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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535337/overall-structural-model-of-ns5a-protein-from-hepatitis-c-virus-and-modulation-by-mutations-confering-resistance-of-virus-replication-to-cyclosporin-a
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Aurelie Badillo, Veronique Brechot, Stephane Sarrazin, François-Xavier Cantrelle, Frederic Delolme, Marie-Laure Fogeron, Jennifer Molle, Roland Montserret, Anja Bockmann, Ralf Bartenschlager, Volker Lohmann, Guy Lippens, Sylvie Ricard-Blum, Xavier Hanoulle, Francois Penin
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) nonstructural protein 5A (NS5A) is a RNA-binding phosphoprotein composed of a N-terminal membrane anchor (AH), a structured domain 1 (D1) and two intrinsically disordered domains (D2 and D3). The knowledge of the functional architecture of this multifunctional protein remains limited. We report here that NS5A-D1D2D3 produced in a wheat germ cell-free system is obtained under a highly phosphorylated state. Its NMR analysis revealed that these phosphorylations do not change the disordered nature of D2 and D3 domains but increase the number of conformers due to partial phosphorylations...
May 23, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529975/phylogenetic-analyses-suggest-that-factors-other-than-the-capsid-protein-play-a-role-in-the-epidemic-potential-of-gii-2-norovirus
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Kentaro Tohma, Cara J Lepore, Lauren A Ford-Siltz, Gabriel I Parra
Norovirus is the leading cause of acute gastroenteritis worldwide. For over two decades, a single genotype (GII.4) has been responsible for most norovirus-associated cases. However, during the winter of 2014 to 2015, the GII.4 strains were displaced by a rarely detected genotype (GII.17) in several countries of the Asian continent. Moreover, during the winter of 2016 to 2017, the GII.2 strain reemerged as predominant in different countries worldwide. This reemerging GII.2 strain is a recombinant virus that presents a GII...
May 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527257/-polyclonal-antibodies-against-recombinant-dengue-virus-ns3-protein
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Liliana Morales, Myriam L Velandia, María Angélica Calderon, Jaime E Castellanos, Jacqueline Chaparro-Olaya
INTRODUCTION: Dengue is a disease caused by one of four serotypes of the dengue virus (DENV) and is endemic in approximately 130 countries. The incidence of dengue has increased dramatically in recent decades, as well as the frequency and magnitude of outbreaks. Despite all efforts, there are no prophylactic or therapeutic treatments for the disease. Accordingly, research on the processes governing the DENV infection cycle is essential to develop vaccines or antiviral therapies. One of themost attractive DENV molecules to investigate is nonstructural protein 3 (NS3), which is essential for viral replication and a major immune target for infection...
January 24, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523762/a-retrospective-study-of-cytogenetic-results-from-amniotic-fluid-in-5328-fetuses-with-abnormal-obstetric-sonographic-findings
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Shuo Zhang, Caixia Lei, Junping Wu, Haiyan Sun, Yuezhou Yang, Yueping Zhang, Xiaoxi Sun
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic utility of karyotype analysis of amniotic fluid for fetuses with abnormal sonographic findings and to determine the detection rates of abnormal karyotypes. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study of 5328 fetuses with abnormal sonographic findings in the first or second trimester enrolled from October 1998 and September 2015. Cytogenetic results from amniotic fluid were obtained in all of these pregnancies...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518476/adult-onset-chronic-cyclic-thrombocytopenia-in-a-rhesus-macaque-macaca-mulatta-after-dengue-virus-vaccination-and-viral-challenge
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Galit H Frydman, Kelly A Metcalf Pate, Robert P Marini, Armelle M de Laforcade, Irene Bosch, Vasudevan Bakthavatchalu, Sureshkumar Muthupalani, Alton G Swennes, Claire E Lyons, Ronald G Tompkins, James G Fox
An 8-year-old, male Rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta), previously used for dengue virus (DENV) vaccine research with viral challenge, was presented with adult-onset, chronic, cyclic thrombocytopenia. Platelet number, morphology, and function were evaluated by automated hematology, peripheral blood smears, electron microscopy, flow cytometry, and impedance aggregometry. Bone marrow was evaluated by cytology. Both serum anti-dengue nonstructural protein 1 (NS1) antibodies and anti-platelet antibodies were detected by ELISA...
May 18, 2017: Veterinary Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514196/interactions-between-ns1-of-influenza-a-viruses-and-interferon-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-determinants-for-vaccine-development
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Ben X Wang, Eleanor N Fish
Influenza A viruses (IAVs) cause mild to severe infections in humans with considerable socioeconomic and global health consequences. The host interferon (IFN)-α/β response, critical as the first line of defense against foreign pathogens, is induced upon detection of IAV genomic RNA in infected cells by host innate pattern recognition receptors. IFN-α/β production and subsequent activation of cell signaling result in the expression of antiviral IFN-stimulated genes whose products target various stages of the IAV life cycle to inhibit viral replication and the spread of infection and establish an antiviral state...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Interferon & Cytokine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508043/crystal-structure-of-2c-helicase-from-enterovirus-71
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Hongxin Guan, Juan Tian, Bo Qin, Justyna Aleksandra Wojdyla, Bei Wang, Zhendong Zhao, Meitian Wang, Sheng Cui
Enterovirus 71 (EV71) is the major pathogen responsible for outbreaks of hand, foot, and mouth disease. EV71 nonstructural protein 2C participates in many critical events throughout the virus life cycle; however, its precise role is not fully understood. Lack of a high-resolution structure made it difficult to elucidate 2C activity and prevented inhibitor development. We report the 2.5 Å-resolution crystal structure of the soluble part of EV71 2C, containing an adenosine triphosphatase (ATPase) domain, a cysteine-rich zinc finger with an unusual fold, and a carboxyl-terminal helical domain...
April 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501618/assessing-activity-of-hepatitis-a-virus-3c-protease-using-a-cyclized-luciferase-based-biosensor
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Junwei Zhou, Dang Wang, Yongqiang Xi, Xinyu Zhu, Yuting Yang, Mengting Lv, Chuanzhen Luo, Jiyao Chen, Xu Ye, Liurong Fang, Shaobo Xiao
Hepatitis A is an acute infection caused by Hepatitis A virus (HAV), which is widely distributed throughout the world. The HAV 3C cysteine protease (3C(pro)), an important nonstructural protein, is responsible for most cleavage within the viral polyprotein and is critical for the processes of viral replication. Our group has previously demonstrated that HAV 3C(pro) cleaves human NF-κB essential modulator (NEMO), a kinase required in interferon signaling. Based on this finding, we generated four luciferase-based biosensors containing the NEMO sequence (PVLKAQ↓ADIYKA) that is cleaved by HAV 3C(pro) and/or the Nostoc punctiforme DnaE intein, to monitor the activity of HAV 3C(pro) in human embryonic kidney cells (HEK-293T)...
May 10, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500445/genetic-diversity-and-evolutionary-characteristics-of-type-2-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-virus-in-southeastern-china-from-2009-to-2014
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Jiankui Liu, Xia Zhou, Junqiong Zhai, Bing Li, Chunhua Wei, Ailing Dai, Xiaoyan Yang, Manlin Luo
The objective of this study was to assess the genetic diversity of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus circulating in Fujian province (southeastern China). Based on 53 ORF5 nucleotide sequences collected from nine sites, both highly pathogenic (sublineage 8.7) and lineage 1 strains were circulating in Fujian in 2009-2014 along with lineages 3 and 5.1. Notably, the lineage 1 strains were closely related to the NADC30 strain circulating in North America and were the predominant strains in 2014...
May 12, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499176/brain-networks-structural-realism-and-local-approaches-to-the-scientific-realism-debate
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Karen Yan, Jonathon Hricko
We examine recent work in cognitive neuroscience that investigates brain networks. Brain networks are characterized by the ways in which brain regions are functionally and anatomically connected to one another. Cognitive neuroscientists use various noninvasive techniques (e.g., fMRI) to investigate these networks. They represent them formally as graphs. And they use various graph theoretic techniques to analyze them further. We distinguish between knowledge of the graph theoretic structure of such networks (structural knowledge) and knowledge of what instantiates that structure (nonstructural knowledge)...
May 9, 2017: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493152/inhibition-of-mir-274-3p-increases-bmcpv-replication-by-regulating-the-expression-of-bmcpv-ns5-gene-in-bombyx-mori
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Ping Wu, Xiaoxu Jiang, Qi Sang, Enoch Annan, Tao Cheng, Xijie Guo
Bombyx mori cytoplasmic polyhedrosis virus (BmCPV) is one of the major pathogens that pose a big challenge to the sericulture industry. Growing evidences have shown that microRNAs play key roles in the regulations of host-pathogen interactions in insects. MicroRNAs have been found in silkworms, whether and how they affect the silkworm-BmCPV interactions are still unknown. Here we investigate the effect of miR-274-3p on the BmCPV replication in the BmCPV-infected silkworm larvae. In our study, BmCPV Nonstructural protein 5 (NS5) was identified to be the target of miR-274-3p based on bioinformatics analysis and luciferase reporter assay...
May 10, 2017: Virus Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490497/protein-composition-of-the-hepatitis-a-virus-quasi-envelope
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Kevin L McKnight, Ling Xie, Olga González-López, Efraín E Rivera-Serrano, Xian Chen, Stanley M Lemon
The Picornaviridae are a diverse family of RNA viruses including many pathogens of medical and veterinary importance. Classically considered "nonenveloped," recent studies show that some picornaviruses, notably hepatitis A virus (HAV; genus Hepatovirus) and some members of the Enterovirus genus, are released from cells nonlytically in membranous vesicles. To better understand the biogenesis of quasi-enveloped HAV (eHAV) virions, we conducted a quantitative proteomics analysis of eHAV purified from cell-culture supernatant fluids by isopycnic ultracentrifugation...
May 10, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488023/glucose-enhances-rotavirus-enterotoxin-induced-intestinal-chloride-secretion
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Liangjie Yin, Rejeesh Menon, Reshu Gupta, Lauren Vaught, Paul Okunieff, Sadasivan Vidyasagar
Rotavirus causes severe diarrhea in small children and is typically treated using glucose-containing oral rehydration solutions; however, glucose may have a detrimental impact on these patients, because it increases chloride secretion and presumably water loss. The rotavirus enterotoxin nonstructural protein 4 (NSP4) directly inhibits glucose-mediated sodium absorption. We examined the effects of NSP4 and glucose on sodium and chloride transport in mouse small intestines and Caco-2 cells. Mouse small intestines and Caco-2 cells were incubated with NSP4114-135 in the presence/absence of glucose...
May 10, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487712/roles-of-plasmalemma-aquaporin-gene-stpip1-in-enhancing-drought-tolerance-in-potato
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Li Wang, Yuhui Liu, Shoujiang Feng, Jiangwei Yang, Dan Li, Junlian Zhang
Survival and mortality of plants in response to severe drought may be related to carbon starvation, but little is known about how plasma membrane intrinsic proteins may help alleviate the drought-induced damage. Here, we determined the roles of plasmalemma aquaporin gene in improving plant water status, maintaining carbon accumulation, and thereby enhancing drought tolerance. Seven StPIP1 transformed potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) lines (namely T1, T2…T7) were compared with non-transgenic control plant at molecule and whole-plant levels...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484023/coronavirus-nonstructural-protein-15-mediates-evasion-of-dsrna-sensors-and-limits-apoptosis-in-macrophages
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Xufang Deng, Matthew Hackbart, Robert C Mettelman, Amornrat O'Brien, Anna M Mielech, Guanghui Yi, C Cheng Kao, Susan C Baker
Coronaviruses are positive-sense RNA viruses that generate double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) intermediates during replication, yet evade detection by host innate immune sensors. Here we report that coronavirus nonstructural protein 15 (nsp15), an endoribonuclease, is required for evasion of dsRNA sensors. We evaluated two independent nsp15 mutant mouse coronaviruses, designated N15m1 and N15m3, and found that these viruses replicated poorly and induced rapid cell death in mouse bone marrow-derived macrophages. Infection of macrophages with N15m1, which expresses an unstable nsp15, or N15m3, which expresses a catalysis-deficient nsp15, activated MDA5, PKR, and the OAS/RNase L system, resulting in an early, robust induction of type I IFN, PKR-mediated apoptosis, and RNA degradation...
May 8, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480265/clinical-utility-of-the-nonstructural-1-antigen-rapid-diagnostic-test-in-the-management-of-dengue-in-returning-travelers-with-fever
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Ralph Huits, Patrick Soentjens, Ula Maniewski-Kelner, Caroline Theunissen, Steven Van Den Broucke, Eric Florence, Jan Clerinx, Erika Vlieghe, Jan Jacobs, Lieselotte Cnops, Dorien Van Den Bossche, Marjan Van Esbroeck, Emmanuel Bottieau
BACKGROUND: Rapid diagnostic test (RDT) detecting the nonstructural 1 (NS1) antigen is increasingly used for dengue diagnosis in endemic and nonendemic settings, but its clinical utility has not been studied in travel clinic practice. METHODS: From August 2012 to July 2016, travelers returning from the tropics with fever were evaluated in the Institute of Tropical Medicine (Antwerp, Belgium) with the routine use of NS1 antigen RDT that provided results within 1 hour...
2017: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471365/structural-features-of-ns3-of-dengue-virus-serotypes-2-and-4-in-solution-and-insight-into-rna-binding-and-the-inhibitory-role-of-quercetin
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Ankita Pan, Wuan Geok Saw, Malathy Sony Subramanian Manimekalai, Ardina Grüber, Shin Joon, Tsutomu Matsui, Thomas M Weiss, Gerhard Grüber
Dengue virus (DENV), which has four serotypes (DENV-1 to DENV-4), is the causative agent of the viral infection dengue. DENV nonstructural protein 3 (NS3) comprises a serine protease domain and an RNA helicase domain which has nucleotide triphosphatase activities that are essential for RNA replication and viral assembly. Here, solution X-ray scattering was used to provide insight into the overall structure and flexibility of the entire NS3 and its recombinant helicase and protease domains for Dengue virus serotypes 2 and 4 in solution...
May 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section D, Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469422/seroprevalence-of-asymptomatic-dengue-virus-infection-and-its-antibodies-among-healthy-eligible-saudi-blood-donors-findings-from-holy-makkah-city
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Ahmed M Ashshi, Saad Alghamdi, Adel G El-Shemi, Sabir Almdani, Bassem Refaat, Amr M Mohamed, Hani O Ghazi, Esam I Azhar, Faisal A Al-Allaf
BACKGROUND: Threat to blood transfusion-transmitted dengue virus (DENV) and its antibodies has recently emerged worldwide. Dengue fever is an endemic disease in Saudi Arabia, particularly in its Western region. The aim of this study was to estimate the seroprevalence of asymptomatic DENV infection and its antibodies among eligible Saudi blood donors. METHODS: Serum samples from 910 healthy/eligible adult male Saudi blood donors, who reside in Holy Makkah City of Saudi Arabia, were collected between March 2015 and August 2016 and screened for the detection of DENV nonstructural protein 1 (NS1) antigen and anti-DENV IgM and IgG antibodies using commercial enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay kits (Panbio, Brisbane, QLD, Australia)...
2017: Virology: Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469408/modification-of-s-adenosyl-l-homocysteine-as-inhibitor-of-nonstructural-protein-5-methyltransferase-dengue-virus-through-molecular-docking-and-molecular-dynamics-simulation
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Usman Sumo Friend Tambunan, Mochammad Arfin Fardiansyah Nasution, Fauziah Azhima, Arli Aditya Parikesit, Erwin Prasetya Toepak, Syarifuddin Idrus, Djati Kerami
Dengue fever is still a major threat worldwide, approximately threatening two-fifths of the world's population in tropical and subtropical countries. Nonstructural protein 5 (NS5) methyltransferase enzyme plays a vital role in the process of messenger RNA capping of dengue by transferring methyl groups from S-adenosyl-l-methionine to N7 atom of the guanine bases of RNA and the RNA ribose group of 2'OH, resulting in S-adenosyl-l-homocysteine (SAH). The modification of SAH compound was screened using molecular docking and molecular dynamics simulation, along with computational ADME-Tox (absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion, and toxicity) test...
2017: Drug Target Insights
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468340/broadband-wave-absorption-in-single-layered-and-nonstructured-graphene-based-on-far-field-interaction-effect
#20
Fei Gao, Zhihong Zhu, Wei Xu, Jianfa Zhang, Chucai Guo, Ken Liu, Xiaodong Yuan, Shiqiao Qin
We present a wave absorption design consisting of periodical arrays of dielectric bricks on the dielectric substrate, which is coated with single-layered and nonstructured graphene, supported by a thick piece of metal. The design is demonstrated to broadband near-perfect absorption with 0.82 terahertz (THz) bandwidth of over 90% absorption and with central frequency of 1.68 THz. The broadband absorption mechanism originates from two contributions. Firstly, the periodical arrays of dielectric bricks on the nonstructured graphene can provide both a set of graphene plasmon resonances with large relative frequency interval and relative radiation rate γ/ω in the THz range...
May 1, 2017: Optics Express
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