Conceição-Neto, N., Mesquita, J.R., Zeller, M., Yinda, C.K., Álvares, F., Roque, S., Petrucci-Fonseca, F., Godinho, R., Heylen, E., Ranst, M.V. & Matthijnssens, J. (2016) Reassortment among picobirnaviruses found in wolves.Archives of Virology, 161(10), 2859-2862. DOI:10.1007/s00705-016-2987-4 (IF2015 2,255; Q3 Virology)
We conducted a viral metagenomics study in diarrheic free-ranging wolves in Portugal, revealing for the first time the presence of reassortant picobirnaviruses. These viruses shared identical capsid segments together with diverse RNA-dependent RNA polymerase segments. Even though causality between these picobirnaviruses and diarrhea could not be established, the study nonetheless confirms for the first time that wolves are a potential reservoir for picobirnaviruses, which might play a role as enteric pathogens.