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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941403/dual-function-of-a-cis-acting-rna-element-that-acts-as-a-replication-enhancer-and-a-translation-repressor-in-a-plant-positive-stranded-rna-virus
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Kiwamu Hyodo, Hikari Nagai, Tetsuro Okuno
The genome of red clover necrotic mosaic virus is divided into two positive-stranded RNA molecules of RNA1 and RNA2, which have no 5' cap structure and no 3' poly(A) tail. Previously, we showed that any mutations in the cis-acting RNA replication elements of RNA2 abolished its cap-independent translational activity, suggesting a strong link between RNA replication and translation. Here, we investigated the functions of the 5' untranslated region (UTR) of RNA2 and revealed that the basal stem-structure (5'BS) predicted in the 5' UTR is essential for robust RNA replication...
September 20, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938603/inhibition-of-avian-tumor-virus-replication-by-ccch-type-zinc-finger-antiviral-protein
#2
Mingjun Zhu, Xiaoqian Ma, Xiyao Cui, Jing Zhou, Chengui Li, Libo Huang, Yingli Shang, Ziqiang Cheng
CCCH type zinc finger antiviral protein (ZAP) is a host restriction factor that inhibits the replication of a variety of viruses in mammals. However, little is known about its antiviral activity on avian tumor virus. Avian leukosis virus subgroup J (ALV-J), an oncogenic retrovirus, induces myelocytomas and various other tumors in meat and egg type chickens. Here, we identified a chicken ZAP (chZAP) that increased at early stage, and subsequently decreased after infection of ALV-J in DF-1 cells, indicating the inducible feature of the endogenous chZAP...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938099/plasmid-dna-launches-live-attenuated-japanese-encephalitis-virus-and-elicits-virus-neutralizing-antibodies-in-balb-c-mice
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Brian Nickols, Irina Tretyakova, Alexander Tibbens, Elena Klyushnenkova, Peter Pushko
We describe novel plasmid DNA that encodes the full-length Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) genomic cDNA and launches live-attenuated JEV vaccine in vitro and in vivo. The synthetic cDNA based on the sequence of JEV SA14-14-2 live-attenuated virus was placed under transcriptional control of the cytomegalovirus major immediate-early promoter. The stability and yields of the plasmid in E. coli were optimized by inserting three synthetic introns that disrupted JEV cDNA in the structural and nonstructural genes...
September 19, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938025/the-kaposi-s-sarcoma-associated-herpesvirus-kshv-non-structural-membrane-protein-k15-is-required-for-viral-lytic-replication-and-may-represent-a-therapeutic-target
#4
Bizunesh Abere, Tamrat M Mamo, Silke Hartmann, Naira Samarina, Elias Hage, Jessica Rückert, Sven-Kevin Hotop, Guntram Büsche, Thomas F Schulz
Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) is the infectious cause of the highly vascularized tumor Kaposi's sarcoma (KS), which is characterized by proliferating spindle cells of endothelial origin, extensive neo-angiogenesis and inflammatory infiltrates. The KSHV K15 protein contributes to the angiogenic and invasive properties of KSHV-infected endothelial cells. Here, we asked whether K15 could also play a role in KSHV lytic replication. Deletion of the K15 gene from the viral genome or its depletion by siRNA lead to reduced virus reactivation, as evidenced by the decreased expression levels of KSHV lytic proteins RTA, K-bZIP, ORF 45 and K8...
September 22, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938017/a-highly-conserved-amino-acid-in-vp1-regulates-maturation-of-enterovirus-71
#5
Yong-Xin Zhang, Yu-Ming Huang, Quan-Jie Li, Xiao-Yu Li, Yong-Dong Zhou, Fei Guo, Jin-Ming Zhou, Shan Cen
Enterovirus 71 (EV71) is the major causative agent of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) in children, causing severe clinical outcomes and even death. Here, we report an important role of the highly conserved alanine residue at position 107 in the capsid protein VP1 (VP1A107) in the efficient replication of EV71. Substitutional mutations of VP1A107 significantly diminish viral growth kinetics without significant effect on viral entry, expression of viral genes and viral production. The results of mechanistic studies reveal that VP1A107 regulates the efficient cleavage of the VP0 precursor during EV71 assembly, which is required, in the next round of infection, for the transformation of the mature virion (160S) into an intermediate or A-particle (135S), a key step of virus uncoating...
September 22, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938005/recombinant-vaccines-of-a-cd4-t-cell-epitope-promote-efficient-control-of-paracoccidioides-brasiliensis-burden-by-restraining-primary-organ-infection
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Rodrigo Assunção Holanda, Julián Esteban Muñoz, Lucas Santos Dias, Leandro Buffoni Roque Silva, Julliana Ribeiro Alves Santos, Sthefany Pagliari, Érica Leandro Marciano Vieira, Tatiane Alves Paixão, Carlos Pelleschi Taborda, Daniel Assis Santos, Oscar Bruña-Romero
Paracoccidioidomycosis (PCM) is an infectious disease endemic to South America, caused by the thermally dimorphic fungi Paracoccidioides. Currently, there is no effective human vaccine that can be used in prophylactic or therapeutic regimes. We tested the hypothesis that the immunogenicity of the immunodominant CD4+ T-cell epitope (P10) of Paracoccidioides brasiliensis gp43 antigen might be significantly enhanced by using a hepatitis B virus-derived particle (VLP) as an antigen carrier. This chimera was administered to mice as a (His)6-purified protein (rPbT) or a replication-deficient human type 5 adenoviral vector (rAdPbT) in an immunoprophylaxis assay...
September 22, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935918/host-directed-therapies-for-bacterial-and-viral-infections
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REVIEW
Stefan H E Kaufmann, Anca Dorhoi, Richard S Hotchkiss, Ralf Bartenschlager
Despite the recent increase in the development of antivirals and antibiotics, antimicrobial resistance and the lack of broad-spectrum virus-targeting drugs are still important issues and additional alternative approaches to treat infectious diseases are urgently needed. Host-directed therapy (HDT) is an emerging approach in the field of anti-infectives. The strategy behind HDT is to interfere with host cell factors that are required by a pathogen for replication or persistence, to enhance protective immune responses against a pathogen, to reduce exacerbated inflammation and to balance immune reactivity at sites of pathology...
September 22, 2017: Nature Reviews. Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935594/self-replicating-rna-vaccine-functionality-modulated-by-fine-tuning-of-polyplex-delivery-vehicle-structure
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Thomas Démoulins, Thomas Ebensen, Kai Schulze, Pavlos C Englezou, Panagiota Milona, Maria Pelliccia, Carlos A Guzmán, Nicolas Ruggli, Kenneth C McCullough
The major limitations with large and complex self-amplifying RNA vaccines (RepRNA) are RNase-sensitivity and inefficient translation in dendritic cells (DCs). Condensing RepRNA with polyethylenimine (PEI) gave positive in vitro readouts, but was largely inferior to virus-like replicon particles (VRP) or direct electroporation. In the present study, we improved such polyplex formulation and determined that fine-tuning of the polyplex structure is essential for ensuring efficacious translation. Thereby, three parameters dominate: (i) PEI molecular weight (MW); (ii) RepRNA:PEI (weight:weight) ratio; and (iii) inclusion of cell penetrating peptides (CPPs)...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935193/celastrol-inhibits-hepatitis-c-virus-replication-by-upregulating-heme-oxygenase-1-via-the-jnk-mapk-nrf2-pathway-in-human-hepatoma-cells
#9
Chin-Kai Tseng, Sung-Po Hsu, Chun-Kuang Lin, Yu-Hsuan Wu, Jin-Ching Lee, Kung-Chia Young
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Celastrol, a quinone methide triterpene isolated from the root extracts of Tripterygium wilfordii, can greatly induce the gene expression activity of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) to achieve disease prevention and control. HO-1 induction was recently shown to result in anti-HCV activity by inducing type I interferon and inhibiting hepatitis C virus (HCV) NS3/4A protease activity. The aim of the present study is to evaluate the anti-HCV activity of celastrol and characterize its mechanism of inhibition...
September 18, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934454/assessment-of-molecular-antigenic-and-pathological-features-of-canine-influenza-a-h3n2-viruses-that-emerged-in-the-united-states
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Joanna A Pulit-Penaloza, Natosha Simpson, Hua Yang, Hannah M Creager, Joyce Jones, Paul Carney, Jessica A Belser, Genyan Yang, Jessie Chang, Hui Zeng, Sharmi Thor, Yunho Jang, Mary Lea Killian, Melinda Jenkins-Moore, Alicia Janas-Martindale, Edward Dubovi, David E Wentworth, James Stevens, Terrence M Tumpey, C Todd Davis, Taronna R Maines
Background: A single subtype of canine influenza virus (CIV), A(H3N8), was circulating in the United States until a new subtype, A(H3N2), was detected in Illinois in spring 2015. Since then, this CIV has caused thousands of infections in dogs in multiple states. Methods: In this study, genetic and antigenic properties of the new CIV were evaluated. In addition, structural and glycan array binding features of the recombinant hemagglutinin were determined. Replication kinetics in human airway cells and pathogenesis and transmissibility in animal models were also assessed...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934452/pathogenesis-transmissibility-and-tropism-of-a-highly-pathogenic-avian-influenza-a-h7n7-virus-associated-with-human-conjunctivitis-in-italy-2013
#11
Jessica A Belser, Hannah M Creager, Hui Zeng, Taronna R Maines, Terrence M Tumpey
H7 subtype influenza viruses represent a persistent public health threat because of their continued detection in poultry and ability to cause human infection. An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza H7N7 virus in Italy during 2013 resulted in 3 cases of human conjunctivitis. We determined the pathogenicity and transmissibility of influenza A/Italy/3/2013 virus in mouse and ferret models and examined the replication kinetics of this virus in several human epithelial cell types. The moderate virulence observed in mammalian models and the capacity for transmission in a direct contact model underscore the need for continued study of H7 subtype viruses...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934425/human-bocavirus-capsid-messenger-rna-detection-in-children-with-pneumonia
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Robert Schlaberg, Krow Ampofo, Keith D Tardif, Chris Stockmann, Keith E Simmon, Weston Hymas, Steven Flygare, Brett Kennedy, Anne Blaschke, Karen Eilbeck, Mark Yandell, Jon A McCullers, Derek J Williams, Kathryn Edwards, Sandra R Arnold, Anna Bramley, Seema Jain, Andrew T Pavia
Background: The role of human bocavirus (HBoV) in respiratory illness is uncertain. HBoV genomic DNA is frequently detected in both ill and healthy children. We hypothesized that spliced viral capsid messenger RNA (mRNA) produced during active replication might be a better marker for acute infection. Methods: As part of the Etiology of Pneumonia in the Community (EPIC) study, children aged <18 years who were hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) and children asymptomatic at the time of elective outpatient surgery (controls) were enrolled...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934316/pathogenesis-of-oral-fiv-infection
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Craig Miller, Karen Boegler, Scott Carver, Martha MacMillan, Helle Bielefeldt-Ohmann, Sue VandeWoude
Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is the feline analogue of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and features many hallmarks of HIV infection and pathogenesis, including the development of concurrent oral lesions. While HIV is typically transmitted via parenteral transmucosal contact, recent studies prove that oral transmission can occur, and that saliva from infected individuals contains significant amounts of HIV RNA and DNA. While it is accepted that FIV is primarily transmitted by biting, few studies have evaluated FIV oral infection kinetics and transmission mechanisms over the last 20 years...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934154/why-human-papillomaviruses-activate-the-dna-damage-response-ddr-and-how-cellular-and-viral-replication-persists-in-the-presence-of-ddr-signaling
#14
REVIEW
Molly L Bristol, Dipon Das, Iain M Morgan
Human papillomaviruses (HPV) require the activation of the DNA damage response (DDR) in order to undergo a successful life cycle. This activation presents a challenge for the virus and the infected cell: how does viral and host replication proceed in the presence of a DDR that ordinarily arrests replication; and how do HPV16 infected cells retain the ability to proliferate in the presence of a DDR that ordinarily arrests the cell cycle? This raises a further question: why do HPV activate the DDR? The answers to these questions are only partially understood; a full understanding could identify novel therapeutic strategies to target HPV cancers...
September 21, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934149/oncolytic-reovirus-infection-is-facilitated-by-the-autophagic-machinery
#15
Vera Kemp, Iris J C Dautzenberg, Ronald W Limpens, Diana J M van den Wollenberg, Rob C Hoeben
Mammalian reovirus is a double-stranded RNA virus that selectively infects and lyses transformed cells, making it an attractive oncolytic agent. Despite clinical evidence for anti-tumor activity, its efficacy as a stand-alone therapy remains to be improved. The success of future trials can be greatly influenced by the identification and the regulation of the cellular pathways that are important for reovirus replication and oncolysis. Here, we demonstrate that reovirus induces autophagy in several cell lines, evident from the formation of Atg5-Atg12 complexes, microtubule-associated protein 1 light chain 3 (LC3) lipidation, p62 degradation, the appearance of acidic vesicular organelles, and LC3 puncta...
September 21, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933760/infectious-bronchitis-virus-infection-induces-apoptosis-during-replication-in-chicken-macrophage-hd11-cells
#16
Xiaoxiao Han, Yiming Tian, Ru Guan, Wenqian Gao, Xin Yang, Long Zhou, Hongning Wang
Avian infectious bronchitis has caused huge economic losses in the poultry industry. Previous studies have reported that infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) infection can produce cytopathic effects (CPE) and apoptosis in some mammalian cells and primary cells. However, there is little research on IBV-induced immune cell apoptosis. In this study, chicken macrophage HD11 cells were established as a cellular model that is permissive to IBV infection. Then, IBV-induced apoptosis was observed through a cell viability assay, morphological changes, and flow cytometry...
July 26, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933690/ictv-virus-taxonomy-profile-cystoviridae
#17
Minna M Poranen, Sari Mäntynen, Ictv Report Consortium
The family Cystoviridae includes enveloped viruses with a tri-segmented dsRNA genome and a double-layered protein capsid. The innermost protein shell is a polymerase complex responsible for genome packaging, replication and transcription. Cystoviruses infect Gram-negative bacteria, primarily plant-pathogenic Pseudomonas syringae strains. This is a summary of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) Report on the taxonomy of the Cystoviridae, which is available at http://www.ictv.global/report/cystoviridae...
September 20, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932224/shrimp-mir-10a-is-co-opted-by-white-spot-syndrome-virus-to-increase-viral-gene-expression-and-viral-replication
#18
Jiun-Yan Huang, Shih-Ting Kang, I-Tung Chen, Li-Kwan Chang, Shih-Shun Lin, Guang-Hsiung Kou, Chia-Ying Chu, Chu-Fang Lo
Members of the microRNA miR-10 family are highly conserved and play many important roles in diverse biological mechanisms, including immune-related responses and cancer-related processes in certain types of cancer. In this study, we found the most highly upregulated shrimp microRNA from Penaeus vannamei during white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) infection was miR-10a. After confirming the expression level of miR-10a by northern blot and quantitative RT-PCR, an in vivo experiment showed that the viral copy number was decreased in miR-10a-inhibited shrimp...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932081/-epigallocatechin-3-gallate-enhances-poly-i-c-induced-interferon-%C3%AE-1-production-and-inhibits-hepatitis-c-virus-replication-in-hepatocytes
#19
Yi-Zhong Wang, Jie-Liang Li, Xu Wang, Ting Zhang, Wen-Zhe Ho
AIM: To investigate the effect of (-)-epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) on polyinosinic-polycytidylic acid (poly I:C)-triggered intracellular innate immunity against hepatitis C virus (HCV) in hepatocytes. METHODS: A cell culture model of HCV infection was generated by infecting a hepatoma cell line, Huh7, with HCV JFH-1 strain (JFH-1-Huh7). Poly I:C with a high molecular weight and EGCG were used to stimulate the JFH-1-Huh7 cells. Real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction was used to detect the expression levels of intracellular mRNAs and of intracellular and extracellular HCV RNA...
August 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931802/hepatitis-c-virus-infection-increases-c-jun-n-terminal-kinase-jnk-phosphorylation-and-accentuates-hepatocyte-lipoapoptosis
#20
Hiroko Takaki, Yuko Akazawa, Youko Kido, Mami Morishita, Takuya Honda, Hidetaka Shibata, Satoshi Miuma, Hisamitsu Miyaaki, Naota Taura, Hisayoshi Kondo, Kazuhiko Nakao
BACKGROUND Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and metabolic diseases including nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) exhibit a complex interplay. Although free fatty acid-mediated apoptosis is a prominent feature of NASH, the impact of HCV infection on hepatocyte lipotoxicity has remained largely unexplored. The study aimed at identifying whether infection by HCV affected the apoptotic pathway in hepatocytes during fatty acid assault. MATERIAL AND METHODS OR6 cells, which are derived from human hepatocellular carcinoma Huh-7 cells and harbor a full-length HCV RNA genome replication system, were treated with palmitate...
September 21, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
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