Variations of structural protein sequences among geographical isolates of white spot syndrome virus


1 Microbiology, Fermentation and Biotechnology Division, Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin 682 029, Kerala, India

2 Surendran


White spot syndrome virus (WSSV) is the causative agent of a disease that causes severe mortalities in cultured shrimp worldwide. The sequence of five structural genes of an Indian isolate of WSSV was compared with sequences from other WSSV isolates deposited in GenBank. Among the structural genes analyzed, the sequences of vp28 and vp19 had maximum divergence with nucleotide changes at ten different positions from twenty eight submissions for vp28 and six changes from seventeen submissions for vp19. The vp68, vp26, and vp281 genes were found to be highly conserved between isolates.