Journal of Plant Pathology

, Volume 101, Issue 4, pp 1203–1209 | Cite as

Characterization of a severe isolate of papaya ringspot virus from papaya in western India

  • Asawari Gorane
  • Raj Verma
  • Archana Naik
  • Tukaram Nikam
  • Avinash Ade
  • Gagan Mahapatro
  • Savarni TripathiEmail author
Short Communication


Papaya ringspot virus (PRSV), the causative agent of a devastating and widespread ringspot disease in papaya (Carica papaya L.), belongs to the family Potyviridae. Here, we report the first complete genome characterization of a severe PRSV isolate (PRSV-Pune; GenBank accession No. MH311882) from papaya in the Pune district, western India. The genome size of PRSV-Pune is 10,326 nucleotides (nt), excluding the poly-A tail, encoding a polyprotein of 3345 amino acids (aa). The PRSV-Pune showed identity ranging from 82 to 86% and 87–90% at the nucleotide and amino acid levels, respectively, with 29 complete PRSV-P genomes from all over the world. Variations in amino acid composition at and around two polyprotein cleavage sites of PRSV-Pune were observed: MEQY/S instead of MEQY/N in P1/HC-Pro and DYHQ/N instead of VYHQ/S in CI/6K2. Phylogenetic analysis revealed the clustering of PRSV-Pune, along with the majority of Indian PRSV isolates, with isolates of American lineage. Putative recombination events in P1, HC-Pro, CI, NIb and CP coding regions were detected in PRSV-Pune. Negative selection pressure predicted in all cistrons indicates purifying selection. Our results highlight unique attributes of the severe PRSV-Pune from papaya.


Papaya ringspot virus Complete genome Papaya Phylogenetic analysis Recombination 



This work was supported by the Savitribai Phule Pune University and the ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute (in-house fund).


This work was supported by the Savitribai Phule Pune University and the ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute (in-house grant).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Asawari Gorane
    • 1
    • 2
  • Raj Verma
    • 2
  • Archana Naik
    • 1
  • Tukaram Nikam
    • 1
  • Avinash Ade
    • 1
  • Gagan Mahapatro
    • 2
  • Savarni Tripathi
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of BotanySavitribai Phule Pune UniversityPuneIndia
  2. 2.ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research InstitutePuneIndia

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