Marek Radkowski

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It is unclear whether the current antiviral treatment for chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection results in complete elimination of the virus, or whether small quantities of virus persist. Our study group comprised 17 patients with chronic HCV who had sustained virological response (SVR) after interferon/ribavirin treatment. Serum and peripheral blood(More)
Patients with chronic hepatitis C are more likely to have significant changes in their physical and mental well-being than patients with liver disease of other etiology, and hepatitis C virus (HCV) has been occasionally implicated in diseases of the central nervous system. We analyzed the presence of the HCV negative-strand RNA sequence, which is the viral(More)
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection often is associated with cognitive dysfunction and depression. HCV sequences and replicative forms were detected in autopsy brain tissue and cerebrospinal fluid from infected patients, suggesting direct neuroinvasion. However, the phenotype of cells harboring HCV in brain remains unclear. We studied autopsy brain tissue(More)
It has been reported that hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is associated with cognitive dysfunction, fatigue and depression, which do not correlate with the severity of liver disease and cannot be accounted for by hepatic encephalopathy or drug abuse. There is also emerging evidence that HCV infection can have negative neurocognitive effects in(More)
The existence of extrahepatic replication sites of hepatitis C virus (HCV) remains controversial. Highly strand-specific Tth-based reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction was used to search for the presence of viral RNA negative strand in lymph nodes from 16 patients with AIDS and in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from 14 other human(More)
OBJECTIVES Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is commonly associated with cognitive dysfunction. Viral sequences and proteins were previously found in brain macrophage/microglia cells. The aim of the current study was to determine whether HCV infection affects the expression of key cytokines and chemokines in these cells. METHODS Autopsy brain tissue from(More)
Dermacentor reticulatus plays an important role in the maintenance of pathogens of medical and veterinary importance in the environment. Currently two isolated populations of D. reticulatus are present in Poland –Western and Eastern. The range of the Eastern population covers endemic areas in eastern Poland but this population is expanding westwards(More)
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) sequences recovered from serum, peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs), and various tissues from human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) positive patients were compared by single strand conformational polymorphism (SSCP) and sequencing. In five patients, paired serum and PBMCs samples were analyzed while in two other patients(More)
It has been reported that hepatitis C virus (HCV) may be lymphotropic in the setting of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) coinfection. The present study was undertaken to determine the phenotype of lymphoid cells harboring replicating HCV in HIV-1-positive subjects. By means of highly strand-specific thermostable enzyme Tth-based(More)
We have found differences among the populations of hepatitis C virus sequences in serum, peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs), and various tissues in patients with chronic hepatitis C. These results are compatible with the existence of independent viral compartments in the infected host. Our results also suggest that PBMCs, and probably various(More)