Quantitative analysis of HBV cccDNA from clinical specimens: correlation with clinical and virological response during antiviral therapy.

Attempts to investigate changes in various forms of intrahepatic hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA during antiviral therapy have been hampered by limitations in technologies and scarcity of adequate tissue for analysis. We used a sensitive, specific assay to detect and quantitate covalently closed circular DNA (cccDNA) from total intrahepatic HBV DNA in clinical… CONTINUE READING