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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821440/apelin-protects-against-liver-x-receptor-mediated-steatosis-through-ampk-and-ppar%C3%AE-in-human-and-mouse-hepatocytes
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Jin Huang, Saeromi Kang, Soo-Jin Park, Dong-Soon Im
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is the most commonly occurring chronic liver disease, and hepatic steatosis, a condition defined as extensive lipid accumulation in hepatocytes, is associated with liver dysfunction and metabolic diseases, such as, obesity and type II diabetes. Apelin is an adipokine that acts on a G protein-coupled receptor named APJ, and has been established to play pivotal roles in various physiological conditions. However, the function of apelin in hepatocytes has not been fully investigated...
August 15, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820730/knowledge-of-hepatitis-b-virus-infection-and-its-control-practices-among-dental-students-in-an-indian-city
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Vishal Khandelwal, Sushma Khandelwal, Neetu Gupta, Ullal Anand Nayak, Namrata Kulshreshtha, Sudhindra Baliga
Background Hepatitis B virus infection is a general cause of chronic hepatitis, liver cirrhosis and hepato-cellular carcinoma worldwide. It is highly contagious. It is an important reason for morbidity and mortality in the Indian population. Oral health professionals are at the highest risk. Vaccination for hepatitis B can prevent this deadly disease. Methods The present study was designed to evaluate the degree of awareness, knowledge of hepatitis B infection and status of hepatitis B vaccination among dental students...
August 18, 2017: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820498/interference-of-apoptosis-by-hepatitis-b-virus
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REVIEW
Shaoli Lin, Yan-Jin Zhang
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) causes liver diseases that have been a consistent problem for human health, leading to more than one million deaths every year worldwide. A large proportion of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cases across the world are closely associated with chronic HBV infection. Apoptosis is a programmed cell death and is frequently altered in cancer development. HBV infection interferes with the apoptosis signaling to promote HCC progression and viral proliferation. The HBV-mediated alteration of apoptosis is achieved via interference with cellular signaling pathways and regulation of epigenetics...
August 18, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820453/drinking-water-uranium-and-potential-health-effects-in-the-german-federal-state-of-bavaria
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Andre Banning, Mira Benfer
Mainly due to its nephrotoxic and osteotoxic potential, uranium (U) increasingly finds itself in the spotlight of environmental and health-related research. Germany decided on a binding U guideline value in drinking water of 10 µg/L, valid since 2011. It is yet widely unknown if and how public health was affected by elevated U concentrations before that. In this ecological study we summarized available drinking water U data for the German federal state of Bavaria (703 analyses in total for 553 different municipalities) at county level (for 76 out of 96 Bavarian counties, representing about 83% of Bavaria's and about 13% of Germany's total population) in terms of mean and maximum U concentration...
August 18, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818763/the-qualitative-and-quantitative-image-analysis-of-mr-imaging-in-patients-with-acute-on-chronic-liver-failure
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Tae Wook Kang, Mimi Kim, Young Kon Kim, Seong Hyun Kim, Dong Hyun Sinn, Kyunga Kim
PURPOSE: To evaluate the distinctive features of ACLF and chronic liver disease (CLD) on MR images using quantitative and qualitative analyses. METHODS: Twelve patients with ACLF and 36 patients with CLD who had undergone MR images were included. MR imaging findings from both groups were assessed. RESULTS: Gallbladder edema, esophageal varix, and ascites were significantly more prevalent in the ACLF group (all P-values <0.05). The liver to muscle SI ratio on T2-WI was significantly higher in the ACLF group (P=0...
August 10, 2017: Clinical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818160/determination-of-mean-glycated-haemoglobin-in-healthy-adults-of-a-local-population
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Sumbal Nida, Dilshad Ahmed Khan, Aamir Ijaz, Muhammad Qaiser Alam Khan, Hira Aleef, Maria Abbasi
OBJECTIVE: To determine the mean hemoglobin HbA1C levels of disease-free adults in a local population and its optimum cutoff for the diagnosis of diabetes. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY: Department of Chemical Pathology and Endocrinology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Rawalpindi, from January to September 2015. METHODOLOGY: Healthy subjects aged 18 years and above of either gender were recruited from local population...
July 2017: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816980/two-stage-hepatectomy-for-multiple-giant-alveolar-echinococcosis
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Hao-De Shen, Ke-Fei Chen, Bo Li, Han-Zhi Zhang, Kang-Ming Yang, Yin Chen, Jia-Xin Li, Zhe-Yu Chen, Ta Meng, Zhi Ma, Hong-Zhi Li
Alveolar echinococcosis is a chronically progressive and potentially fatal disease. Patients with multiple giant alveolar echinococcosis have a poor prognosis when radical resection cannot be achieved, but curative resection can be limited by low future remnant liver volumes. In these cases, 2-stage liver resection may be a better choice: after a first-stage hepatectomy with partial resection, liver regeneration is allowed in the residual liver before proceeding to the second-stage hepatectomy. In this study, we therefore retrospectively reviewed and evaluated the safety and feasibility of two-stage hepatectomy in patients with multiple giant alveolar echinococcosis...
August 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816550/a-review-on-biosynthesis-analytical-techniques-and-pharmacological-activities-of-trigonelline-as-a-plant-alkaloid
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Neda Mohamadi, Fariba Sharififar, Mostafa Pournamdari, Mehdi Ansari
Trigonelline (TRG) as a polar hydrophilic alkaloid is extracted from many plant species, for example, Trigonella foenum-graecum, Allium sepapea, Coffea sp, Pissum sativum, Glycine max, and Lycopersicon esculentum. Numerous biological activities have been reported for TRG such as protection of heart and liver and treatment of hyperglycemia, hypercholesterolemia, nervous and hormonal disorders, and cancers. Thus, the aim of this review is to summarize some information about TRG's biosynthesis pathway, pharmacological activity, pharmacokinetics, and analytical techniques to introduce TRG as an alternative choice to treat the various diseases...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Dietary Supplements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814423/portal-hypertension-and-its-management-in-children
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REVIEW
Tassos Grammatikopoulos, Patrick James McKiernan, Anil Dhawan
Portal hypertension (PHT), defined as raised intravascular pressure in the portal system, is a complication of chronic liver disease or liver vascular occlusion. Advances in our ability to diagnose and monitor the condition but also predict the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding have enabled us to optimise the management of children with PHT either at a surveillance or at a postbleeding stage. A consensus among paediatric centres in the classification of varices can be beneficial in streamlining future paediatric studies...
August 16, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813448/a-prospective-comparative-assessment-of-the-accuracy-of-the-fibroscan-in-evaluating-liver-steatosis
#10
Baek Gyu Jun, Won Young Park, Eui Ju Park, Jae Young Jang, Soung Won Jeong, Sae Hwan Lee, Sang Gyune Kim, Sang-Woo Cha, Young Seok Kim, Young Deok Cho, Hong Soo Kim, Boo Sung Kim, So Young Jin, Suyeon Park
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Recent studies have demonstrated the utility of the FibroScan® device in diagnosing liver steatosis, but its usefulness has not been thoroughly appraised. We investigated the usefulness of the controlled attenuation parameter (CAP) in detecting and quantifying liver steatosis. METHODS: A prospective analysis was applied to 79 chronic liver disease patients who underwent a liver biopsy, a FibroScan investigation, ultrasonography, and hepatic steatosis index (HSI)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811718/chronic-liver-failure-consortium-acute-on-chronic-liver-failure-and-acute-decompensation-scores-predict-mortality-in-brazilian-cirrhotic-patients
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Rafael Veiga Picon, Franciele Sabadin Bertol, Cristiane Valle Tovo, Ângelo Zambam de Mattos
AIM: To validate prognostic scores for acute decompensation of cirrhosis and acute-on-chronic liver failure in Brazilian patients. METHODS: This is a prospective cohort study designed to assess the prognostic performance of the chronic liver failure-consortium (CLIF-C) acute decompensation score (CLIF-C AD) and CLIF-C acute-on-chronic liver failure score (CLIF-C ACLF), regarding 28-d and 90-d mortality, as well as to compare them to other prognostic models, such as Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD), MELD Sodium (MELD-Na), Child-Pugh (CP) score, and the CLIF-C Organ Failure score (CLIF-C OF)...
July 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811694/estimation-of-upper-limit-of-normal-for-serum-alanine-transaminase-in-healthy-south-indian-population
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Pazhanivel Mohan, Varun Sundar, Emmanuel Bhaskar, Syluvai Anthony
Alanine aminotransferase (ALT) is the most common and cost effective screening test for asymptomatic liver disease. There is paucity of data on normal ALT among healthy individuals in India. An observational cross sectional study was conducted from January to July 2013 to estimate the upper limit of normal for ALT in healthy south Indian population. Adults undergoing voluntary or pre-employment health screening were included. Those with current and past alcoholism or smoking, acute illness or hospitalization during preceding 12 months, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory or over the counter medication use within a month, current or past intake of herbal medications, any chronic medical illness, abnormal body mass index (BMI), fatty liver in ultrasound, abnormality in haemoglobin, platelet count, blood sugar, creatinine, lipid profile and thyroid function test and positive serology (Hepatitis B, C or HIV) were excluded...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry: IJCB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811651/inkt-cells-prevent-obesity-induced-hepatic-steatosis-in-mice-in-a-c-c-chemokine-receptor-7-dependent-manner
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H M Kim, R Lee, E S Lee, M H Kwon, J H Huh, B-E Kwon, E-K Park, S-Y Chang, M-N Kweon, P-H Kim, H-J Ko, C H Chung
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis are characterized by an increase in hepatic triglyceride content with infiltration of immune cells, which can cause steatohepatitis and hepatic insulin resistance. C-C chemokine receptor 7 (CCR7) is primarily expressed in immune cells, and CCR7 deficiency leads to the development of multi-organ autoimmunity, chronic renal disease, and autoimmune diabetes. Here, we investigated the effect of CCR7 on hepatic steatosis in a mouse model and its underlying mechanism...
August 16, 2017: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811618/assessment-of-the-role-of-ageing-and-non-ageing-factors-in-death-from-non-communicable-diseases-based-on-a-cumulative-frequency-model
#14
Liu Hui
To quantify the effects of ageing and non-ageing factors, a characterization of the effects of ageing, genetic, and exogenous variables on 12 major non-communicable diseases was evaluated using a model assessing cumulative frequency of death and survival by age group from dead and surviving populations based on mortality statistics. Indices (0-1) of the roles of ageing (ARD), genetics (GRD) and exogenous (ERD) variables in deaths due to disease were established, and the sum of ARD, GRD and ERD was 1 (value of each indices was <1)...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811294/dihydrocapsiate-improved-age-associated-impairments-in-mice-by-increasing-energy-expenditure
#15
Kana Ohyama, Katsuya Suzuki
Metabolic dysfunction is associated with aging and results in age-associated chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, and stroke. Hence, there has been a focus on increasing energy expenditure in aged populations to protect them from age-associated diseases. Dihydrocapsiate (DCT) is a compound that belongs to the capsinoid family. Capsinoids are capsaicin analogs that are found in non-pungent peppers and increase whole-body energy expenditure. However, their effect on energy expenditure has been reported only in young populations, and to date the effectiveness of DCT in increasing energy expenditure in aged populations has not been investigated...
August 15, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811008/serum-wisteria-floribunda-agglutinin-positive-mac-2-binding-protein-expression-predicts-disease-severity-in-chronic-hepatitis-c-patients
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Ching-I Huang, Chung-Feng Huang, Ming-Lun Yeh, Yi-Hung Lin, Po-Cheng Liang, Meng-Hsuan Hsieh, Chia-Yen Dai, Ming-Yen Hsieh, Zu-Yau Lin, Shinn-Cherng Chen, Jee-Fu Huang, Ming-Lung Yu, Wan-Long Chuang
Wisteria floribunda agglutinin-positive Mac-2 binding protein (WFA(+)-M2BP) has recently been developed as a promising liver fibrosis glyco biomarker. We assessed its efficacy in evaluating liver disease severity in chronic hepatitis C (CHC) in Taiwan. The association between WFA(+)-M2BP and histological features was evaluated among those CHC patients underwent liver biopsy. We also aimed to clarify the factors determining the performance of WFA(+)-M2BP in CHC. A total of 229 CHC patients were consecutively recruited...
August 2017: Kaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810615/detecting-serum-and-urine-metabolic-profile-changes-of-ccl4-liver-fibrosis-in-rats-at-12-weeks-based-on-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry
#17
Jiarong Gao, Xiu-Juan Qin, Hui Jiang, Jin-Feng Chen, Ting Wang, Ting Zhang, Shuang-Zhi Xu, Jun-Mei Song
Liver fibrosis is caused by liver injury induced by a number of chronic liver diseases, including schistosome infection, hepatitis infection, metabolic disease, alcoholism and cholestasis. The tissue damage occurring after injury or inflammation of the liver is a reversible lesion; however, liver fibrosis has become a worldwide problem and poses a threat to human health. The development of an effective drug for the prevention and treatment of liver fibrosis is ongoing and uses information from different occurrences of liver fibrosis...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810602/hepatitis-c-virus-associated-cryoglobulinemia-with-membrano-proliferative-glomerulonephritis-treated-with-prednisolone-and-interferon-a-case-report
#18
Qiao-Yan Guo, Man Wu, Yang-Wei Wang, Guang-Dong Sun
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a major cause of liver-associated morbidity and has an increasing prevalence worldwide. Hepatitis C virus infection may lead to chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis and liver failure. However, it is also associated with a wide range of extra-hepatic complications, such as cryoglobulinemia, an immune complex disease associated with cryoglobulin leading to multiple organ damage and, while the major symptom is vasculitis. The present study reported on a-58-year-old woman who was diagnosed with HCV-associated cryoglobulinemia with skin, kidney and blood system damage and biopsy-proven cryoglobulinemia membrano-proliferative glomerulonephritis...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809744/effect-of-vitamin-d-serum-levels-and-gc-gene-polymorphisms-in-liver-fibrosis-due-to-chronic-hepatitis-c
#19
Laura A Azevedo, Ursula Matte, Themis R Silveira, Jacqueline W Bonfanti, Juliana P Bruch, Mário R Álvares-da-Silva
INTRODUCTION AND AIM: Vitamin D has been associated with chronic liver diseases and low vitamin levels may contribute to progression of chronic hepatitis C. The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of vitamin D serum levels and GC gene polymorphisms in the severity of liver fibrosis in patients with chronic hepatitis C genotype 1. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Cross-sectional study that enrolled 132 adult patients with chronic hepatitis C genotype 1 attended at the outpatient Clinic of Gastroenterology Division at Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre...
August 8, 2017: Annals of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809733/circulating-levels-of-pentraxin-3-ptx3-in-patients-with-liver-cirrhosis
#20
Janaína L Narciso-Schiavon, Jéssica G Pereira, Telma Erotides Silva, Emília T O Bansho, Edelton F Morato, José T Pinheiro, Letícia Muraro-Wildner, Maria Luiza Bazzo, Esther Buzaglo Dantas-Corrêa, Leonardo L Schiavon
BACKGROUND: Despite the circulating levels of PTX3 were related to the severity of various diseases, there are no studies investigating its role in patients with liver cirrhosis. We aimed to study PTX3 levels in patients with liver cirrhosis. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A prospective cohort study included 130 patients hospitalized for acute decompensation of liver cirrhosis, 29 stable cirrhotic outpatients and 32 healthy controls evaluated in a tertiary hospital in Southern Brasil...
August 8, 2017: Annals of Hepatology
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