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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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Two flavivirus-like genomes have recently been cloned from infectious tamarin (Saguinus labiatus) serum, derived from the human viral hepatitis GB strain, which is known to induce hepatitis in tamarins. In order to study the natural history of GB infections, further transmission studies were carried out in tamarins. Reverse-transcription-polymerase chain(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)
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)
Since the identification of TT virus, only one full-length and two near full-length sequences representing a single subtype of the virus have been reported. In order to understand further the nature of the TT virus genome, nine of the most divergent TT virus sequences have been extended to full-length or near full-length. Phylogenetic analysis demonstrated(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)