Detection of diverse variants of human immunodeficiency virus-1 groups M, N, and O and simian immunodeficiency viruses from chimpanzees by using generic pol and env primer pairs

Journal Article

Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) infection of humans is the result of independent cross-species transmissions of simian immunodeficiency viruses (SiVcpz) from naturally infected chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes troglodytes) to man. To develop a polymerase chain reaction-based assay capable of detecting members of all major phylogenetic SIVcpz and HIV-1 lineages (groups M, N, and O), primer pairs in conserved pol and env regions were designed. Both primer sets amplified ≤ 10 copies of selected group M reference clones (subtypes A-H), proviral DNA or RNA of group N (YBF30), and group O of HIV-1 and also amplified divergent SIVcpz from cultured isolates (SIVcpzGAB1 and SIVcpzANT), uncultured spleen tissue (SIVcpzUS), and plasma (SIVcpzANT and SLVCPzUS). Sequences of the 2 amplicons (445 bp for gp41 and 261 hp for-integrase) are of sufficient length for phylogenetic analyses, allowing both group and subtype classifications of the human viruses. Finally, both primer pairs are highly sensitive (>99%) in amplifying viral sequences from plasma taken from patients infected with HIV-1 group M (n = 226) and O (n =17) viruses.

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Cited Authors

  • Yang, C; Dash, BC; Simon, F; Groen, GVD; Pieniazek, D; Gao, F; Hahn, BH; Lal, RB

Published Date

  • 2000

Published In

  • Journal of Infectious Diseases

Volume / Issue

  • 181 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 1791 - 1795

PubMed ID

  • 10823786

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1086/315439