Diversity in VP3, NSP3, and NSP4 of rotavirus B detected from Japanese cattle

Michiko Hayashi-Miyamoto, Toshiaki Murakami, Fujiko Minami-Fukuda, Shinobu Tsuchiaka, Mai Kishimoto, Kaori Sano, Yuki Naoi, Keigo Asano, Toru Ichimaru, Kei Haga, Tsutomu Omatsu, Yukie Katayama, Mami Oba, Hiroshi Aoki, Junsuke Shirai, Motohiko Ishida, Kazuhiko Katayama, Tetsuya Mizutani, Makoto Nagai

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Bovine rotavirus B (RVB) is an etiological agent of diarrhea mostly in adult cattle. Currently, a few sequences of viral protein (VP)1, 2, 4, 6, and 7 and nonstructural protein (NSP)1, 2, and 5 of bovine RVB are available in the DDBJ/EMBL/GenBank databases, and none have been reported for VP3, NSP3, and NSP4. In order to fill this gap in the genetic characterization of bovine RVB strains, we used a metagenomics approach and sequenced and analyzed the complete coding sequences (CDS) of VP3, NSP3, and NSP4 genes, as well as the partial or complete CDS of other genes of RVBs detected from Japanese cattle. VP3, NSP3, and NSP4 of bovine RVBs shared low nucleotide sequence identities (63.3–64.9% for VP3, 65.9–68.2% for NSP3, and 52.6–56.2% for NSP4) with those of murine, human, and porcine RVBs, suggesting that bovine RVBs belong to a novel genotype. Furthermore, significantly low amino acid sequence identities were observed for NSP4 (36.1–39.3%) between bovine RVBs and the RVBs of other species. In contrast, hydrophobic plot analysis of NSP4 revealed profiles similar to those of RVBs of other species and rotavirus A (RVA) strains. Phylogenetic analyses of all gene segments revealed that bovine RVB strains formed a cluster that branched distantly from other RVBs. These results suggest that bovine RVBs have evolved independently from other RVBs but in a similar manner to other rotaviruses. These findings provide insights into the evolution and diversity of RVB strains.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-103
Number of pages7
JournalInfection, Genetics and Evolution
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Bovine rotavirus B
  • Genetic characterization
  • Japan
  • Metagenomics approach
  • Novel genotype


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