Intestinal Research  
Distribution of cytomegalovirus genotypes among ulcerative colitis patients in Okinawa, Japan
Saifun Nahar1, Akira Hokama2, Atsushi Iraha2, Tetsuya Ohira2, Tetsu Kinjo2, Tetsuo Hirata1, Takeshi Kinjo1, Gretchen L. Parrott1, Jiro Fujita1
Departments of 1Infectious, Respiratory, and Digestive Medicine and 2Endoscopy, University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan
Correspondence to: Akira Hokama, Department of Endoscopy, University of the Ryukyus, 207 Uehara, Nishihara, Okinawa 903-0215, Japan. Tel: +81-98-895-1144, Fax: +81-98-895-1414, E-mail:
Received: March 9, 2017; Revised: May 27, 2017; Accepted: June 1, 2017; Published online: August 24, 2017.
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Background/Aims: To determine the prevalence of glycoprotein B (gB), glycoprotein N (gN), and glycoprotein H (gH) genotypes of human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) superimposed on ulcerative colitis (UC) patients in Japan. Methods: Four archived stool samples and 7-archived extracted DNA from stool samples of 11 UC patients with positive multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR) results for HCMV were used UL 55 gene encoding gB, UL73 gene encoding gN, and UL75 gene encoding gH were identified by PCR. Genotypes of gB and glycoprotein N were determined by sequencing. Results: Among 11 samples, 8 samples were amplified through PCR. gB, gN, and gH genotypes were successfully detected in 3 of 8 (37.5%), 4 of 8 (50%), and 8 of 8 (100%), respectively. The distribution of gB and gN genotypes analyzed through phylogenetic analysis were as follows: gB1 (2/3, 66.7%), gB3 (1/3, 33.3%), gN3a (2/4, 50%), and gN3b (2/4, 50%). Other gB genotypes (gB2 and gB4) and gN genotypes (gN1, gN2, and gN4) were not detected in this study. Out of successfully amplified 8 samples of gH genotype, gH1 and gH2 were distributed in 12.5% and 75% samples, respectively. Only 1 sample revealed mixed infection of gH genotype. The distribution of gH1 and gH2 differed significantly (1:6, P<0.05) in UC patients. The distribution of single gH genotype also revealed significant difference in UC patients who were treated with immunosuppressive drug (P<0.05). Conclusions: In this study, gB1, gN3, and gH2 gene were determined as the most frequently observed genotypes in UC patients, which suggest that there might be an association between these genotypes of HCMV and UC.
Keywords: Polymerase chain reaction; Colitis, ulcerative; Cytomegalovirus; Genotype

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