TT virus (TTV) is a newly discovered human virus of high genotypic diversity. TTV is widely distributed among humans, but the possible genotype-related differences in TTV biology are not well known. The prevalence and amount of TTV-DNA, especially of genotype 6, was determined by nested-PCR in various human tissues, and human parvovirus B19, another ssDNA virus, was used as a reference. TTV DNA was detected simultaneously in bile, peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) and plasma of 77% subjects, in 38% skin samples, in 38% synovial samples and in all (100%) adenoids, tonsils and liver samples. The relative concentrations of TTV-DNA did not vary significantly among the different samples. Genotype 6 TTV-DNA was detected in bile and plasma of one subject (3%), in skin and serum of one subject (8%) and in one liver (5%). The overall prevalence of TTV genotype 6 was 4% in subjects and 4% in sera. TTV genotype 6 was shown to occur in human tissues with no obvious tissue-type or symptom specificity. Parvovirus B19 DNA was detected overall in 38% subjects, and bile was the only sample type tested that did not persistently harbour B19 DNA.
Archives of Virology – Springer Journals
Published: Jun 1, 2004
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