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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923187/sleep-eeg-patterns-in-infants-with-congenital-zika-virus-syndrome
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Maria Durce Costa Gomes Carvalho, Demócrito de Barros Miranda-Filho, Vanessa van der Linden, Paula Fabiana Sobral, Regina Coeli Ferreira Ramos, Maria Ângela Wanderley Rocha, Marli Tenório Cordeiro, Sarah Pinheiro de Alencar, Magda Lahorgue Nunes
OBJECTIVES: To describe sleep EEG patterns of neonates, and infants with microcephaly due to congenital Zika virus (ZikV) syndrome. METHODS: A descriptive case series of EEGs performed in a cohort of neonates with microcephaly monitored from October 2015 to February 2016 at a University Hospital in Northeast Brazil. Infants were investigated following an established protocol that includes EEG, neuroimaging studies, PCR and specific antibodies for ZikV detection...
November 14, 2016: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919709/evaluation-of-anti-zika-virus-activities-of-broad-spectrum-antivirals-and-nih-clinical-collection-compounds-using-a-cell-based-high-throughput-screen-assay
#2
Robert S Adcock, Yong-Kyu Chu, Jennifer E Golden, Dong-Hoon Chung
Recent studies have clearly underscored the association between Zika virus (ZIKV) and severe neurological diseases such as microcephaly and Guillain-Barre syndrome. Given the historical complacency surrounding this virus, however, no significant antiviral screenings have been performed to specifically target ZIKV. As a result, there is an urgent need for a validated screening method and strategy that is focused on highlighting potential anti-ZIKV inhibitors that can be further advanced via rigorous validation and optimization...
December 2, 2016: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916837/chloroquine-an-endocytosis-blocking-agent-inhibits-zika-virus-infection-in-different-cell-models
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Rodrigo Delvecchio, Luiza M Higa, Paula Pezzuto, Ana Luiza Valadão, Patrícia P Garcez, Fábio L Monteiro, Erick C Loiola, André A Dias, Fábio J M Silva, Matthew T Aliota, Elizabeth A Caine, Jorge E Osorio, Maria Bellio, David H O'Connor, Stevens Rehen, Renato Santana de Aguiar, Andrea Savarino, Loraine Campanati, Amilcar Tanuri
Zika virus (ZIKV) infection in utero might lead to microcephaly and other congenital defects. Since no specific therapy is available thus far, there is an urgent need for the discovery of agents capable of inhibiting its viral replication and deleterious effects. Chloroquine is widely used as an antimalarial drug, anti-inflammatory agent, and it also shows antiviral activity against several viruses. Here we show that chloroquine exhibits antiviral activity against ZIKV in Vero cells, human brain microvascular endothelial cells, human neural stem cells, and mouse neurospheres...
November 29, 2016: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915293/molecular-mechanism-of-divalent-metal-induced-activation-of-ns3-helicase-and-insights-into-zika-virus-inhibitor-design
#4
Xiaocong Cao, Yajuan Li, Xiangyu Jin, Yuelong Li, Feng Guo, Tengchuan Jin
Zika virus has attracted increasing attention because of its potential for causing human neural disorders, including microcephaly in infants and Guillain-Barré syndrome. Its NS3 helicase domain plays critical roles in NTP-dependent RNA unwinding and translocation during viral replication. Our structural analysis revealed a pre-activation state of NS3 helicase in complex with GTPγS, in which the triphosphate adopts a compact conformation in the absence of any divalent metal ions. In contrast, in the presence of a divalent cation, GTPγS adopts an extended conformation, and the Walker A motif undergoes substantial conformational changes...
December 1, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912091/genetic-ablation-of-axl-does-not-protect-human-neural-progenitor-cells-and-cerebral-organoids-from-zika-virus-infection
#5
Michael F Wells, Max R Salick, Ole Wiskow, Daniel J Ho, Kathleen A Worringer, Robert J Ihry, Sravya Kommineni, Bilada Bilican, Joseph R Klim, Ellen J Hill, Liam T Kane, Chaoyang Ye, Ajamete Kaykas, Kevin Eggan
Zika virus (ZIKV) can cross the placental barrier, resulting in infection of the fetal brain and neurological defects including microcephaly. The cellular tropism of ZIKV and the identity of attachment factors used by the virus to gain access to key cell types involved in pathogenesis are under intense investigation. Initial studies suggested that ZIKV preferentially targets neural progenitor cells (NPCs), providing an explanation for the developmental phenotypes observed in some pregnancies. The AXL protein has been nominated as a key attachment factor for ZIKV in several cell types including NPCs...
December 1, 2016: Cell Stem Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912090/advances-in-zika-virus-research-stem-cell-models-challenges-and-opportunities
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REVIEW
Guo-Li Ming, Hengli Tang, Hongjun Song
The re-emergence of Zika virus (ZIKV) and its suspected link with various disorders in newborns and adults led the World Health Organization to declare a global health emergency. In response, the stem cell field quickly established platforms for modeling ZIKV exposure using human pluripotent stem cell-derived neural progenitors and brain organoids, fetal tissues, and animal models. These efforts provided significant insight into cellular targets, pathogenesis, and underlying biological mechanisms of ZIKV infection as well as platforms for drug testing...
December 1, 2016: Cell Stem Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911897/heterologous-protection-against-asian-zika-virus-challenge-in-rhesus-macaques
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Matthew T Aliota, Dawn M Dudley, Christina M Newman, Emma L Mohr, Dane D Gellerup, Meghan E Breitbach, Connor R Buechler, Mustafa N Rasheed, Mariel S Mohns, Andrea M Weiler, Gabrielle L Barry, Kim L Weisgrau, Josh A Eudailey, Eva G Rakasz, Logan J Vosler, Jennifer Post, Saverio Capuano, Thaddeus G Golos, Sallie R Permar, Jorge E Osorio, Thomas C Friedrich, Shelby L O'Connor, David H O'Connor
BACKGROUND: Zika virus (ZIKV; Flaviviridae, Flavivirus) was declared a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organization (WHO) in February 2016, because of the evidence linking infection with ZIKV to neurological complications, such as Guillain-Barre Syndrome in adults and congenital birth defects including microcephaly in the developing fetus. Because development of a ZIKV vaccine is a top research priority and because the genetic and antigenic variability of many RNA viruses limits the effectiveness of vaccines, assessing whether immunity elicited against one ZIKV strain is sufficient to confer broad protection against all ZIKV strains is critical...
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911847/zika-virus-cell-tropism-in-the-developing-human-brain-and-inhibition-by-azithromycin
#8
Hanna Retallack, Elizabeth Di Lullo, Carolina Arias, Kristeene A Knopp, Matthew T Laurie, Carmen Sandoval-Espinosa, Walter R Mancia Leon, Robert Krencik, Erik M Ullian, Julien Spatazza, Alex A Pollen, Caleigh Mandel-Brehm, Tomasz J Nowakowski, Arnold R Kriegstein, Joseph L DeRisi
The rapid spread of Zika virus (ZIKV) and its association with abnormal brain development constitute a global health emergency. Congenital ZIKV infection produces a range of mild to severe pathologies, including microcephaly. To understand the pathophysiology of ZIKV infection, we used models of the developing brain that faithfully recapitulate the tissue architecture in early to midgestation. We identify the brain cell populations that are most susceptible to ZIKV infection in primary human tissue, provide evidence for a mechanism of viral entry, and show that a commonly used antibiotic protects cultured brain cells by reducing viral proliferation...
November 29, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909576/zika-antiviral-chemotherapy-identification-of-drugs-and-promising-starting-points-for-drug-discovery-from-an-fda-approved-library
#9
Bruno S Pascoalino, Gilles Courtemanche, Marli T Cordeiro, Laura H V G Gil, Lucio Freitas-Junior
Background The recent epidemics of Zika virus (ZIKV) implicated it as the cause of serious and potentially lethal congenital conditions such microcephaly and other central nervous system defects, as well as the development of the Guillain-Barré syndrome in otherwise healthy patients. Recent findings showed that anti-Dengue antibodies are capable of amplifying ZIKV infection by a mechanism similar to antibody-dependent enhancement, increasing the severity of the disease. This scenario becomes potentially catastrophic when the global burden of Dengue and the advent of the newly approved anti-Dengue vaccines in the near future are taken into account...
2016: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906864/potential-for-treatment-and-a-zika-virus-vaccine
#10
Natalie Quanquin, Lulan Wang, Genhong Cheng
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Zika virus (ZIKV) has only recently been exposed as a significant public health threat, and much of our limited knowledge of its pathogenesis and triggered immune responses were discovered in only the last few years. There are currently no ZIKV-specific therapeutics or vaccines available. This review seeks to bring the reader up-to-date with the latest developments in finding a way to combat this emerging infectious disease. RECENT FINDINGS: Current strategies used for developing ZIKV vaccines or treatments follow proven methods used against other flaviviruses...
November 30, 2016: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902933/the-fda-approved-drug-sofosbuvir-inhibits-zika-virus-infection
#11
Kristen M Bullard-Feibelman, Jennifer Govero, Zhe Zhu, Vanessa Salazar, Milena Veselinovic, Michael S Diamond, Brian J Geiss
The rapidly expanding Zika virus (ZIKV) epidemic has affected thousands of individuals with severe cases causing Guillain-Barré syndrome, congenital malformations, and microcephaly. Currently, there is no available vaccine or therapy to prevent or treat ZIKV infection. We evaluated whether sofosbuvir, an FDA-approved nucleotide polymerase inhibitor for the distantly related hepatitis C virus, could have antiviral activity against ZIKV infection. Cell culture studies established that sofosbuvir efficiently inhibits replication and infection of several ZIKV strains in multiple human tumor cell lines and isolated human fetal-derived neuronal stem cells...
November 27, 2016: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901259/neurological-manifestations-of-chikungunya-and-zika-infections
#12
Talys J Pinheiro, Luis F Guimarães, Marcus Tulius T Silva, Cristiane N Soares
The epidemics of Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) and Zika virus (ZIKV) infections have been considered the most important epidemiological occurrences in the Americas. The clinical picture of CHIKV infection is characterized by high fever, exanthema, myalgia, headaches, and arthralgia. Besides the typical clinical picture of CHIKV, atypical manifestations of neurological complications have been reported: meningo-encephalitis, meningoencephalo-myeloradiculitis, myeloradiculitis, myelitis, myeloneuropathy, Guillain-Barré syndrome and others...
November 2016: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899230/experimental-zika-virus-infection-induces-spinal-cord-injury-and-encephalitis-in-newborn-swiss-mice
#13
Natália C C A Fernandes, Juliana S Nogueira, Rodrigo A Réssio, Cinthya S Cirqueira, Lidia M Kimura, Karolina R Fernandes, Mariana S Cunha, Renato P Souza, Juliana M Guerra
A widespread epidemic of Zika virus (ZIKV) infection was reported in 2015 in South and Central America, with neurological symptons including meningoencephalitis and Guillain-Barré syndrome in adults, besides an apparent increased incidence of microcephaly in infants born to infected mothers. It is becoming a necessity to have a trustworthy animal model to better understand ZIKV infection. In this study we used newborn white Swiss mice as a model to investigate the ZIKV strain recently isolated in Brazil. ZIKV was inoculated via intracerebral and subcutaneous routes and analysed through gross histopathology and immunohistochemistry...
November 26, 2016: Experimental and Toxicologic Pathology: Official Journal of the Gesellschaft Für Toxikologische Pathologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897973/structure-in-the-variability-of-the-basic-reproductive-number-r0-for-zika-epidemics-in-the-pacific-islands
#14
Clara Champagne, David Georges Salthouse, Richard Paul, Van-Mai Cao-Lormeau, Benjamin Roche, Bernard Cazelles
Before the outbreak that reached the Americas in 2015, Zika virus (ZIKV) circulated in Asia and the Pacific: these past epidemics can be highly informative on the key parameters driving virus transmission, such as the basic reproduction number (R0). We compare two compartmental models with different mosquito representations, using surveillance and seroprevalence data for several ZIKV outbreaks in Pacific islands (Yap, Micronesia 2007, Tahiti and Moorea, French Polynesia 2013-2014, New Caledonia 2014). Models are estimated in a stochastic framework with recent Bayesian techniques...
November 29, 2016: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893824/analysis-of-synonymous-codon-usage-bias-of-zika-virus-and-its-adaption-to-the-hosts
#15
Hongju Wang, Siqing Liu, Bo Zhang, Wenqiang Wei
Zika virus (ZIKV) is a mosquito-borne virus (arbovirus) in the family Flaviviridae, and the symptoms caused by ZIKV infection in humans include rash, fever, arthralgia, myalgia, asthenia and conjunctivitis. Codon usage bias analysis can reveal much about the molecular evolution and host adaption of ZIKV. To gain insight into the evolutionary characteristics of ZIKV, we performed a comprehensive analysis on the codon usage pattern in 46 ZIKV strains by calculating the effective number of codons (ENc), codon adaptation index (CAI), relative synonymous codon usage (RSCU), and other indicators...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891785/editorial-brain-malformation-surveillance-in-the-zika-era
#16
EDITORIAL
Edwin Trevathan
The current surveillance systems for congenital microcephaly are necessary to monitor the impact of Zika virus (ZIKV) on the developing human brain, as well as the ZIKV prevention efforts. However, these congenital microcephaly surveillance systems are insufficient. Abnormalities of neuronal differentiation, development and migration may occur among infants with normal head circumference who have intrauterine exposure to ZIKV. Therefore, surveillance for congenital microcephaly does not ascertain many of the infants seriously impacted by congenital ZIKV infection...
November 2016: Birth Defects Research. Part A, Clinical and Molecular Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890363/comparative-genome-analysis-between-southeast-asian-and-south-american-zika-viruses
#17
Theerarat Kochakarn, Namfon Kotanan, Krittikorn Kümpornsin, Duangkamon Loesbanluechai, Monta Thammasatta, Prasert Auewarakul, Prapon Wilairat, Thanat Chookajorn
OBJECTIVE: To understand the cause for the differences between potentially mild Southeast Asian and the more pathogenic ZIKV in South America. METHODS: A comparative genomic analysis was performed to determine putative causations stemming from ZIKV. RESULTS: Phylogenetic analyses integrating geographical and time factors revealed that Southeast Asian ZIKV might not be the direct source of South American outbreaks as previously speculated. Amino acid residues unique to South American ZIKV isolates at the envelope, pr and NS1 proteins are listed and shown in the structural context...
November 2016: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889529/antiviral-activities-of-selected-antimalarials-against-dengue-virus-type-2-and-zika-virus
#18
Anuradha Balasubramanian, Tadahisa Teramoto, Amol A Kulkarni, Apurba K Bhattacharjee, Radhakrishnan Padmanabhan
In a previous study, twelve antimalarial compounds, amodiaquine (AQ) and derivatives, were shown to have potent anti-dengue viral (DENV) activity by using the stable DENV2 Renilla luciferase reporter replicon expressing BHK-21 cells, infectivity (plaque), and the qRT-PCR assays. In this study, we performed molecular modeling on these compounds to determine their stereo-electronic properties required for optimal antiviral activity. Based on the similarity of calculated stereo-electronic profiles, specifically the electrostatic potential profiles of the compounds, and in silico screening of related compounds from literature, we identified three additional compounds, Quinacrine (QC), Mefloquine (MQ), and GSK369796...
November 23, 2016: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885741/zika-and-pregnancy-a-comprehensive-review
#19
Adrija Hajra, Dhrubajyoti Bandyopadhyay, Lyndsey R Heise, Rajarshi Bhadra, Somedeb Ball, Shyamal Kumar Hajra
Zika virus (ZIKV) infection is a well-nurtured topic for healthcare personnel nowadays. Central nervous system involvement including microcephaly and ocular involvements has already been reported in neonates of affected pregnant ladies. In this article, we have discussed these effects on the newborns of ZIKV-infected mothers. The proposed pathogenesis, modes of transmission of this infection from mothers to the fetuses, diagnosis of the cases and precaution for the pregnant ladies have also been discussed. We have gathered the recently available data on the risk of ZIKV for expectant mothers from PubMed, https://www...
November 25, 2016: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885509/inhibitory-effect-of-flavonoids-against-ns2b-ns3-protease-of-zika-virus-and-their-structure-activity-relationship
#20
Hee-Jung Lim, Thi Thanh Hanh Nguyen, Nahyun M Kim, Jun-Seong Park, Tae-Su Jang, Doman Kim
OBJECTIVES: To determine the inhibitory activities of flavonoids against NS2B-NS3 protease of ZIKA virus (ZIKV NS2B-NS3(pro)) expressed in Escherichia coli BL21 (DE3) and their structure activity relationship. RESULTS: ZIKV NS2B-NS3(pro) was expressed in E. coli BL21(DE3) as a 35 kDa protein. It had a K m of 26 µM with the fluorogenic peptide Dabcyl-KTSAVLQSGFRKME-Edan. The purified ZIKV NS2B-NS3(pro) was used for inhibition and kinetic assays to determine the activities of 22 polyphenol compounds...
November 24, 2016: Biotechnology Letters
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