VIRAL HEPATITIS: HCV compartmentalization in HCC: driver, passenger or both?

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Hepatocellular carcinoma is associated with HCV infection but the underlying interplay between virus and tumour remains to be elucidated. Now, Harouaka et al. report that in patients with HCV-related cirrhosis, HCV replication is restricted within liver tissue originating from hepatocellular carcinoma, with an associated increase in the diversity and complexity of the HCV quasispecies.Refers to Harouaka, D. et al. Diminished viral replication and compartmentalization of hepatitis C virus in hepatocellular carcinoma tissue. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA113, 1375–1380 (2016)

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