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Liver transplantation

Katarzyna Skrzypek, Yazmin Brito Barrera, Thomas Groth, Dimitrios Stamatialis
INTRODUCTION: Encapsulation of pancreatic islets or beta cells is a promising strategy for treatment of type 1 diabetes by providing an immune isolated environment and allowing for transplantation in a different location than the liver. However, islets used for encapsulation often show lower functionality due to the damaging of islet endothelial cells during the isolation procedure. Factors produced by endothelial cells have great impact on beta cell insulin secretion. Therefore, mutual signaling between endothelial cells and beta cells should be considered for the development of encapsulation systems to achieve high insulin secretion and maintain beta cell viability...
March 2018: International Journal of Artificial Organs
Alessandra Maria Mont Alverne Pierre, Ana Cristina de Castro Amaral Feldner, Roberto José de Carvalho Filho, Edmundo Pessoa de Almeida Lopes, Michele Soares Gomes Gouvea, João Renato Rebello Pinho, Claudia Teresa Carvente, Christini Takemi Emori, Genimari Arruda da Silva, Maria Lúcia Cardoso Gomes Ferraz
INTRODUCTION: Hepatitis B virus infection is an important cause of liver disease in hemodialysis patients and renal transplant recipients. Hepatitis Delta virus is a defective virus transmitted by the same route of hepatitis B virus, which requires the helper function of hepatitis B virus. Data about hepatitis B virus/hepatitis delta virus coinfection are scarce and there are no studies regarding the coinfection among hemodialysis patients and renal transplant in our country. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the prevalence of hepatitis delta virus infection among hemodialysis patients and renal transplant recipients...
March 2018: International Journal of Artificial Organs
Kristin Bjørnland, Maren Hinna, Gunnar Aksnes, Kjetil Juul Stensrud, Kjetil Ertresvåg, Anniken Bjørnstad-Østensen, Truls Sanengen, Pål-Dag Line, Ingegerd Aagenæs, Lars Aabakken, Ragnhild Emblem, Runar Almaas
OBJECTIVES: The importance of case load for treatment of extrahepatic biliary atresia (BA) is debated. The aim of this study was to register results of BA treatment in a small volume centre. METHODS: Retrospective chart review study of patients with BA treated from 2000 to 2017. The institutional review board approved the study. RESULTS: Forty-five babies were identified of which 42 (93%) are alive. Forty-one patients had a Kasai portoenterostomy (PE), two had a hepaticojejunostomy and two had a primary liver transplantation...
March 16, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology
Amelia Swanson, Jessica Geller, Kelly DeMartini, Anne Fernandez, Dwain Fehon
Without a transplant, end-stage liver disease is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Transplant candidates endure physical and psychological stress while awaiting surgery, yet little is known about the relationship between physical health and psychological resilience during the wait-list period. This study examined predictors of psychological resilience and mediators of the relationship between physical health and psychological resilience in liver transplant candidates. Wait-listed candidates (N = 120) from a single Northeast transplant center completed assessments of physical functioning, coping, perceived social support, and resilience...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings
Yuehong Li, Binbin Li, Wei Wang, Jiaxuan Lv
The aim of the present study was to analyze the risk factors for new-onset chronic kidney disease (CKD) in patients who have received a liver transplant. A total of 190 patients who underwent liver transplantation between March 2001 and January 2015 were followed up, and analyzed retrospectively. Sex, age, primary disease, preoperative laboratory findings (hemoglobin, albumin, creatinine and glomerular filtration rate), surgical approach, blood loss during the surgery and transfusion volume, postoperative complications, and the average levels of calcineurin inhibitors (CNIs) (from liver transplantation to the onset of CKD) were analyzed...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Si Liu, Baoshan Gao, Gang Wang, Weigang Wang, Xin Lian, Shan Wu, Jinyu Yu, Yaowen Fu, Honglan Zhou
Primary hyperoxaluria type 2 is a rare autosomal recessive disorder caused by glyoxylate reductase/hydroxypyruvate reductase deficiency and characterized by recurrent episodes of nephrolithiasis and nephrocalcinosis. Herein, we describe a case of primary hyperoxaluria type 2 in a 33-year-old man who failed to respond to conventional therapies; thus renal transplantation was performed. This case demonstrated that, although primary hyperoxaluria type 2 is rare, hyperoxaluria should be suspected and blood oxalate and stone component be examined in patients with recurrent episodes of nephrolithiasis, particularly in those who are unresponsive to conventional therapies...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Nicolle H R Litjens, Lotte van der Wagen, Jurgen Kuball, Jaap Kwekkeboom
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection can cause significant complications after transplantation, but recent emerging data suggest that CMV may paradoxically also exert beneficial effects in two specific allogeneic transplant settings. These potential benefits have been underappreciated and are therefore highlighted in this review. First, after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) using T-cell and natural killer (NK) cell-replete grafts, CMV reactivation is associated with protection from leukemic relapse...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
JooYeon Jhun, Seung Hoon Lee, Soon Kyu Lee, Hee Yeon Kim, Eun Sun Jung, Dong Goo Kim, JeongWon Choi, Si Hyun Bae, Seung Kew Yoon, Byung Ha Chung, Chul Woo Yang, Mi-La Cho, Jong Young Choi
Recipients of liver transplantation (LT) require long-term immunosuppressive drug treatment, but lifelong immunosuppressive treatment has severe side effects. It is known that some LT recipients develop immune tolerance, and although the development of such operational tolerance should allow a decrease in the burden of immunosuppressive drug treatment, the factors that indicate operational tolerance are not clear. This study aimed to monitor immunological markers over time in LT recipients to identify those markers indicating the development of operational tolerance...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Agnieszka Drozdowska-Szymczak, Bronisława Pietrzak, Natalia Czaplińska, Joanna Schreiber-Zamora, Zoulikha Jabiry-Zieniewicz, Mirosław Wielgoś, Bożena Kociszewska-Najman
BACKGROUND Immunosuppressive treatment in pregnant organ recipients can affect functions of the fetal and newborn immune system. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of this treatment on selected parameters of the immune system of children born to mothers after liver transplantation. MATERIAL AND METHODS The study included 52 children born to liver recipients and 52 children in the control group. The study was conducted in the 1st Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical University of Warsaw...
March 16, 2018: Annals of Transplantation: Quarterly of the Polish Transplantation Society
Salvatore Sutti, Frank Tacke
Drug-induced liver injury (DILI) remains a clinical challenge due to the poorly predictable outcomes. Accordingly, considerable efforts have been devoted to unravel the risk factors responsible for DILI worsening toward acute liver failure (ALF), liver transplantation (LT), and/or death. From a pathogenic point of view, exhaustion of drug metabolizing pathways, cell death mechanisms, activation of local immune cells, such as Kupffer cells, and recruitment of inflammatory leukocytes including monocytes and lymphocytes are key drivers of DILI progression...
March 15, 2018: Clinical Science (1979-)
Dong Jae Shim, Gi-Young Ko, Kyu-Bo Sung, Dong Il Gwon, Heung Kyu Ko
PURPOSE: To evaluate the long-term efficacy of stent placement versus balloon angioplasty for portal vein (PV) stenosis in pediatric liver transplant (LT) recipients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty patients (<18 years old; median, 14 months) who underwent percutaneous transhepatic balloon angioplasty (n = 12), transhepatic stent placement (n = 18), or intraoperative transmesenteric stent placement (n = 20) between 1994 and 2015 were retrospectively analyzed...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology: JVIR
Xiaopeng Yang, Jae Do Yang, Hong Pil Hwang, Hee Chul Yu, Sungwoo Ahn, Bong-Wan Kim, Heecheon You
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The present study developed an effective surgical planning method consisting of a liver extraction stage, a vessel extraction stage, and a liver segment classification stage based on abdominal computerized tomography (CT) images. METHODS: An automatic seed point identification method, customized level set methods, and an automated thresholding method were applied in this study to extraction of the liver, portal vein (PV), and hepatic vein (HV) from CT images...
May 2018: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
Xiaopeng Yang, Jae Do Yang, Hee Chul Yu, Younggeun Choi, Kwangho Yang, Tae Beom Lee, Hong Pil Hwang, Sungwoo Ahn, Heecheon You
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Manual tracing of the right and left liver lobes from computed tomography (CT) images for graft volumetry in preoperative surgery planning of living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) is common at most medical centers. This study aims to develop an automatic system with advanced image processing algorithms and user-friendly interfaces for liver graft volumetry and evaluate its accuracy and efficiency in comparison with a manual tracing method. METHODS: The proposed system provides a sequential procedure consisting of (1) liver segmentation, (2) blood vessel segmentation, and (3) virtual liver resection for liver graft volumetry...
May 2018: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
Narjeet S Khurmi, Yu-Hui Chang, D Eric Steidley, Andrew L Singer, Winston R Hewitt, Kunam S Reddy, Adyr A Moss, Amit K Mathur
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a leading cause of post-liver transplant death, and variable care patterns may affect outcomes. We aimed to describe epidemiology and outcomes of inpatient CVD care across U.S. hospitals. METHODS: Using a merged dataset from the 2002-2011 Nationwide Inpatient Sample and the American Hospital Association Annual Survey, we evaluated liver transplant patients admitted primarily with myocardial infarction (MI), stroke (CVA), congestive heart failure (CHF), dysrhythmias, cardiac arrest (CA), or malignant hypertension...
March 15, 2018: Liver Transplantation
Axel Andres, Aldo Montano-Loza, Russell Greiner, Max Uhlich, Ping Jin, Bret Hoehn, David Bigam, James Andrew Mark Shapiro, Norman Mark Kneteman
Deciding who should receive a liver transplant (LT) depends on both urgency and utility. Most survival scores are validated through discriminative tests, which compare predicted outcomes between patients. Assessing post-transplant survival utility is not discriminate, but should be "calibrated" to be effective. There are currently no such calibrated models. We developed and validated a novel calibrated model to predict individual survival after LT for Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC). We applied a software tool, PSSP, to adult patients in the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (n = 2769) who received a LT for PSC between 2002 and 2013; this produced a model for predicting individual survival distributions for novel patients...
2018: PloS One
B M Kamath, A Baker, R Houwen, L Todorova, N Kerkar
BACKGROUND: Alagille syndrome (ALGS) is an inherited multisystem disorder typically manifesting as cholestasis, and potentially leading to end-stage liver disease and death. AIM: To perform the first systematic review of the epidemiology, natural history and burden of ALGS with a focus on the liver component. METHODS: Electronic databases and proceedings from key congresses were searched in accordance with Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) 2009 guidelines...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Tatsushi Ruike, Yoshihiro Kanai, Kazuki Iwabata, Yuki Matsumoto, Hiroshi Murata, Masahiro Ishima, Keisuke Ohta, Masahiko Oshige, Shinji Katsura, Koji Kuramochi, Shinji Kamisuki, Hiroeki Sahara, Masahiko Miura, Fumio Sugawara, Kengo Sakaguchi
Sulfoquinovosylacylpropanediol (SQAP) is a novel potent radiosensitizer that inhibits angiogenesis in vivo and results in increased hypoxia and reduced tumor volume. We investigated the distribution, metabolism, and excretion of SQAP in male KSN-nude mice transplanted with a human pulmonary carcinoma, Lu65. For the metabolism analysis, a 2 mg (2.98 MBq)/kg of [glucose-U-14 C]-SQAP (CP-3839) was intravenously injected. The injected SQAP was decomposed into a stearic acid and a sulfoquinovosylpropanediol (SQP) in the body...
March 15, 2018: Xenobiotica; the Fate of Foreign Compounds in Biological Systems
Kazuaki Tokodai, Shigehito Miyagi, Chikashi Nakanishi, Yasuyuki Hara, Wataru Nakanishi, Koji Miyazawa, Kenji Shimizu, Keigo Murakami, Hironobu Sasano, Masafumi Goto, Michiaki Unno, Takashi Kamei
The aim of this study was to evaluate the significance of post-transplant DSA as a predictor of liver fibrosis during long-term follow-up after pediatric LT. We evaluated the histological findings in 18 LT recipients who underwent liver biopsy after DSA screening. Liver fibrosis was scored based on the METAVIR fibrosis staging. Patients were divided into 2 groups based on histological findings, and clinical characteristics among patients with liver fibrosis were assessed. Of 18 patients, 7 were included in the fibrosis group...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Transplantation
Takahiro Onuma, Tamotsu Kamishima, Tsuyoshi Shimamura, Norio Kawamura, Kenichiro Yamashita, Kenneth Sutherland, Hiroshi Takeda
Background: The quantity and quality of skeletal muscle have been observed to be closely related with post-transplantation mortality in patients undergoing living donor liver transplantation (LDLT). However, the effect of LDLT on skeletal muscle has not been thoroughly investigated. The aim of this study was to investigate the change of trunk muscle mass and adiposity in recipients of LDLT. Methods: The study population included LDLT recipients at Hokkaido University Hospital who underwent pre- and post-operative computed tomography (CT) scans (31 recipients; 14 males, and 17 females)...
February 2018: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
Bangari Haldipur, Prudhvi Lal Bhukya, Vidya Arankalle, Kavita Lole
Molecular mechanisms of liver pathology and clinical disease in HEV infection remain unclear. MicroRNAs are known to modulate viral pathogenesis either by directly altering viral gene expression or by enhancing cellular antiviral responses. Given the importance of microRNA-122 (miR-122) in liver pathobiology, we investigated possible role of miR-122 in HEV infection. In silico predictions using genotype 1, 2, 3 and 4 HEV sequences showed that majority of genomes (203/222) harbor at least one miR-122/miR-122* target site...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Virology
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