Open Veterinary Journal

Open Veterinary Journal

Peer-Reviewed Journal 
ISSN 2218-6050 (Online), ISSN 2226-4485 (Print) 


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

P.E. Morán1, P.A. Favier2, M. Lomónaco3, M.C. Catena1, M.L. Chiapparrone1,4, A.C. Odeón5, A.E. Verna5 and S.E. Pérez1,4,*

1Facultad de Ciencias Veterinarias, UNCPBA, Tandil (7000), Argentina

2Becaria FONCyT - Agencia Nacional de Promoción Científica y Tecnológica, Argentina

3Instituto de Virología - INTA Castelar, Castelar (B1712WAA), Argentina

4Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas  CONICET - CIVETAN (Centro de Investigación Veterinaria de Tandil), Argentina

5Estación Experimental Agropecuaria – INTA Balcarce, Balcarce (7620), Argentina



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.


Cite this paper:

Morán, P.E., Favier, P.A., Lomónaco, M., Catena, M.C., Chiapparrone, M.L., Odeón, A.C., Verna, A.E. and Pérez, S.E. 2013. Search for the genome of bovine herpesvirus types 1, 4 and 5 in bovine semen. Open Vet. J. 3(2), 126-130.