In situ hybridization of feline leukemia virus in a primary neural B-cell lymphoma

Anna Szilasi, Lilla Dénes, Csaba Jakab, Ildikó Erdélyi, Talita Resende, Fabio Vannucci, Judit Csomor, Míra Mándoki, Gyula Balka

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An 8-y-old castrated male, outdoor European shorthair cat was presented with a history of hindlimb weakness and paralysis. Disease progression was continuous from the onset; deep algesia disappeared at the final stage. Radiography of the vertebral column was unremarkable; along with patient history and physical examination results, magnetic resonance imaging suggested inflammatory lesions in the spinal cord, although neoplasia could not be ruled out. Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) positivity was confirmed by a serum ELISA prior to euthanasia. Upon postmortem examination, hemorrhages were present in the spinal cord at the level of vertebrae T7-8. Histologic and immunohistochemical analysis revealed primary diffuse large B-cell lymphoma of the spinal cord with multifocal myelomalacia and hemorrhages. To determine the presence of a pathogen within the lesion, we developed a novel in situ hybridization protocol for FeLV (RNAscope). The reaction revealed large amounts of FeLV viral RNA in the tumor cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)454-457
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2020

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Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by grant 12190-4/2017/FEKUTSTRAT of the Hungarian Ministry of Human Capacities. Gy. Balka was supported by the János Bolyai Scholarship of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

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  • B-cell
  • feline
  • in situ hybridization
  • leukemia virus
  • lymphoma

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  • Case Reports
  • Journal Article

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