Cartilage oligomeric matrix protein: a new promising biomarker of liver fibrosis in chronic hepatitis C

2015 Infectious diseases 47;12 (915-918)

Cartilage oligomeric matrix protein (COMP) is a biomarker of fibrosis in lung and skin. In this exploratory study we investigated the biomarker potential of COMP in chronic hepatitis C (CHC). We included consecutive patients with CHC admitted to the Department of Infectious Diseases, Lund University Hospital. COMP was analysed in serum using ELISA. The correlations between COMP and liver fibrosis, determined by transient elastography (TE) (n = 47) and liver biopsy (n = 28) were assessed. We also studied COMP prospectively in relation to antiviral treatment (n = 10). COMP correlated with the degree of liver fibrosis as assessed by TE (r = 0.71, p

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