Analysis of genetic heterogeneity of hepatitis C viruses in Central America reveals a novel genetic lineage

Analysis of genetic heterogeneity of hepatitis C viruses in Central America reveals a novel... Hepatitis C virus (HCV) has high genomic variability and at least six different types have been reported. The genotypes distribution is currently unknown among HCV strains circulating in Central America. In order to study the degree of genetic variability of strains isolated in Costa Rica, sequence data obtained from the 5′ non coding region from 7 patients from Costa Rica were compared with published sequences from 57 strains of all types. The phylogenetic analysis revealed the existence of type 1 strains of a novel genetic lineage, recently described for some South American countries, and indicates an increasing diversification of HCV. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Virology Springer Journals

Analysis of genetic heterogeneity of hepatitis C viruses in Central America reveals a novel genetic lineage

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Springer-Verlag
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Copyright © 2002 by Springer-Verlag/Wien
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Legacy
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0304-8608
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1432-8798
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10.1007/s00705-002-0869-4
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Abstract

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) has high genomic variability and at least six different types have been reported. The genotypes distribution is currently unknown among HCV strains circulating in Central America. In order to study the degree of genetic variability of strains isolated in Costa Rica, sequence data obtained from the 5′ non coding region from 7 patients from Costa Rica were compared with published sequences from 57 strains of all types. The phylogenetic analysis revealed the existence of type 1 strains of a novel genetic lineage, recently described for some South American countries, and indicates an increasing diversification of HCV.

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Archives of VirologySpringer Journals

Published: Oct 1, 2002

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