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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449425/-the-clinical-significance-of-serum-alpha-fetoprotein-in-diagnosing-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-a-health-screening-population
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Young Sun Ko, Joo Hwan Bae, Dong Hyun Sinn, Geum Youn Gwak, Wonseok Kang, Yong Han Paik, Moon Seok Choi, Joon Hyeok Lee, Kwang Cheol Koh, Seung Woon Paik
Background/Aims: Serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) measurement is commonly included in a health check-up program in Korea. However, its benefits remain uncertain. We analyzed whether AFP measurement should be included in a general health check-up program to screen for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Methods: A total of 36,552 adults aged 18 years or older-who participated in a routine health examination including AFP determination between January 2009 and December 2009 at the Health Promotion Center, Samsung Medical Center, South Korea-were analyzed...
April 25, 2017: Korean Journal of Gastroenterology, Taehan Sohwagi Hakhoe Chi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449343/cost-effectiveness-of-the-highly-effective-direct-acting-antivirals-in-the-treatment-of-chronic-hepatitis-c-in-hong-kong
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Angeline Oi-Shan Lo, Henry Lik-Yuen Chan, Vincent Wai-Sun Wong, Grace Lai-Hung Wong
BACKGROUND AND AIM: In Asia-Pacific where cost is a major concern, peginterferon plus ribavirin (PR) often remain as the standard of care in chronic hepatitis C (CHC) treatment, while the direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) are commonly recommended as retreatment. Newer DAAs can achieve a sustained virological response (SVR) of nearly 100% with pan-genotypic coverage, that is "Highly Effective DAAs." We aimed to investigate the most desirable cost range for the Highly Effective DAAs using Hong Kong as an example...
May 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449278/seroepidemiology-and-molecular-characterization-of-hepatitis-e-virus-infection-in-swine-and-occupationally-exposed-workers-in-punjab-india
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M Bansal, S Kaur, D Deka, R Singh, J P S Gill
Hepatitis E virus (HEV) has two discrete epidemiological patterns: waterborne epidemics in developing countries only, caused by HEV genotype I, and sporadic zoonotic outbreaks in developing and developed countries caused by genotypes III and IV. This study was designed to investigate seroprevalence, molecular detection and the characterization of HEV by nested RT-PCR in swine as well as the occupational risk to exposed human population in Punjab state of north-western India. The occupational risk-exposed group comprised of swine farmers (organized - mixed feed feeders and unorganized - swill feeders), slaughterhouse workers, sewage workers and veterinary internes...
April 27, 2017: Zoonoses and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449272/adalimumab-is-a-safe-option-for-psoriasis-patients-with-concomitant-hepatitis-b-or-c-infection-a-multicentre-cohort-study-of-37-patients-and-review-of-the-literature-%C3%A2-reply-to-dr-ricceri-letter
#4
Stefano Piaserico
We thank Ricceri et al. for their comments (1) and interest in our study (2). Despite the recent advances in prevention and treatment of hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections, these two chronic infections still represent the most common cause of chronic liver disease. Dermatologists are frequently encountering patients with psoriatic disease who have concomitant HBV or HCV infection in daily clinical practice. Dr Ricceri provided in his letter further long-term follow-up data (60 months) on the use of etanercept or adalimumab in 17 psoriatic patients affected by past HBV infection or chronic HCV infection...
April 27, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449246/review-article-hepatitis-e-a-concise-review-of-virology-epidemiology-clinical-presentation-and-therapy
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M C Donnelly, L Scobie, C L Crossan, H Dalton, P C Hayes, K J Simpson
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis E virus (HEV) is a leading cause of acute icteric hepatitis and acute liver failure in the developing world. During the last decade, there has been increasing recognition of autochthonous (locally acquired) HEV infection in developed countries. Chronic HEV infection is now recognised, and in transplant recipients this may lead to cirrhosis and organ failure. AIM: To detail current understanding of the molecular biology of HEV, diagnostic and therapeutic strategies and propose future directions for basic science and clinical research...
April 27, 2017: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449189/reply-adalimumab-is-a-safe-option-for-psoriasis-patients-with-concomitant-hepatitis-b-or-c-infection-a-multicentre-cohort-study-of-37-patients-and-review-of-the-literature
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F Ricceri, L Pescitelli, L Lazzeri, A Di Cesare, F Prignano
We have read with interest the article by Piaserico et al. concerning the use of tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) blocking agent adalimumab in psoriatic patients with concomitant hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV). The authors describe 17 psoriatic patients affected by chronic HBV infection and 20 affected by chronic HCV who were successfully treated with adalimumab with no evidence of HBV or HCV reactivation in a mean follow-up period of 27 and 40 months, respectively. We have previously described our successful experience of treatment with anti-TNF-alpha therapy in 17 psoriatic patients (11 with past HBV infection, 5 with chronic HCV infection and one affected by both HBV and HCV) without the use of lamivudine or adenofovir, and can now report on long-term follow-up data (mean follow-up period of 60 months)...
April 27, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449115/estimation-of-state-level-prevalence-of-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-us-states-and-district-of-columbia-2010
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Eli S Rosenberg, Eric W Hall, Patrick S Sullivan, Travis H Sanchez, Kimberly A Workowski, John W Ward, Deborah Holtzman
Background.: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is the most common chronic blood-borne infection in the United States and a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. Previous analyses of the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) indicated approximately 3.6 million noninstitutionalized persons with antibody to HCV (anti-HCV). However, state-level prevalence remains less understood and cannot be estimated reliably from NHANES alone. Methods.: We used 3 publicly available government data sources to estimate anti-HCV prevalence in each US state among noninstitutionalized persons aged ≥18 years...
April 26, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449094/hepatic-tm6sf2-overexpression-affects-cellular-apob-trafficking-plasma-lipid-levels-hepatic-steatosis-and-atherosclerosis
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Nicole Ehrhardt, Michael E Doche, Shuang Chen, Hui Z Mao, Meghan T Walsh, Candy Bedoya, Maha Guindi, Weidong Xiong, Joseph Ignatius Irudayam, Jahangir Iqbal, Sebastien Fuchs, Samuel W French, M Mahmood Hussain, Moshe Arditi, Vaithilingaraja Arumugaswami, Miklós Péterfy
The human TM6SF2 gene has been implicated in plasma lipoprotein metabolism, alcoholic and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and myocardial infarction in multiple genome-wide association studies. To investigate the role of Tm6sf2 in metabolic homeostasis, we generated mice with elevated expression using adeno-associated virus (AAV)-mediated gene delivery. Hepatic overexpression of mouse Tm6sf2 resulted in phenotypes previously observed in Tm6sf2-deficient mice including reduced plasma lipid levels, diminished hepatic TG secretion and increased hepatosteatosis...
April 25, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448999/outcome-of-all-oral-direct-acting-antiviral-regimens-on-the-rate-of-development-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-patients-with-hepatitis-c-virus-genotype-1-related-chronic-liver-disease
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Fumihiro Ogata, Masahiro Kobayashi, Norio Akuta, Mitutaka Osawa, Shunichiro Fujiyama, Yusuke Kawamura, Hitomi Sezaki, Tetsuya Hosaka, Mariko Kobayashi, Satoshi Saitoh, Yoshiyuki Suzuki, Fumitaka Suzuki, Yasuji Arase, Kenji Ikeda, Hiromitsu Kumada
OBJECTIVES: There is little information on the risk factors for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and outcome of treatment with an all-oral combination of direct-acting antiviral regimens following eradication of hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA. METHODS: The study subjects were 1,170 patients with HCV genotype 1-related chronic liver disease treated with either NS5A inhibitor plus NS3/4A protease inhibitor (n = 707), NS5A inhibitor plus NS5B polymerase inhibitor (n = 345), or NS5A inhibitor, NS3/4A protease inhibitor plus ritonavir (n = 118), for 12-24 weeks...
April 28, 2017: Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448739/health-economic-evaluation-of-immunization-strategies-of-hepatitis-e-vaccine-for-elderly-population
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Xiaoqing Cheng, Yueyuan Zhao, Xuefeng Zhang, Hui Jin, Jin Min
Objective This study was conducted to assess the cost-effectiveness of hepatitis E vaccination of elderly population in the sporadic regions in China. Methods We used a decision tree-Markov model to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of three kinds of hepatitis E virus vaccination strategies from societal perspectives. Parameter estimates were obtained from published researches and experts' opinion. The time horizon was 16 years, and the discounted rate was 3% annually. Costs are expressed in 2016 US dollars...
April 27, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448574/fusion-expression-of-occludin-extracellular-loops-and-an-%C3%AE-helical-bundle-a-new-research-model-for-tight-junction
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Xiaojing Chi, Xia Zhao, Wei Wang, Yuqiang Niu, Min Cheng, Xiuying Liu, Sheng Cui, Wei Yang
Tight junctions (TJs) are the outermost structures of intercellular junctions and are highly specialized membrane domains involved in many important cellular processes. However, most TJ proteins are four-time transmembrane proteins and are difficult to express in their correct soluble form, which limits their functional study and therapeutic application. Human occludin (OCLN) is a major component of TJs and an essential co-receptor for hepatitis C virus (HCV) cell entry. To explore expression strategy for recombinant TJ proteins possessing integrated and functional extracellular loops, OCLN was here used as a model molecule, and several prokaryotic fusion constructs were designed by docking OCLN extracellular loops (ECLs) to HIV-1 gp41 NHR and CHR six-helical bundle (6HV1); then their biophysical features and anti-HCV activity were evaluated...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448566/il-33-st2-pathway-drives-regulatory-t-cell-dependent-suppression-of-liver-damage-upon-cytomegalovirus-infection
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Branka Popovic, Mijo Golemac, Jürgen Podlech, Jelena Zeleznjak, Lidija Bilic-Zulle, Miodrag L Lukic, Luka Cicin-Sain, Matthias J Reddehase, Tim Sparwasser, Astrid Krmpotic, Stipan Jonjic
Regulatory T (Treg) cells dampen an exaggerated immune response to viral infections in order to avoid immunopathology. Cytomegaloviruses (CMVs) are herpesviruses usually causing asymptomatic infection in immunocompetent hosts and induce strong cellular immunity which provides protection against CMV disease. It remains unclear how these persistent viruses manage to avoid induction of immunopathology not only during the acute infection but also during life-long persistence and virus reactivation. This may be due to numerous viral immunoevasion strategies used to specifically modulate immune responses but also induction of Treg cells by CMV infection...
April 27, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448527/meat-consumption-is-a-major-risk-factor-for-hepatitis-e-virus-infection
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Ed Slot, Hans L Zaaijer, Michel Molier, Katja Van den Hurk, Femmeke Prinsze, Boris M Hogema
BACKGROUND: The incidence of autochthonous hepatitis E virus genotype 3 (HEV gt3) infections in Western Europe is high. Although pigs are a major reservoir of the virus, the exact sources and transmission route(s) of HEV gt3 to humans remain unclear. METHODS: To determine the role of meat consumption at a population level, the seroprevalence of anti-HEV IgG antibodies was compared between Dutch blood donors with a vegetarian lifestyle and donors who consume meat on a daily basis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448054/lipid-droplet-isolation-for-quantitative-mass-spectrometry-analysis
#14
Kathrin Rösch, Marcel Kwiatkowski, Hartmut Schlüter, Eva Herker
Lipid droplets are vital to the replication of a variety of different pathogens, most prominently the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), as the putative site of virion morphogenesis. Quantitative lipid droplet proteome analysis can be used to identify proteins that localize to or are displaced from lipid droplets under conditions such as virus infections. Here, we describe a protocol that has been successfully used to characterize the changes in the lipid droplet proteome following infection with HCV. We use Stable Isotope Labeling with Amino Acids in Cell Culture (SILAC) and thus label the complete proteome of one population of cells with "heavy" amino acids to quantitate the proteins by mass spectrometry...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447750/biological-effects-of-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-on-hepatitis-b-virus-in%C3%A2-vitro
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Wei-Ping Zheng, Bo-Ya Zhang, Zhong-Yang Shen, Ming-Li Yin, Yi Cao, Hong-Li Song
The aim of the present study was to explore the effects of co‑culturing bone marrow‑derived mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSCs) cultured with hepatitis B virus (HBV)‑infected lymphocytes in vitro. BM‑MSCs and lymphocytes from Brown Norway rats were obtained from the bone marrow and spleen, respectively. Rats were divided into the following five experimental groups: Group 1, splenic lymphocytes (SLCs); group 2, HepG2.2.15 cells; group 3, BM‑MSCs + HepG2.2.15 cells; group 4, SLCs + HepG2.2.15 cells; and group 5, SLCs + BM‑MSCs + HepG2...
March 15, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447580/liver-enzyme-normalization-predicts-success-of-hepatitis-c-oral-direct-acting-antiviral-treatment
#16
Sarwat T Khan, Michaeline McGuinty, Daniel J Corsi, Curtis L Cooper
PURPOSE: Monitoring of hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment response is performed by serial HCV RNA measurements; however, this may not be useful for predicting treatment success or failure with oral direct-acting antiviral agent (DAA) therapies. Liver enzyme levels, which are elevated in chronic HCV and tend to decline on therapy, may serve as a more logistically and economically feasible alternative for monitoring treatment response. SOURCE: The Ottawa Hospital Viral Hepatitis Clinic patients (n=219), receiving interferon-free oral DAA treatments, were assessed for liver enzymes and HCV RNA levels at baseline, week 4 and ≥12 weeks post-treatment...
April 26, 2017: Clinical and Investigative Medicine. Médecine Clinique et Experimentale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447325/interferon-free-therapy-with-sofosbuvir-plus-ribavirin-for-successful-treatment-of-genotype-2-hepatitis-c-virus-with-lichen-planus-a-case-report
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Ayumu Yoshikawa, Katsumi Terashita, Kenichi Morikawa, Soichiro Matsuda, Takahiro Yamamura, Koichiro Sarashina, Shintaro Nakano, Yoshimitsu Kobayashi, Susumu Sogabe, Kazuhiro Takahashi, Shin Haba, Hisashi Oda, Tatsuro Takahashi, Takuto Miyagishima, Naoya Sakamoto
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection remains the main cause of liver disease and can lead to chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma. HCV may also develop extrahepatic manifestations in the skin, eyes, joints, kidneys, nervous system, and immune system. In fact, several studies reported that up to 70% of HCV patients experienced extrahepatic manifestations. Lichen planus (LP), which is an immune system disorder that is triggered by viral infections, allergens, and stress, can affect the skin, mouth, nails, and scalp...
April 26, 2017: Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447238/effects-of-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-on-the-safety-of-chemotherapy-for-breast-cancer-patients
#18
Yu Liu, Zhan-Yi Li, Jia-Ni Wang, Xi Li, Qun-Ai Huang, Yong Huang
PURPOSE: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is one of the major pathogens of chronic viral hepatitis, and approximately 38 million patients are infected with HCV in China. However, little information is available on the effect of HCV infection during chemotherapy for breast cancer and the impact of HCV infection on the toxicity of chemotherapy and targeted therapy. METHODS: We performed a retrospective survey of 835 patients who were diagnosed with breast cancer between January 2010 and December 2015 at our institution...
April 26, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447075/sofosbuvir-velpatasvir-fixed-dose-combination-for-the-treatment-of-chronic-hepatitis-c-virus-infection
#19
V Nehra, S A Rizza, Z Temesgen
The fixed-dose combination of sofosbuvir, a nucleotide analogue NS5B polymerase inhibitor, and velpatasvir, a second-generation NS5A inhibitor, has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency for the treatment of adult patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 infection. This combination, administered over 12 weeks as a single-tablet regimen, has resulted in high cure rates in all 6 HCV genotypes and in a variety of patient populations, including patients without cirrhosis, patients with compensated cirrhosis and patients with HIV coinfection...
March 2017: Drugs of Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447055/associating-liver-partition-and-portal-vein-ligation-for-bleeding-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-hbv-cirrhosis-a-safety-strategy
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Giovanni Battista Levi Sandri, Giovanni Vennarecci, Pasquale Lepiane, Giuseppe Maria Ettorre
The incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) spontaneous tumor rupture varies between 3% and 26%. For resectable HCC ruptures, emergency hepatectomy or staged hepatectomy after transcatheter arterial embolization (TAE) are life-saving procedures, and efficient therapeutic methods. We report a multimodal therapy including TAE, associating liver partition and portal vein ligation (ALPPS) and immunoglobuline infusion for a huge bleeding HCC with portal vein tumor thrombosis (PVTT) in hepatitis B virus (HBV) cirrhosis...
2017: Translational Gastroenterology and Hepatology
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