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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544786/mir-122-modification-enhances-the-therapeutic-efficacy-of-adipose-tissue-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-against-liver-fibrosis
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Guohua Lou, Ying Yang, Feifei Liu, Bingjue Ye, Zhi Chen, Min Zheng, Yanning Liu
Mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) transplantation alone may be insufficient for treatment of liver fibrosis because of complicated histopathological changes in the liver. Given that miR-122 plays an essential role in liver fibrosis by negatively regulating the proliferation and transactivation of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs), this study investigated whether miR-122 modification can improve the therapeutic efficacy of adipose tissue-derived MSCs in treating liver fibrosis. MiR-122-modified AMSCs (AMSC-122) were constructed through lentivirus-mediated transfer of pre-miR-122...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
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/28544398/prediction-of-long-term-clinical-outcome-in-a-diverse-chronic-hepatitis-b-population-role-of-the-page-b-score
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Willem P Brouwer, Adriaan J van der Meer, Andre Boonstra, Elisabeth P C Plompen, Suzan D Pas, Robert J de Knegt, Rob A de Man, Fiebo J W Ten Kate, Harry L A Janssen, Bettina E Hansen
BACKGROUND & AIMS: An abundance of non-invasive scores have been associated with fibrosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) development. We aimed to compare the prognostic ability of these scores in relation to liver histology in chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients. METHODS: Liver biopsies from treatment-naïve CHB patients at one tertiary care centre were scored by a single hepato-pathologist. Laboratory values at liver biopsy were used to calculate the PAGE-B, REACH-B, GAG-HCC, CU-HCC, and FIB-4 scores...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544244/branched-chain-amino-acids-supplementation-modulates-tgf-%C3%AE-1-smad-signaling-pathway-and-interleukins-in-ccl4-induced-liver-fibrosis
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Naglaa F Khedr, Eman G Khedr
The alterations and low levels of circulating branched chain amino acids (BCAAs), leucine, isoleucine and valine, are associated with liver diseases. The study was designed to evaluate hepatoprotective effect of BCAAs on CCl4 -induced liver fibrosis and to investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying these effects in rats. Thirty male rats were divided into three groups. Control group (n=10), CCl4 group (n=10); rats were injected with CCl4 (1 mL/kg of 0.5:1 v/v injected i.p. twice weekly for 12 weeks). CCl4 +BCAAs group (n=10); rats were injected with similar doses of CCl4 and supplemented with a mixture of 600 mg/kg BCAAs (2: 1: 1...
May 23, 2017: Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544232/peripartum-cytokine-flares-in-a-multiethnic-cohort-of-chronic-hepatitis-b-carriers-does-not-correlate-with-hepatitis-b-virus-suppression-or-increased-risk-of-liver-disease
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Shivali S Joshi, Daniel Wong, Eliana Castillo, Mark G Swain, Carla S Coffin
PROBLEM: In chronic hepatitis B (CHB) carriers, alanine transaminase (ALT) flares are common in the peripartum period. There are limited data on immunological changes of pregnancy in CHB. We hypothesize that in pregnant CHB carriers, the Th1/Th2 cytokine ratio is altered resulting in changes in biochemical/virological and liver fibrosis markers. STUDY METHODS: Serum from 38 pregnant/post-partum CHB carriers (median age 32 years, 53% Asian, 8 HBeAg(+) ) was tested for HBV DNA, quantitative HBV surface antigen, ALT and liver fibrosis by transient elastography (TE)...
May 19, 2017: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544208/ultra-high-field-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy-in-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-novel-mechanistic-and-diagnostic-insights-of-energy-metabolism-in-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis-and-advanced-fibrosis
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Stefan Traussnigg, Christian Kienbacher, Martin Gajdošík, Ladislav Valkovič, Emina Halilbasic, Judith Stift, Christian Rechling, Harald Hofer, Petra Steindl-Munda, Peter Ferenci, Fritz Wrba, Siegfried Trattnig, Martin Krššák, Michael Trauner
BACKGROUND & AIMS: With the rising prevalence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and steatohepatitis (NASH) non-invasive tools obtaining pathomechanistic insights to improve risk stratification are urgently needed. We therefore explored high- and ultra-high-field magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) to obtain novel mechanistic and diagnostic insights into alterations of hepatic lipid, cell membrane and energy metabolism across the spectrum of NAFLD. METHODS: MRS and liver biopsy were performed in 30 NAFLD patients with NAFL (n=8) or NASH (n=22)...
April 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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543964/linking-long-non-coding-rna-to-control-bile-acid-signaling-and-cholestatic-liver-fibrosis
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John Y L Chiang
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May 24, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543215/fib-4-stage-of-liver-fibrosis-predicts-incident-heart-failure-among-hiv-infected-and-uninfected-patients
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Kaku A So-Armah, Joseph K Lim, Vincent Lo Re, Janet P Tate, H Chang Chung-Chou, Adeel A Butt, Cynthia L Gibert, David Rimland, Vincent C Marconi, Matthew B Goetz, Maria C Rodriguez-Barradas, Michael E DeBakey, Matthew J Budoff, Hilary A Tindle, Jeffrey H Samet, Amy C Justice, Matthew S Freiberg
Liver fibrosis is common, particularly in human immunodeficiency virus infected (HIV+) people. HIV+ people have excess congestive heart failure (CHF) risk compared to uninfected people. It remains unknown if stage of liver fibrosis influences the CHF risk or if HIV or hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection modifies this association. Our objectives were to assess whether: 1) stage of liver fibrosis is independently associated with incident CHF; 2) the association between stage of liver fibrosis and incident CHF is modified by HIV/HCV status...
May 24, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542175/single-sex-infection-with-female-schistosoma-mansoni-cercariae-mitigates-hepatic-fibrosis-after-secondary-infection
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Nicole Koslowski, Martina Sombetzki, Micha Loebermann, Robby Engelmann, Niels Grabow, Christoph H Österreicher, Michael Trauner, Brigitte Mueller-Hilke, Emil C Reisinger
BACKGROUND: Infection with Schistosoma spp. affects more than 258 million people worldwide. Current treatment strategies are mainly based on the anthelmintic Praziquantel, which is effective against adult worms but neither prevents re-infection nor cures severe liver damage. The best long-term strategy to control schistosomiasis may be to develop an immunization. Therefore, we designed a two-step Schistosoma mansoni infection model to study the immune-stimulating effect of a primary infection with either male or female cercariae, measured on the basis of TH1/TH2-response, granuloma size and hepatic fibrosis after a secondary bisexual S...
May 19, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542159/clonorchis-sinensis-antigens-alter-hepatic-macrophage-polarization-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#11
Eun-Min Kim, You Shine Kwak, Myung-Hee Yi, Ju Yeong Kim, Woon-Mok Sohn, Tai-Soon Yong
Clonorchis sinensis infection elicits hepatic inflammation, which can lead to cholangitis, periductal hepatic fibrosis, liver cirrhosis, and even cholangiocarcinoma. Hepatic macrophages are an intrinsic element of both innate and acquired immunity. This study was conducted to demonstrate the dynamics of hepatic macrophage polarization during C. sinensis infection in mice and to identify factors regulating this polarization. Treatment of hepatic macrophages isolated from normal mice with C. sinensis excretory/secretory products (ESPs) resulted in the preferential generation of classically activated hepatic macrophages (M1 macrophages) and the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines...
May 24, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540988/pathologic-impact-of-insulin-resistance-and-sensitivity-on-the-severity-of-liver-histopathology-in-pediatric-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis
#12
Byung Han Park, Jung Min Yoon, Ja Hye Kim, Jin Hwa Moon, Young Ho Lee, Se Min Jang, Yong Joo Kim
PURPOSE: Insulin resistance (IR) has an important role in the development of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). We aimed to analyze the association between liver histopathology and IR in pediatric patients with NASH. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In 24 children with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), we investigated whether the hepatic pathologic characteristics have relations with following three biochemical indices; IR index including homeostasis model assessment of IR (HOMA-IR), quantitative insulin sensitivity check index (QUICKI), and insulin sensitivity indices-free fatty acid (ISI-FFA)...
July 2017: Yonsei Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540169/establishment-of-a-new-acute-on-chronic-liver-failure-model
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Fangfang Li, Luyang Miao, Hua Sun, Yuyang Zhang, Xiuqi Bao, Dan Zhang
To establish an animal model of acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) that would replicate the pathological process of ACLF in humans, rats were administered porcine serum (PS) for 11 weeks. Liver fibrosis was determined by pathological and biochemical assessments. The animals then were injected with d-galactosamine (d-gal) and lipopolysaccharide (LPS). The survival times of animals with cirrhosis and ACLF were determined over 48 h. Other animals were killed at 0, 4, 8 and 12 h after administration of d-gal/LPS...
May 2017: Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539891/double-knockdown-of-phd1-and-keap1-attenuated-hypoxia-induced-injuries-in-hepatocytes
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Jing Liu, Yiping Li, Lei Liu, Zhi Wang, Chuanbing Shi, Zhengyuan Cheng, Xiaoyi Zhang, Fengan Ding, Ping Sheng Chen
Background and Aims: Hypoxia and oxidative stress contribute toward liver fibrosis. In this experiment, we used small hairpin RNA (shRNA) to interfere with the intracellular oxygen sensor-prolyl hydroxylase 1 (PHD1) and the intracellular oxidative stress sensor-kelch-like ECH associated protein 1 (Keap1) in the hypoxic hepatocytes in order to investigate the function of PHD1and Keap1. Methods: We first established the CCl4-induced liver fibrosis model, subsequently, the levels of the PHD1, hypoxia-inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α), hypoxia-inducible factor-2α (HIF-2α), Keap1, and nuclear factor-erythroid 2 p45-related factor 2 (Nrf2) were detected in liver tissues...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539607/characteristics-of-il-9-induced-by-schistosoma-japonicum-infection-in-c57bl-6-mouse-liver
#15
Lu Li, Hongyan Xie, Mei Wang, Jiale Qu, Hefei Cha, Quan Yang, Yuanfa Feng, Yanwei Qi, Huaina Qiu, Nuo Dong, Jun Huang
Liver granulomatous inflammation and fibrosis were the primary pathological changes observed during Schistosoma japonicum (S. japonicum) infection. In the present study, the characteristics of IL-9 were investigated in the liver of S. japonicum infection C57BL/6 mice. Immunofluorescence, qRT-PCR, and ELISA results demonstrated that the expression of IL-9 significantly increased after infection (P < 0.01). FACS results indicated that the peak of IL-9(+) Th9 cells in the liver mononuclear cells appeared at the early phase of infection (week 5), except that Th9 cells, CD8(+) Tc cells, NKT and γδT cells could secrete IL-9 in this model...
May 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539035/the-performance-of-serum-biomarkers-for-predicting-fibrosis-in-patients-with-chronic-viral-hepatitis
#16
Chang Seok Bang, Ha Yan Kang, Gyu Ho Choi, Suk Bae Kim, Wonae Lee, Il Han Song
Background/Aims: The invasiveness of a liver biopsy and its inconsistent results have prompted efforts to develop noninvasive tools to evaluate the severity of chronic hepatitis. This study was intended to assess the performance of serum biomarkers for predicting liver fibrosis in patients with chronic viral hepatitis. Methods: A total of 302 patients with chronic hepatitis B or C, who had undergone liver biopsy, were retrospectively enrolled. We investigated the diagnostic accuracy of several clinical factors for predicting advanced fibrosis (F≥3)...
May 25, 2017: Korean Journal of Gastroenterology, Taehan Sohwagi Hakhoe Chi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538834/characteristics-of-liver-fibrosis-with-different-etiologies-using-a-fully-quantitative-fibrosis-assessment-tool
#17
Q Wu, X Zhao, H You
This study aimed to test the diagnostic performance of a fully quantitative fibrosis assessment tool for liver fibrosis in patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB), primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). A total of 117 patients with liver fibrosis were included in this study, including 50 patients with CHB, 49 patients with PBC and 18 patients with NASH. All patients underwent liver biopsy (LB). Fibrosis stages were assessed by two experienced pathologists. Histopathological images of LB slices were processed by second harmonic generation (SHG)/two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF) microscopy without staining, a system called qFibrosis (quantitative fibrosis) system...
May 18, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538192/hepatic-anti-inflammatory-effect-of-hexane-extracts-of-dioscorea-batatas-decne-possible-suppression-of-toll-like-receptor-4-mediated-signaling
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Hyun Jung Koo, SungRyul Lee, Kwang Jin Chang, Eunsoo Sohn, Eun-Hwa Sohn, Se Chan Kang, Suhkneung Pyo
The hepatic anti-inflammatory potential of hexane extracts of Dioscorea batatas Decne edible part (EDH-1e) and bark (EDH-2b) were investigated in Western-type diet-fed apolipoprotein E null [ApoE (-/-)] mice and HepG2 cells. EDH-1e and EDH-2b suppressed the increased levels of tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), interleukin (IL)-6, transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-β1), vascular cell adhesion protein 1 (VCAM-1), and monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1), and reduced infiltration of monocytes into liver tissue...
May 21, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536261/the-let-7-lin28-axis-regulates-activation-of-hepatic-stellate-cells-in-alcoholic-liver-injury
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Kelly McDaniel, Li Huang, Keisaku Sato, Nan Wu, Tami Annable, Tianhao Zhou, Sugeily Ramos-Lorenzo, Ying Wan, Qiaobing Huang, Heather Francis, Shannon Glaser, Hidekazu Tsukamoto, Gianfranco Alpini, Fanyin Meng
The let-7/lin28 axis is associated with the regulation of key cellular regulatory genes known as microRNAs (miRNAs) in different human disorders and cancer development. This study evaluated the role of the let-7/lin28 axis in regulating a mesenchymal phenotype of hepatic stellate cells in alcoholic liver injury. We identified that ethanol feeding significantly downregulated several members of the let-7 family in mouse liver, including let-7a and let-7b. Similarly, the treatment of human hepatic stellate cells (hHSCs) with lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and TGF-β significantly decreased the expressions of let-7a and let-7b...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536120/hepatocyte-specific-sirtuin-6-deletion-predisposes-to-nonalcoholic-steatohepatitis-by-up-regulation-of-bach1-an-nrf2-repressor
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Sun-O Ka, In Hyuk Bang, Eun Ju Bae, Byung-Hyun Park
Sirtuin (Sirt)6 has been implicated in negative regulation of inflammation and lipid metabolism, although its function in the progression from simple steatosis to nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) remains to be defined. To explore the role of hepatocyte Sirt6 in NASH development, we generated hepatocyte-specific Sirt6 knockout (KO) mice that were fed a high-fat and high-fructose (HFHF) diet for 16 wk. HFHF-fed KO mice had increased hepatic steatosis and inflammation and aggravated glucose intolerance and insulin resistance compared with wild-type mice...
May 23, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
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