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FCoVFeline Coronavirus
FCoVFootball Club Olympique de Vigneux (French: Olympic Football Club of Vigneux; Vigneux, France)
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Serum alpha1-acid glycoprotein (AGP) concentration in non-symptomatic cats with feline coronavirus (FCoV) infection.
Gary Whittaker, Ph.D., professor of virology at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, who has had a longstanding interest in the feline coronavirus and FIP, predicts the study will have a great impact in progress against the disease.
The complex feline coronavirus is particularly challenging, he says, explaining that RNA viruses, those with ribonucleic acid as their genetic material such as influenza and measles, "always have a narrow window on how they adapt to the environment or an animal, but the coronavirus has a much more open window to move into different territories --different species and different tissues."
Veterinary scientists have long suspected that the FIP virus (FIPV) was a lethal mutation of the feline coronavirus (FECV), a benign and common intestinal virus, but they couldn't identify how this transformation occurred.
Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is a fatal infection that affects domestic and wild members of the family Felidae and is caused by a feline coronavirus (FCoV) of the family Coronaviridae, subfamily Coronavirinae, genus Alphacoronavirus, species Alphacoronavirus-1 (1).
Among a host of issues surrounding the disease, one problem is this: While it's known that feline coronavirus leads to FTP, there are two forms of it--one benign, one deadly--and yet they look exactly alike under a microscope.
Our discoveries of the critical differences between FECVs and FIPVs are clearly only a small step toward understanding the pathogenetic phenomena of feline coronavirus infections.
Cats with weak immune systems are likeliest to develop feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), a viral disease caused by certain strains of feline coronavirus. Other vulnerable groups include kittens, aging cats and those already infected with feline leukemia virus--although any cat carrying a coronavirus could develop it.
That prompted him to study coronaviruses in general, and he soon became fascinated by the feline coronavirus.
Identification of a feline coronavirus type I strain from a cat with feline infectious peritonitis by RT-PCR and phylogenetic analysis.
Or to identify the connection between a relatively benign form of feline coronavirus and feline infectious peritonitis, which is nearly always fatal, with the hope of finding ways to diagnose and combat it.
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