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Volume 13, Number 10—October 2007


Novel Variant of Tickborne Encephalitis Virus, Russia

Vladimir A. Ternovoi*, Elena V. Protopopova*, Eugene V. Chausov*, Dmitry V. Novikov†, Galina N. Leonova‡, Sergey V. Netesov*, and Valery B. Loktev*Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology “VECTOR,” Koltsovo, Novosibirsk Region, Russia; †Regional Clinical Hospital No. 1, Vladivostok, Russia; ‡Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, Vladivostok, Russia;

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Table 1

Tickborne encephalitis virus (TBEV) strains used in the study and comparison of identify for full-length polyprotein sequences with strains Glubinnoe/2004 of TBEV*

Virus, subtype, strain Place of origin Year of isolation Glubinnoe/2004
% Identity 
of nt sequence % Identity 
of aa sequence
TBEV, Eastern type
Glubinnoe/2004 Glubinnoe, Primorsky district, Russia 2004 100.0 100.0
205 Khabarovsk district, Russia 1973 95.2 98.4
Sofjin-HO Khabarovsk district, Russia 1937 94.9 98.3
Oshima 5–10 Oshima, Japan 1995 94.7 98.2
Senzhang China 1953 94.8 98.4
MDJ-01 China 2003† 94.6 98.0
Vasilchenko Novosibirsk, Russia 1969 85.9 94.9
Zausaev Tomsk, Russia 1985‡ 85.9 94.9
TBEV, Western type
Neudoerfl Neudoerfl, Austria 1971 84.3 93.4
263 Temelin, Czech Republic 1987 84.5 93.3
Brno, Czech Republic
TBEV, Turkish sheep type
Turkish sheep encephalitis
TBEV, Louping ill type
Louping ill, strain 369/T2 Selkirkshire, Scotland 1929 83.2 91.0
Spanish sheep encephalitis Spain 1987 82.7 91.0

*TBEV type classification described previously (3). nt, nucleotide; aa, amino acid.
†Time of submission of the sequence to GenBank.
‡Virus was isolated from a patient with chronic form of TBEV infection; a patient was infected in 1973 in Tomsk; the virus was isolated in Moscow in 1985 from brain.

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