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Seminar by Assistant professor, YOSHII Kentaro -- Analyzing the Pathogenesis of Tick-borne Flaviviruses

2011-9-21 (Wed) 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Lecture title: Analyzing the Pathogenesis of Tick-borne Flaviviruses, including Experiences of Using BSL4 Facilities

Lecturer: YOSHII Kentaro, Assistant professor, Department of Public Health, Veterinary Medicine, Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine, Hokkaido University

Lecture Outline

Flaviviridae infection is a disease that can be transmitted from humans and non-human animals and vice versa, causing serious clinical condition such as encephalitis and hemorrhagic fever. Tick-borne flaviviruses, in particular, has strong pathogenic virus and is classified into biosafety level 4 (BSL-4) in the U. S. and other countries.

While most of tick-borne flaviviruses infecting mammals cause encephalitis as  tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) does, other viruses cause hemorrhagic fever and Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever Virus (OHFV) is one of them. A recent research has clarified that TBEV and OHFV are close on a genetic family tree.

However, it is not still clear why TBEV and OHFV featuring high gene homology cause different disease status such as encephalitis and hemorrhagic fever.

In order to identify virus factors relating to the difference in disease status, analysis using reverse genetics systems of both viruses is being conducted. In this seminar, in addition to experiences of using BSL-4 facilities at the University of Texas Medical School, findings obtained by reverse genetics systems will be introduced.

Sponsored by: Department of Molecular Virology, Research Institute for Microbial Diseases, Osaka University

For more information, contact: Specially Appointed Associate Professor, KAMITANI Wataru, Department of Molecular Virology, Research Institute for Microbial Diseases, Osaka University

Extension: 8343

Email: suishin[at]biken.osaka-u.ac.jp

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Date: 2011-9-21 (Wed) 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Venue: Biken Hall, 1st floor, Research Institute for Microbial Diseases
Registration: Not necessary.
URL: http://www.biken.osaka-u.ac.jp/conference16884.html

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