Published in Hepatitis Weekly, May 3rd, 2004
According to a study from Japan, "interferon (IFN)-alpha treatment is a common therapy for chronic viral hepatitis and contributes to preventing hepatocarcinogenesis. However, it is not clear whether IFN-alpha directly inhibits the clonal expansion of pre-neoplastic hepatocytes. To clarify the mechanism by which IFN-alpha prevents hepatocarcinogenesis, we examined the effect of IFN-alpha in a chemically induced hepatocarcinogenesis model initiated by diethylnitrosamine (DEN) and promoted by 2-acetylaminofluorene (2-AAF) and partial hepatectomy, in which hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) arises through...
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