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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342998/field-evaluation-of-cucurbit-yellow-stunting-disorder-virus-transmission-by-bemisia-tabaci
#1
S J Castle, J P Palumbo, P Merten
Cucurbit yellow stunting disorder virus (CYSDV) is a whitefly-transmitted Crinivirus (Closteroviridae) that impacts melon production in many parts of the world including the USA. It has been responsible for melon crop loss in the southwestern U.S. since 2006 when it was first identified. Control strategies have revolved mainly around chemical control, but research to identify suitable products and approaches to implementing them has lagged. The current study investigated the performance of four systemic insecticides in the field while concurrently tracking CYSDV disease progression after controlled and natural whitefly inoculation of young melon plants...
March 22, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330779/enzootic-bovine-leukosis-in-a-two-month-old-calf
#2
Keisuke Oguma, Miho Suzuki, Hiroshi Sentsui
A two-month-old calf was diagnosed with leukosis on the basis of the clinical sign of enlarged, superficial lymph nodes. Serological and genetic tests for bovine leukemia virus (BLV) were performed because the calf was born from a cow infected with BLV. The serum had a weakly positive BLV antibody, and the BLV provirus was detected within neoplastic cells on performing polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Analysis of the BLV provirus integration site using inverse PCR revealed that the BLV integration site location was identical on all chromosomes in all tumor tissues examined...
March 19, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330752/prevalence-and-distribution-of-covert-mortality-nodavirus-cmnv-in-cultured-crustacean
#3
Qingli Zhang, TingTing Xu, Xiaoyuan Wan, Shuang Liu, Xiuhua Wang, Xiaoping Li, Xuan Dong, Bing Yang, Jie Huang
An emerging covert mortality nodavirus (CMNV) was proved to be the infectious agent of shrimp viral covert mortality disease (VCMD). Prevalence and distribution of CMNV were investigated by using the methods of reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP), nested reverse transcription PCR, gene sequencing, histopathology, in situ RNA hybridization (ISH) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) in this study. RT-LAMP results showed that CMNV positive samples appeared in the cultured crustaceans including Litopenaeus vannamei, Fenneropenaeus chinensis, Marsupenaeus japonicus, Penaeus monodon, and Macrobrachium rosenbergii, and mostly distributed the coastal provinces in China...
March 18, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322919/evaluation-of-preclinical-antimalarial-drugs-which-can-overcome-direct-acting-antivirals-resistant-hepatitis-c-viruses-using-the-viral-reporter-assay-systems
#4
Youki Ueda, Hiromichi Dansako, Shinya Satoh, Hye-Sook Kim, Yusuke Wataya, Hiroyuki Doi, Masanori Ikeda, Nobuyuki Kato
Persistent hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection causes chronic liver diseases and is a major global health problem. Recently developed treatments with direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) have largely improved the sustained virologic response rate of patients with chronic hepatitis C. However, this approach is still hindered by its great expense and the problem of drug resistance. Using our cell-based HCV assay systems, we reported that the preclinical antimalarial drugs N-89 and N-251 exhibited potent anti-HCV activities...
March 18, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322918/favipiravir-can-evoke-lethal-mutagenesis-and-extinction-of-foot-and-mouth-disease-virus
#5
Ana Isabel de Avila, Elena Moreno, Celia Perales, Esteban Domingo
Antiviral agents are increasingly considered an option for veterinary medicine. An understanding of their mechanism of activity is important to plan their administration either as monotherapy or in combination with other agents. Previous studies have shown that the broad spectrum antiviral agent favipiravir (T-705) and its derivatives T-1105 and T-1106 are efficient inhibitors of foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) replication in cell culture and in vivo. However, no mechanism for their activity against FMDV has been proposed...
March 17, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315706/p143-proteins-from-heterologous-nucleopolyhedroviruses-induce-apoptosis-in-bm-n-cells-derived-from-the-silkworm-bombyx-mori
#6
Rina Hamajima, Michihiro Kobayashi, Motoko Ikeda
We previously demonstrated that ribosomal RNA (rRNA) of Bombyx mori BM-N cells is rapidly degraded upon infection with heterologous nucleopolyhedroviruses (NPVs), including Autographa californica multiple NPV (AcMNPV), Hyphantria cunea MNPV, Spodoptera exigua MNPV and S. litura MNPV, and that this response is triggered by viral P143 proteins. The transient expression of P143 proteins from heterologous NPVs was also shown to induce apoptosis and caspase-3-like protease activation in BM-N cells. In the present study, we conducted a transient expression assay using BM-N cells expressing mutant AcMNPV P143 (Ac-P143) proteins and demonstrated that five amino acid residues cooperatively participate in Ac-P143 protein-triggered apoptosis of BM-N cells...
March 16, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315705/estimation-of-main-diversification-time-points-of-hantaviruses-using-phylogenetic-analyses-of-complete-genomes
#7
Guillaume Castel, Noël Tordo, Alexander Plyusnin
Because of the great variability of their reservoir hosts, hantaviruses are excellent models to evaluate the dynamics of virus-host co-evolution. Intriguing questions remain about the timescale of the diversification events that influenced this evolution. In this paper we attempted to estimate the first ever timing of hantavirus diversification based on thirty five available complete genomes representing five major groups of hantaviruses and the assumption of co-speciation of hantaviruses with their respective mammal hosts...
March 16, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288812/preparation-of-ms2-based-nanoparticles-as-control-and-standard-materials-for-the-molecular-detection-of-dengue-virus-serotypes
#8
Yu Fu, Guojing Wang, Qisheng Wu, Xin Yang, Rui Zhang, Kuo Zhang, Guigao Lin, Yanxi Han, Lihua Bao, Ziyang Li, Jinming Li
To quantify dengue virus (DENV) and evaluate the performance of clinical laboratories using quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) assays, we constructed high-efficiency expression systems to produce DENV-1 to 4 nanoparticles and assessed their suitability as standard and control materials in 20 laboratories across China. Targeted gene sequences of DENV-1 to 4 were synthesized and inserted into pACYC-Duet 1-MS2 recombinant plasmids to generate corresponding nanoparticle expression systems...
March 10, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286035/identification-and-characterization-of-two-putative-micrornas-encoded-by-bombyx-mori-cypovirus
#9
Zhong-Hua Pan, Ping Wu, Kun Gao, Cheng-Xiang Hou, Guang-Xing Qin, Tao Geng, Xi-Jie Guo
Viral microRNAs (miRNAs) have been demonstrated to play important roles in virus-host interactions. Some RNA virus-encoded miRNAs have been reported to promote viral replication and may be used as potential drug targets. Bombyx mori cypovirus (BmCPV), an important pathogen of silkworm, is a double-stranded RNA virus frequently causing serious damages in sericulture. Research on miRNA encoded by BmCPV may be useful to elucidate the BmCPV-host interaction and to develop new anti-viral methods. In our previous study, small RNA libraries of the midgut of BmCPV-infected silkworm have been generated by deep sequencing and several BmCPV-encoded putative miRNAs were predicted...
March 8, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286036/rescue-of-nonlytic-newcastle-disease-virus-ndv-expressing-il-15-for-cancer-immunotherapy
#10
Xiaojing Xu, Qing Sun, Xiao Yu, Lixiang Zhao
In order to test and enhance the antitumor activity against mice melanoma by NDV-modified tumor vaccine, a recombinant NDV expressing IL-15 (LX/(IL-15)) was generated by reverse genetics. Then, the expression level and biological activity of IL-15 were examined. Our results showed that mice tumor cell lines infected with LX/(IL-15) expressed IL-15 at a high level, and that expressed IL-15 was biologically active. Expression kinetics demonstrated that the highest expression level of IL-15 was at 48h post infection...
March 7, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279802/prevention-of-influenza-virus-induced-bacterial-superinfection-by-standardized-echinacea-purpurea-via-regulation-of-surface-receptor-expression-in-human-bronchial-epithelial-cells
#11
Selvarani Vimalanathan, Roland Schoop, Andy Suter, James Hudson
Viral infections may predispose the airways to secondary bacterial infections that can lead to unfavorable progression of principally self-limiting illnesses. Such complicated respiratory infections include pneumonia, bronchitis, sinusitis, acute otitis media, and sepsis, which cause high morbidity and lethality. Some of the pathogenic consequences of viral infections, like the expression of bacterial adhesion receptors and the disturbance of physical barrier integrity due to inflammation, may create permissive conditions for co-infections...
March 7, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279804/self-interaction-of-citrus-tristeza-virus-p33-protein-via-n-terminal-helix
#12
Sung-Hwan Kang, Thi Nguyet Minh Dao, Ok-Kyung Kim, Svetlana Y Folimonova
Citrus tristeza virus (CTV), the most economically important viral pathogen of citrus, encodes a unique protein, p33. CTV p33 shows no similarity with other known proteins, yet plays an important role in viral pathogenesis: it extends the virus host range and mediates virus ability to exclude superinfection by other variants of the virus. Previously we demonstrated that p33 is an integral membrane protein and appears to share characteristics of viral movement proteins. In this study, we show that the p33 protein self-interacts in vitro and in vivo using co-immunoprecipitation, yeast two hybrid, and bimolecular fluorescence complementation assays...
March 6, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279803/japanese-encephalitis-virus-disrupts-blood-brain-barrier-and-modulates-apoptosis-proteins-in-thbmec-cells
#13
Mazen M Jamil Al-Obaidi, Azadeh Bahadoran, Lee Sau Har, Wang Seok Mui, Jayakumar Rajarajeswaran, Keivan Zandi, Rishya Manikam, Shamala Devi Sekaran
Japanese encephalitis (JE) is a neurotropic flavivirus that causes inflammation in central nervous system (CNS), neuronal death and also compromises the structural and functional integrity of the blood-brain barrier (BBB). The aim of this study was to evaluate the BBB disruption and apoptotic process in Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV)-infected transfected human brain microvascular endothelial cells (THBMECs). THBMECs were overlaid by JEV with different MOIs (0.5, 1.0, 5.0 and 10.0) and monitored by electrical cell-substrate impedance sensing (ECIS) in a real-time manner in order to observe the barrier function of THBMECs...
March 6, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279801/drug-resistance-related-mutations-t369v-i-in-the-connection-subdomain-of-hiv-1-reverse-transcriptase-severely-impair-viral-fitness
#14
Zheng Wang, Junli Zhang, Fan Li, Xiaolin Ji, Lingjie Liao, Liying Ma, Hui Xing, Yi Feng, Dan Li, Yiming Shao
Fitness is a key parameter in the measurement of transmission capacity of individual drug-resistant HIV. Drug-resistance related mutations (DRMs) T369V/I and A371V in the connection subdomain (CN) of reverse transcriptase (RT) occur at higher frequencies in the individuals experiencing antiretroviral therapy failure. Here, we evaluated the effects of T369V/I and A371V on viral fitness, in the presence or in the absence of thymidine analogue resistance-associated mutations (TAMs) and assessed the effect of potential RT structure-related mechanism on change in viral fitness...
March 6, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279800/crispr-cas9-system-driven-site-specific-selection-pressure-on-herpes-simplex-virus-genomes
#15
Zhihua Li, Yanwei Bi, Hongjian Xiao, Le Sun, Yuan Ren, Yadong Li, Chen Chen, Wei Cun
The CRISPR-Cas9 (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats and CRISPR-associated protein 9) system has been widely used for viral genome editing, transcription regulation and chromosomal localization in eukaryotic cells. In this study, a guide RNA (gRNA) that specifically recognizes HSV-1 viral genomes was used in the CRISPR-Cas9 system to inhibit viral replication. This inhibition could be achieved with both wild type Cas9 protein and Cas9 nickase (D10A). By targeting viral genomes containing sequences recognized by the gRNA, the CRISPR-Cas9 system distinguished between different viral genome sequences and provided single nucleotide-specific selection pressure to significantly change the proportions of viruses in a mixed viral pool...
March 6, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268176/genome-sequence-characterization-of-pigeon-circoviruses-in-china
#16
Kai-Cheng Wang, Qing-Ye Zhuang, Yuan Qiu, Tong Wang, Ji-Ming Chen
Pigeon circovirus (PiCV) was detected by PCR in pigeons from China. Altogether, 48 out of 244 pigeons tested positive for PiCV (positive rate, 19.67%), suggesting that the virus was prevalent in China. From the 48 PiCV-positive samples, about 2040bp complete genome fragments were obtained by full length genome amplification and sequenced with a next-generation sequencing platform. Characteristics of the ORFs from different PiCV strains tested in this study were analyzed. Several insertion, deletion or substitutions were discovered during the analysis of the nucleotide sequence compared with sequences reported previously...
March 6, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267609/the-culicoides-sonorensis-inhibitor-of-apoptosis-1-protein-protects-mammalian-cells-from-apoptosis-induced-by-infection-with-african-horse-sickness-virus-and-bluetongue-virus
#17
Elaine Vermaak, Francois F Maree, Jacques Theron
African horse sickness virus (AHSV) and bluetongue virus (BTV) are arboviruses of the genus Orbivirus that are transmitted to their vertebrate hosts by Culicoides biting midges. These orbiviruses exhibit lytic infection (apoptosis) in mammalian cells, but cause persistent infection with no cytopathic effects in Culicoides sonorensis cells. Although regulation of apoptosis could thus be integral for establishing persistent virus infection in midge cells, nothing is known about the presence and function of apoptosis pathways in Culicoides midges and their derived cell lines...
March 4, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267608/analysis-of-the-mirna-profile-in-c6-36-cells-persistently-infected-with-dengue-virus-type-2
#18
Rodolfo Gamaliel Avila-Bonilla, Martha Yocupicio-Monroy, Laurence A Marchat, Mónica A De Nova-Ocampo, Rosa María Del Ángel, Juan Santiago Salas-Benito
Dengue virus (DENV) is the most important arbovirus in the world; DENV is transmitted by the Aedes genus of mosquitoes and can establish a life-long persistent infection in mosquitoes. However, the exact mechanism by which persistent infection is established remains unknown. In this study the differential expression of miRNAs was analysed by deep sequencing and RT-qPCR using a previously established C6/36-HT cell line persistently infected with DENV 2 (C6-L) as a model. miR-927, miR-87, miR-210, miR-2a-3p, miR-190 and miR-970 were up-regulated, whereas miR-252, miR-263a-3p, miR-92b, miR-10-5p miR-9a-5p, miR-9a-1, miR-124, miR-286a and miR-286b were down-regulated in C6-L cells compared with C6/36 cells acutely infected with the same virus or mock-infected cells...
March 4, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267607/amalga-like-virus-infecting-antonospora-locustae-a-microsporidian-pathogen-of-grasshoppers-plus-related-viruses-associated-with-other-arthropods
#19
Jesse D Pyle, Patrick J Keeling, Max L Nibert
A previously reported Expressed Sequence Tag (EST) library from spores of microsporidian Antonospora locustae includes a number of clones with sequence similarities to plant amalgaviruses. Reexamining the sequence accessions from that library, we found additional such clones, contributing to a 3247-nt contig that approximates the length of an amalga-like virus genome. Using A. locustae spores stored from that previous study, and new ones obtained from the same source, we newly visualized the putative dsRNA genome of this virus and obtained amplicons yielding a 3387-nt complete genome sequence...
March 3, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263843/comparison-of-different-sites-in-recombinant-marek-s-disease-virus-for-the-expression-of-green-fluorescent-protein
#20
Yongzhen Liu, Kai Li, Hongyu Cui, Li Gao, Changjun Liu, Yanping Zhang, Yulong Gao, Xiaomei Wang
Marek's disease virus (MDV) is a preferred vector for recombinant vaccine construction, and insertion site is the main factor influencing foreign gene expression and vaccine efficacy. In this study, recombinant MDVs inserted with the enhanced green fluorescent protein (eGFP) gene at different sites in its genome were generated from overlapping fosmid DNAs and the eGFP expression was compared. The results showed that the eGFP expression levels from the sites in the unique long (UL) region (within UL41, between UL45 and UL46, and between UL55 and LORF10) were comparable, which were significantly higher than those from the sites in the unique short (US) region (US2 and US10), and the eGFP expression level from US2 was significantly higher than that from US10...
March 2, 2017: Virus Research
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