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Cloning and sequencing of Duck circovirus (DuCV)

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The genome of Duck circovirus (DuCV) is circular and 1996 nts in size. Two major open reading frames were identified, encoding the replicase (V1) and the capsid protein (C1). A stem-loop structure comprising the nonamer 5′-TATTATTAC, conserved in all circo-, nano- and geminiviruses, was found. Unique to DuCV, the region between the 3′-ends of the rep and cap gene contains four repeats of a 44-bp sequence. Phylogenetic analysis shows close relation of DuCV with Goose circovirus and suggests classification of DuCV as a new member of the genus Circovirus of the virus family Circoviridae.

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Hattermann, K., Schmitt, C., Soike, D. et al. Cloning and sequencing of Duck circovirus (DuCV). Arch Virol 148, 2471–2480 (2003).

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