OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to analyze cervical specimens and semen from a closed colony of baboons for the presence of the papillomavirus consensus L1 gene. STUDY DESIGN: Cervical swabs were collected from lightly anesthetized female baboons. Semen was collected from a male baboon by standard electroejaculation techniques. Deoxyribonucleic acid was extracted from the cells by two different methods and analyzed by polymerase chain reaction targeting the L1 consensus gene common for >25 genital papillomaviruses. RESULTS: Analyses of the polymerase chain reaction- amplified products did not reveal bands for the papillomavirus in either the cervical specimens or the semen. CONCLUSIONS: The hypothesis of a linkage between primates with papillomavirus as a common factor is not supported by the results of this study. This information is also important in assisting clinicians in setting up specific pathogen-free colonies of baboons.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Obstetrics and Gynaecology