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A Preliminary Study of the Virome of the South American Free-Tailed Bats (Tadarida brasiliensis) and Identification of Two Novel Mammalian Viruses

Grupo Virología Humana, Instituto de Biología Molecular y Celular de Rosario (CONICET), Suipacha 590, Rosario 2000, Argentina
Área Virología, Facultad de Ciencias Bioquímicas y Farmacéuticas, Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Suipacha 531, Rosario 2000, Argentina
Institute of Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana, Zaloška 4, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Museo Provincial de Ciencias Naturales “Dr. Ángel Gallardo”, San Lorenzo 1949, Rosario 2000, Argentina
Programa de Conservación de los Murciélagos de Argentina, Miguel Lillo 251, San Miguel de Tucumán 4000, Argentina
Programa de Investigaciones de Biodiversidad Argentina, Facultad de Ciencias Naturales e Instituto Miguel Lillo, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, Miguel Lillo 205, San Miguel de Tucumán 4000, Argentina
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These authors contributed equally.
Viruses 2020, 12(4), 422;
Received: 10 March 2020 / Revised: 1 April 2020 / Accepted: 3 April 2020 / Published: 9 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Animal Viruses)
Bats provide important ecosystem services as pollinators, seed dispersers, and/or insect controllers, but they have also been found harboring different viruses with zoonotic potential. Virome studies in bats distributed in Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America have increased dramatically over the past decade, whereas information on viruses infecting South American species is scarce. We explored the virome of Tadarida brasiliensis, an insectivorous New World bat species inhabiting a maternity colony in Rosario (Argentina), by a metagenomic approach. The analysis of five pooled oral/anal swab samples indicated the presence of 43 different taxonomic viral families infecting a wide range of hosts. By conventional nucleic acid detection techniques and/or bioinformatics approaches, the genomes of two novel viruses were completely covered clustering into the Papillomaviridae (Tadarida brasiliensis papillomavirus type 1, TbraPV1) and Genomoviridae (Tadarida brasiliensis gemykibivirus 1, TbGkyV1) families. TbraPV1 is the first papillomavirus type identified in this host and the prototype of a novel genus. TbGkyV1 is the first genomovirus reported in New World bats and constitutes a new species within the genus Gemykibivirus. Our findings extend the knowledge about oral/anal viromes of a South American bat species and contribute to understand the evolution and genetic diversity of the novel characterized viruses. View Full-Text
Keywords: Tadarida brasiliensis; metagenomics; Papillomaviridae; TbraPV1; Genomoviridae; TbGkyV1 Tadarida brasiliensis; metagenomics; Papillomaviridae; TbraPV1; Genomoviridae; TbGkyV1
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Bolatti, E.M.; Zorec, T.M.; Montani, M.E.; Hošnjak, L.; Chouhy, D.; Viarengo, G.; Casal, P.E.; Barquez, R.M.; Poljak, M.; Giri, A.A. A Preliminary Study of the Virome of the South American Free-Tailed Bats (Tadarida brasiliensis) and Identification of Two Novel Mammalian Viruses. Viruses 2020, 12, 422.

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