Journal article

Novel HBsAg mutations correlate with hepatocellular carcinoma, hamper HBsAg secretion and promote cell proliferation in vitro

Romina Salpini, Matteo Surdo, Nadia Warner, Maria Francesca Cortese, Danny Colledge, Sally Soppe, Maria Concetta Bellocchi, Daniele Armenia, Luca Carioti, Fabio Continenza, Domenico Di Carlo, Patrizia Saccomandi, Carmen Mirabelli, Michela Pollicita, Roberta Longo, Sara Romano, Giuseppina Cappiello, Alberto Spano, Pascale Trimoulet, Herve Fleury Show all

ONCOTARGET | IMPACT JOURNALS LLC | Published : 2017

Abstract

BACKGROUND: An impaired HBsAg-secretion can increase HBV oncogenic-properties. Here, we investigate genetic-determinants in HBsAg correlated with HBV-induced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and their impact on HBsAg-secretion and cell-proliferation. METHODS: This study included 128 chronically HBV-infected patients: 23 with HCC (73.9% D; 26.1% A HBV-genotype), and 105 without cirrhosis/HCC (72.4% D, 27.6% A) as reference-group. The impact of mutations on HBsAg-secretion was assessed by measuring the ratio [secreted/intracellular HBsAg] until day 5 post-transfection. The impact of mutations on cell-cycle advancement was assessed by flow-cytometry. RESULTS: Two HBsAg mutations significantly co..

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