Fig.1 YFV genome organization.
Fig.2 Yellow Fever Virus replication cycle.
Yellow Fever Virus (YFV) is an enveloped virus that contains a single stranded, positive-sense RNA genome of about 11,000 nucleotides. YFV belongs to the genus Flavivirus and is transmitted by mosquitoes. A single open reading frame encodes for a large polyprotein which is finally processed into ten viral proteins: three structural proteins, capsid protein (C), precursor to the membrane protein M (prM), envelope protein (E) and seven non-structural proteins (NS), NS1, NS2A, NS2B, NS3, NS4A, NS4B and NS5. YFV binds in a non-specific manner to glycosaminoglycan heparan sulfate on the surface of host cells such as hepatocytes or dendritic cells (DCs).
Function of Viral Proteins
Yellow Fever Disease
Yellow fever (YF), caused by YFV, has historically been considered one of the most dangerous infectious diseases. YF is mainly characterized by a period of flu-like symptoms that can become more severe. As no treatment for YF is available, mass vaccination campaigns with the highly potent, live-attenuated YFV vaccine, termed YFV-17D, are currently the only weapon to fight the disease and prevent future outbreaks.
Diagnosis of YF is complicated by the fact that early symptoms of the infection can be confused with other haemorrhagic diseases including Dengue, Ebola and Zika. Therefore, differential diagnosis is an important consideration in areas where other flaviviruses such as Dengue and Zika co-circulate. Blood tests (RT-PCR) can sometimes detect the virus in the early stages of the disease. In later stages of the disease, testing to identify antibodies is needed, such as plaque reduction neutralization test (PRNT) and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Generally, IgM antibodies appear during the first week of illness. The detection of IgM antibody by ELISA capture in a single sample provides a presumptive diagnosis, with confirmation by a fourfold or greater rise in titer of neutralizing antibody between acute phase and convalescent phase serum samples.
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