Is horizontal transmission of the Ostreid herpesvirus OsHV-1 in Crassostrea gigas affected by unselected or selected survival status in adults to juveniles?

Type Article
Date 2013-09
Language English
Author(s) Degremont LionelORCID1, Guyader Tanguy1, Tourbiez Delphine1, Pepin Jean-Francois1
Affiliation(s) 1 : IFREMER, SG2M, LGP2M, F-17390 La Tremblade, France.
Source Aquaculture (0044-8486) (Elsevier Science Bv), 2013-09 , Vol. 408 , P. 51-57
DOI 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2013.05.025
WOS© Times Cited 40
Note This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivative Works License, which permits non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in anymedium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Keyword(s) Mortality, Crassostrea gigas, Disease resistance, Ostreid herpesvirus OsHV-1, Horizontal transmission, Pacific oyster
Abstract Massive mortality outbreaks, mostly affecting spat Crassostrea gigas, have been reported in France since 2008. Disease investigations revealed that most of the mortality events are related to the detection of the Ostreid herpesvirus 1 (OsHV-1 μVar). Meanwhile, selection to improve the survival in juvenile C. gigas has been successfully implemented in this context and selected oysters were found disease-resistant to OsHV-1 infection. This paper reports the first investigation of the horizontal transmission of the disease throughout cohabitation trials within batch and between batches using unselected and selected oysters for their higher survival. Two batches, unselected (AC) and selected (AR), were produced in February 2009 and deployed in the field in August 2009. Mortality associated with OsHV-1 detection occurred within the first two weeks of the deployment to reach 19% and 56% for the AR and AC batches, respectively. The remaining alive oysters were then brought into the laboratory in March 2010 for the cohabitation trials to assess the potential horizontal transmission of OsHV-1 within batch or between one of the batches and a third. The third batch (J) was produced using unselected oysters in August 2009 and it was always kept in the hatchery and the nursery to isolate it from the mortality risk factors. At the end of the cohabitation trials in July 2010, no mortality was found for the cohabitation trials between AR and J oysters as well as for the AR oysters and also for the J oysters grown alone in a tank. Conversely, high mortality was reported for the cohabitation trials using the J and AC batches as well as for the AC oysters alone. For the later, mortality occurred 3 days post-spawning while the AR oysters, which also spawned the same day, did not suffer of any abnormal mortality. Disease screening revealed that OsHV-1 was not detected for the J batch in March 2010, while 4 and 46% of the AR and AC oysters were found positive seven months post-mortality, indicating a difference in potential reservoir role within the C. gigas species. Our study clearly revealed the horizontal transmission of the disease from unselected asymptomatic adult to juvenile C. gigas, inducing mortality, and that OsHV-1 resistant oysters may offer one way to limit the spread of the disease and the potential reservoir role. Mortality due to OsHV-1 and its kinetic depended of the seawater temperature, which appeared as a strong risk factor that can reactivate the virus from latent-like or sub-clinical infection in asymptomatic adults. The lower threshold of 14 °C to observe mortality due to OsHV-1 was evidenced even if its replication was activated during the two previous weeks when seawater temperature was 16 °C. Finally, a sub-clinical level of virus was observed in AC asymptomatic oysters, it can be reactivated and cause viral replication, suggesting latency-like infection can exist in OsHV-1.
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