Hepaptitis B virus (HBV) likes liver cells (hepatocytes). In fact, it likes them so much it won’t grow anywhere else. The reason for this close connection is because the receptor this virus needs to infect cells is only found on hepatocytes. In a new study, scientists have finally identifed what that receptor is: sodium taurocholate cotransporting polypeptide (NTCP).
Via Ed Rybicki, Roberto Fernández Crespo