Seroprevalence for 2117-like vesiviruses in Italian household dogs

Barbara Di Martino, Federica Di Profio, Livia Bodnar, Irene Melegari, Vittorio Sarchese, Ivano Massirio, Giulia Dowgier, Gianvito Lanave, Fulvio Marsilio, K. Bányai, Canio Buonavoglia, Vito Martella

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In 2003, a novel calicivirus, the vesivirus (VeV) strain 2117, was identified incidentally as a contaminant in Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) cell cultures by a German pharmaceutical company. Similar contaminations have been documented in three additional episodes, in bio-reactors used for production of recombinant drugs. More, recently 2117-like VeVs have also been identified at high prevalence in the stools from asymptomatic kennel dogs and only sporadically in diarrhoeic and healthy household dogs. In this study, antibodies for 2117-like viruses were detected in 21.5% of sera from household dogs, indicating that they are common viruses in the canine host.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-17
Number of pages4
JournalVeterinary Microbiology
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2017



  • Antibodies
  • Chinese Hamster Ovary cells
  • Contaminants
  • Dogs
  • Strain 2117
  • Vesivirus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • veterinary(all)

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Di Martino, B., Di Profio, F., Bodnar, L., Melegari, I., Sarchese, V., Massirio, I., Dowgier, G., Lanave, G., Marsilio, F., Bányai, K., Buonavoglia, C., & Martella, V. (2017). Seroprevalence for 2117-like vesiviruses in Italian household dogs. Veterinary Microbiology, 201, 14-17.