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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212305/epigenetic-landscape-during-coronavirus-infection
#1
Alexandra Schäfer, Ralph S Baric
Coronaviruses (CoV) comprise a large group of emerging human and animal pathogens, including the highly pathogenic severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) strains. The molecular mechanisms regulating emerging coronavirus pathogenesis are complex and include virus-host interactions associated with entry, replication, egress and innate immune control. Epigenetics research investigates the genetic and non-genetic factors that regulate phenotypic variation, usually caused by external and environmental factors that alter host expression patterns and performance without any change in the underlying genotype...
February 15, 2017: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193191/effective-inhibition-of-mers-cov-infection-by-resveratrol
#2
Shih-Chao Lin, Chi-Tang Ho, Wen-Ho Chuo, Shiming Li, Tony T Wang, Chi-Chen Lin
BACKGROUND: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is an emerging viral pathogen that causes severe morbidity and mortality. Up to date, there is no approved or licensed vaccine or antiviral medicines can be used to treat MERS-CoV-infected patients. Here, we analyzed the antiviral activities of resveratrol, a natural compound found in grape seeds and skin and in red wine, against MERS-CoV infection. METHODS: We performed MTT and neutral red uptake assays to assess the survival rates of MERS-infected Vero E6 cells...
February 13, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191331/development-of-dual-taqman-based-one-step-rrt-pcr-assay-panel-for-rapid-and-accurate-diagnostic-test-of-mers-cov-a-novel-human-coronavirus-ahead-of-hajj-pilgrimage
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Mohammad Sadegh Hashemzadeh, Rahimeh Rasouli, Bentolhoda Zahraei, Morteza Izadi, Mahdi Tat, Seyed Hassan Saadat, Mohammad Najarasl, Behzad Khansari Nejad, Ruhollah Dorostkar
BACKGROUND: Coronaviruses (CoVs) are large ribonucleic acid (RNA) viruses causing primarily respiratory disease in humans. A novel human coronavirus, subsequently named middle east respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), was first reported in Saudi Arabia in September of 2012. With increasing numbers of infections and deaths from MERS-CoV, development of a rapid and reliable kit was crucial to prevent further spread of MERS-CoV. OBJECTIVES: In this study, we present two real-time reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) assays for in-house rapid and sensitive diagnostic testing of MERS-CoV, detecting the regions upstream of the envelope gene (upE) and open reading frame (ORF) 1b, respectively, for initial screening and final confirmation of MERS-CoV infection, as recommended by the world health organization (WHO)...
November 2016: Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190501/middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-mers-coronavirus-and-dromedaries
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REVIEW
Ulrich Wernery, Susanna K P Lau, Patrick C Y Woo
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a zoonotic viral disease that can be transmitted from dromedaries to human beings. More than 1500 cases of MERS have been reported in human beings to date. Although MERS has been associated with 30% case fatality in human beings, MERS coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in dromedaries is usually asymptomatic. In rare cases, dromedaries may develop mild respiratory signs. No MERS-CoV or antibodies against the virus have been detected in camelids other than dromedaries...
February 2017: Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185821/public-response-to-mers-cov-in-the-middle-east-iphone-survey-in-six-countries
#5
Amani S Alqahtani, Harunor Rashid, Mada H Basyouni, Tariq M Alhawassi, Nasser F BinDhim
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries bear the heaviest brunt of MERS-CoV. This study aims to compare public awareness and practice around MERS-CoV across GCC countries. A cross-sectional survey was conducted using the Gulf Indicators (GI) smartphone app among people in the six GCC countries, namely Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman. A total of 1812 participants recruited. All were aware of MERS-CoV, yet the perception and practice around MERS-CoV varied widely between countries...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177112/psychobehavioural-responses-to-the-2014-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-novel-corona-virus-mers-cov-among-adults-in-two-shopping-malls-in-jeddah-western-saudi-arabia
#6
N S AlNajjar, L M Attar, F M Farahat, A AlThaqafi
Sporadic cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome caused by a novel corona virus (MERS-CoV) were first detected in Saudi Arabia in June 2012. The number of cases was highest during April and May 2014. To assess determinants of psychobehavioural responses among the general population in Jeddah, western Saudi Arabia, a cross-sectional survey was conducted at the end of June 2014. Data included sociodemographic characteristics, level of anxiety, protective measures and social avoidance responses. A total of 358 participants completed the questionnaire; 58...
February 1, 2017: Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, la Revue de Santé de la Méditerranée Orientale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159163/epidemic-and-emerging-coronaviruses-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome-and-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome
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REVIEW
David S Hui
Bats are the natural reservoirs of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)-like coronaviruses (CoVs) and likely the reservoir of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS)-CoV. The clinical features of SARS-CoV infection and MERS-CoV infection are similar but MERS-CoV infection progresses to respiratory failure more rapidly. Although the estimated pandemic potential of MERS-CoV is lower than that of SARS-CoV, the case fatality rate of MERS is higher. The transmission route and the possibility of other intermediary animal sources remain uncertain among many sporadic primary cases...
March 2017: Clinics in Chest Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158275/early-endonuclease-mediated-evasion-of-rna-sensing-ensures-efficient-coronavirus-replication
#8
Eveline Kindler, Cristina Gil-Cruz, Julia Spanier, Yize Li, Jochen Wilhelm, Huib H Rabouw, Roland Züst, Mihyun Hwang, Philip V'kovski, Hanspeter Stalder, Sabrina Marti, Matthias Habjan, Luisa Cervantes-Barragan, Ruth Elliot, Nadja Karl, Christina Gaughan, Frank J M van Kuppeveld, Robert H Silverman, Markus Keller, Burkhard Ludewig, Cornelia C Bergmann, John Ziebuhr, Susan R Weiss, Ulrich Kalinke, Volker Thiel
Coronaviruses are of veterinary and medical importance and include highly pathogenic zoonotic viruses, such as SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV. They are known to efficiently evade early innate immune responses, manifesting in almost negligible expression of type-I interferons (IFN-I). This evasion strategy suggests an evolutionary conserved viral function that has evolved to prevent RNA-based sensing of infection in vertebrate hosts. Here we show that the coronavirus endonuclease (EndoU) activity is key to prevent early induction of double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) host cell responses...
February 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153558/middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-coronavirus-mers-cov-outbreak-in-south-korea-2015-epidemiology-characteristics-and-public-health-implications
#9
K H Kim, T E Tandi, J W Choi, J M Moon, M S Kim
BACKGROUND: Since the first case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in South Korea was reported on 20(th) May 2015, there have been 186 confirmed cases, 38 deaths and 16,752 suspected cases. Previously published research on South Korea's MERS outbreak was limited to the early stages, when few data were available. Now that the outbreak has ended, albeit unofficially, a more comprehensive review is appropriate. METHODS: Data were obtained through the MERS portal by the Ministry for Health and Welfare (MOHW) and Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, press releases by MOHW, and reports by the MERS Policy Committee of the Korean Medical Association...
February 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148787/sars-coronavirus-nucleocapsid-inhibits-type-i-interferon-production-by-interfering-with-trim25-mediated-rig-i-ubiquitination
#10
Yong Hu, Wei Li, Ting Gao, Yan Cui, Yanwen Jin, Ping Li, Qingjun Ma, Xuan Liu, Cheng Cao
: Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a respiratory disease caused by a coronavirus (SARS-CoV) that is characterized by atypical pneumonia. The nucleocapsid protein (N protein) of SARS-CoV plays an important role in inhibition of type I interferon (IFN) production via an unknown mechanism. In this study, the SARS-CoV N protein was found to bind to the SPRY domain of the tripartite motif protein 25 (TRIM25) E3 ubiquitin ligase, thereby interfering with the association between TRIM25 and retinoic acid-inducible gene I (RIG-I) and inhibiting TRIM25-mediated RIG-I ubiquitination and activation...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148786/neurovirulent-murine-coronavirus-jhm-sd-uses-cellular-zinc-metalloproteases-for-virus-entry-and-cell-cell-fusion
#11
Judith M Phillips, Tom Gallagher, Susan R Weiss
: The coronavirus S protein requires cleavage by host cell proteases to mediate virus-cell and cell-cell fusion. Many strains of the murine coronavirus mouse hepatitis virus (MHV) have distinct, S-dependent organ and tissue tropisms despite using a common receptor, suggesting that they employ different cellular proteases for fusion. In support of this hypothesis, we found that inhibition of endosomal acidification only modestly decreased entry and overexpression of the cell surface protease TMPRSS2 greatly enhanced entry of the highly neurovirulent MHV strain JHM...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28133694/spontaneous-intracranial-hemorrhage-in-a-patient-with-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-corona-virus
#12
Fahad M Al-Hameed
The Middle East respiratory syndrome corona virus (MERS-CoV) is a novel positive sense singlestranded ribonucleic acid virus of the genus Beta corona virus. This virus was first isolated from a patient who died from severe respiratory illness in June 2012 in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We describe an unusual case of a 42 year old healthcare worker who was admitted to our Intensive Care Unit (ICU)King Abdul-Aziz Medical City, with MERS-CoV and severe acute respiratory distress Syndrome and developed a sudden-onset diabetes insipidus and spontaneous massive intracranial hemorrhage with intra-ventricular extension and tonsillar herniation...
February 2017: Saudi Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131646/resource-impact-of-managing-suspected-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-patients-in-a-uk-teaching-hospital
#13
J Veater, N Wong, I Stephenson, H Kirk-Granger, L F Baxter, R Cannon, S Wilson, S Atabani, A Sahota, D Bell, M Wiselka, J W Tang
Clinical challenges exist in the management of hospitalized patients returning to the UK with potential Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, particularly with its clinical overlap with influenza, as demonstrated in this case-series and cost-analysis review of returning Hajj pilgrims. These patients were hospitalized with acute febrile respiratory illness, initially managed as potential MERS-CoV infections, but were eventually diagnosed with influenza. Additional costs were small, yet enhanced infection prevention measures created significant burdens on isolation rooms and staff time...
December 18, 2016: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128003/current-and-future-developments-in-the-treatment-of-virus-induced-hypercytokinemia
#14
Jonathan P Wong, Satya Viswanathan, Ming Wang, Lun-Quan Sun, Graeme C Clark, Riccardo V D'Elia
Emerging pathogenic viruses such as Ebola and Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) can cause acute infections through the evasion of the host's antiviral immune responses and by inducing the upregulation of inflammatory cytokines. This immune dysregulation, termed a cytokine storm or hypercytokinemia, is potentially fatal and is a significant underlying factor in increased mortality of infected patients. The prevalence of global outbreaks in recent years has offered opportunities to study the progression of various viral infections and have provided an improved understanding of hypercytokinemia associated with these diseases...
January 27, 2017: Future Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121202/progress-of-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-coronavirus-vaccines-a-patent-review
#15
Jiwon Choi, Mi-Gyeong Kim, Yu-Kyoung Oh, Young Bong Kim
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has emerged as a new pathogen, causing severe complications and a high case fatality rate. No direct treatments are available as yet, highlighting the importance of prevention through suitable vaccination regimes. The viral spike (S) protein has been characterized as a key target antigen for vaccines. In particular, S protein domains have been utilized to produce high titers of neutralizing antibodies. Areas covered: Since the first report of MERS-CoV infection, a limited number of MERS-CoV-specific patents have been filed...
January 25, 2017: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118607/middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-corona-virus-spike-glycoprotein-suppresses-macrophage-responses-via-dpp4-mediated-induction-of-irak-m-and-ppar%C3%AE
#16
Ahmed A Al-Qahtani, Konstantina Lyroni, Marina Aznaourova, Melpomeni Tseliou, Mashael R Al-Anazi, Mohammed N Al-Ahdal, Saad Alkahtani, George Sourvinos, Christos Tsatsanis
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus (MERS-CoV) is transmitted via the respiratory tract and causes severe Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome by infecting lung epithelial cells and macrophages. Macrophages can readily recognize the virus and eliminate it. MERS-CoV infects cells via its Spike (S) glycoprotein that binds on Dipeptidyl-Peptidase 4 (DPP4) receptor present on macrophages. Whether this Spike/DPP4 association affects macrophage responses remains unknown. Herein we demonstrated that infection of macrophages with lentiviral particles pseudotyped with MERS-CoV S glycoprotein results in suppression of macrophage responses since it reduced the capacity of macrophages to produce TNFα and IL-6 in naive and LPS-activated THP-1 macrophages and augmented LPS-induced production of the immunosuppressive cytokine IL-10...
January 19, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104327/clinical-validation-of-3-commercial-real-time-reverse-transcriptase-polymerase-chain-reaction-assays-for-the-detection-of-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-coronavirus-from-upper-respiratory-tract-specimens
#17
Deqa H Mohamed, AbdulKarim F AlHetheel, Hanat S Mohamud, Kamel Aldosari, Fahad A Alzamil, Ali M Somily
Since discovery of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), a novel betacoronavirus first isolated and characterized in 2012, MERS-CoV real-time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) assays represent one of the most rapidly expanding commercial tests. However, in the absence of extensive evaluations of these assays on positive clinical material of different sources, evaluating their diagnostic effectiveness remains challenging. We describe the diagnostic performance evaluation of 3 common commercial MERS-CoV rRT-PCR assays on a large panel (n = 234) of upper respiratory tract specimens collected during an outbreak episode in Saudi Arabia...
January 10, 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091625/mplex-a-method-for-simultaneous-pathogen-inactivation-and-extraction-of-samples-for-multi-omics-profiling
#18
Kristin E Burnum-Johnson, Jennifer E Kyle, Amie J Eisfeld, Cameron P Casey, Kelly G Stratton, Juan F Gonzalez, Fabien Habyarimana, Nicholas M Negretti, Amy C Sims, Sadhana Chauhan, Larissa B Thackray, Peter J Halfmann, Kevin B Walters, Young-Mo Kim, Erika M Zink, Carrie D Nicora, Karl K Weitz, Bobbie-Jo M Webb-Robertson, Ernesto S Nakayasu, Brian Ahmer, Michael E Konkel, Vladimir Motin, Ralph S Baric, Michael S Diamond, Yoshihiro Kawaoka, Katrina M Waters, Richard D Smith, Thomas O Metz
The continued emergence and spread of infectious agents is of great concern, and systems biology approaches to infectious disease research can advance our understanding of host-pathogen relationships and facilitate the development of new therapies and vaccines. Molecular characterization of infectious samples outside of appropriate biosafety containment can take place only subsequent to pathogen inactivation. Herein, we describe a modified Folch extraction using chloroform/methanol that facilitates the molecular characterization of infectious samples by enabling simultaneous pathogen inactivation and extraction of proteins, metabolites, and lipids for subsequent mass spectrometry-based multi-omics measurements...
January 26, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077633/surveillance-of-bat-coronaviruses-in-kenya-identifies-relatives-of-human-coronaviruses-nl63-and-229e-and-their-recombination-history
#19
Ying Tao, Mang Shi, Christina Chommanard, Krista Queen, Jing Zhang, Wanda Markotter, Ivan V Kuzmin, Edward C Holmes, Suxiang Tong
: Bats harbor a large diversity of coronaviruses (CoVs), several of which are related to zoonotic pathogens that cause severe disease in humans. Our screening of bat samples collected in Kenya during 2007-2010 not only detected RNA from several novel CoVs but, more significantly, identified sequences that were closely related to human CoVs NL63 and 229E, suggesting that these two human viruses originate from bats. We also demonstrated that human CoV NL63 is a recombinant between NL63-like viruses circulating in Triaenops bats and 229E-like viruses circulating in Hipposideros bats, with the break-point located near 5' and 3' end of the spike (S) protein gene...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067571/middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-coronavirus-mers-cov-infection
#20
Reem S Almaghrabi, Ali S Omrani
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus was first described in 2012. More than 1800 cases have been reported so far, the majority from countries in the Middle East region. This article outlines current understanding of the epidemiological and clinical features of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus infection.
January 2, 2017: British Journal of Hospital Medicine
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