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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820694/differential-neurovirulence-of-african-and-asian-genotype-zika-virus-isolates-in-outbred-immunocompetent-mice
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Nisha K Duggal, Jana M Ritter, Erin M McDonald, Hannah Romo, Farshad Guirakhoo, Brent S Davis, Gwong-Jen J Chang, Aaron C Brault
Although first isolated almost 70 years ago, Zika virus (ZIKV; Flavivirus, Flaviviridae) has only recently been associated with significant outbreaks of disease in humans. Several severe ZIKV disease manifestations have also been recently documented, including fetal malformations, such as microcephaly, and Guillain-Barré syndrome in adults. Although principally transmitted by mosquitoes, sexual transmission of ZIKV has been documented. Recent publications of several interferon receptor knockout mouse models have demonstrated ZIKV-induced disease...
August 14, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819345/point-of-care-molecular-test-for-zika-infection
#2
Michael G Mauk, Jinzhao Song, Haim H Bau, Changchun Liu
The recent outbreak of Zika virus (ZIKV) infection has led to a serious threat to public health. Rapid and sensitive diagnostics for ZIKV infection are crucial because Zika infection is usually mild and often asymptomatic, but may have serious consequences to infants born to infected mothers. We report on a simple, sensitive, inexpensive, point-of-care (POC) diagnostic technology for rapid detection of ZIKV in saliva. We use a chemically heated cup for isothermal amplification without a need for electrical power...
June 2017: Clinical Laboratory International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818572/ribavirin-inhibits-zika-virus-zikv-replication-in-vitro-and-suppresses-viremia-in-zikv-infected-stat1-deficient-mice
#3
Naganori Kamiyama, Ryusuke Soma, Shinya Hidano, Kei Watanabe, Hiroshi Umekita, Chiaki Fukuda, Kaori Noguchi, Yoshiko Gendo, Takashi Ozaki, Akira Sonoda, Nozomi Sachi, Lucky Ronald Runtuwene, Yumako Miura, Etsuro Matsubara, Shigeru Tajima, Tomohiko Takasaki, Yuki Eshita, Takashi Kobayashi
Zika fever, a mosquito-borne infectious disease caused by Zika virus (ZIKV), is an epidemic disease for which no effective therapy has been established. The recent outbreaks of ZIKV in Brazil and French Polynesia have been linked to a considerable increase in the incidence of fetal microcephaly and other diseases such as Guillain-Barre syndrome. Because there is currently no specific therapy or vaccine, the early exploitation of a method to prevent expansion of ZIKV is a high priority. To validate commonly used antiviral drugs, we evaluated the effect of ribavirin, a drug used to treat hepatitis C with interferon-β (IFN-β), on ZIKV replication...
August 14, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817610/an-overview-of-financial-sources-being-utilized-to-support-zika-virus-published-research
#4
Keisha Goodridge, Ludovic Reveiz, Vanessa Elias
BACKGROUND: Since its initial detection in Brazil in 2015, Zika Virus (ZIKV) has spread rapidly throughout most of the Caribbean and South, Central and North America. An upsurge in congenital syndrome associated with ZIKV and Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) has been associated with the increase in ZIKV. This amplification in numbers led to the need for funded research initiatives focusing on various countries globally and on specific experimental types. OBJECTIVES: To determine the financial institutions involved in the production of primary research into the ZIKV epidemic...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815931/organization-of-the-flavivirus-rna-replicase-complex
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REVIEW
Carolin Brand, Martin Bisaillon, Brian J Geiss
Flaviviruses, such as dengue, Japanese encephalitis, West Nile, yellow fever, and Zika viruses, are serious human pathogens that cause significant morbidity and mortality globally each year. Flaviviruses are single-stranded, positive-sense RNA viruses, and encode two multidomain proteins, NS3 and NS5, that possess all enzymatic activities required for genome replication and capping. NS3 and NS5 interact within virus-induced replication compartments to form the RNA genome replicase complex. Although the individual enzymatic activities of both proteins have been extensively studied and are well characterized, there are still gaps in our understanding of how they interact to efficiently coordinate their respective activities during positive-strand RNA synthesis and capping...
August 16, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815404/neurological-presentation-of-zika-virus-infection-beyond-the-perinatal-period
#6
REVIEW
Thomas De Broucker, Alexandra Mailles, Jean-Paul Stahl
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Our purpose was to summarize the current knowledge about the neurological presentation of Zika virus infection after the perinatal period. Other Flaviviruses infections, such as West Nile virus (WNV) or Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV), can result in neuro-invasive disease such as myelitis, encephalitis, or meningitis. We aimed at describing the specificities of ZV neurological infection. RECENT FINDINGS: The recent outbreaks demonstrated clearly the neurotropism of ZV...
August 16, 2017: Current Infectious Disease Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815211/phenotypic-differences-between-asian-and-african-lineage-zika-viruses-in-human-neural-progenitor-cells
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Fatih Anfasa, Jurre Y Siegers, Mark van der Kroeg, Noreen Mumtaz, V Stalin Raj, Femke M S de Vrij, W Widagdo, Gülsah Gabriel, Sara Salinas, Yannick Simonin, Chantal Reusken, Steven A Kushner, Marion P G Koopmans, Bart Haagmans, Byron E E Martina, Debby van Riel
Recent Zika virus (ZIKV) infections have been associated with a range of neurological complications, in particular congenital microcephaly. Human neural progenitor cells (hNPCs) are thought to play an important role in the pathogenesis of microcephaly, and experimental ZIKV infection of hNPCs has been shown to induce cell death. However, the infection efficiency and rate of cell death have varied between studies, which might be related to intrinsic differences between African and Asian lineage ZIKV strains...
July 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814523/screening-of-fda-approved-drugs-for-inhibitors-against-japanese-encephalitis-virus-infection
#8
Shaobo Wang, Yang Liu, Jiao Guo, Peilin Wang, Leike Zhang, Gengfu Xiao, Wei Wang
Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV), an arthropod-borne flavivirus, is a major cause of acute viral encephalitis in humans. There is no approved drug available for JEV-specific treatment, and the vaccines are not effective against all clinical JEV isolates. Herein, a high-throughput screening was performed against JEV from an FDA-approved drug library. Five hit drugs were identified that inhibited JEV infection with a selective index > 10. Antiviral activities of these five hit drugs against other flavivirus, including Zika virus, were also validated...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814522/characterization-of-cis-acting-rna-elements-of-zika-virus-by-using-a-self-splicing-ribozyme-dependent-infectious-clone
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Zhong-Yu Liu, Jiu-Yang Yu, Xing-Yao Huang, Hang Fan, Xiao-Feng Li, Yong-Qiang Deng, Xue Ji, Meng-Li Cheng, Qing Ye, Hui Zhao, Jian-Feng Han, Xiao-Ping An, Tao Jiang, Bo Zhang, Yi-Gang Tong, Cheng-Feng Qin
Zika virus (ZIKV) has caused significant outbreaks and epidemics in the Americas recently, raising global concern due to its ability to cause microcephaly and other neurological complications. A stable and efficient infectious clone of ZIKV is urgently needed. However, the instability and toxicity of flavivirus cDNA clones in E. coli hosts has hindered the development of ZIKV infectious clones. Herein, using a novel self-splicing ribozyme-based strategy, we have generated a stable infectious cDNA clone of a contemporary ZIKV strain imported from Venezuela to China in 2016...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811345/inhibitors-of-the-histone-methyltransferases-ezh2-1-induce-a-potent-antiviral-state-and-suppress-infection-by-diverse-viral-pathogens
#10
Jesse H Arbuckle, Paul J Gardina, David N Gordon, Heather D Hickman, Jonathan W Yewdell, Theodore C Pierson, Timothy G Myers, Thomas M Kristie
Epigenetic regulation is based on a network of complexes that modulate the chromatin character and structure of the genome to impact gene expression, cell fate, and development. Thus, epigenetic modulators represent novel therapeutic targets used to treat a range of diseases, including malignancies. Infectious pathogens such as herpesviruses are also regulated by cellular epigenetic machinery, and epigenetic therapeutics represent a novel approach used to control infection, persistence, and the resulting recurrent disease...
August 15, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811170/zika-virus-research-models
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REVIEW
Jessica L Kublin, James B Whitney
The 2015 Brazilian Zika virus outbreak sparked a rapid response to control the spread of the virus. What was first understood to be a mild self-resolving infection is now linked to significant neurological defects in both neonates, and adults. The WHO declared the 2016 Zika epidemic a public health emergency and issued an unprecedented recommendation to women in affected regions to delay pregnancy until the risks surrounding Zika virus could be understood, or the epidemic contained. Since that time, considerable effort has been dedicated to understanding Zika transmission and pathogenesis to aid the development of drugs and vaccines...
August 12, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810265/viral-retinopathy-in-experimental-models-of-zika-infection
#12
Zhenyang Zhao, Matthew Yang, Sasha R Azar, Lynn Soong, Scott C Weaver, Jiaren Sun, Yan Chen, Shannan L Rossi, Jiyang Cai
Purpose: Emerging evidence has shown that both congenital and adult Zika virus (ZIKV) infection can cause eye diseases. The goals of the current study were to explore mechanisms and pathophysiology of ZIKV-induced eye defects. Methods: Wild-type or A129 interferon type I receptor-deficient mice were infected by either FSS13025 or Mex1-7 strain of ZIKV. Retinal histopathology was measured at different time points after infection. The presence of viral RNA and protein in the retina was determined by in situ hybridization and immunofluorescence staining, respectively...
August 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806618/public-sentiment-and-discourse-about-zika-virus-on-instagram
#13
E K Seltzer, E Horst-Martz, M Lu, R M Merchant
OBJECTIVE: Social media have strongly influenced the awareness and perceptions of public health emergencies, and a considerable amount of social media content is now shared through images, rather than text alone. This content can impact preparedness and response due to the popularity and real-time nature of social media platforms. We sought to explore how the image-sharing platform Instagram is used for information dissemination and conversation during the current Zika outbreak. STUDY DESIGN: This was a retrospective review of publicly posted images about Zika on Instagram...
August 11, 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806562/zika-virus-induced-neurological-critical-illness-in-latin-america-severe-guillain-barre-syndrome-and-encephalitis
#14
Sebastián U Ugarte, Angel Ricardo V Arenas, Bruno C Alvarez, Angela Cubides, Angélica F Luna, Max Arroyo-Parejo, Cayri E Acuña, Agamenón V Quintero, Orlando Ch Villareal, Oscar S Pinillos, Elías Vieda, Manuel Bello, Susana Peña, Carmelo Dueñas-Castell, Gloria M V Rodriguez, Jorge L M Ranero, Rosa L M López, Sandra G Olaya, José C Vergara, Ana Tandazo, Juan P S Ospina, Igor M Leyton Soto, R A Fowler, John C Marshall
Zika virus (ZIKAV) is classically described as causing minor symptoms in adult patients, however neurologic complications have been recognized. The recent outbreak in Central and South America has resulted in serious illness in some adult patients. We report adult patients in Latin America diagnosed with ZIKAV infection admitted to Intensive Care Units (ICUs). METHODS: Multicenter, prospective case series of adult patients with laboratory diagnosis of ZIKAV in 16 ICUs in 8 countries. RESULTS: Between December 1st 2015 and April 2nd 2016, 16 ICUs in 8 countries enrolled 49 critically ill patients with diagnosis of ZIKAV infection...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806479/zika-virus-disease-in-children-in-colombia-august-2015-to-may-2016
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Natalia Tolosa, Sarah C Tinker, Oscar Pacheco, Diana Valencia, Daniela Salas Botero, Van T Tong, Marcela Mercado, Suzanne M Gilboa, Maritza Gonzalez, Christina A Nelson, Lissethe Pardo, Carol Y Rao, Angélica Rico, Meredith Moore, Edgar Parra, Margaret A Honein, Martha L Ospina Martínez
BACKGROUND: Children are considered a potentially vulnerable population for Zika virus infection. However, data on paediatric Zika virus infection are sparse. METHODS: We analysed data from Colombia's national surveillance system during the 2015-2016 Zika virus outbreak on patients meeting the clinical case definition of Zika virus disease (ZVD) among children aged 1 month to 18 years to estimate incidence by demographic characteristics and characterize the occurrence of selected complications...
August 14, 2017: Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806454/the-expanding-spectrum-of-zika-virus-infections-of-the-nervous-system
#16
Kenneth L Tyler, Karen L Roos
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 14, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806453/neurologic-complications-associated-with-the-zika-virus-in-brazilian-adults
#17
Ivan Rocha Ferreira da Silva, Jennifer A Frontera, Ana Maria Bispo de Filippis, Osvaldo Jose Moreira do Nascimento
Importance: There are no prospective cohort studies assessing the incidence and spectrum of neurologic manifestations secondary to Zika virus (ZIKV) infection in adults. Objective: To evaluate the rates of acute ZIKV infection among patients hospitalized with Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), meningoencephalitis, or transverse myelitis. Design, Setting, and Participants: A prospective, observational cohort study was conducted at a tertiary referral center for neurological diseases in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, between December 5, 2015, and May 10, 2016, among consecutive hospitalized adults (>18 years of age) with new-onset acute parainfectious or neuroinflammatory disease...
August 14, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806105/zika-virus-in-ontario-evaluating-a-rapid-risk-assessment-tool
#18
Sim Sai Tin, Viroj Wiwanitkit
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 14, 2017: Health Security
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805637/wolbachia-mediated-virus-blocking-in-the-mosquito-vector-aedes-aegypti
#19
REVIEW
Gerard Terradas, Elizabeth A McGraw
Viruses transmitted by mosquitoes such as dengue, Zika and West Nile cause a threat to global health due to increased geographical range and frequency of outbreaks. The bacterium Wolbachia pipientis may be the solution reducing disease transmission. Though commonly missing in vector species, the bacterium was artificially and stably introduced into Aedes aegypti to assess its potential for biocontrol. When infected with Wolbachia, mosquitoes become refractory to infection by a range of pathogens, including the aforementioned viruses...
August 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805465/what-we-are-watching-top-global-infectious-disease-threats-2013-2016-an-update-from-cdc-s-global-disease-detection-operations-center
#20
Kira A Christian, A Danielle Iuliano, Timothy M Uyeki, Eric D Mintz, Stuart T Nichol, Pierre Rollin, J Erin Staples, Ray R Arthur
To better track public health events in areas where the public health system is unable or unwilling to report the event to appropriate public health authorities, agencies can conduct event-based surveillance, which is defined as the organized collection, monitoring, assessment, and interpretation of unstructured information regarding public health events that may represent an acute risk to public health. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) Global Disease Detection Operations Center (GDDOC) was created in 2007 to serve as CDC's platform dedicated to conducting worldwide event-based surveillance, which is now highlighted as part of the "detect" element of the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA)...
August 14, 2017: Health Security
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