Comparative study of DHBV DNA levels and endogenous dna polymerase activity in naturally infected ducklings in France

L. Cova, O. Hantz, M. Arliaud-Gassin, A. Chevalier, P. Berthillon, J. Boulay, C. Jacquet, Bruno B Chomel, L. Vitvitski, C. Trepo

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Duck hepatitis B virus (DHBV) was found in the serum of 1-6% of Pekin ducklings originated from French commercial flocks. The viremia was followed in the serum of 5 ducklings over a span of 3 mth by monitoring the levels of DHBV DNA and the endogenous DNA polymerase (DNAp) activity. The DHBV DNA levels in serum were quantified either by the DNA dot hybridization technique including counting of retained radioactivity, or by successive dilutions of each serum sample followed by DNA hybridization. The counting of the retained radioactivity was plotted on a curve and its evolution compared with that of viral DNAp activity. DHBV DNA levels in serum, estimated by both methods paralleled those of the DNAp activity, which peaked at the 4th or 5th week posthatch to decrease and fluctuate thereafter. Occasional discordance between DHBV DNA levels and the endogenous DNAp activity was observed, which could be correlated with the degree of repair of the single stranded gap of serum DHBV DNA. Parallel follow up studies comparing quantitative estimations of serum viral DNA and of DNAp activity, as presented here, may provide some clues for the understanding of the mechanisms involved in the establishment of the HEPA DNA virus carrier state. Such comparative studies may also be crucial for optimal monitoring of antiviral drugs in both human clinical trials and animal experimental studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)251-260
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Virological Methods
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes


  • duck hepatitis B virus
  • endogenous DNA polymerase activity
  • naturally infected ducklings

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Virology


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