A novel PCR assay for quantification of HIV-1 RNA

J Virol. 2013 Jun;87(11):6521-5. doi: 10.1128/JVI.00006-13. Epub 2013 Mar 27.


Current assays for quantification of HIV-1 virions rely on real-time reverse transcriptase (RT)-PCR detection of conserved regions of HIV-1 RNA and can be limited by detection of contaminating viral or plasmid DNA. We developed a novel RT-PCR assay using a reverse primer that hybridizes with the poly(A) tail of HIV-1 mRNAs, anchored by conserved viral nucleotides at the most distal region of the transcript. This assay can detect and quantify HIV-1 RNA with high specificity and sensitivity.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • DNA Primers / genetics
  • HIV Infections / virology
  • HIV-1 / genetics*
  • HIV-1 / isolation & purification
  • Humans
  • RNA, Viral / chemistry
  • RNA, Viral / genetics*
  • Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction / methods*


  • DNA Primers
  • RNA, Viral