Hepatitis D virus (HDV), also known as delta hepatitis virus, is a defective RNA virus comprised of a delta antigen and a hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) as the core and protein coat of the virus, respectively. This virus cannot replicate effectively by itself as it requires the presence of hepatitis B virus (HBV) to initiate and maintain its replication in the infected liver cells.
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