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Advances in research on hepatitis B virus DNA integration

Virologica Sinica

Abstract

Since HBV DNA integration was discovered for the first time in 1980, various methods have been used to detect and study it, such as Southern Blot, in situ hybridization, polymerase chain reaction and so on. HBV DNA integration is thought to be random on the whole although some hot spots of integration were described by some researchers, one of which might be the repetitive sequences of the genomic DNA. Besides, DNA damage, especially double-strand breaks could promote HBV DNA integration into host genome. HBV DNA integration into cells may damage the stability of the genome, cause DNA rearrangement, promote DNA deletion and induce the formation of HCC.

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Lin, Js., Gao, Ll. Advances in research on hepatitis B virus DNA integration. Virol. Sin. 23, 93–99 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12250-008-2939-6

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