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New Clinical Microbiology Study Results Reported from University of Ljubljana

February 7, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Health & Medicine Week -- Current study results on Life Science Research have been published. According to news reporting originating in Ljubljana, Slovenia, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Mammalian orthoreoviruses (MRVs) are known to cause mild enteric and respiratory infections in humans. They are widespread and infect a broad spectrum of mammals."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the University of Ljubljana, "We report here the first case of an MRV detected in a child with acute gastroenteritis, which showed the highest similarity to an MRV reported recently in European bats. An examination of a stool sample from the child was negative for most common viral and bacterial pathogens. Reovirus particles were identified by electron microscopic examination of both the stool suspension and cell culture supernatant. The whole-genome sequence was obtained with the Ion Torrent next-generation sequencing platform. Prior to sequencing, the stool sample suspension and cell culture supernatant were pretreated with nucleases and/or the convective interaction medium (CIM) monolithic chromatographic method to purify and concentrate the target viral nucleic acid. Whole-genome sequence analysis revealed that the Slovenian SI-MRV01 isolate was most similar to an MRV found in a bat in Germany. High similarity was shared in all genome segments, with nucleotide and amino acid identities between 93.8 to 99.0% and 98.4 to 99.7%, respectively."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "It was shown that CIM monolithic chromatography alone is an efficient method for enriching the sample in viral particles before nucleic acid isolation and next-generation sequencing application."

For more information on this research see: High similarity of novel orthoreovirus detected in a child hospitalized with acute gastroenteritis to mammalian orthoreoviruses found in bats in Europe. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 2013;51(11):3818-25 (see also Life Science Research).

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting A. Steyer, Institute of Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Additional authors for this research include I. Gutierrez-Aguire, M. Kolenc, S. Koren, D. Kutnjak, M. Pokorn, M. Poljak-Prijatelj, N. Racki, M. Ravnikar, M. Sagadin, A. Fratnik Steyer and N. Toplak.

Keywords for this news article include: Europe, Slovenia, Ljubljana, Pediatrics, Life Science Research.

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