Molecular characterization of aviadenovirus serotypes and pathogenicity of the identified adenovirus in broiler chickens

Mohamed Lebdah, Dalal S. Alshaya, Areej S. Jalal, Mohamed R. Mousa, Mohamed M. Radwan, Mahmoud Samir, Amany Adel, Najah M. Albaqami, Mohamed T. El-Saadony, Khaled A. El-Tarabily, Yara F.H. El basrey

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Inclusion body hepatitis (IBH) is an economically significant viral disease that primarily affects broiler chickens. At least 12 different aviadenovirus serotypes are responsible for causing IBH. This study aimed to use polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and phylogenetic analysis to characterize fowl adenovirus isolates that were in circulation from 2019 to 2021 and investigate the pathogenicity of the isolated strains in commercial broiler chickens. Suspected liver samples were molecularly identified using hexon gene targeting by PCR, and viruses were isolated using chick embryo liver cell culture. For serotype identification, the fowl adenovirus-positive samples were subjected to hexon gene sequencing and phylogenetic analysis. The pathogenicity of two isolates was tested in commercial chickens via the oral route. The phylogenetic analysis of the hexon gene showed that the isolated viruses clustered with serotype 8a species E. On testing the pathogenicity of the isolates based on necropsy and histopathological examination, no mortality was observed; however, lesions were observed in the liver, kidney, heart, pancreas, bursa, and lung specimens with intermittent virus shedding at different time points throughout the experimental period. Further research on the likelihood of vaccine production is warranted to limit disease-related losses.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101918
JournalPoultry science
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022


  • fowl adenovirus
  • hexon gene
  • inclusion body hepatitis
  • pathogenicity
  • phylogenetic analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology


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