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1

What are the different Hepatitis viruses? What kinds of viruses (i.e., genome & name) is each?

(1) HAV - RNA picornavirus (2) HBV - DNA hepadnavirus (3) HCV - RNA flavivirus (4) HDV - RNA delta virus (5) HEV - RNA hepevirus

2

What are the signs and symptoms of all hepatitis viruses?

Episodes of fever, jaundice, elevated ALT and AST

3

How is HAV transmitted? What other hepatitis virus is transmitted this way?

Fecal-oral; HEV (fecal-oral, especially with waterborne epidemics); Think: "the vowels hit your bowels"

4

How is HBV transmitted? What other hepatitis virus is transmitted this way?

Parenteral, sexual, maternal-fetal; HDV

5

How is HCV transmitted?

Primary blood, IVDU, post-transfusion

6

How is HDV transmitted? What other hepatitis virus is transmitted this way?

Parenteral, sexual, maternal-fetal; HBV

7

How is HEV transmitted? What other hepatitis virus is transmitted this way? In what context is HEV especially transmitted?

Fecal-oral; HAV; Especially with waterborne epidemics; Think: "the vowels hit your bowels"

8

Which hepatitis viruses are associated with carriers? Which are not?

CARRIERS: HBV, HCV, HDV; NON-CARRIERS: HAV, HEV

9

What is the incubation period of HAV? What other hepatitis virus(es) share(s) this incubation period?

Short (weeks); HEV (also HDV superinfection)

10

What is the incubation period of HBV? What other hepatitis virus(es) share(s) this incubation period?

Long (months); HCV (also HDV co-infection)

11

What are the incubation periods of HDV, and in what contexts?

Superinfection (HDV after HBV) - Short; Co-infection (HDV with HBV) - Long

12

What is the incubation period of HCV? What other hepatitis virus(es) share(s) this incubation period?

Long; HBV (also HDV co-infection)

13

What is the incubation period of HEV? What other hepatitis virus(es) share(s) this incubation period?

Short; HAV (also HDV superinfection)

14

What is the difference between HDV superinfection and co-infection?

Superinfection - short incubation period (Infection with HDV after developing chronic HBV); Co-infection - long incubation period (Acute infection of both HBV and HDV)

15

Which hepatitis viruses pose an increased risk for Hepatocellular carcinoma? Which do not?

HCC RISK - HBV, HCV, HDV; NO HCC RISK - HAV, HEV

16

How does HBV lead to increased HCC risk?

Integrates into host genome, acts as oncogene

17

How does HCV lead to increased HCC risk?

From chronic inflammation

18

Why are HAV and HEV able to have fecal-oral transmission?

Naked viruses do not rely on an envelope so they are not destroyed by the gut

19

Describe how HBV creates its viral proteins.

In HBV, the DNA polymerase has both DNA- and RNA-dependent activities. Upon entry into the nucleus, the polymerase functions to complete the partial dsDNA. The host RNA polymerase transcribes mRNA from viral DNA to make viral proteins. The DNA polymerase then reverse transcribes viral RNA to DNA, which helps form new particles.

20

What are 3 important characteristics to note about HAV?

(1) Asymptomatic (usually) (2) Acute (i.e., short incubation period) (3) Alone (no carriers); Think: "3 A's for HAV"

21

What are 2 important characteristics to note about HDV?

(1) Defective virus (2) Dependent on HBV; "Think: 2 D's for HDV"

22

What is the outcome of superinfection of HDV?

Superinfection --> decreased (i.e., worse) prognosis

23

What are 3 important characteristics to note about HEV?

(1) Enteric (2) Expectant mothers (3) Epidemic; Think: "3 E's for HEV"

24

In what patient population does HEV have a high mortality?

High mortality in pregnant women

25

What serological marker is best to detect active hepatitis A?

Anti-HAV (IgM antibody to HAV)

26

What does Anti-HAV (IgG) indicate?

IgG antibody indicates prior HAV infection and/or prior vaccination

27

Which Anti-HAV (IgM or IgG) protects against reinfection?

Anti-HAV (IgG)

28

What is HBsAg, and what does it indicate?

Antigen found on surface of HBV; indicates hepatitis B infection

29

What is Anti-HBs, and what does it indicate?

Antibody to HBsAg; indicates immunity to hepatitis B

30

What is Anti-HBc? What do the IgM versus IgM versions of Anti-HBc indicate?

Antibody to HBcAg; IgM = acute/recent infection; IgG = prior exposure or chronic infection

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