Full-length genome characterization of a novel alphapartitivirus detected in the ectomycorrhizal fungus Hygrophorus penarioides

Sahin E., AKATA I.

VIRUS GENES, vol.57, no.1, pp.94-99, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 57 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s11262-020-01814-9
  • Journal Name: VIRUS GENES
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, Chemical Abstracts Core, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Veterinary Science Database
  • Page Numbers: pp.94-99
  • Keywords: Alphapartitivirus, dsRNA, Ectomycorrhizal fungus, Hygrophorus penarioides, SEQUENCE
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


Virus populations of ectomycorrhizal fungi remain poorly studied. In the present study, we characterized a new partitivirus isolated from the basidiomycetous, ectomycorrhizal fungus Hygrophorus penarioides, named "Hygrophorus penarioides partitivirus 1" (HpPV1). The whole genome of HpPV1, determined by merging deep sequencing and RLM-RACE approaches, comprised two dsRNA segments of 2053 bp and 2072 bp, respectively. Both dsRNA genome segments included a single open reading frame (ORF), encoding a putative RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp), and a capsid protein (CP), respectively. Based on BLASTp search, the sequences of the RdRp and CP exhibits the highest similarity (67.49% and 75.61% identity, respectively) to those of partitiviruses identified from an ascomycetous ectomycorrhizal fungus Sarcosphaera coronaria. Phylogenetic analyses performed based on the CP and RdRp sequences demonstrated that HpPV1 clusters within a clade that includes members of the genus Alphapartitivirus, belonging to the family Partitiviridae. Here, we propose that HpPV1 is a new member of the genus Alphapartitivirus. This is the first study reporting on a new partitivirus identified from the basidiomycetous, ectomycorrhizal fungus Hygrophorus penarioides.