Genome sequence of a novel mitovirus identified in the phytopathogenic fungus Alternaria arborescens

Arch Virol. 2016 Sep;161(9):2627-31. doi: 10.1007/s00705-016-2953-1. Epub 2016 Jul 1.


The phytopathogenic fungus Alternaria spp. contains a variety of double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) elements of different sizes. Detailed analysis of next-generation sequencing data obtained using dsRNA purified from Alternaria arborescens, from which we had previously found Alternaria arborescens victorivirus 1, revealed the presence of another mycoviral-like dsRNA of approximately 2.5 kbp in length. When using the fungal mitochondrial genetic code, this dsRNA has a single open reading frame that potentially encodes an RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp) with significant to sequence similarity to those of viruses of the genus Mitovirus. Moreover, both the 5'- and 3'-untranslated regions have the potential to fold into stable stem-loop structures, which is characteristic of mitoviruses. Pairwise comparisons and phylogenetic analysis of the deduced amino acid sequences of RdRp indicated that the virus we identified in A. arborescens is a distinct member of the genus Mitovirus in the family Narnaviridae, designated as "Alternaria arborescens mitovirus 1" (AaMV1).

MeSH terms

  • Alternaria / virology*
  • Fungal Viruses / genetics*
  • Genome, Viral*
  • Phylogeny