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|Title:||Immunoglobulin GM and KM genotypes in hepatitis C virus infection|
Janardan P. Pandey
Medical University of South Carolina
|Keywords:||Immunology and Microbiology;Medicine|
|Citation:||Journal of Medical Virology. Vol.73, No.3 (2004), 384-386|
|Abstract:||Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a major health problem, affecting over 170 million people worldwide. HCV causes a wide spectrum of liver disease, varying from persistent to asymptomatic infection. To evaluate the role of immunoglobulin (lg) GM and KM genes in HCV infection, 191 HCV-infected Thai subjects were studied. These included 43 individuals with transient HCV infection and 148 individuals with persistent chronic HCV infection. The controls consisted of 134 healthy individuals. Several GM and KM alleles were determined by polymerase chain reaction-based methods. The frequency of G1M(f) homozygotes was lower (52.4% vs. 64.2%, P= 0.03) and the frequency of G 1M(z) homozygotes was higher (10.5% vs. 3.7%, P= 0.02) in patients than the respective frequencies in controls. These results suggest that GM genotypes make a significant contribution to the risk of acquiring HCV infection. © 2004 Wiley-Liss, Inc.|
|Appears in Collections:||Scopus 2001-2005|
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