Thomas P Leary

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The recent isolation of a novel DNA virus from the serum of a Japanese patient (T.T.) has provided the latest possible candidate virus associated with cryptogenic hepatitis. In the present study, we report the complete nucleotide sequence of this virus (TTV) isolated from the serum of a West African. Based on PCR studies designed to amplify overlapping(More)
Two viruses, GB virus A (GBV-A) and GB virus B (GBV-B), were recently identified in the GB hepatitis agent. Human sera containing antibodies that recognize GBV-A and/or GBV-B recombinant proteins were subjected to polymerase chain reaction studies with degenerate oligonucleotides capable of amplifying a segment of the putative helicase genes from GBV-A,(More)
Recently, sequences from a novel virus, termed GB virus C (GBV-C), were identified in serum from several patients with cryptogenic hepatitis. In the present study, the nucleotide sequence of this virus has been extended to near-genome length. GBV-C encodes a putative single large polyprotein in which the structural proteins are positioned at the N-terminal(More)
Recently, two new flaviviruses, GB virus A (GBV-A) and GB virus B (GBV-B), were identified in the plasma of a tamarin infected with the hepatitis GB agent. A third virus, GB virus C (GBV-C), was subsequently identified in humans. In the current study, representational difference analysis (RDA) was used to search for a new virus in the serum of a chimpanzee(More)
TT virus is a newly described agent infecting humans. Initially isolated from a patient (initials T.T.) with unexplained hepatitis, the virus has since been found in both normal and diseased individuals. In the present study, we utilized genomic-length sequences from distinct genotypes of TT virus to design PCR-based assays using conserved oligonucleotide(More)
BACKGROUND GB virus C is a positive-strand RNA virus that is associated with hepatitis in humans. GB virus C bears some resemblance to hepatitis C virus in its genomic sequence and organization. However, unlike hepatitis C virus, an open reading frame possessing a complete core protein was not identified in the original isolate. METHODS To verify the(More)
The genomes of two positive-strand RNA viruses have recently been cloned from the serum of a GB agent-infected tamarin by using representational difference analysis. The two agent, GB viruses A and B (GBV-A and GBV-B, respectively), have genomes of 9,493 and 9,143 nucleotides, respectively, and single large open reading frames that encode potential(More)
A subtractive PCR methodology known as representational difference analysis was used to clone specific nucleotide sequences present in the infectious plasma from a tamarin infected with the GB hepatitis agent. Eleven unique clones were identified, seven of which were examined extensively. All seven clones appeared to be derived from sequences exogenous to(More)
Reports of transfusion-associated cases of West Nile virus (WNV) infection indicate the need for sensitive screening methods to identify WNV-infected blood products. We experimentally infected 5 rhesus macaques with WNV, to determine the level and duration of viremia, the kinetics of the humoral immune response, and the sensitivity of various assay systems(More)
Phylogenetic analysis of 44 GB virus C (GBV-C) 5'-untranslated region (5'-UTR) sequences from 37 individuals suggested the presence of GBV-C genotypes (A. S. Muerhoff, J. N. Simons, T. P. Leary, J. C. Erker, M. L. Chalmers, T. J. Pilot-Matias, G. J. Dawson, S. M. Desai, and I. K. Mushahwar, J. Hepatol. 25:379-384, 1996) that correlated with geographic(More)