Argentina: Research took the first step towards reducing cases of cancer in cattle

Updated Mar 6, 2023
A joint study by specialists from the National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA) and the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (Conicet), both from Argentina, described, for the first time, a molecular mechanism by which the bovine leukosis virus (BLV) triggers the development of tumors in cattle.
One fact to bear in mind is that, due to the lack of a commercial treatment or vaccine against this pathogen, economic losses amount to millions of dollars. Juan Pablo Jaworski, study director and researcher at Conicet, described this work. "The research helps to understand neoplastic induction processes induced by VLB and which in bovines give rise to a type of cancer called lymphoma", he said. He added, "The molecular factors we describe may eventually be translated into prevention or treatment strategies in the future, but further study is still needed." Bovine leukosis is widespread in dairy herds, but also in meat production herds. Although a high percentage of animals usually do not show symptoms during infection, between 1 and 10% may develop lymphomas. The study, published in the international journal Plos One, lays the groundwork for exploring the development of therapeutic strategies. Sample analysis During the chronic phase of the infection, experts explained that the ...
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