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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098838/role-of-udp-glucuronosyltransferase-1a1-in-the-metabolism-and-pharmacokinetics-of-silymarin-flavonolignans-in-patients-with-hcv-and-nafld
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Ying Xie, Sonia R Miranda, Janelle M Hoskins, Roy L Hawke
Silymarin is the most commonly used herbal medicine by patients with chronic liver disease. Silymarin flavonolignans undergo rapid first-pass metabolism primarily by glucuronidation. The aims of this investigation were: (1) to determine the association of UGT1A1*28 polymorphism with the area under the plasma concentration-time curves (AUCs) for silybin A (SA) and silybin B (SB); (2) to evaluate the effect of UGT1A1*28 polymorphism on the profile of flavonolignan glucuronide conjugates found in the plasma; and (3) to investigate the role of UGT1A1 enzyme kinetics on the pharmacokinetics of SA and SB...
January 15, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098253/the-clinically-approved-antiviral-drug-sofosbuvir-inhibits-zika-virus-replication
#2
Carolina Q Sacramento, Gabrielle R de Melo, Caroline S de Freitas, Natasha Rocha, Lucas Villas Bôas Hoelz, Milene Miranda, Natalia Fintelman-Rodrigues, Andressa Marttorelli, André C Ferreira, Giselle Barbosa-Lima, Juliana L Abrantes, Yasmine Rangel Vieira, Mônica M Bastos, Eduardo de Mello Volotão, Estevão Portela Nunes, Diogo A Tschoeke, Luciana Leomil, Erick Correia Loiola, Pablo Trindade, Stevens K Rehen, Fernando A Bozza, Patrícia T Bozza, Nubia Boechat, Fabiano L Thompson, Ana M B de Filippis, Karin Brüning, Thiago Moreno L Souza
Zika virus (ZIKV) is a member of the Flaviviridae family, along with other agents of clinical significance such as dengue (DENV) and hepatitis C (HCV) viruses. Since ZIKV causes neurological disorders during fetal development and in adulthood, antiviral drugs are necessary. Sofosbuvir is clinically approved for use against HCV and targets the protein that is most conserved among the members of the Flaviviridae family, the viral RNA polymerase. Indeed, we found that sofosbuvir inhibits ZIKV RNA polymerase, targeting conserved amino acid residues...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098111/incidence-of-hepatitis-c-virus-seroconversion-among-hemodialysis-patients-in-the-nile-delta-of-egypt-a-single-center-study
#3
Amany Talaat Kamal, Mohamed Nazmy Farres, Abeer Mohamed Eissa, Naglaa Ahmed Arafa, Raafat Saad Abdel-Reheem
Egypt has the highest worldwide prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, caused in part by nosocomial transmission. Patients on hemodialysis (HD) are at especially high risk of infection. We aimed to estimate the incidence of seroconversion among HCV-negative patients undergoing regular HD at a unit in a large public hospital in the Nile Delta of Egypt, which implements the Egyptian Ministry of Health guidelines for infection control, and an isolation policy for hepatitis-positive patients. We also assessed the adherence to infection control practices and evaluated nurses and physicians' knowledge and attitude toward infection control procedures...
January 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098110/hepatitis-c-in-children-with-chronic-kidney-disease-a-single-center-egypt
#4
Doaa Mohammed Youssef, Hanaa Abdo, Ahmed Alakhras, Tamer Adham, Abdelnasser Hussien Mohamoud
Prevalence of hepatitis C varies largely according to geographical distribution, and Egypt so far has the highest prevalence worldwide. The aim of this study was to evaluate hepatitis C infection in chronic kidney disease (CKD) children in our center with regard to its incidence and other morbidities. This is a cross-sectional study involving 50 children with CKD, not on dialysis. All patients underwent a thorough history taking including disease duration and mean duration of admission, clinical examination including blood pressure measurements, and routine laboratory examination such as hemoglobin level, serum aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), urea, and creatinine...
January 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097745/immature-core-protein-of-hepatitis-c-virus-induces-an-unfolded-protein-response-through-inhibition-of-erad-l-in-a-yeast-model-system
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Shota Takahashi, Naoko Sato, Junichi Kikuchi, Hideaki Kakinuma, Jun Okawa, Yukiko Masuyama, Singo Iwasa, Hayato Irokawa, Gi-Wook Hwang, Akira Naganuma, Michinori Kohara, Shusuke Kuge
The structural protein Core of hepatitis C virus (HCV), a cytosolic protein, induces endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and unfolded protein response (UPR) in hepatocytes, and is responsible for the pathogenesis of persistent HCV infection. Using yeast as a model system, we evaluated mechanisms underlying Core-induced interference of ER homeostasis and UPR, and found that UPR is induced by the immature Core (aa 1-191, Core191) but not by the mature Core (aa 1-177, Core177). Interestingly, Core191 inhibits both ERAD-L, a degradation system responsible for misfolded/unfolded proteins in the ER lumen, and ERAD-M, a degradation system responsible for proteins carrying a misfolded/unfolded region in the ER membrane...
January 18, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097103/efficacy-and-safety-of-daclatasvir-in-hepatitis-c-an-overview
#6
REVIEW
Nesrine Gamal, Stefano Gitto, Pietro Andreone
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a growing public health concern, with 184 million people infected worldwide. During the past decade, interferon has been the backbone of HCV treatment, even though it remains far from ideal. The latest development of the new direct antivirals has drastically changed the treatment approach for chronic hepatitis C (CHC). Inhibitors of the HCV NS5A region have garnered remarkable interest among treating physicians, due to their high potency and favourable safety profile. In particular, treatment with daclatasvir (DCV) has yielded high rates of vriologic response in patients infected with genotype (Gt) 1 and Gt 3, when used in combination with other antivirals of a different class, such as sofosbuvir...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097101/novel-treatment-of-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-for-patients-with-renal-impairment
#7
REVIEW
Goki Suda, Koji Ogawa, Megumi Kimura, Masato Nakai, Takuya Sho, Kenichi Morikawa, Naoya Sakamoto
Prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is high in patients with end-stage renal dysfunction, including patients undergoing hemodialysis (HD). The HCV infection itself can cause glomerulonephritis and puts individuals at increased risk of developing end-stage renal disease; fortunately, successful HCV eradication sometimes restore HCV-related renal dysfunction. Moreover, the prognosis of dialysis patients infected with HCV is significantly worse and the renal allograft survival in HCV-infected patients is also worse than in dialysis patients without HCV infection...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097100/hepatitis-c-virus-a-review-of-treatment-guidelines-cost-effectiveness-and-access-to-therapy
#8
REVIEW
Shaina M Lynch, George Y Wu
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection remains a significant medical concern in the United States and around the world. It is still one of the leading causes of chronic liver disease, and, for more than 20 years, there has been little progress in the treatment of HCV infection. The advent of direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) initiated the era of high efficacy and well-tolerated medications with high cure rates. The efficacy of these medications has prompted many professional societies around the world to update their treatment guidelines to include DAAs as first-line treatment...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097098/mir-34a-multiple-opposing-targets-and-one-destiny-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#9
Radwa Alaa Yacoub, Injie Omar Fawzy, Reem Amr Assal, Karim Adel Hosny, Abdel-Rahman Nabawy Zekri, Gamal Esmat, Hend Mohamed El Tayebi, Ahmed Ihab Abdelaziz
Background and Aims: The role of miR-34a in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is controversial and several unresolved issues remain, including its expression pattern and relevance to tumor etiology, tumor stage and prognosis, and finally, its impact on apoptosis. Methods: miR-34a expression was assessed in hepatitis C virus (HCV)-induced non-metastatic HCC tissues by RT-Q-PCR. Huh-7 cells were transfected with miR-34a mimics and the impact of miR-34a was examined on 84 pro-apoptotic/anti-apoptotic genes using PCR array; its net effect was tested on cell viability via MTT assay...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097097/mir-29a-promotes-lipid-droplet-and-triglyceride-formation-in-hcv-infection-by-inducing-expression-of-srebp-1c-and-cav1
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Mennatallah Mamdouh Mahdy, Nada Magdy El-Ekiaby, Rana Mahmoud Hashish, Radwa Ayman Salah, Rasha Sayed Hanafi, Hassan Mohamed El-Said Azzazy, Ahmed Ihab Abdelaziz
Aims: To examine the regulation of SREBP-1c and CAV1 by microRNA-29a (miR-29a) in cells infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) in an attempt to control HCV-induced non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Methods: In order to examine the manipulation of SREBP-1c and CAV1 by miR-29a, oleic acid (OA)-treated JFH-I-infected Huh-7 cells were used. OA was added 24 h post-transfection and gene expression was investigated by qRT-PCR at 48 h post treatment. The functional impact of the observed alteration in SREBP-1c and CAV1 expression was analyzed by examining lipid droplet (LD) and triglyceride (TG) content at 72 h post-OA treatment using light microscopy and spectrophotometry, respectively...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096546/ma026-an-anti-hepatitis-c-virus-compound-opens-tight-junctions-of-the-epithelial-cell-membrane
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Yusuke Kanda, Youhei Yamasaki, Satomi Shimura, Shinji Kamisuki, Fumio Sugawara, Yoko Nagumo, Takeo Usui
MA026 is an antiviral natural compound against hepatitis C virus (HCV). It was recently reported that MA026 binds claudin-1 (CLDN1) and inhibits HCV infection. Although CLDN1 is an important component of tight junctions (TJ) in the epithelial cell layer, the effects of MA026 on the TJ barrier function remained to be revealed. Here we report that MA026 irreversibly opens the TJ. MA026 irreversibly increased FD4 permeability and decreased transepithelial electrical resistance (TER) for at least 5 h. Although MA026 increased Ca(2+) influx in layered MDCKII cells, the Ca(2+) influx was less than that of capsaicin, a reversible TJ opener...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Antibiotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096056/common-issues-in-the-management-of-patients-on-the-waiting-list-and-after-liver-transplantation-hcv-hbv-alcoholic-liver-disease-immunosuppression
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REVIEW
Patrizia Burra, Luca Saverio Belli, Stefano Ginanni Corradini, Riccardo Volpes, Marco Marzioni, Edoardo Giannini, Pierluigi Toniutto
The present document contains the recommendations of an expert panel of transplant hepatologists, appointed by the Italian Association for the Study of the Liver (AISF), on how to manage the most common aspects of liver transplantation: the topics covered include: new treatments for HCV in patients on the waiting list for liver transplantation; antiviral treatments in patients with HCV recurrence after liver transplantation; prophylaxis for HBV recurrence after liver transplantation; indications for liver transplantation in alcoholic liver disease; and Immunosuppressive therapy...
December 31, 2016: Digestive and Liver Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095797/cocaine-crack-use-is-not-associated-with-fibrosis-progression-measured-by-ast-to-platelet-ratio-index-in-hiv-hcv-co-infected-patients-a-cohort-study
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Valérie Martel-Laferrière, Roy Nitulescu, Joseph Cox, Curtis Cooper, Mark Tyndall, Danielle Rouleau, Sharon Walmsley, Leo Wong, Marina B Klein
BACKGROUND: Cocaine and crack use has been associated with HIV and HCV infections, but its consequences on HCV progression have not been well established. We analyzed the impact of cocaine/crack use on liver fibrosis progression in a cohort of HIV-HCV co-infected patients. METHODS: A Canadian multicenter prospective cohort study followed 1238 HIV-HCV co-infected persons every 6 months between 2003 and 2013. Data were analyzed from 573 patients with positive HCV RNA, not on HCV treatment, without significant liver fibrosis (AST-to-Platelet Ratio Index (APRI) <1...
January 17, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094566/hcv-continuum-of-care-in-the-interferon-and-direct-acting-agent-eras-among-hiv-co-infected-patients
#14
Jeffrey Landon Roberson, Virginia L Kan
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January 17, 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094553/burden-of-hiv-syphilis-and-hepatitis-b-and-c-among-inmates-in-a-prison-state-system-in-mexico
#15
Pablo F Belaunzaran-Zamudio, Juan Luis Mosqueda-Gómez, Alejandro Macías-Hernández, Sonia Rodríguez-Ramírez, Juan Sierra-Madero, Chris Beyrer
We studied the prevalence of HIV, syphilis, HBV and HCV infection and associated risk behaviors in the prison state system of Guanajuato, Mexico between September 2011 and February 2012. Blood samples were drawn from adult inmates in all State prisons agreeing to participate in this cross-sectional study. Data on risk behaviors was collected using self-administered questionnaires. Prevalence of HIV, syphilis, HBV and HCV infection was 0.6% (95%CI=0.2-1.1), 0.7% (95%CI=0.4-1.0), 0.4 (95%CI=0.04-0.74) and 4.8 (95%CI=3...
January 17, 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093781/the-dynamic-landscape-of-liver-transplant-in-the-era-of-effective-hcv-therapy
#16
EDITORIAL
Elizabeth C Verna
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January 17, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093695/serum-zinc-deficiency-and-its-relation-to-liver-fibrosis-in-chronic-hcv-a-real-life-egyptian-study
#17
Dalia A Omran, Samar Kamal Darweesh, Hanan Fouad, Mohamed Mahmoud, Sameh Saif, Azza Fared, Mohamed Hassany, Lamiaa Mobarak, Mahmoud A El-Tahawy, Ayman Yosry
Zinc is essential for the activation of approximately 300 metallo-enzymes. Serum and hepatic zinc is decreased in chronic liver disease patients, and zinc depletion has been suggested to accelerate liver fibrosis. The study was designed to assess Zinc status in chronic HCV Egyptian patients and its relationship to fibrosis stage diagnosed by FibroScan. This was a cross-sectional study on 297 Egyptian patients with naïve chronic HCV. All patients underwent laboratory tests (including assessment of serum Zinc) and liver stiffness measurement (LSM) by Transient Elastography (FibroScan(®))...
January 16, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093541/association-of-toll-like-receptor-3-and-toll-like-receptor-9-single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-with-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-and-hepatic-fibrosis-in-egyptian-patients
#18
Rania A Zayed, Dalia Omran, Doha A Mokhtar, Zinab Zakaria, Sameera Ezzat, Mohamed A Soliman, Lamiaa Mobarak, Hossam El-Sweesy, Ghada Emam
Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are recognized as fundamental contributors to the immune system function against infections. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection represents a global health problem especially in Egypt having the highest HCV prevalence worldwide where HCV infection is a continuing epidemic. The aim of the present study was to investigate the possible association between genetic variation in TLR-3 and TLR-9 and HCV infection and hepatic fibrosis in chronic HCV-positive Egyptian patients. The present study included 100 naïve chronic HCV-positive patients and 100 age- and sex-matched healthy controls...
January 16, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093538/prevalence-and-determinants-of-cryptosporidium-infection-in-an-underdeveloped-rural-region-of-southwestern-china
#19
Ya Yang, Yibiao Zhou, Wanting Cheng, Xiang Pan, Penglei Xiao, Yan Shi, Jianchuan Gao, Xiuxia Song, Yue Chen, Qingwu Jiang
Few studies have focused on the epidemiology of Cryptosporidium in resource-challenged settings in China. We report a community-based cross-sectional study to investigate the prevalence of Cryptosporidium infection and its risk factors and associations with hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections. The prevalence of Cryptosporidium infection was 12.6% (95% confidence interval = 11.0-14.3). Individuals living in households with ≥ 5 family members and raising domestic pigs tended to have a greater risk of Cryptosporidium infection...
January 16, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093332/chitin-and-chitinase-role-in-pathogenicity-allergenicity-and-health
#20
REVIEW
Seema Patel, Arun Goyal
Chitin, a polysaccharide with particular abundance in fungi, nematodes and arthropods is immunogenic. It acts as a threat to other organisms, to tackle which they have been endowed with chitinase enzyme. Even if this enzyme is not present in all organisms, they possess proteins having chitin-binding domain(s) (ChtBD). Many lethal viruses like Ebola, and HCV (HepatitisC virus) have these domains to manipulate their carriers and target organisms. In keeping with the basic rule of survival, the self-origin (own body component) chitins and chitinases are protective, but that of non-self origin (from other organisms) are detrimental to health...
January 13, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
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