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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103802/proteomics-informed-by-transcriptomics-for-characterising-active-transposable-elements-and-genome-annotation-in-aedes-aegypti
#1
Kevin Maringer, Amjad Yousuf, Kate J Heesom, Jun Fan, David Lee, Ana Fernandez-Sesma, Conrad Bessant, David A Matthews, Andrew D Davidson
BACKGROUND: Aedes aegypti is a vector for the (re-)emerging human pathogens dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever and Zika viruses. Almost half of the Ae. aegypti genome is comprised of transposable elements (TEs). Transposons have been linked to diverse cellular processes, including the establishment of viral persistence in insects, an essential step in the transmission of vector-borne viruses. However, up until now it has not been possible to study the overall proteome derived from an organism's mobile genetic elements, partly due to the highly divergent nature of TEs...
January 19, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101536/host-range-restriction-of-insect-specific-flaviviruses-occurs-at-several-levels-of-the-viral-life-cycle
#2
Sandra Junglen, Marvin Korries, Wolfgang Grasse, Janett Wieseler, Anne Kopp, Kyra Hermanns, Moises León-Juárez, Christian Drosten, Beate Mareike Kümmerer
The genus Flavivirus contains emerging arthropod-borne viruses (arboviruses) infecting vertebrates, as well as insect-specific viruses (ISVs) (i.e., viruses whose host range is restricted to insects). ISVs are evolutionary precursors to arboviruses. Knowledge of the nature of the ISV infection block in vertebrates could identify functions necessary for the expansion of the host range toward vertebrates. Mapping of host restrictions by complementation of ISV and arbovirus genome functions could generate knowledge critical to predicting arbovirus emergence...
January 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087275/sequence-structure-and-function-relationships-in-flaviviruses-as-assessed-by-evolutive-aspects-of-its-conserved-non-structural-protein-domains
#3
Néli José da Fonseca, Marcelo Querino Lima Afonso, Natan Gonçalves Pedersolli, Lucas Carrijo de Oliveira, Dhiego Souto Andrade, Lucas Bleicher
Flaviviruses are responsible for serious diseases such as dengue, yellow fever, and zika fever. Their genomes encode a polyprotein which, after cleavage, results in three structural and seven non-structural proteins. Homologous proteins can be studied by conservation and coevolution analysis as detected in multiple sequence alignments, usually reporting positions which are strictly necessary for the structure and/or function of all members in a protein family or which are involved in a specific sub-class feature requiring the coevolution of residue sets...
January 10, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078104/discovery-of-flavivirus-derived-endogenous-viral-elements-in-anopheles-mosquito-genomes-supports-the-existence-of-anopheles-associated-insect-specific-flaviviruses
#4
Sebastian Lequime, Louis Lambrechts
The Flavivirus genus encompasses several arboviruses of public health significance such as dengue, yellow fever, and Zika viruses. It also includes insect-specific flaviviruses (ISFs) that are only capable of infecting insect hosts. The vast majority of mosquito-infecting flaviviruses have been associated with mosquito species of the Aedes and Culex genera in the Culicinae subfamily, which also includes most arbovirus vectors. Mosquitoes of the Anophelinae subfamily are not considered significant arbovirus vectors; however, flaviviruses have occasionally been detected in field-caught Anopheles specimens...
January 2017: Virus Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077444/protein-interactions-during-the-flavivirus-and-hepacivirus-life-cycle
#5
Gisa Gerold, Janina Bruening, Bettina Weigel, Thomas Pietschmann
Protein-protein interactions govern biological functions in cells, in the extracellular milieu and at the border between cells and extracellular space. Viruses are small intracellular parasites and thus rely on protein interactions to produce progeny inside host cells and to spread from cell to cell. Usage of host proteins by viruses can have severe consequences e.g. apoptosis, metabolic disequilibria or altered cell proliferation and mobility. Understanding protein interactions during virus infection can thus educate us on viral infection and pathogenesis mechanisms...
January 11, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068627/thiosemicarbazones-and-phthalyl-thiazoles-compounds-exert-antiviral-activity-against-yellow-fever-virus-and-saint-louis-encephalitis-virus
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Carolina Colombelli Pacca, Rafael Elias Marques, José Wanderlan P Espindola, Gevânio B O Oliveira Filho, Ana Cristina Lima Leite, Mauro Martins Teixeira, Mauricio L Nogueira
Arboviruses, arthropod-borneviruses, are frequency associated to human outbreak and represent a serious health problem. The genus Flavivirus, such as Yellow Fever Virus (YFV) and Saint Louis Encephalitis Virus (SLEV), are important pathogens with high morbidity and mortality worldwide. In Brazil, YFV is maintained in sylvatic cycle, but many cases are notified annually, despite the efficiency of vaccine. SLEV causes an acute encephalitis and is widely distributed in the Americas. There is no specific antiviral drugs for these viruses, only supporting treatment that can alleviate symptoms and prevent complications...
January 6, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054419/identification-and-initial-characterization-of-matrix-metalloproteinases-in-the-yellow-fever-mosquito-aedes-aegypti
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A M Kantor, S Dong, N L Held, E Ishimwe, A L Passarelli, R J Clem, A W E Franz
Aedes aegypti is a major vector for arboviruses such as dengue, chikungunya and Zika viruses. During acquisition of a viremic bloodmeal, an arbovirus infects mosquito midgut cells before disseminating to secondary tissues, including the salivary glands. Once virus is released into the salivary ducts it can be transmitted to another vertebrate host. The midgut is surrounded by a basal lamina (BL) in the extracellular matrix, consisting of a proteinaceous mesh composed of collagen IV and laminin. BL pore size exclusion limit prevents virions from passing through...
February 2017: Insect Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28044043/adaptive-diversification-between-yellow-fever-virus-west-african-and-south-american-lineages-a-genome-wide-study
#8
Yan Li, Zexiao Yang
Yellow fever virus (YFV) has emerged as the causative agent of a vector-borne disease with devastating mortality in the tropics of Africa and the Americas. YFV phylogenies indicate that the isolates collected from West Africa, East and Central Africa, and South America cluster into different lineages and the virus spread into the Americas from Africa. To determine the nature of genetic variation accompanying the intercontinental epidemic, we performed a genome-wide evolutionary study on the West African and South American lineages of YFV...
January 2, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027002/mathematical-modeling-based-on-ordinary-differential-equations-a-promising-approach-to-vaccinology
#9
Carla Rezende Barbosa Bonin, Guilherme Cortes Fernandes, Rodrigo Weber Dos Santos, Marcelo Lobosco
New contributions that aim to accelerate the development or to improve the efficacy and safety of vaccines arise from many different areas of research and technology. One of these areas is computational science, which traditionally participates in the initial steps, such as the pre-screening of active substances that have the potential to become a vaccine antigen. In this work, we present another promising way to use computational science in vaccinology: mathematical and computational models of important cell and protein dynamics of the immune system...
December 27, 2016: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017559/spread-of-yellow-fever-virus-outbreak-in-angola-and-the-democratic-republic-of-the-congo-2015-16-a-modelling-study
#10
Moritz U G Kraemer, Nuno R Faria, Robert C Reiner, Nick Golding, Birgit Nikolay, Stephanie Stasse, Michael A Johansson, Henrik Salje, Ousmane Faye, G R William Wint, Matthias Niedrig, Freya M Shearer, Sarah C Hill, Robin N Thompson, Donal Bisanzio, Nuno Taveira, Heinrich H Nax, Bary S R Pradelski, Elaine O Nsoesie, Nicholas R Murphy, Isaac I Bogoch, Kamran Khan, John S Brownstein, Andrew J Tatem, Tulio de Oliveira, David L Smith, Amadou A Sall, Oliver G Pybus, Simon I Hay, Simon Cauchemez
BACKGROUND: Since late 2015, an epidemic of yellow fever has caused more than 7334 suspected cases in Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, including 393 deaths. We sought to understand the spatial spread of this outbreak to optimise the use of the limited available vaccine stock. METHODS: We jointly analysed datasets describing the epidemic of yellow fever, vector suitability, human demography, and mobility in central Africa to understand and predict the spread of yellow fever virus...
December 22, 2016: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011234/epidemic-arboviral-diseases-priorities-for-research-and-public-health
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REVIEW
Annelies Wilder-Smith, Duane J Gubler, Scott C Weaver, Thomas P Monath, David L Heymann, Thomas W Scott
For decades, arboviral diseases were considered to be only minor contributors to global mortality and disability. As a result, low priority was given to arbovirus research investment and related public health infrastructure. The past five decades, however, have seen an unprecedented emergence of epidemic arboviral diseases (notably dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever, and Zika virus disease) resulting from the triad of the modern world: urbanisation, globalisation, and international mobility. The public health emergency of Zika virus, and the threat of global spread of yellow fever, combined with the resurgence of dengue and chikungunya, constitute a wake-up call for governments, academia, funders, and WHO to strengthen programmes and enhance research in aedes-transmitted diseases...
December 20, 2016: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28006649/serodiagnosis-of-zika-virus-zikv-infections-by-a-novel-ns1-based-elisa-devoid-of-cross-reactivity-with-dengue-virus-antibodies-a-multicohort-study-of-assay-performance-2015-to-2016
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Katja Steinhagen, Christian Probst, Christiane Radzimski, Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit, Petra Emmerich, Marjan van Esbroeck, Janke Schinkel, Martin P Grobusch, Abraham Goorhuis, Jens M Warnecke, Erik Lattwein, Lars Komorowski, Andrea Deerberg, Sandra Saschenbrecker, Winfried Stöcker, Wolfgang Schlumberger
Serological diagnosis of Zika virus (ZIKV) infections is challenging due to high cross-reactivity between flaviviruses. We evaluated the diagnostic performance of a novel anti-ZIKV ELISA based on recombinant ZIKV non-structural protein 1 (NS1). Assay sensitivity was examined using sera from 27 patients with reverse transcription (RT)-PCR-confirmed and 85 with suspected ZIKV infection. Specificity was analysed using sera from 1,015 healthy individuals. Samples from 252 patients with dengue virus (n = 93), West Nile virus (n = 34), Japanese encephalitis virus (n = 25), chikungunya virus (n = 19) or Plasmodium spp...
December 15, 2016: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993855/obatoclax-inhibits-alphavirus-membrane-fusion-by-neutralizing-the-acidic-environment-of-endocytic-compartments
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Finny S Varghese, Kai Rausalu, Marika Hakanen, Sirle Saul, Beate M Kümmerer, Petri Susi, Andres Merits, Tero Ahola
As new pathogenic viruses continue to emerge, it is paramount to have intervention strategies that target a common denominator in these pathogens. The fusion of viral and cellular membranes during viral entry is one such process that is used by many pathogenic viruses including chikungunya virus, West Nile virus, influenza virus etc. Obatoclax, a small-molecule antagonist of the Bcl-2 family of proteins was previously determined to be antiviral against influenza A virus and also Sindbis virus. Here, we report it to be active against alphaviruses like chikungunya virus (EC50 = 0...
December 19, 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27982355/detection-of-human-anti-zika-virus-igg-by-elisa-using-an-antigen-from-in-vitro-infected-vero-cells-preliminary-results
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Laura Masami Sumita, Jaqueline Polizeli Rodrigues, Noely Evangelista Ferreira, Alvina Clara Felix, Nathalia Caroline Santiago Souza, Clarisse Martins Machado, Heitor Franco de Andrade Júnior
Zika virus (ZKV) infection is a huge public health problem in Brazil because of the increased incidence of microcephaly in neonates from infected mothers. Detection of specific IgG antibodies in maternal serum samples constitutes an important approach for diagnosing ZKV infection and evaluating its relationship with neonatal microcephaly. However, as there is no serological test produced in Brazil to detect IgM and IgG antibodies against ZKV, we sought to examine specific IgG in serum samples from patients or suspected mothers to detect previous infection and to test for specificity with regard to flaviviral infections occurring in the same area...
December 8, 2016: Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27977670/serological-evidence-of-contrasted-exposure-to-arboviral-infections-between-islands-of-the-union-of-comoros-indian-ocean
#15
Koussay Dellagi, Nicolas Salez, Marianne Maquart, Sophie Larrieu, Amina Yssouf, Rahamatou Silaï, Isabelle Leparc-Goffart, Pablo Tortosa, Xavier de Lamballerie
A cross sectional serological survey of arboviral infections in humans was conducted on the three islands of the Union of Comoros, Indian Ocean, in order to test a previously suggested contrasted exposure of the three neighboring islands to arthropod-borne epidemics. Four hundred human sera were collected on Ngazidja (Grande Comore), Mwali (Mohéli) and Ndzouani (Anjouan), and were tested by ELISA for IgM and/or IgG antibodies to Dengue (DENV), Chikungunya (CHIKV), Rift Valley fever (RVFV), West Nile (WNV), Tick borne encephalitis (TBEV) and Yellow fever (YFV) viruses and for neutralizing antibodies to DENV serotypes 1-4...
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974556/rplp1-and-rplp2-are-essential-flavivirus-host-factors-that-promote-early-viral-protein-accumulation
#16
Rafael K Campos, Benjamin Wong, Xuping Xie, Yi-Fan Lu, Pei-Yong Shi, Julien Pompon, Mariano A Garcia-Blanco, Shelton S Bradrick
: The Flavivirus genus contains several arthropod-borne viruses that pose global health threats, including dengue viruses (DENV), yellow fever virus (YFV) and Zika virus (ZIKV). In order to understand how these viruses replicate in human cells, we previously conducted genome-scale RNAi screens to identify candidate host factors. In these screens we identified ribosomal proteins RPLP1 and RPLP2 (RPLP1/2) to be among the most crucial putative host factors required for DENV and YFV infection...
December 14, 2016: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27941965/cd4-cd8-ratio-and-kt-ratio-predict-yellow-fever-vaccine-immunogenicity-in-hiv-infected-patients
#17
Vivian I Avelino-Silva, Karina T Miyaji, Peter W Hunt, Yong Huang, Marisol Simoes, Sheila B Lima, Marcos S Freire, Helio H Caiaffa-Filho, Marisa A Hong, Dayane Alves Costa, Juliana Zanatta C Dias, Natalia B Cerqueira, Anna Shoko Nishiya, Ester Cerdeira Sabino, Ana M Sartori, Esper G Kallas
BACKGROUND: HIV-infected individuals have deficient responses to Yellow Fever vaccine (YFV) and may be at higher risk for adverse events (AE). Chronic immune activation-characterized by low CD4/CD8 ratio or high indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase-1 (IDO) activity-may influence vaccine response in this population. METHODS: We prospectively assessed AE, viremia by the YFV virus and YF-specific neutralizing antibodies (NAb) in HIV-infected (CD4>350) and -uninfected adults through 1 year after vaccination...
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936448/flavivirus-transmission-focusing-on-zika
#18
REVIEW
Nikos Vasilakis, Scott C Weaver
Flaviviruses are among the most diverse viruses with over 85 species recognized. Taxonomically, this genus is one of the 4 recognized genera within the family Flaviviridae. Most flaviviruses of human public health significance, for example, dengue, yellow fever and Zika viruses, are arthropod-borne (arboviruses) and have two evolutionarily and ecologically distinct transmission cycles: a sylvatic transmission cycle, where the virus circulates between zoonotic vertebrate reservoir and amplification hosts and arboreal mosquitoes; and an urban transmission cycle, where the virus circulates between humans and peridomestic Aedes spp...
December 6, 2016: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932620/dissecting-antibodies-induced-by-a-chimeric-yellow-fever-dengue-live-attenuated-tetravalent-dengue-vaccine-cyd-tdv-in-na%C3%A3-ve-and-dengue-exposed-individuals
#19
Sandra Henein, Jesica Swanstrom, Anthony M Byers, Janice M Moser, S Farzana Shaik, Matthew Bonaparte, Nicholas Jackson, Bruno Guy, Ralph Baric, Aravinda M de Silva
Sanofi Pasteur has developed a chimeric yellow fever-dengue, live-attenuated, tetravalent dengue vaccine (CYD-TDV) that is currently approved for use in several countries. In clinical trials, CYD-TDV was efficacious at reducing laboratory-confirmed cases of dengue disease. Efficacy varied by dengue virus (DENV) serotype and pre-vaccination dengue immune status. We compared the properties of antibodies in naïve and DENV exposed individuals who received CYD-TDV. We depleted specific populations of DENV-reactive antibodies from immune sera to estimate the contribution of serotype-cross reactive and type-specific antibodies to neutralization...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928002/adjuvanting-an-siv-vaccine-with-tlr-ligands-encapsulated-in-nanoparticles-induces-persistent-antibody-responses-and-enhanced-protection-in-trim5%C3%AE-restrictive-macaques
#20
Sudhir Pai Kasturi, Pamela A Kozlowski, Helder I Nakaya, Matheus C Burger, Pedro Russo, Mathew Pham, Yevgeniy Kovalenkov, Eduardo L V Silveira, Colin Havenar-Daughton, Samantha L Burton, Katie M Kilgore, Mathew J Johnson, Rafiq Nabi, Traci Legere, Zarpheen Jinnah Sher, Xuemin Chen, Rama R Amara, Eric Hunter, Steven E Bosinger, Paul Spearman, Shane Crotty, Francois Villinger, Cynthia A Derdeyn, Jens Wrammert, Bali Pulendran
: Our previous work has shown that antigens adjuvanted with specific ligands for toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) and TLR7/8 encapsulated in poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) based nanoparticles (NP), induced robust and durable immune responses in mice and macaques. We investigated the efficacy of these NP adjuvants in inducing protective immunity against simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV). Rhesus macaques (RMs) were immunized with NP containing TLR4 and TLR7/8 agonists mixed with soluble recombinant SIVmac239 derived envelope (Env) gp140 and Gag p55 (Protein), or with virus like particles (VLP) containing SIVmac239 Env and Gag...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Virology
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