Ana M. Domènech

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A PCR-based method was developed for the specific detection of Yersinia ruckeri in tissues of inoculated trout and naturally infected trout. No amplification products were obtained with other yersiniae, bacterial fish pathogens, or phylogenetically related bacteria (n = 34). The sensitivity of PCR detection was 60 to 65 bacterial cells per PCR tube, which(More)
Type-I interferons (IFNs) are cytokines that have non-specific antiviral activity, participating mostly in innate defense mechanisms. Their administration has been proposed to treat several viral and immunomediated diseases as an immunomodulatory therapy. Due to its availability, recombinant human interferon-alpha (rHuIFN-α) has been studied in relation to(More)
The distribution of interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC) and neurotransmission were investigated in lower oesophageal sphincter (LES) circular muscle strips from Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats, Ws/Ws mutant rats and their wild-type (+/+) siblings. Intramuscular c-Kit-positive cells, confirmed to be ICC-IM by electron microscopy, were observed throughout both muscle(More)
Cultural, biochemical and protein profiling studies were performed on L. garvieae strains isolated from diseased rainbow trout and on the fish pathogen Enterococcus seriolicida ATCC 49156. The results, confirmed by 16 rRNA sequence analyses, indicate that E. seriolicida ATCC 49156 should be reclassified in the genus Lactococcus. Contrary to previous(More)
Laboratory diagnosis of feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) usually involves both viruses, as the clinical signs are similar and coinfection may occur. Serological methods may not represent an accurate diagnosis: maternal antibodies or cross-reactions may give false positive results to FIV, and false negative results may(More)
Feline retroviruses are rarely reported in lynx species. Twenty-one Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus) blood and tissue samples collected from Doñana National Park and Los Villares (Sierra Morena) in southern Spain during 1993-2003 were analyzed by polymerase chain reaction to amplify nucleic acids from feline retroviruses. Six samples were positive for Feline(More)
Infections produced by feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and feline leukemia virus (FeLV), two of the most prevalent pathogens in cats, range from passing unnoticed to presenting a wide variety of clinical signs. Different epidemiological, clinical, hematological and virological parameters were analyzed in 78 FIVand/or FeLV-infected cats. FeLV-infected(More)
The diagnostic performance of an ELISA for the detection of antibodies to the small ruminant lentiviruses (SRLVs) maedi-visna virus and caprine arthritis-encephalitis virus in milk and corresponding blood samples was evaluated in 50 sheep. The agreement between ELISA results in blood and milk was 90 per cent, and the κ value was 0.79. In addition, a(More)
A bacterial strain (DE2008) was isolated from a consortium of microorganisms living in the microbial mats of the Ebro Delta with the ability to grow under conditions of high concentrations of lead and copper. Strain DE2008 has been characterized by microscopic and metabolic techniques and identified by sequencing of PCR-amplified 16S rRNA gene fragments as(More)
To study the possible presence of staphylococcal enterotoxins in Manchego-type cheese, milk was inoculated with the enterotoxigenic Staphylococcus aureus collection strains FRI-100, S6, FRI-137, and FRI-472 to a final concentration of 10,000 to 25,000 cfu/ml. Cheese was prepared following the industrial specifications and ripened for 60 d. Batches were(More)