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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151181/screening-hcv-genotype-specific-epitope-peptides-based-on-conserved-sequence-analysis-and-b-cell-epitope-prediction-in-hcv-e2-region
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Rui Hua, Xiaoyu Jiang, Lingxia Qi, Shanshan Guan, Ziyu Kuai, Yongbo Qiao, Yan Xu, Xin Gong, Yuhua Shi, Wei Kong, Junqi Niu, Hao Zhang, Yaming Shan
The high mutation rate of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) genome increases the genotype diversity and renders the detection of the virus more difficult. Therefore, prediction and assessment of highly conserved and strongly antigenic epitope polypeptide sequences have become a focus of current research. The E2 region is the target binding region of neutralizing antibodies. HCV genomics, especially the high mutation rate of E2 region sequence, makes its genotyping more and more diverse, and the detection of HCV and genotype is becoming more and more strict...
November 18, 2017: Immunologic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150796/gender-differences-in-chronic-liver-diseases-in-two-cohorts-of-2001-and-2014-in-italy
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Evangelista Sagnelli, Tommaso Stroffolini, Caterina Sagnelli, Mario Pirisi, Sergio Babudieri, Guido Colloredo, Maurizio Russello, Nicola Coppola, Giovanni Battista Gaeta, Bruno Cacopardo, Massimo De Luca, Piero Luigi Almasio
BACKGROUND: Gender differences in chronic liver disease (CLD) have been partially investigated. To extend the present knowledge, we evaluated 12,263 patients with CLD enrolled in two national surveys (9997 in 2001 and 2557 in 2014). METHODS: The two surveys prospectively recruited patients aged ≥ 18 referring to Italian liver units throughout the country using a similar clinical approach and analytical methods. RESULTS: The overall male to female ratio (M/F) was 1...
November 17, 2017: Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150360/changes-in-the-epidemiology-and-distribution-of-the-hepatitis-c-virus-genotypes-in-north-eastern-spain-over-the-last-35-years
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Doroteo Acero Fernández, María José Ferri Iglesias, María Buxó Pujolràs, Carmen López Nuñez, Isabel Serra Matamala, Xavier Queralt Molés, Xavier Aldeguer Manté
BACKGROUND: Genotypic distribution and epidemiology of HCV infection in Western Europe countries has changed over the last decades. AIM: To establish the local genotypic profile and characterize the associated demographic variables. MATERIAL AND METHOD: All the genotyping from 1988 to 2015 were considered. Associated demographic variables were included in logistic regression models. Genotyping was carried out with updated commercial kits. RESULTS: Genotype 1b was the most prevalent (42...
November 14, 2017: Gastroenterología y Hepatología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149973/hepatitis-c-virus-recurrence-occurs-earlier-in-patients-receiving-donation-after-circulatory-death-liver-transplant-grafts-compared-with-those-receiving-donation-after-brainstem-death-grafts
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S A Townsend, M A Monga, P Nightingale, D Mutimer, A M Elsharkawy, A Holt
INTRODUCTION: Hepatitis C virus (HCV)-related cirrhosis remains the commonest indication for liver transplantation worldwide, yet few studies have investigated the impact of donation after circulatory death (DCD) graft use on HCV recurrence and patient outcomes. DCD grafts have augmented the limited donor organ pool and reduced wait-list mortality, although concerns regarding graft longevity and patient outcome persist. METHODS: This was a single-center study of all HCV + adults who underwent DCD liver transplantation between 2004 and 2014...
November 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149530/proteases-and-protease-inhibitors-in-infectious-diseases
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Ayodeji A Agbowuro, Wilhelmina M Huston, Allan B Gamble, Joel D A Tyndall
There are numerous proteases of pathogenic organisms that are currently targeted for therapeutic intervention along with many that are seen as potential drug targets. This review discusses the chemical and biological makeup of some key druggable proteases expressed by the five major classes of disease causing agents, namely bacteria, viruses, fungi, eukaryotes, and prions. While a few of these enzymes including HIV protease and HCV NS3-4A protease have been targeted to a clinically useful level, a number are yet to yield any clinical outcomes in terms of antimicrobial therapy...
November 17, 2017: Medicinal Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149493/impact-of-chronic-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-on-the-survival-of-patients-with-oropharyngeal-cancer
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Minas P Economides, Moran Amit, Parag S Mahale, Jeff J Hosry, Ying Jiang, Uddalak Bharadwaj, Erich M Sturgis, Harrys A Torres
BACKGROUND: Although an association between hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and oropharyngeal cancers (OPCs) has been reported, to the authors' knowledge the clinical significance of this epidemiological finding remains unknown. Therefore, the authors analyzed the oncologic outcomes of HCV-infected patients with OPCs. METHODS: In this retrospective cohort study, all patients with OPCs who were seen at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center between January 2004 and December 2015 were reviewed...
November 17, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149205/kir-content-genotypes-associate-with-carriage-of-hepatitis-b-surface-antigen-e-antigen-and-hbv-viral-load-in-gambians
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Louis-Marie Yindom, Maimuna Mendy, Christopher Bodimeade, Caroline Chambion, Peter Aka, Hilton C Whittle, Sarah L Rowland-Jones, Robert Walton
BACKGROUND: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) causes over 800,000 deaths worldwide annually, mainly in low income countries, and incidence is rising rapidly in the developed world with the spread of hepatitis B (HBV) and C (HCV) viruses. Natural Killer (NK) cells protect against viral infections and tumours by killing abnormal cells recognised by Killer-cell Immunoglobulin-like Receptors (KIR). Thus genes and haplotypes encoding these receptors may be important in determining both outcome of initial hepatitis infection and subsequent chronic liver disease and tumour formation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149077/rna-virus-evolution-via-a-quasispecies-based-model-reveals-a-drug-target-with-a-high-barrier-to-resistance
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Richard J Bingham, Eric C Dykeman, Reidun Twarock
The rapid occurrence of therapy-resistant mutant strains provides a challenge for anti-viral therapy. An ideal drug target would be a highly conserved molecular feature in the viral life cycle, such as the packaging signals in the genomes of RNA viruses that encode an instruction manual for their efficient assembly. The ubiquity of this assembly code in RNA viruses, including major human pathogens, suggests that it confers selective advantages. However, their impact on viral evolution cannot be assessed in current models of viral infection that lack molecular details of virus assembly...
November 17, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147974/genotype-related-variations-in-proinflammatory-and-regulatory-cytokine-levels-in-treated-and-treatment-naive-hcv-infected-patients
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Rasoul Baharlou, Bizhan Romani, Seyed Jalal Kiani, Kaveh Sadeghi, Enayatollah Shadmand, Hadi Fazel, Farid Azizi Jalilian, Ebrahim Kord, Sajad Yaghoubi, Yousef Nikmanesh, Abbas Ahmadi Vasmehjani
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) modulates immune-related inflammatory responses to induce milder reactions leading to virus persistence. In this regard, the present study aimed to investigate the link between the HCV genotypes and the proinflammatory and regulatory cytokine levels. Ninety patients with hepatitis C infection (68 treatment-naive and 22 treated patients) and 76 healthy blood donors were studied. The serum levels of IFN-γ, IL-10, IL-17A, and IL-21 were measured by ELISA in the patients and healthy controls...
November 17, 2017: Medical Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147645/real-world-cure-rates-for-hepatitis-c-virus-treatments-that-include-simeprevir-and-or-sofosbuvir-are-comparable-to-clinical-trial-results
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Kian Bichoupan, Neeta Tandon, James F Crismale, Joshua Hartman, David Del Bello, Neal Patel, Sweta Chekuri, Alyson Harty, Michel Ng, Keith M Sigel, Meena B Bansal, Priya Grewal, Charissa Y Chang, Jennifer Leong, Gene Y Im, Lawrence U Liu, Joseph A Odin, Nancy Bach, Scott L Friedman, Thomas D Schiano, Ponni V Perumalswami, Douglas T Dieterich, Andrea D Branch
AIM: To assess the real-world effectiveness and cost of simeprevir (SMV), and/or sofosbuvir (SOF)-based therapy for chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. METHODS: The real-world performance of patients treated with SMV/SOF ± ribavirin (RBV), SOF/RBV, and SOF/RBV with pegylated-interferon (PEG) were analyzed in a consecutive series of 508 patients with chronic HCV infection treated at a single academic medical center. Patients with genotypes 1 through 4 were included...
November 12, 2017: World Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146520/patterns-of-resistance-associated-substitutions-in-patients-with-chronic-hcv-infection-following-treatment-with-direct-acting-antivirals
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Julia Dietz, Simone Susser, Johannes Vermehren, Kai-Henrik Peiffer, Georgios Grammatikos, Annemarie Berger, Peter Ferenci, Maria Buti, Beat Müllhaupt, Bela Hunyady, Holger Hinrichsen, Stefan Mauss, Jörg Petersen, Peter Buggisch, Gisela Felten, Dietrich Hüppe, Gaby Knecht, Thomas Lutz, Eckart Schott, Christoph Berg, Ulrich Spengler, Thomas von Hahn, Thomas Berg, Stefan Zeuzem, Christoph Sarrazin
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Little is known about substitutions that mediate resistance of HCV to direct-acting antivirals (DAAs), due to the small number of patients with treatment failure in approval studies. It is important to identify resistance patterns to select effective salvage treatments. METHODS: We performed a comprehensive analysis for resistance-associated substitutions (RASs) in HCV genes (NS3, NS5A, NS5B) targeted by DAAs. We compared NS3, NS5A, and NS5B sequences from 626 patients in Europe with DAA failure with sequences from 2322 DAA-naïve patients, infected with HCV genotypes 1-4...
November 13, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145802/effectiveness-of-current-and-future-regimens-for-treating-genotype-3-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-a-large-scale-systematic-review
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Hosnieh Fathi, Andrew Clark, Nathan R Hill, Geoffrey Dusheiko
BACKGROUND: Six distinct genetic variants (genotypes 1 - 6) of hepatitis C virus (HCV) exist globally. Certain genotypes are more prevalent in particular countries or regions than in others but, globally, genotype 3 (GT3) is the second most common. Patients infected with HCV GT1, 2, 4, 5 or 6 recover to a greater extent, as measured by sustained virological response (SVR), following treatment with regimens based on direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) than after treatment with older regimens based on pegylated interferon (Peg-IFN)...
November 16, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145609/the-differential-effects-of-hiv-and-hcv-on-bone-micro-architecture-and-fracture-risk
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Roger J Bedimo, Beverley Adams-Huet, John Poindexter, Geri Brown, Irfan Farukhi, Rosinda Castanon, Diana Turner, Teresa Moore, Pablo Tebas, Naim M Maalouf
Background: HIV/HCV co-infected subjects have a significantly greater osteoporotic fracture risk than HIV-infected, despite the fact that HIV/HCV co-infection has not been associated with lower bone mineral density (BMD) than HIV or HCV alone. We evaluated if changes in bone microarchitecture , measured by trabecular bone score (TBS) could explain these differences. Design: We performed a prospective, cross-sectional cohort study of virologically suppressed HIV, untreated HCV, HIV/HCV co-infected and non-infected controls...
November 14, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145422/missense-mutation-at-cldn8-associated-with-a-high-plasma-interferon-gamma-inducible-protein-10-level-in-methadone-maintained-patients-with-urine-test-positive-for-morphine
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Tung-Hsia Liu, Ren-Hua Chung, Sheng-Chang Wang, Chiu-Ping Fang, Hsiao-Hui Tsou, Chia-Lung Shih, Hsiang-Wei Kuo, Yun Wang, Yu-Li Liu
We previously reported a high plasma chemokine interferon gamma-inducible protein 10 (IP-10) level and prolonged electrocardiography QT-interval in methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) patients with HIV or HCV infection. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the genetic association of high plasma IP-10 level in the MMT patients. The gene-based and pathway-based association analyses were conducted using a genome-wide association study dataset in 344 MMT patients for identifying genes and pathways associated with plasma IP-10 level...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145306/dynamic-noninvasive-markers-predict-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-chronic-hepatitis-c-patients-without-sustained-virological-response-after-interferon-based-therapy-prioritize-who-needs-urgent-direct-acting-antiviral-agents
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Chao-Min Huang, Tsung-Hui Hu, Kuo-Chin Chang, Po-Lin Tseng, Sheng-Nan Lu, Chien-Hung Chen, Jing-Houng Wang, Chuan-Mo Lee, Ming-Chao Tsai, Ming-Tsung Lin, Yi-Hao Yen, Chao-Hung Hung, Chung-Lung Cho, Cheng-Kun Wu
Some patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections who fail to achieve sustained virological responses (SVRs) after interferon (IFN) therapy do not develop hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Risk stratification of these patients may help identify those who would benefit most from treatment with direct-acting antivirals (DAAs).A total of 552 HCV-infected patients with non-SVR status were enrolled. Laboratory data before and after IFN treatment were analyzed to determine the relationship of changes in serum markers with development of HCC during the 7-year study period...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143681/economic-evaluation-of-hcv-testing-approaches-in-low-and-middle-income-countries
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REVIEW
Jake R Morgan, Maria Servidone, Philippa Easterbrook, Benjamin P Linas
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection represents a major public health burden with diverse epidemics worldwide, but at present, only a minority of infected persons have been tested and are aware of their diagnosis. The advent of highly effective direct acting antiviral (DAA) therapy, which is becoming available at increasingly lower costs in low and middle income countries (LMICs), represents a major opportunity to expand access to testing and treatment. However, there is uncertainty as to the optimal testing approaches and who to prioritize for testing...
November 1, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143676/the-future-of-viral-hepatitis-testing-innovations-in-testing-technologies-and-approaches
#17
REVIEW
Rosanna W Peeling, Debrah I Boeras, Francesco Marinucci, Philippa Easterbrook
A large burden of undiagnosed hepatitis virus cases remains globally. Despite the 257 million people living with chronic hepatitis B virus infection, and 71 million with chronic viraemic HCV infection, most people with hepatitis remain unaware of their infection. Advances in rapid detection technology have created new opportunities for enhancing access to testing and care, as well as monitoring of treatment. This article examines a range of other technological innovations that can be leveraged to provide more affordable and simplified approaches to testing for HBV and HCV infection and monitoring of treatment response...
November 1, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143672/diagnostic-accuracy-of-serological-diagnosis-of-hepatitis-c-and-b-using-dried-blood-spot-samples-dbs-two-systematic-reviews-and-meta-analyses
#18
Berit Lange, Jennifer Cohn, Teri Roberts, Johannes Camp, Jeanne Chauffour, Nina Gummadi, Azumi Ishizaki, Anupriya Nagarathnam, Edouard Tuaillon, Philippe van de Perre, Christine Pichler, Philippa Easterbrook, Claudia M Denkinger
BACKGROUND: Dried blood spots (DBS) are a convenient tool to enable diagnostic testing for viral diseases due to transport, handling and logistical advantages over conventional venous blood sampling. A better understanding of the performance of serological testing for hepatitis C (HCV) and hepatitis B virus (HBV) from DBS is important to enable more widespread use of this sampling approach in resource limited settings, and to inform the 2017 World Health Organization (WHO) guidance on testing for HBV/HCV...
November 1, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143626/methodological-challenges-in-appraising-evidence-on-diagnostic-testing-for-who-guidelines-on-hepatitis-b-and-hepatitis-c-virus-infection
#19
Roger Chou, Philippa Easterbrook, Margaret Hellard
Linking persons with hepatitis B (HBV) and hepatitis C (HCV) infection with appropriate prevention and treatment requires that they first be diagnosed. The World Health Organization (WHO) has developed its first guidelines on testing for chronic HBV and HCV infection, using a framework based on methods from the Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) Working Group for the formulation of recommendations, including determining the strength of recommendations and quality of evidence...
November 1, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143625/trends-in-hepatitis-b-virus-testing-practices-and-management-in-hiv-clinics-across-sub-saharan-africa
#20
REVIEW
Patrick A Coffie, Matthias Egger, Michael J Vinikoor, Marcel Zannou, Lameck Diero, Akouda Patassi, Mark H Kuniholm, Moussa Seydi, Guillaume Bado, Ponsiano Ocama, Monique I Andersson, Eugène Messou, Albert Minga, Philippa Easterbrook, Kathryn Anastos, François Dabis, Gilles Wandeler
BACKGROUND: Approximately 8% of HIV-infected individuals are co-infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV) in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Knowledge of HBV status is important to guide optimal selection of antiretroviral therapy (ART) and monitor/prevent liver-related complications. We describe changes in testing practices and management of HBV infection over a 3-year period in HIV clinics across SSA. METHODS: A medical chart review was conducted in large urban HIV treatment centers in Côte d'Ivoire (3 sites), Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa, Togo, Uganda and Zambia (1 site each)...
November 1, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
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