Recent Publications

  1. Zaitsev V, von Itzstein M, Groves D, Kiefel M, Takimoto T, Portner A, Taylor G. Second sialic acid binding site in Newcastle disease virus hemagglutinin-neuraminidase: implications for fusion. J Virol 78:3733-3741, 2004.
  2. Alymova IV, Taylor G, Takimoto T, Lin TH, Chand P, Babu YS, Li C, Xiong X, Portner A. Efficacy of novel hemagglutinin-neuraminidase inhibitors BCX 2798 and BCX 2855 against human parainfluenza viruses in vitro and in vivo. Antimicrob Agents Chemother 48: 1495-1502, 2004.
  3. Takimoto T, Hurwitz JL, Coleclough C, Prouser C, Krishnamurthy S, Zhan X, Boyd K, Scroggs RA, Brown B, Nagai Y, Portner A, Slobod KS. Recombinant Sendai virus expressing the G glycoprotein of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) elicits immune protection against RSV. J Virol 78:6043-6047, 2004.
  4. Bousse T, Taylor G, Krishnamurthy S, Portner A, Samal SK, Takimoto T. Biological significance of the second receptor binding site of Newcastle disease virus Hemagglutinin-Neuraminidase protein. J Virol 78:13351-13355, 2004.
  5. Alymova IV, Portner A, Takimoto T, Boyd KL, Babu YS, McCullers JA. The novel parainfluenza virus hemagglutinin-neuraminidase inhibitor BCX 2798 prevents lethal synergism between a paramyxovirus and Streptococcus pneumoniae. Antimicrob Agents Chemother 49: 398-405, 2005.
  6. Takimoto T, Hurwitz JL, Zhan X, Krishnamurthy S, Prouser C, Brown B, Coleclough C, Boyd K, Scroggs RA, Portner A, Slobod KS. Recombinant Sendai virus as a novel vaccine candidate for respiratory syncytial virus. Viral Immun. 18: 255-266, 2005.
  7. Krishnamurthy S, Takimoto T, Scroggs RA, Portner A. Differentially regulated interferon response determines the outcome of Newcastle disease virus infection in normal and tumor cell lines. J Virol 80:5145-5155, 2006.
  8. Bousse T, Chambers RL, Scroggs RA, Portner A, Takimoto T. Human parainfluenza virus type 1 but not Sendai virus replicates in human respiratory cells despite IFN treatment. Virus Res. 121: 23-32, 2006.
  9. Bousse T, Takimoto T. Mutation at residue 523 creates a second receptor binding site on human parainfluenza virus type I HN protein. J Virol 80: 9009-9016, 2006.
  10. Brown SA, Hurwitz JL, Zirkel A, Surman S, Takimoto T, Alymova I, Coleclough C, Portner A, Doherty PC, and Slobod KS. A recombinant Sendai virus is controlled by CD4+ effector T cells responding to a secreted HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein. J Virol 81:12535-12542, 2007.
  11. Zhan X, Hurwitz JL, Krishnamurthy S, Takimoto T, Boyd K, Scroggs RA, Surman S, Portner A, Slobod KS. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) fusion protein expressed by recombinant Sendai virus elicits B-cell and T-cell responses in cotton rats and confers protection against RSV subtypes A and B. Vaccine 25:8782-8793, 2007.
  12. Zhan X, Slobod KS, Krishnamurthy S, Luque LE, Takimoto T, Jones B, Surman S, Russell CJ, Portner A, Hurwitz JL. Sendai virus recombinant vaccine expressing hPIV-3 HN or F elicits protective immunity and combines with a second recombinant to prevent hPIV-1, hPIV-3 and RSV infections. Vaccine 25:3480-3488, 2008.
  13. Bradel-Tretheway BG, Kelley Z, Chakraborty-Sett S, Takimoto T, Kim B, Dewhurst S. The human H5N1 influenza A virus polymerase complex is active in vitro over a broad range of temperatures, in contrast to the WSN complex, and this property can be attributed to the PB2 subunit. J Gen Virol 89:2923-32, 2008.
  14. Chambers R, Takimoto T. Host specificity of the anti-interferon and anti-apoptosis activities of parainfluenza virus P/C gene products. J Gen Virol 90:1906-1915, 2009.
  15. Desmet EA, Hollenbaugh JA, Sime PJ, Wright TW, Topham DJ, Sant AJ, Takimoto T, Dewhurst S, Maggirwar SB. Mixed lineage kinase 3 deficiency delays viral clearance in the lung and is associated with diminished influenza-induced cytopathic effect in infected cells. Virology 400:224-232, 2010.
  16. Bussey KA, Bousse TL, Desmet EA, Kim B, Takimoto T. PB2 residue 271 plays a key role in enhanced polymerase activity of influenza A viruses in mammalian host cells. J. Virol. 84:4395-4406, 2010.
  17. Aggarwal S, Bradel-Tretheway B, Takimoto T, Dewhurst S, Kim B. Biochemical characterization of enzyme fidelity of influenza A virus RNA polymerase complex. PLoS One 5(4):e10372, 2010.
  18. Chambers R, Takimoto T. Trafficking of Sendai virus nucleocapsids is mediated by intracellular vesicles. PLoS One 5(6):e10994, 2010.
  19. Guo H, Santiago F, Lambert K, Takimoto T, Topham DJ. T cell-mediated protection against lethal 2009 pandemic H1N1 influenza virus infection in a mouse model. J. Virol. 85:448-455, 2011.
  20. Bussey KA, Desmet EA, Mattiacio JL, Hamilton A, Bradel-Tretheway B, Bussey HE, Kim B, Dewhurst S, Takimoto T. PA residues in the 2009 H1N1 pandemic influenza virus enhance avian virus polymerase activity in mammalian cells. J Virol 85:7020-7028, 2011.
  21. Noble E, Mathews DH, Chen JL, Turner DH, Takimoto T, Kim B. Biophysical analysis of influenza A virus RNA promoter at physiological temperatures. J. Biol. Chem. 286:22965-70, 2011.
  22. Aggarwal S, Dewhurst S, Takimoto T, Kim B. Biochemical impact of the host adaptation associated PB2 E627K mutation on the temperature-dependent RNA synthesis kinetics of influenza A virus polymerase complex. J. Biol Chem. 286:34504-13, 2011.
  23. Jones BG, Sealy R, Rudraraju R, Traina-Dorge V, Finneyfrock B, Cook A, Takimoto T, Portner A, Hurwitz JL. Sendai virus-based RSV vaccine protects African green monkeys from RSV infection. Vaccine. 2011; Epub 2011 Nov 22.


Principal Investigator Photo of Toru Takimoto, Ph. D.

Toru Takimoto, Ph. D.

Associate Professor of Microbiology & Immunology

Contact Information:

University of Rochester
School of Medicine
and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 672
Rochester, New York 14642

Phone: (585) 273-2856
Lab: (585) 273-2894
Fax: (585) 473-9573

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