Published in Hepatitis Weekly, June 16th, 2003
According to recent research from Japan, "several studies have reported the presence of hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs). However, the mode of existence, infectivity and replication competence of HBV DNA in PBMCs remain unclear. To clarify these questions, we assayed for covalently closed circular DNA (cccDNA) and integrated HBV DNA in PBMCs from ten patients who had recovered from acute self-limited hepatitis B (AHB) and 14 chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients."
"HBV DNA was detected in all six CHB patients who were positive for...
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