by Sean Horan
The rise of Zika Virus (ZIKV) infections associated with neurological disorders has raised public health concerns. Mutations in pre-epidemic strains are hypothesized to be responsible for increased virulence of epidemic strains. We identified virulence-associated mutations in epidemic strains and introduced these mutations into the pre-epidemic MR766 strain, characterizing infection in vitro. Comparison of mutant viruses with pre-epidemic ZIKV suggests genomic regions coevolved to produce strains associated with neurological disease.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Health and Life Sciences
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