Hepatitis B virus (HBV) variants with amino acid mutations in the a epitope of the major surface protein have been identified, and questions have been raised regarding their biologic properties. Dilutions of serum that contained the first such described HBV mutant, with an Arg-for-Gly substitution at codon 145 of the S gene, were inoculated into 6 seronegative chimpanzees. Five of the animals developed serologic and/or biochemical evidence of hepatitis B. A polymerase chain reaction-based assay that discriminated between the wild type and mutant vital genomes revealed that a pure population of the mutant genome was present in the 10-6 and 10-7 dilutions of the index serum, resulting in infection of the chimpanzees receiving these dilutions only with the mutant virus. A clone of the mutant virus replicated normally following transfection in vitro. Thus, this HBV surface gene mutant is viable, infectious, and pathogenic in chimpanzees.
Infectivity and pathogenicity in chimpanzees of a surface gene mutant of hepatitis B virus that emerged in a vaccinated infant / N. OGATA, A.R. ZANETTI, M. YU, R.H. MILLER, R.H. PURCELL. - In: THE JOURNAL OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES. - ISSN 0022-1899. - 175:3(1997), pp. 511-523.
|Titolo:||Infectivity and pathogenicity in chimpanzees of a surface gene mutant of hepatitis B virus that emerged in a vaccinated infant|
ZANETTI, ALESSANDRO REMO (Secondo)
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/42 - Igiene Generale e Applicata|
|Data di pubblicazione:||1997|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/infdis/175.3.511|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|