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BioMed Research International
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 580796, 6 pages
Clinical Study

Cirrhosis and Rapid Virological Response to Peginterferon Plus Ribavirin Determine Treatment Outcome in HCV-1 IL28B rs12979860 CC Patients

1Centro A.M. e A. Migliavacca, First Division of Gastroenterology, Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico Milano, Università degli Studi di Milano, Via F. Sforza 35, 20122 Milano, Italy
2Division of Hepatology, Ospedale San Giuseppe IRCCS MultiMedica, Università degli Studi di Milano, 20122 Milano, Italy
3Division of Internal Medicine, Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Università degli Studi di Milano, 20122 Milano, Italy
4Istituto Nazionale Genetica Molecolare Milano (INGM), 20122 Milano, Italy

Received 26 April 2013; Accepted 19 June 2013

Academic Editor: Kusum Kharbanda

Copyright © 2013 Alessio Aghemo et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. The rs12979860 CC genotype of the interleukin 28B (IL28B) polymorphism is associated with high rates of sustained virological response (SVR) to peginterferon (PegIFN) and ribavirin (Rbv) in hepatitis C virus genotype-1 (HCV-1) patients. The impact of baseline predictors of treatment outcome and their interplay with viral kinetics in HCV-1 CC patients has not been fully evaluated. Aim. To identify baseline and on-therapy predictors of treatment failure in HCV-1 IL28B CC patients. Methods. Treatment-naïve HCV-1 patients, compliant to PegIFN and Rbv who did not discontinue treatment for nonvirological reasons, were analyzed. Results. 109 HCV-1 IL28B CC were studied. Sixty were males, 39 with BMI >25, 69 with >600,000 IU/mL HCV RNA, 15 with HCV1a, and 30 with cirrhosis. Overall, 75 (69%) achieved an SVR; cirrhosis was the only baseline predictor of treatment failure (OR: 2.58, 95% CI: 1.07–6.21) as SVR rates were 53% in cirrhotics versus 75% in noncirrhotics ( ). HCV RNA undetectability (<50 IU/mL) at week 4 (RVR) was achieved by 58 patients (53%). The SVR rates were independent of RVR in noncirrhotics, 76% (34/45) RVR (+) and 74% (25/34) RVR (−) ( ). In cirrhotic patients, SVR rates were significantly higher in RVR (+) compared to RVR (−) (10/13 (77%) versus 6/17 (35%) ). Conclusions. In HCV-1 IL28B CC patients, cirrhosis is the only clinical baseline predictor of PegIFN and Rbv treatment failure. However, in IL28B CC cirrhotics, the achievement of RVR identifies those patients who still have high rates of SVR to Peg-IFN/Rbv therapy.