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Neonatal hepatitis

Charles Cai, Taimur Ahmad, Gloria B Valencia, Jacob V Aranda, Jiliu Xu, Kay D Beharry
OBJECTIVES: Extremely low gestational age neonates with chronic lung disease requiring oxygen therapy frequently experience fluctuations in arterial oxygen saturation or intermittent hypoxia (IH). These infants are at risk for multi-organ developmental delay, reduced growth, and short stature. The growth hormone (GH)/insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-1) system, an important hormonal regulator of lipid and carbohydrate metabolism, promotes neonatal growth and development. We tested the hypothesis that increasing episodes of IH delay neonatal growth by influencing the GH/IGF-I axis...
March 8, 2018: Growth Hormone & IGF Research
Sammy M Tabbah, Catalin S Buhimschi, Katherine Rodewald-Millen, Christopher R Pierson, Vineet Bhandari, Philip Samuels, Irina A Buhimschi
OBJECTIVE:  Hepcidin, a mediator of innate immunity, binds the iron exporter ferroportin, leading to functional hypoferremia through intracellular iron sequestration. We explored hepcidin-ferroportin interactions in neonates clinically diagnosed with early-onset neonatal sepsis (EONS). STUDY DESIGN:  Hepcidin and interleukin (IL)-6 were quantified by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) in 92 paired cord blood-maternal blood samples in the following groups: "Yes" EONS ( n  = 41, gestational age [GA] 29 ± 1 weeks) and "No" EONS ( n  = 51, GA 26 ± 1 weeks)...
February 2, 2018: American Journal of Perinatology
Qijun Cheng, Bin Zhao, Zhenxiang Huang, Yanhua Su, Biqin Chen, Songjing Yang, Xueqi Peng, Qilin Ma, Xiaoshan Yu, Benhua Zhao, Xiayi Ke
BACKGROUND & AIM: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) can be transmitted to infants, and is related to infants' later disease risk. Epigenetic change (such as DNA methylation) may be mechanism underlying the relationship. In this study, we aimed to investigate whether prenatal HBV infection could alter DNA methylation status in newborns. METHOD: We selected 12 neonates with intrauterine HBV infection whose mothers were HBsAg-positive during pregnancy, relative to 12 HBV-free neonates with HBsAg-negative mothers...
March 8, 2018: Gene
Claudia M Espinosa, Ravi Jhaveri
Hepatitis B virus and hepatitis C virus have received a significant amount of attention in recent years, and both viruses share a significant amount of similarities with one another beyond just that they both primarily target the liver. In recent years, cases of both infections have been fueled by a nationwide epidemic of injection drug use. Most relevant to this audience, they are both transmitted from mother to child. The increased cases in young adults combined with mother to child transmission translate into more exposed infants that will need to be managed and followed...
March 8, 2018: Seminars in Perinatology
Eungu Kang, Yoon-Myung Kim, Minji Kang, Sun-Hee Heo, Gu-Hwan Kim, In-Hee Choi, Jin-Ho Choi, Han-Wook Yoo, Beom Hee Lee
BACKGROUND: Fatty acid oxidation disorders (FAODs) include more than 15 distinct disorders with variable clinical manifestations. After the introduction of newborn screening using tandem mass spectrometry, early identification of FAODs became feasible. This study describes the clinical, biochemical and molecular characteristics of FAODs patients detected by newborn screening (NBS) compared with those of 9 patients with symptomatic presentations. METHODS: Clinical and genetic features of FAODs patients diagnosed by NBS and by symptomatic presentations were reviewed...
March 8, 2018: BMC Pediatrics
Kenichiro Kobayashi, Takako Yoshioka, Jun Miyauchi, Atsuko Nakazawa, Nobutaka Kiyokawa, Toshiro Maihara, Ikuya Usami
Liver fibrosis is a common complication associated with transient myeloproliferative disorder (TMD) in Down syndrome (DS). The exact molecular pathogenesis that regulates disease progression is largely unknown. We recently found serum and/or urinary monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) as a novel biomarker of liver fibrosis. This study was an in vitro analysis to investigate the fibrogenic activity of MCP-1 using the collagen-producing LX-2 human hepatic stellate cell line. We also examined the fibrogenic activity of serum from a male neonate with DS in whom late-onset liver fibrosis developed even after the resolution of TMD...
March 2018: Hepatology Communications
Atakan Comba, Fatma Demirbaş, Gönül Çaltepe, Esra Eren, Ayhan G Kalayci
BACKGROUND: α-1 Antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency is the most frequently occurring genetic liver disorder. The association among classical α-1 antitrypsin deficiency (AATD), chronic liver disease, and cirrhosis is common in adult patients but rare in children. AIM: To assess the clinical characteristics of children with AATD and to compare symptoms between homozygous and heterozygous children. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study included 20 children who were found to have mutant Pi alleles...
March 2, 2018: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Elizabeth E Krans, Scott D Rothenberger, Penelope K Morrison, Seo Young Park, Leah C Klocke, Mary J Turocy, Susan Zickmund
Objectives To evaluate Hepatitis C virus (HCV) knowledge and awareness among pregnant women with opioid use disorder (OUD). Methods From May through November 2015, a one-time survey was distributed to a convenience sample of pregnant women with OUD to assess their knowledge and awareness of (a) risk factors for HCV infection, (b) HCV transmission prevention strategies, (c) hepatotoxic risk reduction and (d) perinatal transmission and neonatal implications of HCV infection. Chi square and Fisher's exact tests were used to compare demographic characteristics and HCV knowledge between participants who were HCV positive and negative...
March 3, 2018: Maternal and Child Health Journal
Chengliang Zhou, Ying Yu, Qian Yang, Huihui Wang, Min Hou, Li Jin, Fanghong Zhang, Jiangzhong Sheng, Mingfang Miao, Xiaofu Yang, He-Feng Huang
Telbivudine is an orally nucleoside analog with potent and specific antihepatitis B virus (HBV) activity, and it has been reported to block mother-to-infant transmission. However, few studies have focused on the safety of prenatal exposure for offspring development.This is a prospective noninterventional study. Participants were enrolled during delivery through the Women's Hospital of Zhejiang University School of Medicine between January 2012 and September 2013. Neonate's umbilical cord arterial blood (UCAB) was collected after delivery...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Mikako Warren, Gary Mierau, Eric P Wartchow, Hiroyuki Shimada, Shoji Yano
Zellweger spectrum disorders (ZSD) are rare autosomal recessive inherited metabolic disorders and include severe (Zellweger syndrome) and milder phenotypes [neonatal adrenoleukodystrophy and infantile Refsum disease (IRD)]. ZSD are characterized by impaired peroxisomal functions and lack of peroxisomes detected by electron microscopy (EM). ZSD are caused by mutations in any of the 14 PEX genes. Patients with ZSD commonly demonstrate nonspecific hepatic symptoms within the first year, often without clinical suspicion of ZSD...
February 26, 2018: Ultrastructural Pathology
Roser Esplugas, Maria Isabel LLovet, Montserrat Bellés, Noemí Serra, Joan Carles Vallvé, José Luis Domingo, Victoria Linares
137-Cesium (137Cs) is one of the most important distributed radionuclides after a nuclear accident. Humans are usually co-exposed to various environmental toxicants, being Bisphenol-A (BPA) one of them. Exposure to IR and BPA in early life is of major concern, due to the higher vulnerability of developing organs. We evaluate the renal and hepatic effects of low doses of ionizing radiation (IR) and BPA. Sixty male mice (C57BL/6J) were randomly assigned to six experimental groups (n=10) and received a single subcutaneous dose of 0...
February 22, 2018: Food and Chemical Toxicology
Yong Hee Kim, Myung-Joon Kim, Hyun Joo Shin, Haesung Yoon, Seok Joo Han, Hong Koh, Yun Ho Roh, Mi-Jung Lee
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate MRI findings and to generate a decision tree model for diagnosis of biliary atresia (BA) in infants with jaundice. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed features of MRI and ultrasonography (US) performed in infants with jaundice between January 2009 and June 2016 under approval of the institutional review board, including the maximum diameter of periportal signal change on MRI (MR triangular cord thickness, MR-TCT) or US (US-TCT), visibility of common bile duct (CBD) and abnormality of gallbladder (GB)...
February 23, 2018: European Radiology
Yang-Cheng Hu, Chih-Ching Yeh, Ruey-Yu Chen, Chien-Tien Su, Wen-Chang Wang, Chyi-Huey Bai, Chi-Fei Chan, Fu Hsiung Su
Background: In this study, the long-term efficacy of hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccination was assessed using seroprevalence and an age-period-cohort (APC) model of HBV seromarkers among university entrants 30 years after the introduction of the national neonatal HBV vaccination program in Taiwan. Methods: In total, data of 17,611 university entrants who underwent university entrance health examinations between 2005 and 2016 were included. The seroprevalence of the HBV surface antigen (HBsAg) and the levels of the antibody against the HBV surface antigen (anti-HBs) in each year group and sex were calculated...
2018: PeerJ
Donghoon Lee, Hyun-Young Shin, Sang Min Park
Background: In Korea, hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection accounts for approximately 65-75% of HBV-related diseases, such as chronic hepatitis and liver cancer, and mother-to-child transmission is presumed to be a major source of the infection. To tackle this issue, the Korean government launched the national Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program (PHBPP) in 2002. This study analyzed the cost-effectiveness of the PHBPP with antiviral prophylaxis compared with the current PHBPP and/or universal vaccination, as well as identified the optimal strategy to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HBV in Korea...
2018: Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation: C/E
Ranit Hizkiyahu, Anat Rabinovich, Jecko Thachil, Eyal Sheiner, Gad Shaked, Gilbert Sebbag, Eli Maymon, Offer Erez
OBJECTIVES: Liver rupture and hematoma are rare life-threatening complications of pregnancy. The aims of the current study are to: (1) characterize in a population-based study all cases of liver hematoma and/or rupture; and (2) validate the utility of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) modified pregnancy specific disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) score in those cases. STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective cohort study including all patients with liver subcapsular hematoma or rupture between the years 1996 and 2012 was conducted...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Josephine A Czechowicz, Janel R Long-Boyle, Kristina W Rosbe, Erin F Mathes, Ilona J Frieden, Kristin A Shimano
Neonates with vascular anomalies causing airway compromise and other complications require early initiation of medical therapy. Sirolimus has emerged as a safe and effective treatment, but standard recommendations for dosing start at seven months. Guidelines are needed for dosing in very young infants, who have reduced hepatic metabolism of sirolimus. We present our experience treating six neonates (mean age 14.8 days) with complicated vascular anomalies. Standard dosing caused supratherapeutic levels in this population...
February 2018: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Yi-Chia Huang, Szu-Min Hsieh, Wang-Huei Sheng, Yu-Shan Huang, Kuan-Yin Lin, Guan-Jhou Chen, Shang-Ping Yang, Wen-Chun Liu, Yi-Ching Su, Hsin-Yun Sun, Chien-Ching Hung, Shan-Chwen Chang
BACKGROUND: Serological responses to revaccination against hepatitis B virus (HBV) are unclear in HIV-positive adults who had undergone neonatal HBV vaccination and whose antibodies against HBV had waned in the era of combination antiretroviral therapy (cART). METHODS: Between 2000 and 2017, 666 HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM) who were born after 1986, when nationwide neonatal HBV vaccination program was implemented in Taiwan, were included for analyses...
February 15, 2018: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
Junqing An, Tianlong Liu, Ruiping She, Qiaoxing Wu, Jijing Tian, Ruihan Shi, Wenzhuo Hao, Xinxin Ren, Yue Yang, Yiyao Lu, Yifei Yang, Yuanheng Wu
Hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection can induce infertility and miscarriage in pregnant women and infect neonates through vertical transmission. However, the mechanism of infertility and vertical transmission remains unclear. In the present study, we evaluated the replication of HEV in the ovary and structural and molecular changes induced by HEV after intraperitoneal injection of HEV in rabbits. Positive- and negative-strand HEV RNA was detected in the ovaries at 28 and 49 days post-infection. Positive HEV open reading frames 2 and 3 signals were observed in the ovaries by immunohistochemistry staining...
January 12, 2018: Oncotarget
Desiree Witte, Nigel A Cunliffe, Ann M Turner, Edward Ngulube, Opokua Ofori-Anyinam, Johan Vekemans, Philips Chimpeni, Marc Lievens, Trevor P Wilson, Jenala Njiramʼmadzi, Yolanda Guerra Mendoza, Amanda Leach
BACKGROUND: In a phase III trial, the RTS,S/AS01 malaria vaccine produced lower anti-circumsporozoite (CS) antibody titres when co-administered with Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI) vaccines (0,1,2-month schedule) at 6-12 weeks compared to 5-17 months at first vaccination. Alternative infant immunisation schedules within the EPI were investigated. METHODS: This phase II, open, single site (Blantyre, Malawi) trial was conducted in infants aged 1-7 days. Subjects were equally randomised across seven groups to receive three doses of RTS,S/AS01E at time points that included ≤7 days, 6, 10, 14, 26 weeks, and 9 months...
February 9, 2018: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Ravi Kishore, Sundeep M C Kisku, Reju Joseph Thomas, Srinivasa Kishore Jeenipalli
INTRODUCTION: The study describes a refinement in the gallbladder hitch stitch and assesses the value of the laparoscopic cholangiogram in children with suspected biliary atresia. METHODS: Twenty children with neonatal jaundice and no drainage as shown on the HIDA scan underwent a diagnostic laparoscopy through an umbilical 5 mm port. A 3 mm laparoscopic needle holder inserted through a 3.5 mm port to the left of the umbilicus was used to hitch the gallbladder to the abdominal wall...
February 9, 2018: Pediatric Surgery International
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