Mutations affecting the replication capacity of the hepatitis B virus.

  title={Mutations affecting the replication capacity of the hepatitis B virus.},
  author={Julie A Sheldon and Berta Rodes and Fabien Zoulim and Angeline Bartholomeusz and Vicente Soriano},
  journal={Journal of viral hepatitis},
  volume={13 7},
The genetic variability of the hepatitis B virus (HBV) encounters two compounding forces: a high viral copy number produced during active replication and the lack of proofreading activity in the HBV polymerase, resulting in a high mutational rate. A large pool of quasispecies is generated in which the fittest virus, i.e. the virus that replicates best, becomes the dominant species. Immune and antiviral selection pressures result in vaccine/immunoglobulin escape mutants and antiviral resistant… CONTINUE READING
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