Archives of Virology

, Volume 151, Issue 6, pp 1235–1241 | Cite as

Characterization of a potyvirus isolated from Tradescantia fluminensis in northern Italy

  • M. Ciuffo
  • V. Masenga
  • M. Turina
Brief Report


We isolated a potyvirus from Tradescantia fluminensis that was causing leaf distortion and mild mosaic. We cloned and sequenced a 1500 bp cDNA obtained by RT-PCR corresponding to the 3′ proximal region of the genome. We determined the host range and tested a series of potyviral antisera against our tradescantia virus isolate by immuno-enzymatic methods. Based on our results, we suggest that our viral isolate could be considered a new potyvirus species named Tradescantia mild mosaic potyvirus. Phylogenetic analysis confirmed that Tradescantia mild mosaic virus belongs to the genus Potyvirus within the family Potyviridae, but the virus could not be assigned to any of the potyvirus groupings recently defined.


Infectious Disease Phylogenetic Analysis Mosaic Virus Host Range Viral Isolate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Ciuffo
    • 1
  • V. Masenga
    • 1
  • M. Turina
    • 1
  1. 1.Istituto di Virologia VegetaleTorinoItaly

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