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BACKGROUND Rs11614913 is a polymorphism in hsa-miR-196a2 reported to alter mature microRNA expression and function. This single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) was reported to be associated with susceptibility and prognosis of lung cancer. METHODS In this article, association study was performed to reveal the relation between SNP and response rate or severe(More)
Natural killer (NK) cells play a critical role in innate antiviral immunity, but little is known about the impact of antiviral therapy on the frequency of NK cell subsets. To this aim, we performed this longitudinal study to examine the dynamic changes of the frequency of different subsets of NK cells in CHB patients after initiation of tenofovir or(More)
TRIM22, a tripartite-motif (TRIM) protein, is upregulated upon interferon alpha (IFNα) administration to hepatitis C virus (HCV)-infected patients. However, the physiological role of TRIM22 upregulation remains unclear. Here, we describe a potential antiviral function of TRIM22's targeting of the HCV NS5A protein. NS5A is important for HCV replication and(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Host immune response to hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a vital factor involved in both viral clearance and liver disease pathogenesis. CD24 plays an important role in inflammation and immune response and CD24 polymorphisms are associated with risk and progression of chronic hepatitis B virus infection. Our study evaluated whether CD24(More)
Disruption of peripheral blood B-cell homeostasis and variation of surface receptors occur with certain infections and autoimmune diseases. However, the impact of antiviral therapy on B-cell alteration during chronic hepatitis B (CHB) infection remains unclear. Our study aims to document the effects of B-cell alteration in CHB patients treated with(More)
BACKGROUND Fuyu city in China has a high prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection resulting in a high morbidity and mortality from chronic liver disease and hepatocellular carcinoma. This study was conducted to identify the risk factors for HCV infection in Fuyu city. METHODS Recruitment of study subjects involved a cross-sectional survey using(More)
GTF2H1, the p62 subunit of the multiprotein complex transcription factor IIH (TFIIH), participates in both the nucleotide excision repair process and transcription control by specifically interacting with a variety of factors important in carcinogenesis. To elucidate the role of genetic variation in GTF2H1 in the etiology of lung cancer, we conducted a(More)
Interferon-γ-inducible protein 10 (IP-10), or C-X-C motif chemokine (CXCL10), is a small cytokine belonging to the non-ELR CXC chemokine family. By binding to its specific receptor CXCR3, IP-10 recruits activated CXCR3+ T cells to the liver parenchyma and plays a pivotal role in liver disease initiation and progression. IP-10 is mainly secreted by(More)
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections spontaneously clear in approximately 15-45% of infected individuals. Factors which influence spontaneous HCV clearance remain to be identified. The purpose of the present study was to identify variables associated with spontaneous HCV clearance in a referred population of Chinese patients. The prevalence of host, viral,(More)