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J Hepatol. 1986;2(1):1-10.

Hepatitis B virus DNA in the hepatocyte. A series of 160 biopsies.


DNA-DNA hybridisation was used to examine 160 liver biopsies for the presence of the hepatitis B virus genome. HBeAg-positive HBsAg carriers were found to have replicating viral DNA in the hepatocytes and, very occasionally, HBV DNA was also integrated into the chromosomes. A high proportion of the anti-HBe-positive HBsAg carriers also have replicating HBV DNA and in the remainder integrated sequences are often, but not always, seen. No evidence was found, however, to implicate HBV in HBsAg-negative patients with alcoholic liver disease, nor in patients with a variety of other liver diseases including non-A, non-B hepatitis.

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