alpha and lineage c betacov infections in italian bats.alphacov and lineage c betacov, genetically similar to those identified in spanish related bat species, have been detected in italian myotis blithii and eptesicus serotinus, respectively, out of 75 anal swabs collected from vespertilionidae between 2009 and 2012. sequence analysis of the 816-bp obtained rdrp sequence fragment indicates a 96.9 % amino acid identity of the italian lineage c betacov with the recent middle east respiratory syndrome coronavirus (mers-cov, genbank accession number kf1 ...201424242847
tissue distribution of the mers-coronavirus receptor in bats.middle east respiratory syndrome coronavirus (mers-cov) has been shown to infect both humans and dromedary camels using dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (dpp4) as its receptor. the distribution of dpp4 in the respiratory tract tissues of humans and camels reflects mers-cov tropism. apart from dromedary camels, insectivorous bats are suggested as another natural reservoir for mers-like-covs. in order to gain insight on the tropism of these viruses in bats, we studied the dpp4 distribution in the respirator ...201728446791
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