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J Med Virol. 1992 Aug;37(4):247-54.

Antigenic relationships among human herpesvirus-6 isolates.

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Department of Microbiology, Molecular Genetics and Immunology, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City.


Human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) prototype isolate GS is a newly identified lymphotropic herpesvirus and several subsequent herpes isolates were recognized as HHV-6 by their hybridization to a HHV-6(GS) DNA probe pZVH14. DNA restriction analysis and in vitro tropism studies show that HHV-6 isolates can be divided into two groups, designated group A and group B. Antigenic relationships among 15 HHV-6 isolates belonging to these two groups were examined using rabbit antibodies against HHV-6(GS) infected cells, 11 monoclonal antibodies against three glycoproteins and four non-glycoproteins of HHV-6(GS), and sera from 136 healthy adults. More than 20 polypeptides from all these isolates were immunoprecipitated by rabbit polyclonal antibodies against HHV-6(GS) infected cells. Reactivities of monoclonal antibodies segregated these isolates into the same two groups. Group A contains HHV-6(GS), HHV-6(U1102) from a Ugandan acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) patient, and nine other HHV-6 isolates from various disorders. HHV-6(Z-29) from a Zairian AIDS patient, HHV-6(SF) isolated from the saliva of a human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected individual, HHV-6(OK) from a child with exanthem subitum, and HHV-6(DC) from a leukopenia patient are in group B. Eighty-one percent of the sera showed similar antibody titer in immunofluorescence assay with group A HHV-6(GS) and group B HHV-6(Z-29) infected cells and 19% of the sera showed two- to four-fold antibody titer differences. The mobilities of many of the polypeptides immunoprecipitated from group A HHV-6(GS) and group B HHV-6(Z-29) infected cells were different and sera showed differences in the quantities and nature of polypeptides immunoprecipitated.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS).

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