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Xu-Feng Lu, Xiao-Yue Cao, Yong-Jie Zhu, Zhen-Ru Wu, Xiang Zhuang, Ming-Yang Shao, Qing Xu, Yong-Jie Zhou, Hong-Jie Ji, Qing-Richard Lu, Yu-Jun Shi, Yong Zeng, Hong Bu
Histone deacetylase 3 (HDAC3) plays pivotal roles in cell cycle regulation and is often aberrantly expressed in various cancers including hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), but little is known about its role in liver regeneration and liver cancer cells proliferation. Using an inducible hepatocyte-selective HDAC3 knockout mouse, we find that lack of HDAC3 dramatically impaired liver regeneration and blocked hepatocyte proliferation in the G1 phase entry. HDAC3 inactivation robustly disrupted the signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) cascade...
March 14, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Eleni Theocharidou, Michael A Heneghan
Autoimmune hepatitis occurs in genetically susceptible individuals as a result of loss of immunological tolerance to hepatic autoantigens that can be precipitated by environmental triggers. The clinical manifestation is usually insidious but can be also acute with liver failure. The diagnosis is made on the basis of antibody positivity, elevated immunoglobulin G levels and interface hepatitis on liver histology. Induction of remission is achieved with high-dose steroids in the majority of cases, and maintenance of remission with azathioprine...
March 2, 2018: British Journal of Hospital Medicine
Pelin Balcik-Ercin, Metin Cetin, Irem Yalim-Camci, Gorkem Odabas, Nurettin Tokay, A Emre Sayan, Tamer Yagci
BACKGROUND: ZEB2 is a transcriptional repressor that regulates epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) through binding to bipartite E-box motifs in gene regulatory regions. Despite the abundant presence of E-boxes within the human genome and the multiplicity of pathophysiological processes regulated during ZEB2-induced EMT, only a small fraction of ZEB2 targets has been identified so far. Hence, we explored genome-wide ZEB2 binding by chromatin immunoprecipitation-sequencing (ChIP-seq) under endogenous ZEB2 expression conditions...
March 7, 2018: Cellular Oncology (Dordrecht)
Luis Téllez, Enrique Rodríguez-Santiago, Agustín Albillos
Fontan-associated liver disease is a hepatic disorder arising from hemodynamic changes and systemic venous congestion following Fontan surgery. The histological changes produced in the liver are similar but not equivalent to those seen in other forms of cardiac liver disease. While the natural history of this form of liver disease is not well established, over time many Fontan patients develop portal hypertension-related complications such as ascites, variceal hemorrhage or encephalopathy. Fontan survivors also show an increased risk of hepatocellular carcinoma...
March 1, 2018: Annals of Hepatology
Yuanyuan Liu, Lian Li, Lijia Li, Zhou Zhou, Fengling Wang, Xiaofeng Xiong, Rui Zhou, Yuan Huang
Requirements on drug delivery systems to surmount a complex series of pathophysiological barriers bear "cascading contradictions", especially size and hydrophilicity/hydrophobicity contradiction. Herein, a programmed drug delivery system (GNPs-Dox-Lac) based on optimized "size decrease and hydrophilicity/hydrophobicity transformation" was developed by combination the gelatin nanoparticle (GNPs) and prodrug Doxorubicin-Lactose (Dox-Lac). The results showed that GNPs-Dox-Lac (133.3 nm) were kinetically stable in blood circulation and inclined to accumulate at the tumor site...
February 16, 2018: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
Savvina Moustafa, Ioannis Karakasiliotis, Penelope Mavromara
Viruses often encompass overlapping reading frames and unconventional translation mechanisms in order to maximize the output from a minimum genome and to orchestrate timely their gene expression. HCV possesses such an unconventional open reading frame (ORF) within the core-coding region, encoding an additional protein designated initially as ARFP or F or core+1. Two predominant isoforms of core+1/ARFP have been reported, core+1/L initiating from codon 26 and core+1/S initiating from codons 85/87 of the polyprotein coding region, respectively...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Virology
Patrizia Burra, Alberto Zanetto, Giacomo Germani
Hepatocellular carcinoma is one of the main important causes of cancer-related death and its mortality is increasingly worldwide. In Europe, alcohol abuse accounts for approximately half of all liver cancer cases and it will become the leading cause of hepatocellular carcinoma in the next future with the sharp decline of chronic viral hepatitis. The pathophysiology of alcohol-induced carcinogenesis involves acetaldehyde catabolism, oxidative stress and chronic liver inflammation. Genetic background plays also a significant role and specific patterns of gene mutations in alcohol-related hepatocellular carcinoma have been characterized...
February 9, 2018: Cancers
Samuel Torres-Landa, Armando Salim Muñoz-Abraham, Brett E Fortune, Ananta Gurung, Jeffrey Pollak, Sukru H Emre, Manuel I Rodriguez-Davalos, Michael L Schilsky
De-novo malignancies carry an incidence ranging between 3%-26% after transplant and account for the second highest cause of post-transplant mortality behind cardiovascular disease. While the majority of de-novo malignancies after transplant usually consist of skin cancers, there has been an increasing rate of solid tumor cancers over the last 15 years. Although, recurrence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is well understood among patients transplanted for HCC, there are increasing reports of de-novo HCC in those transplanted for a non-HCC indication...
December 28, 2017: World Journal of Hepatology
Tatiana Rabachini, Yuniel Fernandez-Marrero, Matteo Montani, Giulio Loforese, Valentina Sladky, Zhaoyue He, Daniel Bachmann, Simone Wicki, Andreas Villunger, Deborah Stroka, Thomas Kaufmann
BCL-2-related ovarian killer (BOK) is a conserved and widely expressed BCL-2 family member with sequence homology to pro-apoptotic BAX and BAK, but with poorly understood pathophysiological function. Since several members of the BCL-2 family are critically involved in the regulation of hepatocellular apoptosis and carcinogenesis we aimed to establish whether loss of BOK affects diethylnitrosamine (DEN)-induced hepatocarcinogenesis in mice. Short-term exposure to DEN lead to upregulation of BOK mRNA and protein in the liver...
December 11, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
Baasanjav Uranbileg, Takeshi Nishikawa, Hitoshi Ikeda, Makoto Kurano, Masaya Sato, Daisuke Saigusa, Junken Aoki, Toshiaki Watanabe, Yutaka Yatomi
BACKGROUND: A pivotal role of sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P) in cancer has been suggested based on the ceramide-S1P rheostat theory that the intracellular balance between prosurvival S1P and proapoptotic ceramide determines cell fate. Upregulation of S1P-generating sphingosine kinases (SKs) and downregulation of S1P-degrading S1P lyase (SPL) might increase intracellular S1P levels to exert a prosurvival effect in cancer in general, such as colon cancer. However, we recently observed a distinct S1P metabolism in hepatocellular carcinoma tissues that increased SPL mRNA levels with reduced S1P levels...
November 21, 2017: Clinical Colorectal Cancer
Marco Sanduzzi Zamparelli, Alba Rocco, Debora Compare, Gerardo Nardone
The gut microbiota has recently been recognized as a major environmental factor in the pathophysiology of many human diseases. The anatomical and function connection existing between gut and liver provides the theoretical basis to assume the liver is a major target for gut microbes. In the last decades, numerous studies reported an altered composition of gut microbiota in patients with liver cirrhosis and a progressively marked dysbiosis with worsening of the liver disease. The risk of developing hepatocellular carcinoma, the deadliest complication of liver cirrhosis, is widely variable among cirrhotic patients, thus suggesting a complexity of genetic and environmental factors implicated in hepatocarcinogenesis...
November 2017: United European Gastroenterology Journal
Francesca Virginia Bruschi, Matteo Tardelli, Thierry Claudel, Michael Trauner
A single-nucleotide polymorphism occurring in the sequence of the human patatin-like phospholipase domain-containing 3 gene (PNPLA3), known as I148M variant, is one of the best characterized and deeply investigated variants in several clinical scenarios, because of its tight correlation with increased risk for developing hepatic steatosis and more aggressive part of the disease spectrum, such as nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, advanced fibrosis and cirrhosis. Further, the I148M variant is positively associated with alcoholic liver diseases, chronic hepatitis C-related cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma...
2017: Hepatic Medicine: Evidence and Research
Laura Broutier, Gianmarco Mastrogiovanni, Monique Ma Verstegen, Hayley E Francies, Lena Morrill Gavarró, Charles R Bradshaw, George E Allen, Robert Arnes-Benito, Olga Sidorova, Marcia P Gaspersz, Nikitas Georgakopoulos, Bon-Kyoung Koo, Sabine Dietmann, Susan E Davies, Raaj K Praseedom, Ruby Lieshout, Jan N M IJzermans, Stephen J Wigmore, Kourosh Saeb-Parsy, Mathew J Garnett, Luc Jw van der Laan, Meritxell Huch
Human liver cancer research currently lacks in vitro models that can faithfully recapitulate the pathophysiology of the original tumor. We recently described a novel, near-physiological organoid culture system, wherein primary human healthy liver cells form long-term expanding organoids that retain liver tissue function and genetic stability. Here we extend this culture system to the propagation of primary liver cancer (PLC) organoids from three of the most common PLC subtypes: hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), cholangiocarcinoma (CC) and combined HCC/CC (CHC) tumors...
December 2017: Nature Medicine
Joaquim Javary, Nathalie Allain-Courtois, Nicolas Saucisse, Pierre Costet, Capucine Heraud, Fadila Benhamed, Rémi Pierre, Corinne Bure, Nestor Pallares-Lupon, Marcio Do Cruzeiro, Catherine Postic, Daniela Cota, Pierre Dubus, Jean Rosenbaum, Samira Benhamouche-Trouillet
OBJECTIVE: The AAA+ ATPase Reptin is overexpressed in hepatocellular carcinoma and preclinical studies indicate that it could be a relevant therapeutic target. However, its physiological and pathophysiological roles in vivo remain unknown. This study aimed to determine the role of Reptin in mammalian adult liver. DESIGN AND RESULTS: We generated an inducible liver-specific Reptin knockout (RepinLKO ) mouse model. Following Reptin invalidation, mice displayed decreased body and fat mass, hypoglycaemia and hypolipidaemia...
October 26, 2017: Gut
Inês Silva, Vanessa Rausch, Helmut-Karl Seitz, Sebastian Mueller
Alcoholic liver disease (ALD) is a leading health risk worldwide. Hepatic iron overload is frequently observed in ALD patients and it is an important and independent factor for disease progression, survival, and the development of primary liver cancer (HCC). At a systemic level, iron homeostasis is controlled by the liver-secreted hormone hepcidin. Hepcidin regulation is complex and still not completely understood. It is modulated by many pathophysiological conditions associated with ALD, such as inflammation, anemia, oxidative stress/H₂O2, or hypoxia...
October 25, 2017: Cancers
Shuang-Lian Long, Yu-Kun Li, Yuan-Jie Xie, Zhi-Feng Long, Jin-Feng Shi, Zhong-Cheng Mo
Members of the reticulon protein family are predominantly distributed within the endoplasmic reticulum. The neurite outgrowth inhibitor (Nogo) has three subtypes, including Nogo-A (200 kDa), Nogo-B (55 kDa), and Nogo-C (25 kDa). Nogo-A and Nogo-C are potent Nogos that are predominantly expressed in the central nervous system. Nogo-B, the splice variant of reticulon-4, is expressed widely in multiple human organ systems, including the liver, lung, kidney, blood vessels, and inflammatory cells. Moreover, the Nogo-B receptor (NgBR) can interact with Nogo-B and can independently affect nervous system regeneration, the chemotaxis of endothelial cells, proliferation, and apoptosis...
December 2017: DNA and Cell Biology
Kayo Seo, Soo Ki Kim, Soo Ryang Kim, Aya Ohtani, Mana Kobayashi, Airi Kato, Eri Morimoto, Yuka Saijo, Ke Ih Kim, Susumu Imoto, Chi Wan Kim, Yoshihiko Yano, Masatoshi Kudo, Yoshitake Hayashi
BACKGROUND: Sofosbuvir plus ribavirin (RBV) therapy showed higher sustained virological response at 12 weeks after treatment (SVR12) than pegylated interferon (peg-IFN) plus RBV; however, liver function, fibrosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma markers have not been assessed so far. SUMMARY: Patients (n = 21) receiving Sofosbuvir plus RBV and those (n = 24) receiving peg-IFN plus RBV were enrolled in this study. Changes in alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and α-fetoprotein (AFP) levels, platelet (PLT) counts, FIB-4, and aspartate aminotransferase-to-platelet ratio index (APRI) in both groups were assessed in patients achieving SVR12...
2017: Digestive Diseases
Jinglin Li, Zhenglong Li, Wangyang Zheng, Xinheng Li, Zhidong Wang, Yunfu Cui, Xingming Jiang
Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs), non-protein-coding RNAs that are more than 200 nucleotides in length, have been demonstrated to play a vital role in the pathophysiology of human diseases, particularly in tumorigenesis and progression of cancers. Dysregulation of lncRNAs, which serve as either oncogenes or tumor suppressor genes, is involved in diverse cellular processes, such as proliferation, dedifferentiation, migration, invasion and anti-apoptosis. Promoter of CDKN1A antisense DNA damage-activated RNA (PANDAR), which was recently found to manifest aberrant expression in various malignancies including non-small cell lung cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma, colorectal cancer and gastric cancer, is a novel cancer-related lncRNA...
October 24, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
Petr Husa
Infection with hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) are the worlds major causes of chronic liver disease. Care of patients infected with HBV and HCV and/or over the last 20 years has significantly improved thanks to the better understanding of the pathophysiology of disease, improvement of diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive options. The goal of treatment of chronic hepatitis B is to extend the length of life and improve its quality through the barriers of the progression of chronic hepatitis to cirrhosis, decompensation cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)...
December 0: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
K A Aitbaev, I T Murkamilov, V V Fomin
The paper gives an update on the role of the gut microbiome (GM) in the development of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, alcoholic liver disease, liver cirrhosis (LC), and its complications, such as hepatic encephalopathy (HE) and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and discusses the possibilities of its correction with prebiotics, probiotics, synbiotics, antibiotics, and fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT). The pathophysiology of the liver diseases in question demonstrates some common features that are characterized by pathogenic changes in the composition of the gastrointestinal tract microflora, by intestinal barrier impairments, by development of endotoxemia, by increased liver expression of proinflammatory factors, and by development of liver inflammation...
2017: Terapevticheskiĭ Arkhiv
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