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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920170/epidemiology-of-chikungunya-in-the-americas
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Sergio Yactayo, J Erin Staples, Véronique Millot, Laurence Cibrelus, Pilar Ramon-Pardo
Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) emerged in the Americas in late 2013 to cause substantial acute and chronic morbidity. About 1.1 million cases of chikungunya were reported within a year, including severe cases and deaths. The burden of chikungunya is unclear owing to inadequate disease surveillance and underdiagnosis. Virus evolution, globalization, and climate change may further CHIKV spread. No approved vaccine or antiviral therapeutics exist. Early detection and appropriate management could reduce the burden of severe atypical and chronic arthritic disease...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919298/molecular-characterization-and-genotype-shift-of-dengue-virus-strains-between-2001-and-2014-in-guangzhou
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L Y Jiang, Q L Jing, Y Liu, Y M Cao, W Z Su, D Biao, Z C Yang
We studied the evolution, genotypes, and the molecular clock of dengue virus serotype 1 (DENV-1), between 2001 and 2014 in Guangzhou, China. The analysis of the envelope (E) gene sequences of 67 DENV-1 strains isolated in Guangzhou, together with 58 representative sequences downloaded from NCBI, have shown shifts in viral genotypes. The genotype changed several times, from genotype I to IV in 2002, from IV to I in 2005, and from I to V in 2014. These genotype shifts may be the cause of DENV outbreaks. The diversity of genotypes and clades demonstrates a high risk of future outbreaks in Guangzhou...
December 6, 2016: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917342/genomic-studies-of-envelope-gene-sequences-from-mosquito-and-human-samples-from-bangkok-thailand
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Pannamthip Pitaksajjakul, Surachet Benjathummarak, Hyun Ngoc Son, Supatra Thongrungkiat, Pongrama Ramasoota
Dengue virus (DENV) is an RNA virus showing a high degree of genetic variation as a consequence of its proofreading inability. This variation plays an important role in virus evolution and pathogenesis. Although levels of within-host genetic variation are similar following equilibrium, variation among different hosts is frequently different. To identify dengue quasispecies present among two hosts, we collected patient samples from six acute DENV cases and two pools of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes and analyzed the genetic variation of regions of the viral envelope gene...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916968/ion-channel-activity-of-vpu-proteins-is-conserved-throughout-evolution-of-hiv-1-and-siv
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Timo Greiner, Sebastian Bolduan, Brigitte Hertel, Christine Groß, Kay Hamacher, Ulrich Schubert, Anna Moroni, Gerhard Thiel
The human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) protein Vpu is encoded exclusively by HIV-1 and related simian immunodeficiency viruses (SIVs). The transmembrane domain of the protein has dual functions: it counteracts the human restriction factor tetherin and forms a cation channel. Since these two functions are causally unrelated it remains unclear whether the channel activity has any relevance for viral release and replication. Here we examine structure and function correlates of different Vpu homologs from HIV-1 and SIV to understand if ion channel activity is an evolutionary conserved property of Vpu proteins...
December 1, 2016: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916476/genesis-evolution-and-prevalence-of-h5n6-avian-influenza-viruses-in-china
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Yuhai Bi, Quanjiao Chen, Qianli Wang, Jianjun Chen, Tao Jin, Gary Wong, Chuansong Quan, Jun Liu, Jun Wu, Renfu Yin, Lihua Zhao, Mingxin Li, Zhuang Ding, Rongrong Zou, Wen Xu, Hong Li, Huijun Wang, Kegong Tian, Guanghua Fu, Yu Huang, Alexander Shestopalov, Shoujun Li, Bing Xu, Hongjie Yu, Tingrong Luo, Lin Lu, Xun Xu, Yang Luo, Yingxia Liu, Weifeng Shi, Di Liu, George Fu Gao
Constant surveillance of live poultry markets (LPMs) is currently the best way to predict and identify emerging avian influenza viruses (AIVs) that pose a potential threat to public health. Through surveillance of LPMs from 16 provinces and municipalities in China during 2014-2016, we identified 3,174 AIV-positive samples and isolated and sequenced 1,135 AIVs covering 31 subtypes. Our analysis shows that H5N6 has replaced H5N1 as one of the dominant AIV subtypes in southern China, especially in ducks. Phylogenetic analysis reveals that H5N6 arose from reassortments of H5 and H6N6 viruses, with the hemagglutinin and neuraminidase combinations being strongly lineage specific...
November 25, 2016: Cell Host & Microbe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916318/advances-in-vaccine-research-against-economically-important-viral-diseases-of-food-animals-infectious-bursal-disease-virus
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Daral J Jackwood
Numerous reviews have been published on infectious bursal disease (IBD) and infectious bursal disease virus (IBDV). Many high quality vaccines are commercially available for the control of IBD that, when used correctly, provide solid protection against infection and disease caused by IBDV. Viruses are not static however; they continue to evolve and vaccines need to keep pace with them. The evolution of IBDV has resulted in very virulent strains and new antigenic types of the virus. This review will discuss some of the limitations associated with existing vaccines, potential solutions to these problems and advances in new vaccines for the control of IBD...
November 22, 2016: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916250/viral-serological-and-molecular-data-on-possible-involvement-of-herpes-viruses-in-periodontal-disease
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Cristiana Antipa, Coralia Bleotu, Camelia Grancea, Andreea Oana Rosu, Gabriela Anton, Simona Ruta
BACKGROUND: Recent studies have suggested that latent herpes virus infections can be associated with chronic periodontal sites that exhibit a predisposition to disease progression. The aim of this study was to identify the possible relationship between infections with CMV and EBV and the severity of periodontal disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty two patients aged between 27 and 70 years, diagnosed with periodontal disease were enrolled in the study after giving informed consent...
December 2016: Singapore Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912737/hcv-prevalence-can-predict-hiv-epidemic-potential-among-people-who-inject-drugs-mathematical-modeling-analysis
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Vajiheh Akbarzadeh, Ghina R Mumtaz, Susanne F Awad, Helen A Weiss, Laith J Abu-Raddad
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) and HIV are both transmitted through percutaneous exposures among people who inject drugs (PWID). Ecological analyses on global epidemiological data have identified a positive association between HCV and HIV prevalence among PWID. Our objective was to demonstrate how HCV prevalence can be used to predict HIV epidemic potential among PWID. METHODS: Two population-level models were constructed to simulate the evolution of HCV and HIV epidemics among PWID...
December 3, 2016: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910763/il10-a-tale-of-an-evolutionarily-conserved-cytokine-across-vertebrates
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M Carla Piazzon, George Lutfalla, Maria Forlenza
IL10 was discovered in 1989, and since then it has been the subject of intense investigation, which has revealed its potent anti-inflammatory and regulatory activities in most immune processes during infection and disease. In 2003, the first non-mammalian IL10 sequence was identified in teleost fish, followed in 2004 by the chicken IL10 sequence. In this review, we summarize the work performed in non-mammalian vertebrates in which the IL10, IL10 receptors (IL10Rs), and their signaling components have been identified...
2016: Critical Reviews in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908019/a-chaotic-model-for-the-epidemic-of-ebola-virus-disease-in-west-africa-2013-2016
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Sylvain Mangiarotti, Marisa Peyre, Mireille Huc
An epidemic of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) broke out in Guinea in December 2013. It was only identified in March 2014 while it had already spread out in Liberia and Sierra Leone. The spill over of the disease became uncontrollable and the epidemic could not be stopped before 2016. The time evolution of this epidemic is revisited here with the global modeling technique which was designed to obtain the deterministic models from single time series. A generalized formulation of this technique for multivariate time series is introduced...
November 2016: Chaos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907076/clinical-determinants-of-hiv-1b-between-host-evolution-and-their-association-with-drug-resistance-in-pediatric-patients
#11
Israel Pagán, Patricia Rojas, José Tomás Ramos, África Holguín
Understanding the factors that modulate the evolution of virus populations is essential to design efficient control strategies. Mathematical models predict that factors affecting viral within-host evolution may also determine that at the between-host level. Although HIV-1 within-host evolution has been associated with clinical factors used to monitor AIDS progression, such as patient age, CD4 cells count, viral load, and antiretroviral experience, little is known about the role of these clinical factors in determining between-host HIV-1 evolution...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906966/archival-isolates-confirm-a-single-topotype-of-west-nile-virus-in-australia
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Bixing Huang, Natalie A Prow, Andrew F van den Hurk, Richard J N Allcock, Peter R Moore, Stephen L Doggett, David Warrilow
West Nile virus is globally wide-spread and causes significant disease in humans and animals. The evolution of West Nile virus Kunjin subtype in Australia (WNVKUN) was investigated using archival samples collected over a period of 50 years. Based on the pattern of fixed amino acid substitutions and time-stamped molecular clock analyses, a single long-term lineage (or topotype) was inferred. This implies that a bottleneck exists such that regional strains eventually die out and are replaced with strains from a single source...
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903800/genetic-variability-of-myxoma-virus-genomes
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Christoph Braun, Andrea Thürmer, Rolf Daniel, Anne-Kathrin Schultz, Ingo Bulla, Horst Schirrmeier, Dietmar Mayer, Andreas Neubert, Claus-Peter Czerny
: Myxomatosis is a recurrent problem on rabbit farms throughout Europe despite the success of vaccines. To identify gene variations of field and vaccine strains that may be responsible for changes in virulence, immunomodulation, and immunoprotection, the genomes of 6 Myxoma virus strains (MYXV) were sequenced: German field isolates Munich-1, FLI-H, 2604, 3207, vaccine strain MAV, and challenge strain ZA. The analyzed genomes ranged from 147.6 kb (strain MAV) to 161.8 kb (strain 3207) in size...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903065/predominance-and-geo-mapping-of-avian-influenza-h5n1-in-poultry-sectors-in-egypt
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Abdelsatar Arafa, Ihab El-Masry, Shereen Khoulosy, Mohammed K Hassan, Moussa Soliman, Olubunmi G Fasanmi, Folorunso O Fasina, Gwenaelle Dauphin, Juan Lubroth, Yilma M Jobre
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus of the H5N1 subtype has been enzootic in the Egyptian poultry with significant human infections since 2008. This work evaluates the epidemiological and virological information from February 2006 to May 2015 in spatial and temporal terms. Only data with confirmed HPAI H5N1 sub-type were collected, and matched with the epidemiological data from various spatially and temporally-dispersed surveillances implemented between 2006 and 2015. Spatio-temporal analysis was conducted on a total of 3338 confirmed H5N1 HPAI poultry disease outbreaks and outputs described based on transmission patterns, poultry species, production types affected, trade, geographic and temporal distributions in Egypt...
November 28, 2016: Geospatial Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902899/endemic-variation-of-h9n2-avian-influenza-virus-in-china
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Yu-Fu Liu, Han-Zhang Lai, Lin Li, Yu-Peng Liu, Wen-Yan Zhang, Ren Gao, Wen-Ke Huang, Qin-Fang Luo, Yan Gao, Qiong Luo, Xiao-Yu Xie, Jia-Hua Xu, Rui-Ai Chen
Forty-two H9N2 subtype AIV strains were isolated from vaccinated commercial chickens in China from 2012 to 2015. Their HA genes had nucleotide sequence homology from 86.7% to 99.7%, and similarity to the classic vaccine strain was 88.6%-92.6%. A comparison was carried out with published HA genes (410 H9 strains) and whole genomes (306 strains) isolated in China during 2012-2015. Interestingly, 99.1% (448/452) of Chinese H9N2 AIV belonged to lineage h9.4.2, and 98.5% (445/452) of the viruses belonged to h9.4...
December 2016: Avian Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902491/the-adaptation-rate-of-a-quantitative-trait-in-an-environmental-gradient
#16
R Hermsen
The spatial range of a species habitat is generally determined by the ability of the species to cope with biotic and abiotic variables that vary in space. Therefore, the species range is itself an evolvable property. Indeed, environmental gradients permit a mode of evolution in which range expansion and adaptation go hand in hand. This process can contribute to rapid evolution of drug resistant bacteria and viruses, because drug concentrations in humans and livestock treated with antibiotics are far from uniform...
November 30, 2016: Physical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902382/the-genetic-diversity-and-phenotypic-associations-of-feline-caliciviruses-from-cats-in-switzerland
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Andrea M Spiri, Julien Thézé, Marina L Meli, Valentino Cattori, Alice Berger, Adolf Steinrigl, Oliver G Pybus, Regina Hofmann-Lehmann, Barbara Willi
Feline calicivirus (FCV) is a common viral pathogen in domestic cats worldwide. The variable regions of the capsid (VP1) gene of FCV have one of the highest recorded rates of molecular evolution. Understanding the genetic diversity and phylogeny of FCV is a prerequisite to exploring the epidemiology and pathogenesis of this virus and to the development of efficacious vaccine strategies. In this study, we undertook a nationwide molecular characterization of FCV using for the first time nearly complete capsid (VP1) gene sequences...
October 7, 2016: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902350/novel-reassortant-h9n2-viruses-in-pigeons-and-evidence-for-antigenic-diversity-of-h9n2-viruses-isolated-from-quails-in-egypt
#18
Ahmed Kandeil, Rabeh El-Shesheny, Asmaa Maatouq, Yassmin Moatasim, Zhipeng Cai, Pamela McKenzie, Richard Webby, Ghazi Kayali, Mohamed Ahmed Ali
The endemicity of avian influenza viruses (AIVs) among Egyptian poultry represents a public health risk. Co-circulation of low pathogenic AIV H9N2 subtype with highly pathogenic AIV H5N1 subtype in Egyptian farms potentiates the possibility to generate novel reassortant viruses. Herein, the genetic characteristics of surface glycoproteins of 59 Egyptian H9N2 viruses, isolated between 2013 and 2015, were analyzed. To elucidate the potential of genetic reassortment, 10 H9N2 isolates were selected based on different avian hosts (chickens, ducks, pigeons and quails) and conducted for phylogenetic analyses of full genome sequences...
November 11, 2016: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902320/in-silico-analysis-of-surface-structure-variation-of-pcv2-capsid-resulted-from-loops-mutation-of-its-capsid-protein-cap
#19
Naidong Wang, Yang Zhan, Aibing Wang, Lijie Zhang, Reza Khayat, Yi Yang
Outbreaks of porcine circovirus (PCV) type 2 (PCV2) associated diseases (PCVADs) have caused substantial economic losses worldwide in the last 20 y. The PCV capsid protein (Cap) is the sole structural protein and main antigenic determinant of this virus. In this study, not only were phylogenetic trees constructed, but variation of surface structure of the PCV capsid were analyzed in the course of evolution. Unique surface patterns of the icosahedral 5-fold axes of the PCV2 capsid were identified and characterized, all of which were absent in PCV type 1 (PCV1)...
October 18, 2016: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897990/how-to-meet-the-last-oie-expert-surveillance-panel-recommendations-on-equine-influenza-ei-vaccine-composition-a-review-of-the-process-required-for-the-recombinant-canarypox-based-ei-vaccine
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REVIEW
Romain Paillot, Nicola L Rash, Dion Garrett, Leah Prowse-Davis, Fernando Montesso, Ann Cullinane, Laurent Lemaitre, Jean-Christophe Thibault, Sonia Wittreck, Agnes Dancer
Vaccination is highly effective to prevent, control, and limit the impact of equine influenza (EI), a major respiratory disease of horses. However, EI vaccines should contain relevant equine influenza virus (EIV) strains for optimal protection. The OIE expert surveillance panel annually reviews EIV evolution and, since 2010, the use of Florida clade 1 and 2 sub-lineages representative vaccine strains is recommended. This report summarises the development process of a fully- updated recombinant canarypox-based EI vaccine in order to meet the last OIE recommendations, including the vaccine mode of action, production steps and schedule...
November 25, 2016: Pathogens
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