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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040304/characterization-of-the-zika-virus-induced-small-rna-response-in-aedes-aegypti-cells
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Margus Varjak, Claire L Donald, Timothy J Mottram, Vattipally B Sreenu, Andres Merits, Kevin Maringer, Esther Schnettler, Alain Kohl
RNA interference (RNAi) controls arbovirus infections in mosquitoes. Two different RNAi pathways are involved in antiviral responses: the PIWI-interacting RNA (piRNA) and exogenous short interfering RNA (exo-siRNA) pathways, which are characterized by the production of virus-derived small RNAs of 25-29 and 21 nucleotides, respectively. The exo-siRNA pathway is considered to be the key mosquito antiviral response mechanism. In Aedes aegypti-derived cells, Zika virus (ZIKV)-specific siRNAs were produced and loaded into the exo-siRNA pathway effector protein Argonaute 2 (Ago2); although the knockdown of Ago2 did not enhance virus replication...
October 17, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040262/serological-and-spatial-analysis-of-alphavirus-and-flavivirus-prevalence-and-risk-factors-in-a-rural-community-in-western-kenya
#2
Elysse N Grossi-Soyster, Elizabeth A J Cook, William A de Glanville, Lian F Thomas, Amy R Krystosik, Justin Lee, C Njeri Wamae, Samuel Kariuki, Eric M Fèvre, A Desiree LaBeaud
Alphaviruses, such as chikungunya virus, and flaviviruses, such as dengue virus, are (re)-emerging arboviruses that are endemic in tropical environments. In Africa, arbovirus infections are often undiagnosed and unreported, with febrile illnesses often assumed to be malaria. This cross-sectional study aimed to characterize the seroprevalence of alphaviruses and flaviviruses among children (ages 5-14, n = 250) and adults (ages 15 ≥ 75, n = 250) in western Kenya. Risk factors for seropositivity were explored using Lasso regression...
October 17, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031286/surveillance-of-vector-borne-infections-chikungunya-dengue-and-malaria-in-bo-sierra-leone-2012-2013
#3
Donald F Dariano, Chris R Taitt, Kathryn H Jacobsen, Umaru Bangura, Alfred S Bockarie, Moses J Bockarie, Joseph Lahai, Joseph M Lamin, Tomasz A Leski, Chadwick Yasuda, David A Stenger, Rashid Ansumana
Malaria remains a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in West Africa, but the contribution of other vector-borne infections (VBIs) to the burden of disease has been understudied. We used rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) for three VBIs to test blood samples from 1,795 febrile residents of Bo City, Sierra Leone, over a 1-year period in 2012-2013. In total, 24% of the tests were positive for malaria, fewer than 5% were positive for markers of dengue virus infection, and 39% were positive for IgM directed against chikungunya virus (CHIKV) or a related alphavirus...
October 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29016323/enzootic-circulation-of-chikungunya-virus-in-east-africa-serological-evidence-in-nonhuman-kenyan-primates
#4
Gillian Eastwood, Rosemary C Sang, Matilde Guerbois, Evans L N Taracha, Scott C Weaver
Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is a globally emerging pathogen causing debilitating arthralgia and fever in humans. First identified in Tanzania (1953), this mosquito-borne alphavirus received little further attention until a 2004 re-emergence in Kenya from an unknown source. This outbreak subsequently spread to the Indian Ocean, with adaptation for transmission by a new urban vector. Under the hypothesis that sylvatic progenitor cycles of CHIKV exist in Kenya (as reported in West Africa, between nonhuman primates (NHPs) and arboreal Aedes spp...
September 11, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28991178/polyprotein-processing-as-a-determinant-for-in-vitro-activity-of-semliki-forest-virus-replicase
#5
Maija K Pietilä, Irina C Albulescu, Martijn J van Hemert, Tero Ahola
Semliki Forest virus (SFV) is an arthropod-borne alphavirus that induces membrane invaginations (spherules) in host cells. These harbor the viral replication complexes (RC) that synthesize viral RNA. Alphaviruses have four replicase or nonstructural proteins (nsPs), nsP1-4, expressed as polyprotein P1234. An early RC, which synthesizes minus-strand RNA, is formed by the polyprotein P123 and the polymerase nsP4. Further proteolytic cleavage results in a late RC consisting of nsP1-4 and synthesizing plus strands...
October 7, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28981632/a-compendium-of-small-molecule-direct-acting-and-host-targeting-inhibitors-as-therapies-against-alphaviruses
#6
Kuan-Chieh Ching, Lisa F P Ng, Christina L L Chai
Alphaviruses were amongst the first arboviruses to be isolated, characterized and assigned a taxonomic status. They are globally widespread, infecting a large variety of terrestrial animals, birds, insects and even fish. Moreover, they are capable of surviving and circulating in both sylvatic and urban environments, causing considerable human morbidity and mortality. The re-emergence of Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) in almost every part of the world has caused alarm to many health agencies throughout the world...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28975896/length-of-encapsidated-cargo-impacts-stability-and-structure-of-in-vitro-assembled-alphavirus-core-like-particles
#7
Vamseedhar Rayaprolu, Alan Moore, Joseph Che-Yen Wang, Boon Chong Goh, Juan Perilla, Adam Zlotnick, Suchetana Mukhopadhyay
In vitro assembly of alphavirus nucleocapsid cores, called core-like particles (CLPs), require a polyanionic cargo. There are no sequence or structure requirements to encapsidate single-stranded nucleic acid cargo. In this work, we wanted to determine how the length of the cargo impacts the stability and structure of the assembled CLPs. We hypothesized that cargo neutralizes the basic region of the alphavirus capsid protein and, if the cargo is long enough, will also act to scaffold the CP monomers together...
October 4, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28975709/ubiquitin-conjugating-enzyme-e2-l3-is-downregulated-by-the-chikungunya-virus-nsp2-protease
#8
Suwipa Ramphan, Sarawut Khongwichit, Chonticha Saisawang, Duangnapa Kovanich, Albert J Ketterman, Sukathida Ubol, Prasert Auewarakul, Sittiruk Roytrakul, Duncan R Smith, Atichat Kuadkitkan
PURPOSE: Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is a mosquito transmitted alphavirus that causes chikungunya fever in humans. The CHIKV nonstructural protein 2 (nsP2) is a multifunctional protein that additionally modulates the host cell to dampen the innate immune response and inhibit other cellular processes. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: To further investigate the interactions of nsP2 with host cells, the protease domain of CHIKV nsP2 (nsP2-pro) was transfected into Hela cells, and differential protein expression was detected by 2-dimension (2D) polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis...
October 4, 2017: Proteomics. Clinical Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28961161/venezuelan-equine-encephalitis-virus-capsid-the-clever-caper
#9
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Lindsay Lundberg, Brian Carey, Kylene Kehn-Hall
Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus (VEEV) is a New World alphavirus that is vectored by mosquitos and cycled in rodents. It can cause disease in equines and humans characterized by a febrile illness that may progress into encephalitis. Like the capsid protein of other viruses, VEEV capsid is an abundant structural protein that binds to the viral RNA and interacts with the membrane-bound glycoproteins. It also has protease activity, allowing cleavage of itself from the growing structural polypeptide during translation...
September 29, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28956592/fusion-of-a-new-world-alphavirus-with-membrane-microdomains-involving-partially-reversible-conformational-changes-in-the-viral-spike-proteins
#10
Ivanildo P Sousa, Carlos A Marques Carvalho, Ygara Silva Mendes, Gilberto Weissmuller, Andréa C Oliveira, Andre M O Gomes
Alphaviruses are enveloped arboviruses mainly proposed to infect host cells by receptor-mediated endocytosis followed by fusion between the viral envelope and the endosomal membrane. The fusion reaction is triggered by low pH and requires the presence of both cholesterol and sphingolipids in the target membrane, suggesting the involvement of lipid rafts in the cell entry mechanism. In this study, we show for the first time the interaction of an enveloped virus with membrane microdomains isolated from living cells...
September 28, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28955951/cadmium-reduces-the-efficiency-of-sindbis-virus-replication-in-human-cells-and-promotes-their-survival-by-inhibiting-apoptosis
#11
Etienne Frumence, Marjolaine Roche, Pascale Guiraud
Arthritogenic alphaviruses are emerging arthropod-borne viruses that occasionally cause sporadic to global outbreaks all over the world. Many environmental factors including xenobiotics have been identified as capable of influencing the spread, the susceptibility and the outcome of viral infection. Among them cadmium is a toxic non-essential heavy metal and a prevalent environmental contaminant. In the present study we evaluated the effect of cadmium exposure on alphavirus infection in vitro. We infected Human Embryonic Kidney (HEK) 293 cells in the presence of cadmium chloride (CdCl2) with Sindbis virus...
December 2016: Biochemistry and Biophysics Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28949966/impact-of-salmonid-alphavirus-infection-in-diploid-and-triploid-atlantic-salmon-salmo-salar-l-fry
#12
Tharangani K Herath, Angela J Ashby, Nilantha S Jayasuriya, James E Bron, John F Taylor, Alexandra Adams, Randolph H Richards, Manfred Weidmann, Hugh W Ferguson, John B Taggart, Herve Migaud, Mark J Fordyce, Kim D Thompson
With increasing interest in the use of triploid salmon in commercial aquaculture, gaining an understanding of how economically important pathogens affect triploid stocks is important. To compare the susceptibility of diploid and triploid Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) to viral pathogens, fry were experimentally infected with Salmonid alphavirus sub-type 1 (SAV1), the aetiological agent of pancreas disease (PD) affecting Atlantic salmon aquaculture in Europe. Three groups of fry were exposed to the virus via different routes of infection: intraperitoneal injection (IP), bath immersion, or cohabitation (co-hab) and untreated fry were used as a control group...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927458/sybr-green-based-one-step-quantitative-real-time-polymerase-chain-reaction-assay-for-the-detection-of-zika-virus-in-field-caught-mosquitoes
#13
Wei-Ping Tien, Gareth Lim, Gladys Yeo, Suzanna Nicole Chiang, Chee-Seng Chong, Lee-Ching Ng, Hapuarachchige Chanditha Hapuarachchi
BACKGROUND: The monitoring of vectors is one of the key surveillance measures to assess the risk of arbovirus transmission and the success of control strategies in endemic regions. The recent re-emergence of Zika virus (ZIKV) in the tropics, including Singapore, emphasizes the need to develop cost-effective, rapid and accurate assays to monitor the virus spread by mosquitoes. As ZIKV infections largely remain asymptomatic, early detection of ZIKV in the field-caught mosquitoes enables timely implementation of appropriate mosquito control measures...
September 19, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910194/chikungunya-virus-induced-arthritis-role-of-host-and-viral-factors-in-the-pathogenesis
#14
Sarika Amdekar, Deepti Parashar, Kalichamy Alagarasu
Chikungunya virus (CHIKV), a member of Alphavirus genus, is responsible for chikungunya fever (CHIKF), which is characterized by the presence of fever, rash, myalgia, and arthralgia. Reemergence of CHIKV has become a significant public health concern in Asian and African countries and is newly emerging in the Middle East, Pacific, American, and European countries. Cytokines, innate (monocytes, natural killer cells) and adaptive immune response (role of B cells and T cells i.e. CD4(+) and CD8(+)), and/or viral factors contribute to CHIKV-induced arthritis...
September 14, 2017: Viral Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895870/protection-of-commercial-turkeys-following-inactivated-or-recombinant-h5-vaccine-application-against-the-2015u-s-h5n2-clade-2-3-4-4-highly-pathogenic-avian-influenza-virus
#15
Darrell R Kapczynski, Matthew J Sylte, Mary L Killian, Mia K Torchetti, Klaudia Chrzastek, David L Suarez
Between December 2014 and June 2015, North America experienced the largest recorded foreign animal disease outbreak with over 47 million poultry dead or euthanized from viral exposure to a clade 2.3.4.4 H5 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) epizootic. Soon after the epizootic began, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) began testing the efficacy of different vaccines as a possible future control strategy. The aim of these studies were to evaluate the efficacy three H5 vaccines to aid in control of HPAI in commercial turkeys...
September 2017: Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886943/short-and-long-term-protective-efficacy-against-clade-2-3-4-4-h5n2-highly-pathogenic-avian-influenza-virus-following-prime-boost-vaccination-in-turkeys
#16
Jefferson J S Santos, Adebimpe O Obadan, Stivalis Cardenas Garcia, Silvia Carnaccini, Darrell R Kapczynski, Mary Pantin-Jackwood, David L Suarez, Daniel R Perez
Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (HPAIV) infections are frequently associated with systemic disease and high mortality in domestic poultry, particularly in chickens and turkeys. Clade 2.3.4.4 represents a genetic cluster within the Asian HPAIV H5 Goose/Guangdong lineage that has transmitted through migratory birds and spread throughout the world. In 2014, clade 2.3.4.4 strains entered the U.S. via the Pacific flyway, reassorted with local strains of the North American lineage, and produced novel HPAIV strains of the H5N1, H5N2, and H5N8 subtypes...
September 5, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875416/nmr-study-of-non-structural-proteins-part-iii-1-h-13-c-15-n-backbone-and-side-chain-resonance-assignment-of-macro-domain-from-chikungunya-virus-chikv
#17
Michail V Lykouras, Aikaterini C Tsika, Julie Lichière, Nicolas Papageorgiou, Bruno Coutard, Detlef Bentrop, Georgios A Spyroulias
Macro domains are conserved protein domains found in eukaryotic organisms, bacteria, and archaea as well as in certain viruses. They consist of 130-190 amino acids and can bind ADP-ribose. Although the exact role of these domains is not fully understood, the conserved binding affinity for ADP-ribose indicates that this ligand is important for the function of the domain. Such a macro domain is also present in the non-structural protein 3 (nsP3) of Chikungunya Alphavirus (CHIKV) and consists of 160 amino acids...
September 5, 2017: Biomolecular NMR Assignments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874015/arboviruses-isolated-from-mosquitoes-collected-in-uganda-2008-2012
#18
Eric C Mossel, Mary B Crabtree, John-Paul Mutebi, Julius J Lutwama, Erin M Borland, Ann M Powers, Barry R Miller
A large number of arthropod-borne viruses are endemic to East Africa. As a part of the process of undertaking a systematic characterization of the mosquito fauna of Uganda, we examined mosquitoes collected from 2008 through early 2012 for known and novel viruses. In all, 8,288 mosquito pools containing 157,554 mosquitoes were tested. Twenty-nine isolations of 11 different viruses were made from mosquitoes of nine distinct species and from pools identified only to genus Culex. Identified viruses were from family Togaviridae, alphaviruses Sindbis and Babanki viruses; family Rhabdoviridae, hapaviruses Mossuril and Kamese viruses; family Flaviviridae, flaviviruses West Nile and Usutu viruses; family Phenuiviridae, phlebovirus Arumowot virus; and family Peribunyaviridae, orthobunyaviruses Witwatersrand, Pongola, and Germiston viruses...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28842264/evaluation-of-antiviral-activity-of-piperazine-against-chikungunya-virus-targeting-hydrophobic-pocket-of-alphavirus-capsid-protein
#19
Megha Aggarwal, Ramanjit Kaur, Amrita Saha, Rajat Mudgal, Ravi Yadav, Paban Kumar Dash, Manmohan Parida, Pravindra Kumar, Shailly Tomar
Small heterocyclic molecules such as piperazine are potential pharmacotherapeutic agents and binding of these molecules to the hydrophobic pocket of capsid protein (CP) offers a new perspective for therapeutic intervention. Here, we report the crystal structure of CP from Aura virus (AVCP) in complex with piperazine at 2.2 Å resolution. Piperazine binds to the conserved hydrophobic pocket of CP where dioxane based antivirals bind. Comparative structural studies of the piperazine-bound AVCP structure with the apo, active and dioxane-bound AVCP structures provide insights into the conformational variations in the pocket...
August 24, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28835505/interferon-regulatory-factor-1-irf-1-protects-against-chikungunya-virus-induced-immunopathology-by-restricting-infection-in-muscle-cells
#20
Sharmila Nair, Subhajit Poddar, Raeann M Shimak, Michael S Diamond
The innate immune system protects cells against viral pathogens in part through the autocrine and paracrine actions of interferons (IFN)-α/β (type I), -γ (type II), and -λ (type III). The transcription factor interferon regulatory factor (IRF)-1 has a demonstrated role in shaping innate and adaptive antiviral immunity by inducing the expression of IFN stimulated genes (ISGs) and mediating signals downstream of IFN-γ. Although ectopic expression experiments have suggested an inhibitory function of IRF-1 against infection of alphaviruses in cell culture, its role in vivo remains unknown...
August 23, 2017: Journal of Virology
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