Alteration in mRNA levels of Fas splice variants in hepatitis C-infected liver.

The Fas receptor (APO-1/CD95) is expressed on hepatocytes and is thought to be important in triggering apoptosis after ligation by the Fas ligand carried on cytotoxic T cells. Recent evidence has shown that several splice variants of Fas exist, the major one of which (FasTMDel) may produce a soluble protein which can modulate apoptosis by interacting with… (More)