Here, we report the genome sequence of a feral pigeon alphaherpesvirus (columbid herpesvirus type 1, CoHV-1), strain HLJ, and compare it with other avian alphaherpesviruses. The CoHV-1 strain HLJ genome is 204,237 bp in length and encodes approximately 130 putative protein-coding genes. Phylogenetically, CoHV-1 complete genome resides in a monophyletic group with the falconid herpesvirus type 1 (FaHV-1) genome, distant from other alphaherpesviruses. Interestingly, the evolutionary analysis of partial genes of CoHV-1 isolated from different organisms and areas (currently accessible on GenBank) indicates that the CoHV-1 HLJ strain isolated from pigeon (Columba livia) is closely related to the strains isolated from peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) in Poland and owl (Bubo virginianus) in USA. These results may suggest possible transmission of the virus between different organisms and different geographic areas.
Archives of Virology – Springer Journals
Published: Mar 18, 2017
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