Novel parvovirus from the worm lizard trogonophis wiegmanni-first virus ever detected in amphisbaenian hosts

Judit Pénzes, Mária Benko

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To explore the diversity of some DNA viruses in reptiles, a continuous screening is going on, in our laboratory, by PCR using different consensus primers designed for the detection of the most conserved genome regions of adeno-, herpes-and parvoviruses. The test material consists essentially of dead specimens collected randomly from private pet owners, local pet shops, or at occasional exotic pet fairs. Here we report the partial sequence of a putative novel parvovirus obtained from a dead checkerboard worm lizard (Trogonophis wiegmanni) that had been wild-caught in its native habitat. An in-house-developed PCR with consensus primers targeting the gene of the parvoviral capsid protein was used. Other PCRs, intended to detect certain large DNA viruses, remained negative. The sequence of the PCR product indicated the presence of a hitherto unknown parvovirus in the internal organs of the checkerboard worm lizard. In phylogeny reconstruction, the novel sequence clustered with the members of the Dependovirus genus of the Parvoririnae subfamily, closest to the branch of snake adeno-associated virus. Since we could not demonstrate the presence of a potential helper virus, the putative amphisbaenian parvovirus supposedly can replicate autonomously. This is the first virus infection ever detected in any members of the suborder Amphisbaenia, and only the third parvoviral sequence obtained from any reptilian host.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)284-292
Number of pages9
JournalActa veterinaria Hungarica
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2014


  • Amphisbaenia
  • Dependovirus
  • PCR
  • Trogonophidae
  • autonomous replication
  • reptile
  • worm lizard

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)

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