Journal article

The evolution and clinical impact of hepatitis B virus genome diversity

Peter A Revill, Thomas Tu, Hans J Netter, Lilly KW Yuen, Stephen A Locarnini, Margaret Littlejohn



The global burden of hepatitis B virus (HBV) is enormous, with 257 million persons chronically infected, resulting in more than 880,000 deaths per year worldwide. HBV exists as nine different genotypes, which differ in disease progression, natural history and response to therapy. HBV is an ancient virus, with the latest reports greatly expanding the host range of the Hepadnaviridae (to include fish and reptiles) and casting new light on the origins and evolution of this viral family. Although there is an effective preventive vaccine, there is no cure for chronic hepatitis B, largely owing to the persistence of a viral minichromosome that is not targeted by current therapies. HBV persistence ..

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Awarded by German Centre for Infection Research (DZIF), TTU Hepatitis Projects

Awarded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

Funding Acknowledgements

T.T. is financially supported by the German Centre for Infection Research (DZIF), TTU Hepatitis Projects 5.807 and 5.704, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) TRR179 (TP 15 and the Australian Centre for HIV and Hepatitis Virology Research). The authors thank R. Schinazi for providing helpful information on capsid inhibitors.