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Ann Lab Med ; 41(2): 225-229, 2021 Mar 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33063685

RESUMO

In response to the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, an online laboratory surveillance system was established to monitor severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) real-time reverse transcription-PCR (rRT-PCR) testing capacities and results. SARS-CoV-2 rRT-PCR testing data were collected from 97 clinical laboratories, including 84 medical institutions and 13 independent clinical laboratories in Korea. We assessed the testing capacities to utilize SARS-CoV-2 rRT-PCR based on surveillance data obtained from February 7th to June 4th, 2020 and evaluated positive result characteristics according to the reagents used and sample types. A total of 1,890,319 SARS-CoV-2 rRT-PCR testing were performed, 2.3% of which were positive. Strong correlations were observed between the envelope (E) gene and RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp)/nucleocapsid (N) genes threshold cycle (Ct) values for each reagent. No statistically significant differences in gene Ct values were observed between the paired upper and lower respiratory tract samples, except in the N gene for nasopharyngeal swab and sputum samples. Our study showed that clinical laboratories in Korea have rapidly expanded their testing capacities in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, with a peak daily capacity of 34,193 tests. Rapid expansion in testing capacity is a critical component of the national response to the ongoing pandemic.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus/genética , Serviços de Laboratório Clínico/estatística & dados numéricos , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Pneumonia Viral/diagnóstico , Betacoronavirus/isolamento & purificação , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Humanos , Laboratórios Hospitalares , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , RNA Replicase/genética , RNA Viral/genética , RNA Viral/metabolismo , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase em Tempo Real , República da Coreia , Proteínas do Envelope Viral/genética , Proteínas Virais/genética
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Euro Surveill ; 25(39)2020 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33006300

RESUMO

We found that a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in the nucleoprotein gene of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) from a patient interfered with detection in a widely used commercial assay. Some 0.2% of the isolates in the EpiCoV database contain this SNP. Although SARS-CoV-2 was still detected by the other probe in the assay, this underlines the necessity of targeting two independent essential regions of a pathogen for reliable detection.


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Betacoronavirus/genética , Técnicas de Laboratório Clínico , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Nucleoproteínas/genética , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/diagnóstico , Mutação Puntual , Polimorfismo de Nucleotídeo Único , RNA Viral/genética , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase em Tempo Real , Proteínas Virais/genética , Sequência de Bases , Betacoronavirus/isolamento & purificação , Técnicas de Laboratório Clínico/métodos , Busca de Comunicante , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Primers do DNA , Erros de Diagnóstico , Reações Falso-Negativas , Feminino , Genes Virais , Humanos , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Nasofaringe/virologia , Nucleoproteínas/análise , Filogenia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase em Tempo Real/métodos , Romênia , Doença Relacionada a Viagens , Proteínas Virais/análise
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Mol Biol Evol ; 37(9): 2463-2464, 2020 09 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32893295

RESUMO

Identifying the origin of SARS-CoV-2, the etiological agent of the current COVID-19 pandemic, may help us to avoid future epidemics of coronavirus and other zoonoses. Several theories about the zoonotic origin of SARS-CoV-2 have recently been proposed. Although Betacoronavirus found in Rhinolophus bats from China have been broadly implicated, their genetic dissimilarity to SARS-CoV-2 is so high that they are highly unlikely to be its direct ancestors. Thus, an intermediary host is suspected to link bat to human coronaviruses. Based on genomic CpG dinucleotide patterns in different coronaviruses from different hosts, it was suggested that SARS-CoV-2 might have evolved in a canid gastrointestinal tract prior to transmission to humans. However, similar CpG patterns are now reported in coronaviruses from other hosts, including bats themselves and pangolins. Therefore, reduced genomic CpG alone is not a highly predictive biomarker, suggesting a need for additional biomarkers to reveal intermediate hosts or tissues. The hunt for the zoonotic origin of SARS-CoV-2 continues.


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Betacoronavirus/genética , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Genoma Viral , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Proteínas Virais/genética , Zoonoses/epidemiologia , Animais , Betacoronavirus/classificação , Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Quirópteros/virologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/transmissão , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Ilhas de CpG , Eutérios/virologia , Evolução Molecular , Expressão Gênica , Mutação , Pneumonia Viral/transmissão , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Vírus Reordenados/classificação , Vírus Reordenados/genética , Vírus Reordenados/patogenicidade , Recombinação Genética , Proteínas Virais/metabolismo , Zoonoses/transmissão , Zoonoses/virologia
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PLoS Pathog ; 16(8): e1008780, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32866188

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Ubiquitin like protein 5 (UBL5) interacts with other proteins to regulate their function but differs from ubiquitin and other UBLs because it does not form covalent conjugates. Ubiquitin and most UBLs mediate the degradation of target proteins through the 26S proteasome but it is not known if UBL5 can also do that. Here we found that the UBL5s of rice and Nicotiana benthamiana interacted with rice stripe virus (RSV) p3 protein. Silencing of NbUBL5s in N. benthamiana facilitated RSV infection, while UBL5 overexpression conferred resistance to RSV in both N. benthamiana and rice. Further analysis showed that NbUBL5.1 impaired the function of p3 as a suppressor of silencing by degrading it through the 26S proteasome. NbUBL5.1 and OsUBL5 interacted with RPN10 and RPN13, the receptors of ubiquitin in the 26S proteasome. Furthermore, silencing of NbRPN10 or NbRPN13 compromised the degradation of p3 mediated by NbUBL5.1. Together, the results suggest that UBL5 mediates the degradation of RSV p3 protein through the 26S proteasome, a previously unreported plant defense strategy against RSV infection.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Plantas/metabolismo , Complexo de Endopeptidases do Proteassoma/metabolismo , Proteólise , Proteínas Repressoras/metabolismo , Tenuivirus/metabolismo , Tabaco/metabolismo , Ubiquitinas/metabolismo , Proteínas Virais/metabolismo , Proteínas de Plantas/genética , Complexo de Endopeptidases do Proteassoma/genética , Proteínas Repressoras/genética , Tenuivirus/genética , Tabaco/genética , Ubiquitinas/genética , Proteínas Virais/genética
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Mol Cell ; 80(1): 164-174.e4, 2020 10 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32877642

RESUMO

SARS-CoV-2 infections are rapidly spreading around the globe. The rapid development of therapies is of major importance. However, our lack of understanding of the molecular processes and host cell signaling events underlying SARS-CoV-2 infection hinders therapy development. We use a SARS-CoV-2 infection system in permissible human cells to study signaling changes by phosphoproteomics. We identify viral protein phosphorylation and define phosphorylation-driven host cell signaling changes upon infection. Growth factor receptor (GFR) signaling and downstream pathways are activated. Drug-protein network analyses revealed GFR signaling as key pathways targetable by approved drugs. The inhibition of GFR downstream signaling by five compounds prevents SARS-CoV-2 replication in cells, assessed by cytopathic effect, viral dsRNA production, and viral RNA release into the supernatant. This study describes host cell signaling events upon SARS-CoV-2 infection and reveals GFR signaling as a central pathway essential for SARS-CoV-2 replication. It provides novel strategies for COVID-19 treatment.


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Antivirais/uso terapêutico , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Proteínas Quinases Ativadas por Mitógeno/genética , Fosfatidilinositol 3-Quinase/genética , Receptores de Fatores de Crescimento/genética , Proteínas Virais/genética , Corticosteroides/uso terapêutico , Inibidores da Enzima Conversora de Angiotensina/uso terapêutico , Anticorpos Neutralizantes/uso terapêutico , Betacoronavirus/imunologia , Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Células CACO-2 , Regulação da Expressão Gênica , Interações Hospedeiro-Patógeno/efeitos dos fármacos , Interações Hospedeiro-Patógeno/genética , Humanos , Proteínas Quinases Ativadas por Mitógeno/antagonistas & inibidores , Proteínas Quinases Ativadas por Mitógeno/metabolismo , Fosfatidilinositol 3-Quinase/metabolismo , Fosfoproteínas/antagonistas & inibidores , Fosfoproteínas/genética , Fosfoproteínas/metabolismo , Fosforilação , Receptores de Fatores de Crescimento/antagonistas & inibidores , Receptores de Fatores de Crescimento/metabolismo , Transdução de Sinais , Proteínas Virais/antagonistas & inibidores , Proteínas Virais/metabolismo , Replicação Viral/efeitos dos fármacos
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PLoS Pathog ; 16(9): e1008841, 2020 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32881973

RESUMO

The influenza virus polymerase transcribes and replicates the viral genome. The proper timing and balance of polymerase activity is important for successful replication. Genome replication is controlled in part by phosphorylation of NP that regulates assembly of the replication machinery. However, it remains unclear whether phosphorylation directly regulated polymerase activity. Here we identified polymerase phosphosites that control its function. Mutating phosphosites in the catalytic subunit PB1 altered polymerase activity and virus replication. Biochemical analyses revealed phosphorylation events that disrupted global polymerase function by blocking the NTP entry channel or preventing RNA binding. We also identified a regulatory site that split polymerase function by specifically suppressing transcription. These experiments show that host kinases phospho-regulate viral RNA synthesis directly by modulating polymerase activity and indirectly by controlling assembly of replication machinery. Further, they suggest polymerase phosphorylation may bias replication versus transcription at discrete times or locations during the infectious cycle.


Assuntos
Vírus da Influenza A/fisiologia , RNA Viral/biossíntese , Transcrição Genética , Proteínas Virais/metabolismo , Replicação Viral , Células A549 , Animais , Cães , Células HEK293 , Humanos , Células Madin Darby de Rim Canino , Fosforilação , RNA Viral/genética , Proteínas Virais/genética
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PLoS Pathog ; 16(9): e1008825, 2020 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32886709

RESUMO

Most alphaviruses (family Togaviridae) including Sindbis virus (SINV) and other human pathogens, are transmitted by arthropods. The first open reading frame in their positive strand RNA genome encodes for the non-structural polyprotein, a precursor to four separate subunits of the replicase. The replicase interacts with cis-acting elements located near the intergenic region and at the ends of the viral RNA genome. A trans-replication assay was developed and used to analyse the template requirements for nine alphavirus replicases. Replicases of alphaviruses of the Semliki Forest virus complex were able to cross-utilize each other's templates as well as those of outgroup alphaviruses. Templates of outgroup alphaviruses, including SINV and the mosquito-specific Eilat virus, were promiscuous; in contrast, their replicases displayed a limited capacity to use heterologous templates, especially in mosquito cells. The determinants important for efficient replication of template RNA were mapped to the 5' region of the genome. For SINV these include the extreme 5'- end of the genome and sequences corresponding to the first stem-loop structure in the 5' untranslated region. Mutations introduced in these elements drastically reduced infectivity of recombinant SINV genomes. The trans-replicase tools and approaches developed here can be instrumental in studying alphavirus recombination and evolution, but can also be applied to study other viruses such as picornaviruses, flaviviruses and coronaviruses.


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Alphavirus , Genoma Viral , Conformação de Ácido Nucleico , RNA Replicase , RNA Viral , Proteínas Virais , Alphavirus/química , Alphavirus/genética , Alphavirus/metabolismo , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Células HEK293 , Humanos , RNA Replicase/química , RNA Replicase/genética , RNA Replicase/metabolismo , RNA Viral/química , RNA Viral/genética , RNA Viral/metabolismo , Proteínas Virais/química , Proteínas Virais/genética , Proteínas Virais/metabolismo
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PLoS Pathog ; 16(9): e1008843, 2020 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32886723

RESUMO

ß- and γ-herpesviruses include the oncogenic human viruses Kaposi's sarcoma-associated virus (KSHV) and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), and human cytomegalovirus (HCMV), which is a significant cause of congenital disease. Near the end of their replication cycle, these viruses transcribe their late genes in a manner distinct from host transcription. Late gene transcription requires six virally encoded proteins, one of which is a functional mimic of host TATA-box-binding protein (TBP) that is also involved in recruitment of RNA polymerase II (Pol II) via unknown mechanisms. Here, we applied biochemical protein interaction studies together with electron microscopy-based imaging of a reconstituted human preinitiation complex to define the mechanism underlying Pol II recruitment. These data revealed that the herpesviral TBP, encoded by ORF24 in KSHV, makes a direct protein-protein contact with the C-terminal domain of host RNA polymerase II (Pol II), which is a unique feature that functionally distinguishes viral from cellular TBP. The interaction is mediated by the N-terminal domain (NTD) of ORF24 through a conserved motif that is shared in its ß- and γ-herpesvirus homologs. Thus, these herpesviruses employ an unprecedented strategy in eukaryotic transcription, wherein promoter recognition and polymerase recruitment are facilitated by a single transcriptional activator with functionally distinct domains.


Assuntos
Herpesvirus Humano 8/metabolismo , RNA Polimerase II/metabolismo , Proteína de Ligação a TATA-Box/metabolismo , Proteínas Virais/metabolismo , Motivos de Aminoácidos , Células HEK293 , Herpesvirus Humano 8/genética , Humanos , Ligação Proteica , Domínios Proteicos , RNA Polimerase II/genética , Proteína de Ligação a TATA-Box/genética , Proteínas Virais/genética
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4845, 2020 09 24.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32973148

RESUMO

Herpesviruses encode conserved protein kinases (CHPKs) to stimulate phosphorylation-sensitive processes during infection. How CHPKs bind to cellular factors and how this impacts their regulatory functions is poorly understood. Here, we use quantitative proteomics to determine cellular interaction partners of human herpesvirus (HHV) CHPKs. We find that CHPKs can target key regulators of transcription and replication. The interaction with Cyclin A and associated factors is identified as a signature of ß-herpesvirus kinases. Cyclin A is recruited via RXL motifs that overlap with nuclear localization signals (NLS) in the non-catalytic N termini. This architecture is conserved in HHV6, HHV7 and rodent cytomegaloviruses. Cyclin A binding competes with NLS function, enabling dynamic changes in CHPK localization and substrate phosphorylation. The cytomegalovirus kinase M97 sequesters Cyclin A in the cytosol, which is essential for viral inhibition of cellular replication. Our data highlight a fine-tuned and physiologically important interplay between a cellular cyclin and viral kinases.


Assuntos
Replicação do DNA/fisiologia , Infecções por Herpesviridae/metabolismo , Herpesviridae/metabolismo , Proteínas Quinases/metabolismo , Animais , Ciclina A/genética , Ciclina A/metabolismo , Citomegalovirus/genética , DNA/metabolismo , Células HEK293 , Herpesviridae/enzimologia , Herpesviridae/genética , Infecções por Herpesviridae/virologia , Humanos , Camundongos , Células NIH 3T3 , Sinais de Localização Nuclear/metabolismo , Fosforilação , Mapas de Interação de Proteínas , Proteínas Virais/genética , Proteínas Virais/metabolismo
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Biomed Res Int ; 2020: 9089768, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32923488

RESUMO

Purpose: We investigated sequences of the feline coronaviruses (FCoV), which include feline enteric coronavirus (FECV) and feline infectious peritonitis virus (FIPV), from China and other countries to gain insight into the adaptive evolution of this virus. Methods: Ascites samples from 31 cats with suspected FIP and feces samples from 8 healthy cats were screened for the presence of FCoV. Partial viral genome sequences, including parts of the nsp12-nsp14, S, N, and 7b genes, were obtained and aligned with additional sequences obtained from the GenBank database. Bayesian phylogenetic analysis was conducted, and the possibility of recombination within these sequences was assessed. Analysis of the levels of selection pressure experienced by these sequences was assessed using methods on both the PAML and Datamonkey platforms. Results: Of the 31 cats investigated, two suspected FIP cats and one healthy cat tested positive for FCoV. Phylogenetic analysis showed that all of the sequences from mainland China cluster together with a few sequences from the Netherlands as a distinct clade when analyzed with FCoV sequences from other countries. Fewer than 3 recombination breakpoints were detected in the nsp12-nsp14, S, N, and 7b genes, suggesting that analyses for positive selection could be conducted. A total of 4, 12, 4, and 4 positively selected sites were detected in the nsp12-nsp14, S, N, and 7b genes, respectively, with the previously described site 245 of the S gene, which distinguishes FIPV from FECV, being a positive selection site. Conversely, 106, 168, 25, and 17 negative selection sites in the nsp12-14, S, N, and 7b genes, respectively, were identified. Conclusion: Our study provides evidence that the FCoV genes encoding replicative, entry, and virulence proteins potentially experienced adaptive evolution. A greater number of sites in each gene experienced negative rather than positive selection, which suggests that most of the protein sequence must be conservatively maintained for virus survival. A few of the sites showing evidence of positive selection might be associated with the more severe pathology of FIPV or help these viruses survive other harmful conditions.


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Adaptação Biológica/genética , Coronavirus Felino/genética , Peritonite Infecciosa Felina/virologia , Panleucopenia Felina/virologia , Genoma Viral/genética , Animais , Teorema de Bayes , Gatos , China , Coronavirus Felino/fisiologia , Evolução Molecular , Fezes/virologia , Peritonite Infecciosa Felina/patologia , Panleucopenia Felina/patologia , Mutação , Filogenia , Recombinação Genética , Seleção Genética , Proteínas Virais/genética
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mBio ; 11(5)2020 09 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32887735

RESUMO

In December of 2019, a novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, emerged in the city of Wuhan, China, causing severe morbidity and mortality. Since then, the virus has swept across the globe, causing millions of confirmed infections and hundreds of thousands of deaths. To better understand the nature of the pandemic and the introduction and spread of the virus in Arizona, we sequenced viral genomes from clinical samples tested at the TGen North Clinical Laboratory, the Arizona Department of Health Services, and those collected as part of community surveillance projects at Arizona State University and the University of Arizona. Phylogenetic analysis of 84 genomes from across Arizona revealed a minimum of 11 distinct introductions inferred to have occurred during February and March. We show that >80% of our sequences descend from strains that were initially circulating widely in Europe but have since dominated the outbreak in the United States. In addition, we show that the first reported case of community transmission in Arizona descended from the Washington state outbreak that was discovered in late February. Notably, none of the observed transmission clusters are epidemiologically linked to the original travel-related case in the state, suggesting successful early isolation and quarantine. Finally, we use molecular clock analyses to demonstrate a lack of identifiable, widespread cryptic transmission in Arizona prior to the middle of February 2020.IMPORTANCE As the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the United States, there was great differential impact on local and regional communities. One of the earliest and hardest hit regions was in New York, while at the same time Arizona (for example) had low incidence. That situation has changed dramatically, with Arizona now having the highest rate of disease increase in the country. Understanding the roots of the pandemic during the initial months is essential as the pandemic continues and reaches new heights. Genomic analysis and phylogenetic modeling of SARS-COV-2 in Arizona can help to reconstruct population composition and predict the earliest undetected introductions. This foundational work represents the basis for future analysis and understanding as the pandemic continues.


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Betacoronavirus/genética , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/transmissão , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Pneumonia Viral/transmissão , Arizona/epidemiologia , Betacoronavirus/classificação , Betacoronavirus/isolamento & purificação , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Evolução Molecular , Genoma Viral/genética , Humanos , Incidência , Mutação , Pandemias , Filogenia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Proteínas Virais/genética
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J Transl Med ; 18(1): 362, 2020 09 23.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32967693

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BACKGROUND: Since the first outbreak of SARS-CoV-2, the clinical characteristics of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been progressively changed. Data reporting a viral intra-host and inter-host evolution favouring the appearance of mild SARS-CoV-2 strains are since being accumulating. To better understand the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 pathogenicity and its adaptation to the host, it is therefore crucial to investigate the genetic and phenotypic characteristics of SARS-CoV-2 strains circulating lately in the epidemic. METHODS: Nasopharyngeal swabs have been analyzed for viral load in the early (March 2020) and late (May 2020) phases of epidemic in Brescia, Italy. Isolation of SARS-CoV-2 from 2 high viral load specimens identified on March 9 (AP66) and on May 8 (GZ69) was performed on Vero E6 cells. Amount of virus released was assessed by quantitative PCR. Genotypic characterization of AP66 and GZ69 was performed by next generation sequencing followed by an in-depth in silico analysis of nucleotide mutations. RESULTS: The SARS-CoV-2 GZ69 strain, isolated in May from an asymptomatic healthcare worker, showed an unprecedented capability of replication in Vero E6 cells in the absence of any evident cytopathic effect. Vero E6 subculturing, up to passage 4, showed that SARS-CoV-2 GZ69 infection was as productive as the one sustained by the cytopathic strain AP66. Whole genome sequencing of the persistently replicating SARS-CoV-2 GZ69 has shown that this strain differs from the early AP66 variant in 9 nucleotide positions (C2939T; C3828T; G21784T; T21846C; T24631C; G28881A; G28882A; G28883C; G29810T) which lead to 6 non-synonymous substitutions spanning on ORF1ab (P892S; S1188L), S (K74N; I95T) and N (R203K, G204R) proteins. CONCLUSIONS: Identification of the peculiar SARS-CoV-2 GZ69 strain in the late Italian epidemic highlights the need to better characterize viral variants circulating among asymptomatic or paucisymptomatic individuals. The current approach could unravel the ways for future studies aimed at analyzing the selection process which favours viral mutations in the human host.


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Betacoronavirus/genética , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Variação Genética , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Substituição de Aminoácidos , Animais , Betacoronavirus/isolamento & purificação , Betacoronavirus/fisiologia , Chlorocebus aethiops , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Efeito Citopatogênico Viral/genética , Efeito Citopatogênico Viral/fisiologia , Genoma Viral , Humanos , Itália/epidemiologia , Mutação , Pandemias , Filogenia , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Polimorfismo de Nucleotídeo Único , Pesquisa Médica Translacional , Células Vero , Proteínas Virais/genética , Proteínas Virais/fisiologia , Cultura de Vírus/métodos , Replicação Viral/genética , Replicação Viral/fisiologia , Sequenciamento Completo do Genoma
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Virol J ; 17(1): 138, 2020 09 14.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32928234

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The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) due to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has posed significant threats to international health. The genetic traits as well as evolutionary processes in this novel coronavirus are not fully characterized, and their roles in viral pathogenesis are yet largely unknown. To get a better picture of the codon architecture of this newly emerging coronavirus, in this study we perform bioinformatic analysis, based on publicly available nucleotide sequences of SARS-CoV-2 along with those of other members of human coronaviruses as well as non-human coronaviruses in different hosts, to take a snapshot of the genome-wide codon usage pattern of SARS-CoV-2 and uncover that all over-represented codons end with A/U and this newly emerging coronavirus has a relatively low codon usage bias, which is shaped by both mutation pressure and natural selection. Additionally, there is slight variation in the codon usage pattern among the SARS-CoV-2 isolates from different geo-locations. Furthermore, the overall codon usage pattern of SARS-CoV-2 is generally similar to that of its phylogenetic relatives among non-human betacoronaviruses such as RaTG13. Taken together, we comprehensively analyze the characteristics of codon usage pattern in SARS-CoV-2 via bioinformatic approaches. The information from this research may not only be helpful to get new insights into the evolution of SARS-CoV-2, but also have potential value for developing coronavirus vaccines.


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Betacoronavirus/genética , Uso do Códon , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Genoma Viral , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Animais , Sequência de Bases , Análise por Conglomerados , Códon , Biologia Computacional , Evolução Molecular , Humanos , Mutação , Pandemias , Filogenia , Seleção Genética , Proteínas Virais/genética , Sequenciamento Completo do Genoma
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4506, 2020 09 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32908149

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Bacteriophages play critical roles in the biosphere, but their vast genomic diversity has obscured their evolutionary origins, and phylogenetic analyses have traditionally been hindered by their lack of universal phylogenetic marker genes. In this study we mine metagenomic data and identify a clade of Caudovirales that encodes the ß and ß' subunits of multi-subunit RNA polymerase (RNAP), a high-resolution phylogenetic marker which enables detailed evolutionary analyses. Our RNAP phylogeny revealed that the Caudovirales RNAP forms a clade distinct from cellular homologs, suggesting an ancient acquisition of this enzyme. Within these multimeric RNAP-encoding Caudovirales (mReC), we find that the similarity of major capsid proteins and terminase large subunits further suggests they form a distinct clade with common evolutionary origin. Our study characterizes a clade of RNAP-encoding Caudovirales and suggests the ancient origin of this enzyme in this group, underscoring the important role of viruses in the early evolution of life on Earth.


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Evolução Biológica , Caudovirales/genética , RNA Polimerases Dirigidas por DNA/genética , Subunidades Proteicas/genética , Proteínas Virais/genética , DNA Viral/genética , Conjuntos de Dados como Assunto , Transferência Genética Horizontal , Metagenômica , Filogenia , Análise de Sequência de DNA
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Virology ; 550: 70-77, 2020 11.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32890979

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Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is an emergent RNA virus that spread around the planet in about 4 months. The consequences of this rapid dispersion are under investigation. In this work, we analyzed thousands of genomes and protein sequences from Africa, America, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. We provide statistically significant evidence that SARS-CoV-2 phylogeny is spatially structured. Remarkably, the virus phylogeographic patterns were correlated with ancestral amino acidic substitutions, suggesting that such mutations emerged along colonization events. We hypothesize that geographic structuring is the result of founder effects occurring as a consequence of, and local evolution occurring after, long-distance dispersion. Based on previous studies, the possibility that this could significantly affect the virus biology is not remote.


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Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/transmissão , Surtos de Doenças , Variação Genética , Genoma Viral , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Pneumonia Viral/transmissão , África/epidemiologia , América/epidemiologia , Ásia/epidemiologia , Betacoronavirus/classificação , Betacoronavirus/genética , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Europa (Continente)/epidemiologia , Evolução Molecular , Humanos , Oceania/epidemiologia , Fases de Leitura Aberta , Pandemias , Filogenia , Filogeografia , Pneumonia Viral/diagnóstico , Proteínas Virais/genética
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PLoS Pathog ; 16(9): e1008767, 2020 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32903273

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Many viruses target signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) 1 to antagonise antiviral interferon signalling, but targeting of STAT3, a pleiotropic molecule that mediates signalling by diverse cytokines, is poorly understood. Here, using lyssavirus infection, quantitative live cell imaging, innate immune signalling and protein interaction assays, and complementation/depletion of STAT expression, we show that STAT3 antagonism is conserved among P-proteins of diverse pathogenic lyssaviruses and correlates with pathogenesis. Importantly, P-protein targeting of STAT3 involves a highly selective mechanism whereby P-protein antagonises cytokine-activated STAT3-STAT1 heterodimers, but not STAT3 homodimers. RT-qPCR and reporter gene assays indicate that this results in specific modulation of interleukin-6-dependent pathways, effecting differential antagonism of target genes. These data provide novel insights into mechanisms by which viruses can modulate cellular function to support infection through discriminatory targeting of immune signalling complexes. The findings also highlight the potential application of selective interferon-antagonists as tools to delineate signalling by particular STAT complexes, significant not only to pathogen-host interactions but also cell physiology, development and cancer.


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Citocinas/metabolismo , Regulação da Expressão Gênica , Lyssavirus/imunologia , Infecções por Rhabdoviridae/imunologia , Fator de Transcrição STAT1/metabolismo , Fator de Transcrição STAT3/metabolismo , Proteínas Virais/metabolismo , Células HEK293 , Células HeLa , Humanos , Interleucina-6/metabolismo , Infecções por Rhabdoviridae/metabolismo , Infecções por Rhabdoviridae/virologia , Fator de Transcrição STAT1/genética , Fator de Transcrição STAT3/genética , Transativadores , Proteínas Virais/genética
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4711, 2020 09 18.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32948757

RESUMO

The recent outbreak of novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) causing COVID-19 disease spreads rapidly in the world. Rapid and early detection of SARS-CoV-2 facilitates early intervention and prevents the disease spread. Here, we present an All-In-One Dual CRISPR-Cas12a (AIOD-CRISPR) assay for one-pot, ultrasensitive, and visual SARS-CoV-2 detection. By targeting SARS-CoV-2's nucleoprotein gene, two CRISPR RNAs without protospacer adjacent motif (PAM) site limitation are introduced to develop the AIOD-CRISPR assay and detect the nucleic acids with a sensitivity of few copies. We validate the assay by using COVID-19 clinical swab samples and obtain consistent results with RT-PCR assay. Furthermore, a low-cost hand warmer (~$0.3) is used as an incubator of the AIOD-CRISPR assay to detect clinical samples within 20 min, enabling an instrument-free, visual SARS-CoV-2 detection at the point of care. Thus, our method has the significant potential to provide a rapid, sensitive, one-pot point-of-care assay for SARS-CoV-2.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus/isolamento & purificação , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Betacoronavirus/genética , Sistemas CRISPR-Cas , Técnicas de Laboratório Clínico/métodos , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Genes Virais , Humanos , Técnicas de Diagnóstico Molecular/métodos , Técnicas de Amplificação de Ácido Nucleico/métodos , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/diagnóstico , Sistemas Automatizados de Assistência Junto ao Leito , RNA Viral/análise , RNA Viral/genética , Sensibilidade e Especificidade , Proteínas Virais/análise , Proteínas Virais/genética
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4894, 2020 09 29.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32994400

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Identification of the complete set of translated genes of viruses is important to understand viral replication and pathogenesis as well as for therapeutic approaches to control viral infection. Here, we use chemical proteomics, integrating bio-orthogonal non-canonical amino acid tagging and high-resolution mass spectrometry, to characterize the newly synthesized herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) proteome in infected cells. In these infected cells, host cellular protein synthesis is shut-off, increasing the chance to preferentially detect viral proteomes. We identify nine previously cryptic orphan protein coding sequences whose translated products are expressed in HSV-1-infected cells. Functional characterization of one identified protein, designated piUL49, shows that it is critical for HSV-1 neurovirulence in vivo by regulating the activity of virally encoded dUTPase, a key enzyme that maintains accurate DNA replication. Our results demonstrate that cryptic orphan protein coding genes of HSV-1, and probably other large DNA viruses, remain to be identified.


Assuntos
Encefalite por Herpes Simples/virologia , Herpesvirus Humano 1/patogenicidade , Pirofosfatases/metabolismo , Proteínas Virais/metabolismo , Fatores de Virulência/metabolismo , Animais , Encéfalo/patologia , Encéfalo/virologia , Chlorocebus aethiops , Replicação do DNA , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Encefalite por Herpes Simples/patologia , Feminino , Genes Virais/genética , Células HEK293 , Células HeLa , Herpesvirus Humano 1/genética , Humanos , Camundongos , Biossíntese de Proteínas , Proteômica/métodos , Células Vero , Proteínas Virais/genética , Fatores de Virulência/genética , Replicação Viral
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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A ; 117(39): 24450-24458, 2020 09 29.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32900935

RESUMO

The current severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic has had an enormous impact on society worldwide, threatening the lives and livelihoods of many. The effects will continue to grow and worsen if economies begin to open without the proper precautions, including expanded diagnostic capabilities. To address this need for increased testing, we have developed a sensitive reverse-transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP) assay compatible with current reagents, which utilizes a colorimetric readout in as little as 30 min. A rapid inactivation protocol capable of inactivating virions, as well as endogenous nucleases, was optimized to increase sensitivity and sample stability. This protocol, combined with the RT-LAMP assay, has a sensitivity of at least 50 viral RNA copies per microliter in a sample. To further increase the sensitivity, a purification protocol compatible with this inactivation method was developed. The inactivation and purification protocol, combined with the RT-LAMP assay, brings the sensitivity to at least 1 viral RNA copy per microliter in a sample. This simple inactivation and purification pipeline is inexpensive and compatible with other downstream RNA detection platforms and uses readily available reagents. It should increase the availability of SARS-CoV-2 testing as well as expand the settings in which this testing can be performed.


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Betacoronavirus/isolamento & purificação , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Técnicas de Diagnóstico Molecular/métodos , Técnicas de Amplificação de Ácido Nucleico/métodos , Pneumonia Viral/diagnóstico , Betacoronavirus/genética , Técnicas de Laboratório Clínico/economia , Colorimetria , Infecções por Coronavirus/economia , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Genoma Viral/genética , Humanos , Concentração de Íons de Hidrogênio , Técnicas de Diagnóstico Molecular/economia , Técnicas de Amplificação de Ácido Nucleico/economia , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Estabilidade de RNA , RNA Viral/química , RNA Viral/genética , RNA Viral/isolamento & purificação , Sensibilidade e Especificidade , Fatores de Tempo , Proteínas Virais/genética , Inativação de Vírus
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PLoS Negl Trop Dis ; 14(9): e0008555, 2020 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32976538

RESUMO

Junin virus (JUNV) is a New World arenavirus that is the causative agent of Argentine hemorrhagic fever (AHF). Candid#1 (Can) is a live-attenuated vaccine strain of JUNV that since its introduction has resulted in a marked decrease in AHF incidence within the endemic regions of the Pampas in Argentina. Originally, the viral determinants and mechanisms of Can attenuation were not well understood. Recent work has identified the glycoprotein as the major attenuating factor for Can. The establishment of attenuating strategies based on any of the other viral proteins, however, has not been pursued. Here, we document the role of Can Z resulting in incompatibilities with wild type JUNV that results in decreased growth in vitro. In addition, this incompatibility results in attenuation of the virus in the guinea pig model. Further, we identify a single mutation (V64G) in the Z protein that is able to confer this demonstrated attenuation. By establishing and characterizing a novel attenuation strategy for New World mammarenaviruses, we hope to aid future vaccine development for related emerging pathogens including Machupo virus (MACV), Guanarito virus (GTOV), and Sabia virus (SABV).


Assuntos
Glicoproteínas/genética , Febre Hemorrágica Americana/virologia , Vírus Junin/genética , Mutação , Animais , Linhagem Celular , Chlorocebus aethiops , Cricetinae , Feminino , Glicoproteínas/metabolismo , Cobaias , Vírus Junin/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Células Vero , Proteínas Virais/genética , Proteínas Virais/metabolismo
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