What is the role of S gene (surface gene) in the pathophysiology of hepatitis B (HBV) (Hep B) infection?

Updated: Aug 01, 2018
  • Author: Nikolaos T Pyrsopoulos, MD, PhD, MBA, FACP, AGAF; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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The S gene encodes the viral envelope. There are 5 mainly antigenic determinants: (1) a, common to all hepatitis B surface antigens (HBsAg), and (2-5) d, y, w, and r, which are epidemiologically important and identify the serotypes.


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