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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774519/zika-virus-baculovirus-expressed-virus-like-particles-induce-neutralizing-antibodies-in-mice
#1
Shiyu Dai, Tao Zhang, Yanfang Zhang, Hualin Wang, Fei Deng
The newly emerged mosquito-borne Zika virus (ZIKV) strains pose a global challenge owing to its ability to cause microcephaly and neurological disorders. Several ZIKV vaccine candidates have been proposed, including inactivated and live attenuated virus vaccines, vector-based vaccines, DNA and RNA vaccines. These have been shown to be efficacious in preclinical studies in mice and nonhuman primates, but their use will potentially be a threat to immunocompromised individuals and pregnant women. Virus-like particles (VLPs) are empty particles composed merely of viral proteins, which can serve as a safe and valuable tool for clinical prevention and treatment strategies...
May 17, 2018: Virologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773562/neuroimaging-findings-of-zika-virus-associated-neurologic-complications-in-adults
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REVIEW
L C Hygino da Cruz, O J M Nascimento, F P P L Lopes, I R F da Silva
When the first suspected cases of neurologic disorders associated with the Zika virus were noticed in Brazil in late 2015, several studies had been conducted to understand the pathophysiology of the disease and its associated complications. In addition to its well-established association with microcephaly in neonates, the Zika virus infection has also been suggested to trigger other severe neurologic complications in adults, such as Guillain-Barré syndrome, radiculomyelitis, and meningoencephalitis. Hence, the Zika virus should be deemed a global threat that can cause devastating neurologic complications among individuals in all age ranges...
May 17, 2018: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772278/zika-virus-incidence-preventive-and-reproductive-behaviors-correlates-from-new-survey-data
#3
Climent Quintana-Domeque, José Raimundo Carvalho, Victor Hugo de Oliveira
During the outbreak of the Zika virus, Brazilian health authorities recommended that pregnant women take meticulous precaution to avoid mosquito bites and that women in general use contraceptive methods to postpone/delay pregnancies. In this article, we present new estimates on the Zika virus incidence, its correlates and preventive behaviors in the Northeast of Brazil, where the outbreak initiated, using survey data collected between March 30th and June 3rd of 2016. The target population were women aged 15-49 in the capital cities of the nine states of the Northeast region of Brazil...
May 1, 2018: Economics and Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769041/cortical-atrophy-and-hypofibrinogenemia-due-to-fgg-and-tbcd-mutations-in-a-single-family-a-case-report
#4
Joshi Stephen, Sheela Nampoothiri, K P Vinayan, Dhanya Yesodharan, Preetha Remesh, William A Gahl, May Christine V Malicdan
BACKGROUND: Blended phenotypes or co-occurrence of independent phenotypically distinct conditions are extremely rare and are due to coincidence of multiple pathogenic mutations, especially due to consanguinity. Hereditary fibrinogen deficiencies result from mutations in the genes FGA, FGB, and FGG, encoding the three different polypeptide chains that comprise fibrinogen. Neurodevelopmental abnormalities have not been associated with fibrinogen deficiencies. In this study, we report an unusual patient with a combination of two independently inherited genetic conditions; fibrinogen deficiency and early onset cortical atrophy...
May 16, 2018: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768408/a-homozygous-kat2b-variant-modulates-the-clinical-phenotype-of-add3-deficiency-in-humans-and-flies
#5
Sara Gonçalves, Julie Patat, Maria Clara Guida, Noelle Lachaussée, Christelle Arrondel, Martin Helmstädter, Olivia Boyer, Olivier Gribouval, Marie-Claire Gubler, Geraldine Mollet, Marlène Rio, Marina Charbit, Christine Bole-Feysot, Patrick Nitschke, Tobias B Huber, Patricia G Wheeler, Devon Haynes, Jane Juusola, Thierry Billette de Villemeur, Caroline Nava, Alexandra Afenjar, Boris Keren, Rolf Bodmer, Corinne Antignac, Matias Simons
Recent evidence suggests that the presence of more than one pathogenic mutation in a single patient is more common than previously anticipated. One of the challenges hereby is to dissect the contribution of each gene mutation, for which animal models such as Drosophila can provide a valuable aid. Here, we identified three families with mutations in ADD3, encoding for adducin-γ, with intellectual disability, microcephaly, cataracts and skeletal defects. In one of the families with additional cardiomyopathy and steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome (SRNS), we found a homozygous variant in KAT2B, encoding the lysine acetyltransferase 2B, with impact on KAT2B protein levels in patient fibroblasts, suggesting that this second mutation might contribute to the increased disease spectrum...
May 16, 2018: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761581/congenital-zika-syndrome-pitfalls-in-the-placental-barrier
#6
REVIEW
Nia Robinson, Evangelina E Mayorquin Galvan, Isidro G Zavala Trujillo, Maria G Zavala-Cerna
Much progress with respect to congenital Zika virus (ZIKV) pathogenesis has been achieved after the 2015 outbreak in Brazil. It is now accepted that ZIKV is vertically transmitted, infects cells of the developing central nervous system and the placenta, yet it is unclear to what extent placental affection contributes to the development of congenital ZIKV. The association between fulminant villitis and severe fetal involvement emerges as a possibility. ZIKV is unique among the Flaviviruses in its ability to be sexually transmitted, possibly responsible for its teratogenicity...
May 15, 2018: Reviews in Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761130/spinal-muscular-atrophy-with-respiratory-distress-type-1-a-child-with-atypical-presentation
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Annie Ting Gee Chiu, Sophelia Hoi Shan Chan, Shun Ping Wu, Shun Hin Ting, Brian Hon Yin Chung, Angel On Kei Chan, Virginia Chun Nei Wong
The authors report a child with spinal muscular atrophy with respiratory distress type 1 (SMARD1). She presented atypically with hypothyroidism and heart failure due to septal defects that required early heart surgery and microcephaly in association with cerebral atrophy and thin corpus collosum. The subsequent asymmetrical onset of diaphragmatic paralysis, persistent hypotonia, and generalized muscle weakness led to the suspicion of spinal muscular atrophy with respiratory distress type 1. Sanger sequencing confirmed a compound heterozygous mutation in the Immunoglobulin Mu Binding Protein 2 (IGHMBP2) gene, with a known mutation c...
2018: Child Neurology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760432/microcephaly-short-stature-and-limb-abnormality-disorder-due-to-novel-autosomal-biallelic-donson-mutations-in-two-german-siblings
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Solveig Schulz, Martin A Mensah, Heike de Vries, Rosemarie Fröber, Bernd Romeike, Uwe Schneider, Stephan Borte, Detlev Schindler, Karim Kentouche
Recently, variants in DONSON have been reported to cause different disorders of the microcephalic primordial dwarfism spectrum. Using whole-exome sequencing, we identified two novel, compound heterozygous DONSON variants in a pair of siblings, one of whom was previously diagnosed with Fanconi anemia. This occurred because the present cases exhibited clinical findings in addition to those of the microcephalic primordial dwarfism disorder, including severe limb malformations. These findings suggest that the DONSON and Fanconi anemia proteins could have supplementary roles in developmental processes as they have in the maintenance of genomic integrity, resulting in related disease phenotypes...
May 14, 2018: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758347/gene-analysis-a-rare-gene-disease-of-intellectual-deficiency-cohen-syndrome
#9
Chengqing Yang, Mei Hou, Yutang Li, Dianrong Sun, Ya Guo, Peipei Liu, Yedan Liu, Jie Song, Na Zhang, Wei Wei, Zongbo Chen
Cohen syndrome is a rare, genetic, connective-tissue disorder, which is caused by mutations in the gene COH1 (VPS13B, Vacuolar Protein Sorting 13 Homolog B) at the chromosome 8q22. The disease is rare reported, which major clinical features include postnatal microcephaly, obesity, short stature, intellectual disability, progressive retinal dystrophy, intermittent neutropenia and many other unusual facial feature. We report four patients in China who were diagnosed with Cohen syndrome by genetic testing and clinical manifestations...
May 11, 2018: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758293/tle1-a-key-player-in-neurogenesis-a-new-candidate-gene-for-autosomal-recessive-postnatal-microcephaly
#10
Mara Cavallin, Camille Maillard, Marie Hully, Marion Philbert, Nathalie Boddaert, Madeline Louise Reilly, Patrick Nitschké, Amandine Bery, Nadia Bahi-Buisson
Postnatal microcephaly comprises a heterogeneous group of neurodevelopmental disorders of varying severity, characterized by normal head size at birth, followed by a postnatal deceleration in head circumference of greater than 3 standard deviations (SD) below the mean. Many postnatal microcephaly syndromes are caused by mutations in genes known to be important for the regulation of gene expression in the developing forebrain. We studied a consanguineous Pakistani family with postnatal microcephaly, orofacial dyskinesia, spastic quadriplegia and, on MRI, cortical atrophy with myelination delay, suggestive of a FOXG1-like presentation...
May 11, 2018: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758005/a-review-of-the-ongoing-research-on-zika-virus-treatment
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REVIEW
Suely da Silva, Daniel Oliveira Silva Martins, Ana Carolina Gomes Jardim
The Zika fever is an arboviral disease resulting from the infection with Zika virus (ZIKV). The virus is transmitted to humans by the bite of Aedes mosquitos, mainly Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus . ZIKV has been detected for decades in African and Asian regions and, since 2007, has spread to other continents; among them, infections are most reported in the Americas. This can be explained by the presence of vectors in highly populated and tropical regions where people are susceptible to contamination. ZIKV has been considered by the World Health Organization a serious public health problem because of the increasing number of cases of congenital malformation and neurological disorders related to its infection, such as microcephaly, Guillain⁻Barré syndrome, meningoencephalitis, and myelitis...
May 14, 2018: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757270/establishing-mouse-models-for-zika-virus-induced-neurological-disorders-using-intracerebral-injection-strategies-embryonic-neonatal-and-adult
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Stephanie A Herrlinger, Qiang Shao, Li Ma, Melinda Brindley, Jian-Fu Chen
The Zika virus (ZIKV) is a flavivirus currently endemic in North, Central, and South America. It is now established that the ZIKV can cause microcephaly and additional brain abnormalities. However, the mechanism underlying the pathogenesis of ZIKV in the developing brain remains unclear. Intracerebral surgical methods are frequently used in neuroscience research to address questions about both normal and abnormal brain development and brain function. This protocol utilizes classical surgical techniques and describes methods that allow one to model ZIKV-associated human neurological disease in the mouse nervous system...
April 26, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753607/maternal-immunization-with-a-dna-vaccine-candidate-elicits-specific-passive-protection-against-post-natal-zika-virus-infection-in-immunocompetent-balb-c-mice
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Ran Wang, Xianzheng Liao, Dongying Fan, Lei Wang, Ji Song, Kaihao Feng, Mingyuan Li, Peigang Wang, Hui Chen, Jing An
Zika virus (ZIKV) infection is closely associated in the fetus with microcephaly and in the adults with Guillain-Barré syndrome and even male infertility. It is an urgent international priority to develop a safe and effective vaccine that offers protection to both women of childbearing age and their children. In this study, female immunocompetent BALB/c mice were immunized with a DNA-based vaccine candidate, pVAX1-ZME, expressing the prM/E protein of ZIKV, and the immunogenicity for maternal mice and the post-natal protection for suckling mice were evaluated...
May 9, 2018: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29751329/determination-of-metals-and-pharmaceutical-compounds-released-in-hospital-wastewater-from-toluca-mexico-and-evaluation-of-their-toxic-impact
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Itzayana Pérez-Alvarez, Hariz Islas-Flores, Leobardo Manuel Gómez-Oliván, Damià Barceló, Miren López De Alda, Sandra Pérez Solsona, Livier Sánchez-Aceves, Nely SanJuan-Reyes, Marcela Galar-Martínez
Due to the activities inherent to medical care units, the hospital effluent released contains diverse contaminants such as tensoactives, disinfectants, metals, pharmaceutical products and chemical reagents, which are potentially toxic to the environment since they receive no treatment or are not effectively removed by such treatment before entering the drain. They are incorporated into municipal wastewater, eventually entering water bodies where they can have harmful effects on organisms and can result in ecological damage...
May 8, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29747890/detection-and-prevention-of-perinatal-infection-cytomegalovirus-and-zika-virus
#15
REVIEW
Amber M Wood, Brenna L Hughes
Congenital cytomegalovirus is the most common viral congenital infection, and affects up to 2% of neonates. Significant sequelae may develop after congenital cytomegalovirus, including hearing loss, cognitive defects, seizures, and death. Zika virus is an emerging virus with perinatal implications; a congenital Zika virus syndrome has been identified, and includes findings such as microcephaly, fetal nervous system abnormalities, and neurologic sequelae after birth. Screening, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of these perinatal infections are reviewed in this article...
June 2018: Clinics in Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29743741/computed-tomography-and-magnetic-resonance-imaging-findings-in-infants-with-microcephaly-potentially-related-to-congenital-zika-virus-infection
#16
Aníbal Araujo Alves Peixoto Filho, Simone Baltar de Freitas, Márcio Morikoshi Ciosaki, Lourenço Nogueira E Oliveira, Onildo Tavares Dos Santos Júnior
The recent association between the increase in the number of neonates with microcephaly in northeastern Brazil and the outbreak of infection with the Zika virus, which has been occurring in the Americas, has been declared a public health emergency of international concern. The evidence that implicates the virus as the cause of this public health emergency has been demonstrated ever more consistently. This pictorial essay illustrates the imaging characteristics seen on computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging scans of infants admitted to a rehabilitation hospital with a diagnosis of microcephaly and a maternal history of rash during pregnancy...
March 2018: Radiologia Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29740383/nervous-system-injury-and-neuroimaging-of-zika-virus-infection
#17
REVIEW
Shanshan Wu, Yu Zeng, Alexander Lerner, Bo Gao, Meng Law
In 2016, World Health Organization announced Zika virus infection and its neurological sequalae are a public health emergency of global scope. Preliminary studies have confirmed a relationship between Zika virus infection and certain neurological disorders, including microcephaly and Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS). The neuroimaging features of microcephaly secondary to Zika virus infection include calcifications at the junction of gray-white matter and subcortical white matter with associated cortical abnormalities, diminution of white matter, large ventricles with or without hydrocephalus, cortical malformations, hypoplasia of cerebellum and brainstem, and enlargement of cerebellomedullary cistern...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29738748/femur-sparing-pattern-of-abnormal-fetal-growth-in-pregnant-women-from-new-york-city-after-maternal-zika-virus-infection
#18
Christie L Walker, Audrey A Merriam, Eric O Ohuma, Manjiri K Dighe, Michael Gale, Lakshmi Rajagopal, Aris T Papageorghiou, Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman, Kristina M Adams Waldorf
BACKGROUND: Zika virus (ZIKV) is a mosquito-transmitted flavivirus, which can induce fetal brain injury and growth restriction following maternal infection during pregnancy. Prenatal diagnosis of ZIKV-associated fetal injury in the absence of microcephaly is challenging due to an incomplete understanding of how maternal ZIKV infection affects fetal growth and the use of different sonographic reference standards around the world. We hypothesized that skeletal growth is unaffected by ZIKV infection and that the femur length can represent an internal standard to detect growth deceleration of the fetal head and/or abdomen by ultrasound...
May 5, 2018: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29735527/nuclear-pten-deficiency-causes-microcephaly-with-decreased-neuronal-soma-size-and-increased-seizure-susceptibility
#19
Atsushi Igarashi, Kie Itoh, Tatsuya Yamada, Yoshihiro Adachi, Takashi Kato, Hiromi Sesaki, Daisuke Murata, Miho Iijima
Defects in phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN) are associated with neurological disorders and tumors. PTEN functions at two primary intracellular locations: the plasma membrane and the nucleus. At the membrane, PTEN functions as a phosphatidylinositol (3,4,5)-trisphosphate phosphatase and suppresses PI3-kinase signaling that drives cell growth and tumorigenesis. However, the in vivo function of nuclear PTEN is unclear. Here, using CRISPR/Cas9, we generated a mouse model in which PTEN levels in the nucleus are decreased...
May 7, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29730803/paroxysmal-ocular-movements-an-early-sign-in-glut1-deficiency-syndrome
#20
Sofia Reis, Joana Matias, Raquel Machado, José Paulo Monteiro
The authors describe a 3-year-old female, diagnosed with GLUT1 deficiency Syndrome, with a previously unreported mutation in exon 7 of the SLC2A1 gene: c.968_972 + 3del P. (Val323Alafs*53), characterized by a classic phenotypic of acquired microcephaly, developmental delay, ataxia, spasticity, and epilepsy. Ketogenic diet was started at the age of 30 months with epilepsy improvement. She presented paroxysmal ocular movements in the first 12 months of life, recently defined as "aberrant gaze saccades", that are present in the early phase of visual system development, being one of the first disease signs, but easily disregarded...
May 5, 2018: Metabolic Brain Disease
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