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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035743/transmission-of-henipaviruses
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Sarah Weatherman, Heinz Feldmann, Emmie de Wit
The genus Henipavirus has expanded rapidly in geographic range, number of species, and host range. Hendra and Nipah virus are two henipaviruses known to cause severe disease in humans with a high case-fatality rate. Pteropid spp. bats are the natural reservoir of Hendra and Nipah virus. From these bats, virus can be transmitted to an amplifying host, horses and pigs, and from these hosts to humans, or the virus can be transmitted directly to humans. Although the main route of shedding varies between host species, close contact is required for transmission in all hosts...
October 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031103/kaposi-s-sarcoma-herpesvirus-induced-endothelial-cell-reprogramming-supports-viral-persistence-and-contributes-to-kaposi-s-sarcoma-tumorigenesis
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REVIEW
Silvia Gramolelli, Päivi M Ojala
Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) is an endothelial tumor causally linked to Kaposi's sarcoma herpesvirus (KSHV) infection. At early stages of KS, inflammation and aberrant neoangiogenesis are predominant, while at late stages the disease is characterized by the proliferation of KSHV-infected spindle cells (SC). Since KSHV infection modifies the endothelial cell (EC) identity, the origin of SCs remains elusive. Yet, pieces of evidence indicate the lymphatic origin. KSHV-infected ECs display increased proliferative, angiogenic and migratory capacities which account for KS oncogenesis...
October 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024905/hantavirus-maintenance-and-transmission-in-reservoir-host-populations
#3
REVIEW
Kristian M Forbes, Tarja Sironen, Alexander Plyusnin
Hantaviruses are primarily hosted by mammalian species of the orders Rodentia, Eulipotyphla and Chiroptera. Spillover to humans is common, and understanding hantavirus maintenance and transmission in reservoir host populations is important for efforts to curtail human disease. Recent field research challenges traditional phases of virus shedding kinetics derived from laboratory rodent infection experiments. Organ infection sites in non-rodent hosts suggest similar transmission routes to rodents, but require direct assessment...
October 9, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910751/chromatin-reorganisation-in-epstein-barr-virus-infected-cells-and-its-role-in-cancer-development
#4
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Michelle J West
The oncogenic Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) growth transforms B cells and drives lymphoma and carcinoma development. The virus encodes four key transcription factors (EBNA2, EBNA3A, EBNA3B and EBNA3C) that hijack host cell factors to bind gene control elements and reprogramme infected B cells. These viral factors predominantly target long-range enhancers to alter the expression of host cell genes that control B cell growth and survival and facilitate virus persistence. Enhancer and super-enhancer binding by these EBNAs results in large-scale reorganisation of three-dimensional enhancer-promoter architecture to drive the overexpression of oncogenes, the silencing of tumour suppressors and the modulation of transcription, cell-cycle progression, migration and adhesion...
September 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28867332/editorial-overview-paleovirology-the-genomic-fossil-record-and-consequences-of-ancient-viral-infections
#5
EDITORIAL
Aris Katzourakis
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 31, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28858692/modeling-hepatitis-virus-infections-and-treatment-strategies-in-humanized-mice
#6
REVIEW
Dina Kremsdorf, Helene Strick-Marchand
Hepatitis viruses cause chronic liver diseases such as fibrosis, cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinomas that are difficult to treat and constitute a global health problem. Species-specific viral tropism has limited the usefulness of small animal models to study the impact of viral hepatitis. Immunodeficient mice grafted with human hepatocytes are susceptible to hepatitis viruses B, C, D and E (HBV, HCV, HDV and HEV), developing full viral life cycles, and delivering a means to investigate virus-host interactions and antiviral treatments...
August 28, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28847646/-unknown-title
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EDITORIAL
John P Carr, Peter Palukaitis
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 25, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28843933/manipulation-of-induced-resistance-to-viruses
#8
REVIEW
Peter Palukaitis, Ju-Yeon Yoon, Seung-Kook Choi, John P Carr
Induced resistance against plant viruses has been studied for many years. However, with the exception of RNA silencing, induced resistance to viruses remains mechanistically less well understood than for other plant pathogens. In contrast, the induction processes involved in induced resistance, comprising basal resistance signaling, effector-triggered immunity, and phytohormone pathways, have been increasingly well characterized in recent years. This has allowed induced resistance to viruses to be placed in a broader conceptual framework linking it to other defense systems, which we discuss in this review...
August 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28843111/exploitation-of-a-surrogate-host-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-to-identify-cellular-targets-and-develop-novel-antiviral-approaches
#9
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Peter D Nagy
Plant RNA viruses are widespread pathogens that need to interact intricately with their hosts to co-opt numerous cellular factors to facilitate their replication. Currently, there are only a limited number of plant resistance genes against a limited number of viruses. To develop novel antiviral approaches, the interaction network between the given virus and the host cell could be targeted. Yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) has been developed as a surrogate host for tomato bushy stunt virus (TBSV), allowing systematic genome-wide screens to identify both susceptibility and restriction factors for TBSV...
August 23, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28837889/humanized-mouse-models-for-epstein-barr-virus-infection
#10
REVIEW
Christian Münz
It is essential for the human immune system to control Epstein Barr virus (EBV), because this common human γ-herpesvirus efficiently spreads through the human population with more than 90% being persistently infected after 20 years of age even in developed countries. Moreover, it threatens each host with its potent growth transforming properties, readily immortalizing human B cells into persistently growing lymphoma cell lines. Since this virus only infects humans, mice with reconstituted human immune system components provide an informative in vivo model to study EBV infection, the associated tumor formation and immune control thereof...
August 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28837888/retroviruses-of-the-rdr-superinfection-interference-group-ancient-origins-and-broad-host-distribution-of-a-promiscuous-env-gene
#11
REVIEW
Anindita Sinha, Welkin E Johnson
Due to recombination, different regions of a retrovirus genome can have distinct phylogenetic histories. The RD114-and-D-type-retrovirus (RDR) interference group provides an extreme example: the RDR group comprises a variety of taxonomically distinct retroviruses, isolated from diverse mammalian and avian hosts, that share a homologous env gene and use the same cell-surface entry receptor. RDR env homologs are also found among ancient endogenous retrovirus (ERV) sequences, including the syncytin genes of humans and rabbits, indicating that RDR Env glycoproteins have likely mediated endogenization on multiple occasions in diverse vertebrate lineages...
August 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822906/the-impact-of-htlv-1-on-the-cellular-genome
#12
REVIEW
Lucy Cook, Anat Melamed, Hiroko Yaguchi, Charles Rm Bangham
Human T-lymphotropic virus type-1 (HTLV-1) is the causative agent of adult T-cell leukaemia/lymphoma (ATL), an aggressive CD4+ T-cell malignancy. The mechanisms of leukaemogenesis in ATL are incompletely understood. Insertional mutagenesis has not previously been thought to contribute to the pathogenesis of ATL. However, the recent discovery that HTLV-1 binds the key chromatin architectural protein CTCF raises the hypothesis that HTLV-1 deregulates host gene expression by causing abnormal chromatin looping, bringing the strong HTLV-1 promoter-enhancer near to host genes that lie up to 2Mb from the integrated provirus...
August 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810166/humanized-mouse-models-of-latent-hiv-infection
#13
REVIEW
Maud Deruaz, Andrew M Tager
Antiretroviral therapy can efficiently control HIV viral replication, resulting in low viral loads and sustained CD4(+) T cell counts in HIV-infected persons. However, fast viral rebound occurs in most infected persons when therapy is interrupted. The principal component of persistent infection is a latent but replication-competent HIV reservoir. The long half-life of this reservoir is a major barrier to cure, and its elimination is the target of important research efforts. Animal models that can recapitulate this aspect of human infection are needed to examine the HIV reservoir in tissues in vivo, and to test eradication strategies...
August 12, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806695/use-of-peptide-aptamers-cationic-peptides-and-artificial-zinc-finger-proteins-to-generate-resistance-to-plant-viruses
#14
REVIEW
Takashi Sera
Various RNA/DNA viruses have caused severe infectious diseases in plants as well as animals, including humans, and been a threat to the production of agricultural crops. Therefore, prevention of plant virus infections is a major objective in crop protection. One attractive approach is to inhibit functions of viral proteins responsible for virus infections. In this review, I describe the status using such approaches to confer virus resistance to plants by three types of peptides/proteins: peptide aptamers, artificial zinc finger proteins and acidic peptides...
August 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802707/boosting-innate-immunity-to-sustainably-control-diseases-in-crops
#15
REVIEW
Valerie Nicaise
Viruses cause epidemics in all major crops, threatening global food security. The development of efficient and durable resistance able to withstand viral attacks represents a major challenge for agronomy, and relies greatly on the understanding of the molecular dialogue between viral pathogens and their hosts. Research over the last decades provided substantial advances in the field of plant-virus interactions. Remarkably, the advent of studies of plant innate immunity has recently offered new strategies exploitable in the field...
August 10, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803049/modeling-aging-in-hiv-infection-in-nonhuman-primates-to-address-an-emerging-challenge-of-the-post-art-era
#16
REVIEW
Tianyu He, Elizabeth Falwell, Egidio Brocca-Cofano, Ivona Pandrea
The advent of antiretroviral therapy (ART) has dramatically improved both quality and length of life for subjects infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), delaying or preventing progression to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). However, the virus induces aging-related changes to the immune system which confound treatment. Additionally, the normal physiologic events that occur during aging lead to deficiencies in immunity which not only exacerbate HIV pathogenesis but also trigger a variety of comorbidities...
August 9, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802204/humanized-mouse-models-to-study-human-cell-mediated-and-humoral-responses-to-dengue-virus
#17
REVIEW
Anuja Mathew
Several candidate dengue virus vaccines are in clinical trials and show promise as an effective measure to control dengue. However, it is becoming clear that additional vaccine candidates may be needed as there is concern about the durability of the immune response to all four serotypes of vaccine components and efficacy varies dependent on the immune status of the individual. The lack of an appropriate animal model to mimic human dengue has deterred the development of vaccines and anti-viral therapies to dengue virus...
August 9, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802203/disentangling-the-origins-of-virophages-and-polintons
#18
REVIEW
Samuel Campbell, Amr Aswad, Aris Katzourakis
Virophages and polintons are part of a complex system that also involves eukaryotes, giant viruses, as well as other viruses and transposable elements. Virophages are cosmopolitan, being found in environments ranging from the Amazon River to Antarctic hypersaline lakes, while polintons are found in many single celled and multicellular eukaryotes. Virophages and polintons have a shared ancestry, but their exact origins are unknown and obscured by antiquity and extensive horizontal gene transfer (HGT). Paleovirology can help disentangle the complicated gene flow between these two, as well as their giant viral and eukaryotic hosts...
August 9, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802147/generation-of-novel-resistance-genes-using-mutation-and-targeted-gene-editing
#19
REVIEW
Amit Gal-On, Marc Fuchs, Stewart Gray
Classical breeding for virus resistance is a lengthy process and is restricted by the availability of resistance genes. Precise genome editing is a 'dream technology' to improve plants for virus resistance and these tools have opened new and very promising ways to generate virus resistant plants by disrupting host susceptibility genes, or by increasing the expression of viral resistance genes. However, precise targets must be identified and their roles understood to minimize potential negative effects on the plant...
August 9, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802146/epigenetic-manipulation-of-host-chromatin-by-kaposi-sarcoma-associated-herpesvirus-a-tumor-promoting-factor
#20
REVIEW
Thomas Günther, Adam Grundhoff
Molecular and epidemiological evidence links Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) to a number of malignancies of endothelial or B cell origin. As for most virus-associated cancers, however, the tumor initiating and promoting events remain poorly understood. Given the emerging role of epigenetic alterations as drivers of human cancers, an interesting (and as of yet under-explored) hypothesis is that viral manipulation of host cell chromatin may contribute to the pathogenesis of KSHV-associated tumors...
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