Worldwide about 240 million people are chronically infected with the hepatitis B virus (HBV), which is the most common cause for hepatocellular carcinoma. Currently available treatments for chronic hepatitis B (CHB) suppress viral replication but rarely lead to eradication of the virus, because an episomal form of the virus, which is called covalently closed circular DNA (cccDNA), persists in the nucleus of infected cells. T cell therapy of CHB intends to restore the antiviral T cell immunity, which is necessary to clear the infection. In the present study, we aimed at identifying T cell receptors (TCR) with a high functional avidity that can be used for re-direction of T cells.
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