occurs in the germ-line, it can give ...
Retroviruses have a unique evolutionary association with their host; having a fossil record on the genomic DNA of the host chromosome. Most mammalian genomes carry, as part of their genetic make-up, retroviruses in the form of endogenous proviruses that are inherited like cellular genes following germ-line transmission of some retroviral genomes, accumulated throughout evolution in many organisms. Indeed, recently available genomic data revealed that a large portion of the mammalian genome is derived from ancient transposable elements. In particular, retroelements, transported by an intracellular copy-and-paste process involving an RNA intermediate, constitute a majority of these mobile genetic elements. Endogenous retroviruses, also called long-terminal-repeat (LTR)-type retroelements, are structurally similar to infectious retroviruses and constitute one class of these retroelements in a range of mammalian species. The non-LTR members, with reverse transcription occurring exclusively within the
An idea related to "plagiarized mistakes" is the basis on which it is built: percent similarities. Evolutionists often hide behind the idea of percent similarity at the DNA level on a number of issues (ERVs are no exception). However, biologists often use the word similarity in a very different way than the general public perceives it. Biologists have three working definitions for the word similar: similar-similar, similar-dissimilar, and dissimilar-dissimilar. Similar-similar means identical and is like comparing an orange to an orange. Similar-dissimilar means that there are slight differences, but it is mostly identical, like comparing an orange to a lemon (i.e., theyre both citrus). Dissimilar-dissimilar means that there are no identical regions and that it is completely different, like comparing an orange to an apple. The analogy of different fruits works in a common understanding of percent similarity, but it breaks down horribly at the DNA level because these different kinds of ...
Johnston JB, Silva C, Holden J, Warren KG, Clark AW, Power C. Monocyte activation and differentiation augment human endogenous retrovirus expression: implications for inflammatory brain diseases ...
Did viruses help make us human? As weird as it sounds, the question is actually a reasonable one to ask. And now scientists have offered some evidence that the answer may be yes.. If youre sick right now with the flu or a cold, the viruses infecting you are just passing through. They invade your cells and make new copies of themselves, which burst forth and infect other cells. Eventually your immune system will wipe them out, but theres a fair chance some of them may escape and infect someone else.. But sometimes viruses can merge into our genomes. Some viruses, for example, hijack our cells by inserting its genes into our own DNA. If they happen to slip into the genome of an egg, they can potentially get a new lease on life. If the egg is fertilized and grows into an embryo, the new cells will also contain the viruss DNA. And when that embryo becomes an adult, the virus has a chance to move into the next generation.. These so-called endogenous retroviruses are sometimes quite dangerous. ...
Endogenous retroviruses (ERVs) are remnants of ancient retroviral infections, and comprise nearly 8% of the human genome1. The most recently acquired human ERV is HERVK(HML-2), which repeatedly infected the primate lineage both before and after the divergence of the human and chimpanzee common ancestor2, 3. Unlike most other human ERVs, HERVK retained multiple copies of intact open reading frames encoding retroviral proteins4. However, HERVK is transcriptionally silenced by the host, with the exception of in certain pathological contexts such as germ-cell tumours, melanoma or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection5, 6, 7. Here we demonstrate that DNA hypomethylation at long terminal repeat elements representing the most recent genomic integrations, together with transactivation by OCT4 (also known as POU5F1), synergistically facilitate HERVK expression. Consequently, HERVK is transcribed during normal human embryogenesis, beginning with embryonic genome activation at the eight-cell stage, ...
Retroviruses replicate by integrating a DNA version of their genomes (called a provirus) into host DNA. The provirus consists of several genes, all of them oriented to the retroviral replication cycle. But these genes are useless to the process unless they are transcribed back into RNA by the host. This is why retroviral genomes also include transcription promoters. Retroviral promoters are called Long Term Repeats, or LTRs. They are very powerful and indiscriminate promoters likely to promote some "native" DNA as well as retroviral genes - the retrovirus doesnt "care". There are many "solo LTRs" which can be understood as remnants of mutational and recombination events in the genome. Drop an LTR at random into a hosts genome, and there is a good chance it will promote something. Just as with more conventionally understood mutations, some of these will be harmful, some will have little or no effect, and some will be beneficial. As these are heritable, good old natural selection will go to work ...
Nath studies a more famous retrovirus, the human immunodeficiency virus that gives rise to AIDS, and its neurological effects, such as dementia. In 2006, he treated a man who had both AIDS and an ALS-like syndrome, piquing his interest in the overlap between these two diseases. Once the patient started anti-retroviral therapy, his motor symptoms improved. As it turns out, scientists have reported a handful of such HIV cases over the years, and some regained their motor skills after anti-retroviral treatment. Scientists have also found reverse transcriptase, a marker for retrovirus activity, in the brain, serum, and cerebrospinal fluid of some people with sporadic ALS. However, they could not find evidence for infectious retroviruses associated with the disease, leading Nath to hypothesize that endogenous retroviruses might be involved (reviewed in Alfahad and Nath, 2013).. People possess scores of endogenous retroviral DNAs in their genomes, left over from retroviruses that copied themselves ...
The best known and most studied of the human env-derived genes is Syncytin 1 or ERVWE1, which was originated from a human endogenous retrovirus (HERV) of the HERV-W family inserted in human Chr.7q21 (Blond et al. 1999; Mi et al. 2000). Multiple inactivating mutations were found in the gag and pol coding sequences of the provirus. Conversely, the env gene maintained an ORF coding for a 538 amino acid polypeptide that has all characteristic features of Env proteins and mediates intercellular fusion in vitro (Blond et al. 2000; Frendo et al. 2003; Mi et al. 2000). Recently, a molecular evolution study of the HERV-W provirus in several ape species and in 24 humans showed that in all of them Syncytin 1 was conserved and retained its receptor-mediated fusogenic activity (Mallet et al. 2004). However, an analysis of the synonymous and nonsynonymous substitutions indicated a relatively high degree of amino acid changes in hominoids (Bonnaud et al. 2004), which could be consistent with a low degree of ...
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A major study on the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis was published in the October issue of Nature Neuroscience accompanied by a flurry of media reports. The study by Antony and colleagues describes the potential role of syncytin, a human endogenous retroviral glycoprotein, in the process of demyelination. We were impressed by the quality of the biochemical, immunohistological and neurobehavioural data presented by Antony et al .1 in support of the retroviral hypothesis but dismayed to see that the authors had omitted to mention or reference the highly relevant and extensive pre-existing literature of at least thirty papers linking multiple sclerosis with this retroviral family. ...
Secular Humanists claim that ERVs "Endogenous (splicing) Retro (backwards copying) Viruses" are undeniable proof that apes and humans evolved from a common ancestor.. So lets dissect this so every one can see the facts.. First, a retrovirus injects a small strand of RNA into a cell where it splices and backwards copies itself into the victims DNA to become an ERV sequence.. Note: the ERV must occur in DNA pertaining to reproduction in order to be passed on to the next generation and research reveals that ERVs can move around after they have spliced into a gene.. Second, Darwinists ignore the fact that ERVs can move around and assume that an inherited ERV will always show up in the same genetic location. Then they search for ERVs in chimp DNA that are located in the same spot as those found in human DNA claiming that any such ERV is proof we have a common ancestor.. Indeed, 14 out of 98,000 human ERVs are found in the same location as are 14 chimp ERVs (.00014%). However, this means that ...
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Koide, S., Oshima, M., Takubo, K. et al.. Setdb1, also known as Eset, is a methyltransferase that catalyzes trimethylation of H3K9 (H3K9me3) and plays an essential role in the silencing of endogenous retroviral elements (ERVs) in the developing embryo and embryonic stem cells (ESCs). Its role in somatic stem cells, however, remains unclear due to the early death of Setdb1-deficient embryos. We herein demonstrate that Setdb1 is the first H3K9 methyltransferase shown to be essential for the maintenance of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) in mice. The deletion of Setdb1 caused the rapid depletion of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) as well as leukemic stem cells. In contrast to ESCs, ERVs were largely repressed in Setdb1-deficient HSPCs. A list of non-hematopoietic genes was instead ectopically activated in HSPCs following reductions in H3K9me3 levels, including key gluconeogenic enzyme genes, fructose-1,6-bisphosphatase 1 (Fbp1) and Fbp2. The ectopic activation of ...
It is rather like reading computer code. I am now a programmer. I work in higher level languages than some of my colleagues, whose ability to read code that they have never previously looked at astonishes me. they can describe what it does, but they are looking at very small stretches of code in a very large system. There are very few who have a grasp of the whole thing and how a change in one small area might affect many others, on the other hand some small changes have nothing more than a cosmetic effect. When I write code I take into account the three things I mentioned earlier - economy, efficiency and security. Sometimes, if the code is for one off use by me then it will be efficient, and complete disregard security. At the other extreme if it will be used mutliple times under automated control then security will be high on the agenda, and economy may well be very low. The code in both cases may do exactly the same thing, ie have the same function, but it will look very different. Sometimes ...
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The Dominant White locus (W) in the domestic cat demonstrates pleiotropic effects exhibiting complete penetrance for absence of coat pigmentation and incomplete penetrance for deafness and iris hypopigmentation. We performed linkage analysis using a pedigree segregating White to identify KIT (Chr. B1), as the feline W locus. Segregation and sequence analysis of the KIT gene in two pedigrees (P1 and P2) revealed the remarkable retrotransposition and evolution of a feline endogenous retrovirus (FERV1) as responsible for two distinct phenotypes of the W locus, Dominant White, and white spotting. A full-length (7125 bp) FERV1 element is associated with white spotting, while a FERV1 long terminal repeat (LTR) is associated with all Dominant White individuals. For purposes of statistical analysis, the alternatives of wild type sequence, FERV1 element, and LTR-only define a triallelic marker. Taking into account pedigree relationships, deafness is genetically linked and associated with this marker; ...
The Dominant White locus (W) in the domestic cat demonstrates pleiotropic effects exhibiting complete penetrance for absence of coat pigmentation and incomplete penetrance for deafness and iris hypopigmentation. We performed linkage analysis using a pedigree segregating White to identify KIT (Chr. B1) as the feline W locus. Segregation and sequence analysis of the KIT gene in two pedigrees (P1 and P2) revealed the remarkable retrotransposition and evolution of a feline endogenous retrovirus (FERV1) as responsible for two distinct phenotypes of the W locus, Dominant White, and white spotting. A full-length (7125 bp) FERV1 element is associated with white spotting, whereas a FERV1 long terminal repeat (LTR) is associated with all Dominant White individuals. For purposes of statistical analysis, the alternatives of wild-type sequence, FERV1 element, and LTR-only define a triallelic marker. Taking into account pedigree relationships, deafness is genetically linked and associated with this marker; estimated
Recent research results indicate that viral sequences are part of us. Endogenous viral elements (EVEs) or endogenous retroviral elements (ERVs) have been identified in eukaryotic genomes including the human genome. The findings revealed the enormous scale of the invasion of vertebrate genomes by viral sequences. Weiss and Stoye report in a paper that was published…