Hepatitis C, illustration

Hepatitis C, illustration

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Credit: Carol and Mike Werner/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Illustration depicting Hepatitis C virus (upper right) attacking hepatocyte cells (middle, with cutaway view) in the liver. Hepatocytes are cells of the main tissue of the liver and make up about 70 to 80% of the liver's cytoplasm. They are involved in protein synthesis and storage, transformation of carbohydrates, synthesis of cholesterol, bile salts and phospholipids, and the formation and secretion of bile. A bile duct is shown in green. A sinusoid (space which carries blood) is shown in blue. If untreated, hepatitis C can result in cirrhosis and cancer of the liver.

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Keywords: bile, biological, biology, cancer, carbohydrates, cell, cirrhosis, cytoplasm, disease, hepatitis, hepatitis c, hepatocyte, illustration, infection, liver, lobule, medical, medicine, pathogen, protein, synthesis, tissue, virion, virus

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