Intervirology (Intervirology )

Publisher: S. Karger (Firm), Karger

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As its title suggests, ëIntervirologyí covers progress in both basic and clinical virus research, and aims to provide a forum of exchange among the various disciplines within virology. Issues publishing original papers alternate with thematic issues, focusing on one clearly defined topic of basic or medical virology. This thematic concentration serves to make timely reviews, research reports and controversy easily accessible to both specialists in the field and those who want to keep track of the latest developments outside their own area of interest. The scope encompasses work on the molecular biology of animal viruses, including genome organization and regulation, and the structure and function of viral proteins. The pathogenesis, immunology, diagnosis and prophylaxis of viral diseases are discussed, with attention also given to virus-like agents such as prions and viroids.

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    ABSTRACT: Background/Aims: Adsorption and kinetic parameters, latent period, burst size and burst time, are characteristics of phage/host systems and can be affected by several environmental factors. As only few studies have focused on temperate dairy phages, we characterized these parameters on temperate Lactobacillus paracasei phages Φ iLp84 and Φ iLp1308, infective for probiotic strains. Methods: Phages were characterized by transmission electron microscopy and genomic DNA restriction. Adsorption under different environmental conditions, phage kinetics and efficiency of plating (EOP) were determined using the double-layer titration method. Results: Phages Φ iLp84 and Φ iLp1308 belong to the Siphoviridae family and have genome sizes of 38 and 34 kbp, respectively. Adsorption was affected by calcium concentration, pH, temperature and host viability, and reached a limit at very high multiplicity of infection. Latency, burst time and burst size were of 85 min, 131 min and 46 for Φ iLp84, and 51 min, 92 min and 28 for Φ iLp1308, respectively, at 37°C. A clear influence of temperature on phage kinetics was observed. Regarding EOP, Φ iLp84 produced plaques on only 1 out of 8 strains tested. Conclusion: Noticeable differences in adsorption, kinetics and EOP were found for two morphologically identical temperate L. paracasei phages of similar origin. © 2015 S. Karger AG, Basel.
    Intervirology 01/2015; 58(1):49-56.
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: Given the magnitude of the HIV epidemic infection, many viral and human factors were analyzed, and the most decisive was the variant CCR5-Δ32. The presence of a low HIV prevalence (1.8%) in Gabon in the 1990s, compared to neighboring countries, represents a paradox that led us to search for viral and human genetic variants in this country. In this study, only variants of coreceptors and chemokines were investigated. Methods: Variants of the coding region of the CCR5 gene were analyzed by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis, and then variants of SDF1 and CCR2b were determined by polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism. Results: Four rare variants of the CCR5 coreceptor were found, while CCR5-Δ32 and CCR5m303 variants were not found. No association with CCR2b-V64I (17%) and SDF1-3'A (2%) variants was determined in relation to HIV-1 infection in Gabonese patients. Conclusion: The paradox of HIV seroprevalence in Gabon, which ended in the 2000s, was not caused by human genetic variants but rather by environmental factors. © 2015 S. Karger AG, Basel.
    Intervirology 01/2015; 58(1):22-26.
  • Hyun Jung Lee, Jong Eun Yeon, Eileen L Yoon, Sang Jun Suh, Keunhee Kang, Hae Rim Kim, Seong Hee Kang, Yang Jae Yoo, Jihye Je, Ji Hoon Kim, Yeon Seok Seo, Hyung Joon Yim, Kwan Soo Byun
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: Interferon (IFN)-based therapy for chronic hepatitis C (CHC) is cost-effective and is associated with reduced risk of disease progression. We aimed to assess the incidence of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and to identify risk factors associated with disease progression. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed 280 CHC patients who were registered at our hospital between 2001 and 2010. Results: About 80% of patients received antiviral treatment. The 10-year cumulative incidence of cirrhosis was significantly lower among patients who received antiviral therapy than among those who did not (8.3 vs. 44.0%; p = 0.001). Among them, patients with sustained virological response (SVR) had a significantly lower incidence of cirrhosis than those without SVR (0.6 vs. 33.9%; p < 0.001). Cox proportional hazards regression showed that SVR was the significant independent factor for reducing the risk of cirrhosis (hazard ratio, HR = 0.03; p = 0.034). The 10-year cumulative incidence of HCC was higher among patients who did not receive antiviral therapy than among those who did (43.9 vs. 6.1%; p < 0.001). Multivariate analysis showed that underlying cirrhosis was the only independent risk factor associated with HCC development (HR = 7.70; p = 0.010). Conclusions: SVR secondary to IFN-based therapy could reduce cirrhosis development in CHC patients. Underlying cirrhosis was the strongest predictor of HCC development. © 2015 S. Karger AG, Basel.
    Intervirology 01/2015; 58(1):14-21.
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    ABSTRACT: The rate of eradication of chronic hepatitis C considerably increases with direct-acting antiviral agents, particularly hepatitis C virus (HCV) polymerase inhibitors. While implementing full-length HCV NS5B polymerase sequencing in our clinical microbiology laboratory, we identified atypical HCV sequences, classified as subtype 2l, from 2 patients. HCV-2l NS5B polymerase sequences were detected from 5 and 14 additional patients by screening our laboratory hepatitis virus sequence database and the NCBI GenBank sequence database. Phylogenetic analyses show unambiguously that all HCV-2l sequences are clustered apart from HCV 2 non-l sequences, which compose a second cluster. Mean (±SD) nucleotide identity between near full-length NS5B fragments of subtype 2l was 93.4 ± 0.8% (range: 92.4-95.1). Of note, all HCV-2l sequences obtained in our laboratory and in other centers were from serum samples collected in France. Analysis of the HCV-2l NS5B polymerase amino acid sequences at 30 positions critical for interaction with or resistance to HCV polymerase inhibitors showed specific patterns. © 2015 S. Karger AG, Basel.
    Intervirology 01/2015; 58(1):6-13.
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: Our goal was to systematically and quantitatively assess treatment response between Asian patients with hepatitis C virus genotype 6 (HCV-6) and hepatitis C virus genotype 1 (HCV-1) treated for 48 weeks with pegylated interferon and ribavirin. Methods: We performed a literature search in MEDLINE and EMBASE for 'genotype 6' in August 2013. Additional abstracts from major international scientific conferences from 2012 to 2013 were reviewed. Studies included were original articles with ≥10 treatment-naïve Asian HCV-6 patients. Exclusion criteria were coinfections with hepatitis B virus, HIV and/or other liver diseases. Heterogeneity was defined as a Cochrane Q test with a p value of 0.10 and an I(2) statistic of >50%. Results of a random-effects model are reported. Results: A total of 1,046 (503 HCV-6; 543 HCV-1) patients from 12 studies were included in the analysis. The pooled sustained virologic response (SVR) rate was 80.2% (95% CI 74.3-85.0, Q statistic = 20.87, p < 0.035; I(2) = 47.3%) for HCV-6 and 62.5% (95% CI 41.9-79.4, Q statistic = 52.41, p < 0.001; I(2) = 92.37) for HCV-1 patients. HCV-6 patients had a significantly higher SVR rate compared to HCV-1 patients (odds ratio 2.73, 95% CI 1.69-4.41, p < 0.001). Approximately one fourth of patients without early virologic response (EVR) achieved SVR, regardless of genotype (HCV-1, n = 6/23; HCV-6, n = 4/21). Conclusions: Asian patients with HCV-6 can expect higher SVR rates (∼80%) than HCV-1 patients (∼63%). EVR as a stopping rule is less clear in Asian patients with HCV-6 and HCV-1. © 2015 S. Karger AG, Basel.
    Intervirology 01/2015; 58(1):27-34.
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    ABSTRACT: Currently, there is no consensus on the genotypic tools to be used for tropism analysis in HIV-1 subtype C strains. Thus, the aim of the study was to evaluate the performance of the different V3 loop-based genotypic algorithms available. We compiled a dataset of 645 HIV-1 subtype C V3 loop sequences of known coreceptor phenotypes (531 R5-tropic/non-syncytium-inducing and 114 X4-tropic/R5X4-tropic/syncytium-inducing sequences) from the Los Alamos database (http://www.hiv.lanl.gov/) and previously published literature. Coreceptor usage was predicted based on this dataset using different software-based machine-learning algorithms as well as simple classical rules. All the sophisticated machine-learning methods showed a good concordance of above 85%. Geno2Pheno (false-positive rate cutoff of 5-15%) and CoRSeqV3-C were found to have a high predicting capability in determining both HIV-1 subtype C X4-tropic and R5-tropic strains. The current sophisticated genotypic tropism tools based on V3 loop perform well for tropism prediction in HIV-1 subtype C strains and can be used in clinical settings. © 2015 S. Karger AG, Basel.
    Intervirology 01/2015; 58(1):1-5.
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: Lipolytic genes have been investigated in several viral genomes, and some of them show enzyme activity which can be used for various functions including the production of DNA replication metabolites, rescue from endosomes, and membrane fusion. Amsacta moorei entomopoxvirus (AMEV) replicates in nearly the entire insect body, especially in the adipose tissue. One of the open reading frames (ORFs) in the AMEV genome, amv133, encodes a putative lipase enzyme. In this study, we therefore investigate the enzyme activity of amv133. Methods: amv133 was aligned with known lipase genes and their homologs in entomopoxviruses. Expressed proteins were partially purified and assayed for lipase, esterase and protease. Results: We found that amv133 contains all the domains required for a functional lipase enzyme and that it shows a significant similarity with homologs in other entomopoxviruses. Since there is a similarity of the catalytic triad between lipases and serine proteases, we also investigated the protease activity of amv133. Lipase, esterase and protease assays showed that amv133 encodes a functional esterase enzyme with protease activity. Conclusion: The current data show that amv133 is a conserved gene in all entomopoxvirus genomes sequenced so far and might contribute greatly to degrading the lipids or proteins and hence improve the virus infection. (c) 2015 S. Karger AG, Basel.
    Intervirology 01/2015; 58(1):41-48.
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: The long-term administration of a nucleos(t)ide analogue (NA) for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B may encourage the emergence of viral mutations associated with drug resistance. Minor populations of viruses may exist before treatment, but are difficult to detect because of technological limitations. Identifying minor viral quasispecies should be useful in the clinical management of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. Methods: Six treatment-naïve Indonesian patients with chronic HBV infection participated in this study. The polymerase region of the HBV genome, including regions with known drug-resistant mutations, was subjected to capillary sequencing and MiSeq sequencing (Illumina). Mutations were analyzed with Genomics Workbench software version 6.0.1 (CLC bio). Results: The mean mapping reads for the six samples was 745,654, and the mean number of amplified fragments ranged from 17,926 to 25,336 DNA reads. Several known drug-resistant mutations in the reverse transcriptase region were identified in all patients, although the frequencies were low (0.12-1.06%). The proportions of the total number of reads containing mutations I169L/M, S202R, M204I/L or N236S were >1.0%. Conclusion: Several known NA-resistant mutations were detected in treatment-naïve patients in Indonesia using deep sequencing. Careful management of such patients is essential to prevent drug-resistant mutations from spreading to other patients. © 2014 S. Karger AG, Basel.
    Intervirology 10/2014; 57(6):384-392.
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: Sandfly fever phleboviruses are endemic in Mediterranean countries. We report a febrile phlebovirus case in a Greek patient who presented signs of neuroinvasive infection. Methods: In summer 2010, a 20-year-old male was admitted to hospital with fever and lethargy; he was a resident of central Macedonia, northern Greece, where a large outbreak of West Nile virus (WNV) infections occurred at that time. Since there was no laboratory evidence of WNV infection, the patient's serum and cerebrospinal fluid were tested for a probable phlebovirus infection. Results: High titers of IgM and IgG antibodies against Toscana virus were detected in serum and cerebrospinal fluid, while the titers against sandfly fever Naples virus were lower; no reactivity was detected against sandfly Sicilian and Cyprus viruses. Since neutralization assays were not performed and PCR resulted in being negative, it was concluded that the causative agent was a phlebovirus of the sandfly fever Naples serocomplex. Conclusion: The present case confirms results from previous seroprevalence studies showing that phleboviruses of the sandfly fever Naples serocomplex are present in Greece and provides evidence that they cause febrile neuroinvasive disease in humans, prompting for inclusion of phleboviral infections in the differential diagnosis of acute febrile cases during the time when sandflies are active. © 2014 S. Karger AG, Basel.
    Intervirology 10/2014; 57(6):393-395.
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Low pathogenic H9N2 avian influenza virus (AIV) has been spreading worldwide, leading to huge economic losses to poultry husbandry, but few studies were concerned about its aerosol infection. Methods: This study compared the infective doses of H9N2 AIV to chickens by three different routes, aerosol infection, intranasal and gastrointestinal infection, and determination of the results was conducted by detecting virus shedding and seroconversion of chickens. Results: The results indicated that chickens were susceptible to H9N2 AIV with a different infection rate which depended on the route of inoculation. H9N2 AIV media aerosol-infective dose (aID50) to chickens was about 491 TCID50, intranasal infection was 398 TCID50, and gastrointestinal infection was 19,952 TCID50. Conclusion: The infection ability of H9N2 AIV to chickens was related to its way of invading. The respiratory infection ability was about 40 times more effective than gastrointestinal infection, which suggested that urgent attention should be paid to environmental disinfection to block airborne transmission of influenza virus. © 2014 S. Karger AG, Basel.
    Intervirology 10/2014; 57(6):369-374.
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to explore the prevalence of basal core promoter (BCP) and precore gene (PC) mutations in hepatitis B virus (HBV) isolates among the Nicobarese tribe and their relationship with genotypes and HBeAg status. A total of 726 blood samples were collected from two villages of the Car Nicobar Island where mass vaccination was performed in the year 2000. HBV DNA was isolated and the BCP and PC regions were amplified and sequenced directly. The samples positive for HBV DNA were tested for HBsAg, HBeAg and anti-HBe. Among the 211 and 515 samples collected from vaccinated and nonvaccinated persons, 16 and 82 were positive for HBV DNA, respectively. Among the vaccinated individuals, only 1 had a mutation in both the BCP and PC gene. Among the nonvaccinated subjects, 3 (4.5%) had an A1762T mutation, 8 (12.1%) had a G1764A mutation, 11 (16.7%) had a G1896A mutation and 4 (6.1%) had a G1899A mutation. The HBeAg-negative subjects had a significantly higher frequency of BCP and PC mutations than the HBeAg-positive subjects. The prevalence of a PC mutation was higher than that of a BCP mutation. The present study stresses the need for the continuous surveillance of subjects with BCP and PC mutations, as the mutations may contribute to the progression of liver disease. © 2014 S. Karger AG, Basel.
    Intervirology 10/2014; 57(6):357-364.
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    ABSTRACT: Introduction: Chronic inflammations including infectious disorders such as HIV infection are now considered as risk factors for atherosclerosis. In this study, conducted for the first time on human subjects, human T-lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1) infection was examined as a potential risk factor for atherosclerosis. Materials and Methods: This is a matched-pair cross-sectional study on 58 HTLV-1-infected cases and 55 healthy control subjects. The subjects did not have any major cerebrovascular risk factors. Carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) was measured for each patient using the standard protocol of the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study. Results: The mean age of the subjects was 42.9 ± 10.52 years, and males made up 33% of the population. The difference between the mean IMT of the infected case group and that of the healthy control group was significant (p < 0.05). Discussion: This study indicated that the HTLV-infected individuals showed a greater carotid IMT than the age- and sex-matched control subjects. Observing no other known risk factor for atherosclerosis, we concluded that this significant difference in IMT might support the hypothesis that HTLV-1 infection is an independent risk factor for atherogenesis. © 2014 S. Karger AG, Basel.
    Intervirology 10/2014; 57(6):365-368.
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: The mouse mammary tumor virus (MMTV) is the well-established etiological agent of mammary tumors in mice. A series of studies have implicated that a human murine mammary tumor virus-like virus occurs in human breast cancer, but it is unclear whether it has any causal role. Methods: The aim of the present study was to investigate the presence of MMTV env gene-like sequences in a group of Iranian women with or without breast cancer. A total of 65 breast cancer and 65 noncancerous breast specimens from the Department of Pathology of Tabriz University in East Azerbaijan, Iran, were analyzed by nested PCR. Results: All breast cancer and benign breast samples were negative for MMTV env gene-like DNA. Conclusion: These results indicate that the MMTV env gene-like virus may not play a significant role in the etiology of breast cancer among Iranian women. © 2014 S. Karger AG, Basel.
    Intervirology 10/2014; 57(6):353-356.
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: To genetically characterize human influenza viruses and their susceptibilities to antivirals during two post-pandemic seasons in Lebanon. Methods: Influenza virus was isolated from nasopharyngeal swabs that were obtained from patients with influenza-like illness during 2010-2012 and further analyzed both phenotypically and genotypically. Results: During the 2010-2011 season, both 2009 pandemic H1N1 (H1N1p) and B viruses co-circulated with equal prevalence, while the H3N2 virus predominated during the 2011-2012 season. All H3N2 and H1N1 viruses were resistant to amantadine. Importantly, all viruses of the influenza A and B types were susceptible to the neuraminidase (NA) inhibitors oseltamivir, zanamivir, peramivir, and laninamivir. Nonetheless, all 2011-2012 H1N1p isolates had three mutations (V241I, N369K, and N386S) in the NA gene that were suggested to be permissive of the H275Y mutation, which confers resistance to oseltamivir. We also detected one H1N1p virus during the 2010-2011 season with a 4-fold decrease in susceptibility to oseltamivir due to an NA-S247N mutation. This isolate was phylogenetically distinct from other H1N1p viruses that were isolated in other regions. Conclusions: Influenza A viruses with reduced susceptibility to oseltamivir and mutations permissive for acquiring NA resistance-conferring mutation with minimal burden on their fitness were isolated in Lebanon. © 2014 S. Karger AG, Basel.
    Intervirology 10/2014; 57(6):344-352.
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: This study investigated the antiviral efficacy of adefovir (ADV) rescue therapy and the feasibility of lamivudine (LAM) discontinuation in LAM-resistant chronic hepatitis B (CH-B) patients who had attained a virological response (VR) with LAM + ADV combination therapy. Methods: The VR and virological breakthrough (VBT) were analyzed in 106 consecutively enrolled LAM-resistant CH-B patients who received ADV rescue therapy during a mean follow-up period of 55.2 months. Seventy-four patients achieved VR, and were divided into the LAM-discontinuation group (n = 39) and the LAM-continuation group (n = 35). The VR and VBT between the 2 groups were compared. Results: For all 106 LAM-resistant CH-B patients, the overall cumulative probabilities of VR at 1, 2, 3 and 5 years of ADV rescue therapy were 40.6, 55.7, 64.6 and 81.3%, respectively. The cumulative probabilities of VBT at 1, 2, 3 and 5 years were 0, 2.9, 8.8 and 13.9%, respectively. Whether they discontinued or continued LAM after achieving VR on LAM + ADV therapy, VR and VBT were not significantly different during a mean follow-up period of 40.4 months. Conclusions: There was a good long-term VR with ADV rescue therapy for LAM-resistant CH-B patients. Moreover, discontinuing LAM was found to be feasible for patients who attained VR during ADV + LAM therapy. © 2014 S. Karger AG, Basel.
    Intervirology 09/2014; 57(6):337-343.
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    ABSTRACT: Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCPyV) large T antigen (LT-ag) is frequently found truncated in Merkel cell carcinomas (MCC) and it is considered a major tumor-specific signature. Nonetheless, the biological role of LT-ag nontruncated mutations is largely unknown. In this study, MCPyV LT-ag second exon from 11 non-MCC oral samples and NCBI sequences derived from different anatomical sites were studied from the genetic and structural standpoint. As expected, the LT-ag mutation profile was influenced by the geographical origin of the sample, although nonsynonymous mutations were more frequent in lesional tissues. Our in silico study suggests that the mutations found would not significantly affect protein functions, regardless of sample category. This work presents a thorough investigation of the structural and functional properties of LT-ag nontruncated mutations in MCPyV. Our results sustain the geographical influence of the MCPyV genetic profile, but do not discard genetic tissue specificities. Further investigation involving other genetic segments in healthy and lesional tissues are necessary to improve our knowledge on MCPyV pathogenesis. © 2014 S. Karger AG, Basel.
    Intervirology 09/2014; 57(6):331-336.
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    ABSTRACT: Background: We previously attenuated the infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) strain CK/CH/LDL/97I and found that it can convey protection against the homologous pathogenic virus. Objective: To compare the full-length genome sequences of the Chinese IBV strain CK/CH/LDL/97I and its embryo-passaged, attenuated level to identify sequence substitutions responsible for the attenuation and define markers of attenuation. Methods: The full-length genomes of CK/CH/LDL/97I P5 and P115 were amplified and sequenced. The sequences were assembled and compared using the MEGALIGN program (DNAStar) and a phylogenetic tree was constructed using MEGA4 software. Results: The CK/CH/LDL/97I virus population contained subpopulations with a mixture of genetic mutants. Changes were observed in nsp4, nsp9, nsp11/12, nsp14, nsp15, nsp16, and ORF3a, but these did not result in amino acid substitutions or did not show functional variations. Amino acid substitutions occurred in the remaining genes between P5 and P115; most were found in the S region, and some of the nucleotide mutations resulted in amino acid substitutions. Among the 9 nsps in the ORF1 region, nsp3 contained the most nucleotide substitutions. Conclusions: Sequence variations in different genes, especially the S gene and nsp3, in the genomes of CK/CH/LDL/97I viruses might contribute to differences in viral replication, pathogenicity, antigenicity, immunogenicity, and tissue tropism. © 2014 S. Karger AG, Basel.
    Intervirology 08/2014; 57(6):319-330.
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    ABSTRACT: Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) genetic diversity is one of the most important features of HIV-1 infections and the result of error accumulation during reverse transcription and of high viral turnover. HIV-1 reverse transcription is influenced by factors such as the level of nucleotides and/or the cellular activation state. HIV-1 diversity was investigated after 48 h of viral propagation in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) obtained from healthy donors in three different cell culture conditions: (1) resting PBMCs, (2) simultaneous infection and PBMC activation, and (3) PBMC activation 72 h before infection. Cellular DNA was extracted and proviruses of each culture condition were amplified. Single-genome PCR clones were obtained and the protease and reverse transcriptase of the pol gene were sequenced. An elevated number of nucleotide substitutions in all three culture conditions were observed. In condition 1, the mutational rate observed ranged from 1.0 × 10(-3) to 2.1 × 10(-2), the genetic diversity was 0.6%, and hypermutation was observed in 7.1% of sequenced clones. In condition 2, the mutational rate ranged from 1.0 × 10(-3) to 1.0 × 10(-2), the genetic diversity was 0.8%, and hypermutation affected 6.7% of clones. In condition 3, the mutational rate ranged from 2.8 × 10(-3) to 1.1 × 10(-2), the genetic diversity was 1%, and 5.9% of clones were hypermutated. Substitutions occurred more frequently in some specific nucleotide stretches, and a common pattern for substitutions in all the different conditions was identified. There was a significant accumulation of mutations during the initial periods of in vitro HIV-1 propagation irrespective of culture conditions. The rapid accumulation of virus diversity might represent a viral strategy when colonizing new hosts. Complementary studies are necessary to allow for a better understanding of the initial periods of infection, which represent a crucial event related to disease progression. © 2014 S. Karger AG, Basel.
    Intervirology 06/2014; 57(5):277-288.
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: Patients with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) may exhibit significant liver pathology despite alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and HBV DNA levels below the cutoff values advised by treatment guidelines. We evaluated candidacy for HBV therapy when baseline histopathological changes are taken into consideration. Methods: Clinical, biochemical, serological, virological, and histopathological (METAVIR score) data of 117 patients with HBeAg-negative chronic HBV genotype D were collected and analyzed. Results: Significant pathology (≥F2 and/or ≥A2) and fibrosis (≥F2 ± ≥A2) were found in 73 (62.4%) and 59 (50.4%) patients, respectively. Based on HBV DNA (>2,000 IU/ml) and ALT levels >2 × 40 U/l (the standard cutoff value), only 31 (26.5%) patients were candidates for therapy. This increased to 58 (49.6%) patients when the new ALT cutoff values (30 U/l for males, and 19 U/l for females) were applied. Relying on either ≥F2 and/or A ≥2 or ≥F2 ± ≥A2 increases the treatment candidacy to 73 (62.4%) and 59 (50.4%) patients, respectively. Also, when compared with standard ALT cutoff values, applying both new ALT cutoff values with either significant pathology or fibrosis increases treatment candidacy to 28 (23.9%) and 42 (35.9%) patients, respectively. Conclusion: Liver pathology is more reliable than ALT and HBV DNA in the decision to treat patients with HBeAg-negative chronic HBV genotype D. © 2014 S. Karger AG, Basel.
    Intervirology 06/2014; 57(5):248-253.