Experimental transmission of enzootic nasal adenocarcinoma in sheep
AuthorWalsh, SR; Linnerth-Petrik, NM; Yu, DL; Foster, RA; Menzies, PI; Diaz-Mendez, A; Chalmers, HJ; Wootton, SK
Source TitleVETERINARY RESEARCH
University of Melbourne Author/sDiaz Mendez, Ricardo Andres
AffiliationVeterinary and Agricultural Sciences
Melbourne Veterinary School
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsWalsh, SR; Linnerth-Petrik, NM; Yu, DL; Foster, RA; Menzies, PI; Diaz-Mendez, A; Chalmers, HJ; Wootton, SK, Experimental transmission of enzootic nasal adenocarcinoma in sheep, VETERINARY RESEARCH, 2013, 44
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Enzootic nasal adenocarcinoma (ENA) is a contagious neoplasm of the secretory epithelial cells of the nasal mucosa of sheep and goats. It is associated with the betaretrovirus, enzootic nasal tumor virus (ENTV), but a causative relationship has yet to be demonstrated. In this study, 14-day-old lambs were experimentally infected via nebulization with cell-free tumor filtrates derived from naturally occurring cases of ENA. At 12 weeks post-infection (wpi), one of the five infected lambs developed clinical signs, including continuous nasal discharge and open mouth breathing, and was euthanized. Necropsy revealed the presence of a large bilateral tumor occupying the nasal cavity. At 45 wpi, when the study was terminated, none of the remaining infected sheep showed evidence of tumors either by computed tomography or post-mortem examination. ENTV-1 proviral DNA was detected in the nose, lung, spleen, liver and kidney of the animal with experimentally induced ENA, however there was no evidence of viral protein expression in tissues other than the nose. Density gradient analysis of virus particles purified from the experimentally induced nasal tumor revealed a peak reverse transcriptase (RT) activity at a buoyant density of 1.22 g/mL which was higher than the 1.18 g/mL density of peak RT activity of virus purified from naturally induced ENA. While the 1.22 g/mL fraction contained primarily immature unprocessed virus particles, mature virus particles with a similar morphology to naturally occurring ENA could be identified by electron microscopy. Full-length sequence analysis of the ENTV-1 genome from the experimentally induced tumor revealed very few nucleotide changes relative to the original inoculum with only one conservative amino acid change. Taken together, these results demonstrate that ENTV-1 is associated with transmissible ENA in sheep and that under experimental conditions, lethal tumors are capable of developing in as little as 12 wpi demonstrating the acutely oncogenic nature of this ovine betaretrovirus.
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