Novel polyomaviruses in South American bats and their relationship to other members of the Polyomaviridae.

Abstract : Bats are the natural reservoir of a variety of viruses, including a polyomavirus from a North American brown bat. We investigated 163 spleen samples from 22 bat species from French Guiana for the presence of polyomaviruses. In total, we detected 25 positive animals belonging to nine different bat species. Phylogenetic analysis was performed on the genomes of eight representative polyomaviruses, and showed that the bat polyomaviruses form three distinct lineages within the Orthopolyomavirus genus, and are genetically different from the previously described North American bat virus. Interestingly, two lineages cluster with polyomaviruses found in chimpanzees, orangutans and gorillas. In addition, one group of bat polyomaviruses is genetically related to the human Merkel cell polyomavirus.
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Zahra Fagrouch, Roya Sarwari, Anne Lavergne, Marguerite Delaval, Benoit de Thoisy, et al.. Novel polyomaviruses in South American bats and their relationship to other members of the Polyomaviridae.. Journal of General Virology, Microbiology Society, 2012, 93, pp.2652-2657. ⟨10.1099/vir.0.044149-0⟩. ⟨pasteur-00752370⟩

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