
CHC N = 36

FL N = 45

NASH N = 42


CRP

ND

TGFβ1

TGFβ1

 
r = 0.37

r = 0.29

 
P = 0.08

P = 0.055

ALT

TGFβ1

TGFβ1

TGFβ1


r = 0.02

r = 0.13

r = 0.34


P = 0.9

P = 0.38

P = 0.026

BMI

TGFβ1

TGFβ1

TGFβ1


rho = 0.13

rho = 0.18

rho = 0.09


P = 0.46

P = 0.22

P = 0.56

US score

ND

TGFβ1

TGFβ1

 
rho = 0.08

rho = 0.05

 
P = 0.57

P = 0.72

Fibrosis score

TGFβ1

ND

TGFβ1


rho = 0.09
 
rho = 0.05


P = 0.60
 
P = 0.75

Age

TGFβ1

TGFβ1

TGFβ1


r = 0.02

r = 0.02

r = 0.009


P = 0.9

P = 0.9

P = 0.9

 CHC, chronic hepatitis C; FL, fatty liver; NASH, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis; ALT, alanine aminotransferase; CRP, C reactive protein; TGFβ1, transforming growth factor beta1; BMI, body mass index; US score, hepatic steatosis score at ultrasound; r, Pearson's correlation coefficient and rho, Spearman's rank correlation coefficient, chosen according to the variable distribution (normal or not normal as well as being ordinals, respectively); ND, not determined.