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Comparative Virology Week 5 Lecture Notes

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Comparative Virology Week 5 Lecture Notes BIOL 123 001

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These notes cover what Dr. Rao discusses in lecture. Includes Monday, Wednesday, and Friday Lecture notes.
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Date Created: 05/01/16
Virology Lecture 4/25/16 – Prions and Viroids Prions  Viruses – the nucleic acid is the infectious part  These pathogens are conventionally different from viruses, but they are studied by virologists  Hershey – Chase showed DNA is the genomic material of bacteriophages  Prions attack nerve and brain tissue  Prions exclusively affect the brain and is found ONLY in mammals  No known prion diseases in plants  Transmitted only through food  Prions result in a very slowly progressing disease  Human Prion Disease o CJD  Animal Prion disease o Found mostly in goats o CWD – found in deer, elk, and moose o BSE – found in cattle  causes mad cow disease  Very unusual property – they are resistant to nucleases  No immune response (no production of antibodies)  NO nucleic acid genome  The infectious agent is the PROTEIN o In viruses however the infectious agent is the nucleic acid  Prions stands for “proteinaceous infectious particle”  Transmission within species o Vertical or horizontal transmission o Uncommon – foodborne  Species barrier concept o They do transmit from animals to humans, and humans to animals o Unusual transmission  BSE o Mainly transmitted through food o These cases mostly found in Europe o Mostly found in “beef-eating countries”  U.S. and Europe o In U.S.  ban on feeding cattle meat and bone meal  Prions are proteins  proteins are not going to replicate because proteins are made from nucleic acids o The protein binds to the normal protein in the brain, so when the prion protein is acquired it interacts with the normal protein and changes the normal protein’s conformation o The normal protein function is modified because the prion protein binds to it o Because the structure is modified it becomes highly pathogenic o The prion protein binds to a normal protein  the normal protein becomes a prion protein  and then it goes and binds somewhere else  TSE pathogenesis o Oral route o Migrates to the nervous system o The prion attacks your NERVOUS SYSTEM o It is a very slow generating disease o Because it affects the brain, they look at the brain tissue and compare it to normal brain tissue o How does an infected individual brain tissue look? o Prp – normal protein o PrP-Sc – srapie protein  Scrapie o First found in sheep o When the sheep get infected by scrapie they get very itchy  Mad Cow disease o The cows are slaughtered when they are 2 years old o Since it is a slow progressing disease it is very difficult to detect in cows at 2 years of age o When they are slaughtered at 2 and the protein is present, individuals eat the infected meat and the protein enters your body  the protein can bind to the regular protein in your body and change its conformation o They detected this in an 80 year old cow o If it is not well-kept meat you can get a lot of diseases  the best way to avoid this is vegetarianism o They feed cows and sheep meat from other cows or sheep  The dead cows or dead sheep may carry the protein and the cows/sheep eating that meat get infected because the virus spreads orally  In 1997 they banned these practices to prevent this  The protein is very stable – so cooking the meat may not prevent infection  Beef industry is one of the biggest industries in this country  Beef export from U.S. refused by Japan o Therefore a lot of times Mad Cow disease is not reported  Kuru o Confined only to specific tribe o They showed very unusual symptoms  instability (cannot walk), biting their own hands o Initially the scientist thought it was a genetic disorder o Ambulant stage first  sedentary stage  terminal stage  Very long process (30-40 years) o One of the rituals of this tribe  when the person dies they eat the meat of the dead  they only eat women and children o That is why the disease is found manly in women and children (within families), and not in men o A child ate the meat, when he was 50 he showed symptoms of the disease  Holes in the brain form from infection  Treatment and Vaccination o No drugs available because it is a protein o No vaccine  not easy to generate a vaccine  although it is not spreading as rapidly as other diseases  Feeding practices of cattle has been totally changed  Transmission all mainly through feeding  can be transmitted to humans if they eat infected meat Viroids  Prions – no nucleic acid  Viroids – free infectious nucleic acids, no capsid  Genome is no more than 400 nucleic acids long  Prions only in mammals – no plants  Viroids are only in plants – no mammals  Potato spindle tuber o Infected potatoes look like thin, spindle-like potatoes o First viroid discovered o Theodore Diener  In the 70s he was working with potato spindle virus  He thought it was a virus disease – he was doing assays  Diener got the credit for discovering viroids, even though it was his competitor  Single-stranded RNA  but ssRNAs are susceptible to nucleases  can be easily degraded by ribonucleases  Although the host is full of the nucleases viruses are protected by the capsid  Viroids however have no capsids to protect them!! o They are protected by their secondary structure o dsRNAs are resistant to nucleases (cannot be degraded) o Even though the genome is single-stranded it can survive in the host because its seconday structure is in a double-stranded form  Viroids vs Viruses o Viroids do not encode any proteins (so how to they replicate?) o Viruses encode capsid proteins o Viroids replicate using host proteins only – use host Pol o Viroid replicates in the nucleus (because it needs polymerase)  Hepatitis delta virus – satellite virus associated with Hepatitis virus Virology Lecture 4/27/16  Viruses have been shown to evolve very rapidly  Selection plays one of the major roles in evolution o Which mutant will win (be selected for)  Viruses replicate extremely fast o TMV completes its life cycle within a few hours after infection  High rates of mutation – especially common for RNA viruses  New sequence is generated, and may become a new pathogen  Virus in plasma – means virus in blood o For HIV – 6 hours o For hepatitis B it is 24 hours  Turnover rate o HIV has a 90% daily turnover  One of the reasons HIV cannot be controlled  because it generates so many copies, and so many mutant, so quickly o Hepatitus B – 50% daily  In table 18-1, the asterisks represent re-emerging viruses o Viruses that have been gone, but are now coming back o Polio virus is a re-emerging virus  Humans are responsible for making new viruses as well  Environment can affect or help virus evolution  Emerging viruses – new viruses, newly entered the human population  Re-emerging – viruses that reappear in the human population  RNA is highly error-prone  DNA errors are much lower than rate of RNA Pol errors because DNA Pol has a proofreading mechanism  Antigenic drift – only nucleic substitutions  Antigenic shift – entire segment is swapped with another  Influenza virus underwent a lot of evolution because it has been around so long and has so many hosts o One swine can carry avian influenza, another swine can carry human influenza, the two viruses come together and generate a completely new virus  this is how H1N1 developed  Recombinants are different from both parents o Recombination happens within the same sequence  must be homology present otherwise the Pol cannot recognize the sequence to replicate it  Influenza A can infect a lot of hosts o Antigenic shift and drift can occur  Humans are in contact with birds (chickens) often, and we can get influenza from birds  Some viruses are highly restricted to certain species o Bats have a certain virus that used to be restricted to bats o Because of deforestation the bats came into the villages, and came in contact with humans, the virus was introduced to the human population  Many viruses present in sub-tropical areas (Africa and Asia)  Family size also important because if one person gets the virus they can spread it to all their family members easily  Influenza mode of transmission – airborne  Polio virus – transmission through food  Dogs can bite you and give you rabies – it is extremely fatal  Because of deforestation animals relocate to urban areas  India and China have the largest populations  Japan is such a small country but it is very heavily populated, but sanitation is highly regulated (it is very clean)  SARS and H5N1 was spread via human travel  Animals (like dogs and cats) are also carried on planes  Mosquitos and other bugs can get on the plane and introduce the virus it carries to a new population  Cholera gets spread very easily through water – hurricanes were a concern for the spread of cholera (as well as accumulation of mosquitos due to stagnant water)  Mosquitos are very important vectors for many viruses Virology Lecture 4/29/16 – Ebola  Midterm 2 is cumulative  Name of Ebola came from the river (the origin)  Ebola is incredibly dangerous (more dangerous than any other virus, drugs, or alcohol)  Death rate is 50-90%  worse than smallpox  smallpox is very deadly but compared to Ebola, Ebola is worse  Ebola – internally, all the organs are disintegrated  whoever is infected with the virus will not survive  Humans and non-humans (chimps, monkeys) get infected by Ebola  Out of all 5 species the most deadly Is the ZAIRE virus o About 68% death rate compared to Reston which is 0  Very unusual looking virus particle o This virus folds differently, very unusual morphology o Looks like a snake o –ssRNA virus  Like influenza  Very deadly virus  Lipid membrane, negative sense nucleic acid  Must encode its own Pol because it is negative sense  First outbreak in Congo, Ebola River -1976 o Fairly new virus o Outbreaks all reported in Africa o 2014 the virus spread o The virus began spreading very quickly  Virus cases doubled in 10 days  Incubation period: 2-21 days  No specific symptoms to Ebola o Maculopapular rash – rash on the skin o Hemorrhage – person bleeds to death through any possible openings o Death rate 50-90%  Fruit bats transmit this virus  Highly contagious but not airborne  Can use ELISA (because it is a protein)  Can use PCR (because it has nucleic acids)  No treatment  fairly new virus, no vaccines  Isolation is the major method used to deal with Ebola  Two promising vaccines have been developed  Since this virus is highly contagious: o Isolate the patient o Restricted entry o PPE – cover everything  If you think a person MAY be infected with Ebola the sample must be labeled with “Suspect Ebola”  Lab Sample: o Collect 4 ml blood o Wrap in tissue paper o Triple layer seal it o Put in leak-proof boxes  Anytime you have a sample you must separate it from the other equipment  Yellow bags are the ones they normally use under lab conditions  they are autoclavable, can seal them and use them under autoclave  Need BSL-4 lab to work with Ebola


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