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  1. Vitamin D in addition to peg-interferon-alpha/ribavirin in chronic hepatitis C virus infection: ANRS-HC25-VITAVIC study.

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    Terrier, Benjamin; Lapidus, Nathanael; Pol, Stanislas; Serfaty, Lawrence; Ratziu, Vlad; Asselah, Tarik; Thibault, Vincent; Souberbielle, Jean-Claude; Carrat, Fabrice; Cacoub, Patrice

    2015-05-14

    To investigate if correction of hypovitaminosis D before initiation of Peg-interferon-alpha/ribavirin (PegIFN/RBV) therapy could improve the efficacy of PegIFN/RBV in previously null-responder patients with chronic genotype 1 or 4 hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Genotype 1 or 4 HCV-infected patients with null response to previous PegIFN/RBV treatment and with hypovitaminosis D (< 30 ng/mL) prospectively received cholecalciferol 100000 IU per week for 4 wk [from week -4 (W-4) to W0], followed by 100000 IU per month in combination with PegIFN/RBV for 12 mo (from W0 to W48). The primary outcome was the rate of early virological response defined by an HCV RNA < 12 IU/mL after 12 wk PegIFN/RBV treatment. A total of 32 patients were included, 19 (59%) and 13 (41%) patients were HCV genotype 1 and 4, respectively. The median baseline vitamin D level was 15 ng/mL (range: 7-28). In modified intention-to-treat analysis, 29 patients who received at least one dose of PegIFN/RBV were included in the analysis. All patients except one normalized their vitamin D serum levels. The rate of early virologic response was 0/29 (0%). The rate of HCV RNA < 12 IU/mL after 24 wk of PegIFN/RBV was 1/27 (4%). The safety profile was favorable. Addition of vitamin D to PegIFN/RBV does not improve the rate of early virologic response in previously null-responders with chronic genotype 1 or 4 HCV infection.

  2. Differential antiviral effect of PEG-interferon-alpha-2b on HIV and HCV in the treatment of HIV/HCV co-infected patients.

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    Neumann, Au; Polis, Ma; Rozenberg, L; Jackson, Jo; Reitano, Kn; McLaughlin, M; Koratich, C; Dewar, Rl; Masur, H; Haagmans, Bl; Kottilil, Shyam

    2007-09-12

    The major antiviral effect of interferon (IFN)-alpha on hepatitis C virus (HCV) is blocking of virion production from infected cells. We now investigate the previously unknown mechanism of action of IFN-alpha against HIV. HIV kinetics in parallel to HCV kinetics and IFN pharmacokinetics during pegylated-IFN-alpha-2b (1.5 microg/Kg q.w., PEG-IFN) and ribavirin (1-1.2 g daily) treatment in nine HIV patients co-infected with HCV genotype 1 were analyzed. In vivo modeling predictions of suppression of HIV replication by PEG-IFN in CD8-depleted peripheral blood mononuclear cells were verified by in vitro experiments. HCV and HIV show different viral decline patterns after administration of PEG-IFN. Unlike the bi-phasic decline shown by HCV, HIV shows a slow continuous decline during the first week, with no rebound when PEG-IFN levels decline. Fitting of HIV kinetics with known half-lives of free virus and infected cells indicates that the major effect of IFN on HIV is to block de novo infection rather than to block virion production. The magnitude of the antiviral effect is similar (mean 1.1 log10 decline at 7 days) to those of direct anti-HIV drugs, but shows an inverse correlation with baseline viremia. In vitro studies show that preincubation with IFN renders a suppression of HIV replication superior to that of treatment postinfection, thus corroborating the mathematical analysis in vivo. The complimentary antiviral properties of IFN-alpha and antiretroviral therapy suggest a role for pharmacokinetically improved formulations of IFN as part of salvage therapy for HIV-infected individuals.

  3. Sensitivity of PEGylated interferon detection by anti-polyethylene glycol (PEG) antibodies depends on PEG length.

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    Cheng, Ta-Chun; Chuang, Kuo-Hsiang; Chen, Michael; Wang, Hsin-Ell; Tzou, Shey-Cherng; Su, Yu-Cheng; Chuang, Chih-Hung; Kao, Chien-Han; Chen, Bing-Mae; Chang, Long-Sen; Roffler, Steve R; Cheng, Tian-Lu

    2013-08-21

    Attachment of poly(ethylene glycol) to proteins can mask immune epitopes to increase serum half-life, reduce immunogenicity, and enhance in vivo biological efficacy. However, PEGylation mediated epitope-masking may also limit sensitivity and accuracy of traditional ELISA. We previously described an anti-PEG-based sandwich ELISA for universal assay of PEGylated molecules. Here, we compared the quantitative assessment of PEGylated interferons by anti-PEG and traditional anti-interferon sandwich ELISA. The detection limits for PEG-Intron (12k-PEG) and Pegasys (40k-PEG) were 1.9 and 0.03 ng/mL for anti-PEG ELISA compared to 0.18 and 0.42 ng/mL for traditional anti-interferon sandwich ELISA. These results indicate that the anti-PEG sandwich ELISA was insensitive to PEGylation mediated epitope-masking and the sensitivity increased in proportion to the length of PEG. By contrast, PEG-masking interfered with detection by traditional anti-interferon sandwich ELISA. Human and mouse serum did not affect the sensitivity of anti-PEG ELISA but impeded traditional anti-interferon sandwich ELISA. The anti-PEG sandwich ELISA was comparable to anti-interferon sandwich ELISA and radioassay of 131I-Pegasys in pharmacokinetic studies in mice. The anti-PEG sandwich ELISA provides a sensitive, accurate, and convenient quantitative measurement of PEGylated protein drugs.

  4. [Interferon alpha-2b modified with polyethylene glycol].

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    Wu, Yingxin; Zhai, Yanqin; Lei, Jiandu; Ma, Guanghui; Su, Zhiguo

    2008-09-01

    In order to obtain a more stable PEGylated interferon alpha-2b, and prolong its half life, interferon alpha-2b (IFN alpha-2b) was modified with monomethoxy polyethylene glycol propionaldehyde (mPEG-ALD) 20000. It was found that the optimized reaction condition for the maximum bioactivity and highest PEGylation degree of the mono PEGylated interferon alpha-2b was as follows: in 20 mmol/L, pH 6.5, citric acid and sodium dihydrogen phosphate buffer, the concentration of IFN alpha-2b was 4 mg/mL, and the molar ratio of PEG/IFN alpha-2b was 8:1, and the reaction time was 20 h at 4 degrees C. Under the optimized reaction condition, the mono PEGylation degree reached to 55%. Ion exchange chromatography was used to separate and purify mono PEGylated interferon alpha-2b from the reaction mixture. The purity of mono PEGylated interferon alpha-2b was higher than 97% characterized by HPLC. The bioactivity of the mono PEGylated interferon alpha-2b was 13.4% of the native IFN alpha-2b, while its half life in SD rat is much longer than the native IFN alpha-2b. The mono PEGylated interferon alpha-2b is also stable in aqueous.

  5. Controlled-release interferon alpha 2b, a new member of the interferon family for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C.

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    Jansen, Peter L M; De Bruijne, Joep

    2012-01-01

    Combination therapy with pegylated interferon alpha (Peg-interferon) and ribavirin is currently the cornerstone of antiviral therapy for chronic hepatitis C. Monotherapy with Peg-interferon still is important for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B. With the advent of new therapies, protease inhibitors for chronic hepatitis C and nucleotide inhibitors for chronic hepatitis B, there remains a need for interferon-based therapies. The side effects of Peg-interferon are a main disadvantage and represent a stumbling block for many patients to enter and continue therapy. In this review, the authors will discuss controlled-release interferon alpha 2b (CR2b) (Locteron®, Biolex Therapeutics, Pittsboro, NC, USA), a new slow-release interferon alpha 2b preparation for the treatment of chronic viral hepatitis. Other alternative interferons will also be discussed. CR2b is a slow-release microsphere preparation for the administration of plant-derived recombinant human interferon alpha 2b. Compared with Peg-interferon, treatment with CR2b shows less flu-like reactions and less depression, and is at least as effective as conventional Peg-interferon-based therapy in patients with chronic hepatitis C. CR2b has the added advantage of biweekly instead of once weekly administration. CR2b appears to cause more neutropenia than Peg-interferon alpha 2b. This may be due to higher trough serum levels of CR2b at the end of a dosing interval. The bone marrow effects of CR2b closely resemble those published for the registered Peg-interferon alpha 2a. CR2b appears to have at least comparable efficacy with fewer side effects than current registered Peg-interferons.

  6. Interferon-alpha induced Raynaud's syndrome.

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    Kruit, W H; Eggermont, A M; Stoter, G

    2000-11-01

    The cytokine interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha) is increasingly prescribed for a number of indications, especially viral hepatitis and several malignancies. Two patients are described who developed Raynaud's syndrome during treatment with IFN-alpha as adjuvant therapy for high-risk melanoma. With a review of the available literature the symptomatology, possible pathophysiologic mechanisms and treatment options are discussed.

  7. Pegylated protein encapsulated multivesicular liposomes: a novel approach for sustained release of interferon alpha.

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    Vyas, S P; Rawat, M; Rawat, A; Mahor, S; Gupta, P N

    2006-07-01

    Hepatitis C viral chemotherapy suffers from a relatively short half-life of the interferon alpha-2a (IFN alpha). To address this issue, we investigated the effects of polyethylene glycol modification and their subsequent encapsulation in multivesicular liposomes (MVLs), on the release properties of IFN alpha. In the present study, interferon-alpha was conjugated with methoxy-polyethylene glycol (mPEG, MW 5000). Prepared IFN alpha-mPEG5000 conjugate (IFN alpha-mPEG5000) was purified with size exclusion chromatography. The relative in vitro anti-viral activity of pegylated interferon alpha-2a was found to 87.9% of the unmodified IFN alpha. Pegylated IFN alpha encapsulated multivesicular liposomes were prepared by double emulsification technique followed by evaporation of organic solvents from chloroform ether spherules suspended in water. Prepared MVLs were then characterized for shape, size, vesicle count, encapsulation efficiency, and in vitro release rate. In process stability studies of pegylated IFN alpha protein exhibited better stability when exposed to chloroform: diethyl ether (1:1 ratio) mixture as well as variable vortexing time as compared to native IFN alpha. Relatively high percentage of encapsulation of protein ( approximately 75%) was achieved. In vitro release profile of pegylated IFN alpha-mPEG5000 containing MVLs in the PBS showed lower initial burst release with sustained and incomplete release over a period of 1 week. In contrast, native IFN alpha entrapped MVLs were observed as higher initial burst release, i.e., nearly 35% followed by almost complete release. The results confirmed the possibility of multivesicular liposomes as a long-acting or sustained-release delivery system using a combination of pegylation and encapsulation technique for controlled delivery of interferon alpha.

  8. Pegylated interferon alpha-associated optic neuropathy.

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    Berg, Kathleen T; Nelson, Bruce; Harrison, Andrew R; McLoon, Linda K; Lee, Michael S

    2010-06-01

    A 52-year-old man with chronic hepatitis C presented with painless, bilateral, simultaneous nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION) and peripheral neuropathy. Symptoms began 19 weeks after starting peginterferon alpha-2a. The peripheral neuropathy and vision of the right eye improved, but the vision of the left eye worsened after stopping interferon. We identified 23 additional cases of NAION during interferon alpha therapy. At least 12 of these patients suffered bilateral NAION. Patients lost vision 1-40 weeks after initiating therapy. Of 21 eyes that had documented initial and follow-up acuities, 8 improved, 1 worsened, and the rest remained stable. One patient had a painful peripheral neuropathy. Treatment with interferon alpha may result in NAION. Discontinuation of therapy deserves consideration after weighing individual risks and benefits.

  9. Treatment discontinuation with peg-interferon: what to consider.

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    Boccaccio, Vincenzo; Russo, Maria Luisa; Carbone, Marco; Bruno, Savino

    2015-01-01

    Eradication of chronic hepatitis C virus infection improves the outcome of both liver and extrahepatic-related diseases and interferon-based regimens represented, for years, the standard of care to achieve this goal. Several baseline and on-treatment predictors of response, associated with a lower chance to achieve sustained virological response after interferon-based treatment, were developed. In the past few years, the advent of direct acting antivirals has dramatically modified the landscape of antiviral therapy, leading to an evolution from interferon-based to interferon-free therapies. This review will focus on the usefulness of futility stopping rules that allow the discontinuation of therapy in patients with a reduced chance to obtain sustained virological response if treated with interferon-containing regimens.

  10. Cytokine therapeutics: lessons from interferon alpha.

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    Gutterman, J U

    1994-01-01

    Cytokines are soluble proteins that allow for communication between cells and the external environment. Interferon (IFN) alpha, the first cytokine to be produced by recombinant DNA technology, has emerged as an important regulator of growth and differentiation, affecting cellular communication and signal transduction pathways as well as immunological control. This review focuses on the biological and clinical activities of the cytokine. Originally discovered as an antiviral substance, the efficacy of IFN-alpha in malignant, viral, immunological, angiogenic, inflammatory, and fibrotic diseases suggests a spectrum of interrelated pathophysiologies. The principles learned from in vivo studies will be discussed, particularly hairy cell leukemia, chronic myelogenous leukemia, certain angiogenic diseases, and hepatitis. After the surprising discovery of activity in a rare B-cell neoplasm, IFN-alpha emerged as a prototypic tumor suppressor protein that represses the clinical tumorigenic phenotype in some malignancies capable of differentiation. Regulatory agencies throughout the world have approved IFN-alpha for treatment of 13 malignant and viral disorders. The principles established with this cytokine serve as a paradigm for future development of natural proteins for human disease. PMID:8108387

  11. Hepatitis C virus therapy with peg-interferon and ribavirin in Myanmar: A resource-constrained country.

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    Hlaing, Naomi Khaing Than; Banerjee, Debolina; Mitrani, Robert; Arker, Soe Htet; Win, Kyaw San; Tun, Nyan Lin; Thant, Zaw; Win, Khin Maung; Reddy, K Rajender

    2016-11-21

    To investigate peg-interferon (peg-IFN) and ribavirin (RBV) therapy in Myanmar and to predict sustained virologic response (SVR). This single-center, open-label, study was conducted in Myanmar between 2009 and 2014. A total of 288 patients infected with HCV genotypes 1, 2, 3 and 6 were treated with peg-IFN alpha-2a (180 μg/wk) or alpha-2b (50 to 100 μg as a weight-based dose) and RBV as a weight-based dose (15 mg/kg/d). Treatment duration was 48 wk for genotypes 1 and 6, 24 wk for genotype 2, and 24 or 48 wk for genotype 3 based on rapid virologic response (RVR). Those co-infected with hepatitis B received 48 wk of therapy. Overall, SVR was achieved for 82% of patients and the therapy was well tolerated. All patients achieved SVR at equivalent rates regardless of HCV genotype (P = 0.314). Low fibrosis scores (P < 0.001), high baseline albumin levels (P = 0.028) and low baseline viral loads (P = 0.029) all independently predicted SVR. On the other hand, IL-28B TT and CC genotypes were not found to significantly predict SVR (P = 0.634; P = 0.618). Among those who completed treatment, the occurrence of RVR showed a > 96% positive predictive value for achieving SVR. Treatment duration did not significantly impact the likelihood of achieving SVR for patients infected with genotype 3 HCV (P = 0.371). The most common adverse events were fatigue (71%) and poor appetite (60%). Among patients with genotype 3 HCV, more patients in the 48-wk treatment group required erythropoietin than in the 24-wk treatment group (61.1% vs 49.2%). SVR rates were high with peg-IFN and RBV therapy in Myanmar. Fibrosis scores, baseline albumin, HCV RNA levels and RVR independently predicted SVR.

  12. Hepatitis C virus therapy with peg-interferon and ribavirin in Myanmar: A resource-constrained country

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    Hlaing, Naomi Khaing Than; Banerjee, Debolina; Mitrani, Robert; Arker, Soe Htet; Win, Kyaw San; Tun, Nyan Lin; Thant, Zaw; Win, Khin Maung; Reddy, K Rajender

    2016-01-01

    AIM To investigate peg-interferon (peg-IFN) and ribavirin (RBV) therapy in Myanmar and to predict sustained virologic response (SVR). METHODS This single-center, open-label, study was conducted in Myanmar between 2009 and 2014. A total of 288 patients infected with HCV genotypes 1, 2, 3 and 6 were treated with peg-IFN alpha-2a (180 μg/wk) or alpha-2b (50 to 100 μg as a weight-based dose) and RBV as a weight-based dose (15 mg/kg/d). Treatment duration was 48 wk for genotypes 1 and 6, 24 wk for genotype 2, and 24 or 48 wk for genotype 3 based on rapid virologic response (RVR). Those co-infected with hepatitis B received 48 wk of therapy. RESULTS Overall, SVR was achieved for 82% of patients and the therapy was well tolerated. All patients achieved SVR at equivalent rates regardless of HCV genotype (P = 0.314). Low fibrosis scores (P < 0.001), high baseline albumin levels (P = 0.028) and low baseline viral loads (P = 0.029) all independently predicted SVR. On the other hand, IL-28B TT and CC genotypes were not found to significantly predict SVR (P = 0.634; P = 0.618). Among those who completed treatment, the occurrence of RVR showed a > 96% positive predictive value for achieving SVR. Treatment duration did not significantly impact the likelihood of achieving SVR for patients infected with genotype 3 HCV (P = 0.371). The most common adverse events were fatigue (71%) and poor appetite (60%). Among patients with genotype 3 HCV, more patients in the 48-wk treatment group required erythropoietin than in the 24-wk treatment group (61.1% vs 49.2%). CONCLUSION SVR rates were high with peg-IFN and RBV therapy in Myanmar. Fibrosis scores, baseline albumin, HCV RNA levels and RVR independently predicted SVR. PMID:27920482

  13. Single-dose pharmacokinetics and safety of pegylated interferon-alpha2b in patients with chronic renal dysfunction.

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    Gupta, Samir K; Pittenger, Amy L; Swan, Suzanne K; Marbury, Thomas C; Tobillo, Emlyn; Batra, Vijay; Sack, Marshall; Glue, Paul; Jacobs, Sheila; Affrime, Melton

    2002-10-01

    This study evaluates the pharmacokinetics and safety of pegylated interferon-alpha2b (PEG-Intron) following a single-dose subcutaneous injection into subjects with normal renal function, subjects with chronic renal impairment, and patients on hemodialysis. In this open-label, single-dose, parallel group study, subjects were divided into five groups according to their degree of renal function: four groups as defined by measured creatinine clearance and a fifth hemodialysis dependent group. They received 1 microg/kg PEG-Intron subcutaneously after a 10-hour fast. Pharmacokinetic and safety assessments were performed up to 168 hours postdose. Hemodialysis patients had a second PEG-Intron dose 12 hours prior to a hemodialysis session. PEG-Intron pharmacokinetic parameters (AUCtf, Cmax, and t1/2) increased progressively as CL(CR) declined. All subjects reported at least one adverse event, which were typical of those reported after alpha-interferon administration (e.g., flu-like symptoms, headache). Single-dose PEG-Intron administration to volunteers with normal renal function and chronic renal impairment was safe and well tolerated. In patients with CL(CR) < 30 ml/min, AUCand Cmax values were increased 90% compared with controls, while half-life was increased by up to 40% over controls. Based on the relationship between PEG-Intron apparent clearance and CL(CR), renal clearance accountsfor less than half of its total clearance. Hemodialysis did not affect PEG-Intron apparent clearance.

  14. Interferon Alpha Association with Neuromyelitis Optica

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    Asgari, Nasrin; Voss, Anne; Kyvik, Kirsten Ohm; Thue Lillevang, Soeren

    2013-01-01

    Interferon-alpha (IFN-α) has immunoregulatory functions in autoimmune inflammatory diseases. The goal of this study was to determine occurrence and clinical consequences of IFN-α in neuromyelitis optica (NMO) patients. Thirty-six NMO and 41 multiple sclerosis (MS) patients from a population-based retrospective case series were included. Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) score and MRI findings determined disease activity. Linear regression was used to assess the effects of the level of IFN-α on disability (EDSS). IFN-α was determined by sensitive ELISA assays. IFN-α was detectable in sera from 9/36 NMO patients, significantly more often than in the MS group (2/41) (P = 0.0197). A higher frequency of IFN-α was observed in NMO patients with acute relapse compared to NMO patients in remission (P < 0.001) and compared to the MS patients with relapse (P = 0.010). In NMO patients, the levels of IFN-α were significantly associated with EDSS (P = 0.0062). It may be concluded that IFN-α was detectable in a subgroup of NMO patients. Association of IFN-α levels with clinical disease activity and severity suggests a role for IFN-α in disease perpetuation and may provide a plausible explanation for a negative effect of IFN-1 treatment in NMO patients. PMID:24348680

  15. [Cognitive disturbances observed in chronic hepatitis C patients during pegylated interferon alpha and ribavirin therapy].

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    Pawełczyk, Tomasz; Pawełczyk, Agnieszka; Białkowska, Jolanta; Jabłkowski, Maciej; Strzelecki, Dominik; Dworniak, Daniela; Rabe-Jabłońska, Jolanta

    2008-01-01

    Chronic hepatitis C (CHC) patients treated with peg-interferon alpha and ribavirin (peg-IFNalpha/RBV) complain of irritability, attention and memory disturbances which may indicate cognitive impairment associated with treatment. Assessment of the probable connection between peg-IFNalpha/RBV treatment and the development of cognitive disturbances in CHC patients. 47 CHC patients were divided into two groups: experimental (n=26) and control (n=21). The experimental group patients were given peg-IFNalpha2a (n=18) or peg-IFNalpha2b (n=8) plus RBV in standard doses as recommended by the manufacturers. Control group patients did not receive the above treatment. Both groups underwent a neuropsychological examination consisting of R. Brickenkamp d2 test, Auditory Verbal Learning Test and Hooper Visual Organization Test at the beginning (t=0) and after 12 weeks of treatment or observation (t=1). The experimental group patients showed significant deterioration in all the measured cognitive functions in t=1 comparing to t=0. Cognitive decline was not seen in the control group. The observed cognitive performance changes could not be correlated sufficiently enough with the presence of organic affective disorders diagnosed according to ICD-10 criteria. The findings suggest that peg-IFNalpha/RBV therapy of CHC patients is connected with the deterioration in cognitive functioning including attention, auditory verbal memory and visuo-spatial skills. These changes may be the effect of peg-IFNalpha-induced neurotransmission abnormalities in the dorso-lateral prefrontal cortex, anterior cingulate cortex, hippocampus and parieto-orbital cortical regions and can impair patients' ability to drive a motor vehicle, operate machinery, or their engagement in hazardous activities requiring attention and coordination. Medical professionals should thoroughly inform patients about the possibility of cognitive decline associated with peg-IFNalpha/RBV therapy.

  16. Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium (CPIC) guidelines for IFNL3 (IL28B) genotype and PEG interferon-α-based regimens.

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    Muir, A J; Gong, L; Johnson, S G; Lee, M T M; Williams, M S; Klein, T E; Caudle, K E; Nelson, D R

    2014-02-01

    Pegylated interferon-α (PEG-IFN-α or PEG-IFN 2a and 2b)- and ribavirin (RBV)-based regimens are the mainstay for treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1. IFNL3 (IL28B) genotype is the strongest baseline predictor of response to PEG-IFN-α and RBV therapy in previously untreated patients and can be used by patients and clinicians as part of the shared decision-making process for initiating treatment for HCV infection. We provide information regarding the clinical use of PEG-IFN-α- and RBV-containing regimens based on IFNL3 genotype.

  17. Therapeutic alpha-interferons protein: structure, production, and biosimilar.

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    El-Baky, Nawal Abd; Redwan, Elrashdy M

    2015-01-01

    In 2007, the world solemnized the golden jubilee of the discovery of interferon (IFN). Interferon is a small protein messenger called a pluripotent cytokine, produced by several cells of the host in response to various biological as well as synthetic stimuli. There are three major classes of interferons in humans: IFN-alpha, IFN-beta, and IFN-gamma. As a treatment option, interferon-alpha (IFN-α) is the most effective one. IFN-α has proved to be effective as an antiviral therapy and tumor-fighting drug in the past two decades. Meanwhile, great progress has been achieved in establishing IFN-α as the first choice of antiviral therapy for chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) patients. Recently, novel pegylated IFN-α2 products with extended in vivo half-lives and consensus interferon, an artificially engineered type I interferon, have been developed to substantially improve treatment regimes for HCV patients. Undesirable acute and chronic side effects in addition to immunogenicity of therapeutic IFN products remain constraints to conquer for further improvements in clinical applications of IFN. It is certainly expected that more research will be conducted in the future, not only to face these challenges but also to extend the range of IFN products and their clinical targets. The objective herein is to review the current therapeutic alpha-interferons production, formulation technologies, and prospective future for the original entity and its biogeneric version.

  18. Interferon-alpha therapy of renal cancer.

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    Neidhart, J A; Gagen, M M; Young, D; Tuttle, R; Melink, T J; Ziccarrelli, A; Kisner, D

    1984-09-01

    Thirty-three patients with renal cancer began treatment with human lymphoblastoid interferon (Wellferon) between August 1982 and February 1983. Interferon was administered as an i.m. injection at a dose of 5 X 10(6) units/sq m 3 times per week. Treatments were continued for at least 24 weeks in the absence of rapid disease progression or intolerable toxicity. Five patients demonstrated partial responses, which continued in two patients with durations of 239+ and 300+ days. Prolonged therapy was often required with a mean time to response of 99 days (22 to 190 days). Toxicity was substantial. Fever, chills, arthralgias, and myalgias occurred following most doses, but usually were well tolerated. Leukopenia and hepatic enzyme elevations were usually modest and always reversible. Dose-limiting side effects were progressive fatigue and anorexia which reversed within approximately 4 to 6 weeks after cessation of interferon therapy. There was no correlation between interferon levels, clinical toxicities, and response in this group of patients. We conclude that interferon has definite antitumor activity in renal cancer when given by this dose and schedule.

  19. Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy after treatment with interferon-alpha.

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    Hirotani, Makoto; Nakano, Hitoshi; Ura, Shigehisa; Yoshida, Kazuto; Niino, Masaaki; Yabe, Ichiro; Sasaki, Hidenao

    2009-01-01

    Interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha), though widely used for the treatment of chronic viral hepatitis, may be associated with the occurrence of autoimmune disorders. In this case report, a patient with chronic hepatitis C virus infection had chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) after the initiation of IFN-alpha therapy. The neurological symptoms of this patient continued to progress even though the treatment with IFN-alpha had been withdrawn; the symptoms improved dramatically following treatment with intravenous immunoglobulin. This case may therefore provide an important clue to understand the immune mechanism of CIDP and IFN-alpha.

  20. Evaluation of prognostic factors for Peg Interferon alfa-2b plus ribavirin treatment on HCV infected patients in Pakistan.

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    Aziz, Hafsa; Gil, Muzaffar Latif; Waheed, Yasir; Adeeb, Uzama; Raza, Abida; Bilal, Iram; Athar, Muhammad Amin

    2011-04-01

    The effective standard therapeutic regimen for patients with chronic hepatitis C is pegylated interferon plus ribavirin. The efficacy of treatment in chronic hepatitis C is defined as absence of detectable virus at six months after treatment. Analysis of patient dependent and virus related factors that enable us to predict the response to antiviral treatment is very important. We prospectively studied 403 patients who received PEG-IFN alpha-2b 1.5 μg/kg/body weight plus ribavirin. Treatment was administrated for 24 weeks and 48 weeks for hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotypes 3 and 1, respectively. Out of 403 treated patients, 301 patients (74.7%) showed a sustained virologic response (SVR). Seven variables (age, sex, ethnic group, pretreatment viral load, HCV genotyping and pretreatment ALT) were chosen as possible predictors of SVR and were analysed by means of univariable and multivariable logistic regression analysis. Five variables were statistically significant (p<0.005) on univariable analysis: age, ethnic group, pretreatment viral load, response rate at week 4, and HCV genotype. In multivariable analysis independent factors associated with SVR were low pretreatment viral load (1.97; 95%CI, 1.06-3.66; p=0.03) and attainment of rapid virological response (RVR) (7.19; 95%CI, 4.15-12.45; p<0.001). Our findings support the association between viral load and SVR to PEG-IFN-alpha-2b plus ribavirin therapy. No achievement of RVR is an unfavorable marker for SVR. These findings suggest that all patients considered for treatment should have quantification of serum HCV RNA levels. The result can be used to counsel patients on the likelihood of achieving SVR and may influence the patient's decision on treatment. Future studies should confirm and explore this observation in other ethnic groups and in relation to HCV genotypes 1 and 3.

  1. Dual onset of type 1 diabetes mellitus and Graves' disease during treatment with pegylated interferon alpha-2b and ribavirin for chronic hepatitis C.

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    Hayashi, Masayuki; Kataoka, Yuko; Tachikawa, Kazushige; Koguchi, Hiroki; Tanaka, Hiroshi

    2009-11-01

    Currently, a combination therapy of pegylated (PEG) interferon (IFN) alpha-2b and ribavirin are being widely used for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C (CHC). We describe here a case of dual onset of type 1 DM accompanied by ketoacidosis, and Graves' disease during the combination therapy via the autoimmune process.

  2. Both interferon alpha and lambda can reduce all intrahepatic HDV infection markers in HBV/HDV infected humanized mice.

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    Giersch, Katja; Homs, Maria; Volz, Tassilo; Helbig, Martina; Allweiss, Lena; Lohse, Ansgar W; Petersen, Jörg; Buti, Maria; Pollicino, Teresa; Sureau, Camille; Dandri, Maura; Lütgehetmann, Marc

    2017-06-16

    Co-infection with hepatitis B (HBV) and D virus (HDV) is associated with the most severe course of liver disease. Interferon represents the only treatment currently approved. However, knowledge about the impact of interferons on HDV in human hepatocytes is scant. Aim was to assess the effect of pegylated interferon alpha (peg-IFNα) and lambda (peg-IFNλ), compared to the HBV-polymerase inhibitor entecavir (ETV) on all HDV infection markers using human liver chimeric mice and novel HDV strand-specific qRT-PCR and RNA in situ hybridization assays, which enable intrahepatic detection of HDV RNA species. Peg-IFNα and peg-IFNλ reduced HDV viremia (1.4 log and 1.2 log, respectively) and serum HBsAg levels (0.9-log and 0.4-log, respectively). Intrahepatic quantification of genomic and antigenomic HDV RNAs revealed a median ratio of 22:1 in untreated mice, resembling levels determined in HBV/HDV infected patients. Both IFNs greatly reduced intrahepatic levels of genomic and antigenomic HDV RNA, increasing the amounts of HDAg- and antigenomic RNA-negative hepatocytes. ETV-mediated suppression of HBV replication (2.1-log) did not significantly affect HBsAg levels, HDV productivity and/or release. In humanized mice lacking adaptive immunity, IFNs but not ETV suppressed HDV. Viremia decrease reflected the intrahepatic reduction of all HDV markers, including the antigenomic template, suggesting that intracellular HDV clearance is achievable.

  3. Cost-Effectiveness of Peg-Interferon, Interferon and Oral Nucleoside Analogues in the Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis B and D Infections in China.

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    Goyal, Ashish; Murray, John M

    2016-08-01

    The cost-effectiveness of highly effective, but costly, peg-interferon (peg-IFN) treatment for chronic hepatitis B (CHB) infections in China is unknown. Endemic hepatitis D virus (HDV) may also modify the effectiveness of any HBV treatment option. The objective of this study is to determine the best antiviral treatment from a societal perspective in the Chinese population, which contains a mix of HBV and HDV infections. A Markov model is developed to simulate the clinical course of CHB and chronic hepatitis D (CHD) individuals. For a hypothetical Chinese cohort of 10,000 individuals aged 30-60 years, cost-utility analysis is performed for therapies with: lamivudine, adefovir, telbivudine, entecavir, IFN and Peg-IFN. Costs and quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs) are discounted at 3 % annually. A one-way sensitivity analysis is also conducted. Lamivudine, adefovir, telbivudine, and entecavir are all cost-effective treatments compared to palliative care at an incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER) of -$418, -$197, -$443 and -$317 per QALY, respectively (2015 US dollars). Peg-IFN yields a maximum 156,000 QALYs with an ICER of $1149 per QALY while IFN results in the highest cumulative mortality of 48 % along with the lowest QALY gained. Probabilistic sensitivity analyses confirm that only Peg-IFN and ETV are the only two cost-effective options at the current willingness-to-pay (WTP) of $12,000 in China. However, entecavir has a higher probability of being cost-effective than Peg-IFN at current WTP for all age groups. Peg-IFN generates maximum QALYs compared to lamivudine, adefovir, telbivudine and interferon, and presents itself as a cost-effective option at current WTP. Alternatively entecavir can be used in China, generating 10 % lower QALYs than Peg-IFN but costing less than palliative care.

  4. Psoriasis exacerbated by interferon-alpha in a patient with chronic myeloid leukemia.

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    Ladoyanni, E; Nambi, R

    2005-01-01

    Interferon-alpha can exacerbate existing psoriasis and induce de novo psoriasis and psoriatic arthritits. The exact underlying mechanism is not very well understood. It is not a contraindication to treat patients with pre-existing psoriasis with interferon-alpha. In these patients interferon-alpha should be used with care and only if the potential benefits justify the potential risk. Control of psoriasis prior to initiation of interferon-alpha and simultaneous antipsoriatic therapy while on interferon-alpha are essential. We would like to report a 61-year-old male patient with stable psoriasis for over 20 years, who experienced exacerbation of his psoriasis after receiving interferon-alpha for chronic myeloid leukemia. The association between the interferon-alpha therapy and the exacerbation of his psoriasis was only recognized on rechallenge at the stage he was referred to our department.

  5. Successful Treatment of Provisional Cutaneous Mastocytosis with Interferon Alpha

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    Rosario, Andrea; Bhat, Ramesh M

    2016-01-01

    Mastocytosis is a disorder characterized by the clonal proliferation of mast cells and their accumulation in skin, bone marrow, liver, and spleen. Cutaneous mastocytosis presents in children in over 90% of the cases and any cutaneous manifestation in an adult is the earliest sign of the systemic disease. A 45-year-old patient presented with itchy dark lesions over the body since childhood and Darier's sign was positive. Skin biopsy showed features of mastocytosis and immunohistochemistry was positive for CD34. Since the patient was refractory to treatment with antihistamines and psoralen-ultraviolet A therapy, injections of interferon alpha were given – 3 million IU twice weekly subcutaneously as they have been proven to improve constitutional symptoms. Very few reports of successful treatment of cutaneous mastocytosis using interferon alpha have been published. PMID:27293273

  6. PEG-Interferon-α ribavirin-induced HCV viral clearance: a pharmacogenetic multicenter Spanish study.

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    Milara, Javier; Outeda-Macias, Maria; Aumente-Rubio, M Dolores; Más-Serrano, Patricio; Aldaz, Azucena; Calvo, M Victoria; García-Simón, M Sergia; Martin-Barbero, Marisa; Padullés-Zamora, Núria; Schoenenberger, Juan Antonio; Saavedra-Aldrich, Marianne; Tévar-Alfonso, Enrique; Saval, Ana; Pastor-Clerigues, Alfonso; García, Marta; Margusino-Framiñan, Luis; Montero-Alvarez, Jose Luis; Merino, Esperanza; Herrero, Jose Ignacio; Beunza, Mónica; Conesa-Zamora, Pablo; Gimenez-Manzorro, Alvaro; Comas-Sugrañes, Dolors; Cano-Marron, Manuel; Jiménez-Mutiloa, Elena; Díaz-Ruíz, Pilar; Cortijo, Julio

    2015-01-01

    Objetivo: El interferon-pegilado (IFN-PEG) junto a ribavirina ha sido el principal tratamiento de la infeccion por el virus de la hepatitis C (VHC) de la ultima decada. Los agentes antivirales de accion directa actuales han mejorado los resultados de la terapia, pero tambien han aumentado el costo y la gestion de la complejidad del tratamiento. El presente estudio analiza factores geneticos de los pacientes, asi como predictores virales y clinicos de respuesta sostenida viral (RSV) al tratamiento con IFN-PEG y ribavirina en poblacion Espanola. Métodos: Estudio farmacogenetico, multicentrico, prospectivo, observacional de cohortes realizado en 12 hospitales diferentes de 12 comunidades autonomas diferentes. Se incluyeron un total de 98 pacientes con RVS y 106 sin SVR al tratamiento con IFNPEG y ribavirina. Se seleccionaron 33 polimorfismos de nucleotido unico ubicados en 24 genes diferentes relacionados con la respuesta inflamatoria, inmunologica y viral. Los datos clinicos y virales tambien se analizaron como candidatos predictores de RVS. Resultados: Los genotipos IL-28B (rs12979860, rs7248668, rs8105790, rs8099917) y TNFRSF1B (rs1061622), asi como los haplotipos TNFRSF1B / IL-10 / TNF(-308) no-TTG y TNFRSF1B / IL-10 / IL-4 no-TTC junto con la menor edad, menor carga de ARN-VHC basal, valores elevados de colesterol LDL en suero basal, genotipos VHC2 y 3 y bajo grado de fibrosis basal (0-2) se asociaron con una RVS en el analisis univariante. Los predictores independientes de RVS en el analisis multivariante fueron el genotipo IL-28B rs12979860 CC, el haplotipo TNFRSF1B / IL-10 / IL-4 no-TTC junto con los bajos niveles basales de VHCARN y los genotipos virales VHC2 y 3. Conclusiones: El genotipo IL-28B rs12979860 CC, el haplotipo TNFRSF1B / IL-10 / IL-4 haplotipos no-TTC, la carga viral basal baja y los genotipos del VHC2 y 3 pueden ayudar a predecir una buena respuesta a la terapia con IFN-PEG y ribavirina en poblacion espanola.

  7. Alpha interferon and not gamma interferon inhibits salmonid alphavirus subtype 3 replication in vitro.

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    Xu, Cheng; Guo, Tz-Chun; Mutoloki, Stephen; Haugland, Øyvind; Marjara, Inderjit S; Evensen, Øystein

    2010-09-01

    Salmonid alphavirus (SAV) is an emerging virus in salmonid aquaculture, with SAV-3 being the only subtype found in Norway. Until now, there has been little focus on the alpha interferon (IFN-alpha)-induced antiviral responses during virus infection in vivo or in vitro in fish. The possible involvement of IFN-gamma in the response to SAV-3 is also not known. In this study, the two IFNs were cloned and expressed as recombinant proteins (recombinant IFN-alpha [rIFN-alpha] and rIFN-gamma) and used for in vitro studies. SAV-3 infection in a permissive salmon cell line (TO cells) results in IFN-alpha and IFN-stimulated gene (ISG) mRNA upregulation. Preinfection treatment (4 to 24 h prior to infection) with salmon rIFN-alpha induces an antiviral state that inhibits the replication of SAV-3 and protects the cells against virus-induced cytopathic effects (CPE). The antiviral state coincides with a strong expression of Mx and ISG15 mRNA and Mx protein expression. When rIFN-alpha is administered at the time of infection and up to 24 h postinfection, virus replication is not inhibited, and cells are not protected against virus-induced CPE. By 40 h postinfection, the alpha subunit of eukaryotic initiation factor 2 (eIF2alpha) is phosphorylated concomitant with the expression of the E2 protein as assessed by Western blotting. Postinfection treatment with rIFN-alpha results in a moderate reduction in E2 expression levels in accordance with a moderate downregulation of cellular protein synthesis, an approximately 65% reduction by 60 h postinfection. rIFN-gamma has only a minor inhibitory effect on SAV-3 replication in vitro. SAV-3 is sensitive to the preinfection antiviral state induced by rIFN-alpha, while postinfection antiviral responses or postinfection treatment with rIFN-alpha is not able to limit viral replication.

  8. Plasmacytoid predendritic cells initiate psoriasis through interferon-alpha production.

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    Nestle, Frank O; Conrad, Curdin; Tun-Kyi, Adrian; Homey, Bernhard; Gombert, Michael; Boyman, Onur; Burg, Günter; Liu, Yong-Jun; Gilliet, Michel

    2005-07-04

    Psoriasis is one of the most common T cell-mediated autoimmune diseases in humans. Although a role for the innate immune system in driving the autoimmune T cell cascade has been proposed, its nature remains elusive. We show that plasmacytoid predendritic cells (PDCs), the natural interferon (IFN)-alpha-producing cells, infiltrate the skin of psoriatic patients and become activated to produce IFN-alpha early during disease formation. In a xenograft model of human psoriasis, we demonstrate that blocking IFN-alpha signaling or inhibiting the ability of PDCs to produce IFN-alpha prevented the T cell-dependent development of psoriasis. Furthermore, IFN-alpha reconstitution experiments demonstrated that PDC-derived IFN-alpha is essential to drive the development of psoriasis in vivo. These findings uncover a novel innate immune pathway for triggering a common human autoimmune disease and suggest that PDCs and PDC-derived IFN-alpha represent potential early targets for the treatment of psoriasis.

  9. Cryoglobulinemia-related vasculitis during effective anti-HCV treatment with PEG-interferon alfa-2b.

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    De Blasi, T; Aguilar Marucco, D; Cariti, G; Maiello, A; De Rosa, F G; Di Perri, G

    2008-06-01

    HCV infection may be related to many extrahepatic manifestations including mixed cryoglobulinemia (MC). Clinical manifestations commonly associated to MC include arthralgia, purpura, vasculitis, peripheral neuropathy and renal function abnormalities. Treatment with interferon often leads to remission, especially in virological responders, or to disappearance of MC-related clinical manifestations. We report on a patient with chronic hepatitis C, deficit of G6P-DH, type II MC, who developed a cryoglobulinemic vasculitis with purpura, renal impairment and arterial hypertension, during treatment with PEG-interferon a-2b plus amantadine. The occurrence of purpuric lesions and MC-related nephropathy with increased cryocrit despite negative viremia, in a patient previously asymptomatic, during interferon treatment, is unusual.

  10. Monitoring the antiviral effect of alpha interferon on individual cells.

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    Kim, Chon Saeng; Jung, Jong Ha; Wakita, Takaji; Yoon, Seung Kew; Jang, Sung Key

    2007-08-01

    An infectious hepatitis C virus (HCV) cDNA clone (JFH1) was generated recently. However, quantitative analysis of HCV infection and observation of infected cells have proved to be difficult because the yield of HCV in cell cultures is fairly low. We generated infectious HCV clones containing the convenient reporters green fluorescent protein (GFP) and Renilla luciferase in the NS5a-coding sequence. The new viruses responded to antiviral agents in a dose-dependent manner. Responses of individual cells containing HCV to alpha interferon (IFN-alpha) were monitored using GFP-tagged HCV and time-lapse confocal microscopy. Marked variations in the response to IFN-alpha were observed among HCV-containing cells.

  11. A randomized trial of pegylated-interferon-alpha2a plus ribavirin with or without amantadine in the re-treatment of patients with chronic hepatitis C not responding to standard interferon and ribavirin.

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    Ciancio, A; Picciotto, A; Giordanino, C; Smedile, A; Tabone, M; Manca, A; Marenco, G; Garbagnoli, P; Andreoni, M; Cariti, G; Calleri, G; Sartori, M; Cusumano, S; Grasso, A; Rizzi, R; Gallo, M; Basso, M; Anselmo, M; Percario, G; Ciccone, G; Rizzetto, M; Saracco, G

    2006-10-01

    There is yet no established treatment for chronic hepatitis C patients non-responder to standard interferon and ribavirin. To evaluate efficacy and safety of pegylated-interferon-alpha2a plus ribavirin with or without amantadine in such patients. 161 non-responders to standard interferon and ribavirin were randomized into two groups: 81 patients (Group 1) were given weekly Peg-IFN-alpha2a 180 microg plus ribavirin 1,000-1,200 mg/daily for 12 months, 80 patients (Group 2) received weekly Peg-IFN-alpha2a 180 microg plus ribavirin 1,000-1,200 mg/daily and amantadine 200 mg/daily for 12 months. At the end of follow-up, HCV-RNA was negative in 29.6% of Group 1 and in 21.2% of Group 2 patients (P = 0.22). Patients with genotypes 1 and 4 responded better to bi-therapy (21.7%) than to triple therapy (17.3%, P = 0.5) while among patients with genotypes 2 and 3 there was a trend towards a higher sustained virological response rate when retreated with triple treatment (80% vs. 75%, P = 0.82). On multivariate analysis, genotype 1 or 4, high body mass index and >20% reduction of Peg-interferon were associated with the treatment failure. The addition of amantadine does not improve the overall SVR rate in non-responder patients retreated with Peg-IFN and ribavirin; however, about 30% of non-responders may achieve a sustained response, in particular patients with genotypes 2 and 3 show a high SVR (75%).

  12. The antiviral effect of human interferon alpha is dependent on phosphoinositide-derived messengers.

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    Cernescu, C; Constantinescu, S N; Baltă, F; Popescu, L M

    1988-01-01

    Neomycin the putative blocker of membrane polyphosphoinositide hydrolysis, inhibited the antiviral activity of human interferon alpha, when tested on human quiescent fibroblasts challenged with vesicular stomatitis virus. The anti-interferon effect of neomycin could be correlated in terms of dose dependence for both neomycin (0.05-1 mM) and interferon (100-5,000 IU/ml). The results suggest that the antiviral activity of interferon alpha depends on diacylglycerol formation. Indeed, the synthetic diacylglycerol (50 microM) was as effective as 100 IU/ml interferon in inducing the antiviral state.

  13. The effects of interferon-alpha/beta in a model of rat heart transplantation

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    Slater, A. D.; Klein, J. B.; Sonnenfeld, G.; Ogden, L. L. 2nd; Gray, L. A. Jr

    1992-01-01

    Interferons have multiple immunologic effects. One such effect is the activation of expression of cell surface antigens. Interferon alpha/beta enhance expression of class I but not class II histocompatibility antigens. Contradictory information has been published regarding the effect of interferon-alpha/beta administration in patients with kidney transplantation. In a model of rat heart transplantation we demonstrated that administration of interferon-alpha/beta accelerated rejection in a dose-dependent fashion in the absence of maintenance cyclosporine. Animals treated with maintenance cyclosporine had evidence of increased rejection at 20 days that was resolved completely at 45 days with cyclosporine alone.

  14. Targeted Therapies: Bevacizumab and interferon-alpha in metastatic renal-cell carcinoma.

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    Bukowski, Ronald M

    2009-05-01

    Rini and colleagues provide additional data on bevacizumab and interferon-alpha in clear-cell carcinoma of the kidney; a comparison of these results with the findings from contemporary trials suggests that bevacizumab and interferon-alpha is another clinically useful treatment option for patients with metastatic renal-cell carcinoma.

  15. Secretion of human interferon alpha 2b by Streptomyces lividans.

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    Pimienta, E; Fando, R; Sánchez, J C; Vallin, C

    2002-02-01

    Biologically active human interferon alpha 2b (HuIFNalpha-2b) was secreted into the culture medium by Streptomyces lividans transformed with recombinant plasmids coding for HuIFNalpha-2b fused to the Streptomyces exfoliatus M11 lipase A signal sequence. Levels were low, 15 or 100 ng/ml, depending on the plasmid used. Neither processed nor unprocessed HuIFNalpha-2b was detected in cell lysates of the transformants secreting the recombinant product. However, the secreted recombinant product was found to partially degrade when cultures reached the stationary phase by the action of an, as yet, unidentified mycelium-associated factor. Experimental evidence suggests that the degrading factor is related to mycelium-associated proteolytic activity.

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  17. Internal duplication in human alpha 1 and beta 1 interferons.

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    Erickson, B W; May, L T; Sehgal, P B

    1984-01-01

    Metric analysis of the nucleotide sequence of the intron-free human interferon beta 1 (IFN-beta 1) gene by using the Sellers TT algorithm revealed that this gene contains two major repeated segments, which span the entire coding region. These repeats are each approximately 300 nucleotides in length and have 45% identical aligned nucleotides (common bases). When these metrically aligned DNA repeats were translated into amino acids, 9 (19%) of the 47 in-phase amino acid residues were identical (common acids). This internal duplication was also apparent on visual inspection of the amino acid sequence of IFN-beta 1. In addition, metric analysis of the nucleotide sequence of the intron-free IFN-alpha 1 gene showed that this gene also contains two repeats, each approximately 300 nucleotides long, having 47% common bases and 19% common acids. Since the IFN-alpha 1 and -beta 1 genes are known to be related (by the present metric analysis they contain 53% common bases and 45% common acids), a consensus DNA sequence was derived from all four of these repeats. Manual alignment of the separate metric alignments corresponding to the two halves of the IFN-alpha 1 and -beta 1 genes provided a composite alignment with 58% of the alignment positions having the same nucleotide in at least three of the four repeats. When this composite nucleotide alignment was translated to define a composite alignment of the four protein segments, 10 (31%) of the 32 in-phase amino acid residues contained the same amino acid in at least three of the four segments. These sequences relationships provide insight into the origin of the IFN-alpha 1 and -beta 1 genes and furnish an additional basis for comparing them with other related genes. PMID:6594689

  18. Altered pharmacological properties of liposome-associated human interferon-alpha.

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    Eppstein, D A; Stewart, W E

    1982-01-01

    Human interferon-alpha was associated in different ways with positively (stearylamine) and negatively (phosphatidylserine) charged phosphatidylcholine multilamellar vesicles, depending on the presence or absence of a cholesterol component. Inclusion of cholesterol resulted in interferon that was significantly (P = 0.0001) more deeply internalized within the liposomes, such that detergent disruption was necessary before most of the interferon activity was expressed. Interferon was stably associated with stearylamine-containing liposomes, both with and without a cholesterol component. However, inclusion of cholesterol in the phosphatidylserine-containing liposomes was necessary for stable association of the interferon for more than 2 days at 4 degrees C or for more than 24 h at 37 degrees C. After intramuscular injection into mice, liposome-associated interferon in reverse-phase evaporation vesicles was retained at the local site of injection significantly longer than free interferon. Even 3 days after intramuscular injection, stearylamine-containing liposomes with or without cholesterol resulted in local interferon levels that were comparable to the peak levels obtained 2 to 4 h after free interferon was injected. In contrast, free interferon was not detectable in the local muscles 24 h after injection of 10(4.6) U. Liposomes containing phosphatidylserine and cholesterol resulted in intermediate levels of local interferon retention; without a cholesterol component, phosphatidylserine-containing liposomes resulted in no increased local interferon retention compared with the results when free interferon was injected. PMID:6176726

  19. Interferon-. alpha. selectively activates the. beta. isoform of protein kinase C through phosphatidylcholine hydrolysis

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    Pfeffer, L.M.; Saltiel, A.R. ); Strulovici, B. )

    1990-09-01

    The early events that occur after interferon binds to discrete cell surface receptors remain largely unknown. Human leukocyte interferon (interferon-{alpha}) rapidly increases the binding of ({sup 3}H)phorbol dibutyrate to intact HeLa cells a measure of protein kinase C activation, and induces the selective translocation of the {beta} isoform of protein kinase C from the cytosol to the particulate fraction of HeLa cells. The subcellular distribution of the {alpha} and {epsilon} isoforms is unaffected by interferon-{alpha} treatment. Activation of protein kinase C by phorbol esters mimics the inhibitory action of interferon-{alpha} on HeLa cell proliferation and down-regulation of protein kinase C blocks the induction of antiviral activity by interferon-{alpha} in HeLa cells. Increased phosphatidylcholine hydrolysis and phosphorylcholine production is accompanied by diacylglycerol production in response to interferon. However, inositol phospholipid turnover and free intracellular calcium concentration are unaffected. These results suggest that the transient increase in diacylglycerol, resulting from phosphatidylcholine hydrolysis, may selectively activate the {beta} isoform of protein kinase C. Moreover, the activation of protein kinase C is a necessary element in interferon action on cells.

  20. Peg-Interferon Lambda Treatment Induces Robust Innate and Adaptive Immunity in Chronic Hepatitis B Patients.

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    Phillips, Sandra; Mistry, Sameer; Riva, Antonio; Cooksley, Helen; Hadzhiolova-Lebeau, Tanya; Plavova, Slava; Katzarov, Krum; Simonova, Marieta; Zeuzem, Stephan; Woffendin, Clive; Chen, Pei-Jer; Peng, Cheng-Yuan; Chang, Ting-Tsung; Lueth, Stefan; De Knegt, Robert; Choi, Moon-Seok; Wedemeyer, Heiner; Dao, Michael; Kim, Chang-Wook; Chu, Heng-Chen; Wind-Rotolo, Megan; Williams, Roger; Cooney, Elizabeth; Chokshi, Shilpa

    2017-01-01

    IFN-lambda (IFNλ) is a member of the type III IFN family and is reported to possess anti-pathogen, anti-cancer, and immunomodulatory properties; however, there are limited data regarding its impact on host immune responses in vivo. We performed longitudinal and comprehensive immunosurveillance to assess the ability of pegylated (peg)-IFNλ to augment antiviral host immunity as part of a clinical trial assessing the efficacy of peg-IFNλ in chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients. These patients were pretreated with directly acting antiviral therapy (entecavir) for 12 weeks with subsequent addition of peg-IFNλ for up to 32 weeks. In a subgroup of patients, the addition of peg-IFNλ provoked high serum levels of antiviral cytokine IL-18. We also observed the enhancement of natural killer cell polyfunctionality and the recovery of a pan-genotypic HBV-specific CD4(+) T cells producing IFN-γ with maintenance of HBV-specific CD8(+) T cell antiviral and cytotoxic activities. It was only in these patients that we observed strong virological control with reductions in both viral replication and HBV antigen levels. Here, we show for the first time that in vivo peg-IFNλ displays significant immunostimulatory properties with improvements in the main effectors mediating anti-HBV immunity. Interestingly, the maintenance in HBV-specific CD8(+) T cells in the presence of peg-IFNλ is in contrast to previous studies showing that peg-IFNα treatment for CHB results in a detrimental effect on the functionality of this important antiviral T cell compartment. ClinicalTrials.gov NCT01204762.

  1. Interferon-alpha-induced destructive thyroiditis followed by Graves' disease in a patient with chronic hepatitis C: a case report.

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    Kim, Bu Kyung; Choi, Young Sik; Park, Yo Han; Lee, Sang Uk

    2011-12-01

    Interferon-induced thyroiditis (IIT) is a major clinical problem for patients receiving interferon-alpha (IFN-α) therapy. But, destructive thyroiditis followed by Graves' disease associated with IFN-α therapy is very rarely reported. Herein, we report a rare case of pegylated IFN-α (pegIFN-α) induced destructive thyroiditis followed by Graves' disease in a patient with HCV infection. A 31-yr-old woman suffered from chronic active hepatitis C and was treated with pegIFN-α and ribavirin for 12 months. Results of a thyroid function test and autoantibody levels were normal before IFN-α therapy was initiated. Destructive thyrotoxicosis appeared seven months after the initiation of IFN-α therapy, followed by Graves' thyrotoxicosis two months after the cessation of therapy. The diagnoses of destructive thyroiditis and Graves' disease were confirmed by the presence of TSH receptor antibodies in addition to Tc-99m scintigraphy findings. The patient's antithyroglobulin antibody titer increased gradually during IFN-α therapy and remained weakly positive after IFN-α therapy was discontinued.

  2. Differences in interferon alpha and beta signaling. Interferon beta selectively induces the interaction of the alpha and betaL subunits of the type I interferon receptor.

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    Platanias, L C; Uddin, S; Domanski, P; Colamonici, O R

    1996-09-27

    All Type I interferons (IFNalpha, IFNbeta, IFNomega) bind to the Type I IFN receptor (IFNR) and elicit a common set of signaling events, including activation of the Jak/Stat and IRS pathways. However, IFNbeta selectively induces the association of the alpha subunit of the Type I IFNR with p100, a tyrosyl phosphoprotein, to transduce IFNbeta-specific signals. Using antibodies raised against the different components of the Type I IFNR, we identified p100 as the long form of the beta subunit (betaL subunit) of the Type I IFNR. This was also confirmed in experiments with mouse L-929 cells transfected with truncated forms of betaL. Thus, IFNbeta stimulation of human cells or mouse L-929 transfectants expressing the human alpha and betaL subunits, selectively induces the formation of a signaling complex containing the alpha and betaL subunits of the receptor. The IFNbeta-regulated interaction of the alpha and betaL chains is rapid and transient and follows a similar time course with the tyrosine phosphorylation of these receptor components. These data demonstrate that the signaling specificity for different Type I IFNs is established early in the signaling cascade, at the receptor level, and results from distinct interactions between components of the Type I IFNR.

  3. The interferon lambda 4 rs368234815 predicts treatment response to pegylated-interferon alpha and ribavirin in hemophilic patients with chronic hepatitis C

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    Keshvari, Maryam; Alavian, Seyed Moayed; Behnava, Bita; Pouryasin, Ali; Sharafi, Heidar

    2016-01-01

    Background: A dinucleotide variant rs368234815 in interferon lambda 4 (IFNL4) gene was recently found to be associated with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment response. This study aimed to assess the impact of IFNL4 rs368234815 polymorphism on treatment response to pegylated-IFN alpha (Peg-IFN-α) and ribavirin (RBV) in hemophilic patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC). Materials and Methods: In this retrospective study, 92 hemophilic patients with CHC who were treated with Peg-IFN-α/RBV were investigated. Single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in IFNL genomic region including rs368234815, rs12979860, and rs8099917 were analyzed by DNA sequencing. Results: Of the 92 patients, 63 (68.5%) achieved sustained virological response (SVR). Of the 43 patients with rs368234815 TT/TT genotype, 36 (83.7%) achieved SVR, while in 49 patients with non-TT/TT genotypes, 27 (55.1%) achieved SVR. Other pretreatment parameters predicted SVR were patients’ body mass index, HCV genotype, rs12979860, and rs8099917 SNPs. In multivariate analysis, all above-mentioned parameters except rs8099917 remained as predictors of SVR. IFNL4 rs368234815 was a strong predictor of SVR; however, the prediction power of this SNP was the same as that of rs12979860 SNP in the patients of the current study. Conclusion: IFNL4 rs368234815 SNP can be considered for decision-making in the treatment of HCV-infected patients. PMID:27904617

  4. Impaired production of alpha and gamma interferon in asymptomatic homosexual males.

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    Bergström, T; Biberfeldt, G; Böttiger, B; Håkansson, C; Hellstrand, K; Hermodsson, S; Norkrans, G; Strannegård, O; Thorén, K

    1986-10-01

    In vitro production of alpha interferon and gamma interferon was examined in cell cultures from 90 asymptomatic homosexual males and 19 healthy heterosexual male controls. The production of alpha and gamma interferon was significantly suppressed in homosexuals as compared to that in heterosexual controls (p less than 0.005 and p less than 0.001, respectively). Forty-one of the homosexuals produced less gamma interferon than any of the heterosexual controls. Antibodies against the human immune system virus (HIV) were found in eight homosexuals, who produced significantly less alpha and gamma interferon than did the HIV-seronegative homosexuals (p less than 0.02). Neither carriage of Entamoeba histolytica or Giardia lamblia nor serological evidence of infection with cytomegalovirus, Epstein-Barr virus or hepatitis B virus was associated with a significantly lower production of interferon than that found in homosexual males seronegative for these infections. No correlation was found between number of partners or practice of passive anal intercourse and production of interferons in homosexual men. It is concluded that the significantly lower production of both alpha and gamma interferon in asymptomatic homosexual males may play an important role in susceptibility to viruses, including HIV.

  5. Interferon alpha-2a as alternative treatment for conjunctival squamous cell carcinoma.

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    Cruzado-Sánchez, D; Salas-Diaz, M; Tellez, W A; Alvarez-Matos, S E; Serpa-Frías, S

    2017-05-15

    A 35 year-old male patient with a history of HIV infection characterized by progressive tumour growth in bulbar conjunctiva of the left eye, corresponding to conjunctival squamous cell carcinoma that responded to treatment with interferon alpha-2a. Interferon alpha-2b has been used at conjunctival level as a topical immunomodulator treatment, with complete remission of epithelial neoplasms being observed. However, there have not been any previous publications on the use of interferon alpha-2a, which differs from interferon alpha-2b in a single amino acid, for the treatment of conjunctival squamous cell carcinoma. Copyright © 2017 Sociedad Española de Oftalmología. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  6. Expression of bioactive porcine interferon-alpha in Lactobacillus casei.

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    Ma, Shi-jie; Li, Kun; Li, Xin-Sheng; Guo, Xiao-Qing; Fu, Peng-Fei; Yang, Ming-Fan; Chen, Hong-Ying

    2014-09-01

    In this study, we constructed an expression cassette containing the inducible lac promoter and the secretion signal from an S-layer protein of Lactobacillus brevis for the expression of porcine interferon-alpha (IFN-α) in Lactobacillus casei (Lb. casei). Reverse-transcriptase PCR verified the presence of porcine IFN-α mRNA in the recombinant Lb. casei. The porcine IFN-α protein expressed in the recombinant Lb. casei was identified by both Western blot analysis and ELISA. We used various pH values and induction times to optimize the yield of IFN-α, and found that induction with 0.8% lactose for 16 h under anaerobic conditions produced the highest concentrations of IFN-α. Furthermore, the activity of porcine IFN-α in the cultural supernatant was evaluated on ST cells infected with pseudorabies virus. The results revealed that porcine IFN-α inhibited virus replication in vitro. The findings of our study indicate that recombinant Lb. casei producing porcine IFN-α has great potential for use as a novel oral antiviral agent in animal healthcare.

  7. [Formulation of an oral solid dosage form containing human interferon-alpha].

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    Kristo, Katalin; Bajdik, János; Márki, Arpád; Eros, István; Falkay, György; Hödi, Klára

    2008-01-01

    The main objective of this study was to process the human alpha-interferon for the solid dosage form. The first step was the preparation of the intermediate product for the tablet making. Fluid bed apparatus with top spray method was applied for the layering of powdered cellulose with human alpha-interferon solutions. The intermediate product was compressed into tablet and an enteric solvent coating of the tablets was made in a fluid bed apparatus with Wurster method. The physical parameters were detected. These fitted the Ph. Eur. and the mechanical properties of the tablets were appropriate for coating in fluid bed apparatus. The tablets agree with the requirements of Ph. Eur. and the active agent was not dissolved in gastric juice. An animal test was also performed. The human alpha-interferon in the blood of the animals was detected with ELISA method. The human alpha-interferon specific kit was used. The active ingredient dissolved from the tablets was absorbed from the ileum. The solid dosage form containing human alpha-interferon was prepared; this can make oral application of human alpha-interferon possible.

  8. Local synthesis of interferon-alpha in lupus nephritis is associated with type I interferons signature and LMP7 induction in renal tubular epithelial cells.

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    Castellano, Giuseppe; Cafiero, Cesira; Divella, Chiara; Sallustio, Fabio; Gigante, Margherita; Pontrelli, Paola; De Palma, Giuseppe; Rossini, Michele; Grandaliano, Giuseppe; Gesualdo, Loreto

    2015-03-22

    Type I interferons are pivotal in the activation of autoimmune response in systemic lupus erythematous. However, the pathogenic role of interferon-alpha in patients affected by lupus nephritis remains uncertain. The aim of our study was to investigate the presence of a specific interferon signature in lupus nephritis and the effects of interferon-alpha at renal level. We performed immunohistochemical analysis for MXA-protein and in situ hybridization to detect interferon-alpha signature and production in human lupus nephritis. Through microarray studies, we analyzed the gene expression profile of renal tubular epithelial cells, stimulated with interferon-alpha. We validated microarray results through real-time polymerase chain reaction, flow cytometry on renal tubular epithelial cells, and through immunohistochemical analysis and confocal microscopy on renal biopsies. Type I interferons signature was characterized by MXA-specific staining in renal tubular epithelial cells; in addition, in situ hybridization showed that renal tubular epithelial cells were the major producers of interferon-alpha, indicating a potential autocrine effect. Whole-genome expression profile showed interferon-alpha induced up-regulation of genes involved in innate immunity, protein ubiquitination and switching to immunoproteasome. In accordance with the in vitro data, class IV lupus nephritis showed up-regulation of the immunoproteasome subunit LMP7 in tubular epithelial cells associated with type I interferon signature. Our data indicate that type I interferons might have a pathogenic role in lupus nephritis characterized by an autocrine effect of interferon-alpha on renal tubular epithelial cells. Therefore we hypothesize that inhibition of type I interferons might represent a therapeutic target to prevent tubulo-interstitial damage in patients with lupus nephritis.

  9. alpha Interferon: the potential drug of adjuvant therapy: past achievements and future challenges.

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    Bonnem, E M

    1991-01-01

    This paper aims to summarize current experience with alpha interferon and provide direction for future study. There are four areas in which alpha interferon has proven or potential activity: antiviral, premalignant, adjuvant and advanced disease settings. The three main viral diseases in which interferon alfa-2b has been shown to have activity are chronic viral hepatitis, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, and human papilloma virus infections. In vitro studies suggest that alpha interferon may inhibit transformation of some premalignant conditions into malignant disease; e.g., vaginal intraepithelial neoplasia. In the adjuvant setting, it is possible that a biological response modifier, such as alpha interferon, may have a role in helping the immune system to destroy residual tumour cells following tumour bulk reduction with radiation or chemotherapy. A higher response rate has been seen in patients with small tumour bulk compared to those with large tumour bulk (e.g., malignant melanoma, ovarian carcinoma), and in patients with early, rather than late, disease (e.g., chronic myelogenous leukaemia, hairy cell leukaemia, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma). This may be due to efficacy in a small tumour bulk setting or due to an immunoadjuvant role. In advanced disease, the question is how best to exploit the possible synergistic effects between alpha interferon and other therapeutic modalities. The optimum dose, schedule and patient populations for combined treatment have yet to be determined. The major objective of this paper is to determine how best to capitalize upon the current state of knowledge to build for future trials of alpha interferon, and to determine whether the existing data suggest an adjuvant role for interferon after initial tumour regression.

  10. NKp30+ NK cells are associated with HBV control during pegylated-interferon-alpha-2b therapy of chronic hepatitis B

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    Shen, Xiaokun; Fu, Binqing; Liu, Yanyan; Guo, Chuang; Ye, Ying; Sun, Rui; Li, Jiabin; Tian, Zhigang; Wei, Haiming

    2016-01-01

    A pressing need exists for improved therapeutic options for chronic hepatitis B (CHB). Pegylated-interferon-alpha (Peg-IFN-α) achieves sustained off-treatment responses in many cases because of its direct anti-viral effects and regulation of the immune response. However, non-responsiveness to Peg-IFN-α is frequent, and the mechanism is poorly understood. In this study, we found that the frequency and absolute number of NKp30+ natural killer (NK) cells increased markedly, accompanied by enhanced CD107a and IFN-γ production, during Peg-IFN-α-2b monotherapy or combination therapy with adefovir dipivoxil in patients with CHB, especially in responders. The responders and non-responders differed in the frequency of polyfunctional IFN-γ+ CD107+ NK cells. In addition, the increase in NKp30+ NK cells was negatively correlated with the HBV viral load and plasma HBeAg. Moreover, it was found that IL-15 may contribute to the up-regulation of NKp30 on the NK cells, and this up-regulation was not induced in vitro by Peg-IFN-α-2b alone. However, in the non-responders, these NKp30+ NK cells were dysfunctional because of increased NKG2A expression, which partly explains the inactivation of NKp30+ NK cells and the reduced capacity of these cells to produce antiviral cytokines. These findings may provide a new mechanism to explain the variable efficacy of Peg-IFN-α-2b therapy. PMID:27941937

  11. Solid-phase PEGylation of recombinant interferon alpha-2a for site-specific modification: process performance, characterization, and in vitro bioactivity.

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    Lee, Byung Kook; Kwon, Jin Sook; Kim, Hyung Jin; Yamamoto, Shuichi; Lee, E K

    2007-01-01

    'Solid-phase' PEGylation, in which a conjugation reaction attaches proteins to a solid matrix, has distinct advantages over the conventional, solution-phase process. We report a case study in which recombinant interferon (rhIFN) alpha-2a was adsorbed to a cation-exchange resin and PEGylated at the N-terminus by 5, 10, and 20 kDa mPEG aldehydes through reductive alkylation. After PEGylation, a salt gradient elution efficiently purified the mono-PEGylate of unwanted species such as unmodified IFN and unreacted PEG. Mono-PEGylation and purification were integrated into a single, chromatographic step. Depending on the molecular weight of the mPEG aldehyde, the mono-PEGylation yield ranged from 50 to 65%. Major problems associated with the solution-phase process such as random or uncontrollable multi-PEGylation and post-PEGylation purification difficulties were overcome. N-terminus sequencing and MALDI-TOF mass spectrophometry confirmed that the PEG molecule was conjugated only to the N-terminus. A cell proliferation study indicated reduced antiviral activity of the mono-PEGylate compared to that of the unmodified IFN. As higher molecular weight PEG was conjugated, in vitro bioactivity and antibody binding activity, as measured by a surface plasmon resonance biosensor, decreased. Nevertheless, trypsin resistance and thermal stability were considerably improved .

  12. Inhibition of alpha interferon but not gamma interferon signal transduction by phorbol esters is mediated by a tyrosine phosphatase.

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    Petricoin, E; David, M; Igarashi, K; Benjamin, C; Ling, L; Goelz, S; Finbloom, D S; Larner, A C

    1996-01-01

    Previous studies have indicated that the expression of viral oncoproteins, cell transformation, or phorbol ester treatment of cells can inhibit alpha/beta interferon (IFN-alpha/beta)-induced gene expression. The mechanisms by which these promoters of cell growth exert their inhibitory effects vary, but in most instances they involve a disruption of the IFN-alpha/beta-induced transcription complex ISGF3 such that the DNA-binding component of this complex (the 48-kDa ISGF3gamma protein) does not bind to the interferon-stimulated response element (ISRE). In this report, we demonstrated that phorbol ester treatment of human peripheral blood monocytes dramatically inhibits activation of IFN-alpha/B-stimulated early response genes but by a mechanism which does not involve abrogation of the ISRE binding of ISGF3gamma. Phorbol ester treatment of monocytes inhibited IFN alpha-stimulated tyrosine phosphorylation of the transcription factors Stat1alpha, Stat2, and Stat3 and of the tyrosine kinase Tyk2 but had no effect on IFN-gamma activation of Stat1alpha. IFNalpha-stimulated tyrosine phosphorylation of Jak1 and the alpha subunit of the IFN-alpha receptor were unaffected by phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA). Moreover, PMA caused the dephosphorylation of Tyk2 but not of Jak1, which was activated by IFN. Pretreatment of cells with vanadate prevented the effects of PMA with regard to PMA-induced Tyk2 dephosphorylation. These observations suggest that PMA exerts its inhibitory effects by activation of a tyrosine phosphatase which selectively regulates Tyk2 but not Jak1 activity. PMID:8657115

  13. Long-term therapy of interferon-alpha induced pulmonary arterial hypertension with different PDE-5 inhibitors: a case report

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    Jochmann, Nicoline; Kiecker, Felix; Borges, Adrian C; Hofmann, Maja A; Eddicks, Stephan; Sterry, Wolfram; Baumann, Gert; Trefzer, Uwe

    2005-01-01

    background Interferon alpha2 is widely used in hepatitis and high-risk melanoma. Interferon-induced pulmonary arterial hypertension as a side effect is rare. Case presentation We describe a melanoma patient who developed severe pulmonary arterial hypertension 30 months after initiation of adjuvant interferon alpha2b therapy. Discontinuation of interferon did not improve pulmonary arterial hypertension. This patient could be treated successfully with phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitor therapy. Conclusion This is only the 5th case of interferon-induced pulmonary arterial hypertension and the first documented case where pulmonary arterial hypertension was not reversible after termination of interferon alpha2 therapy. If interferon alpha2 treated patients develop respiratory symptoms, pulmonary arterial hypertension should be considered in the differential diagnosis. For these patients phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors, e.g. sildenafil or vardenafil, could be an effective therapeutic approach. PMID:16138923

  14. Oropharyngeal pemphigus in a patient with chronic hepatitis C during interferon alpha-2a therapy.

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    Marinho, R T; Johnson, N W; Fatela, N M; Serejo, F S; Glória, H; Raimundo, M O; Velosa, J F; Ramalho, F J; Moura, M C

    2001-07-01

    There are a few reports in the literature concerning pemphigus induced by interferon given for hepatitis C. We present the case of a 28-year-old woman with post-transfusional chronic hepatitis C who developed ulcers and vesicles on her tongue, cheeks, posterior oropharynx and vocal cords 5 months after beginning treatment with recombinant interferon alpha-2a. The direct and indirect immunofluorescence was diagnostic of pemphigus vulgaris. The drug was promptly withdrawn; the patient was medicated with prednisolone and azathioprine and recovered only 3 months later. Although there are several publications describing the occurrence of other autoimmune diseases in patients receiving interferon alpha therapy, this is the first report of a pemphigus induced by interferon in hepatitis C patients involving oropharyngeal and laryngeal mucosae without cutaneous involvement.

  15. Effect of antiorthostatic suspension on interferon-alpha/beta production by the mouse (41939)

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    Rose, Andrea; Steffen, Joseph M.; Musacchia, X. J.; Sonnenfeld, Gerald; Mandel, Adrian D.

    1984-01-01

    Mice were suspended in a model that simulates the weightlessness that occurs during prolonged space flight. After one and two weeks of suspension in an antiorthostatic (head-down tilt) position, the mice were challenged with polyriboinosinic-polyribocytidylic acid to induce interferon-alpha/beta. Interferon production was severely reduced in mice that had been suspended. When mice were allowed to recover in cages for a week following removal from suspension, they recovered their full interferon-production capacity. Mice suspended in an orthostatic (horizontal) position did not have their interferon production capabilities affected, which indicates that stress per se was not a major component in the effects of antiorthostatic suspension on interferon induction.

  16. Interferon-resistant Daudi cells are deficient in interferon-alpha-induced ISGF3 alpha activation, but remain sensitive to the interferon-alpha-induced increase in ISGF3 gamma content.

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    Dron, M; Tovey, M G

    1993-10-01

    Low levels of the transcription factor ISGF3 alpha were detected in the cytoplasm and nucleus of untreated Daudi cells, which increased markedly following interferon (IFN) treatment. In contrast no ISGF3 alpha was detected in an IFN-resistant clone of Daudi cells, DIF8, and only low levels were detected in these cells after IFN-alpha treatment. High levels of ISGF3 were produced in vitro, however, by the addition of ISGF3 alpha to extracts of IFN-treated DIF8 cells, indicating that IFN is unable to produce substantial amounts of functional ISGF3 alpha in DIF8 cells. A second clone of IFN-resistant Daudi cells, DIF3, also exhibited defective ISGF3 alpha production, which was restored to normal in the subclone DIF3REV5 that had reverted to high IFN sensitivity. Thus, the antiproliferative effect of IFN on Daudi cells and derived clones is closely related to the level of ISGF3 present in the nucleus of these cells. IFN-alpha, however, also enhances the content of ISGF3 gamma in IFN-resistant cells as well as certain proteins of unknown function, raising the possibility that a second pathway of IFN-alpha signal transduction, distinct from the ISGF3 pathway, remains functional in both DIF8 and DIF3 cells.

  17. Aplastic anemia and severe pancytopenia during treatment with peg-interferon, ribavirin and telaprevir for chronic hepatitis C.

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    Lens, Sabela; Calleja, Jose L; Campillo, Ana; Carrión, Jose A; Broquetas, Teresa; Perello, Christie; de la Revilla, Juan; Mariño, Zoe; Londoño, María-Carlota; Sánchez-Tapias, Jose M; Urbano-Ispizua, Álvaro; Forns, Xavier

    2015-05-07

    Telaprevir and Boceprevir are the first direct acting antivirals approved for chronic hepatitis C in combination with peg-interferon alfa and ribavirin. Pancytopenia due to myelotoxicity caused by these drugs may occur, but severe hematological abnormalities or aplastic anemia (AA) have not been described. We collected all cases of severe pancytopenia observed during triple therapy with telaprevir in four Spanish centers since approval of the drug in 2011. Among 142 cirrhotic patients receiving treatment, 7 cases of severe pancytopenia (5%) were identified and three were consistent with the diagnosis of AA. Mean age was 59 years, five patients had compensated cirrhosis and two patients had severe hepatitis C recurrence after liver transplantation. Severe pancytopenia was diagnosed a median of 10 wk after the initiation of therapy. Three patients had pre-treatment hematological abnormalities related to splenomegaly. In six patients, antiviral treatment was interrupted at the onset of hematological abnormalities. Two patients died due to septic complications and one patient due to acute alveolar hemorrhage. The remaining patients recovered. Severe pancytopenia and especially AA, are not rare during triple therapy with telaprevir in patients with advanced liver disease. Close monitoring is imperative in this setting to promptly detect serious hematological disorders and to prevent further complications.

  18. Aplastic anemia and severe pancytopenia during treatment with peg-interferon, ribavirin and telaprevir for chronic hepatitis C

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    Lens, Sabela; Calleja, Jose L; Campillo, Ana; Carrión, Jose A; Broquetas, Teresa; Perello, Christie; de la Revilla, Juan; Mariño, Zoe; Londoño, María-Carlota; Sánchez-Tapias, Jose M; Urbano-Ispizua, Álvaro; Forns, Xavier

    2015-01-01

    Telaprevir and Boceprevir are the first direct acting antivirals approved for chronic hepatitis C in combination with peg-interferon alfa and ribavirin. Pancytopenia due to myelotoxicity caused by these drugs may occur, but severe hematological abnormalities or aplastic anemia (AA) have not been described. We collected all cases of severe pancytopenia observed during triple therapy with telaprevir in four Spanish centers since approval of the drug in 2011. Among 142 cirrhotic patients receiving treatment, 7 cases of severe pancytopenia (5%) were identified and three were consistent with the diagnosis of AA. Mean age was 59 years, five patients had compensated cirrhosis and two patients had severe hepatitis C recurrence after liver transplantation. Severe pancytopenia was diagnosed a median of 10 wk after the initiation of therapy. Three patients had pre-treatment hematological abnormalities related to splenomegaly. In six patients, antiviral treatment was interrupted at the onset of hematological abnormalities. Two patients died due to septic complications and one patient due to acute alveolar hemorrhage. The remaining patients recovered. Severe pancytopenia and especially AA, are not rare during triple therapy with telaprevir in patients with advanced liver disease. Close monitoring is imperative in this setting to promptly detect serious hematological disorders and to prevent further complications. PMID:25954117

  19. Patient education improves adherence to peg-interferon and ribavirin in chronic genotype 2 or 3 hepatitis C virus infection: A prospective, real-life, observational study

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    Cacoub, Patrice; Ouzan, Denis; Melin, Pascal; Lang, Jean-Philippe; Rotily, Michel; Fontanges, Thierry; Varastet, Marina; Chousterman, Michel; Marcellin, Patrick

    2008-01-01

    AIM: To evaluate the impact of therapeutic education on adherence to antiviral treatment and sustained virological response (SVR) in a real-life setting in genotype 2/3 hepatitis C, as there are few adherence data in genotype 2/3 infection, even from randomized trials. METHODS: This prospective survey included genotype 2/3 patients who received peg-interferon alfa-2b and ribavirin. There was no intervention. Adherence was self-reported over the past 4 wk (peg-interferon) or 7 d (ribavirin). Adherence to bitherapy was defined as adherence to the two drugs for ≥ 20 wk. SVR was defined as undetectable RNA ≥ 12wk after the end of treatment. RESULTS: 370/674 patients received education during the first 3 mo of treatment. After 6 mo, adherence to bitherapy was higher in educated patients (61% vs 47%, P = 0.01). Adherence to peg-interferon was 78% vs 69% (P = 0.06). Adherence to ribavirin was 70% vs 56% (P = 0.006). The SVR (77% vs 70%, P = 0.05) and relapse (10% vs 16%, P = 0.09) rates tended to be improved. After adjustment for baseline differences, education improved adherence [Odds ratio (OR) 1.58, P = 0.04] but not the SVR (OR 1.54, P = 0.06). CONCLUSION: In genotype 2/3 patients, therapeutic education helped maintain real-life adherence to bitherapy. PMID:18985810

  20. Application of four anti-human interferon-alpha monoclonal antibodies for immunoassay and comparative analysis of natural interferon-alpha mixtures

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    Andersson, G.; Lundgren, E.; Ekre, H.P. )

    1991-02-01

    Four different mouse monoclonal antibodies to human interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha) were evaluated for application in quantitative and comparative analysis of natural IFN-alpha mixtures. Binding to IFN-alpha subtypes in solution revealed individual reactivity patterns. These patterns changed if the IFN-alpha molecules were immobilized either passively to a surface or bound by another antibody. Also, substitution of a single amino acid in IFN-alpha 2 affected the binding, apparently by altering the conformation. Isoelectric focusing of three natural IFN-alpha preparations from different sources, followed by immunoblotting, resulted in individual patterns with each of the four mAbs and also demonstrated variation in the composition of the IFN-alpha preparations. None of the mAbs was subtype specific, but by combining the different mAbs, and also applying polyclonal anti-human IFN-alpha antibodies, it was possible to design sensitive sandwich ELISAs with broad or more limited IFN-alpha subtype specificity.

  1. Synthesis, secretion and processing of alpha-factor-interferon fusion proteins in yeast.

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    Singh, A; Lugovoy, J M; Kohr, W J; Perry, L J

    1984-01-01

    A gene fusion consisting of 960 base pairs of 5'-flanking region of the yeast MF alpha 1 gene, 257 base pairs coding for alpha-factor prepro sequence, and a modified human IFN-alpha 1 gene was constructed. MAT alpha cells containing the chimeric gene synthesized and secreted active IFN-alpha 1 into the growth medium. The secreted interferon molecules contained the last 4 amino acids of alpha-factor prepro sequence and the amino acids encoded by the DNA modifications introduced at the beginning of IFN-alpha 1 gene. DNA sequences coding for these amino acids were removed by oligonucleotide-directed in vitro mutagenesis. Yeast cells transformed with expression plasmids containing the altered junction synthesized and secreted human IFN-alpha 1 with the natural NH2-terminus. Images PMID:6083547

  2. Multivesicular liposome formulations for the sustained delivery of interferon alpha-2b.

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    Qiu, Jian; Wei, Xiao-hui; Geng, Fang; Liu, Rui; Zhang, Jing-wu; Xu, Yu-hong

    2005-11-01

    To develop and optimize a sustained release multivesicular liposome (MVL) formulation of interferon (IFN) alpha-2b. IFN alpha-2b MVL were prepared using a typical double-emulsion procedure. The sustained release effects of IFN alpha-2b MVL were investigated by monitoring the blood IFN alpha-2b concentration using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay test after subcutaneous administration to healthy mice. IFN alpha-2b was successfully encapsulated in MVL with high efficiency, and the integrity of encapsulated protein was maintained. After subcutaneous injection, the MVL slowly released IFN alpha-2b into systemic circulation in a sustained manner. The estimated serum half-life of IFN alpha-2b was approximately 30 h. In addition, varying the size of the MVL preparations could further modify the in vivo release profile. IFN alpha-2b MVL may be a useful sustained release formulation in the clinical treatment of viral diseases.

  3. Effects of adenoviral delivered interferon-alpha on porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus infection in swine.

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    Type I interferons, such as interferon alpha (IFN-alpha), contribute to innate antiviral immunity by promoting production of antiviral mediators and also play a role in the adaptive immune response. Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) is one of the most devastating and costly diseas...

  4. Effects of adenoviral delivered interferon-alpha on porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus infection in swine

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    Type I interferons, such as interferon (IFN) alpha, contribute to innate antiviral immunity by promoting production of antiviral mediators and also play a role in the adaptive immune response. Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) has been shown to induce a meager IFN-alpha response. ...

  5. Application of genomic DNA affinity chromatography identifies multiple interferon-alpha-regulated Stat2 complexes.

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    Ghislain, J J; Fish, E N

    1996-05-24

    Interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha)-induced signal transduction is mediated by the phosphorylation-activation of the signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) proteins Stat1, Stat2, and Stat3. Previous studies have shown that these activated STATs dimerize to form four distinct STAT complexes which translocate to the nucleus and activates transcription by binding to specific promoter elements. The interferon-stimulated gene factor-3 (ISGF3) consists of Stat2 and Stat1 heterodimers in association with a DNA-binding protein, p48, that binds to the interferon stimulated response element. Homo-and heterodimers of Stat1 and Stat3 bind to the palindromic interferon response element (pIRE). In this report we demonstrate the utility of a biochemical procedure that we have developed, based on genomic DNA affinity chromatography, for the identification of IFN-alpha-induced STAT complexes. Using this approach, we identified ISGF3-independent Stat2-containing STAT complexes. Results from the analysis of Stat2 complexes in the electrophoretic mobility shift assay were consistent with genomic DNA affinity chromatography results and identified a Stat2:1 complex that binds with low affinity to the pIRE of the interferon regulatory factor-1 gene. Immunoprecipitation studies of Stat2 revealed an IFN-alpha dependent co-precipitation of both Stat1 and Stat3. Taken together, our results suggest that IFN-alpha activates, in addition to ISGF3, other Stat2-containing STAT complexes, one of which binds to an element related to the interferon regulatory factor-1 pIRE.

  6. Antiviral activity of bacteria-derived human alpha interferons against encephalomyocarditis virus infection of mice.

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    Weck, P K; Rinderknecht, E; Estell, D A; Stebbing, N

    1982-02-01

    Bacteria-derived human leukocyte interferon (IFN) subtypes, IFN-alpha A, -alpha B, and -alpha D, and two hybrid IFNs, IFN-alpha AD and -alpha DA, were examined for both in vitro and in vivo antiviral activity. Two of these materials in highly purified form (IFN-alpha D and -alpha D) protect mice against lethal doses of encephalomyocarditis virus infection. A single dose of 1 microgram of protein of IFN-alpha D 3 h before infection conferred protection in both BDF1 and CD-1 mice against encephalomyocarditis virus infection, and multiple treatments with IFN-alpha D or IFN-alpha AD extend the mean survival time of infected mice. On a weight basis, IFN-alpha AD was approximately 100-fold more effective than IFN-alpha D. There is a direct correlation between the antiviral activity of the various human IFN species in L-929 cells and in mice for both single and multiple treatments before infection, but none of the cloned human IFN subtypes were effective when administered 24 h after infection. Mixtures of the two parental materials, IFN-alpha A and -alpha D, were not as protective as the hybrid molecule IFN-alpha AD, suggesting that IFNs with unique and altered species specificity can be produced by recombinant DNA methods.

  7. Complete remission of multiple myeloma after autoimmune hemolytic anemia: possible association with interferon-alpha.

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    Gesundheit, Benjamin; Zelig, Orly; Shapira, Michael Y; Ackerstein, Aliza; Avgil, Meytal; Or, Reuven

    2007-06-01

    A patient with multiple myeloma (MM) was being maintained on human recombinant interferon-alpha (INF-alpha) after VAD and autologous bone marrow transplantation (pretreated with melphalan). An episode of immune thrombocytopenia and (Coombs positive) autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) was noted while on maintenance INF-alpha, which remitted when it was withdrawn. Following this event, he achieved a state of stable disease that persists (more than 3 years) with no specific myeloma treatment. This sequence of events suggests a relationship between an immunological reaction induced by INF-alpha and the prolonged phase of stable disease.

  8. Chronic hepatitis B with type I diabetes mellitus and autoimmune thyroiditis development during interferon alpha therapy.

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    Kose, Sukran; Gozaydin, Ayhan; Akkoclu, Gulgun; Ece, Gulfem

    2012-04-13

    Interferon alpha is a molecule frequently used in the treatment of chronic hepatitis B, C, and D, with immunomodulatory and antiviral activity. It is also used in some cancer types. It has been widely claimed that interferon alpha triggers autoimmunity, with its broad adverse effect profile. Here we present the case of a 29-year-old male patient with chronic hepatitis B diagnosis who developed type 1 diabetes mellitus and autoimmune thyroiditis during treatment with interferon alfa-2b. Within four months of initiation of treatment with interferon alfa-2b, the patient presented to our clinic with dry mouth, urinary frequency (8 to 10 times per day), drinking plenty of water, night time urination, and tiredness. He was admitted to the clinic when his fasting blood glucose level was detected to be high. After examinations, the patient was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and autoimmune thyroiditis and began to receive treatment with insulin and propranolol. Fasting blood glucose levels were controlled and thyroid hormones decreased to normal levels within one month after the treatments began. For patients who will receive treatment with interferon alpha, especially those individuals with chronic hepatitis, pancreatic autoantibodies should be checked and close monitoring should be performed as there may be glucose tolerance impairment in patients with high titers. In addition, follow-up with thyroid function tests should be performed prior to and during the treatment.

  9. Treatment of inflammatory airway disease in young standardbreds with interferon alpha

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    2004-01-01

    Abstract The effect of oral treatment with natural or recombinant human interferon alpha (HIA) on inflammatory airway disease in young standardbreds was assessed in a double-blind, randomized clinical trial. A total of 34 horses with nasal discharge, excess mucus in the trachea, and a persistent cough of at least 2 weeks’ duration that interfered with training completed the trial. Horses were rested for 1 week and received oral treatment with either a saline placebo, recombinant human interferon alpha (rHIA; 90 U/horse/day), or natural human interferon alpha (nHIA: 50 U/horse/day) for 5 days. There was a significant decline in nasal discharge and cough scores in all groups and the apparent response rate was similar. However, significantly fewer horses relapsed within 2 weeks once treatment was ceased when interferon rather than placebo was used (P = 0.012). Seventeen of 22 horses treated with rHIA or nHIA were cough-free 4 weeks after treatment, compared with only 4 of 12 after treatment with the placebo. Treatment with oral interferon is a useful adjunct to rest in standardbreds with inflammatory airway disease. PMID:15317391

  10. Synthesis and noncovalent protein conjugation of linear-hyperbranched PEG-poly(glycerol) alpha,omega(n)-telechelics.

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    Wurm, Frederik; Klos, Johannes; Räder, Hans Joachim; Frey, Holger

    2009-06-17

    Linear-hyperbranched, heterobifunctional alpha,omega(n) telechelic block copolymers consisting of a linear poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) chain and a hyperbranched polyglycerol (PG) block have been prepared in five steps, using a protected amino-functional initiator. The polyfunctionality omega(n) (OH groups) can be adjusted by the degree of polymerization (DP(n)) of the polyglycerol block. Subsequent introduction of a single biotin unit by amidation in alpha-position permitted noncovalent bioconjugation with avidin.

  11. Priming of human monocytes for enhanced lipopolysaccharide responses: expression of alpha interferon, interferon regulatory factors, and tumor necrosis factor.

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    Hayes, M P; Zoon, K C

    1993-01-01

    Culture of human monocytes with either granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor or gamma interferon (IFN-gamma) results in a primed state, during which these cells express heightened responses to bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS). The production of IFN-alpha in response to LPS by human monocytes has an absolute requirement for priming. Tumor necrosis factor (TNF) expression is also greatly enhanced in primed monocytes after LPS stimulation, but unlike IFN-alpha, TNF is readily expressed in unprimed monocytes as well. In an effort to determine the molecular events associated with IFN-alpha induction in this system, freshly isolated human monocytes were primed by culture with either IFN-gamma or granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor and then treated with LPS; expression of IFN-alpha subtype 2 (IFN-alpha 2), IFN regulatory factors (IRFs), and TNF was assessed by Northern (RNA blot) analysis. IRF-1 mRNA is expressed at high levels in monocytes and is regulated by both LPS and priming cytokines, but its expression alone does not correlate with the induction of IFN-alpha 2 expression. IRF-2 mRNA is expressed in a more gradual manner following LPS stimulation, implying a possible feedback mechanism for inhibiting IFN-alpha expression. However, nuclear run-on analysis indicates that IFN-alpha 2 is not transcriptionally modulated in this system, in striking contrast to TNF, which is clearly regulated at the transcriptional level. In addition, IFN-alpha 2 mRNA accumulation is superinduced when primed monocytes are treated with LPS plus cycloheximide, while TNF mRNA is relatively unaffected. The results demonstrate that priming can affect subsequent LPS-induced gene expression at different levels in human monocytes. Images PMID:8335353

  12. Thyroid dysfunction in hepatitis C individuals treated with interferon-alpha and ribavirin--a review.

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    Andrade, Luis Jesuíno de Oliveira; Atta, Ajax Mercês; D'Almeida Junior, Argemiro; Paraná, Raymundo

    2008-04-01

    Hepatitis C (HCV) is now the main cause of chronic hepatic disease, cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Several extrahepatic diseases have been associated with chronic HCV infection, and in most cases appear to be directly related to the viral infection. Thyroid disorders are common in patients with chronic HCV. Some patients with chronic hepatitis C experience thyroid problems, and thyroid dysfunction may also be a side effect of interferon-based treatment. The principal risk factor for developing thyroid disease in the course of antiviral therapy is the previous positivity for anti-thyroid antibodies (anti-thyroid peroxidase) especially in older women. Screening for autoantibodies and serum thyroid-stimulating hormone is recommended before, during and after interferon-alpha treatment, and patients should be informed of the risk of thyroid dysfunction. This review includes a summary of thyroid disease associated with chronic HCV infection, interferon-alpha and ribavirin for treatment of HCV and potential to induce thyroid dysfunction.

  13. Expression of biologically active human interferon alpha 2 in aloe vera

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    We have developed a system for transgenic expression of proteins in Aloe Vera. Using this approach we have generated plants expressing the human gene interferon alpha 2, IFNa2. IFNa2 is a small secreted cytokine that plays a vital role in regulating the body’s immune response to viral infections a...

  14. Extended Interferon-Alpha Therapy Accelerates Telomere Length Loss in Human Peripheral Blood T Lymphocytes

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    O'Bryan, Joel M.; Potts, James A.; Bonkovsky, Herbert L.; Mathew, Anuja; Rothman, Alan L.

    2011-01-01

    Background Type I interferons have pleiotropic effects on host cells, including inhibiting telomerase in lymphocytes and antiviral activity. We tested the hypothesis that long-term interferon treatment would result in significant reduction in average telomere length in peripheral blood T lymphocytes. Methods/Principal Findings Using a flow cytometry-based telomere length assay on peripheral blood mononuclear cell samples from the Hepatitis-C Antiviral Long-term Treatment against Cirrhosis (HALT-C) study, we measured T cell telomere lengths at screening and at months 21 and 45 in 29 Hepatitis-C virus infected subjects. These subjects had failed to achieve a sustained virologic response following 24 weeks of pegylated-interferon-alpha plus ribavirin treatment and were subsequently randomized to either a no additional therapy group or a maintenance dose pegylated-IFNα group for an additional 3.5 years. Significant telomere loss in naïve T cells occurred in the first 21 months in the interferon-alpha group. Telomere losses were similar in both groups during the final two years. Expansion of CD8+CD45RA+CD57+ memory T cells and an inverse correlation of alanine aminotransferase levels with naïve CD8+ T cell telomere loss were observed in the control group but not in the interferon-alpha group. Telomere length at screening inversely correlated with Hepatitis-C viral load and body mass index. Conclusions/Significance Sustained interferon-alpha treatment increased telomere loss in naïve T cells, and inhibited the accumulation of T cell memory expansions. The durability of this effect and consequences for immune senescence need to be defined. PMID:21829595

  15. Analysis of menstrual calendars and serum alpha 2-PEG in women on hormone replacement therapy for 12 months.

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    Habiba, M; al-Azzawi, F

    1994-10-01

    This study was conducted to assess endometrial protection in women on a cyclical combined hormone replacement regimen with 1 mg norethisterone BP, and to evaluate the use of the bleeding pattern and serum alpha 2-PEG in monitoring the endometrial response to exogenous hormone therapy. Fifty-one postmenopausal women attending the Menopause Research Unit at Leicester Royal Infirmary, UK, completed the study. All patients were at least 1 year after the menopause, with an average of 26 months since the last menstrual period. All women were prescribed a regimen of two tablets of Hormonin (oestriol 0.27 mg, oestrone 1.4 mg, and oestradiol 0.6 mg) continuously, with 1 mg of norethisterone added for 12 days out of each 28-day treatment cycle. Menstrual diaries were collected and analysed. The secretory changes were assessed by histology, menstrual bleeding pattern and a biological marker of secretory activity (alpha 2-PEG). Withdrawal bleeding occurred on average on days 11, 12, 11, 12 and 13 on months 2, 3, 6, 9 and 12, respectively. There was a poor degree of consistency in the bleeding pattern. The level of alpha 2-PEG increased from the average baseline measurement of 2.7 ng/ml (S.D., 4.12) to 8.5 ng/ml (S.D., 4.16) after progestogen treatment. This rise, although significant, did not correlate with the uterine bleeding pattern. There was no statistically significant correlation between the level of alpha 2-PEG and endometrial histology. The findings highlight the fact that cycle predictability on HRT, as exemplified in this regimen, is poor. The level of alpha 2-PEG is a poor predictor of the endometrial histology and has a poor correlation with the day of onset of bleeding.

  16. [Interferon-alpha and liver fibrosis in patients with chronic damage due to hepatitis C virus].

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    Gonzalez-Huezo, María Sarai; Gallegos-Orozco, Juan Fernando

    2003-01-01

    The present review focuses on the published information published regarding the effects of interferon alpha therapy on liver fibrosis in patients with chronic liver damage secondary to hepatitis C infection. Data reviewed included results of the in vitro effects of interferon on hepatic cell line cultures with regards to indirect markers of fibrosis, activation of hepatic stellate cells and oxidative stress response. In the clinical arena, there is current clear evidence of a favorable histological outcome in patients with sustained viral response to interferon therapy. For this reason, the current review focuses more on the histological outcomes regarding liver fibrosis in patients who have not attained viral response to therapy (non-responders) or who already have biopsy defined cirrhosis. Data in these patients were analyzed according to the results of objective testing of fibrosis through the assessment of liver biopsy and its change during time, specially because the morbidity and mortality of this disease is directly related to the complications of liver cirrhosis and not necessarily to the persistence of the hepatitis C virus. Lastly, it is concluded that the process of liver fibrosis/cirrhosis is a dynamic one and that there is some evidence to support the usefulness of interferon alpha therapy as a means to halt or retard the progression of hepatic fibrosis. The result of current clinical trials in which interferon therapy is being used to modify the progression of fibrosis in non-responders or cirrhotic patients is eagerly awaited.

  17. Increased depressive ratings in patients with hepatitis C receiving interferon-alpha-based immunotherapy are related to interferon-alpha-induced changes in the serotonergic system.

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    Bonaccorso, Stefania; Marino, Valentina; Puzella, Antonella; Pasquini, Massimo; Biondi, Massimo; Artini, Marco; Almerighi, Cristiana; Verkerk, Robert; Meltzer, Herbert; Maes, Michael

    2002-02-01

    There is now evidence that repeated administration of interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha) to patients with chronic active hepatitis and cancers induces depressive symptoms. There is also evidence that induction of the cytokine network modulates the serotonergic system and that major depression is related to activation of the cytokine network and disturbances in the serotonergic metabolism. The aims of this study were to examine the effects of IFN-alpha-based immunotherapy on the development of depressive symptoms in relation to its effects on plasma tryptophan and kynurenine and serum serotonin (5-HT). Eighteen patients affected by chronic active hepatitis C were treated with IFN-alpha (3-6 million units subcutaneously three to six times a week for 6 months) and had measurements of the previous parameters before starting immunotherapy and 2, 4, 16, and 24 weeks later. Severity of depression and anxiety were measured with the Montgomery-Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS) and the Hamilton Rating Scale for Anxiety (HAM-A) scale, respectively. Immunochemotherapy with IFN-alpha (1) significantly increased the MADRS and HAM-A scores and serum kynurenine concentrations and (2) significantly reduced plasma tryptophan and serum 5-HT concentrations. IFN-alpha-based immunotherapy significantly increased the kynurenine per tryptophan quotient, which estimates the activity of indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase, the major tryptophan-catabolizing enzyme, which is induced by IFNs. There are significant relationships between the IFN-alpha-induced changes in the MADRS score and serum kynurenine (positive) and 5-HT (negative) concentrations. Immunotherapy with IFN-alpha significantly increases the severity of depressive symptoms. The latter is related to changes in the serotonergic system, such as depletion of serum 5-HT and induction of the catabolism of tryptophan to kynurenine. It is suggested that the IFN-alpha-induced changes in the serotonergic turnover could play a role in the

  18. Macroscale production and analysis of crystalline interferon alpha-2B in microgravity on STS-52

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    Reichert, Paul; Nagabhushan, Tattanahalli L.; Long, Marianna M.; Bugg, Charles E.; DeLucas, Lawrence J.

    1996-03-01

    The development and production of a zinc-interferon alpha-2b crystalline suspension on STS-52 has accelerated our ability to prepare novel high quality pharmaceutical preparations. Crystalline suspensions of protein therapeutics have applications in drug delivery, formulation, and manufacturing. These applications require crystalline suspensions of relatively small particles (<100 microns) of uniform size and shape. Previously, a crystalline form of interferon alpha-2b was identified from microscale crystallization methods with utility in pharmaceutical applications from microscale crystallization methods. Conditions for macroscale crystallization were established by adapting a microscale vapor diffusion method to a macroscale temperature induction method. A series of earth based pilot experiments established conditions to reproducibly crystallize zinc interferon alpha-2b in high yield and under ``cleanroom'' conditions. These conditions were maintained in microgravity. Greater than 95% of the available protein crystallized in both the ground and flight experiments. The samples were analyzed using a battery of physical, biochemical, and biological characterization methods. The results demonstrated that sample processing, polysulfone bottle confinement, and the conditions used for crystallization did not have a negative effect on protein integrity. Redissolved crystals from the flight and ground experiments showed full biological activity in a cytopathic effect inhibition assay as compared to an interferon control standard. Morphometric analysis comparing the overall length and width of the derived crystals showed a 2.4 fold increase in the length and width of the space grown crystals as compared to earth grown crystals. Subcutaneous injections of space grown crystalline preparation was compared to a non-crystalline interferon preparation in a primate pharmacokinetic study. The crystalline interferon preparation had a measured serum half-life of 12 hours as compared

  19. Definition of the interferon-alpha receptor-binding domain on the TYK2 kinase.

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    Yan, H; Piazza, F; Krishnan, K; Pine, R; Krolewski, J J

    1998-02-13

    Interferons and cytokines modulate gene expression via a simple, direct signaling pathway containing receptors, JAK tyrosine kinases, and STAT transcription factors. The interferon-alpha pathway is a model for these cascades. Two receptors, IFNaR1 and IFNaR2, associate exclusively in a constitutive manner with two JAK proteins, TYK2 and JAK1, respectively. Defining the molecular interface between JAK proteins and their receptors is critical to understanding the signaling pathway and may contribute to the development of novel therapeutics. This report defines the IFNaR1 interaction domain on TYK2. In vitro binding studies demonstrate that the amino-terminal half of TYK2, which is approximately 600 amino acids long and contains JAK homology (JH) domains 3-7, comprises the maximal binding domain for IFNaR1. A fragment containing amino acids 171-601 (JH3-6) also binds IFNaR1, but with reduced affinity. Glutathione S-transferase-TYK2 fusion proteins approximating either the JH6 or JH3 domain affinity-precipitate IFNaR1, suggesting that these are major sites of interaction within the larger binding domain. TYK2 amino acids 1-601 act in a dominant manner to inhibit the transcription of an interferon-alpha-dependent reporter gene, presumably by displacing endogenous TYK2 from the receptor. This same fragment inhibits interferon-alpha-dependent tyrosine phosphorylation of TYK2, STAT1, and STAT2.

  20. Assessment of hepatocellular carcinoma risk based on peg-interferon plus ribavirin treatment experience in this new era of highly effective oral antiviral drugs

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    Lee, Seung Ho; Jin, Young-Joo; Shin, Jun Young; Lee, Jin-Woo

    2017-01-01

    Abstract In this new era of highly effective oral antiviral drugs for chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV), indications for antiviral treatment may be extendable. This study undertaken to identify suitable candidates for peg-interferon plus ribavirin (PEG-IFN/RBV) treatment by evaluating hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) risk in patients with chronic HCV treated or not with PEG-IFN/RBV. This large-scale retrospective study was conducted on 1176 patients with chronic HCV without a history of HCC (treatment group [n = 489] and no-treatment group [n = 687]). In the treatment group, patients treated with PEG-IFN/RBV were dichotomized based on the achievement of sustained virologic response (SVR) into SVR (+) and SVR (−) groups. Median follow-up for all study subjects was 31 months (range 6–144 months). Three-year cumulative HCC development rates in the SVR (+) (1.1%) and SVR (−) (8.6%) subgroups were significantly lower than in the no-treatment group (13.5%) (P < 0.01 and P < 0.01, respectively). In all study subjects, presence of cirrhosis (hazard ratio [HR], 9.92, P < 0.01), age (HR 1.03, P < 0.01), SVR (−) (HR 7.02, P < 0.01), and no-treatment (HR 6.76, P < 0.01) were found to be independent risk factors of HCC development. In the treatment group, age, the presence of cirrhosis, and SVR (−) were predictors of HCC development. In the no-treatment group, age, male, and the presence of cirrhosis were independent predictors for HCC development. HCC risk increased in patients with chronic HCV with older age, cirrhosis, SVR (−) after PEG-IFN/RBV treatment, and no PEG-IFN/RBV treatment. Active antiviral therapy based on highly effective oral drugs needs to be considered in these patients. PMID:28072684

  1. Assessment of hepatocellular carcinoma risk based on peg-interferon plus ribavirin treatment experience in this new era of highly effective oral antiviral drugs.

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    Lee, Seung Ho; Jin, Young-Joo; Shin, Jun Young; Lee, Jin-Woo

    2017-01-01

    In this new era of highly effective oral antiviral drugs for chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV), indications for antiviral treatment may be extendable. This study undertaken to identify suitable candidates for peg-interferon plus ribavirin (PEG-IFN/RBV) treatment by evaluating hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) risk in patients with chronic HCV treated or not with PEG-IFN/RBV.This large-scale retrospective study was conducted on 1176 patients with chronic HCV without a history of HCC (treatment group [n = 489] and no-treatment group [n = 687]). In the treatment group, patients treated with PEG-IFN/RBV were dichotomized based on the achievement of sustained virologic response (SVR) into SVR (+) and SVR (-) groups.Median follow-up for all study subjects was 31 months (range 6-144 months). Three-year cumulative HCC development rates in the SVR (+) (1.1%) and SVR (-) (8.6%) subgroups were significantly lower than in the no-treatment group (13.5%) (P < 0.01 and P < 0.01, respectively). In all study subjects, presence of cirrhosis (hazard ratio [HR], 9.92, P < 0.01), age (HR 1.03, P < 0.01), SVR (-) (HR 7.02, P < 0.01), and no-treatment (HR 6.76, P < 0.01) were found to be independent risk factors of HCC development. In the treatment group, age, the presence of cirrhosis, and SVR (-) were predictors of HCC development. In the no-treatment group, age, male, and the presence of cirrhosis were independent predictors for HCC development.HCC risk increased in patients with chronic HCV with older age, cirrhosis, SVR (-) after PEG-IFN/RBV treatment, and no PEG-IFN/RBV treatment. Active antiviral therapy based on highly effective oral drugs needs to be considered in these patients.

  2. Multiplex pcr assay for detection of human interferon alpha2b gene in transgenic plants.

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    Gerasymenko, I M; Sakhno, L O; Mazur, M G; Sheludko, Y V

    2012-01-01

    During the last decade interferons are regarded as potent candidates for generation of plant-based edible vaccines because of broad spectrum of antiviral activities and adjuvant properties. Establishment and certification of numerous interferon producing plant systems requests development of fast and efficient multiplex PCR protocol for the transgene detection in GM plants. Here we represent a protocol for simultaneous amplification in one assay of fragments of hIFN alpha 2b gene and two control genes, namely virD1 of Agrobacterium tumefaciens and conservative region of plant actin gene.

  3. Homology model of human interferon-alpha 8 and its receptor complex.

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    Seto, M. H.; Harkins, R. N.; Adler, M.; Whitlow, M.; Church, W. B.; Croze, E.

    1995-01-01

    Human interferon-alpha 8 (HuIFN alpha 8), a type I interferon (IFN), is a cytokine belonging to the hematopoietic super-family that includes human growth hormone (HGH). Recent data identified two human type I IFN receptor components. One component (p40) was purified from human urine by its ability to bind to immobilized type I IFN. A second receptor component (IFNAR), consisting of two cytokine receptor-like domains (D200 and D200'), was identified by expression cloning. Murine cells transfected with a gene encoding this protein were able to produce an antiviral response to human IFN alpha 8. Both of these receptor proteins have been identified as members of the immunoglobulin superfamily of which HGH receptor is a member. The cytokine receptor-like structural motifs present in p40 and IFNAR were modeled based on the HGH receptor X-ray structure. Models of the complexes of HuIFN alpha 8 with the receptor subunits were built by superpositioning the conserved C alpha backbone of the HuIFN alpha 8 and receptor subunit models with HGH and its receptor complex. The HuIFN alpha 8 model was constructed from the C alpha coordinates of murine interferon-beta crystal structure. Electrostatic potentials and hydrophobic interactions appear to favor the model of HuIFN alpha 8 interacting with p40 at site 1 and the D200' domain of IFNAR at site 2 because there are regions of complementary electrostatic potential and hydrophobic interactions at both of the proposed binding interfaces. Some of the predicted receptor binding residues within HuIFN alpha 8 correspond to functionally important residues determined previously for human IFN alpha 1, IFN alpha 2, and IFN alpha 4 subtypes by site-directed mutagenesis studies. The models predict regions of interaction between HuIFN alpha 8 and each of the receptor proteins, and provide insights into interactions between other type I IFNs (IFN-alpha subtypes and IFN-beta) and their respective receptor components. PMID:7613464

  4. Yak interferon-alpha loaded solid lipid nanoparticles for controlled release.

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    Li, Shaoyong; Zhao, Baokai; Wang, Fenghua; Wang, Ming; Xie, Shuyu; Wang, Siliang; Han, Chao; Zhu, Luyan; Zhou, Wenzhong

    2010-02-01

    To explore the potential of a novel animal interferon formulation for controlled release, the yak interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha) glutathione S-transferase (GST) fusion protein was expressed in Escherichia coli (E. coli) and the purified recombinant IFN-alpha was encapsulated into solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN) by double emulsion solvent evaporation (w/o/w) method. The particle size and zeta potential of IFN-alpha-loaded SLN were 124.2+/-10.2 nm and -11.2+/-0.6 mV. The encapsulation efficiency of IFN-alpha and loading capacity of the SLN were 83.7+/-4.5% and 1.73+/-0.15%, respectively. In vitro release study and antiviral assay demonstrated that the IFN-alpha released from the SLN in a 16-day period exhibited antiviral activity in Madin-Darby bovine kidney (MDBK) cells against vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV), and showed a release pattern of an initial burst release followed by a sustained and slow release. Cytotoxicity assay in cell culture demonstrated that the SLN were not toxic. The results of this exploratory study suggest that the IFN-alpha-loaded SLN could be a useful formulation for controlled release in veterinary therapeutics. Copyright 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. KIR2DS2 as predictor of thrombocytopenia secondary to pegylated interferon-alpha therapy.

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    Rivero-Juarez, A; Gonzalez, R; Frias, M; Manzanares-Martín, B; Rodriguez-Cano, D; Perez-Camacho, I; Gordon, A; Cuenca, F; Camacho, A; Pineda, J A; Peña, J; Rivero, A

    2016-03-15

    Our aim was to evaluate the killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIRs) as a marker for the development of thrombocytopenia secondary to Peg-interferon (IFN) therapy in a cohort of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/hepatitis C virus (HCV) co-infected patients. Patients were naive to HCV treatment, receiving a first course of Peg-IFN/Ribavirin combination therapy. Total platelet count (cells ml(-1)) was determined at each visit, determining platelet decline from baseline to weeks 1, 2, 4, 8 and 12 after starting therapy. The end point of the study was development of thrombocytopenia, defined as a platelet count of <1 50 000 cells ml(-1). Fifty-eight HIV/HCV co-infected patients were included in the study, of whom 20 (34.4%) developed thrombocytopenia. The absence of KIR2DS2 was associated with higher and faster rate of thrombocytopenia (54.2% vs 22.5%; P=0.012; 6.6 vs 10.3 weeks; P=0.008). The absence of KIR2DS2 was associated with a greater decline in platelet count and development of thrombocytopenia during Peg-IFN treatment in HIV/HCV co-infected patients.The Pharmacogenomics Journal advance online publication, 15 March 2016; doi:10.1038/tpj.2016.19.

  6. Neutralising antibodies in patients with multiple myeloma receiving maintenance therapy with interferon alpha 2b.

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    Bell, J. B.; Barfoot, R.; Iveson, T.; Powles, R. L.; Millar, B. C.

    1994-01-01

    In a study of 29 patients who were receiving or had received interferon alpha 2b (IFN-alpha 2b) as maintenance therapy for multiple myeloma, antibodies were detected in 58% (17/29) of patients measured by a solid-phase enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Only 7/17 patients who were positive for antibody in the ELISA had neutralising antibody to IFN-alpha 2b, measured by virus growth inhibition. These patients comprised six who were receiving IFN-alpha 2b at the time of assessment and one who had finished treatment. Among patients who were receiving the cytokine, four had progressive disease, one was in complete remission and one in partial remission. Neutralising activity was also detected to natural human leucocyte IFN-alpha in the same patients. Two patients who were positive for neutralising antibody remain in remission and are continuing to receive IFN-alpha 2b. These two patients have since lost their neutralising titre. No neutralising antibody to IFN-alpha 2b or natural human leucocyte IFN-alpha was detected in serum from six normal donors. The data suggest that neutralising antibody formation in patients with multiple myeloma is not responsible for relapse in patients receiving IFN-alpha 2b. The transient nature of neutralising antibody production in patients who remain in remission suggests that this response to IFN-alpha 2b is not associated with memory B cells. PMID:7917911

  7. Anti-interferon alpha antibodies and autoantibodies in patients with Behçet's disease uveitis treated with recombinant human interferon alpha-2a.

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    Aydinoglu-Candan, Özlem; Araz-Erşan, Bilge; Gul, Ahmet; Badur, Selim; Tugal-Tutkun, Ilknur

    2015-03-01

    Recombinant human (rh) interferon alpha2a (IFN-α2a) therapy is successfully used for the treatment of Behçet's disease (BD) uveitis refractory to conventional immunosuppressive treatment. Our aim in this study was to investigate the frequency and clinical significance of anti-IFN-α antibodies and autoantibodies during recombinant human rhIFN-α2a therapy in patients with BD uveitis. This comparative, cross-sectional, serological screening study included 30 BD patients treated with rhIFN-α2a (Group 1), 29 BD patients treated with conventional immunosuppressive agents (Group 2), 29 BD patients who received only colchicine (Group 3), and 30 healthy subjects (Group 4). Anti-IFN-α-binding antibodies and autoantibodies, including anti-nuclear antibody, anti-thyroid peroxidase antibody, and anti-cardiolipin antibody, were measured in serum samples. Antibody seropositivity was compared between study groups. Retrospective clinical data were compared between antibody-positive and antibody-negative patients. A significantly higher proportion of patients in Group 1 had anti-interferon-α (26.6 %) and autoantibody (30 %) seropositivity compared to the other groups. No correlation was found between seropositivity for anti-interferon-α and other autoantibodies. No significant difference was found in cumulative dose of IFN-α, duration of IFN-α therapy, time to first uveitis attack, or attack rate between anti-interferon-α antibody-positive and antibody-negative patients in Group 1. Uveitis attacks were observed in 22 % of autoantibody-positive and 71 % of autoantibody-negative patients in Group 1 (p = 0.018). Patients with BD uveitis develop anti-IFN-α-binding antibodies and autoantibodies during treatment with rhIFN-α2a. While the clinical relevance of anti-IFN-α-binding antibodies remains unclear in this study, induction of autoimmunity was found to be associated with a tendency for better therapeutic response.

  8. Stability of nonaqueous suspension formulations of plasma derived factor IX and recombinant human alpha interferon at elevated temperatures.

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    Knepp, V M; Muchnik, A; Oldmark, S; Kalashnikova, L

    1998-07-01

    To identify a suitable nonaqueous, parenterally acceptable suspending vehicle whereby a therapeutic protein is delivered as a stable flowable powder, making it amenable to delivery from sustained delivery systems maintained at body temperature. Formulations of plasma derived Factor IX (pdFIX) and recombinant human alpha interferon (rhalpha-IFN) were formulated as dry powders, suspended in various vehicles (perfluorodecalin, perfluorotributylamine, methoxyflurane, polyethylene glycol 400, soybean oil, tetradecane or octanol) and stored at 37 degrees C. Stability was assessed by size exclusion chromatography, reverse phase chromatography, ion exchange chromatography, and bioassay, and was compared to the stability of dry powder formulations stored at 37 degrees C and -80 degrees C. PdFIX was stable when stored at 37 degrees C as a dry powder, or when the dry powder was suspended in the pharmaceutically acceptable vehicles perfluorodecalin or perfluorotributylamine. Suspensions of the powder in other pharmaceutically/parenterally acceptable vehicles such as soybean oil or PEG 400 resulted in aggregation and loss of bioactivity. A dry powder formulation of rhalpha-IFN suspended in perfluorodecalin was also stable at 37 degrees C. This study shows the potential utility of perfluorinated hydrocarbons as nonaqueous suspending vehicles for long term in-vivo delivery of therapeutic proteins.

  9. Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic comparison of two "pegylated" interferon alpha-2 formulations in healthy male volunteers: a randomized, crossover, double-blind study

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    2010-01-01

    Background Interferon (IFN) alpha conjugation to polyethylene glycol (PEG) results in a better pharmacokinetic profile and efficacy. The aim of this study was to compare the pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic and safety properties of a new, locally developed, 40-kDa PEG-IFN alpha-2b preparation with a reference, commercially available PEG-IFN alpha-2a in healthy male volunteers. Methods A randomized, crossover, double-blind study with a 3-weeks washout period, was done. A single 180 micrograms PEG-IFN alpha-2 dose was administered subcutaneously in both groups. Sixteen apparently healthy male subjects were included. Serum PEG-IFN concentration was measured during 336 hours by an enzyme immunoassay (EIA). Other clinical and laboratory variables were used as pharmacodynamic and safety criteria. Results The pharmacokinetic comparison by EIA yielded a high similitude between the formulations. In spite of a high subject variability, the parameters' mean were very close (in all cases p > 0.05): AUC: 53623 vs. 44311 pg.h/mL; Cmax: 333 vs. 271 pg/mL; Tmax: 54 vs. 55 h; half-life (t1/2): 72.4 vs. 64.8 h; terminal elimination rate (lambda): 0.011 vs. 0.014 h-1; mean residence time (MRT): 135 vs. 123 h for reference and study preparations, respectively. There were no significant differences with respect to the pharmacodynamic variables either: serum neopterin and beta-2 microglobulin levels, stimulation of 2'5' oligoadenylate synthetase expression, and serum IFN antiviral activity. A strong Spearman's rank order correlation (p < 0.01) between the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic concentration-time curves was observed. Both products caused similar leukocyte counts diminution and had similar safety profiles. The most frequent adverse reactions were leukopenia, fever, thrombocytopenia, transaminases increase and asthenia, mostly mild. Conclusions Both formulations are fully comparable from the pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic, and safety profiles. Efficacy trials can be carried

  10. [Hyper-IgE syndrome treated with interferon alpha 2 beta. Report of a case].

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    Segura Mendez, N H; del Rivero Hernández, L; Mejía Ortega, J; Ubaldo Ortiz Vázquez, J; Varela Delgado, A L; Espínola Reyna, G; Rico, G

    2000-01-01

    The hyper IgE syndrome is characterized by recurrent abscess on the skin, and airways and itching dermatitis. The data acquired in the lab is hypergammaglobulinemy, eosinophil in blood, tissue, sputum, with fagocitos, and quimiotaxis defect. Since 1972 it has been reported 150 cases in the world without no geographic difference and 2:1 relation with the masculine gender. The therapeutic ways are even controversial. The therapy with interferon alpha 2 beta is the alternative treatment so diminish the dermis inflammation as the seric IgE reduction. This case shows a patient with the classic clinic data and seric IgE levels who didn't present response to the habitual therapy, because of this. He was the switch to the interferon alpha 2 beta. Later on the therapy it wasesented clinical changes over the symptomatology with reduction in the over seric IgE.

  11. Linear IgA bullous dermatosis induced by interferon-alpha 2a.

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    Kocyigit, P; Akay, B N; Karaosmanoglu, N

    2009-07-01

    Linear Ig A bullous dermatosis (LABD) is an acquired autoimmune subepidermal blistering disorder with linear deposits of IgA along the basement membrane zone. Its cause is unclear, although it appears to have an immune-mediated basis. Idiopathic, systemic disorder-related, and rarely drug-induced forms of LABD have been described. We describe a case of LABD associated with interferon-alpha 2A used for the treatment of Kaposi's sarcoma.

  12. Interferon-alpha treatment of hepatitis C virus-associated mixed cryoglobulinemia.

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    Polzien, F; Schott, P; Mihm, S; Ramadori, G; Hartmann, H

    1997-07-01

    Chronic hepatitis C virus infection is frequently associated with mixed cryoglobulinemia. The efficacy of interferon-alpha treatment in the presence of cryoglobulinemia, particularly the rate of sustained responders, has not yet been well defined. Fifty-nine consecutive patients with chronic HCV infection were studied prospectively with regard to the presence of cryoglobulinemia and their biochemical and virological response to interferon-alpha2a therapy. Cryoglobulins were detected in sera of 23 patients. For this latter group of patients, significant differences were found compared to the 36 patients without cryoglobulinemia, i.e. the prevalence of female sex was higher, the duration of liver disease was longer and distinctive laboratory abnormalities, e.g. higher rheumatoid factor activity, were noted as well as a higher prevalence of cirrhosis. The distribution of HCV genotypes and serum HCV RNA titers was similar in the two groups. Interferon-alpha treatment regimens were not different regarding mean cumulative dose and mean duration of therapy. The response to therapy was almost identical, i.e. 35% of patients with cryoglobulinemia showed a sustained response compared to 22% of patients without cryoglobulinemia. The percentages of patients showing a relapse or breakthrough were similar in both groups. Pre-treatment viremia levels were higher in non-responders compared to sustained responders. Non-responders appeared to be more frequent among patients infected with genotypes 1a and 1b, especially among male patients without cryoglobulinemia. The presence of cryoglobulinemia per se in chronic HCV-infected patients does not adversely affect the outcome of interferon-alpha therapy, including the rate of sustained response.

  13. HCV-specific CD8+ cell detection at week 12 of chronic hepatitis C treatment with PEG-interferon-α2b/ribavirin correlates with infection resolution.

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    Larrubia, Juan-Ramón; Lokhande, Megha-Uttam; Moreno-Cubero, Elia; García-Garzón, Silvia; Miquel, Joaquín; Parra-Cid, Trinidad; González-Praetorious, Alejandro; Perna, Cristian; Lázaro, Alicia; Sanz-de-Villalobos, Eduardo

    2013-01-01

    Lower than 2-log viral-load (VL) decrease at week 12 (w12) of chronic hepatitis C (CHC) treatment with Peg-interferon/ribavirin has 100% negative predictive value (PV) of sustained virologic response (SVR), and this could be related with absence of HCV-specific cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) response. In this study, percentage of cases with SVR, according to peripheral HCV-specific cytotoxic response at w12, was analysed (Group-1: detection(+), Group-2: detection(-)). SVR was higher in group-1 (93%) than in group-2 (47%) (p=0.003). An increase on HCV-specific CTL frequency between baseline and w12 and higher specific reactivity were observed in group-1 (p=0.011 and p=0.025). HCV-specific CTL detection at w12 correlated with level of VL decrease (p=0.016, r=0.389), and among HCV genotype-1 patients with either early or delayed virologic response (EDVR), 100% positive PV of SVR was observed. In summary, HCV-specific CTL detection at w12 of Peg-interferon/ribavirin treatment correlates with SVR and in EDVR genotype-1 cases predicts SVR.

  14. Extracellular matrix interacts with interferon {alpha} protein: Retention and display of cytotoxicity

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    Yoshida, Kimiko; Kondoh, Atsushi; Narumi, Kenta; Yoshida, Teruhiko; Aoki, Kazunori

    2008-11-14

    We have been investigating the efficacy of an intratumoral interferon (IFN)-{alpha} gene transfer against solid cancers, and found that when the gene is transduced into the subcutaneous tumors, IFN-{alpha} concentration is markedly increased in the injected tumor but not in the serum. To explain this effective confinement of IFN-{alpha} to target tissues, we hypothesized that the extracellular matrix in the tumors interacts with IFN-{alpha}. In this study, a solid-phase-binding assay and immunoprecipitation demonstrated that the IFN-{alpha} binds directly to matrix proteins. Immunohistochemical staining showed a co-localization of IFN-{alpha} with pericellular fibronectin. In addition, matrix-bound IFN-{alpha} protein transduced intracellular signaling and potentiated its cytotoxic activity, suggesting that the retention of IFN-{alpha} protein on extracellular matrix is likely to play a role in its in vivo biological activity. The data suggest a therapeutic advantage of the intratumoral IFN-{alpha} gene transfer over the conventional parenteral therapy both in the safety and efficacy.

  15. The effects of pegylated interferon--alpha2B on mumps orchitis.

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    Pal, Goutam

    2013-09-01

    To evaluate the effects of pegylated Interferon--alpha2B on mumps orchitis, 80 patients suffering from mumps orchitis, were randomly assigned into 2 groups of 40 patients each. In the first group patients received pegylated interferon--alpha2B and the other group did not, acting as controls. All were confirmed by mumps IgM (ELISA) and evaluated by testis size, semen analysis and hormone level. In the first group, the symptoms resolved within average 2.2 days and testicular size returned to normal within average 5.3 days but in 2nd group, those returned to normal within average 5.7 days and 10.2 days respectively. In the 1st group, oligospermia was detected in 11 patients and subsequently returned to normal in all patients and there was no testicular atrophy. In the 2nd group oligospermia was detected in 13 patients and were persistently low in 3 patients and testicular atrophy detected in 2 patients. The results indicated the beneficial role of pegylated interferon--alpha2B in preventing infertility from mumps orchitis.

  16. Morphine inhibits intrahepatic interferon- alpha expression and enhances complete hepatitis C virus replication.

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    Li, Yuan; Ye, Li; Peng, Jin-Song; Wang, Chuan-Qing; Luo, Guang-Xiang; Zhang, Ting; Wan, Qi; Ho, Wen-Zhe

    2007-09-01

    Heroin addicts are a high-risk group for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and the development of chronic HCV disease. We thus examined whether morphine, the active metabolite of heroin, has the ability to inhibit intrahepatic interferon (IFN)- alpha expression, facilitating HCV replication in human hepatocytes. Morphine inhibited intrahepatic IFN- alpha expression, which was associated with an increase in HCV replication in hepatocytes. Moreover, morphine compromised the anti-HCV effect of recombinant IFN- alpha . Investigation of the mechanism responsible for the morphine action revealed that morphine inhibited expression of IFN regulatory factor 5 in the hepatocytes. In addition, morphine suppressed the expression of p38, an important signal-transducing molecule involved in IFN- alpha -mediated anti-HCV activity. These findings indicate that morphine plays a cofactor role in facilitating HCV persistence in human hepatocytes.

  17. Interferon-alpha enhances neutrophil respiratory burst responses to stimulation with influenza A virus and FMLP.

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    Little, R; White, M R; Hartshorn, K L

    1994-10-01

    Despite increasing therapeutic use of interferon (IFN)-alpha, its effects on human neutrophil function are not well characterized. In vitro preincubation of neutrophils with recombinant IFN-alpha and -gamma, tumor necrosis factor (TNF), or granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) enhanced neutrophil respiratory burst responses to stimulation with influenza A virus (IAV) and FMLP. The enhancing effects of IFNs were more subtle and required more prolonged incubation than those of TNF and GM-CSF. TNF and GM-CSF enhanced neutrophil binding of IAV and neutrophil intracellular calcium and membrane depolarization responses to IAV or FMLP stimulation, while IFNs did not. Inhibitors of neutrophil tyrosine kinase activation and protein synthesis blocked IFN-alpha-induced enhancement of respiratory burst responses. In addition to its other well-characterized effects, IFN-alpha may protect against viral infection indirectly by promoting neutrophil respiratory burst responses.

  18. Use of recombinant human interferon alpha-2a in the management of a dog with epitheliotropic lymphoma.

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    Tzannes, Sophia; Ibarrola, Patricia; Batchelor, Daniel J; Burrow, Rachel D; Blackwood, Laura

    2008-01-01

    An 8-year-old, mixed-breed dog with preputial epitheliotropic lymphoma was initially treated with cyclophosphamide, vincristine, and prednisolone. A short-term partial response was followed by disease progression after 4 weeks. Recombinant human interferon alpha-2a was administered starting at week 7. The interferon therapy resulted in rapid resolution of clinical signs and a 10-week disease-free interval. The lymphoma recurred at 17 weeks and did not respond to rescue chemotherapy. Additional oral lesions were treated with localized radiotherapy followed by increased dosages of interferon. This additional interferon treatment resulted in another 12 weeks of stable disease.

  19. Potential application of human interferon-alpha in microbial infections of the oral cavity.

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    Fujioka, N; Akazawa, R; Sakamoto, K; Ohashi, K; Kurimoto, M

    1995-12-01

    We have been evaluating the potential use of interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha) against fungal infections of the oral cavity. IFN-alpha has been reported to enhance the antifungal activity of neutrophils. This cytokine is also known to synergize with interleukin-1 in enhancing a number of immunomodulatory responses. To study cytokine involvement in oral defense mechanisms against microbial infection, we first demonstrated the presence of antimicrobial interleukins (IL)-1 alpha, IL-1 beta, and IL-8 in the saliva, which can all augment the microbicidal activity of neutrophils, and the presence of epithelial cells and neutrophils in oral lavage fluid from healthy volunteers. Immunostaining for cytokines produced by these cells showed that the candidate producers of both IL-1 alpha and IL-8 are epithelial cells, but those of IL-1 beta remained inconclusive. We next found that IFN-alpha enhanced IL-1 alpha-augmented neutrophil-mediated anticandidal action while marginally enhancing IL-8- and IL-1 beta-mediated reactions. These results suggest that IFN-alpha is a potential agent for treating oral mycosis by cooperating with endogenous cytokine(s) in the saliva, in addition to its intrinsic antiviral action.

  20. EORTC (30885) randomised phase III study with recombinant interferon alpha and recombinant interferon alpha and gamma in patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma. The EORTC Genitourinary Group.

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    De Mulder, P. H.; Oosterhof, G.; Bouffioux, C.; van Oosterom, A. T.; Vermeylen, K.; Sylvester, R.

    1995-01-01

    In the treatment of renal cell carcinoma both complete (CRs) and partial remissions (PRs) have been obtained using recombinant (r) interferon alpha (IFN-alpha), with response rates ranging from 0 to 31% (mean 16%). rIFN-gamma is a potent immunostimulating agent, but the clinical experience of its use is limited and results are conflicting. In a phase II study with the combination of rIFN-alpha 2c (Boehringer Ingelheim) and rIFN-gamma (Genentech, supplied by Boehringer Ingelheim) in 31 eligible patients, a response rate of 25% was recorded. Based on this observation a randomised phase III study was initiated to investigate the possible advantage of the addition rIFN-gamma to rIFN-alpha 2c treatment. Treatment consisted of rIFN-alpha 2c 30 micrograms m-2 = 10 x 10(6) IU m-2 s.c. twice weekly in arm A and the same dose of rIFN-alpha combined with rIFN-gamma 100 micrograms m-2 = 2 x 10(6) IU m-2 in arm B. Eligibility criteria included documented progression of disease; patients with bone lesions only and overt central nervous system metastases were excluded. Between November 1988 and September 1990, 102 patients were entered into the study. An interim analysis showed a response in 7/53 (13%) patients (two CRs and five PRs) in the rIFN-alpha 2c monotherapy arm and in 2/45 (4%) (one CR and one PR) patients in the combination arm. This difference was not statistically significant (P = 0.17). The probability of missing an eventual 10% advantage for the combination is 0.001. The numbers are insufficient to rule out a negative effect of the addition of rIFN-gamma. The dose intensity of IFN-alpha 2c for the two treatment arms was the same. The addition of rIFN-gamma does not improve the response rate of rIFN-alpha 2c monotherapy. A possible detrimental effect cannot be excluded. PMID:7841054

  1. Isolation and characterization of a new mutant human cell line unresponsive to alpha and beta interferons.

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    John, J; McKendry, R; Pellegrini, S; Flavell, D; Kerr, I M; Stark, G R

    1991-08-01

    Previously we described human cell line 2fTGH, in which expression of guanine phosphoribosyltransferase is tightly controlled by the upstream region of interferon (IFN)-stimulated human gene 6-16. After mutagenesis of 2fTGH and selection with 6-thioguanine and IFN-alpha, we isolated 11.1, a recessive mutant that does not respond to IFN-alpha. We now describe U2, a second recessive mutant, selected similarly, that complements 11.1. U2 had no response to IFN-alpha or IFN-beta, and its response to IFN-gamma was partially defective. Although many genes did respond to IFN-gamma in U2, the 9-27 gene did not and the antiviral response of U2 cells to IFN-gamma was greatly reduced. Band shift assays showed that none of the transcription factors normally induced in 2fTGH cells by IFN-alpha (E and M) or IFN-gamma (G) were induced in U2. However, extracts of untreated U2 cells gave rise to a novel band that was increased by treatment with IFN-gamma but not IFN-alpha. Band shift complementation assays revealed that untreated and IFN-gamma-treated U2 cells lack the functional E gamma subunit of transcription factor E and that IFN-alpha-treated U2 cells do contain the functional E alpha subunit.

  2. Anti-viral effect of interferon-alpha on bovine viral diarrhea virus.

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    Sentsui, H; Takami, R; Nishimori, T; Murakami, K; Yokoyama, T; Yokomizo, Y

    1998-12-01

    To get basic information to control persistent virus infection among domestic animals by cytokines, the antiviral activity of four natural human cytokines against bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) was evaluated. Normal bovine peripheral blood mononuclear leukocytes (PBML) and fetal bovine muscular cells (FBMC) were treated with varying doses of human interferon (IFN)-alpha, IFN-gamma, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha and TNF-beta. The antiviral activity in treated cells was measured by the titration of virus infectivity in comparison with non-treated controls. IFN-alpha significantly suppressed virus growth in both PBML and FBMC. The growth of two cytopathogenic and two noncytopathogenic strains was suppressed in the presence of more than 10(3) u/ml of IFN-alpha. Addition of either TNF-alpha or TNF-beta to IFN-alpha did not potentiate the suppressive effect. IFN-alpha also suppressed the replication of BVDV in PBML from cattle persistently infected with BVDV.

  3. Interferon-γ Protects from Staphylococcal Alpha Toxin-Induced Keratinocyte Death through Apolipoprotein L1.

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    Brauweiler, Anne M; Goleva, Elena; Leung, Donald Y M

    2016-03-01

    Staphylococcus aureus is a bacterial pathogen that frequently infects the skin, causing lesions and cell destruction through its primary virulence factor, alpha toxin. Here we show that interferon gamma (IFN-?) protects human keratinocytes from cell death induced by staphylococcal alpha toxin. We find that IFN-? prevents alpha toxin binding and reduces expression of the alpha toxin receptor, a disintegrin and metalloproteinase 10 (ADAM10). We determine that the mechanism for IFN-?-mediated resistance to alpha toxin involves the induction of autophagy, a process of cellular adaptation to sublethal damage. We find that IFN-? potently stimulates activation of the primary autophagy effector, light chain 3 (LC3). This process is dependent on upregulation of apolipoprotein L1. Depletion of apolipoprotein L1 by small interfering RNA significantly increases alpha toxin-induced lethality and inhibits activation of light chain 3. We conclude that IFN-? plays a significant role in protecting human keratinocytes from the lethal effects of staphylococcal alpha toxin through apolipoprotein L1-induced autophagy.

  4. Interferon alpha-2a interactions on glass vial surfaces measured by atomic force microscopy.

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    Schwarzenbach, Monica S; Reimann, Peter; Thommen, Verena; Hegner, Martin; Mumenthaler, Marco; Schwob, Jacky; Güntherodt, Hans-Joachim

    2002-01-01

    Atomic force microscopy was used to study adsorption and adhesion peculiarities of interferon alpha-2a on glass and mica surfaces. The specific protein adsorption behavior as a function of the pH value was illustrated on mica by single molecule imaging, while adhesion forces between interferon molecules and inner surfaces of borosilicate glass vials were measured directly under aqueous buffer conditions by force microscopy. We found that the adhesion force on Schott FIOLAX Type I plus was reduced by 40% of the total adhesion force measured on Schott FIOLAX, a standard type I borosilicate glass quality. These results reflect the anticipated superiority of the special "Type I plus" coating over undesired protein adsorption to glass. In addition, this study gives insight into a new method to predict unintended protein adsorption to glass container walls and to characterize the adsorption process by force measurement.

  5. Lymphoblastoid interferon-alpha inhibits T cell proliferation and expression of eosinophil-activating cytokines.

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    Krishnaswamy, G; Smith, J K; Srikanth, S; Chi, D S; Kalbfleisch, J H; Huang, S K

    1996-10-01

    T cell-derived cytokines, such as interleukin-5 (IL-5) and granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) activate eosinophils, whereas other cytokines, such as tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha and IL-13, determine eosinophil recruitment. Interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha), a leukocyte-derived cytokine, has been shown to have beneficial effects in eosinophil-mediated disorders, such as the hypereosinophilic syndrome and a murine model of allergic asthma, where it inhibited eosinophil recruitment. We tested the hypothesis that IFN-alpha acted in eosinophil-mediated disorders by modulating T cell cytokine expression. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) or human ragweed-specific TH1 (2B8) and TH2 (2D2) T cell clones were cultured in the presence of 5 micrograms/ml of phytohemagglutinin (PHA) or 25 micrograms/ml of antigen Amb a 1 (short ragweed allergen), respectively, and lymphoblastoid IFN-alpha (varying from 0 to 10,000 U/ml). We assessed T cell proliferation by [3H]thymidine incorporation and production of IL-5 and GM-CSF by ELISA. Expression of cytokine transcripts was analyzed by the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction technique (RT-PCR). IFN-alpha induced a dose-dependent suppression of T cell proliferation of both PBMC (p < 0.001) and the T cell clones (p < 0.001). IFN-alpha inhibited gene expression of IL-5, GM-CSF, TNF-alpha, and IL-13 in PBMC. Furthermore, IFN-alpha significantly inhibited mitogen-induced and antigen-induced production of IL-5 and GM-CSF. IFN-alpha may benefit eosinophil-mediated disorders by inhibiting T cell function and production of cytokines active on human eosinophils.

  6. Chloroquine modulates HIV-1-induced plasmacytoid dendritic cell alpha interferon: implication for T-cell activation.

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    Martinson, Jeffrey A; Montoya, Carlos J; Usuga, Xiomara; Ronquillo, Rollie; Landay, Alan L; Desai, Seema N

    2010-02-01

    Plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDC) contribute to antiviral immunity mainly through recognition of microbial products and viruses via intracellular Toll-like receptor 7 (TLR7) or TLR9, resulting in the production of type I interferons (IFNs). Although interferons reduce the viral burden in the acute phase of infection, their role in the chronic phase is unclear. The presence of elevated plasma IFN-alpha levels in advanced HIV disease and its association with microbial translocation in chronic HIV infection lead us to hypothesize that IFN-alpha could contribute to immune activation. Blocking of IFN-alpha production using chloroquine, an endosomal inhibitor, was tested in a novel in vitro model system with the aim of characterizing the effects of chloroquine on HIV-1-mediated TLR signaling, IFN-alpha production, and T-cell activation. Our results indicate that chloroquine blocks TLR-mediated activation of pDC and MyD88 signaling, as shown by decreases in the levels of the downstream signaling molecules IRAK-4 and IRF-7 and by inhibition of IFN-alpha synthesis. Chloroquine decreased CD8 T-cell activation induced by aldrithiol-2-treated HIV-1 in peripheral blood mononuclear cell cultures. In addition to blocking pDC activation, chloroquine also blocked negative modulators of the T-cell response, such as indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) and programmed death ligand 1 (PDL-1). Our results indicate that TLR stimulation and production of IFN-alpha by pDC contribute to immune activation and that blocking of these pathways using chloroquine may interfere with events contributing to HIV pathogenesis. Our results suggests that a safe, well-tolerated drug such as chloroquine can be proposed as an adjuvant therapeutic candidate along with highly active antiretroviral therapy to control immune activation in HIV-1 infection.

  7. Prospective randomized comparison of dacarbazine (DTIC) versus DTIC plus interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha) in metastatic melanoma.

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    Young, A M; Marsden, J; Goodman, A; Burton, A; Dunn, J A

    2001-01-01

    Dacarbazine (DTIC) has been the mainstay of chemotherapy for metastatic melanoma for over two decades, but only 15%-20% of patients respond and benefit is usually transient. Randomized studies combining DTIC with interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha) in advanced disease have so far been inconclusive in terms of response and survival. We report a randomized prospective pilot Phase III trial of DTIC +IFN-alpha in patients with metastatic melanoma. The primary endpoint was death. A total of 61 patients were randomized between April 1995 and April 1998. Differences in survival between groups were assessed using log-rank analysis. Quality of life was measured using the European Organization for Research on Treatment of Cancer QLQ C30 (+3) questionnaire. Fifty-seven patients died during the study. The median survival for patients receiving DTIC was 7.2 months (95% confidence interval (CI) 4.4-9.0); it was 4.8 months for DTIC + IFN-alpha (95% CI 2.0-8.0). There was no significant difference in survival between the two treatment arms (chi2 unadjusted = 0.15, P = 0.70; chi2 adjusted = 0.01, P = 0.91). The 6-month survival of those patients randomized to DTIC alone was 58% compared with 40% for those patients randomized to DTIC + IFN-alpha. There were no differences in quality of life between treatment groups. This study failed to demonstrate a survival benefit for patients receiving IFN-alpha in combination with DTIC. These results are inconclusive primarily owing to the small size of the trial. A meta-analysis is required to determine whether there is a role for the addition of IFN-alpha to DTIC in the treatment of this disease.

  8. Effects of interferon-alpha monotherapy on hepatic drug metabolism in cancer patients.

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    Israel, B C; Blouin, R A; McIntyre, W; Shedlofsky, S I

    1993-01-01

    1. The influence of interferon-alpha (IFN alpha) on the clearances of theophylline (TH), antipyrine (AP) and hexobarbitone (HB) was studied in seven cancer patients given IFN alpha as their only treatment. In addition, IFN alpha effects on drug clearance were correlated with changes in serum inflammatory cytokines and acute phase proteins. 2. A 'baseline' study was performed by administering an oral drug 'cocktail' of TH (150 mg), AP (250 mg) and HB (250 mg) with saline injected simultaneously and again 24 h later. One week later, an 'acute' study was performed at the initiation of IFN alpha therapy, 3 x 10(6) units injected with the drug cocktail and again 24 h later. After 2 weeks of IFN alpha treatment three times per week, a 'chronic' study was performed with IFN alpha injected the day prior to, simultaneously with, as well as 24 h after the drug cocktail. 3. Plasma samples were collected over 48 h and the clearances of TH, AP and HB were estimated. Serum samples were collected at various times for the measurement of tumor necrosis factor (TNF), interleukin-1 (IL-1), interleukin-6 (IL-6), C-reactive protein (C-RP) and alpha 1-acid glycoprotein (AGP). 4. IFN alpha caused a 33% decrease in the oral clearance of TH during the chronic study compared with baseline (P < or = 0.05). Although IFN alpha inhibited TH clearance by 16% during the acute study and AP clearance by 20-21% during both acute and chronic studies, these changes did not reach statistical significance. IFN alpha caused minimal changes in HB clearance. There were no chronic effects of IFN alpha on serum cytokines or acute phase proteins. 5. The findings confirm that the most commonly used dose of IFN alpha inhibits the hepatic clearance in humans of some but not all drugs and that this inhibition persists during IFN alpha therapy. Because inhibition was not associated with increases in serum cytokines or acute phase proteins, the mechanism by which IFN alpha inhibits cytochrome P450 activities in

  9. A slow release formulation for recombinant bovine interferon alpha I-1.

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    Hughes, H P; Rossow, S; Campos, M; Rossi-Campos, A; Janssen, S; Godson, D L; Daflon, B; Voirol, M J; Gerber, C; Babiuk, L A

    1994-01-01

    Recombinant bovine interferon-alpha I1 (rBoIFN-alpha) has known antiviral and immunomodulatory effects which have been exploited to reduce clinical disease in a number of clinical situations including bovine respiratory diseases. A slow release rBoIFN-alpha formulation may be of value to reduce bovine respiratory disease under field conditions by extending the period of protection, and hence improving the prophylactic benefits of rBoIFN-alpha. In this report, we describe a formulation of rBoIFN-alpha in sesame oil containing calcium stearate which can successfully sustain the release of rBoIFN-alpha over an 8-day period. Recombinant bovine IFN-alpha could be measured in serum for 8 days following treatment with an initial burst of release 6 h after injection. After a single subcutaneous depot injection of 50 mg and 100 mg of rBoIFN-alpha, initial serum levels reached 12-15 ng/ml and 25 ng/ml respectively. Correlating with this burst of release, there was a decrease in the number of circulating CD4-CD8- gamma delta+ T lymphocytes, and a slight neutropenia. No alterations in other cell phenotypes tested (CD4, CD8, CD2, CD6, B cells, monocytes or MHC class II) were observed, nor were there changes in lymphokine activated killer (LAK), natural killer (NK) cell activity, or oxygen radical formation (assessed by reduction of nitroblue tetrazolium). However, despite the rapid and short-lived burst of rBoIFN-alpha, levels of 2-5 oligoadenylate (2-5 A) synthetase remained elevated for 8 days. The sustained increase of 2-5 A synthetase was not due to the high initial dose released during the burst 6-12 h after injection, since injection of a bioavailable equivalent dose of interferon induced a significant rise in 2-5 A synthetase activity for 4 days only. As 2-5 A synthetase is known to be a correlate of antiviral activity, we propose that this formulation of rBoIFN-alpha may be one approach to increase the window of protection, leading to more effective prevention of bovine

  10. Control of islet intercellular adhesion molecule-1 expression by interferon-alpha and hypoxia.

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    Chakrabarti, D; Huang, X; Beck, J; Henrich, J; McFarland, N; James, R F; Stewart, T A

    1996-10-01

    The ability of interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha) to induce the adhesion molecules that characterize the islets of patients with type I diabetes has been investigated. We have found that all tested recombinant IFN-as will induce major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I on arterial endothelial cells. Some but not all IFN-as will induce intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1). However, there is only a transient and modest increase in VCAM on arterial endothelial cells. IFN-alpha has very little effect on endothelial MHC class II expression but will induce these proteins on monocytes. Thus, there is a close concordance between the biological actions of IFN-alpha and the appearance of those adhesion molecules induced in the islets of patients with type I diabetes. IFN-alpha is also produced in normal human islets during short-term cultures, probably as a result of the ischemia present at the center of the islet. This induction of IFN-alpha by hypoxia may explain the previously reported spontaneous induction of ICAM-1 in human islets and may also be a contributing factor to the failure of islet grafts.

  11. [Expression of interferon alpha family gene of Chinese marmot in eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells].

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    Lu, Yin-ping; Wang, Bao-ju; Huang, Hong-ping; Tian, Yong-jun; Yang, Yan; Dong, Ji-hua; Lu, Meng-ji; Yang, Dong-liang

    2006-02-01

    To investigate the function of interferon alpha (IFNalpha) in a Chinese marmot model of hepatitis B, we expressed the Chinese marmot (Marmota himalayana) IFNalpha family gene (IFNA) in eukaryotic cells and prokaryotic cells. Eukaryotic and prokaryotic expression plasmids harboring Chinese marmot interferon alpha gene with different genotypes were generated using molecular cloning technology. We detected the biological activity of all expression products by viral protection assay, and analyzed their differences and species restriction of the biological activity. The Chinese marmot functional genotype IFNalpha was expressed in the baby hamster kidney (BHK) cell line, and these products protected WH12/6 cells challenged by encephalomyocarditis virus (EMCV). The Chinese marmot IFN-alpha5 also expressed in E. Coli induced by IPTG, and purified fusion protein had antiviral biological activity. The biologic activity displayed differences among different subtype IFNalpha, and it had strict species restriction. The IFNalpha family gene of the Chinese marmot can be expressed in both eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells, and the expression products show antiviral activity in a protection assay. This study provides, for the first time, evidence that IFNalpha from the Chinese marmot has an antiviral function in vitro and can be used to improve the efficacy of current therapies for HBV infection in our Chinese marmot model.

  12. Thymosin-alpha 1 plus interferon-alpha for naive patients with chronic hepatitis C: results of a randomized controlled pilot trial.

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    Andreone, P; Gramenzi, A; Cursaro, C; Felline, F; Loggi, E; D'Errico, A; Spinosa, M; Lorenzini, S; Biselli, M; Bernardi, M

    2004-01-01

    In this pilot study, we evaluated the efficacy of interferon-alpha (IFN) plus Thymosin-alpha 1 (TA1) to that of IFN alone in naive patients with chronic hepatitis C. Twenty-two patients were randomized to receive interferon-alpha 2b (3 million units three times a week) plus thymosin-alpha l (900 microg/m2 body surface area) and 19 received interferon-alpha 2b alone at the same dose. Patients were treated for 6 months and followed up for another 6 months. Biochemical (alanine aminotransferase values) and virological (hepatitis C virus-RNA) responses to treatment were determined. Combination treatment showed significantly higher efficacy than monotherapy in achieving virological end-of-treatment response (P = 0.03). At 6-month follow up, the sustained biochemical and virological response was not different between the two groups. Our results indicate that the immune modulator TA1 may enhance the end-of-treatment response in naive patients with chronic hepatitis C. Higher doses and/ore more prolonged courses as well as the association with new interferon formulation such as pegylated interferons could improve the sustained response rates to this treatment.

  13. Rapid progression to cardiac tamponade in Erdheim-Chester disease despite treatment with interferon alpha.

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    Nakhleh, Afif; Slobodin, Gleb; Elias, Nizar; Bejar, Jacob; Odeh, Majed

    2016-07-01

    Erdheim-Chester disease (ECD) is a rare form of non-Langerhans histiocytosis with heterogeneous clinical manifestations. The most common presentation is bone pains typically involving the long bones. Approximately 75% of the patients develop extraskeletal involvement. Cardiac involvement is seen in up to 45% of the patients, and although, pericardial involvement is the most common cardiac pathology of this rare disease, cardiac tamponade due to ECD has been very rarely reported. We describe a case of a patient found to have ECD with multi-organ involvement and small pericardial effusion, which progressed to cardiac tamponade despite treatment with interferon alpha.

  14. Effects of interferon-gamma and tumor necrosis factor-alpha on macrophage enzyme levels

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    Pierangeli, Silvia S.; Sonnenfeld, Gerald

    1989-01-01

    Murine peritoneal macrophages were treated with interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) or tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF). Measurements of changes in acid phosphatase and beta-glucuronidase levels were made as an indication of activation by cytokine treatment. IFN-gamma or TNF-gamma treatment resulted in a significant increase in the activities of both enzymes measured in the cell lysates. This increase was observable after 6 h of incubation, but reached its maximum level after 24 h of incubation. The effect of the treatment of the cell with both cytokines together was additive. No synergistic effect of addition of both cytokines on the enzyme levels was observed.

  15. Effects of interferon-gamma and tumor necrosis factor-alpha on macrophage enzyme levels

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    Pierangeli, Silvia S.; Sonnenfeld, Gerald

    1989-01-01

    Murine peritoneal macrophages were treated with interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) or tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF). Measurements of changes in acid phosphatase and beta-glucuronidase levels were made as an indication of activation by cytokine treatment. IFN-gamma or TNF-gamma treatment resulted in a significant increase in the activities of both enzymes measured in the cell lysates. This increase was observable after 6 h of incubation, but reached its maximum level after 24 h of incubation. The effect of the treatment of the cell with both cytokines together was additive. No synergistic effect of addition of both cytokines on the enzyme levels was observed.

  16. Association of Interferon Alpha Receptor 1 with sustained virological response in hepatitis C and B co-infected patients.

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    Asim, Maleha; Rashid, Amir; Majeed, Asifa; Wahid, Maryam; Razak, Suhail; Jamil, Aneela

    2017-07-01

    To determine the association of interferon alpha receptor-1 with success rate of interferon therapy in patients co-infected with hepatitis C virus and hepatitis B virus. The study was conducted at the Army Medical College, Rawalpindi, Pakistan, from December 2013 to November 2014, and comprised patients with hepatitis C and hepatitis B co-infection. The patients were treated with pegylated-interferon-2b plus ribavirin therapy for six months. With respect to interferon therapy, patients with undetectable hepatitis C virus-ribonucleic acid along with normal alanine aminotransferase were considered responders and patients with detectable hepatitis C virus-ribonucleic acid at week 48 were considered as non-responders. SPSS 20 was used for data analysis. Of the 86 patients, there were 50(58%) males and 36(42%) females. The presence of high pre-treatment interferon alpha receptors 1-messenger ribonucleic acid in peripheral blood mononuclear cells was significantly associated with sustained virological response (85.7% vs. 64.7%, P = 0.031). Multiple regression analysis showed that females (p < 0.001), lower hepatitis C virus-ribonucleic acid levels (p < 0.001) and lower hepatitis B virus-deoxyribonucleic acid levels (p < 0.001) were associated with expression level of interferon alpha receptors 1 in the co-infected patients. Interferon alpha receptors 1-messenger ribonucleic acid may be useful for predicting response to interferon plus ribavirin therapy in hepatitis C virus/ hepatitis B virus co-infected patients who were females with lower hepatitis C virus-ribonucleic acid and hepatitis B virus-deoxyribonucleic acid levels.

  17. In situ precipitation and vacuum drying of interferon alpha-2a: development of a single-step process for obtaining dry, stable protein formulation.

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    Kumar, Vineet; Sharma, Vikas K; Kalonia, Devendra S

    2009-01-21

    Feasibility studies were performed to develop a process for obtaining stable dry protein formulations based on in situ polyethylene glycol (PEG)-induced precipitation and vacuum drying of interferon alpha-2a (IFNalpha2a) solution in a vial. Using a laboratory scale freeze dryer, the process was carried out in two phases: first, protein solution containing PEG was concentrated to achieve protein precipitation, and second, remaining water was removed by further reducing the chamber pressure. Drying conditions, i.e. temperature and pressure, and solution composition were selected to ensure maximal precipitation (solubility of IFNalpha2a), to achieve precipitation without boiling, and to ensure stability. Dried formulations were subjected to stability studies (40 degrees C). Concentration and precipitation could be achieved at a fast rate by utilizing pressures slightly above the vapor pressure of water. Fluorescence and circular dichroism (CD) studies showed that precipitated IFNalpha2a maintained its native structure. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) studies showed that IFNalpha2a when dried in the presence of trehalose, maintained its secondary structure. Trehalose also prevented formation of aggregates during drying. Moisture contents of 1% (w/w) were achieved within 48 h of drying. Dry formulation containing 1:20:100 (w/w) IFNalpha2a:trehalose:mannitol was stable against aggregation and oxidation (6% oxidized at 40 degrees C, 6 months). Stability profile was comparable to a similar lyophilized formulation.

  18. Emerging Therapies for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus - Focus on Targeting Interferon-alpha

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    Lichtman, Eben I.; Helfgott, Simon M.; Kriegel, Martin A.

    2012-01-01

    Current therapies for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), a debilitating, potentially lethal, multifactorial systemic autoimmune disease, are limited to suppressing disease activity and are associated with multiple adverse effects. Recent advances in basic and translational sciences have elucidated a crucial role for the interferon-alpha (IFNα) pathway in the pathogenesis of this enigmatic disease. The so-called “type I interferon signature” has emerged as a major risk factor for disease activity of SLE. Multiple genes encoding for molecules within the type I interferon pathway have been associated with SLE in genome wide association studies. In addition, innate immune receptors are thought to be triggered by either endogenous and/or exogenous stimuli that lead to hypersecretion of IFNα. We review the multiple emerging treatment strategies targeting IFNα-related pathways. These include monoclonal antibodies against IFNα, anti-IFNα antibody-inducing vaccines, and inhibitors of toll-like receptors. We also summarize the current status of these pharmaceutical agents in early clinical trials. PMID:22525889

  19. In vitro and in vivo studies of the Interferon-alpha action on distinct Orthobunyavirus.

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    Livonesi, Márcia Cristina; de Sousa, Ricardo Luiz Moro; Badra, Soraya Jabur; Figueiredo, Luiz Tadeu Moraes

    2007-08-01

    Oropouche, Caraparu, Guama, Guaroa and Tacaiuma viruses (Orthobunyavirus genus) cause human febrile illnesses and/or encephalitis. To achieve a therapeutical agent to prevent and/or treat these diseases we evaluated the antiviral action of Interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha) on these orthobunyaviruses. In vitro results showed that all the studied orthobunyaviruses are susceptible to antiviral action of IFN-alpha, but this susceptibility is limited and dependent on both concentration of drug and treatment period. In vivo results demonstrated that IFN-alpha present antiviral action on Oropouche and Guaroa viruses when used as a prophylactic treatment. Moreover, a treatment initiated 3h after infection prevented the death of Guaroa virus infected-mice. Additionally, mortality of mice was related to the migration and replication of viruses in their brains. Our results suggest that IFN-alpha could be potentially useful in the prevention of diseases caused by Oropouche virus and in the prevention and/or treatment of diseases caused by Guaroa virus.

  20. Late onset autoimmune thrombocytopenia associated with pegylated interferon-alpha-2b plus ribavirin treatment for chronic hepatitis C.

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    Elefsiniotis, Ioannis S; Pantazis, Konstantinos D; Fotos, Nikolaos V; Moulakakis, Antonios; Mavrogiannis, Christos

    2006-03-01

    Interferon-induced, immune-mediated, thrombocytopenia is a rare event. In this report the case is described of development of severe, reversible, autoimmune thrombocytopenia in a patient with chronic hepatitis C virus infection, 6 months after the discontinuation of pegylated interferon-alpha-2b plus ribavirin treatment. Physicians must be aware that autoimmune thrombocytopenia can occur even after the end of treatment, as a late onset complication, especially when using the pegylated forms of interferons, which have longer half-lives and prolonged activity.

  1. Addition of pentoxifylline to pegylated interferon-alpha-2a and ribavirin improves sustained virological response to chronic hepatitis C virus: a randomized clinical trial.

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    Jiménez-Luévano, Miguel Ángel; Lerma-Díaz, José Manuel; Hernández-Flores, Georgina; Jiménez-Partida, Miguel Ángel; Bravo-Cuellar, Alejandro

    2013-01-01

    The commonly accepted treatment for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, pegylated interferon alpha (PEG INF-alpha) and ribavirin, leads to 50-60% of sustained virological response (SVR). On the other hand, pentoxifylline (PTX) possesses antiviral and hepatoprotector properties. To investigate whether the addition of PTX to conventional hepatitis C treatment increases SVR. Seventy two patients of both genders were studied in a randomized fashion; the diagnosis of chronic HCV infection was made according to clinical and laboratory criteria and histopathologically classified according to METAVIR scoring system criteria. HCV viral load was tested by PCR, baseline, and after 6 months of treatment, as well as anti-HCV, anti-hepatitis B virus , and anti-human immunodeficiency virus antibodies by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. During 48 weeks, control group patients were treated with PEG INF-alpha- 2a plus ribavirin. PTX was administered to Experimental Group patients prior to the treatment. Demographic data were similar in both groups. Experimental- and control-group subjects were at F2 and F3 states according to the METAVIR classification. The most common HCV genotypes were 1a and 1b (39% in the control group in each case, and 42% in the experimental group in each case). At the end of the study, hepatic enzymes and viral load decreased in both groups to similar values. SVR in the experimental group increased significantly (p < 0.05) when compared with standard therapy alone. Addition of PTX to conventional chronic hepatitis C treatment may increase the percentage of patients with SVR.

  2. Decreased delta sleep ratio and elevated alpha power predict vulnerability to depression during interferon-alpha treatment.

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    Lotrich, Francis E; Germain, Anne

    2015-02-01

    Although poor sleep accompanies depression, it is unknown which specific sleep abnormalities precede depression. This is similarly the case for depression developing during interferon-α (IFN-α) therapy. Because vulnerability becomes evident in those who slept poorly before IFN-α, we prospectively determined which specific aspect of sleep could predict subsequent depression. Two nights of polysomnography with quantitative electroencephalogram (EEG) were obtained in 24 adult, euthymic subjects--all subsequently treated with IFN-α for hepatitis C. Every 2 weeks, a Beck Depression Inventory-II (BDI-II) score was obtained, and the maximal increase in BDI-II from pre-treatment baseline--excluding the sleep question--was determined. The delta sleep ratio (DSR; an index of early-night restorative delta power) was inversely associated with BDI-II increases (p<0.01), as was elevated alpha power (8-12 Hz; p<0.001). Both delta (0.5-4 Hz) and alpha power exhibited high between-night correlations (r=0.83 and 0.92, respectively). In mixed-effect repeated-measure analyses, there was an interaction between alpha power and DSR (p<0.001)--subjects with low alpha power and elevated DSR were resilient to developing depression. Most other sleep parameters--including total sleep time and percentage of time in slow wave sleep--were not associated with subsequent changes in depression. Both high DSR and low alpha power may be specific indices of resilience. As most other aspects of sleep were not associated with resilience or vulnerability, sleep interventions to prevent depression may need to specifically target these specific sleep parameters.

  3. Cryoglobulinemia in chronic hepatitis C: clinical aspects and response to treatment with interferon alpha and ribavirin.

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    Parise, Edison Roberto; de Oliveira, Ana Cláudia; Ferraz, Maria Lúcia; Pereira, Aparecido Bernardo; Leite, Kátia Ramos

    2007-01-01

    The main extra-hepatic manifestation of hepatitis C is mixed cryoglobulinemia (MC). The aim of this study was to evaluate its prevalence among patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC), to correlate its presence to host and virological variables and to the response to combined therapy with interferon-alpha and ribavirin. 202 CHC naive patients (136 with chronic hepatitis and 66 with cirrhosis) were consecutively evaluated for the presence of cryoglobulins. Cryoprecipitates were characterized by immunoelectrophoresis and classified according to the Brouet's criteria. The prevalence of MC was 27% (54/202), and 24% of them (13/54) showed major clinical manifestation of the disease. Even though type III MC was more frequent (78%), symptomatic MC was more common in type II MC. The presence of cirrhosis (RR=2.073; IC95%=1.029-4.179; p=0.041), and age of the patients (RR=1.035; IC95%=1.008-1.062; p=0.01) were independently associated with the presence of cryoglobulins. No relationship was found with viral load and genotype. 102 patients were treated with interferon alpha and ribavirin. Among these, 31 had MC. Sustained virological response (around 30%) was similar in patients with and without MC (p=0.971). MC represents a prevalent complication in patients with CHC, specially older and cirrhotic patients. Only 24% of these patients show clinical manifestation of the disease, specially those with type II MC. The presence of MC did not affect the response to therapy.

  4. A new mass-spectrometric C-terminal sequencing technique finds a similarity between gamma-interferon and alpha 2-interferon and identifies a proteolytically clipped gamma-interferon that retains full antiviral activity.

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    Rose, K; Simona, M G; Offord, R E; Prior, C P; Otto, B; Thatcher, D R

    1983-01-01

    A novel mass-spectrometric technique is described that permits the identification of the C-terminal peptide of a protein. The technique involves the incorporation of 18O into all alpha-carboxy groups liberated during enzyme-catalysed partial hydrolysis of the protein, followed by mass spectrometry to identify as the C-terminal peptide the only peptide that did not incorporate any 18O. The technique has been used to identify the true C-terminal tryptic peptide of a bacterially produced gamma-interferon and to distinguish it from a peptide produced by anomalous tryptic cleavage. It was found that a closely similar sequence segment of bacterially produced alpha 2-interferon undergoes an analogous cleavage. The technique was also used to identify the C-terminus of a clipped gamma-interferon that retains full antiviral activity. PMID:6418141

  5. Regulation by interferon alpha of immunoglobulin isotype selection and lymphokine production in mice

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    1991-01-01

    Antigens and infectious agents that stimulate interferon alpha(IFN- alpha) production in mice induce antibody responses that are predominantly of the immunoglobulin (Ig)G2a isotype and contain little or no IgE. This suggested the possibility that IFN-alpha might have a role in directing Ig isotype selection. Consistent with this possibility, we have found that injection of mice with recombinant mouse IFN-alpha suppresses IgE secretion, enhances IgG2a secretion, and has no independent effect on IgG1 secretion in mice stimulated with a foreign anti-IgD antibody. Injection of mice with polyinosinic acid.polycytidylic acid (poly I.C), an inducer of macrophage IFN-alpha production, also suppresses the anti-IgD antibody-induced IgE response and stimulates the IgG2a response; these effects are blocked by a sheep antibody that neutralizes mouse IFN-alpha/beta. Both recombinant IFN- alpha and poly I.C have maximum IgE suppressive and IgG2a stimulatory effects when injected early in the anti-IgD antibody-induced immune response. Addition of IFN-alpha to mouse B cells cultured with lipopolysaccharide (LPS) + interleukin 4 (IL-4) suppresses both IgG1 and IgE production, but much less potently than IFN-gamma. IFN-alpha suppresses anti-IgD antibody-induced increases in the level of splenic IL-4 mRNA, but enhances the anti-IgD antibody-induced increase in the splenic level of IFN-gamma mRNA. These results are consistent with the effect of IFN-alpha on Ig isotype expression in mice, as IL-4 stimulates IgE and suppresses IgG2a secretion while IFN-gamma exerts opposite effects. These observations suggest that antigen presenting cells, by secreting IFN-alpha early in the course of an immune response, can influence the nature of that response both through direct effects on B cells and by influencing the differentiation of T cells. PMID:1940796

  6. Preparation of bioactive interferon alpha-loaded polysaccharide nanoparticles using a new approach of temperature-induced water phase/water-phase emulsion.

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    Liu, Guang; Xu, Dong; Jiang, Mier; Yuan, Weien

    2012-01-01

    The aim of this study was to develop a temperature-induced polyethylene glycol (PEG) water phase/polysaccharide water-phase emulsion approach for preparing interferon alpha-2b (IFNα-2b)-loaded polysaccharide nanoparticles. IFNα-2b was first added to a mixture of an aqueous solution of PEG and polysaccharide. The mixture solution was stirred in a magnetic stirrer at a rate of 2000 rpm for 45 seconds at 0°C ± 0.5°C. The solution was then prefrozen at different temperatures. The polysaccharide and IFNα-2b partitioned in the polysaccharide phase were preferentially separated out as the dispersed phase from the mixture solution during the prefreezing process. Then the prefrozen sample was freeze-dried to powder form. In order to remove the PEG, the powder was washed with dichloromethane. Once IFNα-2b was loaded into the polysaccharide nanoparticles, these nanoparticles could gain resistance to vapor-water and water-oil interfaces to protect IFNα-2b. The antiviral activity of the polysaccharide nanoparticles in vitro was highly preserved (above 97%), while the antiviral activity of IFNα-2b-loaded polysaccharide nanoparticles using the control water-in-oil-in-water method was only 71%. The antiviral activity of the IFNα-2b from blood samples was also determined on the basis of the activity to inhibit the cytopathic effects of the Sindbis virus on Follicular Lymphoma cells (FL). The antiviral activity in vivo was also highly preserved (above 97%). These polysaccharide nanoparticles could be processed to different formulations according to clinical requirements.

  7. Interaction of interferon alpha therapy with thyroid function tests in the management of hepatitis C: a case report.

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    Gill, Gurmit; Bajwa, Hammad; Strouhal, Peter; Buch, Harit N

    2016-09-15

    Interferon alpha is a widely used therapeutic agent in the treatment of hepatitis C virus infection. Clinical thyroid disease is seen in nearly 15 % of patients receiving interferon alpha for hepatitis C virus infection. The mechanism of thyroid dysfunction with interferon alpha is either autoimmune or inflammatory. We report a case of young woman who developed biphasic thyroid dysfunction posing a diagnostic challenge, while receiving interferon alpha treatment for hepatitis C virus infection. A 29-year-old, Caucasian woman with type 1 diabetes and hepatitis C virus infection was referred with hyperthyroidism, while she was at 17 weeks of a planned 24-week course of interferon alpha therapy. A laboratory investigation revealed a thyroid stimulation hormone level of 0.005 mU/L (0.350-4.94), free thyroxine of 45.6 pmol/L (9.0-19.0) and free tri-iodothyronine of 12.6 pmol/L (2.6-5.7). She had a mild neutropenia and alanine aminotransferase at double the reference value. Her thyroid peroxidase antibody level was 497 ku/L (<5.6) and thyroid inhibitory factor 7 IU/L (>1.8 iu/l is positive). Thyroid scintigraphy with technetium99 scan confirmed a normal-sized thyroid gland with diffuse but normal overall uptake. A diagnosis of interferon alpha-triggered autoimmune hyperthyroidism as opposed to an inflammatory thyroiditis was made. She was offered radioactive iodine therapy, as thionamides were considered inappropriate in view of her liver disease and mild neutropenia. Due to our patient's personal circumstances, radioactive iodine therapy was delayed by 8 weeks and her thyrotoxic symptoms were controlled with beta-blockers alone. A repeat thyroid function test, 4 weeks post treatment with interferon alpha, indicated spontaneous conversion to hypothyroidism with a thyroid stimulation hormone level of 100 mU/L, free thyroxine of 5.2 pmol/L and free tri-iodothyronine of 1.7 pmol/L. She subsequently received levothyroxine for 4 months only and had remained euthyroid for the

  8. Interferon-alpha2b may impair myelinization of rat optic nerve.

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    Mehmet, Atila; Yilmaz, Nejat; Zorludemir, Suzan; Güleryüz, Adil; Acoskun, Banu; Haciyakupoglu, Gülhan M

    2006-01-01

    This story investigated the effects of interferon-alpha-2b (IFN-alpha2b) on the optic nerves of 17 adult male Wistar albino rats. Animals were divided into 3 groups: 6 rats (group 1) received 7.5 units (5 mIU/m2) IFN-alpha2b-a normal treatment dose, and 6 (groups 2) received 30.0 units (20 mIU/m2)-a high dose; 5 rats (control group) received 0.5 mL saline. Test substances were delivered by intraperitoneal injection 3 times a week for 3 weeks with animals under inhalation anesthesia. After the rats were sacrificed, their optic nerves were dissected, sectioned, and examined under an electron microscope. The mean thicknesses of the basal membranes of blood vessels were 86.354 nm in the control group, 104.297 nm in group 1, and 140.181 nm in group 2. Basal membrane changes in IFN groups were dose dependent. Mitochondrial swelling, degeneration, increased diameter of vacuoles, and vacuolization in the cytoplasm of oligodendrocytes and astrocytes were also observed. IFN-alpha2b has histopathologic effects on blood vessels and cells of the optic nerve.

  9. TNP-470 and recombinant human interferon-alpha2a inhibit angiogenesis synergistically.

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    Minischetti, M; Vacca, A; Ribatti, D; Iurlaro, M; Ria, R; Pellegrino, A; Gasparini, G; Dammacco, A F

    2000-06-01

    The hypothesis that the combination of two known antiangiogenic agents TNP-470 and interferon (IFN)-alpha exerts synergistic effects has been investigated in vitro and in vivo. In vitro, TNP-470 and recombinant human IFN-alpha2a (rhIFN-alpha2a) resulted in a dose-dependent inhibition of proliferation of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) and EA.hy926 endothelial cells. Compared with the two agents used singly at their lowest or ineffective doses, combined treatment with the same doses inhibited more intensely in the absence of cytotoxicity and displayed similar behaviour on cell chemotaxis and capillary morphogenesis on Matrigel. However, the secretion of matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP-2) and MMP-9 was not influenced by the two agents, either alone or in combination, even when they were applied at their lowest efficacious doses or at higher cytotoxic doses. Experiments in vivo with the chick embryo chorioallantoic membrane (CAM)-sponge assay revealed the same dose-dependent inhibition and synergy. As the basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF)-induced angiogenesis in the CAM-sponge model was strongly inhibited by the combined treatment, TNP-470 and rhIFN-alpha2a would appear to exert antiangiogenesis synergistically, perhaps by interfering with the bFGF-mediated pathway.

  10. Phorbol esters potentiate the induction of class I HLA expression by interferon. alpha

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    Erusalimsky, J.D.; Kefford, R.F.; Gilmore, D.J.; Milstein, C. )

    1989-03-01

    The authors have studied the effect of phorbol esters on the induction of class I histocompatibility antigen (HLA) expression by interferons (IFNs) in the T-cell line MOLT-4 and in the MOLT-4 mutant YHHH. Addition of IFN-{alpha} to phorbol 12,13-dibutyrate-pretreated MOLT-4 cells causes a >20-fold increase in the expression of class I HLA, as compared to a 4- to 7-fold IFN-{alpha}-induced increase in control cells. Pretreatment with phorbol 12,13-dibutyrate does not alter the class I HLA response to IFN-{gamma} or the responses of other IFN-induced genes. This effect of phorbol 12,13-dibutyrate reproduces in MOLT-4 cells the phenotype of the mutant YHHH, which also displays a selective enhanced class I HLA response to IFN-{alpha}. Pretreatment of YHHH with phorbol 12,13-dibutyrate does not affect any of the responses induced by IFN. These findings suggest the existence of a phorbol ester-sensitive factor, inducible in MOLT-4 and constitutively expressed or modified in YHHH, which operates in the pathway of induction of class I HLA by IFN-{alpha} but not in the pathway used by IFN-{gamma}.

  11. Phorbol esters potentiate the induction of class I HLA expression by interferon alpha.

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    Erusalimsky, J D; Kefford, R F; Gilmore, D J; Milstein, C

    1989-01-01

    We have studied the effect of phorbol esters on the induction of class I histocompatibility antigen (HLA) expression by interferons (IFNs) in the T-cell line MOLT-4 and in the MOLT-4 mutant YHHH. Addition of IFN-alpha to phorbol 12,13-dibutyrate-pretreated MOLT-4 cells causes a greater than 20-fold increase in the expression of class I HLA, as compared to a 4- to 7-fold IFN-alpha-induced increase in control cells. Pretreatment with phorbol 12,13-dibutyrate does not alter the class I HLA response to IFN-gamma or the responses of other IFN-induced genes. This effect of phorbol 12,13-dibutyrate reproduces in MOLT-4 cells the phenotype of the mutant YHHH, which also displays a selective enhanced class I HLA response to IFN-alpha. Pretreatment of YHHH with phorbol 12,13-dibutyrate does not affect any of the responses induced by IFN. These findings suggest the existence of a phorbol ester-sensitive factor, inducible in MOLT-4 and constitutively expressed or modified in YHHH, which operates in the pathway of induction of class I HLA by IFN-alpha but not in the pathway used by IFN-gamma. Images PMID:2494657

  12. An Observational, Multicenter, Cohort Study Evaluating the Antiviral Efficacy and Safety in Korean Patients With Chronic Hepatitis B Receiving Pegylated Interferon-alpha 2a (Pegasys)

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    Chon, Young Eun; Kim, Dong Joon; Kim, Sang Gyune; Kim, In Hee; Bae, Si Hyun; Hwang, Seong Gyu; Heo, Jeong; Jang, Jeong Won; Lee, Byung Seok; Kim, Hyung Joon; Jun, Dae Won; Kim, Kang Mo; Chung, Woo Jin; Choi, Moon Seok; Jang, Jae Young; Yim, Hyung Joon; Tak, Won Young; Yoon, Ki Tae; Park, Jun Yong; Han, Kwang-Hyub; Suk, Ki Tae; Lee, Hyun Woong; Jang, Byoung Kuk; Ahn, Sang Hoon

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Currently, limited data are available regarding the efficacy and safety of pegylated interferon alpha-2a (PEG-IFN α-2a) in Korean patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB), in whom hepatitis B virus (HBV) genotype C is the most common type. We collected data from 439 patients (HBeAg positive, n = 349; HBeAg negative, n = 90) with CHB who were treated with PEG-IFN α-2a as a first-line therapy from 18 institutions. Treatment responses at the end of treatment (ET) and at 6 months posttreatment (PT6) were compared between the patients who were treated for 24 weeks versus 48 weeks, and adverse events (AEs) were evaluated. In HBeAg-positive patients, those who received PEG-IFN α-2a for 48 weeks showed significantly higher HBV DNA suppression (HBV DNA < 2000 IU/mL) than those who were treated for 24 weeks (48 weeks vs 24 weeks; at ET, 44.4% vs 36.7%, P = 0.035; at PT6, 35.9% vs 13.3%, P = 0.035). The HBeAg seroconversion rate at ET was 18.1% in 48-week treatment group, which is significantly higher than the 2.2% (P < 0.001) that was seen in 24-week treatment group. This finding also continued at PT6 (29.0% vs 10.0%, P < 0.001). Following 48 weeks of treatment in HBeAg-negative patients, HBV DNA suppression at ET was higher than in HBeAg-positive patients (87.8% vs 44.4%). AEs were typical of those associated with PEG-IFN α-2a. In naïve Korean HBeAg-positive CHB patients treated with PEG-IFN α-2a, higher rates of HBV DNA suppression and HBeAg seroconversion were achieved in the 48-week treatment group than in the 24-week treatment group without additional risk of AEs. PMID:27057828

  13. [Effects of human and rat interferons-alpha on the behavior of rats of different ages. Comparative study of the homology of amino acid sequences].

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    Loseva, E V; Loginova, N A; Nekliudov, V V; Mats, V N; Kurskaia, O V; Pasikova, N V

    2009-01-01

    Effects of chronic intranasal administration of human and rat interferons alpha on feeding and defensive behavior of rats were studied. Natural leukocyte human interferon "Lokferon" (a mixture of alpha interferon subtypes) and recombinant rat interferon alpha of the first subtype were used in the dose of 350 ME per rat daily. In addition, using the databases NCBI and EBI, we quantitatively estimated homology of amino-acid sequences between different subtypes of human and rat interferons. Both human (mostly in young rats) and rat interferons (mostly in old rats) increased rat feeding behavior after food conditioning to an audio tone. In old (but not in young) rats, both human and rat interferons worsened the ability of time interval assessment. In young (but not old) rats, both interferon kinds improved avoidance conditioning. The degree of homology between different human and rat interferons varied from 72% to 77%. Thus, generally, the effects of rat and human alpha interferons (350 ME) on rat conditioning were similar. This may be due to high degree of homology of amino-acid sequences between the two interferons.

  14. Interleukin-6 enhances whereas tumor necrosis factor alpha and interferons inhibit integrin expression and adhesion of human mast cells to extracellular matrix proteins.

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    Schoeler, Dagmar; Grützkau, Andreas; Henz, Beate M; Küchler, Jens; Krüger-Krasagakis, Sabine

    2003-05-01

    Integrins are expressed on mast cells and constitute an essential prerequisite for the accumulation of the cells at sites of inflammation. In order to clarify a potential contribution of inflammatory cytokines to this process, we have studied the modulation of integrin expression and adhesion of immature human mast cells (HMC-1) to extracellular matrix proteins by interleukin-6, tumor necrosis factor alpha, interferon-alpha and interferon-gamma. Corticosteroids were used for comparison. On fluorescence-activated cell sorter analysis, preincubation of cells for 48 h with different concentrations of interleukin-6 induced a significant, up to 40%, increase of alpha v alpha 5, CD49b (alpha 2), CD49e (alpha 5), CD49f (alpha 6), and CD51 (alpha v). In contrast, different concentrations of tumor necrosis factor alpha, interferon-alpha, interferon-gamma, and dexamethasone (10-8-10-10 M) inhibited expression of adhesion receptors by up to 60%, reaching significance for some but not all integrins. On semiquantitative polymerase chain reaction analysis, interleukin-6, the other cytokines, and corticosteroids significantly modulated expression of alpha1, alpha v and alpha 5 integrin chains at mRNA level. Functional significance of these findings was proven in adhesion assays using fibronectin, laminin, and vitronectin, with interleukin-6 causing significant enhancement of adhesion in all cases, tumor necrosis factor alpha and dexamethasone inducing significant reduction of adhesion to fibronectin and laminin, and interferon-gamma significantly inhibiting adhesion to fibronectin only. Specificity of interleukin-6-induced changes was demonstrated using antibodies against alpha1 and alpha 5 integrins in unstimulated and interleukin-6-prestimulated cells. These data show that interleukin-6 stimulates mast cell adhesion to extracellular matrix and thus allows for the accumulation of the cells at tissue sites by enhancing integrin expression, whereas tumor necrosis factor alpha

  15. Tumor necrosis factor alpha acts as an autocrine second signal with gamma interferon to induce nitric oxide in group B streptococcus-treated macrophages.

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    Goodrum, K J; Dierksheide, J; Yoder, B J

    1995-01-01

    Nitric oxide production by mouse macrophages treated with group B streptococci and gamma interferon was inhibited by cytochalasin B or by antibody neutralization of macrophage-derived tumor necrosis factor alpha. Phagocytosis-induced tumor necrosis factor alpha is responsible for group B streptococcus-induced nitric oxide production in interferon-treated macrophages. PMID:7642312

  16. Combination of interferon alpha with either Ara-C or ATRA in vitro reduces the selective action of interferon against CML CFU-GM.

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    Marley, S B; Davidson, R J; Goldman, J M; Gordon, M Y

    2000-08-01

    Although interferon (IFN)-alpha has no specific inhibitory effect on the plating efficiency of granulocyte-macrophage colony-forming cells (CFU-GM) from patients with chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML), it does selectively inhibit the replating ability (secondary colony formation) of CML CFU-GM. Thus, amplification of CFU-GM may be a target for IFN-alpha and other agents used in the treatment of CML. Here we examined whether cytarabine (Ara-C) or all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) exert similar effects and whether they might in combination with IFN-alpha enhance its efficacy. We found that Ara-C preferentially inhibits the formation of CML CFU-GM compared to normal CFU-GM, but this inhibition was not increased by addition of IFN-alpha. When Ara-C was added to cultures containing IFN-alpha, the inhibition of replating by CML progenitors was abrogated. ATRA increased significantly the plating efficiency of normal CFU-GM. The addition of IFN-alpha to ATRA had no effect on CML or normal colony numbers. However, addition of ATRA to cultures containing IFN-alpha reversed the selective inhibition of CML CFU-GM replating seen in cultures containing IFN-alpha alone. In four IFN-alpha/Ara-C experiments, secondary CML patient-derived colonies were examined by fluorescence in situ hybridisation (FISH). All of them were Ph chromosome positive. No significant effects on CFU-GM production were observed when CML primitive haemopoietic progenitor cells were investigated in a delta (delta) assay. Thus we conclude that combining IFN-alpha with Ara-C or ATRA neutralises the effect of IFN-alpha on CML CFU-GM. This observation provides a rationale for treating patients with alternating courses of IFN-alpha and Ara-C or ATRA, rather than giving either of these two agents in combination with IFN-alpha.

  17. Induction of interferon-gamma from natural killer cells by immunostimulatory CpG DNA is mediated through plasmacytoid-dendritic-cell-produced interferon-alpha and tumour necrosis factor-alpha.

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    Marshall, Jason D; Heeke, Darren S; Abbate, Christi; Yee, Priscilla; Van Nest, Gary

    2006-01-01

    Immunostimulatory sequences (ISS) that contain CpG motifs have been demonstrated to exert antipathogen and antitumour immunity in animal models through several mechanisms, including the activation of natural killer (NK) cells to secrete interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) and to exert lytic activity. Since NK cells lack the ISS receptor TLR9, the exact pathway by which NK cells are activated by ISS is unclear. We determined that ISS-induced IFN-gamma from NK cells is primarily dependent upon IFN-alpha release from plasmacytoid dendritic cells (PDCs), which directly activates the NK cell. However, further analysis indicated that other PDC-released soluble factor(s) may contribute to IFN-gamma induction. Indeed, tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) was identified as a significant contributor to ISS-mediated activation of NK cells and was observed to act in an additive fashion with IFN-alpha in the induction of IFN-gamma from NK cells and to up-regulate CD69 expression on NK cells. This activity of TNF-alpha, however, was dependent upon the presence of PDC-derived factors such as type I interferon. These results illustrate an important function for type I interferon in innate immunity, which is not only to activate effectors like NK cells directly, but also to prime them for enhanced activation by other factors such as TNF-alpha.

  18. Treatment with interferon-alpha-2b in children with life-threatening hemangiomas.

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    Jiménez-Hernández, Elva; Dueñas-González, María Teresa; Quintero-Curiel, José Luis; Velásquez-Ortega, José; Magaña-Pérez, José A; Berges-García, Adolfina; Arellano-Galindo, José

    2008-05-01

    Childhood hemangiomas are benign tumors of endothelial cells, characterized by a rapidly proliferating initial phase and followed by a slow involution. However, some grow and may reach a massive size, threatening a patient's functions or life. These require immediate medical treatment. The objective was to determine the therapeutic effectiveness of interferon (IFN)-alpha-2b in children with hemangiomas threatening the patient's functions or life. All patients were treated with IFN-alpha-2b at a dosage of 3 million U/m(2) corporal surface, applied subcutaneously, 5 days a week for the first 6 months and subsequently three times a week for 6 to 24 months. RESULTS The study included 20 patients with hemangiomas localized in different sites and with diverse functional alterations: ages varied between 3 and 48 months (median, 12.8 months), and 8 were male and 12 female. An excellent response was observed in 17 (85%) patients. Side effects were slight and transitory; there was a follow-up from 7 to 10 years, and no late toxicity was observed. We can conclude that IFN-alpha-2b is an effective option for treating alarming hemangiomas that are resistant to steroids and that endanger proper functioning of the affected organ or the patient's life.

  19. Interferon-alpha and dexamethasone inhibit adhesion of T cells to endothelial cells and synovial cells

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    Eguchi, K.; Kawakami, A.; Nakashima, M.; Ida, H.; Sakito, S.; Matsuoka, N.; Terada, K.; Sakai, M.; Kawabe, Y.; Fukuda, T.; Ishimaru, T.; Kurouji, K.; Fujita, N.; Aoyagi, T.; Maeda, K.; Nagataki, S.

    1992-01-01

    We investigated whether interferon-gamma (IFN-γ), interferon-alpha (IFN-α) and glucocorticoids affected the adhesion of T cells to human umbilical endothelial cells or human synovial cells. About 30% of peripheral blood T cells could bind to unstimulated endothelial cells, but only a few T cells could bind to unstimulated synovial cells. When both endothelial cells and synovial cells were cultured with recombinant IFN-γ (rIFN-γ), the percentage of T cell binding to both types of cells increased in a dose-dependent manner. rIFN-α and dexamethasone blocked the T cell binding to unstimulated endothelial cells. Furthermore, rIFN-α and dexamethasone suppressed T cell binding to both endothelial cells and synovial cells stimulated by IFN-γ, and also inhibited intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) expression on both endothelial cells and synovial cells stimulated by IFN-γ. These results suggest that IFN-α and glucocorticoids may inhibit T cell binding to endothelial cells or synovial cells by modulating adhesion molecule expression on these cells. PMID:1606729

  20. Expression of biologically active human interferon alpha 2 in Aloe vera.

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    Lowther, William; Lorick, Kevin; Lawrence, Susan D; Yeow, Wen-Shuz

    2012-12-01

    Methods necessary for the successful transformation and regeneration of Aloe vera were developed and used to express the human protein, interferon alpha 2 (IFNα2). IFNα2 is a secreted cytokine that plays a vital role in regulating the cellular response to viral infection. Transgenic plants were regenerated from callus cultures initiated from zygotic embryos. Expression of the IFNA2 transgene in transformed plants was confirmed by RT-PCR and IFNα2 protein was detected by immunoblot analysis. Human A549 cells treated with transgenic aloe extracts for 6 h induced expression of the interferon stimulated gene 54, indicating activation of the IFN signaling pathway. The biological activity of the aloe produced IFNα2 was assessed using an antiviral assay with A549 cells treated with extracts from both the rind and pulp fractions of the shoot and subsequently infected with the lytic encephalomyocarditis virus. The highest level of activity attributable to recombinant IFNα2 was determined to be 625 IU/mg of total soluble protein (TSP) in the rind and 2,108 IU/mg TSP in the pulp. Two daughter plants that vegetatively budded during the course of this study were also confirmed to express IFNα2. These results confirm that Aloe vera is capable of expressing a human protein with biological activity, and that a secreted protein targeting the apoplast can be detected in the pulp fraction of the plant.

  1. A Computational Model of Inhibition of HIV-1 by Interferon-Alpha

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    Browne, Edward P.; Letham, Benjamin; Rudin, Cynthia

    2016-01-01

    Type 1 interferons such as interferon-alpha (IFNα) inhibit replication of Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) by upregulating the expression of genes that interfere with specific steps in the viral life cycle. This pathway thus represents a potential target for immune-based therapies that can alter the dynamics of host-virus interactions to benefit the host. To obtain a deeper mechanistic understanding of how IFNα impacts spreading HIV-1 infection, we modeled the interaction of HIV-1 with CD4 T cells and IFNα as a dynamical system. This model was then tested using experimental data from a cell culture model of spreading HIV-1 infection. We found that a model in which IFNα induces reversible cellular states that block both early and late stages of HIV-1 infection, combined with a saturating rate of conversion to these states, was able to successfully fit the experimental dataset. Sensitivity analysis showed that the potency of inhibition by IFNα was particularly dependent on specific network parameters and rate constants. This model will be useful for designing new therapies targeting the IFNα network in HIV-1-infected individuals, as well as potentially serving as a template for understanding the interaction of IFNα with other viruses. PMID:27010978

  2. A Computational Model of Inhibition of HIV-1 by Interferon-Alpha.

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    Browne, Edward P; Letham, Benjamin; Rudin, Cynthia

    2016-01-01

    Type 1 interferons such as interferon-alpha (IFNα) inhibit replication of Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) by upregulating the expression of genes that interfere with specific steps in the viral life cycle. This pathway thus represents a potential target for immune-based therapies that can alter the dynamics of host-virus interactions to benefit the host. To obtain a deeper mechanistic understanding of how IFNα impacts spreading HIV-1 infection, we modeled the interaction of HIV-1 with CD4 T cells and IFNα as a dynamical system. This model was then tested using experimental data from a cell culture model of spreading HIV-1 infection. We found that a model in which IFNα induces reversible cellular states that block both early and late stages of HIV-1 infection, combined with a saturating rate of conversion to these states, was able to successfully fit the experimental dataset. Sensitivity analysis showed that the potency of inhibition by IFNα was particularly dependent on specific network parameters and rate constants. This model will be useful for designing new therapies targeting the IFNα network in HIV-1-infected individuals, as well as potentially serving as a template for understanding the interaction of IFNα with other viruses.

  3. The interferon-alpha gene family of Marmota himalayana, a Chinese marmot species with susceptibility to woodchuck hepatitis virus infection.

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    Lu, Yinping; Wang, Baoju; Huang, Hongping; Tian, Yongjun; Bao, Junjie; Dong, Jihua; Roggendorf, Michael; Lu, Mengji; Yang, Dongliang

    2008-01-01

    The interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha) gene family is an important part of the immune system. Recombinant interferon-alpha is widely used to treat viral hepatitis and malignant diseases. Marmota himalayana has been found to be susceptible to woodchuck hepatitis virus, a virus genetically related to hepatitis B virus (HBV), and is suitable as an animal model for studies on HBV infection. Here, the IFN-alpha gene family of M. himalayana (cwIFN-alpha) was characterized. Sequence data indicate that the cwIFN-alpha family consists of at least 8 functional sequences and 6 pseudogenes with high homology within the family and to IFN-alpha of Marmota monax, a related species and well-established animal model. The recombinant cwIFN-alpha subtypes were expressed and tested to be active in viral protection assay and to induce expression of MxA in a species-specific manner. This work provides essential information for future work on testing new therapeutic approaches of HBV infection based on IFN-alpha in M. himalayana.

  4. Treatment with interferon-alpha delays disease in swine infected with a highly virulent CSFV strain.

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    Fernandez-Sainz, I; Ramanathan, P; O'Donnell, V; Diaz-San Segundo, F; Velazquez-Salinas, L; Sturza, D F; Zhu, J; de los Santos, T; Borca, M V

    2015-09-01

    Interferon-alpha (IFNα) can effectively inhibit or abort a viral infection within the host. It has been reported that IFN induction and production is hindered during classical swine fever virus (CSFV) infection. Most of those studies have been performed in vitro, making it difficult to elucidate the actual role of IFNs during CSFV infection in swine. Here, we report the effect of IFNα treatment (delivered by a replication defective recombinant human adenovirus type 5, Ad5) in swine experimentally infected with highly virulent CSFV strain Brescia. Treatment with two different subtypes of IFNα delayed the appearance of CSF-related clinical signs and virus replication although it did not prevent lethal disease. This is the first report describing the effect of IFNα treatment during CSFV infection in swine.

  5. Effective treatment with interferon-alpha in chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis.

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    Andersson, R

    1995-10-01

    Chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis (CRMO) is a rare disease of unknown etiology characterized by multiple osteomyelitic changes in the predominantly metaphysial regions of long bones. It was first described by Giedon et al. in 1972. Cultures for all known microorganisms are negative. Pain is the most common symptom, and sometimes soft tissue swelling is present. Patients are usually treated with nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or corticosteroids and respond, at least partly, to these treatments. CRMO is most commonly seen in children and is in the majority of cases self-limiting but has a protracted course of several years. Some patients have a more prolonged disease period, as in the patient reported here. Treatment with corticosteroids in children has the risk of causing growth retardation as a potential adverse effect, and alternative treatments are of great interest. In the actual paper, a successful treatment with interferon-alpha 2b in a 34-year-old man with CRMO is presented.

  6. Effects of alpha interferon treatment on intrinsic anti-HIV-1 immunity in vivo.

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    Abdel-Mohsen, Mohamed; Deng, Xutao; Liegler, Teri; Guatelli, John C; Salama, Mohamed S; Ghanem, Hussam El-din A; Rauch, Andri; Ledergerber, Bruno; Deeks, Steven G; Günthard, Huldrych F; Wong, Joseph K; Pillai, Satish K

    2014-01-01

    Alpha interferon (IFN-α) suppresses human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) replication in vitro by inducing cell-intrinsic retroviral restriction mechanisms. We investigated the effects of IFN-α/ribavirin (IFN-α/riba) treatment on 34 anti-HIV-1 restriction factors in vivo. Expression of several anti-HIV-1 restriction factors was significantly induced by IFN-α/riba in HIV/hepatitis C virus (HCV)-coinfected individuals. Fold induction of cumulative restriction factor expression in CD4(+) T cells was significantly correlated with viral load reduction during IFN-α/riba treatment (r(2) = 0.649; P < 0.016). Exogenous IFN-α induces supraphysiologic restriction factor expression associated with a pronounced decrease in HIV-1 viremia.

  7. Human effector B lymphocytes express ARID3a and secrete interferon alpha.

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    Ward, Julie M; Ratliff, Michelle L; Dozmorov, Mikhail G; Wiley, Graham; Guthridge, Joel M; Gaffney, Patrick M; James, Judith A; Webb, Carol F

    2016-12-01

    Previously, we determined that enhanced disease activity in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) was associated with dramatic increases in numbers of B lymphocytes expressing the transcription factor ARID3a. Our data now indicate ARID3a is important for interferon alpha (IFNa) expression and show a strong association between ARID3a expression and transcription of genes associated with lupus IFN signatures. Furthermore, both ARID3a and IFNa production were elicited in healthy control B cells upon stimulation with the TLR 9 agonist, CpG. Importantly, secretion of IFNa from ARID3a(+) healthy B lymphocytes stimulated increased IFNa production in plasmacytoid dendritic cells. These data identify ARID3a(+) B cells as a novel type of effector B cell, and link ARID3a expression in B lymphocytes to IFN-associated inflammatory responses in SLE. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Expression of biologically active human interferon alpha 2b in the milk of transgenic mice.

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    Li, Hui; Liu, Qingyou; Cui, Kuiqing; Liu, Jinfeng; Ren, Yanping; Shi, Deshun

    2013-02-01

    Interferon alpha 2b (IFNα-2b) is an important immune regulator widely used in clinic, for the treatment of chronic hepatitis, hairy cell leukemia, chronic myelogenous leukemia and multiple myeloma, etc. The clinically used IFNα-2b is generally produced by E.Coli, which lacks the post-translational O-glycosylation presents on naturally synthesized protein, and has a short serum half-life. In this study, a transgenic cassette pBCN-IFN-pA-CMV-EGFP was constructed, with a 5.2 kb beta-casein regulation fragment from Jersey cow and a 6×His tagged human Interferon alpha 2b (hIFNα-2b) gene fragment. By using pronuclear microinjection technique, transgenic mice were generated and the expression of IFNα-2b in the milk was assayed. The hIFNα-2b was correctly translated in milk of transgenic mice according to Western blot analysis. The expression level of hIFNα-2b was varied among the transgenic mice, and the highest one was about 29.71 μg/L. The recombinant protein exhibited biological activity in vitro by increasing the luminescence value and the MxA gene expression in established WISH cells, and the specific activity is approximately 2.8 × 10(7 )IU/mg. The expression of recombinant hIFNα-2b in mammary glands of transgenic mice constitutes an important step towards low-cost and full biological activity production of this protein drug in mammary gland bioreactor.

  9. Immunological response to interferon-gamma priming prior to interferon-alpha treatment in refractory chronic hepatitis C in relation to viral clearance.

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    Katayama, K; Kasahara, A; Sasaki, Y; Kashiwagi, T; Naito, M; Masuzawa, M; Katoh, M; Yoshihara, H; Kamada, T; Mukuda, T; Hijioka, T; Hori, M; Hayashi, N

    2001-05-01

    The aim of this study was to clarify the immunological and virological responses to pre-administration of interferon-gamma prior to initiation of interferon-alpha treatment in patients with refractory chronic hepatitis C. Twenty-two nonresponders to 6-months of IFN-alpha treatment were enrolled. The hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype was Ib in all. Natural IFN-gamma (1 MIU/day) was administered daily for 14 days followed by natural IFN-alpha (5 MIU/day) daily for 14 days and then three times weekly for 22 weeks. Serum immunological parameters (IL-10, neopterin, BMG, sCD8, sCD4, IL-6, IL-12) were measured as were the levels of several cytokines (IFN-gamma, TNF-alpha, IL-2, IL-4, IL-5, IL-6, IL-10). Three patients dropped out; two because of the occurrence of other diseases and one because of an adverse effect. At the end of the period of IFN-alpha treatment, HCV-RNA had become negative in six of 19 patients (end-of treatment response; ETR). Six months after the completion of IFN administration, a virological sustained response (SR) was seen in two of 19 patients. The mean serum levels of IL-10 were significantly decreased 6 weeks after the start of treatment. Other immunological parameter levels increased significantly during the period of IFN-gamma administration, and tended to return to the pretreatment level after the start of IFN-alpha administration. Univariate logistic regression analysis showed that the initial change in the levels of these parameters or the change in the ratios of Th1/Th2 parameter levels are useful factors indicative of the end of the treatment response. These findings suggest that priming with IFN-gamma prior to the initiation of IFN-alpha treatment in patients with refractory chronic hepatitis C can modulate the host immune response and this might contribute to viral clearance.

  10. Combination of OK432 and human interferon-alpha for treating viral-induced diabetes mellitus in mice.

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    Kanda, T; Kogure, S; Nara, M; Tsukui, S; Utsugi, T; Tomono, S; Kawazu, S; Nagai, R; Kobayashi, I

    1998-01-26

    We investigated the therapeutic effects of OK432 (picibanil; CAS39325-1-4), an immunomodulator that is derived from the Su strain of Streptococcus pyogenes. This agent was administered alone or combined with human interferon-alpha in a murine model of insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. Interferon-alpha inhibits viral replication, reducing the incidence of virus-induced IDDM. Groups of DBA/2 mice (N = 25 per group) received an intraperitoneal injection of OK432 and interferon-alpha daily for 16 d beginning 1 d after inoculation with 500 plaque-forming units of encephalomyocarditis virus (EMCV). The dose of OK432 was one clinical unit (corresponding to 0.1 mg dried cells) per mouse, and that of interferon-alpha was 1 x 10(4) u/g. The animals were killed at random at 3 or 7 d after inoculation with EMCV. The survival rate of mice treated with the combination of OK432 and with interferon-alpha was significantly greater than that of the non-treated infected control animals (P < 0.01). Fasting levels of blood glucose were significantly lower in the mice administered the combination, than in the controls, both on day 3 (68 +/- 21 mg/dl vs. 270 +/- 135 mg/dl, P < 0.01) and on day 7 (101 +/- 29 mg/dl vs. 219 +/- 112 mg/dl, P < 0.01). Serum levels of insulin were significantly higher in the treated mice than in the controls (65 +/- 5 vs. 55 +/- 1 microU/ml, P < 0.05). However, in the mice treated with OK432 or interferon-alpha alone, the survival rate and the blood level of glucose and insulin did not differ from those of infected controls. Natural killer (NK) cell activity was significantly higher in the mice treated with the drug combination than in the controls on both days evaluated: day 3, 65 +/- 5 vs. 55 +/- 1%, n = 3, P < 0.05; day 7, 44 +/- 3 vs. 22 +/- 8%, n = 3, P < 0.05). Serum levels of murine interferon in the treated mice exceeded those in controls on both days evaluated (day 3, 671 U/ml vs. 442 U/ml; day 7, 57 U/ml vs. 43 U/ml). There were no significant

  11. Recombinant Interferon Alpha-2b is a High-Affinity Antigen for Type 1 Diabetes Autoantibodies.

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    Khan, Wahid Ali

    2017-04-01

    Type 1 diabetes results from T-cell-mediated destruction of the beta cells of the pancreas and is associated with several autoimmune phenomena. Many studies have suggested the involvement of interferon alpha (IFN α) in the development of type 1 diabetes, but the exact mechanism remains unclear. In this study, the binding of type 1 diabetes antibodies with recombinant interferon alpha-2b (hrIFN α-2b), their gene (cIFN α-2b gene) and commercially available interferon α-2b (IFN α-2b) were assessed. Furthermore, we also sought to use anti-hrIFN α-2b antibodies as a probe for the estimation of plasma IFN α in patients with type 1 diabetes. The binding specificity of antibodies was analyzed by direct binding, inhibition ELISA and quantitative precipitin titration in 45 patients with type 1 diabetes and 30 control subjects. Competition ELISA was also used to estimate INF α in the serum of patients with type 1 diabetes. Antibodies from type 1 diabetes sera, purified in a protein A-agarose matrix, exhibited greater recognition of hrIFN α-2b than IFN α-2b (p<0.05) and cIFN α-2b gene (p<0.001). The relative affinity of type 1 diabetes antibodies for the hrIFN α-2b, IFN α-2b and cIFN α-2b genes was found to be 1.34×10(-7), 1.28×10(-6) and 1.13×10(-6), respectively. The concentration of plasma INF α evaluated by induced antibodies was found to be significantly higher than in controls (p<0.05). High binding of hrIFN α-2b with IgG from patients with type 1 diabetes might suggest involvement of hrIFN α-2b in type 1 diabetes, especially as an antigenic agent. Anti-hrIFN α-2b antibodies were shown to be good probes for estimation of plasma INF α in patients with type 1 diabetes. Copyright © 2016 Canadian Diabetes Association. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Influence of carbohydrates on the stability and structure of a hyperglycosylated human interferon alpha mutein.

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    Ceaglio, Natalia; Etcheverrigaray, Marina; Kratje, Ricardo; Oggero, Marcos

    2010-08-01

    Protein physical and chemical instability is one of the major challenges in the development of biopharmaceuticals during every step of the process, ranging from production to final delivery. This is particularly applicable to human recombinant interferon alpha-2b (rhIFN-alpha2b), a pleiotropic cytokine currently used worldwide for the treatment of various cancer and chronic viral diseases, which presents a poor stability in solution. In previous studies, we have demonstrated that the introduction of four N-glycosylation sites in order to construct a heavily glycosylated IFN variant (4N-IFN) resulted in a markedly prolonged plasma half-life which was reflected in an enhanced therapeutic activity in mice in comparison with the commercial non-glycosylated rhIFN-alpha2b (NG-IFN). Herein, we evaluated the influence of glycosylation on the in vitro stability of 4N-IFN towards different environmental conditions. Interestingly, the hyperglycosylated cytokine showed enhanced stability against thermal stress, acid pH and repetitive freeze-thawing cycles in comparison with NG-IFN. Besides, microcalorimetric analysis indicated a much higher melting temperature of 4N-IFN, also demonstrating a higher solubility of this variant as denoted by the absence of precipitation at the end of the experiment, in contrast with the NG-IFN behaviour. Furthermore, far-UV circular dichroism (CD) spectrum of 4N-IFN was virtually superimposed with that of NG-IFN, indicating that the IFN structure was not altered by the addition of carbohydrate moieties. The same conclusion could be inferred from limited proteolysis studies. Our results suggest that glycoengineering could be a useful strategy for protecting rhIFN-alpha2b from inactivation by various external factors and for overcoming aggregation problems during the production process and storage.

  13. Early prediction of major depression in chronic hepatitis C patients during peg-interferon α-2b treatment by assessment of vegetative-depressive symptoms after four weeks

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    Robaeys, Geert; De Bie, Jozef; Wichers, Marieke C; Bruckers, Liesbeth; Nevens, Frederik; Michielsen, Peter; Van Ranst, Marc; Buntinx, Frank

    2007-01-01

    AIM: To study the predictive value of the vegetative-depressive symptoms of the Zung Depression Rating Scale for the occurrence of depression during treatment with peg-interferon α-2b of chronic hepatitis C (CHC) patients. METHODS: The predictive value of vegetative-depressive symptoms at 4 wk of treatment for the occurrence of a subsequent diagnosis of major depressive disorder (MDD) was studied in CHC patients infected after substance use in a prospective, multi-center treatment trial in Belgium. The presence of vegetative-depressive symptoms was assessed using the Zung Scale before and 4 wk after the start of antiviral treatment. RESULTS: Out of 49 eligible patients, 19 (39%) developed MDD. The area under the ROC curve of the vegetative Zung subscale was 0.73, P = 0.004. The sensitivity at a cut-point of > 15/35 was 95% (95% CI: 74-100). The positive predictive value equalled 44% (95% CI: 29-60). CONCLUSION: In this group of Belgian CHC patients infected after substance use, antiviral treatment caused a considerable risk of depression. Seven vegetative-depressive symptoms of the Zung scale at wk 4 of treatment predicted 95% of all emerging depressions, at a price of 56% false positive test results. PMID:17963300

  14. Role of the interferon-inducible IFI16 gene in the induction of ICAM-1 by TNF-alpha.

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    Sponza, Simone; De Andrea, Marco; Mondini, Michele; Gugliesi, Francesca; Gariglio, Marisa; Landolfo, Santo

    2009-01-01

    The Interferon-inducible gene IFI16, a member of the HIN200 family, is activated by oxidative stress and cell density, in addition to Interferons, and it is implicated in the regulation of endothelial cell proliferation and vessel formation in vitro. We have previously shown that IFI16 is required for proinflammatory gene stimulation by IFN-gamma through the NF-kappaB complex. To examine whether IFI16 induction might be extended to other proinflammatory cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha, we used the strategy of the RNA interference to knock down IFI16 expression, and analyze the capability of TNF-alpha to stimulate intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1 or CD54) expression in the absence of functional IFI16. Our studies demonstrate that IFI16 mediates ICAM-1 stimulation by TNF-alpha through the NF-kappaB pathway, thus reinforcing the role of the IFI16 molecule in the inflammation process.

  15. Psychosocial assessment and monitoring in the new era of non-interferon-alpha hepatitis C virus treatments

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    Rowan, Paul J; Bhulani, Nizar

    2015-01-01

    Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a global concern. With the 2014 Food and Drug Administration approvals of two direct-acting antiviral (DAA) regimens, ledipasvir/sofosbuvir regimen and the ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir and dasabuvir regimen, we may now be in the era of all-pill regimens for HCV. Until this development, interferon-alpha along with Ribavirin has remained part of the standard of care for HCV patients. That regimen necessitates psychosocial assessment of factors affecting treatment eligibility, including interferon-alpha-related depressive symptoms, confounding psychiatric conditions, and social aspects such as homelessness affecting treatment eligibility. These factors have delayed as much as 70% of otherwise eligible candidates from interferon-based treatment, and have required treating physicians to monitor psychiatric as well as medical side effects throughout treatment. All-pill DAA regimens with the efficaciousness that would preclude reliance upon interferon-alpha or ribavirin have been anticipated for years. Efficacy studies for these recently approved DAA regimens provide evidence to assess the degree that psychosocial assessment and monitoring will be required. With shorter treatment timelines, greatly reduced side effect profiles, and easier regimens, psychosocial contraindications are greatly reduced. However, current or recent psychiatric comorbidity, and drug-drug interactions with psychiatric drugs, will require some level of clinical attention. Evidence from these efficacy studies tentatively demonstrate that the era of needing significant psychosocial assessment and monitoring may be at an end, as long as a manageable handful of clinical issues are managed. PMID:26380046

  16. alpha-Interferon treatment of chronic hepatitis C: a controlled, multicentre, prospective study.

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    Angelini, G; Sgarbi, D; Colombari, R; Bezzi, A; Castagnini, A; de Berardinis, F; Conti, A; di Piramo, D; Dolci, L; Falezza, G

    1995-01-01

    This prospective, controlled study was designed in order to evaluate the response rate to alpha-interferon (IFN) versus no treatment in 63 patients affected by chronic hepatitis C. Fifty-two patients were randomly chosen to receive no treatment of IFN alfa-2b (6 MU 3 times weekly for the first month and 3 MU for the next 11 months). Eleven additional patients were crossed to active treatment after a 1-year control period without any change of serum pattern and were therefore enrolled both as controls and cases. Four patients had to be withdrawn from the active treatment for adverse effects. Sixteen out of the remaining 23 had normal alanine aminotransferase (ALT) values at the end of the treatment, and 14 were still normal 12 months later. A liver biopsy, taken 6 months after the end of the treatment, showed improvement in 12 patients and normalization in 1. Only 1 out of the 25 controls had transaminase normalization and 5 a decrease. One of them showed also a histological improvement. Eight of the 11 case/control patients showed ALT normalization after IFN administration, 5 of them histological improvement and 2 liver normalization. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA became negative in 13 of 17 cases in whom the assay was carried out. Therefore this study confirms that the longterm administration of alpha-IFN induced a prolonged remission of disease activity in over 50% of the patients and the clearance of HCV RNA in the majority of the responders.

  17. Lipidization of human interferon-alpha: a new approach toward improving the delivery of protein drugs.

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    Yuan, Liyun; Wang, Jeff; Shen, Wei-Chiang

    2008-07-02

    Human interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha), a 19.2 KD protein containing two disulfide bonds (cys1-cys98; cys29-cys138), was reduced and modified with a reversible lipidization agent. The product of the lipidization, PAL-IFN, was homogenous, with four palmitoyl moieties linked to the four Cys residues in the protein molecule via reversible disulfide linkages. The far-UV circular dichroism (CD) spectrum of PAL-IFN was virtually overlapped with that of IFN, indicating that the IFN structure was not altered by the modification. After iv injection in mice of 0.1 mg/kg of PAL-IFN, a low level of serum IFN activity was sustained for more than 8 h, while serum IFN activity was rapidly diminished to an undetectable level at 2 h post IFN injection at the same dose. Evidence suggested that IFN was slowly released from PAL-IFN into blood circulation upon reduction of the disulfide bonds in vivo. Furthermore, the liver-targeting effect of PAL-IFN was demonstrated by the observation that the level of 2'-5' oligoadenylate synthetase (OAS) expressed in the liver of mice treated with PAL-IFN was significantly higher than that with IFN. In conclusion, reversible lipidization can potentially achieve both a prolonged plasma half-life and an enhanced liver-targeting effect of IFN in antiviral therapy.

  18. Treatment profile of hepatitis C patients - a comparison of interferon alpha 2a and 2b treatment regimes.

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    Aziz, Sina; Qamar, Rana; Ahmed, Iftikhar; Imran, Khalid; Masroor, Muhammad; Rajper, Jamila; Nafay, Saba; Noorulain, Wajeeha; Khan, Masood Hameed

    2010-09-01

    To compare the side effects, cost, end treatment response (ETR) and Sustained viral response (SVR) with combination therapy of either interferon alpha 2a or 2b in combination with Ribavarin. Randomized Control Clinical Trial (RCCT). The study was conducted at Sarwar Zuberi Liver Centre (SZLC), Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK), from May 2004 to July 2009. Patients positive for qualitative HCV ribonucleic acid (RNA) by Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and genotype 3 were included. Patients with decompensated cirrhosis, severe depressive illness, autoimmune hepatitis, hyperthyroidism, pregnancy, heart failure, uncontrolled diabetes, obstructive pulmonary disease, children less than three years and patients who had previously received treatment were excluded. Single blind randomization using computerized randomization list was done and patients divided into groups A and B, those requiring treatment were given injection Interferon 3 million units (MU) subcutaneously (SC) three times/week and Ribavarin 1000 mg per day (weight ≤ 75kg) and 1200 mg/day (weight > 75kg) orally with either interferon alpha 2a (group A; FDA approved products) or alpha 2b (group B; non FDA approved product). Demographics, side effects, ETR and SVR were noted. ETR was defined as absence of virus at the end of treatment and SVR was taken as absence of HCV RNA at 6 months after completion of treatment. There were a total 310 patients with mean age of 34.07 +/- 9.38 years including 52.4% males, (n=162). Majority of the patients were from North Pakistan. There were 155 patients each in group A and group B respectively. The cost of treatment for interferon alpha for a single patient for 6 months was Rs 60,000, while for Interferon alpha 2b was Rs 30,000. Side effects (fever initially, followed by fatigue, headache, musculoskeletal pain, depression, alopecia, insomnia, and anorexia) were more prominent in group B when compared with group A. In group A, ETR was 83.8% (130/155) while in group B was 83

  19. Low dose alpha interferon therapy can be effective in chronic active hepatitis C. Results of a multicentre, randomised trial.

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    Sánchez-Tapias, J M; Forns, X; Ampurdanés, S; Titó, L; Planas, R; Viver, J M; Acero, D; Torres, M; Mas, P; Morillas, R; Forné, M; Espinós, J; Llovet, J M; Costa, J; Olmedo, E; López-Labrador, F X; Jiménez de Anta, M T; Rodés, J

    1996-01-01

    BACKGROUND--There is some controversy concerning the efficacy of low dose alpha interferon therapy in chronic hepatitis C. AIMS--To evaluate the effectiveness of treatment with low doses of alpha interferon in chronic hepatitis C. PATIENTS--One hundred and forty one patients with anti-HCV positive chronic active hepatitis C from six hospitals were enrolled in the study. METHODS--Patients were randomised to treatment with 5 MU (group A) or 1.5 MU (group B) injections. The dose was reduced in responders from group A or increased in non-responders from group B to maintain treatment with the minimal effective dose. Patients were treated for 48 weeks and followed up for 24 additional weeks with no treatment. Normalisation of alanine aminotransferase (ALT) was used to evaluate response. RESULTS--A sustained response was seen in eight patients from group A (12%) and in 15 (21%) from group B. This difference was not statistically significant. Increasing the dose of interferon led to sustained response in only five of 58 patients (9%) from group B who did not respond to 1.5 MU injections. In contrast, 15 of 21 patients (71%) in whom ALT remained normal with 1.5 MU injections developed a sustained response. By multivariate analysis sustained response seemed associated with young age and was more frequent in patients with genotype 3 HCV infection. Sustained response was preceded by a rapid normalisation of ALT and was inversely related to the amount of alpha interferon necessary to maintain ALT at low values during treatment. CONCLUSIONS--Some patients with chronic hepatitis C are very sensitive to alpha interferon and can be successfully treated with low doses. Treatment with higher doses may be effective in a minority of patients who do not respond to low doses. PMID:8707096

  20. Antiviral activity of limitin against encephalomyocarditis virus, herpes simplex virus, and mouse hepatitis virus: diverse requirements by limitin and alpha interferon for interferon regulatory factor 1.

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    Kawamoto, Shin-Ichiro; Oritani, Kenji; Asada, Hideo; Takahashi, Isao; Ishikawa, Jun; Yoshida, Hitoshi; Yamada, Masahide; Ishida, Naoko; Ujiie, Hidetoshi; Masaie, Hiroaki; Tomiyama, Yoshiaki; Matsuzawa, Yuji

    2003-09-01

    Limitin has sequence homology with alpha interferon (IFN-alpha) and IFN-beta and utilizes the IFN-alpha/beta receptor. However, it has no influence on the proliferation of normal myeloid and erythroid progenitors. In this study, we show that limitin has antiviral activity in vitro as well as in vivo. Limitin inhibited not only cytopathic effects in encephalomyocarditis virus- or herpes simplex virus (HSV) type 1-infected L929 cells, but also plaque formation in mouse hepatitis virus (MHV) type 2-infected DBT cells. In addition, administration of limitin to mice suppressed MHV-induced hepatitis and HSV-induced death. The antiviral activity may be mediated in part by 2',5'-oligoadenylate synthetase, RNA-dependent protein kinase, and Mx protein, which inhibit viral replication or degrade viral components, because limitin induced their mRNA expression and enzyme activity. While limitin has antiviral activity as strong as that of IFN-alpha in vitro (the concentration that provided 50% inhibition of cytopathic effect is approximately 30 pg/ml), IFN regulatory factor 1 (IRF-1) dependencies for induction of an antiviral state were different for limitin and IFN-alpha. In IRF-1-deficient fibroblasts, a higher concentration of limitin than of IFN-alpha was required for the induction of antiviral activity and the transcription of proteins from IFN-stimulated response element. The unique signals and the fewer properties of myelosuppression suggest that a human homolog of limitin may be used as a new antiviral drug.

  1. Weight-based dosing of pegylated interferon-alpha in chronic hepatitis C: just a marketing 'gag'?

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    Ferenci, P

    2003-09-01

    Today medical-scientific data are diluted by the marketing strategies of the biomedical industry making it difficult for practising physicians to decide what is correct or wrong. One typical example is the use of pegylated interferons for treatment of chronic hepatititis C. In this report the arguments pro and contra weight-based dosing are critically discussed. The factors contributing to success or failure to eradicate the virus are manifold, and include the sensitivity of the virus to interferon, viral genotype, age, gender stage of fibrosis, presence or absense of steatosis. Weight by itself plays just a minor role. The impact of weight-based dosing in general is overestimated and certainly not needed when 40 kD branched PEG-IFNalpha2a with a restricted volume of distribution is used. Whether weight-based dosing of 12 kD linear PEG-IFNalpha2b provides any benefit over a flat dose of the drug remains to be studied.

  2. The Alpha/Beta Interferon Response Controls Tissue Tropism and Pathogenicity of Poliovirus

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    Ida-Hosonuma, Miki; Iwasaki, Takuya; Yoshikawa, Tomoki; Nagata, Noriyo; Sato, Yuko; Sata, Tetsutaro; Yoneyama, Mitsutoshi; Fujita, Takashi; Taya, Choji; Yonekawa, Hiromichi; Koike, Satoshi

    2005-01-01

    Poliovirus selectively replicates in neurons in the spinal cord and brainstem, although poliovirus receptor (PVR) expression is observed in both the target and nontarget tissues in humans and transgenic mice expressing human PVR (PVR-transgenic mice). We assessed the role of alpha/beta interferon (IFN) in determining tissue tropism by comparing the pathogenesis of the virulent Mahoney strain in PVR-transgenic mice and PVR-transgenic mice deficient in the alpha/beta IFN receptor gene (PVR-transgenic/Ifnar knockout mice). PVR-transgenic/Ifnar knockout mice showed increased susceptibility to poliovirus. After intravenous inoculation, severe lesions positive for the poliovirus antigen were detected in the liver, spleen, and pancreas in addition to the central nervous system. These results suggest that the alpha/beta IFN system plays an important role in determining tissue tropism by protecting nontarget tissues that are potentially susceptible to infection. We subsequently examined the expression of IFN and IFN-stimulated genes (ISGs) in the PVR-transgenic mice. In the nontarget tissues, ISGs were expressed even in the noninfected state, and the expression level increased soon after poliovirus infection. On the contrary, in the target tissues, ISG expression was low in the noninfected state and sufficient response after poliovirus infection was not observed. The results suggest that the unequal IFN response is one of the important determinants for the differential susceptibility of tissues to poliovirus. We consider that poliovirus replication was observed in the nontarget tissues of PVR-transgenic/Ifnar knockout mice because the IFN response was null in all tissues. PMID:15767446

  3. A JAK1/JAK2 chimera can sustain alpha and gamma interferon responses.

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    Kohlhuber, F; Rogers, N C; Watling, D; Feng, J; Guschin, D; Briscoe, J; Witthuhn, B A; Kotenko, S V; Pestka, S; Stark, G R; Ihle, J N; Kerr, I M

    1997-01-01

    Cell lines that are mutated in interferon (IFN) responses have been critical in establishing an essential role for the JAK family of nonreceptor tyrosine kinases in interferon signalling. Mutant gamma1A cells have previously been shown to be complemented by overexpression of JAK2. Here, it is shown that these cells carry a defect in, and can also be complemented by, the beta-subunit of the IFN-gamma receptor, consistent with the hypothesis that the mutation in these cells affects JAK2-receptor association. In contrast, mutant gamma2A cells lack detectable JAK2 mRNA and protein. By using gamma2A cells, the role of various domains and conserved tyrosine residues of JAK2 in IFN-gamma signalling was examined. Individual mutation of six conserved tyrosine residues, mutation of a potential phosphatase binding site, or mutation of the arginine residue in the proposed SH2-like domain had no apparent effect on signalling in response to IFN-gamma. Results with deletion mutants, however, indicated that association of JAK2 with the IFN-gammaR2 subunit requires the amino-terminal region but not the pseudokinase domain. Consistent with this, in chimeras with JAK1, the JAK2 amino-terminal region was required for receptor association and STAT1 activation. Conversely, a JAK1-JAK2 chimera with the amino-terminal domains of JAK1 linked to the pseudokinase and kinase domains of JAK2 is capable of reconstituting JAK-STAT signalling in response to IFN-alpha and -gamma in mutant U4C cells lacking JAK1. The specificity of the JAKs may therefore lie mainly in their structural interaction with different receptor and signalling proteins rather than in the substrate specificity of their kinase domains. PMID:9001223

  4. Alpha-fetoprotein before and after pegylated interferon therapy for predicting hepatocellular carcinoma development

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    Takeuchi, Yasuto; Ikeda, Fusao; Osawa, Toshiya; Araki, Yasuyuki; Takaguchi, Kouichi; Morimoto, Youichi; Hashimoto, Noriaki; Sakaguchi, Kousaku; Sakata, Tatsuro; Ando, Masaharu; Makino, Yasuhiro; Matsumura, Shuji; Takayama, Hiroki; Seki, Hiroyuki; Nanba, Shintarou; Moritou, Yuki; Yasunaka, Tetsuya; Ohnishi, Hideki; Takaki, Akinobu; Nouso, Kazuhiro; Iwasaki, Yoshiaki; Yamamoto, Kazuhide

    2015-01-01

    AIM: To investigate factors that accurately predict hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) development after antiviral therapy in chronic hepatitis C (CHC) patients. METHODS: CHC patients who received pegylated interferon and ribavirin were enrolled in this cohort study that investigated the ability of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) to predict HCC development after interferon (IFN) therapy. RESULTS: Of 1255 patients enrolled, 665 developed sustained virological response (SVR) during mean follow-up period of 5.4 years. HCC was occurred in 89 patients, and 20 SVR patients were included. Proportional hazard models showed that HCC occurred in SVR patients showing AFP ≥ 5 ng/mL before therapy and in non-SVR patients showing AFP ≥ 5 ng/mL before and 1 year after therapy besides older age, and low platelet counts. SVR patients showing AFP ≥ 5 ng/mL before therapy and no decrease in AFP to < 5 ng/mL 1 year after therapy had significantly higher HCC incidence than non-SVR patients showing AFP ≥ 5 ng/mL before therapy and decreased AFP (P = 0.043). AFP ≥ 5 ng/mL before therapy was significantly associated with low platelet counts and high values of alanine aminotransferase (ALT) in stepwise logistic regression analysis. After age, gender, platelet count, and ALT was matched by propensity score, significantly lower HCC incidence was shown in SVR patients showing AFP < 5 ng/mL before therapy than in those showing AFP ≥ 5 ng/mL. CONCLUSION: The criteria of AFP < 5 ng/mL before and 1 year after IFN therapy is a benefical predictor for HCC development in CHC patients. PMID:26380048

  5. Liver-Targeting of Interferon-Alpha with Tissue-Specific Domain Antibodies

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    Coulstock, Edward; Sosabowski, Jane; Ovečka, Milan; Prince, Rob; Goodall, Laura; Mudd, Clare; Sepp, Armin; Davies, Marie; Foster, Julie; Burnet, Jerome; Dunlevy, Gráinne; Walker, Adam

    2013-01-01

    Interferon alpha (IFNα) is used for the treatment of hepatitis C infection and whilst efficacious it is associated with multiple adverse events including reduced leukocyte, erythrocyte, and platelet counts, fatigue, and depression. These events are most likely caused by systemic exposure to interferon. We therefore hypothesise that targeting the therapeutic directly to the intended site of action in the liver would reduce exposure in blood and peripheral tissue and hence improve the safety and tolerability of IFNα therapy. We genetically fused IFN to a domain antibody (dAb) specific to a hepatocyte restricted antigen, asialoglycoprotein receptor (ASGPR). Our results show that the murine IFNα2 homolog (mIFNα2) fused to an ASGPR specific dAb, termed DOM26h-196-61, could be expressed in mammalian tissue culture systems and retains the desirable biophysical properties and activity of both fusion partners when measured in vitro. Furthermore a clear increase in in vivo targeting of the liver by mIFNα2-ASGPR dAb fusion protein, compared to that observed with either unfused mIFNα2 or mIFNα2 fused to an isotype control dAb VHD2 (which does not bind ASGPR) was demonstrated using microSPECT imaging. We suggest that these findings may be applicable in the development of a liver-targeted human IFN molecule with improved safety and patient compliance in comparison to the current standard of care, which could ultimately be used as a treatment for human hepatitis virus infections. PMID:23451195

  6. Pharmacokinetic characteristics, pharmacodynamic effect and in vivo antiviral efficacy of liver-targeted interferon alpha.

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    Rycroft, Daniel; Sosabowski, Jane; Coulstock, Edward; Davies, Marie; Morrey, John; Friel, Sarah; Kelly, Fiona; Hamatake, Robert; Ovečka, Milan; Prince, Rob; Goodall, Laura; Sepp, Armin; Walker, Adam

    2015-01-01

    Interferon alpha (IFNα) is used for the treatment of hepatitis B virus infection, and whilst efficacious, it is associated with multiple adverse events caused by systemic exposure to interferon. We therefore hypothesise that targeting IFN directly to the intended site of action in the liver would reduce exposure in blood and peripheral tissue and hence improve the safety and tolerability of IFNα therapy. Furthermore we investigated whether directing IFN to the reservoir of infection in the liver may improve antiviral efficacy by increasing local concentration in target organs and tissues. Our previous results show that the mIFNα2 fused to an ASGPR specific liver targeting antibody, DOM26h-196-61, results in a fusion protein which retains the activity of both fusion partners when measured in vitro. In vivo targeting of the liver by mIFNα2-DOM26h-196-61, hereafter referred to as targeted mIFNα2, was observed in microSPECT imaging studies in mice. In this study we show by pharmacokinetic analysis that antibody mediated liver-targeting results in increased uptake and exposure of targeted mIFNα2 in target tissues, and correspondingly reduced uptake and exposure in systemic circulation, clearance organs and non-target tissues. We also show that cytokine activity and antiviral activity of liver-targeted IFN is observed in vivo, but that, contrary to expectations, liver-targeting of mIFNα2 using ASGPR specific dAbs actually leads to a reduced pharmacodynamic effect in target organs and lower antiviral activity in vivo when compared to non-targeted mIFNα2-dAb fusions.

  7. New interferons in the treatment of chronic hepatitis C.

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    Ruţă, Simona; Cernescu, Costin

    2011-01-01

    The current standard therapy for chronic HCV infection is a combination of pegylated-interferon (PEG-IFN) and weight-based ribavirin, administered for 24-48 weeks, according to the viral genotype. Although the weekly administration of pegylated interferons provides superior antiviral efficacy over standard interferon alpha, the rate of sustained virological response rarely overpasses 50% in patients infected with HCV genotypes 1 and 4. Consequently, multiple clinical trials with congeners of interferon (consensus interferon, interferon lambda, albinterferon, and controlled-release interferons) are ongoing. Their main advantages consist in maintenance of viral suppression across a longer dosing interval, avoidance of interdose trough and reduced dosing frequencies (twice or even once per month compared to once per week for the actual PEG-IFNs). Along with these superior pharmacokinetic properties, new interferons are expected to have improved side-effect profiles and better tolerability compared with the currently available formulations, providing an option for otherwise difficult to treat, challenging populations. New interferon formulation can be incorporated into future combination with direct acting antivirals, in order to maintain viral suppression over longer periods and minimize the development of viral resistance.

  8. Adenoviral mediated interferon-alpha 2b gene therapy suppresses the pro-angiogenic effect of vascular endothelial growth factor in superficial bladder cancer.

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    Adam, Liana; Black, Peter C; Kassouf, Wassim; Eve, Beryl; McConkey, David; Munsell, Mark F; Benedict, William F; Dinney, Colin P N

    2007-05-01

    Intravesical adenovirus mediated interferon-alpha gene transfer has a potent therapeutic effect against superficial human bladder carcinoma xenografts growing in the bladder of athymic nude mice. We determined whether the inhibition of angiogenesis might contribute to the antitumor effect. We treated several human urothelial carcinoma cells with adenovirus mediated interferon-alpha 2b and monitored its effects on the production of angiogenic factors using real-time reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction, Western blotting, and immunohistochemical analysis and a gel shift based transcription factor array. To assess the role of adenovirus mediated interferon 2b in angiogenic activity we used in vitro invasion assays and evaluated the anti-angiogenic effects of adenovirus mediated interferon gene therapy in an orthotopic murine model of human superficial bladder cancer. In adenovirus mediated interferon-alpha infected 253J B-V cells vascular endothelial growth factor was decreased and anti-angiogenic interferon-gamma inducible protein 10 was up-regulated. In contrast, the addition of as much as 100,000 IU recombinant interferon had no apparent effect on vascular endothelial growth factor production. Conditioned medium derived from adenovirus mediated interferon 2b infected 253J B-V cells greatly decreased the invasive potential of human endothelial cells and down-regulated their matrix metalloproteinase 2 expression compared to controls. Furthermore, adenovirus mediated interferon 2b blocked pro-angiogenic nuclear signals, such as the transcription factors activating protein-1 and 2, stimulating protein-1, nuclear factor kappaB and c-myb. In vivo experiments revealed significant vascular endothelial growth factor down-regulation and decreased tumor vessel density in the adenovirus mediated interferon 2b treated group compared to controls. Treatment with adenovirus mediated interferon 2b increases the angiostatic activity of the bladder cancer microenvironment

  9. In vitro protective effect of bacteria-derived bovine alpha interferon I1 against selected bovine viruses.

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    Gillespie, J H; Robson, D S; Scott, F W; Schiff, E I

    1985-12-01

    We used bacteria-derived bovine alpha-interferon I1 (Bo IFN-alpha I1) to study its antiviral effect in a bovine turbinate cell line on bovine diarrhea virus, infectious bovine rhinotracheitis virus, parainfluenza 3 virus, and pseudorabies virus. We based our study upon replicate tests for each strain by using a block titration system with various concentrations of Bo IFN-alpha I1 against various concentrations of virus. The data were compiled in two-axis tables (replicate X concentration) and were statistically analyzed by the Spearman-Kärber method. An increase in the concentration of Bo IFN-alpha I1 enhanced its protective effect against every test virus strain. Bo IFN-alpha I1 had a marked in vitro effect on the bovine diarrhea viral strains. It demonstrated less protection against the pseudorabies and parainfluenza 3 viruses. Its effectiveness against the two infectious bovine rhinotracheitis viral strains was lesser and of a low order.

  10. Role of the nitric oxide synthase pathway in inhibition of growth of interferon-sensitive and interferon-resistant Rickettsia prowazekii strains in L929 cells treated with tumor necrosis factor alpha and gamma interferon.

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    Turco, J; Winkler, H H

    1993-01-01

    The ability of tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) alone and in combination with gamma interferon (IFN-gamma) to inhibit the growth of interferon-sensitive and -resistant Rickettsia prowazekii strains in mouse L929 cells was examined, and the possible role of the nitric oxide synthase pathway in the suppression of rickettsial growth induced by TNF-alpha, IFN-gamma, or both cytokines was evaluated. TNF-alpha inhibited the growth of strains Madrid E (IFN-gamma sensitive and alpha/beta interferon [IFN-alpha/beta] sensitive) and Breinl (IFN-gamma sensitive and IFN-alpha/beta resistant), but not that of strain 83-2P (IFN-gamma resistant and IFN-alpha/beta resistant), in L929 cells. Inhibition of the growth of the Madrid E strain in L929 cells treated with TNF-alpha and IFN-gamma in combination was greater than that observed with either TNF-alpha or IFN-gamma alone. Similarly, inhibition of the growth of the Breinl strain in L929 cells treated with both cytokines was greater than that observed with TNF-alpha alone; however, it did not differ significantly from the inhibition observed with IFN-gamma alone. Although strain 83-2P was resistant to TNF-alpha or IFN-gamma alone, its growth was inhibited in L929 cells treated with TNF-alpha and IFN-gamma in combination. Nitrite production was measured in mock-infected and infected L929 cell cultures, and the nitric oxide synthase inhibitors NG-methyl-L-arginine (NGMA) and aminoguanidine were used to evaluate the role of the nitric oxide synthase pathway in cytokine-induced inhibition of rickettsial growth. Nitrite production was induced in mock-infected or R. prowazekii-infected L929 cell cultures treated with IFN-gamma plus TNF-alpha, but not in mock-infected cultures that were untreated or treated with IFN-gamma or TNF-alpha alone. Nitrite production was also not induced in untreated, R. prowazekii-infected cultures; however, in some instances, it was induced in infected cultures treated with IFN-gamma or TNF-alpha alone

  11. Difference in susceptibility to highly pathogenic avian influenza virus following interferon alpha application in chickens expressing polymorphism in the chicken Mx gene

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    Type I interferons, including interferon alpha (IFN-a), represent a first line of defense initiated by the innate immune response following viral infection. Induction of IFN-a results in an antiviral state which can decrease morbidity and mortality. In response to IFN-a, host cells produce a myriad...

  12. Immunotherapy of murine transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder using alpha and gamma interferon in combination with other forms of immunotherapy.

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    Riggs, D R; Tarry, W F; DeHaven, J I; Sosnowski, J; Lamm, D L

    1992-01-01

    BCG immunotherapy is very effective in the treatment of superficial transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder, but its significant toxicity may limit its use in some patients. In an effort to find less toxic and potentially more effective treatments we investigated the possible immunotherapeutic potential of combinations of Alpha Interferon (1000 IU) and Gamma Interferon (500 IU) with bacillus Calmette Guerin (BCG) (10(7) cfu), Interleukin-2 (4000 IU), and Keyhole Limpet Hemocyanin (50 micrograms.) in the MBT2 murine bladder cancer model. Significant reductions (p less than 0.05) in tumor incidence relative to the saline control, 83%, Day 35) was observed in groups receiving alpha interferon (42%), Keyhole limpet hemocyanin (42%), interleukin-2 (25%), alpha interferon + Keyhole limpet hemocyanin (17%), alpha interferon + interleukin-2 (33%), gamma interferon + BCG (42%), and gamma interferon + interleukin-2 (17%). All treatment groups with the exception of the group receiving gamma interferon had significantly reduced tumor volume (p less than 0.05) relative to the saline control. Combination treatment groups were significantly more effective than single agent treatments (p = 0.0057). The exhibited anti-tumor effect of these immunotherapeutic agents alone and in combination suggest that they may prove to be effective forms of immunotherapy for transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder.

  13. Interferon-alpha down-regulates the interleukin-6 receptor in a human multiple myeloma cell line, U266.

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    Anthes, J C; Zhan, Z; Gilchrest, H; Egan, R W; Siegel, M I; Billah, M M

    1995-01-01

    The effects of interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha) on the interleukin-6 (IL-6) receptor in a multiple myeloma cell line, U266, have been examined. IFN-alpha inhibits [3H]thymidine incorporation in U266 cells in a time- and dose-dependent manner. Furthermore, IFN-alpha inhibits the ability of IL-6 to induce increases in [3H]thymidine incorporation. While IFN-alpha suppresses the ability of 125I-IL-6 to bind to the IL-6 receptor on U266 cells, this effect is not due to competition of IFN-alpha with IL-6 for the IL-6 receptor. Although IFN-alpha induces IL-6 synthesis in the U266 cell, inhibition of IL-6 binding occurs when IL-6 synthesis is minimal. Furthermore, after pretreatment of U266 cells with neutralizing anti-IL-6 antibodies, IFN-alpha still inhibits 125I-IL-6 binding. These data suggest that IFN-alpha inhibition of 125I-IL-6 binding does not involve IL-6 synthesis. IFN-alpha reduces 125I-IL-6 binding without affecting its affinity, suggesting that IFN-alpha inhibits IL-6 receptor expression. Although pretreatment with cycloheximide inhibits 125I-IL-6 binding, IFN-alpha does not cause a selective decrease in the levels of gp130 or IL-6 receptor mRNA at times when 125I-IL-6 binding is inhibited. These observations indicate that IFN-alpha lowers IL-6 receptor density on U266 cells by mechanisms other than competitive binding or lowering IL-6 receptor mRNA production. Receptor down-regulation may be a mechanism of IFN-alpha-induced inhibition of growth in U266 cells. Images Figure 9 PMID:7619053

  14. Frequency of depression and somatic symptoms in patients on interferon alpha/ribavirin for chronic hepatitis C.

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    Shakoor, Abdul; Shafqat, Farzana; Mehmud, Tafazzul e Haque; Akram, Mohammad; Riaz, Sarah; Iqbal, Zafar; Khan, Anwaar A

    2010-01-01

    Large numbers of patients suffering from Chronic Hepatitis C (HCV) are seeking treatment with interferon alpha (IFN) because of significant advances in overall improvement in the course of HCV and its complications. Objectives were to estimate the frequency of depression and somatic symptoms in patients on interferon alpha/ribavirin treatment for chronic hepatitis C. It was an observational study conducted in the out-patient Department of Gastroenterology Shaikh Zayed Hospital, Lahore during a period of three months, i.e., from September to November 2008. One hundred consecutive patients undergoing interferon alpha/ ribavirin treatment for chronic HCV were included in the study. All patients, irrespective of age, sex or duration of treatment were administered with a check list of common physical complaints and DSM-IV symptoms for Major Depressive Episode. Out of a total of 100 subjects 37 were male and 63 were female. In all, 39 (39%) patients fulfilled the diagnostic criteria of DSM-IV for Major Depressive Episode. Major Depression was more common in female 28 (44.4%) as compared to male 11 (28.7%) patients. Somatic symptoms were common in all the patients but they were reported more frequently by patients with Major Depression compared to those without Major Depression. Myalgias, headache, joint pain, nausea/vomiting, abdominal pain and palpitation were the most common physical symptoms. Major Depression and somatic complaints are a common consequence of interferon alpha/ribavirin treatment for chronic hepatitis C. All patients receiving this treatment should be periodically assessed for the detection of these side effects to promptly address relevant treatment options.

  15. Use of interferon-alpha in laryngeal papillomatosis: eight years of the Cuban national programme.

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    Deuñas, L; Alcantud, V; Alvarez, F; Arteaga, J; Benítez, A; Bopuza, M; Carniege, L; Cartaya, B; Comas, C; Cotayo, R; Escobar, H; Fernández, H; Fernández, M; Fernández, R; García, M; Iznaga, N; la O, F; Márquez, J; Nordet, D; Pérez, J; Quintero, J; Redonavich, A; Robeleco, M; Rodríguez, H; Strander, H

    1997-02-01

    Laryngeal papillomatosis is one of the first diseases where interferon (IFN) was found to be effective. In 1983, a programme for the treatment of all such cases started in Cuba. Up to December 1991, 125 patients (92 children, 33 adults) have been treated: 102 with leucocyte IFN-alpha, 12 with recombinant IFN-alpha-2b, and 11 have received both preparations. Case management consisted of surgical removal of the lesions followed by an IFN schedule starting with 10(5) IU/kg of weight in children or 6 x 10(6) IU in adults, i.m. daily. The dose was progressively reduced, as long as no relapses occurred. At the end of the one-year schedule the doses were reduced to 5 x 10(4) IU/kg in children or 3 x 10(6) IU in adults, weekly. If there was a relapse, it was removed surgically and the patient returned to a higher dose level. Most cases (89; 71 per cent) have not relapsed after the treatment; 60 of them have been followed for more than three years. In those with relapses, the frequency of recurrence decreased in all but four patients. The treatment seemed to be more effective if initiated less than three months after the disease onset. The tracheostomy could be removed in five out of seven patients who needed it before the IFN treatment and was necessary in only three new cases during IFN treatment. In two of these, decannulation was possible later on. In a total of 14 patients relapses persisted after several cycles of IFN treatment. They were considered resistant to such treatment. No severe side effects were reported. The most frequent ones were fever, drowsiness, increased bronchial secretion, chills and headache. The establishment of this programme has maintained the disease under control in Cuba.

  16. Molecular cloning and characterization of chicken interferon-gamma receptor alpha-chain.

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    Han, Xue; Chen, Tong; Wang, Ming

    2008-07-01

    In this study, a cDNA sequence of Huiyang chicken interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) receptor alpha-chain (chIFNGR-1) gene wasgenerated using rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RACE) method for the first time. The predicted 422 amino acids showed approximately 25%-29% sequence identity and 53%-55% similarity to mammalian homologues. There are two fibronectin type-III (FN-III) domains of about 110 residues in the extracellular domain, and LPKS and YDKPH motifs in the intracellular domain, which are conserved in the mammalian IFNGR-1 as the binding sites of JAK1 and STAT1. Expression analysis by Northern blot revealed that the chIFNGR-1 was highly expressed in spleen, thymus, peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBLs), lung, cecum tonsil, and liver. The extracellular region of chIFNGR-1 (chIFNGR-1EC) was expressed in Escherichia coli and purified. The purified IFNGR-1EC was further characterized by mass spectroscopy and circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy. The molecular weight of the recombinant chIFNGR-1EC (rchIFNGR-1EC) was measured as 24 364 Da, and its secondary structure contained 17.6% alpha-helix, 36.4% beta-sheet, 17.2% turn, and 28.8% random coil. Furthermore, three-dimensional modeling presented the most probable structure of chIFNGR-1EC. These * ndings show that the identified chicken cDNA sequence encodes an IFNGR1 homologue, and the chIFNGR-1EC resembles the similar structure with other IFN receptors.

  17. Phase I study of pegylated interferon-alpha-2b as an adjuvant therapy in Japanese patients with malignant melanoma.

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    Yamazaki, Naoya; Uhara, Hisashi; Wada, Hidefumi; Matsuda, Kenji; Yamamoto, Keiko; Shimamoto, Takashi; Kiyohara, Yoshio

    2016-10-01

    In the adjuvant setting for malignant melanoma, interferon (IFN)-α-2b and pegylated (PEG) IFN-α-2b were approved in several countries including the USA before these were approved in Japan. To resolve the "drug-lag" issue, this phase I study was designed to evaluate the safety and tolerability in Japanese patients with stage II or III malignant melanoma who had undergone surgery, by treating with PEG IFN-α-2b. As with a previously reported phase III study, patients were to receive PEG IFN-α-2b 6 μg/kg per week s.c. during an 8-week induction phase, followed by a maintenance phase at a dose of 3 μg/kg per week up to 5 years. Dose-limiting toxicity and pharmacokinetics were assessed during the initial 8 weeks. Of the nine patients enrolled, two patients had dose-limiting toxicities that resolved after discontinuation of treatment. The most frequently reported drug-related adverse events (DRAE) included pyrexia, decreased neutrophil and white blood cell counts, and arthralgia. Grade 3 DRAE included decreased neutrophil count. No deaths, serious adverse events and grade 4 adverse events were reported. Distant metastasis occurred in one patient. No apparent differences in area under the concentration-time curve and maximum observed serum concentration were observed between Japanese and historical non-Japanese pharmacokinetic data, suggesting no marked racial differences. No neutralizing antibody was detected in these patient samples. PEG IFN-α-2b was tolerated in Japanese patients, and eventually approved in Japan in May 2015 for adjuvant therapy in patients with stage III malignant melanoma. Because the number of patients was limited, further investigation would be crucial. © 2016 Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc. The Journal of Dermatology published by John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd on behalf of Japanese Dermatological Association.

  18. Effects of pegylated interferon alpha-2a on hepatitis-C-virus-associated glomerulonephritis.

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    Sugiura, Tokio; Yamada, Takuji; Kimpara, Yuri; Fujita, Naoya; Goto, Kenji; Koyama, Norihisa

    2009-01-01

    Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection leads to chronic liver disease, but it has also been associated with extrahepatic manifestations. Membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis (MPGN) is the most common renal disease associated with HCV. Although renal disease related to HCV in adults has been well studied, it has not been well studied in children because it is rare. A recent study found that antiviral therapy was effective for adult patients with HCV-associated MPGN. We report a 9-year-old girl with HCV-associated MPGN. Her HCV genotype was 1b, and her virus load was high. The first renal biopsy showed mesangial proliferation and partial double contours of the basement membrane on light microscopy and immunofluorescence staining with immunoglobulin (Ig) M, IgG, and C3. The patient was successfully treated with pegylated interferon (IFN) alpha-2a monotherapy. The antiviral therapy was generally well tolerated. After antiviral therapy, a sustained virological response-defined as negative HCV ribonucleic acid (RNA) at least 24 weeks after antiviral treatment-was achieved, the proteinuria disappeared, and the second renal biopsy showed improvement.

  19. [Effect of small doses of interferon-alpha on food conditioning in young and ageing rats].

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    Loseva, E V; Loginova, N A; Biriukovan, L M; Mats, V N; Pasikova, N V

    2007-04-01

    Low doses (10 or 350 ME) of human interferon-alpha (HIA) were intranasally applied to young (3-4 months) and ageing (12-15 months) Wistar rats during food conditioning. In control groups, development of the conditioned reflex to acoustic stimulus (tone) did not differ significantly in young and ageing rats in the course of chronic applications of the HIA. However, the control ageing rats were better than young rats in time-interval conditioning. Small doses of HIA do not cause anorexia in rats whereas large doses do so. Tone-conditioning did not change in rats of both ages when they were treated with 10 ME of the HIA; moreover, 350 ME increased food motivation, especially in young rats. Time-interval conditioning in aging rats was descended by both doses to the level of young rats, whereas in young rats it did not change at all. We suggest that these differences between ages may by accounted for be different affinity and concentration of micro-opiod receptors (which are the targets for the HIA) in the brain structures responsible for food behaviour, and for counting time intervals.

  20. In-vitro antiviral efficacy of ribavirin and interferon-alpha against canine distemper virus.

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    Carvalho, Otávio V; Saraiva, Giuliana L; Ferreira, Caroline G T; Felix, Daniele M; Fietto, Juliana L R; Bressan, Gustavo C; Almeida, Márcia R; Silva Júnior, Abelardo

    2014-10-01

    Canine distemper is a highly contagious disease with high incidence and lethality in the canine population. The objective of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of antiviral action with ribavirin (RBV), interferon-alpha (IFNα), and combinations of RBV and IFNα against canine distemper virus (CDV). Vero cells inoculated with CDV were treated with RBV, IFNα, and combinations of these drugs. The efficacy to inhibit viral replication was evaluated by adding the compounds at different times to determine which step of the viral replicative process was affected. Both drugs were effective against CDV in vitro. The IFNα was the most active compound, with an average IC50 (50% inhibitory concentration) value lower than the IC50 of the RBV. Ribavirin (RBV) was more selective than IFNα, however, and neither drug showed extracellular antiviral activity. The combination of RBV and IFNα exhibited antiviral activity for the intra- and extracellular stages of the replicative cycle of CDV, although the intracellular viral inhibition was higher. Both RBV and IFNα showed high antiviral efficacy against CDV, and furthermore, RBV + IFNα combinations have shown greater interference range in viral infectivity. These compounds could potentially be used to treat clinical disease associated with CDV infection.

  1. Interferon alpha (IFNα)-induced TRIM22 interrupts HCV replication by ubiquitinating NS5A.

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    Yang, Chen; Zhao, Xinhao; Sun, Dakang; Yang, Leilei; Chong, Chang; Pan, Yu; Chi, Xiumei; Gao, Yanhang; Wang, Moli; Shi, Xiaodong; Sun, Haibo; Lv, Juan; Gao, Yuanda; Zhong, Jin; Niu, Junqi; Sun, Bing

    2016-01-01

    TRIM22, a tripartite-motif (TRIM) protein, is upregulated upon interferon alpha (IFNα) administration to hepatitis C virus (HCV)-infected patients. However, the physiological role of TRIM22 upregulation remains unclear. Here, we describe a potential antiviral function of TRIM22's targeting of the HCV NS5A protein. NS5A is important for HCV replication and for resistance to IFNα therapy. During the first 24 h following the initiation of IFNα treatment, upregulation of TRIM22 in the peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) of HCV patients correlated with a decrease in viral titer. This phenomenon was confirmed in the hepatocyte-derived cell line Huh-7, which is highly permissive for HCV infection. TRIM22 over-expression inhibited HCV replication, and Small interfering RNA (siRNA)-mediated knockdown of TRIM22 diminished IFNα-induced anti-HCV function. Furthermore, we determined that TRIM22 ubiquitinates NS5A in a concentration-dependent manner. In summary, our results suggest that TRIM22 upregulation is associated with HCV decline during IFNα treatment and plays an important role in controlling HCV replication in vitro.

  2. Interferon-alpha therapy for refractory kaposiform hemangioendothelioma: a single-center experience

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    Wu, Hai Wei; Wang, Xuan; Zhang, Ling; Zhao, Hai Guang; Wang, Yan An; Su, Li Xin; Fan, Xin Dong; Zheng, Jia Wei

    2016-01-01

    Kaposiform hemangioendothelioma (KHE) is a relatively rare vascular tumor with an aggressive and infiltrating nature. Previous studies have revealed an exclusive relationship between KHE and Kasabach-Merritt Phenomenon (KMP), which is associated with high morbidity and mortality. No universally accepted treatment modality exists for refractory KHE with or without KMP. The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of interferon-alpha (IFN-α) therapy for treatment of refractory KHE. Twelve consecutive patients with KHE were treated with subcutaneous injections of IFN-α after other treatments had failed. Eleven patients exhibited a reduction in tumor size of more than 50%, and the platelet count for all five patients with KMP returned to normal level after IFN-α therapy. The duration of IFN-α treatment ranged from 3 months to 9 months (mean: 6.3 months). The response time for IFN-α treatment ranged from 10 days to 5 weeks (mean: 3.6 weeks). Additionally, no severe complications, such as neurological damage or spastic diplegia, were observed in these patients. In conclusion, our study suggested that IFN-α therapy is effective and safe for refractory KHE, and IFN-α may be used as an alternative after other treatments have failed. PMID:27796340

  3. Rotational dynamics of bases in the gene coding interferon alpha 17 (IFNA17).

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    Krasnobaeva, L A; Yakushevich, L V

    2015-02-01

    In the present work, rotational oscillations of nitrogenous bases in the DNA with the sequence of the gene coding interferon alpha 17 (IFNA17), are investigated. As a mathematical model simulating oscillations of the bases, we use a system of two coupled nonlinear partial differential equations that takes into account effects of dissipation, action of external fields and dependence of the equation coefficients on the sequence of bases. We apply the methods of the theory of oscillations to solve the equations in the linear approach and to construct the dispersive curves determining the dependence of the frequency of the plane waves (ω) on the wave vector (q). In the nonlinear case, the solutions in the form of kink are considered, and the main characteristics of the kink: the rest energy (E0), the rest mass (m0), the size (d) and sound velocity (C0), are calculated. With the help of the energetic method, the kink velocity (υ), the path (S), and the lifetime (τ) are also obtained.

  4. Ubiquitination of tissue transglutaminase is modulated by interferon alpha in human lung cancer cells.

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    Esposito, Carla; Marra, Monica; Giuberti, Gaia; D'Alessandro, Anna Maria; Porta, Raffaele; Cozzolino, Anna; Caraglia, Michele; Abbruzzese, Alberto

    2003-01-01

    The addition of 2500 i.u./ml interferon alpha (IFNalpha) for 48 h induced apoptosis, and caused an approx. 4-fold increase in the activity and expression of tissue transglutaminase (tTG), in human lung cancer H1355 cells. However, the increase in mRNA levels for tTG was just 1.6-fold. On the basis of these data, we investigated whether tTG levels may be regulated through regulation of its degradation via ubiquitination. It was found that 2500 i.u./ml IFNalpha induced a time-dependent decrease in tTG ubiquitination. On the other hand, addition of the proteasome inhibitor lactacystin led to accumulation of the ubiquitinated form of the enzyme and to a consequent increase in its expression. Treatment of the cells with the two agents combined antagonized the accumulation of the ubiquitinated isoforms of tTG induced by lactacystin and caused a potentiation of tTG expression. Moreover, the tTG inducer retinoic acid was also able to cause increased expression and ubiquitination of tTG in H1355 cells. The addition of monodansylcadaverine (a tTG inhibitor) to IFNalpha-treated H1355 cells completely antagonized growth inhibition and apoptosis induced by the cytokine. In conclusion, we demonstrate for the first time that tTG is ubiquitinated and degraded by a proteasome-dependent pathway. Moreover, IFNalpha can, at least in part, induce apoptosis through the modulation of this pathway. PMID:12401132

  5. Effect of interferon-alpha on chromosome abnormalities in treated chronic myelogenous leukemia patients.

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    Tanaka, Hideo; Tanaka, Kimio; Oguma, Nobuo; Ito, Kinro; Ito, Takuo; Kyo, Taiichi; Dohy, Hiroo; Kimura, Akiro

    2004-09-01

    To investigate the relationship of chromosomal aberrations at blastic crisis (BC) in chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), with previous therapies and with atomic bomb (AB) exposure, we studied 114 CML patients who developed BC, including 23 AB survivors in Hiroshima. In total, only 45.6% showed major-route abnormalities, which figure was far lower than those previously reported, implying possibility of geographical difference. Occurrence of major-route abnormality was not associated with either duration of chronic phase or survival time after BC. Patients treated with interferon-alpha (IFNalpha) showed lower frequency of major-route abnormalities and lower number of abnormal chromosomes than did patients treated with busulfan (Bu). The frequency of trisomy 8 was lower and monosomy 7 was higher in IFNalpha-treated than in Bu-treated patients. The frequency of unusual abnormalities at BC in IFNalpha-treated patients was indistinguishable from those in Bu-treated patients and, notably, a more common (40%) feature in IFNalpha-treated patients was no change in the cytogenetic picture. Thus, we conclude that IFNalpha action on chromosome aberration is basically quite neutral and that IFNalpha does not induce any specific aberrations, including unusual ones at BC, with an exception of deletion of chromosome 7. Atomic bomb exposure status did not make any difference in secondary abnormalities at BC.

  6. Interferon alpha-inducible protein 6 regulates NRASQ61K-induced melanomagenesis and growth

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    Gupta, Romi; Forloni, Matteo; Bisserier, Malik; Dogra, Shaillay Kumar; Yang, Qiaohong; Wajapeyee, Narendra

    2016-01-01

    Mutations in the NRAS oncogene are present in up to 20% of melanoma. Here, we show that interferon alpha-inducible protein 6 (IFI6) is necessary for NRASQ61K-induced transformation and melanoma growth. IFI6 was transcriptionally upregulated by NRASQ61K, and knockdown of IFI6 resulted in DNA replication stress due to dysregulated DNA replication via E2F2. This stress consequentially inhibited cellular transformation and melanoma growth via senescence or apoptosis induction depending on the RB and p53 pathway status of the cells. NRAS-mutant melanoma were significantly more resistant to the cytotoxic effects of DNA replication stress-inducing drugs, and knockdown of IFI6 increased sensitivity to these drugs. Pharmacological inhibition of IFI6 expression by the MEK inhibitor trametinib, when combined with DNA replication stress-inducing drugs, blocked NRAS-mutant melanoma growth. Collectively, we demonstrate that IFI6, via E2F2 regulates DNA replication and melanoma development and growth, and this pathway can be pharmacologically targeted to inhibit NRAS-mutant melanoma. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.16432.001 PMID:27608486

  7. Enabling low cost biopharmaceuticals: high level interferon alpha-2b production in Trichoderma reesei.

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    Landowski, Christopher P; Mustalahti, Eero; Wahl, Ramon; Croute, Laurence; Sivasiddarthan, Dhinakaran; Westerholm-Parvinen, Ann; Sommer, Benjamin; Ostermeier, Christian; Helk, Bernhard; Saarinen, Juhani; Saloheimo, Markku

    2016-06-10

    The filamentous fungus Trichoderma reesei has tremendous capability to secrete over 100 g/L of proteins and therefore it would make an excellent host system for production of high levels of therapeutic proteins at low cost. We have developed T. reesei strains suitable for production of therapeutic proteins by reducing the secreted protease activity. Protease activity has been the major hindrance to achieving high production levels. We have constructed a series of interferon alpha-2b (IFNα-2b) production strains with 9 protease deletions to gain knowledge for further strain development. We have identified two protease deletions that dramatically improved the production levels. Deletion of the subtilisin protease slp7 and the metalloprotease amp2 has enabled production levels of IFNα-2b up to 2.1 and 2.4 g/L, respectively. With addition of soybean trypsin protease inhibitor the level of production improved to 4.5 g/L, with an additional 1.8 g/L still bound to the secretion carrier protein. High levels of IFNα-2b were produced using T. reesei strains with reduced protease secretion. Further strain development can be done to improve the production system by reducing protease activity and improving carrier protein cleavage.

  8. FCgammaRII (CD32)-dependent induction of interferon-alpha by serum from patients with lupus erythematosus.

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    Batteux, F; Palmer, P; Daëron, M; Weill, B; Lebon, P

    1999-12-01

    Interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha) is detected in the serum of 70-80% of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Furthermore, soluble factors in SLE serum can induce peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) to produce IFN-alpha. The purpose of this work was to investigate the mechanism of this IFN-alpha induction. In eleven of fifteen SLE serum samples, an IFN-alpha inducing activity was detected, whereas serum from healthy controls, patients with other autoimmune disease and patients with viral infections were ineffective under the same conditions. After gel filtration of the serum, the inducing activity was found in the same fraction as IgG. The IFN-alpha inducing activity was inhibited by native monoclonal antibodies to the receptors for the Fc portion of IgG: FcgammaRIIA/C and FcgammaRIIB subclasses (CD32) and by their F(ab)'2 fragments. Purified Fc fragments of human IgG were also effective in abolishing the IFN-alpha-inducing activity. Since no anti-CD32 autoantibodies were found in SLE serum, this IFN-alpha-inducing activity may be due to immune complex antibodies. Such results may allow better understand the origin of endogenous IFN-alpha, which has a deleterious effect on the course of this autoimmune disease. The inhibition of this function by the CD32 antibody could lead to new therapeutic approach in SLE.

  9. Melanoma-associated retinopathy versus abnormal retinal function due to interferon-alpha/Isotretinoin therapy in cutaneous malignant melanoma.

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    Feigl, B; Faschinger, C; Soyer, P

    2000-01-01

    To analyze whether an abnormal retinal function in patients with a cutaneous malignant melanoma was due to paraneoplastic retinopathy or due to isotretinoin or interferon-alpha. We studied 15 patients with malignant melanoma in stage IIa and IIb who are all participants in a randomized, multicentered, double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial comparing interferon-alpha/isotretinoin versus interferon-alpha/placebo performed by the Department of Dermatology, University of Graz. Our assessment included a full ophthalmic history and examination, electrophysiological testing (ERG, EOG), dark adaption, color vision and visual field testing. The most prevalent ocular symptom patients complained about was ocular dryness (8 patients). Electrophysiological as well as psychophysical testings showed no abnormalities in 12 patients. In 1 patient the therapy was stopped because of electrophysiological and psychophysiological pathology. This patient suffered from severe reduction of night vision and visual disturbances. Another patient had had night blindness since childhood which remained stable. We postulate that in 1 of 15 patients, visual complaints are caused with a high probability by melanoma-associated retinopathy although, in the literature, isotretinoin is described to show similar effects on retinal function. Copyright 2000 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  10. The impact of interferon-alpha2 on HLA genes in patients with polycythemia vera and related neoplasms.

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    Skov, Vibe; Riley, Caroline Hasselbalch; Thomassen, Mads; Kjær, Lasse; Stauffer Larsen, Thomas; Bjerrum, Ole Weis; Kruse, Torben A; Hasselbalch, Hans Carl

    2017-08-01

    Gene expression profiling in Philadelphia-negative chronic myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) have unraveled significant deregulation of several immune and inflammation genes of potential importance for clonal evolution. Other mechanisms might be downregulation of major histocompatibility class I and II genes used by tumor cells to escape antitumor T-cell-mediated immune responses. Several genes encoding human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class I and II molecules have been shown to be significantly downregulated. Upregulation of HLA genes is considered one of the mechanisms of action of interferon (IFN)-alpha2, but regulation of these genes during IFN-alpha2 treatment in MPNs has never been studied. Our findings show a significant upregulation of several HLA genes of importance for tumor immune surveillance by IFN-alpha2 treatment in MPNs. This mechanism might enhance the cytotoxic potential of immune cells against MPNs and explain the induction of minimal residual disease by IFN-alpha2 treatment in these patients.

  11. Mutations of the human interferon alpha-2b (hIFN-α2b) gene in occupationally protracted low dose radiation exposed personnel.

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    Shahid, Saman; Mahmood, Nasir; Chaudhry, Muhammad Nawaz; Sheikh, Shaharyar; Ahmad, Nauman

    2015-05-01

    Ionizing radiations impact human tissues by affecting the DNA bases which constitute genes. Human interferon alpha 2b gene synthesizes a protein which is an important anticancerous, immunomodulatory, anti-proliferative and antiviral protein. This study was aimed to identify interferon alpha-2b mutations as a consequence of the use of occupational chronic low dose radiation by hospital radiation exposed workers. A molecular analysis was done in which DNAs were extracted from blood samples from radiology, radiotherapy and nuclear medicine workers. The gene was amplified through polymerase chain reaction and further genetic data from sequencing results analyzed by bioinformatics tools in order to determine as to how mutations in interferon alpha 2b sequences will lead to changes in human interferon alpha-2b protein. A total of 41% gene mutations was detected among all radiation exposed workers in which higher percentage (5.4%) of base insertion mutations and 14% frameshift mutations were found in radiology workers. The chronic use of low dose of radiations by occupational workers has a significant correlation with mutational effects on interferon alpha 2b gene, further evident by depressed interferon alpha levels in serum. This can lead to depressed immunity in radiation exposed workers. Hematological profiling of this group also showed hyperimmune response in the form of lymphocytosis.

  12. The biological properties, assay, and standardization of interferon-alpha: a need for a WHO collaborative study.

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    Mire-Sluis, A R; Gaines Das, R; Zoon, K; Padilla, A; Thorpe, R; Meager, A

    1996-08-01

    Interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha) exists as a range of closely related, biologically active proteins and has been the subject of extensive research and clinical investigation. Standardization of IFN-alpha and the uniform reporting of IFN-alpha activity in International Units (IU) is critical to preclinical research and the clinical development of IFN-alpha products as therapeutic agents. Currently, several different IFN-alpha-containing reference preparations, established as World Health Organization (WHO) International Standards (IS) for particular IFN-alpha proteins (mixtures or single molecular species) are available for assay calibration. Nevertheless, the heterogeneous nature of IFN-alpha has raised standardization issues relating to the activity of individual IFN-alpha proteins, hence-forth termed subtypes, in the various biologic assays used for determining IFN-alpha levels. These issues include the question of parallelism of dose-response curves among particular IFN-alpha subtypes and different, naturally produced IFN-alpha subtype mixtures, for example, leukocyte IFN-alpha, and the applicability of IU of IFN-alpha activity defined by antiviral assays to alternative biologic assays, for example, antiproliferative assays. To address such issues, a WHO Consultative Group on Cytokine Standardization requested that the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC) and the Centre for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) organize an international collaborative study to compare the activities and relative potencies of the several available IFN-alpha preparations, including those derived from human cells containing mixtures of IFN-alpha subtypes and those derived by rDNA methods containing single IFN-alpha subtypes, in different assays. To date, 111 participants in 32 countries have been recruited to the study and have agreed to assay a total of 17 different natural and recombinant IFN-alpha preparations or a defined subset thereof in specific in

  13. Differential viral induction of distinct interferon-alpha genes by positive feedback through interferon regulatory factor-7.

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    Marié, I; Durbin, J E; Levy, D E

    1998-01-01

    Interferon (IFN) genes are among the earliest transcriptional responses to virus infection of mammalian cells. Although the regulation of the IFNbeta gene has been well characterized, the induction of the large family of IFNalpha genes has remained obscure. We report that the IFNalpha genes can be divided into two groups: an immediate-early response gene (IFNalpha4) which is induced rapidly and without the need for ongoing protein synthesis; and a set of genes that display delayed induction, consisting of at least IFNalpha2, 5, 6 and 8, which are induced more slowly and require cellular protein synthesis. One protein that must be synthesized for induction of the delayed gene set is IFN itself, presumably IFNalpha4 or IFNbeta, which stimulates the Jak-Stat pathway through the IFN receptor, resulting in activation of the transcription factor interferon-stimulated gene factor 3 (ISGF3). Among the IFN-stimulated genes induced through this positive feedback loop is the IFN regulatory factor (IRF) protein, IRF7. Induction of IRF7 protein in response to IFN and its subsequent activation by phosphorylation in response to virus-specific signals, involving two C-terminal serine residues, are required for induction of the delayed IFNalpha gene set. PMID:9822609

  14. Combination chemotherapy and alpha-interferon in the treatment of Kaposi's sarcoma associated with acquired immune deficiency syndrome.

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    Shepherd, F A; Evans, W K; Garvey, B; Read, S E; Klein, M; Fanning, M M; Coates, R

    1988-10-01

    Thirteen men with a median age of 37 (range 28 to 46) years who had extensive Kaposi's sarcoma associated with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) were treated with combination chemotherapy and alpha-interferon. Four patients had stage III disease and nine had stage IV disease (one with pulmonary and eight with gastrointestinal involvement). Treatment consisted of monthly courses of actinomycin D, 1 mg/m2, and vinblastine sulfate, 6 mg/m2, given intravenously on day 1, bleomycin, 10 mg/m2 given intravenously on days 1 and 8, and human lymphoblastoid (alpha-) interferon, 10 million U/m2 given subcutaneously three times a week for six doses starting on day 14. Forty-one treatment cycles (median 3, range 1 to 12) were administered. The median granulocyte and platelet counts on day 14 before the start of interferon therapy were 600 X 10(9)/L and 134 X 10(9)/L respectively; the counts did not fall further during interferon therapy. There was no difference in T-cell subsets, 2',5'-oligoadenylate synthetase level or results of blastogenesis studies after interferon therapy. Four patients required admission to hospital for neutropenia-associated fever. A complete response (of 24 weeks' duration) was seen in one patient and a partial response (of 14 to 44 weeks' duration) in four. One patient had a mixed response, with regression of skin involvement but progression of pulmonary disease. The median length of survival was 48 (range 4 to 143) weeks. Eleven patients died of progressive Kaposi's sarcoma, one of lymphoma and one of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. The results suggest that this form of therapy is not appropriate for patients with Kaposi's sarcoma associated with AIDS.

  15. The anti-cancer activity of human consensus interferon-alpha synthesized in cell-free system.

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    El-Baky, Nawal Abd; Omar, Sanaa H; Redwan, Elrashdy M

    2011-11-01

    The cell-free method is suitable for rapid and economical production of therapeutic proteins, since it is an open system, which allows us to control the reaction microenvironment to promote folding, solubility of proteins and maximize the protein yield. Consensus interferon is a newly developed type I interferon, a rapid-acting version of interferon that appears more potent than the currently approved pegylated version. Our work aimed to synthesize human consensus interferon-alpha (cIFN-α) in cell-free protein expression system of Escherichia coli cells origin. The cloned cIFN-α gene in pET101/D-TOPO expression system was used in cell-free IFN production. The system was tested by using a standard construct, GFP (green fluorescent protein) gene was cloned into pIVEX2.3 vector; this gene and our gene, both are under the T7 promoter transcriptional control. The synthesis of active cIFN-α gradually increased from 2 to 6 h of the reaction, also reducing the temperature of incubation to ≤ 30°C maximized its solubility. After purification on nickel-nitrilotriacetate acid (Ni-NTA) resin, the yield of cIFN-α was 400 μg/ml cell-free reaction solution. The resultant cIFN-α was fully biologically active as demonstrated by its anti-cancer effect and immunoassay signals. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Antitumor potential of a synthetic interferon-alpha/PLGF-2 positive charge peptide hybrid molecule in pancreatic cancer cells

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    Yin, Hongmei; Chen, Naifei; Guo, Rui; Wang, Hong; Li, Wei; Wang, Guanjun; Cui, Jiuwei; Jin, Haofan; Hu, Ji-Fan

    2015-01-01

    Pancreatic cancer is the most aggressive malignant disease, ranking as the fourth leading cause of cancer-related death among men and women in the United States. Interferon alpha (IFNα) has been used to treat pancreatic cancer, but its clinical application has been significantly hindered due to the low antitumor activity. We used a “cDNA in-frame fragment library” screening approach to identify short peptides that potentiate the antitumor activity of interferons. A short positively charged peptide derived from the C-terminus of placental growth factor-2 (PLGF-2) was selected to enhance the activity of IFNα. For this, we constructed a synthetic interferon hybrid molecule (SIFα) by fusing the positively charged PLGF-2 peptide to the C-terminus of the human IFNα. Using human pancreatic cell lines (ASPC and CFPAC1) as a model system, we found that SIFα exhibited a significantly higher activity than did the wild-type IFNα in inhibiting the tumor cell growth. The enhanced activity of the synthetic SIFα was associated with the activation of interferon pathway target genes and the increased binding of cell membrane receptor. This study demonstrates the potential of a synthetic SIFα as a novel antitumor agent. PMID:26584517

  17. Homozygous deletion of the. alpha. - and. beta. sub 1 -interferon genes in human leukemia and derived cell lines

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    Diaz, M.O.; Ziemin, S.; Le Beau, M.M.; Pitha, P.; Smith, S.D.; Chilcote, R.R.; Rowley, J.D. )

    1988-07-01

    The loss of bands p21-22 from one chromosome 9 homologue as a consequence of a deletion of the short arm (del(9p)), unbalanced translocation, or monosomy 9 is frequently observed in the malignant cells of patients with lymphoid neoplasias, including acute lymphoblastic leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The {alpha}- and {beta}{sub 1}-interferon genes have been assigned to this chromosome region (9p21-22). The authors now present evidence of the homozygous deletion of the interferon genes in neoplastic hematopoietic cell lines and primary leukemia cells in the presence or absence of chromosomal deletions that are detectable at the level of the light microscope. In these cell lines, the deletion of the interferon genes is accompanied by a deficiency of 5{prime}-methylthioadenosine phosphorylase, an enzyme of purine metabolism. These homozygous deletions may be associated with the loss of a tumor-suppressor gene that is involved in the development of these neoplasias. The relevant genes may be either the interferon genes themselves or a gene that has a tumor-suppressor function and is closely linked to them.

  18. Interferon-alpha in viral and bacterial gastroenteritis: a comparison with C-reactive protein and interleukin-6.

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    Mangiarotti, P; Moulin, F; Palmer, P; Ravilly, S; Raymond, J; Gendrel, D

    1999-06-01

    The aim of the study was to identify serum markers able to differentiate bacterial and viral origin in acute diarrhoea. Interferon-alpha (INF-alpha), C-reactive protein (CRP) and interleukin-6 were determined on admission in the sera of 119 children aged between 1 mo and 14 y who were hospitalized for rotavirus (n = 60) or bacterial diarrhoea (Salmonella spp. 39 cases, Shigella spp. 15 cases, Campylobacter jejuni 5 cases). CRP concentration was >10 mg/l in 48.3% of children with viral gastroenteritis and 86.4% of children with bacterial gastroenteritis. IL6 concentration was >100 pg/ml in 11.7% and 26.3% of cases, respectively. INF-alpha was detected in 79.1% of children with rotavirus (sens 79%) and in 3.5% (spec 93%) with bacterial gastroenteritis. However the INF-alpha assay takes 48 h and pathogens are often identified from stools before interferon results are available. We found that serum markers are not discriminating enough to differentiate between viral and bacterial gastroenteritis in emergency cases.

  19. Effect of chemical permeation enhancers on stratum corneum barrier lipid organizational structure and interferon alpha permeability.

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    Moghadam, Shadi H; Saliaj, Evi; Wettig, Shawn D; Dong, Chilbert; Ivanova, Marina V; Huzil, J Torin; Foldvari, Marianna

    2013-06-03

    The outermost layer of the skin, known as the stratum corneum (SC), is composed of dead corneocytes embedded in an intercellular lipid matrix consisting of ceramides, free fatty acids, and cholesterol. The high level of organization within this matrix protects the body by limiting the permeation of most compounds through the skin. While essential for its protective functions, the SC poses a significant barrier for the delivery of topically applied pharmaceutical agents. Chemical permeation enhancers (CPEs) can increase delivery of small drug compounds into the skin by interacting with the intercellular lipids through physical processes including extraction, fluidization, increased disorder, and phase separation. However, it is not clear whether these same mechanisms are involved in delivery of biotherapeutic macromolecules, such as proteins. Here we describe the effect of three categories of CPEs {solvents [ethanol, propylene glycol, diethylene glycol monoethyl ether (transcutol), oleic acid], terpenes [menthol, nerol, camphor, methyl salicylate], and surfactants [Tween 80, SDS, benzalkonium chloride, polyoxyl 40 hydrogenated castor oil (Cremophor RH40), didecyldimethylammonium bromide (DDAB), didecyltrimethylammonium bromide (DTAB)]} on the lipid organizational structure of human SC as determined by X-ray scattering studies. Small- and wide-angle X-ray scattering studies were conducted to correlate the degree of structural changes and hydrocarbon chain packing in SC lipids caused by these various classes of CPEs to the extent of permeation of interferon alpha-2b (IFNα), a 19 kDa protein drug, into human skin. With the exception of solvents, propylene glycol and ethanol, all classes of CPEs caused increased disordering of lamellar and lateral packing of lipids. We observed that the highest degree of SC lipid disordering was caused by surfactants (especially SDS, DDAB, and DTAB) followed by terpenes, such as nerol. Interestingly, in vitro skin permeation studies

  20. Interferon alpha impairs insulin production in human beta cells via endoplasmic reticulum stress.

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    Lombardi, Angela; Tomer, Yaron

    2017-02-23

    Despite substantial advances in the research exploring the pathogenesis of Type 1 Diabetes (T1D), the pathophysiological mechanisms involved remain unknown. We hypothesized in this study that interferon alpha (IFNα) participates in the early stages of T1D development by triggering endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. To verify our hypothesis, human islets and human EndoC-βH1 cells were exposed to IFNα and tested for ER stress markers, glucose stimulated insulin secretion (GSIS) and insulin content. IFNα treatment induced upregulation of ER stress markers including Binding immunoglobulin Protein, phospho-eukaryotic translation initiation factor 2α, spliced- X-box binding protein-1, C/EBP homologous protein and activating transcription factor 4. Intriguingly, IFNα treatment did not impair GSIS but significantly decreased insulin production in both human islets and EndoC-βH1 cells. Furthermore, IFNα decreased the expression of both proinsulin convertase 1 and proinsulin convertase 2, suggesting an altered functional state of the beta cells characterized by a slower proinsulin-insulin conversion. Pretreatment of both human islets and EndoC-βH1 cells with chemical chaperones 4-phenylbutyric acid and tauroursodeoxycholic acid completely prevented IFNα effects, indicating an ER stress-mediated impairment of insulin production. We demonstrated for the first time that IFNα elicits ER stress in human beta cells providing a novel mechanistic role for this virus-induced cytokine in the development of T1D. Compounds targeting molecular processes altered in ER-stressed beta cells could represent a potential therapeutic strategy to prevent IFNα-induced beta cell dysfunction in the early onset of T1D.

  1. Alpha Interferon and HIV Infection Cause Activation of Human T Cells in NSG-BLT Mice

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    Long, Brian R.

    2012-01-01

    The development of small animal models for the study of HIV transmission is important for evaluation of HIV prophylaxis and disease pathogenesis. In humanized bone marrow-liver-thymus (BLT) mice, hematopoiesis is reconstituted by implantation of human fetal liver and thymus tissue (Thy/Liv) plus intravenous injection of autologous liver-derived hematopoietic stem progenitor cells (HSPC). This results in reconstitution of human leukocytes in the mouse peripheral blood, lymphoid organs, and mucosal sites. NOD-scid interleukin-2 receptor-negative (IL-2Rγ−/−) (NSG)-BLT mice were inoculated intravaginally with HIV and were monitored for plasma viremia by a branched DNA assay 4 weeks later. T-cell activation was determined by expression of CD38 and HLA-DR on human CD4+ and CD8+ T cells in mouse peripheral blood at the time of inoculation and 4 weeks later. Additional BLT mice were treated with human alpha interferon 2b (IFN-α2b) (intron A) and assessed for T-cell activation. Productive HIV infection in BLT mice was associated with T-cell activation (increases in CD38 mean fluorescence intensity and both the frequency and absolute number of CD38+ HLA-DR+ T cells) that correlated strongly with plasma viral load and was most pronounced in the CD8+ T-cell compartment. This T-cell activation phenotype was recapitulated in NSG-BLT mice treated with intron A. HIV susceptibility correlated with the number of HSPC injected, yet a number of mice receiving the Thy/Liv implant alone, with no HSPC injection, were also susceptible to intravaginal HIV. These results are consistent with studies linking T-cell activation to progressive disease in humans and lend support for the use of NSG-BLT mice in studies of HIV pathogenesis. PMID:22238321

  2. Lower Viral Response to Pegylated Interferon Alpha 2a Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis B in Roma People in Eastern Slovakia

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    Drazilova, Sylvia; Janicko, Martin; Kristian, Pavol; Schreter, Ivan; Kucinsky, Branislav; Kozlej, Marek; Hockickova, Ivana; Jarcuska, Peter

    2016-01-01

    Aim. To evaluate the compliance and virological response to pegylated interferon alpha 2a treatment of chronic hepatitis B in Roma population compared to majority Caucasian population in Slovakia. Methods. Retrospective evaluation of a cohort of all Roma patients treated with pegylated interferon alpha 2a from 2007 to 2013 in 3 centers for treatment of chronic viral hepatitis B. The Study included 43 Roma patients with chronic viral hepatitis B and randomly selected control group. Treatment duration was 48 weeks. Viral response was evaluated after 24 weeks, at the end of treatment, and 24 weeks after the end of treatment. Results. Complete treatment course was finished by 79.1% of Roma patients compared to all patients from the control group (p = 0.0009). There was a tendency toward lower viral response rate in Roma at all time points; however significant difference was only at end of treatment viral response (51.2% Roma versus 81.4% majority, p = 0.003). We also did not find significant difference at the rate of HBsAg loss. Conclusion. Roma patients with chronic hepatitis B have significantly worse compliance to treatment with pegylated interferon and they have significantly lower rate of end of treatment viral response. PMID:26858755

  3. Prevention of transmission of hepatitis C virus in bone marrow transplantation by treating the donor with alpha-interferon.

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    Vance, E A; Soiffer, R J; McDonald, G B; Myerson, D; Fingeroth, J; Ritz, J

    1996-11-15

    Transmission of hepatitis C virus (HCV) in the setting of allogeneic bone marrow transplantation can occur through an infected marrow donor. Prevention of transmission may reduce the risks of peritransplant complications. We describe a 43-year-old patient with chronic myelogenous leukemia whose HLA-identical donor was found to be HCV antibody positive and HCV RNA positive by polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The patient was HCV antibody negative and HCV RNA negative by PCR of the serum. For 6 months before bone marrow transplantation, the donor was treated with alpha-interferon at a standard dose. After 3 months, HCV RNA was no longer detectable by PCR. Interferon was discontinued 1 week before harvest. Bone marrow cellularity was normal. Engraftment was prompt. The recipient's serum remained negative for HCV RNA at 1, 3, 5, and 10 months after transplantation. Hepatitis C transmission from a viremic donor to an HCV-seronegative recipient may be preventable by treating the donor with alpha-interferon.

  4. Interferon-gamma enhances tumor necrosis factor-alpha production by inhibiting early phase interleukin-10 transcription.

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    Shakhov, A N; Woerly, G; Car, B D; Ryffel, B

    1996-12-01

    The ability of cytokine synthesis inhibitory factor or interleukin-10 (IL-10) and interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) to modulate the production of tumor necrosis factor (TNF-alpha) induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) was examined in mouse bone marrow-derived macrophages (BMDM). IFN-gamma profoundly enhances LPS-stimulated TNF-alpha production, whereas IL-10 is markedly inhibitory, demonstrating the opposing effects of IFN-gamma and IL-10 on BMDM. Early neutralization of endogenously produced, LPS-stimulated IL-10 markedly enhanced short term TNF-alpha production, an effect further amplified by the absence of IFN-gamma priming. The regulatory effects of IFN-gamma and IL-10 apparently occurred at the translational (or post-translational) level, with TNF-alpha mRNA steady-state levels remaining unchanged. Furthermore, IFN-gamma exerts its enhancing effect on TNF synthesis by the transcriptional inhibition of IL-10. This in vitro finding was also confirmed in vivo. In the absence of LPS, IFN-gamma was not capable of inducing TNF-alpha production in BMDM, indicating that LPS or other signals are necessary for transcriptional activation. Reduced but significant TNF-alpha production in LPS-injected IFN-gamma receptor -/- mice suggests that IFN-gamma is not an absolute requirement and that other cytokines or cell types contribute in a secondary fashion to the priming of LPS-induced TNF-alpha production in vivo.

  5. Interferons alpha and beta down-regulate the expression of basic fibroblast growth factor in human carcinomas.

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    Singh, R K; Gutman, M; Bucana, C D; Sanchez, R; Llansa, N; Fidler, I J

    1995-01-01

    We investigated the influence of interferons alpha, beta, and gamma (IFN-alpha, -beta, and -gamma) on the production of basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) by human renal carcinoma cells. The human renal carcinoma cell metastatic line SN12PM6 was established in culture from a lung metastasis and SN12PM6-resistant cells were selected in vitro for resistance to the antiproliferative effects of IFN-alpha or IFN-beta. IFN-alpha and IFN-beta, but not IFN-gamma, down-regulated the expression of bFGF at the mRNA and protein levels by a mechanism independent of their antiproliferative effects. Down-regulation of bFGF required a long exposure (> 4 days) of cells to low concentrations (> 10 units/ml) of IFN-alpha or IFN-beta. The withdrawal of IFN-alpha or IFN-beta from the medium permitted SN12PM6-resistant cells to resume production of bFGF. The incubation of human bladder, prostate, colon, and breast carcinoma cells with noncytostatic concentrations of IFN-alpha or IFN-beta also produced down-regulation of bFGF production. Images Fig. 1 Fig. 2 Fig. 3 Fig. 4 PMID:7753843

  6. Interactions of interferon-alpha 2a with 5'-deoxy-5-fluorouridine in colorectal cancer cells in vitro.

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    Tevaearai, H T; Laurent, P L; Suardet, L; Eliason, J F; Givel, J C; Odartchenko, N

    1992-01-01

    The biological activity of 5'-deoxy-5-fluorouridine (5'-dFUrd) depends upon intracellular enzymatic cleavage by pyrimidine phosphorylase to form 5-fluorouracil (5-FU). Interferon-alpha 2a (IFN-alpha) effect was analysed alone and combined with 5-FU or 5'-dFUrd, on proliferation inhibition of eight human colorectal cancer cell lines. The toxicity of 5-FU was enhanced by IFN-alpha in only one line (SW-480). In contrast, interactive enhancement of IFN-alpha was observed with 5'-dFUrd in five lines (WiDr, HT-29, 513, SW-480 and Co-115). In each of the lines showing potentiation by IFN/5'dFUrd but not by IFN/5-FU, cytoplasmic pyrimidine phosphorylase activity was increased after 5 days' incubation with IFN-alpha in a dose-dependent manner. Two lines (LISP-1 and SW-620) showed no potentiation of either 5-FU or 5'-dFUrd toxicity by IFN-alpha, and no change in pyrimidine phosphorylase activity. Potentiation of 5'-dFUrd effect by IFN-alpha may thus be explained by an enhancement of its conversion to 5-FU through stimulation of pyrimidine phosphorylase activity.

  7. Final report of a phase II study of interleukin 2 and interferon alpha in patients with metastatic melanoma.

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    Kruit, W. H.; Goey, S. H.; Calabresi, F.; Lindemann, A.; Stahel, R. A.; Poliwoda, H.; Osterwalder, B.; Stoter, G.

    1995-01-01

    Fifty-seven patients with metastatic melanoma were treated with interleukin 2 (IL-2) 7.8 MIU m-2 day-1 as a continuous infusion for 4 days combined with interferon alpha (IFN-alpha) 6 MIU m-2 day-1 subcutaneously on days 1 and 4. The cycle was repeated every 2 weeks for a maximum number of 13 cycles. Of the 51 evaluable patients, one (2%) achieved a complete and seven (14%) a partial response (total response rate 16%; CI 7-29%). Median time to progression and median survival were 2.5 and 11.3 months respectively. This regimen of IL-2 and IFN-alpha appeared to be only moderately active. PMID:7779731

  8. Ischaemic jejunal vasculitis during treatment with pegylated interferon-alpha 2b and ribavirin for hepatitis C virus related cirrhosis.

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    Pompili, M; Pizzolante, F; Larocca, L M; Covino, M; Rapaccini, G L; Gasbarrini, G

    2006-05-01

    A 53-year-old male with compensated cirrhosis (Child-Pugh class A5) and mixed cryoglobulinaemia (cryocrit: 2.0%), both hepatitis C virus-related, was treated with pegylated interferon-alpha 2b and ribavirin. After three months of therapy, he developed segmental jejunal vasculitis requiring emergency resection of an ischaemic intestinal loop 60cm long. Pathological examination of the surgical specimen revealed signs of ischaemic injury with haemorrhagic infarction due to arteritis and arterial occlusion. The postoperative course was complicated by progressive liver and renal failure that led to the patient's death six months after surgery. To our knowledge, ischaemic jejunal vasculitis has never been reported during interferon therapy, but the latter treatment may have played causative roles.

  9. The effect of interferon-{alpha} on the expression of cytochrome P450 3A4 in human hepatoma cells

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    Flaman, Anathea S.; Gravel, Caroline; Hashem, Anwar M.; Tocchi, Monika; Li Xuguang

    2011-06-01

    Interferon {alpha} (IFN{alpha}) is used to treat malignancies and chronic viral infections. It has been found to decrease the rate of drug metabolism by acting on cytochrome P450 enzymes, but no studies have investigated the consequences of IFN{alpha} treatment on the CYP3A4 isoform, responsible for the metabolism of a majority of drugs. In this study, we have examined the effect of IFN{alpha} on CYP3A4 catalytic activity and expression in human hepatoma cells. We found that IFN{alpha} inhibits CYP3A4 activity and rapidly down-regulates the expression of CYP3A4, independent of de novo protein synthesis. Pharmacologic inhibitors and a dominant-negative mutant expression plasmid were used to dissect the molecular pathway required for CYP3A4 suppression, revealing roles for Jak1 and Stat1 and eliminating the involvement of the p38 mitogen-activated and extracellular regulated kinases. Treatment of hepatoma cells with IFN{alpha} did not affect the nuclear localization or relative abundance of Sp1 and Sp3 transcription factors, suggesting that the suppression of CYP3A4 by IFN{alpha} does not result from inhibitory Sp3 out-competing Sp1. To our knowledge, this is the first report that IFN{alpha} down-regulates CYP3A4 expression largely through the JAK-STAT pathway. Since IFN{alpha} suppresses CYP3A4 expression, caution is warranted when IFN{alpha} is administered in combination with CYP3A4 substrates to avoid the occurrence of adverse drug interactions.

  10. Limited proteolysis of human leukocyte interferon-. cap alpha. 2 and localization of the monoclonal antibody-binding antigenic determinant

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    Kostrov, S.V.; Chernovskaya, T.V.; Khodova, O.M.; Borukhov, S.I.; Ryzhavskaya, A.S.; Izotova, L.S.; Strongin, A.Ya.

    1986-05-20

    Large peptide fragments of human leukocyte interferon-..cap alpha..2 (INF-..cap alpha..2) were produced by limited proteolysis with trypsin, pepsin, thermolysin, and Bacillus amyloliquefaciens serine proteinase, and the ability of the fragments to react with murine monoclonal antibodies NK2, directed toward INF-..cap alpha..2, was studied by the immunoblotting technique. The region of the sequence 110-149 is the most sensitive to proteinase attack and evidently is exposed on the surface of the INF-..cap alpha..2 molecule. The INF-..cap alpha..2 fragments 1-139, 1-147, and 1-149 react with antibodies, whereas the fragments 1-109 and 1-112 do not bind NK2 antibodies. A comparison of the primary structure of the families of human leukocyte and murine leukocyte INF in the region of the sequence 110-139 and an analysis of the ability of human INF differing in amino acid sequence to interact with NK2 antibodies suggested that the antigenic determinant that binds monoclonal antibodies NK2 is the sequence Glu/sub 114/-Asp/sub 115/-Ser/sub 116/-He/sub 117/ of the INF-..cap alpha..2 molecule.

  11. ICAM-1 is required for resistance to herpes simplex virus type 1 but not interferon-alpha1 transgene efficacy.

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    Noisakran, S; Härle, P; Carr, D J

    2001-04-25

    The purpose of this study was to determine the role of ICAM-1 in ocular herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) infection. Wild-type and ICAM-1 knockout mice were assessed for resistance to ocular HSV-1 infection in the presence of naked DNA plasmid vector or plasmid DNA encoding interferon-alpha1 topically applied to the cornea of the mice. Wild-type mice showed greater resistance to HSV-1 infection compared to ICAM-1 knockout mice as measured by cumulative survival. The absence of ICAM-1 did not affect the efficacy of the interferon-alpha1 transgene against ocular HSV-1. Both ICAM-1 and wild-type mice treated with the transgene showed a reduction in viral load and antigen expression in the trigeminal ganglion compared to the plasmid vector-treated counterparts. In contrast, the presence of the transgene reduced the number of infiltrating cells into the cornea in comparison to plasmid vector DNA controls in the wild-type mice but not in the ICAM-1 knockout mice. Collectively, these results suggest that the IFN-alpha1 transgene can restore resistance against HSV-1 infection in ICAM-1-deficient mice. Copyright 2001 Academic Press.

  12. Fabrication of polymer-platinum(II) complex nanomicelle from mPEG-g-alpha,beta-poly [(N-amino acidyl)-DL-aspartamide] and cis-dichlorodiammine platinum(II) and its cytotoxicity.

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    Wang, Chengyun; Gong, Yanbao; Fan, Naiqian; Liu, Shunying; Luo, Shufang; Yu, Jiahui; Huang, Jin

    2009-04-01

    The aim of research is to develop and optimize delivery system for cis-dichlorodiammine platinum(II) (CDDP) based on polymer-metal complex nanomicelles with controllable particle size in order to achieve the passive tumor targeting. In particular, graft copolymers, mPEG-g-alpha,beta-poly [(N-amino acidyl)-DL-aspartamide] (mPEG-g-PAAsp) were synthesized by the ring-opening reaction of polysuccinimide with mPEG-NH(2) (M(w): 2000 and 5000 Da), and then with l-aspartic acid and l-glutamic acid, respectively. mPEG-g-PAAsp-CDDP complex nanomicelles were fabricated from mPEG-g-PAAsp and CDDP. The formation of mPEG-g-PAAsp-CDDP nanomicelles was confirmed by fluorescence spectrophotoscopy, electrical conductivity and particle size measurements. It was found that all the nanomicelles showed spherical shapes with clear core-shell structures and narrow size distributions. Their sizes ranged from 80 to 160 nm, suggesting of their passive targeting potential to tumor tissue. With the increase of the molecular weight of mPEG, the sizes of mPEG-g-PAAsp-CDDP micelles showed a tendency to increase. mPEG-g-PAAsp-CDDP nanomicelles showed linear gradual drug release profiles in 40 h, suggestion of their sustained drug release behaviors. Compared with CDDP, mPEG-g-PAAsp-CDDP micelles showed essential decreased cytotoxicity to Bel-7402 cell line.

  13. Effect of alpha interferon on glucose and alanine transport by rat renal brush border membrane vesicles

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    Batuman, V.; Chadha, I. New Jersey Medical School, Newark )

    1990-01-01

    To investigate the pathogenetic mechanisms of interferon nephrotoxicity, we studied the effect of recombinant interferon alfa-2b on the uptake of {sup 14}C-D-glucose and {sup 14}C-L-alanine by rat renal brush-border-membrane vesicles. Interferon significantly inhibited 20 sec. sodium-dependent and 5 and 10 min. equilibrium uptake of both glucose and alanine. The inhibitory effect was dose dependent with maximum effect achieved at interferon concentration of 5 {times} 10{sup {minus}8}M in the uptake media. The half-maximal inhibitory concentrations, IC{sub 50}, of interferon on glucose uptake was 1.8 {times} 10{sup {minus}8}M, and 5.4 {times} 10{sup {minus}9}M on alanine uptake. Dixon plot analysis of uptake data was consistent with pure non-competitive inhibition. The inhibition constants, K{sub i}, 1.5 {times} 10{sup {minus}8}M for glucose uptake, and 7.3 {times} 10{sup {minus}9}M for alanine uptake, derived from Dixon plots were in close agreement with the IC{sub 50}s calculated from the semilog dose response curves. These observations reveal that direct interactions at the proximal tubule cell membrane are involved in the pathogenesis of interferon nephrotoxicity, and that its mechanism of nephrotoxicity is similar to that of other low molecular weight proteins.

  14. Differential effects of human interferon alpha and interferon gamma on xenografted human thyroid tissue in severe combined immunodeficient mice and nude mice.

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    Kawai, K; Enomoto, T; Fornasier, V; Resetkova, E; Volpé, R

    1997-03-01

    We have studied the in vivo effects of human interferon alpha (IFN-alpha) and interferon gamma (IFN-gamma) administration on human thyroid tissue xenografted into two mouse strains: severe combined immunodeficient (SCID) mice and nude mice. Human lymphocytes survive in SCID mice but are lysed in nude mice. Thyroid tissues from Graves' disease or Hashimoto's thyroiditis, or paranodular [normal, (N)] tissue was xenografted into SCID mice (0.8 g/mouse) pretreated with anti-asialo GM-1 antiserum and radiation and also into nude mice. One week after xenografting, SCID and nude mice were divided into three groups. Group A was treated with IFN-alpha intraperitoneally (2,000 units/mouse) three times weekly; group B was treated with IFN-gamma similarly; group C was treated with phosphate buffered saline (PBS) only (control). Autologous human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) were added to mice receiving N xenografts. Blood was taken every 2 weeks for levels of IgG and thyroid antibodies (TAb). After 6 weeks of treatment, mice were sacrificed, and xenograft thyrocyte histocompatibility leukocyte antigen (HLA-DR) and intercellular adhesion molecule (ICAM-1) expression were measured. In addition, thyrocyte cultures were stimulated in vitro with 200 units/ml of either IFN-alpha or IFN-gamma or PBS (control). SCID mice xenografted with autoimmune thyroid disease (AITD) in group A showed a significantly higher TAb production than group C, whereas in group B, TAb production was not statistically increased compared to control (group C). SCID mice xenografted with N did not produce TAb in any group, nor did nude mice xenografted with AITD. Thyrocyte HLA-DR expression was markedly increased in group A and B in SCID mice xenografted with Graves' disease, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, and N tissue compared to group C. In contrast, only group B (IFN-gamma) showed an increase in thyrocyte HLA-DR in nude mice. In the in vitro studies, only IFN-gamma (not IFN-alpha) stimulated

  15. Diagnostic phase antibody response to the human papillomavirus type 16 E2 protein is associated with successful treatment of genital HPV lesions with systemic interferon alpha-2b.

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    Stellato, G; Paavonen, J; Nieminen, P; Hibma, M; Vilja, P; Lehtinen, M

    1997-02-01

    Systemic interferon alpha-2b treatment reduces relapses of genital human papillomavirus (HPV) lesions in some but not all females. The aim of the present study was to investigate possible predictive pretreatment factors for the outcome of therapy. HPV DNA status and HPV antibody response were evaluated in 100 randomized patients treated with laser ablation and systemic interferon alpha-2b or placebo, and followed up to 6 months. Overall, adjuvant therapy with systemic interferon-alpha did not differ from placebo. However, detectable diagnostic phase levels of serum antibodies to e.g. HPV16 open reading frame (ORF) E2 derived peptide 141EEASVTVVEGQVDYY155 predicted 10-fold difference in the risk of recurrence of HPV infection following adjuvant interferon alpha-2b therapy as compared with placebo (odds ratio, OR, 0.5, 95% confidence interval (CI), 0.1-2.3; OR, 4.6, 95% CI 0.5-41, respectively). This trend was statistically significant in the whole study population (2P < 0.05), and in patients with high viral load (2P < 0.01). Evaluation of the E2 antibody responses may help to identify women with genital HPV lesions who respond to systemic interferon alpha-2b treatment.

  16. Complementary Effects of Interleukin-15 and Alpha Interferon Induce Immunity in Hepatitis B Virus Transgenic Mice.

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    Di Scala, Marianna; Otano, Itziar; Gil-Fariña, Irene; Vanrell, Lucia; Hommel, Mirja; Olagüe, Cristina; Vales, Africa; Galarraga, Miguel; Guembe, Laura; Ortiz de Solorzano, Carlos; Ghosh, Indrajit; Maini, Mala K; Prieto, Jesús; González-Aseguinolaza, Gloria

    2016-10-01

    In chronic hepatitis B (CHB), failure to control hepatitis B virus (HBV) is associated with T cell dysfunction. HBV transgenic mice mirror many features of the human disease, including T cell unresponsiveness, and thus represent an appropriate model in which to test novel therapeutic strategies. To date, the tolerant state of CD8(+) T cells in these animals could be altered only by strong immunogens or by immunization with HBV antigen-pulsed dendritic cells; however, the effectors induced were unable to suppress viral gene expression or replication. Because of the known stimulatory properties of alpha interferon (IFN-α) and interleukin-15 (IL-15), this study explored the therapeutic potential of liver-directed gene transfer of these cytokines in a murine model of CHB using adeno-associated virus (AAV) delivery. This combination not only resulted in a reduction in the viral load in the liver and the induction of an antibody response but also gave rise to functional and specific CD8(+) immunity. Furthermore, when splenic and intrahepatic lymphocytes from IFN-α- and IL-15-treated animals were transferred to new HBV carriers, partial antiviral immunity was achieved. In contrast to previous observations made using either cytokine alone, markedly attenuated PD-L1 induction in hepatic tissue was observed upon coadministration. An initial study with CHB patient samples also gave promising results. Hence, we demonstrated synergy between two stimulating cytokines, IL-15 and IFN-α, which, given together, constitute a potent approach to significantly enhance the CD8(+) T cell response in a state of immune hyporesponsiveness. Such an approach may be useful for treating chronic viral infections and neoplastic conditions. With 350 million people affected worldwide and 600,000 annual deaths due to HBV-induced liver cirrhosis and/or hepatocellular carcinoma, chronic hepatitis B (CHB) is a major health problem. However, current treatment options are costly and not very effective

  17. Clinical improvement and normalized Th1 cytokine profile in early and long-term interferon-alpha treatment in a suspected case of hyper-IgE syndrome.

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    Benninghoff, Ulrike; Cattaneo, Federica; Aiuti, Alessandro; Flores-D'Arcais, Alberto; Gelmetti, Carlo; Viscardi, Matteo; Callegaro, Luciano; Mirolo, Massimiliano; Ambrosi, Alessandro; Roncarolo, Maria Grazia; Bacchetta, Rosa

    2008-09-01

    We are reporting on a 7-months-old boy with suspected hyper-IgE syndrome, presenting with a therapy resistant severe eczema and an overall reduction of in vitro cytokine production. Interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha) treatment resulted in a marked and stable clinical improvement and normalization of in vitro T-cell cytokine production, indicating a valid therapeutic potential of IFN-alpha as immunomodulating drug.

  18. Topical application of the cornea post-infection with plasmid DNA encoding interferon-alpha1 but not recombinant interferon-alphaA reduces herpes simplex virus type 1-induced mortality in mice.

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    Noisakran, S; Carr, D J

    2001-12-03

    A study was undertaken to compare the efficacy of recombinant interferon (rIFN)-alphaA to plasmid DNA encoding IFN-alpha1 against ocular herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) infection. The topical application of rIFN-alphaA (100-300 units/eye) onto the cornea of mice subsequently infected 24 h later with HSV-1 antagonized viral-induced mortality. The enhancement in cumulative survival in the rIFN-alphaA-treated mice correlated with a reduction of viral titers recovered in the eye and trigeminal ganglion (TG) at 3 and 6 days post-infection. The protective effect was site-specific such that when rIFN-alphaA was administered orally or intranasally, no efficacy against HSV-1 was observed. However, the protective effect was time-dependent. Specifically, when the rIFN-alphaA (100-1000 units/eye) was administered at 24 h post-infection, no protective effect was observed against HSV-1 compared to the vehicle-treated group. In contrast, plasmid DNA (100 microg/eye) containing the IFN-alpha1 transgene showed significant protection when topically applied 24 h post-infection. Although the transgene was found to traffic distal from the site of application (eye), including the trigeminal ganglion and the spleen where CD11b(+) and CD11c(+) cells express the transgene, the migration of the transgene did not correlate with efficacy. Collectively, the results suggest that naked DNA encoding type I IFN applied post-infection provides a greater degree of protection against ocular HSV-1 infection in comparison with recombinant protein effectively antagonizing viral replication and spread.

  19. In vitro protective effect of bacteria-derived bovine alpha interferon I1 against selected bovine viruses.

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    Gillespie, J H; Robson, D S; Scott, F W; Schiff, E I

    1985-01-01

    We used bacteria-derived bovine alpha-interferon I1 (Bo IFN-alpha I1) to study its antiviral effect in a bovine turbinate cell line on bovine diarrhea virus, infectious bovine rhinotracheitis virus, parainfluenza 3 virus, and pseudorabies virus. We based our study upon replicate tests for each strain by using a block titration system with various concentrations of Bo IFN-alpha I1 against various concentrations of virus. The data were compiled in two-axis tables (replicate X concentration) and were statistically analyzed by the Spearman-Kärber method. An increase in the concentration of Bo IFN-alpha I1 enhanced its protective effect against every test virus strain. Bo IFN-alpha I1 had a marked in vitro effect on the bovine diarrhea viral strains. It demonstrated less protection against the pseudorabies and parainfluenza 3 viruses. Its effectiveness against the two infectious bovine rhinotracheitis viral strains was lesser and of a low order. PMID:2999188

  20. Characteristics of alpha/beta interferon induction after infection of murine fibroblasts with wild-type and mutant alphaviruses

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    Burke, Crystal W.; Gardner, Christina L.; Steffan, Joshua J.; Ryman, Kate D.; Klimstra, William B.

    2009-12-05

    We examined the characteristics of interferon alpha/beta (IFN-alpha/beta) induction after alphavirus or control Sendai virus (SeV) infection of murine fibroblasts (MEFs). As expected, SeV infection of wild-type (wt) MEFs resulted in strong dimerization of IRF3 and the production of high levels of IFN-alpha/beta. In contrast, infection of MEFs with multiple alphaviruses failed to elicit detectable IFN-alpha/beta. In more detailed studies, Sindbis virus (SINV) infection caused dimerization and nuclear migration of IRF3, but minimal IFN-beta promoter activity, although surprisingly, the infected cells were competent for IFN production by other stimuli early after infection. A SINV mutant defective in host macromolecular synthesis shutoff induced IFN-alpha/beta in the MEF cultures dependent upon the activities of the TBK1 IRF3 activating kinase and host pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) PKR and MDA5 but not RIG-I. These results suggest that wild-type alphaviruses antagonize IFN induction after IRF3 activation but also may avoid detection by host PRRs early after infection.

  1. Assessment of the effects of pH, formulation and deformulation on the conformation of interferon alpha-2 by NMR.

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    Panjwani, Naim; Hodgson, Derek J; Sauvé, Simon; Aubin, Yves

    2010-08-01

    This article reports the results of our investigation of the effects of pH and various formulations on the conformation of interferon (IFN) alpha-2a and IFN alpha-2b using the NMR fingerprinting assay. Samples of (15)N-IFN alpha-2 were produced and their activity was inferred by comparing their NMR spectra with those recorded for the corresponding European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines (EDQM) reference standards. The proteins were then mixed with appropriate excipients to reproduce formulations used in innovator products of Roferon-A and Intron-A and deformulated via cation-exchange chromatography. The conformation of IFN alpha-2 was monitored by two-dimensional (2D)-NMR spectroscopy at various pHs, after formulation and deformulation procedures. Our results show that the process does not alter the conformation of IFN alpha-2 and that the optimal pH for deformulation is 4.0 +/- 0.5. Variation in pH below 3.0 causes the protein to unfold, whereas above pH 4.5, the three-dimensional (3D) fold is maintained, but the NMR spectra indicate a propensity to oligomerize. This behaviour is reversible upon readjusting the pH to 3.5-4.5. Here, we demonstrate the applicability of NMR to assess the structure of protein therapeutics. The proposed method can assist in validating analytical methods that require deformulation of IFN-based products.

  2. Increased antiviral activity of microscale-purified HuIFN alpha 8 (human interferon alpha 8) over HuIFN alpha 2b in Hep-2 cells challenged with Mengo virus.

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    García, Julio César Sánchez; Ariza, Alejandro Miranda; Lasa, Alexis Musacchio; González, Luis Javier; Perez, Vladimir Besada

    2007-11-01

    Human proteins are not routinely expressed at high levels in Escherichia coli for, among other reasons, different codon usage. Several purification procedures have been applied to recover recombinant proteins for further biological characterization. However, the vast majority involve costly chromatography procedures. In the present study, both (Hu)IFN(alpha 2b) (human interferon alpha 2b) and (Hu)IFN(alpha 8) were expressed efficiently in E. coli BL21-codonplus-RIL. Subsequently, both recombinant proteins were purified to homogeneity by passive elution from reverse-stained SDS/PAGE gels, a cost-effective purification procedure. After purification, both recovered proteins were biologically active. The (Hu)IFN(alpha 8) subtype induced 1.46-fold more antiviral activity than (Hu)IFN(alpha 2b) using Hep-2 human laryngeal carcinoma cell challenged with Mengo virus.

  3. Interferon structural genes do not participate in quantitative regulation of interferon production by If loci as shown in C57BL/6 mice that are congenic with BALB/c mice at the alpha interferon gene cluster.

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    De Maeyer-Guignard, J; Dandoy, F; Bailey, D W; De Maeyer, E

    1986-01-01

    Previous studies have shown that serum interferon (IFN) production in mice is quantitatively influenced by If loci, whose alleles determine high or low production. Although different loci influence IFN production in response to different inducers, such as Newcastle disease virus, Sendai virus, herpes simplex virus type 1, and polyriboinosinic-polyribocytidylic acid, BALB/c mice are in every instance low producers. It was therefore possible that, in addition to If loci, some feature of the BALB/c structural IFN genes contributed to low production. This was examined in the present work, in which IFN production was measured in two strains of C57BL/6 mice congenic with BALB/c at the murine alpha IFN (IFN-alpha) gene cluster on chromosome 4. One line, HW13 (B6.C-H-15c-H-16c-H-20c-H-21c/By) has a BALB/c fragment on chromosome 4 of at least 35 centimorgans which includes the BALB/c IFN-alpha gene cluster and four loci of the brown histocompatibility complex; the other line, HW13J (B6.C-H-15c/By), has a much shorter fragment (about 15 centimorgans), but it also comprises the BALB/c IFN-alpha gene cluster. We show that these mice, carrying the BALB/c IFN-alpha structural genes on a C57BL/6 background, are high IFN producers when stimulated by Newcastle disease virus, Sendai virus, herpes simplex virus type 1, or polyriboinosinic-polyribocytidylic acid. Thus, the low IFN production of BALB/c mice is not directly due to some feature of the IFN-alpha structural genes but is mainly the result of different alleles at If loci. PMID:2422400

  4. Comparative in vivo and in vitro activation of human natural killer cells by two recombinant alpha-interferons differing in antiviral activity.

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    Edwards, B S; Hawkins, M J; Borden, E C

    1984-07-01

    Natural killer (NK) cell activation by two interferon-alpha subtypes, interferon-alpha A and interferon-alpha D, was examined in vitro and in vivo in eight cancer patients. When assessed in vitro, NK cells in six of eight patients lysed K562 target cells to a greater extent when incubated with interferon-alpha A (1 ng/ml) than with the same concentration of interferon-alpha D. However, when patients were evaluated collectively, no significant difference was detectable in the effectiveness of the two subtypes in enhancing NK cell activity. Patients received the same interferons given as four injections which were randomized with respect to subtype and were separated by intervals of six or more days. NK cell activity was consistently elevated in peripheral mononuclear cells sampled 24 hr but not seven days after injection as compared to peripheral mononuclear cells sampled just prior to each injection (p less than 0.001 for both subtypes). At a given dose level, both interferon subtypes resulted in comparable NK cell activation. However, a negative correlation existed between the amount of interferon administered and the magnitude of enhancement (p less than 0.05). In 16 separate paired determinations, there were eight in which NK cell activity was lower after the second injection of an interferon dose than after the first injection of the same dose (15 or 45 micrograms, irrespective of subtype), and eight in which the alternate pattern occurred. Thus, repeated injection in the same patient of one or the other dose resulted in no consistent changes in the extent of NK cell stimulation. Since the two interferons have a 20-fold difference in specific antiviral activity for human amnion cells and up to an 80-fold difference in human fibroblasts, either different mechanisms are involved in antiviral and NK cell-stimulatory activity, or activities of these two subtypes for cells of different histogenesis vary. Greater NK cell-stimulatory activity therefore occurred at the

  5. Interferon-alpha2a and 13-cis-retinoic acid with radiation treatment for high-grade glioma.

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    Dillman, R. O.; Shea, W. M.; Tai, D. F.; Mahdavi, K.; Barth, N. M.; Kharkar, B. R.; Poor, M. M.; Church, C. K.; DePriest, C.

    2001-01-01

    Interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha) has been safely given concurrently with radiation therapy (RT) in treating gliomas. As single agents, both IFN-alpha and cis-retinoic acid (CRA) have produced objective tumor regressions in patients with recurrent gliomas. In vitro, IFN-alpha2a and CRA enhance radiation therapy effects on glioblastoma cells more than either agent alone. This trial was conducted to determine the clinical effects of IFN-alpha2a and CRA when given concurrently with radiation therapy to patients with high-grade glioma. Newly diagnosed patients with high-grade glioma received IFN-alpha2a at a dosage of 3 to 6 million IU s.c. 4 times a day for 3 days per week and 1 mg/kg CRA by mouth 4 times a day for 5 days per week during the delivery of partial brain radiation therapy at 180 cGy x 33 fractions for 5 days per week for a total of 59.4 Gy during the 7-week period. Use of the antiepileptic phenytoin was prohibited after observing that the combination of IFN-alpha2a, CRA, and phenytoin was associated with a high rate of dermatologic toxicity not seen in a previous study with concurrent IFN-alpha2a and radiation therapy. Forty patients (26 men and 14 women) with a median age of 60 (range, 19 to 81 years) were enrolled between August 1996 and October 1998. Histopathologic diagnoses were glioblastoma multiforme or grade 4 anaplastic astrocytoma in 36 patients, and grade 3 anaplastic astrocytoma in 4 patients. Only 4 patients (10%) underwent a gross total resection of tumor prior to this therapy; 50% were asymptomatic when treatment was initiated. The planned 7-week course of concurrent therapy was completed by 75% of patients; 30% completed the 16-week course of IFN-alpha and CRA alone. At a median follow-up of 36 months, there were 37 deaths, with a median overall survival of 9.3 months and a 1-year survival rate of 42%. There was no improvement in survival compared with a similar group of 19 patients treated with concurrent IFN-alpha2a and radiation therapy in a

  6. Use of intralesional interferon-alpha for the treatment of recalcitrant oral warts in patients with AIDS: a report of 4 cases.

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    Lozada-Nur, F; Glick, M; Schubert, M; Silverberg, I

    2001-12-01

    Four human immunodeficiency virus-positive homosexual men with 2- to 4.5-year histories of recurrent oral warts that had failed to respond to conventional surgical and other treatment modalities were offered treatment with interferon-alpha. All had multiple or large oral warts, 3 had skin warts, 2 had a history of anal warts, and 1 had penile lesions. All 4 patients were treated with a combination of intralesional and subcutaneous interferon-alpha. Adverse side effects were dose-related, mild, and transient; they included flulike symptoms (3 patients), hair loss and tachycardia (1 patient), and transient changes in the white blood cell count. All patients responded to therapy and remained free of disease up to 42 months. Intralesional injection with interferon-alpha appears to provide excellent clinical control for recurrent, multiple, and extensive oral warts in the human immunodeficiency virus-positive population, and is a useful adjunct to initial surgical removal of oral warts.

  7. Expression of the interferon-alpha/beta-inducible bovine Mx1 dynamin interferes with replication of rabies virus.

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    Leroy, M; Pire, G; Baise, E; Desmecht, D

    2006-03-01

    Rabies is a fatal anthropozoonotic viral infection of the central nervous system that remains a serious public health problem in many countries. As several animal cases of spontaneous survival to infection were reported and because type 1 interferons were shown to protect against the virus, it was suggested that innate resistance mechanisms exist. Among the antiviral proteins that are synthesized in response to interferon-alpha/beta stimulation, Mx proteins from several species are long known to block the replication of vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV). As both VSV and rabies virus belongs to the Rhabdoviridae family, this study was started with the aim to establish whether the anti-VSV activity of a mammalian Mx protein could be extended to rabies virus. This question was addressed by inoculating the virus onto a bovine Mx1 or human MxA-expressing Vero cell clone. Plaque formation was unambiguously blocked, and viral yields were reduced 100- to 1000-fold by bovine Mx1 expression for both SAG2 and SADB19 viral strains. In opposition, only SAG2 strain could be inhibited by the expression of human MxA protein. The effect of both proteins expression was then evaluated at the viral protein expression level. Again, boMx1 was able to repress protein expression in both strain, whereas only SAG2 proteins were inhibited in human MxA-expressing cells. These results suggest that protection conferred by interferon-alpha/beta against rabies could be, at least partially, attributable to the Mx pathway. Alternatively, bovine Mx1 could be unique in its ability to repress rabies virus which, if confirmed in vivo, would open an avenue for the development of new antirabies therapeutic strategies.

  8. [Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy after treatment with pegylated interferon alpha 2b in a patient with HIV/HCV coinfection: case report].

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    Bassetti, Bil Randerson; Trés, Eduardo Sturzeneker; Ciríaco, Jovana Gobbi Marchesi; Pinto Neto, Lauro Ferreira Silva

    2010-01-01

    Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy has a strong association with HIV and HCV infection. A rare association between chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy and hepatitis C treatment with pegylated interferon alpha was described recently. We described the first case of chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy associated with pegylated interferon alpha 2b in a white man infected with HIV and HCV. The patient recovered completely with the use of intravenous hyperimmune immunoglobulin. Infectologists and hepatologists should be alert regarding this rare and serious association, which requires immediately drug discontinuation and early treatment.

  9. Add-on peg-interferon leads to loss of HBsAg in patients with HBeAg-negative chronic hepatitis and HBV DNA fully suppressed by long-term nucleotide analogs.

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    Ouzan, Denis; Pénaranda, Guillaume; Joly, Hélène; Khiri, Hacène; Pironti, Antonnella; Halfon, Philippe

    2013-12-01

    The aim of this study was to prospectively evaluate whether the addition of peg-IFN to a stable NA regimen leads to loss of HBsAg in HBeAg-negative patients with chronic hepatitis and HBV DNA fully suppressed by long-term NA treatment. We analyzed HBsAg levels in 10 HBsAg-positive, HBeAg-negative patients who received peg-IFN alpha-2a in addition to a NA regimen. Treatment lasted a maximum of 96 weeks, according to changes in the HBsAg titer. Before peg-IFN therapy, HBV DNA levels had been below the limit of detection for at least three years. HBsAg levels declined in nine patients. Among these nine, four became HBsAg-negative after 48 weeks of peg-IFN treatment; these patients received peg-IFN for only 48 weeks. NAs were stopped in these four patients, and these levels remained stable for at least 18 months (loss of HBsAg; HBV-DNA negative). HBs seroconversion was observed in two patients. The remaining five patients received 96 weeks of peg-IFN therapy. One patient became HBsAg-negative at the end of peg-IFN therapy; another became HBsAg-negative six months later. Three patients did not become HBsAg-negative. NAs were stopped in the two patients who became HBsAg-negative with no relapse during 12 months of follow up. In HBsAg-positive, HBeAg-negative patients with HBV DNA were fully suppressed by long-term NA treatment, the addition of peg-INF for a maximum of 96 weeks based on HBsAg-titer monitoring led to a loss of HBsAg and cessation of NA therapy in six out of ten patients, with no relapse for 12-18 months of follow up. HBs seroconversion was observed in two patients. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. [Interferon-alpha toxicity and reversible bilateral optical neuropathy: a timely withdrawal of the drug].

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    Pérez-Carro, G; Fernández-Alonso, R; González-Diéguez, M L; Rodríguez-García, M; Junceda-Moreno, J

    2014-04-01

    Clinical case A patient with chronic, painless, bilateral loss of vision, after significant intake of interferon (IFNα) and ribavirina due to liver transplant. Ocular fundus is normal. A suspected retrobulbar optic neuropathy is confirmed by a prolongation of the latency of the patient's visual evoked potential. There being no prior record of risk factors and with the patient's systemic analysis giving normal results, the clinical improvement and the electro-physiological tests conducted after the drug was withdrawn point to interferon as negatively affecting the bilateral optic nerve. Discussion Interferon-α is used in the treatment of viral and neoplastic illnesses. Currently the drug is formulated as Interferon alfa pegilado (IFNα-p) in order to reduce toxicity and increase tolerance. The most common secondary effects are flu symptoms, asthenia and weigh loss. Affected ocular tissue is rare and optic neuropathy is also an infrequent complication: retinopathy at the beginning of treatment is, however, more frequent. The most widely accepted hypothesis as to the cause of toxicity is the presence of circulating immune complexes. It is, therefore, essential for ophthalmologists to be aware of the toxicity of this drug in order to be able to withdraw it in good time, thus preventing potentially irreversible sight loss.

  11. Subcutaneous administration of interleukin 2 and interferon-alpha-2b in advanced renal cell carcinoma: a confirmatory study.

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    Facendola, G.; Locatelli, M. C.; Pizzocaro, G.; Piva, L.; Pegoraro, C.; Pallavicini, E. B.; Signaroldi, A.; Meregalli, M.; Lombardi, F.; Beretta, G. D.

    1995-01-01

    Recent clinical studies have suggested that the combination of subcutaneous recombinant human interleukin 2 (rIL-2) and interferon alpha (rIFN-alpha) is especially promising in advanced renal cell carcinoma. We assessed the safety, activity and toxicity of home therapy with these two agents in 50 patients. Each treatment cycle consisted of a 2 day pulse phase, with 9 x 10(6) IU m-2 of rIL-2 being given subcutaneously every 12 h, followed by a 6 week maintenance phase during which rIL-2 1.8 x 10(6) IU m-2 was administered subcutaneously every 12 h on days 1-5 and rIFN-alpha 2b 5 x 10(6) IU m-2 once a day on days 1, 3 and 5. Objective responses (CR+PR) occurred in 9/50 (18%) patients, six of whom (12%) achieved a complete response. Disease stabilisation was observed in 17 cases (34%) and 18 patients progressed during therapy. In the other six cases, treatment was interrupted early for toxicity or patient refusal. One patient died of myocardial infarction during the second cycle. The overall median survival was 12 months. Home therapy with subcutaneous rIL-2 + rIFN-alpha 2b proved to be active, feasible and moderately toxic, but serious adverse events can sometimes occur. PMID:8519672

  12. Interferon-alpha production by swine dendritic cells is inhibited during acute infection with foot-and-mouth disease virus.

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    Nfon, Charles K; Ferman, Geoffrey S; Toka, Felix N; Gregg, Douglas A; Golde, William T

    2008-03-01

    Viruses have evolved multiple mechanisms to evade the innate immune response, particularly the actions of interferons (IFNs). We have previously reported that exposure of dendritic cells (DCs) to foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) in vitro yields no infection and induces a strong type I IFN (IFN-alpha and IFN-beta) response, indicating that DCs may play a critical role in the innate response to the virus. In vivo, FMDV induces lymphopenia and reduced T-cell proliferative responses to mitogen, viral effects that may contribute to evasion of early immune responses. In this study we analyzed the in vivo effects of FMDV infection on the IFN-alpha response of two populations of dendritic cells. During the acute phase of infection of swine, production of IFN-alpha from monocyte-derived DCs (MoDCs) and skin-derived DCs (skin DCs) is inhibited. This effect occurs concurrently with rising viral titers in the blood; however, these cells are not productively infected. Interestingly, there are no changes in the capability of these DCs to take up particles and process antigens, indicating that antigen-presenting cell function is normal. These data indicate that inhibition of the IFN-alpha response of dendritic cell populations from blood and skin by FMDV enhances viral pathogenesis in infected animals.

  13. Interferon-alpha 2b quantification in inclusion bodies using reversed phase-ultra performance liquid chromatography (RP-UPLC).

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    Cueto-Rojas, H F; Pérez, N O; Pérez-Sánchez, G; Ocampo-Juárez, I; Medina-Rivero, E

    2010-04-15

    Interferon-alpha 2b (IFN-alpha 2b) is a recombinant therapeutic cytokine produced as inclusion bodies using a strain of Escherichia coli as expression system. After fermentation and recovery, it is necessary to know the amount of recombinant IFN-alpha 2b, in order to determine the yield and the load for solubilization, and chromatographic protein purification steps. The present work details the validation of a new short run-time and fast sample-preparation method to quantify IFN-alpha 2b in inclusion bodies using Reversed Phase-Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography (RP-UPLC). The developed method demonstrated an accuracy of 100.28%; the relative standard deviations for method precision, repeatability and inter-day precision tests were found to be 0.57%, 1.54% and 1.83%, respectively. Linearity of the method was assessed in the range of concentrations from 0.05 mg/mL to 0.5 mg/mL, the curve obtained had a determination coefficient (r(2)) of 0.9989. Detection and quantification limits were found to be 0.008 mg/mL and 0.025 mg/mL, respectively. The method also demonstrated robustness for changes in column temperature, and specificity against host proteins and other recombinant protein expressed in the same E. coli strain.

  14. Activity of interferon alpha, interleukin 6 and insulin in the regulation of differentiation in A549 alveolar carcinoma cells.

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    McCormick, C; Freshney, R I; Speirs, V

    1995-02-01

    The differentiation of A549, a human tumour cell line from type II pneumocytes, can be induced by a crude fibroblast-derived factor (FDF) isolated from the conditioned medium of glucocorticoid-treated lung fibroblasts. In the present report, we have used alkaline phosphatase as a differentiation marker to investigate the activity of a number of growth factors as potential candidates for this paracrine activity. This showed that insulin, interleukin 6 (IL-6), and interferon alpha (IFN-alpha) could simulate the activity of conditioned medium. Their effects were dexamethasone (DX) dependent, additive and reversible with a half-life of 1 week. Transforming growth factor alpha and beta, IL-1 alpha and epidermal growth factor, were all inhibitory, and inhibition was opposed, partially or completely, by DX. The most potent inducer was IL-6, but as DX was shown to decrease the concentration of IL-6 in lung fibroblast-conditioned medium it seems an unlikely candidate for FDF. Unlike FDF, all of the positive-acting factors were shown to induce plasminogen activator. FDF has also been shown to be active in the absence of DX. This suggests that differentiation-inducing activity may be present in several paracrine factors, but that so far a candidate for FDF has not been identified.

  15. Activity of interferon alpha, interleukin 6 and insulin in the regulation of differentiation in A549 alveolar carcinoma cells.

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    McCormick, C.; Freshney, R. I.; Speirs, V.

    1995-01-01

    The differentiation of A549, a human tumour cell line from type II pneumocytes, can be induced by a crude fibroblast-derived factor (FDF) isolated from the conditioned medium of glucocorticoid-treated lung fibroblasts. In the present report, we have used alkaline phosphatase as a differentiation marker to investigate the activity of a number of growth factors as potential candidates for this paracrine activity. This showed that insulin, interleukin 6 (IL-6), and interferon alpha (IFN-alpha) could simulate the activity of conditioned medium. Their effects were dexamethasone (DX) dependent, additive and reversible with a half-life of 1 week. Transforming growth factor alpha and beta, IL-1 alpha and epidermal growth factor, were all inhibitory, and inhibition was opposed, partially or completely, by DX. The most potent inducer was IL-6, but as DX was shown to decrease the concentration of IL-6 in lung fibroblast-conditioned medium it seems an unlikely candidate for FDF. Unlike FDF, all of the positive-acting factors were shown to induce plasminogen activator. FDF has also been shown to be active in the absence of DX. This suggests that differentiation-inducing activity may be present in several paracrine factors, but that so far a candidate for FDF has not been identified. PMID:7841035

  16. Association of alpha interferon production with natural killer cell lysis of U937 cells infected with human immunodeficiency virus.

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    Rappocciolo, G; Toso, J F; Torpey, D J; Gupta, P; Rinaldo, C R

    1989-01-01

    Mononuclear leukocytes from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-seronegative and -seropositive homosexual men lysed HIV-infected U937 cells to a significantly greater degree than uninfected U937 cells. Depletion of cell subsets with monoclonal antibodies and complement indicated that the effector cells were primarily of the CD16+ phenotype. Acid-stable alpha interferon (IFN-alpha) production induced by the HIV-infected cells correlated with, although was not an absolute requisite for, preferential lysis of the infected targets. The activity of these CD16+, natural killer (NK) cells decreased in relation to the duration of HIV infection and the presence of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. Pretreatment of peripheral blood mononuclear cells from HIV-seronegative subjects, but not HIV-seropositive men, with IFN-alpha or recombinant interleukin-2 enhanced lysis of both uninfected and HIV-infected U937 cells. These results suggest that IFN-alpha-associated, NK-like mechanisms are active in the cytotoxic response against HIV-infected cells and that HIV infection results in an early and progressive depression of such responses. Prospective investigations may be useful in determining the role of this NK cell response in the natural history and pathogenesis of HIV infection and the efficacy of therapeutic modalities. PMID:2913035

  17. Interferon Alpha Subtype-Specific Suppression of HIV-1 Infection In Vivo.

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    Lavender, Kerry J; Gibbert, Kathrin; Peterson, Karin E; Van Dis, Erik; Francois, Sandra; Woods, Tyson; Messer, Ronald J; Gawanbacht, Ali; Müller, Janis A; Münch, Jan; Phillips, Katie; Race, Brent; Harper, Michael S; Guo, Kejun; Lee, Eric J; Trilling, Mirko; Hengel, Hartmut; Piehler, Jacob; Verheyen, Jens; Wilson, Cara C; Santiago, Mario L; Hasenkrug, Kim J; Dittmer, Ulf

    2016-07-01

    Although all 12 subtypes of human interferon alpha (IFN-α) bind the same receptor, recent results have demonstrated that they elicit unique host responses and display distinct efficacies in the control of different viral infections. The IFN-α2 subtype is currently in HIV-1 clinical trials, but it has not consistently reduced viral loads in HIV-1 patients and is not the most effective subtype against HIV-1 in vitro We now demonstrate in humanized mice that, when delivered at the same high clinical dose, the human IFN-α14 subtype has very potent anti-HIV-1 activity whereas IFN-α2 does not. In both postexposure prophylaxis and treatment of acute infections, IFN-α14, but not IFN-α2, significantly suppressed HIV-1 replication and proviral loads. Furthermore, HIV-1-induced immune hyperactivation, which is a prognosticator of disease progression, was reduced by IFN-α14 but not IFN-α2. Whereas ineffective IFN-α2 therapy was associated with CD8(+) T cell activation, successful IFN-α14 therapy was associated with increased intrinsic and innate immunity, including significantly higher induction of tetherin and MX2, increased APOBEC3G signature mutations in HIV-1 proviral DNA, and higher frequencies of TRAIL(+) NK cells. These results identify IFN-α14 as a potent new therapeutic that operates via mechanisms distinct from those of antiretroviral drugs. The ability of IFN-α14 to reduce both viremia and proviral loads in vivo suggests that it has strong potential as a component of a cure strategy for HIV-1 infections. The broad implication of these results is that the antiviral efficacy of each individual IFN-α subtype should be evaluated against the specific virus being treated. The naturally occurring antiviral protein IFN-α2 is used to treat hepatitis viruses but has proven rather ineffective against HIV in comparison to triple therapy with the antiretroviral (ARV) drugs. Although ARVs suppress the replication of HIV, they fail to completely clear infections

  18. Interferon Alpha Subtype-Specific Suppression of HIV-1 Infection In Vivo

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    Lavender, Kerry J.; Gibbert, Kathrin; Peterson, Karin E.; Van Dis, Erik; Francois, Sandra; Woods, Tyson; Messer, Ronald J.; Gawanbacht, Ali; Müller, Janis A.; Münch, Jan; Phillips, Katie; Race, Brent; Harper, Michael S.; Guo, Kejun; Lee, Eric J.; Trilling, Mirko; Hengel, Hartmut; Piehler, Jacob; Verheyen, Jens; Wilson, Cara C.; Santiago, Mario L.

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT Although all 12 subtypes of human interferon alpha (IFN-α) bind the same receptor, recent results have demonstrated that they elicit unique host responses and display distinct efficacies in the control of different viral infections. The IFN-α2 subtype is currently in HIV-1 clinical trials, but it has not consistently reduced viral loads in HIV-1 patients and is not the most effective subtype against HIV-1 in vitro. We now demonstrate in humanized mice that, when delivered at the same high clinical dose, the human IFN-α14 subtype has very potent anti-HIV-1 activity whereas IFN-α2 does not. In both postexposure prophylaxis and treatment of acute infections, IFN-α14, but not IFN-α2, significantly suppressed HIV-1 replication and proviral loads. Furthermore, HIV-1-induced immune hyperactivation, which is a prognosticator of disease progression, was reduced by IFN-α14 but not IFN-α2. Whereas ineffective IFN-α2 therapy was associated with CD8+ T cell activation, successful IFN-α14 therapy was associated with increased intrinsic and innate immunity, including significantly higher induction of tetherin and MX2, increased APOBEC3G signature mutations in HIV-1 proviral DNA, and higher frequencies of TRAIL+ NK cells. These results identify IFN-α14 as a potent new therapeutic that operates via mechanisms distinct from those of antiretroviral drugs. The ability of IFN-α14 to reduce both viremia and proviral loads in vivo suggests that it has strong potential as a component of a cure strategy for HIV-1 infections. The broad implication of these results is that the antiviral efficacy of each individual IFN-α subtype should be evaluated against the specific virus being treated. IMPORTANCE The naturally occurring antiviral protein IFN-α2 is used to treat hepatitis viruses but has proven rather ineffective against HIV in comparison to triple therapy with the antiretroviral (ARV) drugs. Although ARVs suppress the replication of HIV, they fail to completely

  19. Continuous extraction of alpha- and beta-amylases from Zea mays malt in a PEG4000/CaCl2 ATPS.

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    Biazus, J P M; Santana, J C C; Souza, R R; Jordão, E; Tambourgi, E B

    2007-10-15

    In the present work, alpha- and beta-amylase enzymes from Zea mays malt were recovered by continuous extraction in a PEG/CaCl2 aqueous two-phase system (ATPS). The influences of the flux rate (RQ), free area of vane (A(free)) and vane rotation (RV) on enzyme recovery were studied by optimization using response surface methodology (RSM). The protein content and enzyme activity were measured from time to time in the extract and refined fluxes. RSM curves showed a squared dependence of recovery index with the RQ, A(free) and RV. The best system for recovering the maize malt enzymes was with low vane rotation and flux rate and high free area of vane. Alpha- and beta-amylases were purified 130-fold in the salt-rich phase.

  20. Topical Delivery of Interferon Alpha by Biphasic Vesicles: Evidence for a Novel Nanopathway across the Stratum Corneum

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    Foldvari, M.; Badea, B; Wettig, S; Baboolal, D; Kumar, P; Creagh, A; Haynes, C

    2010-01-01

    Noninvasive delivery of macromolecules across intact skin is challenging but would allow for needle-free administration of many pharmaceuticals. Biphasic vesicles, a novel lipid-based topical delivery system, have been shown to deliver macromolecules into the skin. Investigation of the delivery mechanism of interferon alpha (IFN {alpha}), as a model protein, by biphasic vesicles could improve understanding of molecular transport through the stratum corneum and allow for the design of more effective delivery systems. The interaction of biphasic vesicles with human skin and isolated stratum corneum membrane was investigated by confocal microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and small- and wide-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS and WAXS). Confocal microscopy revealed that biphasic vesicles delivered IFN {alpha} intercellularly, to a depth of 70 {micro}m, well below the stratum corneum and into the viable epidermis. DSC and SAXS/WAXS data suggest that the interaction of biphasic vesicles with SC lipids resulted in the formation of a three-dimensional cubic Pn3m polymorphic phase by the molecular rearrangement of intercellular lipids. This cubic phase could be an intercellular permeation nanopathway that may explain the increased delivery of IFN {alpha} by biphasic vesicles. Liposomes and submicrometer emulsion (the individual building blocks of biphasic vesicles) separately and methylcellulose gel, an alternative topical vehicle, did not induce a cubic phase and delivered low amounts of IFN {alpha} below the stratum corneum. Molecular modeling of the cubic Pn3m phase and lamellar-to-cubic phase transitions provides a plausible mechanism for transport of IFN {alpha}. It is hypothesized that induction of a Pn3m cubic phase in stratum corneum lipids could make dermal and transdermal delivery of other macromolecules also possible.

  1. Long-term efficacy and safety of interferon-alpha-2B in patients with mumps orchitis.

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    Yapanoglu, Turgut; Kocaturk, Huseyin; Aksoy, Yilmaz; Alper, Fatih; Ozbey, Isa

    2010-12-01

    The aim of this study was to determine long-term efficacy and safety subcutaneous injection of interferon-alpha-2B in patients with mumps orchitis in terms of testicular volume and other testicular functions. Mumps orchitis was evaluated in 37 patients. Patients were hospitalized and administered 1 × 3,000,000 IU subcutaneous injection of interferon-alpha-2B daily for 7 days. The testicular volumes of all the patients were measured by ultrasonography in the 18th month following treatment termination. The testes volumes were evaluated by descriptive statistics as percentages. Patients were divided into three groups according to testes volumes and differences between the involved and non-involved testicles. Group I included patients with normal testes volume (> 12 ml) and a difference between testes of less than 2 ml or 20%; Group II (atrophic groups) included patients with testes volume of less than 12 ml; and Group III (hypotrophic groups) included patients with testes volume of greater than 12 ml and a difference between testes of more than 2 ml or 20%. Groups were compared in terms of results of semen analysis and serum follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH) levels. Patients' ages ranged between 17 and 41 years (mean: 28.3 years). A total of nine atrophy cases were identified. Sixteen patients were determined to have hypotrophic testes with a difference of 2-10 ml or 20% between the involved and non-involved testicles, despite the absence of testicular atrophy. A comparison of groups revealed that sperm density, total sperm count, total motile sperm count, and motility percentage were significantly higher in Group I than in the other groups, while serum FSH and LH levels were lower in Group I than in the other groups. Although the use of interferon-alpha-2B appears to prevent testicular atrophy and protect testicular function, it leads to a considerable difference in the volume between testicles and a significant loss of testicular

  2. Microrna-22 controls interferon alpha production and erythroid maturation in response to infectious stress in mice.

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    Kadmon, Claudine S; Landers, Cameron T; Li, Haiyan S; Watowich, Stephanie S; Rodriguez, Antony; King, Katherine Y

    2017-09-11

    MicroRNA-22 (miR-22) is a highly conserved microRNA that can regulate cell proliferation, oncogenesis, and cell maturation, especially during stress. In hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) miR-22 has been reported to be involved in the regulation of key self-renewal factors including Tet2. Recent work demonstrates that miR-22 also participates in regulation of the interferon response, and expression profiling studies suggest that it is variably expressed at different stages in erythroid differentiation. We thus hypothesized that miR-22 regulates maturation of erythroid progenitors during stress hematopoiesis through its interaction with interferon. We compared the blood and bone marrow of wild type (WT) and miR-22-deficient mice at baseline and upon infectious challenge with systemic lymphochoriomeningitis (LCMV) virus. MiR-22-deficient mice maintained platelet counts better than WT mice during infection, but they showed significantly reduced red blood cells (RBC) and hemoglobin. Analysis of bone marrow progenitors demonstrated better overall survival and improved HSC homeostasis in infected miR-22-null mice compared to WT, attributable to a blunted interferon response to LCMV challenge in the miR-22-null mice. We found that miR-22 was exclusively expressed in stage II erythroid precursors and was downregulated upon infection in WT mice. Our results indicate that miR-22 promotes the interferon response to viral infection and that it functions at baseline as a brake to slow erythroid differentiation and maintain adequate erythroid potential. Impaired regulation of erythrogenesis in the absence of miR-22 can lead to anemia during infection. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  3. Role of early cytokines, including alpha and beta interferons (IFN-alpha/beta), in innate and adaptive immune responses to viral infections.

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    Biron, C A

    1998-10-01

    Innate cytokine responses are important mediators of early defense against infections. Certain of their effects can be delivered directly to activate protective mechanisms in infected cells. Others activate innate immune cells, including natural killer (NK) cells and macrophages, to mediate defense. Still others shape adaptive immune responses. The compositions and magnitudes of innate cytokine responses are modulated, by the nature of the infectious agent, to facilitate accessing of the anti-microbial defense functions most beneficial in defense against the particular infection. In the context of viral infections, interferons alpha and beta (IFN-alpha/beta) are induced to high levels, and help to mediate and regulate immune responses most effective against this class of agents. The cytokines induce anti-viral mechanisms in infected cells, negatively regulate interleukin 12 expression, and activate NK cell-mediated lysis. Protective development of adaptive immunity to viral infections includes prominent CD8 T cell expansion and activation, and IFN-alpha/beta can mediate functions with the potential to promote these T cell responses. Together, the characteristics define regulation of unique or unique prominent defense mechanisms in place to fight off viral infections.

  4. Interferon alpha bioactivity critically depends on Scavenger receptor class B type I function

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    Vasquez, Marcos; Fioravanti, Jessica; Aranda, Fernando; Paredes, Vladimir; Gomar, Celia; Ardaiz, Nuria; Fernandez-Ruiz, Veronica; Méndez, Miriam; Nistal-Villan, Estanislao; Larrea, Esther; Gao, Qinshan; Gonzalez-Aseguinolaza, Gloria; Prieto, Jesus; Berraondo, Pedro

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT Scavenger receptor class B type I (SR-B1) binds pathogen-associated molecular patterns participating in the regulation of the inflammatory reaction but there is no information regarding potential interactions between SR-B1 and the interferon system. Herein, we report that SR-B1 ligands strongly regulate the transcriptional response to interferon α (IFNα) and enhance its antiviral and antitumor activity. This effect was mediated by the activation of TLR2 and TLR4 as it was annulled by the addition of anti-TLR2 or anti-TLR4 blocking antibodies. In vivo, we maximized the antitumor activity of IFNα co-expressing in the liver a SR-B1 ligand and IFNα by adeno-associated viruses. This gene therapy strategy eradicated liver metastases from colon cancer with reduced toxicity. On the other hand, genetic and pharmacological inhibition of SR-B1 blocks the clathrin-dependent interferon receptor recycling pathway with a concomitant reduction in IFNα signaling and bioactivity. This effect can be applied to enhance cancer immunotherapy with oncolytic viruses. Indeed, SR-B1 antagonists facilitate replication of oncolytic viruses amplifying their tumoricidal potential. In conclusion, SR-B1 agonists behave as IFNα enhancers while SR-B1 inhibitors dampen IFNα activity. These results demonstrate that SR-B1 is a suitable pharmacology target to enhance cancer immunotherapy based on IFNα and oncolytic viruses. PMID:27622065

  5. Tolerability and activity of a new recombinant interferon-alpha B/D hybrid in patients with HIV-1 infection.

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    Frissen, P H; Brinkman, K; Ten Napel, C H; van der Ende, I M; van Buuren, I A; Boucher, C A; Reiss, P; Lange, J M

    1996-04-01

    The maximum tolerated dose (MTD) and toxicity profile of a new recombinant interferon-alpha B/D hybrid (IFN-alpha B/D) in HlV-1-infected patients were determined in an outpatient, dose-escalating study with dose groups of three patients: 16, 32, 48, 64, 96 and 112 million international units (MIU) three times weekly subcutaneously during 12 weeks. The MTD was the last dose level just below the dose level at which more than one patient experienced > or = grade 3 toxicity. The study also searched for preliminary evidence of efficacy of IFN-alpha B/D. Sixteen HIV-1-infected patients with CD4 cell counts > or = 200/mm3 were enrolled: eight were asymptomatic and eight had symptomatic disease. Two patients were excluded as a result of protocol violations. Five patients (36 per cent; one at each tested dose level) discontinued prematurely due to side effects. One patient was lost to follow-up. Twelve patients (87 per cent) experienced > or = grade 2 toxicity. Toxicity > or = grade 3 occurred in none of three patients assigned to 16 MIU, one of five assigned to 32 MIU (fatigue), one of three assigned to 48 MIU (haemorrhagic colitis) and two of three assigned to 64 MIU (fatigue). One patient (48 MIU) had reversible cardiomegaly. Progressive weight loss was experienced by 12 of 14 participants. Serum HIV-1 p24 antigen declined in nine of 11 antigenaemic patients (seven persistently > 50 per cent) without a clear dose-response relationship. CD4 percentages showed no consistent pattern and T cell reactivity diminished. The tolerability and toxicity profile of IFN-alpha B/D appear to be fairly similar to that of other types of IFN-alpha.

  6. Lack of effect of recombinant bovine interferon alpha I1 in the treatment of experimentally-induced bovine warts.

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    Lassauzet, M L; Salamin, P A

    1993-01-01

    Fifteen four-month old calves were inoculated, on five scarified sites on each side of the neck, with a suspension of ground wart tissue from a steer naturally infected with bovine papilloma virus 1. Warts started to appear about one month postinfection and were measurable in ten calves two months postinfection, when the trial started. After stratification on the size of the warts, all fifteen calves were allocated randomly to one of the following treatment groups: twice weekly intramuscular injections of 5 mg recombinant bovine interferon alpha I1 (rBoIFN alpha I1), weekly injection of 5 mg of rBoIFN alpha I1 or placebo, for three weeks. The biggest wart on each calf at the beginning of the trial was measured and photographs of all warts were taken weekly for five weeks. An analysis of covariance on the log of the volumes of warts during the five weeks of the trial showed a significant difference between groups (p = 0.026). Warts in treated groups tended to grow faster than in the placebo group. PMID:8358676

  7. Inhibitory effects on HAV IRES-mediated translation and replication by a combination of amantadine and interferon-alpha.

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    Yang, Lingli; Kiyohara, Tomoko; Kanda, Tatsuo; Imazeki, Fumio; Fujiwara, Keiichi; Gauss-Müller, Verena; Ishii, Koji; Wakita, Takaji; Yokosuka, Osamu

    2010-09-03

    Hepatitis A virus (HAV) causes acute hepatitis and sometimes leads to fulminant hepatitis. Amantadine is a tricyclic symmetric amine that inhibits the replication of many DNA and RNA viruses. Amantadine was reported to suppress HAV replication, and the efficacy of amantadine was exhibited in its inhibition of the internal ribosomal entry site (IRES) activities of HAV. Interferon (IFN) also has an antiviral effect through the induction of IFN stimulated genes (ISG) and the degradation of viral RNA. To explore the mechanism of the suppression of HAV replication, we examined the effects of the combination of amantadine and IFN-alpha on HAV IRES-mediated translation, HAV replicon replication in human hepatoma cell lines, and HAV KRM003 genotype IIIB strain replication in African green monkey kidney cell GL37. IFN-alpha seems to have no additive effect on HAV IRES-mediated translation inhibition by amantadine. However, suppressions of HAV replicon and HAV replication were stronger with the combination than with amantadine alone. In conclusion, amantadine, in combination of IFN-alpha, might have a beneficial effect in some patients with acute hepatitis A.

  8. Genetic Analysis of the Pathogenic Molecular Sub-phenotype Interferon Alpha Identifies Multiple Novel Loci Involved in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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    Kariuki, Silvia N.; Ghodke-Puranik, Yogita; Dorschner, Jessica M.; Chrabot, Beverly S.; Kelly, Jennifer A.; Tsao, Betty P.; Kimberly, Robert P.; Alarcón-Riquelme, Marta E.; Jacob, Chaim O.; Criswell, Lindsey A.; Sivils, Kathy L.; Langefeld, Carl D.; Harley, John B.; Skol, Andrew D.; Niewold, Timothy B.

    2014-01-01

    Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic autoimmune disorder characterized by inflammation of multiple organ systems and dysregulated interferon responses. SLE is both genetically and phenotypically heterogeneous, greatly reducing the power of case-control studies in SLE. Elevated circulating interferon alpha (IFN-α) is a stable, heritable trait in SLE, which has been implicated in primary disease pathogenesis. 40–50% of patients have high IFN-α, and high levels correspond with clinical differences. To study genetic heterogeneity in SLE, we performed a case-case study comparing patients with high vs. low IFN-α in over 1550 SLE cases, including GWAS and replication cohorts. In meta-analysis, the top associations in European ancestry were PRKG1 rs7897633 (PMeta=2.75 × 10−8) and PNP rs1049564 (PMeta=1.24 × 10−7). We also found evidence for cross-ancestral background associations with the ANKRD44 and PLEKHF2 loci. These loci have not been previously identified in case-control SLE genetic studies. Bioinformatic analyses implicated these loci functionally in dendritic cells and natural killer cells, both of which are involved in IFN-α production in SLE. As case-control studies of heterogeneous diseases reach a limit of feasibility with respect to subject number and detectable effect size, the study of informative pathogenic subphenotypes becomes an attractive strategy for genetic discovery in complex disease. PMID:25338677

  9. Neurokinin A monitoring of response to interferon alpha in a patient with an advanced small bowel neuroendocrine tumour uncontrolled by somatostatin analogue therapy.

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    Ardill, Joy Es; Johnston, Brian T; McCance, David R; Eatock, Martin

    2017-03-01

    A 52-year-old lady presented with a history of occasional, severe abdominal cramps, postprandial diarrhoea and weight loss. After routine gastrointestinal investigations, she was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome. Over six months, she developed occasional facial flushing prompting assessment of neuroendocrine tumour markers. Urinary 5HIAA, 5HT, chromogranin A and neurokinin A were significantly elevated. Scans showed extensive hepatic metastases but did not show the location of a primary tumour. Somatostatin analogue therapy was commenced but despite increasing doses, symptoms increased and biomarkers rose dramatically. Interferon alpha was introduced concomitant with somatostatin analogue therapy. Biomarkers were monitored regularly. Within six months, symptoms abated and biomarkers reduced, continuing to fall over the next year, close to reference range. To manage side-effects of interferon alpha, dose was reduced from time to time. During these short periods, neurokinin A showed significant transient increases (75-150 ng/L) and carcinoid symptoms returned. For more than seven years, and with the co-operation of the patient, a balance was achieved between interferon alpha side-effects and disease control. Scans showed tumour load to be stable. The patient survived for 10 years post diagnosis. She chose to discontinue interferon alpha and received peptide receptor radiation therapy in her final year. Throughout, neurokinin A remained the most sensitive monitor of her disease progression.

  10. A direct comparison of immunological and clinical effects of interleukin 2 with and without interferon-alpha in humans.

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    Schiller, J H; Hank, J; Storer, B; Borchert, A A; Moore, K H; Albertini, M; Bechhofer, R; Wesley, O; Brown, R R; Bastin, A M

    1993-03-15

    Interleukin 2 (IL-2) and interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha) are cytokines with synergistic antitumor effects in mouse models. The biological effects of this combination, however, have not been directly compared to each agent alone in humans. We conducted a Phase 1B trial of IL-2 plus or minus IFN-alpha in 38 cancer patients. The objectives of this trial were to determine which doses of IFN-alpha and IL-2 maximally enhanced biological responses, and to determine whether the combined administration of IFN-alpha and IL-2 would result in a potentiation of biological responses over IL-2 alone. Patients received 4 days of IL-2 (1.5 x 10(6) units/m2/day or 3.0 x 10(6) units/m2/day) as a continuous infusion followed by a 3-day rest period, weekly for 3 weeks, with a 3-week rest period between 2 treatment courses. IFN-alpha (0.5 x 10(6) or 5 x 10(6) units/m2/day) was administered s.c. on days 1-4 weekly for 3 weeks with one of the 3-week courses. Patients were randomized to receive either IL-2 alone for course 1, followed by IL-2/IFN-alpha for course 2, or IL-2/IFN-alpha in course 1, followed by IL-2 alone. Immunological parameters were evaluated before treatment, and 24 h after completion of the third week of IL-2. A statistically significant increase in the percentage of circulating natural killer cells (CD56), natural killer cells bearing the Fc receptor (CD16), and activated T cells (CD25) was observed following IL-2 alone, and following IL-2 plus IFN-alpha. Significant increases in lymphocyte-activated killer cell cytotoxicity, antibody cellular cytotoxicity, and serum IL-2 receptor were also observed following both IL-2 and IL-2 plus IFN-alpha. However, no significant differences were observed in the magnitude of the increase in the IL-2-alone group when compared to the IL-2 plus IFN-alpha group. The mean fluorescent intensity of monocytes positive for HLA-DR and Fc receptor expression also increased significantly in both groups, as did serum beta 2-microglobulin expression

  11. MULTIPLEX PCR ASSAY FOR DETECTION OF HUMAN SOMATOTROPIN AND INTERFERON ALPHA2b GENES IN PLANT MATERIAL.

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    Gerasymenko, I M; Mazur, M G; Sheludko, Y V; Kuchuk, N V

    2015-01-01

    Using transgenic plants as factories for production of physiologically active human proteins arouses special concern because occasional escape of such transgenes into environment may cause health problems. Creation of plant varieties producing pharmaceutically valuable proteins should be accompanied by development of detection methods suitable for controlling the transgene behavior. Here we describe a multiplex PCR protocol for revealing of two human genes (encoding growth hormone and interferon alpha2b) that have been successfully introduced into plant genomes. The primer pair designed for detection of human growth hormone coding sequence amplifies fragments of different size from the full-length gene in the human genome and the intronless coding sequence usually used for plant transformation. Application of this primer pair may be recommended for ruling out false positive results due to sample contamination with human DNA. Such a control may be useful also in PCR analysis during establishing of transgenic plants carrying genes of human origin.

  12. Alpha-interferon does not increase the efficacy of 5-fluorouracil in advanced colorectal cancer.

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    Thirion, P; Piedbois, P; Buyse, M; O'Dwyer, P J; Cunningham, D; Man, A; Greco, F A; Colucci, G; Köhne, C H; Di Constanzo, F; Piga, A; Palmeri, S; Dufour, P; Cassano, A; Pajkos, G; Pensel, R A; Aykan, N F; Marsh, J; Seymour, M T

    2001-03-02

    Two meta-analyses were conducted to quantify the benefit of combining alpha-IFN to 5FU in advanced colorectal cancer in terms of tumour response and survival. Analyses were based on a total of 3254 individual patient data provided by principal investigators of each trial. The meta-analysis of 5FU +/- LV vs. 5FU +/- LV + alpha-IFN combined 12 trials and 1766 patients. The meta-analysis failed to show any statistically significant difference between the two treatment groups in terms of tumour response or survival. Overall tumour response rates were 25% for patients receiving no alpha-IFN vs. 24% for patients receiving alpha-IFN (relative risk, RR = 1.02), and median survivals were 11.4 months for patients receiving no alpha-IFN vs. 11.5 months for patients receiving alpha-IFN (hazard ratio, HR = 0.95). The meta-analysis of 5FU + LV vs. 5FU + alpha-IFN combined 7 trials, and 1488 patients. This meta-analysis showed an advantage for 5FU + LV over 5FU + alpha-IFN which was statistically significant in terms of tumour response (23% vs. 18%; RR = 1.26;P = 0.042), and of a borderline significance for overall survival (HR = 1.11;P = 0.066). Metastases confined to the liver and primary rectal tumours were independent favourable prognostic factors for tumour response, whereas good performance status, metastases confined to the liver or confined to the lung, and primary tumour in the rectum were independent favourable prognostic factors for survival. We conclude that alpha-IFN does not increase the efficacy of 5FU or of 5FU + LV, and that 5FU + alpha-IFN is significantly inferior to 5FU + LV, for patients with advanced colorectal cancer.

  13. Antiviral Activity of Limitin against Encephalomyocarditis Virus, Herpes Simplex Virus, and Mouse Hepatitis Virus: Diverse Requirements by Limitin and Alpha Interferon for Interferon Regulatory Factor 1

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    Kawamoto, Shin-Ichiro; Oritani, Kenji; Asada, Hideo; Takahashi, Isao; Ishikawa, Jun; Yoshida, Hitoshi; Yamada, Masahide; Ishida, Naoko; Ujiie, Hidetoshi; Masaie, Hiroaki; Tomiyama, Yoshiaki; Matsuzawa, Yuji

    2003-01-01

    Limitin has sequence homology with alpha interferon (IFN-α) and IFN-β and utilizes the IFN-α/β receptor. However, it has no influence on the proliferation of normal myeloid and erythroid progenitors. In this study, we show that limitin has antiviral activity in vitro as well as in vivo. Limitin inhibited not only cytopathic effects in encephalomyocarditis virus- or herpes simplex virus (HSV) type 1-infected L929 cells, but also plaque formation in mouse hepatitis virus (MHV) type 2-infected DBT cells. In addition, administration of limitin to mice suppressed MHV-induced hepatitis and HSV-induced death. The antiviral activity may be mediated in part by 2′,5′-oligoadenylate synthetase, RNA-dependent protein kinase, and Mx protein, which inhibit viral replication or degrade viral components, because limitin induced their mRNA expression and enzyme activity. While limitin has antiviral activity as strong as that of IFN-α in vitro (the concentration that provided 50% inhibition of cytopathic effect is ∼30 pg/ml), IFN regulatory factor 1 (IRF-1) dependencies for induction of an antiviral state were different for limitin and IFN-α. In IRF-1-deficient fibroblasts, a higher concentration of limitin than of IFN-α was required for the induction of antiviral activity and the transcription of proteins from IFN-stimulated response element. The unique signals and the fewer properties of myelosuppression suggest that a human homolog of limitin may be used as a new antiviral drug. PMID:12915574

  14. Expression of interferon and interferon--induced genes in Atlantic salmon Salmo salar cell lines SHK-1 and TO following infection with Salmon AlphaVirus SAV.

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    Gahlawat, Suresh K; Ellis, Anthony E; Collet, Bertrand

    2009-04-01

    Salmon AlphaVirus (SAV) is the aetiological agent of Salmon Pancreas Disease (SPD), a serious disease in farmed Atlantic salmon. Currently there is no available information on the ability of this virus to stimulate or suppress aspects of innate immunity in host cells. Two different Atlantic salmon cell lines (SHK-1 and TO), both derived from head kidney leucocytes, were infected with SAV and the kinetics and magnitude of gene expression were studied by real-time quantitative PCR. SAV nsP1 gene transcripts for strain P42P increased rapidly in TO cells with subsequent development of a cytopathic effect (CPE) while this virus strain hardly replicated at all SHK-1 cells causing no CPE. SAV P42P induced strong expression of type I IFN (IFN) and the antiviral IFN-induced gene MX transcripts in SHK-1 cells. Although the IFN response in infected TO cells was higher than in SHK-1 cells, the level of MX transcripts was lower. This may be because the virus was able to interfere with IFN-signaling and suppress MX transcription or that the TO cells are less able to transcribe the MX gene. Either way, it may account for why the SHK-1 cells suppress SAV replication while the TO cells are highly susceptible and succumb to the virus. The present results provide the first evidence for differential induction of expression of the interferon-induced antiviral gene, MX, correlating with resistant (SHK-1) and susceptible (TO) Atlantic salmon cell lines in response to infection by SAV.

  15. Production of interleukin-4, interferon (IFN)-gamma and IFN-alpha in human immunodeficiency virus-1 infection: an imbalance of type 1 and type 2 cytokines may reduce the synthesis of IFN-alpha.

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    Hober, D; Benyoucef, S; Chehadeh, W; Chieux, V; De La Tribonniere, X; Mouton, Y; Bocket, L; Wattre, P

    1998-10-01

    Interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha) is an important molecule in the antiviral response, but cells from HIV-1-infected individuals show a reduced ability to secrete IFN-alpha. We investigated an association between an imbalance of type 1/type2 cytokines and the production of IFN-alpha in HIV-1 infection. We used whole blood culture to study the cytokine production profile, interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) and interleukin-4 (IL-4), in response to HIV-1 antigens and to study the Sendai Virus and HSV-1-induced-production of IFN-alpha in seven HIV-1-infected patients. An impaired synthesis of IFN-alpha was obtained in patients with a predominant IL-4 production (IL-4 > IFN-gamma), and we found a positive correlation between the ex vivo production of IFN-alpha and the IFN-gamma/IL-4 ratio but not with the HIV RNA copy number in plasma. We investigated the role of T-cell-derived cytokines in the in vitro production of IFN-alpha by PBMC from eight healthy donors, activated with Sendai Virus or HSV-1. Whereas type 2 cytokines (IL-4, IL-13) inhibited virus-induced IFN-alpha synthesis, on the contrary, type 1 cytokines (IL-2, IFN-gamma) enhanced it. A disarray in the T-cell-derived cytokine response may play a role in the defect of IFN-alpha production in HIV-1-infected individuals. Further investigations are needed to explore this hypothesis.

  16. Ocular avirulence of a herpes simplex virus type 1 strain is associated with heightened sensitivity to alpha/beta interferon.

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    Su, Y H; Oakes, J E; Lausch, R N

    1990-01-01

    BALB/c mice infected on the scarified cornea with herpes simplex virus type 1 strain 35 [HSV-1(35)] rarely developed ocular disease even at challenge doses as high as 10(7) PFU per eye. In contrast, HSV-1(RE) consistently induced stromal keratitis at an inoculum of 2 x 10(4) PFU. The goal of this study was to determine the reason for the difference in virulence between the two HSV strains. Both HSV-1 strains replicated to similar titers in excised corneal "buttons." However, after in vivo infection of the cornea, the growth of strain 35 was evident only during the first 24 h postinfection, whereas the replication of strain RE persisted for at least 4 days. In vitro tests revealed that HSV-1(35) was greater than 10 times more sensitive to alpha/beta interferon (IFN-alpha/beta) than HSV-1(RE). Both strains induced comparable serum levels of IFN after intraperitoneal inoculation. The kinetics of HSV-1(35) clearance from the eye was markedly altered by treatment with rabbit anti-IFN-alpha/beta. Virus titers exceeding 10(4) PFU per eye could be demonstrated 4 to 5 days postinfection in mice given a single inoculation of antiserum 1 h after infection. Furthermore, anti-IFN treatment in 3-week-old mice infected with HSV-1(35) led to the development of clinically apparent corneal disease which subsequently progressed to stromal keratitis in the majority of recipients. These results indicate that the striking difference in the capacity of HSV-1(35) and HSV-1(RE) to induce corneal disease was related to the inherently greater sensitivity of strain 35 to IFN-alpha/beta produced by the host in response to infection. PMID:2157880

  17. Chemoimmunotherapy with bleomycin, vincristine, lomustine, dacarbazine (BOLD) plus interferon alpha for metastatic melanoma: a multicentre phase II study.

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    Punt, C. J.; van Herpen, C. M.; Jansen, R. L.; Vreugdenhil, G.; Muller, E. W.; de Mulder, P. H.

    1997-01-01

    High response rates in patients with metastatic melanoma have been achieved with combination chemoimmunotherapy. A response rate of 62% in 45 patients has been reported for treatment with dacarbazine, bleomycin, vincristine, lomustine (BOLD) plus interferon alpha (IFN-alpha). We conducted a multicentre phase II study to confirm these results. Melanoma patients with distant metastases were treated as outpatients with dacarbazine 200 mg m(-2) on days 1-5, vincristine 1 mg m(-2) on days 1 and 4, bleomycin 15 mg on days 2 and 5 i.v. and lomustine 80 mg orally on day 1, repeated every 4 weeks. IFN-alpha-2b was initiated s.c. on day 8 at 3 MU daily for 6 weeks, and 6 MU t.i.w. thereafter. Forty-three patients entered the study. The median number of metastatic sites was three (range 1-5), and 81% of patients had visceral metastases. Nine patients had brain metastases, and seven patients were systemically pretreated. Among the 41 patients that were evaluable for response, the response rate was 27% (95% CI 14-3%), with one complete and ten partial remissions. The response rate in 25 previously untreated patients without brain metastases was 40% (95% CI 21-61%). Median duration of response was 6 (range 2-14+) months; median overall survival was 5 (1-26) months. The main toxicity was malaise/fatigue. We confirm that BOLD plus IFN-alpha has activity in metastatic melanoma. The lower response rate in our study compared with the previous report is probably related to patient selection, as in the previous study 46% of patients had stage III disease, whereas all our patients had stage IV disease, which is associated with a worse prognosis. PMID:9231931

  18. Systemic interferon alpha-2b increases the cure rate in laser treated patients with multiple persistent genital warts: a placebo-controlled study.

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    Petersen, C S; Bjerring, P; Larsen, J; Blaakaer, J; Hagdrup, H; From, E; Obergaard, L

    1991-01-01

    Systemic treatment modalities for eradication of multiple therapy resistant genital warts are so far not available. In this study laser treated patients with multiple genital warts received postoperatively either interferon alpha-2b subcutaneously (s.c.) 5 x 10(6) IU or matching placebo three times weekly for four weeks. At the conclusion of the study, 6-8 weeks after discontinuation of therapy, a significantly higher cure rate was found in the group of interferon-treated patients (14 of 27 (52%) patients cured) than among placebo treated patients (5 of 22 (23%) patients cured) (p less than 0.05). The side effects of fever, chills, myalgia, headache and leukopenia occurred more commonly in the interferon treated group than in the placebo group. However, only three of 32 patients discontinued interferon therapy because of side effects. We conclude that the addition of s.c. administered interferon alpha-2b to laser treated patients with chronic therapy resistant genital warts is fairly well tolerated and that it significantly enhances the chance of eliminating the disease. PMID:2032716

  19. A Double-Blind Randomized Controlled Study to Evaluate the Efficacy of Low-Dose Oral Interferon-Alpha in Preventing Hepatitis C Relapse

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    Lee, Chuan-Mo; Chen, Chi-Yi; Chien, Rong-Nan; Tseng, Kuo-Chih; Peng, Cheng-Yuan; Tung, Shui-Yi; Fang, Yi-Jen; Huang, Yi-Hsiang; Lu, Sheng-Nan; Hung, Chao-Hung; Tsai, Tsung-Jang; Fang, Chien-Chung; Hsu, Chao-Wei

    2014-01-01

    Low-dose oral interferon could exert immune-modulating effects in human. We conducted a clinical trial to investigate the efficacy of oral interferon-alpha in preventing hepatitis C relapse. Totally 169 genotype 1b chronic hepatitis C patients having achieved end-of-therapy virological clearance were randomized to receive interferon-alpha lozenge 500 IU/day (n=59), 1,500 IU/day (n=53), or placebo (n=57) for 24 weeks. Overall, no significant differences were found for the relapse rates in the 3 groups (P>0.05). However, in patients with fibroindex 1.4–1.7, relapse occurred in 1/12 (8.3%) 500 IU-group patients versus 9/21 (42.9%) patients of the other groups (P=0.05). In 158 patients receiving at least 4 weeks of oral interferon, significantly higher platelet count was found at the end of trial in the 500 IU group (P=0.003). In thrombocytopenic patients, a significantly expedited recovery of platelet count was found in the 500 IU group (P=0.002). No drug-related severe adverse events were reported. In conclusion, at 500 IU/day, oral interferon exerted a borderline suppression effect of virological relapse in chronic hepatitis C patients with mild liver fibrosis. Additionally, it significantly expedited platelet count recovery after the end of peginterferon therapy. PMID:24237300

  20. Curcumin inhibits interferon-{alpha} induced NF-{kappa}B and COX-2 in human A549 non-small cell lung cancer cells

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    Lee, Jeeyun |; Im, Young-Hyuck | E-mail: imyh@smc.samsung.co.kr; Jung, Hae Hyun; Kim, Joo Hyun; Park, Joon Oh |; Kim, Kihyun |; Kim, Won Seog |; Ahn, Jin Seok

    2005-08-26

    The A549 cells, non-small cell lung cancer cell line from human, were resistant to interferon (IFN)-{alpha} treatment. The IFN-{alpha}-treated A549 cells showed increase in protein expression levels of NF-{kappa}B and COX-2. IFN-{alpha} induced NF-{kappa}B binding activity within 30 min and this increased binding activity was markedly suppressed with inclusion of curcumin. Curcumin also inhibited IFN-{alpha}-induced COX-2 expression in A549 cells. Within 10 min, IFN-{alpha} rapidly induced the binding activity of a {gamma}-{sup 32}P-labeled consensus GAS oligonucleotide probe, which was profoundly reversed by curcumin. Taken together, IFN-{alpha}-induced activations of NF-{kappa}B and COX-2 were inhibited by the addition of curcumin in A549 cells.

  1. Reduced interferon-alpha production by Epstein-Barr virus transformed B-lymphoblastoid cell lines and lectin-stimulated lymphocytes in congenital dyserythropoietic anaemia type I.

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    Wickramasinghe, S N; Hasan, R; Smythe, J

    1997-08-01

    The concentrations of interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha) in supernatants from cultures of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) transformed B-lymphoblastoid cell lines derived from seven patients with congenital dyserythropoietic anaemia (CDA) type I were below the 95% confidence limits for those derived from six healthy subjects. In contrast, the concentrations of IFN-alpha in supernatants from cultures of EBV-transformed lymphoblastoid cell lines derived from four patients with other types of CDA and four patients with hereditary sideroblastic anaemia were normal. Supernatants from cultures of peripheral blood lymphocytes stimulated with phytohaemagglutinin or pokeweed mitogen contained less IFN-alpha when the cells were derived from patients with CDA type I than when derived from healthy subjects. Since patients with CDA type I show a substantial haematological response to treatment with IFN-alpha, the data suggest that impaired IFN-alpha production may be an important pathogenetic mechanism in CDA type I.

  2. Resistance to alpha/beta interferons correlates with the epizootic and virulence potential of Venezuelan equine encephalitis viruses and is determined by the 5' noncoding region and glycoproteins.

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    Spotts, D R; Reich, R M; Kalkhan, M A; Kinney, R M; Roehrig, J T

    1998-12-01

    We compared the alpha/beta interferon (IFN-alpha/beta) sensitivities of the TC-83 vaccine strain and 24 enzootic and epizootic Venezuelan equine encephalitis (VEE) isolates. The IFN-resistant or -sensitive phenotype correlated well with epizootic or enzootic potential. IFN-alpha/beta resistance of Trinidad donkey (TRD) virus correlated with virulence determinants in the 5' noncoding region and glycoproteins. Infection of mice lacking a functional IFN system with the IFN-sensitive TC-83 virus resulted in disease equivalent to that produced by the virulent, IFN-resistant TRD virus, further demonstrating that IFN resistance contributes to VEE virus virulence and is a biological marker of epizootic potential.

  3. Phase II trial of recombinant interferon-alpha with BCNU, cisplatin, DTIC and tamoxifen in advanced malignant melanoma.

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    Feun, L G; Savaraj, N; Moffat, F; Robinson, D; Liebmann, A; Hurley, J; Raub, W A; Richman, S P

    1995-08-01

    Since cytotoxic chemotherapy (BCNU, DTIC and cisplatin, tamoxifen) and interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha) have each produced responses in advanced malignant melanoma, a phase II trial was conducted to evaluate the response and toxicity of simultaneous administration of both therapies. Of 33 assessable patients, two (6%) had complete response (CR) and 12 patients (36%) had partial response (PR), for a total response rate (CR+PR) of 42% (95% confidence interval 26-58). Four patients had minor response (12%). Mixed responses occurred in five patients (15%). The remaining patients had progressive disease. The duration of CR was 3, 7 and 17 (+) months and the duration of PR was 3+ to 19+ months (median 6 months). The median overall survival for all patients entered into the study was 5 months. Main toxicities included myelosuppression and fatigue. Combined simultaneous cytotoxic chemotherapy and IFN produced a high response rate (42%) which is comparable to that reported for chemotherapy alone. Further studies are needed to determine the optimal schedule for combining chemotherapy and immunotherapeutic agents as well as the impact of biological agents on survival in the treatment of melanoma.

  4. Vulnerability to somatic symptoms of depression during interferon-alpha therapy for hepatitis C: A 16-week prospective study

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    Loftis, Jennifer M.; Patterson, Alexander L.; Wilhelm, Clare J.; McNett, Henry; Morasco, Benjamin J.; Huckans, Marilyn; Morgan, Timothy; Saperstein, Shira; Asghar, Aliya; Hauser, Peter

    2015-01-01

    Objective This study evaluated the distinctive clinical and biological manifestations of depressive symptom subtypes (i.e., cognitive–affective and somatic) in Veterans with hepatitis C viral infection (HCV) before and during interferon-alpha (IFN) based antiviral therapy. Methods Thirty-two Veterans with HCV and no prior history of IFN therapy were followed prospectively during the first 16 weeks of therapy to evaluate depressive symptoms and to determine if baseline cytokine and serotonin levels predicted subsequent changes in depressive scores. Results IFN therapy resulted in a significant increase in total depressive symptoms from baseline (week 0) to week 16, with neurovegetative and somatic symptoms of depression including loss of appetite, fatigue and irritability increasing within the first two weeks of therapy and continuing to increase throughout IFN therapy. When depressive symptoms were evaluated using a two-factor (i.e., Cognitive–Affective and Somatic) model, the Cognitive–Affective factor score did not change significantly following IFN therapy initiation, while the Somatic factor score showed a significant increase from week 0 to week 16. Veterans with the largest increases in somatic symptoms from week 0 to week 2 had significantly higher levels of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) and lower levels of serotonin at baseline, as compared to Veterans with minimal or no increase in somatic symptoms. Conclusion Somatic symptoms of depression can be significantly exacerbated during IFN therapy and may be predicted by higher TNF-α levels and lower serotonin levels at baseline. PMID:23272989

  5. Effect of recombinant human interferon-alpha A/D on in vivo murine tumor cell growth.

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    Uno, K; Shimizu, S; Inaba, K; Kitaura, M; Nakahira, K; Kato, T; Yamaguchi, Y; Muramatsu, S

    1988-05-01

    We investigated the effect of human recombinant interferon-alpha A/D A/D-IFN), which is known to delay the growth of murine tumor cells, on the growth of S1 and R1 subline cells of murine Meth A fibrosarcoma in the peritoneal cavity of mice. In vitro growth of S1 cells was sensitive to, and that of R1 cells was resistant to, the direct effect of A/D-IFN, as with murine natural IFN-alpha/beta, which was used originally to isolate these sublines. In vivo, however, the growth of not only S1 cells but also R1 cells was suppressed by the administration of A/D-IFN, and the survival time of tumor-bearing mice was prolonged. Although A/D-IFN had a direct effect on S1 cells in vivo, R1 cells were susceptible only to the indirect effect via the host cells. Macrophages (M phi) harvested from the peritoneal cavity of A/D-IFN-treated mice bearing ascitic R1 cells were very effective in suppressing the in vitro growth of R1 cells; those from non-R1-bearing A/D-IFN-treated mice were less effective. The results of in vitro experiments indicate that M phi are very probably activated by the synergism of A/D-IFN and M phi diameter-activating factor(s) produced by lymphoid cells in tumor-bearing mice.

  6. Prevalence of cryoglobulinemia in chronic hepatitis C virus infection and response to treatment with interferon-alpha.

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    Akriviadis, E A; Xanthakis, I; Navrozidou, C; Papadopoulos, A

    1997-12-01

    Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is associated with a variety of clinically important extrahepatic abnormalities. We have assessed the prevalence of cryoglobulinemia and of the clinical syndrome associated with it in patients with chronic HCV infection. We also have evaluated the clinical, serologic, and biochemical response to antiviral treatment with interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha). Eighty-one patients with chronic liver disease associated with HCV infection were included. Cryoglobulins were sought in the serum. All patients were examined carefully for clinical manifestations of cryoglobulinemia (e.g., palpable purpura, Raynaud's syndrome, arthritis, peripheral neuropathy, Sjögren's syndrome, glomerulonephritis). Antiviral treatment with IFN-alpha, at a dose of 3 to 5 million units, 3 times weekly, was given to 20 patients with cryoglobulinemia. Cryoglobulins were detected in 45.7% of patients. Signs and symptoms of the clinical syndrome associated with cryoglobulinemia were present in 12.3% of the entire group of patients (27% of the subgroup with detectable cryoglobulins). Patients with cryoglobulinemia were older (mean age, 56 +/- 15 vs. 44 +/- 16 years; p = 0.002) and had a higher rate of cirrhosis (48.6% vs. 18.2%, rate ratio = 4.26, 95% confidence interval = 2.11 to 8.58, p = 0.00005) compared to patients without cryoglobulinemia. Cryoglobulins disappeared from the serum in 13 (65%) of the 20 patients who were treated for 6 to 12 months with IFN-alpha. This effect was affiliated in most patients with resolution of the clinical findings associated with cryoglobulinemia and return of transaminases to normal levels. Recurrence of cryoglobulinemia was observed in two thirds of the patients who were observed after treatment with IFN-alpha. We conclude that cryoglobulins are present in 45.7% of patients with chronic HCV infection. Symptoms or signs or both associated with the presence of cryoglobulins develop in a high proportion (27%) of these patients

  7. Ligand-independent pathway that controls stability of interferon alpha receptor

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    Liu Jianghuai; Plotnikov, Alexander; Banerjee, Anamika; Suresh Kumar, K.G.; Ragimbeau, Josiane; Marijanovic, Zrinka; Baker, Darren P.; Pellegrini, Sandra; Fuchs, Serge Y.

    2008-03-07

    Ligand-specific negative regulation of cytokine-induced signaling relies on down regulation of the cytokine receptors. Down regulation of the IFNAR1 sub-unit of the Type I interferon (IFN) receptor proceeds via lysosomal receptor proteolysis, which is triggered by ubiquitination that depends on IFNAR1 serine phosphorylation. While IFN-inducible phosphorylation, ubiquitination, and degradation requires the catalytic activity of the Tyk2 Janus kinase, here we found the ligand- and Tyk2-independent pathway that promotes IFNAR1 phosphorylation, ubiquitination, and degradation when IFNAR1 is expressed at high levels. A major cellular kinase activity that is responsible for IFNAR1 phosphorylation in vitro does not depend on either ligand or Tyk2 activity. Inhibition of ligand-independent IFNAR1 degradation suppresses cell proliferation. We discuss the signaling events that might lead to ubiquitination and degradation of IFNAR1 via ligand-dependent and independent pathways and their potential physiologic significance.

  8. [Reflections on the treatment of EDM in hepatitis C virus patients treated with interferon alpha from a retrospective survey concerning 29 patients].

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    Lang, J-Ph; Halleguen, O; Vecchionacci, V; Doffoel, M

    2003-01-01

    At this moment of new therapeutic protocols and the possibility of curing HCV infections, it is of utmost importance to widen antiviral treatment in many indications, to upgrade compliance, and to limit therapeutic discontinuations. Depressive disorders are probably the main reason for failure of this treatment. The lack of knowledge about depressive disorders and the little specialized psychiatric accompaniment in this field are obviously not beneficial for the patient and his disease (no access to interferon alpha therapy, poor compliance, frequent discontinuations of treatment.); 24 patients (15 men and 9 women) treated by interferon alpha and having a major depressive episode (MDE) (according to the DSM IV) and who were about to discontinue their treatment, had a emergency consultation with the psychiatrist of the network who took them immediately in charge in the most adapted way (psychotropic therapy, psychotherapy, hospitalization.) as well as a long term specialized follow up (up to several months after the treatment was discontinued). From this follow up and based on a retrospective questionnaire proposed to the patients, we have thought about the existence and the relevance of the risk factors of the appearance of MDE under interferon alpha (personal antecedents of depression, of suicide attempts, of antiviral treatment discontinuations, of the drug addiction-induced contamination.) and about the major interest of a psychiatric accompaniment within an organized network. Among the 29 patients regularly followed during and after the antiviral therapy, 23 (79.3%) received a psychotropic treatment adapted to the clinical situation (82.6% of initially prescribed antidepressants have not been modified) associated the the psychotherapy, 4 (13.7%) were hospitalized in the psychiatric ward where the network psychiatrist works, one attempted to commit suicide without associated depression disorders (hospitalization, no discontinuation of antiviral therapy). More

  9. Chloroquine Modulates HIV-1-Induced Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cell Alpha Interferon: Implication for T-Cell Activation▿

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    Martinson, Jeffrey A.; Montoya, Carlos J.; Usuga, Xiomara; Ronquillo, Rollie; Landay, Alan L.; Desai, Seema N.

    2010-01-01

    Plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDC) contribute to antiviral immunity mainly through recognition of microbial products and viruses via intracellular Toll-like receptor 7 (TLR7) or TLR9, resulting in the production of type I interferons (IFNs). Although interferons reduce the viral burden in the acute phase of infection, their role in the chronic phase is unclear. The presence of elevated plasma IFN-α levels in advanced HIV disease and its association with microbial translocation in chronic HIV infection lead us to hypothesize that IFN-α could contribute to immune activation. Blocking of IFN-α production using chloroquine, an endosomal inhibitor, was tested in a novel in vitro model system with the aim of characterizing the effects of chloroquine on HIV-1-mediated TLR signaling, IFN-α production, and T-cell activation. Our results indicate that chloroquine blocks TLR-mediated activation of pDC and MyD88 signaling, as shown by decreases in the levels of the downstream signaling molecules IRAK-4 and IRF-7 and by inhibition of IFN-α synthesis. Chloroquine decreased CD8 T-cell activation induced by aldrithiol-2-treated HIV-1 in peripheral blood mononuclear cell cultures. In addition to blocking pDC activation, chloroquine also blocked negative modulators of the T-cell response, such as indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) and programmed death ligand 1 (PDL-1). Our results indicate that TLR stimulation and production of IFN-α by pDC contribute to immune activation and that blocking of these pathways using chloroquine may interfere with events contributing to HIV pathogenesis. Our results suggests that a safe, well-tolerated drug such as chloroquine can be proposed as an adjuvant therapeutic candidate along with highly active antiretroviral therapy to control immune activation in HIV-1 infection. PMID:19949061

  10. Sustained response to combination therapy in a patient with chronic hepatitis C and thrombocytopenia secondary to alpha-interferon.

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    Jiménez-Sáenz, M; Rojas, M; Piñar, A; Salas, E; Rebollo, J; Carmona, I; Herrerías-Esteban, J M; Herrerías-Gutiérrez, J M

    2000-05-01

    Recent data suggest that hepatitis C viral (HCV) infection may induce a significant autoimmune reaction to platelets, but the mechanism is unknown. Many patients with chronic hepatitis C, in fact, have high levels of platelet-associated immunoglobulin G (PAIgG) and HCV-RNA is present in the platelets of 100% of those patients with thrombocytopenia and high PAIgG levels. Hepatitis C virus infection has been associated with the development of thrombocytopenic purpura, sometimes triggered during interferon (IFN) therapy. In such cases, the treatment of the underlying disease is a difficult problem to solve. We report the case of a patient with chronic hepatitis C, who developed life-threatening thrombocytopenic purpura after a prolonged course of IFN-alpha2b over a 4-year period. Treatment with anti-immunoglobulin gammaglobulin (Polyglobin; Química Farmaceutica Bayer, Barcelona, Spain) had a transient effect on the platelet count, but prolonged therapy with prednisone was necessary for definitive relief of the haematological complication. Two years later, the patient was treated with combined therapy, including ribavirin (1200 mg/day) and IFN-alpha2b (5 mU, t.i.w.) for 12 months. This therapy induced a sustained response, both biochemical and virological, without haematological complications. This observation suggests that ribavirin may be of benefit in the treatment of immune-mediated thrombocytopenia in patients with chronic hepatitis C, preventing the harmful effect of IFN-alpha but also allowing both drugs to be combined so as to increase the probability of sustained remission of the liver disease.

  11. An interferon alpha2 mutant optimized by phage display for IFNAR1 binding confers specifically enhanced antitumor activities.

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    Kalie, Eyal; Jaitin, Diego A; Abramovich, Renne; Schreiber, Gideon

    2007-04-13

    All alpha-interferons (IFNalpha) bind the IFNAR1 receptor subunit with low affinity. Increasing the binding affinity was shown to specifically increase the antiproliferative potency of IFNalpha2. Here, we constructed a phage display library by randomizing three positions on IFNalpha2 previously shown to confer weak binding to IFNAR1. The tightest binding variant selected, comprised of mutations H57Y, E58N, and Q61S (YNS), was shown to bind IFNAR1 60-fold tighter compared with wild-type IFNalpha2, and 3-fold tighter compared with IFNbeta. Binding of YNS to IFNAR2 was comparable with wild-type IFNalpha2. The YNS mutant conferred a 150-fold higher antiproliferative potency in WISH cells compared with wild-type IFNalpha2, whereas its antiviral activity was increased by only 3.5-fold. The high antiproliferative activity was related to an induction of apoptosis, as demonstrated by annexin V binding assays, and to specific gene induction, particularly TRAIL. To determine the potency of the YNS mutant in a xenograft cancer model, we injected it twice a week to nude mice carrying transplanted MDA231 human breast cancer cells. After 5 weeks, no tumors remained in mice treated with YNS, whereas most mice treated with wild-type IFNalpha2 showed visible tumors. Histological analysis of these tumors showed a significant anti-angiogenic effect of YNS, compared with wild-type IFNalpha2. This work demonstrates the application of detailed biophysical understanding in the process of protein engineering, yielding an interferon variant with highly increased biological potency.

  12. Pronunciation Pegs

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    Samuel, Carolyn

    2010-01-01

    An ESL instructor describes her experience of using pronunciation pegs, a method to foster the self-monitoring and self-correction of pronunciation mistakes with a view to helping university-level students deal with the ongoing challenge of producing target-like pronunciation. The appeal of pegs to students led the instructor to reflect on what…

  13. Alpha/Beta Interferon Receptor Signaling Amplifies Early Proinflammatory Cytokine Production in the Lung during Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection

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    Goritzka, Michelle; Durant, Lydia R.; Pereira, Catherine; Salek-Ardakani, Samira; Openshaw, Peter J. M.

    2014-01-01

    ABSTRACT Type I interferons (IFNs) are produced early upon virus infection and signal through the alpha/beta interferon (IFN-α/β) receptor (IFNAR) to induce genes that encode proteins important for limiting viral replication and directing immune responses. To investigate the extent to which type I IFNs play a role in the local regulation of inflammation in the airways, we examined their importance in early lung responses to infection with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). IFNAR1-deficient (IFNAR1−/−) mice displayed increased lung viral load and weight loss during RSV infection. As expected, expression of IFN-inducible genes was markedly reduced in the lungs of IFNAR1−/− mice. Surprisingly, we found that the levels of proinflammatory cytokines and chemokines in the lungs of RSV-infected mice were also greatly reduced in the absence of IFNAR signaling. Furthermore, low levels of proinflammatory cytokines were also detected in the lungs of IFNAR1−/− mice challenged with noninfectious innate immune stimuli such as selected Toll-like receptor (TLR) agonists. Finally, recombinant IFN-α was sufficient to potentiate the production of inflammatory mediators in the lungs of wild-type mice challenged with innate immune stimuli. Thus, in addition to its well-known role in antiviral resistance, type I IFN receptor signaling acts as a central driver of early proinflammatory responses in the lung. Inhibiting the effects of type I IFNs may therefore be useful in dampening inflammation in lung diseases characterized by enhanced inflammatory cytokine production. IMPORTANCE The initial response to viral infection is characterized by the production of interferons (IFNs). One group of IFNs, the type I IFNs, are produced early upon virus infection and signal through the IFN-α/β receptor (IFNAR) to induce proteins important for limiting viral replication and directing immune responses. Here we examined the importance of type I IFNs in early responses to respiratory

  14. Hepatitis C virus infection impairs IRF-7 translocation and Alpha interferon synthesis in immortalized human hepatocytes.

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    Raychoudhuri, Amit; Shrivastava, Shubham; Steele, Robert; Dash, Srikanta; Kanda, Tatsuo; Ray, Ranjit; Ray, Ratna B

    2010-11-01

    Hepatitis C virus (HCV) establishes chronic infection in a significant number of infected humans, although the mechanisms for chronicity remain largely unknown. We have previously shown that HCV infection in immortalized human hepatocytes (IHH) induces beta interferon (IFN-β) expression (T. Kanda, R. Steele, R. Ray, and R. B. Ray, J. Virol. 81:12375-12381, 2007). However, the regulation of the downstream signaling pathway for IFN-α production by HCV is not clearly understood. In this study, the regulation of the IFN signaling pathway following HCV genotype 1a (clone H77) or genotype 2a (clone JFH1) infection of IHH was examined. HCV infection upregulated expression of total STAT1 but failed to induce phosphorylation and efficient nuclear translocation. Subsequent study revealed that HCV infection induces IFN-stimulated response element activation, as evidenced by upregulation of 2',5'-oligoadenylate synthetase 1. However, nuclear translocation of IRF-7 was impaired following HCV infection. In HCV-infected IHH, IFN-α expression initially increased (up to 24 h) and then decreased at later time points, and IFN-α-inducible protein 27 was not induced. Interestingly, HCV infection blocked IRF-7 nuclear translocation upon poly(I-C) or IFN-α treatment of IHH. Together, our data suggest that HCV infection enhances STAT1 expression but impairs nuclear translocation of IRF-7 and its downstream molecules. These impairments in the IFN-α signaling pathway may, in part, be responsible for establishment of chronic HCV infection.

  15. The role of interferon alpha in initiation of type I diabetes in the NOD mouse.

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    Li, Qing; McDevitt, Hugh O

    2011-07-01

    Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in both humans and the nonobese diabetic (NOD) mouse, in which the insulin-producing-cells of the pancreatic islets are destroyed by a beta islet cell-specific T cell immune response. We recently reported that interferon (IFN)-α is an early trigger of the T1D process in NOD mice. Here, we show that extensive blockade of IFN-α action by a monoclonal antibody specific to IFN-α receptor 1 results in nearly complete prevention of T1D in NOD mice. Whether professional IFN-α producing cells, plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs), are responsible for the initiation of T1D has been unclear. Here we demonstrate that depletion of pDCs in NOD mice by a specific mAb given at 15-25 days of age significantly delays the onset and decreases the incidence of T1D. These findings indicate that pDC and pDC-derived IFN-α are the prime initiators of the pathogenesis of T1D in NOD mice.

  16. 17β-estradiol protects primary macrophages against HIV infection through induction of interferon-alpha.

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    Tasker, Carley; Ding, Jian; Schmolke, Mirco; Rivera-Medina, Amariliz; García-Sastre, Adolfo; Chang, Theresa L

    2014-05-01

    Estrogen has been shown to increase resistance to HIV/SIV transmission by increasing the thickness of the genital epithelium. The immunological role of estrogen in HIV infection of primary target cells is less well characterized. We have found that primary macrophages are a target for anti-HIV activity of 17β-estradiol (E2). E2 did not affect surface expression of CD4 and HIV co-receptors nor HIV attachment to monocyte-derived macrophages (MDMs). In addition, E2 treatment blocked infection by a co-receptor-independent HIV-1VSV-G pseudotyped virus. Quantitative polymerase chain reaction analysis of HIV reverse transcribed DNA products indicated that E2 blocked HIV reverse transcription. E2 upregulated gene expression of interferons (IFNs) in MDMs from multiple donors. However, induction of host restriction factors APOBEC3G, APOBEC3F, or SAMHD1 was not consistent, with exception of APOBEC3A. Anti-HIV activity of E2 was abolished in the presence of IFN-α neutralizing antibody, and was absent in bone marrow-derived macrophages from IFN-α receptor deficient mice. Interestingly, HIV overcame E2-mediated HIV inhibition by suppressing induction of IFNs when MDMs were exposed to HIV before E2 treatment. These results offer a new mechanism of E2 on HIV inhibition. Future studies on the interplay between HIV and E2-mediated innate immune responses will likely provide insights relevant for development of effective strategies for HIV prevention.

  17. Interferon alpha inhibits spinal cord synaptic and nociceptive transmission via neuronal-glial interactions

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    Liu, Chien-Cheng; Gao, Yong-Jing; Luo, Hao; Berta, Temugin; Xu, Zhen-Zhong; Ji, Ru-Rong; Tan, Ping-Heng

    2016-01-01

    It is well known that interferons (IFNs), such as type-I IFN (IFN-α) and type-II IFN (IFN-γ) are produced by immune cells to elicit antiviral effects. IFNs are also produced by glial cells in the CNS to regulate brain functions. As a proinflammatory cytokine, IFN-γ drives neuropathic pain by inducing microglial activation in the spinal cord. However, little is known about the role of IFN-α in regulating pain sensitivity and synaptic transmission. Strikingly, we found that IFN-α/β receptor (type-I IFN receptor) was expressed by primary afferent terminals in the superficial dorsal horn that co-expressed the neuropeptide CGRP. In the spinal cord IFN-α was primarily expressed by astrocytes. Perfusion of spinal cord slices with IFN-α suppressed excitatory synaptic transmission by reducing the frequency of spontaneous excitatory postsynaptic current (sEPSCs). IFN-α also inhibited nociceptive transmission by reducing capsaicin-induced internalization of NK-1 and phosphorylation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) in superficial dorsal horn neurons. Finally, spinal (intrathecal) administration of IFN-α reduced inflammatory pain and increased pain threshold in naïve rats, whereas removal of endogenous IFN-α by a neutralizing antibody induced hyperalgesia. Our findings suggest a new form of neuronal-glial interaction by which IFN-α, produced by astrocytes, inhibits nociceptive transmission in the spinal cord. PMID:27670299

  18. The clinical significance of HCV core antigen detection during Telaprevir/Peg-Interferon/Ribavirin therapy in patients with HCV 1 genotype infection.

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    Garbuglia, Anna Rosa; Lionetti, Raffaella; Lapa, Daniele; Taibi, Chiara; Visco-Comandini, Ubaldo; Montalbano, Marzia; D'Offizi, Gianpiero; Castiglione, Filippo; Capobianchi, Maria Rosaria; Paci, Paola

    2015-08-01

    Direct-acting antiviral drugs (DAA) regimen improve the SVR rate. However, adverse effects often lead to therapy interruption. This underlines the importance to find some predictive parameters of response in order to consider the possibility of a shorter time of antiviral treatment in the appearance of adverse effects without affecting the success of the therapy. We aimed to examine the HCVAg kinetics in the early phase of treatment and its predictive value of SVR in patients undergoing TPV/Peg-IFN/RBV treatment. Twenty-three patients infected by HCV genotype 1 (1a n=11; 1b n=12) were included in this prospective study. At baseline the median Log of HCVAg concentration in RVR and EVR patients were 3.15 fmol/L and 3.45 fmol/L, respectively with no significant differences. The baseline median HCV-RNA to HCVAg ratio was 233.77, this ratio was significantly lower when measured on day 1 (27.52) and on day 6 (24.84) (p<0.001). The two-tailed Fisher's exact test indicated that the SVR response is statistically significantly different in patients with detected HCVAg at week1 compared to patients with no detectable HCVAg (p=0.05). The sensitivity, specificity, and negative and positive predictive values (NPV, PPV) were 53.8, 87.5, 53.8 and 87.5%, respectively. The area under the ROC curve was 0.71 at day T6, the best cut-off of 3 fmol/L when evaluated with the HCVAg plasma concentration at day T6. Undetectable HCVAg in the early phase of TPV/Peg-IFN/RBV treatment could represent an important parameter for predicting SVR. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. The genetic differences with whole genome linkage disequilibrium mapping between responder and non-responder in interferon-alpha and ribavirin combined therapy for chronic hepatitis C patients.

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    Chen, P-J; Hwang, Y; Lin, C G-J; Wu, Y-J; Wu, L S-H

    2008-04-01

    Interferon-alpha and ribavirin combined therapy has been a mainstream treatment for hepatitis C infection. The efficacy of this combined treatment is around 30% to 60%, and the factors affecting the responsiveness are still poorly defined. Our study is intended to investigate the genetic differences between responder and non-responder patients. The genome-wide linkage disequilibrium screening for loci associated with genetic difference between two patient groups was conducted by using 382 autosomal short tandem repeat (STR) markers involving 92 patients. We have identified 19 STR markers displaying different allele frequencies between the two patient groups. In addition, based on their genomic location and biological function, we selected the CD81 and IL15 genes to perform single nucleotide polymorphism genotyping. In conclusion, this study may provide a new approach for identifying the associated polymorphisms and the susceptible loci for interferon-alpha and ribavirin combined therapy in patients with chronic hepatitis C.

  20. Complex Interplay between HIV-1 Capsid and MX2-Independent Alpha Interferon-Induced Antiviral Factors.

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    Bulli, Lorenzo; Apolonia, Luis; Kutzner, Juliane; Pollpeter, Darja; Goujon, Caroline; Herold, Nikolas; Schwarz, Sarah-Marie; Giernat, Yannick; Keppler, Oliver T; Malim, Michael H; Schaller, Torsten

    2016-08-15

    Type I interferons (IFNs), including IFN-α, upregulate an array of IFN-stimulated genes (ISGs) and potently suppress Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) infectivity in CD4(+) T cells, monocyte-derived macrophages, and dendritic cells. Recently, we and others identified ISG myxovirus resistance 2 (MX2) as an inhibitor of HIV-1 nuclear entry. However, additional antiviral blocks exist upstream of nuclear import, but the ISGs that suppress infection, e.g., prior to (or during) reverse transcription, remain to be defined. We show here that the HIV-1 CA mutations N74D and A105T, both of which allow escape from inhibition by MX2 and the truncated version of cleavage and polyadenylation specific factor 6 (CPSF6), as well as the cyclophilin A (CypA)-binding loop mutation P90A, all increase sensitivity to IFN-α-mediated inhibition. Using clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR)/Cas9 technology, we demonstrate that the IFN-α hypersensitivity of these mutants in THP-1 cells is independent of MX2 or CPSF6. As expected, CypA depletion had no additional effect on the behavior of the P90A mutant but modestly increased the IFN-α sensitivity of wild-type virus. Interestingly, the infectivity of wild-type or P90A virus could be rescued from the MX2-independent IFN-α-induced blocks in THP-1 cells by treatment with cyclosporine (Cs) or its nonimmunosuppressive analogue SDZ-NIM811, indicating that Cs-sensitive host cell cyclophilins other than CypA contribute to the activity of IFN-α-induced blocks. We propose that cellular interactions with incoming HIV-1 capsids help shield the virus from recognition by antiviral effector mechanisms. Thus, the CA protein is a fulcrum for the dynamic interplay between cell-encoded functions that inhibit or promote HIV-1 infection. HIV-1 is the causative agent of AIDS. During acute HIV-1 infection, numerous proinflammatory cytokines are produced, including type I interferons (IFNs). IFNs can limit HIV-1

  1. Interferons alpha and gamma induce p53-dependent and p53-independent apoptosis, respectively.

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    Porta, Chiara; Hadj-Slimane, Reda; Nejmeddine, Mohamed; Pampin, Mathieu; Tovey, Michael G; Espert, Lucile; Alvarez, Sandra; Chelbi-Alix, Mounira K

    2005-01-20

    Type I interferon (IFN) enhances the transcription of the tumor suppressor gene p53. To elucidate the molecular mechanism mediating IFN-induced apoptosis, we analysed programmed cell death in response to type I (IFNalpha) or type II (IFNgamma) treatment in relation to p53 status. In two cell lines (MCF-7, SKNSH), IFNalpha, but not IFNgamma, enhanced apoptosis in a p53-dependent manner. Furthermore, only IFNalpha upregulated p53 as well as p53 target genes (Noxa, Mdm2 and CD95). The apoptotic response to IFNalpha decreased in the presence of ZB4, an anti-CD95 antibody, suggesting that CD95 is involved in this process. When p53 was inactivated by the E6 viral protein or the expression of a p53 mutant, IFNalpha-induced apoptosis and p53 target genes upregulation were abrogated. Altogether these results demonstrate that p53 plays a pivotal role in the IFNalpha-induced apoptotic response. IFNalpha-induced PML was unable to recruit p53 into nuclear bodies and its downregulation by siRNA did not alter CD95 expression. In contrast, IFNgamma-induced apoptosis is p53-independent. CD95 and IFN-regulatory factor 1 (IRF1) are directly upregulated by this cytokine. Apoptotic response to IFNgamma is decreased in the presence of ZB4 and strongly diminished by IRF1 siRNA, implicating both CD95 and IRF1 in IFNgamma-induced apoptotic response. Taken together, these results show that in two different cell lines, IFNalpha and IFNgamma, induce p53-dependent -independent apoptosis, respectively.

  2. GM-CSF with biochemotherapy (cisplatin, DTIC, tamoxifen, IL-2 and interferon-alpha): a phase I trial in melanoma.

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    Vaughan, M M; Moore, J; Riches, P G; Johnston, S R; A'Hern, R P; Hill, M E; Eisen, T; Ayliffe, M J; Thomas, J M; Gore, M E

    2000-09-01

    Ineffective tumour antigen processing is recognised as an important cause of failure of immunotherapy in melanoma. GM-CSF may augment the cytotoxic lymphocyte response by activating antigen-presenting cells. This study evaluates a schedule combining GM-CSF with biochemotherapy. Nineteen patients with advanced malignant melanoma received cisplatin (25 mg/m2 days 1-3). dacarbazine (220 mg/m2 days 1-3), interleukin-2 (9 MIU/m2/24 h) and interferon-alpha2b (5 MIU/m2) both days 6-10 and days 17-21, and tamoxifen 40 mg/day continuously. Subcutaneous GM-CSF was given in escalating doses to three cohorts: 1) 450 microg/m2 days 4-5 and 15-16; 2) as 1) plus 225 microg/m2 days 6-10 and 17-21; 3) 450 microg/m2 days 4-10 and 15-21. Each cycle was 28 days. Constitutional side effects were the major non-haematological toxicity and lymphopaenia the main haematological toxicity. Six patients responded (32%, 95% confidence interval: 13%-57%), two patients had complete remission. There was an apparent trend for increasing responses with increasing GM-CSF dose; zero of six responses in cohort 1, two of seven in cohort 2 and three of six in cohort 3 (P = 0.016). Median overall survival was 6.2 months. Increasing GM-CSF doses significantly increased serum concentrations of neopterin and TNF-alpha. The combination of GM-CSF with biochemotherapy is feasible and there appears to be a dose-response relationship with GM-CSF in terms of host immunological response, and possibly clinical efficacy.

  3. The effect of alpha-interferon on bone marrow megakaryocytes and platelet production rate in essential thrombocythemia

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    Wadenvik, H.; Kutti, J.; Ridell, B.; Revesz, P.; Jacobsson, S.; Magnusson, B.; Westin, J.; Vilen, L. )

    1991-05-15

    In 10 patients with previously untreated essential thrombocythemia (ET), by using {sup 111}In-labeled platelets and megakaryocyte morphometry, the relation between platelet production rate and bone marrow megakaryocytes was evaluated before and during alpha-2b-interferon (IFN) therapy. A highly significant decrease in platelet count occurred during IFN therapy; the platelet counts, at baseline and after 2 and 6 months of IFN therapy, were 1,102 +/- 345 x 10(9)/L, 524 +/- 169 x 10(9)/L (P less than .0001), and 476 +/- 139 x 10(9)/L (P less than .0001), respectively. The decrement in platelet count was mainly a result of diminished platelet production rate, which at baseline and after 2 and 6 months of IFN therapy was 89 +/- 30 x 10(10) platelets/d, 53 +/- 18 x 10(10) platelets/d (P = .0033), and 45 +/- 20 x 10(10) platelets/d (P less than .0001), respectively. Also, a slight shortening of platelet mean life-span (MLS) was observed in response to IFN treatment; platelet MLS was 7.96 +/- 0.69 days at baseline and 6.68 +/- 1.30 days (P = .012) after 6 months of IFN therapy. IFN induced a significant decrease in bone marrow megakaryocyte volume; both megakaryocyte nuclear and cytoplasmatic volumes were affected. The mean megakaryocyte volume was 372 +/- 126 x 10(2) pL/microL at baseline and 278 +/- 147 x 10(2) pL/microL (P = .049) after 6 months of IFN therapy. However, the number of megakaryocytes did not show any significant change in response to IFN. It is concluded that alpha-IFN reduces platelet production rate and the peripheral platelet count in ET mainly through an anti-proliferative action on the megakaryocytes and to a considerably lesser degree by a shortening of platelet MLS.

  4. A potent hepatitis B surface antigen response in subjects with inactive hepatitis B surface antigen carrier treated with pegylated-interferon alpha.

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    Cao, Zhenhuan; Liu, Yali; Ma, Lina; Lu, Junfeng; Jin, Yi; Ren, Shan; He, Zhimin; Shen, Chengli; Chen, Xinyue

    2017-10-01

    Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) clearance represents a clinical cure, although the clearance rate is extremely low. The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility and safety profiles of pegylated-interferon α-2a (PEG-IFNα-2a) as a therapeutic option for inactive HBsAg carriers. There were 144 inactive HBsAg carriers enrolled and divided into a therapeutic group (102 subjects) and a control group (42 subjects). PEG-IFNα-2a and PEG-IFNα-2a combined with adefovir dipivoxil were used for treatment group subjects with hepatitis B virus DNA <20 IU/mL and 20 IU/mL ≤ hepatitis B virus DNA < 2,000 IU/mL, respectively. Total therapy duration was no more than 96 weeks. HBsAg clearance and seroconversion rates at therapeutic weeks 48 and 96 were used to evaluate the therapeutic efficacy. Per protocol analysis showed that the HBsAg clearance rate and seroconversion rate in the treatment group were 29.8% and 20.2% at week 48 and increased to 44.7% and 38.3% at week 96, respectively. However, the HBsAg clearance rate in the control group was 2.4% at weeks 48 and 96, and no subject achieved seroconversion. The quantitative HBsAg levels and changes during the early period of treatment (at week 12 and week 24) as well as the alanine aminotransferase elevation at week 12 were strong predictors of HBsAg clearance. The adverse events were similar to those with treatment for chronic hepatitis B patients. High rates of HBsAg clearance and seroconversion could be achieved by PEG-IFNα-2a-based treatments and the treatments were relatively safe for inactive HBsAg carriers. (Hepatology 2017;66:1058-1066). © 2017 by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases.

  5. Chitosan oligomers as potential and safe absorption enhancers for improving the pulmonary absorption of interferon-alpha in rats.

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    Yamada, Keigo; Odomi, Masaaki; Okada, Naoki; Fujita, Takuya; Yamamoto, Akira

    2005-11-01

    Effects of chitosan oligomers on pulmonary absorption of interferon-alpha (IFN) were examined by means of an in vivo pulmonary absorption experiment. Chitosan oligomers used in this study were chitosan dimer, tetramer, hexamer, and water-soluble (WS) chitosan. A significant increase in serum IFN concentrations was observed after intratracheal administration of IFN with these oligomers. Of these chitosan oligomers, 0.5% w/v chitosan hexamer appeared to be more effective in enhancing the pulmonary absorption of IFN than other oligomers at the same concentration, and the AUC value of IFN with chitosan hexamer increased 2.6-fold as compared with the control. On the other hand, chitosan polymers, which have relatively high molecular weights (22-96 kDa), were not effective in enhancing the pulmonary absorption of IFN due to their low solubility in water. Additionally, the effect of different concentrations (0.1%-1% w/v) of chitosan hexamer on the pulmonary absorption of IFN was studied. Of these different concentrations of chitosan hexamers, the highest AUC value of IFN was obtained in the presence of 0.5% w/v chitosan hexamer. Furthermore, chitosan oligomers did not cause any membrane damage to the rat pulmonary tissues, as determined by leakage of protein and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid. Therefore, these findings indicated that the use of chitosan oligomers would be a promising approach for improving of the pulmonary absorption of biologically active peptides including IFN.

  6. Protein crystal growth in microgravity review of large scale temperature induction method: bovine insulin, human insulin and human alpha interferon

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    Long, Marianna M.; Bishop, John Bradford; Nagabhushan, Tattanahalli L.; Reichert, Paul; Smith, G. David; DeLucas, Lawrence J.

    1996-10-01

    The protein crystal growth facility (PCF) is space-flight hardware that accommodates large scale protein crystal growth experiments using temperature change as the inductive step. Recent modifications include specialized instrumentation for monitoring crystal nucleation with laser light scattering. This paper reviews results from the PCF's first seven flights on the Space Shuttle, the last with laser light scattering instrumentation. The PCF's objective is twofold: (1) production of high quality protein crystals for X-ray analysis and subsequent structure based drug design and (2) preparation of a large quantity of relatively contaminant free crystals for use as time-release protein pharmaceuticals. The first three Shuttle flights with bovine insulin constituted the PCF's proof of concept, demonstrating that the space-grown crystals were larger and diffracted to higher resolution than their earth-grown counterparts. The later four PCF missions were used to grow recombinant human insulin crystals for X-ray analysis and to continue productions trials aimed at the development of a processing facility for crystalline recombinant alpha interferon.

  7. The use of an interferon-gamma release assay as a biomarker of response to anti-TNF-alpha treatment.

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    Cacciapaglia, Fabio; Buzzulini, Francesca; Arcarese, Luisa; Ferraro, Elisabetta; Afeltra, Antonella

    2014-11-01

    Tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) is a pleiotropic cytokine that plays a central role in the immune system functioning and in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). TNF-α inhibition has been demonstrated effective to treat RA; however, response to anti-TNF-α therapies is heterogeneous, with roughly one-third of patients not achieving disease control. Identification of a biological marker to assess the effectiveness of TNF-α inhibition may help to discriminate patients with a reduced response to anti-TNF-α agents. The aim of this study was to assess whether anti-TNF-α treatment was able to modify the cytokine network interfering with interferon gamma (INFγ) release after phytohemagglutinin (PHA) stimulation of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from RA patients, according to disease activity. We found that RA patients with active disease had low release of INFγ after PHA stimulation, but anti-TNF-α agents were able to modify INFγ production. In anti-TNF-α responders, we observed a higher release of INFγ, achieving levels comparable with those seen in healthy subjects. The ability of PBMCs from RA patients to release INFγ may serve as a biomarker of disease activity and response to anti-TNF-α. Larger studies are needed to validate these data. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  8. Cellular response to influenza virus infection: a potential role for autophagy in CXCL10 and interferon-alpha induction.

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    Law, Anna Hing-Yee; Lee, Davy Chun-Wai; Yuen, Kwok-Yung; Peiris, Malik; Lau, Allan Sik-Yin

    2010-07-01

    Historically, influenza pandemics have arisen from avian influenza viruses. Avian influenza viruses H5N1 and H9N2 are potential pandemic candidates. Infection of humans with the highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 virus is associated with a mortality in excess of 60%, which has been attributed to dysregulation of the cytokine system. Human macrophages and epithelial cells infected with some genotypes of H5N1 and H9N2 viruses express markedly elevated cytokine and chemokine levels when compared with seasonal influenza A subtype H1N1 virus. The mechanisms underlying this cytokine and chemokine hyperinduction are not fully elucidated. In the present study, we demonstrate that autophagy, a tightly regulated homeostatic process for self-digestion of unwanted cellular subcomponents, plays a role in cytokine induction. Autophagy is induced to a greater extent by H9N2/G1, in association with cytokine hyperinduction, compared with H1N1 and the novel pandemic swine-origin influenza A/H1N1 viruses. Using 3-methyladenine to inhibit autophagy and small interfering RNA to silence the autophagy gene, Atg5, we further show that autophagic responses play a role in influenza virus-induced CXCL10 and interferon-alpha expression in primary human blood macrophages. Our results provide new insights into the pathogenic mechanisms of avian influenza viruses.

  9. Topical interferon alpha-2B topic as the first therapeutic option in a clinical case of conjunctival intraepithelial neoplasia.

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    Pagán Carrasco, S; Arranz Maestro, D

    2017-09-01

    Conjunctival intraepithelial neoplasia is a pre-malignant lesion of the ocular surface. It can be treated with topical interferon alpha-2b (INF α-2b) as first choice. A 71-year-old man referred for corneal-conjunctival, gelatinous lesion in the left eye (LE) with an area of almost 270°. The clinical diagnosis was compatible with a corneal-conjunctival intraepithelial neoplasia. Topical treatment was started with INF α-2b at a dose of one million international units (IU)/ml, 4 times/day for 4 months, with remission being achieved. The isolated use of topical INF α-2b is an effective treatment as a first option in the case of corneal-conjunctival intraepithelial neoplasia, positioning itself as a form of effective and safe treatment compared to other therapeutic options. Surgical excision and use of other chemotherapy agents could lead to severe limbic deficits and other side effects. Copyright © 2017 Sociedad Española de Oftalmología. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  10. Refolding of recombinant human interferon alpha-2a from Escherichia coli by urea gradient size exclusion chromatography.

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    Gao, F; Shi, L; Xu, L X

    2013-01-01

    Protein refolding is still a puzzle in the production of recombinant proteins expressed as inclusion bodies (IBs) in Escherichia coli. Gradient size exclusion chromatography (SEC) is a recently developed method for refolding of recombinant proteins in IBs. In this study, we used a decreasing urea gradient SEC for the refolding of recombinant human interferon alpha-2a (rhLFNalpha-2a) which was overexpressed as IBs in E. coli. In chromatographic process, the denatured rhLFNalpha-2a would pass along the 8.0-3.0 M urea gradient and refold gradually. Several operating conditions, such as final concentration of urea along the column, gradient length, the ratio of reduced to oxidized glutathione and flow rate were investigated, respectively. Under the optimum conditions, 1.2 x 10(8) IU/mg of specific activity and 82% mass recovery were obtained from the loaded 10 ml of 1.75 mg/ml denatured protein, and rhLFNalpha-2a was also purified during this process with the purity of higher than 92%. Compared with dilution method, urea gradient SEC was more efficient for the rhl FNalpha-2a refolding in terms of specific activity and mass recovery.

  11. Interferon-alpha treatment induces depression-like behaviour accompanied by elevated hippocampal quinolinic acid levels in rats.

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    Fischer, Christina Weide; Eskelund, Amanda; Budac, David P; Tillmann, Sandra; Liebenberg, Nico; Elfving, Betina; Wegener, Gregers

    2015-10-15

    Immunotherapy with the cytokine interferon-alpha (IFN-α) can induce symptoms of depression, and it is likely that the tryptophan-kynurenine pathway may be involved in this regard. In this study we investigated the effects of IFN-α on depression-like behaviour and central metabolites of the tryptophan-kynurenine pathway in rats. Secondly, we explored the modulating effects of an antidepressant (imipramine) and anti-inflammatory drug (celecoxib) on IFN-α-induced behavioural and pathophysiological changes in the brain. The following treatment groups were used: Control (saline), IFN-α (6×10(4)IU/kg s.c.), IFN-α+imipramine or IFN-α+celecoxib. Drugs were administered daily for 1 week. IFN-α treatment induced depression-like behaviour by increasing immobility in the forced swim test (FST), and decreased tryptophan levels in the brain. There was a trend for an increased kynurenine/tryptophan ratio, indicative of indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) activation, and increased quinolinic acid in the hippocampus. Imipramine decreased immobility in the FST, but did not reverse the IFN-α-induced changes in the tryptophan-kynurenine pathway. There was a trend for celecoxib to decrease immobility and to reverse the IFN-α-induced increase in the kynurenine/tryptophan ratio. Thus, our study provides further evidence for IFN-α-induced depression-like behaviour through central changes of the tryptophan-kynurenine pathway.

  12. Induction and exacerbation of psoriasis with Interferon-alpha therapy for hepatitis C: A review and analysis of 36 cases

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    Afshar, M.; Martinez, A.D.; Gallo, R.L.; Hata, T.R.

    2012-01-01

    Background Interferon-alpha (IFN-α) therapy is used to treat hepatitis C infection. The exacerbation and occurrence of psoriasis in hepatitis C patients treated with IFN-α is increasingly recognized, but the distinct associated features, etiology, and management have not been reviewed. Objective To review all published cases of hepatitis C patients who developed psoriasis while receiving IFN-α therapy. Methods The review was conducted by searching the PubMed database using the keywords “hepatitis C” AND “psoriasis.” In addition, references to additional publications not indexed for PubMed were followed to obtain a complete record of published data. Results We identified 32 publications describing 36 subjects who developed a psoriatic eruption while receiving IFN-α therapy for hepatitis C. Topical therapies were a commonly employed treatment modality but led to resolution in only 30% of cases in which they were employed solely. Cessation of IFN-α therapy led to resolution in 93% of cases. 100% of those who developed psoriasis while on IFN-α therapy responded to systemic therapy and were able to continue the drug. Conclusion Further studies and analysis of IFN-α-induced lesions are necessary to clarify the role of IFN-α and the hepatitis C virus in the development of psoriatic lesions. PMID:22671985

  13. Anisakis pegreffii-induced airway hyperresponsiveness is mediated by gamma interferon in the absence of interleukin-4 receptor alpha responsiveness.

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    Kirstein, Frank; Horsnell, William G C; Nieuwenhuizen, Natalie; Ryffel, Bernhard; Lopata, Andreas L; Brombacher, Frank

    2010-09-01

    Infection with the fish parasite Anisakis following exposure to contaminated fish can lead to allergic reactions in humans. The present study examined the immunological mechanisms underlying the development of allergic airway inflammation in mice after different routes of sensitization to Anisakis. Wild-type and interleukin-4 receptor alpha (IL-4Ralpha)-deficient BALB/c mice were sensitized intraperitoneally with live or heat-killed Anisakis larvae or by intranasal administration of an Anisakis extract and were subsequently challenged intranasally with an Anisakis extract. Both routes of sensitization induced IL-4Ralpha-dependent allergic airway responses, whereas allergen-specific antibody responses developed only when mice were sensitized intraperitoneally. Intranasal sensitization induced airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) in wild-type mice only, showing that AHR was IL-4/IL-13 dependent. Unexpectedly, infection with Anisakis larvae induced AHR in both wild-type and IL-4Ralpha-deficient mice. IL-4Ralpha-independent AHR was mediated by gamma interferon (IFN-gamma), as evidenced by the fact that in vivo neutralization of IFN-gamma abrogated AHR. Together, these results demonstrate that both infection with larvae and inhalational exposure to Anisakis proteins are potent routes of allergic sensitization to Anisakis, explaining food- and work-related allergies in humans. Importantly for diagnosis, allergic airway inflammation can be independent of detectable Anisakis-specific antibodies. Moreover, depending on the route of sensitization, AHR can be induced either by IL-4/IL-13 or by IFN-gamma.

  14. Anisakis pegreffii-Induced Airway Hyperresponsiveness Is Mediated by Gamma Interferon in the Absence of Interleukin-4 Receptor Alpha Responsiveness▿

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    Kirstein, Frank; Horsnell, William G. C.; Nieuwenhuizen, Natalie; Ryffel, Bernhard; Lopata, Andreas L.; Brombacher, Frank

    2010-01-01

    Infection with the fish parasite Anisakis following exposure to contaminated fish can lead to allergic reactions in humans. The present study examined the immunological mechanisms underlying the development of allergic airway inflammation in mice after different routes of sensitization to Anisakis. Wild-type and interleukin-4 receptor alpha (IL-4Rα)-deficient BALB/c mice were sensitized intraperitoneally with live or heat-killed Anisakis larvae or by intranasal administration of an Anisakis extract and were subsequently challenged intranasally with an Anisakis extract. Both routes of sensitization induced IL-4Rα-dependent allergic airway responses, whereas allergen-specific antibody responses developed only when mice were sensitized intraperitoneally. Intranasal sensitization induced airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) in wild-type mice only, showing that AHR was IL-4/IL-13 dependent. Unexpectedly, infection with Anisakis larvae induced AHR in both wild-type and IL-4Rα-deficient mice. IL-4Rα-independent AHR was mediated by gamma interferon (IFN-γ), as evidenced by the fact that in vivo neutralization of IFN-γ abrogated AHR. Together, these results demonstrate that both infection with larvae and inhalational exposure to Anisakis proteins are potent routes of allergic sensitization to Anisakis, explaining food- and work-related allergies in humans. Importantly for diagnosis, allergic airway inflammation can be independent of detectable Anisakis-specific antibodies. Moreover, depending on the route of sensitization, AHR can be induced either by IL-4/IL-13 or by IFN-γ. PMID:20605987

  15. Nipah virus V protein evades alpha and gamma interferons by preventing STAT1 and STAT2 activation and nuclear accumulation.

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    Rodriguez, Jason J; Parisien, Jean-Patrick; Horvath, Curt M

    2002-11-01

    Characterization of recent outbreaks of fatal encephalitis in southeast Asia identified the causative agent to be a previously unrecognized enveloped negative-strand RNA virus of the Paramyxoviridae family, Nipah virus. One feature linking Nipah virus to this family is a conserved cysteine-rich domain that is the hallmark of paramyxovirus V proteins. The V proteins of other paramyxovirus species have been linked with evasion of host cell interferon (IFN) signal transduction and subsequent antiviral responses by inducing proteasomal degradation of the IFN-responsive transcription factors, STAT1 or STAT2. Here we demonstrate that Nipah virus V protein escapes IFN by a distinct mechanism involving direct inhibition of STAT protein function. Nipah virus V protein differs from other paramyxovirus V proteins in its subcellular distribution but not in its ability to inhibit cellular IFN responses. Nipah virus V protein does not induce STAT degradation but instead inhibits IFN responses by forming high-molecular-weight complexes with both STAT1 and STAT2. We demonstrate that Nipah virus V protein accumulates in the cytoplasm by a Crm1-dependent mechanism, alters the STAT protein subcellular distribution in the steady state, and prevents IFN-stimulated STAT redistribution. Consistent with the formation of complexes, STAT protein tyrosine phosphorylation is inhibited in cells expressing the Nipah virus V protein. As a result, Nipah virus V protein efficiently prevents STAT1 and STAT2 nuclear translocation in response to IFN, inhibiting cellular responses to both IFN-alpha and IFN-gamma.

  16. Toxicity and feasibility of adjuvant high-dose interferon alpha-2b in patients with melanoma in clinical oncologic practice

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    Ravaud, A; Bedane, C; Geoffrois, L; Lesimple, T; Delaunay, M

    1999-01-01

    To assess the feasibility and toxicity profile of high-dose interferon alpha-2b (IFN-α-2b) in the adjuvant treatment of patients with cutaneous malignant melanoma outside the reference ECOG 1684 clinical trial, we conducted a prospective follow-up in an identical population of patients (cutaneous melanoma, T4 and/or N1) treated by intravenous IFN-α-2b:20 MIU m−2, 5 days a week for 4 weeks; and subcutaneous:10 MIU m−2, 3 times a week for 11 months. Thirty-six consecutive patients were considered in four different institutions. The frequency and severity of side-effects related to IFN-α, as well as the percentage of the planned dose given to patients, were identical to those reported in the initial report by ECOG. Fifty per cent and 47% of patients had a grade 3/4 WHO toxicity in the induction and consolidation phase respectively. A dose modification was necessary for 47.2% and 55.8% of the patients in the induction and consolidation phase respectively. The schedule and dose of high-dose IFN-α-2b in the adjuvant treatment of cutaneous malignant melanoma, as reported by ECOG 1684, is feasible. The significant toxicity reported in ECOG 1684 was also seen in our patients. Nevertheless, this protocol will not be a ‘standard’ treatment until the publication of the ECOG 1690 trial. © 1999 Cancer Research Campaign PMID:10468294

  17. A recombinant DNA vaccine protects mice deficient in the alpha/beta interferon receptor against lethal challenge with Usutu virus.

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    Martín-Acebes, Miguel A; Blázquez, Ana-Belén; Cañas-Arranz, Rodrigo; Vázquez-Calvo, Ángela; Merino-Ramos, Teresa; Escribano-Romero, Estela; Sobrino, Francisco; Saiz, Juan-Carlos

    2016-04-19

    Usutu virus (USUV) is a mosquito-borne flavivirus whose circulation had been confined to Africa since it was first detected in 1959. However, in the last decade USUV has emerged in Europe causing episodes of avian mortality and sporadic severe neuroinvasive infections in humans. Remarkably, adult laboratory mice exhibit limited susceptibility to USUV infection, which has impaired the analysis of the immune responses, thus complicating the evaluation of virus-host interactions and of vaccine candidates against this pathogen. In this work, we showed that mice deficient in the alpha/beta interferon receptor (IFNAR (-/-) mice) were highly susceptible to USUV infection and provided a lethal challenge model for vaccine testing. To validate this infection model, a plasmid DNA vaccine candidate encoding the precursor of membrane (prM) and envelope (E) proteins of USUV was engineered. Transfection of cultured cells with this plasmid resulted in expression of USUV antigens and the assembly and secretion of small virus-like particles also known as recombinant subviral particles (RSPs). A single intramuscular immunization with this plasmid was sufficient to elicit a significant level of protection against challenge with USUV in IFNAR (-/-) mice. The characterization of the humoral response induced revealed that DNA vaccination primed anti-USUV antibodies, including neutralizing antibodies. Overall, these results probe the suitability of IFNAR (-/-) mice as an amenable small animal model for the study of USUV host virus interactions and vaccine testing, as well as the feasibility of DNA-based vaccine strategies for the control of this pathogen.

  18. [Influence of small doses human interferon-alpha intranasal injection on behavior of rats of different age].

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    Loseva, E V; Pasikova, N V; Loginova, N A; Biriukova, L M; Mats, V M

    2007-01-01

    Behavior of young (3-4 month old) and ageing (12-15 month old) rats was studied during chronic intranasal application of low doses (10 ME or 350 ME) of human interferon-alpha (HIA). In ageing rats HIA did not affect dynamics (days 0th, 8th and 16th) of (a) locomotive and (b) investigative activity in the "open field" test and in two-side defensive conditioning, and (c) decreased anxiety ("open field", "light-darkness" test). In young rats HIA (a) increased locomotive activity by 16th day (it decreased in control), (b) investigative activity did not change (in control it decreased by 8th day; "open field" test), (c) anxiety decreased in the "open field" and increased in "light-darkness" tests, (d) development of conditioned reflex improved (during 2nd learning session in 5 days after the first one). Thus, small doses of HIA differently affected behavior of rats depending on the age and experimental situation. However, both HIA doses changed rats' behavior in the same direction. We suggest that chronic low doses of HIA can regulate different aspects of behavior, but not suppress activity as it is commonly thought. This regulation can be performed via modulation of neuro-immuno-endocrine complex.

  19. Influence of bovine serum albumin on the secondary structure of interferon alpha 2b as determined by far UV circular dichroism spectropolarimetry.

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    Johnston, Michael J W; Nemr, Kayla; Hefford, Mary A

    2010-03-01

    Many therapeutic biologics are formulated with excipients, including the protein excipient human serum albumin (HSA), to increase stability and prevent protein aggregation and adsorption onto glass vials. One biologic formulated with albumin is interferon alpha-2b (IFN alpha-2b). As is the case with other therapeutic biologics, the increased structural complexity of IFN alpha-2b compared to a small molecule drug requires that both the correct chemical structure (amino acid sequence) and also the correct secondary and tertiary structures (3 dimensional fold) be verified to assure safety and efficacy. Although numerous techniques are available to assess a biologic's primary, secondary and tertiary structures, difficulties arise when assessing higher order structure in the presence of protein excipients. In these studies far UV circular dichroism spectropolarimetry (far UV-CD) was used to determine the secondary structure of IFN alpha-2b in the presence of a protein excipient (bovine serum albumin, BSA). We demonstrated that the secondary structure of IFN alpha-2b remains mostly unchanged at a variety of BSA to IFN alpha-2b protein ratios. A significant difference in alpha helix and beta sheet content was noted when the BSA to IFN alpha-2b ratio was 5:1 (w/w), suggesting a potential conformational change in IFN alpha-2b secondary structure when BSA is in molar excess. (c) 2009. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Chemokine gene expression in the murine renal cell carcinoma, RENCA, following treatment in vivo with interferon-alpha and interleukin-2.

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    Sonouchi, K.; Hamilton, T. A.; Tannenbaum, C. S.; Tubbs, R. R.; Bukowski, R.; Finke, J. H.

    1994-01-01

    The expression of three chemoattractant cytokine (chemokine) messenger (m)RNAs in the murine renal cell carcinoma (RENCA) from mice treated with a combination of interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha) and interleukin-2 was examined and related to tumor infiltration by inflammatory leukocytes. Using a semi-quantitative reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction assay, mRNAs encoding the KC, JE, and IP-10 genes were all elevated in tumor tissue from mice treated systemically with IFN-alpha/interleukin-2 for 4 days. Similarly, the mRNA for tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) was also increased in tumors from treated as compared to control animals. The same tumors showed a significant increase in Mac-1+ leukocytes, which correlated well with the increase in chemokine and TNF-alpha gene expression. The renal cell carcinoma tumor itself may be responsible for the expression of chemokine genes in the tumor bed following cytokine therapy. Cultures of freshly explanted RENCA cells expressed significant levels of chemokine mRNAs when stimulated in vitro with IFN alpha, IFN gamma, and/or interleukin-2, demonstrating that this tumor cell has potential for expression of these genes in vivo. In contrast, TNF-alpha expression was not detected in cultured tumor cells. Thus TNF-alpha may be expressed by infiltrating monocytes following exposure to recombinant cytokine therapy. Images Figure 1 Figure 2 Figure 4 PMID:8160774

  1. De-immunized and Functional Therapeutic (DeFT) versions of a long lasting recombinant alpha interferon for antiviral therapy.

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    Mufarrege, Eduardo F; Giorgetti, Sofía; Etcheverrigaray, Marina; Terry, Frances; Martin, William; De Groot, Anne S

    2017-01-10

    Interferon α (IFN-α) exerts potent antiviral, immunomodulatory, and antiproliferative activity and have proven clinical utility in chronic hepatitis B and C virus infections. However, repeated IFN-α administration induces neutralizing antibodies (NAb) against the therapeutic in a significant number of patients. Associations between IFN-α immunogenicity and loss of efficacy have been described. So as to improve the in vivo biological efficacy of IFN-α, a long lasting hyperglycosylated protein (4N-IFN) derived from IFN-α2b wild type (WT-IFN) was developed. However, in silico analysis performed using established in silico methods revealed that 4N-IFN had more T cell epitopes than WT-IFN. In order to develop a safer and more efficient IFN therapy, we applied the DeFT (De-immunization of Functional Therapeutics) approach to producing functional, de-immunized versions of 4N-IFN. Using the OptiMatrix in silico tool in ISPRI, the 4N-IFN sequence was modified to reduce HLA binding potential of specific T cell epitopes. Following verification of predictions by HLA binding assays, eight modifications were selected and integrated in three variants: 4N-IFN(VAR1), (VAR2) and (VAR3). Two of the three variants (VAR1 and VAR3) retained anti-viral function and demonstrated reduced T-cell immunogenicity in terms of T-cell proliferation and Th1 and Th2 cytokine levels, when compared to controls (commercial NG-IFN (non-glycosylated), PEG-IFN, WT-IFN and 4N-IFN). It was previously demonstrated that N-glycosylation improved IFN-α pharmacokinetic properties. Here, we further reduce immunogenicity as measured in vitro using T cell assays and cytokine profiling by modifying the T cell epitope content of a protein (de-immunizing). Taking into consideration the present results and previously reported immunogenicity data for commercial IFN-α2b variants, 4N-IFN(VAR1) and 4N-IFN-4N(VAR3) appear to be promising candidates for improved IFN-α therapy of HCV and HBV.

  2. Relative resistance of HIV-1 founder viruses to control by interferon-alpha

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    2013-01-01

    Background Following mucosal human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) transmission, type 1 interferons (IFNs) are rapidly induced at sites of initial virus replication in the mucosa and draining lymph nodes. However, the role played by IFN-stimulated antiviral activity in restricting HIV-1 replication during the initial stages of infection is not clear. We hypothesized that if type 1 IFNs exert selective pressure on HIV-1 replication in the earliest stages of infection, the founder viruses that succeed in establishing systemic infection would be more IFN-resistant than viruses replicating during chronic infection, when type 1 IFNs are produced at much lower levels. To address this hypothesis, the relative resistance of virus isolates derived from HIV-1-infected individuals during acute and chronic infection to control by type 1 IFNs was analysed. Results The replication of plasma virus isolates generated from subjects acutely infected with HIV-1 and molecularly cloned founder HIV-1 strains could be reduced but not fully suppressed by type 1 IFNs in vitro. The mean IC50 value for IFNα2 (22 U/ml) was lower than that for IFNβ (346 U/ml), although at maximally-inhibitory concentrations both IFN subtypes inhibited virus replication to similar extents. Individual virus isolates exhibited differential susceptibility to inhibition by IFNα2 and IFNβ, likely reflecting variation in resistance to differentially up-regulated IFN-stimulated genes. Virus isolates from subjects acutely infected with HIV-1 were significantly more resistant to in vitro control by IFNα than virus isolates generated from the same individuals during chronic, asymptomatic infection. Viral IFN resistance declined rapidly after the acute phase of infection: in five subjects, viruses derived from six-month consensus molecular clones were significantly more sensitive to the antiviral effects of IFNs than the corresponding founder viruses. Conclusions The establishment of systemic HIV-1 infection by

  3. Efficient production of canine interferon-alpha in silkworm Bombyx mori by use of a BmNPV/Bac-to-Bac expression system.

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    Na, Zhao; Huipeng, Yao; Lipan, Lan; Cuiping, Cao; Umashankar, M L; Xingmeng, Lu; Xiaofeng, Wu; Bing, Wang; Weizheng, Cui; Cenis, J L

    2008-02-01

    We exploited the silkworm Bombyx mori for the production of recombinant canine interferon-alpha (CaIFN-alpha). The recombinant baculovirus harboring canine interferon gene was rapidly generated by the BmNPV/Bac-to-Bac system that was recently developed. In B. mori-derived cell lines, the expression of the recombinant protein reached maximal levels around 72-96 h post-infection. For the isolation of the expressed recombinant protein from B. mori larvae, the whole bodies of the infected larvae were homogenized, and the expressed protein was purified by affinity chromatography. Based on the fact that the recombinant CaIFN-alpha showed two bands on the sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis pattern, the expressed protein was thought to be glycosylated. The rCaIFN-alpha yield was about 528 microg per larva, showing that the expression in silkworm was successful. Furthermore, the recombinant protein was proven to be able to inhibit the infection of Madin-Darby canine kidney cells by the vesicular stomatitis virus, indicating that it is biologically active in vitro. The method established in this study provides an efficient way to produce a large amount of CaIFN-alpha and paves the way for further utilization of this protein as a therapeutic agent or vaccine adjuvant in dogs.

  4. Lichenoid Dermatitis From Interferon alpha-2a in a Patient With Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma and Seronegative HCV.

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    Bush, Amelia E; Hymes, Sharon R; Silapunt, Sirunya

    2017-07-01

    Cutaneous reactions to interferon, including a lichenoid drug reaction, are most commonly reported in patients undergoing treatment for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. There have been case reports of interferon-induced lichen planus in seronegative HCV patients with lymphoproliferative disorders and melanoma. We report the case of a 71-year-old man undergoing treatment with interferon for metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) who developed an eruption 2 months after starting interferon. Clinical and histological findings from biopsies supported a diagnosis of interferon-induced lichen planus. To our knowledge, this is the first known case of a lichenoid drug eruption from interferon in a seronegative HCV patient with metastatic RCC.

    J Drugs Dermatol. 2017;16(7):714-716.

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  5. Identification and implantation stage-specific expression of an interferon-alpha-regulated gene in human and rat endometrium.

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    Li, Q; Zhang, M; Kumar, S; Zhu, L J; Chen, D; Bagchi, M K; Bagchi, I C

    2001-06-01

    Implantation of the developing blastocyst is regulated by multiple effectors, such as steroid hormones, growth factors, and cytokines. To understand how these diverse signaling pathways interact to modulate uterine gene expression, we employed a gene expression screen technique to identify the molecules that are induced in the periimplantation rat uterus. Here we report the isolation of a complementary DNA representing a novel gene, interferon-regulated gene 1 (IRG1). This gene exhibits significant homology to interferon (IFN)-alpha/beta-inducible human genes p27 and 6-16, indicating that these genes may belong to the same family. Consistent with this finding, expression of IRG1 messenger RNA (mRNA) in rat uterus increased about 20-fold in response to IFNalpha. Uterine expression of IRG1 was also stimulated by estrogen and was partially inhibited by an antiestrogen, ICI 182,780. In pregnant rats, IRG1 expression was high on day 1, but declined on days 2 and 3. The level of IRG1 mRNA again rose transiently on day 4 immediately preceding implantation. In situ hybridization analysis localized the IRG1 mRNA expression in the endometrial epithelium and the surrounding stroma. Interestingly, the expression of p27, which shows high homology to IRG1, was strongly enhanced in human endometrium during the midsecretory phase of the menstrual cycle, overlapping the putative window of implantation. Both IRG1 and p27 mRNAs are therefore induced in the endometrium in an implantation stage-specific manner. We also observed a synergistic interaction between IFNalpha and estrogen receptor signaling pathways that led to maximal induction of p27 mRNA in Ishikawa cells. Although the functional roles of IRG1 and p27 remain unclear, we describe for the first time, identification of a gene family regulated by IFNalpha in both rodent and human uteri. More importantly, our studies reveal that a complex interplay between the steroid hormone and IFN pathways regulates the expression of these

  6. Enhanced immunogenicity of multiple-epitopes of foot-and-mouth disease virus fused with porcine interferon alpha in mice and protective efficacy in guinea pigs and swine.

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    Du, Yijun; Li, Yufeng; He, Hairong; Qi, Jing; Jiang, Wenming; Wang, Xinglong; Tang, Bo; Cao, Jun; Wang, Xianwei; Jiang, Ping

    2008-04-01

    Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is a highly contagious and economically devastating vesicular disease of cloven-hoofed animals. In this study, three amino acid residues 21-60, 141-160 and 200-213 from VP1 protein of FMDV were selected as multiple-epitopes (VPe), and a recombinant adenovirus expressing the multiple-epitopes fused with porcine interferon alpha (rAd-pIFN alpha-VPe) was constructed. Six groups of female BALB/c mice (18 mice per group) were inoculated subcutaneously (s.c.) twice at 2-week intervals with the recombinant adenoviruses and the immune responses were examined. Following this the protective efficacy of rAd-pIFN alpha-VPe was examined in guinea pigs and swine. The results showed that both FMDV-specific humoral and cell-mediated immune responses could be induced by rAd-VPe and increased when rAd-pIFN alpha is included in this regime in mice model. Moreover, the levels of the immune responses in the group inoculated with rAd-pIFN alpha-VPe were significantly higher than the group inoculated with rAd-VPe plus rAd-pIFN alpha. All guinea pigs and swine vaccinated with rAd-pIFN alpha-VPe were completely protected from viral challenge. It demonstrated that recombinant adenovirus rAd-pIFN alpha-VPe might be an attractive candidate vaccine for preventing FMDV infection.

  7. Interferons and autoimmune disorders.

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    Meyer, Olivier

    2009-10-01

    Interferons are ubiquitous cytokines produced by all mononuclear cell types in response to infection by a DNA or RNA virus. There are three major classes of interferons: type I or nonimmune interferons consist chiefly of interferons alpha produced by leukocytes and of interferon beta produced by fibroblasts, although there are several other less important variants; type II or immune interferon is interferon gamma, which is mainly produced by NK cells and T cells; and type III consists of the lambda interferons. Each type is characterized by a specific receptor and signal transduction pathway. Toll-like receptors (TLRs) on the cell membrane and endosomes recognize viruses and other microorganisms. Binding of DNA or RNA to endosomal TLRs generates a signal whose transduction pathways lead to molecules capable of binding to genes for various interferons, interleukin-1, and TNFalpha. Interferons can stimulate or inhibit up to 300 different genes encoding proteins involved in antiviral defense mechanisms, inflammation, adaptive immunity, angiogenesis, and other processes. The properties of interferons are used to treat a number of viral infections (e.g., hepatitis B and hepatitis C), inflammatory diseases (interferon beta for multiple sclerosis and interferon gamma for systemic sclerosis), and malignancies. Overactivation of the interferon pathways has been demonstrated in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. The result is a characteristic pattern of mRNA expression known as the interferon signature. Interferon overactivation is related to inadequate clearance of apoptotic particles with accumulation of apoptosis products (DNA-CpG motifs and U-RNA). Similar abnormalities have been found in patients with primary Sjögren's syndrome, systemic sclerosis, and polymyositis, as well as in some cases of rheumatoid arthritis. Immunomodulation strategies designed to decrease interferon overactivity are being evaluated in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus.

  8. Early alpha/beta interferon production by myeloid dendritic cells in response to UV-inactivated virus requires viral entry and interferon regulatory factor 3 but not MyD88.

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    Hidmark, Asa S; McInerney, Gerald M; Nordström, Eva K L; Douagi, Iyadh; Werner, Kristen M; Liljeström, Peter; Karlsson Hedestam, Gunilla B

    2005-08-01

    Alpha/beta interferons (IFN-alpha/beta) are key mediators of innate immunity and important modulators of adaptive immunity. The mechanisms by which IFN-alpha/beta are induced are becoming increasingly well understood. Recent studies showed that Toll-like receptors 7 and 8 expressed by plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs) mediate the endosomal recognition of incoming viral RNA genomes, a process which requires myeloid differentiation factor 88 (MyD88). Here we investigate the requirements for virus-induced IFN-alpha/beta production in cultures of bone marrow-derived murine myeloid DCs (mDCs). Using recombinant Semliki Forest virus blocked at different steps in the viral life cycle, we show that replication-defective virus induced IFN-alpha/beta in mDCs while fusion-defective virus did not induce IFN-alpha/beta. The response to replication-defective virus was largely intact in MyD88-/- mDC cultures but was severely reduced in mDC cultures from mice lacking IFN regulatory factor 3. Our observations suggest that mDCs respond to incoming virus via a pathway that differs from the fusion-independent, MyD88-mediated endosomal pathway described for the induction of IFN-alpha/beta in pDCs. We propose that events during or downstream of viral fusion, but prior to replication, can activate IFN-alpha/beta in mDCs. Thus, mDCs may contribute to the antiviral response activated by the immune system at early time points after infection.

  9. VP24-Karyopherin Alpha Binding Affinities Differ between Ebolavirus Species, Influencing Interferon Inhibition and VP24 Stability

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    Schwarz, Toni M.; Edwards, Megan R.; Diederichs, Audrey; Alinger, Joshua B.; Leung, Daisy W.; Amarasinghe, Gaya K.; Basler, Christopher F.; Lyles, Douglas S.

    2016-12-14

    ABSTRACT

    Zaire ebolavirus(EBOV),Bundibugyo ebolavirus(BDBV), andReston ebolavirus(RESTV) belong to the same genus but exhibit different virulence properties. VP24 protein, a structural protein present in all family members, blocks interferon (IFN) signaling and likely contributes to virulence. Inhibition of IFN signaling by EBOV VP24 (eVP24) involves its interaction with the NPI-1 subfamily of karyopherin alpha (KPNA) nuclear transporters. Here, we evaluated eVP24, BDBV VP24 (bVP24), and RESTV VP24 (rVP24) interactions with three NPI-1 subfamily KPNAs (KPNA1, KPNA5, and KPNA6). Using purified proteins, we demonstrated that each VP24 binds to each of the three NPI-1 KPNAs. bVP24, however, exhibited approximately 10-fold-lower KPNA binding affinity than either eVP24 or rVP24. Cell-based assays also indicate that bVP24 exhibits decreased KPNA interaction, decreased suppression of IFN induced gene expression, and a decreased half-life in transfected cells compared to eVP24 or rVP24. Amino acid sequence alignments between bVP24 and eVP24 also identified residues within and surrounding the previously defined eVP24-KPNA5 binding interface that decrease eVP24-KPNA affinity or bVP24-KPNA affinity. VP24 mutations that lead to reduced KPNA binding affinity also decrease IFN inhibition and shorten VP24 half-lives. These data identify novel functional differences in VP24-KPNA interaction and reveal a novel impact of the VP24-KPNA interaction on VP24 stability.

    IMPORTANCEThe interaction of Ebola virus (EBOV) VP24 protein with host karyopherin alpha (KPNA) proteins blocks type I interferon (IFN) signaling, which is a central component of the host innate immune response to viral infection. Here, we quantitatively compared the interactions of VP24 proteins from EBOV

  10. Psychomotor retardation and vulnerability to interferon alpha induced major depressive disorder: Prospective study of a chronic hepatitis C cohort.

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    Whale, Richard; Fialho, Renata; Rolt, Michael; Eccles, Jessica; Pereira, Marco; Keller, Majella; File, Alexandra; Haq, Inam; Tibble, Jeremy

    2015-12-01

    Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a common consequence of interferon alpha (IFNα) treatment and important supporting evidence of a role of inflammation in the aetiology of depression. This study aimed to expand the knowledge of baseline clinical vulnerability characteristics to IFNα induced MDD, particularly exploring sub-threshold depressive symptoms. A prospective cohort of chronic HCV patients undergoing treatment with pegylated-IFNα and ribavirin was studied. MDD was assessed using the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV (SCID-I). Depressive symptoms and severity were assessed at baseline and monthly with the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAMD). Subjects with MDD or taking antidepressant treatment at baseline were excluded. 278 patients were assessed for this cohort with a final study sample of 190. 94.2% had contracted HCV through intravenous drug use. During six months IFNα treatment, 53.2% of patients transitioned to DSM-IV threshold MDD. In the multivariate logistic analysis, independent factors significantly associated with development of MDD were younger age (OR 0.96, 95% CI 0.93-1.00, p=0.028), past history of MDD (OR 3.82, 95% CI 1.63-8.92, p=0.002), baseline HAMD items psychomotor retardation (OR 15.21, 95% CI 1.33-173.41, p=0.032) and somatic symptoms (general) (OR 2.96, 95% CI 1.44-6.08, p=0.003), and HCV genotype 2 (OR 2.27, 95% CI 1.07-4.78, p=0.032). During IFNα treatment, the rate of transition to MDD was high in this cohort. Psychomotor retardation and somatic symptoms may represent a greater inflamed state pre-treatment. This iatrogenic model of MDD may offer important insights into wider depression aetiology. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. Mass spectrometric characterization of the isoforms in Escherichia coli recombinant DNA-derived interferon alpha-2b.

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    Liu, Yan-Hui; Wylie, David; Zhao, Jia; Cure, Raymond; Cutler, Collette; Cannon-Carlson, Susan; Yang, Xiaoyu; Nagabhushan, Tattanahalli L; Pramanik, Birendra N

    2011-01-01

    The isoforms Iso-2, Iso-3, and Iso-4 of Escherichia coli-derived recombinant human interferon alpha-2b (rhIFN α-2b), generated by posttranslational modifications of the protein during fermentation, present a major problem in terms of purification and the yield of the drug substance. We report here the structural characterization of these isoforms by mass spectrometry (MS) methods. An extensive MS study was conducted on Iso-4, which is composed of up to 75% of the in-process IFN, and on the native rhIFN α-2b. The trypsin-digested peptide mixtures generated from the two samples were analyzed by liquid chromatography (LC)-MS, and targeted peptides were further studied by LC-tandem MS (triple quadrupole mass spectrometer), high-resolution MS(n) (LTQ Orbitrap), and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization MS (MALDI-MS). The structure of Iso-4 was elucidated as a novel pyruvic acid ketimine derivative of the N-terminal cysteine (Cys1) of IFN α-2b, where the disulfide bond between Cys1 and Cys98 was fully reduced and the other disulfide bond pair, Cys29-ss-Cys138, was partially reduced. Similarly, Iso-2 was identified as a correctly disulfide-folded rhIFN α-2b with acetylation on Cys1, and Iso-3 was identified as an S-glutathionylated form (Cys98) of partially reduced rhIFN α-2b that was pyruvated on Cys1. Based on the characterization work, a reproducible conversion procedure was successfully implemented to convert Iso-4 to rhIFN α-2b.

  12. Role of nitric oxide in the central interferon-alpha-induced inhibition of gastric acid secretion in rats.

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    Czimmer, Jozsef; Király, Ágnes; Szabó, Imre Laszlo; Mózsik, Gyula; Sütő, Gabor

    2013-01-01

    Cytokines are known to play a key role in regulation of gastric functions. Interferon-alpha (IFN-α) has been published to impair gastric motility. Aims of this study were to clarify effect of IFN-α on gastric acid secretion (GAS) and determine role of nitric oxide (NO) in the process. Both subcutaneous (1000, 10000, 100 000 IU, s.c.) and intracisternal (10, 100, 1000 IU, i.c.) injections of IFN-α dose-dependently inhibited GAS induced by pylorus ligation in male SD rats in 2 hrs (370±40, 233±39, 208±50 micromol vs control 415±59 micromol and 481±50, 249±75, 141±25 micromol vs control 485±65 micromol, respectively). Central doses inducing same level inhibition were 100 times lower. NOS inhibitor L-NAME (3 mg/kg, i.v.) blocked the inhibitory effect of i.c. ED(50) dose 100 IU IFN-α (507±75 micromol/2 hrs), while L-arginine, the substrate of nitric oxide synthase (NOS) prevented L-NAME action (266±82 micromol/2 hrs). D-arginine failed to prevent L-NAME action on IFN-α-induced inhibition of GAS. Aminoguanidine, a selective inhibitor of inducible NOS (iNOS) failed to block IFN-α induced inhibition of GAS. Results suggest that IFN-α inhibits GAS centrally through nitric oxide pathways probably mediated by continuous isoform of NOS that can be important in regulation of GAS in healthy or pathological conditions.

  13. Algorithmic Approach to High-Throughput Molecular Screening for Alpha Interferon-Resistant Genotypes in Hepatitis C Patients

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    Sreevatsan, Srinand; Bookout, Jack B.; Ringpis, Fidel M.; Pottathil, Mridula R.; Marshall, David J.; De Arruda, Monika; Murvine, Christopher; Fors, Lance; Pottathil, Raveendran M.; Barathur, Raj R.

    1998-01-01

    This study was designed to analyze the feasibility and validity of using Cleavase Fragment Length Polymorphism (CFLP) analysis as an alternative to DNA sequencing for high-throughput screening of hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotypes in a high-volume molecular pathology laboratory setting. By using a 244-bp amplicon from the 5′ untranslated region of the HCV genome, 61 clinical samples received for HCV reverse transcription-PCR (RT-PCR) were genotyped by this method. The genotype frequencies assigned by the CFLP method were 44.3% for type 1a, 26.2% for 1b, 13.1% for type 2b, and 5% type 3a. The results obtained by nucleotide sequence analysis provided 100% concordance with those obtained by CFLP analysis at the major genotype level, with resolvable differences as to subtype designations for five samples. CFLP analysis-derived HCV genotype frequencies also concurred with the national estimates (N. N. Zein et al., Ann. Intern. Med. 125:634–639, 1996). Reanalysis of 42 of these samples in parallel in a different research laboratory reproduced the CFLP fingerprints for 100% of the samples. Similarly, the major subtype designations for 19 samples subjected to different incubation temperature-time conditions were also 100% reproducible. Comparative cost analysis for genotyping of HCV by line probe assay, CFLP analysis, and automated DNA sequencing indicated that the average cost per amplicon was lowest for CFLP analysis, at $20 (direct costs). On the basis of these findings we propose that CFLP analysis is a robust, sensitive, specific, and an economical method for large-scale screening of HCV-infected patients for alpha interferon-resistant HCV genotypes. The paper describes an algorithm that uses as a reflex test the RT-PCR-based qualitative screening of samples for HCV detection and also addresses genotypes that are ambiguous. PMID:9650932

  14. Network Analysis of Associations between Serum Interferon Alpha Activity, Autoantibodies, and Clinical Features in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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    Weckerle, Corinna E.; Franek, Beverly S.; Kelly, Jennifer A.; Kumabe, Marissa; Mikolaitis, Rachel A.; Green, Stephanie L.; Utset, Tammy O.; Jolly, Meenakshi; James, Judith A.; Harley, John B.; Niewold, Timothy B.

    2010-01-01

    Background Interferon-alpha (IFN-α) is a primary pathogenic factor in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and high IFN-α levels may be associated with particular clinical manifestations. The prevalence of individual clinical and serologic features differs significantly by ancestry. We used multivariate and network analyses to detect associations between clinical and serologic disease manifestations and serum IFN-α activity in a large diverse SLE cohort. Methods 1089 SLE patients were studied (387 African-American, 186 Hispanic-American, and 516 European-American). Presence or absence of ACR clinical criteria for SLE, autoantibodies, and serum IFN-α activity data were analyzed in univariate and multivariate models. Iterative multivariate logistic regression was performed in each background separately to establish the network of associations between variables that were independently significant following Bonferroni correction. Results In all ancestral backgrounds, high IFN-α activity was associated with anti-Ro and anti-dsDNA antibodies (p-values 4.6×10−18 and 2.9 × 10−16 respectively). Younger age, non-European ancestry, and anti-RNP were also independently associated with increased serum IFN-α activity (p≤6.7×10−4). We found 14 unique associations between variables in network analysis, and only 7 of these associations were shared by more than one ancestral background. Associations between clinical criteria were different in different ancestral backgrounds, while autoantibody-IFN-α relationships were similar across backgrounds. IFN-α activity and autoantibodies were not associated with ACR clinical features in multivariate models. Conclusions Serum IFN-α activity was strongly and consistently associated with autoantibodies, and not independently associated with clinical features in SLE. IFN-α may be more relevant to humoral tolerance and initial pathogenesis than later clinical disease manifestations. PMID:21162028

  15. Evolution and predictive factors of thyroid disorder due to interferon alpha in the treatment of hepatitis C

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    Gelu-Simeon, Moana; Burlaud, Aurore; Young, Jacques; Pelletier, Gilles; Buffet, Catherine

    2009-01-01

    AIM: To study predictive factors of thyroid dysfunction associated with interferon-alpha (IFNα) therapy in chronic hepatitis C (CHC) and to describe its long-term evolution in a large population without previous thyroid dysfunction. METHODS: We performed a follow-up of thyroid function and detection of thyroid antibodies in 301 patients treated for CHC with IFNα from 1999 to 2004. RESULTS: Thyroid disorder developed in 30/301 (10%) patients with a mean delay of 6 ± 3.75 mo: 13 patients had hyperthyroidism, 11 had hypothyroidism, and 6 had biphasic evolution. During a mean follow-up of 41.59 ± 15.39 mo, 9 patients with hyperthyroidism, 3 with hypothyroidism, and 4 with biphasic evolution normalized thyroid function in 7.88 ± 5.46 mo. Recovery rate of dysthyroidism was not modified by treatment discontinuation, but was better for patients with negative thyroid antibodies before antiviral treatment (P = 0.02). Women had significantly more dysthyroidism (P = 0.05). Positive thyroid peroxidase and thyroglobulin antibodies were more frequent before antiviral treatment in patients who developed dysthyroidism (P < 0.0003 and P = 0.0003, respectively). In a multivariate model, low fibrosis was found to be a predictive factor of dysthyroidism (P = 0.039). CONCLUSION: In this monocentric population of CHC, dysthyroidism, especially hyperthyroidism, developed in 10% of patients. Low fibrosis was found to be a predictive factor of dysthyroidism. Thyroid disorder recovered in 16/30 patients (53%) and recovery was better in the non-autoimmune form. PMID:19140232

  16. A quantitative assessment of depression and thyroid dysfunction secondary to interferon-alpha therapy in patients with hepatitis C.

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    Loftis, J M; Wall, J M; Linardatos, E; Benvenga, S; Hauser, P

    2004-01-01

    The most effective treatment for hepatitis C virus (HCV) is interferon-alpha (IFN) therapy in combination with ribavirin. Although symptoms of depression are among the most common side effects of IFN therapy in treating patients with HCV, the mechanisms by which IFN produces these neuropsychiatric side effects remain unclear. In the brain, IFNs are involved in a number of regulatory functions, including but not limited to regulation of the endocrine system via the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal and -thyroid axes. The purpose of this study was to assess the effect of IFN therapy on thyroid function and to characterize the relationship between thyroid dysfunction and major depressive disorder during IFN therapy in patients with hepatitis C. Thirty-three patients with HCV were administered the Structured Clinical Interview for Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) Axis I Disorders (SCID) and completed the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI). Patients were on IFN for an average of 6 to 12 months depending on their viral genotype. Serum samples were collected at baseline, during and after IFN therapy, and measured for free thryoxine (FT4) and TSH levels. Patients who developed IFN-induced depression were treated with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants. Only one patient developed transient IFN-induced overt hypothyroidism, but he did not develop depression. Analysis of variance showed that there were no significant differences in either FT4 or TSH serum levels between patients who developed major depressive disorder (MDD) (no.= 10) during IFN therapy and those who did not (no.=23). These results illustrate the frequency and severity of depressive symptoms associated with IFN therapy and the apparent absence of a relationship between IFN-induced MDD and changes in thyroid function.

  17. Toxicity of combined treatment of adjuvant irradiation and interferon alpha2b in high-risk melanoma patients.

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    Conill, Carlos; Jorcano, Sandra; Domingo-Domènech, Josep; Marruecos, Jordi; Vilella, Ramón; Malvehy, Josep; Puig, Susana; Sánchez, Marcelo; Gallego, Rosa; Castel, Teresa

    2007-10-01

    Surgically resected stage III melanoma patients commonly receive adjuvant therapy with interferon (IFN) alpha2b. For those patients with high-risk features of draining node recurrence, radiation therapy can also be considered as a treatment option. The purpose of this retrospective study was to assess the efficacy and radiation-related toxicity of this combined therapy. Eighteen patients receiving adjuvant IFNalpha2b therapy during radiation therapy, or within 1 month of its completion, were reviewed retrospectively and analysed for outcome. Radiation was delivered at 600 cGy dose per fraction, in 16 out of 18 patients, twice a week, and at 200 cGy dose per fraction in two patients five times a week. Total radiation dose and number of fractions were as follows: 30 Gy/5 fr (n=8), 36 Gy/6 fr (n=8) and 50 Gy/25 fr (n=2). The percentage of disease-free patients, with no local recurrence, at 3 years was 88%. In 10 patients, IFNalpha2b was administered concurrently with radiotherapy; in three, within 30 days before or after radiation; and in five, more than 30 days after radiation. All the patients experienced acute skin reactions, grade I on the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) scale. Late radiation-related toxicity was seen in one patient with grade III (RTOG) skin reaction and two with grade IV (RTOG) radiation-induced myelitis. Concurrent use of adjuvant radiotherapy and IFNalpha2b might enhance radiation-induced toxicity, and special care should be taken when the spinal cord is included in the radiation field.

  18. Injection of mice with antibody to mouse interferon alpha/beta decreases the level of 2'-5' oligoadenylate synthetase in peritoneal macrophages.

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    Gresser, I; Vignaux, F; Belardelli, F; Tovey, M G; Maunoury, M T

    1985-01-01

    Injection of conventional or axenic weanling mice with potent sheep or goat antibody to mouse interferon alpha/beta resulted in a decrease in the basal level of 2-5A synthetase in resting peritoneal macrophages and rendered these cells permissive for vesicular stomatitis virus. There was a good inverse correlation between the level of 2-5A synthetase in peritoneal macrophages and the permissivity of these cells for vesicular stomatitis virus. The peritoneal macrophages of 1- and 2-week-old mice had low levels of 2-5A synthetase and were permissive for vesicular stomatitis virus, whereas at 3 weeks (and after) there was a marked increase in the level of 2-5A synthetase in peritoneal macrophages, and these cells were no longer permissive for vesicular stomatitis virus. We suggest that low levels of interferon alpha or beta or both are produced in normal mice, and that this interferon contributes to host defense by inducing and maintaining an antiviral state in some cells. PMID:2981340

  19. Beneficial effects of post-transfusional hepatitis in acute myelogenous leukemia may be mediated by lipopolysaccharides, tumor necrosis factor alpha and interferon gamma.

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    Treon, S P; Broitman, S A

    1992-10-01

    Post-transfusional hepatitis is often a complication in patients with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) in whom survival is paradoxically prolonged. The etiology is unknown. In previous studies, we showed that impaired hepatic endotoxin (lipopolysaccharide, LPS) clearance in patients with acute viral hepatitis A, B, or C versus controls results in endotoxemia and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) release. TNF-alpha mediates anti-proliferative and differentiating effects in AML cell lines. Interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) released in acute viral hepatitis, acts in synergy with TNF-alpha. HL60, KG1, and U937 AML cells treated 3, 6, and 9 days with physiologically attainable TNF-alpha (10 U/ml), IFN-gamma (100 U/ml) and LPS (10 ng/ml) levels, have significantly diminished viability and cell growth versus controls. Treatment of HL60 AML cells with LPS/TNF-alpha/IFN-gamma also resulted in significantly increased monocytic pathway differentiation not seen with KG1 or U937 AML cells. HL60 AML cells treated with TNF-alpha/IFN-gamma for 6 days released endogenous TNF-alpha (1.57 U/10(6) cells) upon LPS stimulation compared to less than 0.01 U/10(6) cells in non-LPS-stimulated TNF-alpha/IFN-gamma-treated cells or untreated cells (p less than 0.0001). Untreated HL60 AML cells co-cultured with HL60 cells pretreated for 6 days with TNF-alpha/IFN-gamma and then subjected to LPS stimulation had significantly diminished cell growth compared to controls (p less than 0.0001). This effect could be reversed with anti-TNF-alpha antibody, supporting the concept that endogenous TNF-alpha release by LPS/TNF-alpha/IFN-gamma treated HL60 AML cells may act by paracrine means to suppress growth of other AML cells. The beneficial effects of post-transfusional hepatitis in AML patients may be mediated via LPS/TNF-alpha/IFN-gamma-induced AML cell growth suppression and/or terminal differentiation in which AML cells participate by releasing TNF-alpha after being acted upon by LPS/TNF-alpha

  20. Therapeutic efficacy of sequential and simultaneous treatments with interferon-alpha and lamivudine in children with chronic hepatitis B.

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    Akman, Sezin Asik; Okcu, Sabriye Cokceken; Halicioğlu, Oya; Sutcuoglu, Sumer; Anil, Murat; Kizilgunesler, Asli; Bakiler, Ali Rahmi

    2007-12-01

    Interferon (IFN)-alpha and lamivudine (LAM), a nucleoside analog, are frequently used drugs for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B (CHB), and their combined therapy has been shown to be effective. The purpose of the present study was to examine the therapeutic efficacy of sequential and simultaneous combination therapies of IFN-alpha and LAM in children with CHB. A total of 45 children with CHB, whose antibody status was positive for hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg), hepatitis B envelope antigen (HBeAg), and HBV-DNA at least for 6 months; who had alanine aminotransferase (ALT) levels 1.5-fold higher than normal and hepatic activity index scores higher than 6, were allocated to two groups. The first group included 24 children who were given standard dose IFN-alpha (5 MU/m(2) s.c., thrice weekly) for 6 months, followed by LAM (4 mg/kg per day per oral, maximum 100 mg/day) for an additional 6 months (sequential therapy group). The second group included 21 children who were given IFN-alpha and LAM therapy simultaneously for 6 months and who continued with LAM alone for another 6 months (simultaneous therapy group). Partial response was defined as normalization of ALT and eradication of HBV-DNA. Complete response was defined as normalization of ALT, eradication of HBV-DNA and e seroconversion. Non-responders were defined as having positive HBV-DNA and abnormal ALT levels. Sustained response was defined as absence of HBsAg and presence of hepatitis B surface antibody (anti-HBs). The mean age of the sequential therapy group was 12.7 +/- 4.1 years, and 16 (66.7%) of the patients were male. The mean age of the simultaneous therapy group was 14.8 +/- 4.6 years, and 15 (71.4%) were male. In the first group, 13 patients (54.2%) were non-responders; partial response was observed in five patients (20.8%), and complete response was seen in six patients (25%). Despite the occurrence of e seroconversion, normalization of ALT was not achieved in one case. In the second group

  1. "Self" and "nonself" manipulation of interferon defense during persistent infection: bovine viral diarrhea virus resists alpha/beta interferon without blocking antiviral activity against unrelated viruses replicating in its host cells.

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    Schweizer, Matthias; Mätzener, Philippe; Pfaffen, Gabriela; Stalder, Hanspeter; Peterhans, Ernst

    2006-07-01

    Bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV), together with Classical swine fever virus (CSFV) and Border disease virus (BDV) of sheep, belongs to the genus Pestivirus of the Flaviviridae. BVDV is either cytopathic (cp) or noncytopathic (ncp), as defined by its effect on cultured cells. Infection of pregnant animals with the ncp biotype may lead to the birth of persistently infected calves that are immunotolerant to the infecting viral strain. In addition to evading the adaptive immune system, BVDV evades key mechanisms of innate immunity. Previously, we showed that ncp BVDV inhibits the induction of apoptosis and alpha/beta interferon (IFN-alpha/beta) synthesis by double-stranded RNA (dsRNA). Here, we report that (i) both ncp and cp BVDV block the induction by dsRNA of the Mx protein (which can also be induced in the absence of IFN signaling); (ii) neither biotype blocks the activity of IFN; and (iii) once infection is established, BVDV is largely resistant to the activity of IFN-alpha/beta but (iv) does not interfere with the establishment of an antiviral state induced by IFN-alpha/beta against unrelated viruses. The results of our study suggest that, in persistent infection, BVDV is able to evade a central element of innate immunity directed against itself without generally compromising its activity against unrelated viruses ("nonself") that may replicate in cells infected with ncp BVDV. This highly selective "self" and "nonself" model of evasion of the interferon defense system may be a key element in the success of persistent infection in addition to immunotolerance initiated by the early time point of fetal infection.

  2. Nephrotic syndrome following allogeneic stem cell transplantation associated with increased production of TNF-alpha and interferon-gamma by donor T cells.

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    Seconi, J; Watt, V; Ritchie, D S

    2003-08-01

    Tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) has been implicated in the immunological complications of stem cell transplantation (SCT) including graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). In this report of a patient undergoing allogeneic SCT for AML, serial cytokine measurements by real-time PCR revealed increased production of interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) and TNF-alpha, but not interleukin (IL)-4 in purified T cells following withdrawal of immunosuppression. Cytokine changes were contemporaneous with the onset of nephrotic syndrome (NS), a rare manifestation of GVHD. These findings indicate that serial cytokine monitoring may allow for the prediction of GVHD during immunosuppression withdrawal and lend further insight into the pathogenesis of NS. Bone Marrow Transplantation (2003) 32, 447-450. doi:10.1038/sj.bmt.1704151

  3. [Obtaining of ScFv-CBD fusion protein and its application for affinity purification of recombinant human interferon alpha2b].

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    Hil'chuk, P V; Okuniev, O V; Pavlova, M V; Irodov, D M; Horbatiuk, O B

    2006-01-01

    The gene of ScFv-CBD-fusion protein has been designed using the DNA sequences encoding of single-chain antibody (ScFv) against human interferon alpha2b (IFN-alpha2b) and cellulose-binding domain (CBD) from Clostridium thermocellum cellulosome. Biosynthesis of ScFv-CBD utilizing high-productive Escherichia coli system was carried out and the accumulation of target protein in bacterial inclusion bodies was shown. After the purification of the inclusion bodies and their subsequent in vitro refolding the soluble ScFv-CBD-fusion protein was directly immobilized on cellulose by bioaffinity coupling. The possibility to obtain the preparative quantities of ScFv-CBD in biologically-active form using different refolding schemes was accurately investigated in the paper. The general applicability of biologically immobilized ScFv-CBD-fusion proteins for affinity purification of recombinant IFN-alpha2b is shown.

  4. OBTAINING OF THE TRANSGENIC HELIANTHUS TUBEROSUS L. PLANTS, CALLUS AND "HAIRY" ROOT CULTURES ABLE TO EXPRESS THE RECOMBINANT HUMAN INTERFERON ALPHA-2b GENE.

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    Maistrenko, O M; Luchakivska, Yu S; Zholobak, N M; Spivak, M Ya; Kuchuk, M V

    2015-01-01

    This work is the first to our knowledge to describe the successful attempt of Agrobacterium rhizogenes-mediated transformation of topinambour in order to obtain the transgenic H. tuberosus plants, callus and "hairy" root cultures. The plasmid vectors contained the sequence of interferon gene fused with Nicotiana plumbagenifolia L. calreticulin apoplast targeting signal driven by 35S CaMV promoter or root-specific Mll promoter. Nearly 75% isolated Ri-root lines and callus cultures were proved (by PCR analysis) to contain HuINFa-2b transgene. We also managed to obtain H. tuberosus transgenic plants through somatic embryogenesis on the transgenic "hairy" root culture. The obtained transgenic H. tuberosus cultures exhibited high-level antiviral activity that ranged from 2000 to 54500 IU/g FW that makes this crop considered a promising source of recombinant interferon alpha 2b protein.

  5. Concomitant Interferon Alpha Stimulation and TLR3 Activation Induces Neuronal Expression of Depression-Related Genes That Are Elevated in the Brain of Suicidal Persons

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    Trippler, Martin; Lutterbeck, Melanie; Liu, Zijian J.; Truebner, Kurt; Bajanowski, Thomas; Gerken, Guido; Hermann, Dirk M.; Schlaak, Joerg F.

    2013-01-01

    We have previously identified 15 genes that are associated with the development of severe depressive side effects during the standard therapy with interferon alpha and ribavirin in the peripheral blood of hepatitis C virus infected patients. An enhanced expression of these genes was also found in the blood of psychiatric patients suffering severe depressive episode. Herein, we demonstrate that the same depression-related interferon-inducible genes (DRIIs) are also upregulated in post-mortem brains of suicidal individuals. Using cultured mouse hippocampal and prefrontal neurons we show that costimulation with murine IFN (mIFN) and the TLR3 agonist poly(I:C) promotes the expression of the described DRIIs, at the same time inducing pro-inflammatory cytokine expression through Stat1 and Stat3 activation, promoting neuronal apoptosis. Consequently, the upregulation of selective DRIIs, production of inflammatory cytokines and inhibition of neuronal plasticity may be involved in the pathogenesis of IFN-associated depression. PMID:24391741

  6. Nanomedicines in the treatment of patients with hepatitis C co-infected with HIV – focus on pegylated interferon-alpha

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    Zoller, Heinz; Vogel, Wolfgang

    2006-01-01

    In immuno-competent individuals, the natural course of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is highly variable and 5%–30% of patients develop cirrhosis over 20 years. Co-infection with HCV and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is an important prognostic factor and associated with more frequent and accelerated progression to cirrhosis. Until recently HIV/AIDS-related complications were life limiting in patients co-infected with HCV; the introduction of highly active antiretroviral treatment (HAART) and the better prognosis of HIV infection has made HCV-related complications an emerging health problem in HCV/HIV co-infected individuals. Treatment of chronic HCV infection has also evolved since the introduction of interferon-alpha. Recently, introduction of pegylated interferon-alpha (peginterferon-alpha) has resulted in an increase in sustained virus clearance rates of up to 80% in selected genotypes and patient populations. The safety and efficacy of modern anti HCV treatment regimens – based on peginterferon-alpha in combination with ribavirin – was evaluated in 4 controlled trials. Sustained clearance of hepatitis C virus can be achieved in up to 35% of patients with HIV/HCV co-infection, and novel HCV treatment regimens based on peginterferon-alpha have no negative effect on the control of HIV disease. In conclusion, if HIV infection is well controlled and CD4+ cell counts >100/mm3, treatment of chronic hepatitis C with peginterferon in combination with ribavirin is safe and should be given for 48 weeks regardless of the HCV genotype. Introduction of peginterferon-alpha has significantly improved adherence to treatment and treatment efficacy; in particular sustained virologic response in patients with HCV genotype 1 or 4 infection improved, but sustained viral clearance in only 7%–38% of patients infected with genotype 1 and 4 cannot be the final step in development of effective treatments in patients with HCV/HIV co-infection. PMID:17722274

  7. Tumor necrosis factor-alpha and interferon-gamma, but not HTLV-I tax, are likely factors in the epidermotropism of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma via induction of interferon-inducible protein-10.

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    Daliani, D; Ulmer, R A; Jackow, C; Pugh, W; Gansbacher, B; Cabanillas, F; Duvic, M; Sarris, A H

    1998-04-01

    We have previously shown that Interferon-Inducible Protein-10 (IP-10), a cytokine chemotactic for CD4-positive lymphocytes, is overexpressed by lesional epidermal keratinocytes and probably accounts for the epidermotropism of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL). The tax gene of human T-lymphotropic virus-I (HTLV-I) immortalizes CD4-positive lymphocytes, induces IFN-gamma, and has been detected in patients with classical CTCL who are seronegative for HTLV-I. TNF-alpha is synergistic with IFN-gamma for the induction of IP-10. We therefore decided to define the presence of tax, IFN-gamma, TNF-alpha, and IP-10 in lesions of 19 adults with classical CTCL who were seronegative for HTLV-I. Lesional mRNAs for actin, TNF-alpha, IFN-gamma, and tax were detected by reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) amplification. In addition IP-10, TNF-alpha, and IFN-gamma were detected and localized with immunocytochemistry of frozen sections. In agreement with previous observations IP-10 was overexpressed in lesional keratinocytes of all 19 patients. By RT-PCR, mRNA for IFN-gamma was detected in lesions of 8, and for TNF-alpha in lesions of 13 patients. By immunocytochemistry, TNF-alpha was expressed by lesional keratinocytes in 10 of 13 tested patients, whereas IFN-gamma was focally expressed by lesional lymphocytes and faintly by lesional keratinocytes in 9 of 13 tested patients. tax mRNA was not detected in lesions of any patient, but was easily detectable in cutaneous lesions or peripheral blood of control patients who were seropositive for HTLV-I. We conclude that TNF-alpha and IFN-gamma may cause epidermotropism by inducing IP-10. However, the tax gene of HTLV-I does not appear to be involved in the pathogenesis of classical CTCL.

  8. Dysfunctional interferon-alpha production by peripheral plasmacytoid dendritic cells upon Toll-like receptor-9 stimulation in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus.

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    Kwok, Seung-Ki; Lee, June-Yong; Park, Se-Ho; Cho, Mi-La; Min, So-Youn; Park, Sung-Hwan; Kim, Ho-Youn; Cho, Young-Gyu

    2008-01-01

    It is well known that interferon (IFN)-alpha is important to the pathogenesis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). However, several reports have indicated that the number of IFN-alpha producing cells are decreased or that their function is defective in patients with SLE. We studied the function of plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs) under persistent stimulation of Toll-like receptor (TLR)9 via a TLR9 ligand (CpG ODN2216) or SLE serum. The concentrations of IFN-alpha were determined in serum and culture supernatant of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from SLE patients and healthy controls after stimulation with CpG ODN2216 or SLE serum. The numbers of circulating pDCs were analyzed by fluoresence-activated cell sorting analysis. pDCs were treated with CpG ODN2216 and SLE serum repeatedly, and levels of produced IFN-alpha were measured. The expression of IFN-alpha signature genes and inhibitory molecules of TLR signaling were examined in PBMCs from SLE patients and healthy control individuals. Although there was no significant difference in serum concentration of IFN-alpha and number of circulating pDCs between SLE patients and healthy control individuals, the IFN-alpha producing capacity of PBMCs was significantly reduced in SLE patients. Interestingly, the degree which TLR9 ligand-induced IFN-alpha production in SLE PBMCs was inversely correlated with the SLE serum-induced production of IFN-alpha in healthy PMBCs. Because repeated stimulation pDCs with TLR9 ligands showed decreased level of IFN-alpha production, continuous TLR9 stimulation may lead to decreased production of IFN-alpha in SLE PBMCs. In addition, PBMCs isolated from SLE patients exhibited higher expression of IFN-alpha signature genes and inhibitory molecules of TLR signaling, indicating that these cells had already undergone IFN-alpha stimulation and had become desensitized to TLR signaling. We suggest that the persistent presence of endogenous IFN-alpha inducing factors induces TLR

  9. Modification of the effect of tamoxifen, cis-platin, DTIC, and interferon-alpha 2b on human melanoma cells in culture by a mixture of vitamins.

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    Prasad, K N; Hernandez, C; Edwards-Prasad, J; Nelson, J; Borus, T; Robinson, W A

    1994-01-01

    The effect of a mixture of vitamins in modifying the efficacy of commonly used drugs in the treatment of human melanoma has not been studied. Vitamin C and d-alpha-tocopheryl succinate (alpha-TS) alone reduced the growth of human melanoma (SK-30) cells in culture, whereas beta-carotene (BC), 13-cis-retinoic acid (RA), or sodium selenite alone was ineffective. RA caused morphological changes, as evidenced by flattening of cells and formation of short cytoplasmic processes. A mixture of four vitamins (vitamin C, BC, alpha-TS, and RA) was more effective in reducing growth of human melanoma cells than a mixture of three vitamins. The growth-inhibitory effect of cis-platin, decarbazine, tamoxifen, and recombinant interferon-alpha 2b was enhanced by vitamin C alone, a mixture of three vitamins (BC, alpha-TS, and RA), and a mixture of four vitamins (vitamin C, BC, alpha-TS, and RA) that contained 50 micrograms/ml of vitamin C. These data show that a mixture of three or four vitamins can enhance the growth-inhibitory effect of currently used chemotherapeutic agents on human melanoma cells.

  10. Sodium butyrate enhances STAT 1 expression in PLC/PRF/5 hepatoma cells and augments their responsiveness to interferon-alpha.

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    Hung, W C; Chuang, L Y

    1999-05-01

    Although interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha) has shown great promise in the treatment of chronic viral hepatitis, the anti-tumour effect of this agent in the therapy of liver cancer is unclear. Recent studies have demonstrated that differentiation-inducing agents could modulate the responsiveness of cancer cells to IFN-alpha by regulating the expression of signal transducers and activators of transcription (STAT) proteins, a group of transcription factors which play important roles in the IFN signalling pathway. We have reported that sodium butyrate is a potent differentiation inducer for human hepatoma cells. In this study, we investigated whether this drug could regulate the expression of STAT proteins and enhance the anti-tumour effect of IFN-alpha in hepatoma cells. We found that sodium butyrate specifically activated STAT1 gene expression and enhanced IFN-alpha-induced phosphorylation and activation of STAT1 proteins. Co-treatment with these two drugs led to G1 growth arrest, accompanied by down-regulation of cyclin D1 and up-regulation of p21WAF-1, and accumulation of hypophosphorylated retinoblastoma protein in hepatoma cells. Additionally, internucleosomal DNA fragmentation, a biological hallmark of apoptosis, was detected in hepatoma cells after continuous incubation with a combination of these two drugs for 72 h. Our results show that sodium butyrate potently enhances the anti-tumour effect of IFN-alpha in vitro and suggest that a rational combination of these two drugs may be useful for the treatment of liver cancer.

  11. Pretreatment expression of the perforin gene by circulating CD8(+) T lymphocytes predicts biochemical response to interferon-alpha in patients with chronic hepatitis C.

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    Balian, A; Naveau, S; Zou, W; Durand-Gasselin, I; Bouchet, L; Foussat, A; Galanaud, P; Chaput, J C; Emilie, D

    2000-06-01

    It would be of great value to be able to predict, before the initiation of treatment, which patients with hepatitis C virus-induced chronic hepatitis will be cured by interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha). Competitive RT-PCR was used to evaluate spontaneous expression of the perforin gene, a marker of cytotoxic cell activation, by circulating mononuclear cells in 17 patients undergoing IFN-alpha treatment. IFN-alpha increased perforin gene expression (p < 0.003), but this was not correlated with outcome. In contrast, pretreatment perforin gene expression levels were higher in the 8 patients with a sustained biochemical response after treatment than in the 9 non-responsive patients (p = 0.01). This factor predicted favorable clinical outcome with a sensitivity of 75% and a specificity of 89%. Thus, pretreatment immunological status has a major influence on the ability of IFN-alpha to cure chronic hepatitis C, and the evaluation of perforin gene expression may help to select patients that will benefit from IFN-alpha treatment.

  12. Effects of tumor necrosis factor-alpha and interferon-gamma on expressions of matrix metalloproteinase-2 and -9 in human bladder cancer cells.

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    Shin, K Y; Moon, H S; Park, H Y; Lee, T Y; Woo, Y N; Kim, H J; Lee, S J; Kong, G

    2000-10-31

    We have investigated the effects of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) and interferon (INF-gamma), the potent Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG)-induced cytokines on the production of MMP-2, MMP-9, TIMP-1, TIMP-2 and MT1-MMP in high grade human bladder cancer cell lines, T-24, J-82 and HT-1376 cell lines. MMP-2 expression and activity were decreased in T-24 cells treated with both cytokines in a dose dependent manner. However, J-82 cells treated with TNF-alpha and INF-gamma revealed dose dependent increases of MMP-9 expression and activity with similar baseline expression and activity of MMP-2. HT-1376 cells after exposure to TNF-alpha only enhanced the expression and activity of MMP-9. These results indicate that TNF-alpha and INF-gamma could regulate the production of MMP-2 or MMP-9 on bladder cancer cells and their patterns of regulation are cell specific. Furthermore, this diverse response of bladder cancer cells to TNF-alpha and INF-gamma suggests that BCG immunotherapy may enhance the invasiveness of bladder cancer in certain conditions with induction of MMPs.

  13. Genomic footprinting: detection of putative regulatory proteins in the promoter region of the interferon alpha-1 gene in normal human tissues.

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    Palmieri, M; Tovey, M G

    1990-01-01

    Dimethyl sulfate (DMS) genomic footprinting revealed the presence of putative regulatory proteins attached to specific sequences of the promoter region of the interferon (IFN) alpha-1 gene in normal human tissue. The pattern of protein-DNA interactions observed for the human alpha-1 promoter in freshly isolated human spleen cells was identical to that seen in DNA from the B-cell line Namalwa. The protein interactions involving the human IFN alpha-1 promoter spanned a region from positions -38 to -174 relative to the cap site which encompasses that part of the IFN alpha-1 promoter previously shown by deletion analysis to confer virus inducibility on the IFN alpha-1 gene. DNase I footprinting performed on isolated nuclei revealed a pattern of protein-DNA interactions for the promoter region of the IFN alpha-1 gene similar to that obtained with DMS footprinting performed on whole cells, with the appearance or disappearance of only a few additional protected nucleotides outside the region identified by the use of DMS. These results provide the first direct evidence for the presence of proteins bound in vivo to those parts of the IFN alpha-1 promoter between positions -64 and -109 previously shown by deletion analysis to confer virus inducibility on the IFN alpha-1 gene. The pattern of protein-DNA interactions observed for the IFN alpha-1 promoter after virus induction was identical to that seen before induction, in keeping with the finding that many transcriptional activators are present in both induced and uninduced cells. Images PMID:2342457

  14. Nonstructural protein 1{alpha} subunit-based inhibition of NF-{kappa}B activation and suppression of interferon-{beta} production by porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus

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    Song Cheng; Krell, Peter; Yoo, Dongwan

    2010-11-25

    Induction of type I interferon (IFN-{alpha}/{beta}) is an early antiviral response of the host, and porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) has been reported to downregulate the IFN response during infection in cells and pigs. We report that the PRRSV nonstructural protein 1{alpha} (Nsp1{alpha}) subunit of Nsp1 is a nuclear-cytoplasmic protein distributed to the nucleus and contains a strong suppressive activity for IFN-{beta} production that is mediated through the retinoic acid-inducible gene I (RIG-I) signaling pathway. Nsp1{alpha} suppressed the activation of nuclear factor (NF)-{kappa}B when stimulated with dsRNA or tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-{alpha}, and NF-{kappa}B suppression was RIG-I-dependent. The suppression of NF-{kappa}B activation was associated with the poor production of IFN-{beta} during PRRSV infection. The C-terminal 14 amino acids of the Nsp1{alpha} subunit were critical in maintaining immunosuppressive activity of Nsp1{alpha} for both IFN-{beta} and NF-{kappa}B, suggesting that the newly identified zinc finger configuration comprising of Met180 may be crucial for inhibitory activities. Nsp1{alpha} inhibited I{kappa}B phosphorylation and as a consequence NF-{kappa}B translocation to the nucleus was blocked, leading to the inhibition of NF-{kappa}B stimulated gene expression. Our results suggest that PRRSV Nsp1{alpha} is a multifunctional nuclear protein participating in the modulation of the host IFN system.

  15. Economic evaluation of pegylated interferon plus ribavirin for treatment of chronic hepatitis C in Thailand: genotype 1 and 6.

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    Kapol, Nattiya; Lochid-Amnuay, Surasit; Teerawattananon, Yot

    2016-08-05

    Pegylated interferon alpha 2a, alpha 2b and ribavirin have been included to the National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM) for treatment of only chronic hepatitis C genotypes 2 and 3 in Thailand. This reimbursement policy has not covered for other genotypes of hepatitis C virus infection (HCV) especially for genotypes 1 and 6 that account for 30-50 % of all HCV infection in Thailand. Therefore, this research determined whether pegylated interferon alpha 2a or alpha 2b plus ribavirin is more cost-effective than a palliative care for treatment of HCV genotype 1 and 6 in Thailand. A cost-utility analysis using a model-based economic evaluation was conducted based on a societal perspective. A Markov model was developed to estimate costs and quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) comparing between the combination of pegylated interferon alpha 2a or alpha 2b and ribavirin with a usual palliative care for genotype 1 and 6 HCV patients. Health-state transition probabilities, virological responses, and utility values were obtained from published literatures. Direct medical and direct non-medical costs were included and retrieved from published articles and Thai Standard Cost List for Health Technology Assessment. The incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER) was presented as costs in Thai baht per QALY gained. HCV treatment with pegylated interferon alpha 2a or alpha 2b plus ribavirin was dominant or cost-saving in Thailand compared to a palliative care. The ICER value was negative with lower in total costs (peg 2a- 747,718vs. peg 2b- 819,921 vs. palliative care- 1,169,121 Thai baht) and more in QALYs (peg 2a- 13.44 vs. peg 2b- 13.14 vs. palliative care- 11.63 years) both in HCV genotypes 1 and 6. As cost-saving results, the Subcommittee for Development of the NLEM decided to include both pegylated interferon alpha 2a and alpha 2b into the NLEM for treatment of HCV genotype 1 and 6 recently. Economic evaluation for these current drugs can be further applied to other novel

  16. Hydroxychloroquine is associated with impaired interferon-alpha and tumor necrosis factor-alpha production by plasmacytoid dendritic cells in systemic lupus erythematosus

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    2012-01-01

    Introduction Plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs) constitutively express two members of the Toll-like receptor (TLR) family, TLR-9 and TLR-7, through which they can be stimulated to produce high levels of interferon (IFN)-α, a key mediator of the pathogenesis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Given the known efficacy of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) in the treatment of SLE, we examined its ability to inhibit such pDC function in vivo. Methods Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from SLE subjects treated or not with HCQ and from healthy controls were stimulated with the TLR-9 agonist, CpG oligodeoxynucleotides (CpG-A ODN)-2216, and the TLR-7 agonist, imiquimod. The proportion of monocytes, B cells, myeloid dendritic cells, pDCs, and natural killer (NK) cells producing IFN-α and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) was then analyzed by multiparameter flow cytometry. Results After TLR-9/7 stimulation in both SLE and healthy subjects, significant production of IFN-α and TNF-α was only observed in pDCs. TLR-7 and TLR-9 induced IFN-α and TNF-α production by pDCs from subjects with SLE was decreased relative to that found in controls (TLR-9/IFN-α, P < 0.0001; TLR-9/TNF-α P < 0.0001; TLR-7/TNF-α P = 0.01). TLR-9 and TLR-7 induced IFN-α and TNF-α production by pDCs was severely impaired in 36% (TLR-9) and 33% (TLR-7) of SLE subjects. In almost all cases, these subjects were being treated with HCQ (HCQ vs. no HCQ: impaired TLR-9/IFN-α, P = 0.0003; impaired TLR-7/IFN-α, P = 0.07; impaired TLR-9/TNF-α, P < 0.009; impaired TLR-7/TNF-α, P < 0.01). Conclusions Treatment with HCQ is associated with impaired ability of pDCs from subjects with SLE to produce IFN-α and TNF-α upon stimulation with TLR-9 and TLR-7 agonists. PMID:22734582

  17. Kinetics of Hepatitis B Surface Antigen Level in Chronic Hepatitis B Patients who Achieved Hepatitis B Surface Antigen Loss during Pegylated Interferon Alpha-2a Treatment

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    Li, Ming-Hui; Zhang, Lu; Qu, Xiao-Jing; Lu, Yao; Shen, Ge; Wu, Shu-Ling; Chang, Min; Liu, Ru-Yu; Hu, Lei-Ping; Li, Zhen-Zhen; Hua, Wen-Hao; Song, Shu-Jing; Xie, Yao

    2017-01-01

    Background: Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) loss/seroconversion is considered to be the ideal endpoint of antiviral therapy and the ultimate treatment goal in chronic hepatitis B (CHB). This study aimed to assess the patterns of HBsAg kinetics in CHB patients who achieved HBsAg loss during the treatment of pegylated interferon (PEG-IFN) α-2a. Methods: A total of 150 patients were enrolled, composing of 83 hepatitis B envelope antigen (HBeAg)-positive and 67 HBeAg-negative patients. Patients were treated with PEG-IFN α-2a180 μg/week until HBsAg loss/seroconversion was achieved, which occurred within 96 weeks. Serum hepatitis B virus deoxyribonucleic acid and serological indicators (HBsAg, anti-HBs, HBeAg, and anti-HBe) were determined before and every 3 months during PEG-IFN α-2a treatment. Biochemical markers and peripheral blood neutrophil and platelet counts were tested every 1–3 months. Results: Baseline HBsAg levels were 2.5 ± 1.3 log IU/ml, and decreased rapidly at 12 and 24 weeks by 48.3% and 88.3%, respectively. The mean time to HBsAg loss was 54.2 ± 30.4 weeks, though most patients needed extended treatment and 30.0% of HBsAg loss occurred during 72–96 weeks. Baseline HBsAg levels were significantly higher in HBeAg-positive patients (2.9 ± 1.1 log IU/ml) compared with HBeAg-negative patients (2.0 ± 1.3 log IU/ml; t = 4.733, P < 0.001), but the HBsAg kinetics were similar. Patients who achieved HBsAg loss within 48 weeks had significantly lower baseline HBsAg levels and had more rapid decline of HBsAg at 12 weeks compared to patients who needed extended treatment to achieve HBsAg loss. Conclusions: Patients with lower baseline HBsAg levels and more rapid decline during early treatment with PEG-IFN are more likely to achieve HBsAg loss during 96 weeks of treatment, and extended therapy longer than 48 weeks may be required to achieve HBsAg loss. PMID:28229987

  18. Design of an efficient medium for heterologous protein production in Yarrowia lipolytica: case of human interferon alpha 2b

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    2011-01-01

    Background The non conventional yeast Yarrowia lipolytica has aroused a strong industrial interest for heterologous protein production. However most of the studies describing recombinant protein production by this yeast rely on the use of complex media, such media are not convenient for large scale production particularly for products intended for pharmaceutical applications. In addition medium composition can also affect the production yield. Hence it is necessary to design an efficient medium for therapeutic protein expression by this host. Results Five different media, including four minimal media and a complex medium, were assessed in shake flasks for the production of human interferon alpha 2b (hIFN α2b) by Y. lipolytica under the control of POX2 promoter inducible with oleic acid. The chemically defined medium SM4 formulated by Invitrogen for Pichia pastoris growth was the most suitable. Using statistical experimental design this medium was further optimized. The selected minimal medium consisting in SM4 supplemented with 10 mg/l FeCl3, 1 g/l glutamate, 5 ml/l PTM1 (Pichia Trace Metals) solution and a vitamin solution composed of myo-inositol, thiamin and biotin was called GNY medium. Compared to shake flask, bioreactor culture in GNY medium resulted in 416-fold increase of hIFN α2b production and 2-fold increase of the biological activity. Furthermore, SM4 enrichment with 5 ml/l PTM1 solution contributed to protect hIFN α2b against the degradation by the 28 kDa protease identified by zymography gel in culture supernatant. The screening of the inhibitory effect of the trace elements present in PTM1 solution on the activity of this protease was achieved using a Box-Behnken design. Statistical data analysis showed that FeCl3 and MnSO4 had the most inhibitory effect. Conclusion We have designed an efficient medium for large scale production of heterologous proteins by Y. lipolytica. The optimized medium GNY is suitable for the production of hIFN α2b with the

  19. Subcutaneous interleukin-2 and interferon-alpha in metastatic renal cell carcinoma: results of a French regional experience in Languedoc.

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    Culine, Stéphane; Iborra, François; Mottet, Nicolas; Avancès, Christophe; de Graeve, Bertrand; Volpé, Pascal; Vignoud, Jacques; Bringer, Jean-Pierre; Marroncle, Michel; Le Pellec, Loïc; Ayuso, Didier; Jansen, Eric; Faix, Antoine; Rebillard, Xavier

    2006-04-01

    To assess the efficacy and toxicity of an immunotherapy regimen combining subcutaneous (SC) interleukin-2 (IL-2) and interferon-alpha (IFN) in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (MRCC). The present study included 86 patients with MRCC. Data on treatment toxicity and efficacy (responses rates and overall survival) were collected on a hospital database. Treatment consisted of 6-week cycles repeated every 2 months for a maximum of 3 cycles. Each cycle included SC IL-2 20 x 10 MIU/m2 3 times/wk on weeks 1 and 4; 5 x 10 MIU/m2 3 times/wk on weeks 2, 3, 5, and 6, in combination with IFN 6 x 10 MIU/m2 once weekly on weeks 1 and 4; and 3 times/wk on weeks 2, 3, 5, and 6. Seventy (82%) and 71 (83%) patients received more than 80% of the planned doses of IL-2 and IFN during the first cycle, respectively. Ten patients had to stop therapy before the end of the first cycle because of excessive toxicity (7 patients) or rapidly progressive disease (3 patients). Only 17 (28%) proceeded to the second cycle. Main toxicities included fever and asthenia in 86 (100%) patients, nausea/emesis in 83 (96%) patients, skin disorders in 69 (80%) patients, hypotension in 56 (65%) patients, and diarrhea in 50 (58%) patients. Sixty-seven (78%) patients developed at least one episode of grade 3 toxicity. Objective responses were observed in 13 patients, including 4 complete and 9 partial responses (15%; 95% confidence interval, 9.5-20.5%). After a median follow-up of 45 months, the median time to progression was 4 months (range, 1-41) and the median survival was 14 months (range, 1-89). Only a small subset of patients with MRCC is likely to benefit from treatment with IL-2 and IFN. As toxicity is significant, the refinement of predictive variables for sensitivity to immunotherapy is mandatory.

  20. T cell receptor excision circles (TRECs), CD4+, CD8+, and their CD45RO+, and CD45RA+, subpopulations in hepatitis C virus (HCV)-HIV-co-infected patients during treatment with interferon alpha plus ribavirin: analysis in a population on effective antiretroviral therapy.

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    Arizcorreta, A; Márquez, M; Fernández-Gutiérrez, C; Guzmán, E Pérez; Brun, F; Rodríguez-Iglesias, M; Girón-González, J A

    2006-11-01

    Interferon (IFN)-alpha induced CD4(+) T lymphopenia is a toxic effect of the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-co-infected patients. To increase the knowledge about this secondary effect, we performed an analysis of the evolution of the T cell receptor excision circles (TRECs), CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells and of their CD45RO(+) and CD45RA(+) subpopulations during the treatment of chronic hepatitis HCV with peginterferon alpha (pegIFN-alpha) + ribavirin. Twenty HCV/HIV-co-infected patients, with undetectable HIV load after highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), were treated with pegIFN-alpha + ribavirin. TRECs were determined using real-time polymerase chain reaction. CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells and their CD45RO(+) and CD45RA(+) subpopulations were analysed by two-colour flow cytometry. Median baseline CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells were 592 mm(3) and 874 mm(3), respectively. Median baseline CD45RO(+) subpopulation was 48% for CD4(+) T and 57% for CD8(+) T lymphocytes. A progressive decrease in both T cell populations, as well as of their CD45RO(+) and CD45RA(+) subpopulations, was detected, with a difference between the baseline and nadir levels approaching 50%. The evolution of T cell populations and TRECs was independent of the response to the treatment. T lymphocytes and their subpopulations returned to baseline levels at 24 weeks after the end of treatment, with the exception of the T CD4(+) CD45RA(+) subpopulation. The ratio of CD4(+) CD45RO(+)/CD4(+) CD45RA(+) increased from 0.89 (baseline) to 1.44 (24 weeks after the end of the therapy). TRECs/ml did not return to the basal values. In conclusion, a significant reduction of CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells, and of their CD45RA(+) and CD45RO(+) subpopulations, in HIV/HCV co-infected patients treated with pegIFN-alpha was observed. Both subpopulations increased after the suppression of treatment, but the CD4(+) CD45RA subpopulation did not reach the basal levels as a

  1. Regulation of cytokine production by soluble CD23: costimulation of interferon gamma secretion and triggering of tumor necrosis factor alpha release

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    1994-01-01

    Soluble CD23 (sCD23) has multiple IgE-independent biological activities. In the present study, we examined the regulatory effect of sCD23 on cytokine production by human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC). We show that sCD23 enhances by about 80-fold the interleukin 2 (IL-2)-induced interferon gamma (IFN-gamma) production and by about 10-fold the response to IL-12. This potentiating activity is time and dose dependent and is not associated with a significant effect on DNA synthesis. The sCD23 costimulatory activity for IFN-gamma synthesis is drastically reduced in monocyte-depleted PBMC, suggesting that monocytes may be the target for sCD23. This hypothesis was supported by the following observations. First, sCD23 alone is a potent inducer of tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) production by PBMC and this effect disappears after monocyte depletion. The triggering of TNF-alpha release is specifically inhibited by neutralizing anti-CD23 monoclonal antibody (mAb). In addition, IL-2 and IL-12 synergize with sCD23 to induce TNF-alpha production. Second, sCD23 triggers the release of other inflammatory mediators such as IL-1 alpha, IL-1 beta, and IL-6. Finally, TNF-alpha production in response to IL-2 and sCD23 precedes IFN-gamma and IFN-gamma secretion is significantly inhibited by anti-TNF-alpha mAb, indicating that the sCD23 costimulatory signal for IFN-gamma production may be partially mediated by TNF-alpha release. It is proposed that sCD23 is a proinflammatory cytokine that, in addition, may play an important role in the control of the immune response via the enhancement of IFN-gamma production. PMID:8064221

  2. Molecular cloning and characterization of interferon. alpha. /. beta. response element binding factors of the murine (2 prime -5 prime )oligoadenylate synthetase ME-12 gene

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    Yan, Cong; Tamm, Igor )

    1991-01-01

    Seven clones encoding interferon response element binding factors have been isolated from a mouse fibroblast {lambda}gt11 cDNA library by using a {sup 32}P end-labeled tandem trimer of the mouse (2{prime}-5{prime})oligoadenylate synthetase gene interferon response element as a probe. Clone 16 shares strong similarity (95%) at both DNA and amino acid level with YB-1, a human major histocompatibility complex class II Y-box DNA-binding protein, and with dbpB, a human epidermal growth factor receptor gene enhancer region binding protein. The product of the gene represented by clone 16 may represent a factor that regulates multiple genes by binding to a variety of 5{prime} regulatory elements. Clone 25 is a 2407-base-pair-long cDNA and contains a putative 311-amino acid open reading frame corresponding to an estimated mass of 35.5 kDa. This putative protein, designated as interferon resonse element binding factor 1 (IREBF-1), contains an acidic domain, three heptad repeat leucine arrays, and a region that shares similarity with the yeast transcriptional factor CAL4 DNA-binding domain. Furthermore, the C terminus of IREBF-1 shows an unusual amphipathic property: within a 79-amino acid range, one side of the {alpha}-helical region contains a preponderance of hydrophobic amino acids and the other side contains hydrophilic amino acids. This type of structure provides a strong hydrophobic force for protein-protein interaction.

  3. Interferon-gamma and tumor necrosis factor-alpha regulate amyloid-beta plaque deposition and beta-secretase expression in Swedish mutant APP transgenic mice.

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    Yamamoto, Masaru; Kiyota, Tomomi; Horiba, Masahide; Buescher, James L; Walsh, Shannon M; Gendelman, Howard E; Ikezu, Tsuneya

    2007-02-01

    Reactive astrocytes and microglia in Alzheimer's disease surround amyloid plaques and secrete proinflammatory cytokines that affect neuronal function. Relationship between cytokine signaling and amyloid-beta peptide (Abeta) accumulation is poorly understood. Thus, we generated a novel Swedish beta-amyloid precursor protein mutant (APP) transgenic mouse in which the interferon (IFN)-gamma receptor type I was knocked out (APP/GRKO). IFN-gamma signaling loss in the APP/GRKO mice reduced gliosis and amyloid plaques at 14 months of age. Aggregated Abeta induced IFN-gamma production from co-culture of astrocytes and microglia, and IFN-gamma elicited tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha secretion in wild type (WT) but not GRKO microglia co-cultured with astrocytes. Both IFN-gamma and TNF-alpha enhanced Abeta production from APP-expressing astrocytes and cortical neurons. TNF-alpha directly stimulated beta-site APP-cleaving enzyme (BACE1) expression and enhanced beta-processing of APP in astrocytes. The numbers of reactive astrocytes expressing BACE1 were increased in APP compared with APP/GRKO mice in both cortex and hippocampus. IFN-gamma and TNF-alpha activation of WT microglia suppressed Abeta degradation, whereas GRKO microglia had no changes. These results support the idea that glial IFN-gamma and TNF-alpha enhance Abeta deposition through BACE1 expression and suppression of Abeta clearance. Taken together, these observations suggest that proinflammatory cytokines are directly linked to Alzheimer's disease pathogenesis.

  4. The efficacy of combined therapy of arsenic trioxide and alpha interferon in human T-cell leukemia virus type-1-infected squirrel monkeys (Saimiri sciureus).

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    Heraud, Jean Michel; Mortreux, Frank; Merien, Fabrice; Contamin, Hugues; Mahieux, Renaud; Pouliquen, Jean Francois; Wattel, Eric; Gessain, Antoine; de Thé, Hugues; Bazarbachi, Ali; Hermine, Olivier; Kazanji, Mirdad

    2006-07-01

    Human T-cell lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1)-associated adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATLL) has a poor prognosis owing to its intrinsic resistance to chemotherapy. Although zidovudine (AZT) and alpha interferon (IFN-alpha) give rise to some response and improve the prognosis of ATLL, alternative therapies are needed. Arsenic trioxide (As(2)O(3)) has been shown to synergize with IFN-alpha in arresting cell growth and inducing apoptosis of ATLL cells in vitro. In this study, we evaluated the toxicity and the efficacy of this combined treatment in HTLV-1-infected squirrel monkeys (Saimiri sciureus) and HTLV-1 infected cell lines derived therefrom. We first show that treatment with As(2)O(3) and IFN-alpha can induce growth arrest in HTLV-1-transformed monkey T-cell lines in vitro. We then show that treatment of squirrel monkeys with As(2)O(3) in vivo is highly toxic at 0.9 or 0.3mg/day but not at 0.14mg/day for up to 2 weeks. Although the combination of As(2)O(3) and IFN-alpha did not affect significantly the HTLV-1 proviral load in infected monkeys, it reduced the absolute numbers of CD3(+), CD4(+) and CD8(+) cells during treatment, with a significant reduction in the total number of circulating HTLV-1 flower cells in the infected monkeys with chronic ATLL-like disease.

  5. Quantitation of hepatitis C virus RNA in plasma and peripheral blood mononuclear cells of patients with chronic hepatitis treated with interferon-alpha.

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    Trimoulet, P; Bernard, P H; de Ledinghen, V; Oui, B; Chene, G; Saint-Marc Girardin, M F; Dantin, S; Couzigou, P; Fleury, H

    2000-01-01

    We quantified hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA at different times in plasma and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) in 51 patients with chronic hepatitis C undergoing interferon-alpha2a (IFN-alpha2a) therapy. HCV RNA loads in plasma correlated with those in PBMC before and during the treatment (P<0.001). After treatment, a sustained response was observed in 19 patients (SR), a response followed by relapse in 9 (RR), and non response in 23 (NR). By univariate analysis PBMC HCV RNA load before treatment was lower in SR than in RR and NR (P = 0.003). In the 9 RR, HCV RNA disappeared in PBMC before or at the same time as in plasma and again became detectable in plasma and PBMC simultaneously or earlier in plasma. These results indicate that quantitation of HCV RNA in PBMC is not a useful parameter for the follow-up of treated patients.

  6. Interferon Beta and Interferon Alpha 2a Differentially Protect Head and Neck Cancer Cells from Vesicular Stomatitis Virus-Induced Oncolysis.

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    Westcott, Marlena M; Liu, Jingfang; Rajani, Karishma; D'Agostino, Ralph; Lyles, Douglas S; Porosnicu, Mercedes

    2015-08-01

    Oncolytic viruses (OV) preferentially kill cancer cells due in part to defects in their antiviral responses upon exposure to type I interferons (IFNs). However, IFN responsiveness of some tumor cells confers resistance to OV treatment. The human type I IFNs include one IFN-β and multiple IFN-α subtypes that share the same receptor but are capable of differentially inducing biological responses. The role of individual IFN subtypes in promoting tumor cell resistance to OV is addressed here. Two human IFNs which have been produced for clinical use, IFN-α2a and IFN-β, were compared for activity in protecting human head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) lines from oncolysis by vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV). Susceptibility of HNSCC lines to killing by VSV varied. VSV infection induced increased production of IFN-β in resistant HNSCC cells. When added exogenously, IFN-β was significantly more effective at protecting HNSCC cells from VSV oncolysis than was IFN-α2a. In contrast, normal keratinocytes and endothelial cells were protected equivalently by both IFN subtypes. Differential responsiveness of tumor cells to IFN-α and -β was further supported by the finding that autocrine IFN-β but not IFN-α promoted survival of HNSCC cells during persistent VSV infection. Therefore, IFN-α and -β differentially affect VSV oncolysis, justifying the evaluation and comparison of IFN subtypes for use in combination with VSV therapy. Pairing VSV with IFN-α2a may enhance selectivity of oncolytic VSV therapy for HNSCC by inhibiting VSV replication in normal cells without a corresponding inhibition in cancer cells. There has been a great deal of progress in the development of oncolytic viruses. However, a major problem is that individual cancers vary in their sensitivity to oncolytic viruses. In many cases this is due to differences in their production and response to interferons (IFNs). The experiments described here compared the responses of head and neck squamous

  7. Removing a Cystein Group On Interferon Alpha 2b at Position 2 and 99 does Not Diminish Antitumor Activity of the Protein, Even Better.

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    Rachmawati, Heni; Jessica, Adhitya; Sumirtaputra, Yeyet Cahyati; Retnoningrum, Debbie Sofie; Adlia, Amirah; Ningrum, Ratih Asmana

    2016-01-01

    Interferon alpha 2b is the only standard therapeutic protein for hepatitis virus infections. Further study demonstrated that this protein also posseses antitumor activity in several cancerous organs. One main pathway of this antitumor activity is mediated through antiproliferation as well as proapoptotic effects. Previously, we have successfully developed recombinant human interferon alpha 2b (rhIFNα2b) by using a synthetic gene. In addition, two mutein forms of rhIFNα2b were generated to improve the characteristics of this protein. Two point mutations showed better pharmacokinetic profiles than one point mutation as well as the native form. In the present study, this mutein form was studied for ist antitumor effect in vitro using HepG2 cells. As a comparison, the native form as well as a commercial rIFNα2b were used. Several parameters were investigated including the MTT assay, cell viability test, cell cycle using flow cytometric analysis, and the genes and protein expressions involved in cell growth. The latest was observed to study the mechanism of rhIFNα2b. There was no significant difference in the MTT assay and cell viability after cells were treated with both forms of rhIFNα2b. However, the mutein rhIFNα2b tended to show better proapoptotic activity reflected by flow cytometric data, protein expression of pSTAT1, and DNA expression of caspase 3.

  8. Serum levels of soluble immune factors and pathogenesis of chronic hepatitis C, and their relation to therapeutic response to interferon-alpha.

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    Quiroga, J A; Martin, J; Pardo, M; Carreño, V

    1994-11-01

    To test the role of immune reactivity in the pathogenesis of hepatitis C, serum soluble immune factors were measured in a cohort of 57 patients with chronic hepatitis C, and in 20 healthy subjects. Levels of interleukin-1 beta, granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor, tumor necrosis factor-alpha, and interleukin-6 were detected in some, but not all, HCV patients and were in general undetectable in healthy subjects. Patients had significantly higher concentrations of neopterin (P = 0.0026), beta 2-microglobulin (P = 0.046), soluble interleukin-2 receptor (P = 0.021), and soluble CD8 (P < 0.039), than healthy controls; conversely, interferon-gamma levels were significantly lower (P = 0.023). Significant correlations were observed between beta 2-microglobulin concentration and Knodell's index (r = 0.638, P = 0.00045), the score of piecemeal necrosis (r = 0.572, P = 0.0023), and the degree of fibrosis (r = 0.527, P = 0.0056). Interleukin-2 levels correlated significantly with Knodell's index (r = 0.412, P = 0.037), and the degree of lobular cytolysis (r = 0.389, P = 0.048). According to therapeutic outcome, pretreatment levels of soluble CD8 were only significantly elevated (P = 0.042) in patients with a sustained biochemical response. On interferon-alpha treatment, the levels of beta 2-microglobulin, neopterin, and soluble interleukin-2 receptor increased significantly (P < 0.05), irrespective of therapy outcome. In summary, HCV patients have an altered immune reactivity that might play a role in the pathogenesis of chronic hepatitis C, and might influence the therapeutic outcome to interferon-gamma.

  9. Therapy with interferon-alpha and ribavirin for chronic hepatitis C virus infection upregulates membrane HLA-ABC, CD86, and CD28 on peripheral blood mononuclear cells.

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    Cheng, Pin-Nan; Wei, Ya-Ling; Chang, Ting-Tsung; Chen, Jiann-Shiuh; Young, Kung-Chia

    2008-06-01

    Multiple interferon-stimulated genes (ISGs) involving T-cell activation are upregulated during initial interferon-alpha-based therapy for chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. However, the long-term impact on therapeutic outcome in patients remains unknown. In this study, the effects of anti-HCV therapy on the surface expression of HLA-ABC, CD86, and CD28 were longitudinally assessed. These proteins are integral membrane receptors of antigen presentation and triggering of costimulatory signals for activating CD8+ T cells. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells were collected at baseline and post-treatment for 1 day, and 2, 4, 12, and 24 weeks, respectively. This treatment led to a time-related elevation of membrane levels of HLA-ABC and CD86 on B-cells and monocytes in patients with a sustained response (n = 23), but not in those without (n = 8). Meanwhile, upregulation of CD28 on CD4+ and CD8+ T cells was comparable in both groups of sustained responders and non-responders. Steady increases in the B cells' surface and intracellular HLA-ABC were observed, thus, the surface-to-intracellular ratios did not alter over the period of treatment. Furthermore, multivariate analysis shows that increased HLA-ABC on monocytes by week 12 correlates significantly with sustained response (P = 0.033). In conclusion, differential modulation of T-cell activation ISGs, such as HLA-ABC and CD86 might correlate with the outcome of interferon-alpha-based therapy in chronic hepatitis C patients.

  10. Haemophilus ducreyi lipooligosaccharides induce expression of the immunosuppressive enzyme indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase via type I interferons and tumor necrosis factor alpha in human dendritic cells.

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    Li, Wei; Katz, Barry P; Spinola, Stanley M

    2011-08-01

    Haemophilus ducreyi causes chancroid, a genital ulcer disease. In human inoculation experiments, most volunteers fail to clear the bacteria despite the infiltration of innate and adaptive immune cells to the infected sites. The immunosuppressive protein indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) is a rate-limiting enzyme in the L-tryptophan-kynurenine metabolic pathway. Tryptophan depletion and tryptophan metabolites contribute to pathogen persistence by inhibiting T cell proliferation, inducing T cell apoptosis, and promoting the expansion of FOXP3(+) regulatory T (Treg) cells. We previously found that FOXP3(+) Treg cells are enriched in experimental lesions and that H. ducreyi induced IDO transcription in dendritic cells (DC) derived from blood of infected volunteers who developed pustules. Here, we showed that enzymatically active IDO was induced in DC by H. ducreyi. Neutralizing antibodies against interferon alpha/beta receptor 2 chain (IFNAR2) and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) inhibited IDO induction. Inhibitors of the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) p38 and nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) also inhibited IDO expression. Neither bacterial contact with nor uptake by DC was required for IDO activation. H. ducreyi culture supernatant and H. ducreyi lipooligosaccharides (LOS) induced IDO expression, which required type I interferons, TNF-α, and the three MAPK (p38, c-Jun N-terminal kinase, and extracellular signal regulated kinase) and NF-κB pathways. In addition, LOS-induced IFN-β activated the JAK-STAT pathway. Blocking the LOS/Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) signaling pathway greatly reduced H. ducreyi-induced IDO production. These findings indicate that H. ducreyi-induced IDO expression in DC is largely mediated by LOS via type I interferon- and TNF-α-dependent mechanisms and the MAPK, NF-κB, and JAK-STAT pathways.

  11. Interferon Alpha Induces Sustained Changes in NK Cell Responsiveness to Hepatitis B Viral Load Suppression In Vivo

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    Gill, Upkar S.; Peppa, Dimitra; Micco, Lorenzo; Singh, Harsimran D.; Carey, Ivana; Foster, Graham R.; Maini, Mala K.; Kennedy, Patrick T. F.

    2016-01-01

    NK cells are important antiviral effectors, highly enriched in the liver, with the potential to regulate immunopathogenesis in persistent viral infections. Here we examined whether changes in the NK pool are induced when patients with eAg-positive CHB are ‘primed’ with PegIFNα and importantly, whether these changes are sustained or further modulated long-term after switching to nucleos(t)ides (sequential NUC therapy), an approach currently tested in the clinic. Longitudinal sampling of a prospectively recruited cohort of patients with eAg+CHB showed that the cumulative expansion of CD56bright NK cells driven by 48-weeks of PegIFNα was maintained at higher than baseline levels throughout the subsequent 9 months of sequential NUCs. Unexpectedly, PegIFNα-expanded NK cells showed further augmentation in their expression of the activating NK cell receptors NKp30 and NKp46 during sequential NUCs. The expansion in proliferating, functional NK cells was more pronounced following sequential NUCs than in comparison cohorts of patients treated with de novo NUCs or PegIFNα only. Reduction in circulating HBsAg concentrations, a key goal in the path towards functional cure of CHB, was only achieved in those patients with enhancement of NK cell IFNγ and cytotoxicity but decrease in their expression of the death ligand TRAIL. In summary, we conclude that PegIFNα priming can expand a population of functional NK cells with an altered responsiveness to subsequent antiviral suppression by NUCs. Patients on sequential NUCs with a distinct NK cell profile show a decline in HBsAg, providing mechanistic insights for the further optimisation of treatment strategies to achieve sustained responses in CHB. PMID:27487232

  12. Interferon alpha treatment stimulates interferon gamma expression in type I NKT cells and enhances their antiviral effect against hepatitis C virus

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    Miyaki, Eisuke; Hiraga, Nobuhiko; Imamura, Michio; Uchida, Takuro; Kan, Hiromi; Tsuge, Masataka; Abe-Chayama, Hiromi; Hayes, C. Nelson; Makokha, Grace Naswa; Serikawa, Masahiro; Aikata, Hiroshi; Ochi, Hidenori; Ishida, Yuji; Tateno, Chise; Ohdan, Hideki; Chayama, Kazuaki

    2017-01-01

    Interferon (IFN) inhibits hepatitis C virus (HCV) replication through up-regulation of intrahepatic IFN-stimulated gene expression but also through activation of host immune cells. In the present study, we analyzed the immune cell-mediated antiviral effects of IFN-α using HCV-infected mice. Urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA)-severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) mice with transplanted human hepatocytes were infected with genotype 1b HCV and injected with human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs). IFN-α treatment following human PBMC transplantation resulted in a significant reduction in serum HCV RNA titers and a higher human CD45-positive mononuclear cell chimerism compared to mice without human PBMC transplantation. In mice with human PBMCs treated with IFN-α, serum concentrations of IFN-γ increased, and natural killer T (NKT) cells, especially type I NKT cells, produced IFN-γ. Mice in which IFN-γ signaling was blocked using antibody or in which transplanted PBMCs were depleted for type I NKT cells showed similar levels of anti-HCV effect compared with mice treated only with IFN-α. These results show that IFN-α stimulates IFN-γ expression in type 1 NKT cells and enhances the inhibition of HCV replication. We propose that type 1 NKT cells might represent a new therapeutic target for chronic hepatitis C patients. PMID:28253324

  13. Interferon alpha treatment stimulates interferon gamma expression in type I NKT cells and enhances their antiviral effect against hepatitis C virus.

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    Miyaki, Eisuke; Hiraga, Nobuhiko; Imamura, Michio; Uchida, Takuro; Kan, Hiromi; Tsuge, Masataka; Abe-Chayama, Hiromi; Hayes, C Nelson; Makokha, Grace Naswa; Serikawa, Masahiro; Aikata, Hiroshi; Ochi, Hidenori; Ishida, Yuji; Tateno, Chise; Ohdan, Hideki; Chayama, Kazuaki

    2017-01-01

    Interferon (IFN) inhibits hepatitis C virus (HCV) replication through up-regulation of intrahepatic IFN-stimulated gene expression but also through activation of host immune cells. In the present study, we analyzed the immune cell-mediated antiviral effects of IFN-α using HCV-infected mice. Urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA)-severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) mice with transplanted human hepatocytes were infected with genotype 1b HCV and injected with human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs). IFN-α treatment following human PBMC transplantation resulted in a significant reduction in serum HCV RNA titers and a higher human CD45-positive mononuclear cell chimerism compared to mice without human PBMC transplantation. In mice with human PBMCs treated with IFN-α, serum concentrations of IFN-γ increased, and natural killer T (NKT) cells, especially type I NKT cells, produced IFN-γ. Mice in which IFN-γ signaling was blocked using antibody or in which transplanted PBMCs were depleted for type I NKT cells showed similar levels of anti-HCV effect compared with mice treated only with IFN-α. These results show that IFN-α stimulates IFN-γ expression in type 1 NKT cells and enhances the inhibition of HCV replication. We propose that type 1 NKT cells might represent a new therapeutic target for chronic hepatitis C patients.

  14. Treatment of Naïve Patients with Chronic Hepatitis C Genotypes 2 and 3 with Pegylated Interferon Alpha and Ribavirin in a Real World Setting: Relevance for the New Era of DAA

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    Buggisch, Peter; Hinrichsen, Holger; Link, Ralph; Möller, Bernd; Böker, Klaus H. W.; Teuber, Gerlinde; Klinker, Hartwig; Zehnter, Elmar; Naumann, Uwe; Busch, Heiner W.; Maasoumy, Benjamin; Baum, Undine; Hardtke, Svenja; Manns, Michael P.; Wedemeyer, Heiner; Petersen, Jörg; Cornberg, Markus

    2014-01-01

    Evidence based clinical guidelines are implemented to treat patients efficiently that include efficacy, tolerability but also health economic considerations. This is of particular relevance to the new direct acting antiviral agents that have revolutionized treatment of chronic hepatitis C. For hepatitis C genotypes 2/3 interferon free treatment is already available with sofosbuvir plus ribavirin. However, treatment with sofosbuvir-based regimens is 10–20 times more expensive compared to pegylated interferon alfa and ribavirin (PegIFN/RBV). It has to be discussed if PegIFN/RBV is still an option for easy to treat patients. We assessed the treatment of patients with chronic hepatitis C genotypes 2/3 with PegIFN/RBV in a real world setting according to the latest German guidelines. Overall, 1006 patients were recruited into a prospective patient registry with 959 having started treatment. The intention-to-treat analysis showed poor SVR (GT2 61%, GT3 47%) while patients with adherence had excellent SVR in the per protocol analysis (GT2 96%, GT3 90%). According to guidelines, 283 patients were candidates for shorter treatment duration, namely a treatment of 16 weeks (baseline HCV-RNA <800.000 IU/mL, no cirrhosis and RVR). However, 65% of these easy to treat patients have been treated longer than recommended that resulted in higher costs but not higher SVR rates. In conclusion, treatment with PegIFN/RBV in a real world setting can be highly effective yet similar effective than PegIFN± sofosbuvir/RBV in well-selected naïve G2/3 patients. Full adherence to guidelines could be further improved, because it would be important in the new era with DAA, especially to safe resources. PMID:25302676

  15. Treatment of naïve patients with chronic hepatitis C genotypes 2 and 3 with pegylated interferon alpha and ribavirin in a real world setting: relevance for the new era of DAA.

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    Heidrich, Benjamin; Wiegand, Steffen B; Buggisch, Peter; Hinrichsen, Holger; Link, Ralph; Möller, Bernd; Böker, Klaus H W; Teuber, Gerlinde; Klinker, Hartwig; Zehnter, Elmar; Naumann, Uwe; Busch, Heiner W; Maasoumy, Benjamin; Baum, Undine; Hardtke, Svenja; Manns, Michael P; Wedemeyer, Heiner; Petersen, Jörg; Cornberg, Markus

    2014-01-01

    Evidence based clinical guidelines are implemented to treat patients efficiently that include efficacy, tolerability but also health economic considerations. This is of particular relevance to the new direct acting antiviral agents that have revolutionized treatment of chronic hepatitis C. For hepatitis C genotypes 2/3 interferon free treatment is already available with sofosbuvir plus ribavirin. However, treatment with sofosbuvir-based regimens is 10-20 times more expensive compared to pegylated interferon alfa and ribavirin (PegIFN/RBV). It has to be discussed if PegIFN/RBV is still an option for easy to treat patients. We assessed the treatment of patients with chronic hepatitis C genotypes 2/3 with PegIFN/RBV in a real world setting according to the latest German guidelines. Overall, 1006 patients were recruited into a prospective patient registry with 959 having started treatment. The intention-to-treat analysis showed poor SVR (GT2 61%, GT3 47%) while patients with adherence had excellent SVR in the per protocol analysis (GT2 96%, GT3 90%). According to guidelines, 283 patients were candidates for shorter treatment duration, namely a treatment of 16 weeks (baseline HCV-RNA <800.000 IU/mL, no cirrhosis and RVR). However, 65% of these easy to treat patients have been treated longer than recommended that resulted in higher costs but not higher SVR rates. In conclusion, treatment with PegIFN/RBV in a real world setting can be highly effective yet similar effective than PegIFN± sofosbuvir/RBV in well-selected naïve G2/3 patients. Full adherence to guidelines could be further improved, because it would be important in the new era with DAA, especially to safe resources.

  16. Peginterferon alpha-2b: a new approach to improving response in hepatitis C patients.

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    Patel, K; McHutchison, J

    2001-08-01

    Chronic hepatitis C infection affects approximately four million Americans. Over the last decade, Type 1 interferons (IFNs) have been the mainstay of therapy for suitable patients. Recently, the combination of IFN plus ribavirin, with enhanced response rates, has replaced IFN monotherapy for treatment of these patients. The addition of a polyethylene glycol (peg) moiety to IFN alpha-2b has provided a drug with reduced clearance whilst retaining biological and antiviral activity. This formulation allows once-weekly dosing and enhances sustained response rates, without significantly changing the safety and tolerability of IFN. Clinical trials indicate a doubling of sustained virological response rates for regimens utilising pegIFN alpha-2b, compared with standard IFN-alpha 2b. The combination of pegIFN alpha-2b and ribavirin further increases the sustained virological response rates to > 50% for suitable patients. Future pegIFN alpha-2b studies will need to examine drug profiles in patients with co-morbid conditions (e.g., renal impairment, liver transplantation), as well as safety and efficacy issues in different ethnic groups. Further clinical trials are also required to determine the benefits of pegIFN alpha-2b in previous non-responders or relapse patients and as maintenance therapy to prevent disease progression. Finally, careful cost effectiveness analyses will need to be performed.

  17. Relationship among circulating interferon, tumor necrosis factor-alpha, and interleukin-6 and serologic reaction against parasitic antigen in human hydatidosis.

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    Touil-Boukoffa, C; Sancéau, J; Tayebi, B; Wietzerbin, J

    1997-04-01

    Human hydatidosis is a parasitic disease vectored by the larval stage cestode Echinoccocus granulosus. It constitutes a major health problem in North Africa. We investigated the production of circulating interferon (IFN), tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), and interleukin-6 (IL-6) in Algerian patients with liver, lung, or ocular hydatidosis. In all, 101 serum samples from these patients with analyzed. Immunoreactivity and cytokine activities were undetectable in sera from ocular hydatidosis patients. However, we observed the presence of IFN (a mixture of IFN-alpha, IFN-beta, and IFN-gamma, range 32-500 U/ml), TNF-alpha (range 32-100 U/ml), and IL-6 (range 32-500 U/ml) in all patients who had liver or lung cysts or both and displayed immunoreactivity against parasitic antigen (antigen 5). After surgical removal of the cysts, serum cytokine levels declined rapidly and were undetectable at 30 days. IFN and IL-6 activity was undetectable in sera from two liver hydatidosis patients who relapsed and did not display any immune response against parasitic antigen. These results suggest that in liver and lung hydatidosis, cytokine production contributes to the host defense mechanism against the extracellular parasite.

  18. STAT1, STAT3 and p38MAPK are involved in the apoptotic effect induced by a chimeric cyclic interferon-{alpha}2b peptide

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    Blank, Viviana C.; Pena, Clara; Roguin, Leonor P.

    2010-02-15

    In the search of mimetic peptides of the interferon-{alpha}2b molecule (IFN-{alpha}2b), we have previously designed and synthesized a chimeric cyclic peptide of the IFN-{alpha}2b that inhibits WISH cell proliferation by inducing an apoptotic response. Here, we first studied the ability of this peptide to activate intracellular signaling pathways and then evaluated the participation of some signals in the induction of apoptosis. Stimulation of WISH cells with the cyclic peptide showed tyrosine phosphorylation of Jak1 and Tyk2 kinases, tyrosine and serine phosphorylation of STAT1 and STAT3 transcription factors and activation of p38 MAPK pathway, although phosphorylation levels or kinetics were in some conditions different to those obtained under IFN-{alpha}2b stimulus. JNK and p44/42 pathways were not activated by the peptide in WISH cells. We also showed that STAT1 and STAT3 downregulation by RNA interference decreased the antiproliferative activity and the amount of apoptotic cells induced by the peptide. Pharmacological inhibition of p38 MAPK also reduced the peptide growth inhibitory activity and the apoptotic effect. Thus, we demonstrated that the cyclic peptide regulates WISH cell proliferation through the activation of Jak/STAT signaling pathway. In addition, our results indicate that p38 MAPK may also be involved in cell growth regulation. This study suggests that STAT1, STAT3 and p38 MAPK would be mediating the antitumor and apoptotic response triggered by the cyclic peptide in WISH cells.

  19. Oligoclonal CD8+ T-cell expansion in patients with chronic hepatitis C is associated with liver pathology and poor response to interferon-alpha therapy.

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    Manfras, Burkhard J; Weidenbach, Hans; Beckh, Karl-Heinz; Kern, Peter; Möller, Peter; Adler, Guido; Mertens, Thomas; Boehm, Bernhard O

    2004-05-01

    The role of CD8(+) T lymphocytes in chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and in liver injury with subsequent development of fibrosis and cirrhosis is poorly understood. To address this question, we performed a follow-up study including 27 chronically HCV-infected individuals. We determined clonality and phenotypes of circulating CD8(+) T cells employing TCRBV spectratyping. Antigen specificity was tested by rMHC-peptide tetramer staining and stimulation with recombinant HCV antigens. In addition, T-cell clonality and phenotypes were followed during the variable clinical response of interferon- (IFN) alpha treatment. We could demonstrate that CD8(+) T-cell expansions were significantly associated with liver fibrosis and cirrhosis. Likewise, increased oligoclonality of circulating CD8(+) T cells in chronic HCV infection was identified as an indicator for poor clinical response to IFN-alpha therapy. Moreover, we also found that IFN-alpha therapy enhanced the differentiation of CD8(+) T cells towards a late differentiation phenotype (CD28(-) CD57(+)). In cases of virus elimination the disappearance of expanded terminally differentiated CD8(+) cells was observed. Thus, this study identifies an association of clonal expansions of circulating CD8(+) T cells with liver pathology and provides a possible explanation for the fact that response to IFN-alpha therapy diminishes with the duration of infection.

  20. Phenotypic, morphologic changes and Ig secretion induced on B-NHL cells in vitro by interferon alpha and all-trans-retinoic acid: possible progression toward a more differentiated state.

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    Bonnefoix, T; Sotto, M F; Gressin, R; Martin, I; Garban, F; Leroux, D; Renversez, J C; Sotto, J J

    1998-08-01

    Twenty-five B-cell-nonHodgkin's lymphomas (B-NHL): 6 lymphocytic, 2 centrocytic, 13 follicular, centrocytic/centroblastic, 2 lymphoplasmocytoid and 2 centroblastic were tested for their ability to acquire features of mature plasma cells under the effect of interferon alpha (final concentration, 600 UI/ml), all-trans-retinoic-acid (ATRA) (final concentration, 10(-6) mol/l) and the association of both. B-NHL cells were negatively purified (>99%) by an immunomagnetic method, cultured for 7 d with or without interferon and ATRA, then stained with anti-CD19, CD20, surface Ig, DR, CD38 and with anti-CD138 (syndecan-1) antibody-recognizing plasma cells. Ig production was estimated in culture supernatants by an ELISA method and changes in cell morphology were investigated on May-Grunwald-Giemsa-stained cytospin preparations. In all cases interferon and ATRA, alone or in association, were able to induce changes in the immunophenotypic profile, associated or not with morphologic changes and induction of Ig secretion. All changes were greatly variable from one to the other B-NHL sample and no relationship could be found between a particular pattern of change and the histological subtype. Interferon alpha was more potent than ATRA in inducing changes. In favour of a differentiation process, we observed a concomitant decrease of DR expression and increase of CD38 expression in 8 cases with interferon alpha, and in 4 cases with ATRA. Although interferon- or ATRA-treated cells did not display cytologic, functional features and changes of the immunophenotypic profile fully compatible with those of terminally differentiated cells, these results suggest a possible transition toward more differentiated elements, especially with interferon alpha.

  1. Effects of gamma interferon, tumor necrosis factor alpha, and interleukin-2 on infection and proliferation of Theileria parva-infected bovine lymphoblasts and production of interferon by parasitized cells.

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    DeMartini, J C; Baldwin, C L

    1991-01-01

    Theileria parva is a protozoan parasite that infects bovine B cells and alpha beta and gamma delta T cells and transforms them into continually proliferating cells. CD4+ T. parva-antigen-specific immune T cells have been shown to produce cytokines in response to stimulation with parasitized cells, and T. parva-infected lymphocytes produce and consume T-cell growth factors and interleukin-2 (IL-2). To ascertain the role of T-cell cytokines on T. parva infections, we evaluated recombinant gamma interferon (rIFN-gamma), rIL-2, and tumor necrosis factor alpha (rTNF-alpha) for their effects on establishment, proliferation, and survival of parasitized cells. The results indicate that neither rIFN-gamma nor rTNF-alpha had an enhancing or inhibitory effect on the growth of established T. parva-infected T-cell clones, whereas bovine rIL-2 increased the proliferation of infected B-cell and alpha beta T-cell clones but not that of gamma delta T-cell clones. To evaluate the effects of the cytokines on establishment of parasitized cell lines, peripheral blood mononuclear cells were cultured in their presence immediately following infection with T. parva sporozoites. Neither rIFN-gamma nor rIL-2 altered the proportion of cells initially developing schizonts, but both enhanced establishment of infected cell lines by about twofold. In contrast, rTNF-alpha resulted in about a 33% decrease in the proportion of schizont-infected cells. Inhibitory effects on establishment of parasitized cell lines by rTNF-alpha were no longer apparent by 12 days following infection. Tests conducted during this study indicated that T. parva-infected lymphocytes also spontaneously produce IFN that is neutralized by acidic pH treatment. In conclusion, we speculate that none of these T-cell cytokines are likely to have a profound inhibitory effect in vivo on T. parva infections. Instead, IFN-gamma and IL-2 may facilitate the establishment of infection by T. parva. PMID:1937812

  2. Cost-effectiveness of telaprevir in combination with pegylated interferon alpha and ribavirin in treatment-experienced chronic hepatitis C genotype 1 patients.

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    Cure, Sandrine; Bianic, Florence; Gavart, Sandra; Curtis, Steve; Lee, Seina; Dusheiko, Geoffrey

    2014-01-01

    Telaprevir (TVR,T) and boceprevir (BOC,B) are direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) used for the treatment of chronic genotype 1 hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. This analysis evaluated the cost-effectiveness of TVR combined with pegylated interferon (Peg-IFN) alfa-2a plus ribavirin (RBV) compared with Peg-IFN alfa-2a and RBV (PR) alone or BOC plus Peg-IFN alfa-2b and RBV in treatment-experienced patients. A Markov cohort model of chronic genotype 1 HCV disease progression reflected the pathway of experienced patients retreated with DAA therapy. The population was stratified by previous response to treatment (i.e., previous relapsers, partial responders, and null responders). Sustained virologic response (SVR) rates were derived from a mixed-treatment comparison that included results from separate Phase III trials of TVR and BOC. Incremental cost per life year (LY) gained and quality-adjusted-life-year (QALY) gained were computed at lifetime, adopting the NHS perspective. Costs and health outcomes were discounted at 3.5%. Uncertainty was assessed using deterministic and probabilistic sensitivity analyses. Sub-group analyses were carried out by interleukin (IL)-28B genotype. Higher costs and improved outcomes were associated with T/PR relative to PR alone for all experienced patients (ICER of £6079). T/PR was cost-effective for each sub-group population with high SVR advantage in relapsers (ICER of £2658 vs £7593 and £20,875 for partial and null responders). T/PR remained cost-effective regardless of IL-28B sub-type. Compared to B/PR, T/PR prolonged QALYs by 0.57 and reduced lifetime costs by £13,960 for relapsers. For partial responders T/PR was less costly but less efficacious than B/PR, equating to an ICER of £128,117 per QALY gained. No head-to-head trial provides direct evidence of better efficacy of T/PR vs B/PR. T/PR is cost-effective compared with PR alone in experienced patients regardless of treatment history and IL-28B genotype. Compared to B/PR, T

  3. Cost-effectiveness of telaprevir in combination with pegylated interferon alpha and ribavirin in previously untreated chronic hepatitis C genotype 1 patients.

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    Cure, Sandrine; Bianic, Florence; Gavart, Sandra; Curtis, Steve; Lee, Seina; Dusheiko, Geoffrey

    2014-01-01

    Telaprevir (T, TVR) is a direct-acting antiviral (DAA) used for the treatment of genotype 1 chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. The sustained virological response (SVR) rates, i.e., undetectable HCV RNA levels 24 weeks after the end of treatment, is what differentiate treatments. This analysis evaluated the cost-effectiveness of TVR combined with pegylated interferon (Peg-IFN) alfa-2a plus ribavirin (RBV), with Peg-IFN and RBV (PR) alone or with boceprevir (B, BOC) plus Peg-IFN alfa-2b and RBV, in naïve patients. A Markov cohort model of chronic HCV disease progression reflected the pathway of naïve patients initiating anti-HCV therapy. SVR rates were derived from a mixed-treatment comparison including results from Phase II and III trials of TVR and BOC, and trials comparing both PR regimens. SVR has significant impact on survival, quality-of-life, and costs. Incremental cost per life year (LY) gained and quality-adjusted-life-year (QALY) gained were computed at lifetime, adopting the (National Health Service) NHS perspective. Cost and health outcomes were discounted at 3.5%. Uncertainty was assessed using deterministic and probabilistic sensitivity analyses. Sub-group analyses were also performed by interleukin (IL)-28B genotype and fibrosis stage. Higher costs and improved outcomes were associated with T/PR relative to PR alone, resulting in an ICER of £12,733 per QALY gained. T/PR retained a significant SVR advantage over PR alone and was cost-effective regardless of IL-28B genotype and fibrosis stages. T/PR regimen 'dominated' B/PR, generating 0.2 additional QALYs and reducing lifetime cost by £2758. Sensitivity analyses consistently resulted in ICERs less than £30,000/QALY for the T/PR regimen over PR alone. No head-to-head trial provides direct evidence of better efficacy of T/PR vs B/PR. The introduction of TVR-based therapy for genotype 1 HCV patients is cost-effective for naïve patients at the £30,000 willingness-to-pay threshold, regardless

  4. A hot-spot on interferon alpha/beta receptor subunit 1 (IFNAR1) underpins its interaction with interferon-β and dictates signaling.

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    de Weerd, Nicole A; Matthews, Antony Y; Pattie, Phillip R; Bourke, Nollaig M; Lim, San S; Vivian, Julian P; Rossjohn, Jamie; Hertzog, Paul J

    2017-03-13

    The interaction of IFN-β with its receptor IFNAR1 is vital for host-protective anti-viral and anti-proliferative responses, but signaling via this interaction can be detrimental if dysregulated. While it is established that IFNAR1 is an essential component of the IFNAR signaling complex, the key residues underpinning the IFN-β-IFNAR1 interaction are unknown. Guided by the crystal structure of the IFN-β-IFNAR1 complex, we used truncation variants and site directed mutagenesis to investigate domains and residues enabling complexation of IFN-β to IFNAR1. We have identified an interface on IFNAR1-subdomain (SD)-3 that is differentially utilized by IFN-β and IFN-α for signal transduction. We used surface plasmon resonance and cell-based assays to investigate this important IFN-β binding interface which is centered on IFNAR1 tyrosine residues Y240 and Y274 binding the C-terminal and N-terminal of B and C helices of IFN-β, respectively. Using IFNAR1 and IFN-β variants, we show that this interface contributes significantly to the affinity of IFN-β for IFNAR1, its ability to activate STAT1, the expression of interferon stimulated genes and ultimately to the anti-viral and anti-proliferative properties of IFN-β. These results identify a key interface created by IFNAR1 residues Y240 and Y274 interacting with IFN-β residues F63, L64, E77, T78, V81, R82 that underlie IFN-β-IFNAR1 mediated signaling and biological processes.

  5. Human renal carcinoma line transfected with interleukin-2 and/or interferon alpha gene(s): implications for live cancer vaccines.

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    Belldegrun, A; Tso, C L; Sakata, T; Duckett, T; Brunda, M J; Barsky, S H; Chai, J; Kaboo, R; Lavey, R S; McBride, W H

    1993-02-03

    Combination therapy with systemically administered interleukin-2 (IL-2) and interferon alpha (IFN-alpha) has resulted in long-term objective remissions in 30% of patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC), but toxic effects are clinically significant. We have thus investigated an alternative therapeutic approach--continuous intratumoral production of IL-2 and/or IFN-alpha by a cytokine-transfected human RCC tumor cell line. Plasmid vectors were used to transfect the R11 RCC line with the genes for human IL-2 and/or IFN-alpha by the calcium phosphate precipitation method. Biologic characteristics of the cytokine-transfected tumor cells were determined by assays of thymidine incorporation and cytotoxicity, fluorescence-activated cell-sorter analysis, Northern blotting, and in vivo studies in C3Hf/Sed/Kam mice rendered T-cell deficient. The transfected cell lines produced the following amounts of cytokine per 10(6) cells per day: R11-IL-2 (220 U), R11-IFN-alpha (10,240 U), and R11-IL-2 + IFN-alpha (95 U + 1270 U, respectively). Gamma irradiation did not eliminate cytokine secretion. Morphology and growth rates were identical to those for the parental R11 cell line, except for IFN-alpha-producing clones, which showed significant growth inhibition. All cytokine-producing cells demonstrated increased susceptibility to cell killing by peripheral blood leukocytes (PBL). IFN-alpha producers exhibited enhanced HLA antigen expression and suppressed c-myc messenger RNA expression; when cocultured in vitro, they induced similar changes in parental R11 cells. IL-2 producers could stimulate growth and cytotoxicity of naive (i.e., freshly isolated, uncultured) and activated PBL. All cytokine-producing cells lost their tumorigenicity, as evidenced by failure to grow in the T-cell-depleted mice. When co-injected at a local site but not at a distant site, these cells prevented growth of parental R11 cells. Histologic examination of the injection sites revealed a substantial

  6. Role of gamma interferon and tumor necrosis factor alpha during T-cell-independent and -dependent phases of Mycobacterium avium infection.

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    Appelberg, R; Castro, A G; Pedrosa, J; Silva, R A; Orme, I M; Minóprio, P

    1994-01-01

    To design an effective immunotherapy for Mycobacterium avium infections, the protective host response to the infection must be known. Here we analyzed the role of gamma interferon (IFN-gamma) and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) in the innate and acquired responses to M. avium infections in mice. T-cell depletion studies showed that CD4+ T cells were required for control of the infection. CD(4+)-depleted mice showed enhanced bacterial proliferation and at the same time showed a reduction in the level of expression of both IFN-gamma and TNF-alpha mRNAs in spleen cells. In contrast, M. bovis BCG immunization restricted M. avium proliferation and at the same time promoted expression of the mRNAs for the two cytokines. In vivo depletion studies using specific monoclonal antibodies showed that both IFN-gamma and TNF-alpha are involved in an early protection possibly involving NK cells, and furthermore, IFN-gamma is involved in the later T-cell-protective response to infection. In vivo neutralization of IFN-gamma during M. avium infection also blocked the priming for enhanced TNF-alpha secretion triggered by endotoxin. Both cytokines were found to be involved in the resistance expressed in BCG-immunized animals and exhibited additive bacteriostatic effects in vitro on bone marrow-derived macrophages infected with different strains of M. avium. These data suggest that both cytokines act in an additive or synergistic fashion in the induction of bacteriostasis and that IFN-gamma is also involved in priming TNF-alpha secretion. PMID:8063414

  7. Interferon-alpha regulates the dynamic balance between human activated regulatory and effector T cells: implications for antiviral and autoimmune responses.

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    Golding, Amit; Rosen, Antony; Petri, Michelle; Akhter, Ehtisham; Andrade, Felipe

    2010-09-01

    An adequate effector response against pathogens and its subsequent inactivation after pathogen clearance are critical for the maintenance of immune homeostasis. This process involves an initial phase of T-cell effector (Teff) activation followed by the expansion of regulatory T cells (Tregs), a unique cell population that limits Teff functions. However, significant questions remain unanswered about the mechanisms that regulate the balance between these cell populations. Using an in vitro system to mimic T-cell activation in human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC), we analysed the patterns of Treg and Teff activation, with special attention to the role of type I interferon (IFN-I). Interestingly, we found that IFN-alpha, either exogenously added or endogenously induced, suppressed the generation of CD4(+) FoxP3(HI )IFN-gamma(Neg) activated Tregs (aTregs) while simultaneously promoting propagation of CD4(+) FoxP3(Low/Neg )IFN-gamma(Pos) activated Teffs (aTeffs). We also showed that IFN-alpha-mediated inhibition of interleukin (IL)-2 production may play an essential role in IFN-alpha-induced suppression of aTregs. In order to test our findings in a disease state with chronically elevated IFN-alpha, we investigated systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Plasma from patients with SLE was found to contain IFN-I activity that suppressed aTreg generation. Furthermore, anti-CD3 activated SLE PBMCs exhibited preferential expansion of aTeffs with a very limited increase in aTreg numbers. Together, these observations support a model whereby a transient production of IFN-alpha (such as is seen in an early antiviral response) may promote CD4 effector functions by delaying aTreg generation, but a chronic elevation of IFN-alpha may tip the aTeff:aTreg balance towards aTeffs and autoimmunity.

  8. CD69 acts downstream of interferon-alpha/beta to inhibit S1P1 and lymphocyte egress from lymphoid organs.

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    Shiow, Lawrence R; Rosen, David B; Brdicková, Nadezda; Xu, Ying; An, Jinping; Lanier, Lewis L; Cyster, Jason G; Matloubian, Mehrdad

    2006-03-23

    Naive lymphocytes continually enter and exit lymphoid organs in a recirculation process that is essential for immune surveillance. During immune responses, the egress process can be shut down transiently. When this occurs locally it increases lymphocyte numbers in the responding lymphoid organ; when it occurs systemically it can lead to immunosuppression as a result of the depletion of recirculating lymphocytes. Several mediators of the innate immune system are known to cause shutdown, including interferon alpha/beta (IFN-alpha/beta) and tumour necrosis factor, but the mechanism has been unclear. Here we show that treatment with the IFN-alpha/beta inducer polyinosine polycytidylic acid (hereafter 'poly(I:C)') inhibited egress by a mechanism that was partly lymphocyte-intrinsic. The transmembrane C-type lectin CD69 was rapidly induced and CD69-/- cells were poorly retained in lymphoid tissues after treatment with poly(I:C) or infection with lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus. Lymphocyte egress requires sphingosine 1-phosphate receptor-1 (S1P1), and IFN-alpha/beta was found to inhibit lymphocyte responsiveness to S1P. By contrast, CD69-/- cells retained S1P1 function after exposure to IFN-alpha/beta. In coexpression experiments, CD69 inhibited S1P1 chemotactic function and led to downmodulation of S1P1. In a reporter assay, S1P1 crosslinking led to co-crosslinking and activation of a CD69-CD3zeta chimaera. CD69 co-immunoprecipitated with S1P1 but not the related receptor, S1P3. These observations indicate that CD69 forms a complex with and negatively regulates S1P1 and that it functions downstream of IFN-alpha/beta, and possibly other activating stimuli, to promote lymphocyte retention in lymphoid organs.

  9. Inhibition of sup 125 I organification and thyroid hormone release by interleukin-1, tumor necrosis factor-alpha, and interferon-gamma in human thyrocytes in suspension culture

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    Sato, K.; Satoh, T.; Shizume, K.; Ozawa, M.; Han, D.C.; Imamura, H.; Tsushima, T.; Demura, H.; Kanaji, Y.; Ito, Y. )

    1990-06-01

    To elucidate the mechanism of decreased 131I uptake by the thyroid gland in patients with subacute thyroiditis and painless thyroiditis, human thyroid follicles were cultured with interleukin-1 (IL-1), tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF alpha), and/or interferon-gamma (IFN gamma), and the effects of these cytokines on thyroid function were studied in vitro. When human thyrocytes were cultured in RPMI-1640 medium containing 0.5% fetal calf serum and TSH for 5-8 days, the cells incorporated 125I, synthesized de novo (125I)iodotyrosines and (125I)iodothyronines, and secreted (125I)T4 and (125I)T3 into the medium. IL-1 alpha and IL-1 beta inhibited 125I incorporation and (125I)iodothyronine release in a concentration-dependent manner. The minimal inhibitory effect was detected at 10 pg/ml. Electron microscopic examination revealed a marked decrease in lysosome formation in IL-1-treated thyrocytes. TNF alpha and IFN gamma also inhibited thyroid function in a concentration-dependent manner. Furthermore, when thyrocytes were cultured with IL-1, TNF alpha and IFN gamma, these cytokines more than additively inhibited thyroid function. Although the main mechanism of 131I uptake suppression in the thyroid gland in subacute thyroiditis is due to cellular damage and suppression of TSH release, our present findings suggest that IL-1, TNF alpha, and IFN gamma produced in the inflammatory process within the thyroid gland further inhibit iodine incorporation and at least partly account for the decreased 131I uptake by the thyroid gland in destruction-induced hyperthyroidism.

  10. Ability of cell-sized beads bearing tumor cell membrane proteins to stimulate LAK cells to secrete interferon-gamma and tumor necrosis factor-alpha.

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    Chong, A S; Pinkard, J K; Lam, K S; Scuderi, P; Hersh, E M; Grimes, W J

    1991-04-15

    We recently reported that lymphokine activated killer (LAK) cells were stimulated to release both interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) when stimulated by a variety of tumor cells. We proposed then that the released cytokines may play a role in mediating tumor cell regression in vivo. In this paper, we provide further information on the nature of the signals, provided by the tumor cells (K562 erythroleukemia), that stimulate LAK cells to secrete IFN-gamma and TNF-alpha. Using a previously published protocol for coating tumor-membrane molecules onto cell-sized hydrophobic beads (also called pseudocytes), we demonstrate that the signal provided by the tumor cell is membrane associated. Beads coated with K562 membranes stimulated LAK cells to release IFN-gamma and TNF-alpha. The pretreatment of these beads with trypsin and sodium periodate eliminated the ability of these pseudocytes to stimulate cytokine release in LAK cells. The glycoproteins that stimulate LAK cells to secrete IFN-gamma and TNF-alpha were further enriched by their ability to bind concanavalin A (Con A, Jack Bean). To determine if the tumor-associated molecules that stimulate LAK cells to release IFN-gamma and TNF-alpha are also the molecules involved in mediating tumor cell lysis, we tested the ability of the Con A binding and nonbinding proteins to inhibit the LAK cell-mediated lysis of K562 cells. Our results demonstrate that molecules that inhibited LAK cell-mediated cytotoxicity were not enriched by Con A. These results are therefore consistent with the conclusion that different sets of tumor-associated molecules are involved in the stimulation of LAK cells to secrete cytokine and in the induction of LAK cells to mediate tumor cell cytolysis.

  11. T cells are essential for bacterial clearance, and gamma interferon, tumor necrosis factor alpha, and B cells are crucial for disease development in Coxiella burnetii infection in mice.

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    Andoh, Masako; Zhang, Guoquan; Russell-Lodrigue, Kasi E; Shive, Heather R; Weeks, Brad R; Samuel, James E

    2007-07-01

    Coxiella burnetii, the etiological agent of Q fever, has two phase variants. Phase I has a complete lipopolysaccharide (LPS), is highly virulent, and causes Q fever in humans and pathology in experimental animals. Phase II lacks an LPS O side chain, is avirulent, and does not grow well in immunocompetent animals. To understand the pathogenicity of Q fever, we investigated the roles of immune components in animals infected with Nine Mile phase I (NM I) or Nine Mile phase II (NM II) bacteria. Immunodeficient mice, including SCID mice (deficient in T and B cells), SCIDbg mice (deficient in T, B, and NK cells), nude mice (deficient in T cells), muMT mice (deficient in B cells), bg mice (deficient in NK cells), mice deficient in tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha(-/-) mice), and mice deficient in gamma interferon (IFN-gamma(-/-) mice), were compared for their responses to infection. SCID, SCIDbg, nude, and IFN-gamma(-/-) mice showed high susceptibility to NM I, and TNF-alpha(-/-) mice showed modest susceptibility. Disease caused by NM I in SCID, SCIDbg, and nude mice progressed slowly, while disease in IFN-gamma(-/-) and TNF-alpha(-/-) mice advanced rapidly. B- and NK-cell deficiencies did not enhance clinical disease development or alter bacterial clearance but did increase the severity of histopathological changes, particularly in the absence of B cells. Mice infected with NM II showed no apparent clinical disease, but T-cell-deficient mice had histopathological changes. These results suggest that T cells are critical for clearance of C. burnetii, either NM I or NM II, that IFN-gamma and TNF-alpha are essential for the early control of infection, and that B cells are important for the prevention of tissue damage.

  12. Chronic Interferon-Alpha Administration Disrupts Sleep Continuity and Depth in Patients with Hepatitis C: Association with Fatigue, Motor Slowing and Increased Evening Cortisol

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    Raison, Charles L.; Rye, David B.; Woolwine, Bobbi J.; Vogt, Gerald J.; Bautista, Breanne M.; Spivey, James R.; Miller, Andrew H.

    2010-01-01

    Background Consequences of chronic exposure to cytokines of the innate immune system on sleep in humans and the association of cytokine-induced sleep alterations with behavior, motor performance and cortisol secretion are unknown. Methods Thirty-one patients with hepatitis C without pre-existing sleep disorders underwent nighttime polysomnography, daytime multiple sleep latency testing, behavioral assessments, neuropsychological testing and serial blood sampling at baseline and after ~12 weeks of either treatment with the innate immune cytokine, interferon (IFN)-alpha (n=19) or no treatment (n=12). Fatigue and sleepiness were assessed using the Multidimensional Fatigue Inventory and Epworth Sleepiness Scale. Results IFN-alpha administration led to significant increases in wake after sleep onset and significant decreases in Stage 3/4 sleep and sleep efficiency. REM latency and Stage 2 sleep were significantly increased during IFN-alpha treatment. Decreases in Stage 3/4 sleep and increases in REM latency were associated with increases in fatigue, whereas decreases in sleep efficiency were associated with reduced motor speed. Increased wake after sleep onset was associated with increased evening plasma cortisol. Despite IFN-alpha-induced increases in fatigue, daytime sleepiness did not increase. In fact, IFN-alpha-treated patients exhibited decreased propensity to fall asleep during daytime nap opportunities. Conclusions Chronic exposure to an innate immune cytokine reduced sleep continuity and depth, and induced a sleep pattern consistent with insomnia and hyperarousal. These data suggest that innate immune cytokines may provide a mechanistic link between disorders associated with chronic inflammation including medical and/or psychiatric illnesses and insomnia, which in turn is associated with fatigue, motor slowing and altered cortisol. PMID:20537611

  13. Role of a distal enhancer in the transcriptional responsiveness of the human CD200 gene to interferon-gamma and tumor necrosis factor-alpha.

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    Chen, Zhiqi; Marsden, Philip A; Gorczynski, Reginald M

    2009-06-01

    CD200 plays an important role in prevention of graft rejection, autoimmune diseases and spontaneous abortion by delivering an immunoregulatory signal through interaction with its receptor. It also plays a role in regulating tumor immunity. We previously documented evidence for C/EBP beta as being important in the regulation of constitutive expression of CD200. However, the molecular mechanism(s) controlling inducible expression of CD200 are yet to be explored. Here we address the regulated expression of human CD200 by T cells in response to Con A, IFN-gamma or/and TNF-alpha. A prominent DNase I hypersensitivity site (DHS) was localized approximately 5.4 kb upstream of the major transcriptional start site. Four cis-elements were identified within this genomic region: one nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB) site, one IFN-gamma activation site (GAS) element and two IFN-stimulated response element (ISRE) for binding of interferon-regulatory factors (IRFs), respectively. Mutation of the NF-kappaB site, GAS or one but not the other of ISREs dramatically reduced the luciferase activity. These findings were further confirmed by chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) assays using antibodies against NF-kappaB p65, STAT1alpha, and IRF-1. All the above findings suggest that IFN-gamma and TNF-alpha induce CD200 expression through a 5' upstream enhancer and that NF-kappaB, STAT1 and IRF-1 play pivotal roles in this process.

  14. Interferons alpha, beta, gamma each inhibit hepatitis C virus replication at the level of internal ribosome entry site-mediated translation.

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    Dash, Srikanta; Prabhu, Ramesh; Hazari, Sidhartha; Bastian, Frank; Garry, Robert; Zou, Weiping; Haque, Salima; Joshi, Virendra; Regenstein, Fredric G; Thung, Swan N

    2005-06-01

    Interferon (IFN)-alpha is the standard therapy for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C, but the mechanisms underlying its antiviral action are not well understood. In this report, we demonstrated that IFN-alpha, -beta and -gamma inhibit replication of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in a cell culture model at concentrations between 10 and 100 IU/ml. We demonstrated that the antiviral actions each of each these IFNs are targeted to the highly conserved 5' untranslated region of the HCV genome, and that they directly inhibit translation from a chimeric clone between full-length HCV genome and green fluorescent protein (GFP). This effect is not limited to HCV internal ribosome entry site (IRES), since these IFNs also inhibit translation of the encephalomyocardititis virus (EMCV) chimeric mRNA in which GFP is expressed by IRES-dependent mechanisms (pCITE-GFP). These IFNs had minimal effects on the expression of mRNAs from clones in which translation is not IRES dependent. We conclude that IFN-alpha, -beta and -gamma inhibit replication of sub-genomic HCV RNA in a cell culture model by directly inhibiting two internal translation initiation sites of HCV- and EMCV-IRES sequences present in the dicistronic HCV sub-genomic RNA. Results of this in vitro study suggest that selective inhibition of IRES-mediated translation of viral polyprotein is a general mechanism by which IFNs inhibits HCV replication.

  15. Crystal Structure of the Interferon Gamma Receptor Alpha Chain from Chicken Reveals an Undetected Extra Helix Compared with the Human Counterparts

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    Ping, Zhiguang; Qi, Jianxun; Sun, Yanling; Lu, Guangwen; Shi, Yi; Wang, Xiaojia

    2014-01-01

    Interferon gamma (IFN-γ) is an important cytokine that induces antiviral, antiproliferative, and immunomodulatory effects on target cells, and is also crucial in the early defense against intracellular parasites, such as Listeria monocytogenes and Toxoplasma gondii. The biological activity of IFN-γ relies upon the formation of a complex with its 2 receptors, the interferon gamma alpha chain (IFNGR1) and beta chain (IFNGR2), which are type II cytokine receptors. Structural models of ligand–receptor interaction and complex structure of chicken IFNs with their receptors have remained elusive. Here we report the first structure of Gallus gallus (chicken) IFNGR1 (chIFNGR1) at 2.0 Å by molecule replacement according to the structure of selenomethionine substituted chIFNGR1. The structural comparison reveals its structural similarities with other class II cytokine receptors, despite divergent primary sequences. We further investigate the ligand–receptor interaction properties of chicken IFN-γ (chIFN-γ) and chIFNGR1 using size-exclusion chromatography and surface plasmon resonance techniques. These data aid in the understanding of the interaction of chicken (avian) IFN-γ with its receptors and its signal transduction. PMID:24283193

  16. First successful pregnancy outcome after intrauterine insemination in a woman with primary infertility and essential thrombocythemia treated with interferon-alpha and aspirin.

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    Leković, Danijela; Gotić, Mirjana; Ljubić, Aleksandar

    2015-01-01

    The management of pregnancy in young women with essential thrombocythemia is complex and may present a difficult problem. An adverse pregnancy outcome due to thrombosis or bleeding is a common complication. in addition, little is known about fertility in these women prior to the disease. We present the first case of a young woman with primary infertility and essential thrombocythemia who had uneventfully delivered a healthy boy in the fortieth week of pregnancy. Her platelet count was normalized during treatment with interferon-alfa. The patient failed to become pregnant in the natural way and after three attempts of programmed intercourse. She conceived only following intrauterine insemination. During pregnancy, the patient was carefully controlled by a hematologist and gynecologist. Natural course and prognosis of essential thrombocythemia is not adversely affected by pregnancy. In these women, the pregnancy should be planned only after normalization of platelet count. The interferon-alpha should be administered before the pregnancy to regulate and maintain the platelet count within the normal range. Intrauterine insemination with minimal hormonal stimulation due to the risk of thrombosis could be recommended as the safest treatment option of infertility in women with essential thrombocythemia.

  17. Role of the Methoxy Group in Immune Responses to mPEG-Protein Conjugates

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    2012-01-01

    Anti-PEG antibodies have been reported to mediate the accelerated clearance of PEG-conjugated proteins and liposomes, all of which contain methoxyPEG (mPEG). The goal of this research was to assess the role of the methoxy group in the immune responses to mPEG conjugates and the potential advantages of replacing mPEG with hydroxyPEG (HO-PEG). Rabbits were immunized with mPEG, HO-PEG, or t-butoxyPEG (t-BuO-PEG) conjugates of human serum albumin, human interferon-α, or porcine uricase as adjuvant emulsions. Assay plates for enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs) were coated with mPEG, HO-PEG, or t-BuO-PEG conjugates of the non-cross-reacting protein, porcine superoxide dismutase (SOD). In sera from rabbits immunized with HO-PEG conjugates of interferon-α or uricase, the ratio of titers of anti-PEG antibodies detected on mPEG-SOD over HO-PEG-SOD (“relative titer”) had a median of 1.1 (range 0.9–1.5). In contrast, sera from rabbits immunized with mPEG conjugates of three proteins had relative titers with a median of 3.0 (range 1.1–20). Analyses of sera from rabbits immunized with t-BuO-PEG-albumin showed that t-butoxy groups are more immunogenic than methoxy groups. Adding Tween 20 or Tween 80 to buffers used to wash the assay plates, as is often done in ELISAs, greatly reduced the sensitivity of detection of anti-PEG antibodies. Competitive ELISAs revealed that the affinities of antibodies raised against mPEG-uricase were c. 70 times higher for 10 kDa mPEG than for 10 kDa PEG diol and that anti-PEG antibodies raised against mPEG conjugates of three proteins had >1000 times higher affinities for albumin conjugates with c. 20 mPEGs than for analogous HO-PEG-albumin conjugates. Overall, these results are consistent with the hypothesis that antibodies with high affinity for methoxy groups contribute to the loss of efficacy of mPEG conjugates, especially if multiply-PEGylated. Using monofunctionally activated HO-PEG instead of mPEG in preparing conjugates for

  18. Role of the methoxy group in immune responses to mPEG-protein conjugates.

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    Sherman, Merry R; Williams, L David; Sobczyk, Monika A; Michaels, Shawnya J; Saifer, Mark G P

    2012-03-21

    Anti-PEG antibodies have been reported to mediate the accelerated clearance of PEG-conjugated proteins and liposomes, all of which contain methoxyPEG (mPEG). The goal of this research was to assess the role of the methoxy group in the immune responses to mPEG conjugates and the potential advantages of replacing mPEG with hydroxyPEG (HO-PEG). Rabbits were immunized with mPEG, HO-PEG, or t-butoxyPEG (t-BuO-PEG) conjugates of human serum albumin, human interferon-α, or porcine uricase as adjuvant emulsions. Assay plates for enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs) were coated with mPEG, HO-PEG, or t-BuO-PEG conjugates of the non-cross-reacting protein, porcine superoxide dismutase (SOD). In sera from rabbits immunized with HO-PEG conjugates of interferon-α or uricase, the ratio of titers of anti-PEG antibodies detected on mPEG-SOD over HO-PEG-SOD ("relative titer") had a median of 1.1 (range 0.9-1.5). In contrast, sera from rabbits immunized with mPEG conjugates of three proteins had relative titers with a median of 3.0 (range 1.1-20). Analyses of sera from rabbits immunized with t-BuO-PEG-albumin showed that t-butoxy groups are more immunogenic than methoxy groups. Adding Tween 20 or Tween 80 to buffers used to wash the assay plates, as is often done in ELISAs, greatly reduced the sensitivity of detection of anti-PEG antibodies. Competitive ELISAs revealed that the affinities of antibodies raised against mPEG-uricase were c. 70 times higher for 10 kDa mPEG than for 10 kDa PEG diol and that anti-PEG antibodies raised against mPEG conjugates of three proteins had >1000 times higher affinities for albumin conjugates with c. 20 mPEGs than for analogous HO-PEG-albumin conjugates. Overall, these results are consistent with the hypothesis that antibodies with high affinity for methoxy groups contribute to the loss of efficacy of mPEG conjugates, especially if multiply-PEGylated. Using monofunctionally activated HO-PEG instead of mPEG in preparing conjugates for

  19. Phase III trial of chemotherapy using 5-fluorouracil and streptozotocin compared with interferon alpha for advanced carcinoid tumors: FNCLCC-FFCD 9710.

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    Dahan, Laetitia; Bonnetain, Frank; Rougier, Philippe; Raoul, Jean-Luc; Gamelin, Eric; Etienne, Pierre-Luc; Cadiot, Guillaume; Mitry, Emmanuel; Smith, Denis; Cvitkovic, Frédérique; Coudert, Bruno; Ricard, Floriane; Bedenne, Laurent; Seitz, Jean-François

    2009-12-01

    The aim of this randomized multicenter phase III trial was to compare chemotherapy and interferon (IFN) in patients with metastatic carcinoid tumors. Patients with documented progressive, unresectable, metastatic carcinoid tumors were randomized between 5-fluorouracil plus streptozotocin (day 1-5) and recombinant IFN-alpha-2a (3 MU x 3 per week). Primary endpoint was progression-free survival (PFS). From February 1998 to June 2004, 64 patients were included. The two arms were well matched for median age, sex ratio, PS 0-1, previous chemotherapy, surgery, or radiotherapy. The median PFS for chemotherapy was 5.5 months versus 14.1 for IFN (hazard ratio=0.75 (0.41-1.36)). Overall survival (OS), tolerance, and effects on carcinoid symptoms were not significantly different. Despite a trend in favor of IFN, there was no difference in PFS and OS in advanced metastatic carcinoid tumors and therapeutic effect of both treatments was mild.

  20. Successful autografting in chronic myelogenous leukaemia using Philadelphia negative blood progenitor cells mobilized with rHuG-CSF alone in a patient responding to alpha-interferon.

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    Carreras, E; Sierra, J; Rovira, M; Urbano-Ispizua, A; Martinez, C; Nomdedeu, B; Cervantes, F; Marín, P; Rozman, C; Montserrat, E

    1997-02-01

    Several non-randomized studies suggest a possible survival advantage for chronic myelogenous leukaemia (CML) patients treated with an autologous stem-cell transplantation. Due to the possible contribution of residual leukaemic cells present in the inoculum in post-transplant relapse, several methods are being evaluated to eliminate neoplastic cells or to select 'normal' (Ph1 negative) progenitor cells for autografting. Recently, several studies have shown that Ph1 negative blood progenitor cells can be mobilized by rHuG-CSF alone in patients who have a cytogenetic response to alpha-interferon (IFN). We describe the first case, as far as we are aware, of a CML patient responding to IFN autografted by using blood progenitor cells collected by rHuG-CSF alone.

  1. A serial ¹⁸FDG-PET study of a patient with SSPE who had good prognosis by combination therapy with interferon alpha and ribavirin.

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    Ohya, Takashi; Yamashita, Yushiro; Shibuya, Ikuhiko; Hara, Munetsugu; Nagamitsu, Shinichiro; Kaida, Hayato; Kurata, Seiji; Ishibashi, Masatoshi; Matsuishi, Toyojiro

    2014-07-01

    We describe a 15-year-old girl with subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE) in stage II who was treated with isoprinosine, intraventricular interferon alpha (IFN-α), and ribavirin for 3 years. She is alive at three years from onset and studies at school with the assistance of a special educational teacher. To assess residual brain function, serial (18)FDG-positron emission tomography (PET) was performed three times to measure cortical metabolism: at onset, a year later, and three years later. At onset, PET study revealed preserved glucose metabolism of the cerebral cortex. In serial PET study, glucose metabolism of the cerebral cortex was also preserved even after three years. Although SSPE is a progressive disease of the neuronal system, and typically leads to death in approximately 2-3 years, the neurological prognosis of our case was good. We consider that combination therapy in the very early stage without hypometabolism in the cerebral cortex may be effective for SSPE.

  2. Human leukocyte interferon-alpha in cream for the management of genital herpes in Asian women: a placebo-controlled, double-blind study.

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    Syed, T A; Lundin, S; Cheema, K M; Kahlon, R C; Khayyami, M; Ahmad, S A; Ahmad, S H; Kahlon, B M; Kahlon, A M

    1995-03-01

    This double-blind, placebo-controlled study examined the clinical efficacy and tolerance of human leukocyte interferon-alpha (2 x 10(6) IU/g) in hydrophilic cream to cure patients afflicted with first episodes of genital herpes. Sixty patients aged 18-40 years (mean 24.5) with culture-confirmed herpes simplex genitalis, bearing 755 lesions (mean 12.6) were randomized to active and placebo groups. Patients joined the study within 7 days (mean 4.1) of the manifestation of lesions. Each patient was given a precoded 40-g tube containing placebo/active preparation with instructions on self-application of the trial medication to their lesions three times daily for 5 consecutive days (max. 15 topical applications per week). Patients were examined three times a week to evaluate clinical efficacy and other beneficial effects. A reepithelialized lesion with some residual erythema was recorded as healed. Patients resolved during the active treatment period (1-4 weeks) were spared further therapy and were requested to visit us as scheduled for posttreatment control after 16 weeks. From the remaining patients empty tubes were collected, and similarly coded replacement tubes were given to continue the treatment (in total 160 tubes were used). Patients treated with leukocyte interferon-alpha cream had significantly shorter mean duration of viral shedding/healing than placebo recipients, (6.2 days vs. 15 days; P < 0.01); thus the number of healed patients was 25/30 (83.3%) vs. 5/30 (17%; P < 0.001. Of the 60 patients 49 (81.6%) complained no drug-related side effects.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  3. Lipopolysaccharide and Tumor Necrosis Factor Alpha Inhibit Interferon Signaling in Hepatocytes by Increasing Ubiquitin-Like Protease 18 (USP18) Expression

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    MacParland, Sonya A.; Ma, Xue-Zhong; Chen, Limin; Khattar, Ramzi; Cherepanov, Vera; Selzner, Markus; Feld, Jordan J.; Selzner, Nazia

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT Inflammation may be maladaptive to the control of viral infection when it impairs interferon (IFN) responses, enhancing viral replication and spread. Dysregulated immunity as a result of inappropriate innate inflammatory responses is a hallmark of chronic viral infections such as, hepatitis B virus and hepatitis C virus (HCV). Previous studies from our laboratory have shown that expression of an IFN-stimulated gene (ISG), ubiquitin-like protease (USP)18 is upregulated in chronic HCV infection, leading to impaired hepatocyte responses to IFN-α. We examined the ability of inflammatory stimuli, including tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), lipopolysaccharide (LPS), interleukin-6 (IL-6) and IL-10 to upregulate hepatocyte USP18 expression and blunt the IFN-α response. Human hepatoma cells and primary murine hepatocytes were treated with TNF-α/LPS/IL-6/IL-10 and USP18, phosphorylated (p)-STAT1 and myxovirus (influenza virus) resistance 1 (Mx1) expression was determined. Treatment of Huh7.5 cells and primary murine hepatocytes with LPS and TNF-α, but not IL-6 or IL-10, led to upregulated USP18 expression and induced an IFN-α refractory state, which was reversed by USP18 knockdown. Liver inflammation was induced in vivo using a murine model of hepatic ischemia/reperfusion injury. Hepatic ischemia/reperfusion injury led to an induction of USP18 expression in liver tissue and promotion of lymphocytic choriomeningitis replication. These data demonstrate that certain inflammatory stimuli (TNF-α and LPS) but not others (IL-6 and IL-10) target USP18 expression and thus inhibit IFN signaling. These findings represent a new paradigm for how inflammation alters hepatic innate immune responses, with USP18 representing a potential target for intervention in various inflammatory states. IMPORTANCE Inflammation may prevent the control of viral infection when it impairs the innate immune response, enhancing viral replication and spread. Blunted immunity as a result of

  4. Expression of feline interferon-alpha subtypes in Esherichia coli, and their antiviral activity and animal species specificity.

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    Taira, Osamu; Suzuki, Makoto; Takeuchi, Yuko; Aramaki, Yoshitaka; Sakurai, Itsuki; Watanabe, Takao; Motokawa, Kenji; Arai, Setsuo; Sato, Hisaaki; Maehara, Nobutoshi

    2005-05-01

    Two kinds of FeIFN-alpha consisting of 166 amino acids (aa) and 171 aa were expressed in Escherichia coli, and the purified proteins were tested for antiviral activity on homologous and heterologous animal cells. Crude FeIFN induced in feline cells revealed antiviral activity on both homologous and heterologous animal cells. In contrast, both types of recombinant FeIFN-alpha revealed antiviral activity only on the feline cells. All of the FeIFN-alpha subtypes showed high activity to vesicular stomatitis virus, and the three species of feline viruses belonging to different families.

  5. Impaired antiviral activity of interferon alpha against hepatitis C virus 2a in Huh-7 cells with a defective Jak-Stat pathway.

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    Hazari, Sidhartha; Chandra, Partha K; Poat, Bret; Datta, Sibnarayan; Garry, Robert F; Foster, Timothy P; Kousoulas, Gus; Wakita, Takaji; Dash, Srikanta

    2010-02-11

    The sustained virological response to interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha) in individuals infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1 is only 50%, but is about 80% in patients infected with genotype 2-6 viruses. The molecular mechanisms explaining the differences in IFN-alpha responsiveness between HCV 1 and other genotypes have not been elucidated. Virus and host cellular factors contributing to IFN responsiveness were analyzed using a green fluorescence protein (GFP) based replication system of HCV 2a and Huh-7 cell clones that either possesses or lack a functional Jak-Stat pathway. The GFP gene was inserted into the C-terminal non-structural protein 5A of HCV 2a full-length and sub-genomic clones. Both HCV clones replicated to a high level in Huh-7 cells and could be visualized by either fluorescence microscopy or flow cytometric analysis. Huh-7 cells transfected with the GFP tagged HCV 2a genome produced infectious virus particles and the replication of fluorescence virus particles was demonstrated in naïve Huh-7.5 cells after infection. IFN-alpha effectively inhibited the replication of full-length as well as sub-genomic HCV 2a clones in Huh-7 cells with a functional Jak-Stat pathway. However, the antiviral effect of IFN-alpha against HCV 2a virus was not observed in Huh-7 cell clones with a defect in Jak-Stat signaling. HCV infection or replication did not alter IFN-alpha induced Stat phosphorylation or ISRE promoter-luciferase activity in both the sensitive and resistant Huh-7 cell clones. The cellular Jak-Stat pathway is critical for a successful IFN-alpha antiviral response against HCV 2a. HCV infection or replication did not alter signaling by the Jak-Stat pathway. GFP labeled JFH1 2a replicon based stable cell lines with IFN sensitive and IFN resistant phenotypes can be used to develop new strategies to overcome IFN-resistance against hepatitis C.

  6. A phase II trial of bevacizumab with dacarbazine and daily low-dose interferon-alpha2a as first line treatment in metastatic melanoma.

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    Vihinen, Pia P; Hernberg, Micaela; Vuoristo, Meri-Sisko; Tyynelä, Kristiina; Laukka, Marjut; Lundin, Johan; Ivaska, Johanna; Pyrhönen, Seppo

    2010-08-01

    Metastatic melanomas are hypervascular tumours with poor prognosis. We hypothesized that treatment of metastatic melanoma with a combination of bevacizumab, a monoclonal antibody against vascular endothelial growth factor, dacarbazine (DTIC) and low-dose interferon alpha-2a (IFN-alpha2a) might lead to a synergistic inhibition of angiogenesis and regression of tumours. Patients with metastatic melanoma were treated with bevacizumab (5 mg/kg every 2 weeks), DTIC (200 mg/m days 1-5 every 4 weeks) and IFN-alpha2a (three MIU subcutaneously daily from day 15 onwards). Patients exhibiting response or stable disease after 6 months were treated with bevacizumab+/-IFN-alpha2a until disease progression. The primary study objectives were progression-free survival (PFS), overall survival and safety. Twenty-six patients were accrued. Response rate was 23% (two complete responses, four partial responses), and six patients showed stable disease. The median PFS for all patients was 2.3 months and for responders 8.1 months. The median overall survival for all patients was 11.5 months. Four life-threatening adverse events were seen: two pulmonary thromboembolisms, an intracerebral haemorrhage, and one grade 4 hypertension. One of the pulmonary emboli and the intracerebral haemorrhage were observed > or =3 months after the last bevacizumab-DTIC dose. Serum matrix metalloproteinase-9 and vascular endothelial growth factor levels changed during therapy. There was a trend towards favourable PFS among patients with only minimal or moderate change in these marker expression levels. The present regimen was active in this patient group but was also associated with remarkable vascular events.

  7. Glycyrrhizin in patients who failed previous interferon alpha-based therapies: biochemical and histological effects after 52 weeks

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    Manns, M P; Wedemeyer, H; Singer, A; Khomutjanskaja, N; Dienes, H P; Roskams, T; Goldin, R; Hehnke, U; Inoue, H

    2012-01-01

    Chronic hepatitis C patients often fail to respond to interferon-based therapies. This phase III study aimed at confirming the efficacy and safety of glycyrrhizin in interferon + ribavirin-based therapy non-responders. A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, comparison of glycyrrhizin, administered intravenously 5×/or 3×/week, and 5×/week placebo for 12 weeks to 379 patients, was followed by a randomised, open comparison of glycyrrhizin i.v. 5×/versus 3×/week for 40 weeks. Primary endpoints were: (1) the proportion of patients with ≥50% ALT (alanine aminotransferase) reduction after 12 weeks double-blind phase, and (2) the proportion of patients with improvement of necro-inflammation after 52 weeks as compared with baseline. The proportion of patients with ALT reduction ≥50% after 12 weeks was significantly higher with 5×/week glycyrrhizin (28.7%, P < 0.0001) and 3×/week glycyrrhizin (29.0%, P < 0.0001) compared with placebo (7.0%). The proportion of patients with improvement in necro-inflammation after 52 weeks was 44.9% with 5×/week and 46.0% with 3×/week, respectively. Glycyrrhizin exhibited a significantly higher ALT reduction compared to placebo after 12 weeks of therapy and an improvement of necro-inflammation and fibrosis after 52-weeks treatment. Generally, glycyrrhizin treatment was well tolerated. PMID:22762137

  8. Recombinant interferon-alpha selectively inhibits the production of interleukin-5 by human CD4+ T cells.

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    Schandené, L; Del Prete, G F; Cogan, E; Stordeur, P; Crusiaux, A; Kennes, B; Romagnani, S; Goldman, M

    1996-01-01

    The effects of recombinant IFN-alpha on the production of IL-5 by human CD4+ T cells were first analyzed on resting CD4+ T cells purified from normal PBMC and stimulated either with a combination of PMA and anti-CD28 mAb or anti-CD3 mAb cross-linked on B7-1/CD32-transfected mouse fibroblasts. We found that IFN-alpha profoundly inhibited in a dose-dependent manner IL-5 production by resting CD4+ T cells whereas IL-10 was upregulated in both systems. The addition of a neutralizing anti-IL-10 mAb to PMA and anti-CD28 mAb upregulated IL-5 production by resting CD4+ T cells but did not prevent IFN-alpha-induced IL-5 inhibition. We then analyzed the effect of IFN-alpha on the production of cytokines by differentiated type 2 helper (Th2) CD4+CD3- cells isolated from peripheral blood of two patients with the hypereosinophilic syndrome. In both cases, IFN-alpha markedly inhibited IL-5 production while it induced mild upregulation of IL-4 and IL-10. Finally, the inhibitory effect of IFN-alpha on IL-5 production was confirmed on a panel of Th2 and Th0 clones generated in vitro. In 2 out of 6 clones, IL-5 inhibition was associated with upregulation of IL-4 and IL-10. We conclude that IFN-alpha selectively downregulates IL-5 synthesis by human CD4+ T cells. PMID:8567949

  9. Compromised recovery of natural interferon-alpha/beta-producing cells after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation complicated by acute graft-versus-host disease and glucocorticoid administration.

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    Kitawaki, T; Kadowaki, N; Ishikawa, T; Ichinohe, T; Uchiyama, T

    2003-07-01

    Delayed recovery of the immune system is a major cause of post-transplant infection. Natural interferon (IFN)-alpha/beta-producing cells (IPC) appear to play a critical role in inducing effective immune responses to a variety of microbial pathogens by producing an enormous amount of IFN-alpha/beta and thereafter by differentiating into dendritic cells. Here, we examined the recovery of IPC as well as other immune cells in 28 patients after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) in order to investigate the role of IPC in post-transplant immune reconstitution. In uncomplicated cases, IPC frequency recovered to the lower range of normal values within 30 days after transplantation, resembling the prompt recovery of other cell types in innate immunity. In contrast, the recovery of IPC was profoundly suppressed in the cases with acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) and glucocorticoid administration. The patients with lower numbers of IPC were significantly more susceptible to viral infection. The prompt recovery of IPC in uncomplicated cases may contribute to establishing a first line of host defense at the early stage after allogeneic HSCT, whereas the marked suppression of IPC recovery accompanying acute GVHD and glucocorticoid administration may increase the risk of opportunistic infections.

  10. Selective STAT protein degradation induced by paramyxoviruses requires both STAT1 and STAT2 but is independent of alpha/beta interferon signal transduction.

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    Parisien, Jean-Patrick; Lau, Joe F; Rodriguez, Jason J; Ulane, Christina M; Horvath, Curt M

    2002-05-01

    The alpha/beta interferon (IFN-alpha/beta)-induced STAT signal transduction pathway leading to activation of the ISGF3 transcription complex and subsequent antiviral responses is the target of viral pathogenesis strategies. Members of the Rubulavirus genus of the Paramyxovirus family of RNA viruses have acquired the ability to specifically target either STAT1 or STAT2 for proteolytic degradation as a countermeasure for evading IFN responses. While type II human parainfluenza virus induces STAT2 degradation, simian virus 5 induces STAT1 degradation. The components of the IFN signaling system that are required for STAT protein degradation by these paramyxoviruses have been investigated in a series of human somatic cell lines deficient in IFN signaling proteins. Results indicate that neither the IFN-alpha/beta receptor, the tyrosine kinases Jak1 or Tyk2, nor the ISGF3 DNA-binding subunit, IFN regulatory factor 9 (IRF9), is required for STAT protein degradation induced by either virus. Nonetheless, both STAT1 and STAT2 are strictly required in the host cell to establish a degradation-permissive environment enabling both viruses to target their respective STAT protein. Complementation studies reveal that STAT protein-activating tyrosine phosphorylation and functional src homology 2 (SH2) domains are dispensable for creating a permissive STAT degradation environment in degradation-incompetent cells, but the N terminus of the missing STAT protein is essential. Protein-protein interaction analysis indicates that V and STAT proteins interact physically in vitro and in vivo. These results constitute genetic and biochemical evidence supporting a virus-induced, IFN-independent STAT protein degradation complex that contains at least STAT1 and STAT2.

  11. Genotype, viral load and age as independent predictors of treatment outcome of interferon-alpha 2a treatment in patients with chronic hepatitis C. Construct group.

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    Bell, H; Hellum, K; Harthug, S; Maeland, A; Ritland, S; Myrvang, B; von der Lippe, B; Raknerud, N; Skaug, K; Gutigard, B G; Skjaerven, R; Prescott, L E; Simmonds, P

    1997-01-01

    Patients with chronic hepatitis C respond differently when treated with interferon. We randomized 116 patients with chronic hepatitis C in order to compare two dosage regimens of recombinant interferon alpha 2a:3 MIU x 3 per week for 6 months (arm A) or 6 MIU x 3 per week for 3 months and then 3 MIU x 3 per week for 3 months (arm B). There were no significant differences concerning outcome between the two dose regimens: sustained clearance of HCV viremia 6 months after the end of treatment was obtained in 12/59 (20%) in group A compared with 18/57 (32%) in group B (p = 0.24). In patients with genotype 1a, 4/31 (13%), in genotype 1b, none of 9 (0%), 9/15 (60%) in genotype 2, and 17/58 (29%) in genotype 3, showed sustained clearance of HCV viremia 6 months after the end of treatment (p = 0.002). In a stepwise logistic regression analysis, only pretreatment viral load (p = 0.0001), genotype (p = 0.001) and age (p = 0.04) were identified as independent predictors of sustained clearance of HCV viremia. Liver histology as assessed by Knodell index was significantly improved in patients with sustained HCV RNA response 6 months after the end of treatment (5.2 +/- 2.2 vs 2.6 +/- 2.2, p < 0.001), but not in responders with relapse or in non-responders. In conclusion, stepwise logistic regression analysis showed that viral load, HCV genotype and age were the only independent predictors for sustained HCV RNA response.

  12. The combination of arsenic, interferon-alpha, and zidovudine restores an “immunocompetent-like” cytokine expression profile in patients with adult T-cell leukemia lymphoma

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    2013-01-01

    Background HTLV-I associated adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATL) carries a dismal prognosis due to chemo-resistance and immuno-compromised micro-environment. The combination of zidovudine and interferon-alpha (IFN) significantly improved survival in ATL. Promising results were reported by adding arsenic trioxide to zidovudine and IFN. Results Here we assessed Th1/Th2/Treg cytokine gene expression profiles in 16 ATL patients before and 30 days after treatment with arsenic/IFN/zidovudine, in comparison with HTLV-I healthy carriers and sero-negative blood donors. ATL patients at diagnosis displayed a Treg/Th2 cytokine profile with significantly elevated transcript levels of Foxp3, interleukin-10 (IL-10), and IL-4 and had a reduced Th1 profile evidenced by decreased transcript levels of interferon-γ (IFN-γ) and IL-2. Most patients (15/16) responded, with CD4+CD25+ cells significantly decreasing after therapy, paralleled by decreases in Foxp3 transcript. Importantly, arsenic/IFN/zidovudine therapy sharply diminished IL-10 transcript and serum levels concomittant with decrease in IL-4 and increases in IFN-γ and IL-2 mRNA, whether or not values were adjusted to the percentage of CD4+CD25+ cells. Finally, IL-10 transcript level negatively correlated with clinical response at Day 30. Conclusions The observed shift from a Treg/Th2 phenotype before treatment toward a Th1 phenotype after treatment with arsenic/IFN/zidovudine may play an important role in restoring an immuno-competent micro-environment, which enhances the eradication of ATL cells and the prevention of opportunistic infections. PMID:23962110

  13. The combination of arsenic, interferon-alpha, and zidovudine restores an "immunocompetent-like" cytokine expression profile in patients with adult T-cell leukemia lymphoma.

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    Kchour, Ghada; Rezaee, Rahim; Farid, Reza; Ghantous, Akram; Rafatpanah, Houshang; Tarhini, Mahdi; Kooshyar, Mohamad-Mehdi; El Hajj, Hiba; Berry, Fadwa; Mortada, Mohamad; Nasser, Roudaina; Shirdel, Abbas; Dassouki, Zeina; Ezzedine, Mohamad; Rahimi, Hossein; Ghavamzadeh, Ardeshir; de Thé, Hugues; Hermine, Olivier; Mahmoudi, Mahmoud; Bazarbachi, Ali

    2013-08-20

    HTLV-I associated adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATL) carries a dismal prognosis due to chemo-resistance and immuno-compromised micro-environment. The combination of zidovudine and interferon-alpha (IFN) significantly improved survival in ATL. Promising results were reported by adding arsenic trioxide to zidovudine and IFN. Here we assessed Th1/Th2/T(reg) cytokine gene expression profiles in 16 ATL patients before and 30 days after treatment with arsenic/IFN/zidovudine, in comparison with HTLV-I healthy carriers and sero-negative blood donors. ATL patients at diagnosis displayed a T(reg)/Th2 cytokine profile with significantly elevated transcript levels of Foxp3, interleukin-10 (IL-10), and IL-4 and had a reduced Th1 profile evidenced by decreased transcript levels of interferon-γ (IFN-γ) and IL-2. Most patients (15/16) responded, with CD4⁺CD25⁺ cells significantly decreasing after therapy, paralleled by decreases in Foxp3 transcript. Importantly, arsenic/IFN/zidovudine therapy sharply diminished IL-10 transcript and serum levels concomittant with decrease in IL-4 and increases in IFN-γ and IL-2 mRNA, whether or not values were adjusted to the percentage of CD4⁺CD25⁺ cells. Finally, IL-10 transcript level negatively correlated with clinical response at Day 30. The observed shift from a T(reg)/Th2 phenotype before treatment toward a Th1 phenotype after treatment with arsenic/IFN/zidovudine may play an important role in restoring an immuno-competent micro-environment, which enhances the eradication of ATL cells and the prevention of opportunistic infections.

  14. Genetic analysis of the pathogenic molecular sub-phenotype interferon-alpha identifies multiple novel loci involved in systemic lupus erythematosus.

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    Kariuki, S N; Ghodke-Puranik, Y; Dorschner, J M; Chrabot, B S; Kelly, J A; Tsao, B P; Kimberly, R P; Alarcón-Riquelme, M E; Jacob, C O; Criswell, L A; Sivils, K L; Langefeld, C D; Harley, J B; Skol, A D; Niewold, T B

    2015-01-01

    Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic autoimmune disorder characterized by inflammation of multiple organ systems and dysregulated interferon responses. SLE is both genetically and phenotypically heterogeneous, greatly reducing the power of case-control studies in SLE. Elevated circulating interferon-alpha (IFN-α) is a stable, heritable trait in SLE, which has been implicated in primary disease pathogenesis. About 40-50% of patients have high IFN-α, and high levels correspond with clinical differences. To study genetic heterogeneity in SLE, we performed a case-case study comparing patients with high vs low IFN-α in over 1550 SLE cases, including genome-wide association study and replication cohorts. In meta-analysis, the top associations in European ancestry were protein kinase, cyclic GMP-dependent, type I (PRKG1) rs7897633 (P(Meta) = 2.75 × 10(-8)) and purine nucleoside phosphorylase (PNP) rs1049564 (P(Meta) = 1.24 × 10(-7)). We also found evidence for cross-ancestral background associations with the ankyrin repeat domain 44 (ANKRD44) and pleckstrin homology domain containing, family F member 2 gene (PLEKHF2) loci. These loci have not been previously identified in case-control SLE genetic studies. Bioinformatic analyses implicated these loci functionally in dendritic cells and natural killer cells, both of which are involved in IFN-α production in SLE. As case-control studies of heterogeneous diseases reach a limit of feasibility with respect to subject number and detectable effect size, the study of informative pathogenic sub-phenotypes becomes an attractive strategy for genetic discovery in complex disease.

  15. [Chemo-/immunotherapy in advanced malignant melanoma: carboplatin and DTIC or cisplatin, dtic, bcnu and tamoxifen followed by immunotherapy with interleukin 2 and interferon alpha-2a].

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    Kirchner, H H; Atzpodien, J; Poliwoda, H

    1996-04-12

    Polychemotherapy and immunomodulating treatment using IL-2 and/or IFN-alpha produce objective responses in a proportion of advanced malignant melanoma patients. In 2 consecutive phase II trials in a total of 85 patients, we assessed the potential synergism between both modalities i.e., chemo- and immunotherapy. Treatment consisted of intravenous carboplatin (CBDCA, 400 mg/m2) and dacarbazine (DTIC, 750 mg/m2) given twice at a 3-week interval, or 4 cycles of DTIC (220 mg/m2 i.v. x 3 days), cisplatin (DDP 35 mg/m2 i.v. x 3 days), carmustine (BCNU 150 mg/m2 i.v., cycles 1 and 3) and tamoxifen (TAM 20 mg/per os x 5 days) at a 3-week interval. Chemotherapy was followed by immunotherapy with combined subcutaneous interleukin-2 and (rIL-2) and s.c. interferon-alpha 2a (rIFN-alpha). Among 40 patients who received a full cycle of chemotherapy with CBDCA/DTIC and sequential immunotherapy, there were 3 (7.5%) complete remissions (CR) with durations of 13 to 26+ months. Partial remissions (PR) were noted in 11 (27.5%) patients with a median response duration of 8 (range 5 to 14) months. Among 45 patients who received DTIC/DDC/DDP/BCNU and TAM and sequential rIL-2/rIFN-alpha 2a there were 5 (11%) complete remissions and 17 (38%) partial remissions. Duration of complete and partial remissions ranged from 8+ to 24+ months (median 12+) and 5+ to 17 months (median 8+), respectively. Chemotherapy produced mostly moderate toxicity. Thrombocytopenia was common with the nadir after a median time of 17 days following start of the chemotherapy. 19 patients required transfusion of thrombocytes. Nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy were well tolerated using concomitant ondansetrone (8 mg i.v.). Immunotherapy was self-administered at home with mild to moderate side-effects; malaise, fever, chills, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia and arthralgias were most frequent (70% to 100%), but spontaneously reversible after ending the immunotherapy. A mean of 87% (trial I) to 89% (trial II) of

  16. Clinical outcome of combined immunotherapy with interferon-alpha and low-dose interleukine-2 for Japanese patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma.

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    Miyake, Hideaki; Kurahashi, Toshifumi; Takenaka, Atsushi; Inoue, Taka-aki; Fujisawa, Masato

    2009-01-01

    The objective of this study was to retrospectively investigate clinical outcomes of combined immunotherapy with interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha) and low-dose interleukin-2 (IL-2) in Japanese patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC). This study included a total of 52 patients with metastatic RCC who were treated by combined immunotherapy with IFN-alpha and low-dose IL-2 following radical nephrectomy. These patients received a subcutaneous injection of IFN-alpha (5 to 6 million U/d) three times per week and intravenous injection of IL-2 (1.4 million U/d) twice per week. Tumor response was evaluated every 16 weeks, and as a rule, this weekly regimen was repeated 50 times in patients with evidence of objective response or stable disease. In this series, complete response and partial response were achieved in 1 and 11 patients, respectively; however, the remaining 20 and 20 patients were diagnosed as showing stable disease and progressive disease, respectively. Of several parameters examined, presence of metastases at diagnosis and C-reactive protein (CRP) level were significantly associated with response to this combined therapy. The 1-, 3-, and 5-year cancer-specific survival rates of these 52 patients were 80.4%, 51.7%, and 38.8%, respectively. Furthermore, cancer-specific survival was significantly associated with performance status, presence of metastases at diagnosis, metastatic organ and CRP level on univariate analysis; however, only performance status and presence of metastases at diagnosis appeared to be independent predictors of cancer-specific death by multivariate analysis. Toxicities related to this therapy were generally mild and tolerable, limited to World Health Organization (WHO) grade 1 or 2 in the majority of patients. Collectively, these findings suggest that combined immunotherapy with IFN-alpha and low-dose IL-2 could achieve comparatively acceptable oncological outcomes in patients with metastatic RCC; however, other therapeutic options

  17. Interferon-alpha-induced inflammation is associated with reduced glucocorticoid negative feedback sensitivity and depression in patients with hepatitis C virus.

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    Felger, Jennifer C; Haroon, Ebrahim; Woolwine, Bobbi J; Raison, Charles L; Miller, Andrew H

    2016-11-01

    Major medical illnesses are associated with increased risk for depression and alterations in hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis function. Pathophysiological processes such as inflammation that occur as a part of medical illnesses and their treatments have been shown to cause depressive symptoms, and may also affect the HPA axis. We previously reported that patients with hepatitis C virus chronically administered interferon (IFN)-alpha develop increased evening plasma cortisol concentrations and a flattened diurnal cortisol slope, which correlated with increased tumor necrosis factor (TNF) and its soluble receptor 2 (sTNFR2). Increased TNF and sTNFR2 were further correlated with depression and fatigue scores. The current study examined whether flattened cortisol slope might be secondary to reduced glucocorticoid receptor (GR) sensitivity, by measuring glucocorticoid negative feedback to dexamethasone (DEX) administration followed by corticotropin releasing hormone (CRH) challenge. In an exploratory analysis, 28 male and female patients with hepatitis C virus were studied at baseline (Visit 1) and after 12weeks (Visit 2) of either IFN-alpha plus ribavirin (n=17) or no treatment (n=11). Patients underwent dexamethasone DEX-CRH challenge, neuropsychiatric assessments, and measurement of plasma TNF and sTNFR2 during each visit. IFN-alpha did not affect neuroendocrine responses following CRH but did increase post-DEX cortisol, which was correlated with flattening of the diurnal cortisol slope (r=0.57, p=0.002) and with increased depression scores (r=0.38, p=0.047). Furthermore, the change in post-DEX cortisol was associated with IFN-alpha-induced increase in sTNFR2 (r=0.51, p=006), which was in turn correlated with depression (r=0.63, p<0.001) and fatigue (r=0.51, p=0.005) scores. Whereas the relationship between sTNFR2 and depression scores were independent of the change in post-DEX cortisol, the correlation between post-DEX cortisol and depression scores was not

  18. Role of endogenous alpha/beta interferon in the selection of virus nonproducer Friend leukemia cells after serial intraperitoneal passages in syngeneic mice.

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    Ferrantini, M; Belardelli, F; Locardi, C

    1988-01-01

    Serial intraperitoneal passage of interferon (IFN)-sensitive Friend leukemia cells (FLCs) and L1210-S and RBL-5 tumor cells in syngeneic mice resulted in the selection of tumor cells exhibiting a marked decrease in the capacity to release reverse transcriptase (RT) activity. The virus nonproducer phenotype was a stable characteristic of clones derived from in vivo-passaged IFN-sensitive 745 FLCs. In contrast, in vivo passages of IFN-resistant 3Cl-8 FLCs and L1210-R cells did not result in any significant decrease in the capacity of these tumor cells to release in vitro RT activity. Although in vitro treatment of IFN-sensitive FLCs with mouse alpha/beta IFN (IFN-alpha/beta) for 1 or 10 passages resulted in a marked inhibition in the release of RT activity, these effects were completely reversible after removal of IFN from the culture medium. In addition, in vitro treatment of 745 FLCs with IFN resulted in a marked increase in the expression of H-2 (class I) and gp70 Friend virus antigens on the cell membrane. These effects were not observed in IFN-resistant 3Cl-8 cells. To investigate the possible role of endogenous IFN in the in vivo selection of virus nonproducer tumor cells, IFN-sensitive virus producer FLCs were serially passaged intraperitoneally in mice treated with antibodies to IFN-alpha/beta and in control mice, and the recovered tumor cells were cloned in vitro. Most (83 to 91%) of the clones derived from 745 cells recovered from control mice did not produce any detectable RT activity in the culture supernatants. In contrast, 96% of the clones (26 of 27) derived from 745 cells recovered from mice serially treated with antibodies to IFN-alpha/beta were still capable of releasing high levels of RT activity in the culture medium, indicating that endogenous IFN-alpha/beta was indeed an important host component for the in vivo selection of virus nonproducer tumor cell variants. The results reported in this article indicate that both direct effects of IFN on

  19. Role of interferon {alpha} (IFN{alpha})-inducible Schlafen-5 in regulation of anchorage-independent growth and invasion of malignant melanoma cells.

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    Katsoulidis, Efstratios; Mavrommatis, Evangelos; Woodard, Jennifer; Shields, Mario A; Sassano, Antonella; Carayol, Nathalie; Sawicki, Konrad T; Munshi, Hidayatullah G; Platanias, Leonidas C

    2010-12-17

    IFNα exerts potent inhibitory activities against malignant melanoma cells in vitro and in vivo, but the mechanisms by which it generates its antitumor effects remain unknown. We examined the effects of interferon α (IFNα) on the expression of human members of the Schlafen (SLFN) family of genes, a group of cell cycle regulators that mediate growth-inhibitory responses. Using quantitative RT-real time PCR, we found detectable basal expression of all the different human SLFN genes examined (SLFN5, SLFN11, SLFN12, SLFN13, and SLFN14), in malignant melanoma cells and primary normal human melanocytes, but SLFN5 basal expression was suppressed in all analyzed melanoma cell lines. Treatment of melanoma cells with IFNα resulted in induction of expression of SLFN5 in malignant cells, suggesting a potential involvement of this gene in the antitumor effects of IFNα. Importantly, stable knockdown of SLFN5 in malignant melanoma cells resulted in increased anchorage-independent growth, as evidenced by enhanced colony formation in soft agar assays. Moreover, SLFN5 knockdown also resulted in increased invasion in three-dimensional collagen, suggesting a dual role for SLFN5 in the regulation of invasion and anchorage-independent growth of melanoma cells. Altogether, our findings suggest an important role for the SLFN family of proteins in the generation of the anti-melanoma effects of IFNα and for the first time directly implicate a member of the human SLFN family in the regulation of cell invasion.

  20. Low-dose natural human interferon-alpha lozenges in the treatment of Behçet's syndrome.

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    Kiliç, Hasan; Zeytin, Hasan E; Korkmaz, Cengiz; Mat, Cem; Gül, Ahmet; Coşan, Fulya; Dinç, Ayhan; Simşek, Ismail; Süt, Necdet; Yazici, Hasan

    2009-11-01

    There had been evidence that low-dose local IFN could be beneficial in the management of recurrent oral ulcers (OUs). We investigated the efficacy and collected initial data on the safety of low-dose natural human IFN-alpha administered by the oral mucosal route in Behçet's syndrome (BS) in a placebo controlled, double blind study. Eighty-four (59 males and 25 females) patients with BS with mainly skin mucosa disease and a history of recurrent OU for > or = 1 year were studied. When they had at least two OUs with a total diameter of > or = 4 mm, they were randomly allocated to (i) 2000 IFN-alpha IU/day, (ii) 1000 IFN-alpha IU/day and (iii) placebo groups. Subjects were monitored weekly over an initial 4 weeks and bi-weekly for an additional 8 weeks of treatment. OU were counted and measured at each study visit. The primary efficacy end point was the difference in the total ulcer burden at Week 0 compared with that at Week 12. Out of the 84 patients enrolled, 72 completed the trial. There were no statistically significant differences between the treatment arms in terms of the primary endpoint. Low-dose natural human IFN-alpha did not have beneficial effects on reducing the total ulcer burden among BS patients from Turkey. The study also showed that counting the number of ulcers rather than measuring the size would be adequate in future studies. ClinicalTrials.gov, NCT00483184, http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/results?term=NCT00483184.

  1. Role of Schlafen 2 (SLFN2) in the generation of interferon alpha-induced growth inhibitory responses.

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    Katsoulidis, Efstratios; Carayol, Nathalie; Woodard, Jennifer; Konieczna, Iwona; Majchrzak-Kita, Beata; Jordan, Alison; Sassano, Antonella; Eklund, Elizabeth A; Fish, Eleanor N; Platanias, Leonidas C

    2009-09-11

    The precise STAT-regulated gene targets that inhibit cell growth and generate the antitumor effects of Type I interferons (IFNs) remain unknown. We provide evidence that Type I IFNs regulate expression of Schlafens (SLFNs), a group of genes involved in the control of cell cycle progression and growth inhibitory responses. Using cells with targeted disruption of different STAT proteins and/or the p38 MAP kinase, we demonstrate that the IFN-dependent expression of distinct Schlafen genes is differentially regulated by STAT complexes and the p38 MAP kinase pathway. We also provide evidence for a key functional role of a member of the SLFN family, SLFN2, in the induction of the growth-suppressive effects of IFNs. This is shown in studies demonstrating that knockdown of SLFN2 enhances hematopoietic progenitor colony formation and reverses the growth-suppressive effects of IFNalpha on normal hematopoietic progenitors. Importantly, NIH3T3 or L929 cells with stable knockdown of SLFN2 form more colonies in soft agar, implicating this protein in the regulation of anchorage-independent growth. Altogether, our data implicate SLFN2 as a negative regulator of the metastatic and growth potential of malignant cells and strongly suggest a role for the SLFN family of proteins in the generation of the antiproliferative effects of Type I IFNs.

  2. Monocyte-derived interferon-alpha primed dendritic cells in the pathogenesis of psoriasis: new pieces in the puzzle.

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    Farkas, Arpád; Kemény, Lajos

    2012-06-01

    Psoriasis is a common chronic inflammatory skin disorder with serious clinical, psychosocial, and economic consequences. There is much evidence that different dendritic cell (DC) subsets, various proinflammatory cytokines and Toll-like receptors (TLRs) have a central role in the pathogenesis of the disease. One of the early events in psoriatic inflammation is the secretion of interferon (IFN)-α by activated plasmacytoid DCs, a special DC subset present in symptomless psoriatic skin. Secreted IFN-α along with other proinflammatory cytokines can lead to monocyte-derived DC (moDC) development, which might contribute to T-helper (Th)1 and Th17 lymphocyte differentiation/activation and to keratinocyte proliferation. Recently it was proven that interleukin (IL)-12 and IL-23 play a critical role in this process. Additionally in psoriatic lesions, Th1 and Th17 lympocytes can interact with monocytes and instruct these cells to differentiate into Th1- and Th17-promoting moDCs, further governing the formation and function of specialized moDC subsets. The concept we present here focuses on the initial and central role of IFN-α, on the importance of other proinflammatory cytokines, on TLR stimulation and on the effect of T lymphocytes in priming moDCs, which may play an important role in initiating and maintaining psoriasis.

  3. Role of the Alpha/Beta Interferon Response in the Acquisition of Susceptibility to Poliovirus by Kidney Cells in Culture

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    Yoshikawa, Tomoki; Iwasaki, Takuya; Ida-Hosonuma, Miki; Yoneyama, Mitsutoshi; Fujita, Takashi; Horie, Hitoshi; Miyazawa, Miwako; Abe, Shinobu; Simizu, Bunsiti; Koike, Satoshi

    2006-01-01

    Replication of poliovirus (PV) is restricted to a few sites, including the brain and spinal cord. However, this neurotropism is not conserved in cultured cells. Monkey kidney cells become susceptible to PV infection after cultivation in vitro, and cell lines of monolayer cultures from almost any tissue of primates are susceptible to PV infection. These observations suggest that cellular changes during cultivation are required for acquisition of susceptibility. The molecular basis for the cellular changes during this process is not known. We investigated the relationship between PV susceptibility and interferon (IFN) response in primary cultured kidney and liver cells derived from transgenic mice expressing human PV receptor and in several primate cell lines. Both kidneys and liver in vivo showed rapid IFN response within 6 h postinfection. However, monkey and mouse kidney cells in culture and primate cell lines, which were susceptible to PV, did not show such rapid response or showed no response at all. On the other hand, primary cultured liver cells, which were partially resistant to infection, showed rapid IFN induction. The loss of IFN inducibility in kidney cells was associated with a decrease in expression of IFN-stimulated genes involved in IFN response. Mouse kidney cells pretreated with a small dose of IFN, in turn, restored IFN inducibility and resistance to PV. These results strongly suggest that the cells in culture acquire PV susceptibility during the process of cultivation by losing rapid IFN response that has been normally maintained in extraneural tissues in vivo. PMID:16611890

  4. Successful interferon-alpha 2b therapy for unremitting warts in a patient with DOCK8 deficiency.

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    Al-Zahrani, Daifulah; Raddadi, Ali; Massaad, Michel; Keles, Sevgi; Jabara, Haifa H; Chatila, Talal A; Geha, Raif

    2014-07-01

    The autosomal recessive form of the Hyper IgE syndrome (AR-HIES) with dedicator of cytokinesis 8 (DOCK8) deficiency is associated with difficult to treat persistent viral skin infections, including papilloma virus infection. Type I interferons play an important role in the defense against viruses. We examined the effect of therapy with IFN-α 2b in an 11-year old boy with DOCK8 deficiency due to a homozygous splice donor site mutation in DOCK8 intron 40. His unremitting warts showed dramatic response to IFN-α 2b therapy. Immunological studies revealed decreased circulating plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs) and profound deficiency of IFN-α production by his peripheral blood mononuclear cells in response to treatment with CpG oligonucleotides. These findings indicate that underlying pDC deficiency and impaired IFN-α production may predispose to chronic viral infections in DOCK8 deficiency. IFN-α 2b therapy maybe useful in controlling recalcitrant viral infections in these patients. Copyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  5. [High-dose interferon alpha in treatment of patients with malignant melanoma, monitoring of predictive and prognostic biomarkers].

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    Vanásková, J; Grim, J; Kopecký, J; Kubala, E; Filip, S

    2011-01-01

    The incidence of malignant melanoma is increasing by about 2-5% per year, exceeding an incidence of all other tumors. Adjuvant immunotherapy with high-dose interferon (HDI) as per the ECOG 1684 trial Kirkwood's schema is still recommended as a standard. HDI should be started within 60 days after a surgical procedure. Meaningful adjuvant immunotherapy is based on radical surgical excision, an investigation of the sentinel node and regional lymph node dissection, if indicated. Current research aims to utilize routinely usable biomarkers in order to define patients who would explicitly profit from HDI. The authors present a review of HDI trials, focusing on the management of adverse effects of HDI and on biomarkers. This review also discusses the initial own experiences at the Oncology Centre in Hradec Králové. Malignant melanoma is a very immunogenic tumour. Immunotherapy with HDI is considered to be the only therapeutic modality so far that has been proven to prolong relapse-free survival and overall survival (in short-time criterion) in adjuvant setting. However, the results of these trials are inconsistent and particular biomarkers of therapeutic response have not been defined yet.

  6. The correlations among serum tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) and sialic acids with peripheral lymphocytes in bovine tropical theileriosis.

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    Razavi, Seyed Mostafa; Nazifi, Saeed; Emadi, Mahboobeh; Rakhshandehroo, Ehsan

    2010-10-01

    The infection with protozoan parasite Theileria annulata induces changes triggering the activation and/or proliferation of the host lymphocytes. In order to find out the possible correlations among peripheral circulatory lymphocytes, cytokine activities and the level of sialic acids, 50 dairy Holstein cattle, naturally infected with T. annulata, were divided into 4 subgroups according to their parasitemia rates (<1%, 1-3%, 3-5% and >5%). Also, ten non-infected cattle were sampled as control group. Blood samples were taken from jugular vein into acid citrate dextrose-containing tubes for measuring hematological parameters and B and T (CD(4) and CD(8)) cell populations and without anticoagulant for TNF-alpha, IFN-gamma and sialic acid concentrations. Remarkable decreases observed in red blood cells (RBCs), white blood cells (WBCs) and packed cell volume (PCV) in infected cattle compared to healthy ones (P < 0.05). Also, with increase in parasitemia rate, total lymphocytes and monocytes alleviated in the diseased groups. By contrast, total neutrohpils and the concentrations of TNF-alpha, IFN-gamma and total sialic acids were significantly elevated (P < 0.05) in infected animals. Accordingly, the circulatory populations of CD(4) and CD(8) T cells and B cells showed a substantial decrease, while a significant increase was observed in T (CD(4) and CD(8)) cells in cattle infected with <1% parasitemia rates. Decreased circulatory T cell population shows the ineffective responses of T cells to the stimulatory cytokines such as IFN-gamma or TNF-alpha. On the other hand, the elevation of cytokines (particularly IFN-gamma) and sialic acids have presumably an inhibitory role on circulatory B cell population in infected cattle. In addition, a high level of sialic acid concentration indicates the probable role of sialic acid to regulate the parasite-host cell adhesion during sporozoites invasion.

  7. Synergistic induction of CXCL10 by interferon-gamma and lymphotoxin-alpha in astrocytes: Possible role in cerebral malaria.

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    Bakmiwewa, Supun M; Weiser, Silvia; Grey, Meredith; Heng, Benjamin; Guillemin, Gilles J; Ball, Helen J; Hunt, Nicholas H

    2016-02-01

    Cerebral malaria (CM) has a high mortality rate and incidence of neurological sequelae in survivors. Hypoxia and cytokine expression in the brain are two mechanisms thought to contribute to the pathogenesis of CM. The cytokines interferon (IFN)-γ and lymphotoxin (LT)-α and the chemokine CXCL10 are essential for the development of CM in a mouse model. Furthermore, serum IFN-γ protein levels are higher in human CM than in controls, and CXCL10 is elevated in both serum and cerebrospinal fluid in Ghanaian paediatric CM cases. Astrocytes actively participate in CNS pathologies, becoming activated in response to various stimuli including cytokines. Astrocyte activation also occurs in murine and human CM. We here determined the responsiveness of mouse and human astrocytes to IFN-γ and LT-α, with the aim of further elucidating the role of astrocytes in CM pathogenesis. Initially we confirmed that Ifn-γ and Cxcl10 are expressed in the brain in murine CM, and that the increased Cxcl10 expression is IFN-γ-dependant. IFN-γ induced CXCL10 production in human and murine astrocytes in vitro. The degree of induction was increased synergistically in the presence of LT-α. IFN-γ induced the expression of receptors for LT-α, while LT-α increased the expression of the receptor for IFN-γ, in the astrocytes. This cross-induction may explain the synergistic effect of the two cytokines on CXCL10 production. Expression of these receptors also was upregulated in the brain in murine CM. The results suggest that astrocytes contribute to CM pathogenesis by producing CXCL10 in response to IFN-γ and LT-α. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Molecular stress response in the CNS of mice after systemic exposureto interferon-alpha, ionizing radiation and ketamine

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    Lowe, Xiu R.; Marchetti, Francesco; Lu, Xiaochen; Wyrobek, Andrew J.

    2009-03-03

    We previously showed that the expression of troponin T1 (Tnnt 1) was induced in the central nervous system (CNS) of adultmice 30 min after treatment with ketamine, a glutamate N-methyl-D-aspartic acid (NMDA) receptor antagonist. We hypothesized that Tnnt 1 expression may be an early molecular biomarker of stress response in the CNS of mice. To further evaluate this hypothesis, we investigated the regional expression of Tnnt 1 in the mouse brain using RNA in situ hybridization 4 h after systemic exposure to interferon-a (IFN-a) and gamma ionizing radiation, both of which have be associated with wide ranges of neuropsychiatric complications. Adult B6C3F1 male mice were treated with either human IFN-a (a single i.p. injection at 1 x 105 IU/kg) or whole body gamma-radiation (10 cGy or 2 Gy). Patterns of Tnnt 1 transcript expression were compared in various CNS regions after IFN-a, radiation and ketamine treatments (previous study). Tnnt 1 expression was consistently induced in pyramidal neurons of cerebral cortex and hippocampus after all treatment regimens including 10 cGy of ionizing radiation. Regional expression of Tnnt 1 was induced in Purkinje cells of cerebellum after ionizing radiation and ketamine treatment; but not after IFN-a treatment. None of the three treatments induced Tnnt 1 expression in glial cells. The patterns of Tnnt 1 expression in pyramidal neurons of cerebral cortex andhippocampus, which are both known to play important roles in cognitive function, memory and emotion, suggest that the expression of Tnnt 1 may be an early molecular biomarker of induced CNS stress.

  9. Oligonucleotide motifs that disappear during the evolution of influenza virus in humans increase alpha interferon secretion by plasmacytoid dendritic cells.

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    Jimenez-Baranda, Sonia; Greenbaum, Benjamin; Manches, Olivier; Handler, Jesse; Rabadán, Raúl; Levine, Arnold; Bhardwaj, Nina

    2011-04-01

    CpG motifs in an A/U context have been preferentially eliminated from classical H1N1 influenza virus genomes during virus evolution in humans. The hypothesis of the current work is that CpG motifs in a uracil context represent sequence patterns with the capacity to induce an immune response, and the avoidance of this immunostimulatory signal is the reason for the observed preferential decline. To analyze the immunogenicity of these domains, we used plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs). pDCs express pattern recognition receptors, including Toll-like receptor 7 (TLR7), which recognizes guanosine- and uridine-rich viral single-stranded RNA (ssRNA), including influenza virus ssRNA. The signaling through TLR7 results in the induction of inflammatory cytokines and type I interferon (IFN-I), an essential process for the induction of specific adaptive immune responses and for mounting a robust antiviral response mediated by IFN-α. Secretion of IFN-α is also linked to the activation of other immune cells, potentially amplifying the effect of an initial IFN-α secretion. We therefore also examined the role of IFN-α-driven activation of NK cells as another source of selective pressure on the viral genome. We found direct evidence that CpG RNA motifs in a U-rich context control pDC activation and IFN-α-driven activation of NK cells, likely through TLR7. These data provide a potential explanation for the loss of CpG motifs from avian influenza viruses as they adapt to mammalian hosts. The selective decrease of CpG motifs surrounded by U/A may be a viral strategy to avoid immune recognition, a strategy likely shared by highly expressed human immune genes.

  10. Evaluation of the effects of omega-3 & interferon alpha-2b administration on partial bladder outlet obstruction in a rat model

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    Firat, Fatih; Uluocak, Nihat; Erdemir, Fikret; Atilgan, Dogan; Markoc, Fatma; Parlaktas, Bekir Suha; Yasar, Adem

    2016-01-01

    Background & objectives: In bladder outlet obstruction-induced rat models, the transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β) and collagen ratios have been shown to be increased. Increased TGF-β leads to fibrosis. In this study, the effect of omega-3 and interferon alpha-2b (IFN α-2b) was investigated on oxidative stress, inflammation and fibrosis in bladder structure in a partial bladder outlet obstruction (PBOO) rat model. Methods: A total of 35 male Wistar albino rats, weighing 300-350 g, were used in the study. The rats were randomly divided into five groups. At the end of the experimental period, bladders were harvested from all the rats, and pathological analysis of the rat bladder tissues was performed. In addition, investigations were carried out with enzymatic and non-enzymatic antioxidant systems to study the antioxidant properties of omega-3 fatty acid and IFN alpha-2b. Results: Increased bladder weight in the PBOO group, in comparison to the control group, was decreased by the administration of omega-3 and IFN α-2b (P=0.002). Significantly higher superoxide dismutase (SOD) levels were detected in group 2 in comparison to the control group. It was also detected that serum SOD, glutathione peroxidase and nitric oxide (NO) levels were significantly higher in group 2 when compared to the control group (P<0.05). In the pathologic evaluation, group 2 showed significantly increased inflammation and fibrosis compared to the control group. Omega-3 treatment significantly decreased inflammation. It was shown that IFN α-2b application partially decreased inflammation. Interpretation & conclusions: The results of the present study showed that in addition to the standard primary approaches to prevent the damage to the upper urinary tract secondary to PBOO, omega-3 fatty acid and IFN α-2b could be beneficial as adjunct treatment in clinical practice. However, this needs to be further investigated with prospective, randomized clinical trials with larger sample sizes

  11. The use of differential staining of sister chromatid to estimate the in vitro effect of human alpha interferon on cell division in normal and tumour cells.

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    Georgian, L; Moraru, I; Ghyka, G; Savi, I; Călugăru, A

    1986-01-01

    Concentration of 10, 100 and 1000 I.U./ml of human leukocyte alpha interferon (IFN) were added into peripheral human blood (PBL) cultures and in KB cell cultures in the presence of 5-bromdeoxyuridine (BrdU) at 10 micrograms/ml. After 72 hours the differential staining of sister chromatid (harlequin) technique was applied in order to differentiate among the metaphases of successive cell generations occurring in the presence of IFN. The frequency of the first (M1), second (M2) and third (M3) metaphases was recorded and the replication index (RI) as well as the average generation time (AGT) was calculated for untreated controls and for each of the IFN concentrations used, both in the blood cultures and in the KB cells. In the PBL cultures a clear dose-related inhibitory effect of IFN on cell division was observed, the RI values being lessened whereas the AGT concomitantly increased by increasing the IFN concentrations. An increase in M1 metaphase frequency was observed concomitantly with a diminished number of M3 cells. In KB cells the division kinetics was not influenced by IFN as indicated by similar RI and AGT values observed in controls and in IFN treated cells. However, the frequencies of both M1 and M3 cells were slightly diminished concomitantly with a discrete augmentation of M2 cell number. The differential staining of sister chromatid thus proved a highly useful technique to investigate the different sensitivity of the normal and malignant cells to the growth inhibitory effect induced by alpha IFN in vitro.

  12. Detecting the replication of the hepatitis B virus using the ImmunoMax technique following treatment with interferon-alpha in children with chronic hepatitis.

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    Kasprzak, Aldona; Wysocki, Jacek; Zabel, Maciej; Surdyk-Zasada, Joanna

    2002-01-01

    Children with HBV in Poland are treated with preparations of interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha). The continuing lack of complete response to this type of anti-viral therapy remains to be explained. The application of cell biology techniques to identify the viral components in situ makes it possible to clarify the association between the distribution of the virus and morphological injury to the liver, the immune response of the host, and clinical symptoms in the natural course of infection. Our study was intended to evaluate HBV expression in liver biopsies taken an average of two years after completion of IFN-a therapy in 10 children with serological markers of persistent HBV infection. For the immunocytochemical detection of HBcAg and for the hybridocytochemical detection of HBV-DNA, the avidin-biotin-peroxidase (ABC) technique was employed, as well as classical in situ hybridization, both additionally amplified using the ImmunoMax technique. HBcAg and HBV-DNA levels were estimated using a semiquantitative technique. Our study demonstrated persistent active replication of HBV in the liver in all examined children. A mixed pattern of HBcAg localization prevailed (noted in cell nuclei, cytoplasm and cell membranes) with a somewhat lower proportion of involved cells and a more evident membrane localization of HBcAg, as compared to results obtained before treatment. HBV-DNA was observed in the cytoplasm of a fraction of hepatocytes similar to that noted before therapy. The ImmunoMax technique was found to be highly suitable for in situ monitoring of HBV replication after termination of IFN-a treatment. Children with focal distribution of HBcAg and HBV-DNA have the potential for earlier eradication of the virus from their livers.

  13. The EBNA2-related resistance towards alpha interferon (IFN-alpha) in Burkitt's lymphoma cells effects induction of IFN-induced genes but not the activation of transcription factor ISGF-3.

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    Kanda, K; Decker, T; Aman, P; Wahlström, M; von Gabain, A; Kallin, B

    1992-01-01

    Transfection of a plasmid encoding the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) nuclear antigen 2 (EBNA2) gene confers resistance to the antiproliferative effect of alpha interferon (IFN-alpha) in EBV-negative U968 cells (P. Aman and A. von Gabain, EMBO J. 9:147-152, 1990). We studied the expression of IFN-stimulated genes (ISGs) in two pairs of Burkitt's lymphoma cell lines, differing in the expression of the putative immortalizing gene of EBV, EBNA2. In EBNA2-expressing cells, the induction of four ISGs by IFN-alpha was strongly reduced or, in some cases, abolished. Chloramphenicol acetyltransferase reporter gene constructs containing different IFN-stimulated response elements were transfected into EBNA2-negative and EBNA2-positive cells. Induction of chloramphenicol acetyltransferase activity by IFN was impaired in EBNA2-positive cells. Also, a reporter gene construct driven by an IFN-gamma-sensitive promoter element was affected. However, as revealed by gel shift assays, EBNA2-positive and EBNA2-negative cells exhibited a nearly identical pattern of IFN-stimulated response element-binding proteins. Most important, activation of the factor ISGF-3, which previously has been shown to be required and sufficient for transcriptional activation of IFN-induced genes, was not inhibited in IFN-resistant cells expressing EBNA2. The mechanism of the EBNA2-related IFN resistance seems to be distinct both from the resistance mediated by hepatitis virus and adenovirus gene products and from the IFN resistance in Daudi cell variants. In these three cases, the transcriptional block of IFN-induced genes is due to inhibition of ISGF-3 activation and binding. Our data suggest that the EBNA2-related IFN resistance in Burkitt's lymphoma cells acts downstream of the activation of ISGF-3. Images PMID:1406670

  14. Interferon-alpha, -beta and -gamma induce CXCL9 and CXCL10 secretion by human thyrocytes: modulation by peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma agonists.

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    Antonelli, Alessandro; Ferrari, Silvia Martina; Fallahi, Poupak; Ghiri, Emiliano; Crescioli, Clara; Romagnani, Paola; Vitti, Paolo; Serio, Mario; Ferrannini, Ele

    2010-06-01

    It has been hypothesized that interferon (IFN) alpha and beta cause autoimmune thyroid dysfunctions by changing the Th1/Th2 balance, but the mechanisms involved are not yet known. The aims of this study were: (a) to test the effect of IFNalpha, IFNbeta and IFNgamma on the secretion of the Th1 chemokines CXCL9 and CXCL10, in "primary cultures of human thyroid follicular cells" (TFC); (b) to assess the effect of PPARgamma activation on CXCL9 and CXCL10 secretion. In TFC, CXCL9 and CXCL10 were undetectable in the supernatant. IFNgamma, IFNalpha and IFNbeta, dose dependently induced CXCL9 and CXCL10 release. TNFalpha alone had no effect. The combination of each of the IFNs with TNFalpha had a significant synergistic effect on CXCL9 and CXCL10 secretion. Treatment of TFC with rosiglitazone dose dependently inhibited the IFNs-stimulated CXCL9 and CXCL10 release. Compared with IFNalpha and IFNbeta, IFNgamma was the most potent stimulus of CXCL9 and CXCL10 secretion. In conclusion, IFNalpha, IFNbeta, IFNgamma and TNFalpha (synergistically with IFNs) dose-dependently induce the release of CXCL9 and CXCL10 by TFC, suggesting that this process may be related, at least in part, to the appearance of thyroid dysfunction during IFNs therapy. Furthermore, PPARgamma activation partially inhibits this process.

  15. A longitudinal study evaluating the effects of interferon-alpha therapy on cognitive and psychiatric function in adults with chronic hepatitis C.

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    Huckans, Marilyn; Fuller, Bret; Wheaton, Viva; Jaehnert, Sarah; Ellis, Carilyn; Kolessar, Michael; Kriz, Daniel; Anderson, Jeanne Renee; Berggren, Kristin; Olavarria, Hannah; Sasaki, Anna W; Chang, Michael; Flora, Kenneth D; Loftis, Jennifer M

    2015-02-01

    To prospectively evaluate for changes in objective cognitive performance (attention, memory, and executive function) and psychiatric symptom severity (depression, anxiety, fatigue, and pain) in patients before, during and after interferon-alpha based therapy (IFN) for chronic hepatitis C virus infection (HCV). 33 HCV+ adults were evaluated two months before IFN initiation (baseline), three months into IFN, and six months following IFN termination (IFN+ Group). 31 HCV+ adults who did not undergo IFN therapy were evaluated at baseline and six months later (IFN- Group). At each evaluation, participants completed the Neuropsychological Assessment Battery (NAB) Attention, Memory and Executive Functions Modules, the Beck Depression Inventory, Second Edition (BDI), Generalized Anxiety Disorder Inventory (GADI), Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS), and Brief Pain Inventory (BPI). Compared with the IFN- Group, the IFN+ Group experienced significantly (p<0.050) increased symptoms of depression, anxiety, fatigue and pain during IFN therapy relative to baseline. In the IFN+ Group, psychiatric symptoms generally returned to baseline levels following IFN termination. Sustained viral response was associated with significantly lower depression and fatigue. No significant changes in cognitive performance were observed. During IFN, patients with HCV evidence significantly increased psychiatric symptoms, including symptoms of depression, anxiety, fatigue and pain. These psychiatric symptoms are generally short-term and remit following IFN termination, with increased benefit if viral clearance is achieved. However, IFN is not associated with significant declines in objective cognitive performance during or following IFN. Copyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  16. Establishment of a poliovirus oral infection system in human poliovirus receptor-expressing transgenic mice that are deficient in alpha/beta interferon receptor.

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    Ohka, Seii; Igarashi, Hiroko; Nagata, Noriyo; Sakai, Mai; Koike, Satoshi; Nochi, Tomonori; Kiyono, Hiroshi; Nomoto, Akio

    2007-08-01

    Poliovirus (PV) is easily transferred to humans orally; however, no rodent model for oral infections has been developed because of the alimentary tract's low sensitivity to the virus. Here we showed that PV is inactivated by the low pH of the gastric contents in mice. The addition of 3% NaHCO3 to the viral inoculum increased the titer of virus reaching the small intestine through the stomach after intragastric inoculation of PV. Transgenic mice (Tg) carrying the human PV receptor (hPVR/CD155) gene and lacking the alpha/beta interferon receptor (IFNAR) gene (hPVR-Tg/IfnarKO) were sensitive to the oral administration of PV with 3% NaHCO3, whereas hPVR-Tg expressing IFNAR were much less sensitive. The virus was detected in the epithelia of the small intestine and proliferated in the alimentary tract of hPVR-Tg/IfnarKO. By the ninth day after the administration of a virulent PV, the mice had died. These results suggest that IFNAR plays an important role in determining permissivity in the alimentary tract as well as the generation of virus-specific immune responses to PV via the oral route. Thus, hPVR-Tg/IfnarKO are considered to be the first oral infection model for PV, although levels of anti-PV antibodies were not elevated dramatically in serum and intestinal secretions of surviving mice when hPVR-Tg/IfnarKO were administered an attenuated PV.

  17. Follow-up testing of interferon-gamma release assays are useful in ankylosing spondylitis patients receiving anti-tumor necrosis factor alpha for latent tuberculosis infection.

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    Son, Chang-Nam; Jun, Jae-Bum; Kim, Jong-Heon; Sung, Il-Hoon; Yoo, Dae-Hyun; Kim, Tae-Hwan

    2014-08-01

    We evaluated the utility of follow-up interferon-gamma release assays (IGRAs) for the diagnosis of reactivation of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) or new tuberculosis in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) patients receiving anti-tumor necrosis factor alpha (anti-TNFα). The study participants (n=127) had a negative IGRA screening before receiving anti-TNFα and were evaluated by follow-up IGRA. We retrospectively examined data of the subjects according to age, gender, tuberculosis prophylaxis, concomitant medications, IGRA conversion and anti-TNFα, including type and treatment duration. The median duration of anti-TNFα was 21.5 months, and the median age was 35.3 yr. Of the 127 patients, IGRA conversion was found in 10 patients (7.9%). There was no significant variation between IGRA conversion rate and any risk factors except for age. IGRA conversion rate was not significantly different between AS and rheumatoid arthritis (P=0.12). IGRA conversion was observed in AS patients receiving anti-TNFα in Korea. A follow-up IGRA test can be helpful for identifying LTBI or new tuberculosis in AS patients receiving anti-TNFα.

  18. Second-line therapy with interferon-alpha plus vinblastine in metastatic renal cell cancer patients progressed under interleukin-2 subcutaneous immunotherapy.

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    Paolorossi, F; Villa, S; Barni, S; Tancini, G; Andres, M; Lissoni, P

    1995-01-01

    Interferon (IFN) +/- vinblastine (VNB) has appeared to be effective as first-line therapy of metastatic renal cell cancer. This study was performed to establish the efficacy of IFN plus VNB in metastatic RCC previously treated with interleukin-2 (IL-2). The study included 14 metastatic renal cell cancer patients who did not respond to IL-2 subcutaneous therapy or who relapsed after initial response or stable disease. IFN-alpha 2a was given subcutaneously at 3 million U thrice a week in association with VNB (0.1 mg/kg i.v. every 21 days) until progression or toxicity. Patients were considered as evaluable when they were treated for at least 1 month. Evaluable patients were 13/14. No patient had a complete response. Partial response was achieved in 2/13 (15%) patients. Stable disease was seen in 5/13 patients, and the last 6 progressed. This study, by showing a tumor response rate comparable to that reported with first-line therapy, suggests that previous IL-2 immunotherapy does not influence negatively the efficacy of IFN+VNB in metastatic renal cell cancer.

  19. Interferon-alpha and bortezomib overcome Bcl-2 and Mcl-1 over-expression in melanoma cells by stimulating the extrinsic pathway of apoptosis

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    Lesinski, Gregory B.; Raig, Ene T.; Guenterberg, Kristan; Brown, Lloyd; Go, Michael R.; Shah, Nisha N.; Lewis, Adrian; Quimper, Megan; Hade, Erinn; Young, Gregory; Chaudhury, Abhik Ray; Ladner, Katherine J.; Guttridge, Denis C.; Bouchard, Page

    2008-01-01

    We hypothesized that interferon-alpha (IFN-α) would enhance the apoptotic activity of bortezomib on melanoma cells. Combined treatment with bortezomib and IFN-α induced synergistic apoptosis in melanoma and other solid tumor cell lines. Apoptosis was associated with processing of procaspases-3, -7, -8, -9, and with cleavage of Bid and PARP. Bortezomib plus IFN-α was effective at inducing apoptosis in melanoma cells that over-expressed Bcl-2 or Mcl-1, suggesting that this treatment combination can overcome mitochondrial pathways of cell survival and resistance to apoptosis. The pro-apoptotic effects of this treatment combination were abrogated by a caspase-8 inhibitor, led to increased association of Fas and FADD prior to the onset of cell death, and were significantly reduced in cells transfected with a dominant-negative FADD construct or siRNA targeting Fas. These data suggest that bortezomib and IFN-α act through the extrinsic pathway of apoptosis via FADD-induced caspase-8 activation to initiate cell death. Finally, bortezomib and IFN-α displayed statistically significant anti-tumor activity as compared to either agent alone in both the B16 murine model of melanoma and in athymic mice bearing human A375 xenografts. These data support the future clinical development of bortezomib and IFN-α for malignant melanoma. PMID:18922907

  20. The Effect of Interferon-γ and Zoledronate Treatment on Alpha-Tricalcium Phosphate/Collagen Sponge-Mediated Bone-Tissue Engineering

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    Li, Peiqi; Hashimoto, Yoshiya; Honda, Yoshitomo; Arima, Yoshiyuki; Matsumoto, Naoyuki

    2015-01-01

    Inflammatory responses are frequently associated with the expression of inflammatory cytokines and severe osteoclastogenesis, which significantly affect the efficacy of biomaterials. Recent findings have suggested that interferon (IFN)-γ and zoledronate (Zol) are effective inhibitors of osteoclastogenesis. However, little is known regarding the utility of IFN-γ and Zol in bone tissue engineering. In this study, we generated rat models by generating critically sized defects in calvarias implanted with an alpha-tricalcium phosphate/collagen sponge (α-TCP/CS). At four weeks post-implantation, the rats were divided into IFN-γ, Zol, and control (no treatment) groups. Compared with the control group, the IFN-γ and Zol groups showed remarkable attenuation of severe osteoclastogenesis, leading to a significant enhancement in bone mass. Histomorphometric data and mRNA expression patterns in IFN-γ and Zol-injected rats reflected high bone-turnover with increased bone formation, a reduction in osteoclast numbers, and tumor necrosis factor-α expression. Our results demonstrated that the administration of IFN-γ and Zol enhanced bone regeneration of α-TCP/CS implants by enhancing bone formation, while hampering excess bone resorption. PMID:26516841

  1. Interferons in oncology: Current status and future directions

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    Smyth, J.F.

    1987-01-01

    This book contains eight papers. Some of the titles are: Reduction of Nuclear Oncogene Expression by Endogenous and Exogenous Interferons; Interferons Combined with Other Anti-Cancer Agents - Studies in Experimental Systems; Natural Alpha Interferon as Part of a Combined Treatment for Small Cell Lung Cancer; and Interferon in the Treatment of Hairy Cell Leukemia and Chromic Myelogenous Leukemia.

  2. Interferon stimulated exonuclease gene 20kDa links psychiatric events to distinct Hepatitis C Virus responses in Human Immunodeficiency Virus positive patients

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    Katsounas, Antonios; Rasimas, Joseph J.; Schlaak, Joerg F.; Lempicki, Richard A.; Rosenstein, Donald L.; Kottilil, Shyam

    2014-01-01

    Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) infection occurs frequently in patients with preexisting mental illness. Treatment for chronic hepatitis C using interferon formulations often increases risk for neuropsychiatric symptoms. Pegylated-Interferon-α (PegIFN-α) remains crucial for attaining sustained virologic response (SVR); however, PegIFN-α based treatment is associated with psychiatric adverse effects, which require dose reduction and/or interruption. This study's main objective was to identify genes induced by PegIFN-α and expressed in the central nervous system and immune system, which could mediate the development of psychiatric toxicity in association with antiviral outcome. Using peripheral blood mononuclear cells from Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)/HCV co-infected donors (N=28), DNA microarray analysis was performed and 21 differentially regulated genes were identified in patients with psychiatric toxicity vs. those without. Using these 21 expression profiles a two-way-ANOVA was performed to select genes based on antiviral outcome and occurrence of neuropsychiatric adverse events. Microarray analysis demonstrated that Interferon-stimulated-exonuclease-gene 20kDa (ISG20) and Interferon-alpha-inducible-protein 27 (IFI27) were the most regulated genes (P<0.05) between three groups that were built by combining antiviral outcome and neuropsychiatric toxicity. Validation by bDNA assay confirmed that ISG20 expression levels were significantly associated with these outcomes (P<0.035). Baseline levels and induction of ISG20 correlated independently with no occurrence of psychiatric adverse events and non-response to therapy (P<0.001). Among the 21 genes that were associated with psychiatric adverse events and 20 Interferon-inducible genes (IFIGs) used as controls, only ISG20 expression was able to link PegIFN-α related neuropsychiatric toxicity to distinct HCV-responses in patients co-infected with HIV and HCV in vivo. PMID:24782267

  3. [Interferon-alpha2b recombinant improved the cognitive dysfunction in patients with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis].

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    Cabrera-Gómez, J A; Echazábal-Santana, N; Porrero-Martín, P; Valenzuela-Silva, C; Rodríguez, C A; Fuentes-Suárez, I; Pérez-Ruiz, L; Ramos-Cedeño, A M; Cabrera-Núñez, J A

    Some experimental, Phase II clinical trials and the preliminary reports of the Cuban Phase III clinical trial indicate that alpha-IFN (IFN) may be useful in relapsing remitting (RR) multiple sclerosis (MS). The reports in Cuba showed that 70% of the MS patients have cognitive dysfunction. To assess the efficacy of IFN-alpha2b recombinant in the cognitive dysfunction of RR MS. 57 RR-MS clinical definite patients from the randomised, double blind, placebo controlled study of 225 patients with RR-MS and brain MRI confirmed. Patients were randomly assigned to receive intramuscular IFN-alpha2b (Heberon R) 10 million IU (high dose), 3 million IU (low dose) or placebo twice week for 2 years. Outcome results were blinding evaluated considering changes in the following tests: Luria, WAIS, Benton and PASAT-3. Adverse events and side effects were not evaluated to maintain physician blinding. The initial comparison of the groups did not show any differences among the placebo (n=20), low dose (n=18) and high dose (n=19) considering age (p=0.234), gender, ethnic group (p=0.012), years ill (p=0.787), EDSS (p=0.203) and rate of relapses (p=0.432). The Luria's Test showed an improved in the low dose group from 2.50 +/- 1.34 to 1.39 +/- 1.85 (p=0.029) and in the high dose group from 3.22 +/- 1.89 to 2.17 +/- 1.50 (p=0.006) vs placebo 2.85 +/- 1.66 to 2.90 +/- 1.97 (p=0.723). The results of the Benton's test demonstrated that the low dose group had an improved from 5.50 +/- 1.10 to 6.22 +/- 1.31 (p=0.047), in the high dose group from 4.87 +/- 1.85 to 5.78 +/- 1.35 (p=0.005) where as in the placebo group worse from 5.15 +/- 1.76 to 5.05 +/- 2.11 (p=0.893). The WAIS test showed the same results, the low dose group increased from 5.17 +/- 1.34 to 6.06 +/- 1.21 (p=0.022), the high dose group from 4.56 +/- 1.38 to 5.39 +/- 1.29 (p=0.007) and the placebo group worse from 5.25 +/- 1.25 to 5.05 +/- 1.57 (p=0.354). Finally, the PASAT-3 test increased in the IFNs groups: from 45.72 +/- 10

  4. Subcutaneous interferon alpha 2a combined with cryotherapy vs cryotherapy alone in the treatment of primary anogenital warts: a randomised observer blind placebo controlled study.

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    Handley, J M; Horner, T; Maw, R D; Lawther, H; Dinsmore, W W

    1991-01-01

    OBJECTIVE--To compare patient tolerance and treatment efficacy of subcutaneous interferon (IFN) alpha 2a plus cryotherapy versus cryotherapy alone in treatment of primary anogenital (AG) warts. DESIGN--Randomised placebo controlled observer blind study. Statistical analysis was by chi square and Mann Whitney U tests. PATIENTS--60 patients with newly diagnosed AG warts. INTERVENTION--29 and 31 patients were treated with subcutaneous IFN alpha 2a plus cryotherapy or placebo injections plus cryotherapy, respectively. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES--Clinical presence or absence of AG warts. Patients wart-free at 8 weeks were asked to re-attend at 12 weeks; those with persistent warts at 8 weeks were withdrawn from the study. RESULTS--At 8 weeks 60.7% (17/28 patients) of the IFN group and 67.9% (19/28 patients) of the placebo group were clinically wart-free (not significant); corresponding figures at 12 week review were 29.6% (8/27 patients) and 40% (10/25 patients) respectively (not significant). There was no difference in treatment response between males and females. Recurrence of warts at three month review, in patients cleared of warts at 8 weeks, was seen in 50% (8/16) and 37.5% (6/16) of patients in the IFN and placebo groups respectively (not significant). Multiple warts and the presence of perianal/anal canal warts, either alone or concurrent with warts on the genitalia, at first clinic attendance, were adverse prognostic indicators (p less than 0.001, and p = 0.05 respectively). Cervical human papilloma virus (HPV) infection, exophytic or subclinical, was present in 58.3% and 77.2% of females in the IFN and placebo groups respectively, at trial entry. Although these lesions were not directly treated, colposcopic resolution was seen in 12.5% of affected women, in both treatment groups, by the end of the 7 week treatment period. Systemic side effects were significantly more common in the IFN than in the placebo group, 50% versus 10.7% of patients (p less than 0

  5. Ebola Virus VP35 Protein Binds Double-Stranded RNA and Inhibits Alpha/Beta Interferon Production Induced by RIG-I Signaling

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    Cárdenas, Washington B.; Loo, Yueh-Ming; Gale, Michael; Hartman, Amy L.; Kimberlin, Christopher R.; Martínez-Sobrido, Luis; Saphire, Erica Ollmann; Basler, Christopher F.

    2006-01-01

    The Ebola virus (EBOV) VP35 protein blocks the virus-induced phosphorylation and activation of interferon regulatory factor 3 (IRF-3), a transcription factor critical for the induction of alpha/beta interferon (IFN-α/β) expression. However, the mechanism(s) by which this blockage occurs remains incompletely defined. We now provide evidence that VP35 possesses double-stranded RNA (dsRNA)-binding activity. Specifically, VP35 bound to poly(rI) · poly(rC)-coated Sepharose beads but not control beads. In contrast, two VP35 point mutants, R312A and K309A, were found to be greatly impaired in their dsRNA-binding activity. Competition assays showed that VP35 interacted specifically with poly(rI) · poly(rC), poly(rA) · poly(rU), or in vitro-transcribed dsRNAs derived from EBOV sequences, and not with single-stranded RNAs (ssRNAs) or double-stranded DNA. We then screened wild-type and mutant VP35s for their ability to target different components of the signaling pathways that activate IRF-3. These experiments indicate that VP35 blocks activation of IRF-3 induced by overexpression of RIG-I, a cellular helicase recently implicated in the activation of IRF-3 by either virus or dsRNA. Interestingly, the VP35 mutants impaired for dsRNA binding have a decreased but measurable IFN antagonist activity in these assays. Additionally, wild-type and dsRNA-binding-mutant VP35s were found to have equivalent abilities to inhibit activation of the IFN-β promoter induced by overexpression of IPS-1, a recently identified signaling molecule downstream of RIG-I, or by overexpression of the IRF-3 kinases IKKɛ and TBK-1. These data support the hypothesis that dsRNA binding may contribute to VP35 IFN antagonist function. However, additional mechanisms of inhibition, at a point proximal to the IRF-3 kinases, most likely also exist. PMID:16698997

  6. [Investigation of oxidative stress and antioxidant defense in patients with hepatitis B virus infection and the effect of interferon-alpha plus lamivudine combination therapy on oxidative stress].

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    Acar, Ali; Görenek, Levent; Aydin, Ahmet; Eyigün, Can Polat; Eken, Ayşe; Sayal, Ahmet; Pahsa, Alaaddin

    2009-07-01

    The aim of our study is to determine the role of oxidative stress on hepatic damage in patients with acute and chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection and the efficacy of antioxidant-enzyme system against oxidative stress. Furthermore, the effect of interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha) plus lamivudine therapy on oxidative stress was also investigated. Nineteen patients with acute hepatitis B virus (AHBV) infection, 17 patients with chronic hepatitis B virus (CHBV) infection, 24 inactive HBsAg carriers and 21 healthy controls were included in the study. In control and patient groups, serum alanine-aminotransferase (ALT) and aspartate aminotransferase (AST) levels, erythrocyte malondialdehyde (MDA) levels, erythrocyte superoxide dismutase (CuZn-SOD) and glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) activities were measured. In CHBV group, after IFN-alpha plus lamivudine therapy for 6 months, these parameters were measured again. In all patient groups erythrocyte MDA levels were detected higher than control group (p < 0.05). Activity of CuZn-SOD was found to be the highest in AHBV (p < 0.05), and the lowest before the treatment in CHBV group (p < 0.05) compared with other groups. Activity of GSH-Px was found to be the highest in AHBV compared with inactive HBsAg carriers (p < 0.05) and CHBV group before treatment (p < 0.05). Activity of GSH-Px was found to be the lowest in CHBV group before treatment compared with other groups (p < 0.05). In CHBV group there was a significant decrease of MDA levels after treatment (p < 0.05) while there was a significant increase in activity of CuZn-SOD and GSH-Px compared with pretreatment levels (p < 0.05). A significant positive correlation was determined between MDA values and serum ALT levels, before and after the treatment (p < 0.05). Detection of the increase of MDA levels which is a product of lipid peroxidation in all patient groups, indicates that the oxidative stress is increased in HBV infection. Correlation between the levels of erythrocyte

  7. Low Efficacy of Pegylated Interferon plus Ribavirin plus Nitazoxanide for HCV Genotype 4 and HIV Coinfection

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    Macías, Juan; López-Cortés, Luis F.; Téllez, Francisco; Recio, Eva; Ojeda-Burgos, Guillermo; Ríos, MªJosé; Rivero-Juárez, Antonio; Delgado, Marcial; Jeremías, Rivas-; Pineda, Juan A.

    2015-01-01

    Background Nitazoxanide (NTZ) plus pegylated interferon and ribavirin (Peg-IFN/RBV) improved the sustained virological response (SVR) achieved with Peg-IFN/RBV in hepatitis C virus genotype 4 (HCV-4)-monoinfected patients. There are no data currently on the efficacy of Peg-IFN/RBV plus NTZ for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/HCV-4 coinfection. Therefore, the objectives of this clinical trial were to assess the efficacy and to evaluate the safety of Peg-IFN/RBV plus NTZ in HIV/HCV-4-coinfected patients. Patients and Methods This was an open-label, single arm, multicenter phase II pilot clinical trial (NCT01529073) enrolling HIV-infected individuals with HCV-4 chronic infection, naïve to HCV therapy. Patients were treated with NTZ 500 mg bid for 4 weeks, followed by NTZ 500 mg bid plus Peg-IFN alpha-2b 1.5 μg/kg/week plus weight-adjusted RBV during 48 weeks. Analyses were done by intention-to-treat (ITT, missing = failure). A historical cohort of HIV/HCV-4-infected patients treated with Peg-IFN alpha-2b and RBV at the same area was used as control. Results Two (9.5%) of 21 patients included in the trial compared with 5 (21.7%) of 23 patients included in the historical cohort achieved SVR (SVR risk difference, -12.2%; 95% confidence interval, -33.2% to 8.8%; p = 0.416). Virological failure was due to lack of response in 13 (62%) individuals recruited in the trial. Two (9.5%) patients included in the trial and two (9.5%) individuals from the historical cohort discontinued permanently due to adverse events. Conclusions No increase in SVR was observed among HIV/HCV-4-coinfected patients receiving Peg-IFN/RBV plus NTZ compared with a historical cohort treated with Peg-IFN/RBV. Interruptions due to adverse events of Peg-IFN/RBV plus NTZ were similar to those of dual therapy. Trial Registration ClinicalTrials.gov NCT01529073 PMID:26640956

  8. Regression of esophageal varices and splenomegaly in two patients with hepatitis-C-related liver cirrhosis after interferon and ribavirin combination therapy.

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    Lee, Soon Jae; Cho, Yoo-Kyung; Na, Soo-Young; Choi, Eun Kwang; Boo, Sun Jin; Jeong, Seung Uk; Song, Hyung Joo; Kim, Heung Up; Kim, Bong Soo; Song, Byung-Cheol

    2016-09-01

    Some recent studies have found regression of liver cirrhosis after antiviral therapy in patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV)-related liver cirrhosis, but there have been no reports of complete regression of esophageal varices after interferon/peg-interferon and ribavirin combination therapy. We describe two cases of complete regression of esophageal varices and splenomegaly after interferon-alpha and ribavirin combination therapy in patients with HCV-related liver cirrhosis. Esophageal varices and splenomegaly regressed after 3 and 8 years of sustained virologic responses in cases 1 and 2, respectively. To our knowledge, this is the first study demonstrating that complications of liver cirrhosis, such as esophageal varices and splenomegaly, can regress after antiviral therapy in patients with HCV-related liver cirrhosis.

  9. Takotsubo cardiomyopathy and transient thyrotoxicosis during combination therapy with interferon-alpha and ribavirin for chronic hepatitis C.

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    Martin, Carmen Sorina; Ionescu, Luminita Nicoleta; Barbu, Carmen Gabriela; Sirbu, Anca Elena; Lambrescu, Ioana Maria; Lacau, Ioana Smarandita; Dimulescu, Doina Ruxandra; Fica, Simona Vasilica

    2014-02-03

    ventricular function within one to four weeks and have a favorable outcome, as was the case with our patient. Thyrotoxicosis induced stress cardiomyopathy is rare and has been mostly reported in association with Graves' disease, thyroid storm, thyrotoxicosis factitia or following radioiodine therapy for toxic multinodular goiter. Routine thyroid screening should be done in patients receiving IFN-alpha and Ribavirin for CHC and thyrotoxicosis should be considered as a possible and treatable underlying cause of TCM.

  10. Intensified antineoplastic effect by combining an HDAC-inhibitor, an mTOR-inhibitor and low dosed interferon alpha in prostate cancer cells

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    Tsaur, Igor; Hudak, Lukasz; Makarević, Jasmina; Juengel, Eva; Mani, Jens; Borgmann, Hendrik; Gust, Kilian M; Schilling, David; Bartsch, Georg; Nelson, Karen; Haferkamp, Axel; Blaheta, Roman A

    2015-01-01

    A significant proportion of men diagnosed with prostate cancer (PCa) eventually develop metastatic disease, which progresses to castration resistance, despite initial response to androgen deprivation. As anticancer therapy has become increasingly effective, acquired drug resistance has emerged, limiting efficacy. Combination treatment, utilizing different drug classes, exemplifies a possible strategy to foil resistance development. The effects of the triple application of the histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor valproic acid (VPA), the mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitor everolimus and low dosed interferon alpha (IFNα) on PCa cell growth and dissemination capacity were investigated. For that purpose, the human PCa cell lines, PC-3, DU-145 and LNCaP were treated with the combined regimen or separate single agents. Cell growth was investigated by the MTT dye reduction assay. Flow cytometry served to analyse cell cycle progression. Adhesion to vascular endothelium or immobilized collagen, fibronectin and laminin was quantified. Migration and invasion characteristics were determined by the modified Boyden chamber assay. Integrin α and β subtypes were investigated by flow cytometry, western blotting and RT-PCR. Integrin related signalling, Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFr), Akt, p70S6kinase and extracellular signal-regulated kinases (ERK)1/2 activation were also assessed. The triple application of VPA, everolimus and low dosed IFNα blocked tumour cell growth and dissemination significantly better than any agent alone. Antitumour effects were associated with pronounced alteration in the cell cycle machinery, intracellular signalling and integrin expression profile. Combining VPA, everolimus and low dosed IFNα might be a promising option to counteract resistance development and improve outcome in PCa patients. PMID:25808196

  11. A strategy for high-level expression of soluble and functional human interferon alpha as a GST-fusion protein in E. coli.

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    Rabhi-Essafi, Imen; Sadok, Amine; Khalaf, Noureddine; Fathallah, Dahmani M

    2007-05-01

    Escherichia coli is the most extensively used host for the production of recombinant proteins. However, most of the eukaryotic proteins are typically obtained as insoluble, misfolded inclusion bodies that need solubilization and refolding. To achieve high-level expression of soluble recombinant human interferon alpha (rhIFNalpha) in E. coli, we have first constructed a recombinant expression plasmid (pGEX-hIFNalpha2b), in which we merged the hIFNalpha2b cDNA with the glutathione S-transferase (GST) coding sequence downstream of the tac-inducible promoter. Using this plasmid, we have achieved 70% expression of soluble rhIFNalpha2b as a GST fusion protein using E. coli BL21 strain, under optimized environmental factors such as culture growth temperature and inducer (IPTG) concentration. However, release of the IFN moiety from the fusion protein by thrombin digestion was not optimal. Therefore, we have engineered the expression cassette to optimize the amino acid sequence at the GST-IFN junction and to introduce E. coli preferred codon within the thrombin cleavage site. We have used the engineered plasmid (pGEX-Delta-hIFNalpha2b) and the modified E. coli trxB(-)/gor(-) (Origami) strain to overcome the problem of removing the GST moiety while expressing soluble rhIFNalpha2b. Our results show the production of soluble and functional rhIFNalpha2b at a yield of 100 mg/l, without optimization of any step of the process. The specific biological activity of the purified soluble rhIFNalpha2b was equal to 2.0 x 10(8) IU/mg when compared with the WHO IFNalpha standard. Our data are the first to show that high yield production of soluble and functional rhIFNalpha2b tagged with GST can be achieved in E. coli.

  12. Phase 1/2 clinical trial of interferon alpha2b and weekly liposome-encapsulated all-trans retinoic acid in patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma.

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    Boorjian, Stephen A; Milowsky, Matthew I; Kaplan, Jodi; Albert, Martin; Cobham, Marta Vallee; Coll, Deirdre M; Mongan, Nigel P; Shelton, Gary; Petrylak, Daniel; Gudas, Lorraine J; Nanus, David M

    2007-09-01

    To evaluate the feasibility, efficacy, and biologic effects of weekly liposome-encapsulated all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA-IV) plus interferon alpha2b (IFN) in patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Twenty-six patients with metastatic RCC were treated on a phase 1/2 trial with weekly ATRA-IV and IFN SQ daily 5 d/wk. Twelve patients received ATRA-IV at three dose levels (60, 75, and 90 mg/m2) according to phase 1 methodology, and 14 additional patients received 90 mg/m2. Response was assessed according to an intention-to-treat analysis. Serum retinoic acid (RA) concentrations were assayed and peripheral blood mononuclear cell mRNA expression of RA and IFN-inducible genes (RARalpha, RARbeta2, IRF1, CRABP2, and TRAIL) were examined. No dose limiting toxicities occurred at 60 mg/m2; grade 3 leukopenia affected 1/6 patients at 75 mg/m2, whereas 3 patients received 90 mg/m2 without a dose limiting toxicities. Fourteen additional patients received 90 mg/m2 ATRA-IV without grade 3/4 toxicity. Five of 26 (19%) patients achieved a major response, with a median duration of 14 months (range 9 to 23); 9 additional patients (41%) demonstrated stable disease or minor response lasting > or =4 months. No significant differences in serum (RA) after ATRA infusion were detected between weeks 1 and 8 of treatment. Peripheral blood mononuclear cell mRNA expression did not correlate with clinical response. The addition of weekly ATRA-IV to IFN therapy is feasible and well tolerated, resulting in sustainable increased serum (RA). This regimen demonstrates antitumor activity in metastatic RCC, and suggests ATRA-IV augments IFN therapy.

  13. Overproduction, purification and characterization of human interferon alpha2a-human serum albumin fusion protein produced in methilotropic yeast Pichia pastoris

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    Ningrum, R. A.; Santoso, A.; Herawati, N.

    2017-05-01

    Human interferon alpha2a (hIFNα2a) is a therapeutic protein that used in cancer and hepatitis B/C therapy. The main problem of using hIFNα-2a is its short elimination half life due to its low molecular weight. Development of higher molecular weight protein by albumin fusion technology is a rational strategy to solve the problem. In our previous research we constructed an open reading frame (ORF) encoding hIFNα2a-human serum albumin (HSA) fusion protein that expressed in Pichia pastoris (P. pastoris) protease deficient strain SMD1168. This research was performed to overproduce, purify and characterize the fusion protein. To overproduce the protein, cultivation was performed in buffered complex medium containing glyserol (BMGY) for 24 h and protein overproduction was applied in buffered complex medium containing methanol (BMMY) for 48 hours at 30°C. The fusion protein was purified by blue sepharose affinity chromatography. Molecular weight characterization by SDS PAGE corresponds with its theoretical size, 85 kDa. Western blot analysis demonstrated that the fusion protein was recognized by anti hIFNα2 and anti HSA monoclonal antibody as well. Amino acid sequence of the fusion protein was determined by LC MS/MS2 mass spectrometry with trypsin as proteolitic enzyme. There were three fragments that identified as hIFNα2a and seven fragments that identified as HSA. Total identified amino acids were 150 residues with 20% coverage from total residues. To conclude, hIFNα2a-HSA fusion protein was overproduced, purified and characterized. Characterization based on molecular weight, antibody recognition and amino acid sequence confirmed that the fusion protein has correct identity as theoretically thought.

  14. Combination with third-generation bisphosphonate (YM529) and interferon-alpha can inhibit the progression of established bone renal cell carcinoma.

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    Kurabayashi, Atsushi; Inoue, Keiji; Fukuhara, Hideo; Karashima, Takashi; Fukata, Satoshi; Kawada, Chiaki; Shuin, Taro; Furihata, Mutsuo

    2015-08-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate whether the third-generation nitrogen-containing bisphosphonate (YM529) can inhibit the progression of established bone renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and to elucidate its mechanism. Antiproliferative effect and apoptosis induction of RCC cells and mouse osteoclasts by YM529 and/or interferon-alpha (IFN-α) were evaluated in vitro using cell counting and in vivo using soft X-ray, the TUNEL method and tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase stain. For the in vivo study, male athymic BALB/cA Jc1-nu nude mice bearing human RCC cell line RBM1-IT4 cells were treated with YM529 and/or IFN-α. The biological activity of osteoclasts was evaluated using the pit formation assay. The antiangiogenetic effect by YM529 and/or IFN-α was analyzed using micro-vessel density and in situ mRNA hybridization. Osteoclast number in bone tumors was decreased in YM529-treated mouse. YM529 also inhibited osteoclast activity and proliferation in vitro, whereas basic fibroblast growth factor expressions and micro-vessel density within tumors were inhibited by IFN-α. Neither YM529 nor IFN-α alone significantly inhibited the growth of established bone metastatic tumors. Combined treatment with YM529 and IFN-α may be beneficial in patients with human RCC bone metastasis. Their effects are mediated by osteoclast recruitment inhibition and inactivation by YM529 and antiangiogenesis by IFN-α. © 2015 The Authors. Cancer Science published by Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd on behalf of Japanese Cancer Association.

  15. Synergistic effect of interferon-gamma and tumor necrosis factor-alpha on coxsackievirus and adenovirus receptor expression: an explanation of cell sloughing during testicular inflammation in mice.

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