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Title: Type A-like retroviral particles in a metastatic intestinal adenocarcinoma in an emerald tree boa (Corallus caninus)
Authors: Orós, J. 
Lorenzo, H.
Andrada, M. 
Recuero, J.
Keywords: C-Type Virus
Corn Snake
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: 0300-9858
Journal: Veterinary Pathology 
Abstract: A metastatic intestinal papillary adenocarcinoma was diagnosed histologically in an emerald tree boa (Corallus caninus). Metastasis was detected in the liver, both kidneys, lung, and coelomic wall. Ultrastructural examination of the metastatic intestinal epithelial cells in the liver revealed the presence of a moderate number of viral particles that most closely resembled type A retroviral particles and were mainly associated with granular endoplasmic reticulum membranes. This case is the first description of type A-like retroviral particles in a neoplasm of a snake. The role of the virions in the etiology of the intestinal adenocarcinoma is uncertain. In addition, this is the first confirmed report of a metastatic intestinal adenocarcinoma in a snake.
ISSN: 0300-9858
DOI: 10.1354/vp.41-5-515
Source: Veterinary Pathology[ISSN 0300-9858],v. 41, p. 515-518
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