Fiona Fernandes

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We have determined that, in addition to its receptor-destroying activity, the influenza virus neuraminidase is capable of efficiently forming virus-like particles (VLPs) when expressed individually from plasmid DNA. This observation applies to both human subtypes of neuraminidase, N1 and N2. However, it is not found with every strain of influenza virus.(More)
Phosphatidylinositol 4,5-biphosphate [PI(4,5)P(2) ], the predominant phosphoinositide (PI) on the plasma membrane, binds the matrix (MA) protein of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) and equine infectious anemia virus (EIAV) with similar affinities in vitro. Interaction with PI(4,5)P(2) is critical for HIV-1 assembly on the plasma membrane. EIAV(More)
A live attenuated bovine parainfluenza virus type 3 (PIV3), harboring the fusion (F) and hemagglutinin-neuraminidase (HN) genes of human PIV3, was used as a virus vector to express surface glycoproteins derived from two human pathogens, human metapneumovirus (hMPV) and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). RSV and hMPV are both paramyxoviruses that cause(More)
We previously demonstrated that ectodomain residue Asp286 in N2 neuraminidase (NA; Asp268 in N1 NA) present in budding-capable NA proteins contributes to productive NA plasma membrane transport partly by mediating escape from tetherin restriction [Yondola MA, Fernandes F, Belicha-Villanueva A, Uccelini M, Gao Q, Carter C, et al. (2011). Budding capability(More)
Restricted replication in the respiratory tract of rhesus monkeys is an intrinsic property of bovine parainfluenza virus type 3 (bPIV-3) strains. This host range phenotype of bPIV-3 has been utilized as a marker to evaluate the attenuation of bPIV-3 vaccines for human use. Two safety, immunogenicity and efficacy studies in primates evaluated and compared(More)
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