This study reports the first complete genome sequence of a caprine group A rotavirus (GAR) strain, GO34. The VP7-VP4-VP6-VP1-VP2-VP3-NSP1-NSP2-NSP3-NSP4-NSP5 genes of strain GO34, detected in Bangladesh, were assigned to the G6-P[1]-I2-R2-C2-M2-A11-N2-T6-E2-H3 genotypes, respectively. Strain GO34 was closely related to the VP4, VP6–7 and NSP4–5 genes of bovine GARs and the NSP1 gene of GO34 to an ovine GAR. Strain GO34 shared low nucleotide sequence identities (<90 %) with VP2–3 genes of other GARs, and was equally related to NSP3 genes of human, ruminant and camelid strains. The VP1, VP6 and NSP2 genes of strain GO34 also exhibited a close genetic relatedness to human G2, G6, G8 and G12 DS-1-like GARs, whereas the NSP1 of GO34 was also closely related to human G6P[14] strains. All these findings point to a common evolutionary origin of GO34 and bovine, ovine, antelope, guanaco and human G6P[14] GARs, although phylogenetically GO34 is not particularly closely related to any other rotavirus strains known to date.


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Additional primers used for amplification of the full-length VP3, VP4, VP6, NSP1, NSP4 and NSP5 genes of caprine group A rotavirus strain GO34 [ PDF] (50 KB)

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