Hepatitis B virus preS1 deletion is related to viral replication increase and disease progression
Seoung-Ae Lee, Hong Kim, Bum-Joon Kim, You-Sub Won, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Microbiology and Immunology, and Liver Research Institute, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul 110-799, South Korea
Ki-Jeong Kim, Department of Microbiology, School of Medicine, Chung-Ang University, Seoul 110-799, South Korea
Won-Hyuk Choi, Department of Internal Medicine, Konkuk University, Seoul 110-799, South Korea
Author contributions: Kim BJ conceived this research and participated in its design and coordination; Lee SA, Kim KJ, Kim H and Choi WH performed the experiments and analyzed and interpreted the data; Choi WH and Won YS contributed the reagents, materials, and analysis tools; all authors approved the final manuscript; Lee SA, Kim KJ and Kim H equally contributed into this study.
Supported by Grants from National Research Foundation of Korea; grant funded by the Korean government (Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology), No. 2013-005810; and Foundation of Seoul National University Hospital (SNUH research fund), No. 0320140140.
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Correspondence to: Bum-Joon Kim, Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Microbiology and Immunology, and Liver Research Institute, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul 110-799, South Korea. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Received: September 23, 2014
Peer-review started: September 25, 2014
First decision: October 14, 2014
Revised: October 30, 2014
Accepted: January 16, 2015
Article in press: January 16, 2015
Published online: April 28, 2015