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Liver replacement therapy

Monia Cito, Silvia Pellegrini, Lorenzo Piemonti, Valeria Sordi
The experience in the field of islet transplantation shows that it is possible to replace β cells in a patient with type 1 diabetes (T1D), but this cell therapy is limited by the scarcity of organ donors and by the danger associated to the immunosuppressive drugs. Stem cell therapy is becoming a concrete opportunity to treat various diseases. In particular, for a disease like T1D, caused by the loss of a single specific cell type that does not need to be transplanted back in its originating site to perform its function, a stem cell-based cell replacement therapy seems to be the ideal cure...
March 2018: Endocrine Connections
Javier Martínez-Casanova, Nuria Carballo, Sonia Luque, Luisa Sorli, Santiago Grau
Azole antifungals have frequently been linked to the presence of hepatotoxicity, but there is scarce information on cross-toxicity between these drugs or on the possibility of using some of them when this type of toxicity occurs. We report the case of a 64-year-old man with invasive aspergillosis (IA) leading to spondylodiscitis with neurological involvement. Early management included intravenous (iv) voriconazole, which had to be interrupted after 1 week due to liver damage. Therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) of voriconazole showed that the plasma concentration was within the therapeutic range...
2018: Infection and Drug Resistance
Xianxun Shi, Huiyuan Bai, Ming Zhao, Xiaorong Li, Xianchao Sun, Hongbo Jiang, Ailing Fu
Drug-induced liver injury shares a common feature of mitochondrial dysfunction. Mitochondrial therapy (mitotherapy), which replaces malfunctional mitochondria with functional exogenous mitochondria, may be a fundamental approach for treating drug-mediated hepatotoxicity. Here, we suggested that mitochondria isolated from human hepatoma cell could be used to treat acetaminophen (APAP)-induced liver injury in mice. When the mitochondria were added into the cell media, they could enter primarily cultured mouse hepatocyte...
March 2, 2018: Translational Research: the Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
James B Leonard, Kashif M Munir, Hong K Kim
Metoclopramide (MCP) is a commonly used anti-emetic in the emergency department (ED). Its use is generally well tolerated; although infrequent adverse reactions such as extrapyramidal reactions or tardive dyskinesia are reported. However, many ED providers are not familiar with the potentially life-threatening hypertensive emergency that can be precipitated by MCP administration in patients with pheochromocytoma. A previously healthy 36-year-old woman presented to the ED with headache and nausea. She developed acute hypertensive emergency (acute agitation, worsening headache, chest pain and wide complex tachycardia) when her blood pressure (BP) increased to 223/102mmHg (initial BP, 134/86mmHg) after receiving intravenous MCP...
March 5, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Shanshan Shao, Zhenyu Yao, Jiayu Lu, Yongfeng Song, Zhao He, Chunxiao Yu, Xiaoming Zhou, Lifang Zhao, Jiajun Zhao, Ling Gao
Increasing prevalence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) worldwide has necessitated a more thorough understanding of it and expanded the scope of research in this field. Women are more resistant to NAFLD than men despite equal exposure to major risk factors, such as obesity or hyperlipidemia. Female resistance is hormone-dependent, as evidenced by the sharp increase in NAFLD incidence in post-menopausal women who do not take hormone replacement therapy. Here, we found that the estrogen-responsive pituitary hormone prolactin (PRL), through specific PRL receptor (PRLR), down-regulates hepatic triglyceride (TG) accumulation...
March 7, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Daniel Elbaum, Maria G Beconi, Edith Monteagudo, Annalise Di Marco, Maria S Quinton, Kathryn A Lyons, Andrew Vaino, Steven Harper
In cells, phosphorylation of pantothenic acid to generate phosphopantothenic acid by the pantothenate kinase enzymes is the first step in coenzyme A synthesis. Pantothenate kinase 2, the isoform localized in neuronal cell mitochondria, is dysfunctional in patients with pantothenate kinase-associated neurodegeneration. Fosmetpantotenate is a phosphopantothenic acid prodrug in clinical development for treatment of pantothenate kinase-associated neurodegeneration, which aims to replenish phosphopantothenic acid in patients...
2018: PloS One
Andrzej B Szczepanik, Konrad Pielaciński, Anna M Oses-Szczepanik, Sławomir Huszcza, Andrzej Misiak, Wojciech P Dąbrowski, Sławomir Gajda
INTRODUCTION: Bleeding from esophageal varices is a serious clinical condition in hemophilia patients due to congenital deficiency or lack of clotting factors VIII (in hemophilia A) and IX (in hemophilia B), decreased clotting factor II, VII, IX, X synthesis in the course of chronic liver disease and hipersplenic thrombocytopenia. The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy and safety of endoscopic sclerotherapy in acute esophageal variceal bleeding and in secondary prophylaxis of hemorrhage...
February 28, 2018: Polski Przeglad Chirurgiczny
Gisah Amaral Carvalho, Gilberto Paz-Filho, Cleo Otaviano Mesa Junior, Hans Graf
Hypothyroidism is one of the most common hormone deficiencies in adults. Most of the cases, particularly those of overt hypothyroidism, are easily diagnosed and managed, with excellent outcomes if treated adequately. However, minor alterations of thyroid function determine nonspecific manifestations. Primary hypothyroidism due to chronic autoimmune thyroiditis is largely the most common cause of thyroid hormone deficiency. Central hypothyroidism is a rare and heterogeneous disorder characterized by decreased thyroid hormone secretion by an otherwise normal thyroid gland, due to lack of TSH...
February 28, 2018: European Journal of Endocrinology
Mustafa Resorlu, Nilufer Aylanc, Ozan Karatag, Canan Akgun Toprak
Gaucher's disease is characterized by glucocerebroside accumulation in the cells of the reticuloendothelial system. There are three subtypes. The most common is type 1, known as the non-neuropathic form. Pancytopenia, hepatosplenomegaly and bone lesions occur as a result of glucocerebroside accumulation in the liver, lung, spleen and bone marrow in these patients. Findings associated with liver, spleen or bone involvement may be seen at radiological analysis. Improvement in extraskeletal system findings is seen with enzyme replacement therapy...
December 2017: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
Hiroyuki Ariyasu, Hidefumi Inaba, Takayuki Ota, Hiroyuki Yamaoka, Yasushi Furukawa, Hiroshi Iwakura, Naotaka Doi, Yuki Yamamoto, Takashi Akamizu
BACKGROUND: Immune-checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) are novel promising agents for the treatment of malignant tumors. However, critical endocrine immune-related adverse events (irAEs) by ICIs often occur. CASE REPORT: A 63-year-old woman with advanced malignant melanoma had received anti-PD-1 antibody (nivolumab, 2 mg/kg every 3 weeks) for 8 cycles (from day 0 to day 147). On day 168, nivolumab was switched to anti-CTLA-4 antibody (ipilimumab, 3mg/kg every 3 weeks)...
March 2018: In Vivo
Ari Zimran, Michael Wajnrajch, Betina Hernandez, Gregory M Pastores
Taliglucerase alfa is an enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) approved for treatment of adult and paediatric patients with Type 1 Gaucher disease (GD) in several countries and the first plant cell-expressed recombinant therapeutic protein approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for humans. Here, we review the findings across six key taliglucerase alfa clinical studies. A total of 33 treatment-naïve adult patients were randomized to taliglucerase alfa 30 U/kg or 60 U/kg in a 9-month, multicentre, randomized, double-blind, parallel-group, dose-comparison pivotal study, after which eligible patients continued into two consecutive extension studies; 17 treatment-naïve adult patients completed 5 total years of treatment with taliglucerase alfa...
February 23, 2018: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
Magdalena Cerón-Rodríguez, Edgar Barajas-Colón, Lyuva Ramírez-Devars, Claudia Gutiérrez-Camacho, Juan L Salgado-Loza
BACKGROUND: Gaucher disease type 1 (GD1, OMIM# 230800), is a condition with high impact in patient's quality of life (QoL). We report the improvement in QoL of children with GD1 measured by Lansky play-performance scale (LS) after enzymatic replacement therapy (ERT) and to describe our experience in the treatment of children with GD1. METHODS: Five children with diagnosis of GD1 received imiglucerase 60 mg/kg every two weeks. LS, hepatomegaly, splenomegaly, hemoglobin, platelets, and growth rate were measured every 6 months after beginning ERT for 30 months...
January 2018: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
Dieter Adelmann, Andrea Olmos, Linda L Liu, John R Feiner, Garrett R Roll, Lyle Burdine, Mehdi Tavakol, Shareef Syed, Babak J Orandi, Claus U Niemann
BACKGROUND: Renal failure is common among patients undergoing liver transplantation. Liver allocation based on the MELD score has increased the number of recipients who require perioperative RRT. Although renal replacement therapy (RRT) can be continued intraoperatively, the risks and benefits of intraoperative RRT are not well defined. The aim of this study is to report the intraoperative management of patients with pretransplant renal failure at a transplant center with extremely infrequent utilization of intraoperative RRT...
February 20, 2018: Transplantation
Aline F Ferreira, George A Calin, Virgínia Picanço-Castro, Simone Kashima, Dimas T Covas, Fabiola A de Castro
Although hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) therapy for hematological diseases can lead to a good outcome from the clinical point of view, the limited number of ideal donors, the comorbidity of patients and the increasing number of elderly patients may limit the application of this therapy. HSCs can be generated from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), which requires the understanding of the bone marrow and liver niches components and function in vivo iPSCs have been extensively applied in several studies involving disease models, drug screening and cellular replacement therapies...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Cell Science
Miguel Verdelho, Rui Perdigoto, João Machado, Élia Mateus, Paulo Marcelino, Rui Pereira, Philip Fortuna, Luís Bagulho, Luís Bento, Francisco Ribeiro, Fernando Nolasco, Américo Martins, Eduardo Barroso
Acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) is a syndrome characterized by an acute deterioration of a patient with cirrhosis, frequently associated with multi-organ failure and a high short-term mortality rate. We present a retrospective study that aims to characterize the presentation, evolution, and outcome of patients diagnosed with ACLF at our center over the last 3 years, with a comparative analysis between the group of patients that had ACLF precipitated by infectious insults of bacterial origin and the group of those with ACLF triggered by a nonbacterial infectious insult; the incidence of acute kidney injury and its impact on the prognosis of ACLF was also analyzed...
January 2018: GE Portuguese Journal of Gastroenterology
Xiaotang Cai, Dan Yu, Yongmei Xie, Hui Zhou
RATIONALE: Argininemia is an autosomal recessive inherited disorder of the urea cycle. Because of its atypical symptoms in early age, diagnosis can be delayed until the typical chronic manifestations - including spastic diplegia, deterioration in cognitive function, and epilepsy - appear in later childhood. PATIENT CONCERNS: A Chinese boy initially presented with severe stunting and partial growth hormone deficiency (PGHD) at 3 years old and was initially treated with growth hormone replacement therapy...
February 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Mary G Prieve, Pierrot Harvie, Sean D Monahan, Debashish Roy, Allen G Li, Teri L Blevins, Amber E Paschal, Matt Waldheim, Eric C Bell, Anna Galperin, Jean-Rene Ella-Menye, Michael E Houston
We describe a novel, two-nanoparticle mRNA delivery system and show that it is highly effective as a means of intracellular enzyme replacement therapy (i-ERT) using a murine model of ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency (OTCD). Our Hybrid mRNA Technology delivery system (HMT) comprises an inert lipid nanoparticle that protects the mRNA from nucleases in the blood as it distributes to the liver and a polymer micelle that targets hepatocytes and triggers endosomal release of mRNA. This results in high-level synthesis of the desired protein specifically in the liver...
January 4, 2018: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
X Yang, S Y Qian, Y M Zhu, X Xu, C F Liu, F Xu, X X Ren, Y Wang, Y C Zhang, G P Lu
Objective: To investigate the current application status of continuous blood purification (CBP) technology and equipment in pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) in China. Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted to understand the current popularization of CBP technology and equipment, the management of CBP equipment and consumables, and the application of CBP in different diseases. A questionnaire named Application Status of Continuous Blood Purification Technology was applied. Children's hospitals and polyclinic hospitals with the pediatric qualification (pediatric emergency or critical care unit members of Chinese Medical Association and Chinese Medical Doctor Association) were selected...
February 2, 2018: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
Bruna Lavezzo, Damiano Patrono, Francesco Tandoi, Silvia Martini, Fabrizio Fop, Valentina Ballerini, Chiara Stratta, Stefano Skurzak, Francesco Lupo, Paolo Strignano, Pier Paolo Donadio, Mauro Salizzoni, Renato Romagnoli, Francesco Giuseppe De Rosa
Invasive fungal infection (IFI) is a severe complication of liver transplantation burdened by high mortality. Guidelines recommend targeted rather than universal antifungal prophylaxis based on tiers of risk METHODS: We aimed to evaluate IFI incidence, risk factors and outcome after implementation of a simplified two-tiered targeted prophylaxis regimen based on a single broad-spectrum antifungal drug (amphotericin B). Patients presenting one or more risk factors according to literature were administered prophylaxis...
February 10, 2018: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
Jessica D Lewis, Andrew J Barros, Costi D Sifri
BACKGROUND: Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VRE) infections are common in liver transplant recipients (LTRs). Daptomycin (DAP) is an important treatment for such infections; however, DAP-nonsusceptible VRE (DNS-VRE) are increasingly frequent. The purpose of this study was to compare clinical characteristics and outcomes of LTRs with infections due to DNS-VRE and DAP-susceptible VRE (DS-VRE). METHODS: A single center, retrospective review of patients who underwent liver transplantation between 1/1/2010 and 12/31/15 and developed infections due to DS-VRE or DNS-VRE post-transplant was performed...
February 10, 2018: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
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