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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347999/whether-you-are-a-virus-or-a-learned-society-based-virology-journal-evolution-is-critical-for-success
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Mark Harris, W Paul Duprex
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January 2018: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346682/receptor-usage-of-a-novel-bat-lineage-c-betacoronavirus-reveals-evolution-of-mers-related-coronavirus-spike-proteins-for-human-dpp4-binding
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Susanna K P Lau, Libiao Zhang, Hayes K H Luk, Lifeng Xiong, Xingwen Peng, Kenneth S M Li, Xiangyang He, Pyrear Su-Hui Zhao, Rachel Y Y Fan, Antonio C P Wong, Syed Shakeel Ahmed, Jian-Piao Cai, Jasper F W Chan, Yinyan Sun, Dongyan Jin, Honglin Chen, Terrence C K Lau, Raven K H Kok, Wenhui Li, Kwok-Yung Yuen, Patrick C Y Woo
Although bats are known to harbor MERS-CoV-related viruses, the role of bats in the evolutionary origin and pathway remains obscure. We identified a novel MERS-CoV-related betacoronavirus, Hp-BatCoV HKU25, from Chinese pipistrelle bats. While being closely related to MERS-CoV in most genome regions, its spike protein occupies a phylogenetic position between that of Ty-BatCoV HKU4 and Pi-BatCoV HKU5. Since Ty-BatCoV HKU4 but not Pi-BatCoV HKU5 can utilize MERS-CoV receptor, hDPP4, for cell entry, we tested the ability of Hp-BatCoV HKU25 to bind and utilize hDPP4...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346651/bipartite-network-analysis-of-gene-sharings-in-the-microbial-world
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Eduardo Corel, Raphaël Méheust, Andrew K Watson, James O McInerney, Philippe Lopez, Eric Bapteste
Extensive microbial gene flows affect how we understand virology, microbiology, medical sciences, genetic modification and evolutionary biology. Phylogenies only provide a narrow view of these gene flows: plasmids and viruses, lacking core genes, cannot be attached to cellular life on phylogenetic trees. Yet viruses and plasmids have a major impact on cellular evolution, affecting both the gene content and the dynamics of microbial communities. Using bipartite graphs that connect up to 149,000 clusters of homologous genes with 8217 related and unrelated genomes, we can in particular show patterns of gene sharing that do not map neatly with the organismal phylogeny...
January 15, 2018: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346435/influenza-a-virus-hemagglutinin-glycosylation-compensates-for-antibody-escape-fitness-costs
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Ivan Kosik, William L Ince, Lauren E Gentles, Andrew J Oler, Martina Kosikova, Matthew Angel, Javier G Magadán, Hang Xie, Christopher B Brooke, Jonathan W Yewdell
Rapid antigenic evolution enables the persistence of seasonal influenza A and B viruses in human populations despite widespread herd immunity. Understanding viral mechanisms that enable antigenic evolution is critical for designing durable vaccines and therapeutics. Here, we utilize the primerID method of error-correcting viral population sequencing to reveal an unexpected role for hemagglutinin (HA) glycosylation in compensating for fitness defects resulting from escape from anti-HA neutralizing antibodies...
January 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346431/sensitivity-and-specificity-of-two-dried-blood-spot-methods-for-hiv-1-viral-load-monitoring-among-patients-in-hanoi-vietnam
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Todd M Pollack, Hao T Duong, Phuong T Truong, Thuy T Pham, Cuong D Do, Donn Colby
The use of dried blood spot (DBS) specimens for HIV viral load (VL) monitoring is recommended to support the roll-out of routine VL monitoring in low and middle income countries (LMICs). To better understand the use of DBS for VL monitoring, we evaluated two DBS testing methods, Roche TaqMan® Free Virus Evolution protocol (DBS-FVE) and Roche TaqMan® SPEX protocol (DBS-SPEX)) in patients receiving ART at an HIV clinic in Hanoi, Vietnam. Sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV), and negative predictive value (NPV) were calculated for each DBS testing method at the thresholds of 1000 and 5000 copies/ml compared to plasma VL...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346270/resistance-to-hiv-integrase-inhibitors-about-r263k-and-e157q-mutations
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Charlotte Charpentier, Diane Descamps
The use of integrase inhibitors (INI) is increasing in antiretroviral therapies (ART) and INI are not all equal regarding genetic barrier to resistance. The aim of this manuscript was to review main in vivo and in vitro knowledge about two particular integrase resistance-associated mutations: R263K and E157Q. The R263K mutation was the first mutation rarely found selected at time of virological failure in patients failing a first-line dolutegravir-based treatment. Further in vitro studies on R263K mutants showed a moderate increase in phenotypic resistance level and a drastic reduction in viral replicative capacity...
January 18, 2018: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345847/characterizing-the-temporal-evolution-of-the-hepatitis-c-virus-epidemic-in-pakistan
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Houssein H Ayoub, Zaina Al Kanaani, Laith J Abu-Raddad
Pakistan has the second largest number of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections in the world. We assessed past, present, and future levels and trends of the HCV epidemic in Pakistan. An age-structured mathematical model was developed and analyzed to describe transmission dynamics over 1980-2050. The model was fitted to a nationally-representative survey and a comprehensive database of systematically-gathered HCV antibody (Ab) prevalence data. HCV Ab and chronic infection prevalences peaked at 5.3% and 3.9% in 2000, but were projected to decline to 4...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343575/high-resolution-sequencing-of-viral-populations-during-early-siv-infection-reveals-evolutionary-strategies-for-rapid-escape-from-emerging-env-specific-antibody-responses
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Sergio Ita, Alison K Hill, Evan C Lam, Fay J Dufort, Xiao Yang, Ruchi Newman, Sivan Leviyang, Ismael B Fofana, Welkin E Johnson
Primate lentiviruses, including the human and simian immunodeficiency viruses (HIV and SIV), produce infections marked by persistent, ongoing viral replication. This occurs despite the presence of virus-specific adaptive immune responses, including antibodies targeting the viral envelope glycoprotein (Env), and evolution of antibody-escape variants is a well-documented feature of lentiviral infection. Here, we examined the evolutionary dynamics of the SIV env gene during early infection (≤ 29 weeks post-infection) in a cohort of four SIVmac251-infected rhesus macaques...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343250/evaluation-of-health-status-in-patients-with-hepatitis-c-treated-with-and-without-interferon
#9
R Ragusa, G Bertino, A Bruno, E Frazzetto, F Cicciu, G Giorgianni, L Lupo
BACKGROUND: The evolution of technology in healthcare has increased the health care's costs and, the universal healthcare systems, in developed countries, need to ensure proper allocation of resources. Thus, the major issue is assessing the effectiveness of new medical technologies. The evaluation of quality of life in response to new treatments has become a key indicator in chronic conditions for which medical interventions are evaluated not only in terms of increasing the number of expected life years but also in terms of increasing quality of life...
January 17, 2018: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340211/differences-in-adaptive-dynamics-determine-the-success-of-virus-variants-that-propagate-together
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María Arribas, Jacobo Aguirre, Susanna Manrubia, Ester Lázaro
Virus fitness is a complex parameter that results from the interaction of virus-specific characters (e.g. intracellular growth rate, adsorption rate, virion extracellular stability, and tolerance to mutations) with others that depend on the underlying fitness landscape and the internal structure of the whole population. Individual mutants usually have lower fitness values than the complex population from which they come from. When they are propagated and allowed to attain large population sizes for a sufficiently long time, they approach mutation-selection equilibrium with the concomitant fitness gains...
January 2018: Virus Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340210/treetime-maximum-likelihood-phylodynamic-analysis
#11
Pavel Sagulenko, Vadim Puller, Richard A Neher
Mutations that accumulate in the genome of cells or viruses can be used to infer their evolutionary history. In the case of rapidly evolving organisms, genomes can reveal their detailed spatiotemporal spread. Such phylodynamic analyses are particularly useful to understand the epidemiology of rapidly evolving viral pathogens. As the number of genome sequences available for different pathogens has increased dramatically over the last years, phylodynamic analysis with traditional methods becomes challenging as these methods scale poorly with growing datasets...
January 2018: Virus Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339515/mers-cov-and-h5n1-influenza-virus-antagonize-antigen-presentation-by-altering-the-epigenetic-landscape
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Vineet D Menachery, Alexandra Schäfer, Kristin E Burnum-Johnson, Hugh D Mitchell, Amie J Eisfeld, Kevin B Walters, Carrie D Nicora, Samuel O Purvine, Cameron P Casey, Matthew E Monroe, Karl K Weitz, Kelly G Stratton, Bobbie-Jo M Webb-Robertson, Lisa E Gralinski, Thomas O Metz, Richard D Smith, Katrina M Waters, Amy C Sims, Yoshihiro Kawaoka, Ralph S Baric
Convergent evolution dictates that diverse groups of viruses will target both similar and distinct host pathways to manipulate the immune response and improve infection. In this study, we sought to leverage this uneven viral antagonism to identify critical host factors that govern disease outcome. Utilizing a systems-based approach, we examined differential regulation of IFN-γ-dependent genes following infection with robust respiratory viruses including influenza viruses [A/influenza/Vietnam/1203/2004 (H5N1-VN1203) and A/influenza/California/04/2009 (H1N1-CA04)] and coronaviruses [severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East respiratory syndrome CoV (MERS-CoV)]...
January 16, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338056/context-dependent-autoprocessing-of-human-immunodeficiency-virus-type-1-protease-precursors
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ChihFeng Tien, Liangqun Huang, Susan M Watanabe, Jordan T Speidel, Carol A Carter, Chaoping Chen
HIV-1 protease autoprocessing is responsible for liberation of free mature protease (PR) from the Gag-Pol polyprotein precursor. A cell-based model system was previously developed to examine the autoprocessing mechanism of fusion precursors carrying the p6*-PR miniprecursor sandwiched between various proteins or epitopes. We here report that precursor autoprocessing is context-dependent as its activity and outcomes can be modulated by sequences upstream of p6*-PR. This was exemplified by the 26aa maltose binding protein (MBP) signal peptide (SigP) when placed at the N-terminus of a fusion precursor...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337643/models-for-predicting-the-evolution-of-influenza-to-inform-vaccine-strain-selection
#14
Joseph K Agor, Osman Y Özaltın
Influenza vaccine composition is reviewed before every flu season because influenza viruses constantly evolve through antigenic changes. To inform vaccine updates, laboratories that contribute to the World Health Organization Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System monitor the antigenic phenotypes of circulating viruses all year round. Vaccine strains are selected in anticipation of the upcoming influenza season to allow adequate time for production. A mismatch between vaccine strains and predominant strains in the flu season can significantly reduce vaccine effectiveness...
January 16, 2018: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337273/identification-of-epistatic-mutations-and-insights-into-the-evolution-of-the-influenza-virus-using-a-mass-based-protein-phylogenetic-approach
#15
Elma H Akand, Kevin M Downard
A mass-based protein phylogenetic approach developed in this laboratory has been applied to study mutation trends and identify consecutive or near-consecutive mutations typically associated with positive epistasis. While epistasis is thought to occur commonly in the evolution of viruses, the extent of epistasis in influenza, and its role in the evolution of immune escape and drug resistant mutants, remains to be systematically investigated. Here putative epistatic mutations within H3 hemagglutinin in type A influenza are identified where leading parent mutations were found to predominate within reported antigenic sites of the protein...
January 11, 2018: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336306/mers-cov-spillover-at-the-camel-human-interface
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Gytis Dudas, Luiz Max Carvalho, Andrew Rambaut, Trevor Bedford
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is a zoonotic virus from camels causing significant mortality and morbidity in humans in the Arabian Peninsula. The epidemiology of the virus remains poorly understood, and while case-based and seroepidemiological studies have been employed extensively throughout the epidemic, viral sequence data have not been utilised to their full potential. Here we use existing MERS-CoV sequence data to explore its phylodynamics in two of its known major hosts, humans and camels...
January 16, 2018: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334892/the-genome-of-a-prasinoviruses-related-freshwater-virus-reveals-unusual-diversity-of-phycodnaviruses
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Hao Chen, Weijia Zhang, Xiefei Li, Yingjie Pan, Shuling Yan, Yongjie Wang
BACKGROUND: Phycodnaviruses are widespread algae-infecting large dsDNA viruses and presently contain six genera: Chlorovirus, Prasinovirus, Prymnesiovirus, Phaeovirus, Coccolithovirus and Raphidovirus. The members in Prasinovirus are identified as marine viruses due to their marine algal hosts, while prasinovirus freshwater relatives remain rarely reported. RESULTS: Here we present the complete genomic sequence of a novel phycodnavirus, Dishui Lake Phycodnavirus 1 (DSLPV1), which was assembled from Dishui Lake metagenomic datasets...
January 15, 2018: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330664/an-iranian-genomic-sequence-of-beet-mosaic-virus-provides-insights-into-diversity-and-evolution-of-the-world-population
#18
Musa Mohammadi, Adrian J Gibbs, Ahmad Hosseini, Samin Hosseini
Beet mosaic virus (BtMV), the only Potyvirus known to infect sugar beet, occurs worldwide in beet crops. The full genome sequencing of a BtMV isolate from Iran (Ir-VRU), enabled us to better understand the evolutionary history of this virus. Selection analysis suggested that BtMV evolution is mainly under negative selection but its strength varies in different proteins with the multifunctional proteins under strongest selection. Recombination has played a major role in the evolution of the BtMVs; only the Ir-VRU and USA isolates show no evidence of recombination...
January 12, 2018: Virus Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330451/tracheophyte-genomes-keep-track-of-the-deep-evolution-of-the-caulimoviridae
#19
Seydina Issa Diop, Andrew D W Geering, Françoise Alfama-Depauw, Mikaël Loaec, Pierre-Yves Teycheney, Florian Maumus
Endogenous viral elements (EVEs) are viral sequences that are integrated in the nuclear genomes of their hosts and are signatures of viral infections that may have occurred millions of years ago. The study of EVEs, coined paleovirology, provides important insights into virus evolution. The Caulimoviridae is the most common group of EVEs in plants, although their presence has often been overlooked in plant genome studies. We have refined methods for the identification of caulimovirid EVEs and interrogated the genomes of a broad diversity of plant taxa, from algae to advanced flowering plants...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329546/whole-genome-sequencing-of-genotype-vi-newcastle-disease-viruses-from-formalin-fixed-paraffin-embedded-tissues-from-wild-pigeons-reveals-continuous-evolution-and-previously-unrecognized-genetic-diversity-in-the-u-s
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Ying He, Tonya L Taylor, Kiril M Dimitrov, Salman L Butt, James B Stanton, Iryna V Goraichuk, Heather Fenton, Rebecca Poulson, Jian Zhang, Corrie C Brown, Hon S Ip, Marcos Isidoro-Ayza, Claudio L Afonso
BACKGROUND: Newcastle disease viruses (NDV) are highly contagious and cause disease in both wild birds and poultry. A pigeon-adapted variant of genotype VI NDV, often termed pigeon paramyxovirus 1, is commonly isolated from columbids in the United States and worldwide. Complete genomic characterization of these genotype VI viruses circulating in wild columbids in the United States is limited, and due to the genetic variability of the virus, failure of rapid diagnostic detection has been reported...
January 12, 2018: Virology Journal
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