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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 133  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 548-549

Phylogenetic analysis of swine & human hepatitis E virus


Department of Biomedical Informatics, Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow 226 014 (UP), India

Date of Web Publication26-May-2011

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Shambhavi Srivastava
Department of Biomedical Informatics, Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow 226 014 (UP)
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Sarangi AN, Srivastava S. Phylogenetic analysis of swine & human hepatitis E virus. Indian J Med Res 2011;133:548-9

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Sarangi AN, Srivastava S. Phylogenetic analysis of swine & human hepatitis E virus. Indian J Med Res [serial online] 2011 [cited 2020 Nov 24];133:548-9. Available from: https://www.ijmr.org.in/text.asp?2011/133/5/548/81673

Sir,

We have read with interest a recent paper published in the journal [1] .The authors amplified genomic material from swine sera using primers based on hepatitis E virus (HEV) genomic sequences, and sequenced the amplicons so obtained. They drew a phylogenetic tree based on the sequences of these Indian swine isolates, and genomic sequences of HEV isolates from humans and animals.

The PCR amplicons which were 246-nucleotide long, included sequences of the primers used for PCR. The primer part of the amplicon is provided from outside. Hence it may not accurately represent the sequence of the target nucleic acid and cannot be used for sequence analysis. Thus, for phylogenetic analysis, only the middle part of the sequence after removing the primer sequences on either side should be used. Removal of the primers in this case would have left a 196-nucleotide long sequence (i.e. 246-nucleotide PCR product minus 22 and 28-nucleotide forward and reverse primers); this would have been the appropriate region for comparison with other sequences.

We have redrawn a phylogenetic tree using only this 196-nucleotide segment after omitting the primer regions from the sequence used. This tree [Figure 1] is though similar to that drawn by the authors [1] shows minor variations in the branching pattern of the branch lengths in same clades. However, we thought that we will take this opportunity to correct this minor error in the published record.
Figure 1: Phylogenetic relationship among swine and human isolates of hepatitis E virus representing the 4 major genotypes, based on a 196-nucleotide fragment of ORF2 of the viral genome. The regions of the tree showing differences from the published tree are highlighted using dotted lines.

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1.Begum N, Polipalli SK, Husain SA, Kar P. Molecular analysis of swine hepatitis E virus from north India. Indian J Med Res 2010; 132 : 504-8.  Back to cited text no. 1
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