Washington: The Hepatitis B virus (HBV) targets men more readily than women, triggering serious complications like cirrhosis and liver cancer, says a new study. Men infected with HBV are also six times more likely than women to develop a chronic form of the disease.
They then identified abnormal forms of these Apo A-I proteins in the blood of men infected with HBV, but not in women, says a release of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Besides explaining the gender differences, the proteins may provide important markers for tracking the progression of hepatitis B, the scientists suggest. Their study has been published online in ACS` Journal of Proteome Research. IANS
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