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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29642384/tracking-the-continuous-evolutionary-processes-of-an-endogenous-retrovirus-of-the-domestic-cat-erv-dc
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REVIEW
Junna Kawasaki, Kazuo Nishigaki
An endogenous retrovirus (ERV) is a remnant of an ancient retroviral infection in the host genome. Although most ERVs have lost their viral productivity, a few ERVs retain their replication capacity. In addition, partially inactivated ERVs can present a potential risk to the host via their encoded virulence factors or the generation of novel viruses by viral recombination. ERVs can also eventually acquire a biological function, and this ability has been a driving force of host evolution. Therefore, the presence of an ERV can be harmful or beneficial to the host...
April 6, 2018: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29554969/infection-by-mycoplasma-spp-feline-immunodeficiency-virus-and-feline-leukemia-virus-in-cats-from-an-area-endemic-for-visceral-leishmaniasis
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Mary Marcondes, Karina Y Hirata, Juliana P Vides, Ludmila S V Sobrinho, Jaqueline S Azevedo, Thállitha S W J Vieira, Rafael F C Vieira
BACKGROUND: Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) has been increasingly recognized in cats living in areas endemic for the disease. Co-infection with Leishmania infantum and other infectious agents is well established in dogs. However, for cats, data on co-infections with L. infantum and other infectious agents are still sparse. The aim of this study was to identify the prevalence of vector-borne pathogens, Mycoplasma spp., feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and feline leukaemia virus (FeLV) in cats from an area endemic for VL in southeastern Brazil...
March 20, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29532854/flvcr1-promotes-the-proliferation-and-tumorigenicity-of-synovial-sarcoma-through-inhibiting-apoptosis-and-autophagy
#3
Changliang Peng, Yan Song, Wei Chen, Xiaoying Wang, Xiaoli Liu, Fang Wang, Dongjin Wu, Shengzhong Ma, Xiuwen Wang, Chunzheng Gao
Feline leukemia virus subgroup C receptor 1 (FLVCR1) has been reported to have a crucial role in variety of biological processes, including cell proliferation, cell death, apoptosis, oxidative stress response, cellular differentiation and metabolism. However, little is known about its role in synovial sarcoma (SS). In the current study, FLVCR1 expression was analyzed in two SS cell lines (SW982 and HS-SY-II), and in eight SS tissues and paired adjacent non-tumor tissues using reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction, western blot analysis and immunohistochemistry...
March 8, 2018: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29487747/extranodal-non-b-non-t-cell-lymphoma-with-bilateral-tympanic-bulla-involvement-in-a-cat
#4
Austin T Kerns, Kelsey A Brakel, Christopher Premanandan, Ashlie Saffire, Sarah A Moore
Case summary: A 9-year-old spayed female domestic shorthair cat with clinical signs suggestive of chronic recurrent otitis media and recent seizures was presented with multifocal nervous system disease, including bilateral central and/or peripheral vestibular, cerebellar and forebrain deficits. Prior to presentation, there was inadequate improvement after 6 weeks of treatment for bilateral middle ear effusion from which a highly susceptible Staphylococcus species was cultured. This was followed by the development of seizures...
January 2018: JFMS Open Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456553/silencing-of-iron-and-heme-related-genes-revealed-a-paramount-role-of-iron-in-the-physiology-of-the-hematophagous-vector-rhodnius-prolixus
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Ana B Walter-Nuno, Mabel L Taracena, Rafael D Mesquita, Pedro L Oliveira, Gabriela O Paiva-Silva
Iron is an essential element for most organisms However, free iron and heme, its complex with protoporphyrin IX, can be extremely cytotoxic, due to the production of reactive oxygen species, eventually leading to oxidative stress. Thus, eukaryotic cells control iron availability by regulating its transport, storage and excretion as well as the biosynthesis and degradation of heme. In the genome of Rhodnius prolixus , the vector of Chagas disease, we identified 36 genes related to iron and heme metabolism We performed a comprehensive analysis of these genes, including identification of homologous genes described in other insect genomes...
2018: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29406082/survival-time-and-effect-of-selected-predictor-variables-on-survival-in-owned-pet-cats-seropositive-for-feline-immunodeficiency-and-leukemia-virus-attending-a-referral-clinic-in-northern-italy
#6
Eva Spada, Roberta Perego, Elena Assunta Sgamma, Daniela Proverbio
Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and feline leukemia virus (FeLV) are among the most important feline infectious diseases worldwide. This retrospective study investigated survival times and effects of selected predictor factors on survival time in a population of owned pet cats in Northern Italy testing positive for the presence of FIV antibodies and FeLV antigen. One hundred and three retrovirus-seropositive cats, 53 FIV-seropositive cats, 40 FeLV-seropositive cats, and 10 FIV+FeLV-seropositive cats were included in the study...
February 1, 2018: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29386166/-feline-leukemia-virus-infection-importance-and-current-situation-in-switzerland
#7
R Hofmann-Lehmann, E Gönczi, B Riond, M Meli, B Willi, J Howard, D Schaarschmidt-Kiener, W Regli, U Gilli, F Boretti
Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) leads to fatal disease in cats with progressive infection. The aim of this study was to determine the importance of FeLV infection in Switzerland and make a comparison with previous studies. Of 881 blood samples taken from cats living in Switzerland (minimum of 20 samples per Canton), 47 samples were provirus-positive (5.3%; 95% confidence interval (CI) 3.9-7.0%) and 18 samples were antigen-positive (2%; 95% CI 1.2-3.2%). Together with data previously collected in similar studies, these findings demonstrated a decrease in prevalence between 1997 and 2003 followed by a relative constant low prevalence thereafter...
February 2018: Schweizer Archiv Für Tierheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353423/polymerase-chain-reaction-based-detection-of-myc-transduction-in-feline-leukemia-virus-infected-cats
#8
Ryosuke Sumi, Ariko Miyake, Taiji Endo, Yoshiharu Ohsato, Minh Ha Ngo, Kazuo Nishigaki
Feline lymphomas are associated with the transduction and activation of cellular proto-oncogenes, such as c-myc, by feline leukemia virus (FeLV). We describe a polymerase chain reaction assay for detection of myc transduction usable in clinical diagnosis. The assay targets c-myc exons 2 and 3, which together result in a FeLV-specific fusion gene following c-myc transduction. When this assay was conducted on FeLV-infected feline tissues submitted for clinical diagnosis of tumors, myc transduction was detected in 14% of T-cell lymphoma/leukemias...
April 2018: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320424/a-retrospective-examination-of-feline-leukemia-subgroup-characterization-viral-interference-assays-to-deep-sequencing
#9
REVIEW
Elliott S Chiu, Edward A Hoover, Sue VandeWoude
Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) was the first feline retrovirus discovered, and is associated with multiple fatal disease syndromes in cats, including lymphoma. The original research conducted on FeLV employed classical virological techniques. As methods have evolved to allow FeLV genetic characterization, investigators have continued to unravel the molecular pathology associated with this fascinating agent. In this review, we discuss how FeLV classification, transmission, and disease-inducing potential have been defined sequentially by viral interference assays, Sanger sequencing, PCR, and next-generation sequencing...
January 10, 2018: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318027/diagnostic-performances-of-two-rapid-tests-for-detection-of-feline-leukemia-virus-antigen-in-sera-of-experimentally-feline-leukemia-virus-infected-cats
#10
Matthew R Krecic, Sridhar Velineni, Patrick Meeus, Huihao Fan, Michael Loenser
Objectives: The objective of this study was to compare the diagnostic sensitivities and specificities of WITNESS FeLV-FIV (Zoetis) and SNAP FIV/FeLV Combo Test (IDEXX) for the detection of FeLV p27 antigen in the sera of experimentally feline leukemia virus (FeLV)-infected cats. Methods: Diagnostic sensitivities of WITNESS and SNAP were determined through testing of 47 serum samples collected from cats day 56 post-experimental infection with a virulent FeLV Rickard strain...
January 2018: JFMS Open Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29197389/foamy-virus-zoonotic-infections
#11
Delia M Pinto-Santini, Carolyn R Stenbak, Maxine L Linial
BACKGROUND: Foamy viruses (FV) are ancient complex retroviruses that differ from orthoretroviruses such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and murine leukemia virus (MLV) and comprise a distinct subfamily of retroviruses, the Spumaretrovirinae. FV are ubiquitous in their natural hosts, which include cows, cats, and nonhuman primates (NHP). FV are transmitted mainly through saliva and appear nonpathogenic by themselves, but they may increase morbidity of other pathogens in coinfections...
December 2, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29192808/a-splice-site-variant-in-flvcr1-produces-retinitis-pigmentosa-without-posterior-column-ataxia
#12
Imran H Yusuf, Morag E Shanks, Penny Clouston, Robert E MacLaren
FLVCR1 (feline leukemia virus subgroup c receptor 1) is a transmembrane protein involved in the trafficking of intracellular heme. Homozygous variants in FLVCR1 have been described in association with a clinical syndrome of posterior column ataxia with retinitis pigmentosa (PCARP). Here, we describe a patient with non-syndromic retinitis pigmentosa homozygous for a splice-site variant in FLVCR1 (c.1092 + 5G>A) without evidence of posterior column ataxia or cerebellar degeneration. We suggest an association between intronic splice-site variants in FLVCR1 and the absence of posterior column degeneration and suggest a hypothesis to explain this observation...
April 2018: Ophthalmic Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149857/putative-progressive-and-abortive-feline-leukemia-virus-infection-outcomes-in-captive-jaguarundis-puma-yagouaroundi
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Claudia Filoni, A Katrin Helfer-Hungerbuehler, José Luiz Catão-Dias, Mara Cristina Marques, Luciana Neves Torres, Manfred Reinacher, Regina Hofmann-Lehmann
BACKGROUND: Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is an exogenous gammaretrovirus of domestic cats (Felis catus) and some wild felids. The outcomes of FeLV infection in domestic cats vary according to host susceptibility, virus strain, and infectious challenge dose. Jaguarundis (Puma yagouaroundi) are small wild felids from South and Central America. We previously reported on FeLV infections in jaguarundis. We hypothesized here that the outcomes of FeLV infection in P. yagouaroundi mimic those observed in domestic cats...
November 17, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29056675/felis-catus-gammaherpesvirus-1-dnaemia-in-whole-blood-from-therapeutically-immunosuppressed-or-retrovirus-infected-cats
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Alicia J McLuckie, Vanessa R Barrs, Bethany Wilson, Mark E Westman, Julia A Beatty
Gammaherpesviruses are major co-pathogens of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, making the interactions between feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and Felis catus gammaherpesvirus 1 (FcaGHV1) pertinent to both human and veterinary medical research. FIV-infected cats are at increased risk of FcaGHV1 DNAemia and consistently harbor higher FcaGHV1 loads than FIV-uninfected cats. Whether immune deficiencies unrelated to FIV are associated with similar risks is unknown. Using whole blood FcaGHV1 qPCR, we found no difference in the frequency of DNAemia or DNA load in therapeutically immunosuppressed (P1, n = 18) or feline leukemia virus (FeLV)-infected (P2, n = 57) patients compared with age- and sex-matched controls (C1, n = 58; C2, n = 57)...
March 14, 2017: Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28957693/interferon-omega-current-status-in-clinical-applications
#15
REVIEW
Shi-Fang Li, Fu-Rong Zhao, Jun-Jun Shao, Yin-Li Xie, Hui-Yun Chang, Yong-Guang Zhang
Since 1985, interferon (IFN)-ω, a type I IFN, has been identified in many animals, but not canines and mice. It has been demonstrated to have antiviral, anti-proliferation, and antitumor activities that are similar to those of IFN-α. To date, IFN-ω has been explored as a treatment option for some diseases or viral infections in humans and other animals. Studies have revealed that human IFN-ω displays antitumor activities in some models of human cancer cells and that it can be used to diagnose some diseases...
September 25, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932815/a-multicenter-study-to-evaluate-the-performance-of-high-throughput-sequencing-for-virus-detection
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Arifa S Khan, Siemon H S Ng, Olivier Vandeputte, Aisha Aljanahi, Avisek Deyati, Jean-Pol Cassart, Robert L Charlebois, Lanyn P Taliaferro
The capability of high-throughput sequencing (HTS) for detection of known and unknown viruses makes it a powerful tool for broad microbial investigations, such as evaluation of novel cell substrates that may be used for the development of new biological products. However, like any new assay, regulatory applications of HTS need method standardization. Therefore, our three laboratories initiated a study to evaluate performance of HTS for potential detection of viral adventitious agents by spiking model viruses in different cellular matrices to mimic putative materials for manufacturing of biologics...
September 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895871/type-i-interferons-in-the-pathogenesis-and-treatment-of-canine-diseases
#17
REVIEW
Daniela Klotz, Wolfgang Baumgärtner, Ingo Gerhauser
Type I interferons (IFNs) such as IFN-α, IFN-β, IFN-ε, IFN-κ, and IFN-ω represent cytokines, which are deeply involved in the regulation and activation of innate and adaptive immune responses. They possess strong antiviral, antiproliferative, and immunomodulatory activities allowing their use in the therapy of different viral diseases, neoplasms, and immune-mediated disorders, respectively. Initially, treatment strategies were based on nonspecific inducers of type I IFNs, which were soon replaced by different recombinant proteins...
September 2017: Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782421/epidemiologic-survey-of-feline-leukemia-virus-in-domestic-cats-on-tsushima-island-japan-management-strategy-for-tsushima-leopard-cats
#18
Isaac Makundi, Yushi Koshida, Kyohei Kuse, Takahiro Hiratsuka, Jumpei Ito, Takuya Baba, Shinya Watanabe, Maki Kawamura, Yuka Odahara, Ariko Miyake, Hanae Yamamoto, Sawako Kuniyoshi, Manabu Onuma, Kazuo Nishigaki
The Tsushima leopard cat (TLC) Prionailurus bengalensis euptilurus, a subspecies of P. bengalensis, is designated a National Natural Monument of Japan, and lives only on Tsushima Island, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. TLCs are threatened by various infectious diseases. Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) causes a serious infectious disease with a poor prognosis in cats. Therefore, the transmission of FeLV from Tsushima domestic cats (TDCs) to TLCs may threaten the TLC population. We investigated the FeLV infection status of both TDCs and TLCs on Tsushima Island by screening blood samples for FeLV p27 antigen and using PCR to amplify the full-length FeLV env gene...
November 2017: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768854/presence-of-a-shared-5-leader-sequence-in-ancestral-human-and-mammalian-retroviruses-and-its-transduction-into-feline-leukemia-virus
#19
Junna Kawasaki, Maki Kawamura, Yoshiharu Ohsato, Jumpei Ito, Kazuo Nishigaki
Recombination events induce significant genetic changes, and this process can result in virus genetic diversity or in the generation of novel pathogenicity. We discovered a new recombinant feline leukemia virus (FeLV) gag gene harboring an unrelated insertion, termed the X region, which was derived from Felis catus endogenous gammaretrovirus 4 (FcERV-gamma4). The identified FcERV-gamma4 proviruses have lost their coding capabilities, but some can express their viral RNA in feline tissues. Although the X-region-carrying recombinant FeLVs appeared to be replication-defective viruses, they were detected in 6...
October 15, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746448/fatal-toxoplasmosis-in-an-immunosuppressed-domestic-cat-from-brazil-caused-by-toxoplasma-gondii-clonal-type-i
#20
Hilda Fátima de Jesus Pena, Camila Mariellen Evangelista, Renata Assis Casagrande, Giovana Biezus, Claudia Salete Wisser, Paulo Eduardo Ferian, Anderson Barbosa de Moura, Veronica Machado Rolim, David Driemeier, Solange Oliveira, Bruna Farias Alves, Solange Maria Gennari, Sandra Davi Traverso
The objective of the study was to report on a fatal case of feline toxoplasmosis with coinfection with the feline leukemia virus (FeLV). A domestic cat (Felis silvestris catus) presented intense dyspnea and died three days later. In the necropsy, the lungs were firm, without collapse and with many white areas; moderate lymphadenomegaly and splenomegaly were also observed. The histopathological examination showed severe necrotic interstitial bronchopneumonia and mild necrotic hepatitis, associated with intralesional cysts and tachyzoites of Toxoplasma gondii that were positive by anti-T...
April 2017: Revista Brasileira de Parasitologia Veterinária, Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Parasitology
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