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Chia-Yun Lo, Susan L Strobl, Kimberly Dunham, Wei Wang, Lucy Stewart, Julia A Misplon, Mayra Garcia, Jin Gao, Tatsuhiko Ozawa, Graeme E Price, Jose Navidad, Steve Gradus, Sanjib Bhattacharyya, Cecile Viboud, Maryna C Eichelberger, Carol D Weiss, Jack Gorski, Suzanne L Epstein
BACKGROUND: Antibody and T-cell immunity to conserved influenza virus antigens can protect animals against infection with diverse influenza strains. Although immunity against conserved antigens occurs in humans, whether such responses provide cross-protection in humans and could be harnessed as the basis for universal influenza vaccines is controversial. The 2009 pandemic provided an opportunity to investigate whether pre-existing cross-reactive immunity affected susceptibility to infection...
2017: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
Beibei Xu, Zhiying Tan, Kenli Li, Taijiao Jiang, Yousong Peng
Newly emerging influenza viruses continue to threaten public health. A rapid determination of the host range of newly discovered influenza viruses would assist in early assessment of their risk. Here, we attempted to predict the host of influenza viruses using the Support Vector Machine (SVM) classifier based on the word vector, a new representation and feature extraction method for biological sequences. The results show that the length of the word within the word vector, the sequence type (DNA or protein) and the species from which the sequences were derived for generating the word vector all influence the performance of models in predicting the host of influenza viruses...
2017: PeerJ
Shaynah A Wanga, Stijntje Hibender, Yanto Ridwan, Cindy van Roomen, Mariska Vos, Ingeborg van der Made, Nicole van Vliet, Romy Franken, Luigi Amjg van Riel, Maarten Groenink, Aeilko H Zwinderman, Barbara Jm Mulder, Carlie Jm de Vries, Jeroen Essers, Vivian de Waard
Marfan syndrome (MFS) is a connective tissue disorder, in which aortic rupture is the major cause of death. MFS patients with an aortic diameter below the advised limit for prophylactic surgery (<5cm) may unexpectedly experience an aortic dissection or rupture, despite yearly monitoring. Hence, there is a clear need for improved prognostic markers to predict such aortic events. We hypothesize that elastin fragments play a causal role in aortic calcification in MFS and that microcalcification serves as a marker for aortic disease severity...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Pathology
Ahmed Kandeil, Ahmed Kayed, Yassmin Moatasim, Richard J Webby, Pamela P McKenzie, Ghazi Kayali, Mohamed A Ali
A newly emerged H5N8 influenza virus was isolated from green-winged teal in Egypt during December 2016. In this study, we provide a detailed characterization of full genomes of Egyptian H5N8 viruses and some virological features. Genetic analysis demonstrated that the Egyptian H5N8 viruses are highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that the genome of the Egyptian H5N8 viruses was related to recently characterized reassortant H5N8 viruses of clade isolated from different Eurasian countries...
July 18, 2017: Journal of General Virology
Lauren Byrd-Leotis, Richard D Cummings, David A Steinhauer
The hemagglutinin (HA) and neuraminidase (NA) glycoproteins of influenza A virus are responsible for the surface interactions of the virion with the host. Entry of the virus is mediated by functions of the HA: binding to cellular receptors and facilitating fusion of the virion membrane with the endosomal membrane. The HA structure contains receptor binding sites in the globular membrane distal head domains of the trimer, and the fusion machinery resides in the stem region. These sites have specific characteristics associated with subtype and host, and the differences often define species barriers...
July 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Zhong-Zhou Huang, Liang Yu, Ping Huang, Li-Jun Liang, Qing Guo
BACKGROUND: The A/H3N2 influenza viruses circulated in humans have been shown to undergo antigenic drift, a process in which amino acid mutations result from nucleotide substitutions. There are few reports regarding the charged amino acid mutations. The purpose of this paper is to explore the relations between charged amino acids, N-glycosylation and epitopes in hemagglutinin (HA) and neuraminidase (NA). METHODS: A total of 700 HA genes (691 NA genes) of A/H3N2 viruses were chronologically analyzed for the mutational variants in amino acid features, N-glycosylation sites and epitopes since its emergence in 1968...
2017: PloS One
Troy C Sutton, Elaine W Lamirande, Rita Czako, Kanta Subbarao
The recent outbreak of avian origin H10N7 influenza among seals in Northern Europe, and two fatal human infections with an avian H10N8 virus in China, have demonstrated that H10 viruses can spread between mammals and cause severe disease in humans. To gain insight into the potential for H10 viruses to cross the species barrier and identify a candidate vaccine strain, we evaluated the in vitro and in vivo properties and antibody response in ferrets to 20 diverse H10 viruses. H10 virus infection of ferrets caused variable weight loss and all 20 viruses replicated throughout the respiratory tract; however, replication in the lungs was highly variable...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Virology
Marina Gulyaeva, Kirill Sharshov, Mizuho Suzuki, Ivan Sobolev, Yoshihiro Sakoda, Alexander Alekseev, Mariya Sivay, Lidia Shestopalova, Michael Shchelkanov, Alexander Shestopalov
Thirty-two muskrats (Ondatra zibethicus) were captured for surveillance of avian influenza virus in wild waterfowl and mammals near Lake Chany, Western Siberia, Russia. A/muskrat/Russia/63/2014 (H2N2) was isolated from an apparently healthy muskrat using chicken embryos. Based on phylogenetic analysis, the hemagglutinin and neuraminidase genes of this isolate were classified into the Eurasian avian-like influenza virus clade and closely related to low pathogenic avian influenza viruses (LPAIVs) isolated from wild water birds in Italy and Sweden, respectively...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Yahan Zhang, Hongwei Han, Hanyue Qiu, Hongyan Lin, Lugang Yu, Wanzhan Zhu, Jinliang Qi, Rongwu Yang, Yanjun Pang, Xiaoming Wang, Guihua Lu, Yonghua Yang
This study aimed to examine the antiviral effects of shikonin ester ((R)-1-(5, 8-dihydroxy-1,4-dioxo-1,4-dihydronaphthalen-2-yl)-4-methylpent-3-en-1-yl3-(1H- indol-3-yl) propanoate (PMM-034) against influenza A (H1N1) virus. We investigated PMM-034 anti-H1N1 activity and its effect on caspase 3 gene expression during cellular apoptosis after influenza virus infection in vitro. Neuraminidase (NA) inhibition was assessed in comparison with oseltamivir in the influenza virus standard strains A/PR/8/34 to understand the viral mechanism...
July 5, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
David S C Hui, Nelson Lee, Paul K S Chan
Seasonal influenza epidemics and periodic pandemics are important causes of morbidity and mortality. Patients with chronic co-morbid illness, those at the extremes of age and pregnant women are at higher risks of complications requiring hospitalization, whereas young adults and obese individuals were also at increased risk during the A(H1N1) pandemic in 2009. Avian influenza A(H5N1) and A(H7N9) viruses have continued to circulate widely in some poultry populations and infect humans sporadically since 1997 and 2013, respectively...
July 5, 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
Wang Ma, Haodi Huang, Jian Chen, Ke Xu, Qigang Dai, Huiyan Yu, Fei Deng, Xian Qi, Shenjiao Wang, Jie Hong, Changjun Bao, Xiang Huo, Minghao Zhou
Four epidemic waves of human infection with H7N9 have been recorded in China up to 1 June 2016, including in Jiangsu Province. However, few studies have investigated the differences in patients' characteristics among the 4 epidemic waves, and the analyses of factors associated with fatal infection lacked statistical power in previous studies due to limited sample size METHODS: All laboratory-confirmed A(H7N9) patients in Jiangsu province were analysed. Patients' characteristics were compared across 4 waves and between survivors and those who died...
July 4, 2017: Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses
Tat-Chuan Cham, Yen-Chen Chang, Pei-Shiue Tsai, Ching-Ho Wu, Hui-Wen Chen, Chian-Ren Jeng, Victor Fei Pang, Hui-Wen Chang
Unlike serotype II feline coronaviruses (FCoV II), the cellular receptor for serotype I FCoV (FCoV I), the most prevalence FCoV serotype, is unknown. To provide a platform to assess attachment pattern of the FCoV I with its host receptor(s), we established HEK293 cell lines that stably expressed the ectodomains of the spike (S) proteins derived from a FCoV I feline enteric coronavirus strain UU7 (FECV UU7) and a feline infectious peritonitis virus strain UU4 (FIPV UU4). Using the recombinant S proteins as probes to perform S protein affinity histochemistry in paraffin-embedded tissues, despite no tissue or enteric binding of FECV UU7 S protein was detected, we showed that the tissue distribution of FIPV UU4 S protein-bound cells correlated with that of FIPV antigen-positive cells by immunohistochemistry and lesions associated with FIP; and the affinity binding of FIPV UU4 S protein on macrophages was not affected by the enzymatic removal of host cell-surface sialic acid with neuraminidase...
July 4, 2017: Microbiology and Immunology
Julia Sarkadi, David Kuti, Mate Jankovics, Eva Pallinger, Kinga Fodor, Zoltan Kis, Eva Gonczol, Ildiko Visontai, Istvan Jankovics
To investigate the protective efficacy of a seasonal trivalent inactivated whole virion influenza vaccine (TIV) adjuvanted with aluminum phosphate (Fluval AB, referred to here as TIV+Al), we immunized mice with the TIV+Al, and as controls, with TIV, TIV+Al combined with Freund adjuvant (TIV+Al+F), inactivated A/PR/8/34(H1N1) (PR8) strain or PBS, and challenged them with a lethal dose of a mouse-adapted PR8 virus. Serum pools from immunized mice were passively transferred to recipient mice that were then challenged similarly...
July 4, 2017: New Microbiologica
Larissa Dirr, Ibrahim M El-Deeb, Leonard M G Chavas, Patrice Guillon, Mark von Itzstein
Human parainfluenza viruses represent a leading cause of lower respiratory tract disease in children, with currently no available approved drug or vaccine. The viral surface glycoprotein haemagglutinin-neuraminidase (HN) represents an ideal antiviral target. Herein, we describe the first structure-based study on the rearrangement of key active site amino acid residues by an induced opening of the 216-loop, through the accommodation of appropriately functionalised neuraminic acid-based inhibitors. We discovered that the rearrangement is influenced by the degree of loop opening and is controlled by the neuraminic acid's C-4 substituent's size (large or small)...
July 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
Lili Xu, Yun Zhu, Lili Ren, Baoping Xu, Chunyan Liu, Zhengde Xie, Kunling Shen
In the present study, 50 nasopharyngeal swabs from children with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) but negative for 18 common respiratory viruses, as measured by the Luminex xTAG Respiratory Viral Panel Assay, were subjected to multiplex metagenomic analyses using a next-generation sequencing platform. Taxonomic analysis showed that all sequence reads could be assigned to a specific species. An average of 95.13% were assigned to the Bacteria kingdom, whereas only 0.72% were potentially virus derived. This snapshot of the respiratory tract virome revealed most viral reads to be respiratory tract related, classified into four known virus families: Paramyxoviridae, Herpesviridae, Anelloviridae, and Polyomaviridae...
July 3, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
Shin-Hee Kim, Siba K Samal
Avian Influenza virus (AIV) is an important pathogen for both human and animal health. There is a great need to develop a safe and effective vaccine for AI infections in the field. Live-attenuated Newcastle disease virus (NDV) vectored AI vaccines have shown to be effective, but preexisting antibodies to the vaccine vector can affect the protective efficacy of the vaccine in the field. To improve the efficacy of AI vaccine, we generated a novel vectored vaccine by using a chimeric NDV vector that is serologically distant from NDV...
June 28, 2017: Vaccine
Yasuko Hatta, David Boltz, Sally Sarawar, Yoshihiro Kawaoka, Gabriele Neumann, Pamuk Bilsel
The emergence of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 viruses has heightened global concern about the threat posed by pandemic influenza. To address the need for a highly effective universal influenza vaccine, we developed a novel M2-deficient single replication (M2SR) influenza vaccine virus and previously reported that it provided strong heterosubtypic protection against seasonal influenza viruses in mice. In the current study, we assessed M2SR induced protection against H5N1 influenza in mice and ferrets...
June 28, 2017: Vaccine
Yuandi Yu, Zaoyue Zhang, Huanan Li, Xiuhui Wang, Bo Li, Xingxing Ren, Zhaoyong Zeng, Xu Zhang, Shukai Liu, Pingsheng Hu, Wenbao Qi, Ming Liao
The H5 subtype virus of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Virus has caused huge economic losses to the poultry industry and is a threat to human health. Until 2010, H5N1 subtype virus was the major genotype in China. Since 2011, reassortant H5N2, H5N6, and H5N8 viruses were identified in domestic poultry in China. The clade H5N6 and H5N8 AIV has now spread to most of China. Clade H5N6 virus has caused 17 human deaths. However, the prevalence, pathogenicity, and transmissibility of the distinct NA reassortment with H5 subtypes viruses (H5Nx) is unknown...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
Chiguang Feng, Jihong Li, Greg Snyder, Wei Huang, Simeon E Goldblum, Wilbur H Chen, Lai-Xi Wang, Bruce A McClane, Alan S Cross
Neuraminidases (NAs) are critical virulence factors for several microbial pathogens. With a highly conserved catalytic domain, a microbial NA "superfamily" has been proposed. We previously reported that murine polymorphonuclear leukocyte (PMN) sialidase activity was important in leukocyte trafficking to inflamed sites and that antibodies to Clostridium perfringens NA recognized a cell surface molecule(s), presumed to be a sialidase of eukaryotic origin on interleukin-8-stimulated human and murine PMNs. These antibodies also inhibited cell sialidase activity both in vitro and, in the latter instance, in vivo We therefore hypothesized that mammalian sialidases share structural homology and epitopes with microbial NAs...
June 27, 2017: MBio
Hideyuki Ikematsu, Naoki Kawai, Norio Iwaki, Seizaburo Kashiwagi
To assess the extent of susceptibility to the four most commonly used neuraminidase inhibitors (NAIs) in the viruses epidemic in the 2015-2016 influenza season in Japan, we measured the 50% inhibitory concentration (IC50) of NAIs for influenza virus isolates and compared them with the results from the 2010-11 to 2014-15 influenza seasons. Viral isolation was done with specimens obtained prior to treatment, and the type and subtype of influenza was determined by RT-PCR using type- and subtype-specific primers...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
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