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News Features (2004-2013)

Eric Freed Appointed as Guest Editor for Special Issue of Journal of Molecular Biology

Second Annual David Derse Memorial Lecture and Award

Review Article on HIV Reverse Transcriptase Designated One of Most Well-Read Minireviews in Journal of Biological Chemistry

Review Article on HIV-1 Reverse Transcriptase Designated a Top Cited Article in Journal of Molecular Biology

First Annual David Derse Memorial Lecture and Award

Vinay Pathak Received NIH Asian & Pacific Islander American Organization Award

Report on De-Discovery of the Retrovirus XMRV Designated a Fast Breaking Paper by Science Watch in 2012 and Selected as a Top CCR Science Advance in 2011

XMRV Working Group Received NIH Director's Award

12th Annual Symposium on Antiviral Drug Resistance: Targets and Mechanisms

Study on Development of System to Redirect HIV-1 Integration Selected as a Top CCR Science Advance in 2010

David Derse Memorial Conference

Vinay Pathak Appointed as Guest Editor for Special Issue of Viruses

Stuart Le Grice Co-Hosted Russian Delegation Tour of NCI-Frederick HIV/AIDS Research Facilities

Stuart Le Grice Invited to Co-Edit Special Issue of Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry

Eric Freed Appointed as Editor-in-Chief of Viruses

Stephen Oroszlan Honored for Research on HIV Protease

Study on HIV-1 Trafficking Selected as Top 2008 CCR Science Advance in HIV/AIDS

HIV DRP Program Hosts Visitors Observing BL2*/BL3 Work

News Articles and Press Releases
NCI Center of Excellence in HIV/AIDS & Cancer Virology

Invited Student Symposium

Eric Freed Appointed as Guest Editor for Special Issue of Virus Research


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Eric Freed Appointed as Guest Editor for Special Issue of Journal of Molecular Biology

Eric Freed was appointed as Guest Editor for the special issue of Journal of Molecular Biology dedicated to Antiviral Innate Immunity.  Part 1 of this special issue was published in December 2013; Part 2 was published in March 2014 and included an editorial overview written by Dr. Freed and fellow Guest Editor Michael Gale.


Second Annual David Derse Memorial Lecture and Award

The Second Annual David Derse Memorial Lecture and Award presentation was held on November 12, 2013, at the National Cancer Institute campus in Frederick, Maryland, to honor David Derse's outstanding research accomplishments and to stimulate the exchange of innovative ideas that Dr. Derse was well known for promoting throughout his scientific career.  The Annual David Derse Memorial Lecture and Award is sponsored by the HIV DRP, with support from Hye Kyung Chung-Derse, the National Cancer Institute, the Foundation for NIH, and colleagues and friends of Dr. Derse who contributed to the memorial fund in his honor.

Chou-Zen Giam, Ph.D. (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences) delivered the second lecture in this annual series.  The title of his presentation was “Outcomes of HTLV-1 Infection: Senescence, Latency, Reactivation, and Pathogenesis.”

Second Annual David Derse Memorial Lecture and Award

Second Annual David Derse Memorial Lecture and Award
Hye Kyung Chung-Derse, Chou-Zen Giam, and Stephen Hughes (left to right)

Photo courtesy of Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc.

Dr. Giam is Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.  He has served on the editorial boards of the American Society for Microbiology, Journal of Virology, and Retrovirology and has been appointed as a member of numerous NIH study sections and scientific panels, including the Scientific Advisory Committee of the American Foundation for AIDS Research and Pediatric AIDS Foundation.  He has more than 27 years of experience investigating the molecular biology and pathogenesis of human viruses, with a long-standing interest in HTLV-1 and HIV, and more recently Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus/human herpesvirus type 8 (KSHV/HHV-8).

Dr. Giam’s research program is focused on the mechanisms of action of viral regulatory proteins and how they impact cellular mRNA transcription, cell cycle control, and signal transduction pathways to affect viral replication and pathogenesis, especially oncogenesis.  Transcription factors of the NF-kappaB/Rel family, which are critical for the proliferation of lymphocytes and the expression of genes that mediate inflammatory and immune responses, are often aberrantly activated in human cancers, especially leukemia, where they confer survival and proliferation advantages.  Through the study of the HTLV-1 trans-activator/oncoprotein, Tax, Dr. Giam’s laboratory found that persistent and potentially oncogenic activation of I-kappaB kinases (IKKs)/NF-kappaB by Tax triggers a cellular senescence checkpoint response that is induced by hyperactivated p65/RelA and mediated by two cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitors, p21 and p27, in a p53- and pRb-independent manner.  This checkpoint response is often impaired in cancer cells with constitutively activated NF-kappaB.  His results suggest that the antisense protein of HTLV-1, HBZ, which downregulates NF-kappaB and HTLV-1 trans-activation by Tax, would mitigate or prevent Tax-induced senescence.  This prediction has been borne out experimentally: Tax promotes robust HTLV-1 replication, potent NF-kappaB activation, and senescence, while HBZ attenuates Tax-driven viral replication and NF-kappaB activation to allow proliferation of infected cells and persistent infection.  His laboratory’s data support the notion that inactivation of the senescence checkpoint facilitates chronic NF-kappaB hyperactivation, a critical step in leukemia development.  His current efforts are concentrated on understanding how chronic NF-kappaB activation induces cellular senescence and how the senescence checkpoint becomes impaired in cancer cells whose NF-kappaB signaling pathway is chronically activated.  He is also establishing cell-free systems to elucidate the mechanism by which Tax activates IKKs and investigating the role of HBZ in HTLV-1 viral latency.  For more information about Dr. Giam and his research program, see http://www.usuhs.mil/faculty/chouzengiam-mic.html.

A captioned videocast of the lecture and award presentation has been archived on the NIH Videocasting website; to view the videocast, click here.  The lecture and award presentation are also featured in The Poster newsletter (link to article).


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Review Article on HIV Reverse Transcriptase Designated One of Most Well-Read Minireviews in Journal of Biological Chemistry

A 2012 review article in the Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC) by Stuart Le Grice was acknowledged in April 2013 as one of the most well-read JBC Minireviews since their first publication in 1988. Dr. Le Grice's article — "Human Immunodeficiency Virus Reverse Transcriptase: 25 Years of Research, Drug Discovery, and Promise" — has been read a total of 1,190 times in the past 6 months since its original publication in October 2012. In comparison, typical JBC articles published within the past year have been read an average of 667 times.

Dr. Le Grice's article reviews the advances in HIV reverse transcriptase research over the last quarter century and extension of this research into future drug discovery programs. To view the article, click here.


Review Article on HIV-1 Reverse Transcriptase Designated a Top Cited Article in Journal of Molecular Biology

A 2009 review article by Stephen Hughes (HIV Dynamics and Replication Program) and his collaborators Eddy Arnold (Rutgers University), Stefan Sarafianos (University of Missouri), and Michael Parniak (University of Pittsburgh) was recently recognized as one of the five top cited articles in Journal of Molecular Biology from 2009 to 2011. The article — "Structure and Function of HIV-1 Reverse Transcriptase: Molecular Mechanisms of Polymerization and Inhibition" — presents an overview of structural, biological, and virological studies of wild-type and drug-resistant mutant forms of HIV-1 reverse transcriptase in complex with inhibitors or substrates. These studies have provided valuable insights into the mechanisms of inhibition and drug resistance of HIV-1 and have guided the design of more effective treatments against HIV. To view the article, click here.


First Annual David Derse Memorial Lecture and Award

The First Annual David Derse Memorial Lecture and Award was held in December 2012 to honor David Derse's outstanding research accomplishments and to stimulate the exchange of innovative ideas that Dr. Derse was so well known for promoting throughout his scientific career.  The Annual David Derse Memorial Lecture and Award is sponsored by the HIV DRP, with support from Hye Kyung Chung-Derse, the National Cancer Institute, the Foundation for NIH, and colleagues and friends of Dr. Derse who contributed to the memorial fund in his honor.

Patrick L. Green (The Ohio State University) delivered the inaugural lecture in this series at the Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute in Frederick, Maryland.  The title of his presentation was “HTLV-1 transforming genes: Tax versus Hbz.”

First Annual David Derse Memorial Lecture and Award

First Annual David Derse Memorial Lecture and Award
Patrick Green, Hye Kyung Chung-Derse, and Stephen Hughes (left to right)

Photo courtesy of SAIC-Frederick, Inc.

Dr. Green is Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, College of Veterinary Medicine, Director of the Center for Retrovirus Research, and Leader of the Comprehensive Cancer Center Viral Oncology Program at The Ohio State University. He also helps facilitate the operation of the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA)-funded Center for Clinical and Translational Science Comparative Animal Core. Dr. Green has over 25 years of research experience in the field of murine and human retroviral pathogenesis with more specific focus on human T-cell leukemia virus (HTLV). He has been appointed as a member of numerous NIH study sections and scientific panels and currently serves as Editor of AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses and as a member of the editorial boards of Retrovirology and Journal of Virology. Dr. Green has been recognized with a number of honors that include the International Retrovirology Association Award and the Pfizer Award for Research Excellence as well as designation as an American Cancer Society Fellow, Leukemia Society of America Scholar, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow, American Society for Microbiology Fellow, Ohio State University Distinguished Scholar, and member of the Board of Trustees of the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society. For more information about Dr. Green and his research program, see http://vet.osu.edu/PatrickGreen.

A captioned videocast of the lecture and award presentation has been archived on the NIH Videocasting website; to view the videocast, click here.


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Vinay Pathak Received NIH Asian and Pacific Islander American Organization Award

Vinay Pathak was the recipient of the 2012 NIH Asian and Pacific Islander American Organization (APAO) Award for outstanding accomplishments in biomedical research. Each year, the APAO honors two outstanding individuals in the NIH Asian and Pacific American community: one for Scientific Achievement, recognizing scientists who have made significant accomplishments in biomedical research; and the second for Leadership Excellence, recognizing non-scientists who exemplify leadership excellence by example, mentorship, and empowerment of Asian and Pacific Americans to promote diversity and support the overall mission of NIH. Dr. Pathak received his Scientific Achievement award at the NIH APAO annual awards ceremony in December 2012.

Pathak APAO award 2012 photo

NIH APAO Award for Scientific Achievement — December 10, 2012

Shown from left to right:  Eric Zhou (Vice President of APAO 2012),
Vinay Pathak, and Rashmi Gopal-Srivastava (Chair, APAO Award Committee)


Report on De-Discovery of the Retrovirus XMRV Designated a Fast Breaking Paper by Science Watch in 2012 and Selected as a Top CCR Science Advance in 2011

The July 2011 Science report on the de-discovery of the retrovirus XMRV by the laboratory of Vinay Pathak (HIV DRP), in collaboration with John Coffin (Tufts University), Wei-Shau Hu (HIV DRP), and Hsing-Jien Kung and Clifford Tepper (University of California, Davis), was designated a Fast Breaking Paper in Microbiology by Science Watch in 2012. This designation was based on a recent analysis by Thomson Reuters Web of Science, which found that their report "displayed a higher bimonthly citation increase than any other paper of comparable age and type in its field." In addition to this paper (Paprotka et al., Recombinant origin of the retrovirus XMRV, Science 333: 97-101, 2011), their findings were highlighted in a press release by the National Cancer Institute and news features in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Nature. The study was also selected as one of the top two Center for Cancer Research (CCR) Science Advances of the year in Virology and, as a result of his work on XMRV, first-author Tobias Paprotka won the 2011 Norman P. Salzman Memorial Award in Virology.

The focus of this study was xenotropic murine leukemia virus–related virus (XMRV), a retrovirus that was isolated in 2006 from a human prostate cancer and later reported to be present in 6–27% of human prostate cancers and in the peripheral blood of 67% of chronic fatigue syndrome patients. The assertion that XMRV is circulating in the human population was challenged by several studies that failed to detect XMRV in multiple cohorts of prostate cancer and chronic fatigue syndrome patients or healthy controls. Drs. Pathak and Coffin and their research teams hypothesized that an understanding of when and how XMRV first arose might help explain the discrepant results. They studied human prostate cancer cell lines CWR22Rv1 and CWR-R1, which produce XMRV virtually identical to the viruses recently found in patient samples, as well as their progenitor human prostate tumor xenograft (CWR22) that had been passaged in mice. The Pathak lab detected XMRV infection in the two cell lines and in the later passage xenografts, but not in the early passages. In particular, they found that the host mice contained two proviruses, PreXMRV-1 and PreXMRV-2, which share 99.92% identity with XMRV over long stretches of their genomes. Their results showed that XMRV was not present in the original CWR22 tumor but was generated by recombination of two proviruses during tumor passaging in mice, between 1993 and 1996. The probability that an identical recombinant was generated independently is negligible (~10-12).

These findings refuted the idea that XMRV is a human pathogen and showed that the association of XMRV with prostate cancer and chronic fatigue syndrome was due to laboratory contamination of human samples with the laboratory-derived virus as well as contaminating mouse DNA. To view the original publication of this study in Science and related articles, click here.

The designation of Dr. Pathak's publication as a Fast Breaking Paper in Microbiology by Science Watch was highlighted on the home page of the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNL) website (link to news article) and in a recent issue of The Poster newsletter (link to Noteworthy Paper feature).


XMRV Working Group Received NIH Director's Award

Presentations at the Cold Spring Harbor Retroviruses Meeting in May 2009 suggested that xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus (XMRV), a novel gammaretrovirus with a potential link to prostate cancer and chronic fatigue syndrome, might be present in ~3% of the U.S. population, raising both public health issues and concern for contamination of the nation's blood supply. In response, the Intramural Research Program (IRP) of the National Cancer Institute immediately formed a multidisciplinary XMRV Working Group and charged the group with developing, implementing, and making available diagnostic reagents for rapid, accurate, and reliable detection of XMRV nucleic acids, antigens, and infectious virus. The group developed an action plan, and within three months, the SAIC Protein Expression Laboratory reported construction of 40 recombinant clones expressing all XMRV antigens and their subsequent purification for use as immunological reagents in December 2009. Importantly, these reagents were also made available (through the NIH AIDS Reagent Program) to the extramural community to accelerate XMRV research and allow sharing of a common set of reagents. A parallel effort in the HIV Dynamics and Replication Program resulted in establishing an assay to quantify XMRV DNA (from tissue) and RNA (from plasma) in November and December 2009, respectively. Since ultrasensitive XMRV nucleic acid detection methods were not available, this required in-house development and standardization, using the existing manpower and financial resources of the HIV DRP. In response to the need for "authentic" viral antigens for the development and standardization of immunological reagents by the Viral Technology Laboratory, the large-scale virus culture facilities of the SAIC AIDS and Cancer Virus Program were recruited for XMRV production. Finally, researchers of the HIV DRP developed the DERSE indicator cell line for detection of infectious XMRV. In contrast to traditional virological methods, this novel assay reduced the time needed to detect low levels of replicating XMRV in cell culture from months to a matter of weeks.

Subsequent studies have demonstrated that XMRV does not pose a threat to public health. Despite this, events between October 2009 and October 2010 highlighted the ability of dedicated scientists of the IRP to respond very quickly to a potential public health crisis by assembling a multidisciplinary team with a single goal of rapidly preparing, standardizing, and making available reagents for diagnostic virology. In every instance, reagents were prepared with existing manpower and resources, and without a serious interruption in the normal work flow or productivity of each group involved. Their non-XMRV work continued unimpeded. The success of this effort relied on close cooperation between all groups to establish and meet important deadlines. In addition to their individual contributions, the XMRV Working Group made reagents and technologies available to the general scientific community, and performed additional diagnostic analysis of samples supplied by federal, intramural, and extramural laboratories. In February 2012, the external XMRV Working Group (the Blood XMRV Scientific Research Working Group) received a Special Recognition Award from the Department of Health and Human Services, recognizing their exemplary team performance for "evaluating XMRV, a potential threat to the blood supply." In July 2012, members of the IRP XMRV Working Group were similarly recognized for their outstanding work by receiving the NIH Director's Award.

The IRP XMRV Working Group included:

Stuart Le Grice, HIV DRP
Alan Rein, HIV DRP
Vineet KewalRamani, HIV DRP
Mary Kearney, HIV DRP
James Hartley, Protein Expression Laboratory, SAIC-Frederick
Rachel Bagni, Viral Technology Laboratory, SAIC-Frederick
Jeffrey Lifson, AIDS and Cancer Virus Program, SAIC-Frederick

The NIH Director's Award to the IRP XMRV Working Group was highlighted on the home page of the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNL) website (link to news article) and in a recent issue of The Poster newsletter (link to NIH Director's Award feature).

IRP XMRV Working Group photo


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12th Annual Symposium on Antiviral Drug Resistance: Targets and Mechanisms

Link to 12th Annual Symposium on Antiviral Drug Resistance - external website

The 12th Annual Symposium on Antiviral Drug Resistance: Targets and Mechanisms was held in November 2011 at The Hotel Hershey in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh and co-sponsored by the HIV DRP, NCI, this annual meeting brought together researchers in a variety of virus systems to exchange new information on viral targets for therapy, on antiviral drugs, and on resistance to these drugs. The focus was on specific molecular targets, their normal structure and function, their interactions with antiviral drugs, and the evolutionary basis and specific mechanisms of viral resistance.  Organized by molecular target, the program included presentations by invited speakers as well as oral and poster presentations selected from submitted abstracts.  


Study on Development of System to Redirect HIV-1 Integration Selected as a Top CCR Science Advance in 2010

A recent study by Stephen Hughes and his colleagues, in collaboration with researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Rockefeller University, was selected as one of the two top Center for Cancer Research (CCR) Science Advances of the year in Virology. Using lens epithelium-derived growth factor fusion proteins, the research team developed a system to redirect HIV-1 DNA integration. This study has two important implications. First, the system can be used to better understand the interactions of important chromatin-binding domains in living cells, which will help to define the distribution of factors on chromatin and how this contributes to important cellular processes, including development, differentiation, and cancer. Second, the ability to direct the sites of retroviral DNA integration away from regions of the genome that contain actively expressed genes has the potential to make gene therapy with retroviral vectors considerably safer. The study showed that proviruses integrated away from active genes are expressed in short-term experiments. Additional details about the study, originally reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA (PDF), are provided in a PNAS Commentary (PDF) and a CCR Connections article.


David Derse Memorial Conference

Link to program of David Derse Memorial Conference

The David Derse Memorial Conference was held in June 2010 at the NCI-Frederick Conference Center in Frederick, Maryland. The HIV DRP, in collaboration with the Center of Excellence in HIV/AIDS & Cancer Virology at the National Cancer Institute, hosted this conference in memory of David Derse, head of the Retrovirus Gene Expression Section. Invited speakers included colleagues and collaborators, from around the world as well as from the local scientific community, whose work intersects with Dr. Derse's scientific career. The presentations were on recent advances in retroviral research, with a special focus on HTLV-1.

Invited speakers who participated in this conference included Charles Bangham (Wright-Fleming Institute, Imperial College London), Genoveffa Franchini (Vaccine Branch, National Cancer Institute-Bethesda), Chou-Zen Giam (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences), Robert Gorelick (AIDS and Cancer Virus Program, National Cancer Institute-Frederick), Reuben Harris (University of Minnesota), Kathryn Jones (Laboratory of Experimental Immunology, National Cancer Institute-Frederick), Susan Marriott (Baylor College of Medicine), Walther Mothes (Yale University School of Medicine), Cynthia Pise-Masison (Laboratory of Cellular Oncology, National Cancer Institute-Bethesda), and William Switzer (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Members of the Derse laboratory — Gisela Heidecker, Batsukh Dorjbal, Anna Ilinskaya, and Vladimir Pak — presented their latest research findings as well.


Vinay Pathak Appointed as Guest Editor for Special Issue of Viruses

Vinay Pathak was appointed as the Guest Editor for the HIV Drug Resistance special issue of Viruses, published in 2010.


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Stuart Le Grice Co-Hosted Russian Delegation Tour of NCI-Frederick HIV/AIDS Research Facilities

In February 2010, Stuart Le Grice, Barry O'Keefe, and Dimiter Dimitrov hosted a tour of the NCI-Frederick HIV/AIDS research facilities by a Russian delegation of scientists and government officials. The delegation was shown the single-genome sequencing facilities of the HIV DRP, the large-scale virus production facilities of the AIDS and Cancer Virus Program, the protein chemistry facilities of the Molecular Targets Laboratory, and the natural products repository of the Developmental Therapeutics Program.

Russian delegation touring NCI-Frederick HIV/AIDS facilities - photo 1A second component of the tour involved a meeting with the Russian delegation at the National Institutes of Health Office of AIDS Research (OAR) in Bethesda, where future collaborative actions were discussed. These visits were coordinated by the OAR as a follow-up to the United States-Russia Workshop on HIV Prevention Science, which was conducted in October 2009 in Moscow and sponsored by the OAR in collaboration with the Russian Ministry of Health and Social Development.

Tours involving an international delegation at this level are relatively rare at NCI-Frederick. The primary goal of the tour and accompanying lectures was to highlight the strength and depth of the NCI HIV/AIDS research effort. A second goal was to discuss mechanisms to increase communication and collaboration between U.S. and Russian scientists.

Members of the Russian delegation included Valery Charushin, Director of the I.Y. Postovsky Institute of Organic Synthesis and Chairman of the Ural Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences; Valeriy Chereshnev, Chairman of the Committee of Science and Innovations, State Duma of the Russian Federation; Ilyia Drozdov, Director General of the State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology, VECTOR; Azha Gaydarova, Research Fellow in the Sechenov Medical Academy of Moscow; Eduard Karamov, Galina Kornilaeva, and Tatiana Pavlova, Senior Researchers in the Ivanovsky Institute of Virology, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences; Igor Sidorovich, Head of the AIDS Immunobiology Department, Institute of Immunology, Ministry of Health and Social Development; and Alexander Tatarintsev and Ali Turgiev, General Manager and Research Director, respectively, of Laboratory Diagnostics Co., Moscow State University Science Park.

Russian delegation touring NCI-Frederick HIV/AIDS facilities - photo 2The tour was highly successful from the NCI perspective and was greatly appreciated by the Russian delegation. Delegates were particularly impressed by the participation of NCI-based Russian scientists ( Olga Nikolaitchik, Elena Chertova, and Ekaterina Goncharova), who conducted the tour in their native language.

As a result of this tour, several initiatives are under consideration, including sabbatical visits of Russian scientists to laboratories at NCI-Frederick and reciprocal visits of U.S. scientists to Russia to provide logistical support to establish new collaborations.


Stuart Le Grice Invited to Co-Edit Special Issue of Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry

Stuart F.J. Le Grice was invited to co-edit, with A. Jun Komano (National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Japan), a special issue of Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry dedicated to HIV therapy.

Eric Freed Appointed as Editor-in-Chief of Viruses

Eric Freed was appointed as the first Editor-in-Chief of Viruses, a new open-access journal that provides an advanced forum for studies of viruses. The journal's broad scope includes all classes of viruses, viral epidemiology, virus-like agents, vaccines, and antiviral drugs.

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Stephen Oroszlan Honored for Research on HIV Protease

Dr. Stephen Oroszlan's award - Photo 1 Stephen Oroszlan, Scientist Emeritus, was honored at the Symposium on HIV Protease and Beyond: The Past, Present, and Future of HIV Structural Biology, held at NCI-Frederick in January 2009. Organized by the NCI Center of Excellence in HIV/AIDS & Cancer Virology with support from the Center for Cancer Research and NIH Intramural AIDS Targeted Antiretroviral Program, the Symposium commemorated the 20th anniversary of the publication of the crystal structure of HIV protease, a turning point in the utilization of structural information for drug design. The relationship between structural biology and drug design for other HIV targets was also highlighted at the Symposium.


Dr. Stephen Oroszlan's award - Photo 2In the opening session, Michael Gottesman (NIH Deputy Director for Intramural Research) presented an award to Dr. Oroszlan in recognition of his many contributions to our understanding of the structure of retroviruses, and for his seminal work on viral proteases. Dr. Oroszlan gave the opening keynote talk, describing the key events in retroviral protease research and the discovery of HIV protease. He has been awarded three U.S. patents and one European patent on HIV protease. His numerous honors include the award of a Doctor Honoris Causa Degree from the University of Debrecen Medical School in 1993, election to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences as a Foreign Associate in 1994, a Retroviral Retrospective Symposium to Honor Dr. Stephen Oroszlan held at Hood College in 1994, and the Mór Kaposi Research Foundation Award in 2000.


Study on HIV-1 Trafficking Selected as Top 2008 CCR Science Advance in HIV/AIDS

A study by Eric Freed and his colleagues on "Real-Time Visualization of HIV-1 Gag Trafficking in Infected Macrophages" was selected as the top CCR Science Advance of the year in HIV/AIDS research. Featured in a CCR In the Journals article, Dr. Freed's study "demonstrates that HIV-1 particles are retained in internal reservoirs within host cells from which they can be rapidly released at opportune times, such as when contact is established with uninfected cells....The results of this study may set the groundwork for the development of new HIV treatments based on interruption of intracellular viral trafficking." To view the original publication of this study in PLoS Pathogens, click here.  


HIV DRP Hosts Visitors Observing BL2*/BL3 Work

Nancy Chung training visitors in BL2*/BL3 protocols used by HIV Dynamics and Replication Program

Nancy Chung (second from right) in the BL2* staging area with (from left to right) Margaret Lange, Eleftherios Michailidis, and Bruno Marchand

The HIV DRP hosted several members of the laboratories of Donald Burke and Stefan Sarafianos from the University of Missouri to demonstrate the BL2*/BL3 practices and protocols used in the HIV DRP. Nancy Chung in Vineet KewalRamani's group conducted the training for the visitors, which included Dr. Burke and fellows Margaret Lange, Bruno Marchand, and Eleftherios Michailidis. In addition to demonstrating experiments using GHOST cell infections with live HIV-1, Dr. Chung demonstrated TZM cell titrations, which are commonly used by laboratories conducting research on antiviral inhibitors. Observing the BL2*/BL3 work firsthand proved very helpful to the guests; in Dr. Burke's words, "there were a thousand little details that can only be learned by watching it in action."

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News Articles and Press Releases

Press Releases and Related Articles on HIV-1 Maturation Inhibitors

The following articles describe the identification and development of HIV-1 maturation inhibitors, a novel class of antiretroviral drug candidates, in collaboration with Eric Freed's lab in the HIV DRP, National Cancer Institute (to view the articles, click on the titles below):

January 2012 Press Release from DFH Pharma:
DFH Pharma to Collaborate With National Cancer Institute to Develop Second-Generation HIV Maturation Inhibitor Drugs


August 2006 Article in the Boston Globe:
Chinese Herb May Yield Drug for AIDS


To view the published results of a study elucidating the mechanism of action of PA-457, go to Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 100: 13555-13560, 2003 (PDF - 384KB).

News Articles on Recent PNAS Paper by Host-Virus Interaction Branch

The following news articles highlight a PNAS paper published in March 2008 by a collaborative team including members of the Host-Virus Interaction Branch (Sarah Palmer, Frank Maldarelli, Ann Wiegand, John Coffin, John Mellors) on the persistence of low-level viremia for at least 7 years in HIV-infected patients on potent antiretroviral therapy (to view the articles, click on the titles below):

BBC News:
HIV 'hides from drugs for years'


The original article by Palmer et al. describing the study (Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 105: 3879-3884, 2008):
Low-level viremia persists for at least 7 years in patients on suppressive antiretroviral therapy (PDF - 664KB)


NCI Center of Excellence in HIV/AIDS & Cancer Virology

The Center of Excellence in HIV/AIDS and Cancer Virology (CEHCV) was formed in 2006 within the Center for Cancer Research, NCI. The mission of the CEHCV is to facilitate and rapidly communicate advances in the discovery, development, and delivery of antiviral and immunologic approaches for the prevention and treatment of HIV infection, AIDS-related malignancies, and cancer-associated viral diseases. Stuart Le Grice, a Principal Investigator in the HIV DRP, was appointed Head of the CEHCV. Further details are available at the Center's website.  


Invited Student Symposium

Participants at 2005 Invited Student SymposiumIn conjunction with the 2005 Think Tank Meeting, the HIV DRP hosted the third Invited Student Symposium on April 6. After attending the Think Tank Meeting, the following senior graduate students from outside the NIH community presented short talks on their retrovirology research to the HIV DRP staff and convened with the Program's faculty for informal discussions.

Danso Ako-Adjei
(Volker Vogt Laboratory, Cornell University)

Jared Auclair
(Celia Schiffer Laboratory, University of Massachusetts Medical School)

Shardell Hawkins
(Michael Summers Laboratory, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and University of Maryland Baltimore County)

Shari Kaiser
(Michael Emerman Laboratory, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center)

Juliana Leung
(Stephen Goff Laboratory, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons)

Urvi Parikh
(John Mellors Laboratory, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine)

David Sayah
(Jeremy Luban Laboratory, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons)

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Eric Freed Appointed as Guest Editor for Special Issue of Virus Research

Cover image from Virus Research, Vol 106, No 2, 2004

The cover image was reprinted from Virus Research, Vol. 106, No. 2, Copyright 2004, with permission from Elsevier. The original source of the artwork was Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 99: 955-960, 2002 (Copyright 2002, National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A.).

Eric Freed served as Guest Editor for the December 2004 issue of Virus Research, which was devoted to mechanisms of enveloped virus budding. In addition to writing the preface (PDF - 33KB) to this special issue, Dr. Freed solicited chapters from leading investigators studying a range of enveloped viruses, edited the chapters, and coordinated the review process. He also contributed a chapter on retrovirus budding (Demirov and Freed, pp. 87-102, PDF - 443KB) and provided the artwork for the journal's cover, showing an electron micrograph of TSG-5' inhibiting HIV-1 budding.


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