Question: Does the host of human coronaviruses (CoVs) genomes/sequences must be from human host? Or other animal hosts should be fine as well?
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8 weeks ago by
peifei04180
Malaysia
peifei04180 wrote:

Hi guys, it's quite urgent and I really hope someone can help me out by explaining this to me TT. If we want to use human coronaviruses to do some bioinformatics analysis, it will be the best to retrieve sequences/genomes from human host? Or it doesn't matter?

This is because I got the deposited data file of all human coronaviruses sequences from a published article from PNAS, and I realised small number of the sequences retrieved are not from human host or they are from unknown host. I am confused whether human coronaviruses genomes/sequences must be from human host or other animal host should be okay too. Can any experts/professionals or anyone who are familiar with this, explain to me about this matter?

By the way, when I'm downloading the sequences and sequences information from NCBI database, I managed to check the host of that particular sequence/genome. That's why i found out there are human coronavirus sequences from animal host.

p/s: Sorry if the question sounds a bit stupid, but I'm very new in this thing :'D

Thank you in advanced for all the explanations and I really appreciate it :)

ADD COMMENTlink modified 8 weeks ago by GenoMax95k • written 8 weeks ago by peifei04180
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from human host or other animal host should be okay too

It depends what you want to do. If you think the host of origin can be a factor in the interpretation of your analysis then only analyze sequences from the same host. If not it probably doesn't matter. Since you're not giving specific information we can't be more specific.
There are many different coronaviruses including some for which humans can be considered the normal hosts (HCoV-229E, HCoV-OC43, HCoV-NL63 and HCoV-HKU1, they cause a form of the common cold). Also sometimes human viruses are studied in animal models. A sequence reported from such an experiment may list the animal model as the host.

ADD REPLYlink modified 8 weeks ago • written 8 weeks ago by Jean-Karim Heriche24k

Oh I see, I have understood. Thank you for the explanations, it helps me a lot! :)

ADD REPLYlink written 8 weeks ago by peifei04180
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8 weeks ago by
GenoMax95k
United States
GenoMax95k wrote:

Original SARS-CoV (not SARS-CoV-2, current virus that is causing the pandemic) virus originated in Bats. So humans are not the normal host for this virus.

I am not sure if there are any "human" coronaviruses as in humans are their primary host. There may be but this is not the right forum to ask that question. You may be best served by posting on biology stackexchange.

ADD COMMENTlink written 8 weeks ago by GenoMax95k

Yes, I knew SARS-CoV is originated in bats as well. Thank you for the suggestion about posting on biology stackexchange. I will try to post this in other forum. Thanks a lot for the response, really appreciate it. Hope you have a good day ahead :))

ADD REPLYlink written 8 weeks ago by peifei04180
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Don't waste your time with SE Biology, imho it is mostly a dumpster fire, quality of questions there is abysmal and I have the feeling therefore experienced users often do not even visit it to give good answers, so better post it in a suitable subReddit. This is no offense again SE in particular, just my personal impression.

ADD REPLYlink modified 8 weeks ago • written 8 weeks ago by ATpoint44k
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