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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646813/hepatoprotective-activity-of-satwa-an-ayurvedic-formulation-against-alcohol-induced-liver-injury-in-rats
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Tejaswi Chavan, Abhijit Ghadge, Manjiri Karandikar, Vijaya Pandit, Prabhakar Ranjekar, Omkar Kulkarni, Aniket Kuvalekar, Nitin Mantri
Context • Guduchi Satwa is an Ayurvedic formulation prepared from Tinospora species. It has been used since ancient times to treat liver disorders. Objectives • The study intended to assess the hepatoprotective potential of Satwa prepared from 3 forms of Tinospora against alcohol-induced hepatotoxicity. Design • Male, albino Wistar rats were divided into 6 groups, with 6 rats each: 3 control groups-healthy controls, negative controls, and positive controls-and 3 intervention groups-Tinospora cordifolia, Tinospora sinensis, and Neem-Guduchi...
July 2017: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646742/image-analysis-for-tsh-mrna-in-situ-hybridization-in-pituitary-glands-from-rats-with-thyroid-follicular-cell-hypertrophy-after-treatment-with-three-different-test-compounds
#2
Juergen Funk, Martin Ebeling, Thomas Singer, Christian Landes
The goal of this in situ hybridization and image analysis technique is to study the effects of new pharmacological/chemical entities on the thyroid and pituitary gland in rats, reveal the pathogenesis of thyroid follicular cell hypertrophy and to retrospectively exclude the risk of thyroid tumor development in humans. In the present study, we describe the increase of thyroid-stimulating hormone- (TSH-) beta subunit mRNA in the pars distalis of the pituitary gland and the quantitative measurement of TSH mRNA positive cells from rats of three 4-week toxicity studies treated with three different test compounds inducing thyroid follicular cell and hepatocellular hypertrophy in rats...
June 11, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646724/zinc-and-calcium-alter-the-relationship-between-mitochondrial-respiration-ros-and-membrane-potential-in-rainbow-trout-oncorhynchus-mykiss-liver-mitochondria
#3
Mahmoud S Sharaf, Don Stevens, Collins Kamunde
At excess levels, zinc (Zn) disrupts mitochondrial functional integrity and induces oxidative stress in aquatic organisms. Although much is known about the modulation of Zn toxicity by calcium (Ca) in fish, their interactions at the mitochondrial level have scarcely been investigated. Here we assessed the individual and combined effects of Zn and Ca on the relationship between mitochondrial respiration, ROS and membrane potential (ΔΨmt) in rainbow trout liver mitochondria. We tested if cation uptake through the mitochondrial calcium uniporter (MCU) is a prerequisite for Zn- and/or Ca-induced alteration of mitochondrial function...
June 12, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646664/wogonin-attenuates-inflammation-by-activating-ppar-%C3%AE-in-alcoholic-liver-disease
#4
Hai-Di Li, Xin Chen, Yang Yang, Hui-Min Huang, Ling Zhang, Xin Zhang, Lei Zhang, Cheng Huang, Xiao-Ming Meng, Jun Li
Alcoholic liver disease (ALD) is one of the predominant causes of liver-related morbidity and mortality worldwide. However, effective therapy for ALD is still lacking. Wogonin, a major flavonoid compound, is found in Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi. Accumulating studies have revealed that wogonin possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-tumour activities in various models. However, the hepatoprotective activity of wogonin in ALD is still obscure. In this study, we found that wogonin significantly attenuated inflammatory response in EtOH-fed mice, and reduced the expression of inflammatory cytokines such as TNF-α and IL-6 in EtOH-induced RAW264...
June 21, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646630/characteristics-of-systemic-inflammation-in-hepatitis-b-precipitated-aclf-differentiate-it-from-no-aclf
#5
Wei Wu, Huadong Yan, Hong Zhao, Wenjie Sun, Qiao Yang, Jifang Sheng, Yu Shi
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Patients with severe exacerbation of chronic hepatitis B (SE-CHB) are at risk of developing acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF). Systemic inflammation (SI) is a major driver of ACLF. The aim of this study was to identify characteristics of SI in hepatitis B-precipitated-ACLF (HB-ACLF), which may be distinct from No-ACLF patients with SE-CHB. METHODS: Two cohorts of patients with SE-CHB were enrolled in two tertiary hospitals. The associations between circulating leukocyte counts/subsets and ACLF progression and prognoses were analysed in Cohort A...
June 24, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646628/focal-liver-lesions-real-time-3-dimensional-contrast-enhanced-ultrasonography-compared-with-2-dimensional-contrast-enhanced-ultrasonography-and-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#6
Jung-Chieh Lee, Kun Yan, San-Kan Lee, Wei Yang, Min-Hua Chen
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to evaluate the application of real-time 3-dimensional (3D) contrast-enhanced ultrasonography (US) to diagnose focal liver lesions and to compare these results with those from 2-dimensional (2D) contrast-enhanced US and contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). METHODS: Patients with focal liver lesions were examined by 2D contrast-enhanced US, 3D contrast-enhanced US, and contrast-enhanced MRI for lesion characterization, and biopsies and comprehensive clinical diagnoses served as reference standards...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646552/targeting-histone-deacetylase-4-ubc9-impairs-dna-repair-for-radiosensitization-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells
#7
Chiao-Ling Tsai, Wei-Lin Liu, Feng-Ming Hsu, Po-Sheng Yang, Ruoh-Fang Yen, Kai-Yuan Tzen, Ann-Lii Cheng, Pei-Jer Chen, Jason Chia-, Hsien Cheng
Several strategies to improve the efficacy of radiation therapy against hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) have been investigated. One approach was to develop radiosensitizing compounds. Because histone deacetylase 4 (HDAC4) is highly expressed in liver cancer and known to regulate oncogenesis through chromatin structure remodeling and controlling protein access to DNA, we postulated that HDAC4 inhibition might enhance radiation's effect on HCC cells. HCC cell lines (Huh7 and PLC5) and an ectopic xenograft were pretreated with HDAC inhibitor or shRNA to knock down expression of HDAC4, and then irradiated (2...
June 23, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646549/inhibition-of-jnk-signaling-mediates-ppar%C3%AE-dependent-protection-against-intrahepatic-cholestasis-by-fenofibrate
#8
Manyun Dai, Julin Yang, Minzhu Xie, Jiao Lin, Min Luo, Huiying Hua, Gangming Xu, Hante Lin, Danjun Song, Yuqing Cheng, Bin Guo, Jinshun Zhao, Frank J Gonzalez, Aiming Liu
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Fenofibrate, a PPARα agonist, is the most widely prescribed drug for the treatment of hyperlipidemia. Although fibrate drugs were reported to be beneficial for cholestasis, the underlying mechanism has not been determined. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Wild-type mice and Pparα-null mice were orally pretreated with fenofibrate for three days, following which ANIT was administered to induce cholestasis. The potent experimental PPARα agonist WY14643 was used to validate the role of PPARα, and the JNK inhibitor SP600125 was employed to explore the role of the JNK pathway in cholestatic liver injury...
June 23, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646543/hepatic-bile-acid-uptake-in-humans-and-mice-multiple-pathways-and-expanding-potential-role-for-gut-liver-signaling
#9
EDITORIAL
Paul A Dawson
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June 23, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646531/morin-a-novel-lxr%C3%AE-%C3%AE-dual-antagonist-has-potent-therapeutic-efficacy-for-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-diseases
#10
Ming Gu, Yu Zhang, Chuhe Liu, Dongshan Wang, Li Feng, Shengjie Fan, Baican Yang, Qingchun Tong, Guang Ji, Cheng Huang
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Morin is a natural occurring flavonoid in many dietary plants and has a wide range of beneficial effects on metabolism; however, the mechanism underlying its action remains elusive. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Reporter assay and the Time-Resolved Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer assay were used to identify morin as a dual antagonist of LXRα and LXRβ. High fat-diet mixed with morin (100 mg/100 g diet) was administrated to high-fat diet-induced obese or LXRβ(-/-) mice combining with Western blot and RT-PCR analysis to evaluate the pharmacological effect and mechanism of morin treatment...
June 23, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646516/tofacitinib-restores-the-inhibition-of-reverse-cholesterol-transport-induced-by-inflammation-understanding-the-lipid-paradox-associated-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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S Pérez-Baos, J I Barrasa, P Gratal, A Larrañaga-Vera, I Prieto-Potin, G Herrero-Beaumont, R Largo
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have increased cardiovascular mortality, paradoxically associated with reduced circulating lipid levels. The Janus kinase (Jak) inhibitor tofacitinib ameliorates systemic and joint inflammation in RA with a concomitant increase in serum lipids. We analyzed the effect of tofacitinib on the lipid profile of hyperlipidemic rabbits with chronic arthritis (CA) and on the regulation of reverse cholesterol transport (RCT) during chronic inflammation...
June 23, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646515/alcohol-abstinence-in-patients-surviving-an-episode-of-alcoholic-hepatitis-prediction-and-impact-on-long-term-survival
#12
José Altamirano, Hugo López-Pelayo, Javier Michelena, Patricia D Jones, Lluisa Ortega, Pere Ginès, Juan Caballería, Antoni Gual, Ramón Bataller, Anna Lligoña
Alcoholic hepatitis (AH) is the most severe form of alcoholic liver disease. Most studies have focused on short-term prognosis, while factors associated with long-term survival are largely unknown. THE AIMS OF OUR STUDY WERE: 1) to determine the impact of complete abstinence from alcohol on long-term survival and 2) to identify prognostic factors at admission capable of predicting abstinence during long-term follow-up in patients with AH. One hundred and forty-two patients with biopsy-proven AH that survived the first episode were included...
June 23, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646508/hepatic-stimulator-substance-resists-hepatic-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-by-regulating-drp1-translocation-and-activation
#13
Chao Zhang, Jing Huang, Wei An
Ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI), induced by abnormal mitochondrial fission related apoptosis, is a major concern in liver transplantation settings. Our previous studies have demonstrated that hepatic stimulator substance (HSS) is an anti-apoptotic effector and could protect liver from IRI. However, the underlying mechanism remains unclear. In the present study, we report that in vitro and in vivo HSS could regulate mitochondrial fission and hepatocyte apoptosis during liver IRI by orchestrating the translocation and activation of dynamin-related protein 1 (Drp1)...
June 23, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646502/the-liver-gut-microbiota-axis-modulates-hepatotoxicity-of-tacrine-in-the-rat
#14
Lian Yee Yip, Chiu Cheong Aw, Sze Han Lee, Yi Shuen Hong, Han Chen Ku, Winston Hecheng Xu, Jessalyn Mei Xuan Chan, Eleanor Jing Yi Cheong, Kern Rei Chng, Amanda Hui Qi Ng, Niranjan Nagarajan, Ratha Mahendran, Yuan Kun Lee, Edward R Browne, Eric Chun Yong Chan
The gut microbiota possesses diverse metabolic activities but its contribution towards heterogeneous toxicological responses is poorly understood. Here, we elucidate the role of the liver-gut microbiota axis in underpinning the hepatotoxicity of tacrine. We employed an integrated strategy combining pharmacokinetics, toxicology, metabonomics, genomics and metagenomics to elucidate and validate the mechanism of tacrine-induced hepatotoxicity in Lister hooded rats. Pharmacokinetic studies in rats demonstrated 3...
June 23, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646428/effects-of-carvacrol-on-survival-mesenteric-blood-flow-aortic-function-and-multiple-organ-injury-in-a-murine-model-of-polymicrobial-sepsis
#15
Erdem Kamil Ozer, Mustafa Tugrul Goktas, Aysun Toker, Hulagu Bariskaner, Ceyhan Ugurluoglu, Alper Bektas Iskit
Carvacrol (CRV) has strong cytoprotective, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. We aimed to demonstrate the possible protective effects of CRV on survival, mesenteric artery blood flow (MBF), vascular reactivity, and oxidative and inflammatory injuries in a murine model of polymicrobial sepsis induced by cecal ligation and puncture (CLP). Wistar rats were allocated into the following four groups: Sham, CLP, Sham + CRV, and CLP + CRV. The animals were orally administered with CRV (80 mg/kg/day) or vehicle (corn oil; 1 mL/kg/day) for 7 days...
June 23, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646427/tanshinone-iia-attenuates-atherosclerosis-in-apolipoprotein-e-knockout-mice-infected-with-porphyromonas-gingivalis
#16
Yan Xuan, Yue Gao, Hao Huang, Xiaoxuan Wang, Yu Cai, Qing Xian Luan
Tanshinone IIA (TSA), a pharmacologically active component isolated from Danshen, may prevent cardiovascular diseases due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, and anti-adipogenic effects. Porphyromonas gingivalis, a major periodontal pathogen, may contribute to the progression of atherosclerosis. Here, we studied the effects of TSA on atherosclerosis in ApoE(-/-) mice with P. gingivalis infection. Eight-week-old ApoE(-/-) mice were randomized to (a) phosphate-buffered saline (PBS), (b) P. gingivalis, and (c) P...
June 23, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646417/mesenchymal-stem-cell-therapy-for-acute-and-chronic-pancreatitis
#17
REVIEW
Kazumichi Kawakubo, Shunsuke Ohnishi, Masaki Kuwatani, Naoya Sakamoto
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have attracted attention as a cell source for regenerative medicine. In particular, MSCs have an anti-inflammatory effect by secreting several kinds of bioactive molecules. MSC therapy is now being applied to various gastrointestinal diseases, such as graft-versus-host disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and liver cirrhosis. Therefore, MSC therapy has the potential to be a novel treatment for acute and chronic pancreatitis by suppressing inflammation. Several studies have investigated the effect of MSC therapy on acute and chronic pancreatitis, but the underlying mechanisms remain unknown...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646304/ndrg2-knockdown-promotes-fibrosis-in-renal-tubular-epithelial-cells-through-tgf-%C3%AE-1-smad3-pathway
#18
Zhibo Jin, Chaohui Gu, Fengyan Tian, Zhankui Jia, Jinjian Yang
Renal fibrosis is a common pathological pathway of various chronic kidney diseases progressing to end-stage renal disease and is characterized by tubular atrophy, fibroblast/myofibroblast activation and excessive deposition of extracellular matrix (ECM). N-Myc downstream-regulated gene-2 (NDRG2) is reported to be associated with liver fibrosis in rats. However, the biological function of NDRG2 in renal fibrosis remains unclear. Therefore, we investigate the effect of NDRG2 on renal fibrosis and the underlying mechanism of NDRG2 in TGF-β1-induced renal tubular epithelial cells (HK-2)...
June 23, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646278/liver-involvement-in-kidney-disease-and-vice-versa
#19
REVIEW
Karen Van Hoeve, Djalila Mekahli, Eva Morava, Elena Levtchenko, Peter Witters
The liver and kidneys are often similarly affected by a single disease. This is the case in metabolic, immunological, toxic, and infectious diseases, and in the different congenital malformation syndromes. Also, an enzymatic defect in an otherwise healthy liver or the consequences of advanced liver disease by itself can cause kidney disease as a secondary phenomenon. In this review, we describe numerous pathogenic mechanisms leading to dysfunction or malformations of the liver and kidneys in children. We encourage multidisciplinary management for optimal care...
June 23, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646261/hepatic-arterial-infusion-chemotherapy-for-extensive-liver-metastases-of-breast-cancer-efficacy-safety-and-prognostic-parameters
#20
Mitra Tewes, Michael Wilhelm Peis, Simon Bogner, Jens M Theysohn, Marcus Paul Reinboldt, Martin Schuler, Anja Welt
PURPOSE: Hepatic arterial infusion chemotherapy (HAIC) is an option for patients with liver-predominant metastatic breast cancer (LMBC), when no further systemic treatment is available. But systematic reports are limited. Here we conducted a retrospective analysis of LMBC patients treated at an expert center. METHODS: Individual patient data were retrieved from the clinical data base of the West German Cancer Center. Primary endpoints included hepatic response (RECIST), progression-free survival (PFS), overall survival (OS), and toxicity...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
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