Cell culture-produced hepatitis C virus does not infect peripheral blood mononuclear cells.
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) replicates primarily in the liver, but HCV RNA has been observed in association with other tissues and cells including B and T lymphocytes, monocytes, and dendritic cells. We have taken advantage of a recently described, robust system that fully recapitulates HCV entry, replication and virus production in vitro to re-examine the issue of HCV infection of blood cell subsets. The HCV replicase inhibitor 2'C-methyl adenosine was used to distinguish HCV RNA replication fro...Expand abstract
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