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1 Lecture 24: patterns of infection See Flint et al, Chapter 16

2 General points: Infection can be –Acute –Persistent Effects can range from –Unnoticeable –Deadly

3 Viral life cycles Cytopathic: rapidly kill the cell while producing a burst of new particles Non-cytopathic: infection yields virions without causing immediate cell death

4 Incubation period: The time between initial infection and onset of symptoms

5 Stages of viral infection 1.Primary infection- Infection of cells in the general location where virus enters. –Common with cold viruses and Diarrhea causing viruses. Many viruses including HIV initially infect cells in the infected area. 2. Viremia- Virus enters the blood system and can be detected in the blood stream. –Not all viruses do this. Some remain only localized. 3. Secondary infection- Infection of other organ of cell types by the virus. –Many viruses have high affinity for specific organs due to the presence of receptors or specific cell metabolic functions. Examples are infection of salivary glands by mumps virus, brain tissue by encephalitis virus, and liver tissue by hepatitis virus.

6 Stages of viral infection – Varicella zoster infection

7 Virulence The ability of an infectious agent to cause disease. A relative term in the sense that it depends on the particular host that is infected and the state of that host as well as the site of infection. –Rabies and Ebola are highly virulent. –Some viruses infect animals but are virulent only when the host immune response is suppressed. Examples are certain herpes and hepatitis B virus that become virulent when human hosts are treated with immunosuppressant drugs after organ transplant.

8 General patterns of infection Fig. 16.1

9 Acute Infections Acute infections only detected by clinical symptoms. Can be acutely infected but assymptomatic…subclincal. Large amounts of progeny virus usually produced Rapid onset of symptoms

10 Defense against acute infections Most acute infections are rapidly resolved Limited by the intrinsic and innate immune responses –Localization to the immediate site of infection –Clearance by macrophages, NK cells, polymorphonuclear cells, complement. Adaptive immune response provides memory against subsequent infection. –Virus-specific humoral and cellular responses If not quickly limited, acute infections are resolved by host death –e.g. many haemorragic viruses, severely immunocompromised patients

11 The course of an acute infection Fig. 16.2

12 Antigenic variation – the viral response Survival of acute infection  lifelong immunity to that specific virus How is it that we get sick from other acute viruses over and over? –e.g. common cold, influenza Answer: viruses capitalize on high rates of mutation to evolve around immune response Structural plasticity: virions that can tolerate many amino acid substitutions yet remain infections. –Rhinoviruses and Influenzaviruses are incredibly structurally plastic. –Limits ability to make effective vaccines Many viruses are not structurally plastic: e.g. poliovirus. One vaccination can confer lifelong immunity

13 Structural plasticity: Antigenic variation The immune system detects “epitopes” on “antigens”: structural features of molecules Antigenic variation: –Changes in the epitopes of viral proteins that are presented to the immune system. Antigenic drift: –Appearance of virions with slightly altered surface proteins following passage in the natural host. –An evolutionary process where natural selection is driven by the host immune response Antigenic shift: –A major change in a surface protein as a gene encoding a completely new surface protein is acquired. –Results from coinfection of one host with two different viral serotypes. –Due to reassortment of genes among two or more viruses. –Very commonly seen with viruses having segmented genomes. –Reassortment and recombination of blocks of genetic information result in viral hybrids that are immunologically new to the host.

14 Acute infections and Public Health Acute infections are commonly associated with epidemics –e.g. polio, influenza, measles, common cold Main problem: by the time symptoms emerge, the patient has passed on the infection Difficult to control in large populations and crowded environments –e.g. work, daycare, dorms Effective antiviral drug therapy requires early intervention, safe drugs with few side effects…..not really practical for acute infections. Cost: 90% of outpatient visits due to self-limiting acute viral infections.

15 Persistent infections Infection by viruses which actively produce large amounts of progeny 4 classes of Persistent infections 1) Infection by viruses which actively produce large amounts of progeny, but which cause little cytopathology. 2) Infection by normally lytic virus but in which the extent of virus multiplication is somehow limited, so that the yield of virus is small. 3) Limitation of reinfection by various viral and cellular factors, so that the proportion of infected cells in the total cell population remains small but constant. 4) Chromosomal integration of proviral genomes can result in “silent” infections, infrequent or constant rounds of low level, only slightly cytopathic virus production.

16 Some persistent viral infections of humans VIRUSSITE OF PERSISTENCECONSEQUENCE AdenovirusAdenoids, tonsils, lymphocytesNone known Epstein-BarrB-cells, nasophayngial epitheliaLynphoma, carcinoma H.CytomegalovirusKidney, salivary gland, WBCs?Pneumonia, retinitis Hepatitis B virusLiver, lymphocytesCirrhosis, liver cancer Hepatitis C virusLiverCirrhosis, liver cancer HIVCD4+ T-cells, macrophates, microgliaAIDS HSV 1 and 2Sensory and autonomic gangliaCold sore, genital herpes HTLV 1 and 2T-cellsLeukemia, brain infections PapillomavirusesSkin, epithelial cellsPapillomas, carcinomas Polyomavirus BKKidneyHemorrhagic cystitis Polyomavirus JCKidney, CNSProgressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy MeaslesCNSSubacute sclerosing panencephalitis Rubella virusCNSProgressive rubella panencephalitis Varicella-ZosterSensory gangliaShingles, postherpetic neuralgia

17 Perpetuating a persistent infection by modulating the adaptive immune response: Blocking display of viral antigen in context of MHC class I

18 MHC Class II modulation after infection Antigen presenting cells – Macrophages, dendritic cells, B-cells. Gobble up antigens from outside process them, presents them to CD4 T-cells in the context of MHC class II Presentation of viral antigen in this contact activates T-helper cells, activating specific immune response. Any viral proteins that can modulate the MHC class II antigen presentation pathway would therefore interfere with T-helper cell activation.

19 Fig HIV Nef EBV BZLF2 Any viral protein that can modulate the MHC class II antigen presentation pathway would therefore interfere with T-helper cell activation.

20 Killing activated CTLs Activated CTLs express the membrane-bound Fas receptor: related to TNF receptor Fas binds the Fas-Ligand (FasL) Binding of FasL on target cells by Fas on activated CTLs activates T-cell aptosis. Many viruses, e.g. HIV-1 increase expression of FasL on the surfaces of infected cells. CTL Target cell From Fig. 15.1

21 Direct infection of cells of the immune system Allows viruses to suppress the immune response, e.g. HIV Mobility of immune cells allows viruses to disseminate through host – e.g. CMV

22 Infections of tissues with reduced immune surveillance Tissues with surfaces exposed to environment Higher thresholds of immune activation, e.g. skin, glands, bile ducts, kidney tubules. –Cytomegalovirus infects cells on the surfaces of glands and ducts (kidney, salivary, mammary), ensuring constant shedding of new virus into environment. –Papillomaviruses: Productive replication of only occurs in the outer, terminally differentiated skin cells. The result is skin warts. Other compartments of the body can’t mount inflammatory responses To do so would be to severely damage them. e.g. CNS, eye, areas of lymphoid drainage. Persistent infection of these tissues by viruses is common.


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