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A novel bocavirus from domestic mink, China
- Yang, Shixing, Wang, Yan, Li, Wang, Fan, Zhaobin, Jiang, Lili, Lin, Yuan, Fu, Xingli, Shen, Quan, Sun, Zixuan, Wang, Xiaochun, Deng, Xutao, Zhang, Wen, Delwart, Eric
- Virus genes 2016 v.52 no.6 pp. 887-890
- Bocavirus, amino acid sequences, animal health, carnivores, diarrhea, feces, genome, mink, phylogeny, polymerase chain reaction, viral shedding, viruses, China
- Bocaviruses have been found in the feces of humans and a variety of animals, including pigs, cattle, dogs, gorillas, cats, and sea lions. Here, we have characterized the almost complete genome (5224 nt) of a novel bocavirus from feces of domestic minks, which has been provisionally named mink bocavirus. The NS1 protein of mink bocavirus shared 36.9–52 % amino acid sequence identities with those of other known bocaviruses and phylogenetically clustered with bocaviruses from other carnivores. According to the genetic distance-based criteria, mink bocavirus qualifies as a novel species of bocavirus. PCR of feces from a group of domestic minks, which included both healthy animals and animals suffering from diarrhea, revealed that 30 % (9/30) shed virus. However, no association between viral shedding and the presence of diarrhea could be determined.