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Liver fibrosis

Lamiaa Mobarak, Dalia Omran, Mohammed M Nabeel, Zeinab Zakaria
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIM: It is well known that hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) develops as a consequence of hepatic fibrosis progression. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the inflammatory and fibrosis markers as predictors for HCC development among patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) related chronic liver disease to help in early diagnosis and management of HCC. METHODS: A total of 280 patients with chronic liver disease were included in this retrospective study, out of them 140 had liver cirrhosis with HCC and 140 had cirrhosis without HCC...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Medical Virology
Han-Sol Park, Jung Eun Jang, Myoung Seok Ko, Sung Hoon Woo, Bum Joong Kim, Hyun Sik Kim, Hye Sun Park, In-Sun Park, Eun Hee Koh, Ki-Up Lee
BACKGROUND: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is the most common form of chronic liver disease in industrialized countries. Recent studies have highlighted the association between peroxisomal dysfunction and hepatic steatosis. Peroxisomes are intracellular organelles that contribute to several crucial metabolic processes, such as facilitation of mitochondrial fatty acid oxidation (FAO) and removal of reactive oxygen species through catalase or plasmalogen synthesis. Statins are known to prevent hepatic steatosis and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), but underlying mechanisms of this prevention are largely unknown...
October 2016: Diabetes & Metabolism Journal
Yingxue Yu, Xuehua Sun, Jinyang Gu, Chang Yu, Yankai Wen, Yueqiu Gao, Qiang Xia, Xiaoni Kong
Liver fibrosis is a global health problem and previous studies have demonstrated that reactive oxygen species (ROS) play important roles in fibrogenesis. Parkinson disease (autosomal recessive, early onset) 7 (Park7) also called DJ-1 has an essential role in modulating cellular ROS levels. DJ-1 therefore may play functions in liver fibrogenesis and modulation of DJ-1 may be a promising therapeutic approach. Here, wild-type (WT) and DJ-1 knockout (DJ-1 KO) mice were administrated with carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) to induce liver fibrosis or acute liver injury...
2016: International Journal of Biological Sciences
Morten Asser Karsdal, Kim Henriksen, Mette Juul Nielsen, Inger Byrjalsen, Diana Julie Leeming, Stephen Gardner, Zachary Goodman, Keyur Patel, Aleksander Krag, Claus Christiansen, Detlef Schuppan
BACKGROUND: There are no approved treatments for liver fibrosis. To aid development of anti-fibrotic therapies, non-invasive biomarkers that can identify patients with progressive fibrosis and that permit monitoring of the response to anti-fibrotic therapy are much needed. METHODS: Samples from a phase II anti-fibrotic trial of the glitazone farglitazar in patients with advanced hepatitis C, with matched follow-up liver biopsies, and from a phase III study of balaglitazone in late stage type 2 diabetics (BALLET study), were analysed for serological Pro-C3 levels in conjunction with other disease parameters...
October 20, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
R Jin, A Krasinskas, N-A Le, J V Konomi, J Holzberg, R Romero, M B Vos
BACKGROUND: Plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) is the primary inhibitor of the endogenous fibrinolytic system and is known to be increased in obesity, insulin resistance and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). We previously demonstrated that PAI-1 levels were closely related to the amount of hepatic steatosis in children. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to characterize plasma PAI-1 in relationship to severity of inflammation and fibrosis, as well as to plasma lipids in children with NAFLD...
October 20, 2016: Pediatric Obesity
Adil El Taghdouini, Leo A van Grunsven
Chronic liver injury to hepatocytes or cholangiocytes, when left unmanaged, leads to the development of liver fibrosis, a condition characterized by the excessive intrahepatic deposition of extracellular matrix proteins. Activated hepatic stellate cells constitute the predominant source of extracellular matrix in fibrotic livers and their transition from a quiescent state during fibrogenesis is associated with important alterations in their transcriptional and epigenetic landscape. Areas covered: We briefly describe the processes involved in hepatic stellate cell activation and discuss our current understanding of alterations in the epigenetic landscape, i...
October 20, 2016: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Kenichi Morikawa, Tomoe Shimazaki, Rei Takeda, Takaaki Izumi, Machiko Umumura, Naoya Sakamoto
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a serious health threat around the world. Despite the availability of an effective hepatitis B vaccine, the number of HBV carriers is estimated to be as high as 240 million worldwide. Global mortality due to HBV-related liver diseases such as chronic hepatitis, liver cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) may be as high as 1 million deaths per year. HBV is transmitted via blood and body fluids, and is much more infectious than both human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C virus...
September 2016: Annals of Translational Medicine
Eirini Lioudaki, Martin Whyte
Patients with higher liver iron stores are likely to have a worse cardiac outcome following noncompliance with chelation. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance identifies myocardial siderosis allowing optimization of iron chelation regimes. Diabetes puts thalassemic patients at increased risk of myocardial fibrosis. Dual chelation therapy with deferoxamine and deferiprone offers improved cardiac outcomes.
October 2016: Clinical Case Reports
Seok Roh Yoon, Cho Ara, Zhou Zixiong, Jeong Hyuneui, Park Jeong-Eun, Cha Youn-Soo, Oh Suk-Heung, Lim Chae-Woong, Kim Bumseok
<p>Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is one of the most common liver diseases and a major cause of liver fibrosis worldwide. G-Aminobutyric acid (GABA) is one of the most abundant inhibitory neurotransmitters in the central nervous system. Recently, it has been reported that GABAergic signaling pathways are found in various non-neuronal tissues including the immune system and play a functional role. In the present study, we investigated whether administration of GABA has effects on NASH through its immunomodulatory effects...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Research
K Glińska-Suchocka, A Orłowska, K Kubiak, J Spużak, M Jankowski
The aim of this study was to assess whether the serum levels of the 7S fragment of type IV collagen may aid in diagnosing liver fibrosis in dogs. The study was carried out on 20 dogs with liver disease. Serum levels of the 7S fragment of type IV collagen were measured in all dogs. The analysis showed that healthy dogs and dogs with type 1, 2 and 3 liver fibrosis had low serum concentrations of the 7S fragment of type IV collagen compared to dogs with type 4 liver fibrosis. The study revealed that the assessment of serum levels of the 7S fragment of type IV collagen is useful in the diagnosis of advanced liver fibrosis and cirrhosis...
September 1, 2016: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
Jennie Ka Ching Lau, Xiang Zhang, Jun Yu
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a continuous spectrum of diseases characterized by excessive lipid accumulation in hepatocytes. NAFLD progresses from simple liver steatosis to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and in more severe cases to liver fibrosis, cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Due to its growing worldwide prevalence, various animal models that mirror both the histopathology and pathophysiology of each stage of human NAFLD have been developed. The selection of appropriate animal models continues to be one of the key questions faced in this field...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Pathology
Hiroshi Isono, Shinnosuke Hirata, Tadashi Yamaguchi, Hiroyuki Hachiya
PURPOSE: Chronic liver disease requires careful follow-up during long-term treatment, and development of a quantitative diagnosis method for liver fibrosis based on an ultrasonic imaging system is highly desired. METHODS: Texture analysis using a co-occurrence matrix was applied to both clinical and simulated ultrasonic images of fibrotic livers. A sequence of matrices was generated for pixel-pair distance, r, and texture feature contrast was chosen to examine the response to r in combination with statistical analysis of echo amplitude distribution using a multi-Rayleigh model...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Medical Ultrasonics
Huafeng Wang, Huan Zhang, Yuqing Zhang, Dan Wang, Xixi Cheng, Fengrui Yang, Qi Zhang, Zhenyi Xue, Yan Li, Lijuan Zhang, Luhong Yang, Guolin Miao, Daiqing Li, Zhiyu Guan, Yurong Da, Zhi Yao, Fei Gao, Liang Qiao, Li Kong, Rongxin Zhang
Plumbagin is a quinonoid constituent extracted from Plumbago genus, and it exhibits diverse pharmacological effects. This study thoroughly investigated the effects of plumbagin on thioacetamide-induced acute and chronic liver injury. Results shown that plumbagin increased survival rate, reduced liver congestion and inflammation, and decreased macrophages and neutrophils in the fulminant hepatic failure model, and remarkably diminished liver fibrosis and inflammation in the chronic liver injury model. Furthermore, plumbagin significantly suppress the HSCs/myofibroblasts activation by reduced expression of markers α-SMA and COL-1/3, and reduced macrophage in liver...
October 14, 2016: Oncotarget
S Di Mauro, M Ragusa, F Urbano, A Filippello, A Di Pino, A Scamporrino, A Pulvirenti, A Ferro, A M Rabuazzo, M Purrello, F Purrello, S Piro
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) represents the most common chronic liver disease in industrialized countries. NAFLD has the potential to progress through the inflammatory phase of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) to fibrosis, cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma. Identifying patients at risk for this transition is a relevant clinical challenge. The complexity of these phenotypes in vivo made necessary the development of in vitro models in order to dissect the molecular signalling affected in NAFLD and NASH, but also to identify potential circulating biomarkers...
August 20, 2016: Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases: NMCD
Wai Cheng Foong, Jacqueline J Ho, C Khai Loh, Vip Viprakasit
BACKGROUND: Non-transfusion dependent beta thalassaemia is a subset of inherited haemoglobin disorders characterised by reduced production of the beta globin chain of the haemoglobin molecule leading to anaemia of varying severity. Although blood transfusion is not a necessity for survival, it is required when episodes of chronic anaemia occur. This chronic anaemia can impair growth and affect quality of life. People with non-transfusion dependent beta thalassaemia suffer from iron overload due to their body's increased capability of absorbing iron from food sources...
October 18, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Barbara J Turner, Yuanyuan Liang, Amit Singal
OBJECTIVES: Noninvasive measures are widely used to assess fibrosis and may be used to prioritize hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment. We examined risks for likely fibrosis in patients with chronic HCV infection using fibrosis-4 (FIB-4) and imaging. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A HCV screening program diagnosed chronic HCV in patients born from 1945 to 1965 admitted in a safety net hospital. Likely fibrosis was based on FIB-4 (≥1.45) alone or combined with imaging interpreted as fibrosis or cirrhosis...
October 17, 2016: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Gretchen Bain, Kristen E Shannon, Fei Huang, Janice Darlington, Lance Goulet, Patricia Prodanovich, Gina L Ma, Angelina M Santini, Adam J Stein, Dave Lonergan, Christopher D King, Imelda Calderon, Andiliy Lai, John H Hutchinson, Jilly F Evans
Autotaxin (ATX) is a secreted glycoprotein that converts lysophosphatidylcholine (LPC) to the bioactive phospholipid lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) and is the major enzyme generating circulating LPA. Inhibition of LPA signaling has profound anti-fibrotic effects in multiple organ systems including the lung, kidney, skin and peritoneum. However, other LPA-generating pathways exist and the role of ATX in localized tissue LPA production and fibrosis remains unclear and controversial. In this study, we describe the preclinical pharmacological, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties of a novel small-molecule ATX inhibitor [3-((6-chloro-2-cyclopropyl-1-(1-ethyl-1H-pyrazol-4-yl)-7-fluoro-1H-indol-3-yl) thio)-2-fluorobenzoic acid sodium salt] (PAT-505)...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Langdong Chen, Diya Lv, Dongyao Wang, Xiaofei Chen, Zhenyu Zhu, Yan Cao, Yifeng Chai
Herbal medicines have long been widely used in the treatment of various complex diseases in China. However, the active constituents and therapeutic mechanisms of many herbal medicines remain undefined. Therefore, the identification of the active components and target proteins in these herbal medicines is a formidable task in herbal medicine research. In this study, we proposed a strategy, which integrates network pharmacology with biomedical analysis and surface plasmon resonance (SPR) to predict the active ingredients and potential targets of herbal medicine Sophora flavescens or Kushen in Chinese, and evaluate its anti-fibrosis activity...
October 18, 2016: Molecular BioSystems
Kojiro Seki, Toshihide Shima, Hirohisa Oya, Yasuhide Mitsumoto, Masayuki Mizuno, Takeshi Okanoue
AIM: Transient elastography (TE) is a noninvasive method for predicting liver fibrosis. However, there is limited data regarding the performance of TE in Japanese patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). We aimed to evaluate the association between liver stiffness measurement (LSM) by TE and liver fibrosis stage, and define a cut-off value for predicting liver fibrosis. METHODS: A total of 171 Japanese patients with biopsy-proven NAFLD underwent LSM using TE with FibroScan®...
October 18, 2016: Hepatology Research: the Official Journal of the Japan Society of Hepatology
Frank W DiPaola, Kurt R Schumacher, Caren S Goldberg, Joshua Friedland-Little, Aishwarya Parameswaran, Jonathan R Dillman
OBJECTIVES: Assess liver stiffness using ultrasound point shear wave elastography (US P-SWE) in children before and after the Fontan operation. METHODS: Eighteen children undergoing the Fontan operation were prospectively enrolled. Eight US P-SWE measurements were obtained from the right hepatic lobe before surgery, and at multiple postoperative time points. Temporally related inferior vena cava pressure (IVC) data was collected from medical records, when available...
October 17, 2016: European Radiology
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