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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916522/viral-infection-sensitizes-human-fetal-membranes-to-bacterial-lipopolysaccharide-by-mertk-inhibition-and-inflammasome-activation
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Sarah N Cross, Julie A Potter, Paulomi Aldo, Ja Young Kwon, Mary Pitruzzello, Mancy Tong, Seth Guller, Carla V Rothlin, Gil Mor, Vikki M Abrahams
Chorioamnionitis, premature rupture of fetal membranes (FMs), and subsequent preterm birth are associated with local infection and inflammation, particularly IL-1β production. Although bacterial infections are commonly identified, other microorganisms may play a role in the pathogenesis. Because viral pandemics, such as influenza, Ebola, and Zika, are becoming more common, and pregnant women are at increased risk for associated complications, this study evaluated the impact that viral infection had on human FM innate immune responses...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914749/raised-frequency-of-microcephaly-related-to-zika-virus-infection-in-two-birth-defects-surveillance-systems-in-bogot%C3%A3-and-cali-colombia
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Paula Hurtado-Villa, Angie K Puerto, Salomé Victoria, Gloria Gracia, Lesly Guasmayán, Patricia Arce, Gilberto Álvarez, Esperanza Blandón, Nubia Rengifo, Jorge A Holguín, Alexander Durán, Ignacio Zarante
Zika virus infection during pregnancy is now known to cause congenital microcephaly and severe brain defects. In 2016, rates of microcephaly appeared to start increasing around May, peaking in July, and declining through December. The occurrence of microcephaly appears to have increased nearly 4-fold in 2 large cities in Colombia, concurrently with the reported Zika virus epidemic in the country.
October 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910635/gestational-stage-and-ifn-%C3%AE-signaling-regulate-zikv-infection-in-utero
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Brett W Jagger, Jonathan J Miner, Bin Cao, Nitin Arora, Amber M Smith, Attila Kovacs, Indira U Mysorekar, Carolyn B Coyne, Michael S Diamond
Although Zika virus (ZIKV)-induced congenital disease occurs more frequently during early stages of pregnancy, its basis remains undefined. Using established type I interferon (IFN)-deficient mouse models of ZIKV transmission in utero, we found that the placenta and fetus were more susceptible to ZIKV infection at earlier gestational stages. Whereas ZIKV infection at embryonic day 6 (E6) resulted in placental insufficiency and fetal demise, infections at midstage (E9) resulted in reduced cranial dimensions, and infection later in pregnancy (E12) caused no apparent fetal disease...
September 13, 2017: Cell Host & Microbe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887877/epidemiological-and-ecological-determinants-of-zika-virus-transmission-in-an-urban-setting
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José Lourenço, Maricelia Maia de Lima, Nuno Rodrigues Faria, Andrew Walker, Moritz Ug Kraemer, Christian Julian Villabona-Arenas, Ben Lambert, Erenilde Marques de Cerqueira, Oliver G Pybus, Luiz Cj Alcantara, Mario Recker
The Zika virus has emerged as a global public health concern. Its rapid geographic expansion is attributed to the success of Aedes mosquito vectors, but local epidemiological drivers are still poorly understood. Feira de Santana played a pivotal role in the Chikungunya epidemic in Brazil and was one of the first urban centres to report Zika infections. Using a climate-driven transmission model and notified Zika case data, we show that a low observation rate and high vectorial capacity translated into a significant attack rate during the 2015 outbreak, with a subsequent decline in 2016 and fade-out in 2017 due to herd-immunity...
September 9, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878742/zika-virus-what-have-we-learnt-since-the-start-of-the-recent-epidemic
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REVIEW
Juan-Carlos Saiz, Miguel A Martín-Acebes, Rubén Bueno-Marí, Oscar D Salomón, Luis C Villamil-Jiménez, Jorg Heukelbach, Carlos H Alencar, Paul K Armstrong, Tania M Ortiga-Carvalho, Rosalia Mendez-Otero, Paulo H Rosado-de-Castro, Pedro M Pimentel-Coelho
Zika is a viral disease transmitted mainly by mosquitoes of the genus Aedes. In recent years, it has expanded geographically, changing from an endemic mosquito-borne disease across equatorial Asia and Africa, to an epidemic disease causing large outbreaks in several areas of the world. With the recent Zika virus (ZIKV) outbreaks in the Americas, the disease has become a focus of attention of public health agencies and of the international research community, especially due to an association with neurological disorders in adults and to the severe neurological and ophthalmological abnormalities found in fetuses and newborns of mothers exposed to ZIKV during pregnancy...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878071/zika-virus-escapes-nk-cell-detection-by-upregulating-mhc-class-i-molecules
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Ariella Glasner, Esther Oiknine-Djian, Yiska Weisblum, Mohammad Diab, Amos Panet, Dana G Wolf, Ofer Mandelboim
NK cells are innate lymphocytes that participate in many immune processes encompassing cancer, bacterial and fungal infection, autoimmunity and even pregnancy and are specialize in anti-viral defense. NK cells express inhibitory and activating receptors and kill their targets when activating signals overpower the inhibitory ones. The NK cell inhibitory receptors compose of a uniquely diverse array of proteins named Killer-cell immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIRs) the CD94 family and the leukocyte immunoglobulin like receptor family (LIR)...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877754/association-between-suspected-zika-virus-disease-during-pregnancy-and-giving-birth-to-a-newborn-with-congenital-microcephaly-a-matched-case-control-study
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Ticiane Henriques Santa Rita, Renata Barcelos Barra, Gisele Pasquali Peixoto, Pedro Goes Mesquita, Gustavo Barcelos Barra
OBJECTIVE: In early 2015, an outbreak of an acute exanthematous illness with dengue-like symptoms occurred in northeastern Brazil. By the end of the same year, an unexpected increase in the number of cases of microcephaly was observed in the region. The microcephaly outbreak cause was unknown and rumors pointing to various potential causes arose. Since we were unaware at the time if this scenario would attract the interest of the broader scientific community, due to the neglected regions associated and as often happens with many others health conditions related to infectious diseases in Latin America...
September 6, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28837029/zika-virus-outbreak-should-assisted-reproduction-patients-avoid-pregnancy
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Edson Borges, Daniela Paes de Almeida Ferreira Braga, Bianca Ferrarini Zanetti, Amanda Souza Setti, Rodrigo Rosa Provenza, Assumpto Iaconelli
OBJECTIVE: To discuss the requirement from the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA), for assisted reproduction treatment patients to undergo laboratory tests for ZIKV detection, and if the public health authorities and government leaders' recommendations to women simply avoid pregnancy is prudent. METHODS: This study was performed in a university-affiliated in vitro fertilization center in Brazil. We present a critical discussion on the risk of microcephaly due to ZIKV infection and the prevalence of other harmful pathogens to vulnerable pregnant women and infants...
September 1, 2017: JBRA Assisted Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28835931/t-cell-responses-in-individuals-infected-with-zika-virus-and-in-those-vaccinated-against-dengue-virus
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Dominic Paquin-Proulx, Fabio E Leal, Cassia G Terrassani Silveira, Alvino Maestri, Claudia Brockmeyer, Shannon M Kitchen, Vinicius D Cabido, Esper G Kallas, Douglas F Nixon
BACKGROUND: The outbreak of Zika virus (ZIKV) infection in Brazil has raised concerns that infection during pregnancy could cause microcephaly and other severe neurodevelopmental malformations in the fetus. The mechanisms by which ZIKV causes fetal abnormalities are largely unknown. The importance of pre-infection with dengue virus (DENV), or other flaviviruses endemic to Brazil, remains to be investigated. It has been reported that antibodies directed against DENV can increase ZIKV infectivity by antibody dependent enhancement (ADE), suggesting that a history of prior DENV infection might worsen the outcome of ZIKV infection...
2017: Pathogens & Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28827581/asian-zika-virus-strains-target-cd14-blood-monocytes-and-induce-m2-skewed-immunosuppression-during-pregnancy
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Suan-Sin Foo, Weiqiang Chen, Yen Chan, James W Bowman, Lin-Chun Chang, Younho Choi, Ji Seung Yoo, Jianning Ge, Genhong Cheng, Alexandre Bonnin, Karin Nielsen-Saines, Patrícia Brasil, Jae U Jung
Blood CD14(+) monocytes are frontline immunomodulators categorized into classical, intermediate or non-classical subsets, and subsequently differentiated into M1 pro- or M2 anti-inflammatory macrophages on stimulation. Although the Zika virus (ZIKV) rapidly establishes viraemia, the target cells and immune responses, particularly during pregnancy, remain elusive. Furthermore, it is unknown whether African- and Asian-lineage ZIKV have different phenotypic impacts on host immune responses. Using human blood infection, we identified CD14(+) monocytes as the primary target for African- or Asian-lineage ZIKV infection...
August 21, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811170/zika-virus-research-models
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REVIEW
Jessica L Kublin, James B Whitney
The 2015 Brazilian Zika virus outbreak sparked a rapid response to control the spread of the virus. What was first understood to be a mild self-resolving infection is now linked to significant neurological defects in both neonates, and adults. The WHO declared the 2016 Zika epidemic a public health emergency and issued an unprecedented recommendation to women in affected regions to delay pregnancy until the risks surrounding Zika virus could be understood, or the epidemic contained. Since that time, considerable effort has been dedicated to understanding Zika transmission and pathogenesis to aid the development of drugs and vaccines...
August 12, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804687/zika-virus-zikv-a-review-of-proposed-mechanisms-of-transmission-and-associated-congenital-abnormalities
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Sruti K Desai, Steven D Hartman, Shilpa Jayarajan, Stephanie Liu, G Ian Gallicano
Zika virus (ZIKV) has been of major international public health concern following large outbreaks in the Americas occurring in 2015-2016. Most notably, ZIKV has been seen to pose dangers in pregnancy due to its association with congenital abnormalities such as microcephaly. Numerous experimental approaches have been taken to address how the virus can cross the placenta, alter normal fetal development, and disrupt specific cellular functions. Many areas concerning the mechanisms of transmission, especially from mother to fetus, are largely unknown but demand further research...
2017: American Journal of Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798738/zika-virus-an-emerging-worldwide-threat
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Irfan A Rather, Jameel B Lone, Vivek K Bajpai, Woon K Paek, Jeongheui Lim
ZIKA virus (ZIKV) poses a severe threat to the world. Recent outbreaks of ZIKV after 2007 along with its quick transmission have made this virus a matter of international concern. The virus shows symptoms that are similar to those caused in the wake of dengue virus (DENV) and other flaviviruses, which makes it difficult to discern the viral infection. Diagnosis is further complicated as the virus cross-reacts with antibodies of other viruses. Currently, molecular diagnosis of the virus is being performed by RT-PCR and IgM-captured enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (MAC-ELISA)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796762/notes-from-the-field-zika-virus-associated-neonatal-birth-defects-surveillance-texas-january-2016-july-2017
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Noemi Borsay Hall, Kelly Broussard, Nicole Evert, Mark Canfield
On November 28, 2016, the Texas Department of State Health Services (Texas DSHS) reported its first confirmed case of local mosquitoborne Zika virus transmission in the city of Brownsville, located in south Texas along the U.S.-Mexico border. Zika virus infection during pregnancy has been linked to adverse congenital outcomes including microcephaly, neural tube defects, early brain malformations, structural eye abnormalities, congenital deafness, and limb contractures (1). On January 1, 2016, Texas DSHS established enhanced surveillance to identify women with laboratory evidence of possible Zika virus infection during pregnancy and suspected cases of Zika virus-associated birth defects among completed pregnancies...
August 11, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795959/zika-virus-and-the-eye
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Bruno de Paula Freitas, Camila V Ventura, Mauricio Maia, Rubens Belfort
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The aim of this study was to review the ocular findings related to the Zika virus (ZIKV) based on the main studies published to date, describe the patterns of the lesions and risk factors, and identify the public health implications and scientific importance of this emerging disease. RECENT FINDINGS: In most studies, the ZIKV seems related to congenital ocular lesions and most mothers reported mild symptoms during the first pregnancy trimester...
August 8, 2017: Current Opinion in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783051/microcephaly-prevalence-in-infants-born-to-zika-virus-infected-women-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Antonio Victor Campos Coelho, Sergio Crovella
Zika virus is an emergent flavivirus transmitted by Aedes genus mosquitoes that recently reached the Americas and was soon implicated in an increase of microcephaly incidence. The objective of the present study is to systematically review the published data and perform a meta-analysis to estimate the prevalence of microcephaly in babies born to Zika virus-infected women during pregnancy. We searched PubMed and Cochrane databases, included cohort studies, and excluded case reports and case series publications...
August 5, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28775298/sexual-and-vertical-transmission-of-zika-virus-in-anti-interferon-receptor-treated-rag1-deficient-mice
#17
Clayton W Winkler, Tyson A Woods, Rebecca Rosenke, Dana P Scott, Sonja M Best, Karin E Peterson
Although Zika virus (ZIKV) is primarily transmitted to humans by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, human-to-human transmission has also been observed from males-to-females as well as mother-to-offspring. In the current study, we studied both sexual transmission (STx) and vertical transmission (VTx) of ZIKV using anti-IFNAR1-treatment of Rag1 (-/-) (AIR) mice. These mice have suppressed type I IFN responses and lack adaptive immune responses, leading to a prolonged infection prior to clinical disease. STx of ZIKV from infected AIR males to naive Ifnar1 (-/-) females was observed with greater than 50% incidence, with infection observed in the vaginal tract at early time points...
August 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758019/current-trends-in-zika-vaccine-development
#18
EDITORIAL
Francisco A Lagunas-Rangel, Martha E Viveros-Sandoval, Arturo Reyes-Sandoval
The Zika virus (ZIKV) was first isolated in 1947 in Uganda. While it took 60 years for this virus to cause major outbreaks, an important shift in its ability to cause epidemics took place in the first and second decades of the this century: in 2007 in Yap Island, Micronesia, followed by French Polynesia in 2013 and, finally in 2015 and 2016, when ZIKV infections occurred throughout South America, Central America and the Caribbean, spreading rapidly to reach North America in just a single year. No licensed prophylactic vaccine is yet available but recent efforts towards the development of a vaccine have been remarkable from both the private and public sectors and include new candidate vaccines ranging from the classical live-attenuated or inactivated vaccines to more sophisticated approaches such as mRNA or genetically engineered viral platforms...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Virus Eradication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750247/macaque-monkeys-in-zika-virus-research-1947-present
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REVIEW
Christina Newman, Thomas C Friedrich, David H O'Connor
Zika virus was first isolated in 1947 from an exotic rhesus macaque. Nearly 70 years later, the emergence of Zika virus in the Americas and its newly described association with birth defects has motivated the development of captive macaque monkey models of human Zika virus infection. This review describes similarities between macaque and human Zika virus pathogenesis and discusses specific advantages and disadvantages of using macaques instead of other laboratory animal models. In particular, macaques provide an outstanding model for understanding in utero Zika virus infections that are essential for evaluating preclinical interventions for use in pregnancy...
July 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749921/update-interim-guidance-for-health-care-providers-caring-for-pregnant-women-with-possible-zika-virus-exposure-united-states-including-u-s-territories-july-2017
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Titilope Oduyebo, Kara D Polen, Henry T Walke, Sarah Reagan-Steiner, Eva Lathrop, Ingrid B Rabe, Wendi L Kuhnert-Tallman, Stacey W Martin, Allison T Walker, Christopher J Gregory, Edwin W Ades, Darin S Carroll, Maria Rivera, Janice Perez-Padilla, Carolyn Gould, Jeffrey B Nemhauser, C Ben Beard, Jennifer L Harcourt, Laura Viens, Michael Johansson, Sascha R Ellington, Emily Petersen, Laura A Smith, Jessica Reichard, Jorge Munoz-Jordan, Michael J Beach, Dale A Rose, Ezra Barzilay, Michelle Noonan-Smith, Denise J Jamieson, Sherif R Zaki, Lyle R Petersen, Margaret A Honein, Dana Meaney-Delman
CDC has updated the interim guidance for U.S. health care providers caring for pregnant women with possible Zika virus exposure in response to 1) declining prevalence of Zika virus disease in the World Health Organization's Region of the Americas (Americas) and 2) emerging evidence indicating prolonged detection of Zika virus immunoglobulin M (IgM) antibodies. Zika virus cases were first reported in the Americas during 2015-2016; however, the incidence of Zika virus disease has since declined. As the prevalence of Zika virus disease declines, the likelihood of false-positive test results increases...
July 28, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
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