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Journal of Virological Methods

J C Chandler, A Pérez-Méndez, J Paar, M M Doolittle, B Bisha, L D Goodridge
Fecal contamination of water poses a significant risk to public health due to the potential presence of pathogens, including enteric viruses. Therefore, sensitive, reliable and easy to use methods for the concentration, detection and quantification of microorganisms associated with the safety and quality of water are needed. In this study, we performed a field evaluation of an anion exchange resin based method to concentrate male-specific (F+) RNA coliphages (FRNA), fecal indicator organisms, from diverse environmental waters that were suspected to be contaminated with feces...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Virological Methods
Estefania J Valverde, Juan J Borrego, Dolores Castro
The lymphocystis disease virus (LCDV), a member of the Iridoviridae family, infects a wide range of fish species including gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata L.), the most important species cultured in the Mediterranean. LCDV is difficult to propagate in cell culture and does not produce clear and consistent cytopathic effects (CPE), especially in samples collected from subclinically infected fish. An integrated cell culture reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (ICC-RT-PCR) assay, followed by dot-blot hybridization of the RT-PCR products, was developed to improve the detection of infectious LCDV...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Virological Methods
Mitchell K Monninger, Chrystal A Nguessan, Candace D Blancett, Kathleen A Kuehl, Cynthia A Rossi, Scott P Olschner, Priscilla L Williams, Steven L Goodman, Mei G Sun
Transmission electron microscopy can be used to observe the ultrastructure of viruses and other microbial pathogens with nanometer resolution. In a transmission electron microscope (TEM), the image is created by passing an electron beam through a specimen with contrast generated by electron scattering from dense elements in the specimen. Viruses do not normally contain dense elements, so a negative stain that places dense heavy metal salts around the sample is added to create a dark border. To prepare a virus sample for a negative stain transmission electron microscopy, a virus suspension is applied to a TEM grid specimen support, which is a 3mm diameter fragile specimen screen coated with a few nanometers of plastic film...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Virological Methods
M Wasniewski, I Almeida, A Baur, T Bedekovic, D Boncea, L B Chaves, D David, P De Benedictis, M Dobrostana, P Giraud, P Hostnik, I Jaceviciene, S Kenklies, M König, K Mähar, M Mojzis, S Moore, S Mrenoski, T Müller, E Ngoepe, M Nishimura, T Nokireki, N Pejovic, M Smreczak, B Strandbygaard, E Wodak, F Cliquet
The most effective and sustainable method to control and eliminate rabies in wildlife is the oral rabies vaccination (ORV) of target species, namely foxes and raccoon dogs in Europe. According to WHO and OIE, the effectiveness of oral vaccination campaigns should be regularly assessed via disease surveillance and ORV antibody monitoring. Rabies antibodies are generally screened for in field animal cadavers, whose body fluids are often of poor quality. Therefore, the use of alternative methods such as the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) has been proposed to improve reliability of serological results obtained on wildlife samples...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Virological Methods
Yohei Kurosaki, Sayaka Okada, Sayuri Nakamae, Jiro Yasuda
Bovine papular stomatitis virus (BPSV) causes pustular cutaneous disease in cattle worldwide. This paper describes the development of a specific loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assay to detect BPSV which did not cross-react with other parapoxviruses. To assess analytical sensitivity of this LAMP assay, DNA was extracted from serially diluted BPSV from which the infectious titer was determined by a novel assay based on calf kidney epithelial cells. The LAMP assay had equivalent analytical sensitivity to quantitative PCR, and could detect as few as 86 copies of viral DNA per reaction...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Virological Methods
Nicole L McLellan, Hung Lee, Marc B Habash
Standardized and rapid assays for viable viral pathogens are needed to inform human health risk assessments. Conventional qPCR is designed to enumerate the gene copies of an organism in a sample, but does not identify those that originated from a viable pathogen. This study was undertaken to evaluate modified qPCR methods as infectivity assays for the enumeration of infectious MS2 coliphage. Propidium monoazide (PMA) treatment coupled with long-amplicon qPCR assays were assessed for their ability to quantify infectious MS2 in pure cultures and following inactivation by a range of UV light exposures and chlorine doses...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Virological Methods
Xiangfeng He, Fei Xue, Shufa Xu, Wenhe Wang
Lily symptomless virus (LSV) is one of the most prevalent viruses that infect lily plants worldwide. A rapid and sensitive reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP) assay was developed for detection of LSV, using two primer pairs that specifically amplified the conserved sequence of LSV coat protein. The optimum reaction conditions were as follows: 4mM MgCl2 and 0.8M betaine with incubation at 64°C for 30min. The limit of detection of LSV from infected lily leaves was 10-fold higher for RT-LAMP than for conventional RT-PCR...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Virological Methods
Eva Heger, Alexandra Andrée Theis, Klaus Remmel, Hauke Walter, Alejandro Pironti, Elena Knops, Veronica Di Cristanziano, Björn Jensen, Stefan Esser, Rolf Kaiser, Nadine Lübke
Phenotypic resistance analysis is an indispensable method for determination of HIV-1 resistance and cross-resistance to novel drug compounds. Since integrase inhibitors are essential components of recent antiretroviral combination therapies, phenotypic resistance data, in conjunction with the corresponding genotypes, are needed for improving rules-based and data-driven tools for resistance prediction, such as HIV-Grade and geno2pheno[integrase]. For generation of phenotypic resistance data to recent integrase inhibitors, a recombinant phenotypic integrase susceptibility assay was established...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Virological Methods
Kenzo Yonemitsu, Yutaka Terada, Ryusei Kuwata, Dung Nguyen, Nobuyuki Shiranaga, Satomi Tono, Tomoka Matsukane, Mayumi Yokoyama, Kazuo Suzuki, Hiroshi Shimoda, Ai Takano, Masahiko Muto, Ken Maeda
Hepatitis E virus (HEV) is the causative agent of hepatitis E, a food- and water-borne disease. In developed countries, consumption of meats from pigs, wild boars and deer is a major source of infection. Although HEV and HEV-related viruses have been detected in many animal species, their zoonotic potential and prevalence has not been completely understood. To detect anti-HEV antibody in mammalian species, a simple enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) was established using extract from cells expressing HEV capsid protein and protein A/G as an antigen and a reagent for detection of antibody...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Virological Methods
Hyun Jung Gye, Toyohiko Nishizawa
Nervous necrosis virus (NNV) belongs to genus Betanodavirus (family Nodaviridae). It is highly pathogenic to various marine fishes. In the present study, cultured NNV suspension was placed in dialysis tube at molecular weight cut off (MWCO) of 10(6) and dialyzed against Dulbecco's phosphate buffered saline (D-PBS), 15mM Tris-HCl (pH 8.0), or deionized water (DIW) for 14days followed by anion-exchange chromatography. Infectivity titers of NNV suspensions were stable during dialyses. However, the antigenicity of NNV suspension was decreased to 2...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Virological Methods
Scott Goebel, Beth Snyder, Timothy Sellati, Mohammad Saeed, Roger Ptak, Michael Murray, Robert Bostwick, Jonathan Rayner, Fusataka Koide, Raj Kalkeri
Despite the rapid spread of Zika virus (ZIKV) infection and associated neurological complications in the America's, prophylactic or therapeutic countermeasures are not currently available. This is mostly due to the fact that until recently there was no presumed need for medical intervention since there was no association between ZIKV infection and significant human morbidity. Consequently, there are currently no tools due mostly to the lack of sensitive cell based assays amenable for identification of ZIKV inhibitors...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Virological Methods
Zhenhui Song, Xianjin Dai, Cuifang Ye, Yuntian Li, Li Wang, Yang Hu
To gain a better understanding of the replication, proliferation and infection characteristics of porcine transmissible gastroenteritis virus (TGEV) in porcine intestinal epithelial cells (IECs), this study established a cell model of IECs infected with the Chongqing (CQ) strain of TGEV. The morphogenesis and proliferative rule of TGEV in porcine IECs were investigated using transmission electron microscopy, indirect immunofluorescence assays and real-time fluorescence quantitative PCR. Observations under the TEM indicated that the enveloped viral particles were roughly spherical, with diameters of between 80 and 120nm...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Virological Methods
So-Young Oh, Toyohiko Nishizawa
Red seabream iridovirus (RSIV) is a member of genus Megalocytivirus in the family Iridoviridae. RSIV infection causes significant economic losses of marine-fishes in East Asian countries. Grunt fin (GF) cell line has been commonly used for culturing RSIV. However, it is not suitable for definite evaluation of infectivity titer of RSIV because cells infected with RSIV are not completely cytolysed. Thus, we established a new cell line, RoBE-4, from rock bream (Oplegnathus fasciatus) eyed-egg embryos in this study...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Virological Methods
Pavana Jyothi V, Akila S, Malini K Selvan, Hariprasad Naidu, Shwethaa Raghunathan, Sathish Kota, R C Raja Sundaram, Samir Kumar Rana, G Dhinakar Raj, V A Srinivasan, B Mohana Subramanian
Canine parvovirus (CPV) is a non-enveloped single stranded DNA virus with an icosahedral capsid. Mini-sequencing based CPV typing was developed earlier to detect and differentiate all the CPV types and FPV in a single reaction. This technique was further evaluated in the present study by performing the mini-sequencing directly from fecal samples which avoided tedious virus isolation steps by cell culture system. Fecal swab samples were collected from 84 dogs with enteritis symptoms, suggestive of parvoviral infection from different locations across India...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Virological Methods
Li-Ming Xu, Jing-Zhuang Zhao, Miao Liu, Yong-Sheng Cao, Jia-Sheng Yin, Hong-Bai Liu, Tongyan Lu
Infectious pancreatic necrosis is a significant disease of farmed salmonids in China. In this study, a single chain variable fragment (scFv) antibody library derived from rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) and viral protein VP2 of a Chinese infectious pancreatic necrosis virus (IPNV) isolate ChRtm213 were co-expressed by a bacterial display technology. The library was subjected to three rounds of screening by flow cytometry (FCM) to select IPNV specific antibodies. Six antibody clones with different mean fluorescence intensities (MFI) were obtained by picking colonies at random...
November 2016: Journal of Virological Methods
Anja Hoffmann, Dennis Schade, Johannes Kirchmair, Bernd Clement, Andreas Sauerbrei, Michaela Schmidtke
Efforts to develop novel neuraminidase inhibitors (NAIs) for the treatment of influenza are ongoing. Novel NAIs should in particular be also effective against seasonal and/or pandemic N1 that carry a H274Y or N294S substitution (N2 numbering), which are most commonly linked to oseltamivir resistance. Here we report a platform for profiling the efficacy of novel NAIs in the N1 genetic background of influenza A virus. Employing reverse genetics, a set of influenza virus variants containing an amino acid substitution associated with oseltamivir resistance in N1 isolates (H274Y, N294S, Y155H or Q136L) was generated...
November 2016: Journal of Virological Methods
Jeong-Nam Park, Mi-Kyeong Ko, Rae-Hyung Kim, Min-Eun Park, Seo-Yong Lee, Ji-Eun Yoon, Joo-Hyung Choi, Su-Hwa You, Jung-Won Park, Kwang-Nyeong Lee, Ji-Eun Chun, Su-Mi Kim, Dongseob Tark, Hyang-Sim Lee, Young-Joon Ko, Byounghan Kim, Myoung-Heon Lee, Jong-Hyeon Park
Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is a highly contagious and economically devastating disease that affects cloven-hoofed animals worldwide. Construction and purification of stable antigen for vaccine are necessary but technically difficult and laborious. Here, we have tried to investigate an alternative method by inserting a hexa-histidine tag (6xHIS) in the VP1 C-terminal for easy purification and replacing two amino acids of VP1/VP2 to enhance the stability of the capsid of the FMD virus (FMDV) Asia1/MOG/05. In addition, infectious 6xHIS-tagged stable (S/T) FMDVs were maintained under acidic conditions (pH 6...
November 2016: Journal of Virological Methods
Barbara Wrzesińska, Przemysław Wieczorek, Aleksandra Obrępalska-Stęplowska
Full-length cDNA clones of Peanut stunt virus strain P (PSV-P) were constructed and introduced into Nicotiana benthamiana plants via Agrobacterium tumefaciens. The cDNA fragments corresponding to three PSV genomic RNAs and satellite RNA were cloned into pGreen binary vector between Cauliflower mosaic virus (CaMV) 35S promoter and nopaline synthase (NOS) terminator employing seamless recombinational cloning system. The plasmids were delivered into A. tumefaciens, followed by infiltration of hosts plants. The typical symptoms on systemic leaves of infected plants similar to those of wild-type PSV-P were observed...
November 2016: Journal of Virological Methods
Arinjay Banerjee, Noreen Rapin, Megan Miller, Philip Griebel, Yan Zhou, Vincent Munster, Vikram Misra
It is speculated that bats are important reservoir hosts for numerous viruses, with 27 viral families reportedly detected in bats. Majority of these viruses have not been isolated and there is little information regarding their biology in bats. Establishing a well-characterized bat cell line supporting the replication of bat-borne viruses would facilitate the analysis of virus-host interactions in an in vitro model. Currently, few bat cell lines have been developed and only Tb1-Lu, derived from Tadarida brasiliensis is commercially available...
November 2016: Journal of Virological Methods
Yuanyuan Qiu, Bonita E Lee, Norma J Ruecker, Norman Neumann, Nicholas Ashbolt, Xiaoli Pang
A one-step centrifugal ultrafiltration method was developed to enhance rapid detection of human enteric viruses and co-occurring viruses in wastewater. Samples were collected pre- and post-UV treatment at two full-scale tertiary municipal wastewater treatment plants in Calgary, Canada. Viruses were concentrated from 100mL wastewater samples through direct centrifugation using the Centricon Plus-70 ultrafilter. Seven viruses, including norovirus, rotavirus, sapovirus, astrovirus, enterovirus, adenovirus and JC virus, were tested using real-time quantitative PCR (rt-qPCR) and cell culture...
November 2016: Journal of Virological Methods
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