Discovery of a divergent HPIV4 from respiratory secretions using second and third generation metagenomic sequencing

Abstract

Molecular detection of viruses has been aided by high-throughput sequencing, permitting the genomic characterization of emerging strains. In this study, we comprehensively screened 500 respiratory secretions from children with upper and/or lower respiratory tract infections for viral pathogens. The viruses detected are described, including a divergent human parainfluenza virus type 4 from GS FLX pyrosequencing of 92 specimens. Complete full-genome characterization of the virus followed, using Single Molecule, Real-Time (SMRT) sequencing. Subsequent "primer walking" combined with Sanger sequencing validated the RS platform's utility in viral sequencing from complex clinical samples. Comparative genomics reveals the divergent strain clusters with the only completely sequenced HPIV4a subtype. However, it also exhibits various structural features present in one of the HPIV4b reference strains, opening questions regarding their lifecycle and evolutionary relationships among these viruses. Clinical data from patients infected with the strain, as well as viral prevalence estimates using real-time PCR, is also described.

DOI: 10.1038/srep02468

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@inproceedings{AlquezarPlanas2013DiscoveryOA, title={Discovery of a divergent HPIV4 from respiratory secretions using second and third generation metagenomic sequencing}, author={David E. Alquezar-Planas and Tobias Mourier and Christian Anders Wathne Bruhn and Anders Johannes Hansen and Sarah Nathalie Vitcetz and S\oren M\ork and Jan Gorodkin and Hanne Abel Nielsen and Yan Guo and Anand Sethuraman and Ellen E. Paxinos and Tongling Shan and Eric L Delwart and Lars Peter Nielsen}, booktitle={Scientific reports}, year={2013} }