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Volume 2012, Article ID 709853, 11 pages
Review Article

Lipoprotein Receptors and Lipid Enzymes in Hepatitis C Virus Entry and Early Steps of Infection

1Department of Mechanisms of Chronic Hepatitis B and C, Centre de Recherche en Cancérologie de Lyon, 69008 Lyon, France
2Inserm U1052/CNRS UMR 5286, CRCL, Université de Lyon, 151 Cours Albert Thomas, 69424 Lyon Cedex 03, France

Received 10 October 2012; Accepted 31 October 2012

Academic Editors: I. Shoji and F. R. Spilki

Copyright © 2012 Eve-Isabelle Pécheur. 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.


Viruses are obligate intracellular agents that depend on host cells for successful propagation, hijacking cellular machineries to their own profit. The molecular interplay between host factors and invading viruses is a continuous coevolutionary process that determines viral host range and pathogenesis. The hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a strictly human pathogen, causing chronic liver injuries accompanied by lipid disorders. Upon infection, in addition to protein-protein and protein-RNA interactions usual for such a positive-strand RNA virus, HCV relies on protein-lipid interactions at multiple steps of its life cycle to establish persistent infection, making use of hepatic lipid pathways. This paper focuses on lipoproteins in HCV entry and on receptors and enzymes involved in lipid metabolism that HCV exploits to enter hepatocytes.