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Genetic characterization of slow bee paralysis virus of the honeybee (Apis mellifera L.)

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  • Joachim R de Miranda
  • Benjamin Dainat
  • Barbara Locke
  • Guido Cordoni
  • Helène Berthoud
  • Laurent Gauthier
  • Peter Neumann
  • Giles E Budge
  • Brenda V Ball
  • Don B Stoltz


Publication details

JournalJournal of general virology
DatePublished - Oct 2010
Issue numberPt 10
Number of pages7
Pages (from-to)2524-30
Original languageEnglish


Complete genome sequences were determined for two distinct strains of slow bee paralysis virus (SBPV) of honeybees (Apis mellifera). The SBPV genome is approximately 9.5 kb long and contains a single ORF flanked by 5'- and 3'-UTRs and a naturally polyadenylated 3' tail, with a genome organization typical of members of the family Iflaviridae. The two strains, labelled 'Rothamsted' and 'Harpenden', are 83% identical at the nucleotide level (94% identical at the amino acid level), although this variation is distributed unevenly over the genome. The two strains were found to co-exist at different proportions in two independently propagated SBPV preparations. The natural prevalence of SBPV for 847 colonies in 162 apiaries across five European countries was <2%, with positive samples found only in England and Switzerland, in colonies with variable degrees of Varroa infestation.

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  • 3' Untranslated Regions, 5' Untranslated Regions, Animals, Bees, Cluster Analysis, Europe, Genome, Viral, Molecular Sequence Data, Open Reading Frames, Phylogeny, RNA Viruses, RNA, Messenger, RNA, Viral, Sequence Analysis, DNA, Sequence Homology, Amino Acid, Sequence Homology, Nucleic Acid

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