A tortoise-infecting picornavirus expands the host range of the family Picornaviridae

Terry Fei Fan Ng, James F.X. Wellehan, James K. Coleman, Nikola O. Kondov, Xutao Deng, Thomas B. Waltzek, Gábor Reuter, Nick J. Knowles, Eric Delwart

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Abstract

While picornaviruses can cause diseases in many mammals, little is known of their host range for replication in non-mammalian vertebrates. Here, a picornavirus in liver and kidney tissues from diseased Sulawesi tortoises (Indotestudo forsteni) was genetically characterized. Tortoise rafivirus A (ToRaV-A, KJ415177) represents a potential new genus in the family Picornaviridae, for which we propose the name “Rafivirus”. Our finding confirms the susceptibility of reptiles to picornaviruses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1319-1323
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of virology
Volume160
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - máj. 1 2015

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Ng, T. F. F., Wellehan, J. F. X., Coleman, J. K., Kondov, N. O., Deng, X., Waltzek, T. B., Reuter, G., Knowles, N. J., & Delwart, E. (2015). A tortoise-infecting picornavirus expands the host range of the family Picornaviridae. Archives of virology, 160(5), 1319-1323. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00705-015-2366-6