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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 131  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 252

Reply to “Iron Overload and Hepatitis C Virus Infection”

Department of Hematology, Xuanwu Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100053, China

Date of Web Publication08-Jan-2018

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Wan-Ling Sun
Department of Hematology, Xuanwu Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100053
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0366-6999.222336

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Zou DM, Sun WL. Reply to “Iron Overload and Hepatitis C Virus Infection”. Chin Med J 2018;131:252

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Zou DM, Sun WL. Reply to “Iron Overload and Hepatitis C Virus Infection”. Chin Med J [serial online] 2018 [cited 2018 Oct 21];131:252. Available from: http://www.cmj.org/text.asp?2018/131/2/252/222336

On behalf of the authors of the article titled, “Relationship between Hepatitis C Virus Infection and Iron Overload,” we appreciate Prof. Ponzetto and Prof. Figura for their comments on our review. As mentioned in the letter, Helicobacter pylori may present in patients with liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma, and worsen the prognosis,[1],[2] therefore we agree with them that testing for presence of H. pylori should be conducted in all patients with chronic hepatitis, no matter how the hepatitis is caused.

In our review, the relationship between hepatitis C virus infection and iron overload was focused, while iron overload may also happen in patients with other chronic infection, H. pylori infection might be included. The presence of H. pylori in the gastric mucosa is associated with chronic active gastritis, which may lead to the development of peptic ulcer, gastric carcinoma and even gastric lymphoma.[3]

Iron is an essential micronutrient for virtually all organisms, including H. pylori, which has a repertoire of high affinity iron-uptake system. The iron homeostasis in H. pylori is regulated by Ferric Uptake Regulator protein. In H. pylori, some iron-uptake systems are constitutively expressed and iron uptake is not down-regulated in iron-replete conditions.[4] These results suggest it is potentially possible that iron overload would happen, related to H. pylori infection, in theory. So far, few cases of iron overload in patients with H. pylori infection have been reported, while the link between H. pylori infection and the development of host iron deficiency is clearly illustrated.[5] Therefore, to confirm the relationship between body total iron load and H. pylori infection, more studies are needed.

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