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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427491/identification-of-a-newly-isolated-getah-virus-in-the-china-laos-border-china
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Yuan Yuan Li, Shi Hong Fu, Xiao Fang Guo, Wen Wen Lei, Xiao Long Li, Jing Dong Song, Lei Cao, Xiao Yan Gao, Zhi Lyu, Ying He, Huan Yu Wang, Xiao Jie Ren, Hong Ning Zhou, Gui Qin Wang, Guo Dong Liang
In this study, we isolated a virus strain (YN12031) from specimens of Armigeres subalbatus collected in the China-Laos border. BHK-21 cells infected with YN12031 exhibited an evident cytopathic effect (CPE) 32 h post-infection. The virus particles were spherical, 70 nm in diameter, and enveloped; they also featured surface fibers. Molecular genetic analysis revealed that YN12031 was closely related to alpha viruses such as Chikungunya virus and Sindbis virus, and located in the same clade as MM2021, the prototype of Getahvirus (GETV) isolated in Malaysia in 1955...
March 2017: Biomedical and Environmental Sciences: BES
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426487/brief-report-hpv-17-infection-in-darier-disease-with-acrokeratosis-verrucosis-of-hopf
#2
Andrew Matsumoto, Neal Gregory, Peter L Rady, Stephen K Tyring, John A Carlson
The co-existence of Darier disease (DD) and acrokeratosis verruciformis of Hopf (AKV) has been noted for decades and the relationship between the 2 entities remains controversial. Although, it has been shown that both diseases are associated with mutations in ATPA2 gene, it is yet to be determined if they are the same disease, or separate but allelic, or interlinked in some other fashion. Herein, the authors report the case of a 13-year-old girl presenting with shiny flat-topped verruca plana-like papules, on the dorsal hands and feet and red-brown crusted papules on her forehead and along the sides of her neck...
May 2017: American Journal of Dermatopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426204/parameter-optimization-for-interaction-between-c-terminal-domains-of-hiv-1-capsid-protein
#3
Hao Sha, Fangqiang Zhu
HIV-1 capsid proteins (CAs) assemble into a capsid that encloses the viral RNA. The binding between a pair of C-terminal domains (CTDs) constitutes a major interface in both the CA dimers and the large CA assemblies. Here we attempt to use a general residue-level coarse-grained model to describe the interaction between two isolated CTDs in Monte Carlo simulations. With the standard parameters that depend only on the residue types, the model predicts a much weaker binding in comparison to the experiments. Detailed analysis reveals that some Lennard-Jones parameters are not compatible with the experimental CTD dimer structure, thus resulting in an unfavorable interaction energy...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425422/mass-mortality-of-eastern-box-turtles-with-upper-respiratory-disease-following-atypical-cold-weather
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Mickey Agha, Steven J Price, A Justin Nowakowski, Ben Augustine, Brian D Todd
Emerging infectious diseases cause population declines in many ectotherms, with outbreaks frequently punctuated by periods of mass mortality. It remains unclear, however, whether thermoregulation by ectotherms and variation in environmental temperature is associated with mortality risk and disease progression, especially in wild populations. Here, we examined environmental and body temperatures of free-ranging eastern box turtles Terrapene carolina during a mass die-off coincident with upper respiratory disease...
April 20, 2017: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424574/present-molecular-limitations-of-on-bipolar-cell-targeted-gene-therapy
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Michiel van Wyk, Elmar C Hulliger, Lara Girod, Andreas Ebneter, Sonja Kleinlogel
Recent studies have demonstrated the safety and efficacy of ocular gene therapy based on adeno-associated viral vectors (AAVs). Accordingly, a surge in promising new gene therapies is entering clinical trials, including the first optogenetic therapy for vision restoration. To date, optogenetic therapies for vision restoration target either the retinal ganglion cells (GCs) or presynaptic ON-bipolar cells (OBCs). Initiating light responses at the level of the OBCs has significant advantages over optogenetic activation of GCs...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424284/a-novel-type-of-polyhedral-viruses-infecting-hyperthermophilic-archaea
#6
Ying Liu, Sonoko Ishino, Yoshizumi Ishino, Gérard Pehau-Arnaudet, Mart Krupovic, David Prangishvili
Encapsidation of genetic material into polyhedral particles is one of the most common structural solutions employed by viruses infecting hosts in all three domains of life. Here, we describe a new virus of hyperthermophilic archaea, Sulfolobus polyhedral virus 1 (SPV1), which condenses its circular double-stranded DNA genome in a manner not previously observed for other known virus. The genome complexed with virion proteins is wound up sinusoidally into a spherical coil which is surrounded by an envelope and further encased by an outer polyhedral capsid apparently composed of the 20 kDa virion protein...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422137/effective-in-vivo-therapeutic-igg-antibody-against-vp3-of-enterovirus-71-with-receptor-competing-activity
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Qiang Jia, Qingyong Ng, Wenjie Chin, Tao Meng, Vincent Tak Kwong Chow, Cheng-I Wang, Jimmy Kwang, Fang He
Passive immunization is an effective option for treatment against hand, foot and mouth disease caused by EV71, especially with cross-neutralizing IgG monoclonal antibodies. In this study, an EV71-specific IgG2a antibody designated 5H7 was identified and characterized. 5H7 efficiently neutralizes the major EV71 genogroups (A, B4, C2, C4). The conformational epitope of 5H7 was mapped to the highly conserved amino acid position 74 on VP3 capsid protein using escape mutants. Neutralization with 5H7 is mediated by the inhibition of viral attachment, as revealed by virus-binding and post-attachment assays...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421365/grass-carp-reovirus-outer-capsid-proteins-vp5-and-vp7-interact-in-vitro
#8
Weisha Liu, Hao Wang, Fei Yu, Liqun Lu
Grass carp reovirus (GCRV) causes viral hemorrhagic disease in cultured grass carp. However, there is no effective means of controlling GCRV. Previous studies have shown, by cryoelectron microscopy, that the outer capsid of GCRV is composed of 200 trimers of VP5-VP7 heterodimers. However, confirmation of this interaction between VP5 and VP7 through molecular biochemistry is still lacking. This study characterized the interactions between VP5 and VP7 in vitro. VP5 was shown to interact with VP7 in a commercial yeast-two-hybrid screen...
April 18, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420742/synergistic-internal-ribosome-entry-site-microrna-based-approach-for-flavivirus-attenuation-and-live-vaccine-development
#9
Konstantin A Tsetsarkin, Guangping Liu, Evgeniya Volkova, Alexander G Pletnev
The recent emergence of Zika virus underscores the need for new strategies for a rapid development of safe flavivirus vaccines. Using another flavivirus (Langat virus [LGTV]) that belongs to the group of tick-borne flaviviruses as a model, we describe a dual strategy for virus attenuation which synergistically accesses the specificity of microRNA (miRNA) genome targeting and the effectiveness of internal ribosome entry site (IRES) insertion. To increase the stability and immunogenicity of bicistronic LGTVs, we developed a novel approach in which the capsid (C) protein gene was relocated into the 3' noncoding region (NCR) and expressed under translational control from an IRES...
April 18, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418786/evaluation-in-mice-of-the-immunogenicity-of-a-tetravalent-subunit-vaccine-candidate-against-dengue-virus-using-mucosal-and-parenteral-immunization-routes
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Laura Lazo Vázquez, Lázaro Gil González, Ernesto Marcos López, Yusleidi Pérez Fuentes, Lázaro Cervetto de Armas, Enma Brown Richards, Iris Valdés Prado, Edith Suzarte Portal, Karem Cobas Acosta, Melyssa Yaugel Novoa, Yaremis Romero Fernández, Gerardo Guillén Nieto, Lisset Hermida Cruz
Our group has developed a subunit vaccine candidate against Dengue virus (DENV) based on two different viral regions, the domain III of the envelope protein and the capsid protein. The chimeric proteins for each serotype (DIIIC1-4), aggregated with the oligodeoxynucleotide 39 M, form the tetravalent formulation named Tetra DIIIC. Tetra DIIIC induces a protective immune response in mice when it is inoculated by intraperitoneal route. However, if children are the main targets for a DENV vaccine, then a needle-free route of administration should be attractive and advantageous...
April 18, 2017: Viral Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416666/drebrin-restricts-rotavirus-entry-by-inhibiting-dynamin-mediated-endocytosis
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Bin Li, Siyuan Ding, Ningguo Feng, Nancie Mooney, Yaw Shin Ooi, Lili Ren, Jonathan Diep, Marcus R Kelly, Linda L Yasukawa, John T Patton, Hiroyuki Yamazaki, Tomoaki Shirao, Peter K Jackson, Harry B Greenberg
Despite the wide administration of several effective vaccines, rotavirus (RV) remains the single most important etiological agent of severe diarrhea in infants and young children worldwide, with an annual mortality of over 200,000 people. RV attachment and internalization into target cells is mediated by its outer capsid protein VP4. To better understand the molecular details of RV entry, we performed tandem affinity purification coupled with high-resolution mass spectrometry to map the host proteins that interact with VP4...
April 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412294/visualization-of-hepatitis-e-virus-rna-and-proteins-in-the-human-liver
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Daniela Lenggenhager, Jérôme Gouttenoire, Mohsen Malehmir, Marion Bawohl, Hanna Honcharova-Biletska, Susanne Kreutzer, David Semela, Jörg Neuweiler, Sandra Hürlimann, Patrick Aepli, Montserrat Fraga, Roland Sahli, Luigi Terracciano, Laura Rubbia-Brandt, Beat Müllhaupt, Christine Sempoux, Darius Moradpour, Achim Weber
BACKGROUND: / Aims: Although hepatitis E constitutes a substantial disease burden worldwide, surprisingly little is known about the localization of hepatitis E virus (HEV) in the human liver. We therefore aimed to visualize HEV RNA and proteins in situ. METHODS: A panel of 12 different antibodies against HEV open reading frame (ORF) 1-3 proteins was evaluated for immunohistochemistry (IHC) and two probes for in situ hybridization (ISH) in formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) Huh-7 cells transfected with HEV ORF1-3 expression vectors...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412182/characterization-of-three-small-molecule-inhibitors-of-enterovirus-71-identified-from-screening-of-a-library-of-natural-products
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Guiming Li, Qianqian Gao, Shilin Yuan, Lili Wang, Ralf Altmeyer, Ke Lan, Feifei Yin, Gang Zou
Enterovirus 71 (EV-A71) is a major cause of hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD). Infection with EV-A71 is more often associated with neurological complications in children and is responsible for the majority of fatalities, but currently there is no approved antiviral therapy for treatment. Here, we identified auraptene, formononetin, and yangonin as effective inhibitors of EV-A71 infection in the low-micromolar range from screening of a natural product library. Among them, formononetin and yangonin selectively inhibited EV-A71 while auraptene could inhibit viruses within the enterovirus species A...
April 12, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411509/direct-acting-antivirals-and-host-targeting-strategies-to-combat-enterovirus-infections
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REVIEW
Lisa Bauer, Heyrhyoung Lyoo, Hilde M van der Schaar, Jeroen Rpm Strating, Frank Jm van Kuppeveld
Enteroviruses (e.g., poliovirus, enterovirus-A71, coxsackievirus, enterovirus-D68, rhinovirus) include many human pathogens causative of various mild and more severe diseases, especially in young children. Unfortunately, antiviral drugs to treat enterovirus infections have not been approved yet. Over the past decades, several direct-acting inhibitors have been developed, including capsid binders, which block virus entry, and inhibitors of viral enzymes required for genome replication. Capsid binders and protease inhibitors have been clinically evaluated, but failed due to limited efficacy or toxicity issues...
April 12, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410597/the-role-of-nuclear-localization-signal-in-parvovirus-life-cycle
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REVIEW
Peng Liu, Shun Chen, Mingshu Wang, Anchun Cheng
Parvoviruses are small, non-enveloped viruses with an approximately 5.0 kb, single-stranded DNA genome. Usually, the parvovirus capsid gene contains one or more nuclear localization signals (NLSs), which are required for guiding the virus particle into the nucleus through the nuclear pore. However, several classical NLSs (cNLSs) and non-classical NLSs (ncNLSs) have been identified in non-structural genes, and the ncNLSs can also target non-structural proteins into the nucleus. In this review, we have summarized recent research findings on parvovirus NLSs...
April 14, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410358/reactivation-of-herpes-zoster-keratitis-with-corneal-perforation-after-zoster-vaccination
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Andre Jastrzebski, Seymour Brownstein, Setareh Ziai, Solin Saleh, Kay Lam, W Bruce Jackson
PURPOSE: We present a case of reactivated herpes zoster keratouveitis of 6 years duration with corneal perforation requiring penetrating keratoplasty shortly after inoculation with herpes zoster vaccine (Zostavax, Merck, Quebec, Canada). METHODS: Retrospective case report. RESULTS: A 67-year-old woman with a 5-year history of recurrent unilateral herpes zoster keratouveitis in her right eye presented with another recurrence 2 weeks after Zostavax vaccination...
April 12, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408179/5-year-expression-and-neutrophil-defect-repair-after-gene-therapy-in-alpha-1-antitrypsin-deficiency
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Christian Mueller, Gwladys Gernoux, Alisha M Gruntman, Florie Borel, Emer P Reeves, Roberto Calcedo, Farshid N Rouhani, Anthony Yachnis, Margaret Humphries, Martha Campbell-Thompson, Louis Messina, Jeffrey D Chulay, Bruce Trapnell, James M Wilson, Noel G McElvaney, Terence R Flotte
Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency is a monogenic disorder resulting in emphysema due principally to the unopposed effects of neutrophil elastase. We previously reported achieving plasma wild-type alpha-1 antitrypsin concentrations at 2.5%-3.8% of the purported therapeutic level at 1 year after a single intramuscular administration of recombinant adeno-associated virus serotype 1 alpha-1 antitrypsin vector in alpha-1 antitrypsin deficient patients. We analyzed blood and muscle for alpha-1 antitrypsin expression and immune cell response...
April 10, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407787/glucose-regulated-protein-78-demonstrates-antiviral-effects-but-is-more-suitable-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-prevention-in-hepatitis-b
#18
Nai Q Zheng, Zi H Zheng, Hai X Xu, Ming X Huang, Xiao M Peng
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is the leading cause of liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma in Asia and Africa. Existing antivirals cannot cure HBV or eliminate risk of hepatocellular carcinoma. Glucose-regulated protein 78 (GRP78) can inhibit HBV replication, but promote virion secretion and hepatocellular cancer cell invasion. For these reasons, the overall effect of GRP78 on HBV production and whether to utilize the HBV replication-inhibitory effect of GRP78 up-regulation or the hepatocellular cancer cell invasion-inhibitory effect of its down-regulation were further investigated in order to improve the efficacy of current antiviral therapy...
April 13, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407442/rotavirus-capsid-vp6-tubular-and-spherical-nanostructures-act-as-local-adjuvants-when-co-delivered-with-norovirus-vlps
#19
Maria Malm, Suvi Heinimäki, Timo Vesikari, Vesna Blazevic
A subunit protein vaccine candidate based on norovirus (NoV) virus-like particles (VLPs) and rotavirus (RV) VP6 protein against acute childhood gastroenteritis has been recently proposed. RV VP6 forms different oligomeric nanostructures, including tubes and spheres when expressed in vitro, which are highly immunogenic in different animal models. We have recently shown that recombinant VP6 nanotubes have an adjuvant effect on immunogenicity of NoV VLPs in mice. In this study, we investigated if the adjuvant effect is dependent on a VP6 dose or different VP6 structural assemblies...
April 13, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405629/human-norovirus-evolution-in-a-chronically-infected-host
#20
Sylvie Y Doerflinger, Stefan Weichert, Anna Koromyslova, Martin Chan, Christian Schwerk, Ruediger Adam, Stefan Jennewein, Grant S Hansman, Horst Schroten
Typically, human noroviruses cause symptoms of acute gastroenteritis for 2 to 4 days. Often, the virions are shed in stool for several days after the symptoms recede, which in turn can lead to further contamination and transmission. Moreover, a number of reports have considered that chronic norovirus infections, i.e., lasting months and years, might even function as reservoirs for the generation of novel strains that can escape the herd immunity or have modified binding interactions with histo-blood group antigens (HBGAs)...
March 2017: MSphere
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