Genetic characterization of bank vole virus (BaVV), a new paramyxovirus isolated from kidneys of bank voles in Russia
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A genome of bank vole virus (BaVV), isolated from kidney tissues of bank voles (Myodes glareolus) in Russia in 1973, was sequenced. The genomic organization of BaVV (3’-N-P/V/C-M-F-G-L-5’, 16,992 nt in length; GenBank accession number MF943130) is most similar to that of Mossman virus (MoV) and Nariva virus (NarPV), two ungrouped paramyxoviruses isolated from rodents in Australia and Trinidad, respectively. The proteins of BaVV have the highest level of sequence identity (ranging from 23-28% for G protein to 66-73% for M protein) to proteins of MoV and NarPV. The results of genetic and phylogenetic analysis suggest that BaVV represents a new species and, together with MoV and NarPV, belongs to a new, yet not established genus of the family Paramyxoviridae.
We thank Andrey Botikov for technical assistance in sequencing on the Illumina MiSeq device.
This work was partially funded by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, research project 16-04-01769a.
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The authors declare no conflict of interest.
All applicable international, national, and/or institutional guidelines for the care and use of animals were followed.
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