Evidence for a new avian paramyxovirus serotype 10 detected in rockhopper penguins from the Falkland Islands

Patti J. Miller, Claudio L. Afonso, Erica Spackman, Melissa A. Scott, Janice C. Pedersen, Dennis A. Senne, Justin D. Brown, Chad M. Fuller, Marcela M. Uhart, William B. Karesh, Ian H. Brown, Dennis J. Alexander, David E. Swayne

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The biological, serological, and genomic characterization of a paramyxovirus recently isolated from rock-hopper penguins (Eudyptes chrysocome) suggested that this virus represented a new avian paramyxovirus (APMV) group, APMV10. This penguin virus resembled other APMVs by electron microscopy; however, its viral hemagglutination (HA) activity was not inhibited by antisera against any of the nine defined APMV serotypes. In addition, antiserum generated against this penguin virus did not inhibit the HA of representative viruses of the other APMV serotypes. Sequence data produced using random priming methods revealed a genomic structure typical of APMV. Phylogenetic evaluation of coding regions revealed that amino acid sequences of all six proteins were most closely related to APMV2 and APMV8. The calculation of evolutionary distances among proteins and distances at the nucleotide level confirmed that APMV2, APMV8, and the penguin virus all were sufficiently divergent from each other to be considered different serotypes. We propose that this isolate, named APMV10/penguin/Falkland Islands/324/2007, be the prototype virus for APMV10. Because of the known problems associated with serology, such as antiserum cross-reactivity and one-way immunogenicity, in addition to the reliance on the immune response to a single protein, the hemagglutinin-neuraminidase, as the sole base for viral classification, we suggest the need for new classification guidelines that incorporate genome sequence comparisons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11496-11504
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of virology
Issue number21
StatePublished - Nov 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Insect Science
  • Virology


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