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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822827/host-genes-regulate-transcription-of-sperm-introduced-hepatitis-b-virus-genes-in-embryo
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Ying Zhong, Dong-Ling Liu, Mohamed Morsi M Ahmed, Peng-Hao Li, Xiao-Ling Zhou, Qing-Dong Xie, Xiao-Qing Xu, Ting-Ting Han, Zhi-Wei Hou, Chen-Yao Zhong, Ji-Hua Huang, Fei Zeng, Tian-Hua Huang
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) can invade the male germline, and sperm-introduced HBV genes could be transcribed in embryo. This study was to explore whether viral gene transcription is regulated by host genes. Embryos were produced by in vitro fertilization of hamster oocytes with human sperm containing the HBV genome. Total RNA extracted from test and control embryos were subjected to SMART-PCR, SSH, microarray hybridization, sequencing and BLAST analysis. Twenty-nine sequences showing significant identity to five human gene families were identified, with CSH2, EIF4G2, PCBD2, PSG4 and TTN selected to represent target genes...
August 16, 2017: Reproductive Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822699/extent-and-evolution-of-gene-duplication-in-dna-viruses
#2
Yuxia Gao, Huayao Zhao, Yin Jin, Xiaoyu Xu, Guan-Zhu Han
Gene duplication is the main source of genomic novelties and complexities for both eukaryotes and prokaryotes. In contrast, gene duplication appears to be infrequent in the RNA viruses. However, the extent and evolution of gene duplication in DNA viruses remains obscure. Here we perform a genome-wide analysis of gene duplication in the genomes of 250 DNA viruses that represent all known DNA viral genera. While no gene duplication event is identified in single stranded DNA (ssDNA) or reverse transcribing DNA viruses, gene duplication is frequent among double stranded DNA (dsDNA) viruses...
August 16, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821766/protein-composition-analysis-of-polyhedra-matrix-of-bombyx-mori-nucleopolyhedrovirus-bmnpv-showed-powerful-capacity-of-polyhedra-to-encapsulate-foreign-proteins
#3
Zhong-Jian Guo, Meng-Han Yu, Xian-Yun Dong, Wei-Li Wang, Ting Tian, Xian-Yin Yu, Xu-Dong Tang
Polyhedra can encapsulate other proteins and have potential applications as protein stabilizers. The extremely stable polyhedra matrix may provide a platform for future engineered micro-crystal devices. However, the protein composition of the polyhedra matrix remains largely unknown. In this study, the occlusion-derived virus (ODV)-removed BmNPV polyhedra matrix fraction was subjected to SDS-PAGE and then an LC-ESI-MS/MS analysis using a Thermo Scientific Q Exactive mass spectrometer. In total, 28 host and 91 viral proteins were identified...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821590/three-dimensional-analysis-of-chloroplast-structures-associated-with-virus-infection
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Xuejiao Jin, Zhihao Jiang, Kun Zhang, Pengfei Wang, Xiuling Cao, Ning Yue, Xueting Wang, Xuan Zhang, Yunqin Li, Dawei Li, Byung-Ho Kang, Yongliang Zhang
Chloroplasts are multifunctional organelles whose morphology is affected by environmental stresses. Although the three-dimensional (3D) architecture of thylakoid membranes has been reported previously, a 3D visualization of chloroplast under stress has not been explored. In this work, we used a positive-strand RNA [(+)RNA] virus, Barley stripe mosaic virus (BSMV) to observe chloroplast structural changes during infection by electron tomography (ET). The analyses revealed remodeling of the chloroplast membranes, characterized by the clustering of outer membrane-invaginated spherules in inner membrane-derived packets...
August 18, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820721/risk-factors-associated-with-blood-exposure-for-sporadic-hepatitis-e-in-dhaka-bangladesh
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Hossain M S Sazzad, Stephen P Luby, Alain B Labrique, Saleem Kamili, Tonya M Hayden, Nourine A Kamili, Chong-Gee Teo, Emily S Gurley
Fecal contamination of drinking water is associated with large hepatitis E virus (HEV) outbreaks of genotypes 1 and 2 in endemic areas. Sporadic transmission of HEV genotypes 3 and 4 in high-income countries has been associated with exposure to blood and animal contact. The objective of the study was to identify the risk factors for hepatitis E and the genotype(s) causing sporadic hepatitis E in Dhaka, Bangladesh. We selected, from a diagnostic center in Dhaka between November 2008 and November 2009, cases presenting with jaundice and anti-HEV IgM antibodies and age-matched controls were defined as those with no history of jaundice and normal blood test results...
August 14, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819692/molecular-characterization-of-atypical-antigenic-variants-of-canine-rabies-virus-reveals-its-reintroduction-by-wildlife-vectors-in-southeastern-mexico
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Fabiola Garcés-Ayala, Nidia Aréchiga-Ceballos, Joanna M Ortiz-Alcántara, Elizabeth González-Durán, Sandra I Pérez-Agüeros, Alfonso Méndez-Tenorio, Belem Torres-Longoria, Irma López-Martínez, Lucía Hernández-Rivas, José Alberto Díaz-Quiñonez, José Ernesto Ramírez-González
Rabies is an infectious viral disease that is practically always fatal following the onset of clinical signs. In Mexico, the last case of human rabies transmitted by dogs was reported in 2006 and canine rabies has declined significantly due to vaccination campaigns implemented in the country. Here we report on the molecular characterization of six rabies virus strains found in Yucatan and Chiapas, remarkably, four of them showed an atypical reaction pattern when antigenic characterization with a reduced panel of eight monoclonal antibodies was performed...
August 17, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819105/a-novel-method-for-genome-wide-profiling-of-dynamic-host-pathogen-interactions-using-3-end-enriched-rna-seq
#7
Jie Li, Liangliang He, Yun Zhang, Chunyi Xue, Yongchang Cao
Marek's disease is a contagious lymphoproliferative disease of chickens and typical model of viral oncogenesis. Mapping changes or different states over the course of infection for both host and pathogen would provide important insights into dynamic host-pathogen interactions. Here we introduced 3' end enriched RNA-seq as a novel method to study host-pathogen interactions in chicken embryo fibroblasts cells challenged with Marek's disease virus. The method allowed accurate profiling of gene expression and alternative polyadenylation sites for host and pathogen simultaneously...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818908/deep-sequencing-reveals-a-divergent-ugandan-cassava-brown-streak-virus-isolate-from-malawi
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Willard Mbewe, Stephan Winter, Settumba Mukasa, Fred Tairo, Peter Sseruwagi, Joseph Ndunguru, Siobain Duffy
Illumina sequencing of RNA from a cassava cutting from northern Malawi produced a genome of Ugandan cassava brown streak virus (UCBSV-MW-NB7_2013). Sequence comparisons revealed stronger similarity to an isolate from nearby Tanzania (93.4% pairwise nucleotide identity) than to those previously reported from Malawi (86.9 to 87.0%).
August 17, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818572/ribavirin-inhibits-zika-virus-zikv-replication-in-vitro-and-suppresses-viremia-in-zikv-infected-stat1-deficient-mice
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Naganori Kamiyama, Ryusuke Soma, Shinya Hidano, Kei Watanabe, Hiroshi Umekita, Chiaki Fukuda, Kaori Noguchi, Yoshiko Gendo, Takashi Ozaki, Akira Sonoda, Nozomi Sachi, Lucky Ronald Runtuwene, Yumako Miura, Etsuro Matsubara, Shigeru Tajima, Tomohiko Takasaki, Yuki Eshita, Takashi Kobayashi
Zika fever, a mosquito-borne infectious disease caused by Zika virus (ZIKV), is an epidemic disease for which no effective therapy has been established. The recent outbreaks of ZIKV in Brazil and French Polynesia have been linked to a considerable increase in the incidence of fetal microcephaly and other diseases such as Guillain-Barre syndrome. Because there is currently no specific therapy or vaccine, the early exploitation of a method to prevent expansion of ZIKV is a high priority. To validate commonly used antiviral drugs, we evaluated the effect of ribavirin, a drug used to treat hepatitis C with interferon-β (IFN-β), on ZIKV replication...
August 14, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818546/glecaprevir-plus-pibrentasvir-for-chronic-hepatitis-c-virus-genotype-1-2-4-5-or-6-infection-in-adults-with-compensated-cirrhosis-expedition-1-a-single-arm-open-label-multicentre-phase-3-trial
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Xavier Forns, Samuel S Lee, Joaquin Valdes, Sabela Lens, Reem Ghalib, Humberto Aguilar, Franco Felizarta, Tarek Hassanein, Holger Hinrichsen, Diego Rincon, Rosa Morillas, Stefan Zeuzem, Yves Horsmans, David R Nelson, Yao Yu, Preethi Krishnan, Chih-Wei Lin, Jens J Kort, Federico J Mensa
BACKGROUND: The once-daily, ribavirin-free, pangenotypic, direct-acting antiviral regimen, glecaprevir coformulated with pibrentasvir, has shown high rates of sustained virological response in phase 2 and 3 studies. We aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of 12 weeks of coformulated glecaprevir and pibrentasvir in patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and compensated cirrhosis. METHODS: We did this single-arm, open-label, multicentre phase 3 study at 40 sites in Belgium, Canada, Germany, South Africa, Spain, and the USA...
August 14, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818037/association-of-coral-algal-symbionts-with-a-diverse-viral-community-responsive-to-heat-shock
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Jan D Brüwer, Shobhit Agrawal, Yi Jin Liew, Manuel Aranda, Christian R Voolstra
BACKGROUND: Stony corals provide the structural foundation of coral reef ecosystems and are termed holobionts given they engage in symbioses, in particular with photosynthetic dinoflagellates of the genus Symbiodinium. Besides Symbiodinium, corals also engage with bacteria affecting metabolism, immunity, and resilience of the coral holobiont, but the role of associated viruses is largely unknown. In this regard, the increase of studies using RNA sequencing (RNA-Seq) to assess gene expression provides an opportunity to elucidate viral signatures encompassed within the data via careful delineation of sequence reads and their source of origin...
August 17, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817720/targeting-of-cdk9-with-indirubin-3-monoxime-safely-and-durably-reduces-hiv-viremia-in-chronically-infected-humanized-mice
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Sandra Medina-Moreno, Thomas C Dowling, Juan C Zapata, Nhut M Le, Edward Sausville, Joseph Bryant, Robert R Redfield, Alonso Heredia
Successful propagation of HIV in the human host requires entry into a permissive cell, reverse transcription of viral RNA, integration into the human genome, transcription of the integrated provirus, and assembly/release of new virus particles. Currently, there are antiretrovirals against each of these viral steps, except for provirus transcription. An inhibitor of HIV transcription could both increase potency of treatment and suppress drug-resistant strains. Cellular cyclin-dependent kinase 9 (CDK9) serves as a cofactor for the HIV Tat protein and is required for effective transcription of the provirus...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817345/reverse-transcription-quantitative-polymerase-chain-reaction-for-detection-of-and-differentiation-between-rna-and-dna-of-hiv-1-based-lentiviral-vectors
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Melanie Pavlovic, Nina Koehler, Martina Anton, Anna Dinkelmeier, Maren Haase, Thorsten Stellberger, Ulrich Busch, Armin E Baiker
The purpose of the described method is the detection of and differentiation between RNA and DNA of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-derived lentiviral vectors (LV) in cell culture supernatants and swab samples. For the analytical surveillance of genetic engineering, operations methods for the detection of the HIV-1-based LV generations are required. Furthermore, for research issues, it is important to prove the absence of LV particles for downgrading experimental settings in terms of the biosafety level. Here, a quantitative polymerase chain reaction method targeting the long terminal repeat U5 subunit and the start sequence of the packaging signal ψ is described...
August 2017: Human Gene Therapy Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815931/organization-of-the-flavivirus-rna-replicase-complex
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Carolin Brand, Martin Bisaillon, Brian J Geiss
Flaviviruses, such as dengue, Japanese encephalitis, West Nile, yellow fever, and Zika viruses, are serious human pathogens that cause significant morbidity and mortality globally each year. Flaviviruses are single-stranded, positive-sense RNA viruses, and encode two multidomain proteins, NS3 and NS5, that possess all enzymatic activities required for genome replication and capping. NS3 and NS5 interact within virus-induced replication compartments to form the RNA genome replicase complex. Although the individual enzymatic activities of both proteins have been extensively studied and are well characterized, there are still gaps in our understanding of how they interact to efficiently coordinate their respective activities during positive-strand RNA synthesis and capping...
August 16, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815758/detection-of-cyprinid-herpesvirus-1-dna-in-cutaneous-squamous-cell-carcinoma-of-koi-carp-cyprinus-carpio
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Rubina Sirri, Sara Ciulli, Tim Barbé, Enrico Volpe, Maurizio Lazzari, Valeria Franceschini, Francesca Errani, Giuseppe Sarli, Luciana Mandrioli
BACKGROUND: Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC) is an uncommon disease affecting koi carp (Cyprinus carpio). Cutaneous papilloma (carp pox) is a benign epidermal proliferation reported in koi and has been shown to be caused by Cyprinid Herpesvirus 1 (CyHV1). HYPOTHESIS/OBJECTIVES: Histological, ultrastructural and molecular investigations were carried out aiming to investigate the aetiology of cSCC within archived tissue samples. ANIMALS: Surgical samples of masses located on the integument, fins and lips of 13 koi carp belonging to different private owners were included in this retrospective study...
August 16, 2017: Veterinary Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815532/hepatitis-c-virus-replication
#16
Tetsuro Suzuki
Viruses use synthetic mechanism and organelles of the host cells to facilitate their replication and make new viruses. Host's ATP provides necessary energy. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a major cause of liver disease. Like other positive-strand RNA viruses, the HCV genome is thought to be synthesized by the replication complex, which consists of viral- and host cell-derived factors, in tight association with structurally rearranged vesicle-like cytoplasmic membranes. The virus-induced remodeling of subcellular membranes, which protect the viral RNA from nucleases in the cytoplasm, promotes efficient replication of HCV genome...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815386/genomic-characterization-of-a-novel-calicivirus-fhmcv-2012-from-baitfish-in-the-usa
#17
Sunil Kumar Mor, Nicholas B D Phelps, Terry Fei Fan Ng, Kuttichantran Subramaniam, Alexander Primus, Anibal G Armien, Rebekah McCann, Corey Puzach, Thomas B Waltzek, Sagar M Goyal
During regulatory sampling of fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas), a novel calicivirus was isolated from homogenates of kidney and spleen inoculated into bluegill fry (BF-2) cells. Infected cell cultures exhibiting cytopathic effects were screened by PCR-based methods for selected fish viral pathogens. Illumina HiSeq next generation sequencing of the total RNA revealed a novel calicivirus genome that showed limited protein sequence similarity to known homologs in a BLASTp search. The complete genome of this fathead minnow calicivirus (FHMCV) is 6564 nt long, encoding a polyprotein of 2114 aa in length...
August 16, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815217/deletion-of-cytoplasmic-double-stranded-rna-sensors-does-not-uncover-viral-small-interfering-rna-production-in-human-cells
#18
Susan Schuster, Lotte E Tholen, Gijs J Overheul, Frank J M van Kuppeveld, Ronald P van Rij
Antiviral immunity in insects and plants is mediated by the RNA interference (RNAi) pathway in which viral long double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) is processed into small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) by Dicer enzymes. Although this pathway is evolutionarily conserved, its involvement in antiviral defense in mammals is the subject of debate. In vertebrates, recognition of viral RNA induces a sophisticated type I interferon (IFN)-based immune response, and it has been proposed that this response masks or inhibits antiviral RNAi...
July 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815216/epistatic-interactions-within-the-influenza-a-virus-polymerase-complex-mediate-mutagen-resistance-and-replication-fidelity
#19
Matthew D Pauly, Daniel M Lyons, William J Fitzsimmons, Adam S Lauring
Lethal mutagenesis is a broad-spectrum antiviral strategy that employs mutagenic nucleoside analogs to exploit the high mutation rate and low mutational tolerance of many RNA viruses. Studies of mutagen-resistant viruses have identified determinants of replicative fidelity and the importance of mutation rate to viral population dynamics. We have previously demonstrated the effective lethal mutagenesis of influenza A virus using three nucleoside analogs as well as the virus's high genetic barrier to mutagen resistance...
July 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815213/identification-of-rab18-as-an-essential-host-factor-for-bk-polyomavirus-infection-using-a-whole-genome-rna-interference-screen
#20
Linbo Zhao, Michael J Imperiale
BK polyomavirus (BKPyV) is a human pathogen first isolated in 1971. BKPyV infection is ubiquitous in the human population, with over 80% of adults worldwide being seropositive for BKPyV. BKPyV infection is usually asymptomatic; however, BKPyV reactivation in immunosuppressed transplant patients causes two diseases, polyomavirus-associated nephropathy and hemorrhagic cystitis. To establish a successful infection in host cells, BKPyV must travel in retrograde transport vesicles to reach the nucleus. To make this happen, BKPyV requires the cooperation of host cell proteins...
July 2017: MSphere
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