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Week 3 Virology Lecture Notes (Lecture 7 and 8)

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Week 3 Virology Lecture Notes (Lecture 7 and 8) BIOL 123 001

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These notes cover week 3 lectures, and are best used as a supplement to the lecture slides. The notes consist of what Dr. Rao discusses in lecture. Lecture 7 includes information that will be on ou...
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Date Created: 04/13/16
4/11/2016 Bio 123 – Comparative Virology Lecture 7 – Influenza Virus  Epidemiology o Seasonal flu: 250,000 to 500,000 deaths  This happens because of predisposed conditions  like having HIV o In the U.S. we have been infected with flu but we don’t commonly die of flu  we have healthier immune systems and can easily fight the flu  Spanish flu o Why did they call it the Spanish flu?  it was first recorded in Spain (but also occurring in America around the same time)  1918 there was no vaccine  death rates peaked  Life expectancy dropped because of this flu  During 1918 more people died from the flu rather than from WWI o In October you see a huge raise in the death rate  flu peaked in October o U vs W curve  popular curve  U curve (red curve: 1911-1917)  death rates only occurred for older people 65+  W curve (blue curve: 1918) 25-34 year olds dying o Life expectancy dropped significantly in October  Once you get infected your immunity is going to weaken a little bit  at this point you are susceptible to other bacterial infections  when people get the flu if they don’t take care of themselves they often get pneumonia o Therefore when people get the flu physicians give them antibiotics to prevent secondary infections o Antibiotics only attack bacteria! NOT viruses  When clinics/hospitals have a vaccine available they primarily give them to older people, children, people with diabetes  people who are more susceptible 1  Immune system weakens as you get older  Viruses CAN cross kingdoms! Not ALL viruses can, but some can o Plant viruses cannot cross kingdoms  so a plant virus cannot infect a human  Sanitation is extremely important  Anthrax, flu, or Sars symptoms are very similar  this complicates diagnosis o This is why diagnosis based on symptoms should never be used!  Influenza A infection o By 4 days the virus can accumulate to a very high level and can be diagnosed/detected very easily o Transmitted via droplets (coughing, sneezing) and enters respiratory tract o Entry: Influenza viruses enter through the nose and binds to the cilia o Immunity: once you get inflected with influenza you will develop antibodies  In one week your body makes antibodies and prevents any new infections from happening  N (neuraminidase) and H (hemagglutinin) antibodies produced  H neutralizes the virus  N does NOT neutralize the virus  it reduces the release of the virus from infected cells  if the virus cannot be released from infected cells the virus cannot spread  This is where the term H1N1 comes from  A person may have the flu and get the flu again in later years  this is because they are getting infected by a different strain  If a person has been infected in the past couple years and is infected by a very similar strain their antibodies may be able to fight the virus  A few years ago a completely new influenza strain developed o When the virus binds to the cilia, the cilia are destroyed  The cilia protects, it prevents dust and other particles from entering the lungs 2  If the cilia dies it can no longer prevent particles and bacteria from entering the lungs  this results in a mucus buildup and a lot of coughing  The cilia dies, bacteria enters the lungs, and the person develops a secondary infection o 3 influenza types: A, B, and C  all three can infect humans o Infection with one type DOES NOT prevent you from getting another type of influenza strain  If you are infected by Influenza A you are protected from multiple strains of A, but you are NOT immune to types B or C o Antigen shift can change from host to host o Influenza can jump from one host to another very easily o In humans it is limited to the respiratory tract  In serious cases – the lower respiratory tract o Type A causes widespread epidemics o B causes regional epidemics o C does not cause epidemics o Compared to Poliovirus  Poliovirus genome is +ssRNA  that means it is messenger sense (it has a cap, and polyA tail)  10-11 proteins encoded in polio RNA  but a polyprotein is encoded  Influenza has –ssRNA as genome (-) sense is not infectious because they cannot be translated  Influenza has 8 different RNAs  each encoding different proteins  no polyprotein is made  each protein is made from a single RNA (DIFFERENT FROM POLIO)  Poliovirus has only one capsid protein and there is no outer membrane  Influenza has a capsid and an envelope and proteins aromidase and hemagglutinin  this structure is totally different from the poliovirus o The virions are long  after culturing they become a totally different shape (more spherical) 3 o PB1 and PB2 replicate complex proteins  They play a very important role in the life cycle of the virus  HA helps sialic acid binding  This virus is so different from poliovirus in the replication o Viral replication  Enveloped virus  has all these glycoproteins in there  contains H and N  8 segments of –ssRNA  All the viruses that are –ssRNA are the most pathogenic (for all hosts) o 8 –ssRNAs  Minus sense is written 3’ 5’  This virus makes a + strand, and then it translated to give you the proteins  All 6 minuses make a plus, and each plus makes proteins  7 and 8 make + sense but they produce proteins through a completely different mechanism o Because the endosome results in a pH change it will release the capsid into the host cell o Influenza is an RNA virus but it replicates in the nucleus (UNLIKE poliovirus) o All other RNA viruses replicate in the cytoplasm except influenza o The viruses carry every protein they require o Very unusual mRNA synthesis which you will not find in any other RNA viruses  Generally all mRNAs have a cap  but this is a ( –) sense RNA  How does it make Cap’s for its own RNA?  Cap-snatching mechanism – Once it enters the nucleus PB1 and PB2 cleaves the cap from the host’s cellular mRNAs then it uses them as a primer to initiate transcription  so when the viral mRNAs are made it will have a cap  PA, PB1, and PB2  Now once the RNA has a cap and polyA tail it will exit the nucleus, enter the cytoplasm, and get translated 4  The reason the virus goes to the nucleus is so that it can get the mRNA CAP  Antigen drift – any small change happens in the virus  Antigen shift – Any large change in the virus can result in a complete change of the virus 5 4/13/2016 Bio 123 – Comparative Virology Lecture 8– Influenza Virus  mRNA synthesis and replication of virion RNA o Virus snatches the CAP from the cellular RNA and uses it to prime its own RNA o The virus genome is minus sense so they don’t carry a CAP at all but they need the CAP in order to be translated  Types of Influenza RNAs o 2 kinds of +sense RNAs  the +vmRNA and the +antigenome RNA o The virus makes 2 kinds of + sense RNAs o One of them is an exact copy of the genome RNA o The + vmRNA has a 3’polyA and 5’CAP because it needs to be translated, so this one is different from the genome RNA  Viral mRNAs are not cannibalized for their 5’ Caps o Viruses only tag the cellular mRNAs not the viral mRNAS  once the Cap is removed from the cellular mRNAs they cannot translate which means the cell cannot make proteins  so now the cell is weak  From one mRNA the virus can make three different proteins (M1, M2, M3) o mRNA makes M1 protein, and then after splicing results in M2 and M3  Virus encodes a protein NS1  Once the pre-mRNAs are made in the cell they get processed and exported to the cytoplasm  NS1 prevents the mRNAs from exporting to the cytoplasm by snatching the Cap o NS1 blocks the cellular mRNAs from entering the cytoplasm!  Once capped mRNAs are made they go to the cytoplasm, proteins are made and then the proteins assemble on the cell membrane  All 8 mRNAs are minus sense and are encased in the virion o All 8 mRNAs needed to make all 8 proteins  Release of Influeza Virions 1 o New viruses will not reenter the cell again because they want to attack only new cells o Cleaves sialic acid receptors in order to prevent re-entering a cell  For test be able to compare poliovirus with influenza  what are the similarities and differences  Life Cycle o If a small mutation happens in a certain strain it can re-infect someone who was already infected with that strain o Any animal can get infected with two strains of the same Influenza virus  If two strains infect the cell then a lot of switching/ recombination may occur between these two strains  each has 8 mRNAs  64 different strains can be generated  Timeline o Spanish flu – 1919 Pandemic o When recombinants happen you generate a totally knew recombinant virus  this recombinant virus has a new property different from the previous strains  the recombinant virus must find an ideal host  Example: certain insects carry virus, they don’t affect the insect, but once it infects a human the human is affected  China o Humans, chickens, and swine all carry different strains of influenzas  all interacting  very easy to generate new viruses  Most Prevalent in Winter o The virus is best transmitted in lower humidity and colder temperatures  most ideal temperature for influenza to spread  1918 Spanish flu: H1N1 o Killed more people in 25 weeks than AIDS killed in 25 years o Killed more people in a year than plagues killed in a century o Shows how severe this flu was 9 there were no vaccines in these times  Why so Deadly? o Wanted to see what kind of influenza strain killed these people 2 o Found that in 1918 it was an avian (bird) strain, not the swine flu strain  2007 – Kawaoka o Experimented in BSL-4 because it is a highly contagious virus o Generates a lot of cytokines in the body  very serious type of flu  1957 Asian flu o First detected in China  by June it spread to the U.S.  1968 – Hong Kong Flu o Travels very quickly between countries  2009 H1N1 Swine Flu o We haven’t seen any epidemics by influenza after 1918, until H1N1 Swine flu came because we didn’t have a vaccine for it o Only the younger generations got infected with this because older generations have been exposed to more influenza strains and thus have more antibodies  younger generations were more susceptible because they didn’t have enough antibodies  Because viruses spread so fast you need the vaccine as quickly as possible  H5N1 o Isolated and identified as avian strain  it jumped from birds to humans  Drugs can prevent attaching of virus, or prevent replication of virus  [Note: **plant viruses are host specific! They cannot transfer to humans!] 3


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