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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437794/hepatitis-b-virus-reactivation-associated-with-direct-acting-antiviral-therapy-for-chronic-hepatitis-c-virus-a-review-of-cases-reported-to-the-u-s-food-and-drug-administration-adverse-event-reporting-system
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Susan J Bersoff-Matcha, Kelly Cao, Mihaela Jason, Adebola Ajao, S Christopher Jones, Tamra Meyer, Allen Brinker
Background: Direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs) are used increasingly to treat hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Reports were published recently on hepatitis B virus (HBV) reactivation (HBV-R) in patients with HBV-HCV co-infection. Hepatitis B virus reactivation, defined as an abrupt increase in HBV replication in patients with inactive or resolved HBV infection, may result in clinically significant hepatitis. Objective: To assess whether HBV-R is a safety concern in patients receiving HCV DAAs...
April 25, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435827/prevalence-of-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-in-general-population-of-mashhad-northeastern-iran
#2
Sanaz Ahmadi Ghezeldasht, Mohammad Reza Hedayati-Moghaddam, Khosro Shamsian, Farhad Fathimoghadam, Hamid Reza Bidkhori, Seyed Abdolrahim Rezaee
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) infection is one of the major blood-borne infections worldwide. HCV carriers may develop chronic hepatitis leading to liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). There is no overall estimate of the infection prevalence in the northeast of Iran. We have performed this research in order to determine accurately the prevalence and risk factors of HCV infection among general population in Mashhad. METHODS: During 2009, 1678 people between 1 to 90 yr old with the mean age of 29...
March 2017: Iranian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434689/early-childhood-transmission-of-hepatitis-b-prior-to-the-first-hepatitis-b-vaccine-dose-is-rare-among-babies-born-to-hiv-infected-and-non-hiv-infected-mothers-in-gulu-uganda
#3
E Seremba, J P Van Geertruyden, R Ssenyonga, C K Opio, J M Kaducu, J B Sempa, R Colebunders, P Ocama
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis B (HBV) in sub-Saharan Africa is believed to be horizontally acquired. However, because of the high HBV prevalence in northern Uganda, no hepatitis B vaccination at birth and no access to HBV immunoglobulin, we hypothesize that vertical transmission also could also play an important role. We therefore investigated the incidence of HBV among babies presenting for their first HBV vaccine dose in Gulu, Uganda. METHODS: We recruited mothers and their babies (at least 6-week old) presenting for their postnatal care and first HBV vaccine dose respectively...
April 20, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427875/easl-2017-clinical-practice-guidelines-on-the-management-of-hepatitis-b-virus-infection
#4
Pietro Lampertico, Kosh Agarwal, Thomas Berg, Maria Buti, Harry L A Janssen, George Papatheodoridis, Fabien Zoulim, Frank Tacke
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection remains a global public health problem with changing epidemiology due to several factors including vaccination policies and migration. This Clinical Practice Guideline presents updated recommendations for the optimal management of HBV infection. Chronic HBV infection can be classified into five phases: (I) HBeAg-positive chronic infection, (II) HBeAg-positive chronic hepatitis, (III) HBeAg-negative chronic infection, (IV) HBeAg-negative chronic hepatitis and (V) HBsAg-negative phase...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427487/the-predictive-value-of-baseline-hbsag-level-and-early-response-for-hbsag-loss-in-patients-with-hbeag-positive-chronic-hepatitis-b-during-pegylated-interferon-alpha-2a-treatment
#5
Ming Hui Li, Lu Zhang, Xiao Jing Qu, Yao Lu, Gei Shen, Zhen Zhen Li, Shu Ling Wu, Ru Yu Liu, Min Chang, Lei Ping Hu, Wen Hao Hua, Shu Jing Song, Gang Wan, Yao Xie
OBJECTIVE: To explore the predictive value of baseline HBsAg level and early response for HBsAg loss in patients with HBeAg-positive chronic hepatitis B during pegylated interferon alpha-2a treatment. METHODS: A total of 121 patients with HBeAg-positive chronic hepatitis B who achieved HBsAg loss were enrolled; all patients were treated with PEG-IFNα-2a 180 μg/week. Serum HBV DNA and serological indicators (HBsAg, anti-HBs, HBeAg, and anti-HBe) were determined before and every 3 months during treatment...
March 2017: Biomedical and Environmental Sciences: BES
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426720/a-new-model-mimicking-persistent-hbv-e-antigen-negative-infection-using-covalently-closed-circular-dna-in-immunocompetent-mice
#6
Lei Wang, Min Cao, Qing Lu Wei, Zhong Hua Zhao, Qin Xiang, Hui Juan Wang, Hua Tang Zhang, Guo Qi Lai
Despite the availability of an effective vaccine, hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection remains a major health problem. HBV e antigen (HBeAg)-negative strains have become prevalent. Previously, no animal model mimicked the clinical course of HBeAg-negative HBV infection. To establish an HBeAg-negative HBV infection model, the 3.2-kb full-length genome of HBeAg-negative HBV was cloned from a clinical sample and then circularized to form covalently closed circular (cccDNA). The resulting cccDNA was introduced into the liver of C57BL/6J mice through hydrodynamic injection...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425411/risk-factors-for-prognosis-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-after-curative-resection-in-patients-with-low-hepatitis-b-viral-load
#7
Li-Shuai Qu, Jin-Xia Liu, Jing Zhu, Cui-Hua Lu
BACKGROUND: A retrospective cohort study was conducted to investigate the effect of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) level on prognosis in low viral load (< 2000 IU/mL) patients with hepatitis B-related hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) after curative resection. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 192 patients with low viral load who had received curative resection of pathologically confirmed HCC were analyzed to determine the factors affecting prognosis. The risk factors for survival, early and late recurrence (2 years as a cut-off) were studied...
May 2017: Annals of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422873/clinical-features-of-treatment-naive-patients-with-hepatitis-b-virus-infection-a-community-based-survey-from-high-and-intermediate-hepatitis-b-endemicity-regions-in-southeast-china
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Wei Wu, Yu Zhu, Chenbo Yu, Shigui Yang, Bing Ruan, Yu Chen, Lanjuan Li
The aim of study was to investigate the clinical features of treatment-naive patients in 2 regions with high- and intermediate-hepatitis B endemicity level in Southeast China and provide the baseline data for monitoring health or planning therapy.This study included 8207 cases of treatment-naive patients with hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection from Yuhuan (YH, high-hepatitis B endemicity region) and Shaoxing (SX, intermediate-hepatitis B endemicity region) during 2014-2015. Clinical data were collected from the patients...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422178/enhancing-protective-immunity-to-malaria-with-a-highly-immunogenic-virus-like-particle-vaccine
#9
Katharine A Collins, Rebecca Snaith, Matthew G Cottingham, Sarah C Gilbert, Adrian V S Hill
The leading malaria vaccine in development is the circumsporozoite protein (CSP)-based particle vaccine, RTS,S, which targets the pre-erythrocytic stage of Plasmodium falciparum infection. It induces modest levels of protective efficacy, thought to be mediated primarily by CSP-specific antibodies. We aimed to enhance vaccine efficacy by generating a more immunogenic CSP-based particle vaccine and therefore developed a next-generation RTS,S-like vaccine, called R21. The major improvement is that in contrast to RTS,S, R21 particles are formed from a single CSP-hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) fusion protein, and this leads to a vaccine composed of a much higher proportion of CSP than in RTS,S...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419472/hepatic-expression-of-oncogenes-bmi1-and-dkk1-is-up-regulated-in-hepatitis-b-virus-surface-antigen-transgenic-mice-and-can-be-induced-by-treatment-with-hbv-particles-or-lipopolysaccharides-in-vitro
#10
Rui Zhang, Catherine I Real, Chao Liu, Hideo A Baba, Guido Gerken, Mengji Lu, Ruth Broering
Previous studies have shown that hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) develops more frequently in hepatitis B virus surface antigen (HBsAg)-transgenic mice (Alb/HBs) than in wild-type (WT) mice. However, the mechanism of this HCC model has not been well documented. Toll-like receptor 4 (Tlr4) signaling probably links innate immunity and HCC progression. The current study was designed to investigate the role of innate immunity in hepatocarcinogenesis in Alb/HBs mice. Immunohistochemical analysis of liver specimens from Alb/HBs mice (16 per group) showed that the oncogenes Bmi1 (16/16, 100%) and Dkk1 (13/16, 81...
April 17, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415981/progress-in-vaccination-towards-hepatitis-b-control-and-elimination-in-the-region-of-the-americas
#11
Alba Maria Ropero Álvarez, Silvia Pérez-Vilar, Carmelita Pacis-Tirso, Marcela Contreras, Nathalie El Omeiri, Cuauhtémoc Ruiz-Matus, Martha Velandia-González
BACKGROUND: Over recent decades, the Region of the Americas has made significant progress towards hepatitis B elimination. We summarize the countries/territories' efforts in introducing and implementing hepatitis B (HB) vaccination and in evaluating its impact on HB virus seroprevalence. METHODS: We collected information about HB vaccination schedules, coverage estimates, and year of vaccine introduction from countries/territories reporting to the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) through the WHO/UNICEF Joint Reporting Form on Immunization...
April 17, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414577/serum-toll-like-receptor-2-toll-like-receptor-4-levels-in-patients-with-hbeag-negative-chronic-viral-hepatitis-b
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Erdem Akbal, Erdem Koçak, Seyfettin Köklü, Bilal Ergül, Ömer Akyürek, Fatma Meriç Yılmaz
Toll-like receptors (TLRs) may play an important role in hepatitis-B pathogenesis. However, serum TLR-2 and TLR-4 levels and their association with serum liver enzymes, hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA, quantitative HBsAg levels, and liver biopsy findings, are unknown. A total of naive 40 HBeAg (-) chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients and 20 healthy control subjects were recruited in this study. Liver tests, HBV DNA, serum TLR-2 and TLR-4, and quantitative HBsAg levels were evaluated among all groups. The relationship among TLR-2, TLR-4, quantitative HBsAg levels and liver tests, and liver histological findings were investigated with correlation analysis...
April 17, 2017: Viral Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407735/telbivudine-treatment-started-in-early-and-middle-pregnancy-completely-blocks-hbv-vertical-transmission
#13
Weihui Sun, Shangfei Zhao, Lei Ma, Anhua Hao, Bo Zhao, Lin Zhou, Fengzhu Li, Mingquan Song
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of treating HBV-positive mothers with telbivudine in early and middle pregnancy to prevent mother-to-infant HBV transmission. METHODS: The subject population comprised pregnant women with chronic hepatitis B (CHB; n = 188) from January 2013 to June 2015, with HBV DNA ≥1.0 × 10(7)copies/mL and increased alanine aminotransferase levels. Groups A (n = 62) and B (n = 61) were treated with telbivudine starting at 12 weeks or 20-28 weeks after gestation, respectively...
April 13, 2017: BMC Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407271/a-potent-hbsag-response-in-subjects-with-inactive-hbsag-carrier-treated-with-pegylated-interferon-alpha
#14
Zhenhuan Cao, Yali Liu, Lina Ma, Junfeng Lu, Yi Jin, Shan Ren, Zhimin He, Chengli Shen, Xinyue Chen
BACKGROUND: HBsAg clearance represents a clinical cure although the clearance rate is extremely low. The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility and safety profiles of pegylated-interferon α-2a (PEG-IFNα-2a) as a therapeutic option for inactive HBsAg carriers (IHCs). METHODS: 144 IHCs were enrolled and divided into a therapeutic group (102 subjects) and control group (42 subjects). PEG-IFNα-2a and PEG-IFNα-2a combined with Adefovir Dipivoxil (ADV) were used for treatment group subjects with hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA <20 IU/mL and 20 IU/mL≤HBV DNA<2000 IU/mL, respectively...
April 13, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406424/rapid-tests-and-transfusion-safety-in-niamey-niger
#15
Z Mayaki, M Seydou, M Moutschen, A Albert, N Dardenne, D Sondag, D Gossens, C Gérard
To evaluate the virological safety of blood components provided by the Niamey blood transfusion center after undergoing rapid tests. Samples found negative with rapid tests (n = 222) were screened by the Abbott Prism assay. Positive samples were confirmed by appropriate methods. Of 222 samples, nine (4.1%) were reactive for all markers. After confirmation, seven samples were positive (i.e., 3.2% false-negative results) : five (2.3%) for the surface antigen of hepatitis B (HBsAg) and two (0.9%) for the antibody directed against the hepatitis C virus (HCV-Ab)...
February 1, 2017: Médecine et Santé Tropicales
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405138/long-term-follow-up-and-outcome-of-liver-transplantation-from-hepatitis-b-surface-antigen-positive-donors
#16
EDITORIAL
Roberto Ballarin, Alessandro Cucchetti, Francesco Paolo Russo, Paolo Magistri, Matteo Cescon, Umberto Cillo, Patrizia Burra, Antonio Daniele Pinna, Fabrizio Di Benedetto
Liver transplant for hepatitis B virus (HBV) currently yields excellent outcomes: it allows to rescue patients with an HBV-related advanced liver disease, resulting in a demographical modification of the waiting list for liver transplant. In an age of patient-tailored treatments, in liver transplantation as well the aim is to offer the best suitable graft to the patient who can benefit from it, also expanding the criteria for organ acceptance and allocation. With the intent of developing strategies to increase the donor pool, we set-up a multicenter study involving 3 Liver Transplant Centers in Italy: patients undergoing liver transplantation between March 03, 2004, and May 21, 2010, were retrospectively evaluated...
March 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404469/hepatitis-b-virus-infection-in-aseer-region-south-western-saudi-arabia-a-call-for-an-immediate-action-against-a-preventable-disease
#17
S M Al Humayed, A A El-Mekki, A A Mahfouz
OBJECTIVES: The present study was designed as a large-scale cross-sectional study to cast some light on the magnitude of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection in Aseer Region, south-western Saudi Arabia, a region reported to be of the highest endemicity. METHODS: During the WHO hepatitis day of 2013, an aggressive health education campaign was launched in all the hospitals and primary health care centres in Aseer Region. Posters were distributed to encourage the local population to visit the health facilities to be tested for HBV...
February 2, 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404133/effect-on-hbs-antigen-clearance-of-addition-of-pegylated-interferon-alfa-2a-to-nucleos-t-ide-analogue-therapy-versus-nucleos-t-ide-analogue-therapy-alone-in-patients-with-hbe-antigen-negative-chronic-hepatitis-b-and-sustained-undetectable-plasma-hepatitis-b
#18
Marc Bourlière, Pascaline Rabiega, Nathalie Ganne-Carrie, Lawrence Serfaty, Patrick Marcellin, Yoann Barthe, Dominique Thabut, Dominique Guyader, Christophe Hezode, Magali Picon, Xavier Causse, Vincent Leroy, Jean Pierre Bronowicki, Patrizia Carrieri, Ghassan Riachi, Isabelle Rosa, Pierre Attali, Jean Michel Molina, Yannick Bacq, Albert Tran, Jean Didier Grangé, Fabien Zoulim, Hélène Fontaine, Laurent Alric, Inga Bertucci, Magali Bouvier-Alias, Fabrice Carrat
BACKGROUND: Findings from uncontrolled studies suggest that addition of pegylated interferon in patients with HBe antigen (HBeAg)-negative chronic hepatitis B receiving nucleos(t)ide analogues with undetectable plasma hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA might increase HBs antigen (HBsAg) clearance. We aimed to assess this strategy. METHODS: In this randomised, controlled, open-label trial, we enrolled patients aged 18-75 years with HBeAg-negative chronic hepatitis B and documented negative HBV DNA while on stable nucleos(t)ide analogue regimens for at least 1 year from 30 hepatology tertiary care wards in France...
March 2017: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403982/significance-of-anti-hbc-alone-serological-status-in-clinical-practice
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REVIEW
Qixia Wang, Paul Klenerman, Nasser Semmo
Serum samples identified as positive for total anti-HBc, but negative for both HBsAg and anti-HBs, are referred to as anti-HBc alone. This serological response is compatible with acute, resolved, and chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV)infection but might also signify occult HBV infection. Once the anti-HBc alone pattern is detected, false-positive reactivity should be ruled out and further analyses can resolve the clinical status of the donor. The identification of anti-HBc positivity in the absence of HBsAg in organ transplant donors and in candidate patients for chemotherapy and immunosuppressive therapy requires further investigation because of the risk of HBV reactivation...
February 2017: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403190/prevalence-and-genotype-distribution-of-hepatitis-delta-virus-among-chronic-hepatitis-b-carriers-in-central-vietnam
#20
Hung Minh Nguyen, Bui Tien Sy, Nguyen Thanh Trung, Nghiem Xuan Hoan, Heiner Wedemeyer, Thirumalaisamy P Velavan, C-Thomas Bock
Hepatitis D virus (HDV) infection plays an important role in liver diseases. However, the molecular epidemiology and impact of HDV infection in chronic hepatitis B (CHB) remain uncertain in Vietnam. This cross-sectional study aimed to investigate the prevalence and genotype distribution of HDV among HBsAg-positive patients in Central Vietnam. 250 CHB patients were tested for HDV using newly established HDV-specific RT-PCR techniques. HDV genotypes were determined by direct sequencing. Of the 250 patients 25 (10%) had detectable copies of HDV viral RNA...
2017: PloS One
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