Most commercial HIV-1 genotyping assays are hampered by high cost in resource-limited settings. Moreover, their performance might be influenced over time by HIV genetic heterogeneity and evolution. An in-house genotyping protocol was developed, and its sequencing performance and reproducibility were compared to that of ViroSeq™. One hundred ninety plasma samples from HIV-1-infected subjects in Cameroon, a resource-limited setting with a high HIV genetic variability, were processed for pol gene sequencing with an in-house protocol, ViroSeq™, or both. Only non-B subtypes were found. The in-house sequencing performance was 98.7% against 92.1% with ViroSeq™. Among 36 sequence pairs obtained using both assays, the overall rate of discordant amino acid positions was negligible (0.24%). With its high sensitivity and reproducibility, as well as its affordable cost (about half of ViroSeq™: 92 € vs. 217 €), this in-house assay is a suitable alternative for HIV-1 genotyping in resource-limited and/or in high-genetic-diversity settings.
Archives of Virology – Springer Journals
Published: Jul 1, 2011
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