Thursday, April 3, 2014

Complete replication of hepatitis B virus and hepatitis C virus in a newly developed hepatoma cell line

More than 500 million people are persistently infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV) and/or hepatitis C virus (HCV) and are at a risk of developing chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, and liver cancer. The absence of robust cell culture systems for both viral infections limits the understanding of the virus lifecycle and pathogenesis required for the development of vaccine and antivirals. We have established a novel human hepatoma cell line termed “HLCZ01” that supports the entire lifecycle of both HBV and HCV produced both in cell culture and clinically. This cell line provides a powerful tool for addressing the virus lifecycle and the development of antivirals and vaccines.

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