Fachbereich Veterinärmedizin



    Metagenomic identification of novel enteric viruses in urban wild rats and genome characterization of a group A rotavirus (2014)

    Zeitschriftenartikel / wissenschaftlicher Beitrag
    Sachsenröder, Jana
    Braun, Anne
    Machnowska, Patrycja
    Ng, Terry Fei Fan
    Deng, Xutao
    Guenther, Sebastian (WE 7)
    Bernstein, Samuel
    Ulrich, Rainer G
    Delwart, Eric
    Johne, Reimar
    The journal of general virology; 95(Pt 12) — S. 2734–2747
    ISSN: 0022-1317
    DOI: 10.1099/vir.0.070029-0
    Pubmed: 25121550
    Institut für Mikrobiologie und Tierseuchen

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    Abstract / Zusammenfassung

    Rats are known as reservoirs and vectors for several zoonotic pathogens. However, information on the viruses shed by urban wild rats that could pose a zoonotic risk to human health is scare. Here, intestinal contents from 20 wild Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus) collected in the city of Berlin, Germany, were subjected to metagenomic analysis of viral nucleic acids. The determined faecal viromes of rats consisted of a variety of known and unknown viruses, and were highly variable among the individuals. Members of the families Parvoviridae and Picobirnaviridae represented the most abundant species. Novel picornaviruses, bocaviruses, sapoviruses and stool-associated circular ssDNA viruses were identified, which showed only low sequence identity to known representatives of the corresponding taxa. In addition, noroviruses and rotaviruses were detected as potential zoonotic gastroenteritis viruses. However, partial-genome sequence analyses indicated that the norovirus was closely related to the recently identified rat norovirus and the rotavirus B was closely related to the rat rotavirus strain IDIR; both viruses clustered separately from respective human virus strains in phylogenetic trees. In contrast, the rotavirus A sequences showed high identity to human and animal strains. Analysis of the nearly complete genome of this virus revealed the known genotypes G3, P[3] and N2 for three of the genome segments, whereas the remaining eight genome segments represented the novel genotypes I20-R11-C11-M10-A22-T14-E18-H13. Our results indicated a high heterogeneity of enteric viruses present in urban wild rats; their ability to be transmitted to humans remains to be assessed in the future.