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Niira K.,Tochigi Prefectural South District Animal Hygiene Service Center | Ito M.,Ishikawa Nanbu Livestock Hygiene Service Center | Masuda T.,Kurayoshi Livestock Hygiene Service Center | Saitou T.,Tochigi Prefectural Central District Animal Hygiene Service Center | And 18 more authors.
Infection, Genetics and Evolution | Year: 2016

Porcine rotavirus C (RVC) is distributed throughout the world and is thought to be a pathogenic agent of diarrhea in piglets. Although, the VP7, VP4, and VP6 gene sequences of Japanese porcine RVCs are currently available, there is no whole-genome sequence data of Japanese RVC. Furthermore, only one to three sequences are available for porcine RVC VP1-VP3 and NSP1-NSP3 genes. Therefore, we determined nearly full-length whole-genome sequences of nine Japanese porcine RVCs from seven piglets with diarrhea and two healthy pigs and compared them with published RVC sequences from a database. The VP7 genes of two Japanese RVCs from healthy pigs were highly divergent from other known RVC strains and were provisionally classified as G12 and G13 based on the 86% nucleotide identity cut-off value. Pairwise sequence identity calculations and phylogenetic analyses revealed that candidate novel genotypes of porcine Japanese RVC were identified in the NSP1, NSP2 and NSP3 encoding genes, respectively. Furthermore, VP3 of Japanese porcine RVCs was shown to be closely related to human RVCs, suggesting a gene reassortment event between porcine and human RVCs and past interspecies transmission. The present study demonstrated that porcine RVCs show greater genetic diversity among strains than human and bovine RVCs. © 2016 Elsevier B.V.

Nagai M.,Ishikawa Prefectual Livestock Research Center | Nagai M.,Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology | Hori N.,Ishikawa Nanbu Livestock Hygiene Service Center | Miyamoto M.,Ishikawa Prefectual Livestock Research Center | And 6 more authors.
Animal Science Journal | Year: 2013

To improve embryo development in bovine separated blastomeres, we evaluated applicability of co-culture with intact embryos. The morphological quality of blastocysts derived from separated blastomeres and rate of blastocyst formation were only slightly increased when the cells were co-cultured with intact embryos, which did not provide significant differences when statistically analyzed. However, the cell count of inner cell mass (ICM), trophectoderm (TE) and total number of cells in Day 8 blastocysts were significantly higher when the cells were co-cultured with the intact embryos than those with the cells cultured individually (P<0.05). Transfer of four monozygotic pairs of blastocysts derived from the cells co-cultured with intact embryos led to three pregnancies even when the blastomeres were produced by in vitro maturation and in vitro fertilization of oocytes collected by ovum pick-up from elite cows. These results suggest that co-culturing with intact embryos may enhance development of bovine separated blastomere. © 2013 Japanese Society of Animal Science.

Ito M.,Ishikawa Nanbu Livestock Hygiene Service Center | Tsuchiaka S.,Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology | Naoi Y.,Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology | Otomaru K.,Kagoshima University | And 15 more authors.
Infection, Genetics and Evolution | Year: 2016

Bovine toroviruses (BToVs), belong to the subfamily Toroviridae within the family Coronaviridae, and are pathogens, causing enteric disease in cattle. In Japan, BToVs are distributed throughout the country and cause gastrointestinal infection of calves and cows. In the present study, complete genome sequences of two Japanese BToVs and partial genome sequences of two Japanese BToVs and one porcine torovirus (PToV) from distant regions in Japan were determined and genetic analyses were performed. Pairwise nucleotide comparison and phylogenetic analyses revealed that Japanese BToVs shared high identity with each other and showed high similarities with BToV Breda1 strain in S, M, and HE coding regions. Japanese BToVs showed high similarities with porcine toroviruses in ORF1a, ORF1b, and N coding regions and the 5' and 3' untranslated regions, suggestive of a natural recombination event. Recombination analyses mapped the putative recombinant breakpoints to the 3' ends of the ORF1b and HE regions. These findings suggest that the interspecies recombinant nature of Japanese BToVs resulted in a closer relationship between BToV Breda1 and PToVs. © 2015 Elsevier B.V.

Hori N.,Ishikawa Prefectural Livestock Research Center | Hori N.,Ishikawa Nanbu Livestock Hygiene Service Center | Nagai M.,Ishikawa Prefectural Livestock Research Center | Hirayama M.,National Livestock Breeding Center | And 6 more authors.
Animal Reproduction Science | Year: 2010

Although somatic cell nuclear transfer (NT) and in vitro fertilization (IVF) have the potential to produce genetically superior livestock, considerable numbers of abnormally large animals, including sheep and cattle affected by " large offspring syndrome" (LOS), have been produced by these assisted reproductive technologies (ART). Interestingly, these phenotypes are reminiscent of Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome (BWS) in humans, which is an imprinting disorder characterized by pre- and/or postnatal overgrowth. The imprinting control region KvDMR1, which regulates the coordinated expression of growth control genes such as Cdkn1c, is known to be aberrantly hypomethylated in BWS. Therefore, we hypothesized that aberrant imprinting in this region could contribute to LOS. In this study, we analyzed the DNA methylation status of the Kcnq1ot1/Cdkn1c and Igf2/H19 domains on bovine chromosome 29 and examined the coordinated expression of imprinted genes surrounding them in seven calves derived by NT (which showed signs of developmental abnormality), two calves conceived by IVF (both developmentally abnormal), and three conventional calves that died of unrelated causes. Abnormal hypomethylation status at an imprinting control region of Kcnq1ot1/Cdkn1c domain was observed in two of seven NT-derived calves and one of two IVF-derived calves in almost all organs. Moreover, increased expression of Kcnq1ot1 and diminished expression of Cdkn1c were observed by RT-PCR analysis. This study is the first to describe the abnormal hypomethylation of the KvDMR1 domain and subsequent changes in the gene expression of Kcnq1ot1 and Cdkn1c in a subset of calves produced by ART. Our findings provide strong evidence for a role of altered imprinting control in the development of LOS in bovines. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.

Minami F.,Ishikawa Nanbu Livestock Hygiene Service Center | Nagai M.,Ishikawa Prefectual Livestock Research Center | Ito M.,Ishikawa Nanbu Livestock Hygiene Service Center | Matsuda T.,Ishikawa Hokubu Livestock Hygiene Service Center | And 8 more authors.
Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases | Year: 2011

Bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) field isolates show genetic and antigenic diversity. At least 14 subgenotypes of BVDV-1 and 4 of BVDV-2 have been identified in Artiodactyla worldwide. Of these, 6 subgenotypes of BVDV-1 and 1 of BVDV-2 have been isolated in Japan. Previously, we reported that each subgenotype virus expresses different antigenic characteristics. Here we investigated the reactivity of neutralizing antibodies against representative strains of Japanese BVDV subgenotypes using sera from 266 beef cattle to estimate the prevalence of this epidemic virus among cattle in Japan. Antibody titers at concentrations at least 4-fold higher than antibodies against other subgenotype viruses were considered subgenotype specific. Subgenotype-specific antibodies were detected from 117 (80.7%) of 145 sera samples (69.7% against BVDV-1a, 1.4% against BVDV-1b, 8.3% against BVDV-1c, and 1.4% against BVDV-2a). The results suggest that neutralization tests are useful in estimating currently epidemic subgenotypes of BVDV in the field. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd.

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