Characterization of a novel picornavirus isolate from a diseased European eel (Anguilla anguilla)

J Virol. 2013 Oct;87(19):10895-9. doi: 10.1128/JVI.01094-13. Epub 2013 Jul 24.


A novel picornavirus was isolated from specimens of a diseased European eel (Anguilla anguilla). This virus induced a cytopathic effect in eel embryonic kidney cells and high mortality in a controlled transmission study using elvers. Eel picornavirus has a genome of 7,496 nucleotides that encodes a polyprotein of 2,259 amino acids. It has a typical picornavirus genome layout, but its low similarity to known viral proteins suggests a novel species in the family Picornaviridae.

MeSH terms

  • Anguilla / genetics
  • Anguilla / virology*
  • Animals
  • Fish Diseases / genetics
  • Fish Diseases / pathology
  • Fish Diseases / virology*
  • Genome, Viral*
  • Phylogeny
  • Picornaviridae / isolation & purification*
  • Picornaviridae / physiology
  • Viral Proteins / genetics


  • Viral Proteins