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See detailFirst report of isolation and molecular characterization of bubaline herpesvirus 1 (BuHV1) from Argentinean water buffaloes
Maidana, Silvina; Konrad, José; Craig, Maria et al

in Archives of Virology (in press)

Herpesviruses have mainly co-evolved with their hosts for millions of years. However, bovine herpesvirus 1 (BoHV1) and related ruminant alphaherpesviruses have been reported to cross the species barrier ... [more ▼]

Herpesviruses have mainly co-evolved with their hosts for millions of years. However, bovine herpesvirus 1 (BoHV1) and related ruminant alphaherpesviruses have been reported to cross the species barrier. Bubaline herpesvirus 1 (BuHV1) is an alphaherpesvirus closely related to BoHV1 and BoHV5. According to the serological cross-relationships between ruminant alphaherpesviruses, several surveys have studied the occurrence of BoHV1-related virus infection in wild and domestic ruminant species. Recent studies in Argentina showed an increase in serological prevalence against BoHV1 related viruses in water buffaloes (Bubalus bubalis) population. The aim of this study was to investigate the presence of related ruminant alphaherpesvirus in the Argentinean water buffalo population. BuHV1 was successfully isolated from 5 out of 225 buffaloes analyzed. One isolate was obtained from nasal secretions, and the others were from vaginal swabs. The buffaloes belonged to four different farms located in northeastern Argentina. The isolates were characterized as alphaherpesvirus by direct immunofluorescence using FITC-anti-BoHV1 IgG. Restriction analysis performed with BamHI and BstEII on the complete genome showed differences between the isolates and those from BoHV1 and BoHV5 subtypes. Phylogenetic analysis on both UL27 and US6 showed similarity in tree topology. While three of the isolates grouped together with sequences of BoHV5, two other isolates clustered separately. Genetic analysis of eight concatenated sequences from all isolates and references strains showed high nucleotide sequence identity between BuHV1 and BoHV5. While three of the isolates clustered together with the BoHV5 reference strain, the last two isolates were closely related to an Australian BuHV1 strain. To our knowledge, this is the first report on the isolation and molecular characterization of BuHV1 in South America. Phylogenetic analysis suggested that two different BuHV1 lineages circulate in the Argentinean water buffalo population. [less ▲]

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See detailGenetic heterogeneity of bovine noroviruses in Italy
Di Martino, Barbara; Di Profio, Federica; Di Felice, Elisabetta et al

in Archives of Virology (in press)

By screening 104 faecal samples from asymptomatic calves in Italy, bovine norovirus RNA was detected with a prevalence rate of 10.5 % (11/104). A continuous sequence spanning the RdRp region and the 50 ... [more ▼]

By screening 104 faecal samples from asymptomatic calves in Italy, bovine norovirus RNA was detected with a prevalence rate of 10.5 % (11/104). A continuous sequence spanning the RdRp region and the 50 end of the capsid gene was generated for 7 of the 11 strains. Upon phylogenetic analysis, five strains were grouped with GIII.2 Newbury2-like viruses, and one strain was grouped with GIII.1 Jena-like noroviruses. Interestingly, one strain (80TE/IT) was genetically related to the GIII.1/Jena/80/De in the RdRp but resembled the GIII.2/Newbury2/76/UK in the capsid gene, suggesting a recombination event occurring in the ORF1/ORF2 junction region. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental in vivo infection of pigs by a wild boar hepatitis E virus strain
Thiry, Damien ULg; Rose, Nicolas; Paboeuf, Frédéric et al

Conference (2014, October 17)

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See detailExperimental in vivo infection of pigs by a Belgian wild boar hepatitis E virus strain
Thiry, Damien ULg; Rose, Nicolas; Paboeuf, Frédéric et al

Poster (2014, October)

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See detailFITNESS EVALUATION OF A RECOMBINANT MURINE NOROVIRUS DURING SERIAL PASSAGES IN CELL CULTURE
Oliveira-Filho, Edmilson; Di Felice, Elisabetta; Toffoli, Barbara et al

Poster (2014, September 28)

Noroviruses are single stranded positive sense RNA viruses which can infect human and different animal species. Human norovirus (NoV) infections are among the most important causes of gastroenteritis in ... [more ▼]

Noroviruses are single stranded positive sense RNA viruses which can infect human and different animal species. Human norovirus (NoV) infections are among the most important causes of gastroenteritis in both children and adults. Infections often occur as outbreaks which may be foodborne. Due to the lack of an efficient cell culture system as well as a workable animal model, many aspects of the NoV infection in human are still poorly understood. The murine norovirus (MuNoV) grows easily in cell culture in contrast to the Human NoV, and constitutes an excellent animal model. Recombination can dramatically change virulence properties of the viruses and has been evidenced in silico for different human NoV strains isolated from clinical cases. Recently, after in vitro coinfection of RAW264.7 cells with parental MuNoV strains CW1 and Wu20, we obtained a recombinant Wu20/CW1 strain. This recombinant strain showed reduced plaque size compared to the parental strains. The aim of the study was to observe and molecularly characterize the natural genetic evolution of the recombinant MuNoV strain across in vitro replications. Viral fitness is a complex concept. Here we defined this fitness as the ability of a viral population to adapt to the cell culture system. Thus, the recombinant strain was serially replicated in vitro in RAW264.7 cells (up to 14 passages). Viral plaque sizes of early and late progenies were compared with the Image J software. A significant difference was shown between them with the Mann and Whitney non parametric statistical test. Afterwards, viruses from different cell passages were cloned and sequenced. The average plaque size increased from the earlier to the later progenies (from 0.1 mm2 to around 0.5 mm2). Molecular investigations are currently performed in order to specify in which genetic region mutations occur and whether or not this could explain fitness modifications during in vitro evolution. In addition, two other parameters of in vitro virulence modification will be investigated: (i) virus production and (ii) one step growth kinetics. The data should provide interesting information about genetic evolution in the genus Norovirus, especially regarding recombination events and explain how a recombinant strain, first disadvantaged compared to its parental strains, could regain fitness by genetic evolution. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh throughput sequencing analysis reveals genetic variability and selection pressure in different murine norovirus genomic regions during in vitro replication
Mauroy, Axel ULg; Taminiau, Bernard ULg; Nezer, Carine et al

Poster (2014, July)

Murine norovirus (MuNoV), a single stranded positive sense RNA virus belonging to the Caliciviridae family, is considered as a representative model for human norovirus infections, one of the most ... [more ▼]

Murine norovirus (MuNoV), a single stranded positive sense RNA virus belonging to the Caliciviridae family, is considered as a representative model for human norovirus infections, one of the most important etiological cause of both epidemic and sporadic gastroenteritis cases worldwide. Four open reading frames are described into its genome: ORF1 codes the non-structural (NS) proteins, including the viral RNA dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp); ORF2 codes the single capsid protein (VP1), wherein two domains are present: a relatively conserved domain (“shell”) and a more variable domain (“protruding”); ORF3 codes a minor structural protein; and ORF4, currently only found in viruses genetically related to MuNoV codes a virulence factor. In this study, we demonstrated by high throughput sequencing that, during serial passages of MuNoV in cell culture, the substitution rates, estimated by Bayesian inferences, did not significantly differ across the five targeted genomic regions except one. These rates were similar in four genomic regions encompassing partial non-structural 1-2 protein (NS1-2)-, NS5-, NS6-, NS7 (RdRp)- and VP1-coding sequences (coding the conserved part of the protein also including the ORF4 region). In the partial minor structural protein-coding region, this substitution rate was however estimated to be at least one log higher when expressed as substitution/site/day. The precise localisation of the detected nucleotide point mutations (substitution, deletion and insertion) were reported as well as the quantitative increase or decrease of the sequences harbouring them along ten cell culture passages. The non-silent amino acid mutations were also depicted in 3D models for four out of the five studied regions. These results have important implications for different norovirus research fields, especially in terms of diagnosis, classification methodology and genetic evolution. [less ▲]

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See detailSTUDIO in vitro DEI PARAMETRI DI COINFEZIONE E SUPERINFEZIONE CHE INFLUENZANO LA RICOMBINAZIONE NEI NOROVIRUS
Di Felice, Elisabetta; Ceci, Chiara; Zonta, William ULg et al

Poster (2014, June)

I norovirus (NoV) sono piccoli virus (38-40 nm) a RNA monocatenario sprovvisti di envelope appartenenti alla famiglia Caliciviridae. I NoV attualmente vengono riconosciuti come una delle più importanti ... [more ▼]

I norovirus (NoV) sono piccoli virus (38-40 nm) a RNA monocatenario sprovvisti di envelope appartenenti alla famiglia Caliciviridae. I NoV attualmente vengono riconosciuti come una delle più importanti cause di gastroenterite acute di origine non batterica nell'uomo coinvolgendo tutte le classi di età e soprattutto contesti comunitari. I meccanismi molecolari che influenzano l'evoluzione dei NoV sono l'accumulo di mutazioni puntiformi e la ricombinazione. L’obiettivo sarà quello di dimostrare che la ricombinazione è un evento che può essere influenzabile dall’impiego di diversi parametri di coinfezione/superinfezione. In letteratura, gli studi sugli eventi ricombinanti che caratterizzano i NoV umani risultano piuttosto limitati a causa dell'assenza di un substrato cellulare che ne permetta la replicazione in vitro. Nel presente lavoro è stato sviluppato un modello sperimentale basato sull’impiego dell’unico NoV, il norovirus murino (MNV), in grado di replicare su substrato cellulare. A tal fine monostrati di cellule RAW264.7 sono stati coinfettati e superinfettati con due ceppi di MNV (CW1 e WU20) utilizzando diversi indici di molteplicità (MOI) e differenti tempi di infezione. I surnatanti sono stati collezionati a 24 e 48 ore post-infezione e quindi sottoposti a metodo delle placche. All’interno della popolazione virale risultante da tale coinfezione/superinfezione, 36 cloni per ciascuna condizione sono stati selezionati e purificati dalle placche e, successivamente, utilizzati per infettare nuovi monostrati cellulari di RAW264.7. Il monitoraggio degli eventi ricombinanti è stato eseguito mediante PCR e Real-Time PCR dopo estrazione dell'RNA virale e retrotrascrizione, impiegando due set di primer in grado di amplificare le regioni site all’estremità iniziale di ORF1 e all’estremità terminale di ORF3. I risultati che permetteranno di quantificare la distribuzione dei ceppi presenti nel surnatante della superinfezione, sono ancora in corso di analisi. [less ▲]

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See detailETEROGENEITÀ GENETICA DI NOROVIRUS BOVINI IDENTIFICATI IN ITALIA
Di Felice, Eliabetta; Di Profio, Federica; Melegari, Irene et al

Poster (2014, June)

I norovirus (NoV) sono piccoli virus a RNA monocatenario appartenenti alla famiglia Caliciviridae. Sulla base dell’analisi di sequenza del gene ORF2 codificante per la proteina capsidica VP1, i NoV sono ... [more ▼]

I norovirus (NoV) sono piccoli virus a RNA monocatenario appartenenti alla famiglia Caliciviridae. Sulla base dell’analisi di sequenza del gene ORF2 codificante per la proteina capsidica VP1, i NoV sono attualmente classificati in sei genogruppi (G), con GI, GII e GIV responsabili di gastroenterite nell’uomo. Calicivirus enterici morfologicamente simili a NoV umani sono stati identificati per la prima volta in vitelli diarroici nel Regno Unito nel 1978 e in Germania nel 1980. Il sequenziamento nucleotidico dell’intero genoma ha permesso di classificare i NoV bovini (BoNoV) all’interno del genogruppo III in due genotipi, GIII.1 (prototipo Bo/Jena/80/DE) e GIII.2 (prototipo Bo/Newbury/76/UK). I BoNoV hanno una diffusione mondiale con una maggiore prevalenza di virus GIII.2-like. Tuttavia, studi recenti basati sull’analisi nucleotidica a livello della giunzione fra la polimerasi (RdRp) ed il capside, hanno dimostrato la circolazione di ceppi ricombinanti. Nel presente lavoro vengono riportati i risultati di un’indagine per la ricerca e tipizzazione di BoNoV condotta su quattro allevamenti bovini ubicati nelle province di Teramo e Pescara. A tal fine, 104 tamponi rettali collezionati da vitelli asintomatici sono stati sottoposti a nested RT-PCR impiegando due set di primer specifici per BoNoV in grado di amplificare un frammento di 326 bp della RdRp. L’RNA di BoNoV è stato identificato nel 10,5% (11/104) degli animali testati. L'analisi di sequenza ha evidenziato per nove sequenze un’elevata identità nucleotidica (nt) (88-96%) con i ceppi GIII.2-like, mentre per due è stata rilevata la maggiore identità (87-90% nt) con i BoNoV GIII.1-like. Per sette ceppi è stata ottenuta anche una sequenza di circa 750 bp che includeva oltre che la regione parziale della RdRp, la regione 5’ capsidica. Sulla base dell’analisi molecolare, cinque ceppi sono risultati strettamente correlati con BoNoV GIII.2-like, mentre solo uno dei due ceppi con polimerasi GIII.1-like, ha mostrato la maggiore identità nucleotidica nei confronti di BoNoV appartenenti al genotipo 1. Il ceppo 80/TE/IT che possedeva una polimerasi GIII.1-like, a livello capsidico ha mostrato la più alta identità con ceppi GIII.2-like, suggerendo un fenomeno di ricombinazione a livello della giunzione ORF1/ORF2. [less ▲]

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See detailHepatitis E virus infection in suids and cervids in southern Belgium
Thiry, Damien ULg; Mauroy, Axel ULg; Fett, Thomas ULg et al

Conference (2014, April)

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See detailL'analyse par séquençage à haut débit révèle la variabilité génétique et la pression de sélection dans différentes régions génomiques du norovirus murin durant sa réplication in vitro
Mauroy, Axel ULg; Taminiau, Bernard ULg; Nezer, Carine et al

Conference (2014, March)

Le norovirus murin (MuNoV), un virus à ARN de polarité positive appartenant à la famille des Caliciviridae, est considéré comme un modèle adéquat pour les infections humaines à norovirus, une des causes ... [more ▼]

Le norovirus murin (MuNoV), un virus à ARN de polarité positive appartenant à la famille des Caliciviridae, est considéré comme un modèle adéquat pour les infections humaines à norovirus, une des causes étiologiques les plus importantes dans les cas de gastroentérite épidémique ou sporadique dans le monde entier. Quatre cadres de lecture ouverts (ORF) sont décrits au sein de son génome : l’ORF1 code les protéine non structurales (NS), dont l’ARN polymérase ARN dépendante virale (RdRp) ; l’ORF2 code l’unique protéine de capside (VP1), dans laquelle sont décrites deux régions : une relativement conservée (domaine « shell ») et une autre beaucoup plus variable (domaine « protruding ») ; l’ORF3 code une protéine structurale mineure ; et l’ORF4, actuellement uniquement décrit chez les virus génétiquement apparentés au MuNoV, code un facteur de virulence. Dans cette étude, nous démontrons par séquençage à haut débit que, durant des passages successifs du MuNoV en culture cellulaire, les taux de substitution, estimés par inférences Bayésiennes, n’ont pas significativement différé au travers des cinq régions génomiques ciblées à l’exception d’une région bien précise. Ces taux étaient similaires pour quatre régions englobant des séquences partielles codant les protéines non structurales NS1-2, NS5, NS6 et NS7 (RdRp) et VP1 dans sa région conservée (incluant également l’ORF4). Dans la région codant partiellement la protéine structurale mineure, ce taux de substitution, exprimé en substitution/site/jour, a été cependant estimé être plus élevée d’au moins une unité logarithmique. La localisation précise des mutations ponctuelles détectées (substitution, délétion et insertion) est rapportée ainsi que l’augmentation ou la diminution quantitative du nombre des séquences qui les présentaient au cours de dix passages successifs en culture cellulaire. Les localisations des mutations non silencieuses ont aussi été représentées dans une modélisation tridimensionnelle de quatre des cinq régions étudiées. Ces résultats ont d’importantes implications pour différents champs de recherche sur les norovirus, spécialement en termes de diagnostic, de méthodologie de classification et d’évolution génétique. [less ▲]

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See detailA Systematic Scoping Study of the Socio-Economic Impact of Rift Valley Fever: Research Gaps and Needs
Peyre, Marisa; Chevalier, Véronique; Abdo-Salem, Shaif et al

in Zoonoses and Public Health (2014)

Rift Valley fever (RVF) is a severe mosquito-borne disease affecting humans and domestic ruminants. RVF virus has been reported in most African countries, as well as in the Arabic Peninsula. This paper ... [more ▼]

Rift Valley fever (RVF) is a severe mosquito-borne disease affecting humans and domestic ruminants. RVF virus has been reported in most African countries, as well as in the Arabic Peninsula. This paper reviews the different types of socio-eco- nomic impact induced by RVF disease and the attempts to evaluate them. Of the 52 papers selected for this review, 13 types of socio-economic impact were identi- fied according to the sector impacted, the level and temporal scale of the impact. RVF has a dramatic impact on producers and livestock industries, affecting public and animal health, food security and the livelihood of the pastoralist communities. RVF also has an impact on international trade and other agro-industries. The risk of introducing RVF into disease-free countries via the importation of an infected animal or mosquito is real, and the consequent restriction of access to export mar- kets may induce dramatic economic consequences for national and local econo- mies. Despite the important threat of RVF, few studies have been conducted to assess the socio-economic impact of the disease. The 17 studies identified for quantitative analysis in this review relied only on partial cost analysis, with limited reference to mid- and long-term impact, public health or risk mitigation mea- sures. However, the estimated impacts were high (ranging from $5 to $470 mil- lion USD losses). To reduce the impact of RVF, early detection and rapid response should be implemented. Comprehensive disease impact studies are required to provide decision-makers with science-based information on the best intervention measure to implement ensuring efficient resource allocation. Through the analysis of RVF socio-economic impact, this scoping study proposes insights into the mechanisms underpinning its often-underestimated importance. This study high- lights the need for comparative socio-economic studies to help decision-makers with their choices related to RVF disease management. [less ▲]

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See detailEcology of mosquitoes (Diptera, Culicidae) potentially vectors of arboviruses according to the kinds of animal husbandry in Belgium
Boukraa, Slimane ULg; De la Grandière de Noronha Cotta, Maria Ana ULg; Bawin, Thomas ULg et al

Poster (2013, November 12)

Human activity, commercial exchanges and climate changes current and future, could favor the (re)-emergence of vector-borne diseases, by inducing changes on Culicidae populations. This study aims to ... [more ▼]

Human activity, commercial exchanges and climate changes current and future, could favor the (re)-emergence of vector-borne diseases, by inducing changes on Culicidae populations. This study aims to determine the potential importance of agricultural environments, especially cattle farms and equestrian, to welcome and favor the proliferation of some species of mosquito responsible for transmission of arboviruses. To better understand the structure of the Culicidae population and identify habitats favorable to the development of each species, a taxonomic inventory was conducted in 2008 (III, VI and X) and 2009 (V and IX) in ten cattle farms, and in 2011 (VI-X) and 2012 (VI-IX) in six equestrian farms located in Belgium. The harvest of mosquitoes is based on adult trapping by CO2-traps (Mosquito magnet) and on larval sampling at the level of 64 biotopes such as water troughs, used tires, abandoned utensils and temporary puddles or not. The morphotaxonomic of larvae and genitalia, and molecular study showed the presence of 15 species: Culiseta annulata Schrank, 1776; Cs. morsitans Theobald, 1901 Anopheles claviger s.s. Meigen, 1804; An. maculipennis s.s. Meigen, 1818; An. messeae Falleroni, 1926; An. plumbeus Stephens, 1828; Culex pipiens molestus Forskal, 1775; Cx. pipiens pipiens L., 1758; Cx. torrentium Martini, 1925; Cx. hortensis hortensis Ficalbi, 1889; Cx. territans Walker, 1856; Coquillettidia richiardii Ficalbi, 1889; Ochlerotatus geniculatus Olivier, 1791; Oc. cantans Meigen, 1818 and Aedes cinereus Meigen, 1818. Among the 57,680 individuals examined, Cx. pipiens s.l., Cx. torrentium and Cs. annulata are the dominants species and ubiquitous in all farms visited. The species of the genus Anopheles have strong ecological requirements and are therefore associated with some special habitats; other species however have a strong ability to adapt and therefore attend a wide variety of biotopes (Cx. pipiens s.l., Cx. torrentium and Cs. annulata). Water troughs, used tires and ponds are the most favorable habitats for larval development of Culicidae. The species potentially vectors of arboviruses that can cause problems in epidemiological farms are Cx. pipiens s.l., Cx. torrentium and Cq. richiardii. Therefore, despite the low diversity of mosquito observed within the livestock environments, they represent a significant risk for the reproduction of some potential vectors of arboviruses. In addition, some larval habitats constitute very favorable sites for proliferation of mosquito, causing a real problem of nuisance for animals of farms. [less ▲]

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See detailMolecular epidemiology of norovirus infections in symptomatic and and asymptomatic children from Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso
HUYNEN, Pascale ULg; Mauroy, Axel ULg; Martin, Caroline et al

in Journal of Clinical Virology (2013), 58

Background: Noroviruses (NoV) are a leading cause of gastroenteritis worldwide. Few epidemiologicaldata regarding the NoV strains circulating in African countries are available.Objectives: To determine ... [more ▼]

Background: Noroviruses (NoV) are a leading cause of gastroenteritis worldwide. Few epidemiologicaldata regarding the NoV strains circulating in African countries are available.Objectives: To determine the prevalence of NoV in Bobo Dioulasso (Burkina Faso) in both symptomaticand asymptomatic gastroenteritis patients.Study design: Patients both with and without gastro-intestinal disorders were selected. Clinical andepidemiological data, as well as stool samples, were collected through March to April 2011.NoV molecular detection (genogrouping and genotyping) and viral load quantification were also per-formed for all samples.Results: NoV were detected in 22.2% of the 418 collected stool samples (21.2% and 24.8% from the 293symptomatic patients (SP) and the 125 asymptomatic patients (ASP) respectively).Genogroup (G) distribution was 7.5%, 10.2% and 3.4% for GI, GII and both GI/GII respectively among SPand 12.0%, 11.2% and 1.6% for GI, GII and both GI/GII, respectively, among ASP.Average viral load values were higher in SP than in ASP for GI (p = 0.03) but not for GII.Phylogenic analysis showed a high degree of genotype diversity in SP and ASP. One recombinantGII.7/GII.6 sequence was, to the best of our knowledge, detected for the first time.Conclusions: This study enabled identification of the specific molecular epidemiology of NoV strains cir-culating in a representative country in Eastern Africa, and additionally showed that ASP could play animportant “reservoir” role. A high strain diversity was detected with a surprisingly high proportion ofNoV GI compared to the common genotypes usually reported in comparable epidemiological studies. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy of the virulence of serotypes 4 and 9 of African horse sickness virus in two mouse models
De la Grandière de Noronha Cotta, Maria Ana ULg; Zonta, William ULg; Mauroy, Axel ULg et al

Poster (2013, October)

African horse sickness (AHSV) is an infectious disease caused by a double stranded positive RNA virus which belongs to the family Reoviridae, genus Orbivirus. The virus has nine serotypes and is ... [more ▼]

African horse sickness (AHSV) is an infectious disease caused by a double stranded positive RNA virus which belongs to the family Reoviridae, genus Orbivirus. The virus has nine serotypes and is transmitted by a culicoides biting midge, principally Culicoides imicola. African horse sickness causes severe morbidity and mortality up to 95 % in horses with severe economic losses. The establishment of an experimental model is needed for the investigation of the pathogenesis of this infection. Two mouse models, interferon-α receptor knock-out mice (A129 KO or IFNAR -/-) and immunocompetent mice (A129 WT), were tested. The viruses used for mice inoculations belonged to the two serotypes which caused epidemics in Europe, serotypes 4 and 9. The virus was inoculated by subcutaneous (SC) route and/or by intra-nasal (IN) route. Whole blood samples were taken from each mouse at regular intervals. The organs (liver, spleen, kidney, lung and brain) were taken at the end of the experiment or when the most affected mice were euthanized. All these samples were tested by a qRT-PCR targeting AHSV genome segment 7. Both serotypes of AHSV were detected by qRT-PCR until three weeks post-infection in blood of IFNAR -/- mice and A129 WT mice infected by SC route. Serotype 4 shows a higher peak of viremia than serotype 9. The peak of viremia was measured between day 2 and day 4 post-infection. These results demonstrate the potential of the immunodeficient mouse model for both clinical and biological features. The setting up of this mouse model has developed a tool for efficient in vivo study to characterize the in vivo virulence of this virus, to monitor the evolution of viral populations during in vivo replication cycles and to test the competence or vectorial capacity of indigenous Culicoides. Research supported by the Belgium Federal Public Service, Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy of the virulence of serotypes 4 and 9 of the Orbivirus African horse sickness virus in two mouse models
De la Grandière de Noronha Cotta, Maria Ana ULg; Zonta, William ULg; Mauroy, Axel ULg et al

Conference (2013, September 12)

African horse sickness (AHSV) is an infectious disease caused by a double stranded positive RNA virus which belongs to the family Reoviridae, genus Orbivirus. The virus has nine serotypes and is ... [more ▼]

African horse sickness (AHSV) is an infectious disease caused by a double stranded positive RNA virus which belongs to the family Reoviridae, genus Orbivirus. The virus has nine serotypes and is transmitted by a culicoides biting midge, principally Culicoides imicola. The establishment of an experimental model is needed for the investigation of the pathogenesis of this infection. Two mouse models, interferon-α receptor knock-out mice (A129 KO or IFNAR -/-) and immunocompetent mice (A129 WT), were tested. The viruses used for mice inoculations belonged to the two serotypes which caused epidemics in Europe, serotypes 4 and 9. The virus was inoculated by subcutaneous (SC) route and/or by intra-nasal (IN) route. Whole blood samples were taken from each mouse at regular intervals. The organs (liver, spleen, kidney, lung and brain) were taken at the end of the experiment or when the most affected mice were euthanized. All these samples were tested by a qRT-PCR targeting AHSV genome segment 7. Both serotypes of AHSV were detected by qRT-PCR until three weeks post-infection in blood of IFNAR -/- mice and A129 WT mice infected by SC route. Serotype 4 shows a higher peak of viremia than serotype 9. The peak of viremia was measured between day 2 and day 4 post-infection. These results demonstrate the potential of the immunodeficient mouse model for both clinical and biological features. The setting up of this mouse model has developed a tool for efficient in vivo study of AHSV. Research supported by the Belgium Federal Public Service, Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment. [less ▲]

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