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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206905/discovery-of-a-novel-alphavirus-related-to-eilat-virus
#1
Kyra Hermanns, Florian Zirkel, Anne Kopp, Marco Marklewitz, Innocent B Rwego, Alejandro Estrada, Thomas R Gillespie, Christian Drosten, Sandra Junglen
Most alphaviruses are transmitted by arthropods and infect vertebrate hosts. An exception is Eilat virus (EILV), the only described alphavirus with a host range restricted to insects. We established a new generic reverse transcription PCR assay for alphaviruses and tested 8860 tropical mosquitoes. We detected a novel alphavirus, tentatively named Taï Forest alphavirus (TALV), in Culex decens mosquitoes collected in Ivory Coast. The full genome was sequenced, and closest similarity was found to EILV. Pairwise amino acid identities to EILV ranged between 67 and 88 % for the corresponding proteins, suggesting that TALV defines a proposed new alphavirus species...
January 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166307/picornavirus-rna-is-protected-from-cleavage-by-ribonuclease-during-virion-uncoating-and-transfer-across-cellular-and-model-membranes
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Elisabetta Groppelli, Hazel C Levy, Eileen Sun, Mike Strauss, Clare Nicol, Sarah Gold, Xiaowei Zhuang, Tobias J Tuthill, James M Hogle, David J Rowlands
Picornaviruses are non-enveloped RNA viruses that enter cells via receptor-mediated endocytosis. Because they lack an envelope, picornaviruses face the challenge of delivering their RNA genomes across the membrane of the endocytic vesicle into the cytoplasm to initiate infection. Currently, the mechanism of genome release and translocation across membranes remains poorly understood. Within the enterovirus genus, poliovirus, rhinovirus 2, and rhinovirus 16 have been proposed to release their genomes across intact endosomal membranes through virally induced pores, whereas one study has proposed that rhinovirus 14 releases its RNA following disruption of endosomal membranes...
February 6, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161473/first-identification-and-phylogenetic-analysis-of-equine-hepacivirus-in-korea
#3
Ho-Seong Kim, Hyun-Woo Moon, Haan Woo Sung, Hyuk Moo Kwon
Non-primate hepacivirus (NPHV) corresponds a group of isolates recently characterized in horses and dogs that present similar genomic organization and are closely related to hepatitis C virus. Since canine hapacivirus, NPHV identified in dogs, was first discovered in dogs in the United States, equine hepacivirus (EqHV, NPHV identified in horses) has been identified in horses in several countries. However, no epidemiological studies have investigated EqHV in horses in Korea. In this study, a total of 74 (n=74) serum samples collected from horses in four regions of Korea were tested for EqHV RNA using nested RT-PCR...
February 1, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148802/recombinant-isfahan-virus-and-vesicular-stomatitis-virus-vaccine-vectors-provide-durable-multivalent-single-dose-protection-against-lethal-alphavirus-challenge
#4
Farooq Nasar, Demetrius Matassov, Robert L Seymour, Theresa Latham, Rodion V Gorchakov, Rebecca M Nowak, Grace Leal, Stefan Hamm, John H Eldridge, Robert B Tesh, David K Clarke, Scott C Weaver
: The demonstrated clinical efficacy of a recombinant vesicular stomatitis virus (rVSV) vaccine vector has stimulated the investigation of additional serologically distinct Vesiculovirus vectors as therapeutic and/or prophylactic vaccine vectors to combat emerging viral diseases. Amongst these viral threats are encephalitic alphaviruses, Venezuelan and eastern equine encephalitic viruses (VEEV, EEEV), which have demonstrated potential for natural disease outbreaks, yet no licensed vaccines are available in the event of an epidemic...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107812/tissue-resolved-gene-structure-refined-equine-transcriptome
#5
T A Mansour, E Y Scott, C J Finno, R R Bellone, M J Mienaltowski, M C Penedo, P J Ross, S J Valberg, J D Murray, C T Brown
BACKGROUND: Transcriptome interpretation relies on a good-quality reference transcriptome for accurate quantification of gene expression as well as functional analysis of genetic variants. The current annotation of the horse genome lacks the specificity and sensitivity necessary to assess gene expression especially at the isoform level, and suffers from insufficient annotation of untranslated regions (UTR) usage. We built an annotation pipeline for horse and used it to integrate 1.9 billion reads from multiple RNA-seq data sets into a new refined transcriptome...
January 20, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062388/netf-producing-clostridium-perfringens-clonality-and-plasmid-pathogenicity-loci-analysis
#6
Iman Mehdizadeh Gohari, Andrew M Kropinski, Scott J Weese, Ashley E Whitehead, Valeria R Parreira, Patrick Boerlin, John F Prescott
Clostridium perfringens is an important cause of foal necrotizing enteritis and canine acute hemorrhagic diarrhea. A major virulence determinant of the strains associated with these diseases appears to be a beta-sheet pore-forming toxin, NetF, encoded within a pathogenicity locus (NetF locus) on a large tcp-conjugative plasmid. Strains producing NetF also produce the putative toxin NetE, encoded within the same pathogenicity locus, as well as CPE enterotoxin and CPB2 on a second plasmid, and sometimes the putative toxin NetG within a pathogenicity locus (NetG locus) on another separate large conjugative plasmid...
January 3, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053107/domain-organization-and-evolution-of-the-highly-divergent-5-coding-region-of-genomes-of-arteriviruses-including-the-novel-possum-nidovirus
#7
Anastasia Gulyaeva, Magdalena Dunowska, Erik Hoogendoorn, Julia Giles, Dmitry Samborskiy, Alexander E Gorbalenya
: In five experimentally characterized arterivirus species, the 5' -end genome coding region comprises most divergent nonstructural proteins (nsp) 1 and 2 that include papain-like proteases (PLPs) and other poorly characterized domains. They are involved in regulation of transcription, polyprotein processing, and virus-host interaction. Here, we present results of bioinformatics analysis of this region of 14 arterivirus species, including that of the most distantly related wobbly possum disease virus (WPDV), determined by a modified 5' RACE protocol...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005523/discovery-of-a-novel-alphavirus-related-to-eilat-virus
#8
Kyra Hermanns, Florian Zirkel, Anne Kopp, Marco Marklewitz, Innocent Rwego, Alejandro Estrada, Thomas Robert Gillespie, Christian Drosten, Sandra Junglen
Most alphaviruses are transmitted by arthropods and infect vertebrate hosts. An exception is Eilat virus (EILV), the only described alphavirus with a host range restricted to insects. We established a new generic reverse transcription PCR assay for alphaviruses and tested 8,860 tropical mosquitoes. We detected a novel alphavirus, tentatively named Taï Forest alphavirus (TALV), in Culex decens mosquitoes collected in Côte d'Ivoire. The full genome was sequenced and closest similarity was found to EILV. Pairwise amino acid identities to EILV ranged between 67-88% for the corresponding proteins suggesting that TALV defines a proposed new alphavirus species...
December 21, 2016: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003490/lineage-a-betacoronavirus-ns2-proteins-and-homologous-torovirus-berne-pp1a-carboxyterminal-domain-are-phosphodiesterases-that-antagonize-activation-of-rnase-l
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Stephen A Goldstein, Joshua M Thornbrough, Rong Zhang, Babal K Jha, Yize Li, Ruth Elliott, Katherine Quiroz-Figueroa, Annie I Chen, Robert H Silverman, Susan R Weiss
: Viruses in the family Coronaviridae, with the Nidovirus order, are etiologic agents of a range of human and animal diseases, including both mild and severe respiratory disease in humans. These viruses encode conserved replicase and structural proteins, and more diverse accessory proteins in the 3' end of their genomes that often act as host cell antagonists. We have previously shown that 2', 5' phosphodiesterases (PDE) encoded by the prototypical Betacoronavirus, mouse hepatitis virus (MHV), Middle East respiratory syndrome-associated coronavirus antagonize the oligoadenylate - ribonuclease L (OAS-RNase L) pathway...
December 21, 2016: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993615/translation-of-a-laboratory-validated-equine-herpesvirus-1-specific-real-time-pcr-assay-into-an-insulated-isothermal-polymerase-chain-reaction-iipcr-assay-for-point-of-need-diagnosis-using-pockit%C3%A2-nucleic-acid-analyzer
#10
Udeni B R Balasuriya, Pei-Yu Alison Lee, Yun-Long Tsai, Chuan-Fu Tsai, Yu-Han Shen, Hsiao-Fen Grace Chang, Ashley Skillman, Hwa-Tang Thomas Wang, Stéphane Pronost, Yan Zhang
Equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (EHM), a major problem for the equine industry in the United States, is caused by equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1). In addition, EHV-1 is associated with upper respiratory disease, abortion, and chorioretinal lesions in horses. Here we describe the development and evaluation of an inexpensive, user-friendly insulated isothermal PCR (iiPCR) method targeting open reading 30 (ORF30) to detect both neuropathogenic and non-neuropathogenic strains on the field-deployable POCKIT™ device for point-of-need detection of EHV-1...
December 16, 2016: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939152/whole-genome-characterization-of-a-peruvian-alpaca-rotavirus-isolate-expressing-a-novel-vp4-genotype
#11
Miguel Rojas, Jorge Luiz S Gonçalves, Helver G Dias, Alberto Manchego, Danilo Pezo, Norma Santos
The SA44 isolate of Rotavirus A (RVA) was identified from a neonatal Peruvian alpaca presenting with diarrhea, and the full-length genome sequence of the isolate (designated RVA/Alpaca-tc/PER/SA44/2014/G3P[40]) was determined. Phylogenetic analyses showed that the isolate possessed the genotype constellation G3-P[40]-I8-R3-C3-M3-A9-N3-T3-E3-H6, which differs considerably from those of RVA strains isolated from other species of the order Artiodactyla. Overall, the genetic constellation of the SA44 strain was quite similar to those of RVA strains isolated from a bat in Asia (MSLH14 and MYAS33)...
November 30, 2016: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930647/allelic-variation-in-cxcl16-determines-cd3-t-lymphocyte-susceptibility-to-equine-arteritis-virus-infection-and-establishment-of-long-term-carrier-state-in-the-stallion
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Sanjay Sarkar, Ernest Bailey, Yun Young Go, R Frank Cook, Ted Kalbfleisch, John Eberth, R Lakshman Chelvarajan, Kathleen M Shuck, Sergey Artiushin, Peter J Timoney, Udeni B R Balasuriya
Equine arteritis virus (EAV) is the causative agent of equine viral arteritis (EVA), a respiratory, systemic, and reproductive disease of horses and other equid species. Following natural infection, 10-70% of the infected stallions can become persistently infected and continue to shed EAV in their semen for periods ranging from several months to life. Recently, we reported that some stallions possess a subpopulation(s) of CD3+ T lymphocytes that are susceptible to in vitro EAV infection and that this phenotypic trait is associated with long-term carrier status following exposure to the virus...
December 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919223/trpm2-snp-genotype-previously-associated-with-susceptibility-to-rhodococcus-equi-pneumonia-in-quarter-horse-foals-displays-differential-gene-expression-identified-using-rna-seq
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Cole M McQueen, Canaan M Whitfield-Cargile, Kranti Konganti, Glenn P Blodgett, Scott V Dindot, Noah D Cohen
BACKGROUND: Rhodococcus equi (R. equi) is an intracellular bacterium that affects young foals and immuno-compromised individuals causing severe pneumonia. Currently, the genetic mechanisms that confer susceptibility and/or resistance to R. equi are not fully understood. Previously, using a SNP-based genome-wide association study, we identified a region on equine chromosome 26 associated with culture-confirmed clinical pneumonia. To better characterize this region and understand the function of the SNP located within TRPM2 that was associated with R...
December 5, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915089/complete-mitochondrial-genome-of-parasitic-nematode-cylicocyclus-nassatus-and-comparative-analyses-with-cylicocyclus-insigne
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Yuan Gao, Jian-Hua Qiu, Bing-Bing Zhang, Xin Su, Xue Fu, Dong-Mei Yue, Chun-Ren Wang
Cylicocyclus nassatus is a common and important parasite in the large intestine of equine. In this study, the complete mitochondrial (mt) genome sequence of C. nassatus was determined and comparatively analyzed with Cylicocyclus insigne. The mt genome size of C. nassatus was 13,846 bp, 18 bp longer than that of C. insigne. The circular mt genome includes 12 protein-coding genes, two rRNA genes, 22 tRNA genes and two non-coding regions. All the genes are transcribed in the same direction and gene arrangement is consistent with that of gene arrangement 3 (GA3)...
January 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908988/complete-genome-sequence-of-a-burkholderia-mallei-isolate-originating-from-a-glanderous-horse-from-the-kingdom-of-bahrain
#15
Mandy C Elschner, Prasad Thomas, Falk Melzer
Burkholderia mallei is a zoonotic agent causing glanders, a notifiable disease in equines. During the past decades glanders emerged, and the Kingdom of Bahrain reported outbreaks to the World Organization of Animal Health in 2010 and 2011. This paper presents the complete genome sequence of the Burkholderia mallei strain 11RR2811 Bahrain1.
December 1, 2016: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902376/detection-of-a-novel-equine-like-g3-rotavirus-associated-with-acute-gastroenteritis-in-brazil
#16
Sylvia Fátima Santos Guerra, Luana Silva Soares, Patrícia Santos Lobo, Edvaldo Tavares Penha Júnior, Edivaldo Costa Sousa Júnior, Delana Andreza Melo Bezerra, Lívia Rodrigues Vaz, Alexandre Costa Linhares, Joana D'Arc Pereira Mascarenhas
Genotype G3P[8] of rotavirus A (RVA) is detected worldwide, usually associated with Wa-like constellation and exhibiting a long RNA migration pattern. More recently, a novel inter-genogroup, G3P[8] reassortant variant with a short electropherotype, has emerged in Asia, Oceania and Europe, denoting an overall potential of unusual rotavirus strains. During a RVA surveillance in Brazil, G3P[8] strains were found displaying a short electropherotype pattern, which had not been detected before in this region. This study aims to characterize the complete genome of 10 G3P[8] strains detected in the northern region of Brazil...
December 2016: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902371/mapping-b-lymphocytes-as-major-reservoirs-of-naturally-occurring-latent-equine-herpesvirus-5-infection
#17
Zelalem Mekuria, Charles El Hage, Nino P Ficorilli, Elizabeth A Washington, James R Gilkerson, Carol Hartley
Equine herpesvirus 5 (EHV5) is a commonly detected gammaherpesvirus which, along with the closely related EHV2, constitute the only two known Percaviruses that infect horses. Apart from detection in horse populations worldwide and the recent publication of the whole genome, there is little known about the biology and pathogenesis of this virus, with many assumptions made by parallels with EHV2. The long-term survival of gammaherpesviruses within infected hosts involves the establishment and maintenance of latency in selected cell and tissues types, particularly lymphocytes...
November 30, 2016: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899161/multiple-molecular-detection-of-respiratory-viruses-and-associated-signs-of-airway-inflammation-in-racehorses
#18
Nadia Doubli-Bounoua, Eric A Richard, Albertine Léon, Pierre-Hugues Pitel, Stéphane Pronost, Guillaume Fortier
BACKGROUND: The potential involvement of viruses in inflammatory airway disease (IAD) was previously investigated through either serology or PCR from nasopharyngeal swabs (NS). The aims of this study were to determine the prevalence and incidence of viral genome detection by qPCR in the equine airways, and their association with respiratory clinical signs. METHODS: Both NS and tracheal washes (TW) were collected monthly on 52 Standardbred racehorses at training, over 27 consecutive months (581 samples)...
November 29, 2016: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889800/polymorphism-at-expressed-dq-and-dr-loci-in-five-common-equine-mhc-haplotypes
#19
Donald Miller, Rebecca L Tallmadge, Matthew Binns, Baoli Zhu, Yasmin Ali Mohamoud, Ayeda Ahmed, Samantha A Brooks, Douglas F Antczak
The polymorphism of major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II DQ and DR genes in five common equine leukocyte antigen (ELA) haplotypes was determined through sequencing of mRNA transcripts isolated from lymphocytes of eight ELA homozygous horses. Ten expressed MHC class II genes were detected in horses of the ELA-A3 haplotype carried by the donor horses of the equine bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) library and the reference genome sequence: four DR genes and six DQ genes. The other four ELA haplotypes contained at least eight expressed polymorphic MHC class II loci...
November 26, 2016: Immunogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882682/prevalence-of-equine-hepacivirus-infections-in-france-and-evidence-for-two-viral-subtypes-circulating-worldwide
#20
S Pronost, E Hue, C Fortier, M Foursin, G Fortier, F Desbrosse, F A Rey, P-H Pitel, E Richard, B Saunier
Like hepatitis C virus (HCV) in humans, the newly identified equine hepacivirus (NPHV) displays a predominating liver tropism that may evolve into chronic infections. The genomes of the two viruses share several organizational and functional features and are phylogenetically closest amongst the Hepacivirus genus. A limited amount of data is available regarding the spread of hepacivirus infections in horses. In this study, we asked whether in a more representative sample the prevalence and distribution of NPHV infections in France would resemble that reported so far in other countries...
November 24, 2016: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
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