About the Authors

Umberto Agrimi

umberto.agrimi@iss.it

Affiliation Department of Veterinary Public Health and Food Safety, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy

Romolo Nonno

Affiliation Department of Veterinary Public Health and Food Safety, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy

Giacomo Dell'Omo

Affiliation Institute of Anatomy and Center for Neuroscience, University of Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

Michele Angelo Di Bari

Affiliation Department of Veterinary Public Health and Food Safety, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy

Michela Conte

Affiliation Department of Veterinary Public Health and Food Safety, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy

Barbara Chiappini

Affiliation Department of Veterinary Public Health and Food Safety, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy

Elena Esposito

Affiliation Department of Veterinary Public Health and Food Safety, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy

Giovanni Di Guardo

Affiliation Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Teramo, Teramo, Italy

Otto Windl

Affiliation Veterinary Laboratory Agency, TSE Molecular Biology Department, Weybridge, New Haw, Addlestone, Surrey, United Kingdom

Gabriele Vaccari

Affiliation Department of Veterinary Public Health and Food Safety, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy

Hans-Peter Lipp

Affiliation Institute of Anatomy and Center for Neuroscience, University of Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: UA RN GD HPL. Performed the experiments: UA RN GD MADB MC BC EE OW GV. Analyzed the data: UA RN GD HPL. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: GDG. Wrote the paper: UA RN HPL.