HBV life cycle and novel drug targets

Hepatol Int. 2011 Jun;5(2):644-53. doi: 10.1007/s12072-011-9261-3. Epub 2011 Mar 8.


With up to 400 million affected people worldwide, chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is still a major health care problem. During the last decade, several novel therapeutic approaches have been developed and evaluated. In most regions of the world, interferon-α, and nucleos(t)ide analogues (NUCs) are currently approved. Despite major improvements, none of the existing therapies is optimal since viral clearance is rarely achieved. Recently, a better understanding of the HBV life cycle and the development of novel model systems of HBV infection have led to the development of novel antiviral strategies and drug targets. This review will focus on current and potential future drug targets in the HBV life cycle and strategies to modulate the virus-host interaction.