African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6638

Full Length Research Paper

Detection the 4/91 strain of infectious bronchitis virus in testicular tissue from experimentally infected rooster by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction

Farzinpour Amjad (DVM, PhD Candidate)1*, Nili Hassan (DVM, PhD)2 and Hosseini Arsalan (DVM, PhD) 3
1Department of Animal Science, University of Kurdistan, P.O. Box 416, Sanandaj, Iran. 2Poultry Research Center, School of Veterinary Medicine, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran. 3Department of Pathobiology, School of Veterinary Medicine, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran.
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  •  Accepted: 07 September 2009
  •  Published: 31 October 2009


Avian infectious bronchitis (IB) was initially considered to be a disease primarily of the respiratory and female reproductive tract of chicken. Avian infectious bronchitis virus has wide and variable tissue tropisms. The important variant 4/91 strain has been isolated from the broiler breeder flocks. The Massachusetts serotype has been isolated in the epididymal region of the rooster reproductive tract. No detailed information is apparently available about the tropism of 4/91 strain of AIBV to the rooster reproductive tract. Therefore, we hypothesized that the rooster reproductive tract is a target for 4/91 strain. This study confirms that IBV 4/91 strain has a potential to infect the testicular tissue in rooster.


Key words: Infectious bronchitis virus, testicular tissue, rooster.