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Review Article Application of CRISPR/Cas9 in Treating Hepatitis B Virus
Ju-Yeon Cho
Journal of Liver Cancer 2017;17(2):111-116
Published online: September 30, 2017
Department of Internal Medicine, Chosun University School of Medicine, Gwangju, Korea
Corresponding author:  Ju-Yeon Cho,
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The advent of oral antiviral agents has revolutionized hepatitis B treatment. It has led to decreased incidence and mortality related to hepatocellular carcinoma. However, although nucleos(t)ide analogs (NA) are fast and potent in inhibiting hepatitis B virus (HBV) polymerase and reverse transcriptase activity, complete cure of the virus is not possible. The complete eradication of HBV requires the covalently-closed-circular DNA (cccDNA) to be eliminated. Novel gene editing methods, such as zing finger nucleases, transcription activator-like effector nucleases, and the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats/Cas9 (CRISPR/ Cas9) system, designed to target specific DNA sequences has great potential for therapeutic application. Among these, the CRISPR/Cas9 system may be the most feasible approach to eradicate HBV cccDNA. Further studies are needed to develop a more efficient and safer
of delivery using the CRISPR/Cas9 system to achieve complete cure of chronic hepatitis B.

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