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    A Mismatch-tolerant RT-LAMP Method for Molecular Diagnosis of Highly Variable Viruses
    Authors:  Yingxue Li, Yi Zhou, Yingying Ma, Rong Xu, Xia Jin and Chiyu Zhang, date: 11/05/2019, view: 162, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) has been widely used in the detection of pathogens. However, there are usually numerous variants in one viral pathogen and primers employed in LAMP can hardly match all these variants. The mismatches between the primers and the viral genomes, especially those at the 3′-end of the primers, hinder LAMP ...
    Quantification of HIV-2 DNA in Whole Blood
    Authors:  Zsófia Szojka, Sara Karlson, Marianne Jansson and Patrik Medstrand, date: 10/20/2019, view: 298, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Time to AIDS infection is longer with HIV-2, compared to HIV-1, but without antiretroviral therapy both infections will cause AIDS-related mortality. In HIV-2 infection, monitoring of antiretroviral treatment (ART) efficacy is challenging since a large proportion of HIV-2-infected individuals displays low or undetectable plasma RNA levels. Hence, ...
    Production of Quantum Dots-containing Influenza Virus Particles for Studying Viral Uncoating Processes
    Authors:  Chong Qin, Xiaowei Zhang and Zongqiang Cui, date: 09/20/2019, view: 276, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The genome of influenza A virus (IAV) comprises eight pinlike genomic segments called vRNPs enclosed in viral capsid. During infection, uncoating is the key step for viral replication and represents an antiviral therapeutic target, but it is difficult to observe the transient and dynamic event in detail. Here, we report a protocol for production ...
    Image-based Quantification of Direct Cell-to-cell Transmission of Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus
    Authors:  Fernando Merwaiss and Diego E. Alvarez, date: 08/05/2019, view: 494, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Different viruses rely on direct cell-to-cell transmission to propagate infection within the infected host. Measuring this mode of transmission in cultured cells is often complicated by the contribution of cell free viruses to spread, and the difficulty to distinguish between primary infected cells that produce the virus and neighboring cells that ...
    Fluorescence Microscopy Assay to Measure HIV-1 Capsid Uncoating Kinetics in vitro
    [Abstract] The stability of the HIV-1 capsid and the spatiotemporal control of its disassembly, a process called uncoating, need to be finely tuned for infection to proceed. Biochemical methods for measuring capsid lattice disassembly in bulk are unable to resolve intermediates in the uncoating reaction. We have developed a single-particle fluorescence ...
    In vitro Infection of Primary Human Monocytes with HIV-1
    Authors:  Patrick O’Connell, Yong-Hui Zheng, Andrea Amalfitano and Yasser A. Aldhamen, date: 07/05/2019, view: 766, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Monocyte infection by HIV-1 is an important component of chronic HIV pathogenesis. Following infection by HIV-1, monocytes are able to cross the blood brain barrier and set up a viral reservoir in the central nervous system. Additionally, in the setting of chronic HIV-1 infection, monocytes can become activated either directly through HIV-1 ...
    Detachment Procedure of Bacteria from Atmospheric Particles for Flow-cytometry Counting
    Authors:  Carolina M. Araya, Alberto Cazorla and Isabel Reche, date: 06/20/2019, view: 857, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The protocol separates bacteria from atmospheric particles, obtaining with greater precision their abundance in the atmospheric deposition. This procedure is similar to the one used to separate bacteria in streambed sediments. The detachment procedure consists of a chemical treatment with sodium pyrophosphate and Tween 20 and a physical treatment ...
    Production and Purification of Dengue Virus-like Particles from COS-1 Cells
    Authors:  Jedhan Ucat Galula, Gwong-Jen J. Chang and Day-Yu Chao, date: 06/20/2019, view: 1096, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Non-infectious virus-like particles (VLPs) containing dengue virus (DENV) pre-membrane (prM) and envelope (E) proteins have been demonstrated to be highly immunogenic and can be used as a potential vaccine candidate as well as a tool for serodiagnostic assays. Successful application of VLPs requires abundant, and high-purity production methods. ...
    Analysis of Functional Virus-generated PAMP RNAs Using IFNα/β ELISA Assay
    Authors:  Margit Mutso, Xiang Liu, Andres Merits and Suresh Mahalingam, date: 06/20/2019, view: 657, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Virus-generated PAMP RNAs are key factors that activate host immune response. The PAMP RNAs are therefore usually closely related with viral disease pathogenesis. Quantitative real time PCR is a conventional method to assess RNA. However, it cannot be used for detecting short dsRNAs generated by viral replicase. This protocol was established to ...
    Enterovirus Competition Assay to Assess Replication Fitness
    Authors:  Valeria Lulla and Andrew E. Firth, date: 05/20/2019, view: 1048, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] In virology the difference between the fitness of two viruses can be determined by using various methods, such as virus titer, growth curve analysis, measurement of virus infectivity, analysis of produced RNA copies and viral protein production. However, for closely performing viruses, it is often very hard to distinguish the differences. In vitro ...



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