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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714841/bifidobacterium-apri-sp-nov-a-thermophilic-actinobacterium-isolated-from-the-digestive-tract-of-wild-pigs-sus-scrofa
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R Pechar, J Killer, H Salmonová, M Geigerová, R Švejstil, P Švec, I Sedláček, V Rada, O Benada
Fresh samples of intestinal contents of three wild pigs originating from the Central Bohemia region were examined for the presence of bifidobacterial strains. During the study, we isolated many fructose-6-phosphate phosphoketolase-positive, strictly anaerobic, irregular rod-shaped bacterial isolates. Three of them were preliminarily identified as representing a novel species of the genus Bifidobacterium because their 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity with the closest relatives of thermophilic bifidobacteria (Bifidobacterium boum DSM 20432T, Bifidobacterium thermophilum DSM 20210T, Bifidobacterium thermacidophilumsubsp...
July 17, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710435/evaluation-of-elift-for-non-invasive-assessment-of-liver-fibrosis-and-cirrhosis-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-b-virus-infection
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Qiang Li, Chuan Lu, Weixia Li, Yuxian Huang, Liang Chen
Recently, the easy Liver Fibrosis Test (eLIFT), a sum of points attributed to age, gender, gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase, aspartate transaminase, platelets, and prothrombin time, was developed for diagnosing advanced fibrosis and cirrhosis in chronic liver disease. We aimed to evaluate the performance of eLIFT to predict liver fibrosis and cirrhosis in patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB). Histologic and laboratory data of 747 CHB patients were analyzed. The performance of eLIFT for diagnosing liver fibrosis and cirrhosis was compared with that of aspartate transaminase to platelet ratio index (APRI) and fibrosis index based on the 4 factors (FIB-4)...
July 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688902/serum-s100-calcium-binding-protein-a4-improves-the-diagnostic-accuracy-of-transient-elastography-for-assessing-liver-fibrosis-in-hepatitis-b
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Li-Bo Yan, Qing-Bo Zhang, Xia Zhu, Min He, Hong Tang
AIM: The diagnostic performance of Fibroscan might be improved when combined with other serum fibrosis related markers. Previous study has demonstrated that S100A4 expression is associated with liver fibrosis in humans with hepatitis. This study aimed to clarify diagnostic accuracy of serum S100A4 levels for significant liver fibrosis in patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB), and develop a combined algorithm of liver stiffness measurement (LSM) and S100A4 to predict significant liver fibrosis in CHB...
July 5, 2017: Clinics and Research in Hepatology and Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685907/the-gamma-glutamyl-transpeptidase-to-albumin-ratio-predicts-significant-fibrosis-and-cirrhosis-in-chronic-hepatitis-b-patients
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Qiang Li, Chuan Lu, Weixia Li, Yuxian Huang, Liang Chen
Simple, inexpensive, and clinically available non-invasive liver fibrosis tests are highly needed. We aimed to develop a novel non-invasive index for predicting significant fibrosis and cirrhosis in chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients METHODS: Using liver histology as gold standard, we developed a novel index to predict significant fibrosis and cirrhosis in CHB patients, and then compared the diagnostic accuracy of the novel index, aspartate transaminase-to-platelet ratio index (APRI), and fibrosis index based on four factors (FIB-4) in a training set (606 patients) and a validation set (216 patients) from the same patient catchment area RESULTS: Of 606 CHB patients in the training set, 33...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680838/utility-of-electronic-medical-record-based-fibrosis-scores-in-predicting-advanced-cirrhosis-in-patients-with-hepatitic-c-virus-infection
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Mohammad Qasim Khan, Vijay Anand, Norbert Hessefort, Ammar Hassan, Alya Ahsan, Amnon Sonnenberg, Claus J Fimmel
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether advanced cirrhosis - defined by the detection of nodular liver contours or portal venous collaterals on imaging studies - could be predicted by fibrosis algorithms, calculated using laboratory and demographic features extracted from patients' electronic medical records. To this end, we compared seven EMR-based fibrosis scores with liver imaging studies in a cohort of HCV patients. METHODS: A search of our health system's patient data warehouse identified 867 patients with chronic HCV infection...
March 2017: Journal of Translational Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669222/comparison-of-serological-assessments-in-the-diagnosis-of-liver-fibrosis-in-bile-duct-ligation-mice
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Chengxia Xie, Bo Ma, Ning Wang, Lin Wan
Liver fibrosis assessment is essential to make a prognosis and to determine the appropriate anti-fibrosis treatment. Non-invasive serum markers are widely studied in patients to assess liver fibrosis due to the limitations of liver biopsy. When using animal models to study the mechanism and intervention of hepatic fibrosis, serum markers might be useful for the continuous assessment of liver fibrosis in individual animals, which could avoid the influence of biological differences between individuals. However, it is unclear whether serum markers can assess hepatic fibrosis in the animal model...
January 1, 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660013/use-of-aspartate-aminotransferase-to-platelet-ratio-to-reduce-the-need-for-fibroscan-in-the-evaluation-of-liver-fibrosis
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Stephanie Wong, Dep Huynh, Frank Zhang, Nam Q Nguyen
AIM: To evaluate the performance of aspartate aminotransferase to platelet ratio (APRI) score against FibroScan in predicting the presence of fibrosis. METHODS: Data of patients who concurrently had APRI score, FibroScan and liver biopsy to assess their hepatitis C virus (HCV) and hepatitis B virus (HBV) over 6 years were retrospectively reviewed and details of their disease characteristics and demographics were recorded. Advanced fibrosis was defined as ≥ F3...
June 18, 2017: World Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650402/hiv-hbv-co-infection-is-a-significant-risk-factor-for-liver-fibrosis-in-tanzanian-hiv-infected-adults
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Claudia Hawkins, Beatrice Christian, Emanuel Fabian, Irene Macha, Cecilia Gawile, Shida Mpangala, Nzovu Ulenga, Chloe L Thio, Lauren Rose Ammerman, Ferdinand Mugusi, Wafaie Fawzi, Richard Green, Robert Murphy
BACKGROUND: In sub-Saharan Africa, the burden of liver disease associated with chronic hepatitis B (HBV) and HIV is unknown. We characterized liver disease using aspartate aminotransferase-to-platelet ratio index (APRI) and FIB-4 in patients with HIV, HBV, and HIV/HBV co-infection in Tanzania. METHODS: Using a cross sectional design, we compared the prevalence of liver fibrosis in treatment-naive HIV mono-infected, HBV mono-infected, and HIV/HBV co-infected adults enrolled at Management and Development for Health (MDH)-supported HIV treatment clinics in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643457/eradication-of-hepatitis-c-virus-profoundly-prolongs-survival-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-patients-receiving-transarterial-chemoembolization
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Wei Teng, Yi-Chung Hsieh, Kar-Wai Lui, Wei-Ting Chen, Chien-Fu Hung, Chien-Hao Huang, Yi-Cheng Chen, Wen-Juei Jeng, Chen-Chun Lin, Chun-Yen Lin, Shi-Ming Lin, I-Shyan Sheen
Adjuvant pegylated interferon plus ribavirin treatment (PegIFN/RBV) reduces recurrence and prolongs survival in early stage hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC) infection receiving resection or ablation. However, the impact of antiviral therapy in intermediate and advanced stage of CHC-HCC patients is uncertain. This study aimed to investigate the impact PegIFN/RBV treatment on recurrence free interval and survival in HCC patients receiving transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) METHODS: From 2010 to 2013, 274 CHC patients from a 1073-patients based cohort composed of freshly diagnosed HCC and receiving TACE treatment the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Linkou Medical Center were recruited...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640288/prognostic-factors-for-transplant-free-survival-and-validation-of-prognostic-models-in-chinese-patients-with-primary-biliary-cholangitis-receiving-ursodeoxycholic-acid
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Ka-Shing Cheung, Wai-Kay Seto, James Fung, Ching-Lung Lai, Man-Fung Yuen
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to validate the prognostic models for primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) in Chinese patients receiving ursodeoxycholic acid (UCDA), and to compare their performances in predicting the long-term survival. METHODS: Chinese patients with PBC from a tertiary center were identified via electronic search of hospital medical registry. Risk factors associated with adverse events (liver transplantation or death from liver-related causes including hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and liver decompensation) were determined...
June 22, 2017: Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618039/serum-galectin-9-levels-are-correlated-to-liver-fibrosis-regardless-of-chronic-inflammation-or-hepatocellular-carcinoma-complications
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Koji Fujita, Toshiro Niki, Takako Nomura, Kyoko Oura, Tomoko Tadokoro, Teppei Sakamoto, Joji Tani, Hirohito Yoneyama, Asahiro Morishita, Noriyuki Kuroda, Takeshi Arai, Naoki Nishimoto, Takashi Himoto, Mitsuomi Hirashima, Tsutomu Masaki
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Chronic liver diseases (CLDs) progress from chronic inflammation to fibrosis to tumorigenesis. Galectin-9, a β-galactoside-specific animal lectin, is indicated to contribute to all three steps of progression. The aim of this study was to determine which of the three steps was most dominant in elevating the serum galectin-9 concentration and to test the possibility of galectin-9 as a serum biomarker. METHODS: Japanese patients with chronic hepatitis (CH), liver cirrhosis (LC), hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), nonalcoholic fatty liver disease or alcoholic liver disease who provided informed consent were enrolled in this study...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614401/hepatitis-b-testing-and-treatment-in-hiv-patients-in-the-gambia-compliance-with-international-guidelines-and-clinical-outcomes
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Gibril Ndow, Mindy L Gore, Yusuke Shimakawa, Penda Suso, Abdoulie Jatta, Saydiba Tamba, Amina Sow, Coumba Touré-Kane, Fouzia Sadiq, Saihou Sabally, Ramou Njie, Mark R Thursz, Maud Lemoine
BACKGROUND: Compliance with WHO guidelines on HBV screening and treatment in HIV-coinfected patients is often challenging in resource limited countries and has been poorly assessed in sub-Saharan Africa. METHODS: Between 2015 and 2016, we assessed physician's compliance with WHO guidelines on HIV-HBV coinfection in the largest HIV clinic in The Gambia, and the hepatic outcomes in HIV-HBV coinfected patients as compared to randomly selected HIV-monoinfected controls...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607450/new-noninvasive-index-for-predicting-liver-fibrosis-in-asian-patients-with-chronic-viral-hepatitis
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Hung-Wei Wang, Cheng-Yuan Peng, Hsueh-Chou Lai, Wen-Pang Su, Chia-Hsin Lin, Po-Heng Chuang, Sheng-Hung Chen, Ching-Hsiang Chen, Wei-Fan Hsu, Guan-Tarn Huang
We developed an optimal noninvasive index comprising routine laboratory parameters for predicting cirrhosis in chronic hepatitis B (CHB) and chronic hepatitis C (CHC) patients. This study included 992 CHB patients and 1,284 CHC patients who received liver biopsy. We developed the new index, named modified Fibrosis-4 (mFIB-4) according to four independent variables of the model: age, aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), and platelet count. The formula of the mFIB-4 index is 10 × Age(years) × AST(U/L)/Platelet count(10(9)/L) × AST(U/L)...
June 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586172/comparison-of-laboratory-tests-ultrasound-or-mre-to-detect-fibrosis-in-patients-with-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-a-meta-analysis
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Guangqin Xiao, Sixian Zhu, Xiao Xiao, Lunan Yan, Jiayin Yang, Gang Wu
Many noninvasive methods for diagnosing liver fibrosis (LF) have been proposed. To determine the best method for diagnosing LF in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), we conducted a systemic review and meta-analysis to compare the performance of APRI, FIB-4, BARD score, NAFLD fibrosis score (NFS), FibroScan, shear wave elastography (SWE) and magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) for diagnosing LF in NAFLD. We compared the sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, negative predictive value, and AUROC of these noninvasive methods for detecting significant fibrosis (SF), advanced fibrosis (AF), and cirrhosis...
June 6, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581248/non-invasive-tests-for-liver-disease-severity-and-the-hepatocellular-carcinoma-risk-in-chronic-hepatitis-b-patients-with-low-level-viremia
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Namyoung Paik, Dong Hyun Sinn, Ji Hyun Lee, In Soo Oh, Jung Hee Kim, Wonseok Kang, Geum-Youn Gwak, Yong-Han Paik, Moon Seok Choi, Joon Hyeok Lee, Kwang Cheol Koh, Seung Woon Paik
BACKGROUND & AIMS: We tested whether non-invasive tests for liver disease severity can stratify hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) risk in chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infected patients showing low level viremia (LLV, HBV DNA < 2,000 IU/mL). METHODS: A retrospective cohort of 1,006 chronic hepatitis B patients showing persistently LLV, defined by at least two consecutive assessments in the year before enrollment, was assessed for HCC development. Two non-invasive serum biomarkers, the aspartate aminotransferase to platelet ratio index (APRI) and the Fibrosis-4 (FIB-4), were tested...
June 5, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579340/apri-test-and-hyaluronic-acid-as-non-invasive-diagnostic-tools-for-post-hcv-liver-fibrosis-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Magdy Amin El Serafy, Abdel Meguid Kassem, Heba Omar, Mohammad Shaaban Mahfouz, Maissa El Said El Raziky
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) accounts for a sizable proportion of chronic liver disease cases and represents the most common indication for liver transplantation. Precise diagnosis of hepatic fibrosis stage is considered a funnel-neck in proper management and follow-up of HCV-infected patients. Given the possible complications of liver biopsy, a non-invasive method for assessing hepatic fibrosis is needed. This study aimed to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of APRI and hyaluronic acid as non-invasive diagnostic assessment tools for post HCV liver fibrosis...
June 1, 2017: Arab Journal of Gastroenterology: the Official Publication of the Pan-Arab Association of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575039/assessment-of-pathologic-increase-in-liver-stiffness-enables-earlier-diagnosis-of-cfld-results-from-a-prospective-longitudinal-cohort-study
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Victoria Klotter, Caroline Gunchick, Enno Siemers, Timo Rath, Helge Hudel, Lutz Naehrlich, Martin Roderfeld, Elke Roeb
About 30% of patients with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) develop CF-associated liver disease (CFLD). Recent studies have shown that transient elastography (TE), as a method to quantify liver stiffness, allows non-invasive diagnosis of CFLD in adults and children with CF. Within this study we aimed to prospectively identify patients at risk for development of CFLD by longitudinal analysis of liver stiffness and fibrosis scores in a 5-year follow-up. 36 pediatric and 16 adult patients with initial liver stiffness below the cut-off value indicative of CFLD (6...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572039/ast-to-platelet-ratio-index-and-fibrosis-4-calculator-scores-for-non-invasive-assessment-of-hepatic-fibrosis-in-patients-with-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
#18
Noam Peleg, Assaf Issachar, Orly Sneh-Arbib, Amir Shlomai
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Liver fibrosis is the single most important prognostic factor in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The predictive value of the AST to Platelet Ratio Index (APRI) score, originally developed for fibrosis assessment in hepatitis C virus (HCV) patients, is much less known in the context of NAFLD patients. METHODS: We retrospectively compared the performance of APRI and fibrosis 4 calculator (FIB-4) scores in NAFLD patients with documented liver biopsies, to their performance in chronic HCV patients...
May 11, 2017: Digestive and Liver Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544769/serum-biomarkers-can-predict-a-change-in-liver-fibrosis-one-year-after-lifestyle-intervention-for-biopsy-proven-nash
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Eduardo Vilar-Gomez, Luis Calzadilla-Bertot, Scott L Friedman, Bienvenido Gra-Oramas, Licet Gonzalez-Fabian, Sacha Lazo-Del Vallin, Moises Diago, Leon A Adams
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The dynamic response of serum fibrosis biomarkers to histological changes within the liver following lifestyle intervention (LI) is unknown. We explored relationships between changes in serum biomarkers and liver fibrosis in NASH patients undergoing LI. METHODS: Paired liver biopsies were performed in 261 NASH patients to assess fibrosis change after 1 year of LI. We explored the utility of serum fibrosis markers to predict changes in hepatic fibrosis and developed and internally validated a model for predicting fibrosis improvement in patients with baseline fibrosis...
May 24, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544156/m2bpgi-as-a-potential-diagnostic-tool-of-cirrhosis-in-chinese-patients-with-hepatitis-b-virus-infection
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Bin Wei, Shu Feng, Enqiang Chen, Dongdong Li, Tingting Wang, Yu Gou, Tingting Yang, Dongmei Zhang, Chuanmin Tao, Hong Tang
BACKGROUND: M2BPGi is a novel serum glycobiomarker of liver fibrosis. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the efficacy of M2BPGi for predicting liver fibrosis and disease progression in Chinese hepatitis B virus (HBV) infected patients. METHODS: We enrolled 228 HBV infected patients with different status of liver fibrosis diagnosed using FibroScan. We analyzed the diagnostic accuracy of M2BPGi, and compared it with AST-to-platelet ratio (APRI), FIB-4 index, AST to ALT ratio (AAR), and RDW to platelet ratio (RPR)...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
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