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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224194/establishment-and-evaluation-of-an-indirect-immunofluorescence-assay-for-the-detection-of-salmonid-alphavirus
#1
S Gao, W Shi, Y T Wang, M T Guo, K X Duan, A C Song, G H Lian, Tong Ren, Y J Li, L J Tang, L Sun, M Liu
Salmonid alphaviruses (SAV) severely infects farmed salmonids and rainbow trout. Owing to the recent increase in fish import trade, several SAV-unreported countries, such as China, may face serious threat of this infection. Thus, it is necessary to develop efficient detection methods for the prevention and diagnosis of SAV infection. In this study, we selected a conserved segment of the SAV E1 protein as a target immunogen for the preparation of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) specific to SAV. A sensitive indirect immunofluorescence (IF) method was developed using 26E9C2 mAb that detected E1 protein and identified subtypes 1, 2 and 5 of SAV...
December 9, 2017: Letters in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216317/novel-wolbachia-transinfected-aedes-aegypti-mosquitoes-possess-diverse-fitness-and-vector-competence-phenotypes
#2
Johanna E Fraser, Jyotika Taneja De Bruyne, Iñaki Iturbe-Ormaetxe, Justin Stepnell, Rhiannon L Burns, Heather A Flores, Scott L O'Neill
Wolbachia pipientis from Drosophila melanogaster (wMel) is an endosymbiotic bacterium that restricts transmission of human pathogenic flaviviruses and alphaviruses, including dengue, Zika, and chikungunya viruses, when introduced into the mosquito vector Aedes aegypti. To date, wMel-infected Ae. aegypti have been released in field trials in 5 countries to evaluate the effectiveness of this strategy for disease control. Despite the success in establishing wMel-infected mosquitoes in wild populations, and the well-characterized antiviral capabilities of wMel, transinfecting different or additional Wolbachia strains into Ae...
December 7, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29203665/structural-studies-of-chikungunya-virus-maturation
#3
Moh Lan Yap, Thomas Klose, Akane Urakami, S Saif Hasan, Wataru Akahata, Michael G Rossmann
Cleavage of the alphavirus precursor glycoprotein p62 into the E2 and E3 glycoproteins before assembly with the nucleocapsid is the key to producing fusion-competent mature spikes on alphaviruses. Here we present a cryo-EM, 6.8-Å resolution structure of an "immature" Chikungunya virus in which the cleavage site has been mutated to inhibit proteolysis. The spikes in the immature virus have a larger radius and are less compact than in the mature virus. Furthermore, domains B on the E2 glycoproteins have less freedom of movement in the immature virus, keeping the fusion loops protected under domain B...
December 4, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29194359/chikungunya-virus-pathophysiology-mechanism-and-modeling
#4
REVIEW
Vaishnavi K Ganesan, Bin Duan, St Patrick Reid
Chikungunya virus (CHIKV), a mosquito-transmitted alphavirus, is recurring in epidemic waves. In the past decade and a half, the disease has resurged in several countries around the globe, with outbreaks becoming increasingly severe. Though CHIKV was first isolated in 1952, there remain significant gaps in knowledge of CHIKV biology, pathogenesis, transmission, and mechanism. Diagnosis is largely simplified and based on symptoms, while treatment is supportive rather than curative. Here we present an overview of the disease, the challenges that lie ahead for future research, and what directions current studies are headed towards, with emphasis on improvement of current animal models and potential use of 3D models...
December 1, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29187545/novel-insect-specific-eilat-virus-based-chimeric-vaccine-candidates-provide-durable-mono-and-multi-valent-single-dose-protection-against-lethal-alphavirus-challenge
#5
Jesse H Erasmus, Robert L Seymour, Jason T Kaelber, Dal Y Kim, Grace Leal, Michael B Sherman, Ilya Frolov, Wah Chiu, Scott C Weaver, Farooq Nasar
Most alphaviruses are mosquito-borne and exhibit a broad host range, infecting many different vertebrates including birds, rodents, equids, humans and nonhuman primates. Recently, a host-restricted, mosquito-borne alphavirus, Eilat virus (EILV), was described with an inability to infect vertebrate cells based on defective attachment and/or entry as well as a lack of genomic RNA replication. We investigated the utilization of EILV recombinant technology as a vaccine platform against eastern (EEEV) and Venezuelan equine encephalitis viruses (VEEV), two important pathogens of humans and domesticated animals...
November 29, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29185115/the-synergistic-effect-of-nsp2-l618-nsp3-r117-and-e2-k187-on-the-large-plaque-phenotype-of-chikungunya-virus
#6
Benjawan Thoka, Thitigun Jaimipak, Supachoke Onnome, Sutee Yoksan, Sukathida Ubol, Rojjanaporn Pulmanausahakul
Chikungunya virus (CHIKV), a mosquito-borne Alphavirus, is the etiological agent of chikungunya fever. CHIKV re-emerged from 2004 onwards, and subsequently caused major outbreaks in many parts of the world including the Indian Ocean islands, Asia, and the Americas. In this study, a large plaque variant of CHIKV isolated from patient in Thailand was subjected to repeated cycles of plaque-purification in Vero cells. The resulting virus produced homogenous large plaques and showed a more pathogenic phenotype than the parental wild-type CHIKV...
November 28, 2017: Virus Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29182144/chikungunya-virus-disease-among-travelers-united-states-2014-2016
#7
Nicole P Lindsey, J Erin Staples, Marc Fischer
Chikungunya virus is a mosquito-borne alphavirus that causes an acute febrile illness with severe polyarthralgia. The first local transmission of chikungunya virus in the Western Hemisphere was reported in December 2013. In the following year, the virus spread throughout much of the Americas and the number of cases among travelers increased substantially. We reviewed the epidemiology of chikungunya virus disease cases reported among U.S. travelers from 2014 to 2016. A total of 3,941 travel-acquired cases were reported from 49 states and the District of Columbia; 3,616 (92%) reported travel to other countries or territories in the Americas; the remaining 8% reported travel to Asia, Africa, or the Western Pacific...
November 27, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29175515/innate-immune-control-of-alphavirus-infection
#8
REVIEW
Kathryn S Carpentier, Thomas E Morrison
Alphaviruses are important human pathogens that cause diseases ranging from acute and chronic polyarthralgia to encephalitis. Transmitted by mosquito vectors, alphaviruses have high potential for emergence and have initiated several recent epidemics. The innate immune response is critical for controlling the acute phase of alphavirus disease, and the induction of type I interferon (IFN) is essential in this response. In this review, we discuss our current understanding of innate host sensors that initiate antiviral responses following alphavirus infection, and the IFN-induced effector proteins that limit alphavirus replication and dissemination...
November 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29169832/a-novel-insect-infecting-virga-nege-like-virus-group-and-its-pervasive-endogenization-into-insect-genomes
#9
Hideki Kondo, Sotaro Chiba, Kazuyuki Maruyama, Ida Bagus Andika, Nobuhiro Suzuki
Insects are the host and vector of diverse viruses including those that infect vertebrates, plants, and fungi. Recent wide-scale transcriptomic analyses have uncovered the existence of a number of novel insect viruses belonging to an alphavirus-like superfamily (virgavirus/negevirus-related lineage). In this study, through an in silico search using publicly available insect transcriptomic data, we found numerous virus-like sequences related to insect virga/nege-like viruses. Phylogenetic analysis showed that these novel viruses and related virus-like sequences fill the major phylogenetic gaps between insect and plant virga/negevirus lineages...
November 20, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29167335/%C3%AE-d-n-4-hydroxycytidine-is-a-potent-anti-alphavirus-compound-that-induces-high-level-of-mutations-in-viral-genome
#10
Nadya Urakova, Valeriya Kuznetsova, David K Crossman, Arpine Sokratian, David B Guthrie, Alexander A Kolykhalov, Mark A Lockwood, Michael G Natchus, Michael R Crowley, George R Painter, Elena I Frolova, Ilya Frolov
Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus (VEEV) is a representative member of the New World alphaviruses. It is transmitted by mosquito vectors and causes highly debilitating disease in humans, equides and other vertebrate hosts. Despite a continuous public health threat, very few compounds with anti-VEEV activity in cell culture and in mouse models have been identified to date, and rapid development of virus resistance to some of them has been recorded. In this study, we investigated the possibility of using a modified nucleoside analog, β-D-N(4)-hydroxycytidine (NHC), as an anti-VEEV agent and defined the mechanism of its anti-VEEV activity...
November 22, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161110/biotechnological-applications-of-an-insect-specific-alphavirus
#11
Jesse H Erasmus, Scott C Weaver
The coupling of viral and arthropod host diversity, with evolving methods of virus discovery, has resulted in the identification and classification of a growing number of novel insect-specific viruses (ISVs) that appear to be evolutionarily related to many human pathogens but have either lost or have yet to gain the ability to replicate in vertebrates. The discovery of ISVs has raised many questions as to the origin and evolution of many human pathogenic viruses and points to the role that arthropods may play in this evolutionary process...
November 21, 2017: DNA and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159930/molecular-testing-of-adult-pacific-salmon-and-trout-oncorhynchus-spp-for-several-rna-viruses-demonstrates-widespread-distribution-of-piscine-orthoreovirus-in-alaska-and-washington
#12
M K Purcell, R L Powers, J Evered, J Kerwin, T R Meyers, B Stewart, J R Winton
This research was initiated in conjunction with a systematic, multiagency surveillance effort in the United States (U.S.) in response to reported findings of infectious salmon anaemia virus (ISAV) RNA in British Columbia, Canada. In the systematic surveillance study reported in a companion paper, tissues from various salmonids taken from Washington and Alaska were surveyed for ISAV RNA using the U.S.-approved diagnostic method, and samples were released for use in this present study only after testing negative...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Fish Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138302/disruption-of-the-opal-stop-codon-attenuates-chikungunya-virus-induced-arthritis-and-pathology
#13
Jennifer E Jones, Kristin M Long, Alan C Whitmore, Wes Sanders, Lance R Thurlow, Julia A Brown, Clayton R Morrison, Heather Vincent, Kayla M Peck, Christian Browning, Nathaniel Moorman, Jean K Lim, Mark T Heise
Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is a mosquito-borne alphavirus responsible for several significant outbreaks of debilitating acute and chronic arthritis and arthralgia over the past decade. These include a recent outbreak in the Caribbean islands and the Americas that caused more than 1 million cases of viral arthralgia. Despite the major impact of CHIKV on global health, viral determinants that promote CHIKV-induced disease are incompletely understood. Most CHIKV strains contain a conserved opal stop codon at the end of the viral nsP3 gene...
November 14, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114027/an-alphavirus-e2-membrane-proximal-domain-promotes-envelope-protein-lateral-interactions-and-virus-budding
#14
Emily A Byrd, Margaret Kielian
Alphaviruses are members of a group of small enveloped RNA viruses that includes important human pathogens such as Chikungunya virus and the equine encephalitis viruses. The virus membrane is covered by a lattice composed of 80 spikes, each a trimer of heterodimers of the E2 and E1 transmembrane proteins. During virus endocytic entry, the E1 glycoprotein mediates the low-pH-dependent fusion of the virus membrane with the endosome membrane, thus initiating virus infection. While much is known about E1 structural rearrangements during membrane fusion, it is unclear how the E1/E2 dimer dissociates, a step required for the fusion reaction...
November 7, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29091706/neutralizing-antibodies-for-orthobunyaviruses-in-pantanal-brazil
#15
Alex Pauvolid-Corrêa, Zilca Campos, Raquel Soares, Rita Maria Ribeiro Nogueira, Nicholas Komar
The Pantanal is a hotspot for arbovirus studies in South America. Various medically important flaviviruses and alphaviruses have been reported in domestic and wild animals in the region. To expand the knowledge of local arbovirus circulation, a serosurvey for 14 Brazilian orthobunyaviruses was conducted with equines, sheep and free-ranging caimans. Sera were tested for specific viral antibodies using plaque-reduction neutralization test (PRNT). Monotypic reactions were detected for Maguari, Xingu, Apeu, Guaroa, Murutucu, Oriboca, Oropouche and Nepuyo viruses...
November 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29084215/complex-antigen-presentation-pathway-for-an-hla-a-0201-restricted-epitope-from-chikungunya-6k-protein
#16
Elena Lorente, Alejandro Barriga, Juan García-Arriaza, François A Lemonnier, Mariano Esteban, Daniel López
BACKGROUND: The adaptive cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL)-mediated immune response is critical for clearance of many viral infections. These CTL recognize naturally processed short viral antigenic peptides bound to human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class I molecules on the surface of infected cells. This specific recognition allows the killing of virus-infected cells. The T cell immune T cell response to Chikungunya virus (CHIKV), a mosquito-borne Alphavirus of the Togaviridae family responsible for severe musculoskeletal disorders, has not been fully defined; nonetheless, the importance of HLA class I-restricted immune response in this virus has been hypothesized...
October 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29079954/an-influenza-a-virus-vaccine-based-on-an-m2e-modified-alphavirus
#17
Haritha Ramya Krishnavajhala, Jacqueline Williams, Hans Heidner
The 23-residue external domain of the influenza A virus M2 protein (M2e) has significant potential as a vaccine antigen. Here, we describe the construction and characterization of an M2e-modified Sindbis virus designated E2S1-M2e. E2S1-M2e virions contain M2e as an N-terminal extension of the E2 glycoprotein and therefore express 240 copies of the M2e peptide on their surface. The E2S1-M2e virus expressed M2e in an accessible and immunogenic form and induced M2e-specific antibodies when administered to mice...
October 27, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29070887/new-reverse-genetics-and-transfection-methods-to-rescue-arboviruses-in-mosquito-cells
#18
Thérèse Atieh, Antoine Nougairède, Raphaëlle Klitting, Fabien Aubry, Anna-Bella Failloux, Xavier de Lamballerie, Stéphane Priet
Reverse genetics is a critical tool to decrypt the biological properties of arboviruses. However, whilst reverse genetics methods have been usually applied to vertebrate cells, their use in insect cells remains uncommon due to the conjunction of laborious molecular biology techniques and of specific difficulties surrounding the transfection of such cells. To leverage reverse genetics studies in both vertebrate and mosquito cells, we designed an improved DNA transfection protocol for insect cells and then demonstrated that the simple and flexible ISA (Infectious Subgenomic Amplicons) reverse-genetics method can be efficiently applied to both mammalian and mosquito cells to generate in days recombinant infectious positive-stranded RNA viruses belonging to genera Flavivirus (Japanese encephalitis, Yellow fever, West Nile and Zika viruses) and Alphavirus (Chikungunya virus)...
October 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29067635/interferon-regulated-gene-irg-expression-signature-in-a-mouse-model-of-chikungunya-virus-neurovirulence
#19
Sreeja R Nair, Rachy Abraham, Sankar Sundaram, Easwaran Sreekumar
Interferon regulated genes (IRGs) are critical in controlling virus infections. Here, we analyzed the expression profile of IRGs in the brain tissue in a mouse model of chikungunya virus (CHIKV) neurovirulence. Neurovirulence is one of the newer complications identified in disease caused by re-emerging strains of CHIKV, an alphavirus with positive-strand RNA in the Togaviridae family. In microarray analysis, we identified significant upregulation of 269 genes, out of which a predominant percentage (76%) was IRGs...
October 24, 2017: Journal of Neurovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29064091/dna-vaccines-for-fish-review-and-perspectives-on-correlates-of-protection
#20
REVIEW
R A Dalmo
Recently in 2016, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) recommended granting a marketing authorization in the EU for "Clynav," a DNA vaccine against salmon pancreas disease (salmonid alphavirus-3). Generally, DNA vaccines induce both early and late immune responses in fish that may be protective against disease. Several transcriptomic approaches have been performed to map immunome profiles following DNA vaccination, but the precise immune mechanism(s) that is responsible for protection is not known, although reasonable suggestions have been made...
October 24, 2017: Journal of Fish Diseases
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