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See detailMorphological alterations in oxidative muscles and mitochondrial structure associated with equine atypical myopathy
Cassart, Dominique ULg; Baise, Etienne ULg; Cherel, Yann et al

in Equine Veterinary Journal (2007), 39(1), 26-32

REASONS FOR PERFORMING STUDY: There is a lack of well documented studies about muscular lesions in equine atypical myopathy (EAM). <br /> <br />OBJECTIVES: To characterise morphopathological changes of ... [more ▼]

REASONS FOR PERFORMING STUDY: There is a lack of well documented studies about muscular lesions in equine atypical myopathy (EAM). <br /> <br />OBJECTIVES: To characterise morphopathological changes of striated muscles and myocardium, to progress understanding of this disease. <br /> <br />METHODS: Thirty-two horses age 0.5-7 years kept on pasture were referred for a sudden ataxia/myoglobinuria syndrome. Clinical examination (stiffness, muscle pain, muscle fasciculations, abnormal gait, recumbency, myoglobinuria, tachycardia, sweating) and plasma CPK, LDH and AST levels were consistent with extensive myonecrosis and, together with anamnestic data, with so-called 'equine atypical myopathy' (EAM), a disease of unknown aetiology reported since 1939. Macroscopic and microscopic (histology, histoenzymology, ultrastructure) lesions were evaluated. <br /> <br />RESULTS: Necropsic examination revealed large areas of muscle necrosis, the extent and severity of which varied between cases and muscles, but which were clearly more constant and severe in respiratory and postural muscles and in the myocardium. Histology highlighted a multifocal and monophasic process compatible with Zenker degeneration/necrosis that mostly and segmentally affected type 1 fibres. Histochemical evaluation revealed a weak and disorganised pattern of NADH tetrazolium reductase staining, the absence of calcium salts precipitates and a dramatic accumulation of lipid droplets. Ultrastructural examination often revealed fibres of which the sole modifications were altered mitochondria and sarcoplasmic lipidosis. <br /> <br />CONCLUSIONS: Taken together, the data suggest that a primary alteration of mitochondria should be considered, although secondary mitochondrial abnormalities have yet to be ruled out. <br /> <br />POTENTIAL RELEVANCE: The morphological features gathered here reveal that EAM shares most of the characteristics of toxic myopathies. [less ▲]

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See detailThe expression of Clostridium perfringens consensus beta2 toxin is associated with bovine enterotoxaemia syndrome
Lebrun, Maud; Filée, Patrice ULg; Mousset, Bénédicte ULg et al

in Veterinary Microbiology (2007), 120(1-2), 151-157

Clostridium perfringens has been implicated in a broad array of enteric infections including the fatal haemorrhagic enteritis/enterotoxaemia syndrome in cattle. The beta2 toxin (CPB2), encoded by cpb2, is ... [more ▼]

Clostridium perfringens has been implicated in a broad array of enteric infections including the fatal haemorrhagic enteritis/enterotoxaemia syndrome in cattle. The beta2 toxin (CPB2), encoded by cpb2, is suspected to be implicated in this syndrome. However, among C. perfringens isolates from cattle suspected of clostridial disease, an atypical allele was recently found to predominate at the cpb2 locus and atypical corresponding CPB2 proteins were shown to be poorly expressed, thus arguing against a biologically significant role of the beta2 toxin in clostridial diseases in cattle. This study compared genotype and phenotype of the beta2 toxin between C. perfringens isolates from a group of healthy calves (n = 14, 87 isolates) and from a group of enterotoxaemic calves (n = 8,41 isolates). PCR results revealed the exclusive presence of the typical "consensus" cpb2 in the enterotoxaernic group. Western blot analysis demonstrated that the typical variant of CPB2 was often expressed in isolates from enterotoxaemic calves (43.9%) and infrequently in isolates from healthy cattle (6.9%). These data suggest that the typical variant of the CPB2 toxin may play a role in the pathogenesis of cattle enterotoxaemia. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailIsolation and Characterisation of a Ruminant Alphaherpesvirus Closely Related to Bovine Herpesvirus 1 in a Free-Ranging Red Deer
Thiry, Julien ULg; Widen, F.; Grégoire, Fabien ULg et al

in BMC Veterinary Research (2007), 3

BACKGROUND: The genus Varicellovirus of the Herpesviridae subfamily Alphaherpesvirinae includes a cluster of viruses antigenically and genetically related to bovine herpesvirus 1 (BoHV-1): namely bovine ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The genus Varicellovirus of the Herpesviridae subfamily Alphaherpesvirinae includes a cluster of viruses antigenically and genetically related to bovine herpesvirus 1 (BoHV-1): namely bovine herpesvirus 5 (BoHV-5), bubaline herpesvirus 1 (BuHV-1), caprine herpesvirus 1 (CpHV-1), cervid herpesviruses 1 (CvHV-1) and 2 (CvHV-2) and elk herpesvirus 1 (ElkHV-1). Considering the serological relationship between these ruminant alphaherpesviruses, several surveys have studied the occurrence of BoHV-1 related virus infection in wild and domestic ruminant species. In this way, a recent investigation has indicated, in Belgium, a high increase in the serological prevalence of BoHV-1 related virus infection in free-ranging red deer population. In this context, it has been decided to investigate the presence of an alphaherpesvirus spreading in the Belgian free-ranging red deer population. RESULTS: The current study reports the first isolation in a free-ranging red deer of a BoHV-1 closely related virus. The isolate was antigenically, genomically and genetically characterised by comparison with several ruminant alphaherpesvirus. Immunofluorescence assays revealed the isolate was antigenically distinct from bovine and caprine alphaherpesviruses. Similarly, BamHI and BstEII restriction analyses demonstrated the genomic difference between the isolate and the other ruminant alphaherpesviruses. Next, the sequencing of selected parts of UL27 and US8 genes showed a high degree of homologies between each BoHV-1 related ruminant alphaherpesvirus and the isolate. Besides the close relationship between all ruminant alphaherpesviruses, the phylogenetic analysis revealed that the isolate clustered with CvHV-1. CONCLUSION: The first isolation of a virus closely related to BoHV-1 in a free-ranging red deer is reported. Data demonstrate that a CvHV-1 strain, named Anlier, circulates in wild red deer in continental Europe. Anlier strain show consistent differences with the virus isolated from Scottish farmed red deer. All together, these results improve our understanding of ruminant alphaherpesviruses. [less ▲]

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See detailHistory and clinical features of atypical myopathy in horses in Belgium (2000-2005)
Votion, D. M.; Linden, Annick ULg; Saegerman, Claude ULg et al

in Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine (2007), 21(6, Nov-Dec), 1380-1391

Background: The emergent nature of atypical myopathy or atypical myoglobinuria (AM) necessitates precise description of its clinical and epidemiologic features. Purpose: To define key features of AM to ... [more ▼]

Background: The emergent nature of atypical myopathy or atypical myoglobinuria (AM) necessitates precise description of its clinical and epidemiologic features. Purpose: To define key features of AM to help practitioners recognize the disease and to advise owners to take preventive measures. Animals: Belgian cases of AM confirmed by histology (CC horses; n = 57) from autumn 2000 to spring 2005 were included in the study. Co-grazing horses (Co-G horses; n = 77) that remained free of any abnormal clinical signs constituted a control croup. Methods: History, environmental characteristics, clinical signs, and laboratory results associated with AM were determined by a retrospective case series study. Results: Young horses in poor or normal body condition were found to be at risk for AM. Pastures were characterized by poor natural drainage and vegetation of low nutritional value. Features of AM were seasonal occurrence, apparent link with weather conditions fie, lack of solar radiation with no heavy frost and an excess of precipitation or relative humidity), sudden onset of clinical signs, and rapid death. Evaluation of serum creatine kinase activity indicated severe muscle destruction in CC horses and subclinical disease in a few Co-G horses. Conclusions: The association of AM with specific environmental conditions and individual animals suggests that young horses should not be pastured on bare premises subject to humidity when the weather has been very wet and cold for several days. Management of AM outbreaks should include control of Co-G horses who are apparently healthy. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimization of polymerase chain reaction for detection of Clostridium botulinum type C and D in bovine samples
Prevot, V.; Tweepenninckx, F.; Van Nerom, E. et al

in Zoonoses and Public Health (2007), 54(8), 320-327

Botulism is a rare but serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The economic, medical and alimentary consequences can be catastrophic in ... [more ▼]

Botulism is a rare but serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The economic, medical and alimentary consequences can be catastrophic in case of an epizooty. A polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based assay was developed for the detection of C. botulinum toxigenic strains type C and D in bovine samples. This assay has proved to be less expensive, faster and simpler to use than the mouse bioassay, the current reference method for diagnosis of C. botulinum toxigenic strains. Three pairs of primers were designed, one for global detection of C. botulinum types C and D (primer pair Y), and two strain-specific pairs specifically designed for types C (primer pair VC) and D (primer pair VD). The PCR amplification conditions were optimized and evaluated on 13 bovine and two duck samples that had been previously tested by the mouse bioassay. In order to assess the impact of sample treatment, both DNA extracted from crude samples and three different enrichment broths (TYG, CMM, CMM followed by TYG) were tested. A 100% sensitivity was observed when samples were enriched for 5 days in CMM followed by 1 day in TYG broth. False-negative results were encountered when C. botulinum was screened for in crude samples. These findings indicate that the current PCR is a reliable method for the detection of C. botulinum toxigenic strains type C and D in bovine samples but only after proper enrichment in CMM and TYG broth. [less ▲]

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See detailRisk factors associated with atypical myopathy in grazing horses
Votion, Dominique ULg; Linden, Annick ULg; Thiry, Etienne ULg et al

in In Proceedings of the 45th Annual Congress of the British Equine Veterinary Association (2006, September 14)

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See detailA case of periarticular abcess and suppurative arthritis of the atlanto-occipital joint
Van Galen, Gaby ULg; Lopez, Diego; Sandersen, Charlotte ULg et al

Poster (2006, August)

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See detailFirst results of chronic wasting disease (CWD) surveillance in the south-eastern part of Belgium
Roels, Stefan; De Bosschere, H.; Saegerman, Claude ULg et al

in Veterinary Quarterly (The) (2005), 27(3), 98-104

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See detailMycoplasma bovis shares insertion sequences with Mycoplasma agalactiae and Mycoplasma mycoides subsp mycoides SC: Evolutionary and developmental aspects
Thomas, Anne; Linden, Annick ULg; Mainil, Jacques ULg et al

in FEMS Microbiology Letters (2005), 245(2), 249-255

Three new insertion elements, IS Mbov1, ISMbov2 and ISMbov3, which are closely related to ISMag1 (Mycoplasma agalactiae), ISMmy1 and IS1634 (both Mycoplasma in mycoides subsp. in mycoides SC ... [more ▼]

Three new insertion elements, IS Mbov1, ISMbov2 and ISMbov3, which are closely related to ISMag1 (Mycoplasma agalactiae), ISMmy1 and IS1634 (both Mycoplasma in mycoides subsp. in mycoides SC), respectively, have been discovered in Mycoplasma bovis, an important pathogen of cattle. Southern blotting showed that the genome of M. bovis harbours 6-12 copies of ISMbov1, 11-15 copies of ISMbov2 and 4-10 copies of ISMbov3, depending on the strain. A fourth insertion element, the IS30-like element, is present in 4-8 copies. This high number of IS elements in AI bovis, which represent a substantial part of its genome, and their relatedness with IS elements of both M. agalactiae and M. mycoides subsp. mycoides SC suggest the occurrence of two evolutionary events: (i) a divergent evolution into ill. agalactiae and M. bovis upon infection of different hosts; (ii) a horizontal transfer of IS elements during co-infection with M. mycoides subsp. mycoides SC and Ad. bovis of a same bovine host. (c) 2005 Federation of European Microbiological Societies. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailEpidemiology of atypical myopathy: descriptive phase
Votion, Dominique ULg; Linden, Annick ULg; Desmecht, Daniel ULg et al

in In Proceeding: First Scientific Symposium of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine (ECEIM) (2005, January)

Atypical myopathy (AM) in grazing horses is a frequently fatal condition that has been reported in several European countries. In Belgium, since autumn 2000, AM was confirmed in 39 equids based on ... [more ▼]

Atypical myopathy (AM) in grazing horses is a frequently fatal condition that has been reported in several European countries. In Belgium, since autumn 2000, AM was confirmed in 39 equids based on characteristic histological lesions in postural and respiratory muscles. This study describes the history, clinical signs and biochemical changes associated with AM in these confirmed cases. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification by two-dimensional electrophoresis of a new adhesin expressed by a low-passaged strain of Mycoplasma bovis
Thomas, Anne; Leprince, Pierre ULg; Dizier, Isabelle ULg et al

in Research in Microbiology (2005), 156(5-6, Jun-Jul), 713-718

A significant decrease in adherence rates of Mycoplasma bovis to bovine bronchial epithelial (BBE) cells has been observed after passage of the organism in artificial medium. Analysis of the proteins ... [more ▼]

A significant decrease in adherence rates of Mycoplasma bovis to bovine bronchial epithelial (BBE) cells has been observed after passage of the organism in artificial medium. Analysis of the proteins expressed by M. bovis isolate 2610 by two-dimensional (2-D) electrophoresis demonstrated differences between the cells harvested after the 7th and 116th passage. Three silver-stained prominent spots observed in 2-D electrophoretic separation of protein extracts of the lower-passaged cells were considerably less strongly expressed in the sample from higher-passaged cells. These spots had a molecular mass of approximately 24 kDa and an isoelectric point of about 5. The mass spectrometry analysis of these trypsin-sensitive proteins led to their identification as a unique new member of the Vsps family of membrane-associated proteins. Serum from a mouse immunized with these proteins significantly reduced adherence of M. bovis to BBE cells. This result underlines the function of this new Vsp in adherence of M. bovis to host cells. (c) 2005 Elsevier SAS. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailSurveillance sanitaire du chevreuil en Région Wallonne : résultats 2003-2004
Linden, Annick ULg

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See detailL'état de santé de la faune sauvage en Belgique
Linden, Annick ULg

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See detailThe p40* adhesin pseudogene of Mycoplasma bovis
Thomas, Anne; Linden, Annick ULg; Mainil, Jacques ULg et al

in Veterinary Microbiology (2004), 104(3-4), 213-217

An analogue of the adhesin gene p40 of Mycoplasma agalactiae was found in Mycoplasma bovis. Nucleotide sequence analysis of the p40* gene in M. bovis revealed the presence of a large deletion involving a ... [more ▼]

An analogue of the adhesin gene p40 of Mycoplasma agalactiae was found in Mycoplasma bovis. Nucleotide sequence analysis of the p40* gene in M. bovis revealed the presence of a large deletion involving a frameshift that causes premature truncation of the translated protein, indicating that p40* exists as a pseudogene in M. bovis. (C) 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailClues for Differential Diagnosis of atypical myopathy
Votion, Dominique ULg; Amory, Hélène ULg; Sandersen, Charlotte ULg et al

in Proceeding of the Maastricht International Congress on Equine Medicine (MICEM) (2004, December)

Atypical myopathy (AM), also called “atypical myoglobinuria”, is a frequently and rapidly fatal myopathy of unknown origin occurring sporadically in grazing horses. As opposed to the exertional ... [more ▼]

Atypical myopathy (AM), also called “atypical myoglobinuria”, is a frequently and rapidly fatal myopathy of unknown origin occurring sporadically in grazing horses. As opposed to the exertional rhabdomyolysis syndrome (ERS), clinical signs of AM are not induced by exercise. The condition has been reported in several European countries including Belgium, France, Germany and Great Britain. Clinical signs of AM are characterised by muscular weakness, stiffness, recumbency, sweating and when urine is observed, myoglobinuria. These signs are characteristic but not pathognomonic of the disease; the differential diagnosis of sudden weakness, severe myopathy and/or unexpected death includes several neurogenic and myopathic disorders. The main pathologies that share clinical similarities with AM include the acute form of grass sickness (GS), acute piroplasmosis, botulism, ERS, the hyperkalemic periodic paresis (HPP), nutritional myopathy (NM; i.e. vitamin E and/or selenium deficiency), plants or drugs (i.e. ionophores intoxication) intoxication, tetanus and postanaesthesia myopathy. This report aims at reviewing key facts in history, clinical signs, clinical examination and laboratory findings that contribute towards the diagnosis of AM and/or invalidate the diagnosis of other pathologies. [less ▲]

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See detailConservation of the uvrC gene sequence in Mycoplasma bovis and its use in routine PCR diagnosis
Thomas, Anne; Dizier, Isabelle ULg; Linden, Annick ULg et al

in Veterinary Journal (2004), 168(1), 100-102

Mycoplasma bovis is a major cause of pneumonia and arthritis in calves, and of mastitis and genital infections in adult cows. It is responsible for high economic loss in feedlot cattle although it is ... [more ▼]

Mycoplasma bovis is a major cause of pneumonia and arthritis in calves, and of mastitis and genital infections in adult cows. It is responsible for high economic loss in feedlot cattle although it is often underestimated and is widely spread within the bovine population in enzootically infected areas. [less ▲]

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