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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325778/nonstructural-proteins-nsp2tf-and-nsp2n-of-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-virus-prrsv-play-important-roles-in-suppressing-host-innate-immune-responses
#1
Y Li, P Shang, D Shyu, C Carrillo, P Naraghi-Arani, Crystal J Jaing, G J Renukaradhya, A E Firth, E J Snijder, Y Fang
Recently, we identified a unique -2/-1 ribosomal frameshift mechanism in PRRSV, which yields two truncated forms of nonstructural protein (nsp) 2 variants, nsp2TF and nsp2N. Here, in vitro expression of individual PRRSV nsp2TF and nsp2N demonstrated their ability to suppress cellular innate immune responses in transfected cells. Two recombinant viruses were further analyzed, in which either nsp2TF was C-terminally truncated (vKO1) or expression of both nsp2TF and nsp2N was knocked out (vKO2). Host cellular mRNA profiling showed that a panel of cellular immune genes, in particular those involved in innate immunity, was upregulated in cells infected with vKO1 and vKO2...
January 8, 2018: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325290/-effect-of-hepatitis-c-virus-nonstructural-protein-5a-and-its-domains-ii-on-hepatocyte-gluconeogenesis-in-mice
#2
J J Zhang, Q Liu, L Qiao
Objective: To investigate the role of hepatitis C virus nonstructural protein 5A (NS5A) and its domains I, II, and III in regulating gluconeogenesis in mice and the underlying mechanism. Methods: A total of 60 male C57BL/6J mice were randomly divided into six groups. Recombinant lentiviral particles with specific expression of full-length NS5A, NS5A domain I, NS5A domain II, or NS5A domain III were injected via the caudal vein to establish a mouse model, and the group without injection and the group with the injection of the lentiviral particles containing enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) were established as negative control...
December 20, 2017: Zhonghua Gan Zang Bing za Zhi, Zhonghua Ganzangbing Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324359/progress-toward-an-enhanced-vaccine-eight-marked-attenuated-viruses-to-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-disease-virus
#3
Allyn Spear, Feng-Xue Wang, Matthew A Kappes, Phani B Das, Kay S Faaberg
Recombinant viruses of strain Ingelvac® PRRS porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) modified live virus vaccine were produced with two individual small in-frame deletions in nonstructural protein 2 (nsp2; Δ23 and Δ87) and also the same deletions supplanted with foreign tags (Δ23-V5, Δ23-FLAG, Δ23-S, Δ87-V5, Δ87-FLAG, Δ87-S). The viruses, but one (Δ87-FLAG), were stable for 10 passages and showed minimal effects on in vitro growth. Northern hybridization showed that the Δ23-tagged probe detected intracellular viral genome RNA as well as shorter RNAs that may represent heteroclite species, while the Δ87-tagged probe detected predominantly only genome length RNAs...
January 8, 2018: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321321/functional-analysis-of-the-dengue-virus-genome-using-an-insertional-mutagenesis-screen
#4
Jeffrey W Perry, Yanhua Chen, Elizabeth Speliotes, Andrew W Tai
In the last few decades, dengue virus, an arbovirus, has spread to over 120 countries. Although a vaccine has been approved in some countries, limitations on its effectiveness, and a lack of effective antiviral treatments reinforce the need for additional research. The functions of several viral nonstructural proteins are essentially unknown. To better understand the functions of these proteins and thus dengue virus pathogenesis, we embarked on a genome wide transposon mutagenesis screen with Next Generation Sequencing to determine sites in the viral genome that tolerate 15 nucleotide insertions...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321319/non-structural-protein-%C3%AF-1s-is-required-for-optimal-reovirus-protein-expression
#5
Matthew B Phillips, Johnasha D Stuart, Emily J Simon, Karl W Boehme
Reovirus non-structural protein σ1s is required for the establishment of viremia and hematogenous viral dissemination. However, the function of the σ1s protein during the reovirus replication cycle is not known. In this study, we found that σ1s was required for efficient reovirus replication in SV40-immortalized endothelial cells (SVECs), mouse embryonic fibroblasts, human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs), and T84 human colonic epithelial cells. In each of these cell lines, wild type reovirus produced substantially higher viral titers than a σ1s-deficient mutant...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321308/sustained-specific-and-cross-reactive-t-cell-responses-to-zika-and-dengue-viruses-ns3-in-west-africa
#6
Bobby Brooke Herrera, Wen-Yang Tsai, Charlotte A Chang, Donald J Hamel, Wei-Kung Wang, Yichen Lu, Souleymane Mboup, Phyllis J Kanki
Recent studies on the role of T cells in Zika virus (ZIKV) infection have shown that T cell responses to Asian ZIKV infection are important for protection, and that previous Dengue virus (DENV) exposure amplifies the protective T cell response to Asian ZIKV. Human T cell responses to African ZIKV infection, however, remain unexplored. Here, we utilized the modified anthrax toxin delivery system to develop a flavivirus ELISPOT. Using human ZIKV and DENV samples from Senegal, West Africa, our results demonstrate specific and cross-reactive T cell responses to nonstructural protein 3 (NS3)...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316923/comparative-assessment-of-probiotics-and-monensin-in-the-prophylaxis-of-acute-ruminal-lactic-acidosis-in-sheep
#7
Leonardo Frasson Reis, Rejane Santos Sousa, Francisco Leonardo Costa Oliveira, Frederico Augusto Mazzocca Lopes Rodrigues, Carolina Akiko Sato Cabral Araújo, Enoch Brandão Souza Meira-Júnior, Raimundo Alves Barrêto-Júnior, Clara Satsuki Mori, Antonio Humberto Hamad Minervino, Enrico Lippi Ortolani
BACKGROUND: Acute ruminal lactic acidosis (ARLA) is a major nutritional and metabolic disorder usually characterized by excessive or non-adapted intake of diets rich in nonstructural carbohydrates. Feed additives that regulate the ruminal environment have been used to prevent ARLA, such as ionophores and, more recently, yeast culture. Thus, we aimed to compare the efficacy of a yeast-based culture (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) with that of monensin sodium in the prevention of ARLA in sheep...
January 9, 2018: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29302462/valve-sparing-aortic-root-replacement-midterm-outcomes-and-quality-of-life
#8
Abdel-Kémal Bori Bata, Nicolas D'Ostrevy, Bruno Pereira, Etienne Geoffroy, Nicolas Dauphin, Vedat Eljezi, Kasra Azarnoush, Lucie Ulman, Lionel Camilleri
Background: This study evaluated the midterm outcomes, the valve related events and quality of life of patients treated by valve-sparing aortic root replacement (VSRR). Methods: From January 2003 to December 2014, 88 consecutive patients diagnosed with an aortic root aneurysm or ascending aortic aneurysms underwent VSRR surgery. The mean age was 55±14 (range 19-77) years. A total of 84% of the patients were male; 89% were in New York Heart Association functional class I or II, 55% had aortic regurgitation (AR) grade III or IV...
December 2017: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29300893/virus-and-antibody-dynamics-in-travelers-with-acute-zika-virus-infection
#9
Luisa Barzon, Elena Percivalle, Monia Pacenti, Francesca Rovida, Maurizio Zavattoni, Paola Del Bravo, Anna Maria Cattelan, Giorgio Palù, Fausto Baldanti
Background: To improve our understanding of the natural history of Zika virus (ZIKV) infection in humans, we described the dynamics of ZIKV RNA shedding in different body fluids and antibody responses in patients with acute infection. Methods: Twenty-nine adults with travel-associated infection and 1 case of sexual transmission were enrolled and followed up with weekly ZIKV RNA testing in blood, urine, saliva, and semen samples and antibody testing. Results: ZIKV RNA was detected in plasma, urine, and saliva of 57%, 93...
December 30, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29300876/impact-of-dengue-vaccination-on-serological-diagnosis-insights-from-phase-iii-dengue-vaccine-efficacy-trials
#10
Eric Plennevaux, Annick Moureau, José L Arredondo-García, Luis Villar, Punnee Pitisuttithum, Ngoc H Tran, Matthew Bonaparte, Danaya Chansinghakul, Diana L Coronel, Maïna L'Azou, R Leon Ochiai, Myew-Ling Toh, Fernando Noriega, Alain Bouckenooghe
Background: We previously reported that vaccination with the tetravalent dengue vaccine (CYD-TDV; Dengvaxia) may bias the diagnosis of dengue based on immunoglobulin M (IgM) and immunoglobulin G (IgG) assessments. Methods: We undertook a post hoc pooled analysis of febrile episodes that occurred during the active surveillance phase (the 25 months after the first study injection) of 2 pivotal phase III, placebo-controlled CYD-TDV efficacy studies that involved ≥31000 children aged 2-16 years across 10 countries in Asia and Latin America...
December 30, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29300779/exosomes-serve-as-novel-modes-of-tick-borne-flavivirus-transmission-from-arthropod-to-human-cells-and-facilitates-dissemination-of-viral-rna-and-proteins-to-the-vertebrate-neuronal-cells
#11
Wenshuo Zhou, Michael Woodson, Biswas Neupane, Fengwei Bai, Michael B Sherman, Kyung H Choi, Girish Neelakanta, Hameeda Sultana
Molecular determinants and mechanisms of arthropod-borne flavivirus transmission to the vertebrate host are poorly understood. In this study, we show for the first time that a cell line from medically important arthropods, such as ticks, secretes extracellular vesicles (EVs) including exosomes that mediate transmission of flavivirus RNA and proteins to the human cells. Our study shows that tick-borne Langat virus (LGTV), a model pathogen closely related to tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV), profusely uses arthropod exosomes for transmission of viral RNA and proteins to the human- skin keratinocytes and blood endothelial cells...
January 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29298675/root-lodging-is-a-physical-stress-that-changes-gene-expression-from-sucrose-accumulation-to-degradation-in-sorghum
#12
Hiroshi Mizuno, Shigemitsu Kasuga, Hiroyuki Kawahigashi
BACKGROUND: Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L.) is used as a raw material for biofuels because it accumulates sugars at high levels in the stem. Lodging of sorghum occurs when the soil is wet and very high winds blow across the field. In root lodging, the roots are pulled loose from the soil, causing the plant to fall over. Lodging reduces the yield of nonstructural carbohydrates. It is not yet clear which genes show changes in expression when sorghum falls over. We compared whole-gene expression in the mature stems of intact and lodged sorghum plants, with a focus on comparisons from the perspective of differences in sugar accumulation or degradation...
January 3, 2018: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29297281/suggested-mechanisms-for-zika-virus-causing-microcephaly-what-do-the-genomes-tell-us
#13
Se-Ran Jun, Trudy M Wassenaar, Visanu Wanchai, Preecha Patumcharoenpol, Intawat Nookaew, David W Ussery
BACKGROUND: Zika virus (ZIKV) is an emerging human pathogen. Since its arrival in the Western hemisphere, from Africa via Asia, it has become a serious threat to pregnant women, causing microcephaly and other neuropathies in developing fetuses. The mechanisms behind these teratogenic effects are unknown, although epidemiological evidence suggests that microcephaly is not associated with the original, African lineage of ZIKV. The sequences of 196 published ZIKV genomes were used to assess whether recently proposed mechanistic explanations for microcephaly are supported by molecular level changes that may have increased its virulence since the virus left Africa...
December 28, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29285674/hcv-nonstructural-protein-4-is-associated-with-aggressiveness-features-of-breast-cancer
#14
Abdelfattah M Attallah, Mohamed El-Far, Mohamed A Abdelrazek, Mohamed M Omran, Ashraf Z Mahmoud, Hager S Khalifa, Mohamed M Ahmed, Ibrahim El-Dosoky
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) has the lymphotropic feature that is supposed to be the reason of related extrahepatic manifestation. HCV viral oncoproteins may participate in the regulation of some gene expression that has been implicated in tumorigenesis. Our aim is to evaluate the HCV-NS4 circulating levels in breast cancer (BC) and to investigate its relation with BC tumor aggressiveness. METHODS: This study was performed among 158 Egyptian women (120 with BC and 38 with benign breast diseases)...
December 28, 2017: Breast Cancer: the Journal of the Japanese Breast Cancer Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29260677/detection-and-circulation-of-a-novel-rabbit-hemorrhagic-disease-virus-in-australia
#15
Jackie E Mahar, Andrew J Read, Xingnian Gu, Nadya Urakova, Roslyn Mourant, Melissa Piper, Stéphanie Haboury, Edward C Holmes, Tanja Strive, Robyn N Hall
The highly virulent rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV) has been widely used in Australia and New Zealand since the mid-1990s to control wild rabbits, an invasive vertebrate pest in these countries. In January 2014, an exotic RHDV was detected in Australia, and 8 additional outbreaks were reported in both domestic and wild rabbits in the 15 months following its detection. Full-length genomic analysis revealed that this virus is a recombinant containing an RHDVa capsid gene and nonstructural genes most closely related to nonpathogenic rabbit caliciviruses...
January 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29258862/broad-spectrum-antiviral-activity-of-the-eif4a-inhibitor-silvestrol-against-corona-and-picornaviruses
#16
Christin Müller, Falk W Schulte, Kerstin Lange-Grünweller, Wiebke Obermann, Ramakanth Madhugiri, Stephan Pleschka, John Ziebuhr, Roland K Hartmann, Arnold Grünweller
Coronaviruses (CoV) and picornaviruses are plus-strand RNA viruses that use 5' cap-dependent and cap-independent strategies, respectively, for viral mRNA translation initiation. Here, we analyzed the effects of the plant compound silvestrol, a specific inhibitor of the DEAD-box RNA helicase eIF4A, on viral translation using a dual luciferase assay and virus-infected primary cells. Silvestrol was recently shown to have potent antiviral activity in Ebola virus-infected human macrophages. We found that silvestrol is also a potent and non-toxic inhibitor of cap-dependent viral mRNA translation in CoV-infected human embryonic lung fibroblast (MRC-5) cells...
December 16, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29250328/sequence-analysis-of-hepatitis-c-virus-nonstructural-protein-3-4a-serine-protease-and-prediction-of-conserved-b-and-t-cell-epitopes
#17
Ayesha Naeem, Yasir Waheed
The hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a global health issue. The nonstructural protein 3 (NS3)-4Agene of HCV is responsible for serine protease activity. The aim of the present study was to develop a global consensus sequence of HCV serine protease, analyze conserved residues, and predict highly conserved B- and T-cell binding epitopes in the NS3-4A protein. A total of 160 NS3-4A sequences from the six genotypes of HCV were refracted in the current study. The amino acid sequences were aligned to obtain a global consensus sequence...
December 2017: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243138/first-molecular-detection-of-porcine-bocavirus-in-malaysia
#18
Daniel Mohan Jacob, Chee Yien Lee, Siti Suri Arshad, Gayathri Thevi Selvarajah, Faruku Bande, Bee Lee Ong, Peck Toung Ooi
Several strains of porcine bocaviruses have been reported worldwide since their first detection in Sweden in 2009. Subsequently, the virus has been reported to be associated with gastrointestinal and respiratory signs in weaner and grower pigs. Although Malaysia is host to a self-sufficient swine livestock industry, there is no study that describes porcine bocavirus in the country. This report is the first to describe porcine bocavirus (PBoV) in Malaysian swine herds. PBoV was identified in various tissues from sick and runt pigs using the conventional PCR method with primers targeting conserved regions encoding for the nonstructural protein (NS1) gene...
December 14, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230036/negative-charge-and-membrane-tethered-viral-3b-cooperate-to-recruit-viral-rna-dependent-rna-polymerase-3d-pol
#19
Anna Dubankova, Jana Humpolickova, Martin Klima, Evzen Boura
Most single stranded plus RNA viruses hijack phosphatidylinositol 4-kinases (PI4Ks) to generate membranes highly enriched in phosphatidylinositol 4-phosphate (PI4P). These membranous compartments known as webs, replication factories or replication organelles are essential for viral replication because they provide protection from the innate intracellular immune response while serving as platforms for viral replication. Using purified recombinant proteins and biomimetic model membranes we show that the nonstructural viral 3A protein is sufficient to promote membrane hyper-phosphorylation given the proper intracellular cofactors (PI4KB and ACBD3)...
December 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226082/the-novel-mitochondria-localization-of-influenza-a-virus-ns1-visualized-by-flash-labeling
#20
Chuan-Fu Tsai, Hsin-Yi Lin, Wei-Li Hsu, Ching-Hsiu Tsai
The nonstructural protein 1 (NS1) of the influenza A virus (IAV) is a multifunctional protein that counteracts host cell antiviral responses and inhibits host cell pre-mRNA processing. NS1 contains two nuclear localization signals that facilitate NS1 shuttling between cytoplasm and nucleus. In this study, we initially observed the novel mitochondria localization of NS1 in a subset of transfected cells. We then further monitored the localization dynamics of the NS1 protein in live cells infected with IAV expressing NS1 with insertion of a tetracysteine-tag...
December 2017: FEBS Open Bio
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