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Med Clin (Barc). 2007 Oct 6;129(12):469-76.

[Adaptive cell immune response against the hepatitis C virus infection].

[Article in Spanish]

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Laboratorio de Biología Molecular, Servicio de Enfermedades Infecciosas, Hospital Carlos III, Madrid, España.


Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infects around 175 million people worldwide and is one of the leading causes of chronic liver disease. Less than one third of patients infected with HCV are able to spontaneously clear the virus during acute infection, while most patients evolve to chronic infection. Control of viral replication has been associated to the cellular component of the host immune response. It is not fully understood what distinguish a successful cellular immune response. An integral interpretation of the numerous experimental findings may allow a better understanding of the immune mechanisms involved in the inability of the immune system to successfully control chronic HCV infection.

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