Genetic diversity of pigeon circovirus in Hungary

Attila Cságola, Márta Lorincz, Kata Tombácz, Zsófia Wladár, Eszter Kovács, Támas Tuboly

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Pigeon circoviruses (PiCV) had been identified worldwide and are responsible for immune suppression and a variety of diseases collectively referred to as young pigeon disease syndrome. Samples from racing pigeons were collected throughout Hungary and analyzed for the presence of PiCV by polymerase chain reaction. The capsid protein coding gene was amplified from ten PiCVs of different origins, and compared with known PiCV sequences. The results indicated that PiCV was highly variable, the viruses formed five distinct genetic groups. Differences of the 30 end of the gene suggested the possibility of genetic recombination among these groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-79
Number of pages5
JournalVirus Genes
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2012


  • Capsid gene
  • Phylogenetic analysis
  • Pigeon circovirus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Virology

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    Cságola, A., Lorincz, M., Tombácz, K., Wladár, Z., Kovács, E., & Tuboly, T. (2012). Genetic diversity of pigeon circovirus in Hungary. Virus Genes, 44(1), 75-79.