T-cell antigenic determinants within hepatitis C virus nonstructural protein 3 and cytokine production profiles in hepatitis C

C. H. Pan, P. M. Yang, L. H. Hwang, Shing F. Kao, P. J. Chen, Bor Luen Chiang*, D. S. Chen

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The aim of this study was to further investigate the role of T-helper cells in hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, focusing on the T-cell antigenic determinants and cytokine profiles of nonstructural 3 (NS3) protein-stimulated peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) of HCV patients. A total of 12 recombinant proteins of the NS3 region were purified and used to test T-cell proliferative response and antigenic determinants of HCV-seropositive patients. In addition, cytokines produced by antigen stimulated PBMCs were measured. Our data showed that PBMCs from 55.7% (34/61) of HCV patients proliferated to at least one antigen, but PBMCs of HCV seronegative patients did not. In addition, PBMCs from about 82.0% (32/39) HCV-seropositive patients produced significant amounts of cytokines (10 pg/mL). Interestingly, PBMCs from 66% of patients produced TH2-related cytokines such as interleukin (IL)-4 and IL-5. In mapping experiments, the data showed multiple T-cell antigenic determinants. Our data demonstrated that NS3 antigen-stimulated PBMCs of HCV patients recognized multiple T-cell antigenic determinants and produced significant amounts of TH0 or TH2-related cytokines, which might play a critical role in the chronicity of HCV infection.

原文English
頁(從 - 到)258-264
頁數7
期刊Journal of Viral Hepatitis
9
發行號4
DOIs
出版狀態Published - 2002

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