The novel pandemic A (H1N1) virus was first identified in Mexico in April 2009 and quickly spread worldwide. Like all influenzas, the H1N1 strain-specific properties of replication, virulence, and pathogenicity are a result of the particular genomic sequence and concerted expression of multiple genes. Thus, specific mutations may support increased virulence and may be useful as biomarkers of potential threat to human health. We performed comparative genomic analysis of ten strains of the 2009 pandemic A (H1N1) influenza viruses to determine whether genotypes associated with clinical phenotypes, which ranged from mild to severe illness and up to lethal. Virus replication capacity was tested for each strain
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Date Published: 15-June-2011
Author(s): Xu L., Bao L., Zhou J., Wang D., Deng W., Lv Q., Ma Y., Li F., Sun H., Zhan L., Zhu H., Ma C., Shu Y., Qin C.