Molecular characterization and phylogenetic relationships of Desmodium leaf distortion virus (DeLDV): a new begomovirus infecting Desmodium glabrum in Yucatan, Mexico

Virus Genes. 2009 Dec;39(3):371-4. doi: 10.1007/s11262-009-0398-2. Epub 2009 Sep 16.


The complete DNA-A component sequence of Desmodium leaf distortion virus (DeLDV, Begomovirus) isolated in Yucatan was determined to be 2569 nucleotides (nt) in length, and it was most closely related to Cotton leaf crumple virus-California (CLCrV-[Cal]), at 76%. The complete DNA-B component sequence was 2514 nt in length, and shared its highest nucleotide identity (60%) with Potato yellow mosaic Trinidad virus (PYMTV). Phylogenetic analyses group the DeLDV DNA-A component in the SLCV clade, whereas, the DeLDV DNA-B was grouped with the Abutilon mosaic virus clade, which also contains PYMV, suggesting that the DeLDV components have distinct evolutionary histories, possibly as the result of recombination and reassortment.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Begomovirus / classification*
  • Begomovirus / genetics
  • Begomovirus / isolation & purification*
  • Cluster Analysis
  • DNA, Viral / chemistry
  • DNA, Viral / genetics
  • Fabaceae / virology*
  • Mexico
  • Phylogeny
  • Plant Diseases / virology*
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA
  • Sequence Homology


  • DNA, Viral