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Virus Res. 1995 Oct;38(2-3):279-89.

Genetic characterization of a human isolate of Puumala hantavirus from France.

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Special Pathogens Branch, National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA.

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  • Virus Res 2001 Nov 5;79(1-2):201.


PUU90-13 is a strain of Puumala (PUU) virus (family Bunyaviridae: genus Hantavirus) isolated from a human in northeastern France (Rollin et al., 1995). This report describes the full-length sequences of the small (S) and medium (M) genomic RNAs of PUU90-13. The terminal sequences of both the S and M genomic RNAs were found to be conserved and imperfectly complementary. The S RNA of PUU90-13 is 1847 nt in length and contains the nucleocapsid (N) protein gene and a potential overlapping open reading frame (ORF-2) previously described in other hantaviruses. Statistical analysis of the third base substitution frequency in the N ORFs of PUU90-13 and other PUU viruses suggests that the ORF-2 is functional. The M RNA is 3681 nt in length and encodes the glycoprotein precursor. Both genomic segments share the highest degree of nucleotide and amino acid sequence identity with PUUBerkel, a PUU virus from Germany. Phylogenetic analyses of sequences from both segments indicate that PUU90-13 occupies a distinct Western European PUU virus lineage that it shares with PUUBerkel. Both PUU90-13 and PUUBerkel lack a potential N-linked glycosylation site found on the G2 glycoprotein of other PUU viruses.

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