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Detection of antibodies to Borna disease virus in Turkish cats by using recombinant p40
  1. C. R. Helps, BSc, PhD1,
  2. D. A. Harbour, BSc, PhD1,
  3. N. Turan, BSc, PhD2,
  4. H. Yilmaz, BSc, PhD2 and
  5. T. Bilal, BSc, PhD3
  1. 1 Department of Clinical Veterinary Science, University of Bristol, Langford House, Langford, Bristol BS40 5DU
  2. 2 Department of Microbiology
  3. 3 Department of Internal Medicine, Veterinary Faculty, University of Istanbul, Avcilar, Istanbul, Turkey


Recombinant p40 produced by baculovirus was used in an ELISA to screen samples of serum taken from 80 cats in Istanbul. The sera were also analysed for feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and feline leukaemia virus (FeLV). Antibodies to Borna disease virus- (BDV) p40 were detected in 34 (42.5 per cent) of the 80 cats. Seventy-three per cent of the sera which were positive for FIV and 26 per cent of the sera which were negative for FIV had antibodies to BDV. There was no difference in the percentage of sera which were positive for BDV between the cats that were positive or negative for FeLv. Three of the cats had neurological disease and two of these had antibodies to BDV. Six sera with low, medium or high optical densities (ODs) by ELISA were analysed by Western blotting. Only the sera with medium and high ODS reacted specifically with p40 at a dilution of 1 in 1000.

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