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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628400/west-nile-virus-seroprevalence-in-animals-in-palestine-and-israel
#1
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
#2
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/28623344/an-essential-role-of-pi3k-in-the-control-of-west-nile-virus-infection
#3
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
#4
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/28616487/wild-snakes-harbor-west-nile-virus
#5
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
#6
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/28607390/west-nile-virus-infectious-replicon-particles-generated-using-a-packaging-restricted-cell-line-is-a-safe-reporter-system
#7
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
#8
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/28592864/infectious-dnas-derived-from-insect-specific-flavivirus-genomes-enable-identification-of-pre-and-post-entry-host-restrictions-in-vertebrate-cells
#9
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
#10
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/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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584705/pond-dyes-are-culex-mosquito-oviposition-attractants
#12
Natali Ortiz Perea, Amanda Callaghan
BACKGROUND: British mosquito population distribution, abundance, species composition and potential for mosquito disease transmission are intimately linked to the physical environment. The presence of ponds and water storage can significantly increase the density of particular mosquito species in the garden. Culex pipiens is the mosquito most commonly found in UK gardens and a potential vector of West Nile Virus WNV, although the current risk of transmission is low. However any factors that significantly change the distribution and population of C...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570620/viral-etiologies-in-adult-patients-with-encephalitis-in-poland-a-prospective-single-center-study
#13
Marta Popiel, Karol Perlejewski, Agnieszka Bednarska, Tomasz Dzieciątkowski, Marcin Paciorek, Dariusz Lipowski, Monika Jabłonowska, Hanna Czeszko-Paprocka, Iwona Bukowska-Ośko, Kamila Caraballo Cortes, Agnieszka Pawełczyk, Maria Fic, Andrzej Horban, Marek Radkowski, Tomasz Laskus
Encephalitis is a severe neurological syndrome associated with high morbidity and mortality as well as long-term neurological sequelae. Despite being an important public health problem, very few extensive population-based studies were conducted so far in the world and none in Central Europe. Altogether 114 consecutive patients meeting the initial criteria for encephalitis were enrolled at the Warsaw Hospital for Infectious Diseases between June 2012 and July 2015. Eighteen patients were secondarily excluded from the analysis due to incomplete data or noinfectious cause...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28562600/effects-of-flood-irrigation-on-the-risk-of-selected-zoonotic-pathogens-in-an-arid-and-semi-arid-area-in-the-eastern-kenya
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Bernard Bett, Mohammed Y Said, Rosemary Sang, Salome Bukachi, Salome Wanyoike, Shem C Kifugo, Fredrick Otieno, Enoch Ontiri, Ian Njeru, Johanna Lindahl, Delia Grace
To investigate the effects of irrigation on land cover changes and the risk of selected zoonotic pathogens, we carried out a study in irrigated, pastoral and riverine areas in the eastern Kenya. Activities implemented included secondary data analyses to determine land use and land cover (LULC) changes as well as human, livestock and wildlife population trends; entomological surveys to characterize mosquitoes population densities and species distribution by habitat and season; and serological surveys in people to determine the risk of Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV), West Nile fever virus (WNV), dengue fever virus (DFV), Leptospira spp...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542603/a-conformational-switch-high-throughput-screening-assay-and-allosteric-inhibition-of-the-flavivirus-ns2b-ns3-protease
#15
Matthew Brecher, Zhong Li, Binbin Liu, Jing Zhang, Cheri A Koetzner, Adham Alifarag, Susan A Jones, Qishan Lin, Laura D Kramer, Hongmin Li
The flavivirus genome encodes a single polyprotein precursor requiring multiple cleavages by host and viral proteases in order to produce the individual proteins that constitute an infectious virion. Previous studies have revealed that the NS2B cofactor of the viral NS2B-NS3 heterocomplex protease displays a conformational dynamic between active and inactive states. Here, we developed a conformational switch assay based on split luciferase complementation (SLC) to monitor the conformational change of NS2B and to characterize candidate allosteric inhibitors...
May 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532602/inactivation-of-west-nile-virus-in-serum-with-heat-ionic-detergent-and-reducing-agent-for-proteomic-applications
#16
Louis A Altamura, Lisa H Cazares, Susan R Coyne, James G Jaissle, Alyssa M Jespersen, Sundus Ahmed, Leonard P Wasieloski, Jeff Garrison, David A Kulesh, Ernst E Brueggemann, Tara Kenny, Michael D Ward, David E Harbourt, Timothy D Minogue
Research involving biosafety level 3 pathogens such as West Nile virus (WNV) is often limited by the limited space and technical constraints of these environments. To conduct complex analytical studies outside of high containment, robust and reliable inactivation methods are needed that maintain compatibility with downstream assays. Here we report the inactivation of WNV in spiked serum samples using a commercially available SDS-PAGE sample buffer for proteomic studies. Using this method, we demonstrate its utility by identification proteins differentially expressed in the serum of mice experimentally infected with WNV...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514683/dengue-antibodies-then-zika-a-fatal-sequence-in-mice
#17
Jonathan J Miner, Michael S Diamond
Anti-Dengue virus (DENV) antibodies can be either protective or pathogenic in humans with prior DENV infection. In a recent issue of Science, Bardina et al. (2017) demonstrated that passive transfer of immune plasma against DENV and West Nile virus (WNV) can enhance Zika virus (ZIKV) infection and pathogenesis in mice.
May 16, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511269/the-role-of-birds-in-arboviral-disease-surveillance-in-harris-county-and-the-city-of-houston-texas
#18
Lauren Wilkerson, Martin Reyna Nava, Cheryl Battle-Freeman, Amelia Travassos da Rosa, Hilda Guzman, Robert Tesh, Mustapha Debboun
Avian arboviral surveillance is an integral part of any disease-based integrated mosquito control program. The Harris County Public Health Mosquito and Vector Control Division has performed arboviral surveillance in the wild birds of Harris County and the City of Houston since 1965. Blood samples from live trapped birds were tested for arboviral antibodies to West Nile virus (WNV), St. Louis encephalitis, Eastern equine encephalitis, and Western equine encephalitis. A dead bird surveillance program was created in 2002 with the arrival of WNV in Harris County...
January 2017: U.S. Army Medical Department Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507114/antiviral-activity-of-nordihydroguaiaretic-acid-and-its-derivative-tetra-o-methyl-nordihydroguaiaretic-acid-against-west-nile-virus-and-zika-virus
#19
Teresa Merino-Ramos, Nereida Jiménez de Oya, Juan-Carlos Saiz, Miguel A Martín-Acebes
Flaviviruses are positive strand RNA viruses distributed all over the world that infect millions of people every year, and for which no specific antiviral agents have been approved. These viruses include the mosquito-borne West Nile virus (WNV) responsible for outbreaks of meningitis and encephalitis. Considering that nordihydroguaiaretic acid (NDGA) has been previously shown to inhibit the multiplication of the related dengue virus and hepatitis C virus, we have evaluated the effect of NDGA, and its methylated derivative tetra-O-methyl nordihydroguaiaretic (M4N), on the infection of WNV...
May 15, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504357/a-nationwide-seroprevalence-screening-for-west-nile-virus-and-tick-borne-encephalitis-virus-in-the-population-of-bulgaria
#20
Iva Christova, Elitsa Panayotova, Simona Tchakarova, Evgenia Taseva, Iva Trifonova, Teodora Gladnishka
To assess local circulation and risk for human infections with West Nile virus (WNV) and Tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) in Bulgaria, a nationwide seroprevalence study was conducted. In total, 1451 residents of all 28 districts in Bulgaria were tested for WNV-specific and TBEV-specific IgG antibodies. The survey found overall seroprevalence of 1.5% and 0.6%, respectively. The highest WNV seroprevalence was found in Sofia Province and districts near the river Danube. TBEV circulation was detected among residents of six districts...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
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