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Appl Environ Microbiol. 2002 Dec;68(12):6446-50.

Phylogenetic analysis of acute bee paralysis virus strains.

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  • 1Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, Szent Istv├ín University, H-1143 Budapest, Hungary.


Reverse transcription-PCR assays have been established for a quick, sensitive, and specific diagnosis of acute bee paralysis virus (ABPV), a common virus of the honeybee (Apis mellifera), directly from clinical samples. A 3,071-nucleotide fragment of the ABPV genome, which includes the entire capsid polyprotein gene, was amplified from Austrian, German, Polish, and Hungarian ABPV samples and sequenced, and the sequences were compared. The alignment of a smaller fragment with ABPV sequences from the United States and the United Kingdom revealed nucleotide identity rates between 89 and 96%, respectively. Phylogenetic trees which display the molecular relationship between the viruses of different geographic origin were constructed.

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