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Memi Muto, Wataru Kamitani, Mizuki Sakai, Minato Hirano, Shintaro Kobayashi, Hiroaki Kariwa, Kentaro Yoshii
Tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) causes severe neurological disease, but the pathogenetic mechanism is unclear. The conformational structure of the 3'-untranslated region (UTR) of TBEV is associated with its virulence. We tried to identify host proteins interacting with the 3'-UTR of TBEV. Cellular proteins of HEK293T cells were co-precipitated with biotinylated RNAs of the 3'-UTR of low- and high-virulence TBEV strains and subjected to mass spectrometry analysis. Fifteen host proteins were found to bind to the 3'-UTR of TBEV, four of which- cold shock domain containing-E1 (CSDE1), spermatid perinuclear RNA binding protein (STRBP), fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP), and interleukin enhancer binding factor 3 (ILF3)-bound specifically to that of the low-virulence strain...
March 12, 2018: Virus Research
Gaby E R Monteiro, Petrus Jansen Van Vanuren, Paul J Wichgers Schreur, Lieza Odendaal, Sarah J Clift, Jeroen Kortekaas, Janusz T Paweska
The NSs protein encoded by the S segment of Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV) is the major virulence factor, counteracting the host innate antiviral defence. It contains five highly conserved cysteine residues at positions 39, 40, 149, 178 and 194, which are thought to stabilize the tertiary and quaternary structure of the protein. Here, we report significant differences between clinical, virological, histopathological and host gene responses in BALB/c mice infected with wild-type RVFV (wtRVFV) or a genetic mutant having a double cysteine-to-serine substitution at residues 39 and 40 of the NSs protein (RVFV-C39S/C40S)...
March 9, 2018: Virus Research
Sankhadeep Dutta, Alexis Robitaille, François Aubin, Sébastien Fouéré, Lionel Galicier, David Boutboul, Fabiola Luzi, Paola Di Bonito, Massimo Tommasino, Tarik Gheit
Two novel human gamma-papillomavirus genomes (HPV_MTS3, and HPV_MTS4) were isolated from the skin of an immunosuppressed, late-onset Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis patient and fully cloned. The L1 open reading frames of HPV_MTS3 and HPV_MTS4 were 77% and 91% identical to their closest HPV full genome isolates w18c39 and EV03c60, which belong to the species gamma-22and gamma-7 of the genus Gammapapillomavirus, respectively.
March 8, 2018: Virus Research
Francesco Martelli, Jessica Mencarini, Arianna Rocca, Nunzia Della Malva, Dario Bartolozzi, Simone Giannecchini
Current evidence suggests that Polyomavirus (PyV) microRNAs (miRNAs) circulating in biological fluids may be relevant to understanding viral persistence. Here, the expression of polyomavirus BKPyV, JCPyV, MCPyV and SV40 miRNAs in saliva was investigated to evaluate PyV prevalence/persistence in the oral cavity. PyV-DNA status and PyV-miRNA expression was examined in paired saliva and plasma samples of 100 HIV-infected patients and of 50 healthy subjects using digital droplet PCR and PyV-miRNA-5p stem-loop RT-PCR...
March 5, 2018: Virus Research
Pedro Serra, Amber Messmer, Daniel Sanderson, Delano James, Ricardo Flores
Apple hammerhead viroid-like RNA (AHVd RNA) has been reported in different apple cultivars and geographic regions and, considering the presence of hammerhead ribozymes in both polarity strands, suspected to be either a viroid of the family Avsunviroidae or a viroid-like satellite RNA. Here we report that dimeric head-to-tail in vitro transcripts of a 433-nt reference variant of AHVd RNA from cultivar "Pacific Gala" are infectious when mechanically inoculated to apple, thus showing that this RNA is a bona fide viroid for which we have kept the name apple hammerhead viroid (AHVd) until its pathogenicity, if any, is better assessed...
March 3, 2018: Virus Research
Kun Qian, Zheng-Ru Kong, Jie Zhang, Xiao-Wei Cheng, Zong-Yi Wu, Cheng-Xi Gu, Hong-Xia Shao, Ai-Jian Qin
Avian leukosis virus subgroup J (ALV-J) can cause great economic losses to the poultry industry worldwide. Baicalin, one of the flavonoids present in S.baicalensis Georgi, has been shown to have antiviral activities. To investigate whether baicalin has antiviral effects on the infection of ALV-J in DF-1 cells, the cells were treated with baicalin at different time points. We found that baicalin could inhibit viral mRNA, protein levels and overall virus infection in a dose- and time-dependent manner using a variety of assays...
February 23, 2018: Virus Research
Ralf Bartenschlager, Thomas F Baumert, Jens Bukh, Michael Houghton, Stanley M Lemon, Brett D Lindenbach, Volker Lohmann, Darius Moradpour, Thomas Pietschmann, Charles M Rice, Robert Thimme, Takaji Wakita
The development and clinical implementation of direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) has revolutionized the treatment of chronic hepatitis C. Infection with any viral genotype can now be eliminated in more than 95% of patients with short courses of all-oral, well-tolerated drugs, even in those with advanced liver disease and liver transplant recipients. DAAs have proven so successful that some now consider hepatitis C virus (HCV) amenable to eradication, and continued research on the virus of little remaining medical relevance...
February 22, 2018: Virus Research
Sei-Young Choi, Bongrae Cho
A new visible-light-induced photocatalyst based on several transition metals (iron, magnesium and manganese)-loaded TiO2 was evaluated for its anti-viral activity with influenza virus H1N1. Under a fluorescent lamp of 1000 lx, λ > 410 nm, the virus was eradicated to more than 99% within 30 min. Since this photocatalyst can be used for coating plastics, wall papers and walls, it would be desirable to use this photocatalyst to reduce viral transmission via droplets and aerosols as well as surface contact for disinfection...
February 21, 2018: Virus Research
José L Carrasco, Jesús A Sánchez-Navarro, Santiago F Elena
Genes orthologous to the 30K-superfamily of movement proteins (MP) from plant viruses have been recently discovered by bioinformatics analyses as integrated elements in the genome of most vascular plants. However, their functional relevance for plants is still unclear. Here, we undertake some preliminary steps into the functional characterization of one of these putative MP genes found in Arabidopsis thaliana. We found that the AtMP gene is expressed at different stages of the plant development, with accumulation being highest in flowers but lowest in mature siliques...
February 20, 2018: Virus Research
Yunlong Qin, Todd G Smith, Felix Jackson, Nadia F Gallardo-Romero, Clint N Morgan, Victoria Olson, Christina L Hutson, Xianfu Wu
This study investigates the production of rabies virus (RABV) neutralizing antibody after virus infection through a mouse model. The BALB/c mice from different age groups (three, five, seven week old) were intramuscularly inoculated with live rabies virus (TX coyote 323R). Without pre-exposure or post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), we found there is a decreased fatality with increased age of animals, the mortalities are 60%, 50%, and 30%, respectively. Interestingly, through assay of rapid fluorescent focus inhibition test (RFFIT), direct fluorescent antibody (DFA) and quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR), the results showed that all the animals that succumbed to rabies challenge, except one, developed circulating neutralizing antibodies, and all the healthy animals, except two, did not generate virus neutralizing antibodies (VNA)...
February 19, 2018: Virus Research
Tanggis, Tominari Kobayashi, Masaharu Takahashi, Suljid Jirintai, Tsutomu Nishizawa, Shigeo Nagashima, Takashi Nishiyama, Satoshi Kunita, Emiko Hayama, Takeshi Tanaka, Mulyanto, Hiroaki Okamoto
Rat hepatitis E virus (ratHEV) genome has four open reading frames (ORFs: ORF1, ORF2, ORF3 and ORF4). The functions of ORF3 and ORF4 are unknown. An infectious cDNA clone (pUC-ratELOMB-131L_wt, wt) and its derivatives including ORF3-defective (ΔORF3) and ORF4-defective (ΔORF4) mutants, were constructed and their full-length RNA transcripts transfected into PLC/PRF/5 cells. ΔORF3 replicated as efficiently as wt in cells. However, ≤1/1,000 of the number of progenies were detectable in the culture supernatant of ΔORF3-infected cells compared with wt-infected cells...
February 19, 2018: Virus Research
Mehtap Danismazoglu, Remziye Nalcacioglu, Hacer Muratoglu, Zihni Demirbag
Entomopoxviruses are an important group of viruses infecting only insects. They belong to Poxviridae which infect both invertebrates and vertebrates, including humans. Protein kinases are known to have roles at virus morphogenesis, host selectivity, the regulation of cell division and apoptosis in some vertebrate poxviruses. In this study, 2 protein kinases (PKs) (AMV153 and AMV197) of Amsacta moorei entomopoxvirus (AMEV) were investigated for the interactions among 230 viral proteins using yeast two-hybrid system (Y2H)...
February 19, 2018: Virus Research
Arinjay Banerjee, Vikram Misra, Tony Schountz, Michelle L Baker
Bats are natural reservoirs for a variety of emerging viruses that cause significant disease in humans and domestic animals yet rarely cause clinical disease in bats. The co-evolutionary history of bats with viruses has been hypothesized to have shaped the bat-virus relationship, allowing both to exist in equilibrium. Progress in understanding bat-virus interactions and the isolation of bat-borne viruses has been accelerated in recent years by the development of susceptible bat cell lines. Viral sequences similar to severe acute respiratory syndrome corona virus (SARS-CoV) have been detected in bats, and filoviruses such as Marburg virus have been isolated from bats, providing definitive evidence for the role of bats as the natural host reservoir...
February 15, 2018: Virus Research
Luca De Sabato, Philippe Lemey, Bram Vrancken, Lebana Bonfanti, Letizia Ceglie, Gabriele Vaccari, Ilaria Di Bartolo
The near-complete genomic sequences of two hepatitis E virus (HEV) strains, detected from feces of infected pigs, were obtained. Phylogenetic analysis and p-distance comparisons of the complete coding regions showed a close relationship to the French swine strain FR-SHEV3c-like detected in 2006 (p-distance value 0.101), belonging to HEV-3 but not assigned to any known subtype. The three HEV sequences showed, relatively high nucleotide distances (p-distance >0.129) compared to the other defined HEV subtype references and unclassified strains...
February 13, 2018: Virus Research
Dongliang Fei, Dong Wei, Xiaolei Yu, Jinjin Yue, Ming Li, Li Sun, Lili Jiang, Yijing Li, Qingyun Diao, Mingxiao Ma
Chinese sacbrood virus (CSBV) causes larval death and apiary collapse of Apis cerana. VP3 is a capsid protein of CSBV but its function is poorly understood. To determine the function of VP3 and screen for novel binding proteins that interact with VP3, we conducted yeast two-hybrid screening, glutathione S-transferase pull-down, and co-immunoprecipitation assays. Galectin (GAL) is a protein involved in immune regulation and host-pathogen interactions. The yeast two-hybrid screen implicated GAL as a major VP3-binding candidate...
February 13, 2018: Virus Research
Changmeng Xu, Mi Wang, Zhongbao Song, Zhijian Wang, Qianyu Liu, Ping Jiang, Juan Bai, Yufeng Li, Xianwei Wang
Autophagy of cytoplasmic components plays an essential role in the pathogenic infection process. Furthermore, research suggests that autophagy is an extremely important component of the innate immune response. Our study aimed to reveal the effect of virus-induced autophagy on pseudorabies virus (PRV) replication. Our results confirmed that light chain 3 (LC3)-I was converted into LC3-II after PRV infection; this transition is considered an important indicator of autophagy. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) revealed that PRV infection could notably increase the number of autophagosomes in mouse neuro-2a (N2a) cells...
February 13, 2018: Virus Research
Carolina E Vaisman, Oscar Del Moral-Hernandez, Samadhi Moreno-Campuzano, Elena Aréchaga-Ocampo, Raul Bonilla-Moreno, Israel Garcia-Aguiar, Leticia Cedillo-Barron, Jaime Berumen, Porfirio Nava, Nicolas Villegas-Sepúlveda
The HPV-16 E6/E7 bicistronic immature transcript produces 4 mature RNAs: the unspliced HPV-16 E6/E7 pre-mRNA product and 3 alternatively spliced mRNAs. The 3 spliced mRNAs encode short forms of the E6 oncoprotein, namely E6*I, E6*II and E6^E7. In this study we showed that transfection of C-33A cells with monocistronic constructs of these cDNAs fused to GFP, produced different effects on apoptosis, after the treatment with cisplatin. Transfection of C-33A cells with the full-length E6-GFP oncoprotein resulted in a 50% decrease in cell death, while the transfection with the E6*I-GFP construct showed only a 25% of diminution of cell death, compared to the control cells...
February 13, 2018: Virus Research
Min Feng, Xiangshuo Kong, Jianjia Zhang, Weifan Xu, Xiaofeng Wu
Bombyx mori nucleopolyhedrovirus (BmNPV) is the most important pathogen of Bombyx mori, silkworm and causes severe losses in the silk industry. During the virus infectious cycle, budded virus (BVs) and occlusion-derived virus (ODVs) particles, which have identical genetic content but different phenotypes, are produced. The envelope glycoprotein GP64, specific in BVs, is involved in host cell receptor binding and is sufficient to mediate membrane fusion during the viral entry. However, the host cell factors, interacting with GP64 to mediate BVs infection, are still unknown...
February 12, 2018: Virus Research
Jie Song, Yajie Hu, Xi Jiang, Wenbing Zhu, Zhongxiang Wu, Shaozhong Dong
Enterovirus 71 (EV71) and coxsackievirus A16 (CA16) are two major etiologic agents associated with hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) worldwide. Despite that they both belong to the Enterovirus genus of the Picornaviridae family, there are many differences in the infection process of these viruses. However, the underlying mechanisms have not been elucidated. Multiple studies indicated that microRNAs (miRNAs) can play critical roles in the host-pathogen interaction. Our previous study reported that EV71 and CA16 infection leads to differential expression of miRNAs in human bronchial epithelial (16HBE) cells...
February 12, 2018: Virus Research
Dechun Lin, Liqiang Li, Tian Xie, Qingqing Yin, Nitin Saksena, Rangke Wu, Wanyu Li, Geyang Dai, Jinmin Ma, Xiaohong Zhou, Xiao-Guang Chen
A comprehensive demonstration of Zika virus (ZIKV) molecular evolution is essential for understanding its adaptation and expansion in its recent pandemics. Despite several studies on mutations and codon usage in ZIKVs, the variations in codon usage patterns across individual genes and their biological implication remains unclear. Here, we performed a gene-by-gene comparison of the codon usage variation in ZIKVs of the African and Asian lineages. We found that besides the evidence of positive selection (Ka/Ks > 1) in the Asian lineage of the ZIKV genome, codon usage patterns were gene-specific and codon usage variation of ZIKV genes, was possibly constrained by their individual functional features, such as transmembrane domains, or antigenicity...
February 8, 2018: Virus Research
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