Ying-feng Lei

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Enterovirus 71 (EV71) is a highly infectious agent that plays an etiological role in hand, foot, and mouth disease. It is associated with severe neurological complications and has caused significant mortalities in recent large-scale outbreaks. Currently, no effective vaccine or specific clinical therapy is available against EV71. Unmodified 21 nucleotide(More)
To develop a vaccine against hepatitis C virus (HCV), a multi-epitope peptide was synthesized from nonstructural proteins containing HLA-A2 epitopes inducing mainly responses in natural infection. The engineered vaccine candidate, VAL-44, consists of multiple epitopes from the HCV NS5A, NS4B and core proteins. Immunization with the VAL-44 peptide induced(More)
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is the major etiological agent of chronic hepatitis, which leads to liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinomas. HCV NS3 helicase is a promising target of anti-virus therapy. In this report, we discuss a strategy to generate monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) of the HCV NS3 helicase, and investigate its potential(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic infection with hepatitis B virus (HBV) is widespread because of the limited availability of therapeutic treatments. Although previous reports have suggested that RNA interference has promise as a treatment for HBV infection, further studies of long-term and off-target drug effects on HBV, especially on drug-resistant strains of HBV, are(More)
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) envelope protein E2 is required for the entry of HCV into cells. Viral envelope proteins interact with cell receptors in a multistep process, which may be a promising target for the development of novel antiviral agents. In this study, a heptapeptide M13 phage-display library was screened for peptides that bind specifically to(More)
AIM To investigate the effect of HLA-G siRNA on the protection of trophoblast cells from NK cell lysis, an HLA-G-targeting siRNA (small interfering)-expressing plasmid was constructed. METHODS HLA-G siRNA plasmid, pSuppressor-U6-neo-HLA-G, was constructed and transfected to JEG-3 cells. The level of messenger RNA and protein of HLA-G in the transfected(More)
Hantaviruses encompass rodent-borne zoonotic pathogens that cause severe hemorrhagic fever disease with high mortality rates in humans. Detection of infectious virus titer lays a solid foundation for virology and immunology researches. Canonical methods to assess viral titers rely on visible cytopathic effects (CPE), but Hantaan virus (HTNV, the prototype(More)
OBJECTIVE To construct PEGylated trichosanthin (TCS) mutein and analyze its bioactivities, immunogenicity, acute toxicity, and pharmacokinetics. METHODS The potential antigenic determinant site YFF81-83 in the molecule of TCS was selected to undergo site-directed mutagenesis. Thus, a TCS mutein named TCS(YFF81-83ACS) was constructed and expressed in(More)
OBJECTIVE To construct a eukaryotic expression vector for expressing hepatitis C virus (HCV) recombinant NS5B-EGFP fusion protein and obtain a stable transfected HepG2 cell line. METHODS The coding region of NS5B gene of HCV was amplified by PCR and was digested by Xho I/Kpn I. This fragment was inserted into pEGFPN3 with T4 ligase and transformed E. coli(More)
AIM To study expressing of HBV truncated core and preS1 protein in BCG and to explore the effect of humoral and cellular immune response stimulated by the recombinant BCG. METHODS A shuttle vector was constructed and was transformed into BCG which including truncated Core gene and preS1 gene of HBV. The recombinant BCGs were analyzed with SDS-PAGE and(More)