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Final entry key for hepatitis C

To propagate, the hepatitis C virus relies on entry into liver cells. Ironically, cellular proteins that normally assemble firm seals between adjacent cells serve as crucial keys by which the virus gains access.

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Figure 1: Entry pathway of hepatitis C virus (HCV).

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Pietschmann, T. Final entry key for hepatitis C. Nature 457, 797–798 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1038/457797a

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