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REVIEW
Ali A Rabaan, Ali M Bazzi, Shamsah H Al-Ahmed, Jaffar A Al-Tawfiq
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is a betacoronavirus which can cause acute respiratory distress in humans and is associated with a relatively high mortality rate. Since it was first identified in a patient who died in a Jeddah hospital in 2012, the World Health Organization has been notified of 1735 laboratory-confirmed cases from 27 countries, including 628 deaths. Most cases have occurred in Saudi Arabia. MERS-CoVancestors may be found in OldWorld bats of the Vespertilionidae family...
May 13, 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487774/perception-and-attitude-of-emergency-room-resident-physicians-toward-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-outbreak
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Mohammed Al Ghobain, Turki Aldrees, Abdullah Alenezi, Saleh Alqaryan, Dana Aldabeeb, Najed Alotaibi, Abdulrahman Aldhabib, Shaker Alghalibi, Sami Alharethy
Introduction. Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) outbreaks have had a considerable negative impact on health systems in Saudi Arabia. We aimed to study the psychological impact of a Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) outbreak on emergency room resident physicians (ERRPs). Methods. We assessed the MERS-related psychological impact and concerns of ERRPs using a self-report questionnaire. Results. The majority (91%) of the ERRPs agreed that their work put them at risk of infection, but most (65%) did not agree that they should not be looking after patients infected with MERS...
2017: Emergency Medicine International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475787/zero-transmission-of-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-lessons-learned-from-thailand
#3
Surasak Wiboonchutikul, Weerawat Manosuthi, Chariya Sangsajja
New emerging pathogens can quickly become a global health threat in this era. A number of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) outbreaks have been linked to healthcare facilities. The healthcare-associated transmission of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has been attributed to overcrowding, delayed diagnosis, and the breakdown of infection control systems. Strict infection control precautions and a well-prepared hospital system may have contributed to no nosocomial transmission occurring during the treatment of MERS-CoV infections imported to Thailand...
May 15, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472421/human-neutralizing-monoclonal-antibody-efficiently-inhibits-mers-cov-replication-in-common-marmoset
#4
Zhe Chen, Linlin Bao, Cong Chen, Tingting Zou, Ying Xue, Fengdi Li, Qi Lv, Songzhi Gu, Xiaopan Gao, Sheng Cui, Jianmin Wang, Chuan Qin, Qi Jin
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in humans is highly lethal, with a fatality rate of 35%. New prophylactic and therapeutic strategies to combat human infections are urgently needed. We isolated a fully human neutralizing antibody, MCA1, from a human survivor. The antibody recognizes the receptor-binding domain of MERS-CoV S glycoprotein and interferes with the interaction between viral S and the human cellular receptor human dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP4). To our knowledge, this study is the first to report a human neutralizing monoclonal antibody that completely inhibits MERS-CoV replication in common marmosets...
May 2, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466096/pathogenic-human-coronavirus-infections-causes-and-consequences-of-cytokine-storm-and-immunopathology
#5
REVIEW
Rudragouda Channappanavar, Stanley Perlman
Human coronaviruses (hCoVs) can be divided into low pathogenic and highly pathogenic coronaviruses. The low pathogenic CoVs infect the upper respiratory tract and cause mild, cold-like respiratory illness. In contrast, highly pathogenic hCoVs such as severe acute respiratory syndrome CoV (SARS-CoV) and Middle East respiratory syndrome CoV (MERS-CoV) predominantly infect lower airways and cause fatal pneumonia. Severe pneumonia caused by pathogenic hCoVs is often associated with rapid virus replication, massive inflammatory cell infiltration and elevated pro-inflammatory cytokine/chemokine responses resulting in acute lung injury (ALI), and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)...
May 2, 2017: Seminars in Immunopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453839/virucidal-activity-of-world-health-organization-recommended-formulations-against-enveloped-viruses-including-zika-ebola-and-emerging-coronaviruses
#6
Anindya Siddharta, Stephanie Pfaender, Nathalie Jane Vielle, Ronald Dijkman, Martina Friesland, Britta Becker, Jaewon Yang, Michael Engelmann, Daniel Todt, Marc P Windisch, Florian H Brill, Joerg Steinmann, Jochen Steinmann, Stephan Becker, Marco P Alves, Thomas Pietschmann, Markus Eickmann, Volker Thiel, Eike Steinmann
The World Health Organization (WHO) published 2 alcohol-based formulations to be used in healthcare settings and for outbreak-associated infections, but inactivation efficacies of these products have not been determined against (re-)emerging viruses. In this study, we evaluated the virucidal activity of these WHO products in a comparative analysis. Zika virus (ZIKV), Ebola virus (EBOV), severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV), and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) as (re-)emerging viral pathogens and other enveloped viruses could be efficiently inactivated by both WHO formulations, implicating their use in healthcare systems and viral outbreak situations...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446791/tissue-distribution-of-the-mers-coronavirus-receptor-in-bats
#7
W Widagdo, Lineke Begeman, Debby Schipper, Peter R van Run, Andrew A Cunningham, Nils Kley, Chantal B Reusken, Bart L Haagmans, Judith M A van den Brand
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has been shown to infect both humans and dromedary camels using dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP4) as its receptor. The distribution of DPP4 in the respiratory tract tissues of humans and camels reflects MERS-CoV tropism. Apart from dromedary camels, insectivorous bats are suggested as another natural reservoir for MERS-like-CoVs. In order to gain insight on the tropism of these viruses in bats, we studied the DPP4 distribution in the respiratory and extra-respiratory tissues of two frugivorous bat species (Epomophorus gambianus and Rousettus aegyptiacus) and two insectivorous bat species (Pipistrellus pipistrellus and Eptesicus serotinus)...
April 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444873/hematologic-hepatic-and-renal-function-changes-in-hospitalized-patients-with-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-coronavirus
#8
J A Al-Tawfiq, K Hinedi, S Abbasi, M Babiker, A Sunji, M Eltigani
BACKGROUND: There are no longitudinal data on the changes in hematologic, hepatic, and renal function findings in patients with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study of 16 MERS-CoV patients, to describe the hematological, hepatic, and renal findings of patients with MERS-CoV. RESULTS: During the 21 days of observation, there was no significant change in the hepatic panel or creatinine tests...
April 26, 2017: International Journal of Laboratory Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444154/infectivity-of-an-asymptomatic-patient-with-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-coronavirus-infection
#9
Soo-Youn Moon, Jun Seong Son
During the MERS outbreak in Korea, one case of asymptomatic or mild MERS-CoV infection was noted. Eighty-two persons were exposed to the case without protection. They were isolated and RT-PCR and serology for MERS were performed. There was no transmission through an asymptomatic MERS case in this study.
May 15, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438633/structural-insights-into-the-interaction-of-coronavirus-papain-like-proteases-and-interferon-stimulated-gene-product-15-from-different-species
#10
Courtney M Daczkowski, John V Dzimianski, Jozlyn R Clasman, Octavia Goodwin, Andrew D Mesecar, Scott D Pegan
Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) encode multifunctional papain-like proteases (PLPs) that have the ability to process the viral polyprotein to facilitate RNA replication and antagonize the host innate immune response. The latter function involves reversing the post-translational modification of cellular proteins conjugated with either ubiquitin (Ub) or Ub-like interferon-stimulated gene product 15 (ISG15). Ub is known to be highly conserved among eukaryotes, but surprisingly, ISG15 is highly divergent among animals...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432925/structure-of-the-s1-subunit-c-terminal-domain-from-bat-derived-coronavirus-hku5-spike-protein
#11
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/28421366/two-deletion-variants-of-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-coronavirus-found-in-a-patient-with-characteristic-symptoms
#12
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
#13
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/28418746/risk-and-outbreak-communication-lessons-from-taiwan-s-experiences-in-the-post-sars-era
#14
Yu-Chen Hsu, Yu-Ling Chen, Han-Ning Wei, Yu-Wen Yang, Ying-Hwei Chen
In addition to the impact of a disease itself, public reaction could be considered another outbreak to be controlled during an epidemic. Taiwan's experience with SARS in 2003 highlighted the critical role played by the media during crisis communication. After the SARS outbreak, Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (Taiwan CDC) followed the WHO outbreak communication guidelines on trust, early announcements, transparency, informing the public, and planning, in order to reform its risk communication systems. This article describes the risk communication framework in Taiwan, which has been used to respond to the 2009-2016 influenza epidemics, Ebola in West Africa (2014-16), and MERS-CoV in South Korea (2015) during the post-SARS era...
March 2017: Health Security
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412285/middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-coronavirus-vaccines-current-status-and-novel-approaches
#15
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/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/28394582/multiplex-paper-based-colorimetric-dna-sensor-using-pyrrolidinyl-peptide-nucleic-acid-induced-agnps-aggregation-for-detecting-mers-cov-mtb-and-hpv-oligonucleotides
#17
Prinjaporn Teengam, 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, a paper-based colorimetric assay for DNA detection based on pyrrolidinyl peptide nucleic acid (acpcPNA)-induced nanoparticle aggregation is reported as an alternative to traditional colorimetric approaches...
April 27, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393837/cryo-em-structures-of-mers-cov-and-sars-cov-spike-glycoproteins-reveal-the-dynamic-receptor-binding-domains
#18
Yuan Yuan, Duanfang Cao, Yanfang Zhang, Jun Ma, Jianxun Qi, Qihui Wang, Guangwen Lu, Ying Wu, Jinghua Yan, Yi Shi, Xinzheng Zhang, George F Gao
The envelope spike (S) proteins of MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV determine the virus host tropism and entry into host cells, and constitute a promising target for the development of prophylactics and therapeutics. Here, we present high-resolution structures of the trimeric MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV S proteins in its pre-fusion conformation by single particle cryo-electron microscopy. The overall structures resemble that from other coronaviruses including HKU1, MHV and NL63 reported recently, with the exception of the receptor binding domain (RBD)...
April 10, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390872/the-role-of-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-egfr-signaling-in-sars-coronavirus-induced-pulmonary-fibrosis
#19
REVIEW
Thiagarajan Venkataraman, Matthew B Frieman
Many survivors of the 2003 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) developed residual pulmonary fibrosis with increased severity seen in older patients. Autopsies of patients that died from SARS also showed fibrosis to varying extents. Pulmonary fibrosis can be occasionally seen as a consequence to several respiratory viral infections but is much more common after a SARS coronavirus (SARS-CoV) infection. Given the threat of future outbreaks of severe coronavirus disease, including Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), it is important to understand the mechanisms responsible for pulmonary fibrosis, so as to support the development of therapeutic countermeasures and mitigate sequelae of infection...
April 5, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389142/efficacy-of-antibody-based-therapies-against-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-coronavirus-mers-cov-in-common-marmosets
#20
Neeltje van Doremalen, Darryl Falzarano, Tianlei Ying, Emmie de Wit, Trenton Bushmaker, Friederike Feldmann, Atsushi Okumura, Yanping Wang, Dana P Scott, Patrick W Hanley, Heinz Feldmann, Dimiter S Dimitrov, Vincent J Munster
Cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) continue to be identified and with a lack of effective clinical treatment and no preventative strategies, treatment using convalescent plasma or monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) is a potential quick route to an intervention. Passive immunotherapy via either convalescent plasma or mAbs has proven to be effective for other infectious agents. Following infection with MERS-CoV, common marmosets were treated with high titer hyperimmune plasma or the mAb m336, at 6 and 48 h post inoculation...
April 5, 2017: Antiviral Research
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