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Trends Microbiol. 1993 Sep;1(6):221-8.

Hepatitis B virus replication.

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Zentrum für Molekulare Biologie, Universität Heidelberg, Germany.

Abstract

Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is the causative agent of B-type hepatitis in humans and the prototypic member of the hepadnaviruses. It is a small enveloped DNA virus that replicates via reverse transcription. Although hepadnaviruses are similar to retroviruses in basic life cycle and genome organization, recent studies have revealed several unique hepadnaviral strategies that optimize exploitation of their extremely small circular DNA genomes.

PMID:
8137119
DOI:
10.1016/0966-842x(93)90136-f
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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