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Virus Research

Umberto Rosani, Marco Gerdol
Viral metagenomics (viromics) can provide a great contribution in expanding the knowledge of viruses and the relationship with their hosts. Viromic studies on marine organisms are still at a very early stage and only little efforts have been spent in the identification of viruses associated to marine invertebrates to date, leaving the complexity of marine viromes associated to bivalve hosts almost completely unexplored. However, the potential use of viromic approaches in the management of viral diseases affecting aquacultured species has been recently evidenced by the flourishing of studies on the Ostreid herpesvirus type-1, which has been associated with bivalve mortality events...
October 18, 2016: Virus Research
Teng Ma, Ting Ouyang, Hongsheng Ouyang, Fuwang Chen, Zhiyuan Peng, Xinrong Chen, Daxin Pang, Linzhu Ren
Porcine circovirus 2 (PCV2) is the causative agent of porcine circovirus diseases and porcine circovirus-associated diseases (PCVD/PCVAD), which are widely present in every major swine farm. However, lower propagation rate of PCV2 in vitro seriously hindered the production of PCV2 vaccine. Previously, we found that interleukin-2 (IL-2) can increase PCV2 yield in vitro. In the present study, porcine IL-2 gene was amplified and stably transfected into PK-15 cells. The results demonstrated that PCV2 proliferation can be significantly enhanced in cells stably expressing porcine IL-2 gene, suggesting that porcine IL-2 contributes to proliferation of PCV2...
October 16, 2016: Virus Research
Carla Pereira, Catarina Moreirinha, Magdalena Lewicka, Paulo Almeida, Carla Clemente, Jesús L Romalde, Maria L Nunes, Adelaide Almeida
In the present study two new phages (phT4A and ECA2) were characterized and their efficacy was evaluated separately and in cocktail (phT4A/ECA2) to control Escherichia coli. The isolated phages, phT4A and ECA2, belonged to the Myoviridae and Podoviridae family, respectively and both are safe (no integrase and toxin codifying genes) to be used in bacterial control. In general, the increase of multiplicity of infection (MOI) from 1 to 100 promoted a significant increase in the efficiency of phage phT4A and phage cocktail phT4A/ECA2...
October 15, 2016: Virus Research
Vishwanatha R A P Reddy, Ivan Trus, Hans J Nauwynck
Although it has been speculated that the tracheal obstructions and asphyxiation during acute infectious laryngotracheitis (ILT) are due to mucoid plugs/casts formed by mucus hypersecretion, there are no reports demonstrating this. Hence, in the present study, we first examined if the main respiratory mucins, MUC5AC and MUC5B, are expressed in the mucosae of larynx, trachea and bronchi of mock-inoculated and ILTV infected chickens. Second, the tracheas with plugs/casts were stained for mucins (MUC5AC and MUC5B) and nuclear material (traps)...
October 15, 2016: Virus Research
Edson R A Oliveira, Ronaldo Mohana-Borges, Ricardo B de Alencastro, Bruno A C Horta
Flaviviruses, such as dengue and zika viruses, are etiologic agents transmitted to humans mainly by arthropods and are of great epidemiological interest. The flavivirus capsid protein is a structural element required for the viral nucleocapsid assembly that presents the classical function of sheltering the viral genome. After decades of research, many reports have shown its different functionalities and influence over cell normal functioning. The subcellular distribution of this protein, which involves accumulation around lipid droplets and nuclear localization, also corroborates with its multi-functional characteristic...
October 14, 2016: Virus Research
Szilvia Marton, Renáta Dóró, Enikő Fehér, Barbara Forró, Katalin Ihász, Renáta Varga-Kugler, Szilvia L Farkas, Krisztián Bányai
Genotype P[14] rotaviruses in humans are thought to be zoonotic strains originating from bovine or ovine host species. Over the past 30 years only few genotype P[14] strains were identified in Hungary totaling<0.1% of all human rotaviruses whose genotype had been determined. In this study we report the genome sequence and phylogenetic analysis of a human genotype G8P[14] strain, RVA/Human-wt/HUN/182-02/2001/G8P[14]. The whole genome constellation (G8-P[14]-I2-R2-C2-M2-A11-N2-T6-E2-H3) of this strain was shared with another Hungarian zoonotic G8P[14] strain, RVA/Human-wt/HUN/BP1062/2004/G8P[14], although phylogenetic analyses revealed the two rotaviruses likely had different progenitors...
October 10, 2016: Virus Research
Anthony Ndirangu Kamau, Jung-Eun Park, Eui-Soon Park, Jung-Eun Yu, Jae-Rang Rho, Hyun-Jin Shin
: Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) infects swine intestinal cells causing enteric disease. Research has shown that the entry into these cells is through porcine aminopeptidase N (pAPN) receptor. To gain insights into mechanisms of PEDV-pAPN interactions, the present study aimed at identifying the domain that is critical for PEDV binding. To this end, NIH3T3 cell lines constitutively expressing pAPN or pAPN mutants were generated. The mutants were; domain VII deletion mutant and domains IV-VI deletion mutant...
October 9, 2016: Virus Research
Stephanie C Burke Schinkel, Steven Rubin, Kathryn E Wright
Temperature sensitivity is a phenotype often associated with attenuation of viruses. Previously, we purified several mumps variants from an incompletely attenuated Urabe strain live attenuated vaccine. Here we characterize one isolate that is sensitive to growth at high temperature. This virus was attenuated in a small animal model of mumps virulence, and we identified unique coding substitutions in the hemagglutinin-neuraminidase (HN), the viral polymerase (L) gene, and a non-coding substitution close to the anti-genome promoter sequences...
October 6, 2016: Virus Research
Kai-Wen Li, Anna Kramvis, Shujia Liang, Xiang He, Qin-Yan Chen, Chao Wang, Qing-Li Yang, Li-Ping Hu, Hui-Hua Jia, Zhong-Liao Fang
In the era of combination therapy for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), liver disease including hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), are the major causes of death for patients co-infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV) and HIV. However, the mechanisms remain obscure. We aimed to determine whether HCC-related HBV mutations including 1762T/1764A double mutation and pre-S deletions occur more frequently in HBV/HIV co-infected individuals compared to HBV mono-infected individuals. In this study, the basic core promoter (BCP) and the preS/S regions of HBV isolated from 61 pairs of HBV/HIV co-infected and HBV mono-infected participants were analyzed...
October 6, 2016: Virus Research
José Vargas-Asencio, Klaudia Wojciechowska, Maia Baskerville, Annika L Gomez, Keith L Perry, Jeremy R Thompson
In analyzing grapevine clones infected with grapevine red blotch associated virus, we identified a small number of isometric particles of approximately 30nm in diameter from an enriched fraction of leaf extract. A dominant protein of 25kDa was isolated from this fraction using SDS-PAGE and was identified by mass spectrometry as belonging to grapevine asteroid mosaic associated virus (GAMaV). Using a combination of three methods RNA-Seq, sRNA-Seq, and Sanger sequencing of RT- and RACE-PCR products, we obtained a full-length genome sequence consisting of 6719 nucleotides without the poly(A) tail...
October 5, 2016: Virus Research
Mikhail O Leastro, Vicente Pallás, Renato O Resende, Jesús A Sánchez-Navarro
The lack of infectious tospovirus clones to address reverse genetic experiments has compromised the functional analysis of viral proteins. In the present study we have performed a functional analysis of the movement proteins (NSM) of four tospovirus species Bean necrotic mosaic virus (BeNMV), Chrysanthemum stem necrosis virus (CSNV), Tomato chlorotic spot virus (TCSV) and Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV), which differ biologically and molecularly, by using the Alfalfa mosaic virus (AMV) model system. All NSM proteins were competent to: i) support the cell-to-cell and systemic transport of AMV, ii) generate tubular structures on infected protoplast and iii) transport only virus particles...
September 30, 2016: Virus Research
L Teske, D Rubbenstroth, M Meixner, K Liere, H Bartels, S Rautenschlein
The young pigeon disease syndrome (YPDS) affects mainly young pigeons of less than one year of age and leads to crop stasis, vomitus, diarrhea, anorexia and occasionally death. This disease is internationally a major health problem because of its seasonal appearance during competitions such as homing pigeon races or exhibitions of ornamental birds. While the etiology of YPDS is still unclear, adenoviruses are frequently discussed as potential causative agents. Electron microscopy of feces from a YPDS outbreak revealed massive shedding of adenovirus-like particles...
September 30, 2016: Virus Research
Susanna Krapp, Eva Greiner, Bushra Amin, Uwe Sonnewald, Björn Krenz
Stress granules (SGs) are structures within cells that regulate gene expression during stress response, e.g. viral infection. In mammalian cells assembly of SGs is dependent on the Ras-GAP SH3-domain-binding protein (G3BP). The C-terminal domain of the viral nonstructural protein 3 (nsP3) of Semliki Forest virus (SFV) forms a complex with mammalian G3BP and sequesters it into viral RNA replication complexes in a manner that inhibits the formation of SGs. The binding domain of nsP3 to HsG3BP was mapped to two tandem 'FGDF' repeat motifs close to the C-terminus of the viral proteins...
September 29, 2016: Virus Research
Paul Kuria, Muhammad Ilyas, Elijah Ateka, Douglas Miano, Justus Onguso, James C Carrington, Nigel J Taylor
Mitigation of cassava mosaic disease (CMD) focuses on the introgression of resistance imparted by the polygenic recessive (CMD1), dominant monogenic (CMD2) and CMD3 loci. The mechanism(s) of resistance they impart, however, remain unknown. Two CMD susceptible and nine CMD resistant cassava genotypes were inoculated by microparticle bombardment with infectious clones of African cassava mosaic virus Cameroon strain (ACMV-CM) and the Kenyan strain K201 of East African cassava mosaic virus (EACMV KE2 [K201]). Genotypes carrying the CMD1 (TMS 30572), CMD2 (TME 3, TME 204 and Oko-iyawo) and CMD3 (TMS 97/0505) resistance mechanisms showed high levels of resistance to ACMV-CM, with viral DNA undetectable by PCR beyond 7days post inoculation (dpi)...
September 29, 2016: Virus Research
Qingtao Liu, Xinmei Huang, Dongmin Zhao, Kaikai Han, Yuzhuo Liu, Jing Yang, Keran Bi, Yin Li
This study attempts to identify receptor elements for Tembusu virus (TMUV) on DF-1 cells. Using co-immunoprecipitation and virus overlay protein binding assays, we identified a TMUV-binding protein of approximately 70-kDa on DF-1 cell membranes. Mass spectroscopy identified the protein to be heat shock protein (HSP) A9, which was reconfirmed by an anti-HSPA9 antibody. Indirect immunofluorescence demonstrated a significant degree of colocalization between HSPA9 and TMUV on cell surface. Additionally, an antibody against HSPA9 could inhibit TMUV infection in DF-1 cells in a dose-dependent manner...
September 29, 2016: Virus Research
Monsicha Somrit, Atthaboon Watthammawut, Charoonroj Chotwiwatthanakun, Puey Ounjai, Wanida Suntimanawong, Wattana Weerachatyanukul
We have shown that Macrobrachium rosenbergii nodavirus (MrNV) was able to infect Sf9 cells and that MrNV virus-like particles (MrNV-VLPs) were capable nanocontainers for delivering nucleic acid-based materials. Here, we demonstrated that chymotryptic removal of a C-terminal peptide and its truncated variant (F344-MrNV-VLPs) exhibited a drastically reduced ability to interact and internalize into Sf9 cells. Electron microscopic observations revealed that the loss of C-terminal domain either from enzyme hydrolysis or genetic truncation did not affect the generated MrNV-VLPs' icosahedral conformation, but did drastically affect the VLPs' internalization ability into Sf9 cells...
September 28, 2016: Virus Research
Susana Posada-Cespedes, David Seifert, Niko Beerenwinkel
Rapidly evolving RNA viruses prevail within a host as a collection of closely related variants, referred to as viral quasispecies. Advances in high-throughput sequencing (HTS) technologies have facilitated the assessment of the genetic diversity of such virus populations at an unprecedented level of detail. However, analysis of HTS data from virus populations is challenging due to short, error-prone reads. In order to account for uncertainties originating from these limitations, several computational and statistical methods have been developed for studying the genetic heterogeneity of virus population...
September 28, 2016: Virus Research
Matheus N Weber, Fernando V Bauermann, Cláudio W Canal, Darrell O Bayles, John D Neill, Julia F Ridpath
'HoBi'-like virus is an atypical group within the Pestivirus genus that is implicated in economic losses for cattle producers due to both acute and persistent infections. Pestivirus strains exist as quasispecies (swarms of individual viruses) in infected animals and the viral populations making up the quasispecies differ widely in size and diversity in each animal. In the present study the viral quasispecies circulating in persistently infected (PI) calves, generated and maintained under experimental conditions using two different 'HoBi'-like strains, was observed over time...
September 28, 2016: Virus Research
Seung Mok Ryu, Jaeyoung Kwon, Young Hye Seo, Eun Gyeong Song, Seong Su Hong, Beom Seok Kim, Jin Sung Hong, Ki Hyun Ryu, Dongho Lee
A green fluorescent protein (GFP)-tagged pepper mottle virus (PepMoV) based leaf-disc method and systemic host method were developed to identify antiviral agents. Preliminary experiments using a PepMoV-GFP based leaf-disc method led to the isolation of five quassinoids, including brusatol (1), bruceantin (2), brucein A (3), bruceantinol (4), and brucein B (5), from the CH3OH extract of Brucea javanica. All isolated compounds exhibited inactivation effects in systemic host plants, and compounds 3 and 4 were potent, with a minimum inhibitory concentration of 10μM...
September 26, 2016: Virus Research
Vladimir A Morozov, Shaun Wynyard, Shinichi Matsumoto, Adrian Abalovich, Joachim Denner, Robert Elliott
Xenotransplantation of pig islet cells is a promising alternative for the treatment of diabetes with insulin and may help to prevent numerous late complications such as blindness and amputation. First encouraging results using porcine islets have been reported in preclinical animal models as well in the first clinical trial in New Zealand. The goal of this manuscript is to examine the biological safety of a second trial performed in Argentina, specifically in regards to the transmission of porcine endogenous retroviruses (PERVs) using improved detection methods As in the first trial encapsulated islet cells from the well-characterised Auckland Island pigs were used...
September 24, 2016: Virus Research
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