The complete genomic sequence of Rhinolophus gammaherpesvirus 1 isolated from a greater horseshoe bat

Arch Virol. 2019 Jan;164(1):317-319. doi: 10.1007/s00705-018-4040-2. Epub 2018 Sep 19.


In a comprehensive research project on bat viruses, we successfully isolated a novel herpesvirus from the spleen of a greater horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus ferrumequinum) in Japan using a cell line established from the kidney of the same bat. This herpesvirus was a novel gammaherpesvirus (Rhinolophus gammaherpesvirus 1; RGHV-1), which belonged to the genus Percavirus. The whole RGHV-1 genome (147,790 bp) showed that 12 of the 84 genes predicted to contain open reading frames did not show any homology to those of other herpesviruses.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Chiroptera / virology*
  • Gammaherpesvirinae / genetics
  • Gammaherpesvirinae / isolation & purification*
  • Genome, Viral*