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Arch Virol. 2008;153(6):1155-60. doi: 10.1007/s00705-008-0083-0. Epub 2008 Apr 15.

Complete sequence analysis reveals two distinct poleroviruses infecting cucurbits in China.

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Department of Plant Pathology and State Key Laboratory for Agrobiotechnology, China Agricultural University, 100094 Beijing, China.


The complete RNA genomes of a Chinese isolate of cucurbit aphid-borne yellows virus (CABYV-CHN) and a new polerovirus tentatively referred to as melon aphid-borne yellows virus (MABYV) were determined. The entire genome of CABYV-CHN shared 89.0% nucleotide sequence identity with the French CABYV isolate. In contrast, nucleotide sequence identities between MABYV and CABYV and other poleroviruses were in the range of 50.7-74.2%, with amino acid sequence identities ranging from 24.8 to 82.9% for individual gene products. We propose that CABYV-CHN is a strain of CABYV and that MABYV is a member of a tentative distinct species within the genus Polerovirus.

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