The persistence of the viral RNA of hepatitis C virus (HCV) was examined in 13 hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and two hepatoblastoma cell lines by reverse transcription followed by the polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). HCV RNA was detected in three HCC lines (JHH-1, JHH-4, and JHH-6) and negative-strand viral RNA was found in JHH-4, indicating that there is a putative replicative intermediate of HCV in JHH-4 cells. To rule out the possibility of contamination, the partial nucleotide sequences of HCV-specific PCR products of these three cell lines were determined. The clone from JHH-1 belonged to genotype 1 (1 a or 1b), and the clones from JHH-4 and JHH-6 belonged to genotype 2b, but their sequences differed from each other. These cell lines may be useful for studies related to HCV.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of Medical Virology|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 1 1996|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Infectious Diseases