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Arch Virol. 2013 Oct;158(10):2185-8. doi: 10.1007/s00705-013-1633-7. Epub 2013 Apr 19.

The first complete genomic characterization of an Amur virus isolate from China.

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  • 1State Key laboratory of Pathogens and Biosecurity, Beijing Institute of Microbiology and Epidemiology, 20 Dongda Street, Fengtai District, Beijing, 100071, People's Republic of China.


Amur virus (AMRV) is a member of the genus Hantavirus in the family Bunyaviridae. In this study, we determined for the first time the complete genome sequence of the AMRV H8205 strain, which was isolated from a patient with hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) in China. The complete nucleotide sequence of the S segment of AMRV H8205 is 1699 nt long, with a 5' noncoding region (5'NC) of 36 nt, followed by a coding sequence of 1290 nt and a 3'NC of 373 nt. The complete sequence of the M segment is 3615 nt long, with a 5'NC of 40 nt, followed by a coding sequence of 3408 nt and a 3'NC of 167 nt. The complete sequence of the L segment is 6536 nt long, with a 5'NC of 37 nt, followed by a coding sequence of 6453 nt and a 3'NC of 40 nt. The major open reading frame (ORF) of each of the three segments (S, nt 37-1326; M, nt 41-3445; L, nt 38-6490) has a coding capacity of 430 aa, 1135 aa, 2151 aa, respectively. Phylogenetic analysis of the nucleotide sequences using the NJ method indicated that H8205 virus, together with the Amur strains isolated from Far-Eastern Russia and Korea, forms a well-supported lineage. Our results will provide insights into the genetic diversity of hantaviruses (HNTV).

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