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Table 2 Thymic stromal lymphopoietin protein and gene expression in relation to HCV core protein and HCV RNA detection in skin tissue from chronically HCV-infected patients with and without cryoglobulinemic vasculitis and from healthy controls

From: Thymic stromal lymphopoietin in hepatitis C virus-related cryoglobulinemic vasculitis: gene expression level and protein distribution

  Skin tissue
Category TSLP HCV
  Protein mRNA (%) Core protein RNA
Cryoglobulinemic patients (n = 36) 33 (92) 36 (100)   29 (81) 2 (6)
  P <0.0001    P <0.0001  
Noncryoglobulinemic patients (n = 24) 5 (21) 24 (100)   2 (8) 0
  NS    NS  
Healthy controls (n = 10) 0 10 (100)   0 0
  1. HCV, hepatitis C virus; NS, not significant; TSLP, thymic stromal lymphopoietin.