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Loss of heterozygosity (LOH) analysis on chromosome 6 was performed to define the genetic changes that occur in the development of squamous cell cervical cancer (SCC). Detailed analysis with 28 microsatellite markers revealed several loci with high frequency of deletions at the short (6p25, 6p22, 6p21.3) and long (6q14, 6q16–q21, 6q23–q24, 6q25, 6q27) arms(More)
Oncogenic human papillomaviruses (mostly HPV types 16 and 18) are the major cause of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN), which progresses into cervical cancer (CC). To reveal early genetic alterations of chromosome 6 that are important for CC progression, we analyzed the loss of heterozygosity (LOH) in DNAs from 45 CIN cases, 47 microcarcinomas, and(More)
Most structural information about poliovirus interaction with neutralizing antibodies was obtained in the 1980s in studies of mouse monoclonal antibodies. Recently we have isolated a number of human/chimpanzee anti-poliovirus antibodies and demonstrated that one of them, MAb A12, could neutralize polioviruses of both serotypes 1 and 2. This communication(More)
Genetic stability is an important characteristic of live viral vaccines because an accumulation of mutants can cause reversion to a virulent phenotype as well as a loss of immunogenic properties. This study was aimed at evaluating the genetic stability of a live attenuated West Nile (WN) virus vaccine candidate that was generated by replacing the(More)
Mutant analysis by PCR and restriction enzyme cleavage (MAPREC) is a quantitative assay of revertants in batches of live viral vaccines. The assay is highly sensitive and reliable but requires radioactive isotopes, which complicates its use in quality control laboratories. To quantify mutants in the cDNA of the West Nile (WN)/Dengue 4 chimera that was(More)
To identify the loci associated with progression of cervical carcinoma, chromosome 6 regions were tested for loss of heterozygosity. Detailed analysis with 28 microsatellite markers revealed a high frequency of allelic deletions for several loci of the short (6p25, 6p22, 6p21.3) and long (6q14, 6q16-21, 6q23-24, 6q25, 6q27) arms of chromosome 6. Examination(More)
Assessment of genetic stability of viruses could be used to monitor manufacturing process of both live and inactivated viral vaccines. Until recently such studies were limited by the difficulty of detecting and quantifying mutations in heterogeneous viral populations. High-throughput sequencing technologies (deep sequencing) can generate massive amounts of(More)
Monitoring consistency of genetic composition of oral polio vaccine (OPV) is a part of its quality control. It is performed by mutant analysis by PCR and restriction enzyme cleavage (MAPREC) used to quantify neurovirulent revertants in the viral genome. Here an alternative method based on quantitative PCR is proposed. Allele-specific quantitative polymerase(More)
Virus growth during influenza vaccine manufacture can lead to mutations that alter antigenic properties of the virus, and thus may affect protective potency of the vaccine. Different reassortants of pandemic "swine" H1N1 influenza A vaccine (121XP, X-179A and X-181) viruses as well as wild type A/California/07/2009(H1N1) and A/PR/8/34 strains were(More)
An essential requirement for eradication of poliomyelitis is the elimination of circulating vaccine derived polioviruses (cVDPV) and polioviruses excreted by chronically infected individuals with immunodeficiencies (iVDPV). As part of a post-eradication risk management strategy, a human monoclonal antibody (mAb) therapeutic could play a role in halting(More)