The complete genomic sequence of Rhinolophus gammaherpesvirus 1 isolated from a greater horseshoe bat
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In a comprehensive research project on bat viruses, we successfully isolated a novel herpesvirus from the spleen of a greater horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus ferrumequinum) in Japan using a cell line established from the kidney of the same bat. This herpesvirus was a novel gammaherpesvirus (Rhinolophus gammaherpesvirus 1; RGHV-1), which belonged to the genus Percavirus. The whole RGHV-1 genome (147,790 bp) showed that 12 of the 84 genes predicted to contain open reading frames did not show any homology to those of other herpesviruses.
This study was supported by grants for the Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS) project from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED).
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The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest.
A greater horseshoe bat was captured with permission from Yamaguchi Prefecture in 2006. All applicable international, national, and/or institutional guidelines for the care and use of animals were followed.
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