Virome diversity of Hyalomma dromedarii ticks collected from camels in the United Arab Emirates

Nighat Perveen, Biduth Kundu, Naganeeswaran Sudalaimuthuasari, Raja Saeed Al-Maskari, Sabir Bin Muzaffar, Mohammad Ali Al-Deeb

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Background and Aim: Viruses are important components of the microbiome of ticks. Ticks are capable of transmitting several serious viral diseases to humans and animals. Hitherto, the composition of viral communities in Hyalomma dromedarii ticks associated with camels in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) remains unexplored. This study aimed to characterize the RNA virome diversity in male and female H. dromedarii ticks collected from camels in Al Ain, UAE. Materials and Methods: We collected ticks, extracted, and sequenced RNA, using Illumina (NovaSeq 6000) and Oxford Nanopore (MinION). Results: From the total generated sequencing reads, 180,559 (∼0.35%) and 197,801 (∼0.34%) reads were identified as virus-related reads in male and female tick samples, respectively. Taxonomic assignment of the viral sequencing reads was accomplished based on bioinformatic analyses. Further, viral reads were classified into 39 viral families. Poxiviridae, Phycodnaviridae, Phenuiviridae, Mimiviridae, and Polydnaviridae were the most abundant families in the tick viromes. Notably, we assembled the genomes of three RNA viruses, which were placed by phylogenetic analyses in clades that included the Bole tick virus. Conclusion: Overall, this study attempts to elucidate the RNA virome of ticks associated with camels in the UAE and the results obtained from this study improve the knowledge of the diversity of viruses in H. dromedarii ticks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)439-448
Number of pages10
JournalVeterinary World
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2023


  • Hyalomma dromedarii
  • UAE
  • camels
  • nanopore technology
  • viral diversity
  • virome analysis
  • whole genome sequencing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Veterinary


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