Amal Ahmed Mohamed, Biochemistry Department, National Hepatology and Tropical Medicine Research Institute, Cairo 11796, Egypt
Zainab A Ali-Eldin, Hossameldin AbdelAziz, Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Cairo 11331, Egypt
Tamer A Elbedewy, Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Tanta University, Tanta 31111, Egypt
Magdy El-Serafy, Department of Tropical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Cairo 11796, Egypt
Fatma A Ali-Eldin, Department of Tropical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Cairo 11331, Egypt
Author contributions: Mohamed AA designed the research; Ali-Eldin ZA, Elbedewy TA and Ali-Eldin FA performed the clinical part of the research; Mohamed AA performed the biochemical part of the work; Elbedewy TA performed statistical analysis of the data; Ali-Eldin ZA, Elbedewy TA and Ali-Eldin FA wrote the paper; El-Serafy M and AbdelAziz H revised the paper.
Institutional review board statement: The study was approved.
Informed consent statement: All study participants, provided informed written consent prior to study enrollment.
Conflict-of-interest statement: None.
Data sharing statement: No additional data are available.
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Correspondence to: Dr. Amal Ahmed Mohamed, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biochemistry Department, National Hepatology and Tropical Medicine Research Institute, 10 Kasar El Eini Street, Cairo 11796, Egypt. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Received: February 14, 2017
Peer-review started: February 17, 2017
First decision: April 20, 2017
Revised: May 31, 2017
Accepted: June 19, 2017
Article in press: June 20, 2017
Published online: August 18, 2017