Relationship between Duffy Antigen Receptor for Chemokines and Clinical Characteristics in Han People with Chronic Hepatitis C Infection in Dalian, China



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Shao, L.-N., Zhou, S.-H., & Liu, M. (2020). Relationship between Duffy Antigen Receptor for Chemokines and Clinical Characteristics in Han People with Chronic Hepatitis C Infection in Dalian, China. Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal, 22(10).


Background and Objectives: Most patients with untreated chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection develop hepatic fibrosis. Hepatic disease progression is monitored with hematological markers (alanine aminotransferase [ALT], aspartate aminotransferase [AST], albumin and platelet [PLT] count, AST/ALT ratio, AST/PLT ratio index [APRI], and fibrosis 4 score [FIB-4]) and FibroScan. The present study aimed to investigate the association between Duffy antigen/chemokines receptor (DARC) polymorphisms and clinical parameters in the Han people with chronic hepatitis C infection in Dalian, China.

Materials and Methods: This cohort study was performed on 245 Han people with chronic HCV at Dalian infectious hospital during April-December 2015. The participants of the research were selected using the consecutive sampling method. The DARC genotyping was performed using the TaqMan probe method and transient elastography was measured by FibroScan.

Results: Based on the findings, DARC polymorphisms correlated with ALT concentrations (FY*A/FY*A vs. FY*A/FY*B, P=0.025). However, the DARC polymorphism did not have an association with HCV RNA titers (FY*A/FY*A vs. FY*A/FY*B, P=0.241) or hepatic fibrosis (FY*A/FY*A vs. FY*A/FY*B, P=0.325). Moreover, correlation analyses showed that APRI (P<0.001, rho=0.603) and FIB-4 (P<0.001, rho=0.698) were useful predictors of hepatic fibrosis in chronic HCV infection. Besides, HCV RNA titers (P=0.327) and hepatic injury markers (P=0.814, 0.198, 0.767, and 0.171 for ALT, AST, ALB, and AST/ALT, respectively) were not useful for the estimation of the fibrosis stage in patients with chronic hepatitis C.

Conclusion: The FY*A allele is a potentially valuable protective factor against hepatocyte damage in chronic HCV-infected patients.


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