The plasma concentrations of IL-6, IL-1β, TGF-β were increased in HBV infected patients. The concentrations of (A) IL-6, (B) IL-1β, (C)TGF-β in plasma of HD (n = 18), AsC (n = 24), CHB (n = 28), AHB (n = 11). (D) Correlation analysis between the plasma concentration of TGF-β and the frequency of Th17 in peripheral blood of HBV infected individuals (n = 63). *p < 0.05; **p < 0.01; ***p < 0.005. Horizontal bars represent the median values of indicated index; Solid line, linear growth trend; r, correlation coefficient. P-values are shown.
Zhang et al. Virology Journal 2011 8:270 doi:10.1186/1743-422X-8-270