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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341455/microsatellite-markers-for-evaluating-the-diversity-of-the-natural-killer-complex-and-major-histocompatibility-complex-genomic-regions-in-domestic-horses
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C Horecky, E Horecka, J Futas, E Janova, P Horin, A Knoll
Genotyping microsatellite markers represents a standard, relatively easy and inexpensive method of assessing genetic diversity of complex genomic regions in various animal species, such as the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) and/or natural killer cell receptor (NKR) genes. MHC-linked microsatellite markers have been identified and some of them were used for characterizing MHC polymorphism in various species, including horses. However, most of those were MHC class II markers, while MHC class I and III sub-regions were less well covered...
January 17, 2018: HLA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341315/use-of-quantitative-real-time-pcr-to-determine-viability-of-streptococcus-equi-subspecies-equi-in-respiratory-secretions-from-horses-with-strangles
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N Pusterla, C M Leutenegger, S M Barnum, B A Byrne
BACKGROUND: In recent years, molecular approaches have been able to characterise the viability of equine upper respiratory tract pathogens using absolute molecular quantitation as well as detection of transcripts for virulence genes. OBJECTIVES: The objective this study was to investigate molecular surrogates for S. equi subspecies equi (S. equi) viability in biological samples from horses with strangles. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cross-sectional study...
January 17, 2018: Equine Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324680/phylogenetic-analysis-and-characterization-of-a-sporadic-isolate-of-equine-influenza-a-h3n8-from-an-unvaccinated-horse-in-2015
#3
Chithra C Sreenivasan, Sunayana S Jandhyala, Sisi Luo, Ben M Hause, Milton Thomas, David E B Knudsen, Pamela Leslie-Steen, Travis Clement, Stephanie E Reedy, Thomas M Chambers, Jane Christopher-Hennings, Eric Nelson, Dan Wang, Radhey S Kaushik, Feng Li
Equine influenza, caused by the H3N8 subtype, is a highly contagious respiratory disease affecting equid populations worldwide and has led to serious epidemics and transboundary pandemics. This study describes the phylogenetic characterization and replication kinetics of recently-isolated H3N8 virus from a nasal swab obtained from a sporadic case of natural infection in an unvaccinated horse from Montana, USA. The nasal swab tested positive for equine influenza by Real-Time Quantitative Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR)...
January 11, 2018: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315643/characterization-of-unusual-ds-1-like-g3p-8-rotavirus-strains-in-children-with-diarrhea-in-japan
#4
Satoshi Komoto, Tomihiko Ide, Manami Negoro, Takaaki Tanaka, Kazutoyo Asada, Masakazu Umemoto, Haruo Kuroki, Hiroaki Ito, Shigeki Tanaka, Mitsue Ito, Saori Fukuda, Shigeru Suga, Hajime Kamiya, Takashi Nakano, Koki Taniguchi
The emergence and rapid spread of novel DS-1-like intergenogroup reassortant rotaviruses having the equine-like G3 genotype (DS-1-like G3P[8] strains) have been recently reported from several countries. During rotavirus surveillance in Japan in 2015-2016, three DS-1-like G3P[8] strains were identified from children with severe diarrhea. In the present study, we sequenced and characterized the full genomes of these three strains. On full-genomic analysis, all three strains showed a unique genotype constellation including both genogroup 1 and 2 genes: G3-P[8]-I2-R2-C2-M2-A2-N2-T2-E2-H2...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230835/genetic-contributions-to-precocity-traits-in-racing-thoroughbreds
#5
G Farries, P A McGettigan, K F Gough, B A McGivney, D E MacHugh, L M Katz, E W Hill
Adaptation to early training and racing (i.e. precocity), which is highly variable in racing Thoroughbreds, has implications for the selection and training of horses. We hypothesised that precocity in Thoroughbred racehorses is heritable. Age at first sprint training session (work day), age at first race and age at best race were used as phenotypes to quantify precocity. Using high-density SNP array data, additive SNP heritability (hSNP2) was estimated to be 0.17, 0.14 and 0.17 for the three traits respectively...
December 12, 2017: Animal Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29196818/detection-in-japan-of-an-equine-like-g3p-8-reassortant-rotavirus-a-strain-that-is-highly-homologous-to-european-strains-across-all-genome-segments
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Wakako Kikuchi, Toyoko Nakagomi, Punita Gauchan, Chantal Ama Agbemabiese, Atsuko Noguchi, Osamu Nakagomi, Tsutomu Takahashi
Equine-like G3P[8] rotavirus A strains with DS-1-like backbone genes have emerged since 2013. An equine-like RVA/Human-wt/JPN/15R429/2015/G3P[8] strain possessing I2-R2-C2-M2-A2-N2-T2-E2-H2 was detected in Japan in 2015. Its VP7 gene was ≥ 99.3% identical to those of equine-like G3P[4] strains detected in Japan, and the remaining 10 genes were 98.6-99.8% identical to G1P[8] double-gene reassortants detected in Japan, Thailand and the Philippines. Thus, 15R429 was likely generated through reassortment between the equine-like G3P[4] and G1P[8] reassortant strains...
December 1, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29187545/novel-insect-specific-eilat-virus-based-chimeric-vaccine-candidates-provide-durable-mono-and-multi-valent-single-dose-protection-against-lethal-alphavirus-challenge
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Jesse H Erasmus, Robert L Seymour, Jason T Kaelber, Dal Y Kim, Grace Leal, Michael B Sherman, Ilya Frolov, Wah Chiu, Scott C Weaver, Farooq Nasar
Most alphaviruses are mosquito-borne and exhibit a broad host range, infecting many different vertebrates including birds, rodents, equids, humans and nonhuman primates. Recently, a host-restricted, mosquito-borne alphavirus, Eilat virus (EILV), was described with an inability to infect vertebrate cells based on defective attachment and/or entry as well as a lack of genomic RNA replication. We investigated the utilization of EILV recombinant technology as a vaccine platform against eastern (EEEV) and Venezuelan equine encephalitis viruses (VEEV), two important pathogens of humans and domesticated animals...
November 29, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29167335/%C3%AE-d-n-4-hydroxycytidine-is-a-potent-anti-alphavirus-compound-that-induces-high-level-of-mutations-in-viral-genome
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Nadya Urakova, Valeriya Kuznetsova, David K Crossman, Arpine Sokratian, David B Guthrie, Alexander A Kolykhalov, Mark A Lockwood, Michael G Natchus, Michael R Crowley, George R Painter, Elena I Frolova, Ilya Frolov
Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus (VEEV) is a representative member of the New World alphaviruses. It is transmitted by mosquito vectors and causes highly debilitating disease in humans, equides and other vertebrate hosts. Despite a continuous public health threat, very few compounds with anti-VEEV activity in cell culture and in mouse models have been identified to date, and rapid development of virus resistance to some of them has been recorded. In this study, we investigated the possibility of using a modified nucleoside analog, β-D-N(4)-hydroxycytidine (NHC), as an anti-VEEV agent and defined the mechanism of its anti-VEEV activity...
November 22, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29167260/genomic-characterization-of-the-first-equine-like-g3p-8-rotavirus-strain-detected-in-the-united-states
#9
Charity Perkins, Slavica Mijatovic-Rustempasic, M Leanne Ward, Margaret M Cortese, Michael D Bowen
We report here the full coding region sequences for all 11 segments of the first equine-like G3P[8] rotavirus strain detected in the United States, strain RVA/Human-wt/USA/3000390639/2015/G3P[8]. The full genotype constellation of this strain is G3-P[8]-I2-R2-C2-M2-A2-N2-T2-E2-H2.
November 22, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157201/phylogenetic-and-recombination-analysis-of-the-herpesvirus-genus-varicellovirus
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Aaron W Kolb, Andrew C Lewin, Ralph Moeller Trane, Gillian J McLellan, Curtis R Brandt
BACKGROUND: The varicelloviruses comprise a genus within the alphaherpesvirus subfamily, and infect both humans and other mammals. Recently, next-generation sequencing has been used to generate genomic sequences of several members of the Varicellovirus genus. Here, currently available varicellovirus genomic sequences were used for phylogenetic, recombination, and genetic distance analysis. RESULTS: A phylogenetic network including genomic sequences of individual species, was generated and suggested a potential restriction between the ungulate and non-ungulate viruses...
November 21, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153167/a-100-year-review-reproductive-technologies-in-dairy-science
#11
S G Moore, J F Hasler
Reproductive technology revolutionized dairy production during the past century. Artificial insemination was first successfully applied to cattle in the early 1900s. The next major developments involved semen extenders, invention of the electroejaculator, progeny testing, addition of antibiotics to semen during the 1930s and 1940s, and the major discovery of sperm cryopreservation with glycerol in 1949. The 1950s and 1960s were particularly productive with the development of protocols for the superovulation of cattle with both pregnant mare serum gonadotrophin/equine chorionic gonadotrophin and FSH, the first successful bovine embryo transfer, the discovery of sperm capacitation, the birth of rabbits after in vitro fertilization, and the development of insulated liquid nitrogen tanks...
December 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151450/identification-and-expression-analysis-of-cdna-encoding-insulin-like-growth-factor-2-in-horses
#12
Kohta Kikuchi, Keisuke Sasaki, Hiroki Akizawa, Hayato Tsukahara, Hanako Bai, Masashi Takahashi, Yasuo Nambo, Hiroshi Hata, Manabu Kawahara
Insulin-like growth factor 2 (IGF2) is responsible for a broad range of physiological processes during fetal development and adulthood, but genomic analyses of IGF2 containing the 5'- and 3'-untranslated regions (UTRs) in equines have been limited. In this study, we characterized the IGF2 mRNA containing the UTRs, and determined its expression pattern in the fetal tissues of horses. The complete equine IGF2 mRNA sequence harboring another exon approximately 2.8 kb upstream from the canonical transcription start site was identified as a new transcript variant...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149435/equine-herpesvirus-type-1-orf51-encoding-ul11-as-an-essential-gene-for-replication-in-cultured-cells
#13
Yassien Badr, Ayaka Okada, Rania Abo-Sakaya, Emad Beshir, Kenji Ohya, Hideto Fukushi
Equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) UL11 is a 74-amino-acid tegument protein encoded by ORF51 of the EHV-1 genome. EHV-1 UL11 was previously reported by other researchers using the RacL22 and RacH strains to be nonessential for viral replication in cultured cells. Here, we constructed UL11 mutant viruses including a UL11 null mutant and three C-terminal truncated mutants, for further characterization of EHV-1 UL11 using bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) technology based on the neuropathogenic strain Ab4p...
November 17, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141579/a-missense-variant-in-the-coil1a-domain-of-the-keratin-25-gene-is-associated-with-the-dominant-curly-hair-coat-trait-crd-in-horse
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Caroline Morgenthaler, Mathieu Diribarne, Aurélien Capitan, Rachel Legendre, Romain Saintilan, Maïlys Gilles, Diane Esquerré, Rytis Juras, Anas Khanshour, Laurent Schibler, Gus Cothran
BACKGROUND: Curly horses present a variety of curl phenotypes that are associated with various degrees of curliness of coat, mane, tail and ear hairs. Their origin is still a matter of debate and several genetic hypotheses have been formulated to explain the diversity in phenotype, including the combination of autosomal dominant and recessive alleles. Our purpose was to map the autosomal dominant curly hair locus and identify the causal variant using genome-wide association study (GWAS) and whole-genome sequencing approaches...
November 15, 2017: Genetics, Selection, Evolution: GSE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137821/equination-inoculation-of-horsepox-an-early-alternative-to-vaccination-inoculation-of-cowpox-and-the-potential-role-of-horsepox-virus-in-the-origin-of-the-smallpox-vaccine
#15
REVIEW
José Esparza, Livia Schrick, Clarissa R Damaso, Andreas Nitsche
For almost 150 years after Edward Jenner had published the "Inquiry" in 1798, it was generally assumed that the cowpox virus was the vaccine against smallpox. It was not until 1939 when it was shown that vaccinia, the smallpox vaccine virus, was serologically related but different from the cowpox virus. In the absence of a known natural host, vaccinia has been considered to be a laboratory virus that may have originated from mutational or recombinational events involving cowpox virus, variola viruses or some unknown ancestral Orthopoxvirus...
November 11, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134331/optimization-and-application-of-a-dna-launched-infectious-clone-of-equine-arteritis-virus
#16
Ting Qi, Xiaojun Wang
Reverse genetics is one of the most powerful tools in modern virology. Equine arteritis virus (EAV) is the prototype member of the Equartevirus. In this study, a new reverse genetics system for the recovery of equine arteritis virus from a cDNA plasmid, which contains viral cDNA sequence flanked by hammerhead ribozyme (HamRz) and hepatitis delta virus ribozyme (HdvRz) sequences in both terminals of the viral genome, was developed by optimization of the promoter and terminator regions. Cellular RNA polymerase II drove the transcription of the viral genome...
November 13, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113823/genomic-comparison-of-bovine-papillomavirus-1-isolates-from-bovine-equine-and-asinine-lesional-tissue-samples
#17
C Koch, A S Ramsauer, M Drögemüller, M Ackermann, V Gerber, K Tobler
Several attempts have been made to categorize equid- and bovid-specific bovine papillomavirus 1 (BPV1) isolates based on sequence tags. This study includes newly determined sequence information from 33 BPV1 isolates of equine, asinine and bovine origin and investigates sequence bias due to host species. Twenty of the viral genomes were sequenced over their entire length and a further thirteen were sequenced, including flanking sequences, at two specific sites, the LCR and the E5 ORF. Alignment and analyses of the sequences did not reveal statistically significant site differences between the sequences of bovine and equid origin...
November 4, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29103563/genetic-testing-as-a-tool-to-identify-horses-with-or-at-risk-for-ocular-disorders
#18
REVIEW
Rebecca R Bellone
Advances in equine genetics and genomics resources have enabled the understanding of some inherited ocular disorders and ocular manifestations. These ocular disorders include congenital stationary night blindness, equine recurrent uveitis, multiple congenital ocular anomalies, and squamous cell carcinoma. Genetic testing can identify horses with or at risk for disease and thus can assist in clinical management. In addition, genetic testing can identify horses that are carriers and thus can inform breeding decisions...
December 2017: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Equine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29094242/molecular-characterization-of-a-genetically-divergent-equine-pegivirus-strain-identified-in-china
#19
Gang Lu, Cheng Fu, Ji Huang, Haibin Xu, Peixin Wu, Xiaokun Ping, Shujun Li
Equine pegivirus (EPgV) is a newly discovered equine virus, which is taxonomically classified in the Pegivirus genus of the Flaviviridae family. Until now, only the complete genome sequence of the first reported EPgV strain, from the USA (strain name: C0035) is available on online databases. Considering this, horse serum samples were collected from horses in China and screened for EPgV RNA by RT-PCR. One EPgV strain, LW/2016, was obtained and its near-complete genome sequence was acquired by standard PCR. Further analysis of its nucleotide sequence indicates LW/2016 is genetically divergent from C0035, with a nucleotide identity of 89...
November 2, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29047258/identification-and-expression-analyses-of-equine-endogenous-retroviruses-in-horses
#20
Jeong-An Gim, Heui-Soo Kim
Endogenous retroviruses (ERVs) have been integrated into vertebrate genomes and have momentously affected host organisms. Horses (Equus caballus) have been domesticated and selected for elite racing ability over centuries. ERVs played an important role in the evolutionary diversification of the horse genome. In the present study, we identified six equine ERV families (EqERVs-E1, I1, M2, P1, S1, and Y4), their full-length viral open reading frames (ORFs), and elucidated their phylogenetic relationships. The divergence time of EqERV families assuming an evolutionary rate of 0...
October 2017: Molecules and Cells
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