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Disseminated neoplasia (DN) is a disorder referred to as hemic neoplasia (HN) in the soft-shell clam Mya arenaria. Traditionally, diagnosis is performed by hematocytology or histology. The intensity of the disease is generally given as the percentage of transformed neoplastic cells Out of total numb...
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Diagnosis of haemic neoplasia (HN) in the soft shell clam, Mya arenaria, is often achieved by hematocytology and histology. Since neoplastic cells display tetraploid DNA contents, haemocyte cell cycle analysis was developed for use as a diagnosis tool. The aim of this study was to assess the applica...
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The molecular mechanisms by which haemocytes of clams are transformed in the course of haemic neoplasia remain by far unknown. The aim of this study was to quantify the expression of p53/p73 and mortalin genes, in relation with the ploidy status of clam haemocytes and to correlate the p53 expression...
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Gene expression Studies have opened a tremendous field of investigation in biological research over the last decades. Expression of genes is most frequently quantified by real time PCR (RT-qPCR), as this method has proven to be highly sensitive. One of the critical steps, however, in comparing trans...
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The development of molecular diagnostic assays with increased sensitivity compared with conventional histological techniques is highly desirable for effective management of bonamiosis in cultured oyster stocks and wild populations. A real-time TaqMan PCR assay was developed for the specific detectio...
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In 2004, epizootiological studies were conducted on mass mortalities of tunicates Halocynthia roretzi in Goje, Korea. The clinical characteristics of infected H. roretzi were weakness of the tunic, loss of elasticity, and finally death involving a rupture of the tunic. Histological studies revealed ...
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An Australian (New South Wales) isolate of Bonamia was characterised at the molecular level by sequencing the 18S-ITS-1 region of the small subunit rRNA operon obtained from flat oysters Ostrea angasi shown to be infected by histological examination. Sequence data alignment with homologous genes fro...
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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 ...
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The flat oyster Ostrea chilensis is susceptible to infection with two microcells, Bonamia exitiosa and Bonamia ostreae. A haemocytic parasite very similar to Bonamia species has been previously reported in two of 167 Chilean oysters sampled from Chiloe Island in 1996-1997. In order to characterise t...
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Viral gametocytic hypertrophy has been reported for the first time in 2001 in Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas in France. Male and female gametes were hypertrophied, and basophilic inclusions were observed in gamete nuclei. Electron microscopy revealed the presence of viral particles with characteri...
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An in situ hybridisation technique has been developed for the detection of infection in oysters with Marteilia refringens with particular emphasis on light infections or confirmation of suspected cases by means of histology. Although validation of new diagnostic methods is usually achieved by compar...
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In Argentina, especially in San Matias Gulf, oyster culture is a recent activity. Culture of native flat oyster, Ostrea puelchana (d'Orbigny, 1842), was particularly promising until an abnormal mortality occurred in 1996. Preliminary diagnosis, based on histology, revealed the presence of Bonamia-li...
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This supplement presents the results of a survey on Mediterranean aquaculture diagnostic laboratories, which has been implemented by the Mediterranean Institute of Zaragoza (IAMZ) in collaboration with the FAO Fisheries Department. The aim of the survey is to acquire greater knowledge on the Mediter...
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In an attempt to develop a reproducible experimental model of bacterial infection in Crassostrea gigas, oysters taken from very localised sub-populations suffering natural mortality outbreaks were used in cohabitation trials under laboratory conditions. From these trials, a collection of Vibrio stra...
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Among mollusc pathogens, paramyxeans are an important group of protistan parasites belonging to the genera Marteilia and Marteilioides. Martelia refringens and M. sydneyi are of particular concern given their potential impact on mollusc aquaculture world-wide. Aber disease and QX disease are current...
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The protozoan parasite Marteilia refringens has been partly responsible for the severe decrease in the production of the European flat oyster Ostrea edulis Linnaeus in France since the 1970s. The calanoid copepod Paracartia grani Sars was recently found to be a host for M. refringens in French shall...
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Different strains related to Vibrio splendidus have been associated with infection of aquatic animals. An epidemiological study of V. splendidus strains associated with Crassostrea gigas mortalities demonstrated genetic diversity within this group and suggested its polyphyletic nature. Recently 4 sp...
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A parasite of the dredge oyster Ostrea chilensis Philippi, previously known as Bonamia sp., was recently described and named Bonamia exitiosus, based on ultrastructural and molecular evidence. The rules governing the names of organisms require correspondence of gender, and the name must be changed f...
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In France abnormal mortalities of mollusks affect many species of bivalves. They occur mainly in summer and concern all the French coastline. For Crassostrea gigas, they affect all life's stages but more particularly spat. A pathology monitoring network, REPAMO, was created at the beginning of ...
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The pathogens related to summer mortality outbreaks are a herpes virus and two bacterial strains one belonging to Vibrio splendidus biovar II and the other to Vibrio splendidus spp. However, the feature pathogen/opportunist of these strains is still unknown. Several strains belonging to the genus Vi...
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Microcell-type parasites of oysters are associated with a complex of diseases in different oyster species around the world. The etiological agents are protists of very small size that are very difficult to characterize taxonomically. Associated lesions may vary according to the host species, and the...
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The occurrence of Marteilioides chungmuensis, a protozoan paramyxean parasite in the reproductive system of the Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas, was observed at Gosung Bay, Korea. Seasonal variation in gonad development was investigated in a suspended cultured oyster population. Gametogenesis began...