Stéphane Bertagnoli

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Since summer 2010, numerous cases of Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD) have been reported in north-western France both in rabbitries, affecting RHD-vaccinated rabbits, and in wild populations. We demonstrate that the aetiological agent was a lagovirus phylogenetically distinct from other lagoviruses and which presents a unique antigenic profile.(More)
Hepatitis E virus (HEV) strains from rabbits indicate that these mammals may be a reservoir for HEVs that cause infection in humans. To determine HEV prevalence in rabbits and the strains' genetic characteristics, we tested bile, liver, and additional samples from farmed and wild rabbits in France. We detected HEV RNA in 7% (14/200) of bile samples from(More)
Down-modulation of major histocompatibility class I (MHC-I) molecules is a viral strategy for survival in the host. Myxoma virus, a member of the Poxviridae family responsible for rabbit myxomatosis, can down-modulate the expression of MHC-I molecules, but the viral factor(s) has not been described. We cloned and characterized a gene coding for an(More)
Recently, myxoma virus was shown to encode an additional member of the serpin superfamily. The viral gene, called serp2, was cloned, and the Serp2 protein was shown to specifically bind to interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta)-converting enzyme (ICE), thus inhibiting the cleavage of pro-IL-1beta by the protease (F. Petit, S. Bertagnoli, J. Gelfi, F. Fassy, C.(More)
Myxoma virus (MV), a member of the family Poxviridae, is the causative agent of myxomatosis, a fatal disease of the European rabbit. The MV genome is a linear, double-stranded DNA molecule that encodes several factors important for evasion of the host immune system. Sequencing the right-end region of the MV genome identified an 801 bp open reading frame(More)
Myxoma virus (MYXV), a member of the Poxviridae family, is the agent responsible for myxomatosis, a fatal disease in the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus). MYXV has a linear double-stranded DNA genome that encodes several factors important for evasion from the host immune system. Among them, four ankyrin (ANK) repeat proteins were identified: M148R,(More)
Two myxoma virus-rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV) recombinant viruses were constructed with the SG33 strain of myxoma virus to protect rabbits against myxomatosis and rabbit viral hemorrhagic disease. These recombinant viruses expressed the RHDV capsid protein (VP60). The recombinant protein, which is 60 kDa in size, was antigenic, as revealed by its(More)
Hepatitis E virus strains from rabbits indicate that these mammals may be a reservoir for HEVs that cause infection in humans. Further issues remain to be clarified, including whether the genotype of rabbit HEV differs from human and swine HEV genotype 3 and whether rabbit HEV can infect human and other animals. HEV was found in farmed rabbits in several(More)
The data were recorded during a Rabbit haemorrhagic disease outbreak that occurred in France in 2001 in a wild population of rabbits that we have been monitoring since 2000. These data suggested the existence of non-protective antibodies due to a putative RHDV-like virus. Twenty-one blood and 22 liver samples were taken from the 26 corpses of recently dead(More)
A genomic library of myxoma virus (MV) DNA, a leporipoxvirus that causes myxomatosis, was constructed and screened by in vitro transcription-translation. A clone was selected on the basis of its strong reactivity with MV antiserum. Analysis of the corresponding DNA sequence and the deduced amino acid sequence revealed an open reading frame coding for a(More)