Published in Hepatitis Weekly, May 17th, 2004
"Hepatitis C virus (HCV) establishes a persistent infection, with up to 80% of infected individuals proceeding to chronic hepatitis, which in many cases may result in liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC); indeed HCV infection is increasingly associated with the development of HCC. The long time period (up to 30 years) between primary infection and the onset of HCC implies that HCV is not directly oncogenic but in some way predisposes patients to develop tumors, though the mechanism for this is unclear as yet. We report here that NS5A binds directly to the Src homology 3 domain of the...
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