In a study to be published in Science online Aug. 6, researchers at Johns Hopkins have found that genes involved in suppressing the bodys defensive "killer" immune cells are a potential key factor in spontaneous recovery from hepatitis C. The viral infection of the liver can lead to cirrhosis, cancer and even death. This genetic factor was found in people assumed to be exposed to a low dose of virus at the time of infection.
"Our findings may help explain why some of the 20 percent of people infected with hepatitis C manage to recover on their own, while the remaining 80 percent remain infected and may need treatment," said one of the studys lead authors, infectious disease specialist Chloe Thio, M.D., assistant professor of medicine at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
In determining how some patients self-recover, the scientists hope one day to develop a vaccine and improve therapies for hepatitis C.
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