Barbara Amadei

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Hepatitis C virus (HCV) can cause liver disease of variable severity. Expansion of preexisting memory CD8 T cells by cross-reactivity with a new heterologous virus infection has been shown in mice to shape the repertoire of the primary response and to influence virus-related immunopathology. To determine whether this mechanism can influence the course of(More)
The newborn immune system is characterized by an impaired Th1-associated immune response. Hepatitis B virus (HBV) transmitted from infected mothers to newborns is thought to exploit the newborns' immune system immaturity by inducing a state of immune tolerance that facilitates HBV persistence. Contrary to this hypothesis, we demonstrate here that HBV(More)
Evasion from protective CD8 responses by mutations within immunodominant epitopes represents a potential strategy of HCV persistence. To investigate the pathogenetic relevance of this mechanism, a careful search for immunodominant CD8 epitopes was conducted in six patients with chronic evolution of HCV infection by analyzing their global CD8 response with a(More)
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