Special Issue "Feline Viruses and Viral Diseases"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2019).
Interests: companion animal tumour virology; virus discovery; pathogenesis of chronic viral infections; feline retroviruses; feline gammaherpesviruses; feline hepadnavirus
Interests: infectious diseases in cats and dogs, specifically feline virus infections, leptospirosis, and canine vector-borne diseases as well as antiviral chemotherapy and vaccination/protection
The spectrum of feline disease syndromes linked to known or novel viruses is expanding. Understanding host–virus–environment interactions in domestic cats serves not just the welfare of this popular human companion but also that of susceptible sympatric felids, while providing insights into some human diseases.
Contemporary feline virology is underpinned by the discoveries of classical virologists, who likely never dreamed of high-throughput sequencing platforms. Such capabilities bring with them the imperative to nurture multidisciplinary approaches to make biological sense of the feline virome. Recently discovered homologues of human pathogens include feline morbilliviruses, a domestic cat hepadnavirus and a feline gammaherpesvirus. Working together, veterinary diagnosticians, epidemiologists, pathologists, molecular virologists, bioinformaticians, immunologists, and others will advance our understanding of whether, and under what circumstances, these and other novel viruses might act as feline pathogens, passengers, or symbionts.
Perplexing problems surrounding known feline viruses include triggers for the development of fatal feline infectious peritonitis, the re-emergence of feline panleukopenia virus, determinants of virulence among strains of feline calicivirus that cause virulent-systemic disease, the role of papillomaviruses in squamous cell carcinoma, the significance of regressive feline leukaemia virus for feline health, and many more.
Submissions are invited from researchers working in fields related to viruses and viral diseases of domestic cats and non-domestic felids. Studies that develop or envisage translational applications promoting feline health are particularly welcome.
Prof. Julia A. Beatty
Prof. Dr. Katrin Hartmann
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