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Title: A nymphalid-infecting group I Alphabaculovirus isolated from the major passion fruit caterpillar pest Dione juno juno (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae)
Authors: Ribeiro, Bergmann Morais
Santos, Ethiane Rozo dos
Trentin, Luana Beló
Silva, Leonardo Assis da
Melo, Fernando Lucas de
Kitajima, Elliot Watanabe
Araújo, Daniel Mendes Pereira Ardisson de
Assunto:: Baculovírus
Evolução (Biologia)
Issue Date: 3-Jul-2019
Publisher: MDPI
Citation: RIBEIRO, Bergmann Morais et al. A nymphalid-infecting group I Alphabaculovirus isolated from the major passion fruit caterpillar pest Dione juno juno (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). Viruses, v. 11, n. 7, 602, 2019. DOI: Disponível em: Acesso em: 25 nov. 2020.
Abstract: Baculoviruses are capable of infecting a wide diversity of insect pests. In the 1990s, the Dione juno nucleopolyhedrovirus (DijuNPV) was isolated from larvae of the major passionfruit defoliator pest Dione juno juno (Nymphalidae) and described at ultrastructural and pathological levels. In this study, the complete genome sequence of DijuNPV was determined and analyzed. The circular genome presents 122,075 bp with a G + C content of 50.9%. DijuNPV is the first alphabaculovirus completely sequenced that was isolated from a nymphalid host and may represent a divergent species. It appeared closely related to Orgyia pseudotsugata multiple nucleopolyhedrovirus (OpMNPV) and other Choristoneura-isolated group I alphabaculoviruses. We annotated 153 open reading frames (ORFs), including a set of 38 core genes, 26 ORFs identified as present in lepidopteran baculoviruses, 17 ORFs unique in baculovirus, and several auxiliary genes (e.g., bro, cathepsin, chitinase, iap-1, iap-2, and thymidylate kinase). The thymidylate kinase (tmk) gene was present fused to a dUTPase (dut) gene in other baculovirus genomes. DijuNPV likely lost the dut portion together with the iap-3 homolog. Overall, the genome sequencing of novel alphabaculoviruses enables a wide understanding of baculovirus evolution.
Licença:: © 2019 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
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