Hepatitis C virus vaccines in the era of new direct-acting antivirals

Chao Shi, Alexander Ploss

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

14 Scopus citations

Abstract

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a major global health problem as it has a high propensity for establishing chronicity. Chronic HCV carriers are at risk of developing severe liver disease including fibrosis, cirrhosis and liver cancer. While treatment has considerably improved over the years, therapy is still only partially effective, and is plagued by side effects, which contribute to treatment failure and is expensive to manage. The drug development pipeline contains several compounds that hold promise to achieve the goal of a short and more tolerable therapy, and are also likely to improve treatment response rates. It remains to be seen, however, how potent antiviral drug cocktails will affect the hepatitis C burden worldwide. In resource-poor environments, considerable costs, inadequate infrastructure for medical supervision and distribution may diminish the impact of future therapies. Consequently, development of novel therapeutic and prophylactic strategies is imperative to contain HCV infection globally.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-185
Number of pages15
JournalExpert Review of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology

Keywords

  • antiviral immunity
  • hepatitis C
  • hepatitis C virus
  • vaccine development
  • viral diversity
  • viral hepatitis

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Hepatitis C virus vaccines in the era of new direct-acting antivirals'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this