[MARMAM] New paper: Identification of a novel gammaherpesvirus associated with (muco)cutaneous lesions in harbour porpoises

IJsseldijk, L.L. (Lonneke) L.L.IJsseldijk at uu.nl
Thu Sep 24 01:10:46 PDT 2015

Dear all,

I am pleased to announce the following publication: ‘Identification of a novel gammaherpesvirus associated with (muco)cutaneous lesions in harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena)’.

Steven J. van Beurden, Lonneke L. IJsseldijk, Soledad R. Ordonez, Christine Forster, Geert de Vrieze, Andrea Grone, M. Helene Verheije, Marja Kik. In: Archives of Virology. DOI 10.1007/s00705-015-2607-8


Herpesviruses infect a wide range of vertebrates, including toothed whales of the order Cetacea. One of the smallest toothed whales is the harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena), which is widespread in the coastal waters of the northern hemisphere, including the North Sea. Here, we describe the detection and phylogenetic analysis of a novel gammaherpesvirus associated with mucocutaneous and skin lesions in stranded harbour porpoises along the Dutch coast, tentatively designated phocoenid herpesvirus 1 (PhoHV1). Phylogenetically, PhoHV1 forms a monophyletic clade with all other gammaherpesviruses described in toothed whales (Odontoceti) to date, suggesting a common evolutionary origin.

This paper can be accessed through: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00705-015-2607-8

Alternatively, pdf requests can be addressed to l.l.ijsseldijk at uu.nl<mailto:l.l.ijsseldijk at uu.nl>

Kind regards,

Lonneke IJsseldijk

Also on behalf of the other authors.

Lonneke L. IJsseldijk, BSc
Project coördinator Cetaceans
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University
Department of Pathobiology

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