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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786119/full-length-and-defective-enterovirus-g-genomes-with-distinct-torovirus-protease-insertions-are-highly-prevalent-on-a-chinese-pig-farm
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Yan Wang, Wen Zhang, Zhijian Liu, Xingli Fu, Jiaqi Yuan, Jieji Zhao, Yuan Lin, Quan Shen, Xiaochun Wang, Xutao Deng, Eric Delwart, Tongling Shan, Shixing Yang
Recombination occurs frequently between enteroviruses (EVs) which are classified within the same species of the Picornaviridae family. Here, using viral metagenomics, the genomes of two recombinant EV-Gs (strains EVG 01/NC_CHI/2014 and EVG 02/NC_CHI/2014) found in the feces of pigs from a swine farm in China are described. The two strains are characterized by distinct insertion of a papain-like protease gene from toroviruses classified within the Coronaviridae family. According to recent reports the site of the torovirus protease insertion was located at the 2C/3A junction region in EVG 02/NC_CHI/2014...
May 21, 2018: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785047/rationally-designed-aav2-and-aavrh8r-capsids-provide-improved-transduction-in-the-retina-and-brain
#2
Jennifer A Sullivan, Lisa M Stanek, Michael J Lukason, Jie Bu, Shayla R Osmond, Elizabeth A Barry, Catherine R O'Riordan, Lamya S Shihabuddin, Seng H Cheng, Abraham Scaria
The successful application of adeno-associated virus (AAV) gene delivery vectors as a therapeutic paradigm will require efficient gene delivery to the appropriate cells in affected organs. In this study, we utilized a rational design approach to introduce modifications to the AAV2 and AAVrh8R capsids and the resulting variants were evaluated for transduction activity in the retina and brain. The modifications disrupted either capsid/receptor binding or altered capsid surface charge. Specifically, we mutated AAV2 amino acids R585A and R588A, which are required for binding to its receptor, heparan sulfate proteoglycans, to generate a variant referred to as AAV2-HBKO...
May 22, 2018: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784964/high-speed-photothermal-off-resonance-atomic-force-microscopy-reveals-assembly-routes-of-centriolar-scaffold-protein-sas-6
#3
Adrian P Nievergelt, Niccolò Banterle, Santiago H Andany, Pierre Gönczy, Georg E Fantner
The self-assembly of protein complexes is at the core of many fundamental biological processes 1 , ranging from the polymerization of cytoskeletal elements, such as microtubules 2 , to viral capsid formation and organelle assembly 3 . To reach a comprehensive understanding of the underlying mechanisms of self-assembly, high spatial and temporal resolutions must be attained. This is complicated by the need to not interfere with the reaction during the measurement. As self-assemblies are often governed by weak interactions, they are especially difficult to monitor with high-speed atomic force microscopy (HS-AFM) due to the non-negligible tip-sample interaction forces involved in current methods...
May 21, 2018: Nature Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782834/high-throughput-dissection-of-aav-host-interactions-the-fast-and-the-curious
#4
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/29782552/role-of-kinesins-in-directed-adenovirus-transport-and-cytoplasmic-exploration
#5
Jie Zhou, Julian Scherer, Julie Yi, Richard B Vallee
Many viruses, including adenovirus, exhibit bidirectional transport along microtubules following cell entry. Cytoplasmic dynein is responsible for microtubule minus end transport of adenovirus capsids after endosomal escape. However, the identity and roles of the opposing plus end-directed motor(s) remain unknown. We performed an RNAi screen of 38 kinesins, which implicated Kif5B (kinesin-1 family) and additional minor kinesins in adenovirus 5 (Ad5) capsid translocation. Kif5B RNAi markedly increased centrosome accumulation of incoming Ad5 capsids in human A549 pulmonary epithelial cells within the first 30 min post infection, an effect dramatically enhanced by blocking Ad5 nuclear pore targeting using leptomycin B...
May 21, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782550/multiple-roles-of-core-protein-linker-in-hepatitis-b-virus-replication
#6
Kuancheng Liu, Laurie Luckenbaugh, Xiaojun Ning, Ji Xi, Jianming Hu
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) core protein (HBc) contains an N-terminal domain (NTD, assembly domain) and a C-terminal domain (CTD), which are linked by a flexible linker region. HBc plays multiple essential roles in viral replication, including capsid assembly, packaging of the viral pregenomic RNA (pgRNA) into nucleocapsids, viral reverse transcription that converts pgRNA to the genomic DNA, and secretion of DNA-containing (complete) virions or genome-free (empty) virions. The HBc linker is generally assumed to act merely as a spacer between NTD and CTD but some results suggest that the linker may affect NTD assembly...
May 21, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782334/inhibitors-of-the-hiv-1-capsid-a-target-of-opportunity
#7
Stephanie K Carnes, Jonathan H Sheehan, Christopher Aiken
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To summarize recent advances in the discovery of chemical inhibitors targeting the HIV capsid and research on their mechanisms of action. RECENT FINDINGS: HIV infection is critically dependent on functions of the viral capsid. Numerous studies have reported the identification of a variety of compounds that bind to the capsid protein; some of these inhibit reverse transcription and nuclear entry, steps required for infection. Other capsid-targeting compounds appear to act by perturbing capsid assembly, resulting in noninfectious progeny virions...
May 18, 2018: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779790/a-hyperthermophilic-phage-decoration-protein-suggests-common-evolutionary-origin-with-herpesvirus-triplex-proteins-and-an-anti-crispr-protein
#8
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/29778875/purification-of-recombinant-trichodysplasia-spinulosa-associated-polyomavirus-vp1-derived-virus-like-particles-using-chromatographic-techniques
#9
Mindaugas Zaveckas, Karolis Goda, Danguole Ziogiene, Alma Gedvilaite
Trichodysplasia spinulosa-associated polyomavirus (TSPyV) has been linked to a rare and recently characterized skin disease occurring in immunocompromised patients. In analogy with other polyomaviruses, the major capsid protein VP1 of TSPyV can self-assemble into virus-like particles (VLPs). VLPs are increasingly applied for the vaccination and diagnostics. Mostly, non-scalable and labor intensive ultracentrifugation-based techniques are used for the purification of VLPs. In this work, we developed a purification procedure for TSPyV VP1 VLPs based on two chromatographic steps, ion-exchange monolith and core bead chromatography...
May 9, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778844/identification-of-micrornas-with-heat-stress-responsive-and-immune-properties-in-marsupenaeus-japonicus-based-on-next-generation-sequencing-and-bioinformatics-analysis-essential-regulators-in-the-heat-stress-host-interactions
#10
Jinbin Zheng, Jiawen Cao, Yong Mao, Yongquan Su, Jun Wang
Summer mortality syndrome is one of the most serious issue for Marsupenaeus japonicus aquaculture in China. Since it causes massive economic loss and threatens sustainability of M. japonicus aquaculture industry, thus, there is an urgent desire to reveal the heat stress-host interactions mechanisms that lead to mass mortalities of M. japonicus in hot summer months. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small noncoding RNAs that involved in regulation of diverse biological processes, including stress and immune response, and might serve as potential regulators in the heat stress-host interactions...
May 17, 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778543/expression-of-a-functional-intrabody-against-hepatitis-c-virus-core-protein-in-escherichia-coli-and-silkworm-pupae
#11
Tatsuya Kato, Moeko Hasegawa, Takeshi Yamamoto, Takatsugu Miyazaki, Ryosuke Suzuki, Takaji Wakita, Tetsuro Suzuki, Enoch Y Park
It has been shown that the single-domain intrabody 2H9-L against the hepatitis C virus (HCV) capsid (core) protein inhibits the viral propagation and NF-κB promoter activity induced by the HCV core. In this study, 2H9-L fused with the FLAG tag sequence was expressed in both Escherichia coli and silkworm pupae and then purified. In addition, the full-length and its C terminal deletions of the HCV core protein, i.e., 1-123 amino acid residues (C123), 1-152 amino acid residues (C152), 1-177 amino acid residues (C177) and 1-191 amino acid residues (C191), were expressed as fusion proteins with a 6 × His tag at their N-terminus in E...
May 17, 2018: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777803/an-isolate-of-potato-virus-x-capsid-protein-from-n-benthamiana-insights-from-homology-modeling-and-molecular-dynamics-simulation
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Neda Esfandiari, Yahya Sefidbakht
Since Potato Virus X (PVX) is easily transmitted mechanically between their hosts, its control is difficult. We have previously reported new isolate of this virus (PVX-Iran, GenBank Accession number FJ461343). However, the molecular basis of resistance breaking activity and its relation to capsid protein structure are still not well-understood. SDS-PAGE, ELISA, Western blot and RT-PCR molecular examinations were performed on the inoculated plants Nicotiana benthamiana. The pathological symptoms were related to the PVX isolate...
May 16, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777514/a-modified-yeast-three-hybrid-system-enabling-both-positive-and-negative-selections
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Christopher P Wallis, Aleksandra Filipovska, Oliver Rackham
OBJECTIVE: To increase the reporter repertoire of the yeast three-hybrid system and introduce the option of negative selection. RESULTS: Two new versions of the yeast three-hybrid system were made by modifying the MS2 coat RNA-binding protein and fusing it to the Gal4 DNA-binding protein. This allows the use of Gal4 inducible reporters to measure RNA-protein interactions. We introduced two mutations, V29I and N55K into the tandem MS2 dimer and an 11 amino acid deletion to increase RNA-protein affinity and inhibit capsid formation...
May 18, 2018: Biotechnology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777397/telomeres-and-telomerase-during-human-papillomavirus-induced-carcinogenesis
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REVIEW
Anna Pańczyszyn, Ewa Boniewska-Bernacka, Grzegorz Głąb
Human papillomaviruses (HPVs) belong to a small spherical virus family and are transmitted through direct contact, most often through sexual behavior. More than 200 types of HPV are known, a dozen or so of which are classified as high-risk viruses (HR HPV) and may contribute to the development of cervical cancer. HPV is a small virus with a capsid composed of L1 and L2 proteins, which are crucial for entry to the cell. The infection begins at the basal cell layer and progresses to involve cells from higher layers of the cervical epithelium...
May 18, 2018: Molecular Diagnosis & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776940/successful-treatment-of-fulminant-neonatal-enteroviral-myocarditis-in-monochorionic-diamniotic-twins-with-cardiopulmonary-support-intravenous-immunoglobulin-and-pocapavir
#15
Shahnawaz M Amdani, Hannah S Kim, Anthony Orvedahl, Audrey Odom John, Ahmed Said, Kathleen Simpson
Neonatal cardiogenic shock most commonly occurs due to critical congenital heart disease, sepsis, metabolic disorder or arrhythmias. In particular, enterovirus infections are common in the neonatal period, and patients can present with fulminant myocarditis. Early recognition is imperative due to its high morbidity and mortality without prompt and aggressive treatment. We present the successful treatment of fulminant neonatal enteroviral myocarditis in a pair of monochorionic diamniotic twins with cardiopulmonary support, intravenous immunoglobulin and pocapavir, an enteroviral capsid inhibitor...
May 18, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776753/genetic-and-antigenic-relationship-of-foot-and-mouth-disease-virus-serotype-o-isolates-with-the-vaccine-strain-o1-bfs
#16
Wanhong Xu, Zhidong Zhang, Charles Nfon, Ming Yang
Foot-and-mouth disease serotype O viruses (FMDV/O) are responsible for the most outbreaks in FMD endemic countries. O1/BFS is one of the recommended FMD/O vaccine strains by World Reference Laboratory for FMD. In the current study, FMDV/O1 BFS vaccine strain and serotype O field isolates (45) were analyzed phylogenetically and antigenically to gain more insight into the genetic and antigenic characteristics of the vaccine strain and field isolates. O1/BFS showed similarity with 89% of the field isolates using a virus neutralization test (VNT)...
May 15, 2018: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776150/determination-of-prestress-and-elastic-properties-of-virus-capsids
#17
Ankush Aggarwal
Virus capsids are protein shells that protect the virus genome, and determination of their mechanical properties has been a topic of interest because of their potential use in nanotechnology and therapeutics. It has been demonstrated that stresses exist in virus capsids, even in their equilibrium state, due to their construction. These stresses, termed "prestresses" in this study, closely affect the capsid's mechanical behavior. Three methods-shape-based metric, atomic force microscope indentation, and molecular dynamics-have been proposed to determine the capsid elastic properties without fully accounting for prestresses...
March 2018: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774839/foot-and-mouth-disease-in-the-middle-east-caused-by-an-a-asia-g-vii-virus-lineage-2015-2016
#18
Katarzyna Bachanek-Bankowska, Antonello Di Nardo, Jemma Wadsworth, Elisabeth K M Henry, Ünal Parlak, Anna Timina, Alexey Mischenko, Ibrahim Ahmad Qasim, Darab Abdollahi, Munawar Sultana, M Anwar Hossain, Donald P King, Nick J Knowles
Phylogenetic analyses of foot-and-mouth disease type A viruses in the Middle East during 2015-2016 identified viruses belonging to the A/ASIA/G-VII lineage, which originated in the Indian subcontinent. Changes in a critical antigenic site within capsid viral protein 1 suggest possible evolutionary pressure caused by an intensive vaccination program.
June 2018: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774829/novel-parvovirus-related-to-primate-bufaviruses-in-dogs
#19
Vito Martella, Gianvito Lanave, Eszter Mihalov-Kovács, Szilvia Marton, Renáta Varga-Kugler, Eszter Kaszab, Barbara Di Martino, Michele Camero, Nicola Decaro, Canio Buonavoglia, Krisztián Bányai
A novel protoparvovirus species, related genetically to human bufaviruses, was identified in dogs with respiratory signs. The canine bufavirus was distantly related to the well-known canine protoparvovirus, canine parvovirus type 2, sharing low amino acid identities in the nonstructural protein 1 (40.6%) and in the capsid protein 1 (33.4%). By screening collections of fecal, nasal, and oropharyngeal samples obtained from juvenile dogs (<1 year of age), canine bufavirus DNA appeared as a common component of canine virome...
June 2018: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774431/complete-genome-sequences-of-three-novel-cycloviruses-identified-in-a-dragonfly-odonata-anisoptera-from-china
#20
Saif Ul Islam, Wenzhong Lin, Ran Wu, Chen Lin, Waqar Islam, Muhammad Arif, Zhenguo Du, Zujian Wu
Three cycloviruses (genus Cyclovirus, family Circoviridae) were recovered from a dragonfly (Odonata: Anisoptera) captured in Fuzhou, China. The three cycloviruses, named dragonfly associated cyclovirus 9, 10 and 11 (DfCyV-9, -10, -11), respectively, show 56.1-79.6% genome-wide identity to known cycloviruses and 61.6-65.1% among themselves. Thus, according to the current species demarcation criteria, they represent three novel cycloviruses. Notably, DfCyV-10 has a predicted replication-associated protein (Rep) that is most similar to that of bat associated cyclovirus 2 (BatACyV-2), a cyclovirus discovered in China, with 79...
May 17, 2018: Archives of Virology
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