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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647346/sting-is-involved-in-antiviral-immune-response-against-vzv-infection-via-the-induction-of-type-i-and-iii-ifn-pathways
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Ji-Ae Kim, Seul-Ki Park, Seong-Wook Seo, Chan-Hee Lee, Ok Sarah Shin
Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV) is a human-restricted α-herpesvirus that exhibits tropism for the skin. The VZV host receptors and downstream signaling pathways responsible for the antiviral innate immune response in the skin are not completely understood. Here, we show that stimulator of interferon genes (STING) mediates an important host defense against VZV infection in dermal cells including human dermal fibroblasts (HDFs) and HaCaT keratinocytes. Inhibition of STING using small interfering RNA (siRNA) or short hairpin RNA (shRNA)-mediated gene disruption resulted in enhanced viral replication but diminished IRF3 phosphorylation and induction of IFNs and pro-inflammatory cytokines...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646959/is-chickenpox-so-bad-what-do-we-know-about-immunity-to-varicella-zoster-virus-and-what-does-it-tell-us-about-the-future
#2
Anne A Gershon
Varicella and zoster continue to cause significant morbidity and even mortality in children and adults. Complications include bacterial superinfection, central nervous system manifestations such as meningitis, encephalitis, and cerebellar ataxia, and pain syndromes especially post herpetic neuralgia. Many developed countries but not all, are now administering live attenuated varicella vaccine routinely, with a decrease in the incidence of disease, providing personal and herd immunity. There is some controversy, however, in some countries concerning whether a decrease in the circulation of wild type virus will result in loss of immunity to VZV in persons who have already had varicella...
June 2017: Journal of Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643679/clinical-and-cerebrospinal-fluid-findings-contribute-to-the-early-differentiation-between-infectious-and-noninfectious-encephalitis
#3
Miguel Wilken, Lucía Ameghino, Ángel Cammarota, Martín A Nogués, Marcelo Del Castillo, Mauricio F Farez
Early recognition and prompt specific treatment are crucial factors influencing the outcome of patients with acute encephalitis. The aim of this study was to determine the main causes of acute encephalitis in our population and to find predictors that may lead to specific diagnosis. Adult patients admitted to our hospital with suspected diagnosis of encephalitis in the period 2006-2013 were included. One hundred and five medical records were analyzed. Eighty-two patients with infectious encephalitis were identified (78% of total cases), 53 (65%) men and 29 (35%) women, mean age 47...
2017: Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643544/varicella-zoster-meningovasculitis-in-a-multiple-sclerosis-patient-treated-with-natalizumab
#4
Patricia Mulero, Cristina Auger, Laura Parolin, Elena Fonseca, Manuel Requena, Jordi Rio, Mar Tintoré, Alex Rovira, Xavier Montalban
BACKGROUND: Natalizumab is associated with the occasional occurrence of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). While natalizumab-associated PML is well described in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, herpes and other infections have rarely been reported. OBJECTIVE: To report a case of varicella-zoster (VZV) meningovasculitis in a MS patient treated with natalizumab. METHODS: Case report. RESULTS: A 48-year-old woman diagnosed with MS in treatment with natalizumab (Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS): 4...
June 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637759/role-of-jnk-pathway-in-varicella-zoster-virus-lytic-infection-and-reactivation
#5
Sravya Kurapati, Tomohiko Sadaoka, Labchan Rajbhandari, Balaji Jagdish, Priya Shukla, Yong Jun Kim, Gabsang Lee, Jeffrey I Cohen, Arun Venkatesan
Mechanisms of neuronal infection by varicella-zoster virus (VZV) have been challenging to study due to the relatively strict human tropism of the virus and the paucity of tractable experimental models. Cellular mitogen activated protein kinases (MAPKs) have been shown to play a role in VZV infection of non-neuronal cells, with distinct consequences on infectivity in differing cell types. Here, we utilize several human neuronal culture systems to investigate the role of one such MAPK, the c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK), in VZV lytic infection and reactivation...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636287/the-spectrum-of-aseptic-central-nervous-system-infections-in-southern-germany-demographic-clinical-and-laboratory-findings
#6
M Kaminski, V Grummel, D Hoffmann, A Berthele, B Hemmer
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Aseptic infections of the central nervous system (CNS) are frequently observed in Germany. However, no study has systematically addressed the spectrum of aseptic CNS infections in Germany. METHODS: Data on 191 adult patients diagnosed from January 2007 to December 2014 with aseptic meningitis or encephalitis/meningoencephalitis at our hospital were collected by chart review and analyzed for demographic, clinical and laboratory findings. Patients were stratified according to the causative virus and findings were compared between groups...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629987/anti-herpes-simplex-virus-type-1-activity-of-houttuynoid-a-a-new-flavonoid-from-houttuynia-cordata-thunb
#7
Ting Li, Libao Liu, Hongling Wu, Shaodan Chen, Qinchang Zhu, Hao Gao, Xiongtao Yu, Yi Wang, Wenhan Su, Xinsheng Yao, Tao Peng
Early events in herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) infection reactivate latent human immunodeficiency virus, Epstein-Barr virus, and human papillomavirus in the presence of acyclovir (ACV). The common use of nucleoside analog medications, such as ACV and pencyclovir, has resulted in the emergence of drug-resistant HSV-1 strains in clinical therapy. Therefore, new antiherpetics that can inhibit early events in HSV-1 infection should be developed. An example of this treatment is Houttuynia cordata Thunb. water extract, which can inhibit HSV-1 infection through multiple mechanisms...
June 16, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619012/genetic-analysis-of-varicella-zoster-virus-in-the-aqueous-humor-in-uveitis-with-severe-hyphema
#8
Mayumi Hosogai, Yoko Nakatani, Kensuke Mimura, Shoji Kishi, Hideo Akiyama
BACKGROUND: Genetic variations have been identified in the genome of varicella-zoster virus (VZV) strains using vesicle fluid, varicella scabs and throat swab samples. We report a rare case of VZV-associated uveitis with severe hyphema, which was immediately diagnosed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) using the aqueous humor, in which we were able to analyze the VZV genotype for the first time. CASE PRESENTATION: A 16-year-old Japanese boy was referred to our hospital with a 20-day history of unilateral anterior uveitis and 11-day history of hyphema...
June 15, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613146/revisiting-the-genotyping-scheme-for-varicella-zoster-viruses-based-on-whole-genome-comparisons
#9
Nancy J Jensen, Pierre Rivailler, Hung Fu Tseng, Mark L Quinlivan, Kay Radford, Jennifer Folster, Rafael Harpaz, Philip LaRussa, Steven Jacobsen, D Scott Schmid
We report whole-genome sequences (WGSs) for four varicella-zoster virus (VZV) samples from a shingles study conducted by Kaiser Permanente of Southern California. Comparative genomics and phylogenetic analysis of all published VZV WGSs revealed that strain KY037798 is in clade IX, which shall henceforth be designated clade 9. Previously published single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP)-based genotyping schemes fail to discriminate between clades 6 and VIII and employ positions that are not clade-specific. We provide an updated list of clade-specific positions that supersedes the list determined at the 2008 VZV nomenclature meeting...
June 14, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607114/varicella-zoster-virus-specific-cellular-immune-responses-to-the-live-attenuated-zoster-vaccine-in-young-and-older-adults
#10
Adriana Weinberg, Jennifer Canniff, Nadine Rouphael, Aneesh Mehta, Mark Mulligan, Jennifer A Whitaker, Myron J Levin
The incidence and severity of herpes zoster (HZ) increases with age. The live attenuated zoster vaccine generates immune responses similar to HZ. We compared the immune responses to zoster vaccine in young and older to adults to increase our understanding of the immune characteristics that may contribute to the increased susceptibility to HZ in older adults. Young (25-40 y; n = 25) and older (60-80 y; n = 33) adults had similar magnitude memory responses to varicella-zoster virus (VZV) ex vivo restimulation measured by responder cell-frequency and flow cytometry, but the responses were delayed in older compared with young adults...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604383/pyruvate-controls-the-checkpoint-inhibitor-pd-l1-and-suppresses-t-cell-immunity
#11
Ryu Watanabe, Tsuyoshi Shirai, Hong Namkoong, Hui Zhang, Gerald J Berry, Barbara B Wallis, Benedikt Schaefgen, David G Harrison, Jennifer A Tremmel, John C Giacomini, Jörg J Goronzy, Cornelia M Weyand
Patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) are at high risk for reactivation of the varicella zoster virus (VZV) and development of herpes zoster (HZ). Here, we found that macrophages from patients with CAD actively suppress T cell activation and expansion, leading to defective VZV-specific T cell immunity. Monocyte-derived and plaque-infiltrating macrophages from patients with CAD spontaneously expressed high surface density of the immunoinhibitory ligand programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1), thereby providing negative signals to programmed death-1+ (PD-1+) T cells...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601285/cytomegalovirus-and-varicella-zoster-virus-seropositivity-of-iranian-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis-a-population-based-study
#12
Sajad Karampoor, Hamid Zahednasab, Sreeram Ramagopalan, Masoud Mehrpour, Masoud Etemadifar, Fereshteh Alsahebfosoul, Hossein Keyvani
Multiple Sclerosis is a demyelinating disease of the central nervous system (CNS) affecting young individuals with age range of 20-40years of age. The precise mechanism underlying the disease is still unclear. Some viruses have been proposed to play roles in disease causation. In this study, we recruited 800 MS patients along with 1000 healthy individuals to determine the seropositivity of anti-CMV and anti-VZV IgG titers using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Our results showed significant higher titers of anti-CMV and anti-VZV IgG titers in serum of MS patients with respect to healthy individuals (for both p<0...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Neuroimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598267/interaction-of-immunoglobulin-with-cytomegalovirus-infected-cells
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Nobuyasu Aiba, Atsuko Shiraki, Misako Yajima, Yukari Oyama, Yoshihiro Yoshida, Ayumu Ohno, Hiroshi Yamada, Masaya Takemoto, Tohru Daikoku, Kimiyasu Shiraki
Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) is used to treat or prevent severe viral infection, especially cytomegalovirus (CMV) infections. IVIG was characterized to understand its interaction with CMV-infected cells. IVIG retarded CMV spread and reduced virus yields depending on the neutralizing (NT) antibody titer. Immediate early protein synthesis was reduced by IVIG in 3 to 15 h, and IVIG specifically reduced the ratio of 66/68k protein synthesis among immediate early proteins in an NT antibody-dependent manner between 4 and 8 h after infection, indicating that antigenic modulation of CMV-infected cells by IVIG reduced viral protein synthesis and virus production...
June 9, 2017: Viral Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592328/severe-varicella-zoster-virus-pneumonia-a-multicenter-cohort-study
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Adrien Mirouse, Philippe Vignon, Prescillia Piron, René Robert, Laurent Papazian, Guillaume Géri, Pascal Blanc, Christophe Guitton, Claude Guérin, Naïke Bigé, Antoine Rabbat, Aurélie Lefebvre, Keyvan Razazi, Muriel Fartoukh, Eric Mariotte, Lila Bouadma, Jean-Damien Ricard, Amélie Seguin, Bertrand Souweine, Anne-Sophie Moreau, Stanislas Faguer, Arnaud Mari, Julien Mayaux, Francis Schneider, Annabelle Stoclin, Pierre Perez, Julien Maizel, Charles Lafon, Frédérique Ganster, Laurent Argaud, Christophe Girault, François Barbier, Lucien Lecuyer, Jérôme Lambert, Emmanuel Canet
BACKGROUND: Pneumonia is a dreaded complication of varicella-zoster virus (VZV) infection in adults; however, the data are limited. Our objective was to investigate the clinical features, management, and outcomes of critically ill patients with VZV-related community-acquired pneumonia (VZV-CAP). METHODS: This was an observational study of patients with VZV-CAP admitted to 29 intensive care units (ICUs) from January 1996 to January 2015. RESULTS: One hundred and two patients with VZV-CAP were included...
June 7, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591279/detection-of-herpes-simplex-1-and-2-and-varicella-zoster-virus-by-quantitative-real-time-polymerase-chain-reaction-in-corneas-from-patients-with-bacterial-keratitis
#15
Heloisa Nascimento, Aripuanã Watanabe, Ana Carolina Cabreira Vieira, Andrea Pelegrini, Maria Cecília Yu, Paulo José Martins Bispo, Celso Francisco Hernandes Granato, Ana Luisa Höfling-Lima
Objective: Bacterial keratitis occurs worldwide, and despite recent developments, it remains a potentially blinding condition. This study assesses the presence of herpes simplex virus (HSV-1 and -2) and varicella zoster virus (VZV) by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) in corneal scrapings from patients with bacterial keratitis. Methods: A total of 65 patients with clinical diagnoses of infectious corneal ulcers prospectively underwent clinical eye examinations...
March 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Oftalmologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570620/viral-etiologies-in-adult-patients-with-encephalitis-in-poland-a-prospective-single-center-study
#16
Marta Popiel, Karol Perlejewski, Agnieszka Bednarska, Tomasz Dzieciątkowski, Marcin Paciorek, Dariusz Lipowski, Monika Jabłonowska, Hanna Czeszko-Paprocka, Iwona Bukowska-Ośko, Kamila Caraballo Cortes, Agnieszka Pawełczyk, Maria Fic, Andrzej Horban, Marek Radkowski, Tomasz Laskus
Encephalitis is a severe neurological syndrome associated with high morbidity and mortality as well as long-term neurological sequelae. Despite being an important public health problem, very few extensive population-based studies were conducted so far in the world and none in Central Europe. Altogether 114 consecutive patients meeting the initial criteria for encephalitis were enrolled at the Warsaw Hospital for Infectious Diseases between June 2012 and July 2015. Eighteen patients were secondarily excluded from the analysis due to incomplete data or noinfectious cause...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566903/risk-factors-for-aseptic-meningitis-in-herpes-zoster-patients
#17
Sang-Hoon Kim, Seong-Min Choi, Byeong C Kim, Kang-Ho Choi, Tai-Seung Nam, Joon-Tae Kim, Seung-Han Lee, Man-Seok Park, Seong J Kim
BACKGROUND: Herpes zoster (HZ) is caused by reactivation of latent varicella-zoster virus (VZV) infection. HZ-associated aseptic meningitis, a rare complication of HZ, can require hospitalization and a long treatment period. OBJECTIVE: A retrospective study was performed to identify potential factors associated with HZ-associated aseptic meningitis development. METHODS: We included all outpatients and patients admitted in the neurology and dermatology departments of a single tertiary center, who were diagnosed with HZ for two years...
June 2017: Annals of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566076/-evaluation-of-viral-etiology-in-central-nervous-system-infections-from-a-university-hospital-point-of-view-in-izmir-based-on-seven-years-data
#18
Ayşın Zeytinoğlu, Selda Erensoy, Rüçhan Sertöz, İmre Altuğlu, Candan Çiçek, Münevver Kayın, Hadiye Şirin, Şafak Taner
The serious diseases of the central nervous system (CNS); encephalitis and meningitis, have high mortality and morbidity rate especially not diagnosed and treated in time. Nucleic acid testing (NAT) is the tool of choice for viral diagnosis in CNS infections. In this study, viral etiological agents found in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples sent to our university hospital virology laboratory for laboratory diagnosis of CNS infections were retrospectively evaluated and results were compared with other reports from our country...
April 2017: Mikrobiyoloji Bülteni
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560630/diplopia-as-isolated-presentation-of-varicella-zoster-central-nervous-system-reactivation
#19
Cosmo Del Borgo, Valeria Belvisi, Maria Beatrice Valli, Antonio Currà, Irene Pozzetto, Massimiliano Sepe, Claudio Maria Mastroianni
Here, we report a patient who developed diplopia secondary to a right cranial nerve III and IV palsy, as well as fever and headache. Cerebrospinal fluid analysis (CSF) showed high varicella-zoster virus (VZV)-DNA viral load (>300,000,000 copies/ml). VZV antibodies in CSF was ≥1:16. Diagnosis of neurological reactivation of VZV infection was made without the presence of characteristic vesicular rash. Quantitative real-time PCR for VZV and intrathecal dosage of VZV IgM and IgG should be performed in cases suspected for viral encephalitis and also in all patients with not otherwise attributable cranial nerve lesions...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Neurovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549561/lateral-thalamic-control-of-nociceptive-response-after-whisker-pad-injection-of-varicella-zoster-virus
#20
Phillip R Kramer, Crystal Stinson, Mikhail Umorin, Mohong Deng, Mahesh Rao, Larry L Bellinger, Michael B Yee, Paul R Kinchington
Pain is a common complication of herpes zoster (HZ) infection which results from reactivation of a latent varicella zoster virus (VZV). A third of HZ patients' progress to a chronic pain state known as post herpetic neuralgia (PHN), and about a quarter of these patients' have orofacial pain. The mechanisms controlling the pain responses are not understood. Studies suggest central pathways involving the thalamus could control pain related to HZ, and studies in our lab suggest (VGAT) in the lateral thalamus influences orofacial pain...
May 24, 2017: Neuroscience
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