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Identification and characterization of genotype A and D recombinant hepatitis B virus from Indian chronic HBV isolates.


ABSTRACT: AIM:To confirm the presence of recombination, full-length hepatitis B virus (HBV) from chronic patients was sequenced and analyzed. METHODS:Full-length HBV genomes from 12 patients were amplified and sequenced in an automated sequencer. Phylogenetic analysis was carried out on full-length, Core and preS2/Surface regions using MEGA software. SimPlot Boot Scanning and amino acid sequence analysis were performed for confirmation of recombination. RESULTS:Eight patients were infected with genotype D strain; one patient with genotype A and three patients had genotype A and D recombination; two of them had cirrhosis and one had hepatocellular carcinoma. Phylogenetic analysis of core and preS2/surface regions separately showed evidence of genotype A and D recombination. The breakpoints of recombination were found to be at the start of preS2 and at the end of surface coding regions. CONCLUSION:We identified and characterized recombinant A and D genotype HBV in hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg)-positive patients.

SUBMITTER: Chauhan R 

PROVIDER: S-EPMC2761587 | BioStudies | 2008-01-01

SECONDARY ACCESSION(S): AY945305

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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