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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087772/possible-roles-of-new-mutations-shared-by-asian-and-american-zika-viruses
#1
Shozo Yokoyama, William T Starmer
Originating in Africa, the Zika virus (ZIKV) has spread to Asia, Pacific Islands and now to the Americas and beyond. Since the first isolation in 1947, ZIKV strains have been sampled at various times in the last 69 years, but this history has not been reflected in studying the patterns of mutation accumulation in their genomes. Implementing the viral history, we show that the ZIKV ancestor appeared sometime in 1930-1945 and, at that point, its mutation rate was probably less than 0.2 x 10(-3)/nucleotide site/year and subsequently increased significantly in most of its descendants...
January 12, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087495/comparative-analysis-of-variation-and-selection-in-the-hcv-genome
#2
Juan Ángel Patiño-Galindo, Fernando González-Candelas
Genotype 1 of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) is the most prevalent of the variants of this virus. Its two main subtypes, HCV-1a and HCV-1b, are associated to differences in epidemic features and risk groups, despite sharing similar features in most biological properties. We have analyzed the impact of positive selection on the evolution of these variants using complete genome coding regions, and compared the levels of genetic variability and the distribution of positively selected sites. We have also compared the distributions of positively selected and conserved sites considering different factors such as RNA secondary structure, the presence of different epitopes (antibody, CD4 and CD8), and secondary protein structure...
January 10, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087275/sequence-structure-and-function-relationships-in-flaviviruses-as-assessed-by-evolutive-aspects-of-its-conserved-non-structural-protein-domains
#3
Néli José da Fonseca, Marcelo Querino Lima Afonso, Natan Gonçalves Pedersolli, Lucas Carrijo de Oliveira, Dhiego Souto Andrade, Lucas Bleicher
Flaviviruses are responsible for serious diseases such as dengue, yellow fever, and zika fever. Their genomes encode a polyprotein which, after cleavage, results in three structural and seven non-structural proteins. Homologous proteins can be studied by conservation and coevolution analysis as detected in multiple sequence alignments, usually reporting positions which are strictly necessary for the structure and/or function of all members in a protein family or which are involved in a specific sub-class feature requiring the coevolution of residue sets...
January 10, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086923/multiple-hiv-1-m%C3%A2-%C3%A2-hiv-1-o-dual-infections-and-new-hiv-1-mo-inter-group-recombinant-forms-detected-in-cameroon
#4
Fabienne De Oliveira, Thomas Mourez, Aurélia Vessiere, Paul-Alain Ngoupo, Elodie Alessandri-Gradt, François Simon, Dominique Rousset, Jean-Christophe Plantier
BACKGROUND: Due to the prevalence of HIV-1 group M and the endemicity of HIV-1 group O infections in Cameroon, patients may be infected with both viruses and/or with HIV-1/MO recombinant forms. Such atypical infections may be deleterious in terms of diagnosis and therapeutic management due to the high divergence of HIV-1/O. The aim of this study was to identify prospectively such atypical infections in Cameroon. RESULTS: Based on serological screening by env-V3 serotyping and a molecular strategy using group-specific (RT)-PCRs, we identified 10 Cameroonian patients harboring three different profiles of infection: (1) 4 HIV-1/M + O dual infections without evidence of recombinant; (2) 5 recombinants associated with one or both parental strains; and (3) 1 new recombinant form without parental strains...
January 13, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081453/intertypic-recombination-of-human-parechovirus-4-isolated-from-infants-with-sepsis-like-disease
#5
Pekka Kolehmainen, Anu Siponen, Teemu Smura, Hannimari Kallio-Kokko, Olli Vapalahti, Anne Jääskeläinen, Sisko Tauriainen
BACKGROUND: Human parechoviruses (HPeVs) (family Picornaviridae), are common pathogens in young children. Despite their high prevalence, research on their genetic identity, diversity and evolution have remained scarce. OBJECTIVES: Complete coding regions of three previously reported HPeV-4 isolates from Finnish children with sepsis-like disease were sequenced in order to elucidate the phylogenetic relationships and potential recombination events during the evolution of these isolates...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081430/amphibian-xenopus-laevis-tadpoles-and-adult-frogs-mount-distinct-interferon-responses-to-the-frog-virus-3-ranavirus
#6
Emily S Wendel, Amulya Yaparla, Daphne V Koubourli, Leon Grayfer
Infections of amphibians by Frog Virus 3 (FV3) and other ranavirus genus members are significantly contributing to the amphibian declines, yet much remains unknown regarding amphibian antiviral immunity. Notably, amphibians represent an important step in the evolution of antiviral interferon (IFN) cytokines as they are amongst the first vertebrates to possess both type I and type III IFNs. Accordingly, we examined the roles of type I and III IFNs in the skin of FV3-challenged amphibian Xenopus laevis) tadpoles and adult frogs...
January 9, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077633/surveillance-of-bat-coronaviruses-in-kenya-identifies-relatives-of-human-coronaviruses-nl63-and-229e-and-their-recombination-history
#7
Ying Tao, Mang Shi, Christina Chommanard, Krista Queen, Jing Zhang, Wanda Markotter, Ivan V Kuzmin, Edward C Holmes, Suxiang Tong
: Bats harbor a large diversity of coronaviruses (CoVs), several of which are related to zoonotic pathogens that cause severe disease in humans. Our screening of bat samples collected in Kenya during 2007-2010 not only detected RNA from several novel CoVs but, more significantly, identified sequences that were closely related to human CoVs NL63 and 229E, suggesting that these two human viruses originate from bats. We also demonstrated that human CoV NL63 is a recombinant between NL63-like viruses circulating in Triaenops bats and 229E-like viruses circulating in Hipposideros bats, with the break-point located near 5' and 3' end of the spike (S) protein gene...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077262/virus-innexins-induce-alterations-in-insect-cell-and-tissue-function
#8
Daniel K Hasegawa, Stephanie L Erickson, Bradley M Hersh, Matthew W Turnbull
Polydnaviruses are dsDNA viruses that induce immune and developmental alterations in their caterpillar hosts. Characterization of polydnavirus gene families and family members is necessary to understand mechanisms of pathology and evolution of these viruses, and may aid to elucidate the role of host homologues if present. For example, the polydnavirus vinnexin gene family encodes homologues of insect gap junction genes (innexins) that are expressed in host immune cells (hemocytes). While the roles of Innexin proteins and gap junctions in insect immunity are largely unclear, we previously demonstrated that Vinnexins form functional gap junctions and alter the junctional characteristics of a host Innexin when co-expressed in paired Xenopus oocytes...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075409/the-hiv-1-vpr-protein-a-multifaceted-target-for-therapeutic-intervention
#9
REVIEW
María Eugenia González
The human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) Vpr protein is an attractive target for antiretroviral drug development. The conservation both of the structure along virus evolution and the amino acid sequence in viral isolates from patients underlines the importance of Vpr for the establishment and progression of HIV-1 disease. While its contribution to virus replication in dividing and non-dividing cells and to the pathogenesis of HIV-1 in many different cell types, both extracellular and intracellular forms, have been extensively studied, its precise mechanism of action nevertheless remains enigmatic...
January 10, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074023/emergence-of-epidemic-zika-virus-transmission-and-congenital-zika-syndrome-are-recently-evolved-traits-to-blame
#10
Scott C Weaver
The mechanisms responsible for the dramatic emergence of Zika virus (ZIKV), accompanied by congenital Zika syndrome and Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), remain unclear. However, two hypotheses are prominent: (i) evolution for enhanced urban transmission via adaptation to mosquito vectors, or for enhanced human infection to increase amplification, or (ii) the stochastic introduction of ZIKV into large, naive human populations in regions with abundant Aedes aegypti populations, leading to enough rare, severe infection outcomes for their first recognition...
January 10, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073742/genomics-proteomics-and-evolution-of-dengue-virus
#11
REVIEW
Vivek Dhar Dwivedi, Indra Prasad Tripathi, Ramesh Chandra Tripathi, Shiv Bharadwaj, Sarad Kumar Mishra
The genome of a pathogenic organism possesses a specific order of nucleotides that contains not only information about the synthesis and expression of proteomes, which are required for its growth and survival, but also about its evolution. Inhibition of any particular protein, which is required for the survival of that pathogenic organism, can be used as a potential therapeutic target for the development of effective drugs to treat its infections. In this review, the genomics, proteomics and evolution of dengue virus have been discussed, which will be helpful in better understanding of its origin, growth, survival and evolution, and may contribute toward development of new efficient anti-dengue drugs...
January 10, 2017: Briefings in Functional Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073551/the-common-bloom-forming-cyanobacterium-microcystis-is-prone-to-a-wide-array-of-microbial-antagonists
#12
REVIEW
Jeroen Van Wichelen, Pieter Vanormelingen, Geoffrey A Codd, Wim Vyverman
Many degraded waterbodies around the world are subject to strong proliferations of cyanobacteria - notorious for their toxicity, high biomass build-up and negative impacts on aquatic food webs - the presence of which puts serious limits on the human use of affected water bodies. Cyanobacterial blooms are largely regarded as trophic dead ends since they are a relatively poor food source for zooplankton. As a consequence, their population dynamics are generally attributed to changes in abiotic conditions (bottom-up control)...
May 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068340/phylogeography-of-rift-valley-fever-virus-in-africa-and-the-arabian-peninsula
#13
Abdallah M Samy, A Townsend Peterson, Matthew Hall
Rift Valley Fever is an acute zoonotic viral disease caused by Rift Valley Fever virus (RVFV) that affects ruminants and humans in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. We used phylogenetic analyses to understand the demographic history of RVFV populations, using sequence data from the three minigenomic segments of the virus. We used phylogeographic approaches to infer RVFV historical movement patterns across its geographic range, and to reconstruct transitions among host species. Results revealed broad circulation of the virus in East Africa, with many lineages originating in Kenya...
January 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067906/prophage-mediated-defence-against-viral-attack-and-viral-counter-defence
#14
Rebekah M Dedrick, Deborah Jacobs-Sera, Carlos A Guerrero Bustamante, Rebecca A Garlena, Travis N Mavrich, Welkin H Pope, Juan C Cervantes Reyes, Daniel A Russell, Tamarah Adair, Richard Alvey, J Alfred Bonilla, Jerald S Bricker, Bryony R Brown, Deanna Byrnes, Steven G Cresawn, William B Davis, Leon A Dickson, Nicholas P Edgington, Ann M Findley, Urszula Golebiewska, Julianne H Grose, Cory F Hayes, Lee E Hughes, Keith W Hutchison, Sharon Isern, Allison A Johnson, Margaret A Kenna, Karen K Klyczek, Catherine M Mageeney, Scott F Michael, Sally D Molloy, Matthew T Montgomery, James Neitzel, Shallee T Page, Marie C Pizzorno, Marianne K Poxleitner, Claire A Rinehart, Courtney J Robinson, Michael R Rubin, Joseph N Teyim, Edwin Vazquez, Vassie C Ware, Jacqueline Washington, Graham F Hatfull
Temperate phages are common, and prophages are abundant residents of sequenced bacterial genomes. Mycobacteriophages are viruses that infect mycobacterial hosts including Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Mycobacterium smegmatis, encompass substantial genetic diversity and are commonly temperate. Characterization of ten Cluster N temperate mycobacteriophages revealed at least five distinct prophage-expressed viral defence systems that interfere with the infection of lytic and temperate phages that are either closely related (homotypic defence) or unrelated (heterotypic defence) to the prophage...
January 9, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063343/a-novel-pathogenic-aviadenovirus-from-red-bellied-parrots-poicephalus-rufiventris-unveils-deep-recombination-events-among-avian-host-lineages
#15
Shubhagata Das, Kathleen Fearnside, Subir Sarker, Jade K Forwood, Shane R Raidal
Competing roles of coevolution, selective pressure and recombination are an emerging interest in virus evolution. We report a novel aviadenovirus from captive red-bellied parrots (Poicephalus rufiventris) that uncovers evidence of deep recombination among aviadenoviruses. The sequence identity of the virus was most closely related to Turkey adenovirus D (42% similarity) and other adenoviruses in chickens, turkeys and pigeons. Sequencing and comparative analysis showed that the genome comprised 40,930 nucleotides containing 42 predicted open reading frames (ORFs) 19 of which had strong similarity with genes from other adenovirus species...
January 4, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062387/molecular-diversity-recombination-and-population-structure-of-alphasatellites-associated-with-begomovirus-disease-complexes
#16
R Vinoth Kumar, Divya Singh, Achuit K Singh, S Chakraborty
The genus, begomovirus (family Geminiviridae) includes a large number of viruses infecting a wide range of plant species worldwide. The majority of monopartite begomoviruses are associated with satellites (betasatellites) and/or satellite-like molecules (alphasatellites). In spite of the Indo-China region being regarded as the centre of origin of begomoviruses and satellites, a detailed study on the emergence and evolution of alphasatellites in India has not yet conducted. Our present analysis indicated the association of 22 alphasatellites with monopartite and bipartite begomovirus-betasatellite complexes in India...
January 4, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062191/tracking-hcv-protease-population-diversity-during-transmission-and-susceptibility-of-founder-populations-to-antiviral-therapy
#17
Tanvi Khera, Daniel Todt, Koen Vercauteren, C Patrick McClure, Lieven Verhoye, Ali Farhoudi, Sabin Bhuju, Robert Geffers, Thomas F Baumert, Eike Steinmann, Philip Meuleman, Thomas Pietschmann, Richard J P Brown
Due to the highly restricted species-tropism of Hepatitis C virus (HCV) a limited number of animal models exist for pre-clinical evaluation of vaccines and antiviral compounds. The human-liver chimeric mouse model allows heterologous challenge with clinically relevant strains derived from patients. However, to date, the transmission and longitudinal evolution of founder viral populations in this model have not been characterized in-depth using state-of-the-art sequencing technologies. Focusing on NS3 protease encoding region of the viral genome, mutant spectra in a donor inoculum and individual recipient mice were determined via Illumina sequencing and compared, to determine the effects of transmission on founder viral population complexity...
January 3, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062014/novel-variants-of-clade-2-3-2-1-h5n1-highly-pathogenic-avian-influenza-virus-in-migratory-waterfowl-of-hongze-lake
#18
Wenming Jiang, Guangyu Hou, Jinping Li, Cheng Peng, Suchun Wang, Jiming Chen
Wild birds are known to play a major role in the evolution, maintenance, and spread of the avian influenza viruses (AIVs). More specifically, the waterfowl are thought to be the natural reservoirs of AIVs. Here, we conducted a survey in 2015 at the Hongze Lake and characterized 11 H5N1 highly pathogenic AIVs isolated from wild waterfowls which were found to belong to clade 2.3.2.1. In contrast, the 11 variants of H5N1 viruses did not align with the three previously defined monophyletic subclades. Antigenicity analysis revealed that antigenic drift occurred in these H5N1 variants...
January 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062013/origin-and-evolution-of-lx4-genotype-infectious-bronchitis-coronavirus-in-china
#19
Wenjun Zhao, Mengying Gao, Qianqian Xu, Yang Xu, Yan Zhao, Yuqiu Chen, Tingting Zhang, Qiuling Wang, Zongxi Han, Huixin Li, Lingfeng Chen, Shuling Liang, Yuhao Shao, Shengwang Liu
We investigated the genomic characteristics of 110 LX4 genotype strains of infectious bronchitis viruses (IBVs) isolated between 1995 and 2005 in China. The genome of these IBVs varies in size from 27596bp to 27790bp. Most IBV strains have the typical genomic organization of other gamacoronaviruses, however, two strains lacked 3a and 5b genes as a result of a nucleotide change within the start codon in the 3a or 5b genes. Analysis of our 110 viruses revealed that recombination events may be responsible for the emergence of the LX4 genotype with different topologies...
January 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061906/bilateral-rectus-sheath-haematoma-complicating-dengue-virus-infection-in-a-patient-on-warfarin-for-mechanical-aortic-valve-replacement-a-case-report
#20
Chamith Thushanga Rosa, Mitrakrishnan Rayno Navinan, Sincy Samarawickrama, Himam Hamza, Maheshika Gunarathne, Arulprashanth Arulanantham, Neeha Subba, Udari Samarasiri, Thushara Mathias, Aruna Kulatunga
BACKGROUND: The management of Dengue virus infection can be challenging. Varied presentations and numerous complications intrinsic to dengue by itself increase the complexity of treatment and potential mortality. When burdened with the presence of additional comorbidities and the need to continue compulsory medications, clear stepwise definitive guidance is lacking and patients tend to have more complex complications and outcomes calling to question the clinical decisions that may have been taken...
January 7, 2017: BMC Research Notes
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