Thursday, May 24, 2018

Full-Length HIV Sequences Reveal Distinction Between Viruses in Brain, Other Tissue

[caption id="attachment_26142" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo by C. Goldsmith[/caption] Scientists have made important inroads in understanding why patients with HIV develop neurological disorders despite treatments that otherwise hold the virus at bay. The project was made possible with SMRT Sequencing, which generates reads long enough to span the full HIV envelope. “Ultradeep single-molecule real-time sequencing of HIV envelope reveals complete compartmentalization of highly macrophage-tropic R5 proviral variants in brain and CXCR4-using variants in immune and peripheral tissues” was recently published in the Journal of NeuroVirology by lead author Robin Brese, senior author Susanna Lamers, and collaborators at the University of Massachusetts…

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