Border Control in Hepatitis C Virus Infection: Inhibiting Viral Entry

2015-09-11T00:00:00Z (GMT) by Cameron J. Schweitzer T. Jake Liang
A new era has begun in the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection with powerful yet expensive therapies. New treatments are emerging that target the entry step of HCV and could potentially block reinfection after liver transplant. These treatments include antibodies, which target the virus or host receptors required by HCV. Additionally, several new and previously approved small-molecule compounds have been described that target unique aspects of HCV entry. Overall, the blocking entry represents an attractive strategy that could yield powerful combination therapies to combat HCV.