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J Infect Dis. 2000 Jul;182(1):290-3. Epub 2000 Jun 19.

Genetic characterization of thymidine kinase from acyclovir-resistant and -susceptible herpes simplex virus type 1 isolated from bone marrow transplant recipients.

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Laboratory of Virology of the Hospices Civils de Lyon, Domaine Rockefeller, 69373 Lyon Cedex 08, France. fmorfin@rockefeller.


Emergence of acyclovir (Acy)-resistant herpes simplex virus (HSV) is a major concern in bone marrow transplant recipients. Phenotypic and genetic characterization of thymidine kinase (TK) was done for 7 Acy-susceptible and 11 Acy-resistant HSV-1 isolated from 11 patients. In total, 19 amino acid substitutions were detected that were not related to Acy resistance but to TK gene polymorphism, including 5 mutations that have not been previously reported. The Acy-resistant strain from 1 patient presented no TK gene mutation related to resistance. Five patients (45%) had isolates that harbored point mutations leading to amino acid substitutions that could be associated with Acy resistance. Of the 5 substitutions detected, 3 have not been previously reported (codons 51, 83, and 175). A nucleotide insertion or deletion was detected in resistant isolates from 5 patients (45%); these mutations are located in homopolymer repeats at codon 92 (1 subject) and at codon 146 (4 subjects).

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