[Source: PLOS One, full page: (LINK). Abstract, edited.]
OPEN ACCESS / PEER-REVIEWED / RESEARCH ARTICLE
The evolution and genetic diversity of avian influenza A(H9N2) viruses in Cambodia, 2015 – 2016
Annika Suttie, Songha Tok, Sokhoun Yann, Ponnarath Keo, Srey Viseth Horm, Merryn Roe, Matthew Kaye, San Sorn, Davun Holl, Sothyra Tum, Ian G. Barr, Aeron C. Hurt, Andrew R. Greenhill, [ … ], Paul F. Horwood
Published: December 9, 2019 / DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0225428
Low pathogenic A(H9N2) subtype avian influenza viruses (AIVs) were originally detected in Cambodian poultry in 2013, and now circulate endemically. We sequenced and characterised 64 A(H9N2) AIVs detected in Cambodian poultry (chickens and ducks) from January 2015 to May 2016. All A(H9) viruses collected in 2015 and 2016 belonged to a new BJ/94-like h9-4.2.5 sub-lineage that emerged in the region during or after 2013, and was distinct to previously detected Cambodian viruses. Overall, there was a reduction of genetic diversity of H9N2 since 2013, however two genotypes were detected in circulation, P and V, with extensive reassortment between the viruses. Phylogenetic analysis showed a close relationship between A(H9N2) AIVs detected in Cambodian and Vietnamese poultry, highlighting cross-border trade/movement of live, domestic poultry between the countries. Wild birds may also play a role in A(H9N2) transmission in the region. Some genes of the Cambodian isolates frequently clustered with zoonotic A(H7N9), A(H9N2) and A(H10N8) viruses, suggesting a common ecology. Molecular analysis showed 100% of viruses contained the hemagglutinin (HA) Q226L substitution, which favours mammalian receptor type binding. All viruses were susceptible to the neuraminidase inhibitor antivirals; however, 41% contained the matrix (M2) S31N substitution associated with resistance to adamantanes. Overall, Cambodian A(H9N2) viruses possessed factors known to increase zoonotic potential, and therefore their evolution should be continually monitored.
Citation: Suttie A, Tok S, Yann S, Keo P, Horm SV, Roe M, et al. (2019) The evolution and genetic diversity of avian influenza A(H9N2) viruses in Cambodia, 2015 – 2016. PLoS ONE 14(12): e0225428. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0225428
Editor: Charles J. Russell, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, UNITED STATES
Received: August 28, 2019; Accepted: November 4, 2019; Published: December 9, 2019
Copyright: © 2019 Suttie et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Data Availability: All relevant data are within the manuscript and its Supporting Information files.
Funding: This publication is the result of work conducted under a cooperative agreement with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), grant number IDSEP140020-01-00 (PH). The study was also funded, in part, by the US Agency for International Development (grant No. AID-442-G-14-00005) (PH). The Melbourne WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza is supported by the Australian Government Department of Health (IB). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.
Competing interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.
Keywords: Avian Influenza; H9N2; H7N9; H9N2; H10N8; Reassortant strain; Cambodia; Antivirals; Drugs Resistance; Amantadine; Oseltamivir; Zanamivir.