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J Y Zhao, X J Shen, B F Zhang, Z Q Wang, S L Xia, X Y Huang, B L Xu
Objective: To investigate the infection status of human rotavirus, calicivirus, astrovirus and enteric adenovirus in children aged <5 years in disease surveillance areas in Henan province from 2013 to 2015. Methods: A total of 880 stool samples were collected from four sentinel hospitals and group A rotavirus was detected by ELISA and group A rotavirus G/P genotyping was performed with nested multiplex RT-PCR, while rotavirus (group B, C), calicivirus and astrovirus were detected by two-step multiplex RT-PCR and adenovirus were detected by PCR...
October 10, 2016: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
Anne-Lise Chaber, Gabriele Cozzi, Femke Broekhuis, Robyn Hartley, John W McNutt
The recent increase in the creation of transboundary protected areas and wildlife corridors between them lends importance to information on pathogen prevalence and transmission among wildlife species that will become connected. One such initiative is the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area of which Botswana's Okavango Delta constitutes a major contribution for wildlife and ecosystems. Between 2008 and 2011, we collected serum samples from 14 lions ( Panthera leo ), four leopards ( Panthera pardus ), 19 spotted hyenas ( Crocuta crocuta ), and six cheetahs ( Acinonyx jubatus ) in the Okavango...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
Mai Ohba, Tomoichiro Oka, Takayuki Ando, Saori Arahata, Asaka Ikegaya, Hirotaka Takagi, Naohisa Ogo, Chelsea Zhu, Kazuhiro Owada, Fumihiko Kawamori, Qiuhong Wang, Linda J Saif, Akira Asai
Caliciviruses are contagious pathogens of humans and various animals. They are the most common cause of viral gastroenteritis in humans, and can cause lethal diseases in domestic animals such as cats, rabbits and immunocompromised mice. In this study, we conducted cytopathic effect-based screening of 2080 selected compounds from our in-house library to find antiviral compounds against three culturable caliciviruses: feline calicivirus, murine norovirus (MNV) and porcine sapovirus (PoSaV). We identified active six compounds, of which two compounds, both related to theaflavins, showed broad antiviral activities against all three caliciviruses; three compounds (abamectin, a mixture of avermectin B1a and B1b; avermectin B1a; and (-)-epigallocatechin gallate hydrate) were effective against PoSaV only; and a heterocyclic carboxamide derivative (BFTC) specifically inhibited MNV infectivity in cell cultures...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Antibiotics
Li-Hong Shang, Li-Jing Xiong, Li-Rong Liu, Xiao-Zhi Deng, Xiao-Li Xie
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the epidemiological and clinical features of calicivirus-associated diarrhea in hospitalized children in Chengdu, China in recent years. METHODS: The clinical data of 267 children with calicivirus-associated diarrhea aged <5 years who were hospitalized in Chengdu Women and Children's Central Hospital (the only sentinel hospital for sample collection of pediatric viral diarrhea in Chengdu, Sichuan) between January 2012 and December 2014 were retrospectively studied...
October 2016: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
Mori Kohji, Ohnuki Aya, Kanou Fumio, Akiba Tetsuya, Hayashi Yukinao, Shirasawa Hiroshi, Sadamasu Kenji
The contributions of splash from vomiting and the dispersion of dried-up virus from a contaminated floor surface to community gastroenteritis outbreaks caused by Norovirus (NoV) were evaluated, using Feline calicivirus (FCV) as an NoV surrogate. There was no difference in the size distribution of FCV-containing particles around 0.75 µm) collected from a virus-sprayed chamber 1h and 12 h after nebulization. FCV clearly dispersed after hitting a floor surface contaminated with dried virus. These results suggest that NoV can likely form airborne droplet nuclei, and dust may be the main route of infection transmission...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Medical Virology
H Yu, T X Liu, D Wang
The complete genomic RNA of the Chinese sacbrood virus (CSBV) strain, which infects the honeybees in the Loess plateau, was sequenced and analyzed. The CSBV-SX strain contains 8705 nucleotides, which includes a single large open reading frame (99-8681 nucleotides) encoding 2860 amino acids. A novel efficient identification method was used to investigate the samples infected by CSBV. The putative amino acid sequence alignment analysis showed that, except for some normal well characterized domains such as RNA helicase, RNA protease, and RNA-dependent RNA polymerase domains, a calicivirus coat protein domain was identified at amino acids 493-564...
September 23, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Kimberly R McDermid, Andrei Snyman, Frederick J Verreynne, John P Carroll, Banie L Penzhorn, Michael J Yabsley
African lion ( Panthera leo ) numbers are decreasing rapidly and populations are becoming smaller and more fragmented. Infectious diseases are one of numerous issues threatening free-ranging lion populations, and low-density populations are particularly at risk. We collected data on the prevalence and diversity of viral and parasitic pathogens in a small lion population in eastern Botswana. During 2012 and 2014, blood samples were collected from 59% (n=13) of the adult-subadult lions in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve in eastern Botswana...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
Shun-Xian Zhang, Li Li, Jian-Wen Yin, Miao Jin, Xiang-Yu Kong, Li-Li Pang, Yong-Kang Zhou, Li-Guang Tian, Jia-Xu Chen, Xiao-Nong Zhou
BACKGROUND: Acute diarrhea is one of the most serious problems in global public health that causes considerable morbidity and mortality worldwide. Human caliciviruses (HuCV) including norovirus (NoV, genogroup GI and GII) and sapovirus (SaV), is a leading cause of acute sporadic diarrhea in individuals across all age groups. However, few studies had been conducted clarifying the characteristics of HuCV in diarrhea cases across all age groups in China. Our study was aimed at assessing the HuCV-related diarrhea burden and NoV genotypes distribution in southwest China...
2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Ping He, Huabo Zhou, Weifeng Zhao, Jianqiao He, Ruikai Li, Yangbao Ding, Quanjiang Chen, Lin Liu, Zuzhang Wei, Weijian Huang, Ying Chen
Here, we report the complete genome of a feline calicivirus (FCV) originating from household cats in Guangxi, southern China, in September 2013. To understand its genetic characteristics, we isolated FCV strain GX01-2013 from MDCK cells and determined its complete genome sequence.
2016: Genome Announcements
Derek M Foster, Keith P Poulsen, Hannah J Sylvester, Megan E Jacob, Kaitlyn E Casulli, Brian E Farkas
This study aimed to determine the effects of high-pressure processing on the immunoglobulin concentration, microbial load, viscosity, and transfer of passive immunity to calves when applied to bovine colostrum as an alternative to thermal pasteurization. A pilot study using Staphylococcus aureus was conducted to determine which pressure-time treatments are most appropriate for use with bovine colostrum, with the goals of maximizing bacterial inactivation while minimizing IgG content and viscosity changes. Following the pilot study, an inoculation study was conducted in which first-milking colostrum samples from Holstein-Friesian cows were inoculated with known concentrations of various bacteria or viruses and pressure processed at either 300 MPa for up to 60 min or at 400 MPa for up to 30 min...
September 13, 2016: Journal of Dairy Science
Rui Zhang, Sakae Hisano, Akio Tani, Hideki Kondo, Satoko Kanematsu, Nobuhiro Suzuki
Viruses typically encode the capsid that encases their genome, while satellite viruses do not encode a replicase and depend on a helper virus for their replication(1). Here, we report interplay between two RNA viruses, yado-nushi virus 1 (YnV1) and yado-kari virus 1 (YkV1), in a phytopathogenic fungus, Rosellinia necatrix(2). YkV1 has a close phylogenetic affinity to positive-sense, single-stranded (+)ssRNA viruses such as animal caliciviruses(3), while YnV1 has an undivided double-stranded (ds) RNA genome with a resemblance to fungal totiviruses(4)...
2016: Nature Microbiology
Noelia Moreno, Ignacio Mena, Iván Angulo, Yolanda Gómez, Elisa Crisci, María Montoya, José R Castón, Esther Blanco, Juan Bárcena
Virus-like particles (VLPs), comprised of viral structural proteins devoid of genetic material, are tunable nanoparticles that can be chemically or genetically engineered, to be used as platforms for multimeric display of foreign antigens. Here, we report the engineering of chimeric VLPs, derived from rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV) for presentation of foreign B-cell antigens to the immune system. The RHDV capsid comprises 180 copies of a single capsid subunit (VP60). To evaluate the ability of chimeric RHDV VLPs to elicit protective humoral responses against foreign antigens, we tested two B-cell epitopes: a novel neutralizing B-cell epitope, derived from feline calicivirus capsid protein, and a well characterized B-cell epitope from the extracellular domain of influenza A virus M2 protein (M2e)...
2016: Scientific Reports
Sudhakar S Agnihothram, Sheryl Anne Vermudez, Lisa Mullis, Todd A Townsend, Mugimane G Manjanatha, Marli P Azevedo
Noroviruses (NoV) are the leading cause of nonbacterial gastroenteritis in humans, and replicate extensively in the human gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Silica (also known as silicon dioxide, SiO2) nanoparticles (NPs) used in processed foods, dairy products, and beverages also accumulate in the GI tract. We investigated the effect of silica NPs on NoV replication and host cell response during virus infection, using murine norovirus (MNV-1) infection of RAW 264.7 murine macrophages. Pretreatment with 10 μg/ml silica significantly reduced the viability of macrophages, but no cumulative effects on viability of macrophages were observed with MNV-1 infection...
July 2016: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Ntshepisa Lebetwa, Takakazu Mitani, Soichiro Nakamura, Shigeru Katayama
BACKGROUND: Current research on the gastro-intestinal digestion of milk-casein strongly suggests the existence of novel bioactive peptides having antiviral activities that are attributable to their immunostimulatory effects. Here, we investigated the antiviral activity of casein peptides rich in phosphate groups, such as casein phosphopeptide (CPP-III). RESULTS: We prepared two types of CPP with different phosphorylation levels to clarify the role of the phosphate group...
August 22, 2016: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Shufa Zheng, Fei Yu, Xiao Chen, Dawei Cui, Yongzhang Cheng, Guoliang Xie, Xianzhi Yang, Dongsheng Han, Yiyin Wang, Wen Zhang, Yu Chen
BACKGROUND: Diarrhea is the second most common cause of death among children less than 5 years of age worldwide. The etiological agents of diarrhea in the southeast coastal area of China were studied from July 2009 to December 2014. METHODS: A total of the 2318 patients were enrolled in this study and examined for the presence of viruses, bacteria, and parasites. Multiplex real-time PCR was used for the detection of diarrheagenic Escherichia.coli (DEC). DEC strains were tested for susceptibility to a panel of 20 antibiotics using the Kirby-Bauer disc-diffusion method...
2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Jin Tian, Dafei Liu, Yongxiang Liu, Hongxia Wu, Yanmei Jiang, Shaopo Zu, Chunguo Liu, Xue Sun, Jiasen Liu, Liandong Qu
Feline calicivirus (FCV) is a virus that causes respiratory disease in cats. In this study, the FCV TIG-1 was isolated from Siberian tiger feces collected in 2014 in Heilongjiang Province, China. Phylogenetic analysis among TIG-1 and other FCVs showed that TIG-1 does not share the same lineage with other FCV isolates from Heilongjiang or other regions in China but is located in the same cluster with the FCV strain Urbana, which was isolated from the United States. The growth kinetics in vitro and the pathogenicity in cats between TIG-1 and the domestic cat-origin FCV strain F9 (vaccine strain) and strain 2280 were compared...
August 30, 2016: Veterinary Microbiology
Jackie E Mahar, Leila Nicholson, John-Sebastian Eden, Sebastián Duchêne, Peter J Kerr, Janine Duckworth, Vernon K Ward, Edward C Holmes, Tanja Strive
UNLABELLED: Two closely related caliciviruses cocirculate in Australia: rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV) and rabbit calicivirus Australia 1 (RCV-A1). RCV-A1 causes benign enteric infections in the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) in Australia and New Zealand, while its close relative RHDV causes a highly pathogenic infection of the liver in the same host. The comparison of these viruses provides important information on the nature and trajectory of virulence evolution, particularly as highly virulent strains of RHDV may have evolved from nonpathogenic ancestors such as RCV-A1...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Virology
W Randazzo, R Aznar, G Sánchez
Photodynamic inactivation (PDI) is extensively used to inactivate different type of pathogens through the use of photosensitizers (PS). Curcumin has been identified as an excellent natural photosensitizer with some potential applications in the food industry. The aim of this study was to assess the antiviral activity of photoactivated curcumin on norovirus surrogates, feline calicivirus (FCV), and murine norovirus (MNV). Initially, different concentrations of curcumin (13.5-1358 µM) were individually mixed with each virus at titers of ca...
August 5, 2016: Food and Environmental Virology
Hongxia Wu, Shaopo Zu, Xue Sun, Yongxiang Liu, Jin Tian, Liandong Qu
Feline Calicivirus (FCV) infection results in the inhibition of host protein synthesis, known as "shut-off". However, the precise mechanism of shut-off remains unknown. Here, we found that the FCV strain 2280 proteinase-polymerase (PP) protein can suppress luciferase reporter gene expression driven by endogenous and exogenous promoters. Furthermore, we found that the N-terminal 263 aa of PP (PPN-263) determined its shut-off activity using the expression of truncated proteins. However, the same domain of the FCV strain F9 PP protein failed to inhibit gene expression...
2016: Viruses
Stacie C Summers, Rebecca Ruch-Gallie, Jennifer R Hawley, Michael R Lappin
OBJECTIVES: The objective was to investigate the effect of one dose of an inactivated feline herpesvirus-1 (FHV-1), feline calicivirus (FCV) and panleukopenia virus (FPV) vaccine (FVRCP) or one dose of a modified live (ML) FVRCP vaccine on clinical signs and shedding of FHV-1 in specific pathogen-free kittens after challenge with FHV-1 7 days after vaccination. METHODS: Twenty-four FHV-1 seronegative 5-month-old kittens were randomized into three groups of eight kittens...
July 18, 2016: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
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