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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644134/the-conundrum-of-the-epstein-barr-virus-associated-gastric-carcinoma-in-the-americas
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Gonzalo Carrasco-Avino, Ismael Riquelme, Oslando Padilla, Miguel Villaseca, Francisco R Aguayo, Alejandro H Corvalan
Epstein-Barr virus-associated gastric carcinoma shows a higher prevalence in the Americas than Asia. We summarize all studies of Epstein Barr virus-associated gastric carcinoma in the Americas, focusing on host characteristics, environmental associations and phylogeographic diversity of Epstein-Barr virus strains. In the Americas, the prevalence of Epstein Barr virus-associated gastric carcinoma is 11.4%, more frequent in males and portray predominantly diffuse-type histology. EBERs, EBNAs, BARTs and LMP are the highest expressed genes; their variations in healthy individuals may explain the phylogeographic diversity of Epstein-Barr virus across the region...
June 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642465/structural-basis-for-biologically-relevant-mechanical-stiffening-of-a-virus-capsid-by-cavity-creating-or-spacefilling-mutations
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Pablo Guerra, Alejandro Valbuena, Jordi Querol-Audí, Cristina Silva, Milagros Castellanos, Alicia Rodríguez-Huete, Damià Garriga, Mauricio G Mateu, Nuria Verdaguer
Recent studies reveal that the mechanical properties of virus particles may have been shaped by evolution to facilitate virus survival. Manipulation of the mechanical behavior of virus capsids is leading to a better understanding of viral infection, and to the development of virus-based nanoparticles with improved mechanical properties for nanotechnological applications. In the minute virus of mice (MVM), deleterious mutations around capsid pores involved in infection-related translocation events invariably increased local mechanical stiffness and interfered with pore-associated dynamics...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637760/discovery-of-a-highly-divergent-coronavirus-in-the-asian-house-shrew-from-china-illuminates-the-origin-of-the-alphacoronaviruses
#3
Wen Wang, Xian-Dan Lin, Yong Liao, Xiao-Qing Guan, Wen-Ping Guo, Jian-Guang Xing, Edward C Holmes, Yong-Zhen Zhang
Although shrews are one of the largest groups of mammals little is known about their role in the evolution and transmission of viral pathogens including coronaviruses. We captured 266 Asian house shrews (Suncus murinus) in Jiangxi and Zhejiang provinces, China, during 2013-2015. Coronavirus (CoV) RNA was detected in 24 Asian house shrews, with an overall prevalence of 9.02%. Complete viral genome sequences were successfully recovered from the RNA positive samples. The newly discovered shrew CoV fell into four lineages reflecting their geographic origins, indicative of largely allopatric evolution...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637754/functional-evolution-of-influenza-ns1-protein-in-currently-circulating-human-2009-pandemic-h1n1-viruses
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Amelia M Clark, Aitor Nogales, Luis Martinez-Sobrido, David J Topham, Marta L DeDiego
In 2009, a novel H1N1 influenza virus emerged in humans, causing a global pandemic. It was previously shown that the NS1 protein from this human 2009 pandemic H1N1 (pH1N1) virus was an effective interferon (IFN) antagonist, but could not inhibit general host gene expression, unlike other NS1 proteins from seasonal human H1N1 and H3N2 viruses. Here, we show that the NS1 protein from currently circulating pH1N1 viruses has evolved to encode 6 amino acid changes (E55K, L90I, I123V, E125D, K131E, and N205S) with respect to the original protein...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636627/plasma-cell-neoplasia-after-kidney-transplantation-french-cohort-series-and-review-of-the-literature
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Raphaël Kormann, Hélène François, Thibault Moles, Jacques Dantal, Nassim Kamar, Karine Moreau, Thomas Bachelet, Anne-Elisabeth Heng, Antoine Garstka, Charlotte Colosio, Didier Ducloux, Johnny Sayegh, Benjamin Savenkoff, Denis Viglietti, Rebecca Sberro, Eric Rondeau, Julie Peltier
Although post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD) is the second most common type of cancer in kidney transplantation (KT), plasma cell neoplasia (PCN) occurs only rarely after KT, and little is known about its characteristics and evolution. We included twenty-two cases of post-transplant PCN occurring between 1991 and 2013. These included 12 symptomatic multiple myeloma, eight indolent myeloma and two plasmacytomas. The median age at diagnosis was 56.5 years and the median onset after transplantation was 66...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636447/emerging-viral-infections-in-pakistan-issues-concerns-and-future-prospects
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Ali Talha Khalil, Muhammad Ali, Faouzia Tanveer, Muhammad Ovais, Muhammad Idrees, Zabta Khan Shinwari, James E Hollenbeck
Emerging infectious diseases pose a serious threat to public health security; this is especially true in the underdeveloped world because of limited resources to combat them. These emerging pathogens are characterized by a novel mode of pathogenesis and, in some cases, a broad host range. Over the past few decades, Pakistan has suffered a great deal from infectious diseases such as dengue, Crimean-Congo fever, hepatitis, measles, and polio. Changing climate conditions, environmental degradation, global warming, loss of biodiversity, and other ecological determinants have a direct effect on these diseases and result in the emergence and reemergence of infectious entities...
May 2017: Health Security
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634106/biology-evolution-and-medical-importance-of-polyomaviruses-an-update
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Ugo Moens, Andi Krumbholz, Bernhard Ehlers, Roland Zell, Reimar Johne, Sébastien Calvignac-Spencer, Chris Lauber
The family Polyomaviridae encompasses non-enveloped viruses with a circular dsDNA genome that is typically approximately 5000bp in length. Originally isolated from mammals, polyomavirus sequences have now been detected in invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles and birds, although it remains to be determined whether all these animals are genuine hosts. The genomes of all polyomaviruses encode at least two regulatory proteins (large and small tumour antigen) and two structural proteins (capsid proteins VP1 and VP2) whose functions have been defined...
June 17, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630747/global-patterns-in-coronavirus-diversity
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Simon J Anthony, Christine K Johnson, Denise J Greig, Sarah Kramer, Xiaoyu Che, Heather Wells, Allison L Hicks, Damien O Joly, Nathan D Wolfe, Peter Daszak, William Karesh, W I Lipkin, Stephen S Morse, Jonna A K Mazet, Tracey Goldstein
Since the emergence of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrom Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) it has become increasingly clear that bats are important reservoirs of CoVs. Despite this, only 6% of all CoV sequences in GenBank are from bats. The remaining 94% largely consist of known pathogens of public health or agricultural significance, indicating that current research effort is heavily biased towards describing known diseases rather than the 'pre-emergent' diversity in bats...
January 2017: Virus Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630398/hcf-1-encoded-by-baculovirus-acmnpv-is-required-for-productive-nucleopolyhedrovirus-infection-of-non-permissive-tn368-cells
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Ami Tachibana, Rina Hamajima, Moe Tomizaki, Takuya Kondo, Yoshie Nanba, Michihiro Kobayashi, Hayato Yamada, Motoko Ikeda
Baculovirus Autographa californica multiple nucleopolyhedrovirus (AcMNPV) replicates in both Spodoptera frugiperda Sf21 and Trichoplusia ni Tn368 cells, whereas AcMNPV defective in hcf-1 (host cell-factor 1) gene productively infects only Sf21 cells, indicating that HCF-1 is indispensable for the AcMNPV productive infection of Tn368 cells. Here, we demonstrated that HCF-1 protein transiently expressed in Tn368 cells promotes the DNA synthesis of Hyphantria cunea MNPV (HycuMNPV), Orygia pseudotsugata MNPV and Bombyx mori NPV, which are normally unable to replicate in Tn368 cells...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630311/a-prokaryotic-viral-sequence-is-expressed-and-conserved-in-mammalian-brain
#10
Yang-Hui Yeh, Vignesh Gunasekharan, Laura Manuelidis
A natural and permanent transfer of prokaryotic viral sequences to mammals has not been reported by others. Circular "SPHINX" DNAs <5 kb were previously isolated from nuclease-protected cytoplasmic particles in rodent neuronal cell lines and brain. Two of these DNAs were sequenced after Φ29 polymerase amplification, and they revealed significant but imperfect homology to segments of commensal Acinetobacter phage viruses. These findings were surprising because the brain is isolated from environmental microorganisms...
June 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630001/host-influence-in-the-genomic-composition-of-flaviviruses-a-multivariate-approach
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Diego Simón, Alvaro Fajardo, Martín Sóñora, Adriana Delfraro, Héctor Musto
Flaviviruses present substantial differences in their host range and transmissibility. We studied the evolution of base composition, dinucleotide biases, codon usage and amino acid frequencies in the genus Flavivirus within a phylogenetic framework by principal components analysis. There is a mutual interplay between the evolutionary history of flaviviruses and their respective vectors and/or hosts. Hosts associated to distinct phylogenetic groups may be driving flaviviruses at different pace and through various sequence landscapes, as can be seen for viruses associated with Aedes or Culex spp...
June 16, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628526/determinants-of-hiv-1-cd4-independent-brain-adaptation
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Madina Shakirzyanova, Xiang-Peng Kong, Cecilia Cheng-Mayer
BACKGROUND: HIV-1 is known to adapt to the local environment in its usage of receptors and it can become CD4 independent in the brain where the receptor is scarce. This adaptation is through amino acid variations, but the patterns of such variation are not yet well understood. Given that infection of long-lived CD4-low and CD4-negative cells in anatomic compartments such as the brain expand cell tropism in vivo and may serve as potential viral reservoirs that pose challenge for HIV eradication, understanding the evolution to CD4-independence and envelope conformation associated with infection in the absence of CD4 will not only broaden our insights into HIV pathogenesis, but may guide functional cure strategies as well...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625667/dynamics-of-pvy-strains-in-field-grown-potato-impact-of-strain-competition-and-ability-to-overcome-host-resistance-mechanisms
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Kim Davie, Ross Holmes, Jon Pickup, Christophe Lacomme
Potato virus Y (PVY) is the most important viral pathogen affecting potato crops worldwide. PVY can be transmitted non-persistently by aphids that do not colonize the host plant, resulting in a rapid acquisition and transmission of the virus between plants. PVY exists as a complex of strains that can be distinguished according to their pathogenicity, serology and genomic analysis. While virus incidence remains low in Scottish seed potato crops, PVY has become the increasingly prevalent virus. The monitoring of PVY(N) and PVY° serotypes has revealed a recent shift towards PVY(N) which now accounts for more than 90% of all PVY cases...
June 15, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623276/gag-protease-coevolution-analyses-define-novel-structural-surfaces-in-the-hiv-1-matrix-and-capsid-involved-in-resistance-to-protease-inhibitors
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Francisco M Codoñer, Ruth Peña, Oscar Blanch-Lombarte, Esther Jimenez-Moyano, Maria Pino, Thomas Vollbrecht, Bonaventura Clotet, Javier Martinez-Picado, Rika Draenert, Julia G Prado
Despite the major role of Gag in establishing resistance of HIV-1 to protease inhibitors (PIs), very limited data are available on the total contribution of Gag residues to resistance to PIs. To identify in detail Gag residues and structural interfaces associated with the development of HIV-1 resistance to PIs, we traced viral evolution under the pressure of PIs using Gag-protease single genome sequencing and coevolution analysis of protein sequences in 4 patients treated with PIs over a 9-year period. We identified a total of 38 Gag residues correlated with the protease, 32 of which were outside Gag cleavage sites...
June 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622386/alpha-defensin-dependent-enhancement-of-enteric-viral-infection
#15
Sarah S Wilson, Beth A Bromme, Mayumi K Holly, Mayim E Wiens, Anshu P Gounder, Youngmee Sul, Jason G Smith
The small intestinal epithelium produces numerous antimicrobial peptides and proteins, including abundant enteric α-defensins. Although they most commonly function as potent antivirals in cell culture, enteric α-defensins have also been shown to enhance some viral infections in vitro. Efforts to determine the physiologic relevance of enhanced infection have been limited by the absence of a suitable cell culture system. To address this issue, here we use primary stem cell-derived small intestinal enteroids to examine the impact of naturally secreted α-defensins on infection by the enteric mouse pathogen, mouse adenovirus 2 (MAdV-2)...
June 16, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622346/flavivirus-and-filovirus-evoprinters-new-alignment-tools-for-the-comparative-analysis-of-viral-evolution
#16
Thomas Brody, Amarendra S Yavatkar, Dong Sun Park, Alexander Kuzin, Jermaine Ross, Ward F Odenwald
BACKGROUND: Flavivirus and Filovirus infections are serious epidemic threats to human populations. Multi-genome comparative analysis of these evolving pathogens affords a view of their essential, conserved sequence elements as well as progressive evolutionary changes. While phylogenetic analysis has yielded important insights, the growing number of available genomic sequences makes comparisons between hundreds of viral strains challenging. We report here a new approach for the comparative analysis of these hemorrhagic fever viruses that can superimpose an unlimited number of one-on-one alignments to identify important features within genomes of interest...
June 16, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621804/long-term-evolution-of-viruses-a-janus-faced-balance
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Arshan Nasir, Kyung Mo Kim, Gustavo Caetano-Anollés
The popular textbook image of viruses as noxious and selfish genetic parasites greatly underestimates the beneficial contributions of viruses to the biosphere. Given the crucial dependency of viruses to reproduce in an intracellular environment, viruses that engage in excessive killing (lysis) can drive their cellular hosts to extinction and will not survive. The lytic mode of virus propagation must, therefore, be tempered and balanced by non-lytic modes of virus latency and symbiosis. Here, we review recent bioinformatics and metagenomic studies to argue that viral endogenization and domestication may be more frequent mechanisms of virus persistence than lysis...
June 16, 2017: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621685/active-evolution-of-memory-b-cells-specific-to-viral-gh-gl-pul128-130-131-pentameric-complex-in-healthy-subjects-with-silent-human-cytomegalovirus-infection
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Lin Xia, Aimin Tang, Weixu Meng, Daniel C Freed, Linling He, Dai Wang, Fengsheng Li, Leike Li, Wei Xiong, Xun Gui, Robbie D Schultz, Haotai Chen, Xi He, Ryan Swoyer, Sha Ha, Yaping Liu, Charles D Morris, Yu Zhou, I-Ming Wang, Qinjian Zhao, Wenxin Luo, Ningshao Xia, Amy S Espeseth, Daria J Hazuda, Richard E Rupp, Alan D Barrett, Ningyan Zhang, Jiang Zhu, Tong-Ming Fu, Zhiqiang An
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) can cause life-threatening infection in immunosuppressed patients, and in utero infection that may lead to birth defects. No vaccine is currently available. HCMV infection in healthy subjects is generally asymptomatic, and virus persists as latent infection for life. Host immunity is effective against reactivation and super-infection with another strain. Thus, vaccine candidates able to elicit immune responses similar to those of natural infection may confer protection. Since neutralization is essential for prophylactic vaccines, it is important to understand how antiviral antibodies are developed in natural infection...
June 3, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620385/the-antibody-secreting-cell-response-to-infection-kinetics-and-clinical-applications
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REVIEW
Michael J Carter, Ruth M Mitchell, Patrick M Meyer Sauteur, Dominic F Kelly, Johannes Trück
Despite the availability of advances in molecular diagnostic testing for infectious disease, there is still a need for tools that advance clinical care and public health. Current methods focus on pathogen detection with unprecedented precision, but often lack specificity. In contrast, the host immune response is highly specific for the infecting pathogen. Serological studies are rarely helpful in clinical settings, as they require acute and convalescent antibody testing. However, the B cell response is much more rapid and short-lived, making it an optimal target for determining disease aetiology in patients with infections...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619174/experimental-infection-with-highly-pathogenic-h5n8-avian-influenza-viruses-in-the-mandarin-duck-aix-galericulata-and-domestic-pigeon-columba-livia-domestica
#20
Jung-Hoon Kwon, Yun Kyung Noh, Dong-Hun Lee, Seong-Su Yuk, Tseren-Ochir Erdene-Ochir, Jin-Yong Noh, Woo-Tack Hong, Jei-Hyun Jeong, Sol Jeong, Gyeong-Bin Gwon, Chang-Seon Song, Sang-Soep Nahm
Wild birds play a major role in the evolution, maintenance, and dissemination of highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses (HPAIV). Sub-clinical infection with HPAI in resident wild birds could be a source of dissemination of HPAIV and continuous outbreaks. In this study, the pathogenicity and infectivity of two strains of H5N8 clade 2.3.4.4 virus were evaluated in the Mandarin duck (Aix galericulata) and domestic pigeon (Columba livia domestica). None of the birds experimentally infected with H5N8 viruses showed clinical signs or mortality...
May 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
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