ELECTROPHEROTYPES AND SUBGROUPS OF GROUP A ROTAVIRUSES CIRCULATING AMONG DIARRHOEIC CHILDREN IN KANO, NIGERIA

  • AA Dzikwi
  • JU Umoh
  • JKP Kwaga
  • AA Ahmad
  • M deBeer
  • AD Steele
Keywords: Electropherotypes, Subgroups, Group A, Rotavirus, Nigeria

Abstract

Background: It is estimated that about 600 000 children die annually as a result of severe dehydrating diarrhea caused by rotaviruses. The virus is a double stranded RNA (dsRNA) virus with 11 segments.
Group A rotaviruses show a characteristic 4-2-3-2 pattern following electrophoresis. The VP6 subgroups, I and II exist. This work was carried out to study the prevalence of rotavirus infection among
children 0-5 years with diarrhea in Kano, and to determine the circulating subgroups and electropherotypes and of the rotavirus isolates.
Methods: Two hundred and eighteen stool specimens from children 0-60 months (198 diarrheic and 20 non-diarrheic) were collected from different hospitals and health care centers in Kano and subjected to
group A rotavirus enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) to determine presence of group A rotavirus, subgroup ELISA to determine the VP6 subgroups and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis
(PAGE) to determine the electropherotypes present.
Results: The long electropherotypes (47.05%) of four variations dominated over the short electropherotype (17.64%). About 11.76% of the isolates were of mixed infection. Dominance of subgroup II (45%) over subgroup I (25%), and the presence of both subgroups I and II (10%) and neither subgroup I nor II (15%) was observed in this study.
Conclusion: Information on the genomic diversity of the RNA electropherotypes in this region, Kano, is reported in this study.
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