Identification of the 3' and 5' terminal sequences ...



Title Identification of the 3' and 5' terminal sequences of the 8 rna genome segments of European and North American genotypes of infectious salmon anemia virus (An orthomyxovirus) and evidence for quasispecies based on the non-coding sequences of transcripts
Author(s) V. Kulshreshtha, M. Kibenge, K. Salonius, N. Simard, A. Riveroll, F. Kibenge
Journal Virology Journal
Date 2010
Volume 7
Start page 338
Abstract BACKGROUND: Infectious salmon anemia (ISA) virus (ISAV) is a pathogen of marine-farmed Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar); a disease first diagnosed in Norway in 1984. This virus, which was first characterized following its isolation in cell culture in 1995, belongs to the family Orthomyxoviridae, genus, Isavirus. The Isavirus genome consists of eight single-stranded RNA segments of negative sense, each with one to three open reading frames flanked by 3' and 5' non-coding regions (NCRs). Although the terminal sequences of other members of the family Orthomyxoviridae such as Influenzavirus A have been extensively analyzed, those of Isavirus remain largely unknown, and the few reported are from different ISAV strains and on different ends of the different RNA segments. This paper describes a comprehensive analysis of the 3' and 5' end sequences of the eight RNA segments of ISAV of both European and North American genotypes, and evidence of quasispecies of ISAV based on sequence variation in the untranslated regions (UTRs) of transcripts. RESULTS: Two different ISAV strains and two different RNA preparations were used in this study. ISAV strain ADL-PM 3205 ISAV-07 (ADL-ISAV-07) of European genotype was the source of total RNA extracted from ISAV-infected TO cells, which contained both viral mRNA and cRNA. ISAV strain NBISA01 of North American genotype was the source of vRNA extracted from purified virus. The NCRs of each segment were identified by sequencing cDNA prepared by three different methods, 5' RACE (Rapid amplification of cDNA ends), 3' RACE, and RNA ligation mediated PCR. Sequence analysis of five clones each derived from one RT-PCR product from each NCR of ISAV transcripts of segments 1 to 8 revealed significant heterogeneity among the clones of the same segment end, providing unequivocal evidence for presence of intra-segment ISAV quasispecies. Both RNA preparations (mRNA/cRNA and vRNA) yielded complementary sequence information, allowing the simultaneous identification and confirmation of the 3' and 5' NCR sequences of the 8 RNA genome segments of both genotypes of ISAV. The 3' sequences of the mRNA transcripts of ADL-ISAV-07 terminated 13-18 nucleotides from the full 3' terminus of cRNA, continuing as a poly(A) tail, which corresponded with the location of the polyadenylation signal. The lengths of the 3' and 5' NCRs of the vRNA were variable in the different genome segments, but the terminal 7 and 11 nucleotides of the 3' and 5' ends, respectively, were highly conserved among the eight genomic segments of ISAV. The first three nucleotides at the 3' end are GCU-3' (except in segment 5 with ACU-3'), whereas at the 5' end are 5'-AGU with the polyadenylation signal of 3-5 uridines 13-15 nucleotides downstream of the 5' end terminus of the vRNA. Exactly the same features were found in the respective complementary 5' and 3' end NCR sequences of the cRNA transcripts of ADL-ISAV-07, indicating that the terminal sequences of the 8 RNA genome segments are highly conserved among the two ISAV genotypes. The 5' NCR sequences of segments 1, 2, 3, 5, and 7, and the 3' NCR sequences of segments 3 and 4 cRNA were 100% identical in the two genotypes, and the 3' NCR sequences of segment 5 cRNA was the most divergent, with a sequence identity of 77.2%. CONCLUSIONS: We report for the first time, the presence of intra-segment ISAV quasispecies, based on sequence variation in the NCR sequences of transcripts. In addition, this is the first report of a comprehensive unambiguous analysis of the 3' and 5' NCR sequences of all 8 RNA genome segments from two strains of ISAV representing the two genotypes of ISAV. Because most ISAV sequences are of cDNA to mRNA, they do not contain the 3' end sequences, which are removed during polyadenylation of the mRNA transcripts. We report for the first time the ISAV consensus sequence CAT/ATTTTTACT-3' (in the message sense 5'-3') in all segments of both ISAV genotypes.
DOI 10.1186/1743-422X-7-338
PubMed ID 21092282
PubMed Central ID PMC3003268
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