A new species of mesonivirus from the Northern Territory, Australia

Warrilow, David, Watterson, Daniel, Hall, Roy A., Davis, Steven S., Weir, Richard, Kurucz, Nina, Whelan, Peter, Allcock, Richard, Hall-Mendelin, Sonja, O'Brien, Caitlin A. and Hobson-Peters, Jody (2014) A new species of mesonivirus from the Northern Territory, Australia. PLoS ONE, 9 3: e91103.1-e91103.9. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0091103

Author Warrilow, David
Watterson, Daniel
Hall, Roy A.
Davis, Steven S.
Weir, Richard
Kurucz, Nina
Whelan, Peter
Allcock, Richard
Hall-Mendelin, Sonja
O'Brien, Caitlin A.
Hobson-Peters, Jody
Title A new species of mesonivirus from the Northern Territory, Australia
Journal name PLoS ONE   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1932-6203
Publication date 2014-03-26
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0091103
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 9
Issue 3
Start page e91103.1
End page e91103.9
Total pages 9
Editor Lark L. Coffey
Place of publication San Francisco, CA, United States
Publisher Public Library of Science
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Here we describe Casuarina virus (CASV), a new virus in the family Mesoniviridae. This is the first report of a mesonivirus in Australia, which extends the geographical range of this virus family to 3 continents. The virus was isolated in 2010 from Coquillettidia xanthogaster mosquitoes during surveillance in the suburbs of Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory. Cryo-electron microscopy of the CASV virions revealed spherical particles of 65 nm in size with large club-shaped projections of approximately 15 nm in length. The new virus was most closely related to Alphamesonivirus 1, the only currently recognized species in the family. In 2013 a further 5 putative new mesonivirus species were described: Hana, Méno, Nsé, Moumo and Dak Nong viruses. The evolutionary distance between CASV and two of its closest relatives, Cavally and Hana viruses (Jones-Taylor-Thornton distance of 0.151 and 0.224, respectively), along with its isolation from a different genus of mosquitoes captured on a separate continent indicate that CASV is a new species.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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