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cirrhosis of liver

B M Kamath, A Baker, R Houwen, L Todorova, N Kerkar
BACKGROUND: Alagille syndrome (ALGS) is an inherited multisystem disorder typically manifesting as cholestasis, and potentially leading to end-stage liver disease and death. AIM: To perform the first systematic review of the epidemiology, natural history and burden of ALGS with a focus on the liver component. METHODS: Electronic databases and proceedings from key congresses were searched in accordance with Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) 2009 guidelines...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Baek Gyu Jun, Woong Cheul Lee, Jae Young Jang, Soung Won Jeong, Young Don Kim, Gab Jin Cheon, Yun Nah Lee, Sang Gyune Kim, Young Seok Kim, Young Sin Cho, Sae Hwan Lee, Hong Soo Kim
BACKGROUND: Spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (SBP) is one of the severe complications of liver cirrhosis. Early detection of high-risk patients is essential for prognostic improvement. The aim of this study is to investigate the predictive factors related to in-hospital mortality in patients with SBP. METHODS: This was a retrospective study of 233 SBP patients (181 males, 52 females) who were admitted to four tertiary referral hospitals between August 2002 and February 2013...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Korean Medical Science
Zuzana Macek Jilkova, Ayca Zeybek Kuyucu, Keerthi Kurma, Séyédéh Tayébéh Ahmad Pour, Gaël S Roth, Giovanni Abbadessa, Yi Yu, Brian Schwartz, Nathalie Sturm, Patrice N Marche, Pierre Hainaut, Thomas Decaens
The prognosis of patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is very poor. The AKT pathway is activated in almost half of HCC cases and in addition, long term exposure to conventional drug treatment of HCC, sorafenib, often results in over-activation of AKT, leading to HCC resistance. Therefore, it is important to assess the safety and the efficacy of selective allosteric AKT inhibitor ARQ 092 (Miransertib) in combination with sorafenib. Here, we demonstrated in vitro that the combination of ARQ 092 with sorafenib synergistically suppressed proliferation, promoted apoptosis, and reduced migration...
February 16, 2018: Oncotarget
Anne Liu, An Le, Jian Zhang, Chris Wong, Clifford Wong, Linda Henry, Mindie H Nguyen
OBJECTIVES: Data on liver and non-liver co-morbidities in chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients are limited. This study analyzes the prevalence of co-morbidities in a multicenter CHB cohort evaluated over 15 years. METHODS: This study included 2734 consecutive adult American CHB patients from a university medical center and several community primary care clinics. Data were analyzed by time periods (patients in each time period were unique without overlapping): 2000-2005 (n = 885), 2006-2010 (n = 888), and 2011-2015 (n = 961)...
March 14, 2018: Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology
Bangari Haldipur, Prudhvi Lal Bhukya, Vidya Arankalle, Kavita Lole
Molecular mechanisms of liver pathology and clinical disease in HEV infection remain unclear. MicroRNAs are known to modulate viral pathogenesis either by directly altering viral gene expression or by enhancing cellular antiviral responses. Given the importance of microRNA-122 (miR-122) in liver pathobiology, we investigated possible role of miR-122 in HEV infection. In silico predictions using genotype 1, 2, 3 and 4 HEV sequences showed that majority of genomes (203/222) harbor at least one miR-122/miR-122* target site...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Virology
Chia-Yang Hsu, Po-Hong Liu, Shu-Yein Ho, Cheng-Yuan Hsia, Praneeth Kudaravalli, Yun-Hsuan Lee, Yi-You Chiou, Ya-Ju Tsai, Yi-Hsiang Huang, Teh-Ia Huo
BACKGROUND: The nomogram of the Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer (BCLC) for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has been used for outcome prediction. Patients with BCLC stage C HCC often undergo anti-cancer therapy against current treatment guidelines in real world practice. We aimed to use the nomogram to provide guidance on treatment selection for BCLC stage C patients. METHODS: A total of 1317 patients with stage C HCC were retrospectively analyzed and divided into four groups by nomogram points...
March 14, 2018: BMC Cancer
Mattia Laffranchi, Romina Berardelli, Riccardo Ronzoni, David A Lomas, Annamaria Fra
The most common genotype associated with severe α1-antitrypsin deficiency (AATD) is the Z homozygote. The Z variant (Glu342Lys) of α1-antitrypsin (AAT) undergoes a conformational change and is retained within the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) of hepatocytes leading to the formation of ordered polymeric chains and inclusion bodies. Accumulation of mutated protein predisposes to cirrhosis whilst plasma AAT deficiency leads to emphysema. Increased risk of liver and lung disease has also been reported in heterozygous subjects who carry Z in association with the milder S allele (Glu264Val) or even with wild-type M...
March 10, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
Ulrich Mayr, Eugen Karsten, Tobias Lahmer, Sebastian Rasch, Philipp Thies, Benedikt Henschel, Gerrit Fischer, Roland M Schmid, Wolfgang Huber
INTRODUCTION: Appropriate mechanical ventilation and prevention of alveolar collaps is mainly dependent on transpulmonary pressure TPP. TPP is assessed by measurement of esophageal pressure EP, largely influenced by pleural and intraabdominal pressure IAP. Consecutively, TPP-guided ventilation might be particularly useful in patients with high IAP. This study investigates the impact of large volume paracentesis LVP on TPP, EP, IAP as well as on hemodynamic and respiratory function in patients with liver cirrhosis and tense ascites...
2018: PloS One
Cristina Di Poto, Shisi He, Rency S Varghese, Yi Zhao, Alessia Ferrarini, Shan Su, Abdullah Karabala, Mesfin Redi, Hassen Mamo, Amol S Rangnekar, Thomas M Fishbein, Alexander H Kroemer, Mahlet G Tadesse, Rabindra Roy, Zaki A Sherif, Deepak Kumar, Habtom W Ressom
Disparities in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) incidence and survival have been observed between ethnic groups including African-Americans (AA) and European-Americans (EA). The evaluation of the changes in the levels of metabolites in samples stratified by race could provide a snapshot of ethnically diverse disease related pathways and identify reliable biomarkers. In this study, we considered AA and EA to investigate metabolites that may be associated with HCC in a race-specific manner. The levels of 46 metabolites in plasma samples, collected from patients recruited at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, were analyzed by Agilent GC-qMS in selected ion monitoring (SIM) mode...
2018: PloS One
Chien-Hua Chen, Cheng-Li Lin, Chia-Hung Kao
We assessed the subsequent risk of cholelithiasis development in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) such as Crohn's disease (CD) or ulcerative colitis (UC). We identified 8186 patients who aged ≥20 years and were diagnosed with IBD between 2000 and 2010 as the study cohort. A total of 8186 patients without IBD were selected by frequency-matching according to age, sex, comorbidities, and the index date of diagnosis, and they were identified as the control cohort. To measure the incidence of cholelithiasis, all patients were followed up until the end of 2011...
March 14, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Chen Qu, Dandan Zheng, Sai Li, Yingjun Liu, Anna Lidofsky, Jacinta A Holmes, Jianning Chen, Lu He, Lan Wei, Yadi Liao, Hui Yuan, Qimeng Jin, Zelong Lin, Qiaoting Hu, Yuchuan Jiang, Mengxian Tu, Xijun Chen, Weiming Li, Wenyu Lin, Bryan C Fuchs, Raymond T Chung, Jian Hong
Spleen tyrosine kinase (SYK) plays a critical role in immune cell signaling pathways and has been reported as a novel biomarker for human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). We sought to investigate the mechanism by which SYK promotes liver fibrosis and to evaluate SYK as a therapeutic target for liver fibrosis. We evaluated the cellular localization of SYK and the association between SYK expression and liver fibrogenesis in normal, HBV-infected, HCV-infected and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) liver tissue (n=36, 127, 22 and 30, respectively)...
March 14, 2018: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Lars Bossen, Henriette Ytting, Peter Jepsen, Ole Hamberg, Peter Ott, Henning Grønbæk
The name of chronic liver disease: primary biliary cirrhosis, has been changed to: primary biliary cholangitis, primarily because of the stigma associated with the word "cirrhosis", as only a minority of the patients develop cirrhosis. In this review we present data on epidemiology and discuss the current treatments with focus on ursodeoxycholic acid and the newly described effects of the farnesoid receptor agonist obeticholic acid.
March 5, 2018: Ugeskrift for Laeger
G Oriolo, E Egmond, Z Mariño, M Cavero, R Navines, L Zamarrenho, R Solà, J Pujol, N Bargallo, X Forns, R Martin-Santos
BACKGROUND: Chronic hepatitis C is considered a systemic disease because of extra-hepatic manifestations. Neuroimaging has been employed in hepatitis C virus-infected patients to find in vivo evidence of central nervous system alterations. AIMS: Systematic review and meta-analysis of neuroimaging research in chronic hepatitis C treatment naive patients, or patients previously treated without sustained viral response, to study structural and functional brain impact of hepatitis C...
March 14, 2018: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Safi Dokmak, Béatrice Aussilhou, Tiziana Marchese, Nizar Kardoun, François Cauchy, Anne Sophie Schneck, Olivier Soubrane
BACKGROUND: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) can be complicated by major vascular invasion, and resection can be beneficial in some patients.1 Some of these patients are traditionally operated under total vascular exclusion (TVE), refrigeration, extracorporeal circulatory bypass, and cardiac surgery, with high morbidity and mortality.2 However, HCC thrombi are not adherent to the venous wall, and with advances in surgical techniques, resection can be simplified and performed during short-duration TVE alone...
March 13, 2018: Annals of Surgical Oncology
Brian I Shaw, Lyle J Burdine, Hillary J Braun, Nancy L Ascher, John P Roberts
Background: With the use of split liver grafts as well as living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) it is imperative to know the minimum graft volume to avoid complications. Most current formulas to predict standard liver volume (SLV) rely on weight-based measures that are likely inaccurate in the setting of cirrhosis. Therefore, we sought to create a formula for estimating SLV without weight-based covariates. Methods: LDLT donors underwent computed tomography scan volumetric evaluation of their livers...
December 2017: Transplantation Direct
M Garrido, C Escobar, C Zamora, C Rejas, J Varas, C Córdova, C Papuzinski, M Párraga, S San Martín, S Montedonico
Purpose: Biliary atresia precedes liver cirrhosis and liver transplantation. Amniotic membrane (AM) promotes tissue regeneration, inhibits fibrosis, and reduces inflammation. Here, we test amniotic membrane potential as a therapeutic tool against cholestatic liver fibrosis. Methods: Three groups of rats were used: sham surgery (SS), bile duct ligature (BDL), and bile duct ligature plus human amniotic membrane (BDL + AM). After surgery, animals were sacrificed at different weeks...
2018: Stem Cells International
O El-Sherif, Z G Jiang, E B Tapper, K C Huang, A Zhong, A Osinusi, M Charlton, M Manns, N H Afdhal, K Mukamal, J McHutchison, D M Brainard, N Terrault, M P Curry
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Treatment with direct-acting antiviral (DAA) agents can reduce model for end-stage liver disease and Child-Pugh-Turcotte (CPT) scores in patients with decompensated cirrhosis caused by hepatitis C virus (HCV). However, many of these patients still die or require liver transplantation. We collected data on baseline features of patients and aimed to develop a scoring system to predict response to DAA therapy. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of data from 4 trials of the effects of sofosbuvir-based therapy in patients with HCV-associated decompensated cirrhosis (502 of CPT class B and 120 of CPT class C)...
March 10, 2018: Gastroenterology
Narayan Ramamurthy, Emanuele Marchi, M Azim Ansari, Vincent Pedergnana, Angela Mclean, Emma Hudson, Rory Bowden, Chris C A Spencer, Ellie Barnes, Paul Klenerman
New directly acting antivirals (DAAs) provide very high cure rates in most patients infected by hepatitis C virus (HCV). However, some patient groups have been relatively harder to treat including those with cirrhosis or infected with HCV genotype 3. In the recent BOSON trial, genotype 3, cirrhotic patients receiving a 16 week course of sofosbuvir and ribavirin had a sustained virologic response rate (SVR) of around 50%. In cirrhotic patients, IFNL4 CC genotype was significantly associated with SVR. This genotype was also associated with a lower interferon-stimulated gene (ISG) signature in peripheral blood and in liver at baseline...
March 13, 2018: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Deqiang Zhang, Xin Tong, Bradley B Nelson, Ethan Jin, Julian Sit, Nicholas Charney, Meichan Yang, M Bishr Omary, Lei Yin
Alcohol liver disease (ALD) is one of the major chronic liver diseases worldwide, ranging from fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, cirrhosis, and potentially hepatocellular carcinoma. Epidemiological studies suggest a potential link between ALD and impaired circadian rhythms, but the role of hepatic circadian proteins in the pathogenesis of ALD remains unknown. Here we show that the circadian clock protein BMAL1 in hepatocytes is both necessary and sufficient to protect mice from alcohol liver disease. Ethanol diet-fed mice with liver-specific knockout (Bmal1-LKO) or depletion of Bmal1 develop more severe liver steatosis and injury as well as a simultaneous suppression of both de novo lipogenesis and fatty acid oxidation, which can be rescued by the supplementation of synthetic PPARα ligands...
March 13, 2018: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Abdel-Rahman N Zekri, Enas Reda El-Sisi, Amira Salah El-Din Youssef, Mahmoud M Kamel, Auhood Nassar, Ola Sayed Ahmed, Mohamed El Kassas, Ahmed Barakat Barakat, Alaa Ismail Abd El-Motaleb, Abeer A Bahnassy
AIM: Molecular characterization of the CD133+ stem cells associated with hepatocarinogensis through identifying the expression patterns of specific microRNAs (miRNAs). METHODS: We investigated the expression pattern of 13 miRNAs in purified CD133+ cells separated from the peripheral blood of healthy volunteers, chronic hepatitis C (CHC), liver cirrhosis (LC) and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients a long with bone marrow samples from the healthy volunteers and the LC patients using custom miScript miRNA PCR array...
2018: PloS One
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