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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2020

Field-Adapted Full Genome Sequencing of Peste-Des-Petits-Ruminants Virus Using Nanopore Sequencing

Torsson, Emeli; Kgotlele, Tebogo; Misinzo, Gerald; Johansson Wensman, Jonas; Berg, Mikael; Karlsson Lindsjo, Oskar


Peste-des-petits-ruminants virus (PPRV) is currently the focus of a control and eradication program. Full genome sequencing has the opportunity to become a powerful tool in the eradication program by improving molecular epidemiology and the study of viral evolution. PPRV is prevalent in many resource-constrained areas, with long distances to laboratory facilities, which can lack the correct equipment for high-throughput sequencing. Here we present a protocol for near full or full genome sequencing of PPRV. The use of a portable miniPCR and MinION brings the laboratory to the field and in addition makes the production of a full genome possible within 24 h of sampling. The protocol has been successfully used on virus isolates from cell cultures and field isolates from tissue samples of naturally infected goats.


peste-des-petits-ruminants virus; eradication; molecular epidemiology; full genome sequencing; MinION; miniPCR

Published in

Frontiers in Veterinary Science
2020, Volume: 7, article number: 542724