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B Zana, G Kemenesi, L Antal, F Földes, M Oldal, K Bányai, F Jakab
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February 6, 2017: Acta Virologica
Q Li, Y Xu, M Zhu, Y Dong, J Hu, Y Li, Y Liu
Hymenocallis littoralis growing in southern China has been recently extensively damaged by virus-like symptoms of necrosis, chlorosis, and ringspot. Of 44 plant samples collected from Yunnan, Guangxi, Guangdong, and Fujian provinces in southern China, 32 were infected with hippeastrum chlorotic ringspot virus (HCRV). Phylogenetic analysis based on the N gene divided the virus samples into two branches suggesting a geographic distribution attributed to the initial stage of a founder effect. The N gene was under purifying selection pressure and most of the deleterious mutants had been removed...
February 6, 2017: Acta Virologica
H Sobhy, G Gotthard, E Chabrière, D Raoult, P Colson
Mimivirus was the first discovered amoebal giant virus. The Mimivirus virions are covered by a dense layer of approximately 130 nm-long fibers, the length and shape of which diverge from those of other viruses. Here, we aimed at expressing the L725 protein to further confirm and study its role as a fiber-associated protein. We report Escherichia coli expression of the L725 protein, which is encoded by a Mimivirus ORFan, was previously identified by proteomics in purified viral fibers and demonstrated to be a fiber-associated protein by RNA-silencing experiments...
February 6, 2017: Acta Virologica
J-G Yang, K-H Hwang, E-J Kil, J Park, S Cho, Y-G Lee, C-K Auh, Y Rhee, S Lee
3D8 scFv, a catalytic recombinant antibody developed in the MRL mouse, exhibits nucleic acid-hydrolyzing activity. Previous studies have demonstrated that tobacco plants harboring 3D8 scFv antibodies showed broad-spectrum resistance to infection by both DNA and RNA viruses. In this study, potatoes were transformed with the 3D8 scFv gene and screened by potato virus X (PVX) challenge. Starting with the T0 and T1 potato lines, PVX-tolerant T1 potatoes were identified in the field and characterized by ELISA and RT-PCR analysis...
February 6, 2017: Acta Virologica
E Sabbaghian, F Roodbari, J Amani, A Rafiei
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) establishes severe disease in fetus, newborn and immunocompromised individuals. Polytope DNA vaccine strategy allows us to choose conserved and immunodominant epitopes from different antigens that can stimulate cellular and humoral immune responses simultaneously. In this study, a synthetic chimeric gene fragment was subcloned in to DNA vaccine vector pcDNA3.1+. The recombinant vector was transferred in to suitable eukaryotic cell line HEK 293T and the expression level of polytope construct from HEK 293T-infected cells was determined by western blot...
February 6, 2017: Acta Virologica
P Shankaran, M Madlenakova, V Hajkova, D Jilich, I Svobodova, A Horinek, Y Fujikura, Z Melkova
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) infection can be currently controlled by combined antiretroviral therapy, but a sterilizing cure is not achievable as this therapy does not target persistent HIV-1 in latent reservoirs. Therefore, different latency reversal agents are intensively explored in various models. We have previously observed that heme arginate, a drug approved for human use, reveals a strong synergism with PKC inducers in reactivation of the latent provirus. Heme is physiologically decomposed by heme oxygenases into 3 degradation products: iron (Fe2+), carbon monoxide (CO) and biliverdin which is further converted to bilirubin by biliverdin reductase...
February 6, 2017: Acta Virologica
P Choudhary, P Minakshi, K Ranjan, B Basanti
Rotaviruses are the major cause of severe gastroenteritis and mortality in young children and animals. Due to segmented nature of dsRNA genome and wide host range, vast genetic and antigenic diversity exists amongst different isolates of rotaviruses. A total of 230 fecal ovine and caprine samples collected from organized farms and villages in Haryana were screened for rotavirus detection. Samples were screened by latex agglutination test and RNA-PAGE followed by RT-PCR and nucleic acid sequencing. The latex agglutination test showed 25 newborn lamb and 4 kid fecal samples positive for rotavirus...
February 6, 2017: Acta Virologica
A Kumar, P Vijayakumar, P N Gandhale, P B Ranaware, H Kumar, D D Kulkarni, A A Raut, A Mishra
The differences in the influenza viral pathogenesis observed between different pathogenic strains are associated with distinct properties of virus strains and the host immune responses. In order to determine the differences in the duck immune response against two different pathogenic strains, we studied genome-wide host immune gene response of ducks infected with A/duck/India/02CA10/2011 and A/duck/Tripura/103597/2008 H5N1 viruses using custom-designed microarray. A/duck/India/02CA10/2011 is highly pathogenic virus (HP) to ducks, whereas A/duck/Tripura/103597/2008 is a low pathogenic (LP) virus strain...
February 6, 2017: Acta Virologica
D Kumar, K Tiwari, M S Rajala
 Influenza A virus undergoes frequent changes of antigenicity and contributes to seasonal epidemics or unpredictable pandemics. Nucleoprotein, encoded by gene segment 5, is an internal protein of the virus and is conserved among strains of different host origins. In the current study, we analyzed the differentially expressed proteins in A549 cells transiently transfected with the recombinant nucleoprotein of influenza A virus by 2D gel electrophoresis. The resolved protein spots on gel were identified by MALDI-TOF/Mass spectrometry analysis...
February 6, 2017: Acta Virologica
T Tanaka, T Kamiyama, T Daikoku, K Takahashi, N Nomura, M Kurokawa, K Shiraki
Influenza virus infection induces the production of various cytokines, which play important roles in the pathogenesis of infection. Among the cytokines induced by influenza, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α production has been correlated with the severity of lung lesions. We investigated the effects of T-705 (Favipiravir, 6-fluoro-3-hydroxy-2-pyrazinecarboxamide) on cytokine production due to influenza virus infection in vitro and in vivo, compared with oseltamivir or GS 4071, an active form of oseltamivir. TNF-α production in mouse macrophage-derived P388D1 cells infected with the influenza virus was lower following treatment with T-705 at concentrations of 0...
February 6, 2017: Acta Virologica
J Rana, S Gulati, S Rajasekharan, A Gupta, V Chaudhary, S Gupta
Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) non-structural protein 2 (nsP2) is considered to be the master regulator of viral RNA replication and host responses generated during viral infection. This protein has two main functional domains: an N-terminal domain which exhibits NTPase, RNA triphosphatase and helicase activities and a C-terminal protease domain. Understanding how CHIKV nsP2 interacts with its host proteins is essential for elucidating all the required processes for viral replication and pathogenesis along with the identification of potential targets for antiviral therapy...
February 6, 2017: Acta Virologica
O Janíčková, L Ančicová, K Briestenská, J Mistríková
We demonstrated the positive effect of Isoprinosine treatment on persistent infection of Balb/c mice with MHV-68. Increased number of leukocytes, increased percentage of neutrophils, elevated levels of virus-neutralizing (VN) antibodies, reduced number of atypical lymphocytes and reduced virus titers were detected in the examined organs after a 14-day treatment. The positive effect of Isoprinosine therapy vanished after 120-150 days. After this interval, we demonstrated lower numbers of leukocytes, lower levels of VN antibodies and an increased number of atypical lymphoid monocytes in the Isoprinosine-treated group...
February 6, 2017: Acta Virologica
O Eini, M S Rasheed, J W Randles
Begomoviruses (the family Geminiviridae) have either a monopartite or a bipartite (DNA A and DNA B) single-stranded DNA genome. DNA B contains the open reading frame for movement protein and enables some bipartite begomoviruses to invade non-phloem tissues, whereas monopartite begomoviruses are limited to the phloem. Betasatellite DNA replicates in association with some monopartite begomoviruses to produce severe symptoms and enhance replication of helper virus in some hosts. The cotton leaf curl Multan betasatellite (CLCuMuB) has been shown to substitute for the DNA B of a bipartite begomovirus by permitting systemic infection, but the tissue tropism and the role of betasatellites in releasing monopartite begomoviruses from the phloem to adjacent tissue has not been described...
February 6, 2017: Acta Virologica
V Cubinková, B Valachová, V Brezovaková, R Szabó, I Zimová, Z Kostecká, S Jadhav
Alzheimer's disease (AD) the most common form of dementia is characterized by cognitive decline and progressive loss of neurons in the central nervous system. Despite huge scientific progress, there are only few animal models that recapitulate at least majority of the AD pathology and related symptomatology. Therefore, alternative methods to develop animal models for neurodegenerative diseases are constantly explored. Recently, recombinant adeno-associated viruses (AAVs) are widely used viral vectors in development of novel models for neurodegenerative diseases...
February 6, 2017: Acta Virologica
R Szabó
Hantaviruses are emerging zoonoses hosted by small mammals. In humans, they cause two diseases. Hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome is mainly caused by Dobrava-Belgrade virus, Puumala virus, Seoul virus and Hantaan virus in Asia and Europe. On the other hand, the most important causes of hantavirus cardiopulmonary syndrome are Sin Nombre virus and Andes virus in Americas. Ribavirin yet remains the only licensed drug against the hantavirus infections, but its sufficient antiviral activity remains an issue under discussion...
February 6, 2017: Acta Virologica
T Ohsugi, M Wakamiya, S Morikawa, M Fujita
Human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1) can cause an aggressive malignancy known as adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATLL). The Tax protein encoded by the pX region of the HTLV-1 genome appears to be a key element in the early stage of ATLL development. In this study, we examined the expression of the downstream of tyrosine kinase (DOK) family members DOK1, DOK2 and DOK3, recently reported to be tumor suppressors, in HTLV-1-transformed T cells (MT-2 and HUT-102) and TL-Om1 cells derived from ATLL leukemic cells...
June 2016: Acta Virologica
J Valáriková, Z Sekeyová, L Škultéty, M Bohácsová, M Quevedo-Diaz
In general, cultivation and purification of intracellular pathogenic rickettsiae represents a risk for laboratory personnel due to exposure to highly infectious aerosol or accidental inoculation during these procedures. In this study, we describe an alternative, effective and time saving technique for rickettsial purification using digitonin to release intracellular bacteria from host cell without physical disruption. No significant differences were noted in yield and infectivity between digitonin treated rickettsiae and rickettsiae purified by sonication...
June 2016: Acta Virologica
T S Zhao, Y H Xia
Classical swine fever virus (CSFV) causes a highly contagious disease among swine that has an important economic impact worldwide. There are two important CSFV strains in China, Shimen and hog cholera lapinized virus (HCLV). Shimen strain is highly virulent while HCLV, also referred to as C-strain, is a live attenuated vaccine strain considered to be one of the most effective and safest live vaccines. In this study, a chimeric infectious cDNA clone of CSFV named pT7SM-c was engineered by replacing the E(rns) genomic region of an infectious clone of CSFV Shimen strain, pT7SM, with the same region obtained from HCLV...
June 2016: Acta Virologica
K Petrzik, I Koloniuk, T Sarkisová, L Číhal
Cauliflower mosaic virus (CaMV) - a plant pararetrovirus that naturally causes diseases in Brassicaceae and Solanaceae plant hosts worldwide - has been detected by PCR for the first time in herbarium samples of Usnea sp. lichens. The virus's presence in these lichens did not result in any micro- or macromorphological changes, and the herbarium records were classified as representative for the distinct species. Sequence analyses classified all the detected viruses into one lineage of CaMV isolates. We have shown here that herbarium samples could be a good source for virus study, especially where a longer time span is involved...
June 2016: Acta Virologica
X-K Yao, Z-P Pan, Y Li, Y-Z Lun, Q Chi, S-J Jiang, F Wang, W Sui
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA polymerase transactivated protein 1 (HBVDNAPTP1) is a novel protein upregulated by HBV DNA polymerase, which has been screened by suppression subtractive hybridization technique (SSH) (GenBank Acc. No. AY450389). A vector pcDNA3.1 (-)/myc-His A-HBVDNAPTP1 was constructed and used to transfect acute monocytic leukemia cell line THP-1. HBVDNAPTP1 expression was detected by Western blot analysis in the cells. A cDNA library of genes downregulated by HBVDNAPTP1 in THP-1 cells was made in pGEM-T Easy using SSH...
June 2016: Acta Virologica
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