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Zika virus impairs growth in human neurospheres and brain organoids

Juliana R. Costa

  • Zika virus impairs growth in human neurospheres and brain organoids

KEYWORDS

logo, mind, graph, brand, neuron, brain, cell, nervous system, embriology, progenitor, platelets, blood, rna, virus, pathogen, virology, megakaryocyte, immunology

ABOUT

Since the emergence of Zika virus (ZIKV), reports of microcephaly have increased significantly in Brazil; however, causality between the viral epidemic and malformations in fetal brains needs further confirmation. Here, we examine the effects of ZIKV infection in human neural stem cells growing as neurospheres and brain organoids. Using immunocytochemistry and electron microscopy, we show that ZIKV targets human brain cells, reducing their viability and growth as neurospheres and brain organoids. These results suggest that ZIKV abrogates neurogenesis during human brain development.

AUTHOR

Juliana R. Costa

Biologist

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