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Zahra Afghah, Brett Webb, Xiang-Jin Meng, Sheela Ramamoorthy
More than two decades after its emergence, porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) remains an economically important swine pathogen. Commercial vaccines which were first introduced to the U.S in 2006, have been highly effective in reducing clinical signs and improving production. Recent studies have indicated a declining level of PCV2 prevalence and viremia in the field. However, reports on the emergence of new viral variants have also continued to increase. This article reviews topics of current interest in the field of PCV2 vaccines; including the comparative efficacy of the available commercial products, efficacy of current vaccines against new and emerging strains, findings on the differences between immunity in natural infection versus vaccination, limitations of current experimental models for PCV2 vaccine studies, and new developments in novel experimental vaccines...
October 13, 2016: Veterinary Microbiology
Jinxin Xie, Huancheng Guo, Wenjie Gong, Daliang Jiang, Li Zhang, Junjie Jia, Changchun Tu
NS5A is a multifunctional non-structural protein of classical swine fever virus (CSFV) that plays an important role in viral replication, but how it exerts its functions is unknown. Here, we report the cleavage of NS5A of the vaccine C-strain, resulting in two truncated forms (b and c). Further experiments using calpain- and caspase-family-specific inhibitors, followed by a caspase-6-specific shRNAs and inhibitor, showed that the cleavage of C-strain NS5A to produce truncated form c is mediated by caspase-6, mapping to (272)DTTD(275), while the cleavage producing truncated form b is probably mediated by another unknown protease...
October 20, 2016: Archives of Virology
Y J Mu, B F Zhang, J Y Zhao, Z Q Wang, S L Xia, X Y Huang, B L Xu
Objective: To understand the distribution of Salmonella in external environment in Henan province, and explore the distribution of different serotypes of the Salmonella and their homology. Methods: A total of 4 488 samples were collected form animal dung, meat products and kitchen utensils, and identified by biochemical tests and serotyped by serum agglutination reaction. The predominant serotypes were further typed by PFGE. Results: A total of 324 Salmonella strains were detected in these samples, the detection rate was 7...
October 10, 2016: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
Teng Ma, Ting Ouyang, Hongsheng Ouyang, Fuwang Chen, Zhiyuan Peng, Xinrong Chen, Daxin Pang, Linzhu Ren
Porcine circovirus 2 (PCV2) is the causative agent of porcine circovirus diseases and porcine circovirus-associated diseases (PCVD/PCVAD), which are widely present in every major swine farm. However, lower propagation rate of PCV2 in vitro seriously hindered the production of PCV2 vaccine. Previously, we found that interleukin-2 (IL-2) can increase PCV2 yield in vitro. In the present study, porcine IL-2 gene was amplified and stably transfected into PK-15 cells. The results demonstrated that PCV2 proliferation can be significantly enhanced in cells stably expressing porcine IL-2 gene, suggesting that porcine IL-2 contributes to proliferation of PCV2...
October 16, 2016: Virus Research
Yoshie Kametani, Shino Ohshima, Asuka Miyamoto, Atsuko Shigenari, Masaki Takasu, Noriaki Imaeda, Tatsuya Matsubara, Masafumi Tanaka, Takashi Shiina, Hiroshi Kamiguchi, Ryuji Suzuki, Hitoshi Kitagawa, Jerzy K Kulski, Noriaki Hirayama, Hidetoshi Inoko, Asako Ando
The class I major histocompatibility complex (MHC) presents self-developed peptides to specific T cells to induce cytotoxity against infection. The MHC proteins are encoded by multiple loci that express numerous alleles to preserve the variability of the antigen-presenting ability in each species. The mechanism regulating MHC mRNA and protein expression at each locus is difficult to analyze because of the structural and sequence similarities between alleles. In this study, we examined the correlation between the mRNA and surface protein expression of swine leukocyte antigen (SLA)-1*0401 after the stimulation of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) by Staphylococcus aureus superantigen toxic shock syndrome toxin-1 (TSST-1)...
2016: PloS One
J W Chung, M Breulmann, A Clemens, C Fühner, J W Foppen, P N L Lens
Hydrothermal carbonization technology can convert fecal waste into a valuable carbonaceous product referred to as hydrochar. We investigated the potential of fecal waste-derived hydrochar as an adsorbent for virus removal in water treatment. Swine feces was hydrothermally treated under two conditions: at 180 °C for 2 h and 230 °C for 7 h. The resulting solid products (hydrochar) were evaluated as virus adsorbents in water treatment. Simultaneous removal of pathogenic rotavirus (RV) and human adenovirus (HAdV) was investigated using a sand column set-up of 10 cm bed height with and without hydrochar supplement (1...
October 2016: Journal of Water and Health
Maren Seitz, Peter Valentin-Weigand, Jörg Willenborg
Use of antimicrobial agents in veterinary medicine is essential to control infectious diseases, thereby keeping animals healthy and animal products safe for the consumer. On the other hand, development and spread of antimicrobial resistance is of major concern for public health. Streptococcus (S.) suis reflects a typical bacterial pathogen in modern swine production due to its facultative pathogenic nature and wide spread in the pig population. Thus, in the present review we focus on certain current aspects and problems related to antimicrobial use and resistance in S...
October 15, 2016: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
Seong-Hwan Park, Juil Kim, Dongwook Kim, Yuseok Moon
Deoxynivalenol (DON), the most prevalent mycotoxin worldwide, leads to economic losses for animal food production. Swine is a most sensitive domestic animal to DON due to rapid absorption and low detoxification by gut microbiota. Specifically, DON can severely damage pig intestinal tissue by disrupting the intestinal barrier and inducing inflammatory responses. We evaluated the effects of several mycotoxin detoxifiers including bentonites, yeast cell wall components, and mixture-typed detoxifier composed of mineral, microorganisms, and phytogenic substances on DON-insulted intestinal barrier and pro-inflammatory responses using in vitro porcine enterocyte culture model...
October 10, 2016: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
N Bravo-Vasquez, F Di Pillo, A Lazo, P Jiménez-Bluhm, S Schultz-Cherry, C Hamilton-West
In South America little is known regarding influenza virus circulating in backyard poultry and swine populations. Backyard productive systems (BPS) that breed swine and poultry are widely distributed throughout Chile with high density in the central zone, and several BPS are located within the "El Yali" (EY) ecosystem, which is one of the most important wetlands in South America. Here, 130 different wild bird species have been described, of them, at least 22 species migrate yearly from North America for nesting...
October 6, 2016: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
Tatsuya Matsubara, Naohito Nishii, Satoshi Takashima, Masaki Takasu, Noriaki Imaeda, Kayo Aiki-Oshimo, Kazuaki Yamazoe, Michinori Kakisaka, Shin-Nosuke Takeshima, Yoko Aida, Yoshie Kametani, Jerzy K Kulski, Asako Ando, Hitoshi Kitagawa
BACKGROUND: We previously identified two phenotypes of CD4+ cells with and without reactions to anti-pig CD4 monoclonal antibodies by flow cytometry in a herd of Microminipigs. In this study, we analyzed the coding sequences of CD4 and certified the expression of CD4 molecules in order to identify the genetic sequence variants responsible for the positive and negative PBMCs reactivity to anti-pig CD4 monoclonal antibodies. RESULTS: We identified two CD4 alleles, CD4...
October 7, 2016: BMC Veterinary Research
Anna Vilajeliu-Pons, Lluis Bañeras, Sebastià Puig, Daniele Molognoni, Albert Vilà-Rovira, Elena Hernández-Del Amo, Maria D Balaguer, Jesús Colprim
Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) can be designed to combine water treatment with concomitant electricity production. Animal manure treatment has been poorly explored using MFCs, and its implementation at full-scale primarily relies on the bacterial distribution and activity within the treatment cell. This study reports the bacterial community changes at four positions within the anode of two almost identically operated MFCs fed swine manure. Changes in the microbiome structure are described according to the MFC fluid dynamics and the application of a maximum power point tracking system (MPPT) compared to a fixed resistance system (Ref-MFC)...
2016: PloS One
F Cardoso-Toset, I Luque, A Morales-Partera, A Galán-Relaño, B Barrero-Domínguez, M Hernández, J Gómez-Laguna
Dry-cured hams, shoulders and loins of Iberian pigs are highly appreciated in national and international markets. Salting, additive addition and dehydration are the main strategies to produce these ready-to-eat products. Although the dry curing process is known to reduce the load of well-known food borne pathogens, studies evaluating the viability of other microorganisms in contaminated pork have not been performed. In this work, the efficacy of the dry curing process to eliminate three swine pathogens associated with pork carcass condemnation, Streptococcus suis, Streptococcus dysgalactiae and Trueperella pyogenes, was evaluated...
February 2017: Food Microbiology
Jangwoo Lee, Seung Gu Shin, Jinmo Ahn, Gyuseong Han, Kwanghyun Hwang, Woong Kim, Seokhwan Hwang
Seven white rot fungal species were tested for growth as mycelia using swine wastewater (SW), an agro-waste with tremendous environmental footprint, as the sole nutrient source. The SW contained high concentrations of carbon and nitrogen components, which could support nutritional requirements for mycelial growth. Out of the seven species, Pleurotus ostreatus and Hericium erinaceus were successfully cultivated on the SW medium using solid-state fermentation. Response surface methodology was employed to determine the combination of pH, temperature (T), and substrate concentration (C) that maximizes mycelial growth rate (Kr) for the two species...
September 30, 2016: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
G Daş, A Vernunft, S Görs, E Kanitz, J M Weitzel, K-P Brüssow, C C Metges
Physiological research with swine often includes sedation or general anesthesia (GA), which may influence the basal physiological responses of experimental animals and may have the potential to confound or interfere with the effects of experimental factors of interest. Using 6 adult female pigs, we investigated whether selected plasma metabolites and hormones are influenced by GA induced with ketamine (K) and 2 neuroleptic sedatives, namely azaperone (A) and xylazine (X). Fasted pigs rotationally received either no drug, a single intravenous administration of A or X, or A or X combined with ketamine (AK or XK, respectively), and plasma concentrations of glucose, lactate, non-esterified fatty acids (NEFA), triglycerides (TG), glucagon, insulin, and cortisol were determined for a 5-h period following administration...
August 2016: Journal of Animal Science
Hiep L X Vu, Asit K Pattnaik, Fernando A Osorio
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) is one of the most economically important viral pathogens currently affecting swine production worldwide. Although PRRS vaccines have been commercially available for over 20 years, the available vaccines are considered inadequately effective for control and eradication of the virus. Major obstacles for the development of a highly effective PRRS vaccine include the highly variable nature of the viral genome, the viral ability to subvert the host immune system, and the incomplete understanding of the immune protection against PRRSV infection...
September 21, 2016: Veterinary Microbiology
Baochao Fan, Hongjian Zhang, Juan Bai, Xing Liu, Yufeng Li, Xianwei Wang, Ping Jiang
Highly pathogenic porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (HP-PRRSV) was first characterized in 2006 in China, and it causes great economic losses to the Chinese swine production industry. A China Landrace pig, the Tibetan pig, which has striking phenotypic and physiological differences from lowland pigs, is mainly distributed in the Tibetan highlands of China. The susceptibility of the Tibetan pig to HP-PRRSV has not been reported. In this study, 15 4-week-old Tibetan piglets were divided into three groups, and their susceptibility to HP-PRRSV was examined in the highland region...
October 2016: Research in Veterinary Science
Pablo E Piñeyro, Sakthivel Subramaniam, Scott P Kenney, C Lynn Heffron, Luis G Giménez-Lirola, Xiang-Jin Meng
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) is an economically important global swine pathogen. PRRSV infects porcine dendritic cells (DCs), but the effects of the interactions with DCs are largely unknown. Current research focuses on the production and regulation of interferons and selected inflammatory cytokines in DCs, which may play key roles in immune modulation. In addition, PRRSV also downregulates swine leukocyte antigen class I (SLA-I), SLA-II, and CD80/86 costimulatory molecules in DCs...
September 19, 2016: Viral Immunology
Astghik Hakobyan, Erik Arabyan, Aida Avetisyan, Liana Abroyan, Lina Hakobyan, Hovakim Zakaryan
African swine fever virus (ASFV) is one of the most devastating diseases of domestic pigs for which no effective vaccines are available. Flavonoids, natural products isolated from plants, have been reported to have significant in vitro and in vivo antiviral activity against different viruses. Here, we tested the antiviral effect of five flavonoids on the replication of ASFV in Vero cells. Our results showed a potent, dose-dependent anti-ASFV effect of apigenin in vitro. Time-of-addition experiments revealed that apigenin was highly effective at the early stages of infection...
December 2016: Archives of Virology
Anh T Quach, Tamas Revay, Daniel A F Villagomez, Mariana P Macedo, Alison Sullivan, Laurence Maignel, Stefanie Wyss, Brian Sullivan, W Allan King
BACKGROUND: Structural chromosome abnormalities are well known as factors that reduce fertility rate in domestic pigs. According to large-scale national cytogenetic screening programs that are implemented in France, it is estimated that new chromosome abnormalities occur at a rate of 0.5 % in fertility-unproven boars. RESULTS: This work aimed at estimating the prevalence and consequences of chromosome abnormalities in commercial swine operations in Canada. We found pig carriers at a frequency of 1...
2016: Genetics, Selection, Evolution: GSE
Julian Trachsel, Darrell O Bayles, Torey Looft, Uri Y Levine, Heather K Allen
: Studying the host-associated butyrate-producing bacterial community is important because butyrate is essential for colonic homeostasis and gut health. Previous research has identified the butyryl-CoA:acetate transferase ( as a gene of primary importance for butyrate production in intestinal ecosystems; however, this gene family (but) remains poorly defined. We developed tools for the analysis of butyrate-producing bacteria based on twelve putative but genes identified in the genomes of nine butyrate-producing bacteria obtained from the swine intestinal tract...
September 9, 2016: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
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