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Open Access Commentary

One step closer to an experimental infection system for Hepatitis B Virus? --- the identification of sodium taurocholate cotransporting peptide as a viral receptor

Pei-Jer Chen1* and T-C Wu2

Author Affiliations

1 Hepatitis Research Center, National Taiwan University and Hospital, Hsinchu City, Taiwan

2 Department of Pathology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA

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Cell & Bioscience 2013, 3:2  doi:10.1186/2045-3701-3-2

Published: 11 January 2013

Abstract

Following the successful cloning of receptor for SARS coronavirus a few years ago, Dr. Wenhui Li and colleagues raised attention again by publishing a possible receptor for hepatitis B virus in eLife. We will briefly review the significance of this finding and the future prospects of hepatitis B research.