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Eastern equine encephalitis virus poses emergent threat, say NIAID officials
2019 has been a particularly deadly year in the U.S. (2019-11-21)
Creating viral targets can weaken HIV vaccination
Vaccination against HIV/SIV can backfire if the vaccine induces the wrong kind of immune response. (2019-11-20)
Unruly T cells complicate the intended benefits of HIV vaccines
Inducing strong responses from T helper (TH) cells -- long seen as a desirable goal for HIV vaccines -- and using multiple antigens can hamper the effectiveness of vaccine candidates for HIV, according to an analysis of macaque experiments and a multicenter, phase 1 trial. (2019-11-20)
Experimental HIV vaccine successfully elicits broadly neutralizing antibodies to the virus
An experimental HIV vaccine developed by scientists at Scripps Research and the nonprofit vaccine research organization IAVI has reached an important milestone by eliciting antibodies that can neutralize a wide variety of HIV strains. (2019-11-20)
A new pathway to 'reprogram' killer cells
Killer cells of the immune system detect and kill infected cells or cancer cells. (2019-11-19)
Tailored T-cell therapies neutralize viruses that threaten kids with PID
Tailored T-cells specially designed to combat a half dozen viruses are safe and may be effective in preventing and treating multiple viral infections, according to research led by Children's National Hospital faculty presented during a symposium jointly led by Children's National and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. (2019-11-18)
Potato virus Y is the most serious threat to potato -- some strains more than others
Potato virus Y (PVY) is the most serious problem facing the potato industry in the United States and is the main cause for rejection of seed potato lots. (2019-11-18)
Mild Zika infection in fetuses may cause brain abnormalities in young despite no symptoms
Using a relevant animal model (pigs), University of Saskatchewan researchers have shown that mild Zika virus infection in fetuses can cause abnormal brain development in apparently healthy young animals. (2019-11-15)
Ketogenic diet helps tame flu virus
A high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet like the Keto regimen has its fans, but influenza apparently isn't one of them. (2019-11-15)
How HIV infection may raise the risk for sudden cardiac death: New study sheds light
The success of antiretroviral therapies has extended the lives of people living with HIV, long enough for other chronic health conditions to emerge, including a recently documented uptick in sudden death. (2019-11-14)
How maternal Zika virus infection results in newborn microcephaly
Researchers have discovered that the Zika virus protein NS4A disrupts brain growth by hijacking a pathway that regulates the generation of new neurons. (2019-11-14)
Researchers develop a faster, stronger rabies vaccine
Every year, more than 59,000 people around the world die of rabies and there remains no cheap and easy vaccine regimen to prevent the disease in humans. (2019-11-14)
Zika virus can cause immune and brain abnormalities in asymptomatic pig offspring
Zika virus infection in the womb produces altered immune responses and sex-specific brain abnormalities in apparently healthy pig offspring, according to a study published Nov. (2019-11-14)
Discovery reveals mechanism that turns herpes virus on and off
New research from Dr. Luis M. Schang and his group at the Baker Institute for Animal Health has identified a new mechanism that plays a role in controlling how the herpes virus alternates between dormant and active stages of infection. (2019-11-14)
'Give me the calcium!' Tulane virus takes over cellular calcium signaling to replicate
Researchers uncover the first piece of functional evidence suggesting that Tulane virus and human norovirus use viroporins to control cellular calcium signaling. (2019-11-13)
WSU study shows insulin can increase mosquitoes' immunity to West Nile virus
A discovery by a Washington State University-led research team has the potential to inhibit the spread of West Nile virus as well as Zika and dengue viruses. (2019-11-12)
Scientists crack rabies virus weaponry
Researchers from Monash University and the University of Melbourne have found a way to stop the rabies virus shutting down the body's immune defence against it. (2019-11-12)
CRISPR: More than just for gene editing?
Case Western Reserve University researchers have converted the CRISPR 'recognition induced enzymatic signal' to an electrical signal, which was then used to detect the biomarkers for viruses such as HPV or parvo. (2019-11-11)
How the Zika virus can spread
The spread of infectious diseases such as Zika depends on many different factors. (2019-11-11)
New research explains how HIV avoids getting ZAPped
Humans have evolved dynamic defense mechanisms against the viruses that seek to infect our bodies -- proteins that specialize in identifying, capturing and destroying the genetic material that viruses try to sneak into our cells. (2019-11-11)
Study vaccine protects monkeys against four types of hemorrhagic fever viruses
Scientists funded by the National Institutes of Health have developed an investigational vaccine that protected cynomolgus macaques against four types of hemorrhagic fever viruses endemic to overlapping regions in Africa. (2019-11-08)
Biology: Artic sea ice loss may facilitate disease spread in marine mammals
Artic sea ice reduction due to climate change may allow pathogens infecting sea mammals to spread more regularly between the North Atlantic and North Pacific oceans, according to a study published in Scientific Reports. (2019-11-07)
Melting arctic sea ice linked to emergence of deadly virus in marine mammals
Scientists have linked the decline in Arctic sea ice to the emergence of a deadly virus that could threaten marine mammals in the North Pacific, according to a study from the University of California, Davis. (2019-11-07)
Predicting the response of HIV-infected individuals to checkpoint inhibitor immunotherapy
Scientists led by Andreas Meyerhans and Gennady Bocharov have designed a mathematical model to predict the response of HIV-infected individuals to a type of cancer immunotherapy. (2019-11-07)
Groundbreaking HIV vaccine design strategy shows promise in proof-of-principle tests
The new vaccine strategy centers on stimulating the immune system to produce broadly neutralizing antibodies (bnAbs) against HIV. (2019-11-07)
Membrane intercalation enhances photodynamic bacteria inactivation
Recently, researchers from the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry (TIPC) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the University of Utah reported their work on achieving enhanced membrane intercalation. (2019-11-06)
Virus characteristics predict HIV treatment efficacy with antibody treatment
Current HIV-1 therapies have been proven to be highly effective in slowing the progression of the virus in the body with only minimal side effects. (2019-11-06)
Critical protein that could unlock West Nile/Zika virus treatments identified
A team of Georgia State scientists has identified a protein that is critical in controlling replication of West Nile and Zika viruses -- and could be important for developing therapies to prevent and treat those viruses. (2019-11-05)
Bats in Northeast India carry filoviruses that can infect humans
Researchers have proposed that bats are the natural reservoir of filoviruses, including highly fatal Ebola and Marbug viruses. (2019-10-31)
Measles virus infection destroys immune system memory
In humans and macaques, measles infection wipes out antibodies to previous pathogens and could make individuals more susceptible to disease. (2019-10-31)
To avoid cassava disease, Tanzanian farmers can plant certain varieties in certain seasons
A nutty-flavored, starchy root vegetable, cassava (also known as yuca) is one of the most drought-resistant crops and is a major source of calories and carbs for people in developing countries, serving as the primary food for more than 800 million people. (2019-10-30)
HIV drug stops Zika infection, strategy could halt infections caused by related viruses
In a new study published in Molecular Therapy, Temple researchers report that a drug used in the treatment of HIV also suppresses Zika virus infection. (2019-10-30)
Study finds inflammatory protein can protect against spread of herpes virus
UA College of Medicine - Phoenix researchers discover protein function that can improve current therapeutics. (2019-10-28)
Fighting the herpes virus
New insights into preventing herpes infections have been published in Nature Communications. (2019-10-25)
By targeting flu-enabling protein, antibody may protect against wide-ranging strains
A nationwide team of researchers has found an antibody that protects mice against a wide range of potentially lethal influenza viruses, advancing efforts to design of a universal vaccine that could either treat or protect people against all strains of the virus. (2019-10-25)
Broadly protective antibodies could lead to better flu treatments and vaccines
A newly-identified set of three antibodies could lead to better treatments and vaccines against influenza, according to a paper published in Science. (2019-10-25)
Lassa fever: Vaccine set to be trialed
There is currently no vaccine for the Lassa arenavirus, which causes Lassa fever. (2019-10-24)
Researchers learn how Ebola virus disables the body's immune defenses
A new study by researchers from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston uncovered new information on why the Ebola virus can exert such catastrophic effects on the infected person. (2019-10-24)
Flu antibody protects against numerous and wide-ranging strains
A human antibody that protects mice against a wide range of lethal flu viruses could be the key to a universal vaccine and better treatments for severe flu disease, according to a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. (2019-10-24)
University of Minnesota researcher studies immune response to influenza
New research from the University of Minnesota Medical School provides insights into how the body can protect itself from immunopathology during flu. (2019-10-23)
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