A Novel #Reassortant #Avian #H7N6 #Influenza Virus Is Transmissible in Guinea Pigs via Respiratory #Droplets (Front Microbiol., abstract)

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Front Microbiol. 2019 Jan 22;10:18. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2019.00018. eCollection 2019.

A Novel Reassortant Avian H7N6 Influenza Virus Is Transmissible in Guinea Pigs via Respiratory Droplets.

Zhao Z1,2, Liu L1, Guo Z2, Zhang C2, Wang Z2, Wen G1, Zhang W1, Shang Y1, Zhang T1, Jiao Z1, Chen L3, Zhang C3, Cui H3, Jin M4, Wang C2, Luo Q1, Shao H1.

Author information: 1 Institute of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences, Hubei Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Wuhan, China. 2 Institute of Military Veterinary, Academy of Military Medical Sciences, Changchun, China. 3 College of Veterinary Medicine, Hebei Agricultural University, Baoding, China. 4 College of Veterinary Medicine, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China.



Since 2013, H7N9 and H5N6 avian influenza viruses (AIVs) have caused sporadic human infections and deaths and continued to circulate in the poultry industry. Since 2014, H7N6 viruses which might be reassortants of H7N9 and H5N6 viruses, have been isolated in China. However, the biological properties of H7N6 viruses are unknown. Here, we characterize the receptor binding preference, pathogenicity and transmissibility of a H7N6 virus A/chicken/Hubei/00095/2017(H7N6) (abbreviated HB95), and a closely related H7N9 virus, A/chicken/Hubei/00093/2017(H7N9) (abbreviated HB93), which were isolated from poultry in Hubei Province, China, in 2017. Phylogenetic analyses demonstrated that the hemagglutinin (HA) gene of HB95 is closely related to those of HB93 and human-origin H7N9 viruses, and that the neuraminidase (NA) gene of HB95 shared the highest nucleotide similarity with those of H5N6 viruses. HB95 and HB93 had binding affinity for human-like α2, 6-linked sialic acid receptors and were virulent in mice without prior adaptation. In addition, in guinea pig model, HB93 was transmissible by direct contact, but HB95 was transmissible via respiratory droplets. These results revealed the potential threat to public health posed by H7N6 influenza viruses and emphasized the need for continued surveillance of the circulation of this subtype in poultry.

KEYWORDS: avian H7N6 influenza A virus; pathogenicity; reassortment; receptor binding; transmissibility

PMID: 30723462 PMCID: PMC6349713 DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2019.00018 Free PMC Article

Keywords: Avian Influenza; H7N9; H5N6; H7N6; Reassortant strain; Animal models.


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I am an Italian blogger, active since 2005 with main focus on emerging infectious diseases such as avian influenza, SARS, antibiotics resistance, and many other global Health issues. Other fields of interest are: climate change, global warming, geological and biological sciences. My activity consists mainly in collection and analysis of news, public services updates, confronting sources and making decision about what are the 'signals' of an impending crisis (an outbreak, for example). When a signal is detected, I follow traces during the entire course of an event. I started in 2005 my blog ''A TIME'S MEMORY'', now with more than 40,000 posts and 3 millions of web interactions. Subsequently I added an Italian Language blog, then discontinued because of very low traffic and interest. I contributed for seven years to a public forum (FluTrackers.com) in the midst of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa in 2014, I left the site to continue alone my data tracking job.