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Strain-Dependent Consequences of Zika Virus Infection and Differential Impact on Neural Development

Department of Animal and Dairy Science, Regenerative Bioscience Center, College of Agriculture and Environmental Science, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA
Department of Infectious Diseases, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA
ArunA Biomedical, Athens, GA 30602, USA
Department of Infectious Diseases, Department of Population Health, Center for Vaccines and Immunology, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA
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Viruses 2018, 10(10), 550;
Received: 22 August 2018 / Revised: 2 October 2018 / Accepted: 4 October 2018 / Published: 9 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Advances on Zika Virus Research)
Maternal infection with Zika virus (ZIKV) during pregnancy can result in neonatal abnormalities, including neurological dysfunction and microcephaly. Experimental models of congenital Zika syndrome identified neural progenitor cells as a target of viral infection. Neural progenitor cells are responsible for populating the developing central nervous system with neurons and glia. Neural progenitor dysfunction can lead to severe birth defects, namely, lissencephaly, microcephaly, and cognitive deficits. For this study, the consequences of ZIKV infection in human pluripotent stem cell-derived neural progenitor (hNP) cells and neurons were evaluated. ZIKV isolates from Asian and African lineages displayed lineage-specific replication kinetics, cytopathic effects, and impacts on hNP function and neuronal differentiation. The currently circulating ZIKV isolates exhibit a unique profile of virulence, cytopathic effect, and impaired cellular functions that likely contribute to the pathological mechanism of congenital Zika syndrome. The authors found that infection with Asian-lineage ZIKV isolates impaired the proliferation and migration of hNP cells, and neuron maturation. In contrast, the African-lineage infections resulted in abrupt and extensive cell death. This work furthers the understanding of ZIKV-induced brain pathology. View Full-Text
Keywords: Zika virus; neural progenitor cells; neurons Zika virus; neural progenitor cells; neurons
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Goodfellow, F.T.; Willard, K.A.; Wu, X.; Scoville, S.; Stice, S.L.; Brindley, M.A. Strain-Dependent Consequences of Zika Virus Infection and Differential Impact on Neural Development. Viruses 2018, 10, 550.

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