Generic amplification and next generation sequencing reveal Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus AP92-like strain and distinct tick phleboviruses in Anatolia, Turkey

Dincer E., Brınkmann A., Hekimoğlu O., Hacioglu S., Foldes K., Karapinar Z., ...More

PARASITES & VECTORS, vol.10, 2017 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 10
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1186/s13071-017-2279-1
  • Journal Name: PARASITES & VECTORS
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Keywords: Tick, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus, Phlebovirus, AP92, Nairovirus, Next generation sequencing, Surveillance, Anatolia, Turkey, THROMBOCYTOPENIA SYNDROME, SEROLOGICAL SURVEY, EUROPE 1, BORNE, BUNYAVIRIDAE, ALIGNMENT, BHANJA, HYALOMMA, ARBOVIRUSES, LINEAGES
  • Van Yüzüncü Yıl University Affiliated: Yes


Background: Ticks are involved with the transmission of several viruses with significant health impact. As incidences of tick-borne viral infections are rising, several novel and divergent tick-associated viruses have recently been documented to exist and circulate worldwide. This study was performed as a cross-sectional screening for all major tick-borne viruses in several regions in Turkey. Next generation sequencing (NGS) was employed for virus genome characterization. Ticks were collected at 43 locations in 14 provinces across the Aegean, Thrace, Mediterranean, Black Sea, central, southern and eastern regions of Anatolia during 2014-2016. Following morphological identification, ticks were pooled and analysed via generic nucleic acid amplification of the viruses belonging to the genera Flavivirus, Nairovirus and Phlebovirus of the families Flaviviridae and Bunyaviridae, followed by sequencing and NGS in selected specimens.