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Hep B Immunology
Transcript of Hep B Immunology
(AACC, 2012; Palmer, 2000; Porth, 2011).
Interpreting Test Results
Immunological Aspects of Hepatitis B
identify 6 HBV serological markers and their significance
be able to determine immunity vs. infection by looking at test results
contrast between HAV, HBV, HCV transmission
describe immune response to a chronic HBV infection
list and describe two treatments for HBV infection
explain procedure in the case of newborn of HBV + mother
6 types of serological markers and their significance
interpretation of patient's serological test results
HBV transmission & its comparison with HCV & HAV
immune response in a chronic HBV infection
Treatment for HBV
Immunoprophylaxis: HBV+ mother & newborn
(adapted from AACC, 2012).
Vaccination: host exposure to HBsAg only; antibody production to HBsAg
Natural Infection: host exposed to HBsAg, HBcAg, HBeAg; production of anti-HBs & anti-HBc
Acute: HBsAg < 6 months, HBeAg=active replication; anti-HBs produced
Chronic: HBsAg > 6 months, IgG anti-HBc indicates chronic infection
HAV - least likely to cause chronic hepatitis --> no carrier state; long term immunity from IgG anti-HAV
(adapted from Palmer, 2000).
Interferon alpha 2-b (Intron A)
infected cells produce cytokines that affect neighboring cells to produce an immune response to prevent hep B viral proliferation
natural killer cells
1) Immune Tolerant
-“suboptimal immune response”
2) Immune Active
-high levels of viral load and active liver damage
3) Inactive chronic carrier state
-asymptomatic chronic hep B surface antigen carriers
3 Phases of Chronic HBV Infection
Due to vertical transmission, newborns are given
Hep B Immunoglobulin (HBIG) 12-24 hours after birth and a routine of 3 dose vaccine series.
Exposure to HBsAg intiates baby's immune response to produce
(U of W, 2012).
presence of lamivudine-resistant HBV
stops DNA synthesis by preventing
the action of enzyme reverse transcriptase
(Aschenbrenner & Venable, 2009).
(Nursing Central, 2012).
Your patient presents with the following test results. What is his HBV status?
Out of the two treatments discussed, which would be preferred in this case?
How would you explain the concept of
HBV infection to this patient?
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