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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433396/lambs-are-susceptible-to-experimental-challenge-with-spanish-goat-encephalitis-virus
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L M Salinas, R Casais, J F García Marín, K P Dalton, L J Royo, A Del Cerro, E Gayo, M P Dagleish, R A Juste, A Balseiro
Spanish goat encephalitis virus (SGEV) is a member of the genus Flavivirus, family Flaviviridae, and causes encephalomyelitis in goats. The aim of this study was to determine whether sheep are susceptible to experimental challenge with SGEV by two different routes. The results show that SGEV can infect sheep by both the subcutaneous and intravenous routes, resulting in neurological clinical disease with extensive and severe histological lesions in the central nervous system. Lambs challenged subcutaneously developed more severe lesions on the ipsilateral side of the brain, but the lesion morphology was similar irrespective of the route of challenge...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Comparative Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433051/insect-specific-viruses-a-historical-overview-and-recent-developments
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Christopher M Roundy, Sasha R Azar, Shannan L Rossi, Scott C Weaver, Nikos Vasilakis
Arthropod-borne viruses (arboviruses) have in recent years become a tremendous global health concern resulting in substantial human morbidity and mortality. With the widespread utilization of molecular technologies such as next-generation sequencing and the advancement of bioinformatics tools, a new age of viral discovery has commenced. Many of the novel agents being discovered in recent years have been isolated from mosquitoes and exhibit a highly restricted host range. Strikingly, these insect-specific viruses have been found to be members of viral families traditionally associated with human arboviral pathogens, including but not limited to the families Flaviviridae, Togaviridae, Reoviridae, and Bunyaviridae...
2017: Advances in Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413745/seven-cases-of-zika-virus-infection-in-south-florida
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Waqaar Khawar, Romina Bromberg, Molly Moor, Natalya Lyubynska, Hilda Mahmoudi
INTRODUCTION: Zika virus, an arbovirus of the Flaviviridae family, is a mosquito-borne virus known to cause microcephaly through vertical transmission. Infection presents with mild, self-limiting symptoms. Currently, a Zika virus outbreak has spread across most of South and Central America. Travel-related and sexually transmitted cases have been reported across the United States. However, the vector-borne transmission has been limited to Florida and Texas. We present seven cases of Zika virus infection that presented at a single institution in South Florida...
March 16, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411164/high-levels-of-local-inter-and-intra-host-genetic-variation-of-west-nile-virus-and-evidence-of-fine-scale-evolutionary-pressures
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Dylan J Ehrbar, Kiet A Ngo, Scott R Campbell, Laura D Kramer, Alexander T Ciota
West Nile virus (WNV; Flaviviridae, Flavivirus) has been endemic in New York State (NYS) since its 1999 introduction, yet prevalence in Culex mosquitoes varies substantially over small spatial and temporal scales. It is unclear if viral genetics plays a role in this variability, as genetic and phenotypic characterization on local scales has generally been lacking. In addition, intrahost diversity of circulating strains have not been fully characterized despite the documented role of minority variants in viral fitness and virulence...
April 12, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404849/quantitative-proteomic-analysis-of-mosquito-c6-36-cells-reveals-host-proteins-involved-in-zika-virus-infection
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Qi-Lin Xin, Cheng-Lin Deng, Xi Chen, Jun Wang, Shao-Bo Wang, Wei Wang, Fei Deng, Bo Zhang, Gengfu Xiao, Lei-Ke Zhang
Zika virus (ZIKV) is an emerging arbovirus belonging to the genus Flavivirus of the family Flaviviridae During replication processes, flavivirus will manipulate host cell systems to facilitate their replication, while the host cells will activate antiviral responses. Identification of host proteins involved in flavivirus replication process may lead to the discovery of antiviral targets. Mosquito Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus are epidemiologically important vectors for ZIKV, and effective restrictions of ZIKV replication in mosquitoes will be vital in controlling the spread of virus...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357156/does-zika-virus-cause-microcephaly-applying-the-bradford-hill-viewpoints
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Asma Awadh, Abrar Ahmad Chughtai, Amalie Dyda, Mohamud Sheikh, David J Heslop, Chandini Raina MacIntyre
INTRODUCTION: Zika virus has been documented since 1952, but been associated with mild, self-limiting disease. Zika virus is classified as an arbovirus from a family of Flaviviridae and primarily spread by Aedes Aegypti mosquitos. However, in a large outbreak in Brazil in 2015, Zika virus has been associated with microcephaly. METHODS: In this review we applied the Bradford-Hill viewpoints  to investigate the association between Zika virus and microcephaly. We examined historical studies, available data and also compared historical rates of microcephaly prior to the Zika virus outbreak...
February 22, 2017: PLoS Currents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339489/human-subtilisin-kexin-isozyme-1-ski-1-site-1-protease-s1p-regulates-cytoplasmic-lipid-droplet-abundance-a-potential-target-for-indirect-acting-anti-dengue-virus-agents
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Anastasia Hyrina, Fanrui Meng, Steven J McArthur, Sharlene Eivemark, Ivan R Nabi, François Jean
Viral hijacking and manipulation of host-cell biosynthetic pathways by human enveloped viruses are shared molecular events essential for the viral lifecycle. For Flaviviridae members such as hepatitis C virus and dengue virus (DENV), one of the key subsets of cellular pathways that undergo manipulation is the lipid metabolic pathways, underlining the importance of cellular lipids and, in particular, lipid droplets (LDs) in viral infection. Here, we hypothesize that targeting cellular enzymes that act as key regulators of lipid homeostasis and LD formation could represent a powerful approach to developing a novel class of broad-spectrum antivirals against infection associated with all DENV serotypes (1-4) circulating around the world...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338950/nonreplicative-rna-recombination-of-an-animal-plus-strand-rna-virus-in-the-absence-of-efficient-translation-of-viral-proteins
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Maximiliane Kleine Büning, Denise Meyer, Sophia Austermann-Busch, Gleyder Roman-Sosa, Tillmann Rümenapf, Paul Becher
RNA recombination is a major driving force for the evolution of RNA viruses and is significantly implicated in the adaptation of viruses to new hosts, changes of virulence, as well as in the emergence of new viruses including drug-resistant and escape mutants. However, the molecular details of recombination in animal RNA viruses are only poorly understood. In order to determine whether viral RNA recombination depends on translation of viral proteins, a nonreplicative recombination system was established which is based on cotransfection of cells with synthetic bovine viral diarrhea virus (family Flaviviridae) RNA genome fragments either lacking the internal ribosome entry site required for cap-independent translation or lacking almost the complete polyprotein coding region...
April 1, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338754/spatial-quantification-of-the-world-population-potentially-exposed-to-zika-virus
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Alberto J Alaniz, Antonella Bacigalupo, Pedro E Cattan
Background: Zika virus is an emerging Flaviviridae virus, which has spread rapidly in the last few years. It has raised concern because it has been associated with fetus microcephaly when pregnant women are infected. The main vector is the mosquito Aedes aegypti , distributed in tropical areas. Methods: Niche modelling techniques were used to estimate the potential distribution area of A. aegypti. This was overlapped with human population density, determining areas of potential transmission risk worldwide...
February 23, 2017: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335410/non-canonical-roles-of-dengue-virus-non-structural-proteins
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REVIEW
Julianna D Zeidler, Lorena O Fernandes-Siqueira, Glauce M Barbosa, Andrea T Da Poian
The Flaviviridae family comprises a number of human pathogens, which, although sharing structural and functional features, cause diseases with very different outcomes. This can be explained by the plurality of functions exerted by the few proteins coded by viral genomes, with some of these functions shared among members of a same family, but others being unique for each virus species. These non-canonical functions probably have evolved independently and may serve as the base to the development of specific therapies for each of those diseases...
March 13, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327690/kyasanur-forest-disease-kfd-rare-disease-of-zoonotic-origin
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M Muraleedharan
Kyasanur forest disease (KFD) is a rare tick borne zoonotic disease that causes acute febrile hemorrhagic illness in humans and monkeys especially in southern part of India. The disease is caused by highly pathogenic KFD virus (KFDV) which belongs to member of the genus Flavivirus and family Flaviviridae. The disease is transmitted to monkeys and humans by infective tick Haemaphysalisspinigera. Seasonal outbreaks are expected to occur during the months of January to June. The aim of this paper is to briefly summarize the epidemiology, mode of transmission of KFD virus, clinical findings, diagnosis, treatment, control and prevention of the disease...
September 2016: Journal of Nepal Health Research Council
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322784/flaviviridae-viruses-use-a-common-molecular-mechanism-to-escape-nucleoside-analogue-inhibitors
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James J Valdés, Philip T Butterill, Daniel Růžek
The RNA-dependent RNA polymerases of Flaviviridae viruses are crucial for replication. The Flaviviridae polymerase is organized into structural motifs (A-G), with motifs F, A, C and E containing interrogating, priming and catalytic substrate-interacting sites. Modified nucleoside analogues act as antiviral drugs by targeting Flaviviridae polymerases and integrating into the synthesized product causing premature termination. A threonine mutation of a conserved serine residue in motif B of Flaviviridae polymerases renders resistance to 2'-C-methylated nucleoside analogues...
March 18, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318966/structural-biology-of-the-zika-virus
#13
REVIEW
Yi Shi, George F Gao
Zika virus (ZIKV), a Flaviviridae family member transmitted to humans by mosquitoes, has emerged as a major health concern. ZIKV infections can cause serious neurological complications in adults, and infection in pregnant women can cause congenital malformations, including fetal and newborn microcephaly. In response to this emerging concern, the structural virology field was quick to explore the features of ZIKV. These efforts have provided significant insights into ZIKV pathogenesis, and have identified targets for drug design...
March 15, 2017: Trends in Biochemical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290554/the-core-protein-of-a-pestivirus-protects-the-incoming-virus-against-ifn-induced-effectors
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Christiane Riedel, Benjamin Lamp, Benedikt Hagen, Stanislav Indik, Till Rümenapf
A multitude of viral factors - either inhibiting the induction of the IFN-system or its effectors - have been described to date. However, little is known about the role of structural components of the incoming virus particle in protecting against IFN-induced antiviral factors during or immediately after entry. In this study, we take advantage of the previously reported property of Classical swine fever virus (family Flaviviridae, genus Pestivirus) to tolerate a deletion of the core protein if a compensatory mutation is present in the NS3-helicase-domain (Vp447∆c)...
March 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285789/zika-virus-history-epidemiology-transmission-and-clinical-presentation
#15
REVIEW
Byung-Hak Song, Sang-Im Yun, Michael Woolley, Young-Min Lee
Zika virus (ZIKV), a mosquito-borne positive-stranded RNA virus of the family Flaviviridae (genus Flavivirus), is now causing an unprecedented large-scale outbreak in the Americas. Historically, ZIKV spread eastward from equatorial Africa and Asia to the Pacific Islands during the late 2000s to early 2010s, invaded the Caribbean and Central and South America in 2015, and reached North America in 2016. Although ZIKV infection generally causes no symptoms or only a mild self-limiting illness, it has recently been linked to a rising number of severe neurological diseases, including microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Neuroimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284628/japanese-encephalitis-virus-infection-diagnosis-and-control-in-domestic-animals
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REVIEW
Karen L Mansfield, Luis M Hernández-Triana, Ashley C Banyard, Anthony R Fooks, Nicholas Johnson
Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) is a significant cause of neurological disease in humans throughout Asia causing an estimated 70,000 human cases each year with approximately 10,000 fatalities. The virus contains a positive sense RNA genome within a host-derived membrane and is classified within the family Flaviviridae. Like many flaviviruses, it is transmitted by mosquitoes, particularly those of the genus Culex in a natural cycle involving birds and some livestock species. Spill-over into domestic animals results in a spectrum of disease ranging from asymptomatic infection in some species to acute neurological signs in others...
March 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273394/inhibition-of-type-i-interferon-induction-and-signalling-by-mosquito-borne-flaviviruses
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REVIEW
Stephanie L Cumberworth, Jordan J Clark, Alain Kohl, Claire L Donald
The Flavivirus genus (Flaviviridae family) contains a number of important human pathogens, including dengue and Zika viruses, which have the potential to cause severe disease. In order to efficiently establish a productive infection in mammalian cells, flaviviruses have developed key strategies to counteract host immune defences, including the type I interferon response. They employ different mechanisms to control interferon signal transduction and effector pathways, and key research generated over the past couple of decades has uncovered new insights into their abilities to actively decrease interferon antiviral activity...
March 8, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273384/computational-prediction-of-usutu-virus-e-protein-b-cell-and-t-cell-epitopes-for-potential-vaccine-development
#18
Navaneethan Palanisamy, Johan Lennerstrand
Usutu virus (family Flaviviridae), once confined to Africa, has emerged in Europe a decade ago. The virus has been spreading throughout Europe at a greater pace mostly affecting avian species. While most bird species remain asymptomatic carriers of this virus, few bird species are highly susceptible. Lately, Usutu virus (USUV) infections in humans were reported sporadically with severe neuroinvasive symptoms like meningoencephalitis. Since so much is unknown about this virus, which potentially may cause severe diseases in humans, there is a need for more studies of this virus...
March 8, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261172/the-complement-system-in-flavivirus-infections
#19
Jonas N Conde, Emiliana M Silva, Angela S Barbosa, Ronaldo Mohana-Borges
The incidence of flavivirus infections has increased dramatically in recent decades in tropical and sub-tropical climates worldwide, affecting hundreds of millions of people each year. The Flaviviridae family includes dengue, West Nile, Zika, Japanese encephalitis, and yellow fever viruses that are typically transmitted by mosquitoes or ticks, and cause a wide range of symptoms, such as fever, shock, meningitis, paralysis, birth defects, and death. The flavivirus genome is composed of a single positive-sense RNA molecule encoding a single viral polyprotein...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259231/zika-virus-meningoencephalitis-in-an-immunocompromised-patient
#20
Pedro V Schwartzmann, Leandra N Z Ramalho, Luciano Neder, Fernando C Vilar, Sílvia M Ayub-Ferreira, Marília F Romeiro, Osvaldo M Takayanagui, Antonio C Dos Santos, André Schmidt, Luiz T M Figueiredo, Ross Arena, Marcus V Simões
The World Health Organization considers the Zika virus (ZIKV) outbreak in the Americas a global public health emergency. The neurologic complications due to ZIKV infection comprise microcephaly, meningoencephalitis, and Guillain-Barré syndrome. We describe a fatal case of an adult patient receiving an immunosuppressive regimen following heart transplant. The patient was admitted with acute neurologic impairment and experienced progressive hemodynamic instability and mental deterioration that finally culminated in death...
March 2017: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
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