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Consequences of Zika virus infection on glial cells

The Zika virus is highlighted in green, as the astrocyte nucleus is in blue and its cytoplasm in red. Credit: Taken from the study. Studies regarding the brain damage caused by the Zika virus have revealed the virus’ predilection for a certain neural cell: the astrocyte. However, few studies have …

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A Zika vaccine could save suffering and costs

Zika virus particles (red) shown in African green monkey kidney cells. Credit: NIAID Global climate change has raised concerns that mosquito-borne diseases could become increasingly prevalent in the United States as warmer temperatures lead to increased mosquito activity. The 2015-2016 Zika outbreak, which impacted much of the Americas, prompted efforts …

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Zika inhibits the proliferation of prostate cancer cells

Experiments performed by Brazilian scientists showed that Zika virus inhibits tumor cell proliferation even when inactivated by high temperature. The study was supported by FAPESP and published in Scientific Reports. Jeany Delafiori, Diogo Oliveira and Rodrigo Catharino. Credit: Flávia Luísa Dias Aldibert) After revealing in a groundbreaking study that Zika …

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Malnutrition linked with increased risk of Zika birth defects

Zika virus particles (red) shown in African green monkey kidney cells. Credit: NIAID Congenital Zika Syndrome (CZS) refers to a collection of developmental malformations associated with Zika virus (ZIKV) congenital infection. This syndrome includes devastating conditions that have a huge impact on the rest of the life of the individual …

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Delayed Zika effects in babies who appeared normal at birth

Infant development was assessed by the Warner Initial Developmental Evaluation of Adaptive and Functional Skills (WIDEA) and the Alberta Infant Motor Scale (AIMS) at one or two time points between 4 and 18 months of age. Credit: Children’s National Hospital Colombian infants exposed to Zika virus in the womb showed …

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Zika vaccine protects fetus in pregnant monkeys

An experimental vaccine against the Zika virus reduced the amount of virus in pregnant rhesus macaques and improved fetal outcomes. The work could help support development and approval of the experimental Zika DNA vaccine VRC5283, which is currently in early stage trials in humans. Image shows female rhesus macaques with …

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Zika epidemic likely suppressed dengue in Latin America

Credit: University of Florida When the Zika epidemic burned through the Americas in 2015, it was transmitted in the same areas where dengue virus was already endemic. This was not unexpected, as both viruses are genetically and antigenically similar, and they also share the same mosquito vectors, Aedes aegypti and …

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