Phylogenetic analysis of Echovirus 30 isolated during the 2005 outbreak in France reveals existence of multiple lineages and suggests frequent recombination events

Publié le 1 Janvier 2010
Mis à jour le 05 Juillet 2019

Background: Echovirus 30 (E-30) was responsible in France for a major aseptic meningitis outbreak during 2005 summer season. However, the virological mechanisms responsible for the periodic emergence of the epidemic strains remain to be investigated. Objectives : To assess the genetic diversity of two genome regions, VP1 and 3Dpol, of echovirus 30 strains isolated during the 2005 aseptic meningitis outbreak in Champagne Ardenne (CA) area (France). Study design: Partial VP1 genomic region of 23 E-30 strains isolated in CA was sequenced and compared with 73 E-30 strains originating from different French areas to estimate the number and the diversity of E-30 lineages. Partial sequences for3Dpolymerase (3Dpol) were analyzed to detect potential recombination events within the non-structural (NS) region of the genome of EV neurotropic strains. Results : Phylogenetic analysis of the VP1 evidenced the co-circulation of 6 distinct E-30 lineages responsible for the 2005 aseptic meningitis outbreak in France of which three had co-circulated in CA. Partial sequencing of the 3Dpol coding region showed that all of the E-30 strains exhibited different phylogenetic links between VP1 and 3Dpol genomic regions, suggesting multiple intra- or inter-serotypic recombination events within the NS part of the genome. Conclusions : Our findings revealed existence of multiple lineages and suggested frequent recombination events among E-30 strains having co-circulated in a restricted area during a short time outbreak period. Moreover, our data demonstrated that study of single VP1 genome region analysis could not accurately describe the phylogenetic origin of E-30 isolates. (R.A.)

Auteur : Leveque N, Jacques J, Renois F, Antona D, Abely M, Chomel JJ, Andreoletti L
Journal of Clinical Virology, 2010, vol. 48, n°. 2, p. 137-41