Low rate of YMDD motif mutations in polymerase gene of hepatitis B virus in chronically infected patients not treated with lamivudine

Research Institute for Hepatology, Toranomon Branch Hospital, 1-3-1 Kajigaya, Takatsu-ku, Kawasaki 213-8587, Japan.
Journal of Gastroenterology (Impact Factor: 4.52). 02/2004; 39(1):34-40. DOI: 10.1007/s00535-003-1242-4
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Lamivudine is used for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B (CH-B), and exhibits excellent antiviral activity. However, longterm administration increases the likelihood of the emergence of resistant viruses, with an accompanying relapse of hepatitis. However, recent studies have reported lamivudine-resistant viruses in patients with CH-B before such treatment. The aim of this study was to investigate whether YMDD mutants occur in nature.
The existence of lamivudine-resistant viruses was examined in 20 asymptomatic carriers of hepatitis B virus (ASC), 10 patients who lost hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) during follow-up and in 20 lamivudine-treated patients with and without breakthrough hepatitis. Both polymerase chain reaction (PCR) restriction fragment length polymorphism and SMITEST hepatitis B virus (HBV)-YMDD mutation detection methods were used to detect resistant viruses.
No YMDD mutants were detected in the sera of the 20 ASC at the initial and final medical examinations, nor were YMDD mutants detected in sera collected at the initial medical examination, about 6 months before, or immediately after the loss of HBsAg in the 10 patients. In the 20 patients treated with lamivudine, YMDD mutants were not detected in any of them before treatment, whereas mutants were detected in the sera of 10 patients during treatment.
Our results suggest that lamivudine-resistant YMDD mutant viruses were present in a few patients with HBV infection before they have been treated with lamivudine.

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    • "However, among five patients after 12 months lamivudine treatment , M552I mutations in two patients with HBV DNA rebounding were detected. In fact, YMDD mutations are found in nature, but it is difficult to explain significant distinction between few YMDD mutations detected in nature (Matsuda et al., 2004; Chen et al., 2004) and high mutational rate during long-term lamivudine treatment. The resistant mutations occur in 14.0–32.0% of patients after 1 year of treatment (Lai et al., 1998; Ono-Nita et al., 1999) increasing to 38.0% and 49.0% after 2 and 3 years of treatment, respectively (Liaw et al., 2000; Leung et al., 2001).Yao et al. (2004) has even detected the YMDD mutations in 70.5% of patients at year 3. Like HIV, HBV utilizes a reverse transcription step in replicating the viral genome. "
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