Cellular Immune Responses to Hepatitis Viruses: Summary of a Specialty Session
The cellular immune response to hepatitis virus has been considered to be a pathogenetic mechanism of hepatitis. For hepatitis A, B, and C, evidence about the involvement of cellular immunity was presented in this session. In these investigations, characterization of antigen epitopes and the close relationship between viral antigens and HLA molecules, as well as the nature of effector cells and the preferential usage of T cell repertoires were revealed. The significance of such immunological evidence in the pathogenesis of viral hepatitis was discussed.
KeywordsChronic Hepatitis Viral Hepatitis Primary Biliary Cirrhosis Cellular Immune Response Antigen Epitope
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