Virus Genes

, 39:53

Molecular characterization of glycoprotein genes and phylogenetic analysis of two swine paramyxoviruses isolated from United States


DOI: 10.1007/s11262-009-0353-2

Cite this article as:
Qiao, D., Janke, B.H. & Elankumaran, S. Virus Genes (2009) 39: 53. doi:10.1007/s11262-009-0353-2


Two swine paramyxoviruses (SPMV)—(81-19252 (Texas-81) and 92-7783 (ISU-92)—were isolated from encephalitic pigs in the United States in 1981 and 1992. Antigenic, morphologic, and biological characteristics of these two viruses were essentially similar to members of the family Paramyxoviridae. Antigenic analysis by indirect fluorescent antibody, immunoblot, and one-way cross-neutralization tests placed these viruses along with bovine parainfluenza 3 (BPIV3) viruses. Purified virions were 50–300 nm in size and morphologically indistinguishable from other paramyxoviruses. These two viruses hemagglutinated red blood cells and had neuraminidase activity. The gene junctions of fusion (F) and hemagglutinin (HN) glycoprotein genes of these viruses contained highly conserved transcription start and stop signal sequences and trinucleotide intergenic regions similar to other Paramyxoviridae. The F gene of ISU-92 was longer than Texas-81 due to insertion of a 24-nucleotide “U”-rich 3′ untranslated region. Structure-based sequence alignment of glycoproteins of these two SPMVs indicated that they are essentially similar in structure and function to parainfluenzaviruses. The Texas-81 strain was closely related to BPIV3 Shipping Fever (SF) strain at nucleotide and amino acid level, while the ISU-92 strain was more closely related to BPIV3 910N strain. The envelope glycoproteins of ISU-92 had only ~92 and ~96% identity at nucleotide and amino acid levels with BPIV3-SF strain, respectively. The high sequence identities to BPIV3 indicated cross-species infection in pigs. Phylogenetic analyses based on both F protein and HN protein suggested the classification of these viruses into the subfamily Paramyxovirinae, genus Respirovirus, and genotype A of BPIV3.


Paramyxovirus Bovine parainfluenzavirus 3 Glycoproteins Cross-species infection Pigs 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dan Qiao
    • 1
  • Bruce H. Janke
    • 2
  • Subbiah Elankumaran
    • 1
  1. 1.Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary MedicineVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburgUSA
  2. 2.Department of Veterinary Diagnostic & Production Animal Medicine, College of Veterinary MedicineIowa State UniversityAmesUSA