Comparative studies of human rotavirus serotype G8 strains recovered in South Africa and the United Kingdom

A. D. Steele*, S. P. Parker, I. Peenze, C. T. Pager, M. B. Taylor, W. D. Cubitt

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Abstract

Epidemiological studies on the VP7 serotype prevalence of human rotaviruses in South Africa and the United Kingdom identified several strains which could not be serotyped as G1-G4 by monoclonal antibodies. Further analysis of these strains with a G8-specific monoclonal antibody and with probes for human rotaviruses confirmed them as G8 rotaviruses. These G8 strains exhibited a high degree of sequence identity when compared with each other and with other rotavirus G8 strains. Five South African strains were further characterized as VP6 subgroup I, but with a long RNA electropherotype, which is similar to the G8 strains previously isolated in Finland. In the UK strains, one was VP6 subgroup II with a long RNA electropherotype (similar to the Italian G8 strain). The other two were subgroup I with a short RNA electropherotype. None of these strains exhibited the super-short RNA electropherotype described in the prototype G8 strains recovered from Indonesia (69M).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3029-3034
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of General Virology
Volume80
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1999

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