Accumulation of B lymphocytes with a naive, resting phenotype in a subset of hepatitis C patients.
Chronic infection with hepatitis C virus (HCV) is associated with disturbances of B lymphocyte activation and function: autoantibody production, mixed cryoglobulinemia, and B cell lymphomas. It has been proposed that these abnormalities reflect chronic antigenic stimulation or aberrant signaling through the B cell coreceptor, the latter mediated by binding of the HCV E2 glycoprotein to CD81. To test this hypothesis, we measured expression of activation and differentiation markers on periphera...Expand abstract
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