First report of lettuce big-vein associated varicosavirus infecting lettuce in China

  • Guo-Hua Zheng
  • Ting Ye
  • Fu-Rong Liao
  • Wen-Zhu Zhang
  • Yan-Lin MingEmail author
Disease Note


Stunted growth RT-PCR Genomic sequence Phylogenetic analysis 

In December 2016, four lettuce plants exhibiting stunting were collected from a farm in Xiamen city, Fujian province, China. RT-PCR was employed for detection of lettuce big-vein associated varicosavirus (LBVaV), Mirafiori lettuce big vein virus, lettuce necrotic yellows virus, cucumber mosaic virus, potyviruses and tobamoviruses. One sample (xm) was found infected with LBVaV by nested RT-PCR using primers LBV-F1 (5’-CTCCACGCTCAAGATGTTCGC-3’), LBV-R1 (5’-CGCCACCTGTCTCGTGTACC-3’), LBV-F2 (5’-CTGGATGGACTCAGGCTTGG-3’) and LBV-R2 (5’-CAAGATGGCAACGGTATCTGC-3’), according to a previous report (Matsumoto et al. 2004). Virions were semi-purified from leaves (20 g) by two differential centrifugations, as described by Kuwata et al. (1983). The RNA of the semi-purified virions was extracted using a TransZol Plant kit (Transgen Biotech Co., Ltd., China) and used to prepare a RNA-seq library using VAHTS™ mRNA-seq V2 Library Prep Kit for Illumina® (Vazyme Biotech Co., Ltd., China), and sequenced in 150-bp paired-end HiSeq2500 sequencing reactions at the Sangon Biotech Co., Ltd. (China). A total of 942,848 reads was obtained. The near full-length sequence of RNA1 (6639 nt, MH349091) and RNA2 (5999 nt, MF045444) were determined. The sequences showed 95.2–98.1% (RNA1) and 94.7–99.4% (RNA2) nucleotide sequence identities with other LBVaV isolates, and were closest to Japanese isolates (AB114138 and AB075039 with 98.1% and 99.4%, respectively). Phylogenetic analysis confirmed that LBVaV isolate xm is closely related to isolates from Japan. To our knowledge, this is the first report of LBVaV in China.



This work is supported by Xiamen Science and Technology Bureau (3502Z20162013, 3502Z20162014 and 3502Z20161239). Guo-Hua Zheng and Ting Ye contributed equally to this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Xiamen City for Plant Introduct & Quarantine and Plant Product, National Plant Introduction & Quarantine BaseXiamen Overseas Chinese Subtropical Plant Introduction GardenXiamenChina
  2. 2.Fujian Institute of Subtropical BotanyXiamenChina
  3. 3.Inspection and Quarantine Technology CenterXiamen Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine BureauXiamenChina

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