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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099077/disease-complexity-in-a-declining-alaskan-muskox-ovibos-moschatus-population
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Josephine A Afema, Kimberlee B Beckmen, Stephen M Arthur, Kathy Burek Huntington, Jonna A K Mazet
The muskox ( Ovibos moschatus ) population inhabiting the eastern North Slope (ENS) of Alaska declined dramatically during 1999-2006, whereas populations in western Alaska (WA) were stable or increasing. To understand morbidity and mortality factors contributing to the decline, Alaska Department of Fish and Game conducted pathologic investigations of carcasses from 2005 until 2008. Additionally, archived sera from both ENS and WA muskoxen collected during 1984-1992, before the documented beginning of the ENS decline; sera collected during 2000, near the beginning of the decline; and contemporary sera (from live capture-release, adult females) collected during 2006, 2007, and 2008 were analyzed to determine whether prevalence of antibody to potential pathogens differed in the two areas or changed over time...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094093/achiralpentagonalpolyhedralframework-forcharacterizingviruscapsidstructures
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REVIEW
Aditya Raguram, V Sasisekharan, Ram Sasisekharan
Recent developments of rational strategies for the design of antiviral therapies, including monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), have naturally relied extensively on available viral structural information. As new strategies continue to be developed, it is equally important to continue to refine our understanding and interpretation of viral structural data. There are known limitations to the traditional (Caspar-Klug) theory for describing virus capsid structures that involves subdividing a capsid into triangular subunits...
January 13, 2017: Trends in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088189/mars-improving-multiple-circular-sequence-alignment-using-refined-sequences
#3
Lorraine A K Ayad, Solon P Pissis
BACKGROUND: A fundamental assumption of all widely-used multiple sequence alignment techniques is that the left- and right-most positions of the input sequences are relevant to the alignment. However, the position where a sequence starts or ends can be totally arbitrary due to a number of reasons: arbitrariness in the linearisation (sequencing) of a circular molecular structure; or inconsistencies introduced into sequence databases due to different linearisation standards. These scenarios are relevant, for instance, in the process of multiple sequence alignment of mitochondrial DNA, viroid, viral or other genomes, which have a circular molecular structure...
January 14, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069499/precise-manipulation-of-biophysical-particle-parameters-enables-control-of-proinflammatory-cytokine-production-in-presence-of-tlr-3-and-4-ligands
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Yoshinori Kakizawa, Jung Seok Lee, Brendan Bell, Tarek M Fahmy
: The biophysical parameters governing nanoparticle (NP)-cell interactions significantly affect biological responses, particularly in the application of NP-based immunotherapeutics. Modulation of the surface biophysical character of NPs can be achieved via introduction of amino acids, which offer the ability to fine tune a range of biophysical parameters of interest. We employed this approach using monodisperse silica NPs coated with numerous poly(amino acid)s (PAAs). The NPs were incubated with dendritic cells (DCs) in conjunction with TLR ligands and production of IL-1β from DCs and IFNγ from T cells primed by these DCs were measured...
January 6, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063620/-the-virological-and-epidemiological-aspects-of-human-adenoviral-conjunctivitis-in-tunisia
#5
N Fedaoui, N Ben Ayed, A Ben Yahia, L Matri, L Nacef, H Triki
Human adenoviruses (HAdV) are the main cause of viral conjunctivitis. In Tunisia and North Africa more generally, there is no regular nationwide surveillance program that monitors viruses causing conjunctivitis and keratoconjunctivitis. In this study, we report the results of HAdV screening in conjunctival samples collected for over 14 years in Tunisia. A total of 282 conjunctival samples received between 2000 and 2013 were investigated. Detection and identification of genotype were performed by PCR-sequencing at the hexon gene; 64...
January 4, 2017: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050723/computational-identification-of-novel-entry-inhibitor-scaffolds-mimicking-primary-receptor-cd4-of-hiv-1-gp120
#6
Alexander M Andrianov, Ivan A Kashyn, Alexander V Tuzikov
Virtual screening of novel entry inhibitor scaffolds mimicking primary receptor CD4 of HIV-1 gp120 was carried out in conjunction with evaluation of their potential inhibitory activity by molecular modeling. To do this, pharmacophore models presenting different sets of the hotspots of cellular receptor CD4 for its interaction with gp120 were generated. These models were used as the templates for identification of CD4-mimetic candidates by the pepMMsMIMIC screening platform. Complexes of these candidates with gp120 were built by high-throughput ligand docking and their stability was estimated by molecular dynamics simulations and binding free energy calculations...
January 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031371/screening-for-novel-small-molecule-inhibitors-targeting-the-assembling-of-influenza-virus-polymerase-complex-by-a-bilc-based-reporter-system
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Chunfeng Li, Zining Wang, Yang Cao, Lulan Wang, Jingyun Ji, Zhigao Chen, Tao Deng, Taijiao Jiang, Genhong Cheng, F Xiao-Feng Qin
: Influenza virus RNA-dependent RNA polymerase consists of three viral protein subunits: PA, PB1 and PB2. Protein-protein interactions (PPIs) of these subunits play pivotal roles in assembling the functional polymerase complex, which is essential for the replication and transcription of influenza virus RNA. Here we developed a highly specific and robust bimolecular luminescence complementation (BiLC) reporter system to facilitate the investigation for influenza virus polymerase complex formation...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007679/ten-year-analysis-of-hepatitis-related-papers-in-the-middle-east-a-web-of-science-based-scientometric-study
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Mohammad Saeid Rezaee Zavareh, Seyed Moayed Alavian
BACKGROUND/AIMS: In the Middle East (ME), the proper understanding of hepatitis, especially viral hepatitis, is considered to be extremely important. However, no published paper has investigated the status of hepatitis-related research in the ME. A scientometric analysis based on the Web of Science database was conducted on hepatitis-related papers in the ME to determine the current status of research on this topic. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A scientometric analysis using the Web of Science database, specifically articles from the Expanded Science Citation Index and Social Sciences Citation Index, was conducted on work published between 2005 and 2014 using the keyword "hepatitis" in conjunction with the names of countries in the ME...
December 23, 2016: Turkish Journal of Gastroenterology: the Official Journal of Turkish Society of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998285/are-t-cells-the-only-hiv-1-reservoir
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REVIEW
Abraham Joseph Kandathil, Sho Sugawara, Ashwin Balagopal
Current antiretroviral therapies have improved the duration and quality of life of people living with HIV-1. However, viral reservoirs impede complete eradication of the virus. Although there are many strategies to eliminate infectious virus, the most actively pursued are latency reversing agents in conjunction with immune modulation. This strategy, known as "shock and kill", has been tested primarily against the most widely recognized HIV-1 latent reservoir found in resting memory CD4+ T cells. This is in part because of the dearth of conclusive evidence about the existence of non-T cell reservoirs...
December 20, 2016: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27941243/targeting-type-i-interferon-mediated-activation-restores-immune-function-in-chronic-hiv-infection
#10
Anjie Zhen, Valerie Rezek, Cindy Youn, Brianna Lam, Nelson Chang, Jonathan Rick, Mayra Carrillo, Heather Martin, Saro Kasparian, Philip Syed, Nicholas Rice, David G Brooks, Scott G Kitchen
Chronic immune activation, immunosuppression, and T cell exhaustion are hallmarks of HIV infection, yet the mechanisms driving these processes are unclear. Chronic activation can be a driving force in immune exhaustion, and type I interferons (IFN-I) are emerging as critical components underlying ongoing activation in HIV infection. Here, we have tested the effect of blocking IFN-I signaling on T cell responses and virus replication in a murine model of chronic HIV infection. Using HIV-infected humanized mice, we demonstrated that in vivo blockade of IFN-I signaling during chronic HIV infection diminished HIV-driven immune activation, decreased T cell exhaustion marker expression, restored HIV-specific CD8 T cell function, and led to decreased viral replication...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27941114/posterior-scleritis-presenting-as-conjunctivitis-in-a-child
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Jyotiranjan Mallick, Susant Pujahari, Prafulla Kumar Maharana
A 14-year-old male child presented with redness and decreased vision in the right eye for 7 days. He was being treated for viral conjunctivitis for right eye at a local hospital. His visual acuity was 6/24 OD and 6/9 OS. Slit-lamp examination revealed diffuse conjunctival congestion in the right eye. Dilated fundus examination revealed mild disc hyperaemia and retinal striae in both the eyes. A peripapillary serous detachment of macula in the right eye was seen on optical coherence tomography. B scan ultrasonography revealed increased scleral thickening and characteristic 'T' sign in both the eyes...
December 9, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27934080/remote-control-of-light-triggered-virotherapy
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S-Ja Tseng, Kuo-Yen Huang, Ivan M Kempson, Shih-Han Kao, Meng-Chia Liu, Shuenn-Chen Yang, Zi-Xian Liao, Pan-Chyr Yang
Clinical virotherapy has been successfully approved for use in cancer treatment by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; however, a number of improvements are still sought to more broadly develop virotherapy. A particular challenge is to administer viral therapy systemically and overcome limitations in intratumoral injection, especially for complex tumors within sensitive organs. To achieve this, however, a technique is required that delivers the virus to the tumor before the body's natural self-defense eradicates the virus prematurely...
November 22, 2016: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928005/amino-acid-mutations-in-the-ns4a-region-of-hepatitis-c-virus-contribute-to-viral-replication-and-infectious-virus-production
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Asako Murayama, Nao Sugiyama, Ryosuke Suzuki, Masaki Moriyama, Noriko Nakamura, Hidenori Mochizuki, Takaji Wakita, Takanobu Kato
: Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) strain JFH-1, which belongs to genotype 2a, replicates autonomously in cultured cells, whereas another genotype 2a strain, J6CF, does not. Previously, we found that replacing the NS3 helicase and NS5B-to-3' X regions of J6CF with those of JFH-1 confers J6CF replication competence. In this study, we aimed to identify the minimum modifications to establish replication-competent J6CF within these genomic regions. We previously identified 4 mutations in the NS5B-to-3' X region that confer J6CF replication competence instead of replacing of this region...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912771/a-dna-vaccine-encoding-the-viral-hemorrhagic-septicemia-virus-genotype-ivb-glycoprotein-confers-protection-in-muskellunge-esox-masquinongy-rainbow-trout-oncorhynchus-mykiss-brown-trout-salmo-trutta-and-lake-trout-salvelinus-namaycush
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Isaac F Standish, Elena V Millard, Travis O Brenden, Mohamed Faisal
BACKGROUND: The viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus (VHSV) is one of the most serious fish pathogens. In 2003, a novel sublineage (genotype IVb) of this deadly virus emerged in the Great Lakes basin causing serious fish kills. We have previously demonstrated that a DNA plasmid (pcDNA), containing a cytomegalovirus (CMV) promoter and the viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus (VHSV) genotype IVb glycoprotein (G) gene insert (designated pVHSivb-G) confers moderate protection in muskellunge (Esox masquinongy), a highly susceptible species upon challenge...
December 2, 2016: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903799/cxcr6-mediated-sivagmsab-entry-into-sabaeus-african-green-monkey-lymphocytes-implicates-widespread-use-of-non-ccr5-pathways-in-natural-host-infections
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Katherine S Wetzel, Yanjie Yi, Sarah T C Elliott, Dino Romero, Beatrice Jacquelin, Beatrice H Hahn, Michaela Muller-Trutwin, Cristian Apetrei, Ivona Pandrea, Ronald G Collman
: African green monkeys (AGM) and sooty mangabeys (SM) are well-studied natural hosts of SIV, which do not progress to AIDS when infected with their species-specific viruses. SIV natural hosts express very low levels of the canonical entry coreceptor CCR5, and recent studies have shown that CCR5 is dispensable for SIV infection of SM in vivo, and blocking CCR5 does not prevent ex vivo infection of PBMC from SM or vervet AGM. In both hosts, CXCR6 is an efficient entry pathway in vitro...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881644/suppression-of-adenovirus-replication-by-cardiotonic-steroids
#16
Filomena Grosso, Peter Stoilov, Clifford Lingwood, Martha Brown, Alan Cochrane
: The dependence of adenovirus on the host pre-RNA splicing machinery for expression of its complete genome potentially makes it vulnerable to modulators of RNA splicing, such as digoxin and digitoxin. Both drugs reduced the yields of four human adenoviruses (HAdV-A31, -B35, and -C5 and a species D conjunctivitis isolate) by at least 2 to 3 logs by affecting one or more steps needed for genome replication. Immediate early E1A protein levels are unaffected by the drugs, but synthesis of the delayed protein E4orf6 and the major late capsid protein hexon is compromised...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27860224/reduced-angiogenic-gene-expression-in-morbillivirus-triggered-oncolysis-in-a-translational-model-for-histiocytic-sarcoma
#17
Vanessa Maria Pfankuche, Ingo Spitzbarth, Stefanie Lapp, Reiner Ulrich, Ulrich Deschl, Arno Kalkuhl, Wolfgang Baumgärtner, Christina Puff
Histiocytic sarcoma represents a rare malignant tumour with a short survival time, indicating the need of novel treatment strategies including oncolytic virotherapy. The underlying molecular mechanisms of viral oncolysis are largely unknown. As cancer in companion animals shares striking similarities with human counterparts, we chose a permanent canine histiocytic sarcoma cell line (DH82 cells) to identify global transcriptome changes following infection with canine distemper virus (CDV), a paramyxovirus closely related to human measles virus...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836657/functional-analysis-of-a-weak-viral-rna-silencing-suppressor-using-two-gfp-variants-as-silencing-inducers
#18
Krin S Mann, Ralf G Dietzgen
RNA silencing in plants can be triggered by the introduction of an exogenous gene. Green fluorescent protein (GFP) has been widely used as a visual reporter to study RNA silencing and viral-mediated suppression of RNA silencing in the model plant Nicotiana benthamiana. In transgenic N. benthamiana plants expressing an endoplasmic reticulum targeted GFP variant (16c) known as mGFP5, RNA silencing can be induced by ectopic over-expression of mGFP5. However, other GFP variants can also be used to induce GFP silencing in these plants...
January 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27819256/long-term-stability-of-intracortical-recordings-using-perforated-and-arrayed-parylene-sheath-electrodes
#19
Seth A Hara, Brian J Kim, Jonathan T W Kuo, Curtis D Lee, Ellis Meng, Victor Pikov
OBJECTIVE: Acquisition of reliable and robust neural recordings with intracortical neural probes is a persistent challenge in the field of neuroprosthetics. We developed a multielectrode array technology to address chronic intracortical recording reliability and present in vivo recording results. APPROACH: The 2 × 2 Parylene sheath electrode array (PSEA) was microfabricated and constructed from only Parylene C and platinum. The probe includes a novel three-dimensional sheath structure, perforations, and bioactive coatings that improve tissue integration and manage immune response...
December 2016: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27807229/evidence-that-hsc70-is-associated-with-cucumber-necrosis-virus-particles-and-plays-a-role-in-particle-disassembly
#20
Syed Benazir Alam, D'Ann Rochon
: Uncoating of a virus particle to expose its nucleic acid is a critical aspect of the viral multiplication cycle, as it is essential for the establishment of infection. In the present study, we investigated the role of plant HSP70 homologs in the uncoating process of Cucumber necrosis virus (CNV), a nonenveloped positive-sense single-stranded RNA [(+)ssRNA] virus having a T=3 icosahedral capsid. We have found through Western blot analysis and mass spectrometry that the HSP70 homolog Hsc70-2 copurifies with CNV particles...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Virology
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