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Volume 17, Number 12—December 2011


Novel Sylvatic Rabies Virus Variant in Endangered Golden Palm Civet, Sri Lanka

Takashi Matsumoto, Kamruddin AhmedComments to Author , Omala Wimalaratne, Susilakanthi Nanayakkara, Devika Perera, Dushantha Karunanayake, and Akira Nishizono
Author affiliations: Oita University, Yufu, Japan (T. Matsumoto, K. Ahmed, A. Nishizono); Medical Research Institute, Colombo, Sri Lanka (O. Wimalaratne, S. Nanayakkara, D. Perera, D. Karunanayake)

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Table 1

Percentage identity shared between genes of 2 rabies virus strains from Sri Lanka, H-08-1320 and H-1413-09, by gene coding region*

Gene H-1413-09
% Identity
Coding region Start codon, stop codon Coding region Start codon, stop codon Nucleotide Amino acid
N 71–1,423 ATG, TGA 71–1,423 ATG, TGA 99.1 97.1
P 1,514–2,404 ATG, TGA 1,514–2,404 ATG, TGA 99.1 97.5
M 2,496–3,104 ATG, TAA 2,497–3,105 ATG, TAA 98.0 96.9
G 3,317–4,891 ATG, TGA 3,318–4,892 ATG, TGA 98.7 97.4
L 5,407–11,793 ATG, TGA 5,408–11,794 ATG, TAA 99.0 97.0

*H-08-1320 is a human strain typical of canine rabies virus circulating in Sri Lanka; H-1413-09 is a novel sylvatic rabies virus variant from a golden palm civet in Sri Lanka.

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