New insect virus provides a safer platform for flavivirus vaccines and tests

(American Association for the Advancement of Science) A research team has identified a new species of virus specific to insects that can be engineered to house genes from related viruses that cause diseases such as Zika and yellow fever.
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West Nile (WN) virus infection of humans is frequently asymptomatic, but can also lead to WN fever or neuroinvasive disease. CD4 T cells and B cells are critical in the defense against WN virus, and neutralizing antibodies, which are directed against the viral glycoprotein E, are an accepted correlate of protection. For the efficient production of these antibodies, B cells interact directly with CD4 helper T cells that recognize peptides from E or the two other structural proteins (capsid-C and membrane-prM/M) of the virus. However, the specific protein sites yielding such helper epitopes remain unknown. Here, we explored ...
Source: Frontiers in Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
Flaviviruses such as dengue, yellow fever, Zika, West Nile, and Japanese encephalitis virus present substantial global health burdens. New vaccines are being sought to address safety and manufacturing issues associated with current live attenuated vaccines. Here, we describe a new insect-specific flavivirus, Binjari virus, which was found to be remarkably tolerant for exchange of its structural protein genes (prME) with those of the aforementioned pathogenic vertebrate-infecting flaviviruses (VIFs). Chimeric BinJ/VIF-prME viruses remained replication defective in vertebrate cells but replicated with high efficiency in mosq...
Source: Science Translational Medicine - Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Tags: Research Articles Source Type: research
Lu Lu Recently, Zika virus (ZIKV) has attracted much attention in consideration of its association with severe neurological complications including fetal microcephaly. However, there are currently no prophylactic vaccines or therapeutic drugs approved for clinical treatments of ZIKV infection. To determine the potential anti-ZIKV inhibitors, we screened a library of clinical drugs with good safety profiles. Erythromycin estolate (Ery-Est), one of the macrolide antibiotics, was found to effectively inhibit ZIKV infection in different cell types and significantly protect A129 mice from ZIKV-associated neurological sign...
Source: Viruses - Category: Virology Authors: Tags: Article Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: The co-circulation of those viruses in the same area represents a risk for the development of severe infections if they spread throughout the country. Successive flavivirus infections may have an impact on disease pathogenesis, as well as on the development of safe vaccine strategies. PMID: 31411310 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Memorias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Tags: Mem Inst Oswaldo Cruz Source Type: research
Conclusions/SignificanceThe two barriers associated withAe.aegypti midgut prevent YFV-17D replication. Our study contributes to our basic understanding of vector –pathogen interactions and may also aid in the development of non-transmissible live virus vaccines.
Source: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases - Category: Tropical Medicine Authors: Source Type: research
Discussion Dengue is an important arboviral infection that affects about 40% of the world population. It is found mainly in topical and subtropical areas of the world mainly in developing countries but it range is spreading including the United States. A review of common arboviruses can be found here. It is a flaviavirus with 4 distinct serotypes named DENV-1 through DENV-4 and is spread by A. aegypti a day biting mosquito. Infection with one serotype confers immunity to that serotype but not the others. It does offer some protection for cross-infection but this only lasts a few months. Incubation period is 3-14 days with ...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news
Many flaviviruses including dengue (DENV), and Zika (ZIKV) have attracted significant attention in the past few years. As many flaviviruses are spread by arthropods, most of the world’s population is at risk of encountering a flavivirus, and infection with these viruses has created a significant disease burden worldwide. Vaccination against flaviviruses is thought to be one of the most promising avenues for reducing the disease burden associated with these viruses. The optimism surrounding a vaccine approach is supported by the highly successful vaccines for yellow fever and Japanese Encephalitis. Central to the deve...
Source: Frontiers in Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 13 June 2019Source: Antiviral ResearchAuthor(s): Anna Dubankova, Evzen BouraAbstractYellow fever virus (YFV) is responsible for devastating outbreaks of Yellow fever (YF) in humans and is associated with high mortality rates. Recent large epidemics and epizootics and exponential increases in the numbers of YF cases in humans and non-human primates highlight the increasing threat YFV poses, despite the availability of an effective YFV vaccine. YFV is the first human virus discovered, but the structures of several of the viral proteins remain poorly understood. Here we report the structure ...
Source: Antiviral Therapy - Category: Virology Source Type: research
Abstract Yellow fever virus (YFV) is responsible for devastating outbreaks of Yellow fever (YF) in humans and is associated with high mortality rates. Recent large epidemics and epizootics and exponential increases in the numbers of YF cases in humans and non-human primates highlight the increasing threat YFV poses, despite the availability of an effective YFV vaccine. YFV is the first human virus discovered, but the structures of several of the viral proteins remain poorly understood. Here we report the structure of the full-length NS5 protein, a key enzyme for the replication of flaviviruses that contains both a...
Source: Antiviral Research - Category: Virology Authors: Tags: Antiviral Res Source Type: research
Dengue virus (DENV) is a member of the Flavivirus family that includes Zika virus (ZIKV), West Nile virus, Japanese encephalitis virus, and yellow fever virus. As the most prevalent of the flaviviruses, DENV is responsible for tens of millions of infections each year. The clinical manifestations of infection with one of the four DENV serotypes (DENV1–4) range from no symptoms to hemorrhagic fever and shock (“severe dengue”), which is fatal in ~25,000 patients annually. Many factors contribute to the development of severe dengue, including the DENV serotype and host expression of certain HLA alleles; howev...
Source: Frontiers in Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
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