Cotton leafroll dwarf virus us genomes comprise divergent subpopulations and harbor extensive variability

Roberto Ramos-Sobrinho, Raphael O. Adegbola, Kathy Lawrence, Drew W. Schrimsher, Thomas Isakeit, Olufemi J. Alabi, Judith K. Brown

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Cotton leafroll dwarf virus (CLRDV) was first reported in the United States (US) in 2017 from cotton plants in Alabama (AL) and has become widespread in cotton-growing states of the southern US. To investigate the genomic variability among CLRDV isolates in the US, complete genomes of the virus were obtained from infected cotton plants displaying mild to severe symptoms from AL, Florida, and Texas. Eight CLRDV genomes were determined, ranging in size from 5865 to 5867 bp, and shared highest nucleotide identity with other CLRDV isolates in the US, at 95.9–98.7%. Open reading frame (ORF) 0, encoding the P0 silencing suppressor, was the most variable gene, sharing 88.5–99.6% and 81.2–89.3% amino acid similarity with CLRDV isolates reported in cotton growing states in the US and in Argentina and Brazil in South America, respectively. Based on Bayesian analysis, the complete CLRDV genomes from cotton in the US formed a monophyletic group comprising three relatively divergent sister clades, whereas CLRDV genotypes from South America clustered as closely related sister-groups, separate from US isolates, patterns reminiscent of phylogeographical structuring. The CLRDV isolates exhibited a complex pattern of recombination, with most breakpoints evident in ORFs 2 and 3, and ORF5. Despite extensive nucleotide diversity among all available CLRDV genomes, purifying selection (dN/dS < 1) was implicated as the primary selective force acting on viral protein evolution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2230
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2021


  • Cotton viruses
  • Genetic diversity
  • Plant virus evolution
  • Polerovirus
  • Solemoviridae

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Virology


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