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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644197/preoperative-regional-maximal-removal-rate-of-technetium-99m-galactosyl-human-serum-albumin-is-correlated-with-liver-functional-parameters-but-did-not-predict-postoperative-morbidity
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Koichi Yano, Atsushi Nanashima, Yoshiro Fujii, Masahide Hiyoshi, Naoya Imamura, Takeomi Hamada, Yuki Tsuchimochi, Takashi Wada, Yoichi Mizutani, Toshinori Hirai
BACKGROUND: Recently, posthepatectomy complications have been predicted by advances of new liver functional parameters, and the technetium-99m-galactosyl human serum albumin (GSA) liver scintigraphy has been applied widely for this purpose. We evaluated the clinical significance of the regional maximal removal rate (GSA-Rmax) in patients with various liver diseases as predictors of posthepatectomy complications. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Between 2012 and March 2016, we examined 200 patients who underwent hepatectomy for liver and biliary diseases...
June 22, 2017: Nuclear Medicine Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643267/new-insight-into-inter-organ-crosstalk-contributing-to-the-pathogenesis-of-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-nafld
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Xu Zhang, Xuetao Ji, Qian Wang, John Zhong Li
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common cause of chronic liver dysfunction and a significant global health problem with substantial rise in prevalence over the last decades. It is becoming increasingly clear that NALFD is not only predominantly a hepatic manifestation of metabolic syndrome, but also involves extra-hepatic organs and regulatory pathways. Therapeutic options are limited for the treatment of NAFLD. Accordingly, a better understanding of the pathogenesis of NAFLD is critical for gaining new insight into the regulatory network of NAFLD and for identifying new targets for the prevention and treatment of NAFLD...
June 22, 2017: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642119/targeting-inflammation-for-the-treatment-of-alcoholic-liver-disease
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REVIEW
Ming-Jiang Xu, Zhou Zhou, Richard Parker, Bin Gao
Alcoholic liver disease (ALD) is a leading cause of chronic liver disease with a wide spectrum of manifestations including simple steatosis to steatohepatitis, cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma. Liver injury in ALD is caused by chronic inflammation, which has been actively investigated as a therapeutic target for the treatment of ALD for over the last four decades. In this review, we summarize a wide variety of inflammatory mediators that have been shown to contribute to the pathogenesis of ALD, and discuss the therapeutic potential of these mediators for the treatment of ALD...
June 19, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641911/image-fusion-of-real-time-ultrasonography-with-computed-tomography-factors-affecting-the-registration-error-and-motion-of-focal-hepatic-lesions
#4
Min Woo Lee, Hyun Jeong Park, Tae Wook Kang, Jiwon Ryu, Won-Chul Bang, Bora Lee, Eun Sun Lee, Byung Ihn Choi
Factors affecting the registration error (RE) and motion of focal hepatic lesions (FHLs) in image fusion of real-time ultrasonography (US) with computed tomography (CT) images were prospectively assessed by focusing on respiratory movement and FHL location. Real-time US and pre-acquired CT images at end-inspiration were fused with FHLs for 103 patients. Three-dimensional US data containing FHLs were obtained during end-inspiratory/expiratory phases. Multivariate analysis revealed that diaphragm motion (p < 0...
June 19, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641784/ultrasonographic-fatty-liver-indicator-detects-mild-steatosis-and-correlates-with-metabolic-histological-parameters-in-various-liver-diseases
#5
Stefano Ballestri, Fabio Nascimbeni, Enrica Baldelli, Alessandra Marrazzo, Dante Romagnoli, Giovanni Targher, Amedeo Lonardo
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Fatty liver is a common feature of different types of liver diseases. The sensitivity and specificity of ultrasonography for diagnosing fatty liver are variable. A semi-quantitative ultrasound score, i.e., the ultrasonographic fatty liver indicator (US-FLI), is closely associated with metabolic/histological variables in patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The main aims of this study were to assess the diagnostic performance of US-FLI in detecting varying degrees of histological steatosis, and to examine the association of US-FLI with metabolic/histological parameters in 352 biopsied patients with various chronic liver diseases (173 with hepatitis C [HCV], 23 with hepatitis B [HBV], 123 with NAFLD and 33 with other etiologies)...
July 2017: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641354/-acute-liver-failure-acute-on-chronic-liver-failure-hepatorenal-syndrome-hepatopulmonary-syndrome-and-portopulmonary-hypertension-artificial-liver-support-on-the-icu
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Uwe Lodes, David Jacob, Frank Meyer
Background Acute hepatic dysfunction in the form of acute liver failure (ALF) or acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) is a disease with a high risk of mortality and requires interdisciplinary intensive care. Aim This article explains the nomenclature, pathophysiology, prognosis and possible treatment options of ALF and ACLF, including the possibilities of extracorporeal liver support therapy at the point of liver transplantation (LTx). Method Narrative review with a selective literature review and representative case studies...
June 2017: Zentralblatt Für Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640516/damp-molecular-il-33-augments-monocytic-inflammatory-storm-in-hepatitis-b-precipitated-acute-on-chronic-liver-failure
#7
Xiaoxing Du, Yu Shi, Ying Yang, Ye Yu, Guohua Lou, Fangfang Lv, Zhi Chen, Qiao Yang
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Patients with acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) usually exhibit defective monocyte function and excessive systemic inflammatory response. Interleukin-33 (IL-33) acts as a danger-associated molecular pattern (DAMP) to modulate immune response. However, the role of IL-33 in regulating monocyte function during hepatitis B-precipitated ACLF (HB-ACLF) in response to lipopolisaccharide (LPS) has not been clear. METHODS: In the present study, the levels of IL-33/ST2 in blood and liver samples collected from patients with HB-ACLF, chronic hepatitis B (CHB) and normal controls and the associated of those findings with disease severity were analyzed...
June 22, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640135/hospitalization-with-hypoglycemia-in-patients-without-diabetes-mellitus-a-retrospective-study-using-a-national-inpatient-database-in-japan-2008-2012
#8
Akahito Sako, Hideo Yasunaga, Hiroki Matsui, Kiyohide Fushimi, Hidetaka Hamasaki, Hisayuki Katsuyama, Tetsuro Tsujimoto, Atsushi Goto, Hidekatsu Yanai
We aimed to examine prevalence, patient characteristics, etiology, and clinical outcomes of hospitalized patients who had hypoglycemia without a diagnosis of diabetes mellitus, using a Japanese nationwide database.This was a retrospective observational study using a national database of acute-care inpatients in Japan. Nondiabetic patients aged ≥15 years who were hospitalized for hypoglycemia were eligible. We estimated the annual numbers of hospitalized cases in Japan. We also investigated the patient characteristics, and risk factors of in-hospital mortality...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639200/treatment-of-liver-cancer-by-c-ebpa-sarna
#9
Xiaoyang Zhao, Jon Voutila, Stephanos Ghobrial, Nagy A Habib, Vikash Reebye
The prognosis for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remains poor and has not improved in over two decades. Most patients with advanced HCC who are not eligible for surgery have limited treatment options due to poor liver function or large, unresectable tumors. Although sorafenib is the standard-of-care treatment for these patients, only a small number respond. For the remaining, the outlook remains bleak. A better approach to target "undruggable" molecular pathways that reverse HCC is therefore urgently needed...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638943/elevated-serum-heat-shock-protein-70-and-liver-stiffness-reflect-hepatic-dysfunction-and-severity-in-postoperative-biliary-atresia
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Sittisak Honsawek, Wanvisa Udomsinprasert, Napaphat Jirathanathornnukul, Voranush Chongsrisawat, Yong Poovorawan
BACKGROUND: Biliary atresia (BA) is a severe chronic liver disease characterized by progressive obstructive cholangiopathy of biliary tract. Heat shock protein 70 (HSP70) is involved in protecting cells against a wide variety of stress and plays a protective role in tissue damage. The purpose of this study was to investigate serum HSP70 and liver stiffness in BA and determine the association of serum HSP70, liver stiffness, and outcome parameters in post-Kasai BA patients. METHODS: One hundred post-Kasai BA patients and 40 controls were enrolled...
June 21, 2017: Pediatric Surgery International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638683/low-prevalence-of-obesity-in-beh%C3%A3-et-s-disease-is-associated-with-high-obestatin-level
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Süleyman Serdar Koca, Murat Kara, Metin Özgen, Ramazan Dayanan, Caner Feyzi Demir, Kader Aksoy, Nevin İlhan, Emir Dönder, Ahmet Işık
OBJECTIVE: Chronic inflammatory diseases are associated with altered body composition. Ghrelin has anti-inflammatory effects, and its level is altered in obesity and inflammatory diseases. The aim of the study was to evaluate the prevalence of obesity and ghrelin and obestatin levels in patients with Behçet's disease (BD). MATERIAL AND METHODS: One hundred and forty-three (143) patients with BD and 112 healthy controls (HC) were enrolled. Participants were subdivided according to the body mass index (BMI) as lean (<18...
June 2017: European Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638096/identification-of-a-flavonoid-isolated-from-plum-prunus-domestica-as-a-potent-inhibitor-of-hepatitis-c-virus-entry
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Mihika Bose, Mohini Kamra, Ranajoy Mullick, Santanu Bhattacharya, Saumitra Das, Anjali A Karande
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a major cause of chronic liver diseases that often requires liver transplantation. The standard therapies are limited by severe side effects, resistance development, high expense and in a substantial proportion of cases, fail to clear the infection which bespeak the need for development of well-tolerated antivirals. Since most of the drug development strategies target the replication stage of viral lifecycle, the identification of entry inhibitors might be crucial especially in case of liver-transplant recipients...
June 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636561/il-18-polymorphisms-contribute-to-hepatitis-b-virus-related-cirrhosis-and-hepatocellular-carcinoma-susceptibility-in-chinese-population-a-case-control-study
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Zhi-Jun Dai, Xing-Han Liu, Meng Wang, Yan Guo, Wenge Zhu, Xiao Li, Shuai Lin, Tian Tian, Kang Liu, Yi Zheng, Peng Xu, Tianbo Jin, Xiaopeng Li
IL-18 polymorphisms influence the transcriptional activity of the IL-18 gene and associated with various diseases. However, their relationships with hepatitis B virus-related liver diseases had not reached a consensus. So we conducted this case-control study with a view to clarifying the association. We included four groups: healthy controls, chronic hepatitis B virus (CHB) carriers, liver cirrhosis (LC) and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) groups with each group of 250 persons. Odd ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (95%CIs) with or without adjustment were calculated...
June 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636533/microrna-149-suppresses-hepatic-inflammatory-response-through-antagonizing-stat3-signaling-pathway
#14
Qiqi Zhang, Jia Su, Ziwei Wang, Hui Qi, Zeyong Ge, Zhijun Li, Wei-Dong Chen, Yan-Dong Wang
Chronic inflammation is increasingly recognized as an important component of tumorigenesis and metabolic diseases. The roles of microRNA149* (miRNA149*) in inflammation remain poorly understood. Here, we demonstrate that miR-149* is a suppressor of STAT3-mediated inflammation. MiR-149*-/- mice were generated with CRISPR/CAS9 technique. In a lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced inflammation model, miR-149*-/- mice show more severe liver injury and inflammation, compared with wild-type (WT) mice. MiR-149*-/- mice also displayed elevated messenger RNA (mRNA) levels of interleukin (IL)-6, inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), complement C3 (C3) and IL-4 in response to LPS...
June 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635067/maternal-coping-with-the-prospect-of-liver-transplant-among-their-school-age-children
#15
Katsuhiro Hiratsuka, Nobue Nakamura, Naho Sato
The purpose of the current study was to describe the following: maternal coping with the prospect of becoming the living-donor liver transplant for their child; the daily lives of school-age children surviving biliary atresia with their native liver; and to explore the relationship between these individuals. Semistructured interviews were conducted with 6 school-age children surviving biliary atresia with their native liver and their mothers. The interviews were conducted from June to August 2014, and a qualitative content analysis was used...
June 2017: International Journal of Nursing Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634402/enhanced-antiviral-and-antifibrotic-effects-of-short-hairpin-rnas-targeting-hbv-and-tgf-%C3%AE-in-hbv-persistent-mice
#16
Lei Ye, Fangming Kan, Tao Yan, Jiaqi Cao, Leiliang Zhang, Zhijian Wu, Wuping Li
The hepatitis B virus (HBV) causes acute and chronic liver infection, which may lead to liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Current treatments including interferons and nucleotide analogs, have limited therapeutic effects, underscoring the need to identify effective therapeutic options to inhibit HBV replication and prevent complications. Previous animal models mimicking chronic HBV infection do not faithfully reflect disease progression in humans. Here, we used our established HBV-persistent mouse line with liver fibrosis to evaluate the efficacy of novel therapies...
June 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634268/30-years-of-the-mineralocorticoid-receptor-mineralocorticoid-receptor-antagonists-60-years-of-research-and-development
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REVIEW
Peter Kolkhof, Lars Bärfacker
The cDNA of the mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) was cloned 30 years ago, in 1987. At that time, spirolactone, the first generation of synthetic steroid-based MR antagonists (MRAs), which was identified in preclinical in vivo models, had already been in clinical use for 30 years. Subsequent decades of research and development by Searle & Co., Ciba-Geigy, Roussel Uclaf and Schering AG toward identifying a second generation of much more specific steroidal MRAs were all based on the initial 17-spirolactone construct...
July 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634113/vitamin-d3-supplementation-attenuates-the-early-stage-of-mouse-hepatocarcinogenesis-promoted-by-hexachlorobenzene-fungicide
#18
Guilherme R Romualdo, Renata L Goto, Ana A H Fernandes, Bruno Cogliati, Luis F Barbisan
Hexachlorobezene (HCB), a fungicide widely distributed in the environment, promotes the development of hepatocellular preneoplastic lesions (PNL) and tumors in rodents. In contrast, vitamin D3 (VD3) supplementation presents a potential role for the prevention/treatment of chronic liver diseases. Thus, we investigated whether VD3 supplementation attenuates the early stage of HCB-promoted hepatocarcinogenesis. Female Balb/C mice were injected a single dose of diethylnitrosamine (DEN, 50 mg/kg) at postnatal day 15...
June 17, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634055/an-insight-on-the-association-of-glycation-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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REVIEW
Nasimudeen R Jabir, Saheem Ahmad, Shams Tabrez
Hepato-cellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the frequent cause of cancer-related death worldwide and dominant form of primary liver cancer. However, the reason behind a steady increase in the incidence of this form of cancer remains elusive. Glycation has been reported to play a significant role in the induction of several chronic diseases including cancer. Several risk factors that could induce HCC have been reported in the literature. Deciphering the complex patho-physiology associated with HCC is expected to provide new targets for the early detection, prevention, progression and recurrence...
June 17, 2017: Seminars in Cancer Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634041/a-machine-learning-algorithm-toward-color-analysis-for-chronic-liver-disease-classification-employing-ultrasound-shear-wave-elastography
#20
Ilias Gatos, Stavros Tsantis, Stavros Spiliopoulos, Dimitris Karnabatidis, Ioannis Theotokas, Pavlos Zoumpoulis, Thanasis Loupas, John D Hazle, George C Kagadis
The purpose of the present study was to employ a computer-aided diagnosis system that classifies chronic liver disease (CLD) using ultrasound shear wave elastography (SWE) imaging, with a stiffness value-clustering and machine-learning algorithm. A clinical data set of 126 patients (56 healthy controls, 70 with CLD) was analyzed. First, an RGB-to-stiffness inverse mapping technique was employed. A five-cluster segmentation was then performed associating corresponding different-color regions with certain stiffness value ranges acquired from the SWE manufacturer-provided color bar...
June 17, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
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