Journal article

Reversion of duck hepatitis B virus DNA replication in vivo following cessation of treatment with the nucleoside analogue ganciclovir.

J Dean, S Bowden, S Locarnini

Antiviral Res | Published : 1995

Abstract

In order to define, in more detail, the virological events which occur after completion of antiviral chemotherapy, ducks congenitally infected with the duck hepatitis B virus (DHBV) were treated for 4 weeks with the nucleoside analogue ganciclovir and followed up over a 7-day period. Specimens of serum and liver were collected daily during follow-up for virological analysis. Treatment resulted in a substantial reduction in both viraemia and liver DHBV DNA replicative intermediates. However, after cessation of treatment, viraemia returned to detectable levels within 4 days. In the liver, the viral supercoiled DNA (SC DNA) was the form least affected by therapy and returned to near control lev..

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