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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785877/hepatitis-b-virus-lymphotropism-emerging-details-and-challenges
#1
Shivali S Joshi, Carla S Coffin
The hepatitis B virus (HBV) is predominantly a hepatotropic virus but also infects cells of the lymphatic system. HBV genomes (DNA, messenger (m)RNA, covalently closed circular (ccc) DNA) and proteins have been found in extrahepatic sites such as peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC), lymph nodes, spleen, bone marrow and cerebrospinal fluid. HBV entry into hepatocytes occurs by binding of the HBV preS1 surface protein to its specific receptor, the bile acid transporter, sodium taurocholate co-transporting polypeptide (NTCP)...
May 22, 2018: Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782933/whole-genome-sequencing-and-analyses-identify-high-genetic-heterogeneity-and-diversity-of-rotavirus-genotype-p-6-strains-circulating-in-africa
#2
Martin M Nyaga, Yi Tan, Mapaseka L Seheri, Rebecca A Halpin, Asmik Akopov, Karla M Stucker, Nadia B Fedorova, Susmita Shrivastava, A Duncan Steele, Jason M Mwenda, Brett E Pickett, Suman R Das, M Jeffery Mphahlele
Rotavirus A (RVA) exhibits a wide genotype diversity globally. Little is known about the genetic composition of genotype P[6] from Africa. This study investigated possible evolutionary mechanisms leading to genetic diversity of genotype P[6] VP4 sequences. Phylogenetic analyses on 167 P[6] VP4 full-length sequences were conducted, which included six porcine-origin sequences. Of the 167 sequences, 57 were newly acquired through whole genome sequencing as part of this study. The other 110 sequences were all publicly-available global P[6] VP4 full-length sequences downloaded from GenBank...
May 18, 2018: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782834/high-throughput-dissection-of-aav-host-interactions-the-fast-and-the-curious
#3
REVIEW
Anne-Kathrin Herrmann, Dirk Grimm
Over fifty years after its initial description, Adeno-associated virus (AAV) remains a most exciting but also most elusive study object in basic or applied virology. On the one hand, its simple structure not only facilitates investigations into virus biology, but combined with the availability of numerous natural AAV variants with distinct infection efficiency and specificity also makes AAV a preferred substrate for engineering of gene delivery vectors. On the other hand, it is striking to witness a recent flurry of reports that highlight and partially close persistent gaps in our understanding of AAV virus and vector biology...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779790/a-hyperthermophilic-phage-decoration-protein-suggests-common-evolutionary-origin-with-herpesvirus-triplex-proteins-and-an-anti-crispr-protein
#4
Nicholas P Stone, Brendan J Hilbert, Daniel Hidalgo, Kevin T Halloran, Jooyoung Lee, Erik J Sontheimer, Brian A Kelch
Virus capsids are protein shells that protect the viral genome from environmental assaults, while maintaining the high internal pressure of the tightly packaged genome. To elucidate how capsids maintain stability under harsh conditions, we investigated the capsid components of the hyperthermophilic phage P74-26. We determined the structure of capsid protein gp87 and show that it has the same fold as decoration proteins in many other phages, despite lacking significant sequence homology. We also find that gp87 is significantly more stable than mesophilic homologs...
April 26, 2018: Structure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778766/first-genetic-characterization-of-usutu-virus-from-culex-pipiens-mosquitoes-serbia-2014
#5
Gábor Kemenesi, Dóra Buzás, Brigitta Zana, Kornélia Kurucz, Bosiljka Krtinic, Anett Kepner, Fanni Földes, Ferenc Jakab
Since its first appearance in Europe, Usutu virus (USUV) diverged to several different genetic lineages. The virus was reported to date from multiple countries across Europe (Hungary, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Czech Republic and Belgium). Considering the more frequently published impact of the virus on humans it is crucial to investigate locally circulating genetic variants and trace its evolution. We retrospectively analyzed mosquito samples from Serbia Vojvodina region, collected during 2014. In this study we report the results of the screening of 23,753 female mosquitoes (753 pools) for USUV-specific nucleic-acid...
May 17, 2018: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778207/evolution-in-europe-of-african-swine-fever-genotype-ii-viruses-from-highly-to-moderately-virulent
#6
Gallardo C, Nurmoja I, Soler A, Delicado V, Simón A, Martin E, Perez C, Nieto R, Arias M
Since its arrival in the Caucasus and Russia in 2007, African swine fever virus (ASFV) has spread widely and has now affected the EU countries of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and, more recently, the Czech Republic and Romania. The ever-increasing evidence of seropositive wild boar in certain areas suggests that some animals may be surviving for some time or could even be recovering from the disease. This could be due to acquired immunity after the primary infection and/or the presence of related viruses of reduced virulence...
June 2018: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778197/genetic-analysis-and-biological-characteristics-of-different-internal-gene-origin-h5n6-reassortment-avian-influenza-virus-in-china-in-2016
#7
Wenqiang Sun, Jiaxin Li, Jiao Hu, Daxiu Jiang, Chaonan Xing, Tiansong Zhan, Xiufan Liu
Clade 2.3.4.4 of H5N6 subtype Avian Influenza Viruses (AIVs) has become dominant clade in South-East Asia. So far, a total of 16 cases of human infection, including 6 deaths, have been confirmed since 2014. In this study, we systematically investigated the genetic evolution and biological characteristics of these viruses. We first carried out phylogenetic and statistical analysis of all H5N6 viruses that were downloaded from Influenza Research Database, GISAID and isolates from our lab. We found that H5N6 AIVs continued to reassort with other AIVs subtypes since 2014...
June 2018: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775460/genus-wide-comparison-of-pseudovibrio-bacterial-genomes-reveal-diverse-adaptations-to-different-marine-invertebrate-hosts
#8
Anoop Alex, Agostinho Antunes
Bacteria belonging to the genus Pseudovibrio have been frequently found in association with a wide variety of marine eukaryotic invertebrate hosts, indicative of their versatile and symbiotic lifestyle. A recent comparison of the sponge-associated Pseudovibrio genomes has shed light on the mechanisms influencing a successful symbiotic association with sponges. In contrast, the genomic architecture of Pseudovibrio bacteria associated with other marine hosts has received less attention. Here, we performed genus-wide comparative analyses of 18 Pseudovibrio isolated from sponges, coral, tunicates, flatworm, and seawater...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774989/first-report-of-wild-boar-susceptibility-to-porcine-circovirus-type-3-high-prevalence-in-the-colli-euganei-regional-park-italy-in-the-absence-of-clinical-signs
#9
Giovanni Franzo, Claudia Maria Tucciarone, Michele Drigo, Mattia Cecchinato, Marco Martini, Alessandra Mondin, Maria Luisa Menandro
The genus Circovirus includes one of the most relevant infectious agents affecting domestic pigs, Porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV-2). The wild boar susceptibility to this pathogen has also been demonstrated although the actual epidemiological role of wild populations is still debated. In recent times, a new circovirus, Porcine circovirus type 3 (PCV-3), has been discovered and reported in the presence of several clinical conditions. However, no information is currently available about PCV-3 circulation and prevalence in wild boar...
May 18, 2018: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774853/reassortant-clade-2-3-4-4-of-highly-pathogenic-avian-influenza-a-h5n6-virus-taiwan-2017
#10
Li-Hsuan Chen, Dong-Hun Lee, Yu-Pin Liu, Wan-Chen Li, David E Swayne, Jen-Chieh Chang, Yen-Ping Chen, Fan Lee, Wen-Jane Tu, Yu-Ju Lin
A highly pathogenic avian influenza A(H5N6) virus of clade 2.3.4.4 was detected in a domestic duck found dead in Taiwan during February 2017. The endemic situation and continued evolution of various reassortant highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses in Taiwan warrant concern about further reassortment and a fifth wave of intercontinental spread.
June 2018: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773820/genetic-diversity-of-prrsv-1-in-central-eastern-europe-in-1994-2014-origin-and-evolution-of-the-virus-in-the-region
#11
Gyula Balka, Katarzyna Podgórska, Manreetpal Singh Brar, Ádám Bálint, Daniel Cadar, Vladimir Celer, Lilla Dénes, Zuzana Dirbakova, Anna Jedryczko, Lázár Márton, Dinko Novosel, Tamaš Petrović, Ivo Sirakov, Dóra Szalay, Ivan Toplak, Frederick Chi-Ching Leung, Tomasz Stadejek
More than 20 years after the first outbreaks, the phylogenetic picture of PRRSV is still incomplete and full of gaps, especially in regards of PRRSV 1. Due to the exceptional diversity observed at the eastern borders of Europe and the low number of available sequences from Central Eastern European countries, the authors collected and analyzed both recent as well as already submitted sequences comparing them to a large backbone set of available ORF5 sequences representing the full spectrum of PRRSV 1 Subtype 1 diversity to conduct a systematic phylogenetic analysis and reclassification elucidating the diversity of the virus in these countries...
May 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773094/replication-and-pathology-of-duck-influenza-virus-subtype-h9n2-in-chukar
#12
Yin Chuan Zhu, Bin Zhang, Zeng Hui Sun, Xi Jing Wang, Xiao Hui Fan, Ling Xi Gao, Ying Liang, Xiao Yan Chen, Zeng Feng Zhang
To investigate the susceptibility of Chukars to duck avian influenza virus H9N2 and explore their role in interspecies transmission of influenza viruses. Chukars were inoculated with duck avian influenza viruses H9N2. The present study demonstrated that inflammatory lesions and virus antigen were present in the trachea, bronchus, and parabronchus, and the viruses could be isolated from throat swabs and lung tissue homogenate supernatants. At 14 d post virus inoculation, anti-H9 influenza virus antibody in the serum was detected...
April 2018: Biomedical and Environmental Sciences: BES
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772748/drug-delivery-strategies-for-antivirals-against-hepatitis-b-virus
#13
REVIEW
Latavia Singh, Sunaina Indermun, Mershen Govender, Pradeep Kumar, Lisa C du Toit, Yahya E Choonara, Viness Pillay
Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection poses a significant health challenge due to associated morbidity and mortality from cirrhosis and hepatocellular cancer that eventually results in the breakdown of liver functionality. Nanotechnology has the potential to play a pivotal role in reducing viral load levels and drug-resistant HBV through drug targeting, thus reducing the rate of evolution of the disease. Apart from tissue targeting, intracellular delivery of a wide range of drugs is necessary to exert a therapeutic action in the affected organelles...
May 17, 2018: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770590/genomic-and-antigenic-characterization-of-porcine-epidemic-diarrhoea-virus-strains-isolated-from-south-korea-2017
#14
Sunhee Lee, Changhee Lee
Porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDV) is a globally emerging and re-emerging enteric coronavirus in pigs causing serious economic threats to the world swine industry. Since the re-emergence of massive PEDV outbreaks in South Korea in 2013-2014, domestic pig farms have continued to experience PED epidemics or endemics. This study represents the molecular characterization of PEDV isolates identified in diarrhoeic animals collected across the country in 2017. Initial sequencing analysis of the full-length S genes revealed that 70% of the 2017 isolates (7/10) belong to the G2b subgroup, while the remaining isolates were classified as G1b...
May 16, 2018: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769347/avian-influenza-viruses-in-wild-birds-virus-evolution-in-a-multi-host-ecosystem
#15
Divya Venkatesh, Marjolein J Poen, Theo M Bestebroer, Rachel D Scheuer, Oanh Vuong, Mzia Chkhaidze, Anna Machablishvili, Jimsher Mamuchadze, Levan Ninua, Nadia B Fedorova, Rebecca A Halpin, Xudong Lin, Amy Ransier, Timothy B Stockwell, David E Wentworth, Divya Kriti, Jayeeta Dutta, Harm van Bakel, Anita Puranik, Marek J Slomka, Steve Essen, Ian H Brown, Ron A M Fouchier, Nicola S Lewis
Wild ducks and gulls are the major reservoirs for avian influenza A viruses (AIVs). The mechanisms that drive AIV evolution are complex at sites where various duck and gull species from multiple flyways breed, winter or stage. The Republic of Georgia is located at the intersection of three migratory flyways: Central Asian Flyway, East Asian/East African Flyway and Black Sea/Mediterranean Flyway. For six consecutive years (2010-2016), we collected AIV samples from various duck and gull species that breed, migrate and overwinter in Georgia...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768695/evolution-and-persistence-of-the-resistance-associated-substitutions-of-hepatitis-c-virus-after-direct-acting-antiviral-treatment-failures
#16
Yechan Jeong, Bora Jin, Hye Won Lee, Hye Jung Park, Jun Yong Park, Do Young Kim, Kwang-Hyub Han, Sang Hoon Ahn, Seungtaek Kim
Daclatasvir plus asunaprevir (DCV+ASV) treatment is an all-oral direct-acting antiviral (DAA) therapy for the genotype 1b HCV-infected patients. In this study, we investigated how resistance-associated substitutions (RASs) evolved after treatment failures and assessed the effect of those substitutions on viral fitness. Sequencing of NS5A and NS3 revealed typical RASs after treatment failures. Interestingly, the RASs of NS3 reverted to the wild-type amino acid within one year after treatment failures. However, the RASs of NS5A were stable and did not change...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764943/microscopic-and-molecular-evidence-of-the-first-elasmobranch-adomavirus-the-cause-of-skin-disease-in-a-giant-guitarfish-rhynchobatus-djiddensis
#17
Jennifer A Dill, Alvin C Camus, John H Leary, Terry Fei Fan Ng
Only eight families of double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) viruses are known to infect vertebrate animals. During an investigation of papillomatous skin disease in an elasmobranch species, the giant guitarfish ( Rhynchobatus djiddensis ), a novel virus, distinct from all known viral families in regard to particle size, morphology, genome organization, and helicase phylogeny was discovered. Large inclusion bodies containing 75-nm icosahedral viral particles were present within epithelial cell nuclei in the proliferative skin lesions...
May 15, 2018: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764652/genetics-and-physiology-of-varroa-mites
#18
REVIEW
Jay D Evans, Steven C Cook
Varroa destructor is the primary biological threat to domesticated honey bee colonies in much of the world, impacting host fitness both directly and by transmitting RNA viruses. Genomic, proteomic, and functional-genetic resources provide a framework for Varroa biology. When coupled with physiological analyses of development, host finding, and reproduction, these resources reveal general traits of arthropods and offer new strategies for mite control. Efforts to develop novel controls are focused on efficacy, efficient delivery, and the avoidance of both host impacts and the swift evolution of resistance by mites...
April 2018: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764421/computational-analysis-of-the-receptor-binding-specificity-of-novel-influenza-a-h7n9-viruses
#19
Xinrui Zhou, Jie Zheng, Fransiskus Xaverius Ivan, Rui Yin, Shoba Ranganathan, Vincent T K Chow, Chee-Keong Kwoh
BACKGROUND: Influenza viruses are undergoing continuous and rapid evolution. The fatal influenza A/H7N9 has drawn attention since the first wave of infections in March 2013, and raised more grave concerns with its increased potential to spread among humans. Experimental studies have revealed several host and virulence markers, indicating differential host binding preferences which can help estimate the potential of causing a pandemic. Here we systematically investigate the sequence pattern and structural characteristics of novel influenza A/H7N9 using computational approaches...
May 9, 2018: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761653/detection-of-porcine-circovirus-like-virus-p1-in-hebei-china
#20
L Wen, A Mao, F Jiao, D Zhang, J Xie, K He
Porcine circovirus-like virus P1 is a novel unclassified circovirus that was first detected in China and may be associated with post-weaning multisystemic wasting syndrome (PMWS) and congenital tremor. In this study, we detected P1 infection in pigs in Hebei Province, China, in 2017. One hundred and forty of 500 (28.0%) serum samples from 25 pig farms with different PMWS status in seven cities were P1 positive on PCR. Twelve P1 strains were sequenced, and the complete genomes of 11 P1 strains were 648 nucleotides (nt) in length, whereas that of strain ZJK02 was 647 nt, with a G deletion at position of 183 in its genome...
May 14, 2018: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
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