Treatment of chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection with lamivudine-monotherapy rapidly selects mutant variants in a high proportion of individuals. Monitoring lamivudine resistance by consensus sequencing is costly and insensitive for detection of minority variants. An oligonucleotide ligation assay (OLA) for HBV lamivudine-resistance was developed and compared to consensus sequencing. Both assays detected drug resistance mutations in 35/64 (54.7%) specimens evaluated, and OLA detected minority mutants in an additional six (9.4%). OLA may offer a sensitive and inexpensive alternative to consensus sequencing for detection of HBV drug resistance in resource-limited settings.
Keywords: HBV drug resistance; HBV treatment; Lamivudine resistance; Oligonucleotide ligation assay.
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