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Title: Detection of evolutionarily distinct Avian Influenza A Viruses in Antarctica
Authors: Hurt, Aeron C.
Vijaykrishna, Dhanasekaran
Butler, Jeffrey
Baas, Chantal
Maurer-Stroh, Sebastian
Silva-de-la-Fuente, M. Carolina
Medina-Vogel, Gonzalo
Olsen, Bjorn
Kelso, Anne
Barr, Ian G.
González-Acuña, Daniel
Keywords: DRNTU::Science::Biological sciences
Issue Date: 2014
Source: Hurt, A. C., Vijaykrishna, D., Butler, J., Baas, C., Maurer-Stroh, S., Silva-de-la-Fuente, M. C., et al. (2014). Detection of Evolutionarily Distinct Avian Influenza A Viruses in Antarctica. mBio, 5(3), e01098-14-.
Series/Report no.: mBio
Abstract: Distinct lineages of avian influenza viruses (AIVs) are harbored by spatially segregated birds, yet significant surveillance gaps exist around the globe. Virtually nothing is known from the Antarctic. Using virus culture, molecular analysis, full genome sequencing, and serology of samples from Adélie penguins in Antarctica, we confirmed infection by H11N2 subtype AIVs. Their genetic segments were distinct from all known contemporary influenza viruses, including South American AIVs, suggesting spatial separation from other lineages. Only in the matrix and polymerase acidic gene phylogenies did the Antarctic sequences form a sister relationship to South American AIVs, whereas distant phylogenetic relationships were evident in all other gene segments. Interestingly, their neuraminidase genes formed a distant relationship to all avian and human influenza lineages, and the polymerase basic 1 and polymerase acidic formed a sister relationship to the equine H3N8 influenza virus lineage that emerged during 1963 and whose avian origins were previously unknown. We also estimated that each gene segment had diverged for 49 to 80 years from its most closely related sequences, highlighting a significant gap in our AIV knowledge in the region. We also show that the receptor binding properties of the H11N2 viruses are predominantly avian and that they were unable to replicate efficiently in experimentally inoculated ferrets, suggesting their continuous evolution in avian hosts. These findings add substantially to our understanding of both the ecology and the intra- and intercontinental movement of Antarctic AIVs and highlight the potential risk of an incursion of highly pathogenic AIVs into this fragile environment.
ISSN: 2150-7511
DOI: 10.1128/mBio.01098-14
Schools: School of Biological Sciences 
Rights: Copyright © 2014 Hurt et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license, which permits unrestricted noncommercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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