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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431283/zika-virus-infection-of-adult-and-fetal-stat2-knock-out-hamsters
#1
Venkatraman Siddharthan, Arnaud J Van Wettere, Rong Li, Jinxin Miao, Zhongde Wang, John D Morrey, Justin G Julander
Zika virus (ZIKV) infection was investigated in adult and fetal STAT2 knock-out (KO) hamsters. Subcutaneous injection of ZIKV of adults resulted in morbidity, mortality, and infection of the uterus, placenta, brain, spinal cord, and testicles, thus providing an opportunity to evaluate congenital ZIKV infection in a second rodent species besides mice. ZIKV-infected cells with morphologies of Sertoli cells and spermatogonia were observed in the testes, which may have implications for sexual transmission and male sterility...
April 18, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429036/a-review-of-zika-virus-infections-in-pregnancy-and-implications-for-antenatal-care-in-singapore
#2
Harvard Zhenjia Lin, Paul Anantharajah Tambyah, Eu Leong Yong, Arijit Biswas, Shiao-Yng Chan
Given the consensus that there is a causal relationship between Zika virus (ZIKV) infection in pregnancy and congenital Zika syndrome (CZS), clinicians must be prepared to manage affected patients despite the numerous gaps in current knowledge. The clinical course in pregnancy appears similar to that in non-pregnant women, although viraemia may be prolonged. ZIKV infection can be diagnosed by serum and urine reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction, but commercially available serological tests are currently unreliable in dengue-endemic regions...
April 2017: Singapore Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423319/tam-receptors-are-not-required-for-zika-virus-infection-in-mice
#3
Andrew K Hastings, Laura J Yockey, Brett W Jagger, Jesse Hwang, Ryuta Uraki, Hallie F Gaitsch, Lindsay A Parnell, Bin Cao, Indira U Mysorekar, Carla V Rothlin, Erol Fikrig, Michael S Diamond, Akiko Iwasaki
Tyro3, Axl, and Mertk (TAM) receptors are candidate entry receptors for infection with the Zika virus (ZIKV), an emerging flavivirus of global public health concern. To investigate the requirement of TAM receptors for ZIKV infection, we used several routes of viral inoculation and compared viral replication in wild-type versus Axl(-/-), Mertk(-/-), Axl(-/-)Mertk(-/-), and Axl(-/-)Tyro3(-/-) mice in various organs. Pregnant and non-pregnant mice treated with interferon-α-receptor (IFNAR)-blocking (MAR1-5A3) antibody and infected subcutaneously with ZIKV showed no reliance on TAMs for infection...
April 18, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423140/arboviruses-emerging-in-brazil-challenges-for-clinic-and-implications-for-public-health
#4
Maria Rita Donalisio, André Ricardo Ribas Freitas, Andrea Paula Bruno Von Zuben
Arboviruses have been emerging in different parts of the world due to genetic changes in the virus, alteration of the host and vector population dynamics, or because of anthropogenic environmental factors. These viruses' capacity for adaptation is notable, as well as the likelihood of their emergence and establishment in new geographic areas. In Brazilian epidemiologic scenario, the most common arboviruses are DENV, CHIKV, and ZIKV, although others may spread in the country. Little is yet known of the impact of viral co-circulation, which would theoretically result in more intense viremia or other immunological alterations that could trigger autoimmune diseases, such as Guillain-Barré syndrome...
April 10, 2017: Revista de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422757/cross-reactive-dengue-human-monoclonal-antibody-prevents-severe-pathologies-and-death-from-zika-virus-infections
#5
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/28421292/phylogenetic-insight-into-zika-and-emerging-viruses-for-a-perspective-on-potential-hosts
#6
Diana S Weber, Karen A Alroy, Samuel M Scheiner
Global viral diversity is substantial, but viruses that contribute little to the public health burden or to agricultural damage receive minimal attention until a seemingly unimportant virus becomes a threat. The Zika virus (ZIKV) illustrated this, as there was limited information and awareness of the virus when it was identified as a public health emergency in February 2016. Predicting which virus may pose a future threat is difficult. This is in part because significant knowledge gaps in the basic biology and ecology of an emerging virus can impede policy development, delay decision making, and hinder public health action...
April 18, 2017: EcoHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421065/zika-virus-infection-during-pregnancy-and-congenital-abnormalities
#7
REVIEW
Irfan A Rather, Jameel B Lone, Vivek K Bajpai, Yong-Ha Park
The presence of the Zika virus (ZIKV) infection has gone ahead to be a threat to people based on its adverse impacts. More specifically, the pregnant women have been discouraged from traveling to the areas affected by the ZIKV because of the likelihood of the virus causing congenital abnormalities especially the microcephaly. The pregnant women probably attracted the virus during their first trimester while visiting ZIKV affected territories. Although the ZIKV infected cases have reduced in some parts of countries, the global risk assessment has not been changed...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420392/tissue-tropisms-infection-kinetics-histologic-lesions-and-antibody-response-of-the-mr766-strain-of-zika-virus-in-a-murine-model
#8
Anna B Kawiecki, E Handly Mayton, M Fausta Dutuze, Brad A Goupil, Ingeborg M Langohr, Fabio Del Piero, Rebecca C Christofferson
BACKGROUND: The appearance of severe Zika virus (ZIKV) disease in the most recent outbreak has prompted researchers to respond through the development of tools to quickly characterize transmission and pathology. We describe here another such tool, a mouse model of ZIKV infection and pathogenesis using the MR766 strain of virus that adds to the growing body of knowledge regarding ZIKV kinetics in small animal models. METHODS: We infected mice with the MR766 strain of ZIKV to determine infection kinetics via serum viremia...
April 18, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419254/evidence-of-zika-virus-rna-fragments-in-aedes-albopictus-diptera-culicidae-field-collected-eggs-from-cama%C3%A3-ari-bahia-brazil
#9
Chelsea T Smartt, Tanise M S Stenn, Tse-Yu Chen, Maria Gloria Teixeira, Erivaldo P Queiroz, Luciano Souza Dos Santos, Gabriel A N Queiroz, Kathleen Ribeiro Souza, Luciano Kalabric Silva, Dongyoung Shin, Walter J Tabachnick
A major mosquito-borne viral disease outbreak caused by Zika virus (ZIKV) occurred in Bahia, Brazil, in 2015, largely due to transmission by the mosquito, Aedes aegypti (L.). Detecting ZIKV in field samples of Ae. aegypti has proven problematic in some locations, suggesting other mosquito species might be contributing to the spread of ZIKV. In this study, several (five) adult Aedes albopictus (Skuse) mosquitoes that emerged from a 2015 field collection of eggs from Camaçari, Bahia, Brazil, were positive for ZIKV RNA; however, attempts to isolate live virus were not successful...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404849/quantitative-proteomic-analysis-of-mosquito-c6-36-cells-reveals-host-proteins-involved-in-zika-virus-infection
#10
Qi-Lin Xin, Cheng-Lin Deng, Xi Chen, Jun Wang, Shao-Bo Wang, Wei Wang, Fei Deng, Bo Zhang, Gengfu Xiao, Lei-Ke Zhang
Zika virus (ZIKV) is an emerging arbovirus belonging to the genus Flavivirus of the family Flaviviridae During replication processes, flavivirus will manipulate host cell systems to facilitate their replication, while the host cells will activate antiviral responses. Identification of host proteins involved in flavivirus replication process may lead to the discovery of antiviral targets. Mosquito Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus are epidemiologically important vectors for ZIKV, and effective restrictions of ZIKV replication in mosquitoes will be vital in controlling the spread of virus...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402153/maternal-fetal-transmission-of-zika-virus-routes-and-signals-for-infection
#11
Bin Cao, Michael S Diamond, Indira U Mysorekar
The emerging mosquito-borne virus, Zika virus (ZIKV), has been causally associated with adverse pregnancy and neonatal outcomes, including miscarriage, microcephaly, serious brain abnormalities, and other birth defects indicative of a congenital ZIKV syndrome. In this review, we highlight work from human and animal studies on routes of infection in pregnancy that lead to adverse fetal and neonatal outcomes. A number of innate and adaptive immune mechanisms and signaling molecules that may have key roles in ZIKV infection pathogenesis are discussed along with putative viral entry pathways...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Interferon & Cytokine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401907/protective-efficacy-of-zika-vaccine-in-ag129-mouse-model
#12
K Sumathy, Bharathi Kulkarni, Ravi Kumar Gondu, Sampath Kumar Ponnuru, Nagaraju Bonguram, Rakesh Eligeti, Sindhuja Gadiyaram, Usha Praturi, Bhushan Chougule, Latha Karunakaran, Krishna M Ella
Zika virus (ZIKV) is a mosquito-borne flavivirus that causes asymptomatic infection or presents only mild symptoms in majority of those infected. However, vaccination for ZIKV is a public health priority due to serious congenital and neuropathological abnormalities observed as a sequelae of the virus infection in the recent epidemics. We have developed an inactivated virus vaccine with the African MR 766 strain. Here we show that two doses of the vaccine provided 100% efficacy against mortality and disease following challenge with homotypic MR 766 and the heterotypic FSS 13025 ZIKV strains in the Type I and Type II interferon deficient AG129 mice...
April 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399888/a-guinea-pig-model-of-zika-virus-infection
#13
Mukesh Kumar, Keeton K Krause, Francine Azouz, Eileen Nakano, Vivek R Nerurkar
BACKGROUND: Animal models are critical to understand disease and to develop countermeasures for the ongoing epidemic of Zika virus (ZIKV). Here we report that immunocompetent guinea pigs are susceptible to infection by a contemporary American strain of ZIKV. METHODS: Dunkin-Hartley guinea pigs were inoculated with 10(6) plaque-forming units of ZIKV via subcutaneous route and clinical signs were observed. Viremia, viral load in the tissues, anti-ZIKV neutralizing antibody titer, and protein levels of multiple cytokine and chemokines were analyzed using qRT-PCR, plaque assay, plaque reduction neutralization test (PRNT) and multiplex immunoassay...
April 11, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398562/continued-transmission-of-zika-virus-in-humans-in-west-africa-1992-2016
#14
Bobby Brooke Herrera, Charlotte A Chang, Donald J Hamel, Souleymane Mboup, Daouda Ndiaye, Godwin Imade, Jonathan Okpokwu, Oche Agbaji, Amy K Bei, Phyllis J Kanki
First identified in 1947 in Uganda, Zika virus (ZIKV) has remained largely unstudied until the recent outbreak in Latin America. This study aimed to measure the prevalence of ZIKV in febrile patients in Senegal and Nigeria in samples collected from 1992-2016. The seroprevalence of ZIKV was 6.2% based on ZIKV IgM and negative for dengue reactivity. ZIKV envelope (E) was amplified from 4 samples. Phylogenetic analysis showed that the ZIKVs belonged to the African lineage, grouping with either the Nigerian or MR766 sub-lineages...
April 8, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398522/zika-virus-infection-of-the-human-glomerular-cells-implications-for-viral-reservoirs-and-renal-pathogenesis
#15
Donald J Alcendor
Background: Zika virus (ZIKV) infection in the human renal compartment has not been reported. Several clinical reports describe high level persistent viral shedding in urine of infected patients. The mechanisms associated high level persistent viruria observed in ZIKV infected patients until now have not been explored. We examined cellular components of the glomerulus of the human kidney for ZIKV infectivity. METHODS: Here we infect primary human podocytes, renal glomerular endothelial cells, and mesangial cells with ZIKV...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394887/transmission-of-zika-virus-through-breast-milk-and-other-breastfeeding-related-bodily-fluids-a-systematic-review
#16
Susannah Colt, Maria N Garcia-Casal, Juan Pablo Peña-Rosas, Julia L Finkelstein, Pura Rayco-Solon, Zita C Weise Prinzo, Saurabh Mehta
BACKGROUND: Zika virus (ZIKV) infection is an emerging mosquito-borne disease, which is associated with an increase in central nervous system malformations and newborn microcephaly cases. This review investigated evidence of breastfeeding transmission from ZIKV-infected mothers to their children and the presence of ZIKV infection in breastfeeding-related fluids. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We conducted a systematic review of observational studies, case studies, and surveillance reports involving breastfeeding women with ZIKV infection in several international databases...
April 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394328/a-live-attenuated-zika-virus-vaccine-candidate-induces-sterilizing-immunity-in-mouse-models
#17
Chao Shan, Antonio E Muruato, Bruno T D Nunes, Huanle Luo, Xuping Xie, Daniele B A Medeiros, Maki Wakamiya, Robert B Tesh, Alan D Barrett, Tian Wang, Scott C Weaver, Pedro F C Vasconcelos, Shannan L Rossi, Pei-Yong Shi
Zika virus (ZIKV) infection of pregnant women can cause a wide range of congenital abnormalities, including microcephaly, in the infant, a condition now collectively known as congenital ZIKV syndrome. A vaccine to prevent or significantly attenuate viremia in pregnant women who are residents of or travelers to epidemic or endemic regions is needed to avert congenital ZIKV syndrome, and might also help to suppress epidemic transmission. Here we report on a live-attenuated vaccine candidate that contains a 10-nucleotide deletion in the 3' untranslated region of the ZIKV genome (10-del ZIKV)...
April 10, 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385119/computational-identification-of-mutually-homologous-zika-virus-mirnas-that-target-microcephaly-genes
#18
Ewen McLean, Roshan Bhattarai, Brandon W Hughes, Kuhanandha Mahalingam, Omar Bagasra
Background Zika virus (ZIKV) has been associated with a variety of neuropathologies, including microcephaly. We hypothesize that ZIKV genes activate host microRNAs (miRNAs) causing dysfunctional development of human fetal brains. Objectives/methods A bioinformatics search for miRNA genome-wide binding sites in the prototypic ZIKV (strain MR766) was undertaken to hunt for miRNAs with significant similarities with MCPH genetic sequences responsible for inducing MCHP in human fetal brains. Results Six ZIKV miRNAs were found to share mutual homology with 12 MCPH genetic sequences responsible for inducing MCPH...
December 2017: Libyan Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383800/potential-mechanisms-of-zika-linked-microcephaly
#19
REVIEW
Emily Merfeld, Lily Ben-Avi, Mason Kennon, Kara L Cerveny
A recent outbreak of Zika virus (ZIKV) in Brazil is associated with microcephaly in infants born of infected mothers. As this pandemic spreads, rapid scientific investigation is shedding new light on how prenatal infection with ZIKV causes microcephaly. In this analysis we provide an overview of both microcephaly and ZIKV, explore the connection between prenatal ZIKV infection and microcephaly, and highlight recent insights into how prenatal ZIKV infection depletes the pool of neural progenitors in the developing brain...
April 6, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382163/visualization-of-a-neurotropic-flavivirus-infection-in-mouse-reveals-unique-viscerotropism-controlled-by-host-type-i-interferon-signaling
#20
Xiao-Feng Li, Xiao-Dan Li, Cheng-Lin Deng, Hao-Long Dong, Qiu-Yan Zhang, Qing Ye, Han-Qing Ye, Xing-Yao Huang, Yong-Qiang Deng, Bo Zhang, Cheng-Feng Qin
Flavivirus includes a large group of human pathogens with medical importance. Especially, neurotropic flaviviruses capable of invading central and peripheral nervous system, e.g. Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) and Zika virus (ZIKV), are highly pathogenic to human and constitute major global health problems. However, the dynamic dissemination and pathogenesis of neurotropic flavivirus infections remain largely unknown. Here, using JEV as a model, we rationally designed and constructed a recombinant reporter virus that stably expressed Renilla luciferase (Rluc)...
2017: Theranostics
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