antigenic shift


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shift

 [shift]
a change or deviation.
antigenic shift a sudden, major change in the antigenicity of a virus, seen especially in influenza viruses, resulting from the recombination of the genomes of two different strains; it is associated with pandemics because hosts do not have immunity to the new strain. See also antigenic drift.
chloride shift the exchange of chloride and carbonate between the plasma and the erythrocytes that takes place when the blood gives up oxygen and receives carbon dioxide. It serves to maintain ionic equilibrium between the cell and surrounding fluid.
mediastinal shift a shifting to one side of the tissues and organs of the mediastinum; see also mediastinal shift.
shift to the left
1. a change in the blood picture, with a preponderance of young neutrophils.
2. an increased oxygen affinity of hemoglobin.
shift to the right
1. a preponderance of older neutrophils in the blood picture.
2. a decreased oxygen affinity of hemoglobin.
weight shift
1. the frequent movement of a paralyzed or partially paralyzed patient to redistribute the patient's weight and prevent impairment of circulation, which leads to pressure sores. One variation is the wheelchair pressure release.
2. relocation of a patient's center of mass in order to allow movement; see also gait.

an·ti·gen·ic shift

mutation, that is, sudden change in molecular structure of RNA/DNA in microorganisms, especially viruses, which produces new strains; hosts previously exposed to other strains have little or no acquired immunity to the new strain; antigenic shift is believed to be the explanation for the occurrence of new strains of influenza virus, which occur by recombination or genetic reassortment of two different viral strains in a given host, and is associated with large-scale epidemics.

an·ti·gen·ic shift

(an'ti-jen'ik shift)
Mutation, i.e., sudden change in molecular structure of RNA/DNA in microorganisms, especially viruses, which produces new strains of the microorganism; hosts previously exposed to other strains have little or no acquired immunity to the new strain.

antigenic shift

major changes in surface ANTIGENS caused by the reassortment of GENES between different INFLUENZA VIRUSES. This may involve the mixing of genes from influenza viruses of humans and of animals, such as pigs or ducks. Typically this phenomenon results in a sudden change, approximately every 10 to 15 years, in the predominant type of influenza virus, causing PANDEMICS in humans.
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The need for a new vaccine was apparent (7), but early reports consistently described the disease as mild (8), and the US epidemic was over before the A2/Hong Kong virus was recognized as an antigenic shift (9,10).
Issues addressed included the growing body of evidence linking the origin of antigenic shift to animal reservoirs of influenza viruses (24), the questionable validity of predictable patterns of pandemic periodicity, and the appropriate classification of the 1947 strain (25).
No precedent existed for defining a pandemic strain or distinguishing antigenic shift (a complete change) from antigenic drift (point mutations resulting in accumulated amino acid changes).
Due to the segmented pattern of the influenza virus gene and the high rates of reassorment on its genome, the emergence of pandemic strains usually has been caused by animal- and human-type reassorment and the resultant antigenic shifts.
Between the years of antigenic shifts, antigenic drifts have happened almost annually and have resulted in outbreaks of variable extent and severity.
As the influenza pathogen mutates, antigenic shifts can cause a very severe flu epidemic such as the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic which infected approximately 60.8 million people in the United States, resulting in more than a quarter of a million hospitalizations and nearly 12,500 deaths.
On the other hand, pandemics associated with higher mortality appear at longer intervals due to major genetic variation called antigenic shifts, or the mutation of an animal virus that adapts to humans (as with the pandemic virus of 1918 with H1N1 properties).
Major variations known as antigenic shifts are the cause of serious outbreaks and pandemics as the 1918, 1957, and 1968 worldwide outbreaks (4).
DNA polymorphism analysis of prn and ptxS1 has previously been used as a typing method for detecting antigenic shifts (2,3,8).
Our results suggest that ptxS1 is not a useful marker in outbreaks to detect antigenic shifts. IS1002-RFLP was less discriminative than XbaI PFGE, which agree with results of previous studies (8).
As described in our prior publication (4), vaccinia is a DNA virus with limited antigenic variability (8), and antigenic shifts are unlikely.
Therefore, a greater proportion of infected vaccinated persons may have had clinical symptoms because of antigenic shifts, which probably led to greater transmission of bacteria and thus a greater degree of infection in the population.