Endemic human T cell leukemia virus type II infection in southwestern US Indians involves two prototype variants of virus.

@article{Hjelle1993EndemicHT,
  title={Endemic human T cell leukemia virus type II infection in southwestern US Indians involves two prototype variants of virus.},
  author={Brian L. Hjelle and Shun Zhu and Hidemi Takahashi and Shinji Ijichi and William W. Hall},
  journal={The Journal of infectious diseases},
  year={1993},
  volume={168 3},
  pages={737-40}
}
Human T cell leukemia virus (HTLV) type II is endemic in certain American Indians, and high rates of infection occur in intravenous drug users (IVDUs). North American IVDUs are infected with two distinct variants, HTLV-IIa and -IIb. If IVDUs became infected as a result of interaction with members of an American Indian population, both viral forms should be demonstrable in such populations. Nucleotide sequence analysis of 630 bases of the env gene encoding the gp21 protein was done on DNA from… CONTINUE READING
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