Molecular virology of hepatitis B virus for clinicians.


This article reviews the molecular biology of the hepatitis B virus in an effort to explain its natural history from a molecular perspective. The life cycle of the virus, with special attention to virus replication, polypeptide production, and morphogenesis, is described. The way in which these steps may influence the natural history of viral pathogenesis, as well as the effectiveness of interventions, receives special consideration.

  • Block TM
  • Guo H
  • Guo JT
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Clin Liver Dis, 2007, 11 (4)