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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159203/varicella-zoster-virus-infected-cerebrovascular-cells-produce-a-proinflammatory-environment
#1
Dallas Jones, C Preston Neff, Brent E Palmer, Kurt Stenmark, Maria A Nagel
Objective: To test whether varicella zoster virus (VZV) infection of human brain vascular cells and of lung fibroblasts directly increases proinflammatory cytokine levels, consistent with VZV as a causative agent in intracerebral VZV vasculopathy and giant-cell arteritis (GCA). Methods: Conditioned supernatant from mock- and VZV-infected human brain vascular adventitial fibroblasts (HBVAFs), human perineurial cells (HPNCs), human brain vascular smooth muscle cells (HBVSMCs), and human fetal lung fibroblasts (HFLs) were collected at 72 hours postinfection and analyzed for levels of 30 proinflammatory cytokines using the Meso Scale Discovery Multiplex ELISA platform...
September 2017: Neurology® Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159001/a-unique-case-of-acute-cerebral-venous-sinus-thrombosis-secondary-to-primary-varicella-zoster-virus-infection
#2
Syed F Imam, Omair Ul Haq Lodhi, Zainab Fatima, Saneeya Nasim, Waseem T Malik, Muhammad Sabih Saleem
Primary varicella zoster virus (VZV) infection, predominantly in the pediatric population, presents with pyrexia and a classic pruritic vesicular rash. In adults, although less common, it is more severe and linked to more complications. Neurological complications, which account for less than 1% of all VZV complications, include meningitis, encephalitis, arterial vasculopathy, and venous thrombosis. We present a case of a 39-year-old male who developed extensive cerebral venous sinus thrombosis following primary VZV infection...
September 16, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157201/phylogenetic-and-recombination-analysis-of-the-herpesvirus-genus-varicellovirus
#3
Aaron W Kolb, Andrew C Lewin, Ralph Moeller Trane, Gillian J McLellan, Curtis R Brandt
BACKGROUND: The varicelloviruses comprise a genus within the alphaherpesvirus subfamily, and infect both humans and other mammals. Recently, next-generation sequencing has been used to generate genomic sequences of several members of the Varicellovirus genus. Here, currently available varicellovirus genomic sequences were used for phylogenetic, recombination, and genetic distance analysis. RESULTS: A phylogenetic network including genomic sequences of individual species, was generated and suggested a potential restriction between the ungulate and non-ungulate viruses...
November 21, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156319/large-scale-analysis-of-herpesviridae-in-epilepsy-patients-with-signs-of-autoimmune-encephalitis
#4
Freya Poulheim, Laura Esposito, Christian E Elger, Anna M Eis-Hübinger, Albert J Becker, Pitt Niehusmann
PURPOSE: Epilepsy is one of the most common primary brain disorders. Nonparaneoplastic autoimmune encephalitis is increasingly recognized as an important cause of adult onset epilepsy. However, only in rare cases an initiating factor of the syndrome can be identified. Autoantibody detection after central nervous herpesvirus infection indicates a postviral etiology in a subgroup of patients. In order to analyze a possible underrecognition of postinfectious autoimmunity we performed a large-scale analysis of herpesvirus DNA in cerebrospinal fluid samples from patients with clinical signs of autoimmune encephalitis...
November 17, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155150/enhancement-of-cutaneous-immunity-during-ageing-by-blocking-p38-mapkinase-induced-inflammation
#5
Milica Vukmanovic-Stejic, Emma S Chambers, Mayte Suarez- Farinas, Daisy Sandhu, Judilyn Fuentes-Duculan, Neil Patel, Elaine Agius, Katie E Lacy, Carolin T Turner, Anis Larbi, Veronique Birault, Mahdad Noursadeghi, Neil A Mabbott, Malcolm H A Rustin, James Krueger, Arne N Akbar
BACKGROUND: Immunity declines with age that leads to re-activation of varicella zoster virus (VZV). In humans, age associated immune changes are usually measured in blood leukocytes however this may not reflect alterations in tissue-specific immunity. OBJECTIVES: We used a VZV antigen challenge system in the skin to investigate changes in tissue specific mechanisms involved in the decreased response to this virus during ageing. METHODS: We assessed cutaneous immunity by the extent of erythema and induration after intradermal VZV antigen injection...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137604/varicella-zoster-virus-associated-morbidity-and-mortality-in-africa-a-systematic-review
#6
Hannah Hussey, Leila Abdullahi, Jamie Collins, Rudzani Muloiwa, Gregory Hussey, Benjamin Kagina
BACKGROUND: Varicella zoster virus (VZV) causes varicella and herpes zoster. These vaccine preventable diseases are common globally. Most available data on VZV epidemiology are from industrialised temperate countries and cannot be used to guide decisions on the immunization policy against VZV in Africa. This systematic review aims to review the published data on VZV morbidity and mortality in Africa. METHODS: All published studies conducted in Africa from 1974 to 2015 were eligible...
November 14, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126292/safety-and-immunogenicity-of-inactivated-varicella-zoster-virus-vaccine-in-adults-with-autoimmune-disease-a-phase-2-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial
#7
Michael Eberhardson, Stephen Hall, Kim A Papp, Tina M Sterling, Jon E Stek, Lei Pang, Yanli Zhao, Janie Parrino, Zoran Popmihajlov
Background: Immunogenicity and safety of inactivated zoster vaccine (ZVIN) were evaluated in adults with autoimmune disease. Methods: Adults with autoimmune disease treated with immunosuppressive therapy (biologic or nonbiologic) were randomized to receive 4 doses of ZVIN, ZVIN containing a higher quantity of antigen, or placebo. To measure varicella-zoster virus (VZV)-specific immune responses using glycoprotein enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (gpELISA) and interferon-gamma enzyme-linked immunospot (IFN-γ ELISPOT), blood samples were collected at baseline, post-doses 2, 3, and 4...
October 1, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118757/decreased-immunity-to-varicella-zoster-virus-in-giant-cell-arteritis
#8
Christien Rondaan, Kornelis S M van der Geest, Elisabeth Eelsing, Annemieke M H Boots, Nicolaas A Bos, Johanna Westra, Elisabeth Brouwer
Introduction: Herpes zoster, which can have a major impact on quality of life, results from reactivation of a latent varicella zoster virus (VZV) infection. We hypothesized that giant cell arteritis (GCA) patients are at increased risk of herpes zoster because of treatment with high-dose glucocorticoids and advanced age. Aim of the study, therefore, was to determine cell-mediated and humoral immunity to VZV in patients with GCA, patients with closely related disease polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR; treated with lower doses of glucocorticoids) and healthy controls (HCs)...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116592/varicella-zoster-virus-orf7-interacts-with-orf53-and-plays-a-role-in-its-trans-golgi-network-localization
#9
Wei Wang, Wenkun Fu, Dequan Pan, Linli Cai, Jianghui Ye, Jian Liu, Che Liu, Yuqiong Que, Ningshao Xia, Hua Zhu, Tong Cheng
Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) is a neurotropic alphaherpesvirus that causes chickenpox and shingles. ORF7 is an important virulence determinant of VZV in both human skin and nerve tissues, however, its specific function and involved molecular mechanism in VZV pathogenesis remain largely elusive. Previous yeast two-hybrid studies on intraviral protein-protein interaction network in herpesviruses have revealed that VZV ORF7 may interact with ORF53, which is a virtually unstudied but essential viral protein. The aim of this study is to identify and characterize VZV ORF53, and to investigate its relationship with ORF7...
October 2017: Virologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115621/effects-of-shield1-on-the-viral-replication-of-varicella%C3%A2-zoster-virus-containing-fkbp%C3%A2-tagged-orf4-and-48
#10
Shuying Li, Zhanjun Liu, Ji Li, Aihua Liu, Lihua Zhu, Kui Yu, Ke Zhang
The present study aimed to explore the effects of a stabilizing ligand, Shield‑1, on the replication of recombinant varicella‑zoster virus (VZV) containing FK506 binding protein (FKPB) tags in essential open reading frames (ORF) 4 and 48. A specific galactokinase (galK) selection method was conducted, following the addition of galK labels to VZV ORF4 and 48, using a SW102 VZV bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) system. Subsequently, recombinant VZV containing FKPB tags in ORF4 and 48 was constructed by counterselection and homologous recombination...
November 6, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108114/reply-to-bigler-et%C3%A2-al-ar-17-1461
#11
Bryant R England, Ted R Mikuls, Jeffrey R Curtis
We thank Dr. Bigler and his colleagues for their interest in our article and sharing the results from their laboratory. The authors proposed evaluating a biologic mechanism linking Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV) to giant cell arteritis (GCA) through assessment of cross-reactive VZV-specific T cell immunity, hypothesizing that VZV reactive T-cells would be increased in GCA patients relative to controls. However, their in vitro results from a small sample of GCA and control (inflammatory and non-inflammatory) patients designed to test this hypothesis through the quantification of VZV specific T-cells and T-cell reactivity (in response to stimulation with a protein extract from an aortic specimen of a single GCA patient) found no significant differences between cases and controls...
November 6, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29098417/low-intrathecal-antibody-production-despite-high-seroprevalence-of-epstein-barr-virus-in-multiple-sclerosis-a-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Klemens Ruprecht, Brigitte Wildemann, Sven Jarius
BACKGROUND: Patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) frequently have an intrathecal production of antibodies to different common viruses, which can be detected by elevated antiviral antibody indices (AIs). There is a strong and consistent association of MS and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection. OBJECTIVE: To systematically compare the frequencies of intrathecal antibody production to EBV, measles virus, rubella virus, varicella zoster virus (VZV) and herpes simplex virus (HSV) in patients with MS...
November 2, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29089872/role-for-the-ventral-posterior-medial-posterior-lateral-thalamus-and-anterior-cingulate-cortex-in-affective-motivation-pain-induced-by-varicella-zoster-virus
#13
Phillip R Kramer, Jennifer Strand, Crystal Stinson, Larry L Bellinger, Paul R Kinchington, Michael B Yee, Mikhail Umorin, Yuan B Peng
Varicella zoster virus (VZV) infects the face and can result in chronic, debilitating pain. The mechanism for this pain is unknown and current treatment is often not effective, thus investigations into the pain pathway become vital. Pain itself is multidimensional, consisting of sensory and affective experiences. One of the primary brain substrates for transmitting sensory signals in the face is the ventral posterior medial/posterior lateral thalamus (VPM/VPL). In addition, the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) has been shown to be vital in the affective experience of pain, so investigating both of these areas in freely behaving animals was completed to address the role of the brain in VZV-induced pain...
2017: Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29081071/herpes-zoster-meningitis-in-immunocompetent-children-two-case-reports-and-a-literature-review
#14
Naohiro Itoh, Kouji Motokura, Akira Kumakura, Daisuke Hata, Atsuko Hata
We encountered two cases of Herpes zoster (HZ) meningitis, a rarely occurring complication of HZ, in previously healthy children. One patient treated with i.v. acyclovir (ACV, 31 mg/kg/day) did not recover. His symptoms were relieved somewhat by increased ACV dosage, but it caused transient renal dysfunction. Another patient treated with i.v. ACV (30 mg/kg/day) recovered. Treatment for HZ meningitis in immunocompetent children has not been established. In a literature review, 80% of 20 patients were treated with the usual dose of ACV 15-30 mg/kg/day...
October 2017: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29079160/herpes-zoster-in-the-older-adult
#15
REVIEW
Amrita R John, David H Canaday
Herpes zoster (HZ) is the result of reactivation of latent varicella zoster virus (VZV) and occurs most frequently in older adults. Classically, HZ presents as a unilateral, selflimited, dermatomal rash. Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is a common sequela, presenting as severe pain that persists after the rash has resolved. In the elderly, PHN can be debilitating and requires a prompt diagnosis, treatment with antivirals, and adequate pain control. A longer-term pain management strategy is required if PHN occurs...
December 2017: Infectious Disease Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29079101/a-randomized-lot-to-lot-immunogenicity-consistency-study-of-the-candidate-zoster-vaccine-hz-su
#16
Ana Strezova, Olivier Godeaux, Naresh Aggarwal, Geert Leroux-Roels, Marta Lopez-Fauqued, Pierre Van Damme, Carline Vanden Abeele, Ilse Vastiau, Thomas C Heineman, Himal Lal
BACKGROUND: The risk of developing herpes zoster (HZ) increases with age and is thought to be associated with a decrease in cell-mediated immunity in older adults. The adjuvanted varicella-zoster virus (VZV) glycoprotein E (gE) recombinant subunit vaccine (HZ/su) showed >90% efficacy in the prevention of HZ when administered in adults ≥50 years of age. Here we aim to evaluate immunogenicity consistency of 3 different HZ/su vaccine lots and to assess safety of these lots. METHODS: This multicenter, phase III, double-blind, randomized study (NCT02075515), assessed lot-to-lot consistency in terms of immunogenicity of HZ/su and also assessed safety of these lots...
October 24, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29076102/epidemiological-profile-of-acute-viral-encephalitis
#17
Rajesh Kumar, Pankaj Kumar, Manoj Kumar Singh, Dipti Agarwal, Bendangienla Jamir, Shashi Khare, Samrendra Narayan
OBJECTIVE: To study the etiology and clinico-epidemiological profile of acute viral encephalitis in children with acute encephalitis syndrome (AES). METHODS: An observational study including 100 patients fulfilling the criteria for AES was conducted in children of age group 1 mo - 16 y. Viral isolation was done on RD cells, HEp-2 cells and Vero cells from the cerebrospinal fluid samples of suspected viral encephalitis (VE) cases. An enzyme immunoassay for IgM antibodies was performed for measles, mumps, Varicella zoster virus (VZV), Herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV1) and Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV)...
October 27, 2017: Indian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29075289/serology-of-viral-infections-and-tuberculosis-screening-in-an-ibd-population-referred-to-a-tertiary-centre-of-southern-italy
#18
Marco Ardesia, Giuseppe Costantino, Placido Mondello, Angela Alibrandi, Walter Fries
BACKGROUND: With the introduction of more potent immunosuppressive agents in inflammatory bowel disease, prevention of opportunistic infections has become necessary by introducing screening programs. Prevalence of the most important infectious agents may vary in different geographical areas. The aim of our study was to assess the immune status for hepatitis B, varicella, mononucleosis, and cytomegalovirus infection together with the determination of the hepatitis C and tuberculosis status in Southern Italy...
2017: Gastroenterology Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29063890/investigation-of-an-outbreak-of-varicella-in-chandigarh-north-india-using-a-real-time-polymerase-chain-reaction-approach
#19
Mini P Singh, Ramanpreet Kaur, Archit Kumar, Madhu Gupta, Shubha Garg, R K Ratho
Outbreaks of varicella are reported when susceptible population accumulates. This study reports a chickenpox outbreak in Burail in August 2014, wherein 20 laboratory-confirmed cases were identified by the detection of varicella zoster virus (VZV) DNA and VZV IgM antibodies. The viral load between vesicular swabs and serum samples from 8 patients with active lesions was found to have good correlation and further also related with disease severity. Real-time polymerase chain reaction can be useful for early diagnosis of an outbreak and vesicular swab can be used as a less invasive sample for assessing the disease severity...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29047317/varicella-and-herpes-zoster-vaccine-development-lessons-learned
#20
Charlotte Warren-Gash, Harriet Forbes, Judith Breuer
Before vaccination, varicella zoster virus (VZV), which is endemic worldwide, led to almost universal infection. This neurotropic virus persists lifelong by establishing latency in sensory ganglia, where its reactivation is controlled by VZV-specific T-cell immunity. Lifetime risk of VZV reactivation (zoster) is around 30%. Vaccine development was galvanised by the economic and societal burden of VZV, including debilitating zoster complications that largely affect older individuals. Areas covered: We describe the story of development, licensing and implementation of live attenuated vaccines against varicella and zoster...
October 30, 2017: Expert Review of Vaccines
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