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Jana Elsterova, Martin Palus, Jana Sirmarova, Jan Kopecky, Hans Helmut Niller, Daniel Ruzek
Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is a potentially lethal neuroinfection in humans, caused by TBE virus (TBEV). Currently, there are no approved therapeutic agents to treat TBE. Previously, it was suggested that application of high dose intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) may pose potentially successful treatment for severe cases of TBE. In this study, we determined the titers of TBEV-neutralizing antibodies in two IVIG lots originating from the same manufacturer, and tested their ability to treat a lethal TBEV-infection in a mouse model...
November 18, 2016: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
Yulia V Kuzmenko, Olga A Smirnova, Alexander V Ivanov, Elizaveta S Starodubova, Vadim L Karpov
BACKGROUND: Infection with tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) causes pathological changes in the central nervous system. However, the possible redox alterations in the infected cells that can contribute to the virus pathogenicity remain unknown. OBJECTIVE: In the current study we explored the ability of TBEV nonstructural protein 1 (NS1) to induce oxidative stress and activate antioxidant defense via the nuclear factor (erythroid-derived-2)-like 2/antioxidant response element (Nrf2/ARE) pathway...
November 23, 2016: Intervirology
Richard Lindqvist, Filip Mundt, Jonathan D Gilthorpe, Silke Wölfel, Nelson O Gekara, Andrea Kröger, Anna K Överby
BACKGROUND: Neurotropic flaviviruses such as tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV), Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV), West Nile virus (WNV), and Zika virus (ZIKV) are causative agents of severe brain-related diseases including meningitis, encephalitis, and microcephaly. We have previously shown that local type I interferon response within the central nervous system (CNS) is involved in the protection of mice against tick-borne flavivirus infection. However, the cells responsible for mounting this protective response are not defined...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Yann J K Bertrand, Magnus Johansson, Peter Norberg
The hypothesis of wide spread reticulate evolution in Tick-Borne Encephalitis virus (TBEV) has recently gained momentum with several publications describing past recombination events involving various TBEV clades. Despite a large body of work, no consensus has yet emerged on TBEV evolutionary dynamics. Understanding the occurrence and frequency of recombination in TBEV bears significant impact on epidemiology, evolution, and vaccination with live vaccines. In this study, we investigated the possibility of detecting recombination events in TBEV by simulating recombinations at several locations on the virus' phylogenetic tree and for different lengths of recombining fragments...
2016: PloS One
Anna S Ershova, Olga A Gra, Alexander M Lyaschuk, Tatyana M Grunina, Artem P Tkachuk, Mikhail S Bartov, Darya M Savina, Olga V Sergienko, Zoya M Galushkina, Vladimir P Gudov, Liubov I Kozlovskaya, Ivan S Kholodilov, Larissa V Gmyl, Galina G Karganova, Vladimir G Lunin, Anna S Karyagina, Alexander L Gintsburg
BACKGROUND: E protein of tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) and other flaviviruses is located on the surface of the viral particle. Domain III of this protein seems to be a promising component of subunit vaccines for prophylaxis of TBE and kits for diagnostics of TBEV. METHODS: Three variants of recombinant TBEV E protein domain III of European, Siberian and Far Eastern subtypes fused with dextran-binding domain of Leuconostoc citreum KM20 were expressed in E...
October 7, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
M Levy, M-T Abi-Warde, A-C Rameau, S Fafi-Kremer, Y Hansmann, M Fischbach, L Higel
Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is an arbovirus induced by tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) transmitted by tick bite. The disease is rare in France (two to three cases per year) but endemic zones extend from Western Europe to the east coast of Asia (10,000-15,000 cases per year). An 8-year-old boy was admitted to our pediatric ward in Strasbourg (France) for febrile headache with diplopia. Four days after a tick bite, he declared a febrile headache together with maculopapular rash on the elbows, knees, and cheeks...
October 2016: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
N B Cleton, K van Maanen, S A Bergervoet, N Bon, C Beck, G-J Godeke, S Lecollinet, R Bowen, D Lelli, N Nowotny, M P G Koopmans, C B E M Reusken
The genus Flavivirus in the family Flaviviridae includes some of the most important examples of emerging zoonotic arboviruses that are rapidly spreading across the globe. Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV), West Nile virus (WNV), St. Louis encephalitis virus (SLEV) and Usutu virus (USUV) are mosquito-borne members of the JEV serological group. Although most infections in humans are asymptomatic or present with mild flu-like symptoms, clinical manifestations of JEV, WNV, SLEV, USUV and tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) can include severe neurological disease and death...
September 15, 2016: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
Xiaowei Zhang, Zhenhua Zheng, Xijuan Liu, Bo Shu, Panyong Mao, Bingke Bai, Qinxue Hu, Minhua Luo, Xiaohe Ma, Zongqiang Cui, Hanzhong Wang
BACKGROUND: Tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) is one of the most important flaviviruses that targets the central nervous system (CNS) and causes encephalitides in humans. Although neuroinflammatory mechanisms may contribute to brain tissue destruction, the induction pathways and potential roles of specific chemokines in TBEV-mediated neurological disease are poorly understood. METHODS: BALB/c mice were intracerebrally injected with TBEV, followed by evaluation of chemokine and cytokine profiles using protein array analysis...
2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Joris A de Graaf, Johan H J Reimerink, G Paul Voorn, Elisabeth A Bij de Vaate, Ankje de Vries, Barry Rockx, Alie Schuitemaker, Vishal Hira
In July 2016, the first autochthonous case of tick-borne encephalitis was diagnosed in the Netherlands, five days after a report that tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) had been found in Dutch ticks. A person in their 60s without recent travel history suffered from neurological symptoms after a tick bite. TBEV serology was positive and the tick was positive in TBEV qRT-PCR. TBEV infection should be considered in patients with compatible symptoms in the Netherlands.
August 18, 2016: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
Lauriane de Fabritus, Antoine Nougairède, Fabien Aubry, Ernest A Gould, Xavier de Lamballerie
Large-scale codon re-encoding is a new method of attenuating RNA viruses. However, the use of infectious clones to generate attenuated viruses has inherent technical problems. We previously developed a bacterium-free reverse genetics protocol, designated ISA, and now combined it with large-scale random codon-re-encoding method to produce attenuated tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV), a pathogenic flavivirus which causes febrile illness and encephalitis in humans. We produced wild-type (WT) and two re-encoded TBEVs, containing 273 or 273+284 synonymous mutations in the NS5 and NS5+NS3 coding regions respectively...
2016: PloS One
Kim Blom, Monika Braun, Jolita Pakalniene, Sebastian Lunemann, Monika Enqvist, Laura Dailidyte, Marie Schaffer, Lars Lindquist, Aukse Mickiene, Jakob Michaëlsson, Hans-Gustaf Ljunggren, Sara Gredmark-Russ
Tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) is a flavivirus that is transferred to humans by infected ticks. The virus causes tick-borne encephalitis, a severe infection of the CNS with a high risk for long-lasting sequelae. Currently, no treatment exists for the disease. Understanding the cellular immune response to this infection is important to gain further understanding into the pathogenesis, treatment, and prevention of the disease. NK cells are known to participate in the control of viral infections. We performed a longitudinal analysis of the human NK cell response to TBEV infection in a cohort of infected individuals from the onset of severe clinical symptoms to the convalescence phase...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Silvius Frimmel, Matthias Leister, Micha Löbermann, Frerk Feldhusen, Matthias Seelmann, Jochen Süss, Emil Christian Reisinger
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, a federal state in the north east of Germany, has never been a risk area for TBEV infection, but a few autochthonous cases, along with TBEV-RNA detection in ticks, have shown a low level of activity in natural foci of the virus in the past. As wild game and domestic animals have been shown to be useful sentinels for TBEV we examined sera from wild game shot in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania for the prevalence of TBEV antibodies. A total of 359 sera from wild game were investigated...
October 2016: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
S Y Kovalev, T A Mukhacheva
Tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) is transmitted by ixodid ticks and has three subtypes. The most genetically heterogeneous and widely distributed is the Siberian subtype which is subdivided into two main phylogenetic lineages, Asian (TBEV-Sib(Asia)) and Baltic (TBEV-Sib(Baltic)). According to the hypothesis of quantum evolution of TBEV (Kovalev et al., 2014b), TBEV-Sib(Asia) originated about 370 years ago in Siberia, but the question concerning the time and place of origin of TBEV-Sib(Baltic) is still to be solved...
October 2016: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
Luděk Eyer, Markéta Šmídková, Radim Nencka, Jiří Neča, Tomáš Kastl, Martin Palus, Erik De Clercq, Daniel Růžek
Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) represents one of the most serious arboviral neuro-infections in Europe and northern Asia. As no specific antiviral therapy is available at present, there is an urgent need for efficient drugs to treat patients with TBE virus (TBEV) infection. Using two standardised in vitro assay systems, we evaluated a series of 29 nucleoside derivatives for their ability to inhibit TBEV replication in cell lines of neuronal as well as extraneural origin. The series of tested compounds included 2'-C- or 2'-O-methyl substituted nucleosides, 2'-C-fluoro-2'-C-methyl substituted nucleosides, 3'-O-methyl substituted nucleosides, 3'-deoxynucleosides, derivatives with 4'-C-azido substitution, heterobase modified nucleosides and neplanocins...
September 2016: Antiviral Research
S Y Kovalev, T A Mukhacheva
Molecular genetic techniques and approaches in epidemiological studies were breakthrough in the understanding of the laws, ways, and mechanisms of the spread of the pathogens. However, lack of standard methods makes it difficult to compare results obtained by different scientific groups. In this work we propose to choose one fragment of the TBEV genome as a genetic marker whose sequencing would be both obligatory and sufficient for the molecular epidemiological studies. The best candidate for this purpose may be a fragment of the gene E of 454 nucleotides in length...
2016: Voprosy Virusologii
Patrick Scheid, Stephanie Speck, Rafael Schwarzenberger, Mark Litzinger, Carsten Balczun, Gerhard Dobler
Ixodes ricinus is a well-known vector of different human pathogens including Rickettsia helvetica. The role of wild mammals in the distribution and probable maintenance of Rickettsia in nature is still to be determined. We therefore investigated various parasites from different wild mammals as well as companion animals for the presence of Rickettsia. A total of 606 I. ricinus, 38 Cephenemyia stimulator (botfly larvae), one Dermacentor reticulatus, 24 Haematopinus suis (hog lice) and 30 Lipoptena cervi (deer flies) were collected from free-ranging animals during seasonal hunting, and from companion animals...
July 5, 2016: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
Leo Markovinović, M L Kosanović Ličina, V Tešić, D Vojvodić, I Vladušić Lucić, T Kniewald, T Vukas, M Kutleša, Lidija Cvetko Krajinović
The aim of this report is to emphasize the risk of acquiring TBE by the consumption of raw milk and dairy products. In April-May 2015, we registered the first outbreak of tick-borne encephalitis in Croatia in seven members out of ten exposed persons who consumed raw goat milk or cheese from the same supplier. Infection was confirmed by TBEV enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) in all patients. None had been vaccinated nor had observed a tick bite.
October 2016: Infection
Maxim A Khasnatinov, Andrew Tuplin, Dmitri J Gritsun, Mirko Slovak, Maria Kazimirova, Martina Lickova, Sabina Havlikova, Boris Klempa, Milan Labuda, Ernest A Gould, Tamara S Gritsun
Over 50 million humans live in areas of potential exposure to tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV). The disease exhibits an estimated 16,000 cases recorded annually over 30 European and Asian countries. Conventionally, TBEV transmission to Ixodes spp. ticks occurs whilst feeding on viraemic animals. However, an alternative mechanism of non-viraemic transmission (NVT) between infected and uninfected ticks co-feeding on the same transmission-competent host, has also been demonstrated. Here, using laboratory-bred I...
2016: PloS One
Valentina N Bakhvalova, Galina S Chicherina, Olga F Potapova, Victor V Panov, Victor V Glupov, Mikhail A Potapov, Stephen J Seligman, Olga V Morozova
UNLABELLED: The persistence of tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) in nature is maintained by numerous species of reservoir hosts, multiple transmissions between vertebrates and invertebrates, and the virus adaptation to its hosts. Our Aim: was to compare TBEV isolates from ticks and small wild mammals to estimate their roles in the circulation of the viral subtypes. METHODS: TBEV isolates from two species of ixodid ticks, four species of rodents, and one species of shrews in the Novosibirsk region, South-Western Siberia, Russia, were analyzed using bioassay, hemagglutination, hemagglutination inhibition, neutralization tests, ELISA, reverse transcription with real-time PCR, and phylogenetic analysis...
August 2016: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
Ran Liu, Guilin Zhang, Xiaoming Liu, Yuchang Li, Zhong Zheng, Xiang Sun, Yinhui Yang
Until the recent emergence/re-emergence of human-pathogenic viruses in ticks, tick-borne viruses have been neglected as causative agents of human disease (particularly in China). To gain insight into the diversity of tick-borne viruses in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (northwestern China), we conducted illumina deep sequencing-based screening for virus-derived small RNAs in field-collected Ixodes persulcatus ticks. We found 32, 631 unique virus-matched reads. In particular, 77 reads mapped to the tick-borne group within the genus of Flavivirus, and covered 3...
January 2016: Bing du Xue Bao, Chinese Journal of Virology
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