Tissues of human primary hepatocellular carcinoma (PHC) from six patients infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV) were propagated in nude mice, as well as a strain of hepatitis B surface antigen-positive PHC (PLC/PRF/5). Integration of viral DNA into chromosomal DNA of tumour cells was evaluated by the capacity to hybridize with radiolabelled DNA probes, each representing fundamental partsof the HBV genome, that is S and C genes and regions pre-S and X. All PHC cells possessed region X integrated in their chromosomes. However, integration of the S gene, C gene and region pre-S was found in only six of the seven PHCs. Based on these findings, the integration of region X seems to be most closely associated with carcinogenesis in HBV infection.


Article metrics loading...

Loading full text...

Full text loading...


Most cited this month Most Cited RSS feed

This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error