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Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-like virus in Chinese horseshoe bats.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16169905     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Although the finding of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) in caged palm civets from live animal markets in China has provided evidence for interspecies transmission in the genesis of the SARS epidemic, subsequent studies suggested that the civet may have served only as an amplification host for SARS-CoV. In a surveillance study for CoV in noncaged animals from the wild areas of the Hong Kong Special Administration Region, we identified a CoV closely related to SARS-CoV (bat-SARS-CoV) from 23 (39%) of 59 anal swabs of wild Chinese horseshoe bats (Rhinolophus sinicus) by using RT-PCR. Sequencing and analysis of three bat-SARS-CoV genomes from samples collected at different dates showed that bat-SARS-CoV is closely related to SARS-CoV from humans and civets. Phylogenetic analysis showed that bat-SARS-CoV formed a distinct cluster with SARS-CoV as group 2b CoV, distantly related to known group 2 CoV. Most differences between the bat-SARS-CoV and SARS-CoV genomes were observed in the spike genes, ORF 3 and ORF 8, which are the regions where most variations also were observed between human and civet SARS-CoV genomes. In addition, the presence of a 29-bp insertion in ORF 8 of bat-SARS-CoV genome, not in most human SARS-CoV genomes, suggests that it has a common ancestor with civet SARS-CoV. Antibody against recombinant bat-SARS-CoV nucleocapsid protein was detected in 84% of Chinese horseshoe bats by using an enzyme immunoassay. Neutralizing antibody to human SARS-CoV also was detected in bats with lower viral loads. Precautions should be exercised in the handling of these animals.
Susanna K P Lau; Patrick C Y Woo; Kenneth S M Li; Yi Huang; Hoi-Wah Tsoi; Beatrice H L Wong; Samson S Y Wong; Suet-Yi Leung; Kwok-Hung Chan; Kwok-Yung Yuen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2005-09-16
Journal Detail:
Title:  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America     Volume:  102     ISSN:  0027-8424     ISO Abbreviation:  Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A.     Publication Date:  2005 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-09-28     Completed Date:  2005-11-21     Revised Date:  2013-06-07    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7505876     Medline TA:  Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  14040-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Microbiology, Research Centre of Infection and Immunology, State Key Laboratory of Emerging Infectious Diseases, University of Hong Kong, Queen Mary Hospital, Pokfulam, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China.
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GENBANK/DQ022305;  DQ084199;  DQ084200
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MeSH Terms
Amino Acid Sequence
Base Sequence
Chiroptera / virology*
Genome, Viral
Hong Kong
Molecular Sequence Data
SARS Virus / classification,  genetics*,  isolation & purification*
Sequence Analysis, DNA
Viral Proteins / blood,  genetics
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0/Viral Proteins

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