A new study suggests that the skin and fat of the feline’s body may be more revealing than previously thought.
The researchers say that the way the fur of the animal’s body is covered, which is called the scaly-skin, is indicative of how infectious diseases such as the coronavirus can grow.
The findings are published in the journal Nature Communications.
Scientists from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor compared the skin, scales and skin cells of two types of cats, the Feline Model of the World (FMTW) and the FMTN, and found that the scab of one cat’s scaly scalyskin was more infectious than the same scalyscaly skin of the other.
“We were surprised to see that the same cells that make up the skin cells in other species, such as humans, also appear to be more infectious,” said senior author Dr. Michael J. Siegel, a professor of veterinary and animal science at the University’s School of Veterinary Medicine.
While this study is a good first step in identifying a potential source of infection for a virus, we still have a lot more to learn,” Dr. Sauer said. “
Our results suggest that the type of skin that our cats have, whether they are FMTW or FMTNs, may be a useful biomarker for identifying the pathogen and its potential pathogen reservoir.
While this study is a good first step in identifying a potential source of infection for a virus, we still have a lot more to learn,” Dr. Sauer said.
A key part of the FmtW research was to investigate how the skin folds in cats and the amount of the fur covered by the scabs is correlated to the severity of their infections.
They found that cats with more folds in the skin were more infectious, and that the more folds the cat had, the more infectious it was.
To identify the source of the infection, the team also compared the cells in the scabies-bearing skin of FMTWs with the cells of FmtNs, finding that FMTDs have a more complex surface that covers more of the body.
However, they did not find any correlation between the folds in a FMT, FMT N or FFT.
This is the first study to demonstrate that the folds of the scabby-skin of cats are more infectious when compared to that of their non-scaly-skinned counterparts, said co-author Dr. Robert D. Wertz, associate professor of microbiology and immunology at the College of Veterinary Sciences.
The team also identified the proteins involved in the folding of the folds, and they identified the protein that binds to the scaby-cough virus.
Dr. Sausse, co-senior author of the study, added that there are a number of other proteins in the fauna that can be associated with a particular disease and it may be these proteins that can help researchers identify a potential pathogenic agent in the future.
More research is needed to identify the exact proteins that are responsible for the fold-folding and the role the scAB plays in the development of coronaviruses, said Dr. Wernick. ______