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The nucleotide sequence of the DNA genome of multicapsid nucleopolyhedrovirus (SeMNPV), a group II NPV, was determined and analysed. The genome contains 135611 bp and has a G+C content of 44 mol%. Computer-assisted analysis revealed 139 ORFs of 150 nucleotides or larger; 103 have homologues in MNPV (AcMNPV) and a further 16 have homologues in other baculoviruses. Twenty ORFs are unique to SeMNPV. Major differences in SeMNPV gene content and arrangement were found compared with the group I NPVs AcMNPV, (Bm) NPV and (Op) MNPV and the group II NPV (Ld) MNPV. Eighty-five ORFs were conserved among all five baculoviruses and are considered as candidate core baculovirus genes. Two putative and homologues were identified in SeMNPV, each of which appeared to have been acquired independently and not by gene duplication. The SeMNPV genome lacks homologues of the major budded virus glycoprotein gene , the immediate-early transactivator and (baculovirus repeat ORF) genes that are found in AcMNPV, BmNPV, OpMNPV and LdMNPV. Gene parity analysis of baculovirus genomes suggests that SeMNPV and LdMNPV have a recent common ancestor and that they are more distantly related to the group I baculoviruses AcMNPV, BmNPV and OpMNPV. The orientation of the SeMNPV genome is reversed compared with the genomes of AcMNPV, BmNPV, OpMNPV and LdMNPV. However, the gene order in the ‘central’ part of baculovirus genomes is highly conserved and appears to be a key feature in the alignment of baculovirus genomes.

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