HCV immunopathogenesis: virus-induced strategies against host immunity.

Abstract

Worldwide more than 170 million people are chronically infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV), which is a frequent cause of chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma. Unlike infection with other hepatotropic viruses, only a small percentage of acute HCV infections are cleared, and most infected individuals develop lifelong HCV infection… (More)

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