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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918539/accelerating-vaccine-development-during-the-2013-2016-west-african-ebola-virus-disease-outbreak
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Elizabeth S Higgs, Sheri A Dubey, Beth A G Coller, Jakub K Simon, Laura Bollinger, Robert A Sorenson, Barthalomew Wilson, Martha C Nason, Lisa E Hensley
The Ebola virus disease outbreak that began in Western Africa in December 2013 was unprecedented in both scope and spread, and the global response was slower and less coherent than was optimal given the scale and pace of the epidemic. Past experience with limited localized outbreaks, lack of licensed medical countermeasures, reluctance by first responders to direct scarce resources to clinical research, community resistance to outside interventions, and lack of local infrastructure were among the factors delaying clinical research during the outbreak...
September 17, 2017: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28852677/the-effect-of-smallpox-and-bacillus-calmette-gu%C3%A3-rin-vaccination-on-the-risk-of-human-immunodeficiency-virus-1-infection-in-guinea-bissau-and-denmark
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Andreas Rieckmann, Marie Villumsen, Mette Lundsby Jensen, Henrik Ravn, Zacarias J da Silva, Signe Sørup, Jennifer Lyn Baker, Amabélia Rodrigues, Christine Stabell Benn, Adam E Roth, Peter Aaby
BACKGROUND: The live smallpox and Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccinations have been associated with better adult survival in both Guinea-Bissau and Denmark. In Guinea-Bissau, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1 became an important cause of death after smallpox vaccination was phased out globally in 1980. We hypothesised that smallpox and BCG vaccinations were associated with a lower prevalence of HIV-1 infection, and we tested this hypothesis in both Guinea-Bissau and Denmark. METHODS: We conducted 2 studies: (1) a cross-sectional study of HIV infection and vaccination scars in Guinea-Bissau including 1751 individuals and (2) a case-base study with a background population of 46239 individuals in Denmark...
2017: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28846021/remembering-marcel-baltazard-great-researcher-and-the-french-president-of-pasteur-institute-of-iran
#3
Marjan Keypour, Manijeh Yousefi Behzadi, Ehsan Mostafavi
Dr. Marcel Baltazard (1908-1971), French scientist and former director of Pasteur Institute of Iran, is known in the international arena due to his research on the control of infectious diseases such as plague, rabies, relapsing fever, leprosy, smallpox and tuberculosis. Dr. Baltazard also played a significant role in the launch of vaccination against tuberculosis, cholera and smallpox. Dr. Baltazard's spent the first 13 years of academic life at Pasteur Institute of Casablanca, Morocco, and then 20 years at Pasteur Institute of Iran and over the last five years at Pasteur Institute of Paris...
August 2017: Archives of Iranian Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28838196/addressing-the-challenges-and-opportunities-of-the-polio-endgame-lessons-for-the-future
#4
Manish Patel, Stephen Cochi
The Global Commission for the Certification of the Eradication of Poliomyelitis certified the eradication of type 2 poliovirus in September 2015, making type 2 poliovirus the first human pathogen to be eradicated since smallpox. The eradication of type 2 poliovirus, the absence of detection of type 3 poliovirus worldwide since November 2012, and cornering type 1 poliovirus to only a few geographic areas of 3 countries has enabled implementation of the endgame of polio eradication which calls for a phased withdrawal of oral polio vaccine beginning with the type 2 component, introduction of inactivated poliovirus vaccine, strengthening of routine immunization in countries with extensive polio resources, and initiating activities to transition polio resources, program experience, and lessons learned to other global health initiatives...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28836863/the-de-novo-synthesis-of-horsepox-virus-implications-for-biosecurity-and-recommendations-for-preventing-the-reemergence-of-smallpox
#5
Gregory D Koblentz
In March 2017, the American biotech company Tonix announced that a Canadian scientist had synthesized horsepox virus as part of a project to develop a safer vaccine against smallpox. The first de novo synthesis of an orthopoxvirus, a closely related group of viruses that includes horsepox and the variola virus that causes smallpox, crosses an important Rubicon in the field of biosecurity. The synthesis of horsepox virus takes the world one step closer to the reemergence of smallpox as a threat to global health security...
August 24, 2017: Health Security
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28827144/revisiting-jenner-s-mysteries-the-role-of-the-beaugency-lymph-in-the-evolutionary-path-of-ancient-smallpox-vaccines
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REVIEW
Clarissa R Damaso
In 1796, Edward Jenner developed the smallpox vaccine consisting of pustular material obtained from lesions on cows affected by so-called cow-pox. The disease, caused by cowpox virus, confers crossprotection against smallpox. However, historical evidence suggests that Jenner might have used vaccinia virus or even horsepox virus instead of cowpox virus. Mysteries surrounding the origin and nature of the smallpox vaccine persisted during the 19th century, a period of intense exchange of vaccine strains, including the Beaugency lymph...
August 18, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749451/characterization-of-two-historic-smallpox-specimens-from-a-czech-museum
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Petr Pajer, Jiri Dresler, Hana Kabíckova, Libor Písa, Pavel Aganov, Karel Fucik, Daniel Elleder, Tomas Hron, Vitezslav Kuzelka, Petr Velemínsky, Jana Klimentova, Alena Fucikova, Jaroslav Pejchal, Rita Hrabakova, Vladimir Benes, Tobias Rausch, Pavel Dundr, Alexander Pilin, Radomir Cabala, Martin Hubalek, Jan Stríbrny, Markus H Antwerpen, Hermann Meyer
Although smallpox has been known for centuries, the oldest available variola virus strains were isolated in the early 1940s. At that time, large regions of the world were already smallpox-free. Therefore, genetic information of these strains can represent only the very last fraction of a long evolutionary process. Based on the genomes of 48 strains, two clades are differentiated: Clade 1 includes variants of variola major, and clade 2 includes West African and variola minor (Alastrim) strains. Recently, the genome of an almost 400-year-old Lithuanian mummy was determined, which fell basal to all currently sequenced strains of variola virus on phylogenetic trees...
July 27, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740731/comparing-new-generation-candidate-vaccines-against-human-orthopoxvirus-infections
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R A Maksyutov, S N Yakubitskyi, I V Kolosova, S N Shchelkunov
The lack of immunity to the variola virus in the population, increasingly more frequent cases of human orthopoxvirus infection, and increased risk of the use of the variola virus (VARV) as a bioterrorism agent call for the development of modern, safe vaccines against orthopoxvirus infections. We previously developed a polyvalent DNA vaccine based on five VARV antigens and an attenuated variant of the vaccinia virus (VACV) with targeted deletion of six genes (VACΔ6). Independent experiments demonstrated that triple immunization with a DNA vaccine and double immunization with VACΔ6 provide protection to mice against a lethal dose (10 LD50) of the ectromelia virus (ECTV), which is highly pathogenic for mice...
April 2017: Acta Naturae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724763/species-specificity-of-vaccinia-virus-complement-control-protein-towards-bovine-classical-pathway-is-governed-primarily-by-direct-interaction-of-its-acidic-residues-with-factor-i
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Jitendra Kumar, Viveka Nand Yadav, Swastik Phulera, Ashish Kamble, Avneesh Kumar Gautam, Hemendra Singh Panwar, Arvind Sahu
Poxviruses display species tropism - variola virus is a human-specific virus, while vaccinia virus causes repeated outbreaks in dairy cattle. Consistent with this, variola virus complement regulator SPICE exhibit selectivity in inhibiting the human alternative complement pathway and vaccinia virus complement regulator VCP display selectivity in inhibiting the bovine alternative complement pathway. In the present study, we examined the species-specificity of VCP and SPICE towards the classical pathway (CP). We observed that VCP is ∼43-fold superior in inhibiting bovine CP than SPICE...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720468/production-of-a-chikungunya-vaccine-using-a-cho-cell-and-attenuated-viral-based-platform-technology
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Preethi Eldi, Tamara H Cooper, Liang Liu, Natalie A Prow, Kerrilyn R Diener, Paul M Howley, Andreas Suhrbier, John D Hayball
Vaccinia-based systems have been extensively explored for the development of recombinant vaccines. Herein we describe an innovative vaccinia virus (VACV)-derived vaccine platform technology termed Sementis Copenhagen Vector (SCV), which was rendered multiplication-defective by targeted deletion of the essential viral assembly gene D13L. A SCV cell substrate line was developed for SCV vaccine production by engineering CHO cells to express D13 and the VACV host-range factor CP77, because CHO cells are routinely used for manufacture of biologics...
July 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706017/labmade-smallpox-is-possible-study-shows
#11
Kai Kupferschmidt
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July 14, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699541/randomised-controlled-trials-and-changing-public-health-practice
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EDITORIAL
Anne Cockcroft
One reason for doing randomised controlled trials (RCTs) is that experiments can be convincing. Early epidemiological experimenters, such as Jenner and the smallpox vaccine and Snow and his famous Broad Street pump handle, already knew the answer they were demonstrating; they used the experiments as knowledge translation devices to convince others.More sophisticated modern experiments include cluster randomised controlled trials (CRCTs) for experiments in the public health setting. The knowledge translation value remains: RCTs and CRCTs can potentially stimulate changes of practice among stakeholders...
May 30, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678739/brca1-and-brca2-founder-mutations-account-for-78-of-germline-carriers-among-hereditary-breast-cancer-families-in-chile
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Carolina Alvarez, Teresa Tapia, Elisa Perez-Moreno, Patricia Gajardo-Meneses, Catalina Ruiz, Mabel Rios, Claudio Missarelli, Mariela Silva, Adolfo Cruz, Luis Matamala, Luis Carvajal-Carmona, Mauricio Camus, Pilar Carvallo
Identifying founder mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 in specific populations constitute a valuable opportunity for genetic screening. Several studies from different populations have reported recurrent and/or founder mutations representing a relevant proportion of BRCA mutation carriers. In Latin America, only few founder mutations have been described. We screened 453 Chilean patients with hereditary breast cancer for mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2. For recurrent mutations, we genotyped 11 microsatellite markers in BRCA1 and BRCA2 in order to determine a founder effect through haplotype analysis...
June 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659488/inhibition-of-poxvirus-gene-expression-and-genome-replication-by-bisbenzimide-derivatives
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Artur Yakimovich, Moona Huttunen, Benno Zehnder, Lesley J Coulter, Victoria Gould, Christoph Schneider, Manfred Kopf, Colin J McInnes, Urs F Greber, Jason Mercer
Virus infection of humans and livestock can be devastating for individuals and populations, sometimes resulting in large economic and societal impact. Prevention of virus disease by vaccination or antiviral agents is difficult to achieve. A notable exception was the eradication of human smallpox by vaccination over 30 years ago. Today, humans and animals remain susceptible to poxvirus infections, including zoonotic poxvirus transmission. Here we identified a small molecule, bisbenzimide (bisbenzimidazole), and its derivatives as potent agents against prototypic poxvirus infection in cell culture...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634531/smallpox-vaccination-an-early-start-of-modern-medicine-in-america
#15
Dan Liebowitz
Smallpox was eradicated by the World Health Organization in 1980. Before its eradication thedisease had a mortality rate upwards of 50% and had a significant impact on society. During theAmerican Revolutionary war, smallpox outbreaks were impeding the American war effort until1777 when George Washington carried out a mass inoculation campaign in the ContinentalArmy that reduced the mortality from smallpox to less than 2%. Inoculation was an early formof vaccination that used live virus from active pustules to induce a milder, but still sometimesdeadly, case of disease...
January 2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629922/vaccination-with-a-codon-optimized-a27l-containing-plasmid-decreases-virus-replication-and-dissemination-after-vaccinia-virus-challenge
#16
Osmarie Martínez, Ariana Bravo Cruz, Saritza Santos, Maite Ramírez, Eric Miranda, Joanna Shisler, Miguel Otero
Smallpox is a disease caused by Variola virus (VARV). Although eradicated by WHO in 1980, the threat of using VARV on a bioterror attack has increased. The current smallpox vaccine ACAM2000, which consists of live vaccinia virus (VACV), causes complications in individuals with a compromised immune system or with previously reported skin diseases. Thus, a safer and efficacious vaccine needs to be developed. Previously, we reported that our virus-free DNA vaccine formulation, a pVAX1 plasmid encoding codon-optimized VACV A27L gene (pA27LOPT) with and without Imiquimod adjuvant, stimulates A27L-specific production of IFN-γ and increases humoral immunity 7days post-vaccination...
June 16, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625523/induction-treatment-and-prevention-of-eczema-vaccinatum-in-atopic-dermatitis-mouse-models
#17
Hagit Achdout, Shlomo Lustig, Tomer Israely, Noam Erez, Boaz Politi, Hadas Tamir, Ofir Israeli, Trevor Waner, Sharon Melamed, Nir Paran
Eczema vaccinatum is a severe and occasionally lethal complication of smallpox vaccine, characterized by systemic viral dissemination, distant from the initial inoculation site of the vaccine. A major risk factor for eczema vaccinatum is a background of atopic dermatitis, a chronic, common allergic, relapsing disorder, manifested by dry and inflamed skin, itchy rash, Th2 biased immune response and hypersensitivity to various antigens. Unlike the severe manifestations of eczema vaccinatum in humans, current models present only mild symptoms that limits examination of potential therapeutics for eczema vaccinatum...
June 20, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617263/vaccine-hesitancy-parental-professional-and-public-responsibility
#18
Maria Luisa Di Pietro, Andrea Poscia, Adele Anna Teleman, Davide Maged, Walter Ricciardi
The opposition to vaccinations is a well-known phenomenon that dates back to the Victorian age when it was self-limited by the awareness of the importance to be protected against fearsome infectious diseases. In the XX century, the mass use of vaccination has - instead - consented to eradicate or drastically reduce the burden of diseases such as smallpox and polio. These positive effects of the vaccination campaigns have blurred out, if not erased, the memory of the tragic consequences of the past's widespread diseases, leading people to underestimate the severity of the harm that vaccinations prevent...
April 2017: Annali Dell'Istituto Superiore di Sanità
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606813/comparative-efficacy-of-intramuscular-and-scarification-routes-of-administration-of-live-smallpox-vaccine-in-a-murine-challenge-model
#19
A Phelps, A J Gates, L Eastaugh, M Hillier, D O Ulaeto
In recent years concern has mounted regarding the possibility of a re-emergence of smallpox through biowarfare or bioterrorism. There is also concern over the incidence of human monkeypox in endemic areas and the potential for monkeypox to be accidentally transported to non-endemic areas. In the event of re-emergence of smallpox or emergence of monkeypox, the accepted route of administration for live replicating smallpox vaccine is dermal scarification, which generates a virus-shedding lesion that persists for several days at the vaccination site...
June 9, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604814/functional-paralysis-of-gm-csf-derived-bone-marrow-cells-productively-infected-with-ectromelia-virus
#20
Lidia Szulc-Dąbrowska, Justyna Struzik, Agnieszka Ostrowska, Maciej Guzera, Felix N Toka, Magdalena Bossowska-Nowicka, Małgorzata M Gieryńska, Anna Winnicka, Zuzanna Nowak, Marek G Niemiałtowski
Ectromelia virus (ECTV) is an orthopoxvirus responsible for mousepox, a lethal disease of certain strains of mice that is similar to smallpox in humans, caused by variola virus (VARV). ECTV, similar to VARV, exhibits a narrow host range and has co-evolved with its natural host. Consequently, ECTV employs sophisticated and host-specific strategies to control the immune cells that are important for induction of antiviral immune response. In the present study we investigated the influence of ECTV infection on immune functions of murine GM-CSF-derived bone marrow cells (GM-BM), comprised of conventional dendritic cells (cDCs) and macrophages...
2017: PloS One
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