Chao-Min Huang

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To assess the prevalence and clinical significance of hepatitis B virus (HBV) genotypes and precore and core promoter mutations in Taiwan, a cohort of 200 Taiwanese chronic hepatitis B patients was analyzed. The HBV genotypes and sequences of the precore and the core promoter regions were determined in 66 asymptomatic carriers and 134 patients who had liver(More)
Hepatocarcinogenesis is a multistep process that evolves from cirrhosis or dysplastic nodule (DN), and eventually leads to overt hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Differentiation between early HCC and DN is an important issue in the clinical setting. This study aims to investigate the potential of circulating microRNA (miRNA) levels in the diagnosis of early(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Biological and epidemiological data suggest that vitamin D levels may influence cancer development. Several single nucleotide polymorphisms have been described in the vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene in association with cancer risk. We aimed to investigate the association of VDR gene polymorphisms with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) development(More)
BACKGROUND Recent studies have indicated that interferon (IFN) or pegylated interferon (PEG-IFN) plus ribavirin therapy can achieve sustained virological response (SVR) against HCV equally in dual HBV-HCV infection and in HCV monoinfection. Whether these therapies can reduce hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) development in dual HBV-HCV infection remains(More)
We studied the prevalence and distribution of precore/basal core promoter (BCP) mutations and hepatitis B virus (HBV) genotypes in HBV/hepatitis C virus (HCV) dually-infected patients, and evaluated their impact on long-term HBV response of interferon (IFN)-based therapy. The HBV genotypes and sequences of the precore/BCP regions were determined in 180(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Polymorphisms in interferon (IFN)L3 (encodes IFNλ3 or interleukin 28B) are associated with outcomes of treatment for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. However, there is controversy regarding how polymorphisms in IFNL3 affect the risk for development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in patients treated with pegylated interferon and(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Hepatoma arising in cirrhotic and non-cirrhotic livers might have different virological and clinical factors in hepatitis B virus carriers. This study was performed to elucidate the correlation between hepatitis B virus genotypes and clinical characteristics of patients with cirrhotic and non-cirrhotic hepatoma. METHODOLOGY One hundred and(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Hepatic expression of interferon (IFN) receptor mRNA has been shown to correlate with the effectiveness of IFN monotherapy in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. We investigated the expression of hepatic IFN receptor alpha/beta (IFNAR2c) mRNA and its association with the effectiveness of IFN plus ribavirin (RBV) therapy(More)
It has been demonstrated that microRNA-122 (miR-122) plays key roles in the modulation of hepatitis B virus (HBV) replication. This study examined the role of miR-122 in patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV)-HBV dual infection with active hepatitis C who received pegylated interferon-α and ribavirin dual therapy. We enrolled 121 patients with HCV-HBV dual(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Hepatitis C virus (HCV) core protein can induce liver steatosis and glucose intolerance in transgenic mice. We aimed to clarify the association of HCV core region heterogeneity with the development of insulin resistance (IR) among patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC). METHODS A total of 56 non-diabetic CHC genotype-1b patients were(More)