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On phylogenetic relationships among major lineages of the Gammaherpesvirinae

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>02/2005
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of General Virology
Issue number2
Number of pages10
Pages (from-to)307-316
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Phylogenetic relationships within the subfamily Gammaherpesvirinae of the family Herpesviridae were investigated for three species in the genus Lymphocryptovirus (of gamma1 group) and nine in the genus Rhadinovirus (or gamma2 group). Alignments of amino acid sequences from up to 28 genes were used to derive trees by maximum-likelihood and Bayesian Monte Carlo Markov chain methods. Two problem areas were identified involving an unresolvable multifurcation for a clade within the gamma2 group, and a high divergence for Murid herpesvirus A. (MHV4). A robust final tree was obtained, which was valid for genes from across the virus genomes and was rooted by reference to previous analyses of the whole family Herpesviridae. This tree comprised four major lineages: the gamma1 group of primate viruses; a clade of artiodactyl gamma2 viruses; a clade of perissodactyl gamma2 viruses; and a clade of gamma2 viruses with a multifurcation at its base and containing Old World and New World primate viruses, Bovine herpesvirus 4 and MHV4. Developing previous work it was proposed, on the basis of similarities between the gammaherpesvirus tree and the tree of corresponding mammalian hosts, that the first three of these major viral lineages arose in a coevolutionary manner with host lineages, while the fourth had its origin in an ancient interspecies transfer. Transfer of dates from mammalian palaeontology then allowed estimation of dates for nodes in the gammaherpesvirus tree.