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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923950/results-of-a-zika-virus-zikv-immunoglobulin-m-specific-diagnostic-assay-are-highly-correlated-with-detection-of-neutralizing-anti-zikv-antibodies-in-neonates-with-congenital-disease
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Marli T Cordeiro, Carlos A A Brito, Lindomar J Pena, Priscila M S Castanha, Laura H V G Gil, Kennya G S Lopes, Rafael Dhalia, Jucille A Meneses, Ana C Ishigami, Luisa M Mello, Liciana X E Alencar, Klarissa M Guarines, Laura C Rodrigues, Ernesto T A Marques
BACKGROUND:  Usually, immunoglobulin M (IgM) serologic analysis is not sufficiently specific to confirm Zika virus (ZIKV) infection. However, since IgM does not cross the placenta, it may be a good marker of infection in neonates. METHODS:  We tested blood from 42 mothers and neonates with microcephaly and collected cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) specimens from 30 neonates. Molecular assays were performed for detection of ZIKV, dengue virus, and chikungunya virus; IgM enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays and plaque-reduction neutralization tests (PRNTs) were performed to detect ZIKV and dengue virus...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923889/zika-virus-a-serious-global-health-threat
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Candice J McNeil, Avinash K Shetty
In February 2016, the World Health Organization declared Zika virus (ZIKV) infection a public health emergency of international concern, given the precipitous spread of the virus across the Americas. Unlike arboviruses such as Chikungunya and Dengue, which have also recently emerged in the western hemisphere, ZIKV was identified in communities where concurrent neurologic conditions such as microcephaly and Guillain-Barre (GB) syndrome were occurring at alarming rates. Thus, investigations to systematically evaluate the link between ZIKV, congenital malformations (including microcephaly) and GB syndrome remain a top priority...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Tropical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923187/sleep-eeg-patterns-in-infants-with-congenital-zika-virus-syndrome
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Maria Durce Costa Gomes Carvalho, Demócrito de Barros Miranda-Filho, Vanessa van der Linden, Paula Fabiana Sobral, Regina Coeli Ferreira Ramos, Maria Ângela Wanderley Rocha, Marli Tenório Cordeiro, Sarah Pinheiro de Alencar, Magda Lahorgue Nunes
OBJECTIVES: To describe sleep EEG patterns of neonates, and infants with microcephaly due to congenital Zika virus (ZikV) syndrome. METHODS: A descriptive case series of EEGs performed in a cohort of neonates with microcephaly monitored from October 2015 to February 2016 at a University Hospital in Northeast Brazil. Infants were investigated following an established protocol that includes EEG, neuroimaging studies, PCR and specific antibodies for ZikV detection...
November 14, 2016: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922617/transfer-of-convalescent-serum-to-pregnant-mice-prevents-zika-virus-infection-and-microcephaly-in-offspring
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Shuo Wang, Shuai Hong, Yong-Qiang Deng, Qing Ye, Ling-Zhai Zhao, Fu-Chun Zhang, Cheng-Feng Qin, Zhiheng Xu
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 6, 2016: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920638/interstitial-1q21-1-microdeletion-is-associated-with-severe-skeletal-anomalies-dysmorphic-face-and-moderate-intellectual-disability
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Bruno F Gamba, Roseli M Zechi-Ceide, Nancy M Kokitsu-Nakata, Siulan Vendramini-Pittoli, Carla Rosenberg, Ana C V Krepischi Santos, Lucilene Ribeiro-Bicudo, Antonio Richieri-Costa
We report on a Brazilian patient with a 1.7-Mb interstitial microdeletion in chromosome 1q21.1. The phenotypic characteristics include microcephaly, a peculiar facial gestalt, cleft lip/palate, and multiple skeletal anomalies represented by malformed phalanges, scoliosis, abnormal modeling of vertebral bodies, hip dislocation, abnormal acetabula, feet anomalies, and delayed neuropsychological development. Deletions reported in this region are clinically heterogeneous, ranging from subtle phenotypic manifestations to severe congenital heart defects and/or neurodevelopmental findings...
November 2016: Molecular Syndromology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920410/a-novel-splice-site-mutation-in-the-aspm-gene-underlies-autosomal-recessive-primary-microcephaly
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Jamil A Hashmi, Khalid M Al-Harbi, Khushnooda Ramzan, Alia M Albalawi, Amir Mehmood, Mohammed I Samman, Sulman Basit
BACKGROUND: Autosomal recessive primary microcephaly (MCPH) is a clinically and genetically heterogeneous disorder. Patients with MCPH exhibit reduced occipito-frontal head circumference and non-progressive intellectual disability. To date, 17 genes have been known as an underlying cause of MCPH in humans. ASPM (abnormal spindle-like, microcephaly associated) is the most commonly mutated MCPH gene. OBJECTIVE: Identify the genetic defect underlying MCPH in a Saudi family...
November 2016: Annals of Saudi Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919709/evaluation-of-anti-zika-virus-activities-of-broad-spectrum-antivirals-and-nih-clinical-collection-compounds-using-a-cell-based-high-throughput-screen-assay
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Robert S Adcock, Yong-Kyu Chu, Jennifer E Golden, Dong-Hoon Chung
Recent studies have clearly underscored the association between Zika virus (ZIKV) and severe neurological diseases such as microcephaly and Guillain-Barre syndrome. Given the historical complacency surrounding this virus, however, no significant antiviral screenings have been performed to specifically target ZIKV. As a result, there is an urgent need for a validated screening method and strategy that is focused on highlighting potential anti-ZIKV inhibitors that can be further advanced via rigorous validation and optimization...
December 2, 2016: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919154/-many-doubts-about-the-relationship-between-cases-of-microcephaly-and-zika-virus-in-brazil
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Roberto Ronchetti, Pietro Massimiliano Bianco
During the last few years, Zika virus rapidly spread across Central and South America and in the last months has spread also across Southern States of USA. As the epidemic began in Brazil, an increase of microcephaly cases was registered, causing concern and inducing the World Health Organization to raise an alarm. Certainly, the Zika virus, as many other viruses, has the capacity to induce severe cerebral lesions in foetuses of women infected during the first months of pregnancy. Moreover, more than 80% of cases of craniostenosys that verisimilarly took place in Brazil from September 2015 up to now were registered in few states of North- Eastern Brazil, where peaks of this malformation were registered several years before the appearance of Zika virus...
November 2016: Epidemiologia e Prevenzione
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916837/chloroquine-an-endocytosis-blocking-agent-inhibits-zika-virus-infection-in-different-cell-models
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Rodrigo Delvecchio, Luiza M Higa, Paula Pezzuto, Ana Luiza Valadão, Patrícia P Garcez, Fábio L Monteiro, Erick C Loiola, André A Dias, Fábio J M Silva, Matthew T Aliota, Elizabeth A Caine, Jorge E Osorio, Maria Bellio, David H O'Connor, Stevens Rehen, Renato Santana de Aguiar, Andrea Savarino, Loraine Campanati, Amilcar Tanuri
Zika virus (ZIKV) infection in utero might lead to microcephaly and other congenital defects. Since no specific therapy is available thus far, there is an urgent need for the discovery of agents capable of inhibiting its viral replication and deleterious effects. Chloroquine is widely used as an antimalarial drug, anti-inflammatory agent, and it also shows antiviral activity against several viruses. Here we show that chloroquine exhibits antiviral activity against ZIKV in Vero cells, human brain microvascular endothelial cells, human neural stem cells, and mouse neurospheres...
November 29, 2016: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916410/meeting-report-who-consultation-on-considerations-for-regulatory-expectations-of-zika-virus-vaccines-for-use-during-an-emergency
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K S Vannice, B K Giersing, D C Kaslow, E Griffiths, H Meyer, A Barrett, A P Durbin, D Wood, J Hombach
On 1 February 2016, in the context of the ongoing Zika virus epidemic, the WHO declared that the recently reported clusters of microcephaly and other neurological disorders constituted a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). In response, WHO in collaboration with UNICEF and a working group of independent subject matter experts developed a Zika virus vaccine Target Product Profile (TPP) for use in an emergency, or in a future outbreak scenario. The drafting process of the Zika virus vaccine TPP included the opportunity for public comment, as well as consultation with epidemiologists, flavivirus vaccine subject matter experts, vaccine developers and global regulators to consider the regulatory expectations and potential emergency use pathways for a vaccine with the characteristics described in the TPP...
December 1, 2016: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915293/molecular-mechanism-of-divalent-metal-induced-activation-of-ns3-helicase-and-insights-into-zika-virus-inhibitor-design
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Xiaocong Cao, Yajuan Li, Xiangyu Jin, Yuelong Li, Feng Guo, Tengchuan Jin
Zika virus has attracted increasing attention because of its potential for causing human neural disorders, including microcephaly in infants and Guillain-Barré syndrome. Its NS3 helicase domain plays critical roles in NTP-dependent RNA unwinding and translocation during viral replication. Our structural analysis revealed a pre-activation state of NS3 helicase in complex with GTPγS, in which the triphosphate adopts a compact conformation in the absence of any divalent metal ions. In contrast, in the presence of a divalent cation, GTPγS adopts an extended conformation, and the Walker A motif undergoes substantial conformational changes...
December 1, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915094/clinical-features-associated-with-ctnnb1-de-novo-loss-of-function-mutations-in-ten-individuals
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Mira Kharbanda, Daniela T Pilz, Susan Tomkins, Kate Chandler, Anand Saggar, Alan Fryer, Victoria McKay, Pedro Louro, Jill Clayton Smith, John Burn, Usha Kini, Anna De Burca, David R FitzPatrick, Esther Kinning, D D D Study
Loss of function mutations in CTNNB1 have been reported in individuals with intellectual disability [MIM #615075] associated with peripheral spasticity, microcephaly and central hypotonia, suggesting a recognisable phenotype associated with haploinsufficiency for this gene. Trio based whole exome sequencing via the Deciphering Developmental Disorders (DDD) study has identified eleven further individuals with de novo loss of function mutations in CTNNB1. Here we report detailed phenotypic information on ten of these...
November 30, 2016: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912091/genetic-ablation-of-axl-does-not-protect-human-neural-progenitor-cells-and-cerebral-organoids-from-zika-virus-infection
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Michael F Wells, Max R Salick, Ole Wiskow, Daniel J Ho, Kathleen A Worringer, Robert J Ihry, Sravya Kommineni, Bilada Bilican, Joseph R Klim, Ellen J Hill, Liam T Kane, Chaoyang Ye, Ajamete Kaykas, Kevin Eggan
Zika virus (ZIKV) can cross the placental barrier, resulting in infection of the fetal brain and neurological defects including microcephaly. The cellular tropism of ZIKV and the identity of attachment factors used by the virus to gain access to key cell types involved in pathogenesis are under intense investigation. Initial studies suggested that ZIKV preferentially targets neural progenitor cells (NPCs), providing an explanation for the developmental phenotypes observed in some pregnancies. The AXL protein has been nominated as a key attachment factor for ZIKV in several cell types including NPCs...
December 1, 2016: Cell Stem Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911897/heterologous-protection-against-asian-zika-virus-challenge-in-rhesus-macaques
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Matthew T Aliota, Dawn M Dudley, Christina M Newman, Emma L Mohr, Dane D Gellerup, Meghan E Breitbach, Connor R Buechler, Mustafa N Rasheed, Mariel S Mohns, Andrea M Weiler, Gabrielle L Barry, Kim L Weisgrau, Josh A Eudailey, Eva G Rakasz, Logan J Vosler, Jennifer Post, Saverio Capuano, Thaddeus G Golos, Sallie R Permar, Jorge E Osorio, Thomas C Friedrich, Shelby L O'Connor, David H O'Connor
BACKGROUND: Zika virus (ZIKV; Flaviviridae, Flavivirus) was declared a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organization (WHO) in February 2016, because of the evidence linking infection with ZIKV to neurological complications, such as Guillain-Barre Syndrome in adults and congenital birth defects including microcephaly in the developing fetus. Because development of a ZIKV vaccine is a top research priority and because the genetic and antigenic variability of many RNA viruses limits the effectiveness of vaccines, assessing whether immunity elicited against one ZIKV strain is sufficient to confer broad protection against all ZIKV strains is critical...
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911847/zika-virus-cell-tropism-in-the-developing-human-brain-and-inhibition-by-azithromycin
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Hanna Retallack, Elizabeth Di Lullo, Carolina Arias, Kristeene A Knopp, Matthew T Laurie, Carmen Sandoval-Espinosa, Walter R Mancia Leon, Robert Krencik, Erik M Ullian, Julien Spatazza, Alex A Pollen, Caleigh Mandel-Brehm, Tomasz J Nowakowski, Arnold R Kriegstein, Joseph L DeRisi
The rapid spread of Zika virus (ZIKV) and its association with abnormal brain development constitute a global health emergency. Congenital ZIKV infection produces a range of mild to severe pathologies, including microcephaly. To understand the pathophysiology of ZIKV infection, we used models of the developing brain that faithfully recapitulate the tissue architecture in early to midgestation. We identify the brain cell populations that are most susceptible to ZIKV infection in primary human tissue, provide evidence for a mechanism of viral entry, and show that a commonly used antibiotic protects cultured brain cells by reducing viral proliferation...
November 29, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911741/neural-stem-cells-to-cerebral-cortex-emerging-mechanisms-regulating-progenitor-behavior-and-productivity
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Noelle D Dwyer, Bin Chen, Shen-Ju Chou, Simon Hippenmeyer, Laurent Nguyen, H Troy Ghashghaei
This review accompanies a 2016 SFN mini-symposium presenting examples of current studies that address a central question: How do neural stem cells (NSCs) divide in different ways to produce heterogeneous daughter types at the right time and in proper numbers to build a cerebral cortex with the appropriate size and structure? We will focus on four aspects of corticogenesis: cytokinesis events that follow apical mitoses of NSCs; coordinating abscission with delamination from the apical membrane; timing of neurogenesis and its indirect regulation through emergence of intermediate progenitors; and capacity of single NSCs to generate the correct number and laminar fate of cortical neurons...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909576/zika-antiviral-chemotherapy-identification-of-drugs-and-promising-starting-points-for-drug-discovery-from-an-fda-approved-library
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Bruno S Pascoalino, Gilles Courtemanche, Marli T Cordeiro, Laura H V G Gil, Lucio Freitas-Junior
Background The recent epidemics of Zika virus (ZIKV) implicated it as the cause of serious and potentially lethal congenital conditions such microcephaly and other central nervous system defects, as well as the development of the Guillain-Barré syndrome in otherwise healthy patients. Recent findings showed that anti-Dengue antibodies are capable of amplifying ZIKV infection by a mechanism similar to antibody-dependent enhancement, increasing the severity of the disease. This scenario becomes potentially catastrophic when the global burden of Dengue and the advent of the newly approved anti-Dengue vaccines in the near future are taken into account...
2016: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909566/prenatal-diagnosis-of-a-terminal-chromosome-1-q42-q44-deletion-original-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#18
C Van Linthout, V Emonard, J S Gatot, X Capelle, F Kridelka, P Emonts, M C Segghaye
Terminal chromosome 1q deletion is rarely reported but causes typical malformations that have been well described in childhood. Clinical features include facial dysmorphy, growth and/or psychomotor retardation, brain agenesis or hypoplasia of the corpus callosum, epilepsy and occasional urogenital or cardiac malformations. The diagnosis of this condition is usually made at birth. The rare cases of antenatal diagnosis were based on microcephaly and growth retardation. In the present case, the foetus presented with an hypoplasia of the corpus callosum, a dysmorphic profile and a single umbilical artery...
June 27, 2016: Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906905/description-of-13-infants-born-during-october-2015-january-2016-with-congenital-zika-virus-infection-without-microcephaly-at-birth-brazil
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Vanessa van der Linden, André Pessoa, William Dobyns, A James Barkovich, Hélio van der Linden Júnior, Epitacio Leite Rolim Filho, Erlane Marques Ribeiro, Mariana de Carvalho Leal, Pablo Picasso de Araújo Coimbra, Maria de Fátima Viana Vasco Aragão, Islane Verçosa, Camila Ventura, Regina Coeli Ramos, Danielle Di Cavalcanti Sousa Cruz, Marli Tenório Cordeiro, Vivian Maria Ribeiro Mota, Mary Dott, Christina Hillard, Cynthia A Moore
Congenital Zika virus infection can cause microcephaly and severe brain abnormalities (1). Congenital Zika syndrome comprises a spectrum of clinical features (2); however, as is the case with most newly recognized teratogens, the earliest documented clinical presentation is expected to be the most severe. Initial descriptions of the effects of in utero Zika virus infection centered prominently on the finding of congenital microcephaly (3). To assess the possibility of clinical presentations that do not include congenital microcephaly, a retrospective assessment of 13 infants from the Brazilian states of Pernambuco and Ceará with normal head size at birth and laboratory evidence of congenital Zika virus infection was conducted...
December 2, 2016: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906199/microduplication-of-the-arid1a-gene-causes-intellectual-disability-with-recognizable-syndromic-features
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Marie Bidart, Michèle El Atifi, Sarra Miladi, John Rendu, Véronique Satre, Pierre F Ray, Caroline Bosson, Françoise Devillard, Daphné Lehalle, Valérie Malan, Jeanne Amiel, Maria Antonietta Mencarelli, Margherita Baldassarri, Alessandra Renieri, Jill Clayton-Smith, Gaëlle Vieville, Julien Thevenon, Florence Amblard, François Berger, Pierre-Simon Jouk, Charles Coutton
PURPOSE: To determine whether duplication of the ARID1A gene is responsible for a new recognizable syndrome. METHODS: We describe four patients with a 1p36.11 microduplication involving ARID1A as identified by array-comparative genomic hybridization . We performed comparative transcriptomic analysis of patient-derived fibroblasts using RNA sequencing and evaluated the impact of ARID1A duplication on the cell cycle using fluorescence-activated cell sorting. Functional relationships between differentially expressed genes were investigated with ingenuity pathway analysis (IPA)...
December 1, 2016: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
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