PRLog (Press Release) - Oct 07, 2012 - MONMOUTH JUNCTION, NJ.– Authors Abdurahman et al published an article in the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy titled, Activity of the Small Modified Amino Acid a-Hydroxy Glycineamide on In Vitro and In Vivo Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 Capsid Assembly and Infectivity which cites Viraffinity™ from Biotech Support Group for virus purification. Researchers studied the role of alpha-hydroxy-glycineamide (alpha-HGA), a metabolite with antiviral specificity towards human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) virion. Alpha-hydroxy-glycineamide (alpha-HGA) affects reverse transcriptase or protease inhibitor resistant HIV-1 virion isolates to replicate and prevents the HIV-1 capsid protein from forming tubular or core structures in vitro and in vivo. Scientists developed an assay for virus production which infected HIV-LAI or HeLa-tat cells with HIV-1 clone pNL4-3 in culture medium having alpha-HGA and ACH-2 cells that were stimulated to produce virus.
Virus particles treated with alpha-HGA and untreated with alpha-HGA in the supernatant were purified using Viraffinity™ from Biotech Support Group. Viraffinity™ is a unique water-insoluble elastomeric polyelectrolyte that has been engineered for the capture and recovery of viruses. Upon adding Viraffinity™ to the sample, mixing and centrifuging removes cell debris from the culture supernatants. It’s simple protocol is developed especially for high yield recovery of virions, viral proteins or viral nucleic acids. The centrifuged pellet contains polyelectrolyte-bound viruses that can then be recovered using a moderately alkaline pH solution. Next researchers analyzed the Viraffinity™ purified alpha-HGA treated and untreated HIV-1 clone pNL4-3 or stimulated ACH-2 cell cultures infected HeLA-tat cells and the denatured whole-cell lysates by SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis.
Presumably Viraffinity™ does not affect whole infectious non-enveloped virus, virions, viral components upon purification and maintains whole infectious non-enveloped virus, virions, viral components function. Major viral proteins were analyzed by western blot and the western blot analysis of lysates showed no effect on the processing of capsid proteins. The purified viruses and lysate samples were transferred to a nitrocellulose membrane and detected with HIV-1 positive human sera. Recombinant proteins of the C-terminal p24 domain were incubated, trypsin digested and the peptide mixtures were analyzed by matrix assisted laser desorption ionization-mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS). Alpha-HGA bound to the N- and C-terminal domains of the HIV-1 capsid protein and affected the ability of the HIV-1 capsid protein to assembly. Development and analysis of lead compounds with anti-HIV specificity and novel mechanisms of antiviral action is possible with Viraffinity™ because it purifies whole infectious non-enveloped virus & non-infectious enveloped virus, isolates antigenic virions, enveloped and non-enveloped, enriches for viral nucleic acids and prepares viral samples for subsequent detection and analysis.
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