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Genetic analysis of the VP1 region of Human enterovirus 71 strains isolated in Korea during 2000

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 We have isolated Human enterovirus 71 (EV71) from stool and CSF samples taken from patients with acute flaccid paralysis, herpangina, or hand, foot and mouth disease in 2000. Both the cell culture-neutralization test and RT-PCR were used to detect enteroviruses. Rhabdomyosarcoma (RD), HEP2c, and BGM cells were used for the isolation of viruses, and serotypes were determined by the neutralization test using EV71-specific antiserum. For genomic analysis, we amplified a 437-bp fragment of the 5′-noncoding region of the enterovirus genome and a 484-bp fragment of the VP3/VP1 region of EV71 by RT-PCR, with positive results. Products amplified using an EV71-specific primer pair were sequenced and compared with other isolates of EV71. Analysis of the nucleotide sequences of the amplified fragments showed that the EV71 isolates from patients were over 98% homologous and belonged to the genotype C.

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Received June 27, 2002; accepted April 9, 2003 Published online June 24, 2003

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Jee, Y., Cheon, DS., Kim, K. et al. Genetic analysis of the VP1 region of Human enterovirus 71 strains isolated in Korea during 2000. Arch Virol 148, 1735–1746 (2003).

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