Potential marker for relapse-prone hep C patients

US researchers have determined a potential marker to identify patients prone to hepatitis C relapse after antiviral therapy.

The researchers evaluated the immune response of hepatitis C virus-infected individuals treated with antiviral agents.

They found patients showing increased expression of type I interferon were more likely to remain HCV-free.

By contrast, patients unable to maintain a type I interferon response were more likely to have an HCV relapse.

The results suggest type I interferon treatment in at-risk patients merits future study, researchers said.

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