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Cyanosiphovirus S-ESS1 Infecting Marine Synechococcus (Chroococcales) Almost Shows No Genetic Relationship to Known Cyanosiphoviruses  

Ying Han1 , Yan Zhang2 , Junyi Zhao1,2 , Kai Cheng1,2
1 Hubei Key Laboratory of Ecological Restoration for River-Lakes and Algal Utilization, College of Resources and Environmental Engineering, Hubei University of Technology, Wuhan 430068, China
2 Department of Life Sciences, Huazhong Normal University, Wuhan 430079, China
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Genomics and Applied Biology, 2017, Vol. 8, No. 2   
Received: 16 Mar., 2017    Accepted: 25 Apr., 2017    Published: 12 May, 2017
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Cyanosiphoviruses are a group of viruses with long tail that infect cyanobacteria. In this study, we described a cyanosiphovirus S-ESS1 infecting Synechococcus SJ01, both isolated from samples of coastal waters from the East China Sea. The genome of this cyanosiphovirus had a 60,362 bp genetic map, with 282 predicted open reading frames (ORFs), among which only 56 ORFs had homologues in Genbank. According to the result of BLASTP, S-ESS1 had no ORF with any similarity to the eight known cyanosiphoviruses. Moreover, according to the phylogenetic tree of TerL, S-ESS1 was not closely related to known cyanosiphoviruses either, indicating a low genetic homology level of TerL, further proofing the biological diversity of cyanosiphovirus S-ESS1. Cyanosiphovirus S-ESS1 shared common host with reported cyanosiphoviruses S-CBS1, S-CBS2, S-CBS3, S-CBS4 and KBS2A, but as the only cyanosiphovirus separated from East China Sea, regional distribution might contribute to such genetic differences. Cyanosiphovirus S-ESS1’s genetic characteristics provided an evidence for the study of the common origin of cyanophage and bacteriophage.

Cyanosiphovirus; Biological diversity; Genome resemblance; Regional distribution

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