Lower prevalence of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 Brazilian subtype B found in northeastern Brazil with slower progression to AIDS.

Abstract

Besides being extremely useful in measuring the level of HIV-1 diversity and prevalence in populations, the molecular analysis of genomic sequences provides crucial surveillance support and aids in the development of new therapies and effective vaccines. The present study focused on gag and env DNA and amino acid sequences that were generated from samples taken from 61 infected patients in the City of Salvador, Bahia, located in northeastern Brazil. In order to determine selective pressure and predict coreceptor usage, Bioinformatics tools were employed in phylogeny reconstruction. Fifty-six (91.8%) viruses were classified as belonging to subtype B, three (4.9%) from F1, and two (3.3%) from BF1 recombinants. Based on the characterization of the V3 region, the subtype B strains were represented by eight (18.2%) Brazilian variants (B'-GWGR), 20 (46.5%) European/EUA B variants (GPGR), and 15 (34.9%) GXGX variants. The mean time elapsed since diagnosis was 13 years among subtype B' and 9 years in subtype B. The mean dN/dS ratios from the GWGR, GPGR, and GXGX groups, when compared to an HXB2 reference, were 0.72, 0.77, and 0.67, respectively. Seventy-six percent of the viruses studied were predicted to use the CCR5 coreceptor for cell entry (R5 viruses), while 24% were predicted to use the CXCR4 or were classified as dual tropic viruses. The prevalence of subtypes B' and recombinant B/F1 was shown to be lower than findings from previous studies performed both in Brazil (B') and in Bahia (B/F1). The association between subtype B' and a lengthy period of time since diagnosis can be correlated with a slower disease progression in infected patients, when compared with those infected with subtype B.

DOI: 10.1089/aid.2010.0068

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@article{Arajo2010LowerPO, title={Lower prevalence of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 Brazilian subtype B found in northeastern Brazil with slower progression to AIDS.}, author={Adriano Fernando Ara{\'u}jo and C Brites and Joana Paix{\~a}o Monteiro-Cunha and Luciane Amorim Santos and Bernardo Galv{\~a}o-Castro and Luiz Carlos Junior Alcantara}, journal={AIDS research and human retroviruses}, year={2010}, volume={26 11}, pages={1249-54} }