Published in Hepatitis Weekly, September 30th, 1996
Infection with hepatitis C virus (HCV) is usually detected through the presence of antibodies to the viral antigens. In previous studies it has been suggested that the most common antibodies are those against HCV C22 (core), C33C (NS3), and ns5 (NS5) polypeptides. Among them, anti-C33C yields the highest detection rate, indicating that NS3 protein is an immunodominant antigen.
"The HCV NS3 protein encodes viral protease and helicase," researcher Lih-Hwa Hwang and colleagues...
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