Background: Here, we report application of high-throughput near full-length genome (NFLG) and partial human immunodeficiency virus Type 1 (HIV-1) proviral genome deep sequencing to characterize HIV in recently infected blood donors at four major blood centers in Brazil.
Study design and methods: From 2007 to 2011, a total of 341 HIV+ blood donors from four blood centers were recruited to participate in a case-control study to identify HIV risk factors and motivations to donate. Forty-seven (17 from São Paulo, eight from Minas Gerais, 11 from Pernambuco, and 11 from Rio de Janeiro) were classified as recently infected based on testing by less-sensitive enzyme immunoassays. Five overlapping amplicons spanning the HIV genome were polymerase chain reaction amplified from peripheral blood mononuclear cells. The amplicons were molecularly barcoded, pooled, and sequenced by a paired-end protocol (Illumina).
Results: Of the 47 recently infected donor samples studied, 39 (82.9%) NFLGs and six (12.7%) partial fragments were de novo assembled into contiguous sequences and successfully subtyped. Subtype B was the only nonrecombinant virus identified in this study and accounted for 62.2% (28/45) of samples. The remaining 37.8% (17/45) of samples showed various patterns of subtype discordance in different regions of HIV-1 genomes, indicating two to four circulating recombinant subtypes derived from Clades B, F, and C. Fourteen samples (31.1%) from this study harbored drug resistance mutations, indicating higher rate of drug resistance among Brazilian blood donors.
Conclusion: Our findings revealed a high proportion of HIV-1 recombinants among recently infected blood donors in Brazil, which has implications for future blood screening, diagnosis, therapy, and vaccine development.
© 2014 AABB.