Inoculation of cyprinid herpesvirus 3 (CyHV-3) on common carp brain cells—influence of process parameters on virus yield

  • A. Mletzko
  • A. Amtmann
  • S. Bergmann
  • P. Lee
  • J. Christian
  • R. Buchholz
  • A. BeckerEmail author


Research of cyprinid herpesvirus 3 (CyHV-3) is focused on the infection mechanism and disease development in animals using genetic and immunological approaches to improve treatments and diagnostics. In contrast, only few tried to investigate the CyHV-3 replication behaviour in available cell cultures. Whereas, obtaining high virus yields by in vitro replication enables achieving of the mentioned above goals easier and more reliable. The following work presents an attempt to illuminate the KHV replication in common carp brain (CCB) cell cultures from the engineering point of view. The isolate KHV-TP30 was used testing the influence on process parameters, such as multiplicity of infection (MOI), time of infection (TOI) and time of harvest (TOH). Virus concentrations and infectivity at different time points of infection were examined using hydrolyzed probe qPCR (Gilad et al. 2004) and 50% tissue culture infectivity dose (TCID50). The data obtained show that while the amount of the virus DNA remains constant after reaching its maximum, the infectivity of the virus decreases. Thus, especially, TOH can be crucial for generating a high-quality virus stock. Applying optimized parameters improved the infectivity of the harvested virus and reached a robust titre as high as 1.9 × 108 TCID50/mL. To our knowledge, so far, there is no information in the peer-reviewed literature showing comparably high virus titres. Such virus yields not only facilitate conduction of further studies, including stability tests of the virus stock under various supplementation or disinfection trails, but also provide enough virus material to perform more detailed examinations of the infection mechanism.


CyHV-3 Common carp brain Multiplicity of infection Tissue culture infective dose 50% 



This work was supported by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture through the project “Maßnahmen gegen Virosen in der ökologischen Aquakultur” with the support code 2810OE053.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Mletzko
    • 1
  • A. Amtmann
    • 1
  • S. Bergmann
    • 2
  • P. Lee
    • 3
  • J. Christian
    • 4
  • R. Buchholz
    • 1
  • A. Becker
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Institute of Bioprocess Engineering, Faculty of EngineeringFriedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)ErlangenGermany
  2. 2.Certified Veterinary Specialist for Aquaculture and for Fisheries ScienceFriedrich-Loeffler Institute, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, Institute of InfectologyGreifswald - Insel RiemsGermany
  3. 3.GeneReach Biotechnology CorporationTaichungPeople’s Republic of China
  4. 4.Bavarian Health and Food Safety AuthorityInstitute for Animal Health IIErlangenGermany

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