Molecular characterization of hepatitis B virus genotype A from Argentina and Brazil

Molecular characterization of hepatitis B virus genotype A from Argentina and Brazil To study the diversification of hepatitis B virus genotype A in Latin America, we analyzed seven new Argentinian isolates and published sequences from Argentina and Brazil and other countries from the region. We found that the European subgenotype A2 prevailed in most of the countries except for Brazil, where the African subgenotype A1 predominated. A2 isolates did not differ significantly from the GenBank sequences, whereas some A1 isolates carried, concomitantly, amino acids characteristic of the subgenotypes A3 (R 501 in P protein) and A2 (D 355 in P/T 54 in preS2). This combination is absent in the A1 subgenotype around the world. We discuss the origin, distribution and introduction of those subgenotypes in the Americas. Archives of Virology Springer Journals

Molecular characterization of hepatitis B virus genotype A from Argentina and Brazil

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Biomedicine; Infectious Diseases; Medical Microbiology ; Virology
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