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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086769/effect-of-ginseng-extract-on-the-tgf-%C3%AE-1-signaling-pathway-in-ccl4-induced-liver-fibrosis-in-rats
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Mohamed M Hafez, Sherifa S Hamed, Manal F El-Khadragy, Zeinab K Hassan, Salim S Al Rejaie, Mohamed M Sayed-Ahmed, Naif O Al-Harbi, Khalid A Al-Hosaini, Mohamed M Al-Harbi, Ali R Alhoshani, Othman A Al-Shabanah, Shakir Dekhal Alsharari
BACKGROUND: Liver diseases are major global health problems. Ginseng extract has antioxidant, immune-modulatory and anti-inflammatory activities. This study investigated the effect of ginseng extract on carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-induced liver fibrosis in rats. METHODS: Male Wistar rats were divided into four groups: control group, ginseng group, CCl4 group and CCl4 + ginseng group. Liver injury was induced by the intraperitoneal (I.P) injection of 3 ml/kg CCl4 (30% in olive oil) weekly for 8 weeks...
January 13, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086768/probiotic-mixture-improves-fatty-liver-disease-by-virtue-of-its-action-on-lipid-profiles-leptin-and-inflammatory-biomarkers
#2
Hessah Mohammed Al-Muzafar, Kamal Adel Amin
BACKGROUND: A high fat diet has an essential role in the pathogenesis of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). This condition is characterized by hepatic fat accumulation (steatosis) and is associated with obesity, diabetes, and fibrosis or cirrhosis of the liver. Probiotics may be useful in the treatment of steatosis. This study examined the effects of an ingested probiotic formulation on the lipid profiles, liver functions, leptin levels, and inflammatory marker levels of rats with NAFLD that had been induced via high fat and sucrose diet (HFSD)...
January 13, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081591/new-perspectives-of-biomarkers-for-the-management-of-chronic-hepatitis-b
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REVIEW
Chih-Lin Lin, Jia-Horng Kao
With recent advances in molecular and genomic investigations, the impact of hepatitis B viral and host factors on the progression of chronic HBV infection has been explored. For viral factors, hepatitis B viral load is a strong predictor for liver disease progression. Hepatitis B viral kinetics appear to be important for successful anti-viral therapy. Serum HBsAg level serves as a complementary marker to viral load for the prediction of HBV-related adverse outcomes in patients with low viral load. In those with low viral load, high serum HBsAg level is associated with higher risks of cirrhosis and HCC...
December 2016: Clinical and Molecular Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081023/a-case-study-of-hemochromatosis-and-conflicting-point-shear-wave-measurements-in-the-assessment-of-liver-fibrosis
#4
Tal Cohen, Richard G Barr
There are multiple factors that affect the shear wave speed in the assessment of liver stiffness. In this case report, we present a case of hemochromatosis that has elevated liver stiffness suggestive of significant fibrosis or cirrhosis; however on liver biopsy, no fibrosis was identified. This article will discuss the possibility that liver iron deposition may affect SWE measurements of the liver, leading to inaccurate assessment of liver fibrosis. In these cases, a liver biopsy may be required for accurate liver assessment...
January 9, 2017: Ultrasound Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079667/stage-of-fibrosis-and-portal-pressure-correlation-in-nonalcoholic-steatohepatitis
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Achuthan Sourianarayanane, Jyothsna Talluri, Abinav Humar, Arthur J McCullough
BACKGROUND: Hepatic venous pressure gradient (HVPG) measurement correlates with staging of liver fibrosis. Patients with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) have a different pattern of fibrosis compared with hepatitis C virus (HCV) with possible alterations in pressures. AIM: The aim of this study was to compare portal pressures with the stage of fibrosis in NASH in comparison with other liver diseases. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Records of all patients who had undergone transjugular liver biopsy with pressure measurements between January 2001 and June 2013 were reviewed...
January 10, 2017: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079599/steatohepatitis-like-changes-in-focal-nodular-hyperplasia-a-finding-to-distinguish-from-steatohepatitic-variant-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Kemal Deniz, Roger K Moreira, Matthew M Yeh, Linda D Ferrell
Steatohepatitis-like change has not been described in focal nodular hyperplasia (FNH). Steatohepatitis-like change in FNH may show overlapping features with steatohepatitic variant of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). This problem can be compounded if seen in FNH with widened cell plates or hepatocyte rosettes, other features that can also be seen in HCC. This study examined steatotic FNHs for the frequency of steatohepatitis-like change, especially in the setting of FNH with rosettes and/or widened cell plates...
February 2017: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079241/is-there-an-association-between-vitamin-d-and-liver-fibrosis-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-c
#7
Kalinca da Silva Oliveira, Caroline Buss, Cristiane Valle Tovo
BACKGROUND: - Vitamin D is known for its immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory and antifibrotic properties, which are quite relevant in the pathogenesis and treatment of many causes of chronic liver disease. OBJECTIVE: - This study aimed to evaluate the association between serum vitamin D levels and the histopathological findings in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus infection. METHODS: - Cross-sectional study composed of patients with chronic hepatitis C...
January 2017: Arquivos de Gastroenterologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079240/new-index-for-the-diagnosis-of-liver-fibrosis-in-schistosomiasis-mansoni
#8
Ana Virgínia Matos Sá Barreto, Vinícius Martins Alecrim, Tibério Batista de Medeiros, Ana Lúcia Coutinho Domingues, Edmundo Pessoa Lopes, João Roberto Maciel Martins, Helena Bonciani Nader, George Tadeu Nunes Diniz, Silvia Maria Lucena Montenegro, Clarice Neuenschwander Lins de Morais
BACKGROUND: - Periportal fibrosis is the major pathological consequence of the Schistosoma mansoni infection. OBJECTIVE: - To evaluate the accuracy of serum markers and to construct an index to assess fibrosis. METHODS: - Patients (n=116) with schistosomiasis were evaluated by ultrasound scan and measurements of serum levels of aminotransferases, γ-glutamyl transferase, alkaline phosphatase, hyaluronic acid, cytokines and platelets. Ultrasound images were used to evaluate the fibrosis using Niamey's classification and identified 19 patients without periportal fibrosis (patterns A and B), 48 with mild to moderate fibrosis (C and D) and 49 with advanced fibrosis (E and F)...
January 2017: Arquivos de Gastroenterologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078802/evaluation-of-pva-biodegradable-electric-conductive-membranes-for-nerve-regeneration-in-axonotmesis-injuries-the-rat-sciatic-nerve-animal-model
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J Ribeiro, A R Caseiro, T Pereira, Pas Armada-da-Silva, I Pires, J Prada, I Amorim, I Leal Reis, S Amado, J D Santos, S Bompasso, S Raimondo, Asp Varejão, S Geuna, A L Luís, A C Maurício
The therapeutic effect of three polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) membranes loaded with electrically conductive materials - carbon nanotubes (PVA-CNTs) and polypyrrole (PVA-PPy) - were tested in vivo for neuro-muscular regeneration after an axonotmesis injury in the rat sciatic nerve. The membranes electrical conductivity measured was 1.5±0.5x10(-6) S/m, 579±0.6x10(-6) S/m, and 1837.5±0.7 x10(-6) S/m, respectively. At week-12, a residual motor and nociceptive deficit were present in all treated groups, but at week-12, a better recovery to normal gait pattern of the PVA-CNTs and PVA-PPy treated groups was observed...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077652/exosome-mediated-intercellular-communication-between-hepatitis-c-virus-infected-hepatocytes-and-hepatic-stellate-cells
#10
Pradip B Devhare, Reina Sasaki, Shubham Shrivastava, Adrian M Di Bisceglie, Ranjit Ray, Ratna B Ray
: Fibrogenic pathways in the liver are principally regulated by activation of hepatic stellate cells (HSC). Fibrosis is associated with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, although the mechanism is poorly understood. HSC comprise the major population of the non-parenchymal cells in the liver. Since HCV does not replicate in HSC, we hypothesized that exosomes secreted from HCV-infected hepatocytes activate HSC. Primary or immortalized human hepatic stellate cells (LX2) were exposed to exosomes derived from HCV-infected hepatocytes (HCV-exo) and the expression of fibrosis related genes was examined...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077318/alcohol-microbiome-life-style-influence-alcohol-and-non-alcoholic-organ-damage
#11
REVIEW
Manuela G Neuman, Samuel W French, Samir Zakhari, Stefen Malnick, Helmut K Seitz, Lawrence B Cohen, Mikko Salaspuro, Andreea Voinea Griffin, Andrei Barasch, Irina A Kirpich, Paul G Thomes, Laura W Schrum, Terrence M Donohue, Kusum Kharbanda, Marcus Cruz, Mihai Opris
This paper is based upon the "8th Charles Lieber's Satellite Symposium" organized by Manuela G. Neuman at the Research Society on Alcoholism Annual Meeting, onJune 25, 2016 at New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. The integrative symposium investigated different aspects of alcohol-induced liver disease (ALD) as well as non-alcohol-induced liver disease (NAFLD) and possible repair. We revealedthe basic aspects of alcohol metabolism that may be responsible for the development of liver diseaseas well as the factors that determine the amount, frequency and which type of alcohol misuse leads to liver and gastrointestinal diseases...
January 7, 2017: Experimental and Molecular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076629/acoustic-radiation-force-impulse-arfi-elastography-compared-with-biopsy-for-evaluating-hepatic-fibrosis-after-liver-transplantation-a-cross-sectional-diagnostic-study
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Joel Schmillevitch, Maria Cristina Chammas, Vincenzo Pugliese, Edson Abdala, Adriana Cortez Rizzon, Venâncio Alves, Luiz Augusto Carneiro, Giovanni Cerri
CONTEXT AND OBJECTIVE: Biopsies are used after liver transplantation to evaluate fibrosis. This study aimed to evaluate the elasticity of transplanted livers by means of a non-invasive examination, acoustic radiation force imaging (ARFI) elastography, correlating the results with the histological analysis. DESIGN AND SETTING: Cross-sectional study in a public university hospital. METHODS: All patients consecutively operated between 2002 and 2010 with an indication for biopsy were evaluated by means of elastography...
November 2016: São Paulo Medical Journal, Revista Paulista de Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075394/coffee-intake-is-associated-with-a-lower-liver-stiffness-in-patients-with-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-hepatitis-c-and-hepatitis-b
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Alexander Hodge, Sarah Lim, Evan Goh, Ophelia Wong, Philip Marsh, Virginia Knight, William Sievert, Barbora de Courten
There is emerging evidence for the positive effects or benefits of coffee in patients with liver disease. We conducted a retrospective cross-sectional study on patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection to determine the effects of coffee intake on a non-invasive marker of liver fibrosis: liver stiffness assessed by transient elastography (TE). We assessed coffee and tea intake and measured TE in 1018 patients with NAFLD, HCV, and HBV (155 with NAFLD, 378 with HCV and 485 with HBV)...
January 10, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075092/diabetes-mellitus-management-of-gastrointestinal-complications
#14
Beth Careyva, Brian Stello
Gastrointestinal disorders are common complications of diabetes mellitus and include gastroparesis, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and chronic diarrhea. Symptoms of gastroparesis include early satiety, postprandial fullness, nausea, vomiting of undigested food, bloating, and abdominal pain. Gastroparesis is diagnosed based on clinical symptoms and a delay in gastric emptying in the absence of mechanical obstruction. Gastric emptying scintigraphy is the preferred diagnostic test...
December 15, 2016: American Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073888/selective-targeting-of-lysyl-oxidase-like-2-loxl2-suppresses-hepatic-fibrosis-progression-and-accelerates-its-reversal
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Naoki Ikenaga, Zhen-Wei Peng, Kahini A Vaid, Susan B Liu, Shuhei Yoshida, Deanna Y Sverdlov, Amanda Mikels-Vigdal, Victoria Smith, Detlef Schuppan, Yury V Popov
BACKGROUND/AIMS: We studied the role of lysyl oxidase-like 2 (LOXL2) in collagen crosslinking and hepatic progenitor cell (HPC) differentiation, and the therapeutic efficacy of a LOXL2-blocking monoclonal antibody on liver fibrosis progression/reversal in mice. METHODS: Anti-LOXL2 antibody, control antilysyl oxidase antibody or placebo was administered during thioacetamide (TAA)-induced fibrosis progression or during recovery. Therapeutic efficacy in biliary fibrosis was tested in BALB/c...
January 10, 2017: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073410/-correlation-of-fibrotouch-and-fibroscan-with-the-stage-of-primary-biliary-cirrhosis
#16
Y G Zhang, S X Zhao, G D Zhou, W C Li, W G Ren, H J Du, R Q Wang, Y M Nan
Objective: To investigate the diagnostic value of FibroTouch and FibroScan for the stage of primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC). Methods: A total of 66 PBC patients who visited our hospital from January 2014 to March 2016 were enrolled, and all the patients underwent liver biopsy and FibroTouch and FibroScan tests. Liver stiffness measurement (LSM) was used to assess fibrosis degree, and the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve was used to compare the cut-off values, sensitivities, and specificities of these two methods in determining fibrosis stage...
December 20, 2016: Zhonghua Gan Zang Bing za Zhi, Zhonghua Ganzangbing Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073183/a-liver-specific-long-non-coding-rna-with-a-role-in-cell-viability-is-elevated-in-human-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis
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Biljana Atanasovska, Sander S Rensen, Marijke R van der Sijde, Glenn Marsman, Vinod Kumar, Iris Jonkers, Sebo Withoff, Ronit Shiri-Sverdlov, Jan Willem M Greve, Klaas Nico Faber, Han Moshage, Cisca Wijmenga, Bart van de Sluis, Marten H Hofker, Jingyuan Fu
: Hepatocyte apoptosis in non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) can lead to fibrosis and cirrhosis, which permanently damage the liver. Understanding the regulation of hepatocyte apoptosis is therefore important to identify therapeutic targets that may prevent the progression of NASH to fibrosis. Recently, increasing evidence has shown that lncRNAs are involved in various biological processes and that their dysregulation underlies a number of complex human diseases. By performing gene expression profiling of 4,383 lncRNAs in 82 liver samples from individuals with NASH (n=48), simple steatosis but no NASH (n=11) and healthy controls (n=23), we discovered a liver-specific lncRNA (RP11-484N16...
January 10, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073161/the-pnpla3-i148m-variant-modulates-the-fibrogenic-phenotype-of-human-hepatic-stellate-cells
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Francesca Virginia Bruschi, Thierry Claudel, Matteo Tardelli, Alessandra Caligiuri, Thomas M Stulnig, Fabio Marra, Michael Trauner
: The genetic polymorphism I148M of PNPLA3 is robustly associated with hepatic steatosis and its progression to steatohepatitis, fibrosis and cancer. Hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) are key players in the development of liver fibrosis, but the role of PNPLA3 and its variant I148M in this process is poorly understood. Here we analyzed the expression of PNPLA3 during human HSC activation and thereby explored how a PNPLA3 variant impacts on hepatic fibrogenesis. We show that PNPLA3 gene and protein expression increase during the early phases of activation and remain elevated in fully activated HSCs (p<0...
January 10, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073147/treating-nonalcoholic-steatohepatitis-nash-in-children-not-a-cinch-task
#19
Naim Alkhouri, Ariel E Feldstein
BACKGROUND & AIMS: No treatment for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has been approved by regulatory agencies. We performed a randomized controlled trial to determine whether 52 weeks of cysteamine bitartrate delayed release (CBDR) reduces the severity of liver disease in children with NAFLD. METHODS: We performed a double-masked trial of 169 children with NAFLD Activity Scores ≥ 4 at 10 centers. From June 2012 to January 2014, the patients were randomly assigned to receive CBDR or placebo twice daily (300 mg for ≤65 kg, 375 mg for >65-80 kg, 450 mg for >80 kg) for 52 weeks...
January 10, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070844/gd-eob-dtpa-enhanced-mri-t1-mapping-for-assessment-of-liver-function-in-rabbit-fibrosis-model-comparison-of-hepatobiliary-phase-images-obtained-at-10-and-20%C3%A2-min
#20
Zhi-Peng Zhou, Li-Ling Long, Li-Juan Huang, Teng-Fei Yang, Zhong-Kui Huang
OBJECTIVES: To compare hepatobiliary phase (HBP) images obtained at 10 and 20 min after Gd-EOB-DTPA-enhanced MRI for assessment of liver function in rabbit fibrosis model on 3.0 T MR imaging. METHODS: 34 animals were separated into three groups: 5 for a control group, 14 for a mild fibrosis group, and 15 for a severe fibrosis group based on pathological proof. T1 relaxation times (T1rt) were measured on T1 mapping and reduction rates of T1rt (rrT1rt) were calculated...
January 9, 2017: La Radiologia Medica
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