Full genome sequence of a novel iflavirus from the leafhopper Psammotettix alienus
A novel iflavirus was discovered in Psammotettix alienus by RNA sequencing. The virus genome has 10,826 nucleotides (nt) excluding the poly A tail, encodes a 3187-amino-acid polyprotein, and is tentatively named “Psammotettix alienus iflavirus 1” (PaIV1). PaIV1 has a similar genomic structure, conserved motifs, and a close phylogenetic relationship to members of the genus Iflavirus, but it shows only 41.9-55.2% sequence identity in the full genome and 16.2-49% in the deduced polyprotein. Thus, we suggest that it is a new member of the genus Iflavirus, family Iflaviridae.
This research was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (U1704234) and the National Key Research and Development Program of China (2017YFD0201700).
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No experimental work with humans was done in this study.
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