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Hemochromatosis Gene Polymorphism as a Predictor of Sustained Virological Response to Antiviral Treatment in Egyptian Chronic Hepatitis C Patients

Mai I Mehrez, Dina SA Fattah, Naglaa AA Azeem, Mohamed A Saleh, Khadiga M Mostafa

Citation Information : Mehrez MI, Fattah DS, Azeem NA, Saleh MA, Mostafa KM. Hemochromatosis Gene Polymorphism as a Predictor of Sustained Virological Response to Antiviral Treatment in Egyptian Chronic Hepatitis C Patients. Euroasian J Hepatogastroenterol 2017; 7 (2):154-157.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10018-1238

License: CC BY 3.0

Published Online: 01-12-2016

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2017; The Author(s).



The aim of this article is to assess HFE C282Y gene mutations as a predictor of sustained virological response (SVR) to anti-hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment in Egyptian patients.

Materials and methods

One hundred and forty chronic hepatitis C (CHC) patients were divided into two groups: 70 patients achieved SVR and 70 patients were nonresponders (NRs). All patients were subjected to quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) at baseline, 12 and 24 weeks after therapy commencement. Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) sequencing for HFE (C282Y) was done by restriction fragment length polymorphism PCR.


Sixty five patients did not have mutation and 5 patients had C282Y mutation (GA) with SVR. While 45 NRs had heterozygous C282Y mutation (GA), 4 patients (5.7%) had homozygous mutation (AA) and 21 patients (30%) had no mutation (GG). The parameters of elevated iron [transferrin saturation (TS; p < 0.001), S iron (p < 0.02), total iron binding capacity (TIBC; p < 0.001), transferrin (p < 0.016), and soluble transferrin receptor (sTfR; p-value, 0.001)] were significantly associated with C282Y mutation. However, there was no significant difference regarding ferritin values and C282Y mutation in NR patients.


Iron overload was frequently detected in CHC patients and associated with C282Y mutation, while biochemical markers of iron overload and C282Y HFE mutation were negative prognostic factor.

How to cite this article

Mehrez MI, Fattah DSA, Azeem NAA, Saleh MA, Mostafa KM. Hemochromatosis Gene Polymorphism as a Predictor of Sustained Virological Response to Antiviral Treatment in Egyptian Chronic Hepatitis C Patients. Euroasian J Hepato-Gastroenterol 2017;7(2):154-157.

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