Bovine papillomavirus type 2 infection and microscopic patterns of urothelial tumors of the urinary bladder in water buffaloes

Biomed Res Int. 2013;2013:937918. doi: 10.1155/2013/937918. Epub 2013 May 22.


Microscopic patterns of thirty-four urothelial tumors of the urinary bladder of water buffaloes from the Marmara and Black Sea Regions of Turkey are here described. All the animals grazed on lands rich in bracken fern. Histological diagnosis was assessed using morphological parameters recently suggested for the urinary bladder tumors of cattle. Papillary carcinoma was the most common neoplastic lesion (22/34) observed in this study, and low-grade carcinoma was more common (seventeen cases) than high-grade carcinoma (five cases). Papilloma, papillary urothelial neoplasm of low malignant potential (PUNLMP), and invasive carcinomas were less frequently seen. Carcinoma in situ (CIS) was often detected associated with some papillary and invasive carcinomas. De novo (primary) CIS was rare representing 3% of tumors of this series. A peculiar feature of the most urothelial tumors was the presence in the tumor stroma of immune cells anatomically organized in tertiary lymphoid organs (TLOs). Bovine papillomavirus type-2 (PV-2) E5 oncoprotein was detected by molecular and immunohistochemistry procedures. Early protein, E2, and late protein, L1, were also detected by immunohistochemical studies. Morphological and molecular findings show that BPV-2 infection contributes to the development of urothelial bladder carcinogenesis also in water buffaloes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bovine papillomavirus 1 / physiology*
  • Buffaloes / virology*
  • Carcinoma in Situ / pathology
  • Carcinoma in Situ / veterinary
  • Carcinoma in Situ / virology
  • Cattle
  • DNA, Complementary / genetics
  • DNA, Viral / genetics
  • DNA, Viral / isolation & purification
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Lymphocytes / pathology
  • Male
  • Papillomavirus Infections / pathology
  • Papillomavirus Infections / veterinary*
  • Papillomavirus Infections / virology
  • Urinary Bladder / pathology*
  • Urinary Bladder / virology*
  • Urothelium / pathology*
  • Urothelium / virology*


  • DNA, Complementary
  • DNA, Viral