Published in Hepatitis Weekly, September 15th, 2003
"Chronic hepatitis B infection is a major cause of hepatocellular cancer (HCC). The pathogenesis of the carcinogenesis is not fully understood. Viral proteins such as the X protein and the truncated middle S protein have been implicated to be transactivators," investigators in Sweden report.
"In order to investigate whether any mutations within relevant parts of the hepatitis B virus (HBV) genome could be associated with the development of HCC, the genomes of 16 HBV strains from chronic HBV carriers with HCC were studied. Serum samples were subjected to PCR and the HBV DNA...
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