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Title: A new species of mesonivirus from the Northern Territory, Australia.
Authors: 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
Citation: PloS one 2014; 9(3): e91103
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.
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Journal title: PloS one
Publication Date: 2014
Type: Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10137/5604
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0091103
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