Theodore Ngatchu

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AIMS/METHODS A case-control study was carried out in Italy to assess the risk factors associated with chronic hepatitis C virus infection. Five hundred consecutive chronic anti-hepatitis C virus positive cases and 500 sex and exactly age-matched anti-hepatitis C virus negative/HBsAg negative controls entered the study. Information was collected through an(More)
Primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) is a classical autoimmune liver disease for which effective immunomodulatory therapy is lacking. Here we perform meta-analyses of discovery data sets from genome-wide association studies of European subjects (n=2,764 cases and 10,475 controls) followed by validation genotyping in an independent cohort (n=3,716 cases and 4,261(More)
A pilot survey conducted in Cameroon comprising 702 children of primary school age revealed that 58.5% of the children were positive for at least one HBV marker. An overall HBsAg prevalence of 19.9% was observed. Both any HBV marker and HBsAg prevalences increased with age (P less than 0.01). Of the HBsAg-positive subjects, 28.4% were positive for HBV-DNA;(More)
Long-term persistence of specific antibodies after primary immunization against HBV infection has been reported. In this study, we evaluated the persistence of anti-HBs in vaccinees 6 years after primary immunization and the response to a booster dose using a recombinant DNA yeast-derived HB vaccine. An 85.4% seroprotection rate was observed after 6 years(More)
Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) is the principal agent of non-A, non-B hepatitis and its spread in the community is not well defined. We evaluated the prevalence of anti-HCV (ortho ELISA System) in 696 children (4-14 years) in Kumba, Cameroon. Children were selected by systematic random sampling in six primary schools. A seroprevalence of 14.5% (101 children) was(More)
A comparative seroepidemiological study (1979 vs 1989) on HAV infection, was carried out in children and adolescents from North-East Italy. Anti-HAV was tested in 850 subjects 6 to 8 years of age and the results were compared to those observed in 1979, in 462 subjects of the same age range and from the same geographical area. Overall anti-HAV prevalence was(More)
The efficacy of a 10 or 20 micrograms antigen load of HB recombinant vaccines is still being debated. A comparison of anti-HBs titres in two groups of healthy subjects vaccinated by the same schedule (0, 1 and 6 months) employing recombinant HB vaccines with different antigen loads, 20 micrograms (group A, 251 subjects) and 10 micrograms (group B, 256(More)
BACKGROUND In a campaign to vaccinate health care workers, a three-dose schedule (0, 1, and 6 months) and a four-dose schedule (0, 1, 2, and 14 months) with hepatitis B (HB) vaccine were used. After primary immunization 26 subjects vaccinated with the 3-dose schedule and 4 subjects vaccinated with the 4-dose schedule had undetectable anti-HBs titres. (More)
In 1989, the prevalence of antibody to cytomegalovirus (CMV) was determined by the ELISA method in serum samples from 198 apparently healthy children 4-14 years old in Kumba City (Cameroon). Children were randomly recruited from six primary schools located in different districts of the city. The overall prevalence was 94.0%, increasing from 88.5% in 4-6(More)
In January 1989, the prevalence of antibodies to hepatitis A virus (anti-HAV) was determined by ELISA in 702 apparently healthy children 5-14 years old in Kumba City, Cameroon. Children were recruited from those attending six different primary schools, representative of the socio-demographic characteristics of the inhabitants, using a systematic random(More)