The 2009 H1N1 pandemic highlights the need to better understand influenza A infectivity and antigenicity. Relative to other recent seasonal H1N1 influenza strains, the 2009 H1N1 virus grew less efficiently in eggs, which hindered efforts to rapidly supply vaccine. Using lentiviral pseudotypes bearing influenza hemagglutinin (HA-pseudotypes) we evaluated a glutamine to arginine mutation at position 223 (Q223R) and glycosylation at residue 276 in HA for their effects on infectivity and neutralization. Q223R emerged during propagation in eggs and lies in the receptor binding site. We found that the Q223R mutation greatly enhanced infectivity of HA-pseudotypes in human cells, which was further augmented by inclusion of the viral neuraminidase (NA) and M2 proteins. Loss of glycosylation at residue 276 did not alter infectivity. None of these modifications affected neutralization. These findings provide information for increasing 2009 H1N1HA-pseudotype titers without altering antigenicity and offer insights into receptor use.
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"The D222G mutation has been shown to increase virulence and to increase the virus transmissibility in animal models, as well in human airway epithelial cell lines , , , . Other mutations in the receptor binding sites of the HA gene , , and other mutations at other segments (e.g., PA, PB1-F2, PB2, NP, and NS1) have been found in clinical isolates and have been shown to increase the replication efficiency and pathogenesis in vitro in animal models. Increased virulence and pathogenesis of such mutations is a mechanism that may lead to a second wave of infection. "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A striking characteristic of the past four influenza pandemic outbreaks in the United States has been the multiple waves of infections. However, the mechanisms responsible for the multiple waves of influenza or other acute infectious diseases are uncertain. Understanding these mechanisms could provide knowledge for health authorities to develop and implement prevention and control strategies.
We exhibit five distinct mechanisms, each of which can generate two waves of infections for an acute infectious disease. The first two mechanisms capture changes in virus transmissibility and behavioral changes. The third mechanism involves population heterogeneity (e.g., demography, geography), where each wave spreads through one sub-population. The fourth mechanism is virus mutation which causes delayed susceptibility of individuals. The fifth mechanism is waning immunity. Each mechanism is incorporated into separate mathematical models, and outbreaks are then simulated. We use the models to examine the effects of the initial number of infected individuals (e.g., border control at the beginning of the outbreak) and the timing of and amount of available vaccinations.
Four models, individually or in any combination, reproduce the two waves of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic in the United States, both qualitatively and quantitatively. One model reproduces the two waves only qualitatively. All models indicate that significantly reducing or delaying the initial numbers of infected individuals would have little impact on the attack rate. Instead, this reduction or delay results in a single wave as opposed to two waves. Furthermore, four of these models also indicate that a vaccination program started earlier than October 2009 (when the H1N1 vaccine was initially distributed) could have eliminated the second wave of infection, while more vaccine available starting in October would not have eliminated the second wave.
PLoS ONE 04/2013; 8(4):e60343. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0060343 · 3.23 Impact Factor
"Hemagglutinin inhibition assays performed with H1N1pdm (rNY1682) antisera showed viruses possessing either rNY1682 HA or FluMist HA had the same hemagglutinin inhibition titer (data not shown). This illustrates that these two viruses show equivalent cross neutralization and is consistent with previous reports indicating that these substitutions don't influence antigenicity of H1N1pdm viruses   . "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The licensed live attenuated influenza A vaccine (LAIV) in the United States is created by making a reassortant containing six internal genes from a cold-adapted master donor strain (ca A/AA/6/60) and two surface glycoprotein genes from a circulating/emerging strain (e.g., A/CA/7/09 for the 2009/2010 H1N1 pandemic). Technologies to rapidly create recombinant viruses directly from patient specimens were used to engineer alternative LAIV candidates that have genomes composed entirely of vRNAs from pandemic or seasonal strains. Multiple mutations involved in the temperature-sensitive (ts) phenotype of the ca A/AA/6/60 master donor strain were introduced into a 2009 H1N1 pandemic strain rA/New York/1682/2009 (rNY1682-WT) to create rNY1682-TS1, and additional mutations identified in other ts viruses were added to rNY1682-TS1 to create rNY1682-TS2. Both rNY1682-TS1 and rNY1682-TS2 replicated efficiently at 30°C and 33°C. However, rNY1682-TS1 was partially restricted, and rNY1682-TS2 was completely restricted at 39°C. Additionally, engineering the TS1 or TS2 mutations into a distantly related human seasonal H1N1 influenza A virus also resulted pronounced restriction of replication in vitro. Clinical symptoms and virus replication in the lungs of mice showed that although rNY1682-TS2 and the licensed FluMist(®)-H1N1pdm LAIV that was used to combat the 2009/2010 pandemic were similarly attenuated, the rNY1682-TS2 was more protective upon challenge with a virulent mutant of pandemic H1N1 virus or a heterologous H1N1 (A/PR/8/1934) virus. This study demonstrates that engineering key temperature sensitive mutations (PB1-K391E, D581G, A661T; PB2-P112S, N265S, N556D, Y658H) into the genomes of influenza A viruses attenuates divergent human virus lineages and provides an alternative strategy for the generation of LAIVs.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Pseudotyped viral particles are being used as safe surrogates to mimic the structure and surface of many viruses, including highly pathogenic viruses such as avian influenza H5N1, to investigate biological functions mediated by the envelope proteins derived from these viruses. The first part of this article evaluates and discusses the differences in the production and characterization of influenza pseudoparticles. The second part focuses on the applications that such a flexible tool can provide in modern influenza research, in particular in the fields of drug discovery, molecular biology and diagnosis.