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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208151/bacillus-calmette-gu%C3%A3-rin-confers-neuroprotection-in-a-murine-model-of-japanese-encephalitis
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Sahil Kulkarni, Sandeepan Mukherjee, Anupama Pandey, Ritwik Dahake, Usha Padmanabhan, Abhay S Chowdhary
OBJECTIVE: Japanese encephalitis (JE) is a debilitating disease caused by infection with the JE virus (JEV; family: Flaviviridae), which leaves neurological sequelae in survivors but more often leads to mortality. Neurodegeneration caused by inflammation is the primary pathology behind the clinical manifestation of encephalitis caused by JEV. Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) has been used in immunoprophylaxis for tuberculosis and in the adjuvant therapy of many malignancies, and has exhibited neuroprotective activities in experimental models of Parkinson and Alzheimer disease...
February 17, 2017: Neuroimmunomodulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196914/the-host-microrna-mir-301a-blocks-the-irf1-mediated-neuronal-innate-immune-response-to-japanese-encephalitis-virus-infection
#2
Bibhabasu Hazra, Kanhaiya Lal Kumawat, Anirban Basu
Effective recognition of viral components and the subsequent stimulation of the production of type I interferons (IFNs) is crucial for the induction of host antiviral immunity. The failure of the host to efficiently produce type I IFNs in response to infection by the Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) is linked with an increased probability for the disease to become lethal. JEV is a neurotropic virus of the Flaviviridae family that causes encephalitis in humans. JEV infection is regulated by several host factors, including microRNAs, which are conserved noncoding RNAs that participate in various physiological and pathological processes...
February 14, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28175982/complete-genome-sequence-of-menghai-flavivirus-a-novel-insect-specific-flavivirus-from-china
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Xianglilan Zhang, Xiaofang Guo, Hang Fan, Qiumin Zhao, Shuqing Zuo, Qiang Sun, Guangqian Pei, Shi Cheng, Xiaoping An, Yunfei Wang, Zhiqiang Mi, Yong Huang, Zhiyi Zhang, Yigang Tong, Hongning Zhou, Jiusong Zhang
Menghai flavivirus (MFV) was isolated from Aedes albopictus in Menghai county of Yunnan Province, China, during an arboviruses screening program in August 2010. Whole genome sequencing of MFV was performed using an Ion PGM™ Sequencer. The complete genome of MFV was 10897 nucleotides in length and encoded a polyprotein and fairly interesting flavivirus orf (FIFO). The polyprotein contained three flavivirus structural proteins (C, prM/M and E) and seven nonstructural proteins. Nucleotide BLAST analysis revealed that the MFV genome showed highest similarity to Xishuangbanna Aedes flavivirus, a novel insect-specific flavivirus recently isolated from the same area...
February 7, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152382/statoviruses-a-novel-taxon-of-rna-viruses-present-in-the-gastrointestinal-tracts-of-diverse-mammals
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Andrew B Janowski, Siddharth R Krishnamurthy, Efrem S Lim, Guoyan Zhao, Jason M Brenchley, Dan H Barouch, Chrissie Thakwalakwa, Mark J Manary, Lori R Holtz, David Wang
Next-generation sequencing has expanded our understanding of the viral populations that constitute the mammalian virome. We describe a novel taxon of viruses named Statoviruses, for Stool associated Tombus-like viruses, present in multiple metagenomic datasets. These viruses define a novel clade that is phylogenetically related to the RNA virus families Tombusviridae and Flaviviridae. Five distinct statovirus types were identified in human, macaque, mouse, and cow gastrointestinal tract samples. The prototype genome, statovirus A, was frequently identified in macaque stool samples from multiple geographically distinct cohorts...
January 30, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151973/a-positive-strand-rna-virus-uses-alternative-protein-protein-interactions-within-a-viral-protease-cofactor-complex-to-switch-between-rna-replication-and-virion-morphogenesis
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Danilo Dubrau, M Alejandra Tortorici, Félix A Rey, Norbert Tautz
The viruses of the family Flaviviridae possess a positive-strand RNA genome and express a single polyprotein which is processed into functional proteins. Initially, the nonstructural (NS) proteins, which are not part of the virions, form complexes capable of genome replication. Later on, the NS proteins also play a critical role in virion formation. The molecular basis to understand how the same proteins form different complexes required in both processes is so far unknown. For pestiviruses, uncleaved NS2-3 is essential for virion morphogenesis while NS3 is required for RNA replication but is not functional in viral assembly...
February 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128342/primary-human-placental-trophoblasts-are-permissive-for-zika-virus-zikv-replication
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Kjersti M Aagaard, Anismrita Lahon, Melissa A Suter, Ravi P Arya, Maxim D Seferovic, Megan B Vogt, Min Hu, Fabio Stossi, Michael A Mancini, R Alan Harris, Maike Kahr, Catherine Eppes, Martha Rac, Michael A Belfort, Chun Shik Park, Daniel Lacorazza, Rebecca Rico-Hesse
Zika virus (ZIKV) is an emerging mosquito-borne (Aedes genus) arbovirus of the Flaviviridae family. Although ZIKV has been predominately associated with a mild or asymptomatic dengue-like disease, its appearance in the Americas has been accompanied by a multi-fold increase in reported incidence of fetal microcephaly and brain malformations. The source and mode of vertical transmission from mother to fetus is presumptively transplacental, although a causal link explaining the interval delay between maternal symptoms and observed fetal malformations following infection has been missing...
January 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126366/testing-for-zika-virus-infection-in-pregnancy-key-concepts-to-deal-with-an-emerging-epidemic
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REVIEW
Catherine Eppes, Martha Rac, James Dunn, James Versalovic, Kristy O Murray, Melissa A Suter, Magda Sanz Cortes, Jimmy Espinoza, Maxim D Seferovic, Wesley Lee, Peter Hotez, Joan Mastrobattista, Steven L Clark, Michael A Belfort, Kjersti M Aagaard
Zika virus is an emerging mosquito-borne (Aedes genus) arbovirus of the Flaviviridae family. Following epidemics in Micronesia and French Polynesia during the past decade, more recent Zika virus infection outbreaks were first reported in South America as early as May 2013 and spread to now 50 countries throughout the Americas. Although no other flavivirus has previously been known to cause major fetal malformations following perinatal infection, reports of a causal link between Zika virus and microcephaly, brain and ocular malformations, and fetal loss emerged from hard-hit regions of Brazil by October 2015...
January 23, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124222/recent-advances-in-the-identification-of-the-host-factors-involved-in-dengue-virus-replication
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REVIEW
Yi Wang, Ping Zhang
Dengue virus (DENV) belongs to the genus Flavivirus of the family Flaviviridae and it is primarily transmitted via Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. The life cycle of DENV includes attachment, endocytosis, protein translation, RNA synthesis, assembly, egress, and maturation. Recent researches have indicated that a variety of host factors, including cellular proteins and microRNAs, positively or negatively regulate the DENV replication process. This review summarizes the latest findings (from 2014 to 2016) in the identification of the host factors involved in the DENV life cycle and Dengue infection...
January 24, 2017: Virologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107858/serodiagnosis-of-asymptomatic-dengue-infection
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REVIEW
Supawat Chatchen, Arunee Sabchareon, Chukiat Sirivichayakul
Dengue virus (DENV) is a mosquito-transmitted virus that is expanding across the world. The incidence of dengue infection, especially severe disease, has been increasing. DENV consist of 4 serotypes of single stranded RNA viruses (D1-D4) in the genus Flavivirus, family Flaviviridae. Majority of dengue infections are asymptomatic cases, which cause difficulty in disease control and are important in dengue surveillance. There is still no gold standard to diagnose asymptomatic dengue infection. Plaque reduction neutralization test (PRNT) has been developed for many purposes such as immunological study, clinical study, vaccine trial and is currently the most sensitive and specific method for serological surveillance...
January 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100662/zika-virus-causes-supernumerary-foci-with-centriolar-proteins-and-impaired-spindle-positioning
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Benita Wolf, Fodé Diop, Pauline Ferraris, Sineewanlaya Wichit, Coralie Busso, Dorothée Missé, Pierre Gönczy
Zika virus (ZIKV) causes congenital microcephaly. Although ZIKV can impair cell cycle progression and provoke apoptosis, which probably contributes to disease aetiology through depletion of neural progenitor cells, additional cellular mechanisms may be important. Here, we investigated whether ZIKV infection alters centrosome number and spindle positioning, because such defects are thought to be at the root of inherited primary autosomal recessive microcephaly (MCPH). In addition to HeLa cells, in which centrosome number and spindle positioning can be well monitored, we analysed retinal epithelial cells (RPE-1), as well as brain-derived microglial (CHME-5) and neural progenitor (ReN) cells, using immunofluorescence...
January 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100619/functional-analysis-of-hcv-envelope-protein-e1-using-a-trans-complementation-system-reveals-a-dual-role-of-a-putative-fusion-peptide-of-e1-in-both-hcv-entry-and-morphogenesis
#11
Yimin Tong, Xiaojing Chi, Wei Yang, Jin Zhong
: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is an enveloped RNA virus belonging to the Flaviviridae family. It mainly infects human hepatocytes and causes chronic liver diseases including cirrhosis and cancer. HCV encodes two envelope proteins E1 and E2 that form a heterodimer and mediate virus entry. While E2 has been extensively studied, less has been done so for E1, and its role in HCV life cycle still needs to be elucidated. Here we developed a new cell culture model for HCV infection based on trans-complementation of E1...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098253/the-clinically-approved-antiviral-drug-sofosbuvir-inhibits-zika-virus-replication
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Carolina Q Sacramento, Gabrielle R de Melo, Caroline S de Freitas, Natasha Rocha, Lucas Villas Bôas Hoelz, Milene Miranda, Natalia Fintelman-Rodrigues, Andressa Marttorelli, André C Ferreira, Giselle Barbosa-Lima, Juliana L Abrantes, Yasmine Rangel Vieira, Mônica M Bastos, Eduardo de Mello Volotão, Estevão Portela Nunes, Diogo A Tschoeke, Luciana Leomil, Erick Correia Loiola, Pablo Trindade, Stevens K Rehen, Fernando A Bozza, Patrícia T Bozza, Nubia Boechat, Fabiano L Thompson, Ana M B de Filippis, Karin Brüning, Thiago Moreno L Souza
Zika virus (ZIKV) is a member of the Flaviviridae family, along with other agents of clinical significance such as dengue (DENV) and hepatitis C (HCV) viruses. Since ZIKV causes neurological disorders during fetal development and in adulthood, antiviral drugs are necessary. Sofosbuvir is clinically approved for use against HCV and targets the protein that is most conserved among the members of the Flaviviridae family, the viral RNA polymerase. Indeed, we found that sofosbuvir inhibits ZIKV RNA polymerase, targeting conserved amino acid residues...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077444/protein-interactions-during-the-flavivirus-and-hepacivirus-life-cycle
#13
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/28074379/neuroimaging-findings-of-congenital-zika-virus-infection-a-pictorial-essay
#14
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/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/28058113/transmission-bottlenecks-and-rnai-collectively-influence-tick-borne-flavivirus-evolution
#16
Nathan D Grubaugh, Claudia Rückert, Philip M Armstrong, Angela Bransfield, John F Anderson, Gregory D Ebel, Doug E Brackney
Arthropod-borne RNA viruses exist within hosts as heterogeneous populations of viral variants and, as a result, possess great genetic plasticity. Understanding the micro-evolutionary forces shaping these viruses can provide insights into how they emerge, adapt, and persist in new and changing ecological niches. While considerable attention has been directed toward studying the population dynamics of mosquito-borne viruses, little is known about tick-borne virus populations. Therefore, using a mouse and Ixodes scapularis tick transmission model, we examined Powassan virus (POWV; Flaviviridae, Flavivirus) populations in and between both the vertebrate host and arthropod vector...
July 2016: Virus Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051359/electron-microscopy-of-alkhumra-hemorrhagic-fever-virus
#17
Tariq A Madani, El-Tayb M E Abuelzein, Sawsan M Jalalah, Huda Abu-Araki, Esam I Azhar, Ahmed M Hassan, Hussein M S Al-Bar
Alkhumra hemorrhagic fever virus (AHFV) is a newly described zoonotic flavivirus that was first isolated during 1994-1995 from the Alkhumra district south of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Subsequently, the virus was also isolated from Makkah city (2001-2003) and Najran (2008-2009), Saudi Arabia. The virus causes acute febrile illness with hepatitis, hemorrhagic manifestations, and encephalitis. A case fatality rate of 25% was reported among hospitalized patients. Although several biological and molecular characteristics of the virus have been published, no data are available on electron microscopic features of the virus...
January 4, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041959/substrate-selectivity-of-dengue-and-zika-virus-ns5-polymerase-towards-2-modified-nucleotide-analogues
#18
Supanee Potisopon, François Ferron, Véronique Fattorini, Barbara Selisko, Bruno Canard
In targeting the essential viral RNA-dependent RNA-polymerase (RdRp), nucleotide analogues play a major role in antiviral therapies. In the Flaviviridae family, the hepatitis C virus (HCV) can be eradicated from chronically infected patients using a combination of drugs which generally include the 2'-modified uridine analogue Sofosbuvir, delivered as nucleotide prodrug. Dengue and Zika viruses are emerging flaviviruses whose RdRp is closely related to that of HCV, yet no nucleoside drug has been clinically approved for these acute infections...
December 30, 2016: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017252/microcephaly-and-arthrogryposis-multiplex-congenita-the-full-blown-cns-spectrum-in-newborns-with-zikv-infection
#19
Marcio Leyser, Alexandre Fernandes, Pamela Passos, Camila Pupe, Andre Pc Matta, Marcio Moacyr Vasconcelos, Osvaldo Jm Nascimento
The recent alarming statements concerning the newborn ZIKV-induced microcephaly epidemics in the Northeast of Brazil, released by the Brazilian Ministry of Health, as well as important international health agencies, such as the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization, raised many "why and how" questions so far, that will hopefully be scientifically answered, as more researches in that regard come up in the long term. In this paper, we describe another potentially ZIKV-induced central nervous system and musculoskeletal disorder that has accompanied microcephaly in these children: atrhogryposis multiplex congenita...
January 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004252/genomic-characterization-of-a-bovine-viral-diarrhea-virus-subtype-1i-in-brazil
#20
Ana Cristina S Mósena, Matheus N Weber, Samuel P Cibulski, Simone Silveira, Mariana S Silva, Fabiana Q Mayer, Cláudio W Canal
Bovine viral diarrhea virus 1 (BVDV-1) belongs to the genus Pestivirus within the family Flaviviridae. Based on the 5' untranslated region (UTR) sequence, BVDV-1 can be divided into at least 17 subtypes (1a though 1q). BVDV-1i is an uncommon subtype that has been reported in the United Kingdom and Uruguay. Here, we report the complete genome sequence of the first subtype 1i BVDV-1 (strain ACM/BR/2016) isolated from cattle in southern Brazil. The genome is 12,231 nt in length and contains a single ORF that encodes a polyprotein of 3,896 amino acids, flanked by 5' and 3'UTRs of 325 and 220 nt, respectively...
December 21, 2016: Archives of Virology
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