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Ikeda K.,Wakayama Medical University | Tsujimoto K.,Wakayama Shin ai Womens Junior College | Suzuki Y.,Wakayama Medical University | Koyama A.H.,Wakayama Shin ai Womens Junior College
Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine | Year: 2015

The role of contaminated clothing in the transmission of influenza A virus during an epidemic period was investigated by examining the recovery of infectious influenza virus from experimentally virus-contaminated clothing, which had been subejected to routine wearing and washing for several months or years. The amount of infectious virus recovered from the nine types of clothing decreased with time and was shown to differ widely between clothing samples, when the contaminated clothing samples were maintained in uncovered glass Petri dishes in a safety cabinet under air blowing. These results indicate a dependence of virus transmissibility on the nature of the contaminated clothes. The difference in recovery was shown to have no significant correlation with the thickness or the materials of the clothing; however, a correlation was observed with the residual amount of water in the deposited virus preparation on the test clothing. © 2015, Spandidos Publications. All rights reserved. Source

Ikeda K.,Wakayama Medical University | Yamasaki H.,Wakayama Medical University | Minami S.,Wakayama Medical University | Suzuki Y.,Wakayama Medical University | And 6 more authors.
International Journal of Molecular Medicine | Year: 2012

Arginine, among the amino acids, has demonstrated unique properties, including suppression of protein-protein interactions and virus inactivation. We investigated the effects of arginine on the infectivity of human herpesvirus 2 (HHV-2) and the potential application of arginine as a chemotherapeutic agent against genital herpes. Arginine directly inactivated HHV-2 and characterization of the inactivation demonstrated that 1 M arginine at pH 4.3 inactivated the virus more efficiently compared to 0.1 M citrate or 1 M sodium chloride, indicating that neither acidic pH nor ionic strength alone is sufficient for virus inactivation. The effect of arginine was rapid and concentration- dependent. Although virus inactivation was efficient at an acidic pH, arginine inactivated the virus even at a neutral pH, provided that a higher arginine concentration and prolonged incubation time were used. In addition, arginine suppressed the multiplication of HHV-2 under the conditions at which its effect on cell viability was insignificant. Pilot mouse model studies revealed a marked suppression of death by arginine when the mice were infected with HHV-2 through the vaginal route, followed by an intermittent application of acidic arginine by vaginal instillation. Source

Utsunomiya H.,Wakayama Medical University | Ichinose M.,Wakayama Medical University | Ikeda K.,Wakayama Medical University | Uozaki M.,Wakayama Medical University | And 7 more authors.
International Journal of Molecular Medicine | Year: 2014

Caffeic acid has been shown to inhibit the multiplication of influenza A virus in vitro, whereas caffeine, quinic acid and chlorogenic acid do not. Caffeic acid has also been shown to have antiviral activity against herpes simplex virus (DNA virus) and polio virus (RNA virus). In the present study, a comparison of the one-step growth curve of the influenza virus in the presence of caffeic acid with that in the absence of the reagent showed that an eclipse period of the virus multiplication in the infected cells was not affected by the reagent, while the progeny virus yield was markedly decreased in the presence of caffeic acid. In additional experiments, it was found that the addition of caffeic acid at an early time point post-infection (within 3 h post-infection) was mandatory for extensive antiviral activity, suggesting that a major target of the reagent exists in the early stages of infection. Simultaneously with the decrease in the progeny virus yield, both the virusinduced cytopathic effects and apoptotic nuclear fragmentation were markedly suppressed by the reagent, suggesting that caffeic acid suppresses, at least temporally, the degeneration of the virus-infected cells and that the observed antiviral activity is likely not the secondary result of the cytotoxic effects of the reagent. These results suggest the potential pharmacological use of caffeic acid or its derivatives as an antiviral drug against influenza A virus. Source

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