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Utsav Pandey, Andrew S Bell, Daniel W Renner, David A Kennedy, Jacob T Shreve, Chris L Cairns, Matthew J Jones, Patricia A Dunn, Andrew F Read, Moriah L Szpara
The intensification of the poultry industry over the last 60 years facilitated the evolution of increased virulence and vaccine breaks in Marek's disease virus (MDV-1). Full-genome sequences are essential for understanding why and how this evolution occurred, but what is known about genome-wide variation in MDV comes from laboratory culture. To rectify this, we developed methods for obtaining high-quality genome sequences directly from field samples without the need for sequence-based enrichment strategies prior to sequencing...
September 2016: MSphere
Kai Li, Yongzhen Liu, Changjun Liu, Li Gao, Yanping Zhang, Yulong Gao, Hongyu Cui, Xiaole Qi, Li Zhong, Xiaomei Wang
The vaccine efficacy of recombinant viruses can be influenced by many factors. Accordingly, the activity of promoters has been one of the major factors affecting the antigen expression and protection rate. In the present study, two recombinant Marek's disease virus type 1 (MDV1) vaccines containing the VP2 gene of infectious bursal disease virus (IBDV) under control of different promoters were generated from overlapping fosmid DNAs. The rMDV-Pec-VP2 virus containing the VP2 gene under control of the Pec promoter (CMV enhancer and chicken β-actin chimera promoter) demonstrated higher VP2 expression and stronger antibody response against IBDV in chickens than the rMDV-CMV-VP2 virus using the CMV promoter...
October 11, 2016: Vaccine
Marla C McPherson, Hans H Cheng, Mary E Delany
Marek's disease (MD) is a lymphotropic and oncogenic disease of chickens that can lead to death in susceptible and unvaccinated host birds. The causative pathogen, MD virus (MDV), a highly oncogenic alphaherpesvirus, integrates into host genome near the telomeres. MD occurrence is controlled across the globe by biosecurity, selective breeding for enhanced MD genetic resistance, and widespread vaccination of flocks using attenuated serotype 1 MDV or other serotypes. Despite over 40 years of usage, the specific mechanism(s) of MD vaccine-related immunity and anti-tumor effects are not known...
October 5, 2016: Vaccine
Perrine Rasschaert, Thomas Figueroa, Ginette Dambrine, Denis Rasschaert, Sylvie Laurent
Interplay between alternative splicing and the Microprocessor may have differential effects on the expression of intronic miRNAs organised into clusters. We used a viral model - the LAT long non-coding RNA (LAT lncRNA) of Marek's disease oncogenic herpesvirus (MDV-1), which has the mdv1-miR-M8-M6-M7-M10 cluster embedded in its first intron - to assess the impact of splicing modifications on the biogenesis of each of the miRNAs from the cluster. Drosha silencing and alternative splicing of an extended exon 2 of the LAT lncRNA from a newly identified 3' splice site (SS) at the end of the second miRNA of the cluster showed that mdv1-miR-M6 was a 5'-tailed mirtron...
October 7, 2016: RNA Biology
Mohammad Heidari, Dan Wang, Phillip Delekta, Shuhong Sun
Marek's disease virus (MDV), a highly cell-associated lymphotropic α-herpesvirus, is the causative agent of Marek's disease (MD) in domestic chickens. MDV replicates in chicken lymphocytes and establishes a latent infection within CD4(+) T cells. The latently infected CD4(+) T cells carry the virus to visceral organs, peripheral nerves, and feather follicle epithelium (FFE). FFE is the only anatomical site where infectious enveloped cell-free virus particles are produced and disseminated into the environment...
November 1, 2016: Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology
Androniki Psifidi, Georgios Banos, Oswald Matika, Takele T Desta, Judy Bettridge, David A Hume, Tadelle Dessie, Rob Christley, Paul Wigley, Olivier Hanotte, Pete Kaiser
BACKGROUND: The majority of chickens in sub-Saharan Africa are indigenous ecotypes, well adapted to the local environment and raised in scavenging production systems. Although they are generally resilient to disease challenge, routine vaccination and biosecurity measures are rarely applied and infectious diseases remain a major cause of mortality and reduced productivity. Management and genetic improvement programmes are hampered by lack of routine data recording. Selective breeding based on genomic technologies may provide the means to enhance sustainability...
September 29, 2016: Genetics, Selection, Evolution: GSE
Xuming Hu, Wenqi Zhu, Shihao Chen, Yangyang Liu, Zhen Sun, Tuoyu Geng, Chengyi Song, Bo Gao, Xiaoyan Wang, Aijian Qin, Hengmi Cui
Endogenous retroviruses (ERVs) are genomic elements that are present in a wide range of vertebrates and have been implicated in a variety of human diseases, including cancer. However, the characteristic expression patterns of ERVs, particularly in virus-induced tumours, is not fully clear. DNA methylation was analysed by bisulfite pyrosequencing, and gene expression was analysed by RT-qPCR. In this study, we first found that the endogenous avian retrovirus ALVE1 was highly expressed in some chicken tissues (including the heart, bursa, thymus, and spleen) at 2 days of age, but its expression was markedly decreased at 35 days of age...
September 29, 2016: Archives of Virology
Abinash Padhi, Mark S Parcells
Marek's disease (MD), caused by Marek's disease virus (MDV), a poultry-borne alphaherpesvirus, is a devastating disease of poultry causing an estimated annual loss of one billion dollars to poultry producers, worldwide. Despite decades of control through vaccination, MDV field strains continue to emerge having increased virulence. The evolutionary mechanism driving the emergence of this continuum of strains to increased MDV virulence, however, remains largely enigmatic. Increase in MDV virulence has been associated with specific amino acid changes within the C-terminus domain of Mareks's EcoRI-Q (meq)-encoded oncoprotein...
2016: PloS One
Mridula Gupta, Dipak Deka, Ramneek
Marek's disease (MD), caused by Marek's disease virus (MDV), is a highly contagious neoplastic disease of chicken that can be prevented by vaccination. However, in recent years many cases of vaccine failure have been reported worldwide as chickens develop symptoms of MD in spite of proper vaccination. Distinct polymorphism and point mutations in Meq gene of MDV have been reported to be associated with virulence and oncogenicity. The present study was carried out with the objective to isolate and characterize field isolates of MDV on the basis of Meq gene...
September 2016: Meta Gene
Shuqing Yang, Liyuan Wang, Shuhong Sun
In the present study, avian hepatitis E virus (HEV) and serotype-1 strains of Marek's disease virus (MDV-1) were detected from a flock of 27-wk-old brown layer hens in China, accompanied by an average daily mortality of 0.44%. Postmortem examination of 25 sick hens and five apparently healthy hens selected randomly from the flock showed significant pathologic changes consistent with hepatitis-splenomegaly syndrome (HSS), including hepatomegaly, peritoneal fluid, and hepatic subcapsular hemorrhages. Microscopic examination of these livers showed multifocal necrotizing hepatitis and mild lymphocytic infiltration...
September 2016: Avian Diseases
Sudeep Perumbakkam, Henry D Hunt, Hans H Cheng
Marek's disease (MD) is an important neoplastic disease of chickens caused by Marek's disease virus (MDV), a highly oncogenic alphaherpesvirus. In this study using two chicken lines, one resistant and another susceptible to MD, splenic T cells and cecal microbiome were profiled to gain a better understanding of primary differences in these lines. The percent of splenic CD4(+) T cells were similar regardless of MDV challenge status in both bird lines. In contrast, CD8αα profiles were different (P < 0.005) between chicken lines under naïve status and under MDV challenge, suggesting that CD8αα T cells play a key role in mediating MDV infection...
September 7, 2016: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
S Ralapanawe, K G Renz, S K Burgess, S W Walkden-Brown
OBJECTIVE: To use specific real-time qPCR to determine (1) the vaccination success of Rispens CVI988 vaccine in feathers and dust; (2) persistence of Rispens infection in vaccinated layer chickens; (3) extent of co-infection with wild-type Marek's disease virus (MDV) in vaccinated layers; and (4) presence of Rispens virus in unvaccinated broiler flocks. METHODS: Feather, dust and serum samples were collected from birds aged 3 days to 91 weeks from three layer farms...
September 2016: Australian Veterinary Journal
Makito Tanabe, Ryoko Motonaga, Yuichi Terawaki, Takashi Nomiyama, Toshihiko Yanase
INTRODUCTION: In treatment algorithms of type-2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) in Western countries, biguanides are recommended as first-line agents. In Japan, various oral hypoglycemic agents (OHAs) are available, but prescription patterns are unclear. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data of 7,108 and 2,655 T2DM patients in study-1 and -2, respectively, were extracted from the MDV database (2008-2013). Cardiovascular disease (CVD) history was not considered in study-1, but was in study-2...
August 23, 2016: Journal of Diabetes Investigation
M Asok Kumar, R Barathidasan, M Palanivelu, S D Singh, Mohd Yaqoob Wani, Yashpal Singh Malik, R Singh, K Dhama
Marek's disease (MD), is an economically important virus disease of poultry throughout the world. In this study, we for the first time reports development of a novel dot enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (dot-ELISA) for the confirmatory diagnosis of lymphoma caused by Marek's Disease Virus (MDV). Suspected lymphoma tissue extracts from the diseased birds were used for the Meq oncoprotein antigen detection, which is expressed specifically in MDV lymphomas. Recombinant Meq oncoprotein was expressed using Expresso™ Rhamnose Sumo Cloning and Expression system and the hyperimmune serum was raised against it, which was used later while developing dot-ELISA...
October 2016: Journal of Virological Methods
David J Van Horn, Caitlin R Wolf, Daniel R Colman, Xiaoben Jiang, Tyler J Kohler, Diane M McKnight, Lee F Stanish, Terrill Yazzie, Cristina D Takacs-Vesbach
Microbial consortia dominate glacial meltwater streams from polar regions, including the McMurdo Dry Valleys (MDV), where they thrive under physiologically stressful conditions. In this study, we examined microbial mat types and sediments found in 12 hydrologically diverse streams to describe the community diversity and composition within and across sites. Sequencing of the 16S rRNA gene from 129 samples revealed ∼24 000 operational taxonomic units (<97% DNA similarity), making streams the most biodiverse habitat in the MDV...
October 2016: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
J P Madej, G Woźniakowski, A Gaweł
Marek's disease (MD) outbreaks in poultry flocks may be associated with overriding of vaccine immune protection by very virulent (vvMDV) or very virulent plus (vv+MDV) strains. This paper presents the study on lymphoid organ morphology in the latent phase of MD caused by vv+MDV which break post-vaccinal protection in hens. We also immunohistochemically examined B and T populations as well as B/T and CD4+/CD8+ ratio of lymphocytes in lymphatic organs and, as a background, in MD lymphomas from non-lymphatic organs...
2016: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
Gian-Luca McLelland, Sydney A Lee, Heidi M McBride, Edward A Fon
Mitochondria are considered autonomous organelles, physically separated from endocytic and biosynthetic pathways. However, recent work uncovered a PINK1/parkin-dependent vesicle transport pathway wherein oxidized or damaged mitochondrial content are selectively delivered to the late endosome/lysosome for degradation, providing evidence that mitochondria are indeed integrated within the endomembrane system. Given that mitochondria have not been shown to use canonical soluble NSF attachment protein receptor (SNARE) machinery for fusion, the mechanism by which mitochondrial-derived vesicles (MDVs) are targeted to the endosomal compartment has remained unclear...
August 1, 2016: Journal of Cell Biology
Gábor Juhász
Damaged mitochondrial content is packaged in mitochondrial-derived vesicles (MDVs), which are targeted for degradation through an unclear mechanism. McLelland et al. (2016. J. Cell Biol. show that the SNARE Syntaxin-17 mediates MDV fusion with endolysosomes, promoting the delivery of mitochondrial cargo to lysosomes for degradation.
August 1, 2016: Journal of Cell Biology
Sabari Nath Neerukonda, Upendra K Katneni, Sergey Golovan, Mark S Parcells
Quantitative RT-PCR (qRT-PCR) is widely used in the study of relative gene expression in general, and has been used in the field of Marek's disease (MD) research to measure transcriptional responses to infection and/or vaccination. Studies in the past have either employed cellular β-actin (BACT) or glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH) as internal reference genes, although the stability of their expression in the context of Marek's disease virus (MDV) infection has never been investigated. In the present study, we compared the stability of five reference genes (BACT, 28S RNA, 18S RNA, GAPDH, Peptidyl-prolyl-isomerase B [PPIB], a...
October 2016: Journal of Virological Methods
Tamio Teramoto, Kiyoko Uno, Izuru Miyoshi, Irfan Khan, Katherine Gorcyca, Robert J Sanchez, Shigeto Yoshida, Kazuhiro Mawatari, Tomoya Masaki, Hidenori Arai, Shizuya Yamashita
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) is a key modifiable risk factor in the development of cardiovascular (CV) disease. In 2012, the Japan Atherosclerosis Society (JAS) issued guidelines recommending statins as first-line pharmacotherapy for lowering LDL-C in patients at high risk for CV events. This study assessed achievement of recommended LDL-C goals and lipid-modifying therapy (LMT) use in a high CV risk population in Japan. METHODS: Patients from the Medical Data Vision (MDV) database, an electronic hospital-based claims database in Japan, who met the following inclusion criteria were included in this study: LDL-C measurement in 2013; ≥20 years of age; ≥2 years representation in the database; and a high CV risk condition (recent acute coronary syndrome (ACS), other coronary heart disease (CHD), ischemic stroke, peripheral arterial disease (PAD) or diabetes)...
August 2016: Atherosclerosis
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