Complete coding sequence of a novel picorna-like virus in a blackbird infected with Usutu virus.

Last updated on 8-10-2019 by Mieke Steensels

Peer reviewed scientific article




Using random high-throughput RNA sequencing, the complete coding sequence of a novel picorna-like virus (a 9,228-nt contig containing 212,202 reads) was determined from a blackbird (Turdus merula) infected with Usutu virus. This sequence shares only 36% amino acid sequence identity with its closest homolog, arivirus 1, (an unclassified member of the order Picornavirales), and shares its dicistronic genome arrangement. The new virus was therefore tentatively named “blackbird arilivirus” (ari-like virus). The nearly complete genome sequence consists of at least 9,228 nt and contains two …

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