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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533172/new-drug-strategies-to-tackle-viral-host-interactions-for-the-treatment-of-influenza-virus-infections
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REVIEW
Simonides I van de Wakker, Marcel J E Fischer, Ronald S Oosting
The influenza virus (IV) is a highly contagious virus causing seasonal global outbreaks affecting annually up to 20% of the world's population and leading to 250,000-500,000 deaths worldwide. Current vaccines have variable effectiveness, and, in particular during a pandemic outbreak, they are probably not available in the amounts needed to protect the world population. Therefore we need effective small molecule drugs to combat an IV infection and that can be produced, in case of pandemic, rapidly and in large quantities...
May 19, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533093/safety-and-immunogenicity-of-a-live-attenuated-influenza-h5-candidate-vaccine-strain-a-17-turkey-turkey-05-133-h5n2-and-its-priming-effects-for-potential-pre-pandemic-use-a-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial
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Punnee Pitisuttithum, Kobporn Boonnak, Supat Chamnanchanunt, Pilaipan Puthavathana, Viravarn Luvira, Hatairat Lerdsamran, Jaranit Kaewkungwal, Saranath Lawpoolsri, Vipa Thanachartwet, Udomsak Silachamroon, Wanibtisam Masamae, Alexandra Schuetz, Ponthip Wirachwong, Sit Thirapakpoomanunt, Larisa Rudenko, Erin Sparrow, Martin Friede, Marie-Paule Kieny
BACKGROUND: The emergence of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 viruses has raised concerns about their pandemic potential. Vaccination is the most effective way of preventing influenza. In this study, we investigated the safety and immunogenicity of an avian H5N2 live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV H5N2) in healthy Thai adults and its priming immune responses with an H5N1 inactivated vaccine boost. METHODS: This study was done at the Vaccine Trial Centre at Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand and was divided into two parts...
May 19, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532182/tackling-a-novel-lethal-virus-a-focus-on-h7n9-vaccine-development
#3
Irina Isakova-Sivak, Larisa Rudenko
Avian-origin H7N9 influenza viruses first detected in humans in China in 2013 continue to cause severe human infections with a mortality rate close to 40%. These viruses are acknowledged as the subtype most likely to cause the next influenza pandemic. Areas covered: Here we review published data on the development of H7N9 influenza vaccine candidates and their evaluation in preclinical and clinical trials identified on PubMed database with the term "H7N9 influenza vaccine". In addition, a search with the same term was done on ClinicalTrials...
May 22, 2017: Expert Review of Vaccines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523521/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-characterization-of-a-novel-h1n1-2009-influenza-virus-reassortant-with-an-ns-gene-from-a-highly-pathogenic-h5n1-virus-isolated-from-a-human
#4
Shengbing Liu, Liangyan Zhang, Zhidong Yao, Li Xing, Kun Liu
The triple-reassortant H1N1/2009 influenza A virus, which caused the first influenza pandemic of the 21(st) century, is generally associated with mild disease and a relatively low mortality rate comparable to that of seasonal influenza virus outbreaks. There is a growing concern about the potential for reassortment between the low-mortality H1N1/2009 and other high-mortality influenza viruses. Here, we describe and characterize a novel reassortant H1N1/2009 influenza virus, isolated from a human sample, that contained an NS gene from a highly pathogenic H5N1 virus...
May 18, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523412/epidemiological-risk-factors-for-animal-influenza-a-viruses-overcoming-species-barriers
#5
REVIEW
Kate A Harris, Gudrun S Freidl, Olga S Munoz, Sophie von Dobschuetz, Marco De Nardi, Barbara Wieland, Marion P G Koopmans, Katharina D C Stärk, Kristien van Reeth, Gwen Dauphin, Adam Meijer, Erwin de Bruin, Ilaria Capua, Andy A Hill, Rowena Kosmider, Jill Banks, Kim Stevens, Sylvie van der Werf, Vincent Enouf, Karen van der Meulen, Ian H Brown, Dennis J Alexander, Andrew C Breed
Drivers and risk factors for Influenza A virus transmission across species barriers are poorly understood, despite the ever present threat to human and animal health potentially on a pandemic scale. Here we review the published evidence for epidemiological risk factors associated with influenza viruses transmitting between animal species and from animals to humans. A total of 39 papers were found with evidence of epidemiological risk factors for influenza virus transmission from animals to humans; 18 of which had some statistical measure associated with the transmission of a virus...
May 18, 2017: EcoHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523387/seroprevalence-of-economically-important-viral-pathogens-in-swine-populations-of-trinidad-and-tobago-west-indies
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Jamie R V Sookhoo, Arianne Brown-Jordan, Lemar Blake, Ridley B Holder, Sharon M Brookes, Stephen Essen, Christine V F Carrington, Ian H Brown, Christopher A L Oura
The objective of this study was to evaluate the seroprevalence and identify the strains of swine influenza virus (SwIV), as well as the seroprevalence of porcine parvovirus (PPV), transmissible gastroenteritis virus (TGEV), porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV), porcine respiratory coronavirus (PRCV), porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV-2), and classical swine fever virus (CSFV) in pigs in Trinidad and Tobago (T&T). Blood samples (309) were randomly collected from pigs at farms throughout T&T...
May 18, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522102/retrospective-multicenter-matched-case-control-study-on-the-risk-factors-for-narcolepsy-with-special-focus-on-vaccinations-including-pandemic-influenza-vaccination-and-infections-in-germany
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Doris Oberle, Jutta Pavel, Geert Mayer, Peter Geisler, Brigitte Keller-Stanislawski
OBJECTIVE: Studies associate pandemic influenza vaccination with narcolepsy. In Germany, a retrospective, multicenter, matched case-control study was performed to identify risk factors for narcolepsy, particularly regarding vaccinations (seasonal and pandemic influenza vaccination) and infections (seasonal and pandemic influenza) and to quantify the detected risks. METHODS: Patients with excessive daytime sleepiness who had been referred to a sleep center between April 2009 and December 2012 for multiple sleep latency test (MSLT) were eligible...
June 2017: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521917/the-global-health-law-trilogy-towards-a-safer-healthier-and-fairer-world
#8
Lawrence O Gostin, Mary Clare DeBartolo, Rebecca Katz
Global health advocates often turn to medicine and science for solutions to enduring health risks, but law is also a powerful tool. No state acting alone can ward off health threats that span borders, requiring international solutions. A trilogy of global health law-the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, International Health Regulations (2005), and Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework-strives for a safer, healthier, and fairer world. Yet, these international agreements are not well understood, and contain gaps in scope and enforceability...
May 15, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518041/stockpiling-ventilators-for-influenza-pandemics
#9
Hsin-Chan Huang, Ozgur M Araz, David P Morton, Gregory P Johnson, Paul Damien, Bruce Clements, Lauren Ancel Meyers
In preparing for influenza pandemics, public health agencies stockpile critical medical resources. Determining appropriate quantities and locations for such resources can be challenging, given the considerable uncertainty in the timing and severity of future pandemics. We introduce a method for optimizing stockpiles of mechanical ventilators, which are critical for treating hospitalized influenza patients in respiratory failure. As a case study, we consider the US state of Texas during mild, moderate, and severe pandemics...
June 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515300/a-novel-a-h7n2-influenza-virus-isolated-from-a-veterinarian-caring-for-cats-in-a-new-york-city-animal-shelter-causes-mild-disease-and-transmits-poorly-in-the-ferret-model
#10
Jessica A Belser, Joanna A Pulit-Penaloza, Xiangjie Sun, Nicole Brock, Claudia Pappas, Hannah M Creager, Hui Zeng, Terrence M Tumpey, Taronna R Maines
In December 2016, a low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) A(H7N2) virus was identified as the causative source of an outbreak in a cat shelter in New York City, which subsequently spread to multiple shelters in New York and Pennsylvania. One person with occupational exposure to infected cats became infected with the virus, representing the first LPAI H7N2 human infection in North America since 2003. Considering the close contact that frequently occurs between companion animals and humans, it was critical to assess the relative risk of this novel virus to public health...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514082/universal-label-free-in-process-quantification-of-influenza-virus-like-particles
#11
Sofia B Carvalho, Mafalda G Moleirinho, David Wheatley, John Welsh, René Gantier, Paula M Alves, Cristina Peixoto, Manuel J T Carrondo
Virus-like particles (VLPs) are becoming established as vaccines, in particular for influenza pandemics, increasing the interest in the development of VLPs manufacturing bioprocess. However, for complex VLPs, the analytical tools used for quantification are not yet able to keep up with the bioprocess progress. Currently, quantification for Influenza relies on traditional methods: hemagglutination assay or Single Radial Immunodiffusion. These analytical technologies are time-consuming, cumbersome, and not supportive of efficient downstream process development and monitoring...
May 17, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513592/ifn-%C3%AE-increases-susceptibility-to-influenza-a-infection-through-suppression-of-group-ii-innate-lymphoid-cells
#12
D Califano, Y Furuya, S Roberts, D Avram, A N J McKenzie, D W Metzger
Increased levels of interferon-γ (IFN-γ) are routinely observed in the respiratory tract following influenza virus infection, yet its potential role remains unclear. We now demonstrate that influenza-induced IFN-γ restricts protective innate lymphoid cell group II (ILC2) function in the lung following challenge with the pandemic H1N1 A/CA/04/2009 (CA04) influenza virus. Specifically, IFN-γ deficiency resulted in enhanced ILC2 activity, characterized by increased production of interleukin (IL)-5 and amphiregulin, and improved tissue integrity, yet no change in ILC2 numbers, viral load or clearance...
May 17, 2017: Mucosal Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513329/serologic-detection-of-subtype-specific-antibodies-to-influenza-a-viruses-in-southern-sea-otters-enhydra-lutris-nereis
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Alyssa M Capuano, Melissa Miller, David E Stallknecht, Megan Moriarty, Magdalena Plancarte, Erin Dodd, Francesca Batac, Walter M Boyce
There are approximately 3,000 southern sea otters (Enhydra lutris nereis) in the nearshore environment along the California coast, and the species is classified as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act. We tested sera from 661 necropsied southern sea otters sampled from 1997 to 2015 to determine overall exposure to influenza A viruses (IAVs) and to identify subtype-specific antibody responses. Using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), antibodies to IAV nucleoproteins were detected in 160 (24...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510725/ifitm3-tlr3-and-cd55-genes-snps-and-cumulative-ge-netic-risks-for-severe-outcomes-in-chinese-patients-with-h7n9-h1n1pdm09-influenza
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Nelson Lee, Bin Cao, Changwen Ke, Hongzhou Lu, Yunwen Hu, Ht Claudia Tam, Cw Ronald Ma, Dawei Guan, Zhaoqin Zhu, Hui Li, Lin Mulei, Rity Yk Wong, Irene Mh Yung, Tin-Nok Hung, Kirsty Kwok, Peter Horby, Sc David Hui, Cw Martin Chan, Ks Paul Chan
Background: We examined associations between SNPs (single-nucleotide-polymorphisms) of IFITM3, TLR3, and CD55 genes and influenza clinical outcomes in Chinese patients. Methods: A multicenter-study was conducted on 275 adult cases of prospectively-diagnosed H7N9 and H1N1pdm09 infections. Host DNA was extracted from diagnostic respiratory samples; IFITM3 rs12252, TLR3 rs5743313, CD55 rs2564978, and TLR4 rs4986790/4986791 were targeted for genotyping by Sanger-sequencing...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506756/-estimation-of-the-population-attributable-fraction-due-to-obesity-in-hospital-admissions-for-flu-valued-according-to-body-mass-index-bmi-and-cun-bae
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V Dávila-Batista, D Carriedo, F Díez, A Pueyo Bastida, B Martínez Durán, V Martin
INTRODUCTION: The obesity pandemic together with the influenza pandemic could lead to a significant burden of disease. The body mass index (BMI) does not discriminate obesity appropriately. The CUN-BAE has recently been used as an estimate of body fatness for Caucasians, including BMI, gender, and age. The aim of this study is to assess the population attributable fraction of hospital admissions due to influenza, due to the body fatness measured with the BMI, and the CUN-BAE. METHODS: A multicentre study was conducted using matched case-controls...
May 11, 2017: Semergen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506278/a-framework-for-evaluating-epidemic-forecasts
#16
Farzaneh Sadat Tabataba, Prithwish Chakraborty, Naren Ramakrishnan, Srinivasan Venkatramanan, Jiangzhuo Chen, Bryan Lewis, Madhav Marathe
BACKGROUND: Over the past few decades, numerous forecasting methods have been proposed in the field of epidemic forecasting. Such methods can be classified into different categories such as deterministic vs. probabilistic, comparative methods vs. generative methods, and so on. In some of the more popular comparative methods, researchers compare observed epidemiological data from the early stages of an outbreak with the output of proposed models to forecast the future trend and prevalence of the pandemic...
May 15, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504416/characterization-and-circulation-of-seasonal-influenza-viruses-in-madrid-2010-2016
#17
Flavia Cecilia Chiarella, Zarife Daoud, Manuel Enrique Fuentes-Ferrer, José Tomás Ramos Amador, Juan José Picazo, Esther Culebras
Influenza virus infection is a major health care burden and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. The 2009 influenza pandemic highlighted the importance of influenza surveillance. The objective of this study was to assess the epidemiology and activity of influenza A and B viruses in adults and children in the post-pandemic period with a special focus on the pediatric population. We performed a retrospective descriptive study involving adults and children with influenza-like illness at the Clinico San Carlos Hospital (Madrid, Spain) over 6 influenza seasons, between August 2010 and April 2016...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502086/does-influenza-pandemic-preparedness-and-mitigation-require-gain-of-function-research
#18
Dillon C Adam, Daniel J Magee, Chau M Bui, Matthew Scotch, C Raina MacIntyre
The risk and benefits of gain-of-function studies on influenza A has been widely debated since 2012 when the methods to create two respiratory transmissible H5N1 mutant isolates were published. Opponents of gain-of-function studies argue the biosecurity risk is unacceptable, while proponents cite potential uses for pandemic surveillance, preparedness and mitigation. In this commentary, we provide an overview of the background and applications of gain-of-function research and argue that the anticipated benefits have yet to materialize while the significant risks remain...
May 14, 2017: Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499553/nasal-delivery-of-protollin-adjuvanted-h5n1-vaccine-induces-enhanced-systemic-as-well-as-mucosal-immunity-in-mice
#19
Weiping Cao, Jin Hyang Kim, Adrian J Reber, Mary Hoelscher, Jessica A Belser, Xiuhua Lu, Jacqueline M Katz, Shivaprakash Gangappa, Martin Plante, David S Burt, Suryaprakash Sambhara
Sporadic, yet frequent human infections with avian H5N1 influenza A viruses continue to pose a potential pandemic threat. Poor immunogenicity of unadjuvanted H5N1 vaccines warrants developing novel adjuvants and formulations as well as alternate delivery systems to improve their immunogenicity and efficacy. Here, we show that Protollin, a nasal adjuvant composed of Neisseria meningitides outer membrane proteins non-covalently linked to Shigella flexneri 2a lipopolysaccharide, is a potent nasal adjuvant for an inactivated split virion H5N1 clade 1 A/Viet Nam1203/2004 (A/VN/1203/04) vaccine in a mouse model...
June 5, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499541/sequence-analysis-of-haemagglutinin-and-neuraminidase-of-h1n1-strain-from-a-patient-coinfected-with-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
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Ahmed N Alghamdi, Mohammad E Mahfouz, Fahd A Hamdi, Daifullah Al Aboud, Tawfiq Z Al-Laylah, Mohammed I Alotaibi, Khalid W A Al-Thomali, Ahmed S Abdel-Moneim
The 2009 H1N1 pandemic (H1N1pdm09) was associated with a considerable influenza-related morbidity and mortality. Among the complications, Mycobacterial tuberculosis was recorded as a coinfection with influenza in rare cases. The full-length sequences of the viral haemagglutinin and neuraminidase of H1N1pdm09 influenza A virus were analyzed from a recently infected patient. The patient was chronically infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Molecular modelling and in-silico docking of the virus, and other selected strains with the drug oseltamivir were conducted and compared...
May 9, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Probes
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