Published in Hepatitis Weekly, February 2nd, 2004
"To understand the role of cytotoxic T cells in liver damage and viral control, we used human histocompatibility leukocyte antigen (HLA)-peptide tetramers that allow direct ex vivo quantification of circulating and liver-infiltrating HBV-specific CD8 cells," researchers in England report.
"Studies were carried out in two groups of patients, one without liver inflammation and minimal HBV replication and the other with liver damage and inflammation along with a high level of viral replication. Contrary to expectation, a high frequency of intrahepatic HBV-specific CD8 cells was...
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