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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638845/detection-of-the-northeastern-african-rift-valley-fever-virus-lineage-during-the-2015-outbreak-in-mauritania
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Ndeye Sakha Bob, Hampâté Bâ, Gamou Fall, Elkhalil Ishagh, Mamadou Y Diallo, Abdourahmane Sow, Pape Mbacké Sembene, Ousmane Faye, Brahim El Kouri, Mohamed Lemine Sidi, Amadou Alpha Sall
BACKGROUND: Rift Valley fever (RVF) is an acute viral anthropozoonosis that causes epizootics and epidemics among livestock population and humans. Multiple emergences and reemergences of the virus have occurred in Mauritania over the last decade. This article describes the outbreak that occurred in 2015 in Mauritania and reports the results of serological and molecular investigations of blood samples collected from suspected RVF patients. METHODS: An RVF outbreak was reported from 14 September to 26 November 2015 in Mauritania...
2017: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633975/efficacy-of-inactivation-of-viral-contaminants-in-hyperimmune-horse-plasma-against-botulinum-toxin-by-low-ph-alone-and-combined-with-pepsin-digestion
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Amram Torgeman, Nurit Mador, Marina Dorozko, Aliza Lifshitz, Naomi Eschar, Moshe D White, Dana G Wolf, Eyal Epstein
Assuring viral safety of horse plasma-derived products is fundamental for ethical and regulatory reasons. We previously demonstrated the ability of pepsin digestion at low pH to inactivate West Nile and Sindbis viruses in horse plasma. The present study further examined the efficiency of pepsin digestion to inactivate four additional viruses: HSV-1 and BVDV (lipid-enveloped), BPV and Reo-3 (nonenveloped). These viruses were spiked into hyperimmunized horse plasma against botulinum toxin and subjected to low pH (3...
June 17, 2017: Biologicals: Journal of the International Association of Biological Standardization
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629971/survey-of-pathogens-in-threatened-wild-red-tailed-amazon-parrot-amazona-brasiliensis-nestlings-in-rasa-island-brazil
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Frederico Fontanelli Vaz, Patrícia Pereira Serafini, Rosangela Locatelli-Dittrich, Rafael Meurer, Edison Luiz Durigon, Jansen de Araújo, Luciano Matsumiya Thomazelli, Tatiana Ometto, Elenise Angelotti Bastos Sipinski, Rafael Meirelles Sezerban, Maria Cecília Abbud, Tânia Freitas Raso
The red-tailed Amazon parrot (Amazona brasiliensis) is a threatened species of psittacine bird that inhabit coastal regions of Brazil. In view of the threat of this species, the aim of this study was to perform a health evaluation in wild nestlings in Rasa Island, determining the prevalence of enterobacteria and infectious agents according to type of nest. Blood samples were collected from 64 birds and evaluated for antibodies of Chlamydia psittaci by commercial dot-blot ELISA. Cloacal and oropharyngeal swabs samples were collected from 23 birds from artificial wooden nests, 15 birds from PVC nests and 2 birds from natural nests for microbiological analysis...
June 3, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Microbiology: [publication of the Brazilian Society for Microbiology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628400/west-nile-virus-seroprevalence-in-animals-in-palestine-and-israel
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Kifaya Azmi, Sharon Tirosh-Levy, Mu'taz Manasrah, Rotem Mizrahi, Abed Nasereddin, Amer Al-Jawabreh, Suheir Ereqat, Ziad Abdeen, Yaniv Lustig, Boris Gelman, Gili Schvartz, Amir Steinman
West Nile virus (WNV) epidemiological situation in Israel and Palestine, due to their unique location, draws attention following to the global spread of West Nile fever (WNF). Although much information is available from Israel on clinical cases and prevalence of WNV, clinical cases are rarely reported in Palestine, and prevalence is not known. The objectives of this study were to determine WNV seroprevalence in various domestic animals in Palestine and to reevaluate current seroprevalence, force of infection, and risk factors for WNV exposure in horses in Israel...
June 19, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628366/culex-flavivirus-during-west-nile-virus-epidemic-and-interepidemic-years-in-chicago-united-states
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Christina M Newman, Bethany L Krebs, Tavis K Anderson, Gabriel L Hamer, Marilyn O Ruiz, Jeffrey D Brawn, William M Brown, Uriel D Kitron, Tony L Goldberg
Culex flavivirus (CxFV) is an insect-specific flavivirus infecting Culex mosquitoes, which are important vectors of West Nile virus (WNV). CxFV and WNV cocirculate in nature and coinfect Culex mosquitoes, including in a WNV "hotspot" in suburban Chicago. We previously identified a positive association between CxFV and WNV in mosquito pools collected from suburban Chicago in 2006. To further investigate this phenomenon, we compared the spatial and temporal distribution of CxFV during an interepidemic year (2011) and an epidemic year (2012) for WNV...
June 19, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626758/a-novel-pan-flavivirus-detection-and-identification-assay-based-on-rt-qpcr-and-microarray
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Ariel Vina-Rodriguez, Konrad Sachse, Ute Ziegler, Serafeim C Chaintoutis, Markus Keller, Martin H Groschup, Martin Eiden
The genus Flavivirus includes arthropod-borne viruses responsible for a large number of infections in humans and economically important animals. While RT-PCR protocols for specific detection of most Flavivirus species are available, there has been also a demand for a broad-range Flavivirus assay covering all members of the genus. It is particularly challenging to balance specificity at genus level with equal sensitivity towards each target species. In the present study, a novel assay combining a SYBR Green-based RT-qPCR with a low-density DNA microarray has been developed...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623567/molecular-identification-and-comparative-evaluation-of-tropical-marine-microalgae-for-biodiesel-production
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Sanyo Sabu, I S Bright Singh, Valsamma Joseph
Marine microalgae have emerged as important feedstock for liquid biofuel production. The identification of lipid-rich native microalgal species with high growth rate and optimal fatty acid profile and biodiesel properties is the most challenging step in microalgae-based biodiesel production. In this study, attempts have been made to bio-prospect the biodiesel production potential of marine and brackish water microalgal isolates from the west coast of India. A total of 14 microalgal species were isolated, identified using specific molecular markers and based on the lipid content; seven species with total lipid content above 20% of dry cell weight were selected for assessing biodiesel production potential in terms of lipid and biomass productivities, nile red fluorescence, fatty acid profile and biodiesel properties...
June 16, 2017: Marine Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623344/an-essential-role-of-pi3k-in-the-control-of-west-nile-virus-infection
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Leilei Wang, Long Yang, Erol Fikrig, Penghua Wang
The phosphatidyl-inositol-3 kinases (PI3K) pathway regulates a variety of cellular processes, including cell proliferation, RNA processing, protein translation, autophagy, apoptosis and antiviral immunity. Many viruses depend on PI3K signaling for replication. However, its role in flaviviral infection has not been clearly defined. Here we report that PI3K signaling is critical for the control of West Nile virus (WNV) infection by regulating type I IFN (IFN-I) response. Inhibition of PI3K activity by 3-methyl adenine (3-MA), Wortmannin (WM) and LY294002 (LY) increased viral titers by 3-16 folds in primary mouse macrophages, embryonic fibroblasts and human cell lines...
June 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622360/the-seroprevalence-of-west-nile-virus-in-israel-a-nationwide-cross-sectional-study
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Ravit Bassal, Tamy Shohat, Zalman Kaufman, Batya Mannasse, Eilat Shinar, Doron Amichay, Mira Barak, Anat Ben-Dor, Adina Bar Haim, Daniel Cohen, Ella Mendelson, Yaniv Lustig
West Nile Virus (WNV) is endemic in Israel, affecting yearly 40-160 individuals. Israel is located on a central migratory path between Africa and Eurasia and most West Nile Fever (WNF) cases reported in recent years were among residents of the coastal plain. The aim of the study was to evaluate the seroprevalence of WNV among the Israeli population and to assess correlates for WNV infection. A cross-sectional nationwide serologic survey was conducted using 3,145 serum samples collected by the national Israeli serum bank during 2011-2014, representing all age and population groups in Israel...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617853/co-occurrence-of-viruses-and-mosquitoes-at-the-vectors-optimal-climate-range-an-underestimated-risk-to-temperate-regions
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Marcus S C Blagrove, Cyril Caminade, Elisabeth Waldmann, Elizabeth R Sutton, Maya Wardeh, Matthew Baylis
Mosquito-borne viruses have been estimated to cause over 100 million cases of human disease annually. Many methodologies have been developed to help identify areas most at risk from transmission of these viruses. However, generally, these methodologies focus predominantly on the effects of climate on either the vectors or the pathogens they spread, and do not consider the dynamic interaction between the optimal conditions for both vector and virus. Here, we use a new approach that considers the complex interplay between the optimal temperature for virus transmission, and the optimal climate for the mosquito vectors...
June 15, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616487/wild-snakes-harbor-west-nile-virus
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C R Dahlin, D F Hughes, W E Meshaka, C Coleman, J D Henning
West Nile virus (WNV) has a complex eco-epidemiology with birds acting as reservoirs and hosts for the virus. Less well understood is the role of reptiles, especially in wild populations. The goal of our study was to determine whether a wild population of snakes in Pennsylvania harbored WNV. Six species of snakes were orally sampled in the summer of 2013 and were tested for the presence of WNV viral RNA using RT-PCR. Two Eastern Garter Snakes, Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis tested positive for viral RNA (2/123, 1...
December 2016: One Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616480/culex-pipiens-and-culex-torrentium-populations-from-central-europe-are-susceptible-to-west-nile-virus-infection
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Mayke Leggewie, Marlis Badusche, Martin Rudolf, Stephanie Jansen, Jessica Börstler, Ralf Krumkamp, Katrin Huber, Andreas Krüger, Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit, Egbert Tannich, Stefanie C Becker
West Nile virus (WNV), a Flavivirus with an avian primary host, is already widespread in Europe and might also pose an infection risk to Germany, should competent mosquito vectors be present. Therefore, we analysed the ability of WNV to infect German Culex mosquitoes with special emphasis on field collected specimens of Culex torrentium and Culex pipiens biotype pipiens. We collected egg rafts of Culex mosquitoes over two subsequent seasons at two geographically distinct sampling areas in Germany and differentiated the samples by molecular methods...
December 2016: One Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610033/molecular-approaches-for-blood-meal-analysis-and-species-identification-of%C3%A2-mosquitoes-insecta-diptera-culicidae-in-rural-locations-in-southern-england-united-kingdom
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Luis Miguel Hernández-Triana, Victor Albert Brugman, Sean Williams John Prosser, Chris Weland, Nadya Nikolova, Leigh Thorne, Mar Fernández DE Marco, Anthony Richard Fooks, Nicholas Johnson
Thirty-four species of Culicidae are present in the UK, of which 15 have been implicated as potential vectors of arthropod-borne viruses such as West Nile virus. Identification of mosquito feeding preferences is paramount to the understanding of vector-host-pathogen interactions which, in turn, would assist in the control of disease outbreaks. Results are presented on the application of DNA barcoding for vertebrate species identification in blood-fed female mosquitoes in rural locations. Blood-fed females (n = 134) were collected in southern England from rural sites and identified based on morphological criteria...
April 3, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607390/west-nile-virus-infectious-replicon-particles-generated-using-a-packaging-restricted-cell-line-is-a-safe-reporter-system
#14
Wei Li, Le Ma, Li-Ping Guo, Xiao-Lei Wang, Jing-Wei Zhang, Zhi-Gao Bu, Rong-Hong Hua
West Nile virus (WNV) is a neurotropic pathogen which causes zoonotic disease in humans. Recently, there have been an increasing number of infected cases and there are no clinically approved vaccines or effective drugs to treat WNV infections in humans. The purpose of this study was to facilitate vaccine and antiviral drug discovery by developing a packaging cell line-restricted WNV infectious replicon particle system. We constructed a DNA-based WNV replicon lacking the C-prM-E coding region and replaced it with a GFP coding sequence...
June 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606820/analysis-of-population-structure-and-insecticide-resistance-in-mosquitoes-of-the-genus-culex-anopheles-and-aedes-from-different-environments-of-greece-with-a-history-of-mosquito-borne-disease-transmission
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Max Fotakis, Alexandra Chaskopoulou, Linda Grigoraki, Alexandros Tsiamantas, Stella Kounadi, Loukas Georgiou, John Vontas
Greece has been recently affected by several mosquito borne diseases with the West Nile Virus (WNV) outbreak in 2010 being one of the largest reported in Europe. Currently at the epicenter of an economic and refugee crisis and visited by over 16 million tourists a year the integrated management of diseases transmitted by mosquitoes is a public health and economic priority. Vector control programs rely mainly on insecticides, however data on insecticide resistance and the mosquito fauna is essential for successful applications...
June 9, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600536/imipramine-inhibits-chikungunya-virus-replication-in-human-skin-fibroblasts-through-interference-with-intracellular-cholesterol-trafficking
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Sineewanlaya Wichit, Rodolphe Hamel, Eric Bernard, Loïc Talignani, Fodé Diop, Pauline Ferraris, Florian Liegeois, Peeraya Ekchariyawat, Natthanej Luplertlop, Pornapat Surasombatpattana, Frédéric Thomas, Andres Merits, Valérie Choumet, Pierre Roques, Hans Yssel, Laurence Briant, Dorothée Missé
Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is an emerging arbovirus of the Togaviridae family that poses a present worldwide threat to human in the absence of any licensed vaccine or antiviral treatment to control viral infection. Here, we show that compounds interfering with intracellular cholesterol transport have the capacity to inhibit CHIKV replication in human skin fibroblasts, a major viral entry site in the human host. Pretreatment of these cells with the class II cationic amphiphilic compound U18666A, or treatment with the FDA-approved antidepressant drug imipramine resulted in a near total inhibition of viral replication and production at the highest concentration used without any cytotoxic effects...
June 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592864/infectious-dnas-derived-from-insect-specific-flavivirus-genomes-enable-identification-of-pre-and-post-entry-host-restrictions-in-vertebrate-cells
#17
Thisun B H Piyasena, Yin X Setoh, Jody Hobson-Peters, Natalee D Newton, Helle Bielefeldt-Ohmann, Breeanna J McLean, Laura J Vet, Alexander A Khromykh, Roy A Hall
Flaviviruses such as West Nile virus (WNV), dengue virus and Zika virus are mosquito-borne pathogens that cause significant human diseases. A novel group of insect-specific flaviviruses (ISFs), which only replicate in mosquitoes, have also been identified. However, little is known about the mechanisms of ISF host restriction. We report the generation of infectious cDNA from two Australian ISFs, Parramatta River virus (PaRV) and Palm Creek virus (PCV). Using circular polymerase extension cloning (CPEC) with a modified OpIE2 insect promoter, infectious cDNA was generated and transfected directly into mosquito cells to produce infectious virus indistinguishable from wild-type virus...
June 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592649/oas1b-dependent-immune-transcriptional-profiles-of-west-nile-virus-infection-in-the-collaborative-cross
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Richard Green, Courtney Wilkins, Sunil Thomas, Aimee Sekine, Duncan M Hendrick, Kathleen Voss, Renee C Ireton, Michael Mooney, Jennifer T Go, Gabrielle Choonoo, Sophia Jeng, Fernando Pardo-Manuel de Villena, Martin T Ferris, Shannon McWeeney, Michael Gale
The oligoadenylate-synthetase (Oas) gene locus provides innate immune resistance to virus infection. In mouse models, variation in the Oas1b gene influences host susceptibility to flavivirus infection. However, the impact of Oas variation on overall innate immune programming and global gene expression among tissues and in different genetic backgrounds has not been defined. We examined how Oas1b acts in spleen and brain tissue to limit West Nile virus (WNV) susceptibility and disease across a range of genetic backgrounds...
June 7, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588289/west-nile-virus-infection-in-suspected-febrile-typhoid-cases-in-xinjiang-china
#19
Lei Cao, Shihong Fu, Zhi Lv, Chengjun Tang, Shiheng Cui, Xiaolong Li, Xiaoyan Gao, Minghua Li, Yuxi Cao, Wenwen Lei, Ying He, Huanyu Wang, Guodong Liang
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 7, 2017: Emerging Microbes & Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584951/an-integrative-eco-epidemiological-analysis-of-west-nile-virus-transmission
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Annelise Tran, Grégory L'Ambert, Gilles Balança, Sophie Pradier, Vladimir Grosbois, Thomas Balenghien, Thierry Baldet, Sylvie Lecollinet, Agnès Leblond, Nicolas Gaidet-Drapier
West Nile disease, caused by the West Nile virus (WNV), is a mosquito-borne zoonotic disease affecting humans and horses that involves wild birds as amplifying hosts. The mechanisms of WNV transmission remain unclear in Europe where the occurrence of outbreaks has dramatically increased in recent years. We used a dataset on the competence, distribution, abundance, diversity and dispersal of wild bird hosts and mosquito vectors to test alternative hypotheses concerning the transmission of WNV in Southern France...
June 5, 2017: EcoHealth
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