Cartilage oligomeric matrix protein: a new promising biomarker of liver fibrosis in chronic hepatitis C

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Cartilage oligomeric matrix protein (COMP) is a biomarker of fibrosis in lung and skin. In this exploratory study we investigated the biomarker potential of COMP in chronic hepatitis C (CHC). We included consecutive patients with CHC admitted to the Department of Infectious Diseases, Lund University Hospital. COMP was analysed in serum using ELISA. The correlations between COMP and liver fibrosis, determined by transient elastography (TE) (n = 47) and liver biopsy (n = 28) were assessed. We also studied COMP prospectively in relation to antiviral treatment (n = 10). COMP correlated with the degree of liver fibrosis as assessed by TE (r = 0.71, p < 0.001) and liver biopsy (r(s) = 0.65, p < 0.001). After successful treatment of CHC, COMP decreased from 18 to 13 U/l (p = 0.011). We suggest that COMP is associated with the stage of liver fibrosis in CHC. The biomarker potential of COMP in CHC warrants further investigation.


External organisations
  • Skåne University Hospital
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Infectious Medicine


  • COMP, chronic hepatitis C, biomarker, transient elastography, liver, fibrosis
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)915-918
JournalInfectious Diseases
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Division of Microbiology, Immunology and Glycobiology - MIG (013025200), Department of Rheumatology (013036000), Division of Infection Medicine (SUS) (013008000)