Positive selection and evolution of dengue type-3 virus in the Indian subcontinent
Dengue virus infection has recently taken endemic proportions in India with dengu type-3 (DEN-3) as a predominant serotype. In this study, we carried out the selection pressure analysis of three critical immunogenic
regions of DEN-3. Phylogenetic analysis was then carried out on the positively selected genomic region in the DEN-3 virus strains isolated in the Indian subcontinent over a time span of 25 yr (1984–2008). Bayesian Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) calculation of the substitution rate was carried out for the DEN-3 genotype-III sequences.