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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775812/virus-entry-and-its-inhibition-to-prevent-and-treat-hepatitis-b-and-hepatitis-d-virus-infections
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REVIEW
Thomas Tu, Stephan Urban
While chronic infection with the human hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis delta virus (HDV) inflict major health burdens worldwide, current therapies cannot cure patients. One possible novel approach is blocking virus entry to prevent the establishment of infection in naïve hepatocytes. As HBV and HDV use identical viral envelope proteins and the same entry mechanisms, such a strategy would target both viruses. Entry inhibitors (e.g. neutralizing antibodies) have been relegated to the limited role of prophylaxis...
May 15, 2018: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774607/impact-of-current-and-scaled-up-levels-of-hepatitis-c-prevention-and-treatment-interventions-for-people-who-inject-drugs-in-three-uk-settings-what-is-required-to-achieve-the-who-s-hcv-elimination-targets
#2
Zoe Ward, Lucy Platt, Sedona Sweeney, Vivian D Hope, Lisa Maher, Sharon Hutchinson, Norah Palmateer, Josie Smith, Noel Craine, Avril Taylor, Natasha Martin, Rachel Ayres, John Dillon, Matthew Hickman, Peter Vickerman
AIMS: To estimate the impact of existing high-coverage needle and syringe provision (HCNSP, defined as obtaining more than one sterile needle and syringe per injection reported) and opioid substitution therapy (OST) on hepatitis C virus (HCV) transmission among people who inject drugs (PWID) in three UK settings and to determine required scale-up of interventions, including HCV treatment, needed to reach the World Health Organization (WHO) target of reducing HCV incidence by 90% by 2030...
May 17, 2018: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774570/high-mobility-group-box-1-drives-fibrosis-progression-signaling-via-the-receptor-for-advanced-glycation-end-products-in-mice
#3
Xiaodong Ge, Elena Arriazu, Fernando Magdaleno, Daniel J Antoine, Rouchelle Dela Cruz, Neil Theise, Natalia Nieto
BACKGROUND & RATIONALE: High-mobility group box-1 (HMGB1) is a damage-associated molecular pattern (DAMP) increased in response to liver injury. Since HMGB1 is a ligand for the receptor for advanced glycation end-products (RAGE), we hypothesized that induction of HMGB1 could participate in the pathogenesis of liver fibrosis via RAGE cell-specific signaling mechanisms. RESULTS: liver HMGB1 protein expression correlated with fibrosis stage in patients with chronic Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) and alcoholic steatohepatitis (ASH)...
May 18, 2018: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774454/analysis-of-three-ultrasound-elastography-techniques-for-grading-liver-fibrosis-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-b
#4
Xinping Ren, Shujun Xia, Zhongxin Ni, Weiwei Zhan, Jianqiao Zhou
BACKGROUND: Evaluation of liver fibrosis is important to assess prognosis and guide the treatment for chronic hepatitis B. OBJECTIVE: To analyze and compare transient, point, and two-dimensional (2D) shear wave elastography techniques in grading the liver fibrosis. METHODS: Based on the severity of liver inflammation and fibrosis (Scheuer criteria), 158 patients with chronic hepatitis B were assigned into group 1 (either G or S classification < 2) or group 2 (either G or S classification ≥ 2)...
May 17, 2018: La Radiologia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773419/a-changing-etiologic-scenario-in-liver-transplantation-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-a-multicenter-cohort-study-from-latin-america
#5
Federico Piñero, Paulo Costa, Yuri Longatto Boteon, Sergio Hoyos Duque, Sebastian Marciano, Margarita Anders, Adriana Varón, Alina Zerega, Jaime Poniachik, Alejandro Soza, Martín Padilla Machaca, Josemaría Menéndez, Rodrigo Zapata, Mario Vilatoba, Linda Muñoz, Martín Maraschio, Luis G Podestá, Lucas McCormack, Adrian Gadano, Ilka S F Fatima Boin, Parente García, Marcelo Silva
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is an increasing cause of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and liver transplantation (LT). Our study focused on changing trends of liver related HCC etiologies during the last years in Latin America. METHODS: From a cohort of 2761 consecutive adult LT patients between 2005 and 2012 in 17 different centers, 435 with HCC were included. Different periods including years 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010 and 2011-2012 were considered...
May 14, 2018: Clinics and Research in Hepatology and Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773081/long-term-familial-mediterranean-fever-remission-on-successful-hepatitis-c-virus-treatment-in-a-patient-not-responding-to-colchicine-a-case-report
#6
Manik Gemilyan, Gagik Hakobyan, Susanna Ananyan
BACKGROUND: Familial Mediterranean fever is an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by periodic febrile attacks of aseptic serositis and/or arthritis. The main treatment is colchicine which prevents attacks in the majority of patients except for a group of colchicine-resistant cases. Chronic hepatitis C is a viral infection causing chronic inflammation of liver tissue (hepatitis) which ultimately progresses to fibrosis and liver cirrhosis with a high chance of hepatocellular carcinoma...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772941/recent-advances-in-the-discovery-and-development-of-tlr-ligands-as-novel-therapeutics-for-chronic-hbv-and-hiv-infections
#7
Keye Du, Jia Liu, Ruth Broering, Xiaoyong Zhang, Dongliang Yang, Ulf Dittmer, Mengji Lu
Toll-like receptor (TLR) ligands remain as promising antiviral drug candidates for the treatment of chronic viral infections. Basic research on the mechanisms of antiviral activity of TLR ligands in preclinical animal models and clinical testing of drug candidates have been carried out in recent years. Areas covered: This review provides an overview of the preclinical and clinical testing of TLR ligands in two major viral infections: hepatitis B virus (HBV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Recent results have further demonstrated the potent antiviral activity of various TLR ligands ...
May 17, 2018: Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772814/chronic-and-occult-hepatitis-b-virus-infection-in-pregnant-women-in-botswana
#8
Tshepiso Mbangiwa, Ishmael Kasvosve, Motswedi Anderson, Prisca K Thami, Wonderful T Choga, Austen Needleman, Bonolo B Phinius, Sikhulile Moyo, Melvin Leteane, Jean Leidner, Jason T Blackard, Gloria Mayondi, Betsy Kammerer, Rosemary M Musonda, Max Essex, Shahin Lockman, Simani Gaseitsiwe
The hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a global problem; however, the burden of HBV infection in pregnant women in Botswana is unknown. We sought to determine the prevalence of chronic and occult HBV infection in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected and -uninfected pregnant women in Botswana. Samples from 752 pregnant women were tested for hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg), and HBsAg-positive samples were tested for hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg) and HBV DNA load. Samples that were HBsAg negative were screened for occult HBV infection by determining the HBV DNA load...
May 17, 2018: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772748/drug-delivery-strategies-for-antivirals-against-hepatitis-b-virus
#9
REVIEW
Latavia Singh, Sunaina Indermun, Mershen Govender, Pradeep Kumar, Lisa C du Toit, Yahya E Choonara, Viness Pillay
Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection poses a significant health challenge due to associated morbidity and mortality from cirrhosis and hepatocellular cancer that eventually results in the breakdown of liver functionality. Nanotechnology has the potential to play a pivotal role in reducing viral load levels and drug-resistant HBV through drug targeting, thus reducing the rate of evolution of the disease. Apart from tissue targeting, intracellular delivery of a wide range of drugs is necessary to exert a therapeutic action in the affected organelles...
May 17, 2018: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772112/liver-macrophages-friend-or-foe-during-hepatitis-b-infection
#10
Suzanne Faure-Dupuy, David Durantel, Julie Lucifora
The Hepatitis B virus chronically infects the liver of 250 million people worldwide. Over the past decades, major advances have been made in the understanding of Hepatitis B virus life cycle in hepatocytes. Beside these parenchymal cells, the liver also contains resident and infiltrating myeloid cells involved in immune responses to pathogens and much less is known about their interplay with Hepatitis B virus. In this review, we summarized and discussed the current knowledge of the role of liver macrophages (including Kupffer cells and liver monocyte-derived macrophages), in HBV infection...
May 17, 2018: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772084/switching-to-tenofovir-vs-continuing-entecavir-for-hbv-with-partial-virologic-response-to-entecavir-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#11
Hyung Joon Yim, In Hee Kim, Sang Jun Suh, Young Kul Jung, Ji Hoon Kim, Yeon Seok Seo, Jong Eun Yeon, Chang Wook Kim, So Young Kwon, Sang Hoon Park, Myung Seok Lee, Soon Ho Um, Kwan Soo Byun
Entecavir 0.5 mg (ETV) is widely used among treatment-naïve chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients. However, 10%-30% of patients show partial virologic response (PVR) to the drug. If the hepatitis B virus (HBV) continues to replicate, the underlying liver disease may progress. Herein, we compared the efficacy of switching to tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) with that of continuing ETV in CHB patients with PVR to ETV. This was an open-label randomized controlled trial including CHB patients who had been receiving 0...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771873/community-based-services-to-improve-testing-and-linkage-to-care-among-non-u-s-born-persons-with-chronic-hepatitis-b-virus-infection-three-u-s-programs-october-2014-september-2017
#12
Aaron M Harris, Ruth Link-Gelles, Karen Kim, Edwin Chandrasekar, Su Wang, Nicole Bannister, Perry Pong, Eric Chak, Moon S Chen, Christopher Bowlus, Noele P Nelson
Among an estimated 850,000 to 2.2 million persons with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection in the United States, 70% are non-U.S.-born (1,2). All patients require linkage to care, and approximately 20%-40% require antiviral treatment (3). Without treatment, one in four persons chronically infected with HBV will die prematurely from liver failure, liver cirrhosis, or hepatocellular carcinoma (4). To mitigate morbidity and mortality, CDC funded a cooperative agreement to develop hepatitis B testing and linkage-to-care programs serving non-U...
May 18, 2018: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771862/efficacy-and-safety-of-direct-acting-antiviral-therapy-for-chronic-hepatitis-c-in-thalassemic-children
#13
Shivadatta Padhi, Sudhir Maharshi, Gaurav K Gupta, Kapil Garg, Sandeep Nijhawan
OBJECTIVES: There is limited data on the efficacy and safety of directly acting antiviral therapy (DAA) for chronic hepatitis C in pediatric population. The aim was to assess the efficacy and safety of DAA in chronic hepatitis C β-thalassemic major pediatric patients. METHODS: Prospective study was conducted from September 2015 to January 2017. All β-thalassemic major chronic hepatitis C pediatric patients with age between 5 and 14 years were included in this study...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771124/genistein-ameliorates-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-by-targeting-thromboxane-a2-pathway
#14
Wenzhe Wang, Junliang Chen, Jinyan Mao, Hongling Li, Mingfu Wang, Hao Zhang, Haitao Li, Wei Chen
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is now a public health issue worldwide, but no drug has received approval yet. Genistein, an isoflavonoid derived from soybean, ameliorates high fat diet-induced NAFLD in mice, but the molecular underpinnings remain largely elusive. Arachidonic acid is a major ingredient of animal fats, and arachidonic acid cascade has been implicated in chronic inflammation. In this study, we investigated whether genistein against NAFLD by targeting arachidonic acid cascade. By using a mouse model, we showed that genistein supplementation improved high-fat diet induced NAFLD by normalizing hepatomegaly, liver steatosis, aminotransferase abnormalities and glucose tolerance...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771105/direct-acting-antiviral-agents-in-patients-with-hepatitis-c-genotype-1-4-infections-in-a-tertiary-hospital
#15
J C Del Rio-Valencia, R Asensi-Diez, L Villalobos-Torres, I Muñoz Castillo
OBJECTIVE: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a major cause of chronic liver disease. Six different genotypes (GT) of HCV (genotypes 1-6) have been identified. The genotype is clinically relevant since the majority of current direct antiviral agents (DAA´s) do not have pangenotypic efficacy. The purpose of this study was to describe the clinical characteristics of real world patients and evaluate the effectiveness of different treatment regimens. METHODS: Retrospective and observational study carried out in a third level hospital...
May 16, 2018: Revista Española de Quimioterapia: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Quimioterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770478/the-endocannabinoid-alcohol-crosstalk-recent-advances-on-a-bi-faceted-target
#16
REVIEW
Gianluca Lavanco, Valentina Castelli, Anna Brancato, Giuseppe Tringali, Fulvio Plescia, Carla Cannizzaro
Increasing evidence focuses on the endocannabinoid system as a relevant player in the induction of aberrant synaptic plasticity and related addictive phenotype following chronic excessive alcohol drinking. Besides, the endocannabinoid system is implicated in the pathogenesis of alcoholic liver disease. Interestingly, whereas the involvement of CB1 cannabinoid receptors in alcohol rewarding properties is established, the central and peripheral action of CB2 cannabinoid signalling is still to be elucidated. This review aims at giving the input to deepen knowledge on the role of the endocannabinoid system, highlighting the advancing evidence that suggests that CB1 and CB2 receptors may play opposite roles in the regulation of both the reinforcing properties of alcohol in the brain and the mechanisms responsible for cell injury and inflammation in the hepatic tissue...
May 16, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770231/cardiovascular-outcomes-of-pcsk9-inhibitors-with-special-emphasis-on-its-effect-beyond-ldl-cholesterol-lowering
#17
REVIEW
Dhrubajyoti Bandyopadhyay, Kumar Ashish, Adrija Hajra, Arshna Qureshi, Raktim K Ghosh
PCSK9 inhibitors, monoclonal antibodies, are novel antihypercholesterolemic drugs. FDA first approved them in July 2015. PCSK9 protein (692-amino acids) was discovered in 2003. It plays a major role in LDL receptor degradation and is a prominent modulator in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) metabolism. PCSK9 inhibitors are monoclonal antibodies that target PCSK9 protein in liver and inhibiting this protein leads to drastically lowering harmful LDL-C level in the bloodstream. Despite widespread use of the statin, not all the high-risk patients were able to achieve targeted level of LDL-C...
2018: Journal of Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769440/elevated-hepatic-expression-of-h19-long-noncoding-rna-contributes-to-diabetic-hyperglycemia
#18
Na Zhang, Tingting Geng, Zhangsheng Wang, Ruling Zhang, Tiefeng Cao, Joao Paulo Camporez, Shi-Ying Cai, Ya Liu, Luisa Dandolo, Gerald I Shulman, Gordon G Carmichael, Hugh S Taylor, Yingqun Huang
Excessive hepatic glucose production (HGP) contributes significantly to the hyperglycemia of type 2 diabetes; however, the molecular mechanism underlying this dysregulation remains poorly understood. Here, we show that fasting temporally increases the expression of H19 long noncoding RNA (lncRNA) in nondiabetic mouse liver, whereas its level is chronically elevated in diet-induced diabetic mice, consistent with the previously reported chronic hepatic H19 increase in diabetic patients. Importantly, liver-specific H19 overexpression promotes HGP, hyperglycemia, and insulin resistance, while H19 depletion enhances insulin-dependent suppression of HGP...
May 17, 2018: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769185/unusual-case-of-iron-overload-with-cancer-mimicking-abdominal-splenosis
#19
Giacomo Marchi, Giacomo Avesani, Alberto Zamò, Domenico Girelli
A 48-year-old man, former alcohol abuser and drug addicted, was referred to our tertiary referral centre for iron disorders because of marked hyperferritinaemia. His clinical history revealed chronic hepatitis C, ß-thalassaemia trait and post-traumatic splenectomy at age of 22. MRI-estimated liver iron content was markedly elevated, while first-line genetic test for haemochromatosis was negative. Alpha-fetoprotein was increased but liver ultrasonography did not reveal focal liver lesions. Multiphasic contrast-enhanced CT confirmed this result but showed two abdominal masses (diameter of 9 cm and 7 cm, respectively) among bowel loops, strongly suspicious for cancer...
May 16, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769119/adefovir-dipivoxil-induced-hypophosphatemic-osteomalacia-in-chronic-hepatitis-b-a-comparative-study-of-chinese-and-foreign-case-series
#20
Nan Chen, Jian-Bo Zhang, Qiujie Zhang, Yun-Peng Zhao, Li-Yan Li, Li-Wei Liu, Fei Yu, Xin Yu, Tao Peng, Kuan-Xiao Tang
BACKGROUND: Adefovir dipivoxil (ADV)-induced renal tubular dysfunction and hypophosphatemic osteomalacia (HO) have been given great consideration in the past few years. However, no standard guidance is available due to a lack of powerful evidence from appropriate long-term prospective case-control studies and variations in the definition of renal adverse events. The aim of this study is to clarify clinical features of ADV-related HO in Chinese chronic hepatitis B patients with long-term ADV treatment in Chinese and non-Chinese comparative case series...
May 16, 2018: BMC Pharmacology & Toxicology
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