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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792674/partial-intrinsic-disorder-governs-the-dengue-capsid-protein-conformational-ensemble
#1
Priscilla L S Boon, Wuan Geok Saw, Xin Xiang Lim, Palur Venkata Raghuvamsi, Roland G Huber, Jan K Marzinek, Daniel A Holdbrook, Ganesh S Anand, Gerhard Grüber, Peter J Bond
The 11 kDa, positively charged dengue capsid protein (C protein) exists stably as a homodimer and co-localizes with the viral genome within mature viral particles. Its core is composed of four alpha helices encompassing a small hydrophobic patch that may interact with lipids, but approximately 20% of the protein at the N-terminus is intrinsically disordered, making it challenging to elucidate its conformational landscape. Here, we combine small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), amide hydrogen-deuterium exchange mass spectrometry (HDXMS), and atomic-resolution molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to probe the dynamics of dengue C proteins...
May 24, 2018: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791591/searching-for-the-best-real-time-rt-pcrs-to-detect-zika-virus-infections-the-importance-of-comparing-several-protocols
#2
F M de Moraes, D L A Espósito, T M Klein, B A L da Fonseca
Clinical manifestations of Zika, dengue, and chikungunya virus infections are very similar, making it difficult to reach a diagnosis based only on clinical grounds. In addition, there is an intense cross-reactivity between antibodies directed to Zika virus and other flaviviruses, and an accurate Zika diagnosis is best achieved by real-time RT-PCR. However, some real-time RT-PCR show better performance than others. To reach the best possible Zika diagnosis, the analytic sensitivity of some probe-based real-time RT-PCR amplifying Zika virus RNA was evaluated in spiked and clinical samples...
2018: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779827/zika-virus-report-from-the-task-force-on-tropical-diseases-by-the-world-federation-of-societies-of-intensive-and-critical-care-medicine
#3
Gisele Sampaio Silva, Guy A Richards, Tim Baker, Jorge Hidalgo, Juan Ignacio Silesky Jiménez, Pravin Amin
Zika fever is an acute infectious disease caused by the Zika virus (ZIKV), an RNA virus belonging to the genus Flavivirus. ZIKV can be transmitted by bites from Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus species, sexual activity, blood transfusion and from mother to fetus during pregnancy and delivery. A total of 50 territories and countries in the Americas had reported ZIKV infections. For those with symptoms, the presentation is similar to dengue fever with body aches, joint pain, fatigue, malaise, fever and conjunctivitis lasting up to seven days...
April 5, 2018: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773774/us-and-cuban-scientists-forge-collaboration-on-arbovirus-research
#4
Jorge Pérez-Ávila, Maria G Guzmán-Tirado, Jorge Fraga-Nodarse, Gray Handley, James Meegan, Jose L Pelegrino-Martínez de la Cotera, Anthony S Fauci
After December 17, 2014, when the US and Cuban governments announced their intent to restore relations, the two countries participated in various exchange activities in an effort to encourage cooperation in public health, health research and biomedical sciences. The conference entitled Exploring Opportunities for Arbovirus Research Collaboration, hosted at Havana's Hotel Nacional, was part of these efforts and was the first major US-Cuban scientific conference in over 50 years. Its purpose was to share information about current arbovirus research and recent findings, and to explore opportunities for future joint research...
April 2018: MEDICC Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760190/tick-borne-encephalitis-virus-nonstructural-protein-ns5-induces-rantes-expression-dependent-on-the-rna-dependent-rna-polymerase-activity
#5
Zifeng Zheng, Jieyu Yang, Xuan Jiang, Yalan Liu, Xiaowei Zhang, Mei Li, Mudan Zhang, Ming Fu, Kai Hu, Hanzhong Wang, Min-Hua Luo, Peng Gong, Qinxue Hu
Tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) is one of the flaviviruses that targets the CNS and causes encephalitis in humans. The mechanism of TBEV that causes CNS destruction remains unclear. It has been reported that RANTES-mediated migration of human blood monocytes and T lymphocytes is specifically induced in the brain of mice infected with TBEV, which causes ensuing neuroinflammation and may contribute to brain destruction. However, the viral components responsible for RANTES induction and the underlying mechanisms remain to be fully addressed...
May 14, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29751200/biosensor-based-selective-detection-of-zika-virus-specific-antibodies-in-infected-individuals
#6
Gustavo Cabral-Miranda, Ana R Cardoso, Luis C S Ferreira, M Goreti F Sales, Martin F Bachmann
Zika virus (ZIKV) recently emerged as a global threat subsequent to its global spread because it induces microencephaly and other brain damages in infants born to infected mothers. Epidemiological monitoring of infection has been hampered by the absence of reliable serological tests capable to distinguish between ZIKV and other Flavivirus infections, in particular Dengue virus (DENV). As both viruses are transmitted by the same mosquito-species, their distributions largely overlap and reliable serological distinction between the viruses is essential...
May 1, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29749366/experimental-zika-virus-infection-in-aedes-aegypti-susceptibility-transmission-co-infection-with-dengue-chikungunya-viruses
#7
Devendra T Mourya, Mangesh D Gokhale, Triparna D Majumdar, Pragya D Yadav, Vimal Kumar, Mangala S Mavale
Background & objectives: There are reports about the susceptibility of Aedes mosquitoes to ZIKV from various countries, however, no such information is available from Indian sub-continent, although, high level of group cross-reactivity of ZIKV with other flaviviruses has been reported. During outbreak situations, many cases of Dengue (DEN) and Chikungunya (CHIK) are reported. In such scenario, vector mosquitoes are likely to get co-infection/secondary-infection with one or other virus...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29740424/modulation-of-dengue-zika-virus-pathogenicity-by-antibody-dependent-enhancement-and-strategies-to-protect-against-enhancement-in-zika-virus-infection
#8
REVIEW
Rekha Khandia, Ashok Munjal, Kuldeep Dhama, Kumaragurubaran Karthik, Ruchi Tiwari, Yashpal Singh Malik, Raj Kumar Singh, Wanpen Chaicumpa
Antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE) is a phenomenon in which preexisting poorly neutralizing antibodies leads to enhanced infection. It is a serious concern with mosquito-borne flaviviruses such as Dengue virus (DENV) and Zika virus (ZIKV). In vitro experimental evidences have indicated the preventive, as well as a pathogenicity-enhancing role, of preexisting DENV antibodies in ZIKV infections. ADE has been confirmed in DENV but not ZIKV infections. Principally, the Fc region of the anti-DENV antibody binds with the fragment crystallizable gamma receptor (FcγR), and subsequent C1q interactions and immune effector functions are responsible for the ADE...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29720514/secretion-of-the-non-structural-protein-1-of-dengue-virus-from-infected-mosquito-cells-facts-and-speculations
#9
Ana C Alcalá, Laura A Palomares, Juan E Ludert
The dengue virus NS1 is a multifunctional glycoprotein. For decades, the notion in the field was that NS1 was secreted exclusively from vertebrate, but not mosquito, cells. However, recent evidence shows that mosquito cells also secrete NS1 efficiently. In this review, we discuss the evidence for dengue, and other flaviviruses, NS1 secretion from mosquito cells, differences between NS1 secreted from mosquito and vertebrate cells, and possible roles of soluble NS1 in the insect flavivirus vector.
May 2, 2018: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29712653/direct-activation-of-adenosine-monophosphate-activated-protein-kinase-ampk-by-pf-06409577-inhibits-flavivirus-infection-through-modification-of-host-cell-lipid-metabolism
#10
Nereida Jiménez de Oya, Ana-Belén Blázquez, Josefina Casas, Juan-Carlos Saiz, Miguel A Martín Acebes
Mosquito-borne flaviviruses are a group of RNA viruses that constitute global threats for human and animal health. Replication of these pathogens is strictly dependent on cellular lipid metabolism. We have evaluated the effect of the pharmacological activation of Adenosine Monophosphate-activated Protein Kinase (AMPK), a master regulator of lipid metabolism, on the infection of three medically relevant flaviviruses: West Nile virus (WNV), Zika virus (ZIKV) and dengue virus (DENV). WNV is responsible for recurrent outbreaks of meningitis and encephalitis affecting humans and horses worldwide...
April 30, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29708542/a-simple-flow-cytometry-based-assay-to-determine-in-vitro-antibody-dependent-enhancement-of-dengue-virus-using-zika-virus-convalescent-serum
#11
William G Valiant, Joseph J Mattapallil
Antibody dependent enhancement of infection has been shown to play a major role in Dengue viral pathogenesis. Traditional assays that measure the capacity of antibodies or serum to enhance infection in impermissible cell lines have relied on using viral output in the media followed by plaque assays to quantify infection. More recently, these assays have examined Dengue virus (DENV) infection in the cell lines using fluorescently labeled antibodies. Both these approaches have limitations that restrict the widespread use of these techniques...
April 10, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29692780/genome-wide-analysis-to-identify-hla-factors-potentially-associated-with-severe-dengue
#12
Sudheer Gupta, Ankita Agarwal, Amod Kumar, Debasis Biswas
The pathogenesis of dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF), following dengue virus (DENV) infection, is a complex and poorly understood phenomenon. In view of the clinical need of identifying patients with higher likelihood of developing this severe outcome, we undertook a comparative genome-wide association analysis of epitope variants from sequences available in the ViPR database that have been reported to be differentially related to dengue fever and DHF. Having enumerated the incriminated epitope variants, we determined the corresponding HLA alleles in the context of which DENV infection could potentially precipitate DHF...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29692243/isatin-derivatives-and-their-antiviral-properties-against-arboviruses-a-review
#13
Paulo Andre Teixeira De Moraes Gomes, Lindomar Jose Pena, Ana Cristina Lima Leite
Arboviruses have been spreading rapidly throughout the Western Hemisphere in recent decades. Among the arboviruses with high morbidity and mortality are members of the Alphavirus and Flavivirus genera. Within the first genus, Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is considered one of the most challenging human arboviral infections with global significance and without any specific antiviral agent. Flaviviruses are some of the most important causes of encephalitis, haemorrhagic disease, and developmental defects. Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV), West Nile virus (WNV), dengue virus (DENV) and Zika virus (ZIKV) are examples of flaviviruses without clinically approved antiviral agents...
April 23, 2018: Mini Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29691362/neurotropism-and-behavioral-changes-associated-with-zika-infection-in-the-vector-aedes-aegypti
#14
Julie Gaburro, Asim Bhatti, Jenni Harper, Isabelle Jeanne, Megan Dearnley, Diane Green, Saeid Nahavandi, Prasad N Paradkar, Jean-Bernard Duchemin
Understanding Zika virus infection dynamics is essential, as its recent emergence revealed possible devastating neuropathologies in humans, thus causing a major threat to public health worldwide. Recent research allowed breakthrough in our understanding of the virus and host pathogenesis; however, little is known on its impact on its main vector, Aedes aegypti. Here we show how Zika virus targets Aedes aegypti's neurons and induces changes in its behavior. Results are compared to dengue virus, another flavivirus, which triggers a different pattern of behavioral changes...
April 25, 2018: Emerging Microbes & Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29690895/history-epidemiology-and-diagnostics-of-dengue-in-the-american-and-brazilian-contexts-a-review
#15
REVIEW
Tiago Souza Salles, Thayane da Encarnação Sá-Guimarães, Evelyn Seam Lima de Alvarenga, Victor Guimarães-Ribeiro, Marcelo Damião Ferreira de Meneses, Patricia Faria de Castro-Salles, Carlucio Rocha Dos Santos, Ana Claudia do Amaral Melo, Marcia Regina Soares, Davis Fernandes Ferreira, Monica Ferreira Moreira
Dengue virus (DENV), an arbovirus transmitted by mosquitoes, has become a major threat to American human life, reaching approximately 23 million cases from 1980 to 2017. Brazil is among the countries most affected by this terrible viral disease, with 13.6 million cases. DENV has four different serotypes, DENV1-4, which show a broad clinical spectrum. Dengue creates a staggering epidemiological and economic burden for endemic countries. Without a specific therapy and with a commercial vaccine that presents some problems relative to its full effectiveness, initiatives to improve vector control strategies, early disease diagnostics and the development of vaccines and antiviral drugs are priorities...
April 24, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29690553/pirna-profiling-of-dengue-virus-type-2-infected-asian-tiger-mosquito-and-midgut-tissues
#16
Yanhai Wang, Binbin Jin, Peiwen Liu, Jing Li, Xiaoguang Chen, Jinbao Gu
The Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus , is a competent vector for the majority of arboviruses. The mosquito innate immune response is a primary determinant for arthropod-borne virus transmission, and the midgut is the first barrier to pathogen transmission. Mosquito antiviral immunity is primarily mediated by the small interfering RNA pathway. However, the roles that the P-element induced wimpy testis (PIWI)-interacting RNA (piRNA) pathway play in antiviral immunity in Ae. albopictus and its midgut still need further exploration...
April 22, 2018: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29678952/subverting-the-mechanisms-of-cell-death-flavivirus-manipulation-of-host-cell-responses-to-infection
#17
REVIEW
Elisa Vicenzi, Isabel Pagani, Silvia Ghezzi, Sarah L Taylor, Timothy R Rudd, Marcelo A Lima, Mark A Skidmore, Edwin A Yates
Viruses exploit host metabolic and defence machinery for their own replication. The flaviviruses, which include Dengue (DENV), Yellow Fever (YFV), Japanese Encephalitis (JEV), West Nile (WNV) and Zika (ZIKV) viruses, infect a broad range of hosts, cells and tissues. Flaviviruses are largely transmitted by mosquito bites and humans are usually incidental, dead-end hosts, with the notable exceptions of YFV, DENV and ZIKV. Infection by flaviviruses elicits cellular responses including cell death via necrosis, pyroptosis (involving inflammation) or apoptosis (which avoids inflammation)...
April 20, 2018: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29677482/allosteric-ligands-for-the-pharmacologically-important-flavivirus-target-ns5-from-zinc-database-based-on-pharmacophoric-points-free-energy-calculations-and-dynamics-correlation
#18
Abbas Khan, Shoaib Saleem, Muhammad Idrees, Syed Shujait Ali, Muhammad Junaid, Aman Chandra Kaushik, Dong-Qing Wei
Dengue virus belongs to a group of human pathogens, which causes different diseases, dengue hemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome in humans. It possesses RNA as a genetic material and is replicated with the aid of NS5 protein. RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp) is an important domain of NS5 in the replication of that virus. The catalytic process activity of RdRp is making it an important target for antiviral chemical therapy. To date, No FDA drug has been approved and marketed for the treatment of diseases caused by Dengue virus...
April 11, 2018: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29672710/dengue-virus-not-detected-in-human-semen
#19
James S Molton, Isaac Low, Milly Ming Ju Choy, Pauline Poh Kim Aw, Martin L Hibberd, Paul A Tambyah, Annelies Wilder-Smith
Zika and Ebola viruses can persist in semen and pose a risk for sexual transmission. To determine if dengue virus, another flavivirus, is similarly detectable in semen, we performed dengue PCR on semen in five patients with acute dengue virus infection. All five tested negative, suggesting that dengue does not pose a risk for sexual transmission.
January 1, 2018: Journal of Travel Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666784/the-immune-responses-of-the-animal-hosts-of-west-nile-virus-a-comparison-of-insects-birds-and-mammals
#20
REVIEW
Laura R H Ahlers, Alan G Goodman
Vector-borne diseases, including arboviruses, pose a serious threat to public health worldwide. Arboviruses of the flavivirus genus, such as Zika virus (ZIKV), dengue virus, yellow fever virus (YFV), and West Nile virus (WNV), are transmitted to humans from insect vectors and can cause serious disease. In 2017, over 2,000 reported cases of WNV virus infection occurred in the United States, with two-thirds of cases classified as neuroinvasive. WNV transmission cycles through two different animal populations: birds and mosquitoes...
2018: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
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