HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Scientists discover how Nipah virus enters cells

Working independently, two research teams funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), have identified how Nipah and Hendra viruses, closely related viruses first identified in the mid-1990s, gain entry into human and animal cells.

Nipah and Hendra are emerging viruses that cause serious respiratory and neurological disease. People can acquire these deadly viruses from animals. Beginning in 1994, public health officials have recognized disease outbreaks in Malaysia, Singapore, Bangladesh and Australia.

Both viruses use a protein essential to embryonic development to enter cells and begin their often-fatal attack, report researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, MD.

The UCLA team, headed by Benhur Lee, M.D., describes its findings in a Nature paper posted online on July 6. The report by the USUHS researchers, led by Christopher Broder, Ph.D., is appearing online the week of July 4 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The first reported outbreak of Nipah virus occurred in 1998-1999 in Malaysia, sickening 265 people and killing 105, according to the World Health Organization. This outbreak, which in this case spread from pigs to humans, was contained by culling more than a million pigs. Hendra virus, so far less of a threat to human health, was first identified in 1994 in Australia when it spread from horses to humans.

"In addition to our concern about Nipah and Hendra viruses as emerging global health and economic threats, we worry about their potential use as bioterror agents," says Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., director of NIAID. "This work, funded through our biodefense research program, is a major step towards developing countermeasures to prevent and treat Nipah and Hendra infection."

Using different methods, both teams
'"/>

Contact: Linda Joy
ljoy@niaid.nih.gov
301-402-1663
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
6-Jul-2005


Page: 1 2 3 4

Related medicine news :

1. Scientists train nano-building blocks to take on new shapes, as reported in Science
2. Scientists find war vets hand dexterity determines susceptibility to PTSD
3. Scientists develop method to track immune system enzyme in live animals
4. Scientists from the CIMA investigate a molecule for diagnosing hypertensive cardiopathy
5. Scientists equip bacteria with custom chemo-navigational system
6. Scientists find missing link to understand how plants make vitamin C
7. Scientists and polar explorers brave the elements in support of CryoSat-2
8. Scientists identify cells responsible for relapse after treatment in common childhood cancer
9. Scientists progress in successful tissue engineering
10. Scientists re-grow dental enamel from cultured cells
11. Scientists create dual-modality microbeads to improve identification of disease biomarkers

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:10/16/2018)... ... October 16, 2018 , ... dicentra Global Certifications, an affiliate of ... Program . Canada will become the first G7 country in the world to formally ... also plans to formally legalize the production and use of cannabis edibles. , More ...
(Date:10/16/2018)... AUSTIN, Texas (PRWEB) , ... October 16, 2018 , ... The months of training are ... or last, their bodies will probably feel like they were put through the wringer after ... and sports injuries team at Medicine in Motion on how to treat the body ...
(Date:10/13/2018)... ... October 12, 2018 , ... Convoy of Hope is positioned ... and a disaster service team to the devastated Florida Panhandle to begin response operations ... help Convoy’s disaster response teams and provide supplies to those affected by the storm. ...
(Date:10/11/2018)... Va. (PRWEB) , ... October 11, 2018 , ... ... services, today announced the acquisition of J.Lodge, an industry leader in contact center ... —a lifelong survivor of a debilitating medical condition—J. Lodge supports alternative work environments ...
(Date:10/11/2018)... ... ... Bizmatics Inc. is a healthcare technology company serving the ... their Health IT Software – provides physicians with tools that promote quality and ... health information exchange (HIE), serves 24 counties in South East Texas. A non-profit ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/13/2018)... Fla. (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2018 , ... ... to alert the public that Pensacola is open and has hotel availability for ... , WHAT: Hurricane Michael has passed through Northwest Florida. In the aftermath, Pensacola ...
(Date:10/11/2018)... ... October 11, 2018 , ... doeLEGAL, a leading provider of ... law firms, today announced it is sponsoring the 2018 ACC Annual Meeting in ... corporate legal departments are using smart data, intelligently delivered to rethink data strategies ...
(Date:10/11/2018)... ... ... Sun Nuclear Corporation announced today that The Clatterbridge Cancer ... its SunCHECK™ Quality Management Platform . The Centre joins leading facilities worldwide already ... Management on almost 1,500 linear accelerators at nearly 500 sites. , In ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: