Journal of Virology & Antiviral ResearchISSN: 2324-8955

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Opinion Article,  J Virol Antivir Res Vol: 10 Issue: 4

A Brief Overview of Porcine Enteric Diarrhoea Virus

Chen Huang*

Department of Biology and Microbiology, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD 57007, China

*Corresponding author: Chen Huang, Department of Biology and Microbiology, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD 57007, China, E-mail:

Citation: Huang C (2021) A Brief Overview of Porcine Enteric Diarrhoea Virus. J Virol Antivir Res 10:4.

Received: July 09, 2021 Accepted: July 23, 2021 Published: July 30, 2021


PED, which was initially discovered in English feeder and fattening pigs in 1971, is a destructive intestinal illness that expresses itself as intermittent outbreaks during the winter, causing devastation to breeding farms. PED resembles transmissible gastroenteritis (TGE), but has less of an effect on suckling pigs (<4- to 5-week old); this is what allowed PED to first be distinguished from the TGE virus and other recognized enteropathogenic agents. The disease was dubbed “epidemic viral diarrhoea (EVD)” as it spread across Europe.

Keywords: Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, PEDV, Diagnostics, Molecular diagnostics,


EVD type 2 was assigned to this type of EVD. In 1978, using experimentally generated CV777, which caused enteropathogenic infection in both piglets and fattening swine, it was discovered that EVD type 2 was caused by a coronavirus-like agent. The sickness was dubbed ‘Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED)’ at this point. The virus that causes porcine epidemic diarrhoea is a coronavirus that is identical to the one that causes transmissible gastroenteritis. In naive herds, morbidity is 100 percent, and mortality among suckling and freshly weaned piglets is 50 to 100 percent. Pigs get infected in a short period of time (36 hours) and by a variety of routes, including fecaloral, fomites, and windborne transmission. Vomiting, inappetence, and thirst are some of the symptoms [1].

Group 1 of the genus Coronavirus includes both the transmissible gastroenteritis virus (TGEV) and the porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDV). PEDV’s

diameter, including its projection, ranges from 95 to 1990 nm (mean diameter: 130 nm). The PEDV has a centrally situated electron-opaque body, as do many particles with a spherical shape, and it also has widely spread club-shaped projections measuring 18– 23 nm in length electrons. PEDV is sensitive to ether and chloroform, and has a density of 1.18 g/ml in sucrose. A glycosylated peplomer (spike, S) protein, Poll (P1), envelope (E), glycosylated membrane (M) protein, and an unglycosylated RNA-binding nucleocapsid (N) protein are all present in the virus [2].

The PEDV is spread by orally inoculating piglets, after which it gathers in the tissues and contents of the small intestine during the early stages of diarrhoea. PEDV may be serially propagated and grown well in Vero (African green monkey kidney) cells in the lab; however, the virus’s proliferation is dependent on the presence of trypsin in the cell culture media.

PEDV isolates’ relatedness has been determined using genetic and phylogenetic analyses based on the S, M, and ORF3 genes, both within Korea and among various countries where PEDV has surfaced. PEDVs can be divided into three groups, according to research on a portion of the S gene and the entire M gene. G1, G2, G3), which are further divided into three subgroups (G1-1, G1-2, and G1-3). The G1 PEDVs had 95.1–100% nucleotide sequence similarity with each other, and 93.5–96.7 and 88.7–91.5 percent sequence identities with the G2 and G3 PEDVs, respectively, according to examination of the incomplete S genes. The G2 PEDVs were 96.7–99.8% comparable to each other, and 91.8–93.0% similar to the G3 PEDVs.

PEDV is an enclosed virus with a positive-sense, single-stranded RNA genome of approximately 28 kb, a 5′ cap, and a 3′ polyadenylated tail. A 5′ untranslated region (UTR), a 3′ UTR, and at least seven open reading frames (ORFs) encode four structural proteins [spike (S), envelope (E), membrane (M), and nucleocapsid (N)] and three non-structural proteins in the genome. The polymerase gene is made up of two enormous ORFs, 1a and 1b, that span the whole 5′ two-thirds of the genome and code for non-structural replicase polyproteins (replicases 1a and 1b). The S (150–220 kDa), E (7 kDa), M (20–30 kDa), and N (58 kDa) structural proteins genes are situated downstream of the polymerase gene.


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