Viral factors in influenza pandemic risk assessment

Lipsitch, M. et al. (2016) Viral factors in influenza pandemic risk assessment. eLife, 5, e18491. (doi: 10.7554/eLife.18491) (PMID:27834632) (PMCID:PMC5156527)

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The threat of an influenza A virus pandemic stems from continual virus spillovers from reservoir species, a tiny fraction of which spark sustained transmission in humans. To date, no pandemic emergence of a new influenza strain has been preceded by detection of a closely related precursor in an animal or human. Nonetheless, influenza surveillance efforts are expanding, prompting a need for tools to assess the pandemic risk posed by a detected virus. The goal would be to use genetic sequence and/or biological assays of viral traits to identify those non-human influenza viruses with the greatest risk of evolving into pandemic threats, and/or to understand drivers of such evolution, to prioritize pandemic prevention or response measures. We describe such efforts, identify progress and ongoing challenges, and discuss three specific traits of influenza viruses (hemagglutinin receptor binding specificity, hemagglutinin pH of activation, and polymerase complex efficiency) that contribute to pandemic risk.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Murcia, Professor Pablo
Authors: Lipsitch, M., Barclay, W., Raman, R., Russell, C. J., Belser, J. A., Cobey, S., Kasson, P. M., Lloyd-Smith, J. O., Maurer-Stroh, S., Riley, S., Beauchemin, C. A.A., Bedford, T., Friedrich, T. C., Handel, A., Herfst, S., Murcia, P. R., Roche, B., Wilke, C. O., and Russell, C. A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Infection & Immunity
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Infection & Immunity > Centre for Virus Research
Journal Name:eLife
Publisher:eLife Sciences Publications
ISSN (Online):2050-084X
Published Online:11 November 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 The Authors
First Published:First published in eLife 2016
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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501441Centre for Integrated VirologyMassimo PalmariniMedical Research Council (MRC)G0801822MVLS III - CENTRE FOR VIRUS RESEARCH