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Jiajia Yang, Yao Lin, Liming Jiang, Juemin Xi, Xiaodan Wang, Jiaoqiong Guan, Junying Chen, Yue Pan, Jia Luo, Chao Ye, Qiangming Sun
To elucidate the differences in microRNAs during dengue virus infection between Vero cell-adapted strain (DENV-2-Vero) and its source, the clinical C6/36 isolated strain (DENV-2-C6/36), a comparison analysis was performed in Vero cells by high throughput sequencing. The results showed that the expression of 16 known and 3 novel miRNAs exhibited marked differences. 5 known miRNAs were up-regulated in DENV-2-C6/36 group, while 11 known microRNAs were down-regulated in DENV-2-Vero group. The GO enrichment and KEGG pathway analysis showed that there was a distinct difference in regulating viral replication between two strains...
April 13, 2018: Virus Research
Xingang Yao, Yun Ling, Songxin Guo, Wenyu Wu, Shijun He, Qing Zhang, Min Zou, Kutty Selva Nandakumar, Xiaoguang Chen, Shuwen Liu
BACKGROUND: Acorus calamus l. (Acoraceae) is a well-known traditional Chinese medicinal plant, whose root are historically mainly used to treat neurodegenerative diseases, and for cholera treatment. This datum strongly indicates the antimicrobial activity of A. calamus. PURPOSE: Our goal is to find the active constituents of A. calamus to treat dengue virus (DENV) infections, and to study the effects and mechanisms of these active substances. METHODS: The root of A...
March 15, 2018: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
Weijia Zhang, Fan Li, Aiguo Liu, Xiaojuan Lin, Shihong Fu, Jingdong Song, Guifang Liu, Nan Shao, Zexin Tao, Qianying Wang, Ying He, Wenwen Lei, Guodong Liang, Aiqiang Xu, Li Zhao, Huanyu Wang
BACKGROUND: Kadipiro virus (KDV) belongs to the Reoviridae family, which consists of segmented, non-enveloped, double-stranded RNA viruses. It has previously been isolated from Culex, Anopheles, Armigeres and Aedes mosquitoes in Indonesia and China. Here, we describe the isolation and characterization of SDKL1625 from Anopheles sinensis mosquitoes in Shandong province, China. METHODS: In this study, we isolated Kadipiro virus in Aedes albopictus C6/36 cell culture and the complete genome sequencing was made by next generation sequencing...
April 6, 2018: Virology Journal
Nathalie J Vielle, Beatrice Zumkehr, Obdulio García-Nicolás, Fabian Blank, Miloš Stojanov, Didier Musso, David Baud, Artur Summerfield, Marco P Alves
While Zika virus (ZIKV) circulated for decades (African lineage strains) without report of outbreaks and severe complications, its emergence in French Polynesia and subsequently in the Americas (Asian lineage strains) was associated with description of severe neurological defects in newborns/neonates and adults. With the aim to identify virus lineage-dependent factors, we compared cell susceptibility, virus replication, cell death and innate immune responses following infection with two African and three contemporary Asian lineage strains of ZIKV...
April 3, 2018: Scientific Reports
Min-Yi Chen, Jin-Tai Lin, Chia-Shuo Hsu, Chung-Kai Chang, Ching-Wen Chiu, Hao Ming Chen, Pi-Tai Chou
Colloidal perovskite quantum dots represent one of the most promising materials for applications in solar cells and photoluminescences. These devices require a low density of crystal defects and a high yield of photogenerated carriers, which are difficult to realize in tin-halide perovskite because of the intrinsic instability of tin during nucleation. Here, an enhancement in the luminescent property of tin-halide perovskite nanoplates (TPNPs) that are composed of strongly coupled layered structures with the chemical formula of PEA2 SnX4 (PEA = C6 H5 (CH2 )2 NH3 , X = Br, I) is reported...
March 30, 2018: Advanced Materials
Christopher Montemagno, Sandrine Bacot, Mitra Ahmadi, Brigitte Kerfelec, Daniel Baty, Marlene Debiossat, Audrey Soubies, Pascale Perret, Laurent Riou, Daniel Fagret, Alexis Broisat, Catherine Ghezzi
Background: Mesothelin is a cell-surface glycoprotein restricted to mesothelial cells overexpressed in several cancers, including triple negative breast cancers (TNBC) not responding to trastuzumab and hormonal-based therapies. Mesothelin-targeting therapies are currently being developed. However, the identification of patients potentially eligible to such therapeutic strategy remains challenging. The objective of this study was to perform the radiolabeling and pre-clinical evaluation of99m Tc-A1 and99m Tc-C6, two anti-mesothelin single domain antibodies (sdAb)-derived imaging agents...
March 23, 2018: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Daisuke Kobayashi, Katsunori Murota, Ryosuke Fujita, Kentaro Itokawa, Akira Kotaki, Meng Ling Moi, Hiroko Ejiri, Yoshihide Maekawa, Kohei Ogawa, Yoshio Tsuda, Toshinori Sasaki, Mutsuo Kobayashi, Tomohiko Takasaki, Haruhiko Isawa, Kyoko Sawabe
In 2014 in Japan, 162 autochthonous dengue cases were reported for the first time in nearly 70 years. Here, we report the results of the detection and isolation of dengue virus (DENV) from mosquitoes collected in Tokyo Metropolis in 2014 and 2015. The phylogenetic relationship among DENV isolates from mosquitoes and from patients based on both the entire envelope gene and whole coding sequences was evaluated. Herein, 2,298 female and 956 male Aedes albopictus mosquitoes were collected at six suspected locations of DENV infection in Tokyo Metropolis from August to October in 2014 and grouped into 124 and 35 pools, respectively, for viral genome detection and DENV isolation...
March 19, 2018: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Anna Affini, Stefanie Hagenow, Aleksandra Zivkovic, Jose Marco-Contelles, Holger Stark
The design of multi-targeting ligands was developed in the last decades as an innovative therapeutic concept for Parkinson's disease (PD) and other neurodegenerative disorders. As the monoamine oxidase B (MAO B) and the histamine H3 receptor (H3 R) are promising targets for dopaminergic regulation, we synthetized dual-targeting ligands (DTLs) as non-dopaminergic receptor approach for the treatment of PD. Three series of compounds were developed by attaching the H3 R pharmacophore to indanone-related MAO B motifs, leading to development of MAO B/H3 R DTLs...
February 16, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Irene Espadas, Thomas W Maddox, Felipe de Vicente
Objectives The objective of this study was to define safe corridors for the optimal placement of bicortical implants in the feline cervical spine (C2-T1) using CT. Methods CT images of feline cervical spines (n = 16) were reviewed retrospectively. Multiplanar reconstructions were used to define the optimal safe corridors. Safe corridors were defined by their angle of insertion, width and length. The insertion point within the vertebral body was also described. Vertebral measurements were compared between vertebrae using multilevel linear regression, and left and right measurements within vertebrae were compared with the paired samples Wilcoxon signed-rank test...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
Q Liu, C Wang, G Guo, W J Huo, S L Zhang, C X Pei, Y L Zhang, H Wang
Branched-chain volatile fatty acids (BCVFA) supplements could promote lactation performance and milk quality by improving ruminal fermentation and milk fatty acid synthesis. This study was conducted to evaluate the effects of BCVFA supplementation on milk performance, ruminal fermentation, nutrient digestibility and mRNA expression of genes related to fatty acid synthesis in mammary gland of dairy cows. A total of 36 multiparous Chinese Holstein cows averaging 606±4.7 kg of BW, 65±5.2 day in milk (DIM) with daily milk production of 30...
February 12, 2018: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
Ying-Zhao Yan, Chong-An Huang, Qi Jiang, Yi Yang, Jian Lin, Ke Wang, Xiao-Bin Li, Hai-Hua Zheng, Xiang-Yang Wang
BACKGROUND: Thyroid cartilage is an important barrier in anterior cervical approach surgery. The objective of this study is to establish normative values for thyroid cartilage at three planes and to determine their significance on preoperative positioning and intraoperative traction in surgery via the anterior cervical approach. METHODS: Neck CT scans were collected from 600 healthy adults who did not meet any of the exclusion criteria. Transverse diameters (D1, D2, and D3) of the superior border of the thyroid cartilage (SBTC), inferior border of the thyroid cartilage (IBTC), and the trachea transverse diameters of the inferior border of the cricoid cartilage (IBCC) were measured on a horizontal plane...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
Leonard Westermann, Carolin Spemes, Peer Eysel, Marvin Simons, Max J Scheyerer, Jan Siewe, Dominik Baschera
BACKGROUND: Our aim was to examine the specific dimensions of cervical pedicles in a large Caucasian cohort on high dissolving CT scans. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of 100 cervical spine CT scans with a maximum slice thickness of 1 mm in axial, sagittal, and coronal reconstructions was performed. The pedicle axial length (PAL), inner and outer pedicle diameter (IPD/OPD), pedicle sagittal and transverse angle (PSA/PTA), pedicle height (PH), pedicle width (PW), and the cortical thickness (COT) at different margins were measured by two independent observers...
February 6, 2018: Acta Neurochirurgica
Miles O Fortner, Paul A Oakley, Deed E Harrison
[Purpose] To present a case of the non-surgical improvement in cervical kyphosis in a patient with history of cervical spine trauma and advanced osteoarthritis. [Subject and Methods] A 38 year old male presented with a chief complaint of chronic neck pain that was not substantially relieved by recent previous traditional physiotherapy and chiropractic manipulation. The cervical radiograph demonstrated a cervical hypolordosis of 5° as measured by the Harrison posterior tangent method from C2-C7. There was a 15° kyphosis at C4-C6 with advanced degenerative changes consistent with previous spine trauma...
January 2018: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
Aung Kyaw Kyaw, Mya Myat Ngwe Tun, Corazon C Buerano, Takeshi Nabeshima, Miako Sakaguchi, Tsuyoshi Ando, Shingo Inoue, Yi Yi Mya, Daisuke Hayasaka, Hlaing Myat Thu, Kyaw Zin Thant, Kouichi Morita
An entomological surveillance of arboviruses was conducted in Myanmar in 2014. A total of 8357 Culex mosquito vectors were collected in the Mandalay area and virus isolation was done by using the mosquito cell line C6/36 E2. A total of eighteen strains of Culex flavivirus (CxFV) were isolated from Cx. tritaeniorhynchus, Cx. vishnui and Cx. fuscocephala. Like other insect-specific flaviviruses, CxFV can replicate only in mosquito cells but not in mammalian cells. These CxFV strains that were isolated in Japan from mosquitoes collected in Myanmar were closely related to the Wang Thong virus detected from Cx fusocephalus in Thailand and Cx...
February 3, 2018: Virus Research
Paula M Villegas, Elizabeth Ortega, Lourdes Villa-Tanaca, Blanca L Barrón, Jesus Torres-Flores
Dengue fever is one of the most common viral infections in the world. Although a vaccine against dengue virus (DENV) has been approved in several countries, this disease is still considered a public health priority worldwide. The ability of three small interfering RNAs (FG-siRNAs) targeting conserved sequences in the NS4B and NS5 regions of the DENV genome to inhibit DENV replication was tested in vitro in both Vero and C6/36 cells. The FG-siRNAs were effective against DENV-1, -3, and -4, but not DENV-2. A fourth siRNA specifically targeting the NS5 region of the DENV-2 genome (SG-siRNA) was designed and tested against two different DENV-2 strains, showing high levels of inhibition in both mammalian and insect cells...
February 1, 2018: Archives of Virology
Lindsey A Moser, Lauren M Oldfield, Nadia Fedorova, Vinita Puri, Susmita Shrivastava, Paolo Amedeo, Richard Isom, Lihui Hu, Alan Durbin, Iara Rocchi, Torrey Williams, Gene S Tan, Reed S Shabman, Kristen A Bernard, Brett E Pickett
We report 26 complete genomes of Zika virus (ZIKV) isolated after passaging the Zika virus strain FLR in mosquito (C6/36) and mammalian (Vero) cell lines. The consensus ZIKV genomes we recovered show greater than 99% nucleotide identify with each other and with the FLR strain used as input.
January 25, 2018: Genome Announcements
Pankaj Kumar Singh, Sonika Chibh, Taru Dube, Virander Singh Chauhan, Jiban Jyoti Panda
PURPOSE: Nanoparticles (NPs) exhibiting responsiveness towards pH variations in organs, tissue microenvironments and cellular compartments can significantly add on to the drug delivery potential. Here, we have developed NPs from an amphipathic dipeptide, Arginine-α, β-dehydrophenylalanine (RΔF), and tried to explore their pH responsive drug delivery potential in various cancer cells. METHODS: RΔF-NPs were architectured by harnessing the process of molecular self-assembly followed by the assessment of effect of pH on NPs morphology using zetasizer, SEM and CD...
January 16, 2018: Pharmaceutical Research
Jason R Miller, Sergey Koren, Kari A Dilley, Vinita Puri, David M Brown, Derek M Harkins, Françoise Thibaud-Nissen, Benjamin Rosen, Xiao-Guang Chen, Zhijian Tu, Igor V Sharakhov, Maria V Sharakhova, Robert Sebra, Timothy B Stockwell, Nicholas H Bergman, Granger G Sutton, Adam M Phillippy, Peter M Piermarini, Reed S Shabman
Background: The 50-year-old Aedes albopictus C6/36 cell line is a resource for the detection, amplification, and analysis of mosquito-borne viruses including Zika, dengue, and chikungunya. The cell line is derived from an unknown number of larvae from an unspecified strain of Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. Toward improved utility of the cell line for research in virus transmission, we present an annotated assembly of the C6/36 genome. Results: The C6/36 genome assembly has the largest contig N50 (3...
March 1, 2018: GigaScience
Mahmoud S El-Tarabany, Akram A El-Tarabany, Sana S Emara
Milk yield (MY), composition, and fatty acid profiles of purebred Holstein (HO) cows, Brown Swiss (BS), and their F1 crossbreds (HS) were compared under subtropical climate in Egypt. Pure HO had significantly greater 305-MY, total-MY, and daily-MY (p < 0.05) than pure BS and crossbred HS. Furthermore, HO and HS had significantly higher peak-MY (44.2 and 43.3 kg, respectively) than BS (36.1 kg). In comparison with HO, BS had significantly higher milk fat, protein, total solids, and solid-not-fat % (p < 0...
April 2018: Tropical Animal Health and Production
Katherine A Willard, Leah Demakovsky, Blanka Tesla, Forrest T Goodfellow, Steven L Stice, Courtney C Murdock, Melinda A Brindley
Zika virus (ZIKV) has quietly circulated in Africa and Southeast Asia for the past 65 years. However, the recent ZIKV epidemic in the Americas propelled this mosquito-borne virus to the forefront of flavivirus research. Based on historical evidence, ZIKV infections in Africa were sporadic and caused mild symptoms such as fever, skin rash, and general malaise. In contrast, recent Asian-lineage ZIKV infections in the Pacific Islands and the Americas are linked to birth defects and neurological disorders. The aim of this study is to compare replication, pathogenicity, and transmission efficiency of two historic and two contemporary ZIKV isolates in cell culture, the mosquito host, and an embryo model to determine if genetic variation between the African and Asian lineages results in phenotypic differences...
December 16, 2017: Viruses
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