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Combating hepatitis B and C through immunological approaches
Tri Nugraha Susilawati, Sigit Setyawan, Tri Yuli Pramana, Ambar Mudigdo, Afiono Agung Prasetyo

Last modified: 2017-07-16


Infections with hepatitis B and C viruses are the main factors contributing to the development of chronic liver disease and have been known as the major global health problems. This paper examines evidence that demonstrates the involvement of host immune responses in hepatitis B and C, particularly in the protection against immune-mediated liver injury. The proposed mechanisms of protection range from T cell responses that facilitate spontaneous resolution during acute infection and prevent persistent infection to immunoregulatory cytokines that inhibit destructive immune responses. Regulatory T cells (Tregs), TGF-β1, IL-4 and IL-10 are the main components of the immune system that play an important role in the protection mechanisms against the detrimental effects of hepatitis B and C viruses in liver tissues. Thus, factors contributing to increased Tregs activity and immunoregulatory cytokines should be elaborated. Recent studies reported factors that facilitate the development of Tregs during hepatitis C viral infection include HCV epitope, expression of miR 146a in monocytes and the Tim-3/Gal-9 pathway. On the other hand, the generation of Tregs is inhibited by IL-6 produced during inflammation. These findings suggest that immunomodulation strategy should be further developed and applied in the management of hepatitis B and C.