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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432925/structure-of-the-s1-subunit-c-terminal-domain-from-bat-derived-coronavirus-hku5-spike-protein
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Xue Han, Jianxun Qi, Hao Song, Qihui Wang, Yanfang Zhang, Ying Wu, Guangwen Lu, Kwok-Yung Yuen, Yi Shi, George F Gao
Accumulating evidence indicates that MERS-CoV originated from bat coronaviruses (BatCoVs). Previously, we demonstrated that both MERS-CoV and BatCoV HKU4 use CD26 as a receptor, but how the BatCoVs evolved to bind CD26 is an intriguing question. Here, we solved the crystal structure of the S1 subunit C-terminal domain of HKU5 (HKU5-CTD), another BatCoV that is phylogenetically related to MERS-CoV but cannot bind to CD26. We observed that the conserved core subdomain and those of other betacoronaviruses (betaCoVs) have a similar topology of the external subdomain, indicating the same ancestor of lineage C betaCoVs...
April 19, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425327/a-cross-sectional-quantitative-rt-pcr-study-of-feline-coronavirus-viremia-and-replication-in-peripheral-blood-of-healthy-shelter-cats-in-southern-california
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Eric J Fish, Pedro Paulo Vp Diniz, Yen-Chen Juan, Frank Bossong, Ellen W Collisson, Yvonne Drechsler, Bernhard Kaltenboeck
Objectives The objectives of this study were to determine the prevalence of feline coronavirus (FCoV) viremia, and its replication in peripheral blood using quantitative RT-PCR (qRT-PCR) methodology in a population of 205 healthy shelter cats in Southern California, as well as to assess any possible connection to longitudinal development of feline infectious peritonitis (FIP). Methods The study was performed on buffy-coat samples from EDTA-anticoagulated whole blood samples of 205 healthy shelter cats. From 50 of these cats, fecal samples were also examined...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424887/a-metagenomics-study-for-the-identification-of-respiratory-viruses-in-mixed-clinical-specimens-an-application-of-the-iterative-mapping-approach
#3
Yu-Nong Gong, Shu-Li Yang, Guang-Wu Chen, Yu-Wen Chen, Yhu-Chering Huang, Hsiao-Chen Ning, Kuo-Chien Tsao
Metagenomic approaches to detect viral genomes and variants in clinical samples have various challenges, including low viral titers and bacterial and human genome contamination. To address these limitations, we examined a next-generation sequencing (NGS) and iterative mapping approach for virus detection in clinical samples. We analyzed 40 clinical specimens from hospitalized children diagnosed with acute bronchiolitis, croup, or respiratory tract infections in which virus identification by viral culture or polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was unsuccessful...
April 19, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422017/research-needed-to-prevent-mers-coronavirus-outbreaks
#4
Sharmila Devi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 15, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421366/two-deletion-variants-of-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-coronavirus-found-in-a-patient-with-characteristic-symptoms
#5
Qian Xie, Yujuan Cao, Juan Su, Jie Wu, Xianbo Wu, Chengsong Wan, Mingliang He, Changwen Ke, Bao Zhang, Wei Zhao
Significant sequence variation of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS CoV) has never been detected since it was first reported in 2012. A MERS patient came from Korea to China in late May 2015. The patient was 44 years old and had symptoms including high fever, dry cough with a little phlegm, and shortness of breath, which are roughly consistent with those associated with MERS, and had had close contact with individuals with confirmed cases of MERS.After one month of therapy with antiviral, anti-infection, and immune-enhancing agents, the patient recovered in the hospital and was discharged...
April 18, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420819/synonymous-and-biased-codon-usage-by-mers-cov-papain-like-and-3cl-proteases
#6
Mahmoud Kandeel, Abdallah Altaher
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS CoV) is a recently evolved fatal respiratory disease that poses a concern for a global epidemic. MERS CoV encodes 2 proteases, 3C-like protease (3CLpro) and papain-like protease (PLpro). These proteases share in processing MERS CoV polyproteins at different sites to yield 16 nonstructural proteins. In this work, we provide evidence that MERS CoV 3CLpro and PLpro are subject to different genetic and evolutionary influences that shape the protein sequence, codon usage pattern, and codon usage bias...
April 18, 2017: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418771/persistence-in-temporary-lung-niches-a-survival-strategy-of-lung-resident-memory-cd8-t-cells
#7
Shiki Takamura
Respiratory virus infections, such as those mediated by influenza virus, parainfluenza virus, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV), rhinovirus, and adenovirus, are responsible for substantial morbidity and mortality, especially in children and older adults. Furthermore, the potential emergence of highly pathogenic strains of influenza virus poses a significant public health threat. Thus, the development of vaccines capable of eliciting long-lasting protective immunity to those pathogens is a major public health priority...
April 18, 2017: Viral Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418192/detection-of-potentially-novel-paramyxovirus-and-coronavirus-viral-rna-in-bats-and-rats-in-the-mekong-delta-region-of-southern-viet-nam
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A Berto, P H Anh, J J Carrique-Mas, P Simmonds, N Van Cuong, N T Tue, N Van Dung, M E Woolhouse, I Smith, G A Marsh, J E Bryant, G E Thwaites, S Baker, M A Rabaa
Bats and rodents are being increasingly recognized as reservoirs of emerging zoonotic viruses. Various studies have investigated bat viruses in tropical regions, but to date there are no data regarding viruses with zoonotic potential that circulate in bat and rat populations in Viet Nam. To address this paucity of data, we sampled three bat farms and three wet markets trading in rat meat in the Mekong Delta region of southern Viet Nam. Faecal and urine samples were screened for the presence of RNA from paramyxoviruses, coronaviruses and filoviruses...
April 18, 2017: Zoonoses and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414992/airway-proteases-an-emerging-drug-target-for-influenza-and-other-respiratory-virus-infections
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REVIEW
Manon Laporte, Lieve Naesens
To enter into airway epithelial cells, influenza, parainfluenza- and coronaviruses rely on host cell proteases for activation of the viral protein involved in membrane fusion. One protease, transmembrane protease serine 2 (TMPRSS2) was recently proven to be crucial for hemagglutinin cleavage of some human influenza viruses. Since the catalytic sites of the diverse serine proteases linked to influenza, parainfluenza- and coronavirus activation are structurally similar, active site inhibitors of these airway proteases could have broad therapeutic applicability against multiple respiratory viruses...
April 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414040/sars-coronavirus-papain-like-protease-up-regulates-the-collagen-expression-through-non-samd-tgf-%C3%AE-1-signaling
#10
Ching-Ying Wang, Chien-Yi Lu, Shih-Wen Li, Chien-Chen Lai, Chun-Hung Hua, Su-Hua Huang, Ying-Ju Lin, Mann-Jen Hour, Cheng-Wen Lin
SARS coronavirus (CoV) papain-like protease (PLpro) reportedly induced the production of TGF-β1 through p38 MAPK/STAT3-meidated Egr-1-dependent activation (Sci. Rep. 6, 25754). This study investigated the correlation of PLpro-induced TGF-β1 with the expression of Type I collagen in human lung epithelial cells and mouse pulmonary tissues. Specific inhibitors for TGF-βRI, p38 MAPK, MEK, and STAT3 proved that SARS-CoV PLpro induced TGF-β1-dependent up-regulation of Type I collagen in vitro and in vivo. Subcellular localization analysis of SMAD3 and SMAD7 indicated that non-SMAD pathways in TGF-β1 signaling involved in the production of Type I collagen in transfected cells with pSARS-PLpro...
April 13, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412285/middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-coronavirus-vaccines-current-status-and-novel-approaches
#11
REVIEW
Nisreen Ma Okba, V Stalin Raj, Bart L Haagmans
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is a cause of severe respiratory infection in humans, specifically the elderly and people with comorbidities. The re-emergence of lethal coronaviruses calls for international collaboration to produce coronavirus vaccines, which are still lacking to date. Ongoing efforts to develop MERS-CoV vaccines should consider the different target populations (dromedary camels and humans) and the correlates of protection. Extending on our current knowledge of MERS, vaccination of dromedary camels to induce mucosal immunity could be a promising approach to diminish MERS-CoV transmission to humans...
April 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410608/cross-sectional-survey-of-selected-enteric-viruses-in-polish-turkey-flocks-between-2008-and-2011
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K Domańska-Blicharz, Ł Bocian, A Lisowska, A Jacukowicz, A Pikuła, Z Minta
BACKGROUND: Enteric diseases are an important health problem for the intensive poultry industry, resulting in considerable economic losses. Apart from such microbiological agents associated with enteritis as bacteria and parasites, a lot of research has been recently conducted on viral origin of enteric diseases. However, enteric viruses have been identified in intestinal tract of not only diseased but also healthy poultry, so their role in enteritis is still unclear. The present study aimed at determination of the prevalence of four enteric viruses, namely astrovirus, coronavirus, parvovirus and rotavirus in meat-type turkey flocks in Poland as well as at statistical evaluation of the occurrence of the studied viruses and their relationships with the health status and the age of birds...
April 14, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405461/feed-additives-decrease-survival-of-delta-coronavirus-in-nursery-pig-diets
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Katie M Cottingim, Harsha Verma, Pedro E Urriola, Fernando Sampedro, Gerald C Shurson, Sagar M Goyal
BACKGROUND: Feed contaminated with feces from infected pigs is believed to be a potential route of transmission of porcine delta coronavirus (PDCoV). The objective of this study was to determine if the addition of commercial feed additives (e.i., acids, salt and sugar) to swine feed can be an effective strategy to inactive PDCoV. RESULTS: Six commercial feed acids (UltraAcid P, Activate DA, KEMGEST, Acid Booster, Luprosil, and Amasil), salt, and sugar were evaluated...
2017: Porcine Health Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404843/overactive-egfr-signaling-leads-to-increased-fibrosis-after-sars-cov-infection
#14
Thiagarajan Venkataraman, Christopher Coleman, Matthew Frieman
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (SARS-CoV) is a highly pathogenic respiratory virus that causes morbidity and mortality in humans. After infection with SARS-CoV, the acute lung injury caused by the virus must be repaired to regain lung function. A dysregulation in this wound healing process leads to fibrosis. Many survivors of SARS-CoV infection develop pulmonary fibrosis (PF) with higher prevalence in older patients. Using mouse models of SARS-CoV pathogenesis, we have identified that the wound repair pathway, controlled by the Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) is critical to recovery from SARS-CoV induced tissue damage...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404682/comparison-of-the-eplex%C3%A2-respiratory-pathogen-panel-with-laboratory-developed-real-time-pcr-for-the-detection-of-respiratory-pathogens
#15
R H T Nijhuis, D Guerendiain, E C J Claas, K E Templeton
Infections of the respiratory tract can be caused by a diversity of pathogens, both viral and bacterial. Rapid microbiological diagnosis ensures appropriate antimicrobial therapy as well as effective implementation of isolation precautions. The ePlex® Respiratory Pathogen Panel (RP panel) is a novel molecular based assay, developed by GenMark Diagnostics Inc. (Carlsbad, California), to be performed within a single cartridge for the diagnosis of 25 respiratory pathogens (viral and bacterial). The objective of this study was to compare the performance of the RP panel with laboratory developed real-time PCR assays, using a variety of previously collected clinical respiratory specimens...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397938/middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-in-children-dental-considerations
#16
Fares S Al-Sehaibany
As of January 2016, 1,633 laboratory-confirmed cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection and 587 MERS-related deaths have been reported by the World Health Organization globally. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus  may occur sporadically in communities or may be transmitted within families or hospitals. The number of confirmed MERS-CoV cases among healthcare workers has been increasing. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus may also spread through aerosols generated during various dental treatments, resulting in transmission between patients and dentists...
April 2017: Saudi Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396467/offering-patients-more-how-the-west-africa-ebola-outbreak-can-shape-innovation-in-therapeutic-research-for-emerging-and-epidemic-infections
#17
REVIEW
Amanda M Rojek, Peter W Horby
Although, after an epidemic of over 28 000 cases, there are still no licensed treatments for Ebola virus disease (EVD), significant progress was made during the West Africa outbreak. The pace of pre-clinical development was exceptional and a number of therapeutic clinical trials were conducted in the face of considerable challenges. Given the on-going risk of emerging infectious disease outbreaks in an era of unprecedented population density, international travel and human impact on the environment it is pertinent to focus on improving the research and development landscape for treatments of emerging and epidemic-prone infections...
May 26, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395404/-prevalence-and-risk-factors-of-respiratory-viral-infection-in-acute-exacerbation-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
#18
X B Du, X Ma, Y Gao, L F Wen, J Li, Z Z Wang, S Liu
Objective: To study the prevalence of respiratory viral infection in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease(COPD) exacerbations and to find the factors associated with susceptibility to viral infections. Methods: Eighty patients with exacerbations of COPD and 50 stable COPD patients were recruited. Nasopharyngeal swabs were tested for a range of 18 different respiratory viruses using PCR. Results: Among the COPD exacerbations, viral infection was detected in 18 episodes (22.5%) . The most common virus was rhinovirus (33...
April 12, 2017: Chinese Journal of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394582/multiplex-paper-based-colorimetric-dna-sensor-using-pyrrolidinyl-peptide-nucleic-acid-induced-agnps-aggregation-for-detecting-mers-cov-mtb-and-hpv-oligonucleotides
#19
Prinjaporn Tee-Ngam, Weena Siangproh, Adisorn Tuantranont, Tirayut Vilaivan, Orawon Chailapakul, Charles S Henry
The development of simple fluorescent and colorimetric assays that enable point-of-care DNA and RNA detection has been a topic of significant research because of the utility of such assays in resource limited settings. The most common motifs utilize hybridization to a complementary detection strand coupled with a sensitive reporter molecule. Here, apaper-based colorimetric assay for DNA detection based on pyrrolidinyl peptide nucleic acid (acpcPNA)-induced nanoparticle aggregationis reported as an alternative to traditional colorimetric approaches...
April 10, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393915/allosteric-inhibition-of-aminopeptidase-n-functions-related-to-tumor-growth-and-virus-infection
#20
César Santiago, Gaurav Mudgal, Juan Reguera, Rosario Recacha, Sébastien Albrecht, Luis Enjuanes, José M Casasnovas
Cell surface aminopeptidase N (APN) is a membrane-bound ectoenzyme that hydrolyzes proteins and peptides and regulates numerous cell functions. APN participates in tumor cell expansion and motility, and is a target for cancer therapies. Small drugs that bind to the APN active site inhibit catalysis and suppress tumor growth. APN is also a major cell entry receptor for coronavirus, which binds to a region distant from the active site. Three crystal structures that we determined of human and pig APN ectodomains defined the dynamic conformation of the protein...
April 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
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