Search for the genome of bovine herpesvirus types 1, 4 and 5 in bovine semen

  • PE Morán
  • PA Favier
  • M Lomónaco
  • MC Catena
  • ML Chiapparrone
  • AC Odeón
  • AE Verna
  • SE Pérez
Keywords: Artificial insemination, Bovine herpesviruses, Genome, Semen


Bovine herpesvirus type 1 (BoHV-1) causes respiratory and reproductive disorders in cattle. Recently, bovine herpesvirus type 5 (BoHV-5) and bovine herpesvirus type 4 (BoHV-4) have been identified to be associated with genital disease. In this study, the presence of the genome of BoHV-1, BoHV-4 and BoHV-5 in bovine semen of Argentinean and international origin was analyzed by PCR assays. The most important finding of this study is the detection of the genome of BoHV-1 and BoHV-4 in semen of bulls maintained at artificial insemination  centers. It is particularly relevant that BoHV-1 DNA was also identified in one sample of international origin  suggesting the need for extensive quality control measures on international transport of bovine semen.

Keyword: Artificial insemination, Bovine herpesviruses, Genome, Semen.


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eISSN: 2218-6050
print ISSN: 2226-4485