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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081529/zika-virus-induced-microcephaly-and-its-possible-molecular-mechanism
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Md Imam Faizan, Mohd Abdullah, Sher Ali, Irshad H Naqvi, Anwar Ahmed, Shama Parveen
Zika virus is an arthropod-borne re-emerging pathogen associated with the global pandemic of 2015-2016. The devastating effect of Zika viral infection is reflected by its neurological manifestations such as microcephaly in newborns. This scenario evoked our interest to uncover the neurotropic localization, multiplication of the virus, and the mechanism of microcephaly. The present report provides an overview of a possible molecular mechanism of Zika virus-induced microcephaly based on recent publications. Transplacental transmission of Zika viral infection from mother to foetus during the first trimester of pregnancy results in propagation of the virus in human neural progenitor cells (hNPCs), where entry is facilitated by the receptor (AXL protein) leading to the alteration of signalling and immune pathways in host cells...
January 13, 2017: Intervirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079116/katanin-p80-numa-and-cytoplasmic-dynein-cooperate-to-control-microtubule-dynamics
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Mingyue Jin, Oz Pomp, Tomoyasu Shinoda, Shiori Toba, Takayuki Torisawa, Ken'ya Furuta, Kazuhiro Oiwa, Takuo Yasunaga, Daiju Kitagawa, Shigeru Matsumura, Takaki Miyata, Thong Teck Tan, Bruno Reversade, Shinji Hirotsune
Human mutations in KATNB1 (p80) cause severe congenital cortical malformations, which encompass the clinical features of both microcephaly and lissencephaly. Although p80 plays critical roles during brain development, the underlying mechanisms remain predominately unknown. Here, we demonstrate that p80 regulates microtubule (MT) remodeling in combination with NuMA (nuclear mitotic apparatus protein) and cytoplasmic dynein. We show that p80 shuttles between the nucleus and spindle pole in synchrony with the cell cycle...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078779/association-between-zika-virus-and-foetopathy-a-prospective-cohort-study-in-french-guiana-preliminary-report
#3
Pomar Léo, Malinger Gustavo, Benoist Guillaume, Carles Gabriel, Ville Yves, Rousset Dominique, Hcini Najeh, Pomar Céline, Jolivet Anne, Lambert Véronique
OBJECTIVES: The main objectives of the present study were to establish the existence of significant differences in the incidence of central nervous system (CNS) anomalies (including microcephaly), signs of congenital infection, or foetal loss between Zika virus (ZIKV)-infected and non-infected pregnant women in western French Guiana. METHODS: This prospective cohort study was conducted between January 1(st) and July 15(th) 2016. We evaluated the clinical and foetal ultrasound (US) examinations of 301 pregnant women with biological confirmation of ZIKV infection and 399 pregnant women who were negative for ZIKV infection...
January 12, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077143/pregnant-women-carrying-microcephaly-foetuses-and-zika-virus-contain-potentially-pathogenic-microbes-and-parasites-in-their-amniotic-fluid
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Diogo Antonio Tschoeke, Louisi Souza de Oliveira, Luciana Leomil, Amilcar Tanuri, Fabiano Lopes Thompson
BACKGROUND: Microcephaly has become a major public health problem in Brazil. The total number of newborns with microcephaly was reported to be >4000 in June 2016. Studies suggest that Zika Virus is a major cause of new microcephaly cases in Brazil. Inside the uterus, the foetus is surrounded by the Amniotic Fluid, a proximal fluid that contains foetal and maternal cells as well as microorganisms and where Zika Virus was already found. CASE PRESENTATION: A previous study reported the presence of the Zika Virus in the amniotic fluid (collected in the 28th gestational week) of two pregnant women carrying microcephaly foetuses in Brazil...
January 11, 2017: BMC Medical Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076778/axl-mediates-zika-virus-entry-in-human-glial-cells-and-modulates-innate-immune-responses
#5
Laurent Meertens, Athena Labeau, Ophelie Dejarnac, Sara Cipriani, Laura Sinigaglia, Lucie Bonnet-Madin, Tifenn Le Charpentier, Mohamed Lamine Hafirassou, Alessia Zamborlini, Van-Mai Cao-Lormeau, Muriel Coulpier, Dorothée Missé, Nolwenn Jouvenet, Ray Tabibiazar, Pierre Gressens, Olivier Schwartz, Ali Amara
ZIKA virus (ZIKV) is an emerging pathogen responsible for neurological disorders and congenital microcephaly. However, the molecular basis for ZIKV neurotropism remains poorly understood. Here, we show that Axl is expressed in human microglia and astrocytes in the developing brain and that it mediates ZIKV infection of glial cells. Axl-mediated ZIKV entry requires the Axl ligand Gas6, which bridges ZIKV particles to glial cells. Following binding, ZIKV is internalized through clathrin-mediated endocytosis and traffics to Rab5+ endosomes to establish productive infection...
January 10, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076569/optical-coherence-tomography-of-macular-atrophy-associated-with-microcephaly-and-presumed-intrauterine-zika-virus-infection
#6
Adriana Gondim de Moura Campos, Rodrigo Pessoa Cavalcanti Lira, Tiago Eugenio Faria E Arantes
This case report describes the retinal optical coherence tomography (OCT) findings in a microcephalic infant with macular atrophy presumably caused by intrauterine Zika virus infection. OCT demonstrated atrophy of the outer retinal layers and choriocapillaris, including the outer nuclear layer and ellipsoid zone, associated with retinal pigment epithelium hyper-reflectivity and increased OCT penetration into deeper layers of the choroid and sclera. A major concern associated with this infection is the apparent increased incidence of microcephaly in fetuses born to mothers infected with the Zika virus...
November 2016: Arquivos Brasileiros de Oftalmologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075445/a-clinical-and-molecular-analysis-of-a-patient-with-emanuel-syndrome
#7
Jin-Wen Luo, Huan Yang, Zhi-Ping Tan, Ming Tu, Hong Luo, Yi-Feng Yang, Li Xie
Emanuel syndrome (ES) is the most frequent type of recurrent non‑Robertsonian translocation that is characterized by numerous anomalies. Over 100 patients with ES have been described in the literature. The phenotype of this syndrome varies but often consists of facial dysmorphism, microcephaly, severe intellectual disability, developmental retardation, congenital heart disease and genital anomalies. The present study describes a 2‑year‑old boy with multiple malformations, including facial dysmorphism, severe intellectual disability, growth retardation, congenital heart disease, cleft lip and palate, genital malformation (micropenis), amblyopia, thymic dysplasia and hearing impairment...
January 5, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074532/pathogenesis-of-developmental-anomalies-of-the-central-nervous-system-induced-by-congenital-cytomegalovirus-infection
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REVIEW
Hideya Kawasaki, Isao Kosugi, Shiori Meguro, Toshihide Iwashita
In humans, the herpes virus family member cytomegalovirus (CMV) is the most prevalent mediator of intrauterine infection-induced congenital defect. Central nervous system (CNS) dysfunction is a distinguishing symptom of CMV infection, and characterized by ventriculoencephalitis and microglial nodular encephalitis. Reports on the initial distribution of CMV particles and its receptors on the blood brain barrier (BBB) are rare. Nevertheless, several factors are suggested to affect CMV etiology. Viral particle size is the primary factor in determining the pattern of CNS infections, followed by the expression of integrin β1 in endothelial cells, pericytes, meninges, choroid plexus, and neural stem progenitor cells (NSPCs), which are the primary targets of CMV infection...
January 10, 2017: Pathology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074379/neuroimaging-findings-of-congenital-zika-virus-infection-a-pictorial-essay
#9
Mohammad Zare Mehrjardi, Andrea Poretti, Thierry A G M Huisman, Heron Werner, Elham Keshavarz, Edward Araujo Júnior
Zika virus (ZIKV) is a mosquito-borne arbovirus from the Flaviviridae family. It had caused several epidemics since its discovery in 1947, but there was no significant attention to this virus until the recent outbreak in Brazil in 2015. The main concern is the causal relationship between prenatal ZIKV infection and congenital microcephaly, which has been confirmed recently. Moreover, ZIKV may cause other central nervous system abnormalities such as brain parenchymal atrophy with secondary ventriculomegaly, intracranial calcification, malformations of cortical development (such as polymicrogyria, and lissencephaly-pachygyria), agenesis/hypoplasia of the corpus callosum, cerebellar and brainstem hypoplasia, sensorineural hearing-loss, and ocular abnormalities as well as arthrogryposis in the infected fetuses...
January 10, 2017: Japanese Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070495/an-atypical-presentation-of-acad9-deficiency-diagnosis-by-whole-exome-sequencing-broadens-the-phenotypic-spectrum-and-alters-treatment-approach
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H K Aintablian, V Narayanan, N Belnap, K Ramsey, T A Grebe
Acyl-CoA dehydrogenase 9 (ACAD9), linked to chromosome 3q21.3, is one of a family of multimeric mitochondrial flavoenzymes that catalyze the degradation of fatty acyl-CoA from the carnitine shuttle via β-oxidation (He et al. 2007). ACAD9, specifically, is implicated in the processing of palmitoyl-CoA and long-chain unsaturated substrates, but unlike other acyl-CoA dehydrogenases (ACADs), it has a significant role in mitochondrial complex I assembly (Nouws et al. 2010 & 2014). Mutations in this enzyme typically cause mitochondrial complex I deficiency, as well as a mild defect in long chain fatty acid metabolism (Haack et al...
March 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064333/neurological-expression-of-an-inherited-translocation-of-chromosomal-1-and-7
#11
Nabil A AlMajhad, Amal M AlHashem, Inesse A Bouhjar, Brahim M Tabarki
An unbalanced translocation of chromosome 1 and 7 (t[1;7]) associated with neurological phenotype and brain malformation has rarely been reported. This clinical report describes 3 siblings with brain malformations and a 13.5 Mb duplication of 1q42.3q44, and a 7.6 Mb duplication of 7q36.1q36.3 detected by array comparative genomic hybridization. This unbalanced t(1;7) was found to be inherited from a balanced translocation from the mother. All the patients presented with hypotonia, microcephaly, developmental delay, seizures, abnormal corpus callosum and abnormal cerebellum...
January 2017: Neurosciences: the Official Journal of the Pan Arab Union of Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058511/identification-and-functional-characterization-of-a-novel-mtfmt-mutation-associated-with-selective-vulnerability-of-the-visual-pathway-and-a-mild-neurological-phenotype
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Roberta La Piana, Woranontee Weraarpachai, Luis H Ospina, Martine Tetreault, Jacek Majewski, G Bruce Pike, Jean-Claude Decarie, Donatella Tampieri, Bernard Brais, Eric A Shoubridge
Mitochondrial protein synthesis is initiated by formylated tRNA-methionine, which requires the activity of MTFMT, a methionyl-tRNA formyltransferase. Mutations in MTFMT have been associated with Leigh syndrome, early-onset mitochondrial leukoencephalopathy, microcephaly, ataxia, and cardiomyopathy. We identified compound heterozygous MTFMT mutations in a patient with a mild neurological phenotype and late-onset progressive visual impairment. MRI studies documented a progressive and selective involvement of the retrochiasmatic visual pathway...
January 5, 2017: Neurogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058206/zika-virus-disease-for-neurologists
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REVIEW
Daniel E Smith, J David Beckham, Kenneth L Tyler, Daniel M Pastula
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Zika virus (ZIKV) was not initially thought to be an important cause of neurologic disease, but with the recent epidemic in the Western Hemisphere, there is a growing body of evidence for possible neurologic complications. This review discusses these in addition to what is known about modes of transmission, testing for the virus, as well as future directions. RECENT FINDINGS: ZIKV disease has been associated with microcephaly and congenital eye disease in infants, as well as with Guillain-Barré syndrome, uveitis, myelitis, and meningoencephalitis in adults...
December 2016: Neurology. Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056005/zika-virus-10-public-health-achievements-in-2016-and-future-priorities
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Nadia L Oussayef, Satish K Pillai, Margaret A Honein, C Ben Beard, Beth Bell, Coleen A Boyle, Lars M Eisen, Katrin Kohl, Matthew J Kuehnert, Eva Lathrop, Stacey W Martin, Rebecca Martin, Janet C McAllister, Elizabeth Pantino McClune, Paul Mead, Dana Meaney-Delman, Brett Petersen, Lyle R Petersen, Kara N D Polen, Ann M Powers, Stephen C Redd, James J Sejvar, Tyler Sharp, Julie Villanueva, Denise J Jamieson
The introduction of Zika virus into the Region of the Americas (Americas) and the subsequent increase in cases of congenital microcephaly resulted in activation of CDC's Emergency Operations Center on January 22, 2016, to ensure a coordinated response and timely dissemination of information, and led the World Health Organization to declare a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on February 1, 2016. During the past year, public health agencies and researchers worldwide have collaborated to protect pregnant women, inform clinicians and the public, and advance knowledge about Zika virus (Figure 1)...
January 6, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055140/eif2s3-mutations-associated-with-severe-x-linked-intellectual-disability-syndrome-mehmo
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Martina Skopkova, Friederike Hennig, Byung-Sik Shin, Clesson E Turner, Daniela Stanikova, Katarina Brennerova, Juraj Stanik, Ute Fischer, Lyndal Henden, Ulrich Müller, Daniela Steinberger, Esther Leshinsky-Silver, Armand Bottani, Timea Kurdiova, Jozef Ukropec, Olga Nyitrayova, Miriam Kolnikova, Iwar Klimes, Guntram Borck, Melanie Bahlo, Stefan A Haas, Joo-Ran Kim, Leda E Lotspeich-Cole, Daniela Gasperikova, Thomas E Dever, Vera M Kalscheuer
Impairment of translation initiation and its regulation within the integrated stress response (ISR) and related unfolded-protein response has been identified as a cause of several multi-systemic syndromes. Here we link MEHMO syndrome, whose genetic etiology was unknown, to this group of disorders. MEHMO is a rare X-linked syndrome characterized by profound intellectual disability, epilepsy, hypogonadism, and hypogenitalism, microcephaly, and obesity. We have identified a C-terminal frameshift mutation (Ile465Serfs) in the EIF2S3 gene in three families with MEHMO syndrome and a novel maternally inherited missense EIF2S3 variant (c...
January 5, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051181/the-larvicide-pyriproxyfen-blamed-during-the-zika-virus-outbreak-does-not-cause-microcephaly-in-zebrafish-embryos
#16
Stefania Dzieciolowska, Anne-Laure Larroque, Elizabeth-Ann Kranjec, Pierre Drapeau, Eric Samarut
Although the zika virus (ZIKV) has now been strongly correlated with emerging cases of microcephaly in the Americas, suspicions have been raised regarding the use of pyriproxyfen, a larvicide that prevents mosquito development, in drinking water. The effects of this compound on neurodevelopment have not yet been addressed specifically in vertebrates. As a result, we aimed at addressing the effects, if any, of pyriproxyfen on neurodevelopment in the zebrafish embryo as a vertebrate model. Using zebrafish transgenic lines expressing GFP in different cell populations (elavl3 in newborn neurons, gfap and nestin in neural stem cells), we focused on the analysis of whole embryonic brain volume after confocal 3D-reconstruction and the quantification of purified neural stem cells during early neurodevelopment by FACS-cell sorting from whole in vivo embryos...
January 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049830/characterization-of-cytopathic-factors-through-genome-wide-analysis-of-the-zika-viral-proteins-in-fission-yeast
#17
Ge Li, Melissa Poulsen, Csaba Fenyvuesvolgyi, Yoko Yashiroda, Minoru Yoshida, J Marc Simard, Robert C Gallo, Richard Y Zhao
The Zika virus (ZIKV) causes microcephaly and the Guillain-Barré syndrome. Little is known about how ZIKV causes these conditions or which ZIKV viral protein(s) is responsible for the associated ZIKV-induced cytopathic effects, including cell hypertrophy, growth restriction, cell-cycle dysregulation, and cell death. We used fission yeast for the rapid, global functional analysis of the ZIKV genome. All 14 proteins or small peptides were produced under an inducible promoter, and we measured the intracellular localization and the specific effects on ZIKV-associated cytopathic activities of each protein...
January 3, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049006/obatoclax-saliphenylhalamide-and-gemcitabine-inhibit-zika-virus-infection-in%C3%A2-vitro-and-differentially-affect-cellular-signaling-transcription-and-metabolism
#18
Suvi Kuivanen, Maxim M Bespalov, Jatin Nandania, Aleksandr Ianevski, Vidya Velagapudi, Jef K De Brabander, Denis E Kainov, Olli Vapalahti
An epidemic of Zika virus (ZIKV) infection associated with congenital abnormalities such as microcephaly, is ongoing in the Americas and the Pacific. Currently there are no approved therapies to treat this emerging viral disease. Here, we tested three cell-directed broad-spectrum antiviral compounds against ZIKV replication using human retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells and a low-passage ZIKV strain isolated from fetal brain. We found that obatoclax, SaliPhe, and gemcitabine inhibited ZIKV infections at noncytotoxic concentrations...
December 31, 2016: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045901/zika-virus-infection-as-a-cause-of-congenital-brain-abnormalities-and-guillain-barr%C3%A3-syndrome-systematic-review
#19
Fabienne Krauer, Maurane Riesen, Ludovic Reveiz, Olufemi T Oladapo, Ruth Martínez-Vega, Teegwendé V Porgo, Anina Haefliger, Nathalie J Broutet, Nicola Low
BACKGROUND: The World Health Organization (WHO) stated in March 2016 that there was scientific consensus that the mosquito-borne Zika virus was a cause of the neurological disorder Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) and of microcephaly and other congenital brain abnormalities based on rapid evidence assessments. Decisions about causality require systematic assessment to guide public health actions. The objectives of this study were to update and reassess the evidence for causality through a rapid and systematic review about links between Zika virus infection and (a) congenital brain abnormalities, including microcephaly, in the foetuses and offspring of pregnant women and (b) GBS in any population, and to describe the process and outcomes of an expert assessment of the evidence about causality...
January 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045216/zika-virus-and-pregnancy-an-overview
#20
Newton Sérgio de Carvalho, Beatriz Freitas de Carvalho, Bruna Dóris, Evellyn Silverio Biscaia, Cyllian Arias Fugaça, Lúcia de Noronha
In May 2015, the first episodes of Zika virus infection of the Latin America were confirmed in Brazil, where currently 196 976 cases were reported. The main route of transmission occurs by Aedes mosquitoes, and the most common symptoms are maculopapular rash, fever, conjunctivitis, polyarthralgia, and periarticular edema. However, the infection is asymptomatic in 80% of the cases. The congenital infection is characterized when the transmission to the fetus occurs during pregnancy, but the mechanisms of how the virus infects the placenta remain unclear...
January 3, 2017: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
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