Virology and Immunology of Hepatitis Viruses

  • Authors: Esperance Anne Kreek Schaefer, MD, MPH; Raymond T. Chung, MD (More Info)
  • Editor In Chief: Stefan Zeuzem, MD
  • Last Reviewed: 7/10/18 (What's New)


  • HDV has an inner nucleocapsid containing the single-stranded, circular RNA genome and several hundred molecules of the hepatitis delta antigen
  • HDV possesses a very small RNA genome that encodes a single protein, the delta protein[Wang 1986; Kos 1986]
  • HDV likely shares the same receptors as HBV

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