Differential replication efficiencies between Japanese encephalitis virus genotype I and III in avian cultured cells and young domestic ducklings

Xiao Changguang, Li Chenxi, Di Di, Cappelle Julien, Liu Lihong, Wang Xin, Pang Linlin, Xu Jinpeng, Liu Ke, Li Beibei, Shao Donghua, Qiu Yafeng, Ren Weijie, Widén Frederic, Chevalier Véronique, Wei Jianchao, Wu Xiaodong, Ma Zhiyong. 2018. Differential replication efficiencies between Japanese encephalitis virus genotype I and III in avian cultured cells and young domestic ducklings. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 12 (12):e0007046, 13 p.

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Abstract : Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) genotype dominance has shifted to genotype I (GI) from genotype III (GIII) in China as demonstrated by molecular epidemiological surveillance. In this study, we performed a serological survey in JEV-non-vaccinated pigs to confirm JEV genotype shift at the sero-epidemiological level. The average ratio of GI/GIII infection was 1.87, suggesting co-circulation of GI and GIII infections with GI infection being more prevalent in pigs in China. To gain an insight into the reasons for this JEV genotype shift, the replication kinetics of seven recently-isolated JEV isolates including three GI strains and four GIII strains were compared in mosquito C6/36 cells, chicken fibroblast cells (DF-1) and porcine iliac artery endothelial cells (PIEC). We observed that GI strains replicated more efficiently than GIII strains in DF-1 and PIEC cells, particularly in DF-1 cells with titers reaching 22.9–225.3 fold higher than GIII strains. This shows an enhanced replication efficiency of GI viruses in avian cells. To examine this enhanced replication efficiency in vivo, young domestic ducklings were used as the animal model and inoculated with GI and GIII strains at day 2 post-hatching. We observed that GI-inoculated ducklings developed higher viremia titers and displayed a comparatively longer viremic duration than GIII-inoculated ducklings. These results conform to the hypothesis of an enhanced replication efficiency for GI viruses in birds. There are 36 amino acid differences between GI and GIII viruses, some of which may be responsible for the enhanced replication efficiency of GI viruses in birds. Based on these findings, we speculated that the enhanced replication of GI viruses in birds would have resulted in higher exposure and therefore infection in mosquitoes, which could result in an increased transmission efficiency of GI viruses in the birds-mosquitoes-birds enzootic transmission cycle, thereby contributing to JEV genotype shift.

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Encéphalite, Virus encéphalite japonaise, Porcin, Culex tritaeniorhynchus, Anopheles, Caneton, Génotype, Épidémiologie

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Chine

Mots-clés complémentaires : Anopheles sinensis

Classification Agris : L73 - Animal diseases

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 4 (2014-2018) - Santé des animaux et des plantes

Agence(s) de financement européenne(s) : European Commission

Projet(s) de financement européen(s) : Linking Epidemiology and Laboratory Research on Transboundary Animal Diseases and zoonoses in China and EU

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Xiao Changguang, CAAS (CHN)
  • Li Chenxi, CAAS (CHN)
  • Di Di, CAAS (CHN)
  • Cappelle Julien, CIRAD-BIOS-UMR ASTRE (FRA) ORCID: 0000-0001-7668-1971
  • Liu Lihong, National Veterinary Institute (SWE)
  • Wang Xin, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CHN)
  • Pang Linlin, CAAS (CHN)
  • Xu Jinpeng, CAAS (CHN)
  • Liu Ke, CAAS (CHN)
  • Li Beibei, CAAS (CHN)
  • Shao Donghua, CAAS (CHN)
  • Qiu Yafeng, CAAS (CHN)
  • Ren Weijie, China Animal Health and Epidemiology Centre (CHN)
  • Widén Frederic, National Veterinary Institute (SWE)
  • Chevalier Véronique, CIRAD-BIOS-UMR ASTRE (KHM)
  • Wei Jianchao, CAAS (CHN)
  • Wu Xiaodong, China Animal Health and Epidemiology Centre (CHN)
  • Ma Zhiyong, CAAS (CHN) - auteur correspondant

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