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Journal:   HEPATITIS MONTHLY   SEPTEMBER 2014 , Volume 14 , Number 9; Page(s) 0 To 0.
 
Paper: 

ESTROGEN RECEPTOR ALPHA EXPRESSION AND LIVER FIBROSIS IN CHRONIC HEPATITIS C VIRUS GENOTYPE 1B: A CLINICOPATHOLOGICAL STUDY

 
 
Author(s):  CENGIZ MUSTAFA*, OZENIRLER SEREN, YILMAZ GULDAL
 
* DEPARTMENT OF GASTROENTEROLOGY, DR. A.Y. ANKARA ONCOLOGY TRAINING AND RESEARCH HOSPITAL, ANKARA, TURKEY
 
Abstract: 

Background: Hepatic damage due to chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1b infection varies widely. Objectives: We aimed to investigate whether estrogen receptor alpha (ER?) plays a role in liver fibrosis in patients infected with HCV genotype 1b.
Patients and Methods: All the consecutive patients who received the same standard treatment protocol for HCV genotype 1b were subdivided into two subgroups according to their fibrosis scores as fibrotic stages<2 in mild fibrosis group and fibrotic stages
³2 in advanced fibrosis group, depending on the presence of septal fibrosis. ER? was stained in liver biopsy specimens. Demographics and clinical properties were compared between the groups. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was performed to predict advanced fibrosis.
Results: There were 66 patients in the mild fibrosis group and 24 in the advanced fibrosis group. Among the mild and advanced fibrosis groups, 65.1% and 50%were female, respectively (P=0.19). There was an inverse correlation between ER? and fibrotic stage (r: -0.413; P<0.001). Age, platelet counts, neutrophil counts, Alanine aminotransferase (ALT), Aspartate aminotransferase (AST), Gamma glutamyl transferase (GGT) and ER? were statistically significant in the univariate analysis. In multivariate logistic regression analyses, ER? expression continued to be an independent predicting factor of liver fibrosis in patients infected with chronic HCV genotype 1b (OR: 0.10; 95% CI: 0.018-0.586; P<0.001).
Conclusions: ER? expression in liver was inversely correlated with liver fibrosis among patients infected with chronic HCV genotype 1b.

 
Keyword(s): ESTROGEN RECEPTORS ALPHA, GENOTYPE, HEPATITIS C VIRUS, LIVER FIBROSIS
 
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