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Volume 19, Number 1—January 2013

Research

Novel Polyomavirus associated with Brain Tumors in Free-Ranging Raccoons, Western United States

Florante N. Dela Cruz, Federico Giannitti, Linlin Li, Leslie W. Woods, Luis Del Valle, Eric Delwart, and Patricia A. PesaventoComments to Author 
Author affiliations: Author affiliations: University of California, Davis, Davis, California, USA (F.N. Dela Cruz, Jr., F. Giannitti, L.W. Woods, P.A. Pesavento); Blood Systems Research Institute, San Francisco, California, USA (L. Li, E. Delwart); Louisiana State University, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA (L. Del Valle); University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco (E. Delwart)

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Pathology of raccoon polyomavirus–associated tumors. A) Normal anatomy, head of unaffected raccoon, midsagittal section. An intact cribriform plate separates the ethmoid turbinates from the olfactory tract. B) Gross pathology, head of raccoon no. 9 (Rac9), left parasagittal section. The tumor obliterates the left olfactory tract and extends into the left frontal lobe to the level of the midbrain. The tumor compresses the brain and distorts the cerebellum. The raccoon head in length (crown to nos

Figure 1. . Pathology of raccoon polyomavirus–associated tumors. A) Normal anatomy, head of unaffected raccoon, midsagittal section. An intact cribriform plate separates the ethmoid turbinates from the olfactory tract. B) Gross pathology, head of raccoon no. 9 (Rac9), left parasagittal section. The tumor obliterates the left olfactory tract and extends into the left frontal lobe to the level of the midbrain. The tumor compresses the brain and distorts the cerebellum. The raccoon head in length (crown to nose) is 16 cm. C) Histopathology (hematoxylin and eosin staining) for Rac5. Marked anisokaryosis and anisocytosis are evident. Original magnification ×40. D) Histopathology (hematoxylin and eosin staining) for Rac10. Shown is a region that has streams of elongated cells. Original magnification ×40. Scale bar = 40 μm. E) Histopathology (hematoxylin and eosin staining) for Rac3. Cell-dense sheets of neoplastic cells are interrupted by vast regions of necrosis. Original magnification ×20.

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