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Oladele, Oluwafemi , 2006. Characterization of feline Borna disease virus. Second cycle, A1N, A1F or AXX ( AXX). Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences and Veterinary Public Health



Feline Borna disease, a neurological disease of cats is an infection caused by
Borna disease virus (BDV). The infection, first reported in Sweden in 1974,
affects other species of animals such as horses in which the disease was first
reported. Sheep is the other natural host of the virus, but BDV infection is also
seen in cattle, dogs, goats, donkey, and some zoo animals. The disease is widely
speculated to be zoonotic as it is believed to affect humans as well. In Sweden, the
infection is endemic in central part of Sweden namely in the Stockholm and
Uppsala area, where numerous cases have been reported in the past and new cases
continue to emerge in recent times. The importance and continued incidence and
prevalence of the infection in cat prompted this present study. Archive and
incoming samples from cats, horses and dogs were screened by real- time RTPCR.
Eight positive cat samples were detected by real-time RT-PCR. Three of
these samples were used for virus isolation and characterization, while two other
positive samples were used to test previously described primers. In conclusion, we
have been able to detect eight positive samples from the cat by real-time RT-PCR.
Though the virus was not detected upon sub-passages in vero cells, demonstration
of presence of the virus from passage 10-12 in the positive control show that other
factors than the assay may have contributed to the lack of virus isolation The
classical PCR for molecular epidemiology needs further optimization as reflected
in the fact that only three primer pairs seem to work with the C6BDV control

Main title:Characterization of feline Borna disease virus
Authors:Oladele, Oluwafemi
Series:Report / International Master of Science Programme, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Volume/Sequential designation:60
Year of Publication:2006
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A1N, A1F or AXX
Student's programme affiliation:MSCVE Master of Science Programme in Veterinary Medicine 90 HEC
Supervising department:(VH) > Dept. of Biomedical Sciences and Veterinary Public Health
Keywords:Borna disease virus, rRT-PCR, feline Borna disease, Molecular epidemiology
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Animal diseases
Additional Information:Överförd från avhandlingsarkivet / Transferred from the Dissertations and Graduate Theses Archive
Deposited On:27 Oct 2011 13:50
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