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Volume 16, Number 9—September 2010

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Novel Hepatitis E Virus Genotype in Norway Rats, Germany

Reimar Johne, Gerald Heckel, Anita Plenge-Bönig, Eveline Kindler, Christina Maresch, Jochen Reetz, Anika Schielke, and Rainer G. UlrichComments to Author 
Author affiliations: Author affiliations: Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, Berlin, Germany (R. Johne, J. Reetz, A. Schielke); University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland (G. Heckel, E. Kindler); Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Lausanne, Switzerland (G. Heckel); Institute of Hygiene and Environment Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany (A. Plenge-Bönig); Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Greifswald–Insel Riems, Germany (C. Maresch, R.G. Ulrich); Free University of Berlin, Berlin (A. Schielke)

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Nucleotide and deduced amino acid sequence identities between human, rabbit, and avian HEV strains compared with HEV isolated from 2 Norway rats, Germany, July 2009*

Strain, GenBank accession no. Rat no., GenBank accession no.
63, GU345042
68, GU345043
Genome, nt ORF1, aa ORF2, aa ORF3, aa Genome, nt ORF1, aa ORF2, aa ORF3, aa
Genotype 1, F076239 55.9 47.6 56.2 27.5 55.7 47.4 56.4 30.4
Genotype 2, M74506 55.3 48.7 55.4 28.4 55.2 48.6 55.5 29.4
Genotype 3, F060668 55.7 48.0 57.2 24.8 55.7 47.7 57.3 26.7
Genotype 4, J272108 55.5 48.2 55.9 27.5 55.3 47.8 56.1 26.5
Rabbit HEV, J906895 55.1 48.7 56.7 23.5 55.1 48.6 56.8 25.5
Avian HEV/Hungary, AM943646 50.2 46.5 45.9 26.9 49.9 46.4 46.3 26.9
Avian HEV/Australia, AM943647 49.9 46.6 46.1 26.9 49.3 46.5 46.5 26.9
Avian HEV/USA, AY535004 49.5 46.7 46.1 26.9 49.8 46.7 46.5 26.9

*HEV, hepatitis E virus; ORF, open reading frame.

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