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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430168/classical-swine-fever-an-updated-review
#1
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Sandra Blome, Christoph Staubach, Julia Henke, Jolene Carlson, Martin Beer
Classical swine fever (CSF) remains one of the most important transboundary viral diseases of swine worldwide. The causative agent is CSF virus, a small, enveloped RNA virus of the genus Pestivirus. Based on partial sequences, three genotypes can be distinguished that do not, however, directly correlate with virulence. Depending on both virus and host factors, a wide range of clinical syndromes can be observed and thus, laboratory confirmation is mandatory. To this means, both direct and indirect methods are utilized with an increasing degree of commercialization...
April 21, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430166/-french-phage-network-second-meeting-report
#2
Clara Torres-Barceló, Oliver Kaltz, Rémy Froissart, Sylvain Gandon, Nicolas Ginet, Mireille Ansaldi
The study of bacteriophages (viruses of bacteria) includes a variety of approaches, such as structural biology, genetics, ecology, and evolution, with increasingly important implications for therapeutic and industrial uses. Researchers working with phages in France have recently established a network to facilitate the exchange on complementary approaches, but also to engage new collaborations. Here, we provide a summary of the topics presented during the second meeting of the French Phage Network that took place in Marseille in November 2016...
April 21, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425968/deciphering-the-multifactorial-susceptibility-of-mucosal-junction-cells-to-hpv-infection-and-related-carcinogenesis
#3
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Michael Herfs, Thing R Soong, Philippe Delvenne, Christopher P Crum
Human papillomavirus (HPV)-induced neoplasms have long been considered to originate from viral infection of the basal cell layer of the squamous mucosa. However, this paradigm has been recently undermined by accumulating data supporting the critical role of a discrete population of squamo-columnar (SC) junction cells in the pathogenesis of cervical (pre)cancers. The present review summarizes the current knowledge on junctional cells, discusses their high vulnerability to HPV infection, and stresses the potential clinical/translational value of the novel dualistic model of HPV-related carcinogenesis...
April 20, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425942/seasonal-dynamics-of-haptophytes-and-dsdna-algal-viruses-suggest-complex-virus-host-relationship
#4
Torill Vik Johannessen, Aud Larsen, Gunnar Bratbak, António Pagarete, Bente Edvardsen, Elianne D Egge, Ruth-Anne Sandaa
Viruses influence the ecology and diversity of phytoplankton in the ocean. Most studies of phytoplankton host-virus interactions have focused on bloom-forming species like Emiliania huxleyi or Phaeocystis spp. The role of viruses infecting phytoplankton that do not form conspicuous blooms have received less attention. Here we explore the dynamics of phytoplankton and algal viruses over several sequential seasons, with a focus on the ubiquitous and diverse phytoplankton division Haptophyta, and their double-stranded DNA viruses, potentially with the capacity to infect the haptophytes...
April 20, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425928/porcine-circoviruses-and-xenotransplantation
#5
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Joachim Denner, Annette Mankertz
Allotransplantation and xenotransplantation may be associated with the transmission of pathogens from the donor to the recipient. Whereas in the case of allotransplantation the transmitted microorganisms and their pathogenic effect are well characterized, the possible influence of porcine microorganisms on humans is mostly unknown. Porcine circoviruses (PCVs) are common in pig breeds and they belong to porcine microorganisms that still have not been fully addressed in terms of evaluating the potential risk of xenotransplantation using pig cells, tissues, and organs...
April 20, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420160/global-transmission-dynamics-of-measles-in-the-measles-elimination-era
#6
Yuki Furuse, Hitoshi Oshitani
Although there have been many epidemiological reports of the inter-country transmission of measles, systematic analysis of the global transmission dynamics of the measles virus (MV) is limited. In this study, we applied phylogeographic analysis to characterize the global transmission dynamics of the MV using large-scale genetic sequence data (obtained for 7456 sequences) from 115 countries between 1954 and 2015. These analyses reveal the spatial and temporal characteristics of global transmission of the virus, especially in Australia, China, India, Japan, the UK, and the USA in the period since 1990...
April 16, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420154/mechanisms-of-ltr-retroelement-transposition-lessons-from-drosophila-melanogaster
#7
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Lidia Nefedova, Alexander Kim
Long terminal repeat (LTR) retrotransposons occupy a special place among all mobile genetic element families. The structure of LTR retrotransposons that have three open reading frames is identical to DNA forms of retroviruses that are integrated into the host genome. Several lines of evidence suggest that LTR retrotransposons share a common ancestry with retroviruses and thus are highly relevant to understanding mechanisms of transposition. Drosophila melanogaster is an exceptionally convenient model for studying the mechanisms of retrotransposon movement because many such elements in its genome are transpositionally active...
April 16, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406439/protein-coding-genes-retrocopies-and-their-functions
#8
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Magdalena Regina Kubiak, Izabela Makałowska
Transposable elements, often considered to be not important for survival, significantly contribute to the evolution of transcriptomes, promoters, and proteomes. Reverse transcriptase, encoded by some transposable elements, can be used in trans to produce a DNA copy of any RNA molecule in the cell. The retrotransposition of protein-coding genes requires the presence of reverse transcriptase, which could be delivered by either non-long terminal repeat (non-LTR) or LTR transposons. The majority of these copies are in a state of "relaxed" selection and remain "dormant" because they are lacking regulatory regions; however, many become functional...
April 13, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417913/comparative-study-on-the-antivirus-activity-of-shuang-huang-lian-injectable-powder-and-its-bioactive-compound-mixture-against-human-adenovirus-iii-in-vitro
#9
Qinhai Ma, Dedong Liang, Shuai Song, Qintian Yu, Chunyu Shi, Xuefeng Xing, Jia-Bo Luo
Shuang-Huang-Lian injectable powder (SHL)-a classical purified herbal preparation extracted from Scutellaria baicalensis, Lonicera japonica, and Forsythia suspense-has been used against human adenovirus III (HAdV₃) for many years. The combination herb and its major bioactive compounds, including chlorogenic acid, baicalin, and forsythia glycosides A, are effective inhibitors of the virus. However, no comprehensive studies are available on the antiviral effects of SHL against HAdV₃. Moreover, it remains unclear whether the mixture of chlorogenic acid, baicalin, and forsythia glycosides A (CBF) has enhanced antiviral activity compared with SHL...
April 12, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398253/t-cell-mediated-immunity-towards-yellow-fever-virus-and-useful-animal-models
#10
REVIEW
Alan M Watson, William B Klimstra
The 17D line of yellow fever virus vaccines is among the most effective vaccines ever created. The humoral and cellular immunity elicited by 17D has been well characterized in humans. Neutralizing antibodies have long been known to provide protection against challenge with a wild-type virus. However, a well characterized T cell immune response that is robust, long-lived and polyfunctional is also elicited by 17D. It remains unclear whether this arm of immunity is protective following challenge with a wild-type virus...
April 11, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398238/ltr-retrotransposons-from-bdelloid-rotifers-capture-additional-orfs-shared-between-highly-diverse-retroelement-types
#11
Fernando Rodriguez, Aubrey W Kenefick, Irina R Arkhipova
Rotifers of the class Bdelloidea, microscopic freshwater invertebrates, possess a highlydiversified repertoire of transposon families, which, however, occupy less than 4% of genomic DNA in the sequenced representative Adineta vaga. We performed a comprehensive analysis of A. vaga retroelements, and found that bdelloid long terminal repeat (LTR)retrotransposons, in addition to conserved open reading frame (ORF) 1 and ORF2 corresponding to gag and pol genes, code for an unusually high variety of ORF3 sequences...
April 11, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394283/single-round-infectious-particle-antiviral-screening-assays-for-the-japanese-encephalitis-virus
#12
Chien-Yi Lu, Mann-Jen Hour, Ching-Ying Wang, Su-Hua Huang, Wen-Xiang Mu, Yu-Chun Chang, Cheng-Wen Lin
Japanese Encephalitis virus (JEV) is a mosquito-borne flavivirus with a positive-sense single-stranded RNA genome that contains a big open reading frame (ORF) flanked by 5'- and 3'- untranslated regions (UTRs). Nearly 30,000 JE cases with 10,000 deaths are still annually reported in East Asia. Although the JEV genotype III vaccine has been licensed, it elicits a lower protection against other genotypes. Moreover, no effective treatment for a JE case is developed. This study constructed a pBR322-based and cytomegaloviruses (CMV) promoter-driven JEV replicon for the production of JEV single-round infectious particles (SRIPs) in a packaging cell line expressing viral structural proteins...
April 10, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394277/structure-of-ty1-internally-initiated-rna-influences-restriction-factor-expression
#13
Leszek Błaszczyk, Marcin Biesiada, Agniva Saha, David J Garfinkel, Katarzyna J Purzycka
The long-terminal repeat retrotransposon Ty1 is the most abundant mobile genetic element in many Saccharomyces cerevisiae isolates. Ty1 retrotransposons contribute to the genetic diversity of host cells, but they can also act as an insertional mutagen and cause genetic instability. Interestingly, retrotransposition occurs at a low level despite a high level of Ty1 RNA, even though S. cerevisiae lacks the intrinsic defense mechanisms that other eukaryotes use to prevent transposon movement. p22 is a recently discovered Ty1 protein that inhibits retrotransposition in a dose-dependent manner...
April 10, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394272/hbv-dna-integration-molecular-mechanisms-and-clinical-implications
#14
REVIEW
Thomas Tu, Magdalena A Budzinska, Nicholas A Shackel, Stephan Urban
Chronic infection with the Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) is a major cause of liver-related morbidity and mortality. One peculiar observation in cells infected with HBV (or with closely‑related animal hepadnaviruses) is the presence of viral DNA integration in the host cell genome, despite this form being a replicative dead-end for the virus. The frequent finding of somatic integration of viral DNA suggests an evolutionary benefit for the virus; however, the mechanism of integration, its functions, and the clinical implications remain unknown...
April 10, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397779/the-transmembrane-morphogenesis-protein-gp1-of-filamentous-phages-contains-walker-a-and-walker-b-motifs-essential-for-phage-assembly
#15
Belinda Loh, Maximilian Haase, Lukas Mueller, Andreas Kuhn, Sebastian Leptihn
In contrast to lytic phages, filamentous phages are assembled in the inner membrane and secreted across the bacterial envelope without killing the host. For assembly and extrusion of the phage across the host cell wall, filamentous phages code for membrane-embedded morphogenesis proteins. In the outer membrane of Escherichia coli, the protein gp4 forms a pore-like structure, while gp1 and gp11 form a complex in the inner membrane of the host. By comparing sequences with other filamentous phages, we identified putative Walker A and B motifs in gp1 with a conserved lysine in the Walker A motif (K14), and a glutamic and aspartic acid in the Walker B motif (D88, E89)...
April 9, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387730/mimilook-a-phylogenetic-workflow-for-detection-of-gene-acquisition-in-major-orthologous-groups-of-megavirales
#16
Sourabh Jain, Arup Panda, Philippe Colson, Didier Raoult, Pierre Pontarotti
With the inclusion of new members, understanding about evolutionary mechanisms and processes by which members of the proposed order, Megavirales, have evolved has become a key area of interest. The central role of gene acquisition has been shown in previous studies. However, the major drawback in gene acquisition studies is the focus on few MV families or putative families with large variation in their genetic structure. Thus, here we have tried to develop a methodology by which we can detect horizontal gene transfers (HGTs), taking into consideration orthologous groups of distantly related Megavirale families...
April 7, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368367/a-chinese-variant-marek-s-disease-virus-strain-with-divergence-between-virulence-and-vaccine-resistance
#17
Guo-Rong Sun, Yan-Ping Zhang, Hong-Chao Lv, Lin-Yi Zhou, Hong-Yu Cui, Yu-Long Gao, Xiao-le Qi, Yong-Qiang Wang, Kai Li, Li Gao, Qing Pan, Xiao-Mei Wang, Chang-Jun Liu
Marek's disease (MD) virus (MDV) has been evolving continuously, leading to increasing vaccination failure. Here, the MDV field strain BS/15 was isolated from a severely diseased Chinese chicken flock previously vaccinated with CVI988. To explore the causes of vaccination failure, specific-pathogen free (SPF) chickens vaccinated with CVI988 or 814 and unvaccinated controls were challenged with either BS/15 or the reference strain Md5. Both strains induced MD lesions in unvaccinated chickens with similar mortality rates of 85...
April 3, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368359/how-to-name-and-classify-your-phage-an-informal-guide
#18
Evelien Adriaenssens, J Rodney Brister
With this informal guide, we try to assist both new and experienced phage researchers through two important stages that follow phage discovery; that is, naming and classification. Providing an appropriate name for a bacteriophage is not as trivial as it sounds, and the effects might be long-lasting in databases and in official taxon names. Phage classification is the responsibility of the Bacterial and Archaeal Viruses Subcommittee (BAVS) of the International Committee on the Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV). While the BAVS aims at providing a holistic approach to phage taxonomy, for individual researchers who have isolated and sequenced a new phage, this can be a little overwhelming...
April 3, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368357/identifying-and-characterizing-interplay-between-hepatitis-b-virus-x-protein-and-smc5-6
#19
REVIEW
Christine M Livingston, Dhivya Ramakrishnan, Michel Strubin, Simon P Fletcher, Rudolf K Beran
Hepatitis B X protein (HBx) plays an essential role in the hepatitis B virus (HBV) replication cycle, but the function of HBx has been elusive until recently. It was recently shown that transcription from the HBV genome (covalently-closed circular DNA, cccDNA) is inhibited by the structural maintenance of chromosome 5/6 complex (Smc5/6), and that a key function of HBx is to redirect the DNA-damage binding protein 1 (DDB1) E3 ubiquitin ligase to target this complex for degradation. By doing so, HBx alleviates transcriptional repression by Smc5/6 and stimulates HBV gene expression...
April 3, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368313/free-living-amoebae-as-hosts-for-and-vectors-of-intracellular-microorganisms-with-public-health-significance
#20
REVIEW
Carsten Balczun, Patrick L Scheid
Free-living amoebae (FLA) are parasites within both humans and animals causing a wide range of symptoms and act as hosts of, and vehicles for phylogenetically diverse microorganisms, called endocytobionts. The interaction of the FLA with sympatric microorganisms leads to an exceptional diversity within FLA. Some of these bacteria, viruses, and even eukaryotes, can live and replicate intracellularly within the FLA. This relationship provides protection to the microorganisms from external interventions and a dispersal mechanism across various habitats...
April 1, 2017: Viruses
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