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Prevalence of hepatitis G virus in healthy children in liver disease, and human immunodeficiency virus-1 infection: response to interferon.
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PMID:  10776948     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: A new virus of the Flaviviridae family, the hepatitis G virus (HGV/HGBV-C), has been identified recently. The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of HGV infection in healthy children, in patients with liver disease, and in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1-infected patients. The role of HGV in the clinical course of chronic HCV, the response to interferon-alpha2b, and the possible implications of intravenous gamma-globulin in the transmission of the virus were also evaluated. METHODS: Fifty healthy children, 66 patients with a variety of liver diseases, 19 patients with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), and various batches of commercial intravenous immunoglobulins were investigated. Viral HGV RNA (5'NCR-NS5) and anti-HGV envelope protein E2 were assayed. RESULTS: The prevalence of HGV infection was 6% in the healthy children and 42% in the liver disease group. Viremia and anti-E2 were found in 11% and 79% of patients with AIDS. Four (27%) of 15 patients with chronic HCV, receiving treatment with interferon, were coinfected by HGV and became HGV-RNA negative during therapy. One year after the end of interferon therapy, three of them were again HGV RNA positive. CONCLUSIONS: The prevalence of HGV infection is high in healthy children higher in children affected with liver disease, but its potential pathologic implication is questionable, and further studies are warranted. Hepatitis G virus is sensitive to interferon therapy, although the infection often recurs after discontinuation of treatment.
D Infante; M Pich; R Tormo; S Sauleda; C Montané; J I Esteban; R Esteban
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition     Volume:  30     ISSN:  0277-2116     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Pediatr. Gastroenterol. Nutr.     Publication Date:  2000 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-07-27     Completed Date:  2000-07-27     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8211545     Medline TA:  J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  385-90     Citation Subset:  IM; X    
Unit of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Pediatric Nutrition, Hospital Materno Infantil Vall d'Hebron, Autonomus University, Barcelona, Spain.
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MeSH Terms
Antiviral Agents / pharmacology*,  therapeutic use
Case-Control Studies
Child, Preschool
Flaviviridae / drug effects*,  genetics,  isolation & purification*
HIV Infections / complications,  virology
Hepatitis C, Chronic / complications,  virology
Hepatitis, Viral, Human / drug therapy,  epidemiology*,  virology
Immunoglobulins, Intravenous / chemistry
Interferon Alfa-2b / pharmacology*,  therapeutic use
Liver Diseases / complications,  virology
RNA, Viral / analysis
Spain / epidemiology
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antiviral Agents; 0/Immunoglobulins, Intravenous; 0/RNA, Viral; 99210-65-8/Interferon Alfa-2b

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