HCV genotypes and cryoglobulinemia

M. Crovatto, S. Ceselli, C. Mazzaro, M. L. Modolo, P. Martelli, G. Mazzi, G. Pozzato, F. Giannini, M. Barbisin, B. Chiarotto, G. F. Santini

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Objective. To evaluate the HCV genotype distribution in subjects affected by cryoglobulinemia in order to verify its possible role in the pathogenesis of the disease and to provide the clinician with a useful datum for therapy. Methods. Nested PCR with universal and type-specific primers was used for the genotyping. Results. Genotype I (1a) was never present in cryoglobulinemia, while it was present in 7 (4.3%) patients with chronic hepatopathy and in 4 (10.8%) asymptomatic patients. Type II (1b) was present in 28 (58.3%) and in 8 (47.1%) cryoglobulinemic patients with and without hepatopathy, respectively; in 106 (64.6%) patients with chronic hepatitis; in one patient with acute hepatitis; and in 14 (37.9%) asymptomatic patients. Type III (2a) was present in 2 (4.2%) and 2 (11.8%) cryoglobulinemic patients with and without hepatopathy, respectively; in 1 (0.6%) patient with chronic hepatopathy; and in 2 (5.4%) asymptomatic subjects. Type IV (2b) was present in 1 (2.1%) and in 2 (11.8%) cryoglobulinemic patients with and without hepatopathy, respectively; in 5 (3%) patients with chronic hepatopathy; and in 1 (2.7%) asymptomatic subject. Coinfections were present in 42 cases: 6 (12.5%) cryoglobulinemia with hepatopathy, 4 (23.5%) cryoglobulinemia without hepatopathy, 25 (15.3%) chronic hepatopathy, and in 7 (18.9%) asymptomatic subjects. For 41 (15.4%) strains typing was not possible. Eight of the 'untypable' strains and 3 strains from patients with coinfection proved to belong to a new genotype. Conclusion. Genotype II (1b) was the most frequent in patients with and without cryoglobulinemia; genotype I (1a) was absent in all 65 patients with cryoglobulinemia, in whom, however, as in the subjects without cryoglobulinemia, all the other genotypes could be found. An interferon-resistant genotype characterized by an elevated homology with Simmonds' type 2c (rare genotype) was present.

Original languageEnglish
JournalClinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Issue numberSUPPL. 13
Publication statusPublished - 1995


  • cryoglobulinemia
  • genotype
  • HCV
  • nested PCR

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology


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