Journal of Clinical and Cellular Immunology

Journal of Clinical and Cellular Immunology
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Viral Subtypes, Coreceptor Usage and Phylogenetic Relationships of Hiv-1 Isolates in Discordant Positive and Concordant Couples

Yohannis Meseret Hambissa, Yohannes Mengistu, Rawleigh C Howe, Tsehaynesh Messele and Dawit Wolday

Ethiopian HIV viruses were mainly HIV type C in all discordant positives and HIV/AIDS subjects. But other subtypes such as subtype A, B and recombinant A/G subtypes were also observed. Co-receptor utilization of discordant positive isolated viruses was both CCR5 and CXCR4 in equal proportion. The majority of HIV/AIDS patients used CXCR4, although about one third used CCR5 and a few also used dual co receptors. Our study showed that the majority of subtype C viruses were CXCR4/SI high/rapid subtype. And about one third was CCR5/NSI subtypes. The phylogenetic or evolutionary relationship showed that the majority of the viruses isolated from discordant positives showed sub clustering in one region and those isolated from concordant couples in another region, showing that discordant positive isolated viruses were evolving independently and were related with each other but this was not seen in viruses of concordant couples and HIV/AIDS subjects.