Production of interleukins 10 and 12 by activated peripheral blood monocytes/macrophages in patients suffering from chronic hepatitis C virus infection with respect to the response to interferon and ribavirin treatment.

Circulating monocytes/macrophages are important for the initiation of immune responses to hepatitis C virus (HCV). Their presentation capacities and production of immunoregulatory cytokines enable them to activate cellular immune responses which is critical in determining the outcome of infection. We used flow cytometry to examine the expression of a CD80… CONTINUE READING