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J Virol. 2003 Sep;77(17):9511-21.

Pre-s1 antigen-dependent infection of Tupaia hepatocyte cultures with human hepatitis B virus.

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  • 1Institute of Medical Virology. Institute of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Justus Liebig University Giessen, 35392 Giessen, Germany. dieter.glebe@viro.med.unigiessen.de

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  • J Virol. 2005 Nov;79(22):14470.

Abstract

The susceptibility of the tree shrew Tupaia belangeri to human hepatitis B virus (HBV) has been demonstrated both in vivo and in vitro. In this study, we show that purified HBV infects primary T. belangeri hepatocyte cultures in a very specific manner, as detected by HBV covalently closed circular DNA, mRNA, HBV e antigen, and HBsAg production. A monoclonal antibody (MAb), MA18/7, directed against the pre-S1 domain of the large HBs protein, which has been shown to neutralize infectivity of HBV for primary human hepatocytes, also blocked infection of primary Tupaia hepatocytes. MAbs against the pre-S2 domain of HBs inhibited infection only partially, whereas an S MAb and polyvalent anti-HBs antibodies neutralized infection completely. Thus, both pre-S1 and S antigens are necessary for infection in the tupaia. Using subviral particles, >70% of primary Tupaia hepatocytes are capable of specific binding of pre-S1-rich HBsAg, showing localization in distinct membrane areas. The data show that the early steps of HBV infection in Tupaia hepatocyte cultures are comparable to those in the human system.

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12915565
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PMCID:
PMC187384
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