The close relationship between South African and Latin American HTLV type 1 strains corroborated in a molecular epidemiological study of the HTLV type 1 isolates from a blood donor cohort.

@article{Mota2007TheCR,
  title={The close relationship between South African and Latin American HTLV type 1 strains corroborated in a molecular epidemiological study of the HTLV type 1 isolates from a blood donor cohort.},
  author={Augusto C{\'e}sar de Andrade Mota and Sonia Van Dooren and Flora Maria de Campos Fernandes and Sergio Araujo Pereira and Artur T. L. De Queiroz and Viviana Olavarria Gallazzi and Anne-Mieke Vandamme and Bernardo Galv{\~a}o-Castro and Luiz Carlos Junior Alcantara},
  journal={AIDS research and human retroviruses},
  year={2007},
  volume={23 4},
  pages={503-7}
}
It has been difficult to explain why all HTLV-1 sequences in Salvador, a city in the northeast of Brazil, belong to the Transcontinental (A) subgroup of the Cosmopolitan (a) subtype, since according to historical data the vast majority of slaves brought to Brazil (through Salvador) came from west Africa, where only the western African subgroup (C) has been found. To shed more light on this subject we conducted a phylogenetic analysis of 23 isolates from blood donors of Salvador. DNA was… CONTINUE READING