Navigation Links
Potential new flu drugs target immune response, not virus
Date:7/21/2014

The seriousness of disease often results from the strength of immune response, rather than with the virus, itself. Turning down that response, rather than attacking the virus, might be a better way to reduce that severity, says Juliet Morrison of the University of Washington, Seattle. She and her collaborators have now taken the first step in doing just that for the H7N9 influenza, and their work has already led to identification of six potential therapeutics for this highly virulent strain. The research is published ahead of print in the Journal of Virology.

"We set out to characterize the response to the severe disease-causing H7N9 virus and compare it to responses elicited by other serious flu viruses in a mouse model of infection," says Morrison. That work involved determining which genes are turned on by this infection.

"We have found that viruses that cause severe illness, like H7N9 and the infamous 1918 virus, trigger gene expression signatures that are different from the signatures seen in milder infections," says coauthor and University of Washington colleague Michael Katze, in whose laboratory the work was performed. "Importantly, we can exploit these signatures for antiviral drug discovery," he adds.

The investigators then used a computational approach to identify potentially therapeutic drugs. They searched databases containing gene expression profiles of cultured human cells that had been treated with different drugs, in order to find those that were the reverse of expression profiles induced by the H7N9 flu virus, and noting the drugs that accomplished this, says Morrison. These drugs could potentially dampen the harmful host response, she says.

"Six of these drugs are FDA approved and could potentially be repurposed as H7N9 influenza therapeutics," says Morrison. "I believe that computational biology represents an exciting new way to study viruses and to discover drugs to fight them," says Morrison. And that, she says, is what drew her to join Katze's laboratory.

The H7N9 avian influenza, which emerged in February, 2013, has caused those infected to become extremely ill, reminiscent of the 1918 influenza pandemic, the deadliest on record. The data suggests that such severe influenzas are associated with increased transcription of inflammatory cytokine genes, and reduced transcription of lipid metabolism and coagulation genes, according to the paper. Further study of these phenomena will lead to a better understanding of severe influenza, and could help investigators to identify potential therapeutics aimed at turning down the response.

Investigators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the United States Department of Agriculture, took part in this research.


'/>"/>

Contact: Jim Sliwa
jsliwa@asmusa.org
202-942-9297
American Society for Microbiology
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Epigenetic signatures direct the repair potential of reprogrammed cells
2. New insight into mechanisms behind autoimmune diseases suggests a potential therapy
3. Interventional radiology: Potential breakthrough to treat mens enlarged prostate
4. Researchers report potential for a moderate New England red tide in 2012
5. Gallbladder shown as potential stem cell source for regenerative liver and metabolic disease
6. Researchers find potential dark side to diets high in beta-carotene
7. Beehive extract shows potential as prostate cancer treatment
8. Gene therapy for hearing loss: Potential and limitations
9. Folic acid food enrichment potentially protective against childhood cancers
10. Nuisance seaweed found to produce compounds with biomedical potential
11. Potential new approach to regenerating skeletal muscle tissue
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/1/2016)... , Feb. 1, 2016  Wocket® smart wallet ( www.wocketwallet.com ) ... television personality, Joey Fatone . Las Vegas ... fans. --> Las Vegas , where Joey ... --> The new video ad was filmed at the Consumer Electronics ... at the Wocket booth to meet and greet fans. ...
(Date:1/22/2016)... , January 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... announced the addition of the  "Global ... their offering. --> http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/4lmf2s/global_behavioral ... the  "Global Behavioral Biometric Market 2016-2020" ... Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/4lmf2s/global_behavioral ) ...
(Date:1/20/2016)... Jan. 20, 2016  Synaptics Incorporated (NASDAQ: ... solutions, today announced sampling of S1423, its newest ... and small screen applications including smartwatches, fitness trackers, ... round and rectangular shapes, as well as thick ... with moisture on screen, while wearing gloves, and ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/8/2016)... -- Novan, Inc. today announced that Director Robert A. Ingram ... Novan. In addition, Robert Keegan has been appointed to ... . --> North Carolina . ... total of $32.8 million of net proceeds in a private Mezzanine ... throughout the Research Triangle area of North Carolina ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... ... Information Management Services ( IMS ) is pleased to announce a major ... foundation and is so significant it was endowed with a new name, BSI Engage. ... results, a streamlined layout and a more intuitive format for navigating the system. ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... (NYSE MKT: NNVC) (the "Company"), a nanomedicine company developing anti-viral drugs, ... present information about the company,s programs at the BIOCEO conference today ... City . --> --> ... Registered attendees can request a one on one meeting through the conference ... --> New York City . --> ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... 8, 2016 --> ... the "Company"), the ultra-rapid Point-Of-Care (POC) molecular diagnostics company, today ... Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) test to be launched on the Company,s ... (98/79/EC), the CT test is now cleared for sale within ... The launch of the io® CT test signals a ...
Breaking Biology Technology: