Journal of Molecular Evolution

, Volume 39, Issue 5, pp 496–505

Phylogenetic relationships reveal recombination among isolates of cauliflower mosaic virus

  • Chenault Kelly D. 
  • Ulrich Melcher

DOI: 10.1007/BF00173419

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Chenault, K. & Melcher, U. J Mol Evol (1994) 39: 496. doi:10.1007/BF00173419


Isolates of cauliflower mosaic virus (CaMV) differ in host range and symptomatology. Knowledge of their sequence relationships should assist in identifying nucleotide sequences responsible for isolate-specific characters. Complete nucleotide sequences of the DNAs of eight isolates of CaMV were aligned and the aligned sequences were used to analyze phylogenetic relationships by maximum likelihood, bootstrapped parsimony, and distance methods. Isolates found in North America clustered separately from those isolated from other parts of the world. Additional isolates, for which partial sequences were available, were incorporated into phylogenetic analysis of the sequences of genome segments corresponding to individual protein coding regions or the large intergenic region of CaMV DNA. The analysis revealed several instances where the position of an isolate on a tree for one coding region did not agree with the position of the isolate on the tree for the complete genome or with its position on trees for other coding regions. Examination of the distribution of shared residue types of phylogenetically informative positions in anomalous regions suggested that most of the anomalies were due to recombination events during the evolution of the isolates. Application of an algorithm that searches for segments of significant length that are identical between pairs of isolates or contain a significantly high concentration of polymorphisms suggested two additional recombination events between progenitors of the isolates studied and an event between the XinJing isolate and a CaMV not represented in the data set. An earlier phylogenetic origin for CaMV than for carnation etched ring virus, the caulimovirus used as outgroup in these analyses, was deduced from the position of the outgroup with North American isolates in some trees, but with non-North American isolates in other trees.

Key words

CaulimovirusPararetrovirusesRecombinationReverse transcriptionViral isolates

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chenault Kelly D. 
    • 1
  • Ulrich Melcher
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyOklahoma State UniversityStillwaterUSA
  2. 2.Department of Plant PathologyOklahoma State UniversityStillwaterUSA