Faculty Research 1990 - 1999


Genital bovine papillomavirus infection in Saudi Arabia.

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Cattle, Cattle-Diseases: mi, Chick-Embryo, Female, Immunohistochemistry, Male, Microscopy-Electron, Papillomaviruses: ul, Saudi-Arabia, SUPPORT-NON-U-S-GOVT, Tumor-Virus-Infections: mi, ve, Virion: ul

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J Vet Diagn Invest 1991 Jan;3(1):36-8


Genital bovine papillomavirus infection was observed for the first time in the Al-Ahsa region of Saudi Arabia. The disease involved 1 female and 2 male 2-4-year-old crossbred cattle. Fibropapillomas (warts) were limited to the prepuce and vulva. Electron micrographs of thin sections of the lesions revealed the presence of intranuclear viruslike particles. Using a broadly cross-reactive rabbit polyclonal antiserum directed against papillomavirus group-specific antigens, the infection was confirmed by immunohistochemical staining of paraffin-embedded tissues to be due to a papillomavirus. Staining with a series of monoclonal antibodies of various specificities indicated that the virus was bovine papillomavirus type 1. Attempts to propagate the virus by inoculation of tumor homogenates onto chorioallantoic membranes of chicken embryos were unsuccessful.

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