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Isolation and characterization of Frog Virus 3-like strain detected in american bull frogs (Lithobates catesbeianus) in São Paulo State

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Anna Luiza Farias Alencar
Total Authors: 1
Document type: Master's Dissertation
Press: Pirassununga.
Institution: Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Zootecnica e Engenharia de Alimentos (FZE/BT)
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Examining board members:
Ricardo Luiz Moro de Sousa; Hélio José Montassier; Cláudia Maris Ferreira Mostério
Advisor: Ricardo Luiz Moro de Sousa

Aquaculture is appointed as a strategic market for sustainable development, food production and expansion of unexplored frontiers in Brazil. However, just like other animal production systems, this area faces problems due its intensification, like the production sanitation aspects and the lack of structure for the diagnosis of major infectious diseases. During the last 20 years, viruses from Iridoviridae family, especially Ranavirus genera, have been responsible for major economic and ecological impactant epizootic diseases in a great number of fish, amphibian and reptile species in many parts of the world. However, information on the occurrence of infections in fishes and amphibians caused by Ranavirus in Brazil are limited. In this context, this project aimed to isolate a Frog Virus 3-like strain detected in São Paulo state in cell culture, which was later confirmed by nucleotide sequencing of MCP gene and further RLFP technique and also phenotipical characterization and replication kinetics of the obtained strain. Liver, spleen and kidney samples from american bullfrogs from commercial frog ponds, positive by molecular diagnostic for Ranavirus, were used for viral isolation in cell culture. Citopathic effect was detected during the second passage in cells and later confirmed by PCR and RFLP. The viral characterization was carried out with transmission electronic microscopy, which confirmed similar morphology of viral particles to those of Ranavirus, besides the construction of a growth curve which indicated larger titres on the fourth day post inoculation. A test for solvent sensitivity was also performed and confirmed the presence of enveloped particles. The results obtained in this study will contribute to the understanding of the biology of the circulating iridovirus in São Paulo state as an etiological agent of Ranavirus infection in amphibians. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 14/03463-4 - Isolation and characterization of frog virus 3-like strain detected in American bull frogs (Lithobates catesbeianus) in São Paulo State
Grantee:Anna Luiza Farias Alencar
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Master