Characterization of a novel species of adenovirus from Japanese microbat and role of CXADR as its entry factor

Tomoya Kobayashi, Hiromichi Matsugo, Junki Maruyama, Haruhiko Kamiki, Ayato Takada, Ken Maeda, Akiko Takenaka-Uema, Yukinobu Tohya, Shin Murakami, Taisuke Horimoto

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Recently, bat adenoviruses (BtAdVs) of genus Mastadenovirus have been isolated from various bat species, some of them displaying a wide host range in cell culture. In this study, we isolated two BtAdVs from Japanese wild microbats. While one isolate was classified as Bat mastadenovirus A, the other was phylogenetically independent of other BtAdVs. It was rather related to, but serologically different from, canine adenoviruses. We propose that the latter, isolated from Asian parti-colored bat, should be assigned to a novel species of Bat mastadenovirus. Both isolates replicated in various mammalian cell lines, implying their wide cell tropism. To gain insight into cell tropism of these BtAdVs, we investigated the coxsackievirus and adenovirus receptor (CXADR) for virus entry to the cells. We prepared CXADR-knockout canine kidney cells and found that replication of BtAdVs was significantly hampered in these cells. For confirmation, their replication in canine CXADR-addback cells was rescued to the levels with the original cells. We also found that viral replication was corrected in human or bat CXADR-transduced cells to similar levels as in canine CXADR-addback cells. These results suggest that BtAdVs were able to use several mammalian-derived CXADRs as entry factors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number573
JournalScientific reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

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