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Volume 12, Number 12—December 2006

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Drug Trafficking Routes and Hepatitis B in Injection Drug Users, Manipur, India

Sibnarayan Datta*, Arup Banerjee*, Partha K. Chandra*, Pradip K. Mahapatra†, Shekhar Chakrabarti‡, and Runu Chakravarty*Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *ICMR Virus Unit, Kolkata, India; †Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India; ‡National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases, Kolkata, India.

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Serum HBV DNA levels and amino acid variability in the partial s gene, including the region encoding the major hydrophillic loop, compared with consensus sequences*

Isolate Serum HBV DNA
(×103 copies/mL) 110† 113† 114† 122‡ 126† 131† 134† 143† 145 159† 160‡ 161† 163
Cn A I S T K T N F T G A K Y W
Cn D S T Y S G F
Cn C L T S I T S R F
IDU1 ND S G F
IDU2 ND F
IDU3 45.0 T S F
IDU4 14.0 L S I T S R F
IDU5 1.05 L T S I S F
IDU6 ND L T S I T S R R F R
IDU7 ND L T S I T S R T R F R
IDU8 9.0 L T S I T S R F
IDU9 ND L T S I T S R F
IDU10 64.0 L T S I T S R F

*Indicated by Cn, followed by genotype. HBV, hepatitis B virus; IDU, injection drug user; ND, not detectable by the assay.
†Genotype-specific sites.
‡Subtype-specific sites.

*Indicated by Cn, followed by genotype. HBV, hepatitis B virus; IDU, injection drug user; ND, not detectable by the assay.
†Genotype-specific sites.
‡Subtype-specific sites.

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