We assessed the genetic polymorphism of mannose-binding lectin (MBL) in 93 patients with chronic hepatitis C (45 responders and 48 nonresponders to interferon) and 218 healthy controls. Mutant allele was identified only at codon 54 (Gly→Asp), leading to three genotypes (54 m/m, 54 W/m, and 54 W/W). Frequency of 54 m/m was significantly lower in interferon-responders (2.2%) compared to those in nonresponders (14.6%) and controls (10.6%): p<0.05. Our results suggest that homozygous carriage of the variant allele of codon 54 of MBL may predict poor response to interferon in chronic hepatitis C patients.
Archives of Virology – Springer Journals
Published: Apr 1, 1998
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