- Autores: Branco C, Esteves A, Parreira R, Piedade J
- Journal: Journal of Medical Virology
- Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=A+new+genotype+2+subcluster+identified+among+GBV-C+strains+circulating+in+the+Lisbon+metropolitan+area+of+Portugal.
The rate of infection by the GBV-C virus was investigated in a group of 214 individuals at high risk of infection with parenterally transmitted viruses, and all living in the Lisbon metropolitan area (Portugal). RNA was extracted from plasma samples, and a fragment of the 5′-UTR was amplified by RT-PCR, disclosing a high prevalence of infection (40.7%). Most probably due to similar modes of viral transmission, the majority of GBV-C (+) individuals were found to be coinfected with HIV and/or HCV. A genomic region covering part of the E1/E2 glycoprotein coding sequence was amplified from approximately half of the GBV-C positive samples (44/87). Phylogenetic analysis of nucleotide sequences showed segregation of Portuguese GBV-C strains with genotype 1 (G1, n = 10) and genotype 2 (G2, n = 24) references. Genotype 1 was significantly associated with the African descent of those infected. Curiously, some of the strains assigned to genotype 2 were shown to form a separate cluster (designated G2*) in both neighbor-joining and Bayesian phylogenetic trees, which was confirmed by multivariate principal coordinate analysis. However, analysis of the distribution of intra- and intergenotype genetic distances support the hypothesis that rather than corresponding to a new viral genotype, G2* is a geographical subcluster within the genotype 2 radiation.