Special Issue "Pathogenesis, Characterization and Vaccine Development of Viral Nervous Necrosis"

A special issue of Pathogens (ISSN 2076-0817). This special issue belongs to the section "Animal Pathogens".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Anna Toffan
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Guest Editor
Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie, 35020 Legnaro, Italy
Interests: diagnosis and control of fish viruses, with special reference to viral nervous necrosis
Dr. Francesco Pascoli
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Guest Editor
Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie, 35020 Legnaro, Italy
Interests: pathogenesis of fish diseases, with special reference to viral nervous necrosis; in vivo fish experiments
Prof. Isabel Bandín
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Guest Editor
Instituto de Acuicultura. Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Interests: fish viruses; IPNV; NNV; diagnostics; virulence; epidemiology
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Special Issue Information

Viral nervous necrosis (VNN), also known as viral encephalo-retinopathy (VER), is a severe neurological disease caused by small RNA viruses belonging to the genus Betanodavirus. The extreme environmental resistance, the increasing host range and the global warming, which will probably contribute to increasing the number/severity of the outbreaks, make the threat posed by this agent to global aquaculture extremely significant. Although the body of knowledge related to VNN has increased considerably in recent years, there are several aspects of the pathogenesis and of the immunological response to natural and experimental infection that need to be further investigated. Additionally, the development of safe and efficacious vaccines is only at the very early stages, and needs to be quickly implemented. Ideally, vaccines should target larvae and broodstock stages and should be cross-protective or applicable to different fish species, in order to help the industry deal with the problem of vertical transmission and farmed–wild fish interaction.

Such knowledge will be instrumental to develop effective VNN control methods and to reduce the impact of this disease on worldwide aquaculture. For these reasons, researchers actively engaged in studies on the characterization of Betanodaviruses by molecular biology, biochemistry, and/or virology; in vivo experiments to unravel disease pathogenesis; as well as vaccine development and testing are enthusiastically encouraged to submit their works to this Special Issue.

Dr. Anna Toffan
Dr. Francesco Pascoli
Prof. Isabel Bandín
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Betanodaviruses
  • viral nervous necrosis
  • viral encephalo-retinopathy
  • immunity
  • vaccine
  • aquaculture

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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