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Alcohol Res. 2015;37(2):299-309.

Alcohol and Viral Hepatitis: Role of Lipid Rafts.

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Department of Medicine/Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Abstract

Both alcohol abuse and infection with hepatitis viruses can lead to liver disease, including chronic hepatitis. Alcohol and hepatitis viruses have synergistic effects in the development of liver disease. Some of these involve the cellular membranes and particularly their functionally active domains, termed lipid rafts, which contain many proteins with essential roles in signaling and other processes. These lipid rafts play a central role in the lifecycles of hepatitis viruses. Alcohol's actions at the lipid rafts may contribute to the synergistic harmful effects of alcohol and hepatitis viruses on the liver and the pathogenesis of liver disease.

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26695752
PMCID:
PMC4590625
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