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Kinase inhibitors in the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus
  1. E Bardou-Jacquet,
  2. R Lorho,
  3. D Guyader
  1. Liver Disease Department, University Hospital Pontchaillou, Rennes, France
  1. Correspondence to E Bardou-Jacquet, Liver Disease Department, University Hospital Pontchaillou 35000 Rennes, France; edouard.bardou-jacquet{at}

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We read with great interest the publication in Gut by Himmelsbach et al1 in which they assessed whether the modulation of c-Raf by sorafenib affects hepatitis C virus (HCV) replication using the in vitro replicon system. The authors showed that sorafenib blocks HCV replication in vitro, by decreasing c-Raf phosphorylation and by affecting the post-translational processing of NS5A, which is required for the replication of the virus. We would like to report here a clinical observation that could suggest the clinical potential interest of kinase pathway inhibitors as a therapeutic option in chronic hepatitis C.

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