A group of 24 well-characterized patients doubly infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) and TT virus (TTV) were studied to evaluate whether the loads and number or identity of the genogroups of TTV they carried could affect the response of HCV infection to interferon-alpha (IFN) treatment. The features of HCV infection in the study patients provided a fair representation of the variables that are usually found in considering patients for IFN treatment. The same was true for the features of TTV infection. In particular, plasma loads of TTV varied over a wide range in individual patients, and infection with multiple TTV genogroups was extremely frequent. TTV genogroups 1 and 3 were the most prevalent, followed by genogroups 4 and S. The HCV response to IFN was evaluated by measuring plasma viraemia at 24 hours and 30 days after initiation of treatment. The results showed that the TTV parameters investigated had little or no impact on the response of HCV to therapy. Due to study design, these results do not exclude that the presence of a concomitant TTV infection can affect how HCV infection responds to treatment. However, they indicate that, should such effects exist, they would be independent on load and genetic features of the infecting TTV.
|Autori:||MAGGI F.; FORNAI C.; TEMPESTINI E.; ANDREOLI E.; LANINI L.; VATTERONI M.L.; PISTELLO M.; MARCHI S.; ANTONELLI G.; BENDINELLI M|
|Titolo:||Relationships between TT virus infection and hepatitis C virus response to interferon therapy in doubly infected patients|
|Anno del prodotto:||2003|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|