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Ajit Dash, Robert A Figler, Arun J Sanyal, B R Wamhoff
Drug induced steatohepatitis (DISH), a form of drug induced liver injury (DILI) is characterized by intracellular accumulation of lipids in hepatocytes and subsequent inflammatory events, in some ways similar to the pathology seen with other metabolic, viral and genetic causes of non alcoholic fatty liver disease and steatohepatitis (NAFLD and NASH). Areas covered: This paper provides a comprehensive review of the main underlying mechanisms by which various drugs cause DISH, and outlines existing preclinical tools to predict it and study underlying pathways involved...
October 19, 2016: Expert Opinion on Drug Metabolism & Toxicology
Kojiro Seki, Toshihide Shima, Hirohisa Oya, Yasuhide Mitsumoto, Masayuki Mizuno, Takeshi Okanoue
AIM: Transient elastography (TE) is a noninvasive method for predicting liver fibrosis. However, there is limited data regarding the performance of TE in Japanese patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). We aimed to evaluate the association between liver stiffness measurement (LSM) by TE and liver fibrosis stage, and define a cut-off value for predicting liver fibrosis. METHODS: A total of 171 Japanese patients with biopsy-proven NAFLD underwent LSM using TE with FibroScan®...
October 18, 2016: Hepatology Research: the Official Journal of the Japan Society of Hepatology
Malleswarapu Mahesh, Munugala Bharathi, Mooli Raja Gopal Reddy, Manchiryala Sravan Kumar, Uday Kumar Putcha, Ayyalasomayajula Vajreswari, Shanmugam M Jeyakumar
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is one of the most prevalent liver diseases associated with an altered lifestyle, besides genetic factors. The control and management of NAFLD mostly depend on lifestyle modifications, due to the lack of a specific therapeutic approach. In this context, we assessed the effect of carrot juice on the development of high fructose-induced hepatic steatosis. For this purpose, male weanling Wistar rats were divided into 4 groups, fed either a control (Con) or high fructose (HFr) diet of AIN93G composition, with or without carrot juice (CJ) for 8 weeks...
September 2016: Preventive Nutrition and Food Science
Enrique Jurado-Ruiz, Lourdes M Varela, Amparo Luque, Genoveva Berná, Gladys Cahuana, Enrique Martinez-Force, Rocío Gallego-Durán, Bernat Soria, Baukje de Roos, Manuel Romero Gómez, Franz Martín
SCOPE: We evaluated the protective effect of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) in high-fat diets (HFDs) on the inflammatory response and liver damage in a non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) mouse model. METHODS AND RESULTS: C57BL/6J mice fed a standard diet or a lard-based HFD (HFD-L) for 12 weeks to develop NAFLD. HFD fed mice were then divided into four groups and fed for 24 weeks with: HFD-L; HFD-EVOO; HFD-OL (phenolics-rich EVOO) and R (reversion; standard diet)...
October 17, 2016: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
Narges Amel Zabihi, Matteo Pirro, Thomas P Johnston, Amirhossein Sahebkar
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common type of liver disease. NAFLD is considered a multifactorial disease and a clinically relevant hepatic manifestation of metabolic syndrome. NAFLD is often accompanied by a constellation of metabolic and non-metabolic alterations, like dyslipidemia, insulin resistance in the liver and peripheral tissues, inflammation and oxidative stress; therefore, treatment of NAFLD should be directed at correcting all of these disturbances. The natural polyphenol curcumin has been the subject of increasing research for the treatment of NAFLD due to its lipid-modifying, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, insulin-sensitizing, anti-steatotic, and anti-fibrotic properties...
October 10, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
Carolina Frade Magalhaes Girardin Pimentel, Michelle Lai
The progressively increasing rates of obesity have led to a worldwide epidemic of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), the hepatic manifestation of the metabolic syndrome. It is currently the most common cause of liver disease worldwide and projected to be the leading indication for liver transplantation in the United States by 2020. NAFLD is associated with both liver-related and overall mortality. Undoubtedly, nutrition interventions are key in the treatment of NAFLD, to reverse the disease, and prevent disease progression, complications, and associated comorbidities, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes...
November 2016: Medical Clinics of North America
Wanqing Liu, Quentin M Anstee, Xiaoliang Wang, Samer Gawrieh, Eric R Gamazon, Shaminie Athinarayanan, Yang-Lin Liu, Rebecca Darlay, Heather J Cordell, Ann K Daly, Chris P Day, Naga Chalasani
The increased expression of PNPLA3(148M) leads to hepatosteatosis in mice. This study aims to investigate the genetic control of hepatic PNPLA3 transcription and to explore its impact on NAFLD risk in humans. Through a locus-wide expression quantitative trait loci (eQTL) mapping in two human liver sample sets, a PNPLA3 intronic SNP, rs139051 A>G was identified as a significant eQTL (p = 6.6×10(-8)) influencing PNPLA3 transcription, with the A allele significantly associated with increased PNPLA3 mRNA. An electrophoresis mobility shift assay further demonstrated that the A allele has enhanced affinity to nuclear proteins than the G allele...
October 13, 2016: Aging
Amir Reza Radmard, Mohammad Sadegh Rahmanian, Alireza Abrishami, Ali Yoonessi, Soheil Kooraki, Mehrdad Dadgostar, Amir Pejman Hashemi Taheri, Marjan Gerami Seresht, Hossein Poustchi, Elham Jafari, Reza Malekzadeh, Shahin Merat
BACKGROUND: To investigate the association between non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and quantitative measures of central adiposity in the general population using a semi-automated method on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data. METHODS: Subjects were recruited from Golestan Cohort Study. Two groups of 120 individuals with and without fatty liver were randomly selected based on findings of ultrasound. Non-invasive diagnosis of NAFLD was made by combination of ultrasound and MRI...
October 2016: Archives of Iranian Medicine
Zheng-Jie Xu, Jun-Ping Shi, De-Rong Yu, Li-Juan Zhu, Ji-Dong Jia, Jian-Gao Fan
INTRODUCTION: Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a serious form of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) that can progress to advanced fibrosis, cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma. Differentiating between non-alcoholic fatty liver (NAFL) and NASH/advanced fibrosis is an important step in the management of NAFLD. Metabolic syndrome (MS) and its components are important risk factors for NAFLD, and NASH is thought to be the hepatic injury of MS. The prevalence of NASH among NAFLD patients with MS is thought to be high...
October 14, 2016: Advances in Therapy
Kaifeng Guo, Lei Zhang, Junxi Lu, Haoyong Yu, Mian Wu, Yuqian Bao, Haibing Chen, Weiping Jia
AIMS: To investigate the association between non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and carotid and lower limb atherosclerotic lesions in a large group of hospitalized-based type 2 diabetic population and to assess the prevalence and characteristics of NAFLD in Chinese subjects with type 2 diabetes (T2DM). METHODS: A total of 8571 patients (4804 men) with T2DM were included in this cross-sectional study. The main outcome measures were detection of NAFLD, carotid intima-media thickness (C-IMT), carotid and lower limb atherosclerotic plaque formation, and classical risk factors...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Diabetes and its Complications
Agnieszka Zwolak, Agnieszka Szuster-Ciesielska, Jadwiga Daniluk, Justyna Semeniuk, Martyna Kandefer-Szerszen
:  Background. Chemerin and retinol binding protein-4 (RBP-4) are adipokines which may play a role in the progression of NAFLD. It has been also suggested that cytokeratin-18 (CK-18) could be a marker of hepatocyte caspase-directed death while transgelin-2 production could reflect stage of liver fibrosis. The aim of this study was to evaluate the level of the above adipokines in sera of patients with NAFLD and determine the relation between the level of transgelin-2 and fibrosis-4 index (FIB-4)...
November 2016: Annals of Hepatology
Sunil V Pawar, Vinay G Zanwar, Ajay S Choksey, Ashok R Mohite, Samit S Jain, Ravindra G Surude, Qais Q Contractor, Pravin M Rathi, Ravi U Verma, Premlata K Varthakavi
:  Background and rationale. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common cause of pediatric liver disease in western countries. Its prevalence in Indian subcontinent is not well studied. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In a school based cross sectional study we have screened overweight and obese children in the age group of 11 to 15 years for NAFLD. Ultrasonography, elevated serum transaminases, fibroscan were used for defining NAFLD. Dietary habits, blood pressure, serum lipid profile, blood counts and insulin resistance were recorded...
November 2016: Annals of Hepatology
Erina Kumagai, Yohei Mano, Sachiyo Yoshio, Hirotaka Shoji, Masaya Sugiyama, Masaaki Korenaga, Tsuyoshi Ishida, Taeang Arai, Norio Itokawa, Masanori Atsukawa, Hideyuki Hyogo, Kazuaki Chayama, Tomohiko Ohashi, Kiyoaki Ito, Masashi Yoneda, Takumi Kawaguchi, Takuji Torimura, Yuichi Nozaki, Sumio Watanabe, Masashi Mizokami, Tatsuya Kanto
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a common cause of chronic non-viral liver disease. YKL-40, chitinase-like protein expressed in multiple tissues including liver, is involved in cell proliferation, inflammation and remodeling of the extracellular matrix. The aim of this study was to assess whether serum YKL-40 levels are associated with liver fibrosis in NAFLD patients. Serum YKL-40 levels were quantified in 111 NAFLD patients and 23 HCC patients with NAFLD. To identify the source of YKL-40, immunofluorescence staining of liver specimens from NAFLD patients was performed...
October 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
Min-Su Oh, Sorina Kim, Joon-Hyuck Jang, Jong Yoon Park, Hyun-Sik Kang, Mu Sook Lee, Ki Soo Kang
PURPOSE: To analyze the associations among the degrees of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) by ultrasonography and metabolic syndrome, degrees of obesity in children, and degrees of parental obesity. METHODS: A total of 198 children with obesity who visited a pediatric obesity clinic were prospectively enrolled in this study. The severity of NAFLD based on ultrasonography was classified into no, mild, moderate, or severe NAFLD group. The degree of obesity based on the percentage over standard weight for height per sex was classified into mild, moderate, or severe...
September 2016: Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
Terry D Hinds, Katherine A Burns, Peter A Hosick, Lucien McBeth, Andrea Nestor-Kalinoski, Heather A Drummond, Adbulhadi A AlAmodi, Michael W Hankins, John P Vanden Heuvel, David E Stec
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most rapidly growing form of liver disease, and if left untreated can result in non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) ultimately resulting in liver cirrhosis and failure. Biliverdin reductase-A (BVRA) is a multi-functioning protein primarily responsible for the reduction of biliverdin to bilirubin. Also, BVRA can function as a kinase and transcription factor, regulating several cellular functions. We report here that liver BVRA protects against hepatic steatosis by inhibiting glycogen synthase kinase-3β (GSK3β) by enhancing serine 9 phosphorylation, which inhibits its activity...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Shintaro Sagami, Yoshitaka Ueno, Shinji Tanaka, Akira Fujita, Ryohei Hayashi, Shiro Oka, Hideyuki Hyogo, Kazuaki Chayama
AIM: The prevalence of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and Crohn's disease (CD) is increasing. The aim of our study was to evaluate the prevalence of NAFLD in patients with CD, as well as to investigate the effect of NAFLD on the disease course of CD. METHODS: Our retrospective cohort study included 303 patients who underwent abdominal ultrasound (US) for CD and NAFLD diagnosis at our center between November 2008 and October 2014. Serum C-reactive protein (CRP) level and rate of remission, defined by a score <150 on the Crohn's Disease Activity Index, were compared between CD patients with and without NAFLD, using multivariate logistic regression...
October 13, 2016: Hepatology Research: the Official Journal of the Japan Society of Hepatology
Yin-Yin Liao, Kuen-Cheh Yang, Ming-Ju Lee, Kuo-Chin Huang, Jin-De Chen, Chih-Kuang Yeh
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a chronic liver disease related to metabolic syndrome. This study applied an integrated analysis based on texture, backscattering, and attenuation features in ultrasound imaging with the aim of assessing the severity of NAFLD. Ultrasound radiofrequency data obtained from 394 clinical cases were analyzed to extract three texture features (autocorrelation, sum average, and sum variance), the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), and the slope of the center-frequency downshift (CFDS slope)...
October 13, 2016: Scientific Reports
Faisal Inayat, Zia Ur Rahman, Abu Hurairah
Our objective was to study nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) as a relevant risk factor associated with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in patients with and without cirrhosis. HCC is a common cancer worldwide that predominantly involves patients with hepatic cirrhosis. HCC has recently been linked to NAFLD, the hepatic manifestation of obesity and related metabolic disorders. This association is alarming due to the high prevalence of NAFLD globally, which may contribute to the rising incidence of HCC. A 31-year-old female with a history of dyslipidemia, hypertension, and diabetes mellitus presented with abdominal pain that persisted for six months...
August 29, 2016: Curēus
Jean-Michel Petit, Jean-Pierre Cercueil, Romaric Loffroy, Damien Denimal, Benjamin Bouillet, Coralie Fourmont, Olivier Chevallier, Laurence Duvillard, Bruno Vergès
BACKGROUND: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is very frequent in type 2 diabetes with increased risk of further development of liver fibrosis. Animal studies have shown that GLP-1 receptor agonists may reduce liver lipogenesis. However, data in humans are scarce. OBJECTIVE: To study the effect of liraglutide 1.2 mg/d on liver fat content (LFC) in patients with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes and to evaluate the factors potentially associated with liraglutide-induced modification of LFC...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
A V Sahasrabuddhe, S U Pitale, Dhoble, J Shivalkar, M M Sagdeo
BACKGROUND: To evaluate presence of diastolic dysfunction in obese peripubertal males (8-18 years of age). To correlate diastolic dysfunction with insulin resistance, insulin levels and omental and epicardial fat. METHODS: Obese males (n=46) and age matched healthy lean controls (n=50) in the age group of 8-18 years were included in this study. Anthropometric measurements were recorded. Investigations done: Fasting blood sugar and serum insulin levels, lipid profile, 2-D Echocardiography to assess left ventricular diastolic function and epicardial fat, abdominal CT scan to measure omental fat and ultrasound for NAFLD...
February 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
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