UNIT 13B.4 Generation and Quantitation of Infectious Hepatitis C Virus Derived from Cell Culture (HCVcc)

  1. Matthew S. Paulson

Published Online: 1 DEC 2010

DOI: 10.1002/0471141755.ph13b04s51

Current Protocols in Pharmacology

Current Protocols in Pharmacology

How to Cite

Paulson, M. S. 2010. Generation and Quantitation of Infectious Hepatitis C Virus Derived from Cell Culture (HCVcc). Current Protocols in Pharmacology. 51:B:13B.4:13B.4.1–13B.4.19.

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  1. Gilead Sciences, Foster City, California

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 DEC 2010
  2. Published Print: DEC 2010


The development of robust genotype 1b and genotype 1a hepatitis C virus (HCV) replicon systems has enabled the convenient in vitro study of part of the virus life cycle. This unit describes detailed protocols for generating and measuring infectious HCV, or cell-culture-derived infectious HCV (HCVcc). The HCVcc infectious system has two essential components: (1) cells that are permissive to de novo infection and allow effective replication of the full virus life cycle; and (2) a virus genome that has robust and efficient replication in tissue culture. The assays in this unit are based on protocols designed for Huh-7-derived cell lines that allow robust replication of HCV and are permissive to infection. These protocols are important for the implementation of drug discovery efforts relative to the entire infectious virus life cycle. Curr. Protoc. Pharmacol. 51:13B.4.1-13B.4.19. © 2010 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


  • HCV;
  • infection;
  • cell culture