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Abstract

The recently discovered ascoviruses have a worldwide distribution. Here we report a new member of the family , ascovirus 1d (SfAV-1d) with a variable region in the genome. Restriction fragment length polymorphism, Southern hybridization and genome sequencing analyses confirmed that SfAV-1d and the earlier reported SfAV-1a are closely related but are not identical. The genome size of SfAV-1d is approximately 100 kbp, which is about 57 kbp smaller than SfAV-1a. The SfAV-1d genome has a major deletion of 14 kbp that corresponds to one of the inverted repeat (IR) regions of SfAV-1a. Cloning and sequencing revealed that the region flanking the deletion within the SfAV-1d genome is highly variable. In all the variants of this region, the whole IR region is missing, with 88.2 % of the variants missing part of or the whole adjacent SfAV-1a ORF71, 94.1 % missing part of or the whole of adjacent ORF72 and 64.6 % missing part of or the whole of ORF73.

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