Characterization of two new rhabdoviruses isolated from midges (Culicoides SPP) in the Brazilian Amazon: Proposed members of a new genus, Bracorhabdovirus

J. A P Diniz, M. R T Nunes, A. P A Travassos Da Rosa, A. C R Cruz, W. De Souza, D. B A Medeiros, J. O. Chiang, P. F C Vasconcelos

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Abstract

Itacaiunas and Curionopolis viruses were isolated from Culicoides midges in Parauapebas municipality, Pará state, Brazil, in 1984 and 1985, respectively. Itacaiunas virus infected newborn mice and mosquito cells (C6/36), but did not replicate in some mammalian cell lineages; while Curionopolis virus infected only mice. Neither virus showed a serological relationship with any of the 195 known arboviruses circulating in Brazil, nor against 38 other rhabdoviruses isolated worldwide. Both virus particles are bullet-shaped and similar in morphology to that observed for other members of the family Rhabdoviridae. Partial nucleotide sequencing of the N protein showed that those two viruses constitute a separate clade in the family Rhabdoviridae, which we propose to be a new genus, designated Bracorhabdovirus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2519-2527
Number of pages9
JournalArchives of Virology
Volume151
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2006

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Diniz, J. A. P., Nunes, M. R. T., Travassos Da Rosa, A. P. A., Cruz, A. C. R., De Souza, W., Medeiros, D. B. A., Chiang, J. O., & Vasconcelos, P. F. C. (2006). Characterization of two new rhabdoviruses isolated from midges (Culicoides SPP) in the Brazilian Amazon: Proposed members of a new genus, Bracorhabdovirus. Archives of Virology, 151(12), 2519-2527. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00705-006-0812-1