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J Clin Microbiol. 2012 Feb;50(2):465-8. doi: 10.1128/JCM.06503-11. Epub 2011 Dec 7.

Strong correlation between liver and serum levels of hepatitis C virus core antigen and RNA in chronically infected patients.

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  • 1Virology Department, Amiens University Hospital, South Hospital, Amiens, France.


HCV core antigen (Ag) and HCV RNA levels were evaluated in matched liver biopsy samples and sera from 22 patients with hepatitis C infection by using the quantitative Architect HCV Ag immunoassay and a real-time RT-qPCR assay, respectively. The data showed a strong correlation between liver and serum compartments of HCV Ag levels (r = 0.80) and HCV RNA levels (r = 0.87). In summary, the serum HCV Ag and RNA levels reflect the intrahepatic values.

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