Genetic and immunobiological diversities of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome genotype I strains

Laila Darwich, Mariona Gimeno, Marina Sibila, Ivan Diaz, Eugenia de la Torre, Silvia Dotti, Liudmila Kuzemtseva, Margarita Martin, Joan Pujols, Enric Mateu

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Genetic diversity of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) has been based on ORF5/GP5 and ORF7/N protein variations. Complete viral genome studies are limited and focused on a single or a few set of strains. Moreover, there is a general tendency to extrapolate results obtained from a single isolate to the overall PRRSV population. In the present study, six genotype-I isolates of PRRSV were sequenced from ORF1a to ORF7. Phylogenetic comparisons and the variability degree of known linear B-epitopes were done considering other available full-length genotype-I sequences. Cytokine induction of all strains was also evaluated in different cellular systems. Non structural protein 2 (nsp2) was the most variable part of the virus with 2 out of 6 strains harboring a 74 aa deletion. Deletions were also found in ORF3 and ORF4. Phylogenetic analyses showed that isolates could be grouped differently depending on the ORF examined and the highest similarity with the full genome cluster was found for the nsp9. Interestingly, most of predicted linear B-epitopes in the literature, particularly in nsp2 and GP4 regions, were found deleted or varied in some of our isolates. Moreover, 4 strains, those with deletions in nsp2, induced TNF-α and 3 induced IL-10. These results underline the high genetic diversity of PRRSV mainly in nsp1, nsp2 and ORFs 3 and 4. This variability also affects most of the known linear B-epitopes of the virus. Accordingly, different PRRSV strains might have substantially different immunobiological properties. These data can contribute to the understanding of PRRSV complexity. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-62
JournalVeterinary Microbiology
Publication statusPublished - 12 May 2011


  • Complete ORF sequences
  • Genotype-I
  • Immunobiological properties
  • Phylogenetic analyses
  • Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus


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