Title: A genotypic resistance assay for the detection of drug resistance in the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 envelope gene
Authors: Van Laethem, Kristel ×
Schrooten, Yoeri
Lemey, Philippe
Van Wijngaerden, Eric
De Wit, Stéphane
Van Ranst, Marc
Vandamme, Anne-Mieke #
Issue Date: Jan-2005
Publisher: Elsevier/North-Holland Biomedical Press
Series Title: Journal of Virological Methods vol:123 issue:1 pages:25-34
Abstract: Since it is not clear yet whether enfuvirtide resistance is restricted to gp41, it was decided to develop a genotypic assay for the detection of drug resistance in the entire human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) env gene. Given the increasing prevalence of HIV-1 non-B subtypes in Europe, it is important to evaluate the performance of the assay on a panel of genetically divergent samples. A panel of 1 laboratory and 10 clinical isolates from 10 patients was tested, all enfuvirtide naive and chosen according to the subtype as determined in the pol region (A, B, C, H, CRF01-AE, CRF02-AG, CRF05-DF, CRF11-cpx and U), while their env sequences belonged to subtypes A, B, C, H, A/G recombinant, B/H recombinant, CRF01-AE, CRF02-AG, CRF05-DF and CRF11-cpx. The detection limits of the gp120 and the gp41 PCRs ranged between 500 and 5000 RNA copies/ml plasma. The highest sensitivity was obtained for the laboratory strain, whereas the detection limit for all patient samples, except for the subtype C sample, was 1000 RNA copies/ml. The numerous insertions and deletions in the gp120 gene, that were often present as quasi-species, necessitated the sequencing of cloned PCR products. The gp41 gene displayed less diversity and less insertions/deletions. Especially, the heptad repeat 1 was highly conserved and none of the enfuvirtide naive samples contained any of the already known enfuvirtide resistance mutations at amino acid positions 36-45. This study demonstrates that the assay is able to genotype genetically diverse HIV-1 strains with a good sensitivity.
ISSN: 0166-0934
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Laboratory of Clinical and Epidemiological Virology (Rega Institute)
Laboratory for Clinical Infectious and Inflammatory Disorders
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