Archives of Virology

, Volume 156, Issue 9, pp 1665–1669

Blackberry virus E: an unusual flexivirus

  • Sead Sabanadzovic
  • Nina Abou Ghanem-Sabanadzovic
  • Ioannis E. Tzanetakis
Brief Report

DOI: 10.1007/s00705-011-1015-y

Cite this article as:
Sabanadzovic, S., Abou Ghanem-Sabanadzovic, N. & Tzanetakis, I.E. Arch Virol (2011) 156: 1665. doi:10.1007/s00705-011-1015-y


A virus, named blackberry virus E (BVE), was recently discovered in blackberries and characterized. The virus genome is 7,718 nt long, excluding the poly-A tail, contains five open reading frames (ORFs) and resembles that of flexiviruses. Phylogenetic analysis revealed relationships to allexiviruses, which are known to infect plants of the family Alliaceae. BVE lacks the 3’end-proximal ORF, which encodes a nucleotide-binding protein, a putative silencing suppressor in allexiviruses. The overall results of this study suggest that this virus is an atypical and as yet undescribed flexivirus that is closely related to allexiviruses.


Blackberry Virus dsRNA Alphaflexiviridae RT-PCR 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sead Sabanadzovic
    • 1
  • Nina Abou Ghanem-Sabanadzovic
    • 1
  • Ioannis E. Tzanetakis
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant PathologyMississippi State UniversityMississippi StateUSA
  2. 2.Division of Agriculture, Department of Plant PathologyUniversity of ArkansasFayettevilleUSA

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