Adsorption to fish sperm of vertically transmitted fish viruses

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Science  20 Jul 1984:
Vol. 225, Issue 4659, pp. 333-335
DOI: 10.1126/science.6740314


More than 99 percent of a vertically transmitted fish rhabdovirus, infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus, was removed from suspension in less than 1 minute by adsorption to the surface membrane of sperm from two genera of salmonid fishes. The vertically transmitted, infectious pancreatic necrosis virus adsorbed to a lesser degree, but no adsorption occurred with a second fish rhabdovirus that is not vertically transmitted. Such adsorption may be involved in vertical transmission of these viruses.