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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798738/zika-virus-an-emerging-worldwide-threat
#1
Irfan A Rather, Jameel B Lone, Vivek K Bajpai, Woon K Paek, Jeongheui Lim
ZIKA virus (ZIKV) poses a severe threat to the world. Recent outbreaks of ZIKV after 2007 along with its quick transmission have made this virus a matter of international concern. The virus shows symptoms that are similar to those caused in the wake of dengue virus (DENV) and other flaviviruses, which makes it difficult to discern the viral infection. Diagnosis is further complicated as the virus cross-reacts with antibodies of other viruses. Currently, molecular diagnosis of the virus is being performed by RT-PCR and IgM-captured enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (MAC-ELISA)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794181/a-neutralization-assay-for-zika-and-dengue-viruses-using-a-real-time-pcr-based-endpoint-assessment
#2
Heather L Wilson, Thomas Tran, Julian Druce, Myrielle Dupont-Rouzeyrol, Michael Catton
The global spread and infective complications of Zika virus (ZKV) and Dengue virus (DENV) have made them flaviviruses of public health concern. Serological diagnosis can be challenging due to antibody cross-reactivity, particularly in secondary flavivirus infections or when there is a history of flavivirus vaccination. The virus neutralization assay is considered to be the most specific assay for measurement of anti-flavivirus antibodies. This study describes an assay where neutralization endpoint is measured by real-time PCR, providing results within 72 hours...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774800/highlights-of-the-30th-international-conference-on-antiviral-research
#3
Graciela Andrei, Kara Carter, Zlatko Janeba, Aruna Sampath, Luis M Schang, E Bart Tarbet, R Anthony Vere Hodge, Mike Bray, José A Esté
The 30th International Conference on Antiviral Research (ICAR) was held in Atlanta, GA, USA from May 18 to 21, 2017. This report provides an account of award lectures, invited keynote addresses and oral presentations during the meeting. The 2017 Gertrude Elion Memorial Lecture Award by Michael Sofia highlighted one of the most important accomplishments in recent drug discovery in antiviral research, the identification of the hepatitis C virus direct-acting antiviral sofosbuvir and new alternatives to combat hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection...
July 31, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771605/impact-of-prior-flavivirus-immunity-on-zika-virus-infection-in-rhesus-macaques
#4
Michael K McCracken, Gregory D Gromowski, Heather L Friberg, Xiaoxu Lin, Peter Abbink, Rafael De La Barrera, Kenneth H Eckles, Lindsey S Garver, Michael Boyd, David Jetton, Dan H Barouch, Matthew C Wise, Bridget S Lewis, Jeffrey R Currier, Kayvon Modjarrad, Mark Milazzo, Michelle Liu, Anna B Mullins, J Robert Putnak, Nelson L Michael, Richard G Jarman, Stephen J Thomas
Studies have demonstrated cross-reactivity of anti-dengue virus (DENV) antibodies in human sera against Zika virus (ZIKV), promoting increased ZIKV infection in vitro. However, the correlation between in vitro and in vivo findings is not well characterized. Thus, we evaluated the impact of heterotypic flavivirus immunity on ZIKV titers in biofluids of rhesus macaques. Animals previously infected (≥420 days) with DENV2, DENV4, or yellow fever virus were compared to flavivirus-naïve animals following infection with a Brazilian ZIKV strain...
August 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761113/cell-fusing-agent-virus-and-dengue-virus-mutually-interact-in-aedes-aegypti-cell-lines
#5
Guangmei Zhang, Sultan Asad, Alexander A Khromykh, Sassan Asgari
The genus Flavivirus contains more than 70 single-stranded, positive-sense arthropod-borne RNA viruses. Some flaviviruses are particularly medically important to humans and other vertebrates including dengue virus (DENV), West Nile virus, and yellow fever virus. These viruses are transmitted to vertebrates by mosquitoes and other arthropod species. Mosquitoes are also infected by insect-specific flaviviruses (ISFs) that do not appear to be infective to vertebrates. Cell fusing agent virus (CFAV) was the first described ISF, which was discovered in an Aedes aegypti cell culture...
July 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758625/the-dengue-virus-non-structural-protein-1-ns1-is-secreted-from-infected-mosquito-cells-via-a-non-classical-caveolin-1-dependent-pathway
#6
Ana C Alcalá, Raiza Hernández-Bravo, Fernando Medina, David S Coll, Jose L Zambrano, Rosa M Del Angel, Juan E Ludert
Dengue virus NS1 is a glycoprotein of 46-50 kDa that is conserved among flaviviruses, associates as a dimer to cell membranes and is secreted as a hexamer to the extracellular milieu. Recent evidence showed that NS1 is secreted efficiently from infected mosquito cells. To explore the secretory route of NS1 in mosquito cells, infected cells were treated with brefeldin A (BFA) and methyl-beta-cyclodextrin (MβCD). The results showed that MβCD, but not BFA, significantly reduced the release of NS1. Moreover, silencing the expression of caveolin-1 (CAV1; a key component of the caveolar system that transports cholesterol inside the cell), but not SAR1 (a GTPase that participates in the classical secretory pathway), also results in a significant reduction of the secretion of NS1...
July 31, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758019/current-trends-in-zika-vaccine-development
#7
EDITORIAL
Francisco A Lagunas-Rangel, Martha E Viveros-Sandoval, Arturo Reyes-Sandoval
The Zika virus (ZIKV) was first isolated in 1947 in Uganda. While it took 60 years for this virus to cause major outbreaks, an important shift in its ability to cause epidemics took place in the first and second decades of the this century: in 2007 in Yap Island, Micronesia, followed by French Polynesia in 2013 and, finally in 2015 and 2016, when ZIKV infections occurred throughout South America, Central America and the Caribbean, spreading rapidly to reach North America in just a single year. No licensed prophylactic vaccine is yet available but recent efforts towards the development of a vaccine have been remarkable from both the private and public sectors and include new candidate vaccines ranging from the classical live-attenuated or inactivated vaccines to more sophisticated approaches such as mRNA or genetically engineered viral platforms...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Virus Eradication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757058/immune-correlates-of-protection-for-dengue-state-of-the-art-and-research-agenda
#8
Leah C Katzelnick, Eva Harris
Dengue viruses (DENV1-4) are mosquito-borne flaviviruses estimated to cause up to ∼400 million infections and ∼100 million dengue cases each year. Factors that contribute to protection from and risk of dengue and severe dengue disease have been studied extensively but are still not fully understood. Results from Phase 3 vaccine efficacy trials have recently become available for one vaccine candidate, now licensed for use in several countries, and more Phase 2 and 3 studies of additional vaccine candidates are ongoing, making these issues all the more urgent and timely...
July 27, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755304/participation-of-dengue-virus-ns4b-protein-in-the-modulation-of-immune-effectors-dependent-on-er-stress-in-insect-cells
#9
Karla J Sepúlveda-Salinas, José Ramos-Castañeda
Organisms' reactions to adverse events result in the generation of immune effectors, which, in the case of insects, may be produced from the direct activation of pathways such as Toll, Jak-STAT, Imd, or RNAi or may be derived from the crosstalk of different intracellular pathways. One such pathway, the unfolded protein response (UPR), has the primary objective of restoring homeostasis in the endoplasmic reticulum. In addition, the UPR participates in signaling crosstalk with the immune pathways, generating protection against pathogenic organisms...
July 28, 2017: Cell Stress & Chaperones
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754189/progress-and-works-in-progress-update-on-flavivirus-vaccine-development
#10
REVIEW
Matthew H Collins, Stefan W Metz
Most areas of the globe are endemic for at least one flavivirus, putting billions at risk for infection. This diverse group of viral pathogens causes a range of manifestations in humans from asymptomatic infection to hemorrhagic fever to encephalitis to birth defects and even death. Many flaviviruses are transmitted by mosquitos and have expanded in geographic distribution in recent years, with dengue virus being the most prevalent, infecting approximately 400 million people each year. The explosive emergence of Zika virus in Latin America in 2014 refocused international attention on this medically important group of viruses...
July 25, 2017: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750738/dengue-virus-evades-aav-mediated-neutralizing-antibody-prophylaxis-in-rhesus-monkeys
#11
Diogo M Magnani, Michael J Ricciardi, Varian K Bailey, Martin J Gutman, Núria Pedreño-Lopez, Cassia G T Silveira, Helen S Maxwell, Aline Domingues, Lucas Gonzalez-Nieto, Qin Su, Ruchi M Newman, Melissa Pack, Mauricio A Martins, José M Martinez-Navio, Sebastian P Fuchs, Eva G Rakasz, Todd M Allen, Stephen S Whitehead, Dennis R Burton, Guangping Gao, Ronald C Desrosiers, Esper G Kallas, David I Watkins
Development of vaccines against mosquito-borne Flaviviruses is complicated by the occurrence of antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE), which can increase disease severity. Long-term delivery of neutralizing antibodies (nAbs) has the potential to effectively block infection and represents an alternative to vaccination. The risk of ADE may be avoided by using prophylactic nAbs harboring amino acid mutations L234A and L235A (LALA) in the immunoglobulin G (IgG) constant region. Here, we used recombinant adeno-associated viruses (rAAVs) to deliver the anti-dengue virus 3 (DENV3) nAb P3D05...
July 24, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746985/west-nile-virus-lineage-2-in-culex-specimens-from-iran
#12
Nariman Shahhosseini, Sadegh Chinikar, Seyed Hassan Moosa-Kazemi, Mohammad Mehdi Sedaghat, Mohammad Hassan Kayedi, Renke Lühken, Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit
OBJECTIVE: Screening of mosquitoes for viruses is an important forecasting tool for emerging and reemerging arboviruses. Iran has been known to harbor medically important arboviruses such as West Nile virus (WNV) and dengue virus (DENV) based on seroepidemiological data. However, there are no data about the potential mosquito vectors for arboviruses in Iran. This study was performed to provide mosquito and arbovirus data from Iran. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 32,317 mosquitos were collected at 16 sites in 5 provinces of Iran in 2015 and 2016...
July 26, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744282/antiviral-properties-of-the-natural-polyphenols-delphinidin-and-epigallocatechin-gallate-against-the-flaviviruses-west-nile-virus-zika-virus-and-dengue-virus
#13
Ángela Vázquez-Calvo, Nereida Jiménez de Oya, Miguel A Martín-Acebes, Emilia Garcia-Moruno, Juan-Carlos Saiz
The Flavivirus genus contains important pathogens, such as West Nile virus (WNV), Zika virus (ZIKV), and Dengue virus (DENV), which are enveloped plus-strand RNA viruses transmitted by mosquitoes and constitute a worrisome threat to global human and animal health. Currently no licensed drugs against them are available, being, thus, still necessary the search for effective antiviral molecules. In this line, a novel antiviral approach (economical, simple to use, and environmental friendly) is the use of natural compounds...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739278/p38mapk-plays-a-critical-role-in-induction-of-a-pro-inflammatory-phenotype-of-retinal-m%C3%A3-ller-cells-following-zika-virus-infection
#14
Shuang Zhu, Huanle Luo, Hua Liu, Yonju Ha, Elizabeth R Mays, Ryan E Lawrence, Evandro Winkelmann, Alan D Barrett, Sylvia B Smith, Min Wang, Tian Wang, Wenbo Zhang
Zika virus (ZIKV) infection has been associated with ocular abnormalities such as chorioretinal atrophy, optic nerve abnormalities, posterior uveitis and idiopathic maculopathy. Yet our knowledge about ZIKV infection in retinal cells and its potential contribution to retinal pathology is still very limited. Here we found that primary Müller cells, the principal glial cells in the retina, expressed a high level of ZIKV entry cofactor AXL gene and were highly permissive to ZIKV infection. In addition, ZIKV-infected Müller cells exhibited a pro-inflammatory phenotype and produced many inflammatory and growth factors...
July 21, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719335/experimental-infection-with-and-maintenance-of-cell-fusing-agent-virus-flavivirus-in-aedes-aegypti
#15
Maria Angelica Contreras-Gutierrez, Hilda Guzman, Saravanan Thangamani, Nikos Vasilakis, Robert B Tesh
During the past two decades, there has been a dramatic increase in the recognition and characterization of novel insect-specific flaviviruses (ISFVs). Some of these agents are closely related to important mosquito-borne flavivirus pathogens. Results of experimental studies suggest that mosquitoes and mosquito cell cultures infected with some ISFVs are refractory to superinfection with related flavivirus pathogens; and it has been proposed that ISFVs potentially could be used to alter the vector competence of mosquitoes and reduce transmission of specific flavivirus pathogens, such as dengue, West Nile, or Zika viruses...
July 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718976/low-density-lipopolyprotein-inhibits-flavivirus-acquisition-in-aedes-aegypti
#16
Z L Wagar, M O Tree, M C Mpoy, M J Conway
Aedes aegypti is the primary vector of a number of human pathogens including dengue virus (DENV) and Zika virus (ZIKV). Ae. aegypti acquires these viruses during the processing of bloodmeals obtained from an infected vertebrate host. Vertebrate blood contains a number of factors that have the potential to modify virus acquisition in the mosquito. Interestingly, low density lipopolyprotein (LDL) levels are decreased during severe DENV infection. Accordingly, we hypothesized that LDL is a modifiable factor that can influence flavivirus acquisition in the mosquito...
July 18, 2017: Insect Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716913/antibody-based-assay-discriminates-zika-virus-infection-from-other-flaviviruses
#17
Angel Balmaseda, Karin Stettler, Raquel Medialdea-Carrera, Damaris Collado, Xia Jin, José Victor Zambrana, Stefano Jaconi, Elisabetta Cameroni, Saira Saborio, Francesca Rovida, Elena Percivalle, Samreen Ijaz, Steve Dicks, Ines Ushiro-Lumb, Luisa Barzon, Patricia Siqueira, David W G Brown, Fausto Baldanti, Richard Tedder, Maria Zambon, A M Bispo de Filippis, Eva Harris, Davide Corti
Zika virus (ZIKV) is a mosquito-borne flavivirus that emerged recently as a global health threat, causing a pandemic in the Americas. ZIKV infection mostly causes mild disease, but is linked to devastating congenital birth defects and Guillain-Barré syndrome in adults. The high level of cross-reactivity among flaviviruses and their cocirculation has complicated serological approaches to differentially detect ZIKV and dengue virus (DENV) infections, accentuating the urgent need for a specific and sensitive serological test...
August 1, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715413/zika-virus-alters-the-microrna-expression-profile-and-elicits-an-rnai-response-in-aedes-aegypti-mosquitoes
#18
Miguel A Saldaña, Kayvan Etebari, Charles E Hart, Steven G Widen, Thomas G Wood, Saravanan Thangamani, Sassan Asgari, Grant L Hughes
Zika virus (ZIKV), a flavivirus transmitted primarily by Aedes aegypti, has recently spread globally in an unprecedented fashion, yet we have a poor understanding of host-microbe interactions in this system. To gain insights into the interplay between ZIKV and the mosquito, we sequenced the small RNA profiles in ZIKV-infected and non-infected Ae. aegypti mosquitoes at 2, 7 and 14 days post-infection. ZIKA induced an RNAi response in the mosquito with virus-derived short interfering RNAs and PIWI-interacting RNAs dramatically increased in abundance post-infection...
July 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713857/a-new-clade-of-insect-specific-flaviviruses-from-australian-anopheles-mosquitoes-displays-species-specific-host-restriction
#19
Agathe M G Colmant, Jody Hobson-Peters, Helle Bielefeldt-Ohmann, Andrew F van den Hurk, Sonja Hall-Mendelin, Weng Kong Chow, Cheryl A Johansen, Jelke Fros, Peter Simmonds, Daniel Watterson, Chris Cazier, Kayvan Etebari, Sassan Asgari, Benjamin L Schulz, Nigel Beebe, Laura J Vet, Thisun B H Piyasena, Hong-Duyen Nguyen, Ross T Barnard, Roy A Hall
Flaviviruses are arthropod-borne viruses found worldwide and are responsible for significant human and veterinary diseases, including dengue, Zika, and West Nile fever. Some flaviviruses are insect specific and replicate only in mosquitoes. We report a genetically divergent group of insect-specific flaviviruses from Anopheles mosquitoes that do not replicate in arthropod cell lines or heterologous Anopheles species, exhibiting unprecedented specialization for their host species. Determination of the complete sequences of the RNA genomes of three of these viruses, Karumba virus (KRBV), Haslams Creek virus, and Mac Peak virus (McPV), that are found in high prevalence in some Anopheles mosquito populations and detection of virus-specific proteins, replicative double-stranded RNA, and small interfering RNA responses in the host mosquito species provided strong evidence of a functional replicating virus in the mosquito midgut...
July 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705958/first-genome-sequences-of-dengue-virus-denv-strains-isolated-during-the-first-denv-4-outbreak-in-s%C3%A3-o-paulo-brazil
#20
Ayda Susana Ortiz-Baez, Danielle Ferreira Silva, Daniel Ferreira, Paolo M Zanotto
Dengue virus (DENV) is an arbovirus belonging to the genus Flavivirus, family Flaviviridae In Brazil, the reemergence and spread of DENV type 4 (DENV-4) across the country were responsible for a significant outbreak in Guarujá, São Paulo, Brazil. Here, we report the first genomic sequences of DENV strains circulating in Guarujá during the 2013 outbreak.
July 13, 2017: Genome Announcements
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