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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244615/risk-assessment-for-japanese-encephalitis-vaccination
#1
Lance Turtle, Carolyn Driver
Japanese encephalitis (JE) is the most commonly diagnosed viral encephalitis in Asia. JE is caused by a virus called JE virus (JEV), a member of the genus Flavivirus, family Flaviviridae, and is transmitted by Culex mosquitoes. Neutralising antibody to JEV protects against JE, and can be induced by vaccination. JE is a potential threat to travellers to endemic areas, which are most of South and Southeast Asia and some Pacific Islands. The risk of JE can be expected to increase with increasing mosquito exposure and time spent in regions and seasons of active transmission...
December 15, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243225/review-current-priorities-in-the-zika-response
#2
REVIEW
Danillo Lucas Alves Esposito, Jonathan Ballico de Moraes, Benedito Antonio Lopes da Fonseca
Zika virus (ZIKV), a single-stranded RNA virus of the Flaviviridae family, is an arbovirus (viruses transmitted by arthropods) transmitted to humans and non-human primates through the bites of infected female Aedes sp. mosquitoes. Although first isolated in 1947, only recently it emerged as a global threat, present in several countries resulting in a pandemic scenario. ZIKV infections may result in severe outcomes, such as neurological impairment, and with the intrinsic ability of inducing microcephaly in fetuses of infected pregnant women, the virus has become a major public health problem...
December 15, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241768/zika-virus-the-transboundary-pathogen-from-mosquito-and-updates
#3
REVIEW
Weili Kong, Jian Zhu
Zika virus (ZIKV) is a mosquito-borne flavivirus that was relatively obscure until outbreaks started in 2013. ZIKV is associated with neurological manifestations such as Guillan-Barrè Syndrome in adult and microcephaly in the newborn population. Although the majority of disease mechanisms of ZIKV is unclear, some information was updated with new scientific evidence. Currently, there are no approved drugs or vaccine that can be used for therapy during ZIKV infection. Based on the transmission mechanism of ZIKV, vector control and safe sex seem to be the most effective available preventive measures against ZIKV spread...
December 11, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241533/a-small-molecule-oligosaccharyltransferase-inhibitor-with-pan-flaviviral-activity
#4
Andreas S Puschnik, Caleb D Marceau, Yaw Shin Ooi, Karim Majzoub, Natalie Rinis, Joseph N Contessa, Jan E Carette
The mosquito-borne flaviviruses include important human pathogens such as dengue, Zika, West Nile, and yellow fever viruses, which pose a serious threat for global health. Recent genetic screens identified endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-membrane multiprotein complexes, including the oligosaccharyltransferase (OST) complex, as critical flavivirus host factors. Here, we show that a chemical modulator of the OST complex termed NGI-1 has promising antiviral activity against flavivirus infections. We demonstrate that NGI-1 blocks viral RNA replication and that antiviral activity does not depend on inhibition of the N-glycosylation function of the OST...
December 12, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239715/mitigating-the-risk-of-zika-virus-contamination-of-raw-materials-and-cell-lines-in-the-manufacture-of-biologicals
#5
Joanna Zmurko, Douglas B Vasey, Claire L Donald, Alison A Armstrong, Marian L McKee, Alain Kohl, Reginald F Clayton
Ensuring the virological safety of biologicals is challenging due to the risk of viral contamination of raw materials and cell banks, and exposure during in-process handling to known and/or emerging viral pathogens. Viruses may contaminate raw materials and biologicals intended for human or veterinary use and remain undetected until appropriate testing measures are employed. The outbreak and expansive spread of the mosquito-borne flavivirus Zika virus (ZIKV) poses challenges to screening human- and animal -derived products used in the manufacture of biologicals...
December 14, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234310/modulation-of-lipid-droplet-metabolism-a-potential-target-for-therapeutic-intervention-in-flaviviridae-infections
#6
REVIEW
Jingshu Zhang, Yun Lan, Sumana Sanyal
Lipid droplets (LDs) are endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-related dynamic organelles that store and regulate fatty acids and neutral lipids. They play a central role in cellular energy storage, lipid metabolism and cellular homeostasis. It has become evident that viruses have co-evolved in order to exploit host lipid metabolic pathways. This is especially characteristic of the Flaviviridae family, including hepatitis C virus (HCV) and several flaviviruses. Devoid of an appropriate lipid biosynthetic machinery of their own, these single-strand positive-sense RNA viruses can induce dramatic changes in host metabolic pathways to establish a favorable environment for viral multiplication and acquire essential components to facilitate their assembly and traffic...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232534/detection-of-dengue-virus-in-bat-flies-diptera-streblidae-of-common-vampire-bats-desmodus-rotundus-in-progreso-hidalgo-mexico
#7
Judith Abundes-Gallegos, Monica Salas-Rojas, Guillermo Galvez-Romero, Leonardo Perea-Martínez, Cirani Y Obregón-Morales, Juan B Morales-Malacara, Bruno B Chomel, Matthew J Stuckey, Hayde Moreno-Sandoval, Anahi García-Baltazar, Benjamin Nogueda-Torres, Gerardo Zuñiga, Alvaro Aguilar-Setién
Blood-feeding arthropods play a major role in the transmission of several flaviviruses, which represent an important problem for human health. Currently, dengue is one of the most important arboviral emerging diseases worldwide. Furthermore, some previous studies have reported the presence of viral nucleic acids and antibodies against dengue virus (DENV) in wild animals. Our knowledge of the role played by wildlife reservoirs in the sylvatic transmission and maintenance of DENV remains limited. Our objective was to screen blood-feeding ectoparasites (bat flies) and their common vampire bat (Desmodus rotundus) hosts, for flaviviruses in Hidalgo, Mexico...
December 12, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230053/stress-induced-unfolded-protein-response-contributes-to-zika-virus-associated-microcephaly
#8
Ivan Gladwyn-Ng, Lluís Cordón-Barris, Christian Alfano, Catherine Creppe, Thérèse Couderc, Giovanni Morelli, Nicolas Thelen, Michelle America, Bettina Bessières, Férechté Encha-Razavi, Maryse Bonnière, Ikuo K Suzuki, Marie Flamand, Pierre Vanderhaeghen, Marc Thiry, Marc Lecuit, Laurent Nguyen
Accumulating evidence support a causal link between Zika virus (ZIKV) infection during gestation and congenital microcephaly. However, the mechanism of ZIKV-associated microcephaly remains unclear. We combined analyses of ZIKV-infected human fetuses, cultured human neural stem cells and mouse embryos to understand how ZIKV induces microcephaly. We show that ZIKV triggers endoplasmic reticulum stress and unfolded protein response in the cerebral cortex of infected postmortem human fetuses as well as in cultured human neural stem cells...
December 11, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227202/challenges-of-vaccine-development-for-zika-virus
#9
Marcia A Blackman, In-Jeong Kim, Jr-Shiuan Lin, Stephen J Thomas
The emergence of outbreaks of Zika virus (ZIKV) in Brazil in 2015 was associated with devastating effects on fetal development and prompted a world health emergency and multiple efforts to generate an effective vaccine against infection. There are now more than 40 vaccine candidates in preclinical development and six in clinical trials. Despite similarities with other flaviviruses to which successful vaccines have been developed, such as yellow fever virus and Japanese Encephalitis virus, there are unique challenges to the development and clinical trials of a vaccine for ZIKV...
December 11, 2017: Viral Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225778/zika-virus-reservoirs-implications-for-transmission-future-outbreaks-drug-and-vaccine-development
#10
REVIEW
Raj Kalkeri, Krishna K Murthy
Zika virus (ZIKV) was recently declared as a 'Global Health Emergency' by the World Health Organization. Various tissue reservoirs of ZIKV in infected humans and animals models have been observed, the implications of which are not known. Compared to other Flaviviruses, sexual transmission and persistence in the genitourinary tract seem to be unique to ZIKV. ZIKV persistence and shedding in bodily secretions (e.g. saliva, semen) is a concern for potential disease spread and could pose challenges in diagnosis, regulatory guidelines and drug/vaccine development...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225429/in-silico-validation-of-d7-salivary-protein-derived-b-and-t-cell-epitopes-of-aedes-aegypti-as-potential-vaccine-to-prevent-transmission-of-flaviviruses-and-togaviruses-to-humans
#11
Sathish Sankar, Mageshbabu Ramamurthy, Balaji Nandagopal, Gopalan Sridharan
Mosquito (Aedes aegyptii) salivary proteins play a crucial role in facilitating viral transmission from vector-to-host due to their role in facilitating the "blood meal" of the vector. Three main proteins, D7, aegyptin and Sialokinin play a role in this process. Using in-silico programs, we identified B- and T-cell epitopes in the mosquito salivary proteins D7 long and short form. T-cell epitopes with high affinity to the most prevalent HLA MHC class-I supertypes among different population groups was chosen...
2017: Bioinformation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216317/novel-wolbachia-transinfected-aedes-aegypti-mosquitoes-possess-diverse-fitness-and-vector-competence-phenotypes
#12
Johanna E Fraser, Jyotika Taneja De Bruyne, Iñaki Iturbe-Ormaetxe, Justin Stepnell, Rhiannon L Burns, Heather A Flores, Scott L O'Neill
Wolbachia pipientis from Drosophila melanogaster (wMel) is an endosymbiotic bacterium that restricts transmission of human pathogenic flaviviruses and alphaviruses, including dengue, Zika, and chikungunya viruses, when introduced into the mosquito vector Aedes aegypti. To date, wMel-infected Ae. aegypti have been released in field trials in 5 countries to evaluate the effectiveness of this strategy for disease control. Despite the success in establishing wMel-infected mosquitoes in wild populations, and the well-characterized antiviral capabilities of wMel, transinfecting different or additional Wolbachia strains into Ae...
December 7, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212931/suppression-of-zika-virus-infection-and-replication-in-endothelial-cells-and-astrocytes-by-pka-inhibitor-pki-14-22
#13
Fan Cheng, Suzane Ramos da Silva, I-Chueh Huang, Jae U Jung, Shou-Jiang Gao
The recent outbreak of Zika virus (ZIKV), a re-emerging flavivirus, and its associated neurological disorders, such as Guillain-Barré (GB) syndrome and microcephaly, have generated an urgent need for developing effective ZIKV vaccines and therapeutic agents. Here, we used human endothelial cells and astrocytes, both of which represent key cell types for ZIKV infection, to identify potential inhibitors for ZIKV replication. Because several pathways, including AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), protein kinase A (PKA), and mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling pathways, have been reported to play important roles in flavivirus replication, we tested inhibitors or agonists of these pathways for their effects on ZIKV replication...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29211630/production-of-monoclonal-antibody-that-recognizes-zika-virus-and-other-flaviviruses-in-serum-free-conditions
#14
Fernando de Paiva Conte, Raquel de Souza Martins, Ana Carolina Dos Reis Albuquerque Cajaraville, Hilton Jorge Nascimento, Patricia Barbosa Jurgilas, Sheila Maria Barbosa de Lima, Sotiris Missailidis, Márcia Arissawa
With the recent outbreaks of Zika and Dengue virus infections in various countries worldwide, production of vaccines or diagnostic kits is an urgent public health demand. Production of a monoclonal antibody (mAb) that specifically binds to a common antigen shared by the Flavivirus genus will be necessary for new diagnostic kits or characterization and viral identity tests during vaccine development. This study aimed to cultivate, in serum-free conditions, the 4G2 hybridoma that produces an mAb, which recognizes a shared epitope from the Flavivirus genus...
December 6, 2017: Monoclonal Antibodies in Immunodiagnosis and Immunotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29205199/seroprevalence-of-japanese-encephalitis-virus-west-nile-virus-in-alappuzha-district-kerala
#15
Anukumar Balakrishnan, Romy Jose Thekkekare, Gajanan Sapkal, Babasaheb V Tandale
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: Several outbreaks of acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) have been reported in Alappuzha district, Kerala State, India, in the past. The aetiology of these outbreaks was either inconclusive or concluded as probable Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) infection based on clinical presentation. The role of West Nile virus (WNV) in AES outbreaks was also determined. However, the extent of WNV infection has not been studied in this region previously. A population-based cross-sectional serosurvey study was undertaken to determine the seroprevalence of JEV and WNV in Alappuzha district...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202041/global-transcriptome-analysis-of-aedes-aegypti-mosquitoes-in-response-to-zika-virus-infection
#16
Kayvan Etebari, Shivanand Hegde, Miguel A Saldaña, Steven G Widen, Thomas G Wood, Sassan Asgari, Grant L Hughes
Zika virus (ZIKV) of the Flaviviridae family is a recently emerged mosquito-borne virus that has been implicated in the surge of the number of microcephaly instances in South America. The recent rapid spread of the virus led to its declaration as a global health emergency by the World Health Organization. The virus is transmitted mainly by the mosquito Aedes aegypti, which is also the vector of dengue virus; however, little is known about the interactions of the virus with the mosquito vector. In this study, we investigated the transcriptome profiles of whole A...
November 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29192272/ribosomal-stress-and-tp53-mediated-neuronal-apoptosis-in-response-to-capsid-protein-of-the-zika-virus
#17
Lukasz P Slomnicki, Dong-Hoon Chung, Austin Parker, Taylor Hermann, Nolan L Boyd, Michal Hetman
We report here that in rat and human neuroprogenitor cells as well as rat embryonic cortical neurons Zika virus (ZIKV) infection leads to ribosomal stress that is characterized by structural disruption of the nucleolus. The anti-nucleolar effects were most pronounced in postmitotic neurons. Moreover, in the latter system, nucleolar presence of ZIKV capsid protein (ZIKV-C) was associated with ribosomal stress and apoptosis. Deletion of 22 C-terminal residues of ZIKV-C prevented nucleolar localization, ribosomal stress and apoptosis...
November 30, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29186956/how-viruses-infiltrate-the-central-nervous-system
#18
A Michalicová, K Bhide, M Bhide, A Kováč
Central nervous system is protected by the blood-brain barrier, which represents a physical, metabolic and transport barrier and is considered to be a part of a highly dynamic system termed neurovascular unit. Several pathogens, among them viruses, are able to invade the brain. Traversal of viruses across the blood-brain barrier is an essential step for the invasion of the central nervous system and can occur by different mechanisms - by paracellular, transcellular and/or by "Trojan horse" pathway. Penetration of viruses to brain can lead to the blood-brain barrier dysfunction, including increased permeability, pleocytosis and encephalopathy...
2017: Acta Virologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29181810/imaging-findings-in-congenital-zika-virus-infection-syndrome-an-update
#19
Andrea Silveira de Souza, Patrícia Soares de Oliveira-Szjenfeld, Adriana Suely de Oliveira Melo, Luis Alberto Moreira de Souza, Alba Gean Medeiros Batista, Fernanda Tovar-Moll
BACKGROUND: Zika virus (ZIKV) is a neurotropic and neurotoxic RNA Flavivirus prompt to cause severe fetal brain dysmorphisms during pregnancy, a period of rapid and critical central nervous system development. A wide range of clinico-radiological findings of congenital ZIKV infections were reported in the literature, such as microcephaly, overlapping sutures, cortical migrational and corpus callosum abnormalities, intracranial calcifications, ventriculomegaly, brain stem and cerebellar malformations, spinal cord involvement, and joint contractures...
November 27, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29176643/development-of-a-quantitative-ns1-capture-enzyme-linked-immunosorbent-assay-for-early-detection-of-yellow-fever-virus-infection
#20
Taissa Ricciardi-Jorge, Juliano Bordignon, Andrea Koishi, Camila Zanluca, Ana Luiza Mosimann, Claudia Nunes Duarte Dos Santos
Yellow fever is an arboviral disease that causes thousands of deaths every year in Africa and the Americas. However, few commercial diagnostic kits are available. Non-structural protein 1 (NS1) is an early marker of several flavivirus infections and is widely used to diagnose dengue virus (DENV) infection. Nonetheless, little is known about the dynamics of Yellow fever virus (YFV) NS1 expression and secretion, to encourage its use in diagnosis. To tackle this issue, we developed a quantitative NS1-capture ELISA specific for YFV using a monoclonal antibody and recombinant NS1 protein...
November 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
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