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In order to characterize the hepatitis B virus (HBV) hepatocellular receptor, several proteins have previously been identified in HepG2 hepatoma cells and in primary cultured normal human hepatocytes (PCHs) that reacted with an anti-idiotypic antibody against a preS1(21-47)-specific MAb (F35.25). Here, we report the identification of one of these(More)
We have investigated the molecular basis for the in vivo selective advantage of a hepatitis B virus (HBV) mutant. We have determined the complete nucleotide sequences of the major HBV forms identified at the beginning (B1-83) and end (B1-89) of a 6 year follow-up of a chronically infected patient. The B1-89 sequence showed marked nucleotide rearrangements(More)
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