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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214059/pharmacokinetic-alterations-of-rhubarb-anthraquinones-in-experimental-colitis-induced-by-dextran-sulfate-sodium-in-the-rat
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Wen-Jin Wu, Ru Yan, Ting Li, Ya-Ping Li, Rui-Na Zhou, Yi-Tao Wang
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Rhubarb (Rhei Rhizoma et Radix) is used for the treatment of digestive diseases in traditional medicinal practice in China. Recent studies also support its beneficial activities in alleviating ulcerative colitis (UC). AIM OF THE STUDY: This study aimed to characterize the oral pharmacokinetics of rhubarb anthraquinones, the main bioactive components of this herb, in the experimental chronic colitis rat model induced by dextran sulfate sodium (DSS) and to identify the factors causing the pharmacokinetic alterations...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209758/atorvastatin-decreases-hbx-induced-phospho-akt-in-hepatocytes-via-p2x-receptors
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Aram Ghalali, Javier Martin-Renedo, Johan Hogberg, Ulla Stenius
: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is rated as the fifth most common malignancy and third in cancer related deaths worldwide. Statins, HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, are potent cholesterol lowering drugs and recent epidemiological evidence suggests that statins prevent aggressive HCC development. Previous experiments revealed that statins downregulate phosphorylated Akt (pAkt). Here, it is demonstrated that atorvastatin decreases nuclear pAkt levels in pancreatic and lung cancer cell lines within minutes and this rapid effect is mediated by the purinergic P2X receptors...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209108/acute-temozolomide-induced-liver-injury%C3%A2-mixed-type-hepatocellular-and-cholestatic-toxicity
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C Aygun, A Y Altınok, A Çakır, A F Agan, Y Balaban
Temozolomide (TMZ) is an oral imidazotetrazine methylating agent which is used for the treatment of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). We report a case of acute hepatotoxicity in a 53-year old male patient after administration of TMZ for GBM. He had fatigue, nausea, anorexia and jaundice. His laboratory analysis showed alanine aminotransferase(ALT) : 632 IU/L (normal range 0-40) ; aspartate aminotransferase(AST) : 554 IU/L (normal range 5-34) ; alkaline phosphatase(ALP) : 1143 IU/L (normal range 40-150) ; γ-glutamyl transpeptidase(GGT) : 514 IU/L (normal range 9-64 IU/L) ; total bilirubin : 15...
September 2016: Acta Gastro-enterologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207836/tmg-123-a-novel-glucokinase-activator-exerts-durable-effects-on-hyperglycemia-without-increasing-triglyceride-in-diabetic-animal-models
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Yoshinori Tsumura, Yu Tsushima, Azusa Tamura, Makiko Hasebe, Masanobu Kanou, Hirotsugu Kato, Tsunefumi Kobayashi
Glucokinase (GK) plays a critical role for maintaining glucose homeostasis with regulating glucose uptake in liver and insulin secretion in pancreas. GK activators have been reported to decrease blood glucose levels in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. However, clinical development of GK activators has failed due to the loss of glucose-lowering effects and increased plasma triglyceride levels after chronic treatment. Here, we generated a novel GK activator, TMG-123, examined its in vitro and in vivo pharmacological characteristics, and evaluated its risks of aforementioned clinical issues...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207633/acute-liver-failure-injury-related-to-drug-reaction-with-eosinophilia-and-systemic-symptoms-outcomes-and-prognostic-factors
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Philippe Ichai, Astrid Laurent-Bellue, Faouzi Saliba, David Moreau, Camille Besch, Claire Francoz, Laurence Valeyrie-Allanore, Sylvie Roussin Bretagne, Marc Boudon, Teresa Maria Antonini, Florent Artru, Gabriella Pittau, Olivier Roux, Daniel Azoulay, Eric Levesque, François Durand, Catherine Guettier, Didier Samuel
BACKGROUND: Drug Reaction With Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms (DRESS) is a rare severe adverse drug induced reaction with multiorgan involvement. The outcome and prediction of those patients who develop severe acute liver injury (sALI) or acute liver failure (ALF) remain little known. METHODS: A multicenter retrospective study of patients admitted with a diagnosis of DRESS-related sALI or ALF. Histological review was performed on liver core biopsies from native livers...
February 15, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205631/immature-mice-are-more-susceptible-than-adult-mice-to-acetaminophen-induced-acute-liver-injury
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Yan Lu, Cheng Zhang, Yuan-Hua Chen, Hua Wang, Zhi-Hui Zhang, Xi Chen, De-Xiang Xu
Acetaminophen (APAP) overdose induces acute liver injury. The aim of the present study was to analyze the difference of susceptibility between immature and adult mice to APAP-induced acute liver injury. Weanling immature and adult mice were injected with APAP (300 mg/kg). As expected, immature mice were more susceptible than adult mice to APAP-induced acute liver injury. APAP-evoked hepatic c-Jun N-terminal kinase phosphorylation was stronger in immature mice than in adult mice. Hepatic receptor-interacting protein (RIP)1 was obviously activated at APAP-exposed immature and adult mice...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204893/gastrointestinal-system-manifestations-in-juvenile-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Hafize Emine Sönmez, Asuman Nur Karhan, Ezgi Deniz Batu, Yelda Bilginer, Ersin Gümüş, Hülya Demir, Aysel Yüce, Seza Özen
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease which may involve gastrointestinal system (GIS). The aim of this study was to present GIS manifestations of pediatric SLE patients. The medical files of 69 children with SLE followed between January 2011 and January 2016 were reviewed. All fulfilled the Systemic Lupus International Collaborating Clinics criteria. All patients (≤18 years of age) with GIS manifestations were included. GIS manifestations were observed in 19 (27.5%) out of 69 SLE patients and present at the time of SLE diagnosis in 13 (68...
February 16, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199906/aucubin-and-its-hydrolytic-derivative-attenuate-activation-of-hepatic-stellate-cells-via-modulation-of-tgf-%C3%AE-stimulation
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Pei-Yu Lv, Han Feng, Wei-Hua Huang, Ying-Ying Tian, Ya-Qin Wang, Yu-Hua Qin, Xiao-Hui Li, Kai Hu, Hong-Hao Zhou, Dong-Sheng Ouyang
Eucommia ulmoides is an important traditional Chinese medicine and has been used as a tonic with a long history. Aucubin is an active component extracted from Eucommia ulmoides, which has liver-protection effects. However the mechanisms are still unclear. To investigate the inhibitory effects and the underlying mechanisms of aucubin on TGF-β1-induced activation of hepatic stellate cells and ECM deposition, Human hepatic stellate cells (LX-2 cells) were incubated with TGF-β1 to evaluate the anti-fibrotic effect of aucubin...
February 8, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196335/paternal-nicotine-exposure-alters-hepatic-xenobiotic-metabolism-in-offspring
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Markus P Vallaster, Shweta Kukreja, Xinyang Y Bing, Jennifer Ngolab, Rubing Zhao-Shea, Paul D Gardner, Andrew R Tapper, Oliver J Rando
Paternal environmental conditions can influence phenotypes in future generations, but it is unclear whether offspring phenotypes represent specific responses to particular aspects of the paternal exposure history, or a generic response to paternal 'quality of life'. Here, we establish a paternal effect model based on nicotine exposure in mice, enabling pharmacological interrogation of the specificity of the offspring response. Paternal exposure to nicotine prior to reproduction induced a broad protective response to multiple xenobiotics in male offspring...
February 14, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195343/galectin-9-diverse-roles-in-hepatic-immune-homeostasis-and-inflammation
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REVIEW
Lucy Golden-Mason, Hugo R Rosen
Glycan-binding proteins which include galectins are involved at all stages of immunity and inflammation, ranging from initiation through resolution. Galectin-9 (Gal-9) is highly expressed in the liver and has a wide variety of biological functions in innate and adaptive immunity that are instrumental in the maintenance of hepatic homeostasis. In the setting of viral hepatitis, increased expression of Gal-9 drives the expansion of regulatory T cells and contraction of effector T cells, thereby favoring viral persistence...
February 13, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194469/phenylephrine-induced-cardiac-hypertrophy-is-attenuated-by-a-histone-acetylase-inhibitor-anacardic-acid-in-mice
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Chang Peng, Xiaomei Luo, Shuo Li, Huichao Sun
Cardiac hypertrophy is a complex process involving highly coordinated but tight regulation of multiple elements, such as in epigenetics, which make an important contribution to myocardium remodeling and cardiac hypertrophy. Epigenetic regulations, particularly histone acetylation, have been implicated in cardiac hypertrophy, however, the exact mechanism is still largely unknown. In the present study, we explored the potential attenuating effects of Chinese herbal extract anacardic acid on phenylephrine-induced cardiac hypertrophy and the underlying mechanism...
February 14, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194021/type-i-ifn-augments-il-27-dependent-trim25-expression-to-inhibit-hbv-replication
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Guangyun Tan, Qingfei Xiao, Hongxiao Song, Feng Ma, Fengchao Xu, Di Peng, Na Li, Xiaosong Wang, Junqi Niu, Pujun Gao, F Xiao-Feng Qin, Genhong Cheng
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) can cause chronic hepatitis B, which may lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer. Type I interferon (IFN) is an approved drug for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B. However, the fundamental mechanisms of antiviral action by type I IFN and the downstream signaling pathway are unclear. TRIM25 is an IFN-stimulated gene (ISG) that has an important role in RIG-I ubiquitination and activation. Whether TRIM25 is induced in liver cells by type I IFN to mediate anti-HBV function remains unclear...
February 13, 2017: Cellular & Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192882/ethyl-acetate-fraction-of-pteris-vittata-l-alleviates-2-acetylaminofluorene-induced-hepatic-alterations-in-male-wistar-rats
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Paramjeet Kaur, Manish Kumar, Amrit Pal Singh, Satwinderjeet Kaur
Pteris vittata L. commonly called 'Brake Fern' possesses some interesting medicinal properties but its chemopreventive potential largely remains unexplored. Therefore, this study was designed to explore the chemopreventive efficacy of P. vittata L. ethyl acetate fraction (PVEA) against 2-acetylaminofluorene (2-AAF) induced liver toxicity in Wistar rats. Antioxidant activity of PVEA was evaluated using various in vitro antioxidant assays. The protective effects of PVEA were evaluated against 2-acetylaminofluorene (2-AAF) induced hepatic damage in Wistar rats...
February 8, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192881/stem-cell-biomaterials-and-growth-factors-therapy-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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REVIEW
Soleiman Jaferian, Maryam Soleymaninejad, Babak Negahdari, Ali Eatemadi
Hepatocellular carcinoma is an antecedent of liver illnesses, including viral hepatitis, alcohol abuse, or metabolic disease. Transforming growth factor-Beta (TGF-b) plays an important role in creating a favorable microenvironment for tumor cell growth via two major mechanisms: an intrinsic activity as an autocrine growth factor and an extrinsic activity by inducing microenvironment changes. Recently stem cell therapy as also been a promising and potential treatment for liver cancer and in addition signaling pathways like GF/GFR systems, SDF-1α/CXC4 ligand receptor interaction and PI3K/Akt signaling, and cytokines has been identified to regulate cell fate decisions, and can be utilized to positively influence cell therapy outcomes...
February 8, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192119/leflunomide-induces-nad-p-h-quinone-dehydrogenase-1-enzyme-via-the-aryl-hydrocarbon-receptor-in-neonatal-mice
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Amrit Kumar Shrestha, Ananddeep Patel, Renuka T Menon, Weiwu Jiang, Lihua Wang, Bhagavatula Moorthy, Binoy Shivanna
Aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) has been increasingly recognized to play a crucial role in normal physiological homeostasis. Additionally, disrupted AhR signaling leads to several pathological states in the lung and liver. AhR activation transcriptionally induces detoxifying enzymes such as cytochrome P450 (CYP) 1A and NAD(P)H quinone dehydrogenase 1 (NQO1). The toxicity profiles of the classical AhR ligands such as 3-methylcholanthrene and dioxins limit their use as a therapeutic agent in humans. Hence, there is a need to identify nontoxic AhR ligands to develop AhR as a clinically relevant druggable target...
February 10, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188334/aicar-ameliorates-high-fat-diet-associated-pathophysiology-in-mouse-and-ex-vivo-models-independent-of-adiponectin
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Emma Börgeson, Ville Wallenius, Gulam H Syed, Manjula Darshi, Juan Lantero Rodriguez, Christina Biörserud, Malin Ragnmark Ek, Per Björklund, Marianne Quiding-Järbrink, Lars Fändriks, Catherine Godson, Kumar Sharma
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: In this study, we aimed to evaluate the therapeutic potential of 5-aminoimidazole-4-carboxamide ribonucleotide (AICAR), an activator of AMP-activated protein kinase, for ameliorating high-fat diet (HFD)-induced pathophysiology in mice. We also aimed to determine whether the beneficial effects of AICAR were dependent on adiponectin. Furthermore, human adipose tissue was used to examine the effect of AICAR ex vivo. METHODS: Six-week-old male C57BL/6J wild-type and Adipoq (-/-) mice were fed a standard-fat diet (10% fat) or an HFD (60% fat) for 12 weeks and given vehicle or AICAR (500 μg/g) three times/week from weeks 4-12...
February 10, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187366/a-combination-of-dietary-n-3-fatty-acids-and-a-cyclooxygenase-1-inhibitor-attenuates-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-in-mice
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Viswanathan Saraswathi, Curtis Perriotte-Olson, Murali Ganesan, Cyrus V Desouza, Yazen Alnouti, Michael J Duryee, Geoffrey M Thiele, Tara M Nordgren, Dahn L Clemens
We sought to determine whether a combination of purified n-3 fatty acids (n-3) and SC-560 (SC), a cyclooxygenase-1-specific inhibitor, is effective in ameliorating nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in obesity. Female wild-type mice were fed a high-fat and high-cholesterol diet (HF) supplemented with n-3 in the presence or absence of SC. Mice treated with SC alone exhibited no change in liver lipids, whereas n-3-fed mice tended to have lower hepatic lipids. Mice given n-3+SC had significantly lower liver lipids compared with HF controls indicating enhanced lipid clearance...
January 27, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187312/glucose-phosphorylated-on-carbon-6-suppresses-lipopolysaccharide-binding-to-lipopolysaccharide-binding-protein-and-inhibits-its-bioactivities
#18
Yuu Fujita, Kiyohito Yagi
Lipid A comprises the active region of lipopolysaccharide (LPS), and its phosphate group is required for LPS activities. Additionally, it is essential for effects of inhibitors of LPS-induced coagulation activity in limulus amebocyte lysate (LAL) tests. Lipid A has phosphorylated glucosamine residues, which are structurally similar to glucose 1-phosphate (G1P) and glucose 6-phosphate (G6P). This study focused on the antagonistic effects of glucose phosphates on the action of protein or non-protein inhibitors against LAL coagulation, LPS-LPS-binding protein (LBP) interaction, and LPS bioactivities...
February 6, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186991/c-terminal-truncated-hepatitis-b-virus-x-protein-regulates-tumorigenicity-self-renewal-and-drug-resistance-via-stat3-nanog-signaling-pathway
#19
Rachel Hiu Ha Ching, Karen Man Fong Sze, Eunice Yuen Ting Lau, Yung-Tuen Chiu, Joyce Man Fong Lee, Irene Oi Lin Ng, Terence Kin Wah Lee
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a major risk factor of chronic liver disease and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Random integration of HBV DNA into the host genome is frequent in HCC leading to truncation of the HBV DNA, particularly at the C-terminal end of the HBV X protein (HBx). C-terminally truncated HBx (HBx-ΔC) has been implicated in playing a pro-oncogenic role in hepatocarcinogenesis. However, the mechanism whereby HBx-ΔC1 contributes to hepatocarcinogenesis remains unclear. In this study, we investigated the functional role of HBx-ΔC1 in regulating liver cancer stem cell (CSC) properties...
February 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184367/novel-immunotherapies-for-autoimmune-hepatitis
#20
REVIEW
Shamir Cassim, Marc Bilodeau, Catherine Vincent, Pascal Lapierre
Autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) is a multifactorial autoimmune disease of unknown pathogenesis, characterized by a loss of immunological tolerance against liver autoantigens resulting in the progressive destruction of the hepatic parenchyma. Current treatments are based on non-specific immunosuppressive drugs. Although tremendous progress has been made using specific biological agents in other inflammatory diseases, progress has been slow to come for AIH patients. While current treatments are successful in the majority of patients, treatment discontinuation is difficult to achieve, and relapses are frequent...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
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