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Antivir Ther. 2006;11(1):17-23.

Hepatic interferon receptor mRNA expression: clinical relevance and its relationship with effectiveness of interferon plus ribavirin therapy in patients with genotype 1b hepatitis C virus infection.

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  • 1Division of Hepatogastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine, Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan. chmolee@ms15.hinet.net



Hepatic expression of interferon (IFN) receptor mRNA has been shown to correlate with the effectiveness of IFN monotherapy in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. We investigated the expression of hepatic IFN receptor alpha/beta (IFNAR2c) mRNA and its association with the effectiveness of IFN plus ribavirin (RBV) therapy and with the clinical features in patients with HCV genotype 1b (HCV-1b) infection.


A total of 42 naive patients who had chronic HCV-1b infection were treated with IFN alpha-2b 3 MU or 5 MU three times weekly plus RBV for 24 weeks. Hepatic IFNAR2c mRNA was quantified by real-time RT-PCR.


There was no significant difference in the mean expression level of IFNAR2c mRNA between patients with sustained virological response (SVR) and non-SVR (0.069 +/-0.042 versus 0.053 +/-0.033, P=0.182). Multiple linear regression analysis showed that lower fibrosis scores (P=0.006) and younger age (P=0.03) were associated with hepatic IFNAR2c mRNA expression with r2=0.34.


Hepatic IFNAR2c mRNA expression may not be useful for predicting the response to IFN plus RBV therapy in patients with HCV-1b infection, but appeared to correlate inversely with the fibrosis stage and age.

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