Molecular detection of a putatively novel cyprinid herpesvirus in sichel (Pelecus cultratus) during a mass mortality event in Hungary

Andor Doszpoly, Melitta Papp, Petra P. Deákné, Róbert Glávits, Krisztina Ursu, Ádám Dán

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In the early summer of 2014, mass mortality of sichel (Pelecus cultratus) was observed in Lake Balaton, Hungary. Histological examination revealed degenerative changes within the tubular epithelium, mainly in the distal tubules and collecting ducts in the kidneys and multifocal vacuolisation in the brain stem and cerebellum. Routine molecular investigations showed the presence of the DNA of an unknown alloherpesvirus in some specimens. Subsequently, three genes of the putative herpesviral genome (DNA polymerase, terminase, and helicase) were amplified and partially sequenced. A phylogenetic tree reconstruction based on the concatenated sequence of these three conserved genes implied that the virus belongs to the genus Cyprinivirus within the family Alloherpesviridae. The sequences of the sichel herpesvirus differ markedly from those of the cypriniviruses CyHV-1, CyHV-2 and CyHV-3, putatively representing a fifth species in the genus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1279-1283
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of virology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2015



  • Alloherpesviridae
  • Cyprinid herpesvirus
  • Pelecus cultratus
  • Virus taxonomy

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  • Virology

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