Relationship between IgM antibody to human cytomegalovirus, virus load, donor and recipient serostatus, and administration of methylprednisolone as risk factors for cytomegalovirus disease after liver transplantation

Sunwen Chou, Richard C. Miner, W. Lawrence Drew

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A patient with AIDS and cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis received ganciclovir and foscarnet for 20 and 5 months, respectively, with evidence of periodic disease progression. After this therapy, a CMV isolate from the patient was resistant to ganciclovir, foscarnet, and cidofovir. Sequence analysis showed a known ganciclovir resistance mutation in the viral UL97 phosphotransferase (L595F) and a new mutation in conserved region V of the DNA polymerase gene (pol) sequence (codons 981-982 deleted). The pol mutation was transferred to a laboratory CMV strain (Towne) by homologous recombination and selection with either ganciclovir or foscarnet. Recombinant viruses containing this deletion showed a 6-8-fold increased ganciclovir resistance and a 3-5-fold increased resistance to both foscarnet and cidofovir, compared with the wild-type CMV. A single mutation in region V of CMV pol can, therefore, confer multiple drug resistance in a clinical isolate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1610-1615
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Infectious Diseases
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Infectious Diseases

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