Entries by melina

Molecular dynamics simulations of Zika virus NS3 helicase: Insights into RNA binding site activity

America is still suffering with the outbreak of Zika virus (ZIKV) infection. Congenital ZIKV syndrome has already caused a public health emergency of international concern. However, there are still no vaccines to prevent or drugs to treat the infection caused by ZIKV. The ZIKV NS3 helicase (NS3h) protein is a promising target for drug discovery […]

The spectrum of neuropathological changes associated with congenital Zika virus infection

A major concern associated with ZIKV infection is the increased incidence of microcephaly with frequent calcifications in infants born from infected mothers. To date, postmortem analysis of the central nervous system (CNS) in congenital infection is limited to individual reports or small series. We report a comprehensive neuropathological study in ten newborn babies infected with […]

Zika Virus Infection and Solid Organ Transplantation: A New Challenge

Public health concerns exist surrounding the epidemic of the Zika virus (ZIKV) and the rapid growth of transplantation in developing countries, including endemic zones of active arbovirus transmission, as well as travel to such regions by potential organ donors and recipients. Few data exist regarding the clinical characteristics of ZIKV infection in immunocompromised hosts. Laboratory […]

Zika virus causes testicular atrophy

Zika virus (ZIKV) is an emerging mosquito-borne flavivirus that has recently been found to cause fetal infection and neonatal abnormalities, including microcephaly and neurological dysfunction. ZIKV persists in the semen months after the acute viremic phase in humans. To further understand the consequences of ZIKV persistence in males, we infected Ifnar1−/− mice via subcutaneous injection […]

The clinically approved antiviral drug sofosbuvir inhibits Zika virus replication

Zika virus (ZIKV) is a member of the Flaviviridae family, along with other agents of clinical significance such as dengue (DENV) and hepatitis C (HCV) viruses. Since ZIKV causes neurological disorders during fetal development and in adulthood, antiviral drugs are necessary. Sofosbuvir is clinically approved for use against HCV and targets the protein that is […]

Potential use of saliva samples to diagnose Zika virus infection

Serological diagnosis of ZIKV in countries where dengue virus (DENV) is endemic is challenging, because antibodies elicited by a prior DENV infection may cross-react against ZIKV. Therefore, molecular techniques, such as conventional or real-time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR/qRT-PCR), remain the reference methods for the diagnosis of ZIKV. However, the sensitivity of ZIKV RT-PCR […]

Zika, colaboração para caracterizar uma síndrome

No fim de 2016, consolidou-se a ideia de que a microcefalia representa apenas uma fração dos problemas provocados pelo vírus zika – possivelmente a menor, mas a mais trágica por suas consequências permanentes. Trabalhos publicados em dezembro e nos meses anteriores passaram a caracterizar com mais detalhe o amplo espectro de danos que o bebê […]

Mathematical model for Zika virus dynamics with sexual transmission route

Zika virus is a flavivirus transmitted to humans primarily through the bite of infected Aedes mosquitoes. In addition to vector-borne spread, however, the virus can also be transmitted through sexual contact. In this paper, we formulate and analyze a new system of ordinary differential equations which incorporates both vector and sexual transmission routes. Theoretical analysis […]