A real-time PCR for the detection of hepatopancreatic parvovirus (HPV) of penaeid shrimp

D. C. Yan, K. F.J. Tang, D. V. Lightner

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Hepatopancreatic parvovirus (HPV) causes a common shrimp disease that occurs in many shrimp farming regions, especially in the Indo Pacific, and infects most of the cultured penaeid species. There are seven geographic HPV isolates known, so a method to detect different HPV types is needed. We developed a sensitive and generic real-time PCR assay for the detection of HPV. A pair of primers and TaqMan probe based on an HPV sequence obtained from samples of Fenneropenaeus chinensis from Korea were selected, and they were used to amplify a 92 bp DNA fragment. This real-time PCR was found to be specific to HPV and did not react with other shrimp viruses. A plasmid (pHPV-2) containing the target HPV sequence was constructed and used for determination of the sensitivity of this assay. The assay could detect a single copy of plasmid DNA, and it was used successfully in finding HPV in shrimp samples from the China-Yellow Sea region, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, Madagascar, New Caledonia and Tanzania.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)507-511
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Fish Diseases
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Detection
  • Hepatopancreatic parvovirus
  • Penaeid shrimp
  • Real-time PCR

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science
  • veterinary (miscalleneous)


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