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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352633/current-concerns-and-perspectives-on-zika-virus-co-infection-with-arboviruses-and-hiv
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REVIEW
Hussin A Rothan, Mehdi R M Bidokhti, Siddappa N Byrareddy
Dissemination of vector-borne viruses, such as Zika virus (ZIKV), in tropical and sub-tropical regions has a complicated impact on the immunopathogenesis of other endemic viruses such as dengue virus (DENV), chikungunya virus (CHIKV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The consequences of the possible co-infections with these viruses have specifically shown significant impact on the treatment and vaccination strategies. ZIKV is a mosquito-borne flavivirus from African and Asian lineages that causes neurological complications in infected humans...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352500/characterization-of-skin-blister-fluids-from-children-with-epstein-barr-virus-associated-lymphoproliferative-disease
#2
Taizo Wada, Tomoko Toma, Hanae Miyazawa, Eiko Koizumi, Tetsujiro Shirahashi, Yusuke Matsuda, Akihiro Yachie
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-associated T- or natural killer (NK)-cell lymphoproliferative disease (LPD) is a heterogeneous group of disorders characterized by chronic proliferation of EBV-infected lymphocytes. Patients may present with severe skin manifestations, including hypersensitivity to mosquito bites (HMB) and hydroa vacciniforme (HV)-like eruption, which are characterized by blister formation and necrotic ulceration. Skin biopsy specimens show inflammatory reactions comprising EBV-infected lymphocytes...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352307/aerial-ulv-control-of-aedes-aegypti-with-naled-dibrom-inside-simulated-rural-village-and-urban-cryptic-habitats
#3
Seth C Britch, Kenneth J Linthicum, Robert L Aldridge, Mark S Breidenbaugh, Mark D Latham, Peter H Connelly, Mattie J E Rush, Jennifer L Remmers, Jerry D Kerce, Charles A Silcox
We conducted aerial fixed wing ultra low volume (ULV) spray trials with naled to investigate penetration of exposed and simulated cryptic habitat within opened buildings, partially sealed buildings, and outdoor locations targeting sentinel adult Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in north central Florida. Mortality was observed in open and closed buildings and outdoors, even in mosquitoes placed in cryptic habitats. Observations on the impact of building type, mosquito exposure method such as placement in cryptic habitat, and spray nozzle size on mosquito mortality are described and analyzed...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351795/malaria-knowledge-and-bed-net-use-in-three-transmission-settings-in-southern-africa
#4
Mufaro Kanyangarara, Harry Hamapumbu, Edmore Mamini, James Lupiya, Jennifer C Stevenson, Sungano Mharakurwa, Mike Chaponda, Philip E Thuma, Lovemore Gwanzura, Shungu Munyati, Modest Mulenga, Douglas E Norris, William J Moss
BACKGROUND: Insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) reduce malaria morbidity and mortality in endemic areas. Despite increasing availability, the use of ITNs remains limited in some settings. Poor malaria knowledge is a barrier to the widespread use of ITNs. The goal of this study was to assess the levels of malaria knowledge and evaluate factors associated with bed net use among individuals residing in three regions of southern Africa with different levels of malaria transmission and control...
January 19, 2018: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351273/understanding-the-legal-trade-of-cattle-and-camels-and-the-derived-risk-of-rift-valley-fever-introduction-into-and-transmission-within-egypt
#5
Sebastian Napp, Veronique Chevalier, Núria Busquets, Paolo Calistri, Jordi Casal, Mohamed Attia, Rehab Elbassal, Heba Hosni, Hatem Farrag, Noura Hassan, Rasha Tawfik, Sohair Abd Elkader, Shahin Bayomy
Rift Valley Fever (RVF) is a mosquito-borne zoonosis, which may cause significant losses for the livestock sector and have serious public health implications. Egypt has been repeatedly affected by RVF epidemics, mainly associated to the importation of animals from sub-Saharan countries, where the disease is endemic. The objective of our study was the improvement of the surveillance and control strategies implemented in Egypt. In order to do that, first we evaluated the legal trade of live animals into and within Egypt...
January 19, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350584/developing-standard-operating-procedures-for-gene-drive-research-in-disease-vector-mosquitoes
#6
Zach N Adelman, David Pledger, Kevin M Myles
The biosafety landscape for studies involving gene drive in arthropods is at a critical juncture. Numerous arthropod species represent potential targets for gene-drive-based population suppression or replacement, due to the large number of arthropods that transmit diseases, damage crops, or act as deleterious invasive species. Containment measures for gene drive research in arthropods have been discussed in the literature, but the importance of developing safe and effective standard operating procedures (SOPs) for these types of experiments has not been adequately addressed...
January 19, 2018: Pathogens and Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349579/malaria-infectivity-of-xanthurenic-acid-deficient-anopheline-mosquitoes-produced-by-talen-mediated-targeted-mutagenesis
#7
Daisuke S Yamamoto, Megumi Sumitani, Masatsugu Hatakeyama, Hiroyuki Matsuoka
Anopheline mosquitoes are major vectors of malaria parasites. When the gametocytes of the malaria parasite are transferred from a vertebrate to mosquitoes, they differentiate into gametes, and are fertilized in the midguts of mosquitoes. Xanthurenic acid (XA), a waste product of the ommochrome synthesis pathway, has been shown to induce exflagellation during microgametogenesis in vitro; however, it currently remains unclear whether endogenous XA affects the infectivity of anopheline mosquitoes to malaria parasites in vivo due to the lack of appropriate experimental systems such as a XA-deficient line...
January 18, 2018: Transgenic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348674/variation-at-position-350-in-the-chikungunya-virus-6k-e1-protein-determines-the-sensitivity-of-detection-in-a-rapid-e1-antigen-test
#8
Aekkachai Tuekprakhon, Emi E Nakayama, Koen Bartholomeeusen, Orapim Puiprom, Tadahiro Sasaki, Ralph Huits, Natthanej Luplertlop, Nathamon Kosoltanapiwat, Pannamas Maneekan, Kevin K Ariën, Tatsuo Shioda, Pornsawan Leaungwutiwong
Chikungunya virus (CHIKV), a mosquito-borne pathogen, consists of three genotypes: East/Central/South African (ECSA), West African (WA), and Asian. Although a current rapid immunochromatographic (IC) test detecting CHIKV E1-antigen showed high sensitivity to ECSA-genotype viruses, it showed poor performance against the Asian-genotype virus that is spreading in the American continents. To understand the basis for the low performance of this IC test against Asian-genotype virus, we re-examined the anti-CHIKV monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) used in the assay for their interaction with E1-antigen of the three CHIKV genotypes...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348627/chikungunya-virus-nsp1-interacts-directly-with-nsp2-and-modulates-its-atpase-activity
#9
Sameer Kumar, Abhishek Kumar, Prabhudutta Mamidi, Atul Tiwari, Sriram Kumar, Animamalar Mayavannan, Sagarika Mudulli, Ajit Kumar Singh, Bharat Bhusan Subudhi, Soma Chattopadhyay
Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is a mosquito-borne virus, which has created an alarming threat in the world due to unavailability of vaccine and antiviral compounds. The CHIKV nsP2 contains ATPase, RTPase, helicase and protease activities, whereas, nsP1 is a viral capping enzyme. In alphaviruses, the four non-structural proteins form the replication complex in the cytoplasm and this study characterizes the interaction between CHIKV nsP1 and nsP2. It was observed that, both the proteins co-localize in the cytoplasm and interact in the CHIKV infected cells by confocal microscopy and immunoprecipitation assay...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348555/novel-immunoinformatics-approaches-to-design-multi-epitope-subunit-vaccine-for-malaria-by-investigating-anopheles-salivary-protein
#10
Rajan Kumar Pandey, Tarun Kumar Bhatt, Vijay Kumar Prajapati
Malaria fever has been pervasive for quite a while in tropical developing regions causing high morbidity and mortality. The causal organism is a protozoan parasite of genus Plasmodium which spreads to the human host by the bite of hitherto infected female Anopheles mosquito. In the course of biting, a salivary protein of Anopheles helps in blood feeding behavior and having the ability to elicit the host immune response. This study represents a series of immunoinformatics approaches to design multi-epitope subunit vaccine using Anopheles mosquito salivary proteins...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347953/effect-of-individual-and-community-level-bed-net-usage-on-malaria-prevalence-among-under-fives-in-the-democratic-republic-of-congo
#11
Lauren Levitz, Mark Janko, Kashamuka Mwandagalirwa, Kyaw L Thwai, Joris L Likwela, Antoinette K Tshefu, Michael Emch, Steven R Meshnick
BACKGROUND: Understanding the contribution of community-level long-lasting, insecticidal net (LLIN) coverage to malaria control is critical to planning and assessing intervention campaigns. The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which has one of the highest burdens of malaria cases and deaths and has dramatically scaled up LLIN ownership in recent years thus it is an ideal setting to evaluate the effect of individual versus community-level use to prevent malaria among children under the age of 5...
January 18, 2018: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346647/resistance-to-selected-pyrethroid-insecticides-in-the-malaria-mosquito-anopheles-stephensi-diptera-muscidae-from-punjab-pakistan
#12
Hafiz Azhar Ali Khan, Waseem Akram, Sumi Lee
Pyrethroids are commonly used insecticides in malaria control programs; however, insecticide resistance limits the benefits gained by using these insecticides. In the present study, we assessed the resistance status for different pyrethroids of the malaria mosquito vector, Anopheles stephensi Liston (Diptera: Muscidae), in the Punjab province, Pakistan. Bioassays were conducted using diagnostic doses following standard World Health Organization protocols: 0.05% λ-cyhalothrin, 0.75% permethrin, 0.15% cyfluthrin, 0...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346387/inferring-the-risk-factors-behind-the-geographical-spread-and-transmission-of-zika-in-the-americas
#13
Lauren M Gardner, András Bóta, Karthik Gangavarapu, Moritz U G Kraemer, Nathan D Grubaugh
BACKGROUND: An unprecedented Zika virus epidemic occurred in the Americas during 2015-2016. The size of the epidemic in conjunction with newly recognized health risks associated with the virus attracted significant attention across the research community. Our study complements several recent studies which have mapped epidemiological elements of Zika, by introducing a newly proposed methodology to simultaneously estimate the contribution of various risk factors for geographic spread resulting in local transmission and to compute the risk of spread (or re-introductions) between each pair of regions...
January 18, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346287/development-of-zika-virus-vaccines
#14
REVIEW
Huda Makhluf, Sujan Shresta
Zika virus (ZIKV) is a mosquito-borne flavivirus that emerged as a global threat following the most recent outbreak in Brazil in 2015. ZIKV infection of pregnant women is associated with fetal abnormalities such as microcephaly, and infection of adults can lead to Guillain-Barré syndrome, an autoimmune disease characterized by neurological deficits. Although there are currently licensed vaccines for other flaviviruses, there remains an urgent need for preventative vaccines against ZIKV infection. Herein we describe the current efforts to accelerate the development of ZIKV vaccines using various platforms, including live attenuated virus, inactivated virus, DNA and RNA, viral vectors, and in silico-predicted immunogenic viral epitopes...
January 18, 2018: Vaccines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346272/viral-and-antibody-kinetics-and-mosquito-infectivity-of-an-imported-case-of-zika-fever-due-to-asian-genotype-american-strain-in-singapore
#15
Cheong Huat Tan, Li Kiang Tan, Hapuarachchige Chanditha Hapuarachchi, Yee Ling Lai, Pei Sze Jeslyn Wong, Grace Yap, Keng Wai Mak, Wing Yan Wong, Yee Sin Leo, Mei Chun Wong, Lee Ching Ng
We report a case of a Singaporean who acquired Zika virus (ZIKV) during a visit to Cuba. The infection was confirmed using molecular and serological methods. This report highlights potential drawbacks of using IgG serology for diagnosis of flavivirus infections in endemic regions. The low viremia detected during the early phase of this case resulted in low mosquito infectivity rates, suggesting the possibility of ZIKV transmission prior to clinical onset. The report also emphasizes the challenges of public health interventions for Zika fever and the importance of sustaining a low vector population to reduce the risk of arbovirus transmission in vulnerable regions...
January 18, 2018: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345964/immune-response-to-dengue-and-zika
#16
Annie Elong Ngono, Sujan Shresta
Flaviviruses such as dengue (DENV), yellow fever (YFV), West Nile (WNV), and Zika (ZIKV) are human pathogens of global significance. In particular, DENV causes the most prevalent mosquito-borne viral diseases in humans, and ZIKV emerged from obscurity into the spotlight in 2016 as the etiologic agent of congenital Zika syndrome. Owing to the recent emergence of ZIKV as a global pandemic threat, the roles of the immune system during ZIKV infections are as yet unclear. In contrast, decades of DENV research implicate a dual role for the immune system in protection against and pathogenesis of DENV infection...
January 18, 2018: Annual Review of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344968/a-novel-nested-polymerase-chain-reaction-assay-targeting-plasmodium-mitochondrial-dna-in-field-collected-anopheles-mosquitoes
#17
M Calzetta, E Perugini, G Seixas, C A Sousa, W M Guelbeogo, N Sagnon, A Della Torre, J Pinto, M Pombi, E Mancini
Sensitive techniques for the detection of Plasmodium (Aconoidasida: Plasmodiidae) sporozoites in field-collected malaria vectors are essential for the correct assessment of risk for malaria transmission. A real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) protocol targeting Plasmodium mtDNA proved to be much more sensitive in detecting sporozoites in mosquitoes than the widely used enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay targeting Plasmodium circumsporozoite protein (CSP-ELISA). However, because of the relatively high costs associated with equipment and reagents, RT-PCRs are mostly used to assess the outcomes of experimental infections in the frame of research experiments, rather than in routine monitoring of mosquito infection in the field...
January 18, 2018: Medical and Veterinary Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344662/dengue-virus-1-ns5-genetic-variant-associated-with-a-severe-clinical-infection-possible-reduction-of-the-innate-immune-response-by-inhibition-of-interferon-type-1-and-the-janus-kinase-signal-transducer-and-activator-of-transcription-signaling-pathway
#18
Iván Delgado-Enciso, Uriel A López-Lemus, Jose A Valcarcel-Gamiño, Iram P Rodriguez-Sanchez, Salvador Valle-Reyes, Margarita L Martinez-Fierro, Valery Melnikov, José Guzmán-Esquivel, Felipe Vaca-Paniagua, Laura L Valdez-Velazquez, Luz M Baltazar-Rodriguez, Alejandro D Soriano-Hernandez, Brenda Paz-Michel, Francisco Espinoza-Gómez
Dengue virus (DENV) is currently considered as one of the most important mosquito-borne viral pathogens affecting humans. Genetic variations in viruses are likely to be a condition for more effective evasion of the immune system and resulting in severe clinical consequences. The DENV‑1 NS5 gene was sequenced to establish whether during an epidemic burst there were genetic variations of the virus and whether any variant was associated (through a case‑control design) with severe clinical behavior. A total of 31 patients positive for DENV‑1 were enrolled...
January 17, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343745/malaria-infected-red-blood-cells-release-small-regulatory-rnas-through-extracellular-vesicles
#19
Kehinde Adebayo Babatunde, Smart Mbagwu, María Andrea Hernández-Castañeda, Swamy R Adapa, Michael Walch, Luis Filgueira, Laurent Falquet, Rays H Y Jiang, Ionita Ghiran, Pierre-Yves Mantel
The parasite Plasmodium falciparum causes the most severe form of malaria. Cell communication between parasites is an important mechanism to control population density and differentiation. The infected red blood cells (iRBCs) release small extracellular vesicles (EVs) that transfer cargoes between cells. The EVs synchronize the differentiation of the asexual parasites into gametocytes to initiate the transmission to the mosquito. Beside their role in parasite communication, EVs regulate vascular function. So far, the exact cargoes responsible for cellular communication remain unknown...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343583/structural-study-of-the-c-terminal-domain-of-non-structural-protein-1-from-japanese-encephalitis-virus
#20
Thanalai Poonsiri, Gareth S A Wright, Michael S Diamond, Lance Turtle, Tom Solomon, Svetlana V Antonyuk
Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) is a mosquito-transmitted Flavivirus that is closely related to other emerging viral pathogens including dengue, West Nile (WNV) and Zika viruses. JEV infection can result in meningitis and encephalitis, which in severe cases cause permanent brain damage and death. JEV occurs predominantly in rural areas throughout Southeast Asia, the Pacific islands and the Far East, causing around 68,000 cases worldwide each year. In this study, we present a 2.1 Å resolution crystal structure of the C-terminal β-ladder domain of JEV non-structural protein 1 (NS1-C)...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Virology
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