DAO 94:239-241 (2011) - doi:10.3354/dao02330
Viral basophilic inclusions in the digestive gland of razor clams Ensis arcuatus (Pharidae) in Galicia (NW Spain)
M. Ruiz1, S. Darriba2, R. Rodríguez3, D. Iglesias1, R. Lee4, C. López1,*
ABSTRACT: During a histological survey of razor clam Ensis arcuatus (Jeffreys, 1865) from Galicia (NW Spain), basophilic inclusion bodies were observed in epithelial cells of the digestive gland. Transmission electron microscopy revealed the intranuclear position of these inclusions containing viral particles with icosahedral symmetry. Size and symmetry of these unenveloped virus particles suggest similarities to the families Papillomaviridae and Polyomaviridae which have been described as causing a viral gametocytic hypertrophy in oysters Crassostrea virginica and C. gigas. This is the first report of viral particles in E. arcuatus.
KEY WORDS: Ensis arcuatus · Histopathology · Ultrastructure · Basophilic inclusion bodies · Viral particles
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