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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341945/lessons-about-causes-and-management-of-an-ebola-outbreak
#1
Aida Elargoubi, Anis W Belhaj Khelifa, Ons Haddad, Salma Mhalla, Nabil Sakly, Maha Mastouri
Ebola virus disease (EVD) is one of the deadliest viral diseases. It is characterized by a high mortality rate due to the lack of effective and safe treatments or vaccines and its ability to spread at an unstoppable pace. The West Africa outbreak ended but the disease may strike again at any time. The latest epidemic was, by far, the deadliest to date. The most concern was why this outbreak was so different from the previous ones. We proposed in this review firstly to summarize the principal causes of its unprecedented spread and secondly to identify the steps for an effective management approach of a future Ebola outbreak...
December 20, 2017: Folia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341877/characterizing-the-effects-of-insertion-of-a-5-2%C3%A2-kb-region-of-a-vacv-genome-which-contains-known-immune-evasion-genes-on-mva-immunogenicity
#2
Melissa R Ryerson, Joanna L Shisler
Modified Vaccinia virus Ankara (MVA) is an attenuated Vaccinia virus (VACV) that is a popular vaccine vector candidate against many different pathogens. Its replication-restricted nature makes it a safe vaccine. However, higher doses or multiple boosts of MVA are necessary to elicit an immune response similar to wild-type VACV. Multiple strategies have been used to create modified MVA viruses that remain safe, but have increased immunogenicity. For example, one common strategy is to delete MVA immunomodulatory proteins in hopes of increasing the host immune response...
January 13, 2018: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341430/tuberculosis-vaccines-opportunities-and-challenges
#3
REVIEW
Bingdong Zhu, Hazel M Dockrell, Tom H M Ottenhoff, Thomas G Evans, Ying Zhang
Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious disease around the world. Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) is the only TB vaccine licensed for use in human beings, and is effective in protecting infants and children against severe miliary and meningeal TB. However, BCG's protective efficacy is variable in adults. Novel TB vaccine candidates being developed include whole-cell vaccines (recombinant BCG (rBCG), attenuated Mycobacterium tuberculosis, killed M. tuberculosis or Mycobacterium vaccae), adjuvanted protein subunit vaccines, viral vector-delivered subunit vaccines, plasmid DNA vaccines, RNA-based vaccines etc...
January 17, 2018: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339972/evaluation-of-green-tea-extract-as-a-safe-personal-hygiene-against-viral-infections
#4
Yun Ha Lee, Yo Han Jang, Young-Seok Kim, Jinku Kim, Baik Lin Seong
Background: Viral infections often pose tremendous public health concerns as well as economic burdens. Despite the availability of vaccines or antiviral drugs, personal hygiene is considered as effective means as the first-hand measure against viral infections. The green tea catechins, in particular, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), are known to exert potent antiviral activity. In this study, we evaluated the green tea extract as a safe personal hygiene against viral infections. Results: Using the influenza virus A/Puerto Rico/8/34 (H1N1) as a model, we examined the duration of the viral inactivating activity of green tea extract (GTE) under prolonged storage at various temperature conditions...
2018: Journal of Biological Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339818/development-and-optimization-of-a-differentiated-airway-epithelial-cell-model-of-the-bovine-respiratory-tract
#5
Daniel Cozens, Edward Grahame, Erin Sutherland, Geraldine Taylor, Catherine C Berry, Robert L Davies
Cattle are subject to economically-important respiratory tract infections by various bacterial and viral pathogens and there is an urgent need for the development of more realistic in vitro models of the bovine respiratory tract to improve our knowledge of disease pathogenesis. In the present study, we have optimized the culture conditions in serum-free medium that allow bovine bronchial epithelial cells (BBECs) grown at an air-liquid interface to differentiate into a three-dimensional epithelium that is highly representative of the bovine airway...
January 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339060/quantification-of-a-recombinant-antigen-in-an-immuno-stimulatory-whole-yeast-cell-based-therapeutic-vaccine
#6
Jenny Wang, Daniel Stenzel, Ally Liu, Dengfeng Liu, Darren Brown, Alexandre Ambrogelly
Therapeutic vaccines represent an emerging class of immune-modulatory treatments for cancer, infections, and chronic diseases. One such vaccine was designed as an immune stimulator of the T cell response against HBV antigens to eliminate HBV infected cells and offer a therapeutic avenue to treat patients suffering from chronic hepatitis B infection. Whole deactivated Saccharomyces cerevisiae cells expressing a recombinant fusion of HBV X, S and Core antigens elicit T cell responses in mice and activate human T cells linked with viral clearance...
January 12, 2018: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338543/lucidone-suppresses-dengue-viral-replication-through-the-induction-of-heme-oxygenase-1
#7
Wei-Chun Chen, Chin-Kai Tseng, Chun-Kuang Lin, Shen-Nien Wang, Wen-Hung Wang, Shih-Hsien Hsu, Yu-Hsuan Wu, Ling-Chien Hung, Yen-Hsu Chen, Jin-Ching Lee
Dengue virus (DENV) infection causes life-threatening diseases such as dengue hemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome. Currently, there is no effective therapeutic agent or vaccine against DENV infection; hence, there is an urgent need to discover anti-DENV agents. The potential therapeutic efficacy of lucidone was first evaluated in vivo using a DENV-infected Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) suckling mouse model by monitoring body weight, clinical score, survival rate, and viral titer. We found that lucidone effectively protected mice from DENV infection by sustaining survival rate and reducing viral titers in DENV-infected ICR suckling mice...
January 17, 2018: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338001/modelling-the-large-scale-yellow-fever-outbreak-in-luanda-angola-and-the-impact-of-vaccination
#8
Shi Zhao, Lewi Stone, Daozhou Gao, Daihai He
BACKGROUND: Yellow fever (YF), transmitted via bites of infected mosquitoes, is a life-threatening viral disease endemic to tropical and subtropical regions of Africa and South America. YF has largely been controlled by widespread national vaccination campaigns. Nevertheless, between December 2015 and August 2016, YF resurged in Angola, quickly spread and becoming the largest YF outbreak for the last 30 years. Recently, YF resurged again in Brazil (December 2016). Thus, there is an urgent need to gain better understanding of the transmission pattern of YF...
January 16, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337870/glioblastoma-under-siege-an-overview-of-current-therapeutic-strategies
#9
REVIEW
Mayra Paolillo, Cinzia Boselli, Sergio Schinelli
Glioblastoma is known to be one of the most lethal and untreatable human tumors. Surgery and radiotherapy in combination with classical alkylating agents such as temozolomide offer little hope to escape a poor prognosis. For these reasons, enormous efforts are currently devoted to refine in vivo and in vitro models with the specific goal of finding new molecular aberrant pathways, suitable to be targeted by a variety of therapeutic approaches, including novel pharmaceutical formulations and immunotherapy strategies...
January 16, 2018: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337666/tuning-of-in-vivo-cognate-b-t-cell-interactions-by-intersectin-2-is-required-for-effective-anti-viral-b-cell-immunity
#10
Marianne Burbage, Francesca Gasparrini, Shweta Aggarwal, Mauro Gaya, Johan Arnold, Usha Nair, Michael Way, Andreas Bruckbauer, Facundo D Batista
Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome (WAS) is an immune pathology associated with mutations in WAS protein (WASp) or in WASp interacting protein (WIP). Together with the small GTPase Cdc42 and other effectors, these proteins participate in the remodelling of the actin network downstream of BCR engagement. Here we show that mice lacking the adaptor protein ITSN2, a G-nucleotide exchange factor (GEF) for Cdc42 that also interacts with WASp and WIP, exhibited increased mortality during primary infection, incomplete protection after Flu vaccination, reduced germinal centre formation and impaired antibody responses to vaccination...
January 16, 2018: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337615/efficacy-of-massachusetts-and-793b-vaccines-against-infectious-bronchitis-moroccan-italy-02-virus-in-specific-pathogen-free-chickens-and-commercial-broilers
#11
Sakhia F Z Belkasmi, Siham Fellahi, Sajid Umar, Mattias Delpont, Maxence Delverdier, Marie-Noëlle Lucas, Céline Bleuart, Faouzi Kichou, Saâdia Nassik, Jean-Luc Guerin, Ouafaa Fassi Fihri, Mariette F Ducatez, Mohammed El Houadfi
The ability of commercial vaccines H120 and 4/91 to protect against Moroccan-Italy 02 infectious bronchitis virus (Mor-It02) was investigated in specific-pathogen-free (SPF) chickens and commercial broiler chickens. Commercial broiler chicks (Experiment 1) were vaccinated at the hatchery with H120 vaccine at Day 1, and challenged at Day 21 with 104 50% egg-infective dose (EID50) of Mor-It02. All chicks were observed daily for clinical signs attributable to Mor-It02 infection during the 10 days postchallenge (pc)...
December 2017: Avian Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336951/design-synthesis-and-evaluation-against-chikungunya-virus-of-novel-small-molecule-antiviral-agents
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Roberta Tardugno, Gilda Giancotti, Tine De Burghgraeve, Leen Delang, Johan Neyts, Pieter Leyssen, Andrea Brancale, Marcella Bassetto
Chikungunya virus is a re-emerging arbovirus transmitted to humans by mosquitoes, responsible for an acute flu-like illness associated with debilitating arthralgia, which can persist for several months or become chronic. In recent years, this viral infection has spread worldwide with a previously unknown virulence. To date, no specific antivirals treatments nor vaccines are available against this important pathogen. Starting from the structures of two antiviral hits previously identified in our research group with in silico techniques, this work describes the design and preparation of 31 novel structural analogues, with which different pharmacophoric features of the two hits have been explored and correlated with the inhibition of Chikungunya virus replication in cells...
January 6, 2018: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334981/production-of-highly-and-broad-range-specific-monoclonal-antibodies-against-hemagglutinin-of-h5-subtype-avian-influenza-viruses-and-their-differentiation-by-mass-spectrometry
#13
Violetta Sączyńska, Anna Bierczyńska-Krzysik, Violetta Cecuda-Adamczewska, Piotr Baran, Anna Porębska, Katarzyna Florys, Marcin Zieliński, Grażyna Płucienniczak
BACKGROUND: The highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses of the H5 subtype, such as the H5N1 viral strains or the novel H5N8 and H5N2 reassortants, are of both veterinary and public health concern worldwide. To combat these viruses, monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) against H5 hemagglutinin (HA) play a significant role. These mAbs are effective diagnostic and therapeutic agents and powerful tools in vaccine development and basic scientific research. The aim of this study was to obtain diagnostically valuable mAbs with broad strain specificity against H5-subtype AIVs...
January 15, 2018: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328393/paediatric-virology-and-its-interaction-between-basic-science-and-clinical-practice-review
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Ioannis N Mammas, Anne Greenough, Maria Theodoridou, Anna Kramvis, Maria Rusan, Angeliki Melidou, Paraskevi Korovessi, Georgia Papaioannou, Alexia Papatheodoropoulou, Chryssie Koutsaftiki, Maria Liston, George Sourvinos, Demetrios A Spandidos
The 3rd Workshop on Paediatric Virology, which took place on October 7th, 2017 in Athens, Greece, highlighted the role of breast feeding in the prevention of viral infections during the first years of life. Moreover, it focused on the long-term outcomes of respiratory syncytial virus and rhinovirus infections in prematurely born infants and emphasised the necessity for the development of relevant preventative strategies. Other topics that were covered included the vaccination policy in relation to the migration crisis, mother‑to‑child transmission of hepatitis B and C viruses, vaccination against human papilloma viruses in boys and advances on intranasal live‑attenuated vaccination against influenza...
January 4, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327237/regional-age-and-respiratory-secretion-specific-prevalence-of-respiratory-viruses-associated-with-asthma-exacerbation-a-literature-review
#15
REVIEW
Xue-Yan Zheng, Yan-Jun Xu, Wei-Jie Guan, Li-Feng Lin
Despite increased understanding of how viral infection is involved in asthma exacerbations, it is less clear which viruses are involved and to what extent they contribute to asthma exacerbations. Here, we sought to determine the prevalence of different respiratory viruses during asthma exacerbations. Systematic computerized searches of the literature up to June 2017 without language limitation were performed. The primary focus was on the prevalence of respiratory viruses, including AdV (adenovirus), BoV (bocavirus), CoV (coronavirus), CMV (cytomegalovirus), EnV (enterovirus), HSV (herpes simplex virus), IfV (influenza virus), MpV (metapneumovirus), PiV (parainfluenzavirus), RV (rhinovirus) and RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) during asthma exacerbations...
January 11, 2018: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326373/hepatitis-a-infections-in-men-who-have-sex-with-men-using-hiv-prep-in-paris
#16
Pauline Penot, Marie-Alice Colombier, Sarah Maylin, Jean-Michel Molina
The current hepatitis A outbreak in Europe is largely involving men having sex with multiple male partners. The objective of the present report was to warn teams dealing against the persistent risk of viral and bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STIs) in patients receiving HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). We have notified and investigated three cases of acute hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection in people receiving HIV PrEP in our clinic between December 2016 and March 2017. The patients were not epidemiologically related, had no recent travel history to HAV endemic areas, reported multiple STIs during this period and had not been vaccinated against HAV...
January 11, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325885/9-aminoacridine-based-agents-impair-the-bovine-viral-diarrhea-virus-bvdv-replication-targeting-the-rna-dependent-rna-polymerase-rdrp
#17
Roberta Loddo, Valeria Francesconi, Erik Laurini, Silvia Boccardo, Suzana Aulic, Maurizio Fermeglia, Sabrina Pricl, Michele Tonelli
Bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) infection is still a plague that causes important livestock pandemics. Despite the availability of vaccines against BVDV, and the implementation of massive eradication or control programs, this virus still constitutes a serious agronomic burden. Therefore, the alternative approach to combat Pestivirus infections, based on the development of antiviral agents that specifically inhibit the replication of these viruses, is of preeminent actuality and importance. Capitalizing from a long-standing experience in antiviral drug design and development, in this work we present and characterize a series of small molecules based on the 9-aminoacridine scaffold that exhibit potent anti-BVDV activity coupled with low cytotoxicity...
January 4, 2018: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325821/dna-vaccine-encoding-myristoylated-membrane-protein-mmp-of-rock-bream-iridovirus-rbiv-induces-protective-immunity-in-rock-bream-oplegnathus-fasciatus
#18
Myung-Hwa Jung, Chamilani Nikapitiya, Sung-Ju Jung
Rock bream iridovirus (RBIV) causes severe mass mortalities in rock bream (Oplegnathus fasciatus) in Korea. In this study, we investigated the potential of viral membrane protein to induce antiviral status protecting rock bream against RBIV infection. We found that fish administered with ORF008L (myristoylated membrane protein, MMP) vaccine exhibited significantly higher levels of survival compared to ORF007L (major capsid protein, MCP). Moreover, ORF008L-based DNA vaccinated fish showed significant protection at 4 and 8 weeks post vaccination (wpv) than non-vaccinated fish after infected with RBIV (6...
January 8, 2018: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325820/an-assessment-of-shedding-with-the-oral-rabies-virus-vaccine-strain-spbn-gasgas-in-target-and-non-target-species
#19
Ad Vos, Conrad Freuling, Steffen Ortmann, Antje Kretzschmar, Dietmar Mayer, Annette Schliephake, Thomas Müller
A safety requirement for live vaccines is investigating possible shedding in recipients since the presence of replication competent vaccine in secretions could result in direct and indirect horizontal transmission. This is especially relevant for oral rabies vaccine baits that are deliberately distributed into the environment. In the current study, survival of an oral rabies virus vaccine, SPBN GASGAS, was examined in excretions from different target and non-target species; red fox, raccoon dog, small Indian mongoose, raccoon, striped skunk, domestic dog, domestic cat and domestic pig...
January 8, 2018: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324805/intranasal-vaccination-with-m2e5x-virus-like-particles-induces-humoral-and-cellular-immune-responses-conferring-cross-protection-against-heterosubtypic-influenza-viruses
#20
Young-Tae Lee, Eun-Ju Ko, Youri Lee, Ki-Hye Kim, Min-Chul Kim, Yu-Na Lee, Sang-Moo Kang
Current influenza vaccines do not provide broad cross-protection. Here, we report that intranasal vaccination with virus-like particles containing the highly conserved multiple ectodomains of matrix protein 2 (M2e5x VLP) of influenza virus induces broad cross-protection by M2-specific humoral and cellular immune responses. M2e5x VLP intranasal vaccination prevented severe weight loss, attenuated inflammatory cytokines and cellular infiltrates, and lowered viral loads, and induced germinal center phenotypic B and plasma cells...
2018: PloS One
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