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Porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) is the primary causative agent for post-weaning, multisystemic, wasting syndrome. Consequently, serologic detection of and vaccination against PCV2 are important for the swine industry. Among several serological tests, the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) is commonly used to measure anti-PCV2 antibody levels. In the(More)
Hepatitis E virus (HEV) was originally identified as the causative agent of enterically transmitted non-A, non-B hepatitis. Recently, HEV isolates were subsequently identified in humans and swine in many countries, including Korea. Also, public concerns regarding HEV as a potential zoonotic agent have been increasing. Therefore, we attempted to identify HEV(More)
Fimbriae and enterotoxins are major virulence factors associated with enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC). In this study, 3 sets of multiplex polymerase chain reaction (mPCR) assays targeting fimbriae, enterotoxins, and other adherence factors were developed for detecting ETEC. A total number of 188 E. coli field isolates were examined, and percentages(More)
Corn, one of the most important forage crops worldwide, has proven to be a useful expression vehicle due to the availability of established transformation procedures for this well-studied plant. The exotoxin Apx, a major virulence factor, is recognized as a common antigen of Actinobacillus (A.) pleuropneumoniae, the causative agent of porcine(More)
Antimicrobial susceptibility of florfenicol (FFC) against 243 bacterial agents isolated in Korea from cattle and pigs with respiratory disease were investigated by agar diffusion and microdilution broth methods following the recommendations provided by the National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards. All Actinobacillus pleuropnemoniae, Pasteurella(More)
Synthetic cannabinoids (CBs) such as the JWH series have caused social problems concerning their abuse liability. Because the JWH series produces euphoric and hallucinogenic effects, they have been distributed illegally under street names such as "Spice" and "Smoke". Many countries including Korea have started to schedule some of the JWH series compounds as(More)
Fifty-six Newcastle disease virus strains collected from 2000 to 2006 could be grouped into subgenotype VIId. However, they displayed cumulative mutations in and around the linear epitope of hemagglutinin-neuraminidase (residues 345 to 353) with time. The antigenicities of the variants that became predominant in Korea differ from each other and from the(More)
A recombinant La Sota strain (KBNP-C4152R2L) in which fusion (F) and hemagglutinin-neuraminidase (HN) genes were replaced with those of a contemporary genotype VIId virus, KBNP-4152, has been developed. To attenuate the virulence of the recombinant strain, the F cleavage motif was mutated from (112)RRQKR(116) to (112)GRQAR(116), and to reduce pathogenic(More)
The swine hepatitis E virus (HEV) is considered to be a new zoonotic agent due to its close genomic resemblance to the human HEV and its ability to infect nonhuman primates. Hepatitis caused by HEV infection has been a serious public health problem in developing countries. However, recent seroprevalence studies indicate that the HEV also circulates in(More)
Chitosan microspheres (CMs) were prepared by an ionic gelation process with tripolyphosphate and characterized. Bordetella Bronchiseptica Dermonecrotoxin (BBD), a major virulence factor of a causative agent of atrophic rhinitis (AR), was loaded on to the CMs for nasal vaccination. BBD-loaded CMs were observed as aggregated shapes although unloaded CMs were(More)