Latent hepatitis B virus infection in healthy individuals with antibodies to hepatitis B core antigen.

@article{Marusawa2000LatentHB,
  title={Latent hepatitis B virus infection in healthy individuals with antibodies to hepatitis B core antigen.},
  author={Hiroyuki Marusawa and Shinji Uemoto and Makoto Hijikata and Yoshihide Ueda and Katsuaki Tanaka and Kunitada Shimotohno and Tsutomu Chiba},
  journal={Hepatology},
  year={2000},
  volume={31 2},
  pages={488-95}
}
Several recent reports have shown that hepatitis B virus (HBV) could be frequently transmitted to the recipients from donors who have antibodies to hepatitis B core antigen (anti-HBc) through liver transplantation. We provide here the molecular evidence of latent HBV infection accompanied with ongoing viral replication in the liver tissue of anti-HBc-positive healthy individuals. HBV DNA was detectable in 13 of 14 healthy donors who were positive for both anti-HBc and antibodies to hepatitis B… CONTINUE READING
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