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Ideally, an oncolytic virus will replicate preferentially in malignant cells, have the ability to treat disseminated metastases, and ultimately be cleared by the patient. Here we present evidence that the attenuated vesicular stomatitis strains, AV1 and AV2, embody all of these traits. We uncover the mechanism by which these mutants are selectively(More)
Interferons (IFNs) are produced in response to virus infection and induce an antiviral state in virtually all cell types. In addition to upregulating the transcription of genes that inhibit virus replication, type I (or -α/β) IFNs also act to orchestrate the adaptive immune response to virus infection. Recently a new family of antiviral cytokines, the type(More)
We have studied the pathogenesis of influenza virus infection in mice that are unable to respond to type I or II interferons due to a targeted disruption of the STAT1 gene. STAT1-/- animals are 100-fold more sensitive to lethal infection with influenza A/WSN/33 virus than are their wild-type (WT) counterparts. Virus replicated only in the lungs of WT(More)
The V protein of the Paramyxovirus simian virus 5 (SV5) is a multifunctional protein containing an N-terminal 164 residue domain that is shared with the P protein and a distinct C-terminal domain that is cysteine-rich and which is highly conserved among Paramyxoviruses. We report the recovery from Vero cells [interferon (IFN) nonproducing cells] of a(More)
The type I alpha/beta interferons (IFN-α/β) are known to play an important role in host defense against influenza A virus infection, but we have now discovered that the recently identified type III IFNs (IFN-λ) constitute the major response to intranasal infection with this virus. Type III IFNs were present at much higher levels than type I IFNs in the(More)
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a member of the Paramyxoviridae family, is a major clinical problem causing yearly epidemics of severe lower airway disease in both infants and the elderly. Attempts at vaccination have been frustrated by both the poor immunogenicity of this virus, and the severe immunopathology observed in early vaccine trials. Primary(More)
SVap15/21, a strain of Sindbis virus (SV) derived from our standard laboratory strain of SV (SVstd) after repeated passage on Aedes albopictus cells, grows normally in mosquito cells but is host restricted (hr) in vertebrate cells. It is also temperature sensitive (ts) and produces pinpoint plaques on vertebrate cells (sp). E2 glycoprotein of SVstd differs(More)
The high specificity of T7 RNA polymerase (RNAP) for its promoter sequence is mediated, in part, by a specificity loop (residues 742-773) that projects into the DNA binding cleft (1). Previous work demonstrated a role for the amino acid residue at position 748 (N748) in this loop in discrimination of the base pairs (bp) at positions -10 and -11 (2). A(More)
The specificity and structural simplicity of the bacteriophage T3, T7, and SP6 RNA polymerases make these enzymes particularly well suited for studies of polymerase-promoter interactions. To understand the initial recognition process between the enzyme and its promoters, DNA fragments that carry phage promoters were chemically modified by three different(More)
We have developed a promoter competition assay to determine whether T7 RNA polymerase dissociates from its template during abortive cycling. We find that the stability of the initiation complex (IC) depends upon the conformation of the promoter, and that the degree to which the template is unwound contributes importantly to the stability of the IC. On(More)