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Lamiaa Mobarak, Dalia Omran, Mohammed M Nabeel, Zeinab Zakaria
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIM: It is well known that hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) develops as a consequence of hepatic fibrosis progression. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the inflammatory and fibrosis markers as predictors for HCC development among patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) related chronic liver disease to help in early diagnosis and management of HCC. METHODS: A total of 280 patients with chronic liver disease were included in this retrospective study, out of them 140 had liver cirrhosis with HCC and 140 had cirrhosis without HCC...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Medical Virology
Fei Ling, Dan-Dan He, Wei Wang, Ya-Bin Jin, Hui-Ling Zhang
Background-Sterile alpha motif and histidine aspartate domain containing deoxynucleoside triphosphate triphosphohydrolase 1 (SAMHD1) is one of the novel restriction factors that potently supresses HIV-1 infection in myeloid cells at an early stage in the viral replication cycle. SAMHD1 activity is blocked by the action of viral accessory protein x (Vpx), which targets and recruits SAMHD1 for proteasomal degradation, in the SIVsm/HIV-2 lineage. Objective-The impact of SAMHD1 polymorphisms on viral replication in Chinese-origin rhesus macaques (CR) and cynomolgus macaques of Vietnamese origin (CM) have not been reported until now...
October 18, 2016: Current HIV Research
Harri Hemilä
BACKGROUND: Vitamin E has influenced the immune system in laboratory studies. Dozens of animal experiments have found that vitamin E offered protection against infections caused by viruses and bacteria. Previously, significant heterogeneity was found in the effect of vitamin E supplementation on pneumonia in humans. The aim of this study was to examine how the effect of vitamin E on pneumonia risk depends on age. METHODS: Secondary analysis of the Alpha-Tocopherol, Beta-Carotene Cancer Prevention study in Finland, 1985-1993, was performed...
2016: Clinical Interventions in Aging
Laurent Alric, Caroline Besson, Nathanael Lapidus, Juliette Jeannel, Jean-Marie Michot, Patrice Cacoub, Danielle Canioni, Stanislas Pol, Frédéric Davi, Pascaline Rabiega, Loic Ysebaert, Delphine Bonnet, Olivier Hermine
: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is associated with lymphoproliferative disorders and B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphomas (B-NHLs). Evaluation of the efficacy and safety profiles of different antiviral therapies in HCV patients with B-NHL is warranted. METHODS: First, we evaluated the sustained virologic response (SVR) and safety of Peg-interferon-alpha (Peg-IFN) + ribavirin +/- first protease inhibitors (PI1s) therapy in 61 HCV patients with B-NHL enrolled in a nationwide observational survey compared with 94 matched HCV-infected controls without B-NHL...
2016: PloS One
Emma C Reilly, Kris Lambert-Emo, David J Topham
After disease resolution, a small subset of influenza specific CD8+ T cells can remain in the airways of the lung as a tissue resident memory population (TRM). These cells are critical for protection from subsequent infections with heterosubtypic influenza viruses. Although it is well established that expression of the collagen IV binding integrin alpha 1 is necessary for the retention and maintenance of TRM cells, other requirements allowing them to localize to the airways and persist are less well understood...
2016: PloS One
Y Lu, Y-P Jia
OBJECTIVE: Quercetin has been reported to have the activities of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-virus, anti-cancer and so on. Many studies showed that quercetin could lower blood pressure and improve blood capillary elasticity, and it can also reduce LDL oxidation and prevent atherosclerosis. Although quercetin has been recognized to have the function of preventing atherosclerosis, little is known about its underlying mechanism. In this study, we try to explore whether quercetin up-regulates LXRa-mediated ABCA1 expression...
September 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Andrew G Kelly, Natalie E Netzler, Peter A White
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis E virus (HEV) is an enteric, single-stranded, positive sense RNA virus and a significant etiological agent of hepatitis, causing sporadic infections and outbreaks globally. Tracing the evolutionary ancestry of HEV has proved difficult since its identification in 1992, it has been reclassified several times, and confusion remains surrounding its origins and ancestry. RESULTS: To reveal close protein relatives of the Hepeviridae family, similarity searching of the GenBank database was carried out using a complete Orthohepevirus A, HEV genotype I (GI) ORF1 protein sequence and individual proteins...
October 12, 2016: BMC Evolutionary Biology
Stijn Van Hees, Peter Michielsen, Thomas Vanwolleghem
Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infected patients have an almost 100-fold increased risk to develop hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). HCC is the fifth most common and third most deadly cancer worldwide. Up to 50% of newly diagnosed HCC cases are attributed to HBV infection. Early detection improves survival and can be achieved through regular screening. Six-monthly abdominal ultrasound, either alone or in combination with alpha-fetoprotein serum levels, has been widely endorsed for this purpose. Both techniques however yield limited diagnostic accuracy, which is not improved when they are combined...
October 7, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Prachi Sharma, David E Stallknech, Charlotte F Quist, Elizabeth W Howerth
Epizootic haemorrhagic disease (EHD) is the most important infectious disease of white‑tailed deer (WTD), however little is known about the role of inflammatory mediators in the pathogenesis. We characterized the expression of tumor necrosis factor‑alpha (TNF-α) ex vivo in tissues of WTD experimentally or naturally infected with EHD virus serotype 2 and in WTD peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) infected with EHD virus serotype 2 in vitro. Circulating levels of TNF-α were evaluated in serum from experimentally infected deer via cytotoxicity assay...
September 30, 2016: Veterinaria Italiana
Marta Martin-Subero, Crisanto Diez-Quevedo
This paper aims to review the epidemiology and management of mental disorders in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/hepatitis C virus (HCV) coinfected patients, the need for antiviral therapy in this specific population, and current treatment strategies for HIV/HCV patients with psychiatric and/or substance use disorders. This is a narrative review. Data was sourced from electronic databases and was not limited by language or date of publication. HIV infection has become a survivable chronic illness. Prevalence of HCV infection among HIV-infected patients is high ranging from 50% to 90%...
September 26, 2016: Psychiatry Research
L Rostaing, L Alric, N Kamar
In some parts of the world, hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection remains a huge problem for kidney-transplant candidates and kidney-transplant (KT) recipients. Until 2 years ago, anti-HCV treatment for the general population relied on pegylated-alpha-interferon plus ribavirin, but led to a sustained viral response (SVR) in <50% of cases. This treatment was contraindicated in KT patients because of acute-rejection issues and was poorly tolerated in patients with end-stage renal disease. Over the last year, direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs) have entered the market and are associated in the general population with a SVR of >90%, whatever the patient's HCV genotype...
October 7, 2016: Transplant International: Official Journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
Murali Ganesan, Larisa Y Poluektova, Dean J Tuma, Kusum K Kharbanda, Natalia A Osna
BACKGROUND: Alcohol consumption exacerbates the pathogenesis of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and worsens disease outcomes. The exact reasons are not clear yet, but they might be partially attributed to the ability of alcohol to further suppress the innate immunity. Innate immunity is known to be already decreased by HCV in liver cells. METHODS: In this study, we aimed to explore the mechanisms of how alcohol metabolism dysregulates IFNα signaling (STAT1 phosphorylation) in HCV(+) hepatoma cells...
September 26, 2016: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
Gamou Fall, Martin Faye, Manfred Weidmann, Marco Kaiser, Anne Dupressoir, El Hadj Ndiaye, Yamar Ba, Mawlouth Diallo, Ousmane Faye, Amadou Alpha Sall
West Nile virus (WNV) is an emerging arbovirus, circulating worldwide between birds and mosquitoes, which impacts human and animal health. Since the mid-1990s, WNV outbreaks have emerged in Europe and America and represent currently the primary cause of encephalitis in the United States. WNV exhibits a great genetic diversity with at least eight different lineages circulating in the world, and four (1, 2, Koutango, and putative new) are present in Africa. These different WNV lineages are not readily differentiated by serology, and thus, rapid molecular tools are required for diagnostic...
October 6, 2016: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
Giórgia de Souza Marasca, André Luiz Machado, Nélson Alexandre Kretzmann, Adaliany Cecília da Silva Souza, Angelo Alves de Mattos, Dimas Kliemann, Cristiane Valle Tovo, Ana Beatriz Gorini da Veiga
Background: Due to the high prevalence of co-infection by hepatitis C virus (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and the severity of these infections, the understanding of the biological mechanisms involved in these processes, including viral behavior and host genetic profile, is of great importance for patient treatment and for public health policies.Some single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the human genome, such as the SNP rs1045642 (C3435T) in the MDR1 gene, have been reported to be associated to the sustained virological response (SVR) to HCV treatment in HCV-HIV co-infected patients...
October 2016: Arquivos de Gastroenterologia
P Sultanik, A Ginguay, J Vandame, T Popovici, J-F Meritet, L Cynober, S Pol, P-N Bories
The increasing incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in Western countries requests reliable tumour markers for preclinical diagnosis. We evaluated the diagnostic accuracy of des-gamma-carboxy prothrombin (DCP), in comparison with alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) in a French cohort using a new analyser. One hundred and sixty-two patients with virus-related cirrhosis (46 HCC patients and 116 controls) were recruited in this retrospective proof-of-concept study. DCP was measured on new Lumipulse(®) G600 analyzer and AFP on usual Cobas e602 analyzer in serum samples that were collected at the time of HCC diagnosis for HCC patients or during follow-up for controls...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
Yixin Yu, Haibo Jiang, Haibo Li, Weitao Song, Xiaobo Xia
Cataract, the leading cause of blindness worldwide, is caused by the apoptosis of lens epithelial cells (LECs). αA-crystallin is a major structural protein of the lens. However, the antiapoptotic function of αA-crystallin in lens stem cells remains unclear. In this study, primary LECs were isolated from postnatal 3-5 days of SD rats and transfected by Sendai virus loaded with four factors, OCT3/4, Sox2, c-Myc, and Klf4, to induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). LEC-iPSC-like cells were identified by immunofluorescent staining...
October 2016: Cellular Reprogramming
Corrado Cancedda, Sheila M Davis, Kerry L Dierberg, Jonathan Lascher, J Daniel Kelly, Mohammed Bailor Barrie, Alimamy Philip Koroma, Peter George, Adikali Alpha Kamara, Ronald Marsh, Manso S Sumbuya, Cameron T Nutt, Kirstin W Scott, Edgar Thomas, Katherine Bollbach, Andrew Sesay, Ahmidu Barrie, Elizabeth Barrera, Kathryn Barron, John Welch, Nahid Bhadelia, Raphael G Frankfurter, Ophelia M Dahl, Sarthak Das, Rebecca E Rollins, Bryan Eustis, Amanda Schwartz, Piero Pertile, Ilias Pavlopoulos, Allan Mayfield, Regan H Marsh, Yusupha Dibba, Danielle Kloepper, Andrew Hall, Karin Huster, Michael Grady, Kimberly Spray, David A Walton, Fodei Daboh, Cora Nally, Sahr James, Gabriel S Warren, Joyce Chang, Michael Drasher, Gina Lamin, Sherry Bangura, Ann C Miller, Annie P Michaelis, Ryan McBain, M Jana Broadhurst, Megan Murray, Eugene T Richardson, Ted Philip, Gary L Gottlieb, Joia S Mukherjee, Paul E Farmer
An epidemic of Ebola virus disease (EVD) beginning in 2013 has claimed an estimated 11 310 lives in West Africa. As the EVD epidemic subsides, it is important for all who participated in the emergency Ebola response to reflect on strengths and weaknesses of the response. Such reflections should take into account perspectives not usually included in peer-reviewed publications and after-action reports, including those from the public sector, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), survivors of Ebola, and Ebola-affected households and communities...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
Yanhui Ma, Lei Chen, Guohua Xie, Yunlan Zhou, Chaoyan Yue, Xiangliang Yuan, Yingxia Zheng, Weiwei Wang, Lin Deng, Lisong Shen
IL-35 is a novel heterodimeric and inhibitory cytokine, composed of interleukin-12 subunit alpha (P35) and Epstein-Barr virus -induced gene 3 (EBI3). IL-35 has been reported to be produced by a range of cell types, especially regulatory T cells, and to exert immunosuppressive effects via the STATx signaling pathway. In this study, we demonstrated that IL-35 expression was elevated in both serum and tumors in patients with colorectal cancer. IL-35 mainly expressed in CD4+ T cells in human colorectal cancer tumors and adjacent tissues...
September 22, 2016: Oncotarget
Kathryn E Yoh, Kausik Regunath, Asja Guzman, Seung-Min Lee, Neil T Pfister, Olutosin Akanni, Laura J Kaufman, Carol Prives, Ron Prywes
The p53-related transcription factor p63 is required for maintenance of epithelial cell differentiation. We found that activated forms of the Harvey Rat Sarcoma Virus GTPase (H-RAS) and phosphatidylinositol-4,5-bisphosphate 3-kinase catalytic subunit alpha (PIK3CA) oncogenes strongly repress expression of ∆Np63α, the predominant p63 isoform in basal mammary epithelial cells. This regulation occurs at the transcriptional level, and a short region of the ∆Np63 promoter is sufficient for repression induced by H-RasV12...
October 11, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Nicole Arnold, Thomas Girke, Suhas Sureshchandra, Ilhem Messaoudi
: Primary infection with varicella zoster virus (VZV), a neurotropic alpha herpesvirus, results in varicella. VZV establishes latency in the sensory ganglia and can reactivate later in life to cause herpes zoster. The relationship between VZV and its host during acute infection in the sensory ganglia is not well understood due to limited access to clinical specimens. Intrabronchial inoculation of rhesus macaques with simian varicella virus (SVV), recapitulates the hallmarks of VZV infection in humans...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Virology
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