Journal article

Evolving therapies for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B virus infection

WE Delaney, A Bartholomeusz, SA Locarnini

EXPERT OPINION ON INVESTIGATIONAL DRUGS | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2002

Abstract

Despite the availability of prophylactic vaccines lamivudine and IFN-alpha, chronic hepatitis B remains an enormous global health problem. Several promising nucleosides/nucleotides are undergoing clinical trials, including adefovir dipivoxil, the latter of which is active against lamivudine-resistant hepatitis B virus (HBV). In addition to nucleosides/nucleotides, it will be important to develop new agents with different modes of action. Novel small molecule inhibitors, as well as gene therapy approaches, have produced encouraging results in vitro and in animal models. Additional immunomodulatory therapies, including thymosin-alpha 1, IL-12 and several therapeutic vaccines, are also being ex..

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