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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742857/dna-immunisation-with-dengue-virus-e-protein-domains-i-ii-but-not-domain-iii-enhances-zika-west-nile-and-yellow-fever-virus-infection
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Jose L Slon Campos, Monica Poggianella, Sara Marchese, Monica Mossenta, Jyoti Rana, Francesca Arnoldi, Marco Bestagno, Oscar R Burrone
Dengue virus (DENV), the causative agent of dengue disease, is among the most important mosquito-borne pathogens worldwide. DENV is composed of four closely related serotypes and belongs to the Flaviviridae family alongside other important arthropod-borne viral pathogens such as Zika virus (ZIKV), West Nile virus (WNV) and Yellow Fever virus (YFV). After infection, the antibody response is mostly directed to the viral E glycoprotein which is composed of three structural domains named DI, DII and DIII that share variable degrees of homology among different viruses...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736681/integrating-environmental-monitoring-and-mosquito-surveillance-to-predict-vector-borne-disease-prospective-forecasts-of-a-west-nile-virus-outbreak
#2
Justin K Davis, Geoffrey Vincent, Michael B Hildreth, Lon Kightlinger, Christopher Carlson, Michael C Wimberly
INTRODUCTION: Predicting the timing and locations of future mosquito-borne disease outbreaks has the potential to improve the targeting of mosquito control and disease prevention efforts. Here, we present and evaluate prospective forecasts made prior to and during the 2016 West Nile virus (WNV) season in South Dakota, a hotspot for human WNV transmission in the United States. METHODS: We used a county-level logistic regression model to predict the weekly probability of human WNV case occurrence as a function of temperature, precipitation, and an index of mosquito infection status...
May 23, 2017: PLoS Currents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727516/serological-survey-for-west-nile-virus-in-wild-artiodactyls-southern-moravia-czech-republic
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Zdenek Hubálek, Zina Juricová, Petra Straková, Hana Blazejová, Lenka Betásová, Ivo Rudolf
Antibodies to West Nile virus (WNV) were examined by plaque-reduction neutralization test in the blood sera of 1023 wild artiodactyls: 105 roe deer (Capreolus capreolus), 148 red deer (Cervus elaphus), 287 fallow deer (Dama dama), 71 mouflons (Ovis musimon), and 412 wild boars (Sus scrofa), sampled in South Moravian district of Breclav (Czech Republic) in the years 1990-2008. Neutralizing antibodies were detected in 5.9% of wild ruminants (4.8% roe deer, 4.1% red deer, 6.3% fallow deer, 9.9% mouflons) and 4...
July 20, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726615/west-nile-virus-outbreak-in-houston-and-harris-county-texas-usa-2014
#4
Diana Martinez, Kristy O Murray, Martin Reyna, Raouf R Arafat, Roberto Gorena, Umair A Shah, Mustapha Debboun
Since 2002, West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected every year in Houston and the surrounding Harris County, Texas. In 2014, the largest WNV outbreak to date occurred, comprising 139 cases and causing 2 deaths. Additionally, 1,286 WNV-positive mosquito pools were confirmed, the most reported in a single mosquito season.
August 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724737/stress-hormones-predict-a-host-superspreader-phenotype-in-the-west-nile-virus-system
#5
Stephanie S Gervasi, Sarah C Burgan, Erik Hofmeister, Thomas R Unnasch, Lynn B Martin
Glucocorticoid stress hormones, such as corticosterone (CORT), have profound effects on the behaviour and physiology of organisms, and thus have the potential to alter host competence and the contributions of individuals to population- and community-level pathogen dynamics. For example, CORT could alter the rate of contacts among hosts, pathogens and vectors through its widespread effects on host metabolism and activity levels. CORT could also affect the intensity and duration of pathogen shedding and risk of host mortality during infection...
July 26, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724343/vero-cell-technology-for-rapid-development-of-inactivated-whole-virus-vaccines-for-emerging-viral-diseases
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P Noel Barrett, Sara J Terpening, Doris Snow, Ronald R Cobb, Otfried Kistner
Rapid development and production of vaccines against emerging diseases requires well established, validated, robust technologies to allow industrial scale production and accelerated licensure of products. Areas covered: A versatile Vero cell platform has been developed and utilized to deliver a wide range of candidate and licensed vaccines against emerging viral diseases. This platform builds on the 35 years' experience and safety record with inactivated whole virus vaccines such as polio vaccine. The current platform has been optimized to include a novel double inactivation procedure in order to ensure a highly robust inactivation procedure for novel emerging viruses...
July 20, 2017: Expert Review of Vaccines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722808/an-examination-of-the-effect-of-aerosolized-permanone-insecticide-on-zebra-finch-susceptibility-to-west-nile-virus
#7
Mark D Jankowski, Murray E Moore, Erik K Hofmeister
West Nile virus is primarily maintained cryptically primarily in avian (Passerine) populations where it is transmitted by Culex spp. mosquitoes. Mosquito control measures currently include physical activities to reduce mosquito breeding sites, the application of mosquito larvicides, or aerosolized insecticides to kill adults (adulticides) when arboviral diseases such as West Nile virus (WNV) or Zika virus are detected in mosquito populations. Organochlorine, organohosphorus, carbamate and pyrethroid insecticides are often used...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722628/serologic-evidence-of-various-arboviruses-detected-in-white-tailed-deer-odocoileus-virginianus-in-the-united-states
#8
Kerri Pedersen, Eryu Wang, Scott C Weaver, Paul C Wolf, Adam R Randall, Kyle R Van Why, Amelia P A Travassos Da Rosa, Thomas Gidlewski
White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) are an abundant mammal with a wide geographic distribution in the United States, which make them good sentinels for monitoring arboviral activity across the country. Exposure to various arboviruses has been detected in white-tailed deer, typically in conjunction with another diagnostic finding. To better assess the exposure of white-tailed deer to seven arboviruses, we tested 1,508 sera collected from 2010 to 2016 for antibodies to eastern equine encephalitis (2.5%), Powassan (4...
May 30, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719335/experimental-infection-with-and-maintenance-of-cell-fusing-agent-virus-flavivirus-in-aedes-aegypti
#9
Maria Angelica Contreras-Gutierrez, Hilda Guzman, Saravanan Thangamani, Nikos Vasilakis, Robert B Tesh
During the past two decades, there has been a dramatic increase in the recognition and characterization of novel insect-specific flaviviruses (ISFVs). Some of these agents are closely related to important mosquito-borne flavivirus pathogens. Results of experimental studies suggest that mosquitoes and mosquito cell cultures infected with some ISFVs are refractory to superinfection with related flavivirus pathogens; and it has been proposed that ISFVs potentially could be used to alter the vector competence of mosquitoes and reduce transmission of specific flavivirus pathogens, such as dengue, West Nile, or Zika viruses...
July 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716770/data-preparation-for-west-nile-virus-agent-based-modelling-protocol-for-processing-bird-population-estimates-and-incorporating-arcmap-in-anylogic
#10
Hamid Reza Nasrinpour, Alexander A Reimer, Marcia R Friesen, Robert D McLeod
BACKGROUND: West Nile Virus (WNV) was first isolated in 1937. Since the 1950s, many outbreaks have occurred in various countries. The first appearance of infected birds in Manitoba, Canada was in 2002. OBJECTIVE: This paper describes the data preparation phase of setting up a geographic information system (GIS) simulation environment for WNV Agent-Based Modelling in Manitoba. METHODS: The main technology used in this protocol is based on AnyLogic and ArcGIS software...
July 17, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715413/zika-virus-alters-the-microrna-expression-profile-and-elicits-an-rnai-response-in-aedes-aegypti-mosquitoes
#11
Miguel A Saldaña, Kayvan Etebari, Charles E Hart, Steven G Widen, Thomas G Wood, Saravanan Thangamani, Sassan Asgari, Grant L Hughes
Zika virus (ZIKV), a flavivirus transmitted primarily by Aedes aegypti, has recently spread globally in an unprecedented fashion, yet we have a poor understanding of host-microbe interactions in this system. To gain insights into the interplay between ZIKV and the mosquito, we sequenced the small RNA profiles in ZIKV-infected and non-infected Ae. aegypti mosquitoes at 2, 7 and 14 days post-infection. ZIKA induced an RNAi response in the mosquito with virus-derived short interfering RNAs and PIWI-interacting RNAs dramatically increased in abundance post-infection...
July 17, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713857/a-new-clade-of-insect-specific-flaviviruses-from-australian-anopheles-mosquitoes-displays-species-specific-host-restriction
#12
Agathe M G Colmant, Jody Hobson-Peters, Helle Bielefeldt-Ohmann, Andrew F van den Hurk, Sonja Hall-Mendelin, Weng Kong Chow, Cheryl A Johansen, Jelke Fros, Peter Simmonds, Daniel Watterson, Chris Cazier, Kayvan Etebari, Sassan Asgari, Benjamin L Schulz, Nigel Beebe, Laura J Vet, Thisun B H Piyasena, Hong-Duyen Nguyen, Ross T Barnard, Roy A Hall
Flaviviruses are arthropod-borne viruses found worldwide and are responsible for significant human and veterinary diseases, including dengue, Zika, and West Nile fever. Some flaviviruses are insect specific and replicate only in mosquitoes. We report a genetically divergent group of insect-specific flaviviruses from Anopheles mosquitoes that do not replicate in arthropod cell lines or heterologous Anopheles species, exhibiting unprecedented specialization for their host species. Determination of the complete sequences of the RNA genomes of three of these viruses, Karumba virus (KRBV), Haslams Creek virus, and Mac Peak virus (McPV), that are found in high prevalence in some Anopheles mosquito populations and detection of virus-specific proteins, replicative double-stranded RNA, and small interfering RNA responses in the host mosquito species provided strong evidence of a functional replicating virus in the mosquito midgut...
July 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694450/modelling-west-nile-virus-transmission-risk-in-europe-effect-of-temperature-and-mosquito-biotypes-on-the-basic-reproduction-number
#13
Chantal B F Vogels, Nienke Hartemink, Constantianus J M Koenraadt
West Nile virus (WNV) is a mosquito-borne flavivirus which has caused repeated outbreaks in humans in southern and central Europe, but thus far not in northern Europe. The main mosquito vector for WNV, Culex pipiens, consists of two behaviourally distinct biotypes, pipiens and molestus, which can form hybrids. Differences between biotypes, such as vector competence and host preference, could be important in determining the risk of WNV outbreaks. Risks for WNV establishment can be modelled with basic reproduction number (R 0) models...
July 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693560/ecophysiological-characterization-and-molecular-differentiation-of-culex-pipiens-forms-diptera-culicidae-in-tunisia
#14
Marwa Beji, Adel Rhim, David Roiz, Ali Bouattour
BACKGROUND: The Culex pipiens complex (Diptera: Culicidae) includes the most widespread mosquito species in the world. Members of this complex are the primary enzootic and epidemic vectors of the West Nile virus (genus Flavivirus) in several countries. The two recognized forms of Cx. pipiens (Linnaeus, 1758) - pipiens and molestus - exhibit behavioral and physiological differences. Natural populations of Cx. pipiens were investigated in several sites in Tunisia to evaluate the ecophysiological and molecular characteristics of their forms...
July 10, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688117/serologic-evidence-of-west-nile-virus-and-usutu-virus-infections-in-eurasian-coots-in-the-netherlands
#15
S M Lim, M Geervliet, J H Verhagen, G J D M Müskens, F A Majoor, A D M E Osterhaus, B E E Martina
West Nile virus (WNV) and Usutu virus (USUV) are arboviruses that are maintained in enzootic transmission cycles between mosquitoes and birds and are occasionally transmitted to mammals. As arboviruses are currently expanding their geographic range and emerging in often unpredictable locations, surveillance is considered an important element of preparedness. To determine whether sera collected from resident and migratory birds in the Netherlands as part of avian influenza surveillance would also represent an effective source for proactive arbovirus surveillance, a random selection of such sera was screened for WNV antibodies using a commercial ELISA...
July 7, 2017: Zoonoses and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681706/a-theoretical-model-of-the-west-nile-virus-survival-data
#16
James K Peterson, Alison M Kesson, Nicholas J C King
BACKGROUND: In this work, we develop a theoretical model that explains the survival data in West Nile Virus infection. RESULTS: We build a model based on three cell populations in an infected host; the collateral damage cells, the infected dividing cell, and the infected non-dividing cells. T cell-mediated lysis of each of these populations is dependent on the level of MHC-1 upregulation, which is different in the two infected cell populations, interferon-gamma and free virus levels...
June 21, 2017: BMC Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680856/sertoli-cells-are-susceptible-to-zikv-infection-in-mouse-testis
#17
Zi-Yang Sheng, Na Gao, Zhao-Yang Wang, Xiao-Yun Cui, De-Shan Zhou, Dong-Ying Fan, Hui Chen, Pei-Gang Wang, Jing An
Flaviviruses including Dengue virus (DENV), Yellow fever virus (YFV), West Nile virus (WNV), and Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) are global health problems that caused several serious diseases such as fever, hemorrhagic fever, and encephalitis in the past century. Recently, Zika virus (ZIKV) which spreads from Asia to American and causes millions of infections emerges as a new dangerous member of the genus of Flavivirus. Unlike other well-known flaviviruses, ZIKV can be transmitted sexually and infect testes in murine models...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680683/transcriptional-response-to-west-nile-virus-infection-in-the-zebra-finch-taeniopygia-guttata
#18
Daniel J Newhouse, Erik K Hofmeister, Christopher N Balakrishnan
West Nile virus (WNV) is a widespread arbovirus that imposes a significant cost to both human and wildlife health. WNV exists in a bird-mosquito transmission cycle in which passerine birds act as the primary reservoir host. As a public health concern, the mammalian immune response to WNV has been studied in detail. Little, however, is known about the avian immune response to WNV. Avian taxa show variable susceptibility to WNV and what drives this variation is unknown. Thus, to study the immune response to WNV in birds, we experimentally infected captive zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata)...
June 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680095/osteopontin-facilitates-west-nile-virus-neuroinvasion-via-neutrophil-trojan-horse-transport
#19
Amber M Paul, Dhiraj Acharya, Laurel Duty, E Ashley Thompson, Linda Le, Dobrivoje S Stokic, A Arturo Leis, Fengwei Bai
West Nile virus (WNV) can cause severe human neurological diseases including encephalitis and meningitis. The mechanisms by which WNV enters the central nervous system (CNS) and host-factors that are involved in WNV neuroinvasion are not completely understood. The proinflammatory chemokine osteopontin (OPN) is induced in multiple neuroinflammatory diseases and is responsible for leukocyte recruitment to sites of its expression. In this study, we found that WNV infection induced OPN expression in both human and mouse cells...
July 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678837/reconstructing-the-recent-west-nile-virus-lineage-2-epidemic-in-europe-and-italy-using-discrete-and-continuous-phylogeography
#20
Gianguglielmo Zehender, Carla Veo, Erika Ebranati, Valentina Carta, Francesca Rovida, Elena Percivalle, Ana Moreno, Davide Lelli, Mattia Calzolari, Antonio Lavazza, Chiara Chiapponi, Laura Baioni, Gioia Capelli, Silvia Ravagnan, Graziana Da Rold, Enrico Lavezzo, Giorgio Palù, Fausto Baldanti, Luisa Barzon, Massimo Galli
West Nile virus lineage 2 (WNV-2) was mainly confined to sub-Saharan Africa until the early 2000s, when it was identified for the first time in Central Europe causing outbreaks of human and animal infection. The aim of this study was to reconstruct the origin and dispersion of WNV-2 in Central Europe and Italy on a phylodynamic and phylogeographical basis. To this aim, discrete and continuous space phylogeographical models were applied to a total of 33 newly characterised full-length viral genomes obtained from mosquitoes, birds and humans in Northern Italy in the years 2013-2015 aligned with 64 complete sequences isolated mainly in Europe...
2017: PloS One
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