Gill-Associated Virus of Penaeus Monodon Prawns

Molecular evidence for the first invertebrate nidovirus
  • J. A. Cowley
  • C. M. Dimmock
  • K. M. Spann
  • P. J. Walker
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 494)


Gill-associated virus (GAV) is a rod-shaped, enveloped virus that infects Penaeus monodon (black tiger prawns) in Australia (Spann et al 1997). The morphology and pathology of GAV closely resemble that of yellow head virus (YHV) which has caused significant production losses to prawn aquaculture industry in Thailand (Chantanachookin et al 1993). We have recently shown that theses viruses share a high level of sequence identity and can be considered as geographic topotypes (Cowley et al 1999).


Ribosomal Frameshifting Yellow Head Virus ssRNA Genome Putative Transcription Initiation Site Black Tiger Prawn 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. A. Cowley
    • 1
  • C. M. Dimmock
    • 1
  • K. M. Spann
    • 1
  • P. J. Walker
    • 1
  1. 1.CRC for AquacultureCSIRO Tropical Agriculture, Long Pocket LaboratoriesIndooroopillyAustralia

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