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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz

versão impressa ISSN 0074-0276versão On-line ISSN 1678-8060

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VASCONCELOS, Helena CF; MENEZES, Maria E  e  NIEL, Christian. TT virus infection in children and adults who visited a general hospital in the south of Brazil for routine procedure. Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz [online]. 2001, vol.96, n.4, pp.519-522. ISSN 0074-0276.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0074-02762001000400013.

TT virus (TTV) is a newly described nonenveloped human virus, with a circular, negative-stranded DNA genome, that was first identified in the blood of a patient with posttransfusion hepatitis of unknown etiology. PCR primers and conditions used for TTV DNA amplification may greatly influence the level of TTV detection in serum. Three PCR assays, with different regions of the genome as targets, were used to test TTV DNA in 130 sera from children and adults visiting a hospital in the south of Brazil, most of them for routine procedure. Forty-four percent of adult sera and 73% of sera from children aged 0-10 years were TTV positive with at least one PCR assay. However, the three assays were able to detect only 33%, 35%, and 70% of the total positive samples. Our results showed a high prevalence of TTV infection in the south of Brazil, particularly among young children, and confirmed the necessity of performing several PCR assays to assess the true TTV prevalence in a determined population.

Palavras-chave : liver disease; novel virus; polymerase chain reaction; prevalence; TTV DNA.

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