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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035910/new-predictive-factors-of-poor-response-to-therapy-in-autoimmune-hepatitis-role-of-mean-platelet-volume
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Ahmed Abdel-Razik, Nasser Mousa, Sahar Zakaria, Rania Elhelaly, Rasha Elzehery, Khaled Zalata, Mahmoud Awad, Ahmed A Eldeeb, Mostafa Abdelsalam
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The response to immunosuppressive therapy in autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) is a matter of debate. The aim of this work is to identify the histological, biochemical, and clinical predictive factors of incomplete response/treatment failure to the standard treatment (prednisone with or without azathioprine) in a well-characterized series of AIH Egyptian patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Of 49 AIH patients, only 36 patients completed this retrospective cohort study...
October 13, 2017: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035816/docosahexaenoic-acid-attenuates-carbon-tetrachloride-induced-hepatic-fibrosis-in-rats
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Jianlin He, Kaikai Bai, Bihong Hong, Feng Zhang, Shizhong Zheng
Fish oil containing docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) has been reported to exert beneficial health effects, including hepatoprotection. However, the effect of DHA alone has not been well studied, and the mechanism is not fully understood. In the present study, we reported the protective effect of DHA on carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) induced hepatic fibrosis. Compared with the control group, the CCl4 group showed hepatic damage as evidenced by histological changes and elevation in serum transaminase activity, fibrosis, inflammation and oxidative stress levels...
October 13, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035375/upregulation-of-the-actin-cytoskeleton-via-myocardin-leads-to-increased-expression-of-type-1-collagen
#3
Zengdun Shi, Don C Rockey
Liver fibrosis, a model wound healing system, is characterized by excessive deposition of extracellular matrix (ECM) in the liver. Although many fibrogenic cell types may express ECM, the hepatic stellate cell (HSC) is currently considered to be the major effector. HSCs transform into myofibroblast-like cells, also known as hepatic myofibroblasts in a process known as activation; this process is characterized in particular by de novo expression of smooth muscle alpha actin (SM α-actin) and type 1 collagen...
October 16, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034239/hepatoid-adenocarcinoma-of-the-stomach-a-challenging-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-disease-through-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Najla Fakhruddin, Hisham F Bahmad, Tarek Aridi, Yara Yammine, Rami Mahfouz, Fouad Boulos, Ahmad Awada, Fadi Farhat
Hepatoid adenocarcinoma of the stomach (HAS) is a rare aggressive tumor with hepatocellular differentiation. HAS often produces alpha fetoprotein (AFP) and metastasizes to the lymph nodes and the liver. Molecular studies revealed Her2 amplification and overexpression, association with p53 mutations, but no association with KRAS mutations. EGFR and BRAF mutations have not yet been evaluated in hepatoid carcinoma of the stomach so far. Hereby, we present a case of a 41-year-old female patient with HAS with high AFP level and liver metastases...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033906/long-non-coding-rnas-in-hepatitis-c-virus-infected-cells
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Marina Barriocanal, Puri Fortes
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) often leads to a chronic infection in the liver that may progress to steatosis, fibrosis, cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Several viral and cellular factors are required for a productive infection and for the development of liver disease. Some of these are long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) deregulated in infected cells. After HCV infection, the sequence and the structure of the viral RNA genome are sensed to activate interferon (IFN) synthesis and signaling pathways. These antiviral pathways regulate transcription of several cellular lncRNAs...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033837/dioscin-inhibits-hsc-t6-cell-migration-via-adjusting-sdc-4-expression-insights-from-itraq-based-quantitative-proteomics
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Lianhong Yin, Yan Qi, Youwei Xu, Lina Xu, Xu Han, Xufeng Tao, Shasha Song, Jinyong Peng
Hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) migration, an important bioprocess, contributes to the development of liver fibrosis. Our previous studies have found the potent activity of dioscin against liver fibrosis by inhibiting HSCs proliferation, triggering the senescence and inducing apoptosis of activated HSCs, but the molecular mechanisms associated with cell migration were not clarified. In this work, iTRAQ (isobaric tags for relative and absolution quantitation)-based quantitative proteomics study was carried out, and a total of 1566 differentially expressed proteins with fold change ≥2...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033833/cell-based-therapies-for-tissue-fibrosis
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Rebecca Lim, Sharon D Ricardo, William Sievert
The development of tissue fibrosis in the context of a wound-healing response to injury is common to many chronic diseases. Unregulated or persistent fibrogenesis may lead to structural and functional changes in organs that increase the risk of significant morbidity and mortality. We will explore the natural history, epidemiology, and pathogenesis of fibrotic disease affecting the lungs, kidneys, and liver as dysfunction of these organs is responsible for a substantial proportion of global mortality. For many patients with end-stage disease, organ transplantation is the only effective therapy to prolong life...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033567/nanoparticles-for-the-treatment-of-liver-fibrosis
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REVIEW
Suchithra Poilil Surendran, Reju George Thomas, Myeong Ju Moon, Yong Yeon Jeong
Chronic liver diseases represent a global health problem due to their high prevalence worldwide and the limited available curative treatment options. They can result from various causes, both infectious and noninfectious diseases. The application of nanoparticle (NP) systems has emerged as a rapidly evolving area of interest for the safe delivery of various drugs and nucleic acids for chronic liver diseases. This review presents the pathogenesis, diagnosis and the emerging nanoparticulate systems used in the treatment of chronic liver diseases caused by liver fibrosis...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033543/effect-of-echinacoside-on-kidney-fibrosis-by-inhibition-of-tgf-%C3%AE-1-smads-signaling-pathway-in-the-db-db-mice-model-of-diabetic-nephropathy
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Fengjuan Tang, Yarong Hao, Xue Zhang, Jian Qin
Kidney fibrosis and renal tubular epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) are the main pathological changes of diabetic nephropathy (DN), which eventually leads to end-stage renal disease. Previous studies have suggested that echinacoside (ECH) is antifibrotic in the liver. However, the effect of ECH on kidney fibrosis in DN and its mechanisms are unknown. This study was performed to explore the effect of ECH on kidney fibrosis and also the molecular mechanisms of ECH in a db/db mice model of DN. Our results showed that, relative to db/db mice, the mice in the ECH group had an improved general state and reduced blood glucose and 24-hour urinary protein levels...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033488/automated-liver-elasticity-calculation-for-3d-mre
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Bogdan Dzyubak, Kevin J Glaser, Armando Manduca, Richard L Ehman
Magnetic Resonance Elastography (MRE) is a phase-contrast MRI technique which calculates quantitative stiffness images, called elastograms, by imaging the propagation of acoustic waves in tissues. It is used clinically to diagnose liver fibrosis. Automated analysis of MRE is difficult as the corresponding MRI magnitude images (which contain anatomical information) are affected by intensity inhomogeneity, motion artifact, and poor tissue- and edge-contrast. Additionally, areas with low wave amplitude must be excluded...
March 2017: Proceedings of SPIE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031875/soluble-epoxide-hydrolase-inhibition-with-t-tucb-alleviates-liver-fibrosis-and-portal-pressure-in-carbon-tetrachloride-induced-cirrhosis-in-rats
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Chi-Hao Zhang, Lei Zheng, Liang Gui, Jia-Yun Lin, Yi-Ming Zhu, Wen-Sheng Deng, Meng Luo
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Fibrosis and increased intrahepatic vascular resistance are the hallmarks of chronic inflammatory disorders of the liver and cirrhosis. Inhibitors of the enzyme soluble epoxide hydrolase reduce fibrosis in several disease models. The present study aimed at investigating the effects of soluble epoxyhydrolase inhibition with t-TUCB in tetrachloride-induced cirrhosis in rats. METHODS: The models were established by CCl4 (2ml/kg) given subcutaneously for 14 weeks...
October 11, 2017: Clinics and Research in Hepatology and Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29030995/magnetic-resonance-elastography-is-as-accurate-as-liver-biopsy-for-liver-fibrosis-staging
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Hiroyuki Morisaka, Utaroh Motosugi, Shintaro Ichikawa, Tadao Nakazawa, Tetsuo Kondo, Satoshi Funayama, Masanori Matsuda, Tomoaki Ichikawa, Hiroshi Onishi
BACKGROUND: Liver MR elastography (MRE) is available for the noninvasive assessment of liver fibrosis; however, no previous studies have compared the diagnostic ability of MRE with that of liver biopsy. PURPOSE: To compare the diagnostic accuracy of liver fibrosis staging between MRE-based methods and liver biopsy using the resected liver specimens as the reference standard. STUDY TYPE: A retrospective study at a single institution. POPULATION: In all, 200 patients who underwent preoperative MRE and subsequent surgical liver resection were included in this study...
October 14, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29030699/prematurity-and-biliary-atresia-a-30-year-observational-study
#13
Natalie Durkin, Maesha Deheragoda, Mark Davenport
AIM OF STUDY: The diagnosis of biliary atresia (BA) remains challenging and delay can lead to significant morbidity with time to surgery a key factor in determining outcome. Prematurity may impact on outcome potentially delaying diagnosis. We sought to assess whether the premature BA infants (PBA) have a delayed time to surgery and as such, worse outcomes? METHODS: Review of a single-centre prospectively maintained database. Prematurity was defined as delivery < 37/40 gestation...
October 13, 2017: Pediatric Surgery International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029891/imaging-findings-within-the-first-12%C3%A2-months-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-treated-with-stereotactic-body-radiation-therapy
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Mishal Mendiratta-Lala, Everett Gu, Dawn Owen, Kyle C Cuneo, Latifa Bazzi, Theodore S Lawrence, Hero K Hussain, Matthew S Davenport
PURPOSE: To correlate the imaging findings of treated hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) after stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) with explant pathology and alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) response. METHODS AND MATERIALS: From 2007 to 2015, of 146 patients treated with liver SBRT for Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer stage A hepatocellular carcinoma, 10 were identified with inclusion criteria and had regular interval follow-up magnetic resonance imaging/triple phase computed tomography and explant pathology or declining AFP values for radiology-pathology response correlation...
August 24, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029395/rasal1-is-a-potent-regulator-of-hepatic-stellate-cell-activity-and-liver-fibrosis
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Akemi Takata, Motoyuki Otsuka, Takahiro Kishikawa, Mari Yamagami, Rei Ishibashi, Kazuma Sekiba, Tatsunori Suzuki, Motoko Ohno, Yui Yamashita, Takaya Abe, Ryota Masuzaki, Tsuneo Ikenoue, Kazuhiko Koike
Liver fibrosis, leading to cirrhosis and liver failure, can occur after chronic liver injury. The transition of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) from quiescent cells into proliferative and fibrogenic cells is a central event in liver fibrosis. Here, we show that RAS protein activator like-1 (RASAL1), a RAS-GTPase-activating protein, which switches off RAS activity, is significantly decreased during HSC activation, and that HSC activation can be antagonized by forced expression of the RASAL1 protein. We demonstrate that RASAL1 suppresses HSC proliferation by regulating the Ras-MAPK pathway, and that RASAL1 suppresses HSC fibrogenic activity by regulating the PKA-LKB1-AMPK-SRF pathway by interacting with angiotensin II receptor, type 1...
September 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028281/usefulness-of-the-index-of-nash-ion-for-the-diagnosis-of-steatohepatitis-in-patients-with-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-an-external-validation-study
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Ramy Younes, Chiara Rosso, Salvatore Petta, Monica Cucco, Milena Marietti, Gian Paolo Caviglia, Alessia Ciancio, Maria Lorena Abate, Carlo Cammà, Antonina Smedile, Antonio Craxì, Giorgio Maria Saracco, Elisabetta Bugianesi
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The non-invasive identification of steatohepatitis (NASH) in patients with Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease is an unmet need in clinical practice. Index of NASH (ION) is a new tool for the prediction of NASH. We aimed to externally validate ION and to compare it with CK-18. Since necroinflammation precedes fibrosis, we also tested ION in combination with non-invasive tools for fibrosis. METHODS: We analyzed data from 292 Italian patients (169 Southern cohort, and 123 Northern cohort) with an histological diagnosis of NAFLD...
October 13, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027371/differential-proteomic-analysis-of-dimethylnitrosamine-dmn-induced-liver-fibrosis
#17
Xiujie Liu, Rongji Dai, Ming Ke, Imran Suheryani, Weiwei Meng, Yulin Deng
Liver fibrosis is a common pathological feature of many chronic liver diseases. To characterize the entire panorama of proteome changes in DMN-induced liver fibrosis, iTRAQ-based differential proteomic analysis was performed with DMN-induced liver fibrosis rats. A total of 4155 confidently identified proteins were found, with 365 proteins showing significant changes (fold changes of >1.5 or < 0.67, P < 0.05). In metabolic activation, proteins assigned to drug metabolism enzymes (e.g., CYP2D1) changed, suggesting that the liver protection mechanism was activated to relieve DMN toxicity...
October 13, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026473/hepatitis-c-genotypes-in-libya-correlation-with-patients-characteristics-level-of-viremia-and-degree-of-liver-fibrosis
#18
Abdel-Naser Elzuoki, Islam Elzouki, Sabah Albarassi, Mohamed Gammo, Abdalla Burwaiss
OBJECTIVES: Our study sought to determine the distribution of hepatitis C virus (HCV)-genotypes among patients attending two tertiary care hospitals in Benghazi and Tripoli, Libya, and correlate this with patient's characteristics, viral load, and degree of fibrosis. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study of 286 HCV-RNA positive Libyan patients referred from different health care facilities in east and west Libya for specific HCV treatment. HCV genotyping was carried out by gene amplification...
September 2017: Oman Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026167/the-proteasome-inhibitor-bortezomib-attenuates-renal-fibrosis-in-mice-via-the-suppression-of-tgf-%C3%AE-1
#19
Moko Zeniya, Takayasu Mori, Naofumi Yui, Naohiro Nomura, Shintaro Mandai, Kiyoshi Isobe, Motoko Chiga, Eisei Sohara, Tatemitsu Rai, Shinichi Uchida
Kidney fibrosis and fibrogenesis significantly exacerbate chronic kidney disease (CKD) progression and are essential therapeutic targets. Bortezomib (BZM) is a proteasome inhibitor used for the treatment of multiple myeloma (MM). Several studies have demonstrated that BZM attenuates renal impairment in patients with MM, although this effect is generally considered to be the result of MM remission. Recently, several studies on BZM reported anti-fibrotic effects on liver and skin in experimental animal models...
October 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026072/dynamic-regulation-of-canonical-tgf%C3%AE-signalling-by-endothelial-transcription-factor-erg-protects-from-liver-fibrogenesis
#20
Neil P Dufton, Claire R Peghaire, Lourdes Osuna-Almagro, Claudio Raimondi, Viktoria Kalna, Abhishek Chuahan, Gwilym Webb, Youwen Yang, Graeme M Birdsey, Patricia Lalor, Justin C Mason, David H Adams, Anna M Randi
The role of the endothelium in protecting from chronic liver disease and TGFβ-mediated fibrosis remains unclear. Here we describe how the endothelial transcription factor ETS-related gene (ERG) promotes liver homoeostasis by controlling canonical TGFβ-SMAD signalling, driving the SMAD1 pathway while repressing SMAD3 activity. Molecular analysis shows that ERG binds to SMAD3, restricting its access to DNA. Ablation of ERG expression results in endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EndMT) and spontaneous liver fibrogenesis in EC-specific constitutive hemi-deficient (Erg (cEC-Het) ) and inducible homozygous deficient mice (Erg (iEC-KO) ), in a SMAD3-dependent manner...
October 12, 2017: Nature Communications
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