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J Clin Pathol. 1991 Nov;44(11):905-8.

Rapid detection of hepatitis B virus DNA in liver tissue by in situ hybridisation and its combination with immunohistochemistry for simultaneous detection of HBV antigens.

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  • 1Institute of Liver Studies, King's College School of Medicine and Dentistry, London.


A rapid technique using a non-radioactive receptor molecule (digoxigenin) for intrahepatic hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA detection using in situ hybridisation was developed. It can be adapted for use in combination with standard immunohistochemistry for simultaneous detection of both HBV DNA and HBV antigens. The total time required for dual detection of HBV antigens and HBV DNA starting from paraffin wax liver sections was two working days. A good signal to background ratio for the detection of HBV DNA was always obtained using this labelling. This technique is cheap, safe, and relatively simple which makes it an ideal tool for the detection of intrahepatic HBV DNA for both routine diagnostic purposes and in research.

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