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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542609/potent-and-selective-inhibition-of-pathogenic-viruses-by-engineered-ubiquitin-variants
#1
Wei Zhang, Ben A Bailey-Elkin, Robert C M Knaap, Baldeep Khare, Tim J Dalebout, Garrett G Johnson, Puck B van Kasteren, Nigel J McLeish, Jun Gu, Wenguang He, Marjolein Kikkert, Brian L Mark, Sachdev S Sidhu
The recent Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), Ebola and Zika virus outbreaks exemplify the continued threat of (re-)emerging viruses to human health, and our inability to rapidly develop effective therapeutic countermeasures. Many viruses, including MERS-CoV and the Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus (CCHFV) encode deubiquitinating (DUB) enzymes that are critical for viral replication and pathogenicity. They bind and remove ubiquitin (Ub) and interferon stimulated gene 15 (ISG15) from cellular proteins to suppress host antiviral innate immune responses...
May 18, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534929/teratogens-a-public-health-issue-a-brazilian-overview
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Thiago Mazzu-Nascimento, Débora Gusmão Melo, Giorgio Gianini Morbioli, Emanuel Carrilho, Fernanda Sales Luiz Vianna, André Anjos da Silva, Lavinia Schuler-Faccini
Congenital anomalies are already the second cause of infant mortality in Brazil, as in many other middle-income countries in Latin America. Birth defects are a result of both genetic and environmental factors, but a multifactorial etiology has been more frequently observed. Here, we address the environmental causes of birth defects - or teratogens - as a public health issue and present their mechanisms of action, categories and their respective maternal-fetal deleterious effects. We also present a survey from 2008 to 2013 of Brazilian cases involving congenital anomalies (annual average of 20,205), fetal deaths (annual average of 1,530), infant hospitalizations (annual average of 82,452), number of deaths of hospitalized infants (annual average of 2,175), and the average cost of hospitalizations (annual cost of $7,758)...
May 22, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529976/de-novo-generation-and-characterization-of-new-zika-virus-isolate-using-sequence-data-from-a-microcephaly-case
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Yin Xiang Setoh, Natalie A Prow, Nias Peng, Leon E Hugo, Gregor Devine, Jessamine E Hazlewood, Andreas Suhrbier, Alexander A Khromykh
Zika virus (ZIKV) has recently emerged and is the etiological agent of congenital Zika syndrome (CZS), a spectrum of congenital abnormalities arising from neural tissue infections in utero. Herein, we describe the de novo generation of a new ZIKV isolate, ZIKVNatal, using a modified circular polymerase extension reaction protocol and sequence data obtained from a ZIKV-infected fetus with microcephaly. ZIKVNatal thus has no laboratory passage history and is unequivocally associated with CZS. ZIKVNatal could be used to establish a fetal brain infection model in IFNAR(-/-) mice (including intrauterine growth restriction) without causing symptomatic infections in dams...
May 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505571/re-evaluation-of-routine-dengue-virus-serology-in-travelers-in-the-era-of-zika-virus-emergence
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Maurits P A van Meer, Ramona Mögling, Janienne Klaasse, Felicity D Chandler, Suzan D Pas, Annemiek A van der Eijk, Marion P G Koopmans, Chantal B E M Reusken, Corine H GeurtsvanKessel
BACKGROUND: Diagnostic requests for both Zika virus (ZIKV) and dengue virus (DENV) infections in returning travelers have significantly increased during the recent ZIKV outbreak in the Americás. These flaviviruses have overlapping clinical syndromes and geographical distribution, but diagnostic differentiation is important because of different clinical consequences. As flaviviruses are known to have a short viremic period, diagnostics often rely on serological methods, which are challenging due to extensive cross-reactive antibodies...
May 3, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468880/selective-activation-of-interferon-%C3%AE-signaling-by-zika-virus-ns5-protein
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Vidyanath Chaudhary, Kit-San Yuen, Jasper Fuk-Woo Chan, Ching-Ping Chan, Pei-Hui Wang, Jian-Piao Cai, Shuo Zhang, Mifang Liang, Kin-Hang Kok, Chi-Ping Chan, Kwok-Yung Yuen, Dong-Yan Jin
Severe complications of Zika virus (ZIKV) infection might be caused by inflammation. How ZIKV induces pro-inflammatory cytokines is not understood. In this study, we show opposite regulatory effect of ZIKV NS5 protein on interferon (IFN) signaling. Whereas ZIKV and its NS5 protein were potent suppressors of type I and type III IFN signaling, they were found to activate IFN-γ signaling. Inversely, IFN-γ augmented ZIKV replication. NS5 interacted with STAT2 and targeted it for ubiquitination and degradation, but had no influence on STAT1 stability or nuclear translocation...
May 3, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447317/neuroimaging-findings-of-postnatally-acquired-zika-virus-infection-a-pictorial-essay
#6
Mohammad Zare Mehrjardi, Guillaume Carteaux, Andrea Poretti, Morteza Sanei Taheri, Sonia Bermudez, Heron Werner, Luiz Celso Hygino da Cruz
Zika virus (ZIKV) is a mosquito-borne arbovirus from the Flaviviridae family, first discovered in 1947. There has been no report of severe complications caused by this virus in humans until recently. However, it is confirmed now that prenatally acquired ZIKV infection may cause severe congenital brain abnormalities in the infected fetuses. In addition, there has been an increasing number of reports during recent years about the causal relationship between postnatally acquired ZIKV infection and severe neurologic complications (mostly immune-mediated ones)...
April 26, 2017: Japanese Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442607/n-methyl-d-aspartate-nmda-receptor-blockade-prevents-neuronal-death-induced-by-zika-virus-infection
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Vivian V Costa, Juliana L Del Sarto, Rebeca F Rocha, Flavia R Silva, Juliana G Doria, Isabella G Olmo, Rafael E Marques, Celso M Queiroz-Junior, Giselle Foureaux, Julia Maria S Araújo, Allysson Cramer, Ana Luíza C V Real, Lucas S Ribeiro, Silvia I Sardi, Anderson J Ferreira, Fabiana S Machado, Antônio C de Oliveira, Antônio L Teixeira, Helder I Nakaya, Danielle G Souza, Fabiola M Ribeiro, Mauro M Teixeira
Zika virus (ZIKV) infection is a global health emergency that causes significant neurodegeneration. Neurodegenerative processes may be exacerbated by N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor (NMDAR)-dependent neuronal excitoxicity. Here, we have exploited the hypothesis that ZIKV-induced neurodegeneration can be rescued by blocking NMDA overstimulation with memantine. Our results show that ZIKV actively replicates in primary neurons and that virus replication is directly associated with massive neuronal cell death. Interestingly, treatment with memantine or other NMDAR blockers, including dizocilpine (MK-801), agmatine sulfate, or ifenprodil, prevents neuronal death without interfering with the ability of ZIKV to replicate in these cells...
April 25, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442104/zika-virus-infection-and-its-emerging-trends-in-southeast-asia
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REVIEW
Ahmad Ruzain Salehuddin, Haszianaliza Haslan, Norshalizah Mamikutty, Nurul Hannim Zaidun, Mohamad Fairuz Azmi, Mohamad Mu'izuddin Senin, Syed Baharom Syed Ahmad Fuad, Zar Chi Thent
Zika virus is a mosquito-borne flavivirus that represents a public health emergency at the ongoing epidemic. Previously, this rare virus was limited to sporadic cases in Africa and Asia until its emergence in Brazil, South America in 2015, where it rapidly spread throughout the world. Recently, a high number of cases were reported in Singapore and other Southeast Asia countries. A combination of factors explains the current Zika virus outbreak although it is highly likely that the changes in the climate and high frequency of travelling contribute to the spread of Aedes vector carrying the Zika virus mainly to the tropical climate countries such as the Southeast Asia...
March 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422757/cross-reactive-dengue-human-monoclonal-antibody-prevents-severe-pathologies-and-death-from-zika-virus-infections
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Yiu-Wing Kam, Cheryl Yi-Pin Lee, Teck-Hui Teo, Shanshan W Howland, Siti Naqiah Amrun, Fok-Moon Lum, Peter See, Nicholas Qing-Rong Kng, Roland G Huber, Mei-Hui Xu, Heng-Liang Tan, Andre Choo, Sebastian Maurer-Stroh, Florent Ginhoux, Katja Fink, Cheng-I Wang, Lisa F P Ng, Laurent Rénia
Zika virus (ZIKV) infections have been linked with neurological complications and congenital Zika syndrome. Given the high level of homology between ZIKV and the related flavivirus dengue virus (DENV), we investigated the level of cross-reactivity with ZIKV using a panel of DENV human mAbs. A majority of the mAbs showed binding to ZIKV virions, with several exhibiting neutralizing capacities against ZIKV in vitro. Three of the best ZIKV-neutralizing mAbs were found to recognize diverse epitopes on the envelope (E) glycoprotein: the highly conserved fusion-loop peptide, a conformation-specific epitope on the E monomer, and a quaternary epitope on the virion surface...
April 20, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401481/why-is-aedes-aegypti-linnaeus-so-successful-as-a-species
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REVIEW
F D Carvalho, L A Moreira
Diseases transmitted by mosquitoes impose enormous burden towards human morbidity and mortality. Over the last three decades, Brazil has suffered from severe Dengue epidemics. In September 2014, this situation is further complicated by the introduction of two other viruses, Zika and Chikungunya, placing Brazil in a triple epidemic. In this article, we discuss the biology of Aedes aegypti Linnaeus, and the principal initiatives currently used to control mosquito populations and the diseases they transmit. Aedes aegypti has broad global distribution and is involved in the transmission of various arboviral diseases such as Dengue, Zika, and Chikungunya...
April 11, 2017: Neotropical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397799/an-mrna-based-vaccine-strategy-against-zika
#11
Gary Wong, George F Gao
Infections with Zika virus are strongly associated with complications such as congenital microcephaly and can trigger Guillain-Barré syndrome in humans, highlighting the urgent need for a safe, efficacious vaccine as a preventative countermeasure. In a recent paper published in Cell, Richner et al. generated a lipid nanoparticle encapsulated modified mRNA vaccine encoding the prM and E genes from Zika virus, which showed protection and sterilizing immunity in immunocompetent mice.
April 11, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393598/-zika-virus-infection-in-pregnancy
#12
Gabriella Varjasi, Róbert Póka
The Zika virus is a flavivirus spread by mosquitoes. Its primary vectors are the Aedes aegypti and the Aedes albopictus. Before 2007 it sporadically caused benign morbidity. Since 2015, it started spreading "explosively" in America, especially in Brazil. In August 2016 they reported cases from New York and Poland, too. Most of the infections don't produce any symptoms, but can cause grave complications. The most important lesion is microcephalia that forms in fetuses. Microcephalia's most serious consequence is mental retardation, which puts great burden on both the family and the society...
April 2017: Orvosi Hetilap
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375541/unravelling-the-paediatric-and-perinatal-zika-virus-epidemic-through-population-based-research
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Cdc Christie, C Giaquinto
Zika virus epidemic now involves 72 countries, worldwide. Transmission is multimodal through mosquito bites and blood and body fluids. Zika virus causes Guillain Barre Syndrome syndrome and pregnancy complications including perinatal microcephaly. Diagnosis is complicated by subclinical infection in 80%, co-circulation with dengue and chikungunya fevers with similar presentations and cross-reactivity in serological tests. There is no cure, or preventive vaccine. Large population-based studies will help to elucidate ZIKV epidemiology, vertical transmission, risks to the fetus of maternal ZIKV infection and natural history of congenital and non-congenital ZIKV infection as provided by the activities in the "ZIKAction" research consortium in Latin America, Europe and the Caribbean, which was recently funded by the European Commission...
September 19, 2016: West Indian Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358795/zika-virus-transmission-region-of-the-americas-may-15-2015-december-15-2016
#14
Juniorcaius Ikejezie, Craig N Shapiro, Jisoo Kim, Monica Chiu, Maria Almiron, Ciro Ugarte, Marcos A Espinal, Sylvain Aldighieri
Zika virus, a mosquito-borne flavivirus that can cause rash with fever, emerged in the Region of the Americas on Easter Island, Chile, in 2014 and in northeast Brazil in 2015 (1). In response, in May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), which serves as the Regional Office of the Americas for the World Health Organization (WHO), issued recommendations to enhance surveillance for Zika virus. Subsequently, Brazilian investigators reported Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), which had been previously recognized among some patients with Zika virus disease, and identified an association between Zika virus infection during pregnancy and congenital microcephaly (2)...
March 31, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344900/temporal-patterns-and-geographic-heterogeneity-of-zika-virus-zikv-outbreaks-in-french-polynesia-and-central-america
#15
Ying-Hen Hsieh
BACKGROUND: Zika virus (ZIKV) transmission has been reported in 67 countries/territories in the Oceania region and the Americas since 2015, prompting the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare ZIKV as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern in February 2016, due to its strong association with medical complications such as microcephaly and Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS). However, a substantial gap in knowledge still exists regarding differing temporal pattern and potential of transmission of ZIKV in different regions of the world...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340908/preparing-the-united-states-for-zika-virus-pre-emptive-vector-control-and-personal-protection
#16
EDITORIAL
James H Diaz
Discovered in 1947 in a monkey in the Zika forest of Uganda, Zika virus was dismissed as a cause of a mild illness that was confined to Africa and Southeast Asia and transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. In 2007, Zika virus appeared outside of its endemic borders in an outbreak on the South Pacific Island of Yap. In 2013, Zika virus was associated with a major neurological complication, Guillain-Barré syndrome, in a larger outbreak in the French Polynesian Islands. From the South Pacific, Zika invaded Brazil in 2015 and caused another severe neurological complication, fetal microcephaly...
December 2016: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330900/adaptive-immune-responses-to-zika-virus-are-important-for-controlling-virus-infection-and-preventing-infection-in-brain-and-testes
#17
Clayton W Winkler, Lara M Myers, Tyson A Woods, Ronald J Messer, Aaron B Carmody, Kristin L McNally, Dana P Scott, Kim J Hasenkrug, Sonja M Best, Karin E Peterson
The recent association between Zika virus (ZIKV) and neurologic complications, including Guillain-Barré syndrome in adults and CNS abnormalities in fetuses, highlights the importance in understanding the immunological mechanisms controlling this emerging infection. Studies have indicated that ZIKV evades the human type I IFN response, suggesting a role for the adaptive immune response in resolving infection. However, the inability of ZIKV to antagonize the mouse IFN response renders the virus highly susceptible to circulating IFN in murine models...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318966/structural-biology-of-the-zika-virus
#18
REVIEW
Yi Shi, George F Gao
Zika virus (ZIKV), a Flaviviridae family member transmitted to humans by mosquitoes, has emerged as a major health concern. ZIKV infections can cause serious neurological complications in adults, and infection in pregnant women can cause congenital malformations, including fetal and newborn microcephaly. In response to this emerging concern, the structural virology field was quick to explore the features of ZIKV. These efforts have provided significant insights into ZIKV pathogenesis, and have identified targets for drug design...
March 15, 2017: Trends in Biochemical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295400/paper-based-point-of-care-testing-for-cost-effective-diagnosis-of-acute-flavivirus-infections
#19
Frederic Bedin, Laurent Boulet, Elodie Voilin, Gerald Theillet, Agnes Rubens, Christine Rozand
Flavivirus infections are a serious healthcare concern in tropical and subtropical countries. Although well-established laboratory tests can provide early diagnosis of acute dengue or Zika infections, access to these tests is limited in developing countries, presenting an urgent need to develop simple, rapid, and robust diagnostic tools. Microfluidic Paper-based Analytical Devices (μPAD), are typically rapid, cost-effective, user-friendly, and they can be used as diagnostic tools for the diagnosis of these infections at Point of Care settings...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280063/surveillance-report-of-zika-virus-among-canadian-travellers-returning-from-the-americas
#20
Andrea K Boggild, Jennifer Geduld, Michael Libman, Cedric P Yansouni, Anne E McCarthy, Jan Hajek, Wayne Ghesquiere, Yazdan Mirzanejad, Jean Vincelette, Susan Kuhn, Pierre J Plourde, Sumontra Chakrabarti, David O Freedman, Kevin C Kain
BACKGROUND: Widespread transmission of Zika virus in the Americas has occurred since late 2015. We examined demographic and travel-related characteristics of returned Canadian travellers with Zika infection acquired in the Americas to illuminate risk factors for acquisition and the clinical spectrum. METHODS: We analyzed demographic and travel-related data for returned Canadian travellers who presented to a CanTravNet site between October 2015 and September 2016 for care of Zika virus acquired in the Americas...
March 6, 2017: CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal de L'Association Medicale Canadienne
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