An application of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to the direct detection of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) viremia is described. The amplification of specific HIV-1 sequences of gag and env viral genes was carried out after the reverse-transcription of plasma samples (plasma RT-PCR) from seropositive subjects. The assay is faster and cheaper than detection of specific HIV-1 transcripts from peripheral blood mononuclear cells by RT-PCR. The data suggest that HIV-1 viremia is detectable by plasma RT-PCR in a large proportion of seropositive individuals.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of Medical Virology|
|Publication status||Published - 1991|
- Human immunodeficiency virus type 1
- Polymerase chain reaction
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