Identification of a Novel Hepatitis C Virus Genotype From Punjab, India: Expanding Classification of Hepatitis C Virus Into 8 Genotypes Journal Articles uri icon

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  • BACKGROUND: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) exhibits great genetic diversity and is classified into 7 genotypes (GTs), with varied geographic prevalence. Until the recent development of pangenotypic direct-acting antiviral regimens, the determination of HCV GT was necessary to inform optimal treatment. METHODS: Plasma samples with unresolved GT using standard commercial genotyping methods were subjected to HCV full-genome sequencing, and phylogenetic analysis was performed to assign GT. RESULTS: Four patients, previously classified as GT5 by LiPA or Abbott RealTime polymerase chain reaction assays, were identified as infected with a novel HCV GT. This novel HCV GT, GT8, is genetically distinct from previously identified HCV GT1-7 with >30% nucleotide sequence divergence to the established HCV subtypes. All 4 patients were originally from Punjab, India, but now reside in Canada and are epidemiologically unlinked. Despite presence of baseline resistance-associated substitutions within the GT8 virus of all 4 patients (NS3: V36L, Q80K/R; NS5A: Q30S, Y93S), all patients achieved a sustained virologic response; 2 treated with sofosbuvir/velpatasvir/voxilaprevir for 8 weeks, 1 with sofosbuvir/ledipasvir plus ribavirin for 24 weeks and 1 with sofosbuvir plus daclatasvir for 12 weeks. CONCLUSIONS: The discovery of a novel HCV GT8 confirms the circulation of this newly identified lineage in the human population.


  • Borgia, Sergio
  • Hedskog, Charlotte
  • Parhy, Bandita
  • Hyland, Robert H
  • Stamm, Luisa M
  • Brainard, Diana M
  • Subramanian, Mani G
  • McHutchison, John G
  • Mo, Hongmei
  • Svarovskaia, Evguenia
  • Shafran, Stephen D

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  • October 20, 2018

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