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ABSTRACT: This study aims to evaluate genotyping assays for hepatitis C virus (HCV). An in-house nucleic acid sequencing method is performed in parallel with the Roche Linear Array HCV genotyping test on 73 HCV-positive (66 clinical samples and seven proficiency testing quality control samples) and 12 HCV-negative samples (11 clinical samples and one proficiency testing sample). The performance of the in-house method was comparable with that of the Roche assay (concordance rate: 89.4%). Discordant results included four mixed infections missed by the in-house method, two false-negatives with the Roche assay, and three discrepant results. The in-house method exhibited a higher resolution (subtype vs. genotype level) at a lower running cost (25% of the commercial assay). The in-house method was also used to genotype 375 HCV clinical isolates to determine the genotypic distribution of HCV in Hong Kong between 2005 and 2008. A total of 441 (52.8%) clinical isolates proved to be genotype 1, which shows a poorer response to interferon therapy. Genotype 6 was the next most common (32.0%). Prevalence of genotypes 2 and 3 was 7.7% and 6.6%, respectively, and prevalence of genotypes 4 and 5 was 0.9% and 0%, respectively. Although the in-house nucleic acid sequencing method failed to detect a few cases of mixed HCV infection, its high resolution and low running cost make it suitable for surveillance and outbreak investigation.
British journal of biomedical science 01/2010; 67(2):82-5. · 0.83 Impact Factor