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Zika mutate

Letícia B Smith, Shinji Kasai, Jeffrey G Scott
Aedes aegypti and A. albopictus mosquitoes are vectors of important human disease viruses, including dengue, yellow fever, chikungunya and Zika. Pyrethroid insecticides are widely used to control adult Aedes mosquitoes, especially during disease outbreaks. Herein, we review the status of pyrethroid resistance in A. aegypti and A. albopictus, mechanisms of resistance, fitness costs associated with resistance alleles and provide suggestions for future research. The widespread use of pyrethroids has given rise to many populations with varying levels of resistance worldwide, albeit with substantial geographical variation...
October 2016: Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology
Azeem Mehmood Butt, Izza Nasrullah, Raheel Qamar, Yigang Tong
The codon usage patterns of viruses reflect the evolutionary changes that allow them to optimize their survival and adapt their fitness to the external environment and, most importantly, their hosts. Here we report the genotype-specific codon usage patterns of Zika virus (ZIKV) strains from the current and previous outbreaks. Several genotype-specific and common codon usage traits were noted in the ZIKV coding sequences, indicating their independent evolutionary origins from a common ancestor. The overall influence of natural selection was more profound than that of mutation pressure, acting on a specific set of viral genes in the Asian-genotype ZIKV strains from the recent outbreak...
October 12, 2016: Emerging Microbes & Infections
John H-O Pettersson, Vegard Eldholm, Stephen J Seligman, Åke Lundkvist, Andrew K Falconar, Michael W Gaunt, Didier Musso, Antoine Nougairède, Remi Charrel, Ernest A Gould, Xavier de Lamballerie
The unexpected emergence of Zika virus (ZIKV) in the Pacific Islands and Latin America and its association with congenital Zika virus syndrome (CZVS) (which includes microcephaly) and Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) have stimulated wide-ranging research. High densities of susceptible Aedes spp., immunologically naive human populations, global population growth with increased urbanization, and escalation of global transportation of humans and commercial goods carrying vectors and ZIKV undoubtedly enhanced the emergence of ZIKV...
October 11, 2016: MBio
Silvia Angeletti, Alessandra Lo Presti, Marta Giovanetti, Alba Grifoni, Massimo Amicosante, Marco Ciotti, Luiz-Carlos J Alcantara, Eleonora Cella, Massimo Ciccozzi
Zika virus (ZIKV) is an emerging Flavivirus that have recently caused an outbreak in Brazil and rapid spread in several countries. In this study, the consequences of ZIKV evolution on protein recognition by the host immune system have been analyzed. Evolutionary analysis was combined with homology modeling and T-B cells epitope predictions. Two separate clades, the African one with the Uganda sequence, as the most probable ancestor, and the second one containing all the most recent sequences from the equatorial belt were identified...
September 27, 2016: Pathogens and Global Health
Xuping Xie, Jing Zou, Chao Shan, Yujiao Yang, Dieudonné Buh Kum, Kai Dallmeier, Johan Neyts, Pei-Yong Shi
The current epidemic of Zika virus (ZIKV) has underscored the urgency to establish experimental systems for studying viral replication and pathogenesis, and countermeasure development. Here we report two ZIKV replicon systems: a luciferase replicon that can differentiate between viral translation and RNA synthesis; and a stable luciferase replicon carrying cell line that can be used to screen and characterize inhibitors of viral replication. The transient replicon was used to evaluate the effect of an NS5 polymerase mutation on viral RNA synthesis and to analyze a known ZIKV inhibitor...
September 14, 2016: EBioMedicine
Jing Wu, Da-Yong Huang, Jun-Tao Ma, Ying-Hua Ma, Yi-Fei Hu
OBJECTIVE: To clarify the possible association between the Zika virus (ZIKV) and microcephaly and understand where we are in terms of research and the debate on the causation between mild maternal clinical features and severe fetal microcephaly. DATA SOURCES: We did a comprehensive literature review with the keywords "zika" and/or "microcephaly" from inception to May 27, 2016, with PubMed. STUDY SELECTION: Studies were included and analyzed if they met all of the following criteria: "probable or confirmed infant microcephaly" and "probable or confirmed ZIKV infection among mothers or infants"...
2016: Chinese Medical Journal
Chui-Yee Fong, Arijit Biswas, Walter Stunkel, Yap-Seng Chong, Ariff Bongso
The infants of mothers with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) have an increased risk of metabolic and cardiovascular disease. It has been difficult to study the direct effects of maternal hyperglycemia on the fetus because of inaccessibility of fetal tissues. The development of tissues that simulate the function of fetal organs using stem cell technology provides an unprecedented opportunity to study this disorder. Stem cells in the Wharton's jelly of the umbilical cord (hWJSCs), possess unique properties that are different from other stem cells...
September 12, 2016: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
Leslie Goo, Kimberly A Dowd, Alexander R Y Smith, Rebecca S Pelc, Christina R DeMaso, Theodore C Pierson
UNLABELLED: Zika virus (ZIKV) is a flavivirus that has emerged as a global health threat due in part to its association with congenital abnormalities. Other globally relevant flaviviruses include dengue virus (DENV) and West Nile virus (WNV). High-resolution structures of ZIKV reveal many similarities to DENV and suggest some differences, including an extended glycan loop (D. Sirohi, Z. Chen, L. Sun, T. Klose, T. C. Pierson, et al., 352:467-470, 2016,
2016: MBio
Manuela Sironi, Diego Forni, Mario Clerici, Rachele Cagliani
The Flavivirus genus comprises several human pathogens such as dengue virus (DENV), Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV), and Zika virus (ZIKV). Although ZIKV usually causes mild symptoms, growing evidence is linking it to congenital birth defects and to increased risk of Guillain-Barré syndrome. ZIKV encodes a polyprotein that is processed to produce three structural and seven nonstructural (NS) proteins. We investigated the evolution of the viral polyprotein in ZIKV and in related flaviviruses (DENV, Spondweni virus, and Kedougou virus)...
September 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Nicholas J Silvestri, Gil I Wolfe, David Lacomis, Mark B Bromberg
The Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is one of the few neuropathies well known to the general public, in part because of its association with swine flu vaccinations in 1976. GBS has again reached the general public with its possible association with Zika virus. The virus, borne by infected Aedes aegypti mosquitos, is being linked to birth defects when pregnant women are bitten and infected. There are early reports also linking GBS to Zika infection, which could expose a wider range of infected people to the neuropathy...
September 2016: Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Disease
Gustavo Ponce-García, Samantha Del Río-Galvan, Roberto Barrera, Karla Saavedra-Rodriguez, Karina Villanueva-Segura, Gilberto Felix, Manuel Amador, Adriana E Flores
Permethrin resistance is widespread in Aedes aegypti (L.), the main dengue, zika, and chikungunya virus vector in Latin America and the Caribbean. A common mechanism of resistance to pyrethroids-knockdown resistance (kdr)-is conferred through mutations in the insect's voltage-dependent sodium channel. In this mosquito, around 10 replacement substitutions in the voltage-gated sodium channel gene (vgsc) have been reported in pyrethroid-resistant strains. Two of these mutations, named Ile1,016 and Cys1,534, are widespread in mosquito populations from Latin America and the Caribbean...
August 4, 2016: Journal of Medical Entomology
Juan Cristina, Alvaro Fajardo, Martín Soñora, Gonzalo Moratorio, Héctor Musto
Zika virus (ZIKV) is a member of the family Flaviviridae and its genome consists of a single-stranded positive sense RNA molecule with 10,794 nucleotides. Clinical manifestations of disease caused by ZIKV infection range from asymptomatic cases to an influenza-like syndrome. There is an increasing concern about the possible relation among microcephaly and ZIKV infection. To get insight into the relation of codon usage among viruses and their hosts is extremely important to understand virus survival, fitness, evasion from host's immune system and evolution...
September 2, 2016: Virus Research
Rama Adiga
ZIKV infection has become a global threat spreading across 31 countries in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. However, little information is available about the molecular epidemiology of ZIKV. Shared mutation of a threonine residue to alanine at the same position in the C terminal of NS5 sequences was observed in sequences from Colombia, Mexico, Panama, and Martinique. The sequences in the phylogenetic tree fell within the same cluster. Based on shared mutation the presence of a Latin American genotype was proposed...
October 2016: Journal of Medical Virology
Bryan D Cox, Richard A Stanton, Raymond F Schinazi
BACKGROUND: Zika virus is an emerging crisis as infection is implicated in severe neurological disorders-Guillain-Barré syndrome and fetal microcephaly. There are currently no treatment options available for Zika virus infection. This virus is part of the flavivirus genus and closely related to Dengue Fever Virus, West Nile Virus, and Japanese Encephalitis Virus. Like other flaviviruses, the Zika virus genome encodes three structural proteins (capsid, precursor membrane, and envelope) and seven nonstructural proteins (NS1, NS2A, NS2B, NS3, NS4A, NS4B, and NS5)...
August 2015: Antiviral Chemistry & Chemotherapy
Alice Panchaud, Miloš Stojanov, Anne Ammerdorffer, Manon Vouga, David Baud
The rapid spread of the Zika virus (ZIKV) in the Americas and its potential association with thousands of suspected cases of microcephaly in Brazil and higher rates of Guillain-Barré syndrome meet the conditions for a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, as stated by the World Health Organization in February 2016. Two months later, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the current available evidence supports the existence of a causal relationship between prenatal Zika virus infection and microcephaly and other serious brain anomalies...
July 2016: Clinical Microbiology Reviews
Yoshiaki Omura, Dominic Lu, Marilyn K Jones, Abdallah Nihrane, Harsha Duvvi, Dario Yapor, Yasuhiro Shimotsuura, Motomu Ohki
During the past 10 years, the author had found that the optimal dose of Vitamin D3 400 I.U. has safe & effective anticancer effects, while commonly used 2000-5000 I.U. of Vit. D3 often creates a 2-3 time increase in cancer markers. We examined the concentration of Taurine in normal internal organs and in cancer using Bi-Digital O-Ring Test. We found that Taurine levels in normal tissue are 4-6ng. But, the amount of Taurine of average normal value of 5.0-5.25ng was strikingly reduced to 0.0025-0.0028ng in this study of several examples in adenocarcinomas of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, colon, prostate, and lung, as well as breast cancer...
2016: Acupuncture & Electro-therapeutics Research
Ian S Logan
The World Health Organization has declared the present Zika virus epidemic to be a 'Public Health Emergency of International Concern'. The virus appears to have spread from Thailand to French Polynesia in 2013, and has since infected over a million people in the countries of South and Central America. In most cases the infection is mild and transient, but the virus does appear to be strongly neurotropic and the presumptive cause of both birth defects in fetuses and Guillain-Barré syndrome in some adults. In this paper, the techniques and utilities developed in the study of mitochondrial DNA were applied to the Zika virus...
March 18, 2016: Dong Wu Xue Yan Jiu, Zoological Research
Nuno Rodrigues Faria, Raimunda do Socorro da Silva Azevedo, Moritz U G Kraemer, Renato Souza, Mariana Sequetin Cunha, Sarah C Hill, Julien Thézé, Michael B Bonsall, Thomas A Bowden, Ilona Rissanen, Iray Maria Rocco, Juliana Silva Nogueira, Adriana Yurika Maeda, Fernanda Giseli da Silva Vasami, Fernando Luiz de Lima Macedo, Akemi Suzuki, Sueli Guerreiro Rodrigues, Ana Cecilia Ribeiro Cruz, Bruno Tardeli Nunes, Daniele Barbosa de Almeida Medeiros, Daniela Sueli Guerreiro Rodrigues, Alice Louize Nunes Queiroz, Eliana Vieira Pinto da Silva, Daniele Freitas Henriques, Elisabeth Salbe Travassos da Rosa, Consuelo Silva de Oliveira, Livia Caricio Martins, Helena Baldez Vasconcelos, Livia Medeiros Neves Casseb, Darlene de Brito Simith, Jane P Messina, Leandro Abade, José Lourenço, Luiz Carlos Junior Alcantara, Maricélia Maia de Lima, Marta Giovanetti, Simon I Hay, Rodrigo Santos de Oliveira, Poliana da Silva Lemos, Layanna Freitas de Oliveira, Clayton Pereira Silva de Lima, Sandro Patroca da Silva, Janaina Mota de Vasconcelos, Luciano Franco, Jedson Ferreira Cardoso, João Lídio da Silva Gonçalves Vianez-Júnior, Daiana Mir, Gonzalo Bello, Edson Delatorre, Kamran Khan, Marisa Creatore, Giovanini Evelim Coelho, Wanderson Kleber de Oliveira, Robert Tesh, Oliver G Pybus, Marcio R T Nunes, Pedro F C Vasconcelos
Brazil has experienced an unprecedented epidemic of Zika virus (ZIKV), with ~30,000 cases reported to date. ZIKV was first detected in Brazil in May 2015, and cases of microcephaly potentially associated with ZIKV infection were identified in November 2015. We performed next-generation sequencing to generate seven Brazilian ZIKV genomes sampled from four self-limited cases, one blood donor, one fatal adult case, and one newborn with microcephaly and congenital malformations. Results of phylogenetic and molecular clock analyses show a single introduction of ZIKV into the Americas, which we estimated to have occurred between May and December 2013, more than 12 months before the detection of ZIKV in Brazil...
April 15, 2016: Science
Mei-Shan Jiang, Shi-Yi Chen, Song-Jia Lai, Xiao-Song Deng, Yun Chen, Jie Wan
Single nucleotide polymorphisms in the coding sequence of melanoeortin-4 receptor (MC4R) gene were detected by PCR-SSCP and DNA sequencing method in Harbin white rabbit, Tianfu black rabbit, Belgian hare, ZIKA rabbit, and California rabbit breeds. A-->G conversion mutation at base position 237 was found with high frequency in Harbin white rabbit, Belgian hare, and Zika rabbit and low frequency in Tianfu black rabbit and California rabbit. The allele A was pre-dominant allele for each of meat rabbit breeds...
December 2008: Yi Chuan, Hereditas
Xiao-Song Deng, Jie Wan, Shi-Yi Chen, Yan Wang, Song-Jia Lai, Mei-Shan Jiang, Min Xu
Five rabbit populations (Belgian hare, Tianfu black rabbit, Great line of Zika rabbit, Harbin white rabbit, and California rabbit) were used to analyze the polymorphism of growth hormone receptor (GHR) gene by PCR-SSCP. Results indicated that there were two mutation sites (C705T and C810T) in the 5 populations. The least square analyses showed that the live weight, visceraste weight, and slaughter percentage of AA and MM genotypes were significantly lower than BB and NN genotypes (P<0.05). In contrast, the GHR polymorphism had no significant difference for least squares means of feed transformation efficiency (P>0...
November 2008: Yi Chuan, Hereditas
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