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Genomic characterization of HBV genotype F in Bolivia: genotype F subgenotypes correlate with geographic distribution and T 1858 variant



Hepatitis B virus (HBV) strains were classified into eight genotypes from A to H. Genotype F, an indigenous genotype in Central and South America, has been classified into subgenotypes. An in-depth phylogenetic analysis was performed using two full-length Bolivian HBV sequences and other genotype F strains from the database. A novel nomenclature of subgenotypes of genotype F was proposed, in which Bolivia strains belonged to subgenotype F4. This subgenotype had both Leu 45 and Ile 110 in the S gene, and linked to the T 1858 in the precore. This novel nomenclature demonstrated the relation between variability of the HBV genome and the restricted geographical distribution of the virus in some parts of Central and South America.



Archives of VirologySpringer Journals

Published: Mar 1, 2006

DOI: 10.1007/s00705-005-0671-1

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