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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Over the past two decades a number of studies have demonstrated activity of the retroviral enzyme reverse transcriptase in the serum of patients with sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Known human exogenous retroviruses such as HIV-1 have been eliminated as possible sources of this activity and investigators have therefore considered the possibility that human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs) might be involved. HERV-K (HML-2) is the most recent retroviral candidate to be proposed following the observation of elevated HERV-K expression in cortical and spinal neurons of ALS patients and the demonstration of HERV-K envelope protein neurotoxicity in vitro and in transgenic mice. This retroviral hypothesis is an attractive one, not least because it raises the possibility that ALS might become treatable using antiretroviral drugs. In the present study we have attempted independent confirmation of the observation that HERV-K RNA levels are elevated in ALS brain. Total RNA was extracted from the
PURPOSEWe investigated the expression of human endogenous retroviral (HERV) sequences in breast cancer.EXPERIMENTAL DESIGNReverse transcription-PCR (RT-PCR) was used to examine expression of the envelope (env) region of ERV3, HERV-E4-1, and HERV-K in breast cancer cell lines, human breast tumor samples, adjacent uninvolved breast tissues, nonmalignant breast tissues, and placenta. Expression of HERV transcripts was confirmed by Northern blot analysis and in situ hybridization (ISH). To evaluate coding potential, amplified HERV sequences were cloned into vectors for expression and sequence analysis.RESULTSNo expression of ERV3 or HERV-E4-1 RNA was detected in the analyzed breast samples. In contrast, HERV-K transcripts were detected in most breast cancer cell lines and many breast tumor tissues. Expression was detected in a small percentage of matched, uninvolved breast tissues and in placentas but not nonmalignant breast tissues. In HERV-K-positive breast cancer tissues, Northern blot analysis ...
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 ...
Endogenous retroviruses (ERVs) are sequences that derived from ancient retroviral infections of germ cells and integrated in humans, mammals and other vertebrates millions years ago. These ERVs are inherited according to Mendelian expectations in the same way as all other genes in the genome. Size of complete endogenous retrovirus is between 8-12 kb long in average and contains gag, pro, pol and env genes that always occur in the same order. Coding sequences are flanked by two LTRs (Long Terminal Repeat sequences). Most ERVs are defective that are carrying multitude of inactivating mutations. However some ERVs still have open reading frames in their genome. These ERVs settle close to functional genes or within the genes and can influence or control functions of the host genes using their LTRs. Most integration has deleterious effects. However some integration could be example of positive co-adaptation as syncitin which is involved to form the syncytial layer of the placenta. The first equine ...
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
Almost 8% of the human genome comprises endogenous retroviruses (ERVs). While they have been shown to cause specific pathologies in animals, such as cancer, their association with disease in humans remains controversial. The limited evidence is partly due to the physical and bioethical restrictions
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 ...
The syncytiotrophoblast (STB) layer forms the epithelial covering of the entire villous tree. These cells are multinucleated, terminally-differentiated syncytium formed by the fusion of the underlying progenitor cytotrophoblast (CTB) cells. The process is described as syncytialization and is mediated by syncytin-1, an envelope protein of a human endogenous retrovirus W (HERV-W). The differentiation is regulated by chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) and the fusion of cytotrophoblast cells is ongoing during placental development. Cellular parts derived from the syncytiotrophoblasts (apoptotic nuclei and microparticulate debris) can be shed into the maternal blood in which they are bathed. The apototic process appears to be part of the fusion mechanism between cytotrophoblast and the overlying multinucleate syncytiotrophoblast layer. Studies have suggested that these cells are transcriptionally inactive. A recent study using a number of different detection techniques now suggests that at least some of ...
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
The genome of vertebrates contains endogenous retroviruses (ERVs) that have resulted from ancestral infections by exogenous retroviruses. ERVs are germline encoded, transmitted in a Mendelian fashion and account for about 8% of the human and 9.9% of the murine genome, respectively1, 2. By spontaneous activation and reintegration ERVs may cause insertional mutagenesis and thus participate in the process of malignant transformation or progression of tumor growth3, 4. However, if the innate immune system is able to recognize and control ERVs has not yet been elucidated. Here we report that, in vitro, nucleic-acid sensing TLRs on dendritic cells are activated by retroviral RNA and DNA from infected cells in vitro. Infection of TLR competent wild type mice with murine leukemia virus (MuLV)-like ERV isolates results in non-canonical gene upregulation, independent of type I IFN. In vivo, TLR3, -7 and -9 triple deficient mice (TLR379-/-) and mice with non functional TLR3, 7 and 9 signaling due to a ...
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 ...
We hypothesized that simultaneous DNA cleavages by Cas9 at multiple PERV sites in the FFF3 genome trigger DNA damage-induced senescence or apoptosis; hence, we could not obtain the highly modified FFF3 clones. Through screening of different anti-apoptotic strategies (figs. S6 and S7), we observed that, during genetic modification, the application of a cocktail containing p53 inhibitor, pifithrin alpha (PFTα), and basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) significantly increased the average targeting efficiency of the resulting FFF3 populations {fig. S6A [ANOVA (analysis of variance), P = 0.00002] and fig. S6B}. Using this optimized cocktail, we were able to grow 100% PERV-inactivated FFF3 cells (PERV-inactivated FFF3) from the population treated with CRISPR-Cas9 (Fig. 2, C and D).. Having confirmed that we genetically mutated PERV pol in the genome, we performed RNA sequencing (fig. S8) on PERV-inactivated FFF3 clones and confirmed that all pol transcripts had been mutated. Furthermore, we examined ...
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 ...
Tandon, R. Endogenous retroviruses: do they influence the susceptibility and pathogenesis of exogenous feline leukemia virus infection? 2008, University of Zurich, Vetsuisse Faculty. ...
TY - JOUR. T1 - Erratum. T2 - Inhibiting DNA Methylation Causes an Interferon Response in Cancer via dsRNA Including Endogenous Retroviruses (Cell (2015) 152 (974-986)). AU - Chiappinelli, Katherine B.. AU - Strissel, Pamela L.. AU - Desrichard, Alexis. AU - Li, Huili. AU - Henke, Christine. AU - Akman, Benjamin. AU - Hein, Alexander. AU - Rote, Neal S.. AU - Cope, Leslie M.. AU - Snyder, Alexandra. AU - Makarov, Vladimir. AU - Budhu, Sadna. AU - Slamon, Dennis J.. AU - Wolchok, Jedd D.. AU - Pardoll, Drew M.. AU - Beckmann, Matthias W.. AU - Zahnow, Cynthia A.. AU - Merghoub, Taha. AU - Chan, Timothy A.. AU - Baylin, Stephen B.. AU - Strick, Reiner. PY - 2016/2/25. Y1 - 2016/2/25. UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84959441111&partnerID=8YFLogxK. UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84959441111&partnerID=8YFLogxK. U2 - 10.1016/j.cell.2015.10.020. DO - 10.1016/j.cell.2015.10.020. M3 - Comment/debate. C2 - 27064190. AN - SCOPUS:84959441111. VL - 164. SP - 1073. JO - ...
Genome stability relies on epigenetic mechanisms that enforce repression of endogenous retroviruses (ERVs). Current evidence suggests that distinct chromatin-based mechanisms repress ERVs in cells of embryonic origin (histone methylation dominant) vs. more differentiated cells (DNA methylation domin …
A recent study published online in the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution discovered that a common retrovirus, KoRV, found in koalas has been plaguing the species for over 120 years.. Retroviruses are composed of RNA and have the ability to incorporate their genetic material into a hosts DNA. In the case of KoRV, the virus became part of the koalas germ line, and was passed on from parent to offspring. Therefore, KoRV is actually part of the Koalas genome. This process is known as retroviral endogenization.. Most endogenous retrovirus genetic material found in vertebrates is minimal- traces at most. As the authors indicated, this makes it difficult to learn how endogenous retroviruses become part of vertebrate DNA. That KoRV is still affecting koalas is significant; now scientists can observe this form of infection in real-time.. For this particular study, scientists analyzed the genetic material of 18 koala skins from various European and North American museums, some of which dated ...
Embryonic stem (ES) cells are derived from blastocyst-stage embryos and are thought to be functionally equivalent to the inner cell mass, which lacks the ability to produce all extraembryonic tissues. Here we identify a rare transient cell population within mouse ES and induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell cultures that expresses high levels of transcripts found in two-cell (2C) embryos in which the blastomeres are totipotent. We genetically tagged these 2C-like ES cells and show that they lack the inner cell mass pluripotency proteins Oct4 (also known as Pou5f1), Sox2 and Nanog, and have acquired the ability to contribute to both embryonic and extraembryonic tissues. We show that nearly all ES cells cycle in and out of this privileged state, which is partially controlled by histone-modifying enzymes. Transcriptome sequencing and bioinformatic analyses showed that many 2C transcripts are initiated from long terminal repeats derived from endogenous retroviruses, suggesting this foreign sequence ...
A group of 41 peptides, each 24 amino acids long and overlapping with each other by 12 residues spanning the total gag open reading frame (orf) of HIV-1 (HTLV-IIIBH 10 isolate) were synthesized using Fmoc chemistry. The purified compounds were used in ELISA assays and tested for antibody reactivities in sera of human HIV-1-infected and noninfected individuals. Sera of HIV- humans showed reactivity against four defined regions, two in p17, one in p24, and one in p15. The values of these reactivities were elevated especially in serum samples of HIV- individuals showing cross-reaction with gag proteins on Western blot. Amino acid sequence comparison of HIV-1 gag proteins with those of human endogenous retroviruses (ERV K10, ERV 3) revealed significant similarities predominantly in the domains showing elevated antibody cross-reactions. The majority of sera from HIV-1+ individuals showed strong reactivities to the cross-reactive regions and to various other peptide sequences, a sequential epitope ...
The Mammalian Genome Group is broadly interested in understanding the role of epigenomic transcriptional regulation in an organisms response to environmental exposures. We are specifically interested in studying the role of repetitive elements in these processes.. All mammalian genomes are comprised of a large assortment of different classes repetitive elements (REs) that include LINEs, intracisternal A particles (IAPs), VL30 elements, endogenous retroviral elements (ERVs), SINEs, transposons, and various other types of repetitive elements. These REs are distributed across the entire genome and are highly abundant; in fact, it has been estimated that REs comprise over 50% of a typical mammalian genome. Many of these elements have powerful regulatory elements and exhibit complex patterns of transcriptional expression throughout mammalian development.. Most notably, these REs have the potential to actively interfere with the normal transcription of genes located in their immediate ...
Human endogenous retrovirus (HERV) genomes are chromosomally integrated in all cells of an individual. They are normally transcriptionally silenced and transmitted only vertically. Enhanced expression of HERV-K accompanied by the emergence of anti-HERV-K-directed immune responses has been observed in tumor patients and HIV-infected individuals. As HERV-K is usually not expressed and immunological tolerance development is unlikely, it is an appropriate target for the development of immunotherapies. We generated a recombinant vaccinia virus (MVA-HKenv) expressing the HERV-K envelope glycoprotein (ENV), based on the modified vaccinia virus Ankara (MVA), and established an animal model to test its vaccination efficacy. Murine renal carcinoma cells (Renca) were genetically altered to express E. coli beta-galactosidase (RLZ cells) or the HERV-K ENV gene (RLZ-HKenv cells). Intravenous injection of RLZ-HKenv cells into syngenic BALB/c mice led to the formation of pulmonary metastases, which were ...
Five genes were found to be strongly up-regulated in SH-SY5Y cells after treatment with cobalt chloride: clusterin, glutathione peroxidase 3, insulin-like growth factor 2, solute carrier family 7 member 11, and neural precursor cell expressed developmentally down-regulated protein 9. In the vicinity of these genes we identified large (,1,000 bp) open reading frames (ORFs). Most of these ORFs showed only low similarities to proteins from retro-transcribing viruses. However, we found very high similarity between retrovirus envelope sequences and a sequence in the vicinity of neural precursor cell expressed developmentally down-regulated protein 9. This sequence encodes the human endogenous retrovirus group FRD member 1, the encoded protein product is called syncytin 2. Transfection of syncytin 2 into the well-characterized Ewing sarcoma cell line A673 was not able to modulate the low immunostimulatory activity of this cell line ...
The humanised IgG4 monoclonal antibody GNbAC1 targets the envelope protein (Env) of the human endogenous multiple sclerosis-associated retrovirus (HERV-W MSRV), which may play a critical role in multiple sclerosis (MS).. This study evaluates the effect on MRI lesions parameters, the safety and pharmacokinetics of GNbAC1 in patients with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis. ...
The humanised IgG4 monoclonal antibody GNbAC1 targets the envelope protein (Env) of the human endogenous multiple sclerosis-associated retrovirus (HERV-W MSRV), which may play a critical role in multiple sclerosis.. The study assesses the long-term safety of GNbAC1 in patients with RRMS and the long-term efficacy of GNbAC1 in terms of MRI outcomes, relapse rate, disability and disease progression. ...
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sciencehabit writes: In a new study, researchers led by Edward Chuong, a computational biologist at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, explored whether endogenous retroviruses (ERVs) help us fend off invaders. The scientists scanned three different human cell lines for ERVs in their DNA that...
TY - JOUR. T1 - A method to avoid errors associated with the analysis of hypermutated viral sequences by alignment-based methods. AU - Alinejad-Rokny, Hamid. AU - Ebrahimi, Diako. PY - 2015/12/1. Y1 - 2015/12/1. N2 - The human genome encodes for a family of editing enzymes known as APOBEC3 (apolipoprotein B mRNA editing enzyme, catalytic polypeptide-like3). They induce context dependent G-to-A changes, referred to as hypermutation, in the genome of viruses such as HIV, SIV, HBV and endogenous retroviruses. Hypermutation is characterized by aligning affected sequences to a reference sequence. We show that indels (insertions/deletions) in the sequences lead to an incorrect assignment of APOBEC3 targeted and non-target sites. This can result in an incorrect identification of hypermutated sequences and erroneous biological inferences made based on hypermutation analysis.. AB - The human genome encodes for a family of editing enzymes known as APOBEC3 (apolipoprotein B mRNA editing enzyme, catalytic ...
Hivatkoz sok:. Abbasi, K: The missing data that cost $20bn. BMJ, 2014;348:g2695. Aloia J, Li-Ng M: Re: epidemic influenza and vitamin D. Epidemiol Infect 2007, 135(7):1095-1096.. Belshaw R, Pereira V, Katzourakis A, Talbot G, Paces J, Burt A, Tristem M. Long-term reinfection of the human genome by endogenous retroviruses. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2004 Apr 6;101(14):4894-9.. Cannell JJ, Vieth R, Umhau JC, Holick MF, Grant WB, Madronich S, Garland CF, Giovannucci E. Epidemic influenza and vitamin D. Epidemiol Infect. 2006 Dec;134(6):1129-40.. Charan J, Goyal JP, Saxena D, Yadav P. Vitamin D for prevention of respiratory tract infections: A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Pharmacol Pharmacother. 2012 Oct;3(4):300-3.. Cowling BJ, Fang VJ, Nishiura H, Chan KH, Ng S, Ip DK, Chiu SS, Leung GM, Peiris JS. Increased risk of noninfluenza respiratory virus infections associated with receipt of inactivated influenza vaccine. Clin Infect Dis. 2012 Jun;54(12):1778-83.. Demicheli V, Jefferson T, ...
To avoid recombination with any of the closely related endogenous retroviruses commonly found in chickens, we recommend the use of cells derived from the EV-0 strain of white leghorns. This strain is maintained at the Regional Poultry Research Laboratory (RPRL) in East Lansing, Michigan (telephone 517-337-6828; fax 517-337-6776). Fertilized eggs can be obtained from the RPRL for a nominal charge. In many cases, it is convenient to use the permanent EV-0-derived chicken cell line DF-1. DF-1 cells were prepared by Doug Foster (University of Minnesota) and can be obtained from the American Type Culture Collection (ATCC; catalog #CRL-12203). Note that this cell line is not listed in the ATCC website, but is available through telephone orders (800-638-6597 or 703-365-2700 ...
Early post-infection, the reverse transcriptase converts the viral RNA genome into double-stranded viral DNA. The RNase H domain of the reverse transcriptase performs two functions. It degrades the RNA template and specifically removes the RNA primer from the RNA/DNA hybrid. Following nuclear import, the integrase catalyzes the insertion of the linear, double-stranded viral DNA into the host cell chromosome. Endogenous Pol proteins may have kept, lost or modified their original function during evolution (By similarity ...
In 1983, at the Institut Pasteur, Montagnier did mix his cell cultures with T-cells coming from umbilical cord blood, therefore PLACENTAL cells, most probably full of HERVs. That easily explains why they actually saw a lot of real retroviruses in their samples, but those viruses - the one they could readily examine - had strictly nothing to do with the AIDS patient they were examining using those very cell cultures. (Additionally, Montagnier reports, in another paper, that their experiments wouldnt have worked if the T-cells they were mixing with their culture were not of placental origin ...
Andras Perl - Summary of Research. Overview of Contribution to Science. My research has been focused on the contribution of genetic and environmental factors in shaping immune response with a focus on autoimmunity. In search of potential genetic interactions between the host and the environment, we identified HRES-1, a human T-cell leukemia virus-related endogenous retrovirus (1), mapped it to chromosome 1q42 (2) and identified Rab4a as its gene product that confers modulates susceptibility HIV infection via increased recycling of surface receptors, such as CD4 and transferrin receptor (CD71) (3). Polymorphic haplotypes of the HRES-1 endogenous retrovirus are associated with development and disease manifestations of in patients with SLE (4). The overexpression of Rab4A gene product of HRES-1, which is detectable in T cells of SLE patients and in all lupus-prone strains prior to disease onset, also contributes to oxidative stress and mTOR activation by inhibiting mitochondrial turnover via ...
Andras Perl - Summary of Research. Overview of Contribution to Science. My research has been focused on the contribution of genetic and environmental factors in shaping immune response with a focus on autoimmunity. In search of potential genetic interactions between the host and the environment, we identified HRES-1, a human T-cell leukemia virus-related endogenous retrovirus (1), mapped it to chromosome 1q42 (2) and identified Rab4a as its gene product that confers modulates susceptibility HIV infection via increased recycling of surface receptors, such as CD4 and transferrin receptor (CD71) (3). Polymorphic haplotypes of the HRES-1 endogenous retrovirus are associated with development and disease manifestations of in patients with SLE (4). The overexpression of Rab4A gene product of HRES-1, which is detectable in T cells of SLE patients and in all lupus-prone strains prior to disease onset, also contributes to oxidative stress and mTOR activation by inhibiting mitochondrial turnover via ...
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From guiding branching neurons in the developing brain to maintaining a healthy heartbeat, there seems to be no job that the immune cells cant tackle.. 0 Comments. ...
So PtERV1 is a young ERV family, no big whoop. Humans have their HERVs, chimpanzees have their PtERV1s, right? The strange part: exogenous PtERV1 was active when humans and chimpanzees (and gorillas) were still living in the same areas. Why the hell did they get infected with it (and not just infected- got endogenous insertions), and we were left unscathed?. Like I said before, TRIM5a is part of the innate immune system. It binds to the capsid structure of invading retroviruses and carries them to the proteasome- the cellular garbage disposal. Well, we already knew that TRIM5a proteins are different between primates. Chimpanzees have one kind, we have another, orangutans have another, etc. And, we already knew that our TRIM5a is a worthless defense against HIV, whereas some other (not all other) primates TRIM5a can help keep HIV infection in check. So they thought a neat experiment would be to see if our TRIM5a played a part in keeping us PtERV1-free.. Minor problem: exogenous PtERVs are ...
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Here are our weekly recommended regenerative medicine and other notable science reads including a few things on COVID. Its been quite an interesting week. Junk DNA is not so junky, role in differentiation NIH scientists showed how ancient retroviral genes, or junk DNA, may play a role in helping stem cells decide to become neurons. This work is from the Nath lab, NIH/NINDS. You can see a YouTube video above on the work and an artistic rendering of some of what the authors think is going …Read More. ...
The researchers were able to see that pigs have fewer ERVs than humans, however, unlike human ERVs, some pig ERVs have the capacity to reproduce and infect, which might pose a risk when transplanting pig organs to humans. The article constitutes a baseline for assessing that risk, but it also provides an enhanced understanding of how retroviruses have spread among vertebrates in the course of their evolution.. Carl-Johan Rubin, Leif Andersson, and their associates have been in charge of looking for the genes that have had the greatest importance in the evolution of the domesticated pig. One of the most striking differences between the wild boar and the domesticated pig is that the latter has a considerably longer back, including more vertebrae. The researchers have now identified three gene regions that are critical for understanding this difference. Two of them correspond to genes that explain variation in body length in humans, another instance of genes having a very similar function across ...
HIV refers to the human immunodeficiency virus, which is a lentivirus (a subgroup of retrovirus family) that infects humans. The mode of infection is mainly through contact with infected body fluids (such as [Read More ...] ...
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The questions I get asked most often are: How many ERVs are there? How many do we have in common with chimpanzees/gorillas/orangutans/etc? Its hard to answer this. Depends on what your definition of ERV is. Because sometimes scientists mean a complete/nearly complete ERV (LTR-gag, pol, env-LTR), and sometimes they mean either LTR, Gag, Pol, or…. ...
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Image credit: DPPhotoJournal A couple weeks ago I was having a chat with a friend about cancer immunity (as one so often does) and he asked if the Holy Grail of
What is the difference between Adenovirus and Retrovirus? Adenovirus is a virus type without an envelope whereas retroviruses are virus type with an envelope...
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Ted and Welkin inform the TWiV team how the evolution of ancient retroviruses can be inferred by their sequences in the genomes of modern mammals, and join in a discussion of virus dispersal during different methods for drying hands.. ...
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There really is merit to that I think, on a purely scientific level... I never did that **** during any of my exams in college, but being more relaxed during an exam is never a bad thing. One of the worst things for me and the reason i do terrible on non-written exams is that I second-guess myself. If I just didnt give a ****, Id probably pick the right answer every time. An artificially clear head is probably better for that **** than a worried and stressed one ...