Marta García-Valdecasas

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OBJECTIVES In patients with compensated liver cirrhosis the clinical repercussions of detecting subclinical hepatic encephalopathy (SHE) are unclear. We present a long-term follow-up study in cirrhotic patients to examine the relationship between SHE and subsequent episodes of overt hepatic encephalopathy. METHODS A total of 63 cirrhotic patients were(More)
BACKGROUND Insulin resistance has been strongly associated with the attainment of sustained viral response (SVR) in hepatitis C patients. AIM To determine, in a cohort of Spanish patients with chronic hepatitis C treated with peginterferon plus ribavirin (P+R), whether insulin resistance predicts SVR independently of interleukin-28B rs12979860(More)
Insulin is critical for controlling energy functions including glucose and lipid metabolism. Insulin resistance seems to interact with hepatitis C promoting fibrosis progression and impairing sustained virological response to peginterferon and ribavirin. The main aim was to elucidate the direct effect of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection on insulin(More)
Host-viral genetic interaction has a key role in hepatitis C infection (HCV) and maybe in the viral selection. In a preliminary GWAS analysis, we identified BTN3A2 rs9104 to be associated with HCV genotype 1. Therefore, our aim was to determine the influence of BTN family on the selection of HCV genotype. We performed a fine-mapping analysis of BTN gene(More)
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) interacts with lipid receptors to enter the cell, circulates as lipoviroparticle and is secreted as VLDL. We aimed to investigate the role of the rs12979860 polymorphism in the IL28B gene in 143 with chronic hepatitis C genotype 1, 144 infected with genotype 3, 90 genotype 4 and 413 noninfected individuals on lipid profile and to(More)
Quercetin is a natural flavonoid, which has been shown to have anti hepatitis C virus (HCV) properties. However, the exact mechanisms whereby quercetin impacts the HCV life cycle are not fully understood. We assessed the effect of quercetin on different steps of the HCV life cycle in Huh-7.5 cells and primary human hepatocytes (PHH) infected with HCVcc. In(More)
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