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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545111/northern-range-expansion-of-the-asian-tiger-mosquito-aedes-albopictus-analysis-of-mosquito-data-from-connecticut-usa
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Philip M Armstrong, Theodore G Andreadis, John J Shepard, Michael C Thomas
BACKGROUND: The Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) is an invasive species and important arbovirus vector that was introduced into the U.S. in the 1980's where it continues to expand its range. Winter temperature is an important constraint to its northward expansion, with potential range limits located between the 0° and -5°C mean cold month isotherm. Connecticut is located within this climatic zone and therefore, Ae. albopictus was monitored statewide to assess its northern range expansion and to delineate where populations can stably persist...
May 18, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542603/a-conformational-switch-high-throughput-screening-assay-and-allosteric-inhibition-of-the-flavivirus-ns2b-ns3-protease
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Matthew Brecher, Zhong Li, Binbin Liu, Jing Zhang, Cheri A Koetzner, Adham Alifarag, Susan A Jones, Qishan Lin, Laura D Kramer, Hongmin Li
The flavivirus genome encodes a single polyprotein precursor requiring multiple cleavages by host and viral proteases in order to produce the individual proteins that constitute an infectious virion. Previous studies have revealed that the NS2B cofactor of the viral NS2B-NS3 heterocomplex protease displays a conformational dynamic between active and inactive states. Here, we developed a conformational switch assay based on split luciferase complementation (SLC) to monitor the conformational change of NS2B and to characterize candidate allosteric inhibitors...
May 25, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532602/inactivation-of-west-nile-virus-in-serum-with-heat-ionic-detergent-and-reducing-agent-for-proteomic-applications
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Louis A Altamura, Lisa H Cazares, Susan R Coyne, James G Jaissle, Alyssa M Jespersen, Sundus Ahmed, Leonard P Wasieloski, Jeff Garrison, David A Kulesh, Ernst E Brueggemann, Tara Kenny, Michael D Ward, David E Harbourt, Timothy D Minogue
Research involving biosafety level 3 pathogens such as West Nile virus (WNV) is often limited by the limited space and technical constraints of these environments. To conduct complex analytical studies outside of high containment, robust and reliable inactivation methods are needed that maintain compatibility with downstream assays. Here we report the inactivation of WNV in spiked serum samples using a commercially available SDS-PAGE sample buffer for proteomic studies. Using this method, we demonstrate its utility by identification proteins differentially expressed in the serum of mice experimentally infected with WNV...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524164/ripped-for-neuroinflammation
#4
Bart Tummers, Douglas R Green
Activation of the receptor interacting serine/threonine kinase (RIPK) 3 mediates an inflammatory type of cell death called necroptosis; in addition, RIPK3 has necroptosis-independent roles in inflammation, although these are not well defined. In a recent study published in Cell, Daniels and colleagues demonstrate that RIPK3 controls West Nile virus infection by promoting neuroinflammation in the central nervous system without affecting neuronal death.
May 19, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514683/dengue-antibodies-then-zika-a-fatal-sequence-in-mice
#5
Jonathan J Miner, Michael S Diamond
Anti-Dengue virus (DENV) antibodies can be either protective or pathogenic in humans with prior DENV infection. In a recent issue of Science, Bardina et al. (2017) demonstrated that passive transfer of immune plasma against DENV and West Nile virus (WNV) can enhance Zika virus (ZIKV) infection and pathogenesis in mice.
May 16, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511277/operational-mosquito-and-vector-borne-diseases-surveillance-at-incirlik-air-base-turkey
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Will K Reeves, Myrna M Miller, Orhan Bayik, Leah Chapman
Arboviruses on Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, pose a threat to military personnel and civilians, but might also be relevant for understanding the threats in neighboring conflict zones such as Syria. We reviewed 6 years of mosquito and arbovirus surveillance at Incirlik Air Base. Over 6,000 mosquitoes were identified as Aedes caspius, Anopheles claviger, Culex mimeticus, Cx. perexiguus, Cx. pipiens, Cx. sinaiticus, and Culiseta longiareolata. Almost all of the mosquitoes (more than 90%) were Cx. perexiguus or Cx...
January 2017: U.S. Army Medical Department Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511269/the-role-of-birds-in-arboviral-disease-surveillance-in-harris-county-and-the-city-of-houston-texas
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Lauren Wilkerson, Martin Reyna Nava, Cheryl Battle-Freeman, Amelia Travassos da Rosa, Hilda Guzman, Robert Tesh, Mustapha Debboun
Avian arboviral surveillance is an integral part of any disease-based integrated mosquito control program. The Harris County Public Health Mosquito and Vector Control Division has performed arboviral surveillance in the wild birds of Harris County and the City of Houston since 1965. Blood samples from live trapped birds were tested for arboviral antibodies to West Nile virus (WNV), St. Louis encephalitis, Eastern equine encephalitis, and Western equine encephalitis. A dead bird surveillance program was created in 2002 with the arrival of WNV in Harris County...
January 2017: U.S. Army Medical Department Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509947/-arboviruses-also-have-an-american-dream
#8
F Rodhain
Some arboviruses that originated in the Old World have been introduced by humans into the American continent. The first of them was the yellow fever virus, coming from the West African coast with slaves in the 17th-19th centuries, followed by dengue viruses, which were always prevalent within the Americas. Next was theWest Nile virus, introduced in New York in 1999, that spread in only a few years over the whole continent. Then, Chikungunya virus arrived on Saint Martin Island in 2013 after its outbreak in Polynesia; it is now widespread in the Caribbean Islands and on the American continent from the United States to Brazil...
May 16, 2017: Bulletin de la Société de Pathologie Exotique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507114/antiviral-activity-of-nordihydroguaiaretic-acid-and-its-derivative-tetra-o-methyl-nordihydroguaiaretic-acid-against-west-nile-virus-and-zika-virus
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Teresa Merino-Ramos, Nereida Jiménez de Oya, Juan-Carlos Saiz, Miguel A Martín-Acebes
Flaviviruses are positive strand RNA viruses distributed all over the world that infect millions of people every year, and for which no specific antiviral agents have been approved. These viruses include the mosquito-borne West Nile virus (WNV) responsible for outbreaks of meningitis and encephalitis. Considering that nordihydroguaiaretic acid (NDGA) has been previously shown to inhibit the multiplication of the related dengue virus and hepatitis C virus, we have evaluated the effect of NDGA, and its methylated derivative tetra-O-methyl nordihydroguaiaretic (M4N), on the infection of WNV...
May 15, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506240/inhibitors-compounds-of-the-flavivirus-replication-process
#10
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Leidy L García, Leonardo Padilla, Jhon C Castaño
Flaviviruses are small viruses with single-stranded RNA, which include the yellow fever virus, dengue virus, West Nile virus, Japanese encephalitis virus, tick-borne encephalitis virus, and Zika virus; and are causal agents of the most important emerging diseases that have no available treatment to date. In recent years, the strategy has focused on the development of replication inhibitors of these viruses designed to act mainly by affecting the activity of enzyme proteins, such as NS3 and NS5, which perform important functions in the viral replication process...
May 15, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504449/a-decade-of-colonization-the-spread-of-the-asian-tiger-mosquito-in-pennsylvania-and-implications-for-disease-risk
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Eric D Taber, Michael L Hutchinson, Erica A H Smithwick, Justine I Blanford
In recent decades, the Asian tiger mosquito expanded its geographic range throughout the northeastern United States, including Pennsylvania. The establishment of Aedes albopictus in novel areas raises significant public health concerns, since this species is a highly competent vector of several arboviruses, including chikungunya, West Nile, and dengue. In this study, we used geographic information systems (GIS) to examine a decade of colonization by Ae. albopictus throughout Pennsylvania between 2001 and 2010...
June 2017: Journal of Vector Ecology: Journal of the Society for Vector Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504357/a-nationwide-seroprevalence-screening-for-west-nile-virus-and-tick-borne-encephalitis-virus-in-the-population-of-bulgaria
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Iva Christova, Elitsa Panayotova, Simona Tchakarova, Evgenia Taseva, Iva Trifonova, Teodora Gladnishka
To assess local circulation and risk for human infections with West Nile virus (WNV) and Tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) in Bulgaria, a nationwide seroprevalence study was conducted. In total, 1451 residents of all 28 districts in Bulgaria were tested for WNV-specific and TBEV-specific IgG antibodies. The survey found overall seroprevalence of 1.5% and 0.6%, respectively. The highest WNV seroprevalence was found in Sofia Province and districts near the river Danube. TBEV circulation was detected among residents of 6 districts...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502209/-detection-of-west-nile-virus-in-human-samples-follow-up-studies-during-the-2015-seasonal-period
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Anna Nagy, Orsolya Nagy, Enikő Bán, Eszter Molnár, Zsófia Müller, Márton Orbán, Borbála Kecskés, Emese Henriett Harsányi, Levente Kővágó, Lajos Jobbágy, Zoltán Németh, Zsuzsanna Várnai, Mária Takács
INTRODUCTION: West Nile virus, a mosquito-borne viral zoonosis is responsible for human infections in Hungary. Laboratory diagnosis is based on serological tests, however the application of molecular methods has been appreciated. AIM: The aim of the study was to investigate blood, cerebrospinal-fluid and urine samples of acutely ill patients and to follow-up PCR positive cases to ascertain the length of virus excretion. METHOD: Clinical specimens were examined by indirect-immunofluorescent, haemagglutination-inhibition, two PCR tests and Sanger-sequencing...
May 2017: Orvosi Hetilap
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501619/a-label-free-immunoassay-for-flavivirus-detection-by-the-reflective-phantom-interface-technology
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Giovanni Tagliabue, Valentina Faoro, Serena Rizzo, Daniele Sblattero, Andrea Saccani, Gabriele Riccio, Tommaso Bellini, Matteo Salina, Marco Buscaglia, Alessandro Marcello
Members of Flaviviridae are widespread and cause clinically relevant arboviral diseases that impact locally and as imported travel-related infections. Direct detection of viraemia is limited, being typically undetectable at onset of symptoms. Therefore, diagnosis is primarily based on serology, which is complicated by high cross-reactivity across different species. The overlapping geographical distribution of the vectors in areas with a weak healthcare system, the increase of international travel and the similarity of symptoms highlight the need for rapid and reliable multi-parametric diagnostic tests in point-of-care formats...
May 10, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500043/potential-for-water-borne-and-invertebrate-transmission-of-west-nile-virus-in-the-great-salt-lake-utah
#15
Melissa Lund, Valerie Shearn-Bochsler, Robert J Dusek, Jan Shivers, Erik Hofmeister
In November and December of 2013, a large mortality event involving 15,000 - 20,000 eared grebes (Podiceps nigricollis) occurred at the Great Salt Lake (GSL), UT. The onset of the outbreak in grebes was followed by a mortality event in > 86 bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus). During the die-off, West Nile virus (WNV) was detected by RT-PCR or viral culture in carcasses of grebes and eagles submitted to the National Wildlife Health Center. However, no mosquito activity, the primary vector of WNV, was detected by the State of Utah's WNV monitoring program...
May 12, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499872/interaction-of-flavivirus-with-their-mosquito-vectors-and-their-impact-on-the-human-health-in-the-americas
#16
Anayansi Valderrama, Yamilka Diaz, Sandra López-Vergès
Some of the major arboviruses with public health importance, such as dengue, yellow fever, Zika and West Nile virus are mosquito-borne or mosquito-transmitted Flavivirus. Their principal vectors are from the family Culicidae, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus being responsible of the urban cycles of dengue, Zika and yellow fever virus. These vectors are highly competent for transmission of many arboviruses. The genetic variability of the vectors, the environment and the viral diversity modulate the vector competence, in this context, it is important to determine which vector species is responsible of an outbreak in areas where many vectors coexist...
May 9, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495485/mosquito-biting-modulates-skin-response-to-virus-infection
#17
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Marieke Pingen, Michael A Schmid, Eva Harris, Clive S McKimmie
Mosquito-borne infections are increasing in number and are spreading to new regions at an unprecedented rate. In particular, mosquito-transmitted viruses, such as those that cause Zika, dengue, West Nile encephalitis, and chikungunya, have become endemic or have caused dramatic epidemics in many parts of the world. Aedes and Culex mosquitoes are the main culprits, spreading infection when they bite. Importantly, mosquitoes do not act as simple conduits that passively transfer virus from one individual to another...
May 8, 2017: Trends in Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494844/west-nile-virus-surveillance-in-europe-moving-towards-an-integrated-animal-human-vector-approach
#18
Céline M Gossner, Laurence Marrama, Marianne Carson, Franz Allerberger, Paolo Calistri, Dimitrios Dilaveris, Sylvie Lecollinet, Dilys Morgan, Norbert Nowotny, Marie-Claire Paty, Danai Pervanidou, Caterina Rizzo, Helen Roberts, Friedrich Schmoll, Wim Van Bortel, Andrea Gervelmeyer
This article uses the experience of five European countries to review the integrated approaches (human, animal and vector) for surveillance and monitoring of West Nile virus (WNV) at national and European levels. The epidemiological situation of West Nile fever in Europe is heterogeneous. No model of surveillance and monitoring fits all, hence this article merely encourages countries to implement the integrated approach that meets their needs. Integration of surveillance and monitoring activities conducted by the public health authorities, the animal health authorities and the authorities in charge of vector surveillance and control should improve efficiency and save resources by implementing targeted measures...
May 4, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493351/human-zika-and-west-nile-virus-neurological-infections-what-is-the-difference
#19
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Clayton A Wiley, Leila Chimelli
The recent epidemic of West Nile Virus (WNV) infection in the United States was associated with severe neurological disease in immunocompromised hosts, while the emergence of Zika virus infection in the Americas has been notable for an association with increased microcephaly in the fetuses of infected mothers. Rare autopsies of WNV infected humans have shown multiple organ involvement with a clear neurotropism. We have recently had the opportunity to examine the distribution of Zika virus in autopsies of newborns from infected pregnancies...
May 11, 2017: Neuropathology: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488960/towards-pathogen-inactivation-of-red-blood-cells-and-whole-blood-targeting-viral-dna-rna-design-technologies-and-future-prospects-for-developing-countries
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REVIEW
Victor J Drew, Lassina Barro, Jerard Seghatchian, Thierry Burnouf
Over 110 million units of blood are collected yearly. The need for blood products is greater in developing countries, but so is the risk of contracting a transfusion-transmitted infection. Without efficient donor screening/viral testing and validated pathogen inactivation technology, the risk of transfusion-transmitted infections correlates with the infection rate of the donor population. The World Health Organization has published guidelines on good manufacturing practices in an effort to ensure a strong global standard of transfusion and blood product safety...
April 13, 2017: Blood Transfusion, Trasfusione del Sangue
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