[MARMAM] New publication - Novel herpesviruses in riverine and marine cetaceans from South America

Carlos Sacristán Yagüe carlos_leopard at hotmail.com
Tue Nov 27 01:10:44 PST 2018

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of all co-authors, I am pleased to announce the publication of our article about herpesviruses in riverine and marine cetaceans from South America.

Carlos Sacristan, Fernando Esperon, Ana Carolina Ewbank, Josue Diaz-Delgado, Eduardo Ferreira-Machado, Samira Costa-Silva, Angelica Maria Sanchez-Sarmiento, Katia R.Groch, Elena Neves, Gustavo Henrique Pereira Dutra, Waleska Gravena, Vera Maria Ferreira Da Silva, Milton C.C. Marcondes, Adriana Castaldo Colosio, Marta J. Cremer, Vitor L. Carvalho, Ana Carolina O. Meirelles, Juliana Marigo, Jose Luiz Catao-Dias. (2018).  Novel herpesviruses in riverine and marine cetaceans from South America.  Acta Tropica, 190:220-227. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actatropica.2018.11.021

In this manuscript we tested skin, oral and genital mucosal beta-actin PCR-positive samples from 109 free-ranging Brazilian cetaceans using a universal herpesvirus DNA polymerase PCR. Herpesvirus-positive skin samples from a Guiana dolphin (Sotalia guianensis), a dwarf sperm whale (Kogia sima), a Bolivian river dolphin (Inia boliviensis), and a lingual sample from an Atlantic spotted dolphin (Stenella frontalis) were histologically evaluated. Additional tissue samples from these animals were also PCR-positive for HV, including a novel sequence obtained from the dwarf sperm whale’s stomach and mesenteric lymph node. Four novel HV species were detected in the Guiana dolphin (one), the dwarf sperm whale (two) and the Bolivian river dolphin (one). The cutaneous lesions (marked, focally extensive, chronic proliferative dermatitis) of the Guiana dolphin and the Bolivian river dolphin were similar to previous HV reports in cetaceans, despite the absence of intranuclear inclusion bodies. This is the largest HV survey in South American cetaceans and the first detection of HV infection in riverine dolphins worldwide.

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The article is available at link above or email: carlosvet.sac at gmail.com<mailto:lauravet at aquariodesaopaulo.com.br>

Best regards

Carlos Sacristan

Laboratory of  Wildlife Comparative Pathology - LAPCOM
School of  Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences - FMVZ
University of São Paulo (Brazil)
Vice President of the WDA-LA Student Chapter

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