Archives of Virology

, Volume 154, Issue 8, pp 1365–1369

Molecular analysis of the VP7 gene of pheasant rotaviruses identifies a new genotype, designated G23

Authors

  • Krisztina Ursu
    • Veterinary Diagnostic Directorate, Central Agricultural Office
  • Péter Kisfali
    • Department of Medical Genetics and Child DevelopmentUniversity of Pécs
  • Dóra Rigó
    • Veterinary Diagnostic Directorate, Central Agricultural Office
  • Éva Ivanics
    • Veterinary Diagnostic Directorate, Central Agricultural Office
  • Károly Erdélyi
    • Veterinary Diagnostic Directorate, Central Agricultural Office
  • Ádám Dán
    • Veterinary Diagnostic Directorate, Central Agricultural Office
  • Béla Melegh
    • Department of Medical Genetics and Child DevelopmentUniversity of Pécs
  • Vito Martella
    • Department of Animal Health and Well-beingUniversity of Bari
    • Veterinary Medical Research InstituteHungarian Academy of Sciences
    • Department of Medical Microbiology and ImmunologyUniversity of Pécs
Brief Report

DOI: 10.1007/s00705-009-0439-0

Cite this article as:
Ursu, K., Kisfali, P., Rigó, D. et al. Arch Virol (2009) 154: 1365. doi:10.1007/s00705-009-0439-0

Abstract

Rotavirus-associated enteritis has been reported in pheasants, but there is no information on the genetic/antigenic features of pheasant rotaviruses. In this study, we sequenced the VP7-encoding genome segment of three pheasant rotavirus strains detected during 2008 in Hungary. The full-length genome segment was 1,070 bp long, while the open reading frame was predicted to encode a 330-aa-long protein. The nucleotide sequence identities among the three pheasant rotavirus strains were high (≥94%), whereas the range of nucleotide sequence identities to other avian and mammalian rotavirus VP7 genes fell between 68 and 73% and between 60 and 66%, respectively. Our findings indicate that these Hungarian pheasant rotaviruses need to be considered representatives of a new VP7 genotype specificity, designated G23.

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