Viral gametocytic hypertrophy of Crassostrea gigas ...

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Title Viral gametocytic hypertrophy of Crassostrea gigas in France: from occasional records to disease emergence?
Author(s) C. Garcia, M. Robert, I. Arzul, B. Chollet, J. P. Joly, L. Miossec, T. Comtet, F. C. J. Berthe
Journal Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
Date 2006
Volume 70
Issue 3
Start page 193
End page 199
Abstract Viral gametocytic hypertrophy was reported for the first time in 2001 in Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas in France. Since this date, the number of reported cases and the distribution area have increased every year; however, the cases are not associated with macroscopic signs or increased mortality rates. Both male and female gametes were hypertrophied and basophilic inclusions were observed in gamete nuclei. Transmission electron microscopy revealed the presence of viral particles in these intranuclear basophilic inclusions. These particles had characteristics similar to those of the Papillomaviridae and Polyoma viridae families: they were small, non-enveloped, icosahedral, and 44 to 56 nm in diameter. The viral particles were found in male, female and hermaphrodite oysters and no significant difference in viral infection was observed between those groups. The frequency of detection and the intensity of infection were low and no host defence reaction was recognised, suggesting that the viral particles had a weak impact on C. gigas. The viral particles described in the present study seem to be similar to these described in C. virginica in the USA and Canada and in C. gigas in Korea, but further studies are required to confirm their identity. The issue of a possible emergence of this infection is discussed.
DOI 10.3354/dao070193
PubMed ID 16903230
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