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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643555/unexpected-detection-of-porcine-rotavirus-c-strains-carrying-human-origin-vp6-gene
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Jobin Jose Kattoor, Sharad Saurabh, Yashpal Singh Malik, Shubhankar Sircar, Kuldeep Dhama, Souvik Ghosh, Krisztián Bányai, Nobumichi Kobayashi, Raj Kumar Singh
BACKGROUND: Rotavirus C (RVC), a known etiological agent of diarrheal outbreaks, mainly inflicts swine population globally with sporadic incidence in human, cattle, ferret, mink and dog. OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate presence of RVC in Indian swine population and characterisation of its selected structural (VP6) and non-structural (NSP4 and NSP5) genes. METHODS: A total of 108 diarrheic samples from different regions of India were used. Isolated RNA was loaded onto polyacrylamide gel to screen for the presence of RVs through the identification of specific electrophoretic genomic migration pattern...
June 23, 2017: Veterinary Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643090/burrow-dusting-or-oral-vaccination-prevents-plague-associated-prairie-dog-colony-collapse
#2
Daniel W Tripp, Tonie E Rocke, Jonathan P Runge, Rachel C Abbott, Michael W Miller
Plague impacts prairie dogs (Cynomys spp.), the endangered black-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes) and other sensitive wildlife species. We compared efficacy of prophylactic treatments (burrow dusting with deltamethrin or oral vaccination with recombinant "sylvatic plague vaccine" [RCN-F1/V307]) to placebo treatment in black-tailed prairie dog (C. ludovicianus) colonies. Between 2013 and 2015, we measured prairie dog apparent survival, burrow activity and flea abundance on triplicate plots ("blocks") receiving dust, vaccine or placebo treatment...
June 22, 2017: EcoHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633457/an-ha-stem-antibody-medi8852-prevents-and-controls-disease-and-limits-transmission-of-pandemic-influenza-viruses
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C I Paules, S Lakdawala, J M McAuliffe, M Paskel, L Vogel, N L Kallewaard, Q Zhu, K Subbarao
Background: MEDI8852 is a novel MAb which neutralizes both group I and group II influenza A viruses (IAV) in vitro. We evaluated whether MEDI8852 was effective for prophylaxis and therapy against representative group I (H5N1) and group II (H7N9) pandemic IAV in mice and ferrets and could be used to block transmission of influenza H1N1pdm09 in ferrets, compared to an irrelevant control MAb R347 and oseltamivir. Results: MEDI8852 was effective for prophylaxis and treatment of H7N9 and H5N1 infection in mice, with a clear dose-dependent response and treatment with MEDI8852 24, 48 or 72 h post-infection (hpi) was superior to oseltamivir for H5N1...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631598/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-evidence-of-a-potential-a-h1n1-pdm09-antigenic-drift-mediated-by-escape-mutations-in-the-haemagglutinin-sa-antigenic-site
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Miguel Retamal, Yacine Abed, Chantal Rhéaume, Mariana Baz, Guy Boivin
Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 virus continues to circulate worldwide without evidence of significant antigenic drift between 2009 and 2016. By using escape mutants, we previously identified six haemagglutinin (HA) changes (T80R, G143E, G158E, N159D, K166E and A198E) that were located within antigenic sites. Combinations of these mutations were introduced into the A(H1N1)pdm09 HA plasmid by mutagenesis. Reassortant 6 : 2 viruses containing both the HA and NA genes of the A(H1N1)pdm09 and the six internal gene segments of A/PR/8/34 were rescued by reverse genetics...
June 20, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624679/neuraminidase-based-recombinant-virus-like-particles-protect-against-lethal-avian-influenza-a-h5n1-virus-infection-in-ferrets
#5
Gale E Smith, Xiangjie Sun, Yaohui Bai, Ye V Liu, Michael J Massare, Melissa B Pearce, Jessica A Belser, Taronna R Maines, Hannah M Creager, Gregory M Glenn, David Flyer, Peter Pushko, Min Z Levine, Terrence M Tumpey
Avian influenza A (H5N1) viruses represent a growing threat for an influenza pandemic. The presence of widespread avian influenza virus infections further emphasizes the need for vaccine strategies for control of pre-pandemic H5N1 and other avian influenza subtypes. Influenza neuraminidase (NA) vaccines represent a potential strategy for improving vaccines against avian influenza H5N1 viruses. To evaluate a strategy for NA vaccination, we generated a recombinant influenza virus-like particle (VLP) vaccine comprised of the NA protein of A/Indonesia/05/2005 (H5N1) virus...
June 15, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623308/improved-growth-patterns-in-cystic-fibrosis-mice-after-loss-of-histone-deacetylase-6
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Sharon M Rymut, Deborah A Corey, Dana M Valerio, Bernadette O Erokwu, Chris A Flask, Thomas J Kelley, Craig A Hodges
Growth failure in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients has been well-documented and shown to correlate with poorer disease outcomes. This observation is also true in CF animal models, including mouse, pig, rat, and ferret. The etiology underlying growth deficits is unknown, and our previous work demonstrated reduced tubulin acetylation in CF cell models and tissue that is correctable by inhibition of histone deacetylase-6 (HDAC6). Here, we hypothesize that loss of HDAC6 will improve growth phenotype in a CF mouse model...
June 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617796/egocentric-and-allocentric-representations-in-auditory-cortex
#7
Stephen M Town, W Owen Brimijoin, Jennifer K Bizley
A key function of the brain is to provide a stable representation of an object's location in the world. In hearing, sound azimuth and elevation are encoded by neurons throughout the auditory system, and auditory cortex is necessary for sound localization. However, the coordinate frame in which neurons represent sound space remains undefined: classical spatial receptive fields in head-fixed subjects can be explained either by sensitivity to sound source location relative to the head (egocentric) or relative to the world (allocentric encoding)...
June 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604586/influenza-omics-and-the-host-response-recent-advances-and-future-prospects
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REVIEW
Joshua D Powell, Katrina M Waters
Influenza A viruses (IAV) continually evolve and have the capacity to cause global pandemics. Because IAV represents an ongoing threat, identifying novel therapies and host innate immune factors that contribute to IAV pathogenesis is of considerable interest. This review summarizes the relevant literature as it relates to global host responses to influenza infection at both the proteome and transcriptome level. The various-omics infection systems that include but are not limited to ferrets, mice, pigs, and even the controlled infection of humans are reviewed...
June 10, 2017: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576571/nontoxic-outer-membrane-vesicles-efficiently-increase-the-efficacy-of-an-influenza-vaccine-in-mice-and-ferrets
#9
Sang-Mu Shim, Eun-Jung Song, Daesub Song, Tae-Young Lee, Doo-Jin Kim, Jeong-Hyun Nam, Dae Gwin Jeong, Chong-Kil Lee, Sang-Hyun Kim, Jeong-Ki Kim
In this study, we developed a further-modified outer membrane vesicle (fmOMV) from the ΔmsbB/ΔpagP mutant of Escherichia coli transformed with the plasmid, pLpxF, in order to use it as an adjuvant for pandemic H1N1 (pH1N1) influenza vaccine. We evaluated the efficacy of the pH1N1 influenza vaccine containing the fmOMV in animal models as compared to the commercial adjuvants, alum or AddaVax(TM). The fmOMV-adjuvanted pH1N1 influenza vaccine induced a significant increase in the humoral immunity; however, this effect was less than that of the AddaVax(TM)...
May 30, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570661/breakdown-of-local-information-processing-may-underlie-isoflurane-anesthesia-effects
#10
Patricia Wollstadt, Kristin K Sellers, Lucas Rudelt, Viola Priesemann, Axel Hutt, Flavio Fröhlich, Michael Wibral
The disruption of coupling between brain areas has been suggested as the mechanism underlying loss of consciousness in anesthesia. This hypothesis has been tested previously by measuring the information transfer between brain areas, and by taking reduced information transfer as a proxy for decoupling. Yet, information transfer is a function of the amount of information available in the information source-such that transfer decreases even for unchanged coupling when less source information is available. Therefore, we reconsidered past interpretations of reduced information transfer as a sign of decoupling, and asked whether impaired local information processing leads to a loss of information transfer...
June 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559384/a-role-for-auditory-corticothalamic-feedback-in-the-perception-of-complex-sounds
#11
Natsumi Y Homma, Max Fk Happel, Fernando R Nodal, Frank W Ohl, Andrew J King, Victoria M Bajo
Feedback signals from the primary auditory cortex (A1) can shape the receptive field properties of neurons in the ventral division of the medial geniculate body (MGBv). However, the behavioral significance of corticothalamic modulation is unknown. The aim of this study was to elucidate the role of this descending pathway in the perception of complex sounds. We tested the ability of adult female ferrets to detect the presence of a mistuned harmonic in a complex tone using a positive conditioned go/no-go behavioral paradigm, before and after the input from layer VI in A1 to MGBv was bilaterally and selectively eliminated using chromophore-targeted laser photolysis...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558784/hesperetin-5-7-3-o-triacetate-suppresses-airway-hyperresponsiveness-in-ovalbumin-sensitized-and-challenged-mice-without-reversing-xylazine-ketamine-induced-anesthesia-in-normal-mice
#12
You-Lan Yang, Chi-Li Chen, Chi-Ming Chen, Wun-Chang Ko
BACKGROUND: We recently reported that hesperetin-5,7,3'-O-triacetate (HTA) dually inhibited phosphodiesterase (PDE)3/4 with a therapeutic ratio of 20.8. The application and development of PDE4 inhibitors for treating asthma or COPD are limited by their side effects, such as nausea, vomiting and gastric hypersecretion. PDE4 inhibitors were reported to reverse xylazine/ketamine-induced anesthesia in rats and triggered vomiting in ferrets. Thus the reversing effect of HTA on xylazine/ketamine-induced anesthesia in mice was studied to assess emetic effect of HTA...
May 30, 2017: BMC Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558204/development-and-application-of-synthetic-affinity-ligands-for-the-purification-of-ferritin-based-influenza-antigens
#13
Shaleem I Jacob, Basmah Khogeer, Nick Bampos, Tom Sheppard, Richard Schwartz, Christopher R Lowe
A recently developed novel recombinant influenza antigen vaccine has shown great success in preclinical studies in ferrets and mice. It provides broader protection, and is efficient to manufacture compared to the conventional trivalent influenza vaccines (TIV). Each strain of the recombinant antigen has a constant self-assembled bacterial ferritin core which, if used as a target for affinity chromatography, could lead to a universal purification method. Ferritin in silico models were used to explore potential target binding sites against ligands synthesized by the four-component Ugi reaction...
June 21, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554058/stockpiled-pre-pandemic-h5n1-influenza-virus-vaccines-with-as03-adjuvant-provide-cross-protection-from-h5n2-clade-2-3-4-4-virus-challenge-in-ferrets
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Xiangjie Sun, Jessica A Belser, Joanna A Pulit-Penaloza, Hannah M Creager, Zhu Guo, Stacie N Jefferson, Feng Liu, Ian A York, James Stevens, Taronna R Maines, Daniel B Jernigan, Jacqueline M Katz, Min Z Levine, Terrence M Tumpey
Avian influenza viruses, notably H5 subtype viruses, pose a continuous threat to public health due to their pandemic potential. In recent years, influenza virus H5 subtype split vaccines with novel oil-in-water emulsion based adjuvants (e.g. AS03, MF59) have been shown to be safe, immunogenic, and able to induce broad immune responses in clinical trials, providing strong scientific support for vaccine stockpiling. However, whether such vaccines can provide protection from infection with emerging, antigenically distinct clades of H5 viruses has not been adequately addressed...
May 26, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549236/assessment-of-pathogenicity-and-antigenicity-of-american-lineage-influenza-h5n2-viruses-in-taiwan
#15
Chun-Yang Lin, Min-Yuan Chia, Po-Ling Chen, Chia-Tsui Yeh, Ming-Chu Cheng, Ih-Jen Su, Min-Shi Lee
During December 2003 and March 2004, large scale epidemics of low-pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) H5N2 occurred in poultry farms in central and southern Taiwan. Based on genomic analysis, these H5N2 viruses contain HA and NA genes of American-lineage H5N2 viruses and six internal genes from avian influenza A/H6N1 viruses endemic in poultry in Taiwan. After disappearing for several years, these novel influenza H5N2 viruses caused outbreaks in poultry farms again in 2008, 2010 and 2012, and have evolved into high pathogenic AI (HPAI) since 2010...
May 23, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545034/characterization-of-sudan-ebolavirus-infection-in-ferrets
#16
Andrea Kroeker, Shihua He, Marc-Antoine de La Vega, Gary Wong, Carissa Embury-Hyatt, Xiangguo Qiu
Sudan virus (SUDV) outbreaks in Africa are highly lethal; however, the development and testing of novel antivirals and vaccines for this virus has been limited by a lack of suitable animal models. Non-human primates (NHP) remain the gold standard for modeling filovirus disease, but they are not conducive to screening large numbers of experimental compounds and should only be used to test the most promising candidates. Therefore, other smaller animal models are a valuable asset. We have recently developed a guinea-pig adapted SUDV virus that is lethal in guinea pigs...
May 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539215/comparison-and-validation-of-an-in-vitro-skin-sensitization-strategy-using-a-data-set-of-33-chemical-references
#17
Elodie Clouet, Saadia Kerdine-Römer, Pierre-Jacques Ferret
Allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) is an adverse health effect that develops following repeated exposure to skin sensitizing chemicals. An animal testing ban has been applied in EU, leading to development of reliably predictive non-animal methods. Several in vitro methods have been developed as alternatives but one single non-animal test method is not been sufficient to fully address since the LLNA test ban. Here, we have selected an ITS (Integrated Testing Strategy) for skin sensitization which focuses on three in vitro methods that covered the first three steps of the AOP (DPRA, SENS-IS or h-CLAT)...
May 21, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533379/learned-response-sequences-in-cerebellar-purkinje-cells
#18
Dan-Anders Jirenhed, Anders Rasmussen, Fredrik Johansson, Germund Hesslow
Associative learning in the cerebellum has previously focused on single movements. In eyeblink conditioning, for instance, a subject learns to blink at the right time in response to a conditional stimulus (CS), such as a tone that is repeatedly followed by an unconditional corneal stimulus (US). During conditioning, the CS and US are transmitted by mossy/parallel fibers and climbing fibers to cerebellar Purkinje cells that acquire a precisely timed pause response that drives the overt blink response. The timing of this conditional Purkinje cell response is determined by the CS-US interval and is independent of temporal patterns in the input signal...
June 6, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525756/immunization-elicited-broadly-protective-antibody-reveals-ebolavirus-fusion-loop-as-a-site-of-vulnerability
#19
Xuelian Zhao, Katie A Howell, Shihua He, Jennifer M Brannan, Anna Z Wec, Edgar Davidson, Hannah L Turner, Chi-I Chiang, Lin Lei, J Maximilian Fels, Hong Vu, Sergey Shulenin, Ashley N Turonis, Ana I Kuehne, Guodong Liu, Mi Ta, Yimeng Wang, Christopher Sundling, Yongli Xiao, Jennifer S Spence, Benjamin J Doranz, Frederick W Holtsberg, Andrew B Ward, Kartik Chandran, John M Dye, Xiangguo Qiu, Yuxing Li, M Javad Aman
While neutralizing antibodies are highly effective against ebolavirus infections, current experimental ebolavirus vaccines primarily elicit species-specific antibody responses. Here, we describe an immunization-elicited macaque antibody (CA45) that clamps the internal fusion loop with the N terminus of the ebolavirus glycoproteins (GPs) and potently neutralizes Ebola, Sudan, Bundibugyo, and Reston viruses. CA45, alone or in combination with an antibody that blocks receptor binding, provided full protection against all pathogenic ebolaviruses in mice, guinea pigs, and ferrets...
May 18, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515300/a-novel-a-h7n2-influenza-virus-isolated-from-a-veterinarian-caring-for-cats-in-a-new-york-city-animal-shelter-causes-mild-disease-and-transmits-poorly-in-the-ferret-model
#20
Jessica A Belser, Joanna A Pulit-Penaloza, Xiangjie Sun, Nicole Brock, Claudia Pappas, Hannah M Creager, Hui Zeng, Terrence M Tumpey, Taronna R Maines
In December 2016, a low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) A(H7N2) virus was identified as the causative source of an outbreak in a cat shelter in New York City, which subsequently spread to multiple shelters in New York and Pennsylvania. One person with occupational exposure to infected cats became infected with the virus, representing the first LPAI H7N2 human infection in North America since 2003. Considering the close contact that frequently occurs between companion animals and humans, it was critical to assess the relative risk of this novel virus to public health...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Virology
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