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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102503/reducing-unintended-pregnancies-as-a-strategy-to-avert-zika-related-microcephaly-births-in-the-united-states-a-simulation-study
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Katherine A Ahrens, Jennifer A Hutcheon, Loretta Gavin, Susan Moskosky
Introduction There is increasing evidence that infection with the Zika virus (ZIKV) during pregnancy can lead to severe brain abnormalities in infants exposed in utero. The objective of our analysis was to estimate the contribution of enhanced contraception access to averting ZIKV-related microcephaly births in the United States, alone and in combination with another possible strategy, anti-ZIKV vaccination. Methods We used Monte Carlo sampling techniques (n = 100,000 simulations) to estimate the number of microcephaly births expected under strategies of enhanced contraception only, vaccination only, both enhanced contraception and vaccination, and status quo (no intervention)...
January 19, 2017: Maternal and Child Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099856/screening-bioactives-reveals-nanchangmycin-as-a-broad-spectrum-antiviral-active-against-zika-virus
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Keiko Rausch, Brent A Hackett, Nathan L Weinbren, Sophia M Reeder, Yoel Sadovsky, Christopher A Hunter, David C Schultz, Carolyn B Coyne, Sara Cherry
Zika virus is an emerging arthropod-borne flavivirus for which there are no vaccines or specific therapeutics. We screened a library of 2,000 bioactive compounds for their ability to block Zika virus infection in three distinct cell types with two different strains of Zika virus. Using a microscopy-based assay, we validated 38 drugs that inhibited Zika virus infection, including FDA-approved nucleoside analogs. Cells expressing high levels of the attachment factor AXL can be protected from infection with receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors, while placental-derived cells that lack AXL expression are insensitive to this inhibition...
January 17, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094237/a-multiplex-microsphere-immunoassay-for-zika-virus-diagnosis
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Susan J Wong, Andrea Furuya, Jing Zou, Xuping Xie, Alan P Dupuis, Laura D Kramer, Pei-Yong Shi
Rapid and accurate diagnosis of infectious agents is essential for patient care, disease control, and countermeasure development. The present serologic diagnosis of Zika virus (ZIKV) infection relies mainly on IgM-capture ELISA which is confounded with the flaw of cross-reactivity among different flaviviruses. In this communication, we report a multiplex microsphere immunoassay (MIA) that captures the diagnostic power of viral envelope protein (that elicits robust, yet cross-reactive antibodies to other flaviviruses) and the differential power of viral nonstructural proteins NS1 and NS5 (that induce more virus-type specific antibodies)...
January 10, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090318/dengue-virus-antibodies-enhance-zika-virus-infection
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Lauren M Paul, Eric R Carlin, Meagan M Jenkins, Amanda L Tan, Carolyn M Barcellona, Cindo O Nicholson, Scott F Michael, Sharon Isern
For decades, human infections with Zika virus (ZIKV), a mosquito-transmitted flavivirus, were sporadic, associated with mild disease, and went underreported since symptoms were similar to other acute febrile diseases. Recent reports of severe disease associated with ZIKV have greatly heightened awareness. It is anticipated that ZIKV will continue to spread in the Americas and globally where competent Aedes mosquito vectors are found. Dengue virus (DENV), the most common mosquito-transmitted human flavivirus, is both well-established and the source of outbreaks in areas of recent ZIKV introduction...
December 2016: Clinical & Translational Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077444/protein-interactions-during-the-flavivirus-and-hepacivirus-life-cycle
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Gisa Gerold, Janina Bruening, Bettina Weigel, Thomas Pietschmann
Protein-protein interactions govern biological functions in cells, in the extracellular milieu and at the border between cells and extracellular space. Viruses are small intracellular parasites and thus rely on protein interactions to produce progeny inside host cells and to spread from cell to cell. Usage of host proteins by viruses can have severe consequences e.g. apoptosis, metabolic disequilibria or altered cell proliferation and mobility. Understanding protein interactions during virus infection can thus educate us on viral infection and pathogenesis mechanisms...
January 11, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072676/zika-virus-molecular-biology-and-perspectives-for-vaccine-development-a-review
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Hsiao-Han Lin, Li-Min Huang, Suh-Chin Wu
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: Journal of Nursing Research: JNR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069884/purification-of-zika-virus-rna-dependent-rna-polymerase-and-its-use-to-identify-small-molecule-zika-inhibitors
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Hong-Tao Xu, Said A Hassounah, Susan P Colby-Germinario, Maureen Oliveira, Clare Fogarty, Yudong Quan, Yingshan Han, Olga Golubkov, Ilinca Ibanescu, Bluma Brenner, Brent R Stranix, Mark A Wainberg
BACKGROUND: The viral RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp) enzymes of the Flaviviridae family are essential for viral replication and are logically important targets for development of antiviral therapeutic agents. Zika virus (ZIKV) is a rapidly re-emerging human pathogen for which no vaccine or antiviral agent is currently available. METHODS: To facilitate development of ZIKV RdRp inhibitors, we have established an RdRp assay using purified recombinant ZIKV NS5 polymerase...
January 8, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069360/zika-virus-knowledge-attitudes-and-vaccine-interest-among-university-students
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Julia E Painter, Ashley N Plaster, Dylan H Tjersland, Kathryn H Jacobsen
BACKGROUND: Zika virus vaccine development is underway. We examined interest in receiving a Zika virus vaccine (after one becomes commercially available) among students at a large public university in Northern Virginia. METHODS: An online survey of Zika virus-related knowledge, attitudes, and interest in receiving a Zika vaccine was completed by 619 undergraduate students in April, 2016. Stepwise logistic regression with backward elimination was used to identify the variables most strongly associated with interest in being vaccinated against Zika virus...
January 6, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068604/2-8-bis-trifluoromethyl-quinoline-analogs-show-improved-anti-zika-virus-activity-compared-to-mefloquine
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Giselle Barbosa-Lima, Adriana M Moraes, Adriele da S Araújo, Emerson T da Silva, Caroline S de Freitas, Yasmine R Vieira, Andressa Marttorelli, José Cerbino Neto, Patrícia T Bozza, Marcus V N de Souza, Thiago Moreno L Souza
Zika virus (ZIKV), an arthropod-born Flavivirus, has been associated with a wide range of neurological diseases in adults, foetuses and neonates. Since no vaccine is available, repurposing of antiviral drugs currently in medical use is necessary. Mefloquine has confirmed anti-ZIKV activity. We used medicinal chemistry-driven approaches to synthesize and evaluate the ability of a series of new 2,8-bis(trifluoromethyl)quinoline derivatives to inhibit ZIKV replication in vitro, in order to improve the potency of mefloquine...
December 30, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045216/zika-virus-and-pregnancy-an-overview
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035106/zika-virus-infection-past-and-present-of-another-emerging-vector-borne-disease
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REVIEW
Hercules Sakkas, Vangelis Economou, Chrissanthy Papadopoulou
Zika virus infection is an emerging mosquito-borne disease, first identified in Uganda in 1947. It is caused by the Zika arbovirus, and transmitted by the bites of infected mosquitoes of the genus Aedes. For almost half a century, the Zika virus was reported as the causative agent of sporadic human infections. In 2007, the Zika virus emerged outside Asia and Africa causing an epidemic on the Island of Yap in Micronesia. The manifestation of the newly acquired human infection varies from asymptomatic to self-limiting acute febrile illness with symptoms and clinical features similar to those caused by the Dengue virus ('Dengue-like syndrome')...
October 2016: Journal of Vector Borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027353/first-inactivated-zika-vaccine-trial
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Jennifer Abbasi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 27, 2016: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027002/mathematical-modeling-based-on-ordinary-differential-equations-a-promising-approach-to-vaccinology
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Carla Rezende Barbosa Bonin, Guilherme Cortes Fernandes, Rodrigo Weber Dos Santos, Marcelo Lobosco
New contributions that aim to accelerate the development or to improve the efficacy and safety of vaccines arise from many different areas of research and technology. One of these areas is computational science, which traditionally participates in the initial steps, such as the pre-screening of active substances that have the potential to become a vaccine antigen. In this work, we present another promising way to use computational science in vaccinology: mathematical and computational models of important cell and protein dynamics of the immune system...
December 27, 2016: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018746/identifying-candidate-targets-of-immune-responses-in-zika-virus-based-on-homology-to-epitopes-in-other-flavivirus-species
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Xiaojun Xu, Kerrie Vaughan, Daniela Weiskopf, Alba Grifoni, Michael S Diamond, Alessandro Sette, Bjoern Peters
INTRODUCTION: The current outbreak of Zika virus has resulted in a massive effort to accelerate the development of ZIKV-specific diagnostics and vaccines. These efforts would benefit greatly from the definition of the specific epitope targets of immune responses in ZIKV, but given the relatively recent emergence of ZIKV as a pandemic threat, few such data are available. METHODS: We used a large body of epitope data for other Flaviviruses that was available from the IEDB for a comparative analysis against the ZIKV proteome in order to project targets of immune responses in ZIKV...
November 15, 2016: PLoS Currents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017432/beyond-cost-effectiveness-using-systems-analysis-for-infectious-disease-preparedness
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Charles Phelps, Guruprasad Madhavan, Rino Rappuoli, Rita Colwell, Harvey Fineberg
Until the recent outbreaks, Ebola vaccines ranked low in decision makers' priority lists based on cost-effectiveness analysis and (or) corporate profitability. Despite a relatively small number of Ebola-related cases and deaths (compared to other causes), Ebola vaccines suddenly leapt to highest priority among international health agencies and vaccine developers. Clearly, earlier cost-effectiveness analyses badly missed some factors affecting real world decisions. Multi-criteria systems analysis can improve evaluation and prioritization of vaccine development and also of many other health policy and investment decisions...
December 22, 2016: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011234/epidemic-arboviral-diseases-priorities-for-research-and-public-health
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REVIEW
Annelies Wilder-Smith, Duane J Gubler, Scott C Weaver, Thomas P Monath, David L Heymann, Thomas W Scott
For decades, arboviral diseases were considered to be only minor contributors to global mortality and disability. As a result, low priority was given to arbovirus research investment and related public health infrastructure. The past five decades, however, have seen an unprecedented emergence of epidemic arboviral diseases (notably dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever, and Zika virus disease) resulting from the triad of the modern world: urbanisation, globalisation, and international mobility. The public health emergency of Zika virus, and the threat of global spread of yellow fever, combined with the resurgence of dengue and chikungunya, constitute a wake-up call for governments, academia, funders, and WHO to strengthen programmes and enhance research in aedes-transmitted diseases...
December 20, 2016: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28006649/serodiagnosis-of-zika-virus-zikv-infections-by-a-novel-ns1-based-elisa-devoid-of-cross-reactivity-with-dengue-virus-antibodies-a-multicohort-study-of-assay-performance-2015-to-2016
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Katja Steinhagen, Christian Probst, Christiane Radzimski, Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit, Petra Emmerich, Marjan van Esbroeck, Janke Schinkel, Martin P Grobusch, Abraham Goorhuis, Jens M Warnecke, Erik Lattwein, Lars Komorowski, Andrea Deerberg, Sandra Saschenbrecker, Winfried Stöcker, Wolfgang Schlumberger
Serological diagnosis of Zika virus (ZIKV) infections is challenging due to high cross-reactivity between flaviviruses. We evaluated the diagnostic performance of a novel anti-ZIKV ELISA based on recombinant ZIKV non-structural protein 1 (NS1). Assay sensitivity was examined using sera from 27 patients with reverse transcription (RT)-PCR-confirmed and 85 with suspected ZIKV infection. Specificity was analysed using sera from 1,015 healthy individuals. Samples from 252 patients with dengue virus (n = 93), West Nile virus (n = 34), Japanese encephalitis virus (n = 25), chikungunya virus (n = 19) or Plasmodium spp...
December 15, 2016: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004307/the-potential-of-social-media-and-internet-based-data-in-preventing-and-fighting-infectious-diseases-from-internet-to-twitter
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Khaled Al-Surimi, Mohammed Khalifa, Salwa Bahkali, Ashraf El-Metwally, Mowafa Househ
Health threats due to infectious diseases used to be a major public health concerns around the globe till mid of twentieth century when effective public health interventions helped in eradicating a number of infectious diseases around the world. Over the past 15 years, there has been a rise in the number of emerging and reemerging infectious diseases being reported such as the Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2002, HINI in 2009, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in 2012, Ebola in 2014, and Zika in 2016...
December 22, 2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002820/zika-virus-infection-in-the-elderly-possible-relationship-with-guillain-barr%C3%A3-syndrome
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Wilson Savino, Carolina V Messias, Daniella A Mendes-da-Cruz, Pamela Passos, Ana Carolina A F Ferreira, Osvaldo J Nascimento
The Zika virus (ZIKV) outbreak in French Polynesia, in 2013, and in Brazil, in 2015, was correlated with neurological complications, which comprised, among others, congenital microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), which includes a group of acute autoimmune neuropathies generally reported after respiratory or gastrointestinal infectious diseases. Despite being relatively rare, the incidence rate of GBS rises with age, which makes GBS more frequent in the elderly, in whom it is also a more severe disease with slower recovery than in younger patients...
December 22, 2016: Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993851/analysis-of-ribonucleotide-5-triphosphate-analogs-as-potential-inhibitors-of-zika-virus-rna-dependent-rna-polymerase-using-non-radioactive-polymerase-assays
#20
Gaofei Lu, Gregory R Bluemling, Paul Collop, Michael Hager, Damien Kuiper, Bharat P Gurale, George R Painter, Abel De La Rosa, Alexander A Kolykhalov
Zika virus (ZIKV) is an emerging human pathogen that is spreading rapidly through the Americas and has been linked to the development of microcephaly and to a dramatically increased number of Guillain-Barre Syndrome cases. Currently, no vaccine or therapeutic options exist for the prevention or treatment of ZIKV infections. In this report, we have expressed, purified and characterized full-length NS5 and the polymerase domain (NS5pol) of ZIKV RNA-dependent RNA polymerase. Using purified NS5, we have developed an in vitro non-radioactive primer extension assay employing a fluorescently labeled primer-template pair...
December 19, 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
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